E-News Sept 29, 2016



Important Issaquah parking lot safety reminder!!!

The speed limit in the Issaquah parking lot is 5 MPH!!!  Many school families are driving too fast in the parking lot. For our children’s safety, Please DO NOT drive faster than 5MPH in the parking lot.


The Chess4Life after school Chess Club is designed for students of any ability.  Our Chess Clubs are taught by certified coaches who tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of the students. Learning and playing chess at school provides a host of benefits including improved memory, problem-solving skills, an enhanced ability to think ahead, and potential performance improvement in math and science.  We strive to ensure that all of our students learn life skills, improve at chess, and have fun. Click here to sign up.

Competitive Speech Team 2016

Speech Team is back! All SJS students in grades 7 and 8 are eligible to participate.  Practices are Friday after school, 3:10-4:30pm, beginning on September 30!  The competition is Saturday, December 10 at Blanchet High School.  Sign-up sheets went home in last week’s Thursday envelope or contact Mrs. Bemis for more information.  ebemis@sjsissaquah.org

Look for us in the Salmon Days Parade!

If you are attending the Salmon Days Parade this Saturday, October 1, be sure to look for the students representing St. Joseph School and be sure to cheer them on! 

Annual Pet Blessing

The Annual Pet Blessing will be held Monday, October 3, from 2:45 to 3:15pm in the Parish Hall of Saint Joseph Church. This ceremony, honoring the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, kicks off our annual First Grade Pet Food Drive. All are welcome, but there is a limit of one pet per family.  We ask that everyone remember that this is a prayer service being led by the First Grade classes and ask that everyone be reverent until the ceremony is concluded.

Annual Pet Food Drive – October 3–14

The Seattle Humane Society Pet Food Drive will begin on Monday, October 3 and conclude on Friday, October 14. Donations of organically based pet foods are most appreciated. The Pet Food Bank serves the elderly and low income people that need our help to keep their pets.  Needed items include pet food, supplies, cat litter, and treats.  Bring any items you care to donate to your classroom and we will see that they are delivered.  Thank you!

Robotics Team

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition season has started.  This year's theme is Animal Allies.  This competitive FIRST LEGO League robotics national challenge is open to all middle school students and started Tuesday, September 13.   Prior robotics experience is not needed. The FLL competition is not just about the robotics, team members are also needed to help with the project research and development, presentations and design.  Check out the FLL website for more information, http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge.  Click here for the After School Robotics information sheet. Click here for the sign-up form.  If you have any questions or wish to volunteer, please feel free to contact Doreen Mahoney at dmahoney@sjsissaquah.org.

Not ready for Team?  Robotics Club starts next week on Tuesday, October 4.

P.E. Fitness Calendars

The October Fitness Calendar went home this week with each student in grades K-5. If you are interested in this fun activity please read the directions on the back of the calendar. It is an optional activity. Please initial on each day that your child participates.  Students will need 20 or more days of activity outside of school and 30 minutes of exercise each of those days to be eligible for recognition. October calendars will be due November 4. For future calendars you will need to download the calendars from my website. Go to the school website at www.sjsissaquah.org, For Family and Students, Teacher Websites, under Specialist you will find my name, Jane Hughes, Fitness Calendars. Finally, click on the Fitness Calendar you need and print it off.  Let’s keep it moving!

Parent Education Series at Forest Ridge

        Click here for information on a Parent Education Series of presentations and book talks offered by Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.  Parents from all schools are welcome to attend. 

Extended Day Calendar

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


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.



Building Community, Sharing Hope, Walking Together

The auction committee is working hard to provide an exciting evening for all.  Please mark your calendars for the 2017 auction on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at The Westin Bellevue – a fantastic venue for this fun evening of fellowship and fundraising.


Auction Sponsorship and Procurement is under way! 

Thank you to everyone who has turned in their auction items and procurement forms.  Please remember that the procurement deadline is November 11!

If you are looking for item ideas, click here.  Please remember families are required to procure at least $200 in donations prior to the auction. 


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 Contest - Scrip Make-a-Wish-Fund

          Support your campus with your purchase of Scrip. Issaquah—vs—Snoqualmie Winning Campuscollects $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).  Either fill out the bottom section of today’s Scrip flier or e-mail us your suggestion(s) at scrip@sjsissaquah.org. No suggestion is too big or too small.  We are all ears on your suggestions on what items your Scrip rebate money should fund. Look for the flier in today’s Thursday Folder. Click here to view the flier. 

Contest Rules:

Cash Card Rebate purchases made August 25 through December 25, 2016, will qualify and support the winning campus’ fund. Families with children on both campuses will have their purchase amount divided equally by the number of their children per campus.

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 Rosell at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org


Parents' Club Event Check Form

If you were unable to attend Back to Business Day please be sure to fill out the Parents' Club Event Check Form. Included on this form are: Auction Project Fee, Lazarus House fee, Emergency Supply fee, Field Day fee, and Yearbook order. The form is due Friday, October 7 to either office. Event Check Form 


          Click here for the link to OnVolunteer.

Garden Club – Save the Date

Saturday, October 1, 9:45am-Noon, for the first Saturday Garden Club at St Joseph Church & School. Join us in the fields of the Lord at St Joseph by providing much needed grounds keeping for our school. Bring your smiles, dirty jeans, gloves and your water bottle. You could attend First Saturday 9:00am Mass if you want and meet us at the church entry afterwards. What a great way to begin the month. For school parents, all of your time counts toward school volunteer requirements. For questions, contact Brian at 425.392-5516 x231

Volunteer to help in the Art Room!

Mrs. Mac would appreciate your help during your first, second or third grader's art class. Parents are encouraged to volunteer during class as more hands help make the art project run smoothly. If you have time to help from home, let me know that too! I have 90 portfolios ready to be to be assembled!

Contact Leslie at lmacinnes@sjsissaquah.org.

Volunteers needed

We are looking for someone to be a back-up Thursday envelope stuffer.

If you are interested in either of these please contact Gina Briles at pcvolunteer@sjsissaquah.org.

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.



CROSS COUNTRY - Registration is still open for K-3 and 4-8 Grade teams:  https://www.sportspilot.com/Register/Family/Default.asp?ASOID=106206

Volunteers Needed: We have the following open positions in CYO Sports:


We are looking for someone who can work from their home or office that has strong social media communications skills and can help promote our program to St. Joseph’s School as well as parish communities of St. Joseph’s Church, Mary Queen of Peace and Our Lady of Sorrows.


We are looking for someone in the lower grades that LOVES soccer!


We are looking for someone that would like to start a Track & Field program at St. Joseph’s for grades 4 through 8.  This would be a new sport being offered at SJS but would be part of a vibrant and long standing Diocese wide Track & Field community.


Please contact Patrick Murphy:  pxmurphy@hotmail.com or 425-591-7820 if you have any questions.

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

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Registration is now available for students who wish to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  Students should be at least 7 years of age and in the second grade and either the second year of catholic school or a faith formation program.  For a registration packet please contact Amy Field at 425-392-5516 ext. 227 or afield@sjcissaquah.org  Deadline is October 1.


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



Friday, Sept. 30………………

Pizza Day

Monday, Oct 3……………….

Annual Pet Blessing 2:45-3:15 Issaquah

Wednesday, Oct 5………….

Free Dress Day

Friday, Oct. 7……….……….

No School - Archdiocesan Professional Development Day

Friday, Oct.14………………..

Pizza Day

October 17-20…………………

IOWA Testing

Friday, Oct 21…………………

9:00am Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, Oct. 21………………..

Pizza Day

Friday, Oct 21…………………

1:45pm Mass – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

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




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​

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