E-News Sept 8, 2016




Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. Please take time to read this weekly E-News for important school information.


All School Mass - Friday, September 9 at 9:00 am

Please join us for our opening All School Mass on Friday, September 9, 9:00am, at St. Joseph Church in Issaquah. All students need to be dropped off at St. Joseph Church in Issaquah starting at 8:45 am.  All 4-8 grade students should meet their teacher in the Church Hall.  All K-3 grade students should go directly to their classroom.  FULL DRESS UNIFORM is required. Girls – plaid jumper, plaid skirt, plaid skort, navy skirt or navy skort (6-8 only) or navy pants, plain white, collared shirt, and sweater or vest, no leggings. Boys – long, navy pants, white collared shirt, and sweater or vest.

No red shirts, khakis, sweatshirts or shorts.

There will be no morning bus service. The afternoon bus schedule will run as usual.

Bus Transportation will be provided for 4 - 8 grade students after Mass to take them to the Snoqualmie Campus. 

School Hours and Office Hours

Welcome back to school! We hope your summer was relaxing and fun! Welcome to all of our new families! Here's to a wonderful school year! Just a few reminders as we start the new year: 

Elementary school hours are as follows:

Issaquah Campus Hours: 8:55 am to 3:20 pm
Issaquah Wednesday Early Release: 8:55 am to 2:05 pm

Snoqualmie Campus Hours: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm 
Snoqualmie Wednesday Early Release: 8:30 am to 1:45 pm

Issaquah Campus Office Hours: 8:45 am to 4:00 pm (doors lock at 4:00 pm)
Snoqualmie Campus Office Hours: 8:10 am to 3:30 pm (doors lock at 3:30 pm)

All parents and visitors must sign in at the school offices before going to classrooms. If you would like to meet with your child's teacher please email them first to set up an appointment. Teachers are preparing for the school day in the morning and only meet for scheduled conferences. 

Campus Open for Students

Students are not allowed on campus before school unless they are in Extended Care in Issaquah or before school activities in Snoqualmie. Students may not be left unattended or dropped off before the drop-off attendant is present. Attendant is present at the following times:

 Issaquah Campus:  8:45 am
 Snoqualmie Campus:  8:10 am

Directory Information for the 2016/2017 School Year

If you wish to have contact information excluded from the directory please email Patty Rosell atsnoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org by the end of the day Thursday, September 15. Please specify what information you want excluded (for example: exclude address only, exclude phone only, exclude all information including names). Please specify if you also want your child’s name excluded from the class list section.  Any changes after this date it will be published in the second trimester updates.  

After school pickup

Any student who has not been picked up by a parent at the Issaquah campus by 3:30 pm will be placed in Extended Care and charges will apply. Any Snoqualmie campus student who has not been picked up by 3:10 pm will be placed in aftercare in Snoqualmie and charges will apply. 

Students walking off campus after school

If your child has permission to walk off campus after school, a letter signed by the parent must be on file in the school office. 

Back to School Nights

Please plan to attend St. Joseph Back to School nights. The Issaquah Campus night is Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 pm. The Snoqualmie Campus night is Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 pm.  These special parent nights will give you an opportunity to meet the staff and teachers. This is a parent only event. 

Conference Sign-Up Sheets will be posted and available for parents to schedule their conference at both Back to School Nights. Conferences are scheduled for November 9 and 10.

There will be a New Parent Volunteer Training at 6:15 pm before both Back to School Nights. This is a one-time mandatory training if you would like to volunteer. 

SAFE training class

St. Joseph Parish has scheduled a SAFE class for Sunday, September 11 from 3-5pm. This class is mandatory before you can volunteer at the school. If you have not taken this class, this is a great opportunity to do so.

You can register at seattlearchdiocese.org through the Safe Environment tab on the left.

If you have any questions call Roxane Barkley at 425-313-9126 or Ann Shikany at 425-392-5516.

Medication at School

The Washington Board of Health requires that ALL medication (over-the-counter or prescription) given during school hours requires an “Authorization to Administer Oral Medication” to be on file in the school office. This form includes the condition requiring medication, the drug to be administered, and the physician’s signature. All medications must be kept in the office in a secure location with clearly labeled written instructions. A student will report to the office at the prescribed time to have medication administered. Students will take all medications in the office and staff will initial a record keeping form. Teachers do not dispense medications. RCW 28A.210.260 and 28A.210.270 and 28A.210.280 and 28A.210.290 

School Nut Free Policy

Food Allergy & Nut Policy

For some students exposure to any kind of nuts may cause a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires emergency medical treatment.  To reduce the chance of this occurring, both campuses are NUT FREE at all times.  Please do not send any nuts or nut containing products to school with your child.  If your child has eaten any nuts before coming to school, please ensure your child’s hands and face have been thoroughly washed before entering the school. However, the school cannot guarantee a totally nut free environment. 

Milk Program

Milk may be purchased by the trimester or for the entire year. If your child would like milk, please complete the entire form and attach a check. All forms are due to the school office by Friday, September 9. Click here for the Milk Form.

Pizza Fridays

Pizza may be purchased by the trimester or for the entire year. If your child would like Pizza for lunch on Fridays please complete the form and send in a check by September 16. First Pizza Friday is September 23. Click here for the pizza form. 

Carpool Procedures

Please click on the following links if you have any questions regarding carpool procedures. Please remember that these procedures are in place for the safety of your children, as well as being good stewards to our neighbors. Issaquah Campus procedures click here. Snoqualmie Campus procedures click here

 Zero Period Choir and Band - Snoqualmie Campus

Snoqualmie students were given an information and sign-up sheet for Zero Period Choir (Grades 4-8) and Band (Grades 6-8) in today’s Thursday envelope.  The forms are due back tomorrow, Friday, September 9.  Zero Period Band will start on Tuesday, September 13 and Zero Period Choir will start on Wednesday, September 14. Click here for the information sheet and here for the sign-up sheet.

Robotics team starts sept 15!

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 starts next week, 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.    All interested students should attend the first meeting to see if this is the right activity for you.   

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 month on Tuesday, October 4.

Middle School BYOD

Students should bring their devices to school Monday, September 12, 2016.  On Monday, we will log students on to Office 365 for Education. At that time, new users will receive their accounts and passwords for our online learning management system, and 7th and 8th grade students will get to see what is new for the 2016-17 school year.  This year we are excited to introduce the new classroom app available to our students in Office 365. Students will also have the opportunity to download Office 2016 for free if needed. Besides being sure that your child can login to the computer on their own, parents should read and sign the Responsible Use Agreement form with their child. Students can only work online when the form is signed and turned in to homeroom teachers. Otherwise, there are no downloads or other steps necessary before Monday.

Fall Textile Drive

Are you ready to get those closets cleaned out?  Our Fall Textile Drive is the answer!!! On September 23 we are collecting any kind of textiles, dirty or clean.  Bring your bags to either the Snoqualmie or Issaquah campuses at drop off time and leave them with our volunteers.  If you can't drop off items then, we will be collecting at the St. Joseph Church lower parking lot on Saturday morning, September 24 between 9:00-12:00.  All proceeds benefit the ongoing Issaquah playground renovation as well as other Parents’ Club ventures.

If you have the time and would like to start working off those volunteer hours please sign up on OnVolunteer or contact Kelly Kenn at thekenns@yahoo.com

Extended Day Registration

If your child will be using Extended Care anytime during the school year please fill out a registration form. Please return your form to either school office. Click here for information on Extended Day and a fee schedule. Click here for the Extended Day Registration form. 

Extended Day Calendar

If your child will be using extended care for the month of September, please click here for a September Commitment Calendar. Calendars can also be found on the forms page under Extended Care. 

Bus Ridership

All students are required to sign a Bus Ridership Rules and Regulation Form. These forms were sent home this week and are due Friday, September 9. If your child is not a regular bus rider they will still be taking the bus for Field Trips during the school year. A couple of important reminders: no use of electronics and no food on the bus. Bus passes can be purchased at either school office. 

Bus Routes and Times Information Sheet and Bus Ridership Rules and Regulations Form.

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. 

Picture Days – Please mark your calendars!

Snoqualmie Campus - Grades 4-8: Tuesday, September 20.

Issaquah Campus - Pre 4's, Pre K, and grades K-3: Friday, September 23.  Pre 3’s: Tuesday, September 20.

Picture order forms will be sent home in today’s Thursday folder. You will receive an order form for each child.Please have your child return their envelope on their scheduled picture day. 

Music Concerts

Please mark your calendars for our annual St. Joseph School Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 and our Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Both events will start at 6:30 pm at Mary, Queen of Peace Church in Sammamish. Band students need to arrive at 6:00 pm for warm-up and all other students need to arrive by 6:15 pm to be seated with their teachers. Dress is Sunday Best. Please be sure to join us for these wonderful events.


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

All Saints Catholic School Fair Parking

The Washington State Fair in Puyallup begins on Friday September 2. Help support Catholic education by parking at one of the All Saints School’s fair parking lots. Our main entrance is located on 7th Ave SW between 2nd & 3rd St SW.  Our paved parking lots are located on 3rd St SW between 5th and 6th Ave SW in downtown Puyallup.  We are just a short distance from the main gate of the fairgrounds.  All proceeds from our fair parking fundraiser will go directly to our operating budget. For your convenience, you can pay your parking fee with a major credit card. Look for our friendly volunteers in red aprons to direct you to our lots.  Thank you in advance for supporting All Saints Catholic School while you Do the Puyallup! Questions? Call Diana at 253-845-5025.

Newsletter Blurbs and Flyers

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.


As we kick off the new school year, we are also kicking off the preparations for another great SJS auction!   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 begins today! 

In your Thursday folder you will find a packet with more details.  Please remember families are required to procure at least $200 in donations prior to the auction.  The procurement deadline is November 11, 2016.  Please contact the auction chairs, Stephanie Champion and Ann-Marie Karh, if you would like to help in either one of these areas.  This would be a great opportunity to start your volunteer hours for the year and help procure some great items for 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.


What is Scrip?

Scrip is a term that means "substitute money". When you purchase Scrip, you are purchasing prepaid cards that are used just like cash. You pay the face value of the Scrip card & the school receives the “rebate” back. For example, each time you purchase a QFC/Fred Meyer gift/cash card, 5% of the purchase price will be rebated to the school/parish.


Why buy Scrip?

This Cash Cards program is a simple fundraiser, because it does not require families to spend additional personal funds. This Scrip/Gift card program only requires families to adjust their shopping habits, slightly, by allowing families to purchase Cash Cards prior to shopping at their favorite stores.  Click here for more information and to see the graph of an example of how much money our school can raise with just one family's participation.


How Can I Participate?

Grab & Go   ScriptoGoOrderForm2016

Our top sellers include QFC/Fred Meyer (5%), Safeway (4%), Starbucks (7%) & Target (2%), Amazon (3%) 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 shopwithscrip.com

As always, SJS Cash Cards offers "Special Orders" every week. Place orders through www.shopwithscrip.comSJS enrollment code is BC664D6833L5L or use a SJS

Family Order Form by 9:00am Monday and receive your order by Thursday afternoon of the same week.

Green Envelopes

A green Cash Cards envelope will be in your child's Thursday folder soon.


Have questions, contact us at scrip@sjsissaquah.orgScrip Volunteer Opportunities, Scrip Tuition Agreement, Q&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 first official meeting will be held on Monday, September 12 in the Social Hall of SJC Issaquah from 9:00-10:00 am. ALL parents are encouraged to attend as often as possible throughout the year.  

Subsequent meetings will be 9:00-10:00 am in the St. Theresa Room (parish library).


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 



Join us in the Salmon Days Parade!

We are looking for students to represent our school as we march in the Salmon Days Parade on Saturday, October 1.  This is a great way to show your SJS pride!  All students over the age of 8 can participate.  Participants will need to be dropped off at the staging area at 9:00 am and then the parade will start at 10:00.  If your student would like to participate, please email Megan Michalson at mmichalson@sjsissaquah.org. This is a great way for students in grades 6, 7, and 8 to earn volunteer hours!  The approximate distance of the parade route is about 1.5 miles.  If you have any questions or would like more information before signing up, contact Megan.  


Volunteers needed

We are looking for volunteers to help at the Issaquah Campus on picture day, September 23.

We are also 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 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. 



●  Go online at 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.


SOCCER - Registration is still open for teams in Kindergarten through Grade 3: https://www.sportspilot.com/Register/Family/Default.asp?ASOID=106206


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.



Friday, Sept. 9……….….…..

9:00am All School Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Wednesday Sept 14…………

Free Dress Day

Thursday, Sept. 15...............

6:15pm New Parent Volunteer Orientation - Issaquah

Thursday, Sept. 15...............

7:00pm Back to School Night - Issaquah

Tuesday, Sept. 20…………….

Student Pictures – Pre 3’s and Grades 4-8

Thursday, Sept. 22...............

6:15pm New Parent Volunteer Orientation - Snoqualmie

Thursday, Sept. 22...............

7:00pm Back to School Night - Snoqualmie

Friday, Sept. 23………………

9:00am Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, Sept. 23………………

Student Pictures: Pre 4's, Pre K, and Grades K-3

Friday, Sept. 23………………

1:45pm Mass – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, Sept. 23………………

First Pizza Day

Friday, Oct. 7……….……….

No School - Archdiocesan Professional Development Day

October 17-20

IOWA Testing




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 - 8:06am