E-News Oct 27, 2016


Picture retakes - tomorrow

Picture retakes have been scheduled for both campuses on Friday, October 28. Pictures went home with each student on October 25. Please contact either school office if you want to schedule a retake and remember to return your original photos on retake day.

St. Joseph School Volunteer Orientation class - Last Opportunity

This meeting is for any parents or family members who wish to volunteer in the school and have not attended a St. Joseph Volunteer Orientation. The last class will be held on the Snoqualmie campus on Wednesday, November 2 from 8:15-8:35 am. Please email Jackie Olund if you plan on attending at jolund@sjsissaquah.org.

At St. Joseph School the safety of our students, mind and body, is important to all of us. In order to volunteer in any capacity that involves students including: classroom volunteer, coach, scout leader, field trip volunteer, etc, you must complete all aspects of the Safe Environment process set up by the archdiocese, including this class. It is a onetime requirement; in subsequent years you will be required to review the volunteer policy and sign a confidentiality pledge. Please contact Roxane Barkley at office@sjsissaquah.org if you have questions on your status.

For all volunteer requirements, please refer to the volunteer requirement section, under Family and Students on the school website.

SAFE Training

St. Joseph Parish has scheduled a SAFE class for Tuesday, November 8 from 6:00-8:00pm in the St. Francis Room.  You can register at seattlearchdiocese.org through the Safe Environment tab on the left. If you have any questions, please call Amy Field at 425-392-5516.

Issaquah Afternoon Carpool Reminder for Parents and Snoqualmie Bus Students

Please use the cross walk at all times during afternoon carpool pick-up. This applies to all parents and to students, including bus students from Snoqualmie. Do not cross between cars to reach the lower parking lot, but use the crosswalk. This is for the safety of our students and parents. Please enter the lower parking lot by way of the crosswalk. Do not use the gate from the lower parking lot to enter or exit the carpool area as it interferes with a safe carpool process.

Congratulations to the Saddler Family

Our fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Saddler, and her family welcomed baby Audrey on October 19 at 11:42pm! She is a beautiful, 6 pound 11oz, bundle of joy! Both baby and mom are doing very well!

Donate to SJS at work through United Way

United Way of Washington and King County are conducting their internal giving campaigns this month at many workplaces including Boeing, Key Bank, PACCARFinancial, Wells Fargo, and Microsoft.  Did you know that with just a few extra clicks of the mouse, you can designate your contribution to go to St. Joseph School?  If you are already choosing to contribute, please take the extra effort to support our school.

Annual Fund 

The 2016-17 Where the Difference Counts Annual Fund is underway! The Annual Fund is our second largest fundraiser and plays a vital part in the day to day operations of the school. The goal for this year is $130,000 and the key to reaching our goal depends on 100% participation from all families. 

THANK YOU to several of our families who have already pledged. We have a great start to our goal and we greatly appreciate your contributions. If you have not made a pledge or gift for this school year, a reminder letter was mailed home. For families paying in-parish tuition, please remember, as noted in your Tuition and Fundraising Agreement, pledge cards are due by October 31, 2016. You have until May 31, 2017 to complete payment on your pledge.                

There is still time to add your pledge to your monthly tuition statement. Please email Ann Vandewark at business@sjsissaquah.org to make arrangements.

Parents’ Club: RSVP Now!

        The St. Joseph’s School Parents’ Club invites you to join a social evening of wine tasting and small bites, while learning more about the Club, the Board and what every parent can do to get involved! 

        The flier was sent home last week.  Please send in your RSVP so that we can plan accordingly!  Click here to view and print the flier.


When: Friday, November 4, 7:00-9:00pm

Where: Fidelitas Red Mountain Tasting Room

14467 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE, Woodinville

Who: All parents of St. Joseph’s School students. This is an adult only event.

Fitness Calendars

It’s time to finish up your first Fitness Calendar (October's) and turn it in by November 4. You may turn it in to Mrs. Hughes, the office or your teacher. Parents, please remember to initial each day your child participated. If you still need an October calendar, or to get November's calendar, please visit Mrs. Hughes' website at sjsissquah.org. Go to: For Families and Students, Teacher Websites, find Mrs. Hughes and Fitness Calendars.  Just a reminder, November and future calendars will be on the website and not sent home.  Thank you for participating in this fun activity. Let’s keep moving!

News from the Office

The Issaquah and Snoqualmie offices will not be staffed during Conference Days on November 9 and 10.  Please take care of any business matters the previous week. There will be no e-news or Thursday Folders on November 10. The lost and found will be available during conference days for parents to retrieve lost items.

  Informational Meetings and Tours are now available for the 2017/2018 School Year

St. Joseph School provides a strong academic program inspiring knowledge and faith in a supportive Catholic community. We focus on teaching the whole child and offer small class sizes. Class sizes range from an average of 16 students in elementary grades.


Come see us in action and learn more about our programs!


·        Elementary Informational Meetings and Tours are on Tuesdays, November 15 and December 13 at 9:30am.

·        Preschool Informational Meetings and Tours are November 18 and December 9 at 10:00am.


For more information about our school, visit our website at www.sjsisssaquah.org. To sign-up for an Informational Meeting and Tour, please call 425-313-9129 x324 or e-mail jolund@sjsissaquah.org.

Pizza – Second Trimester

Pizza order forms for second trimester are due November 18. Forms are available here, on the website or in the school office. Please return the form and check to either school office.

Extended Day Calendar

If your child will be using extended care for the months of November or December, please click here for the November commitment calendar and here for the December commitment calendar.

Calendars can also be found on the forms page under Extended Care. 

Lunch Program

Welcome from Lunch Ladies Catering! We are proud to provide your school lunches for the 2016/2017 school year.

Go to http://lunchladiescatering.orderlunches.com

Click on “Register”

School Password is: llcatering246

Then complete the information process.

For more hot lunch information, click here.

Any questions regarding the lunch program can be directed to our email contact@lunchladiescatering.com or by phone at 425-444-9573.

Technical support: If you have trouble placing an order online, please email support@orderlunches.com.

Thank you for participating in our school lunch program. 

Winter Weather Readiness

As the weather outside turns toward more stormy events, keep up‐to‐date on any potential school closures. Check the www.flashalert.net  website or better yet, subscribe today and an email will be sent directly to you as soon as a message is posted.


St. Joseph School is on Facebook. Like us and stay connected for all the latest news, announcements, and pictures from school events.

Newsletter Blurbs and Fliers

Please submit all Newsletter blurbs by Tuesday if you would like them in Thursday's E-News. All fliers and blurbs must be approved. We try to keep the fliers to a minimum.

Send all information to Patty Rosell at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org

Archived Newsletters

You will find archived Newsletters on the left hand corner of the E-News page.


2016-2017 SJS Annual Auction

Volunteers Needed

We have a fantastic slate of volunteers currently working, but there’s always room for more help. If you’re new to the school, (or if you have been here a while!) this is a great way to meet people. The extra help is always appreciated!  In particular, we’re looking for:


• Decoration helpers at work parties and on auction morning

• Dessert Dash bakers and procurers

• Auction night helpers including live auction bid recorders, check-in desk helpers, live auction bid spotters and silent table monitors/closers

• General help with setting up the morning of the auction


****Class Projects****Class auction project volunteers needed! If you are on board to lead your grade in the auction project, please email Mary Kate Anderson (pmkanders@mac.com).  Please include the names of the classroom project leads and a few ideas that you are thinking about for the project.  All projects need to stay within the budget and will be approved by the auction committee. 


****Special Project****We are looking for a volunteer to spearhead an auction video/slideshow that we will show the night of the auction that will feature the SJS students!  If you are willing to help with this project, please let us know!  It will really add to the fun of the auction evening! 


If you would like to get involved and volunteer to help with the auction, please email Stephanie Champion (carrsteph@hotmail.com) or Ann-Marie Karh (annkarh@live.com).


Thank you to everyone who has already turned in their procurement forms.  If you are looking for procurement ideas, here is your answer – the  St. Joseph School Amazon.com Wish List.  All you have to do is check out the list, buy an item and have it shipped to our school!  We also have a procurement wish list and ideas on the auction website.  Generic scrip is also a great way to fulfill your auction procurement commitment.  The auction procurement deadline is November, 11


If you would like to help in any way with the auction, please reach out to our chairs.  Please email Stephanie at carrsteph@hotmail.com or Ann-Marie at annkarh@live.com.  For more information, please visit the auction website at www.sjsissaquah.org/auction.


Fall into Scrip is well under way – WOW!!! The campuses could not be any closer!

Issaquah campus has generated $14,140 Scrip purchases.  Snoqualmie campus has generated over $14,070 Scrip purchases. Every purchase counts in the Fall into Scrip Contest.  Support your campus with your purchase of Scrip. Issaquah—vs—Snoqualmie Winning Campus collects $3,000!!!! Scrip will fund $3,000 of its rebates towards the winning campus to be used for the campus’ designated Scrip Fund. Parents & staff, do you have suggestions on where all or part of the $3,000 should be used?  Then we want to hear from you.  The Fall into Scrip contest is asking parents & staff to enter their Make-a-Wish Item(s).  E-mail us with your suggestion(s) at scrip@sjsissaquah.org. Issaquah Wish Item include soccer goals to fit on the grass out in front of the Parish Hall (Mrs. Merchent gave this suggestion a big thumbs up). Snoqualmie Wish Items include real footballs, umbrellas, & better air-conditioning/ventilation.  No suggestion is too big or too small.  We are all ears on your suggestions on what items your Scrip rebate money should fund. Remember, the Fall into Scrip Contest runs through December 25, 2016.  There is plenty of time to lock in the $3,000 for your campus!


Parents, remember we will count your PCC Scrip reloads in the Fall into Scrip Contest.  All you need to do is to forward to us your PCC Scrip reload transaction history.  To access your PCC Scrip reload transaction history, go to https://secure.pccnaturalmarkets.com/community/scrip/balance/ - at the bottom of this page you have the option for a full transaction history.   The transaction history only displays the last 4 digits of your PCC Scrip card & this summary can be sent to us to count towards Fall into Scrip Contest.  PCC Scrip reload transaction history only goes back 10 transactions.  So, pass along your transaction history to us every few weeks.  The above Scrip totals include individual’s PCC Scrip reload values - thank you for taking the additional time to forward us your transaction history.   

Many ways to place your order

Grab & Go

Our top sellers include QFC/Fred Meyer (5%), Safeway (4%), Starbucks (7%), Target (2%), Amazon (3%) and PCC (5%). Consider picking one Cash Card weekly.

These cards & many more can be purchased during our SJS Cash Cards Sale times in Issaquah or Snoqualmie. See the bottom of the e-news for the dates & times for SJS Cash Cards Sales.

Online Ordering

Browse the 1000+ stores available at www.shopwithscrip.com and place an order.  SJS enrollment code is BC664D6833L5L.

Drop off SJS your Family Order Form by 9:00am Monday and receive your order by Thursday afternoon of the same week. As always, SJS Cash Cards offers "Special Orders" every week.


Let’s see if we can get 100% participation!

       Contact us at scrip@sjsissaquah.orgScrip Volunteer OpportunitiesScrip Tuition AgreementQ&A, and Scrip Potential Earnings Flier  


If your child or child's team has an outstanding success or achievement, we would like to acknowledge them in the E-News. Please send a short blurb to Patty at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org


Seventh grader Willow W. and her Softball team "Bellevue Blast" won 1st Place in the ASA Invitational Softball Tournament this past weekend. Way to go, Willow!


The next Parents’ club meeting will be on the Issaquah Campus on November 7, at 9:00am in the St. Theresa Room (parish library). All parents are encouraged to attend.


Volunteer Opportunities: 

Check out the OnVolunteer website for all the volunteer opportunities you may need http://stj.iss.onvolunteers.com

St. Joseph Garden Club

Saturday, November 5, 10:00am-Noon.... We’ll be removing withering summertime annuals and replacing with new Fall plantings at the Blessed Mother Garden For The Unborn near St Joseph’s Church building. Also, we’ll be installing river rock as a border along the recently rebuilt wall of our church. Join us, won’t you? School parents, all of your time counts toward school volunteer requirements. Questions, call Brian at 425-392-5516 x231.

Seasons of Faith

Seasons of Faith is looking for those who would like to join us in preparing food for our Lunch with Friends lunches on the first Wednesdays of the month during the school year.

You will be asked to make a salad or dessert for 20 people and deliver it to the hall. If you would rather, we could also use help with setting up and/or cleaning up.

If interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact: Phyllis Johnson 425-417-3350

Pizza Fridays

Are you looking for some fun volunteer hours? Help is still needed to distribute lunchtime pizza at the Snoqualmie Campus on Pizza Fridays.  Please contact Michelle Macartney (sarrufm@hotmail.com) if you are interested.  

Upcoming Events:

Catholic Schools Week - January 29 - February 3. 

It is never too early to start thinking ahead.  Please check out the OnVolunteer website and sign up to help at CSW or any other event!

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements:

At St. Joseph School the safety of our students, mind and body, is important to all of us. In order to volunteer in any capacity that involves students such as classroom volunteers, coaches, scout leaders, or field trip volunteers, volunteers must meet the following requirements: 


●  Attend a volunteer training at St. Joseph School. Scheduled for just prior to either campus’ Back to School Night.

●  Sign a Confidentiality Pledge yearly (last page of the Volunteer Handbook),

●  Go online at http://www.virtusonline.org to request and pass a Volunteer Background Check.

●  Attend a free, 3-hour Safe Environment training program “Protecting God’s Children” for Adults held in locations throughout the Seattle Archdiocese. Register for classes at www.virtusonline.org.
●  Send a copy of your certificate of completion to Roxane Barkley in the school office at office@sjsissaquah.org              


●  Go online at www.virtusonline.org, fill out and pass a Volunteer Background Check every 3 years. Complete associated on-line class.

●  Review the Volunteer Handbook yearly

●  Sign a Confidentiality Pledge yearly (last page of the Volunteer Handbook)


For questions, please contact Roxane Barkley in the Issaquah office, 425-313-9129 x 321.


New Safe Environment information:

The archdiocese has made substantial changes to the Safe Environment program last year and it has been working out the glitches over the year. The archdiocese still requires a valid background check every three years, a 3 hour in-person class, and every three years, an on-line course.  The school also requires in-person attendance at a class conducted at school and a signed Confidentiality Form. The school form is on our website.


All background checks and on-line classes go through www.virtusonline.org.  If you have been a volunteer anywhere in the archdiocese previously, you will be in the system. Please contact Roxane Barkley at office@sjsissaquah.org if you need help navigating the system.


We are still looking for a Track & Field Coordinator to help start a new program at St. Joe's.  Please contact Pat Murphy to find out more. pxmurphy@hotmail.com  425-591-7820.


Basketball Registration is now open for boys and girls in grades 4 - 8.  You can register at:  https://www.sportspilot.com/Register/Family/Default.asp?ASOID=106206

Please contact Basketball Coordinator, Don Graves, with any questions don.graves88@yahoo.com

CHURCH  NEWS - To view the weekly church bulletin click here.


 Check the Forms page of our website for a more complete list of forms.



Friday, Oct 28…………………

Picture retakes: Snoqualmie and Issaquah

Friday, Oct 28…………………

9:00am Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, Oct 28…………………

Pizza Day

Friday, Oct 28…………………

1:45pm Mass – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

Monday, Oct 31……………..


Tuesday, Nov 1………………

All Saints Day - 9:00am Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Tuesday, Nov 1………………

All Saints Day - 1:45pm Mass – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

Wednesday, Nov 2………..

Free Dress Day

Friday, Nov 4…………………

Pizza Day

Wednesday, Nov 9…………

Conference Day

Thursday, Nov 10……………

Conference Day

Friday, Nov 11…………………

No School – Veteran’s Day

Friday, Nov 18………………..

9:00am Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, Nov 18………………..

Pizza Day

Friday, Nov 18………………..

1:45pm Mass – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

Wednesday, Nov 23………..

Half Day: 11:30 dismissal for Snoqualmie, 11:50 dismissal for Issaquah

November 24-25…………….

No School – Thanksgiving Holiday




1:45 pm  Early Release, Snoqualmie


2:05 pm Early Release, Issaquah


Robotics Team

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00-4:00 in Snoqualmie




8:00 - 8:45 am Scrip/Cash Card Sales, Snoqualmie


8:45 - 9:30 am Scrip/Cash Card Sales, Issaquah


8:45 - 9;30 am Scrip/Cash Card Sales, Issaquah


8:00 - 8:45 am Scrip/Cash Card Sales, Snoqualmie


3:00 - 3;45 pm Scrip/Cash Card Sales, Issaquah​

September 22, 2017 - 8:32am