E-News September 27, 2018


Salmon Days Parade

We are looking for students to represent our school as we march in the Salmon Days Parade on Saturday, October 6. This is a great way for you to show your SJS pride.

If you have any questions, please email scogan@sjsissaquah.org

Fall Book Fair: October 8 – October 11

Get any early start on Christmas gifts or stock-up on back to school reads for your kids.  Please help support St. Joseph School by shopping at the book fair Monday, October 8 through Thursday, October 11, at both campuses. All profits go directly to the school.  Stop by the fair or shop online using the links below.

Issaquah: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/stjosephschoolissaquah
Snoqualmie: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/stjosephschoolsnoqualmie

You Can Understand the Bible!

If you want a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God, then you should join us for The Bible Timeline Study, beginning October 15.  By being a part of this study, you will not only benefit personally, but you will also help to bring about a profound renewal in your family, school and parish as we all grow closer to Christ.

The Bible Timeline is a Bible study that can help anyone to make sense of the Bible and experience the life-changing power of God’s Word. The study takes you on a journey through the entire Bible and brings you deep into each period of salvation history, so that you can discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. The Bible Timeline has helped hundreds of thousands of people to have a better understand of the Bible and a deeper relationship with Christ, and it will help you too.  All are welcome!

The study will include a series of twenty-four videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be preceded by a lively group discussion. Everyone who participates will receive this color-coded Bible Timeline Chart, as well as a The Bible Timeline Study Kit.

St. Joseph will begin The Bible Timeline on October 15 at 1:30pm and end at 3pm (in time for after school pick up).  Cost for materials is $35. We will need a minimum of 5 people in order to go forward with this study.  For more information or to register for the study please email Jill Carr at jcarr@sjcissaquah.org or call the parish office 425-392-5516.


Snoqualmie conference sign-ups

4 and 5 Grade School Conferences Online Sign-up

Conferences take place on Thursday, November 8, 2018 and Friday, November 9, 2018. This year sign-ups are online. Please click the link below to sign-up for a conference time with your child’s teacher. Thursday conferences run from approximately 12:20-3:40 pm. Friday conferences run from 12:00-7:00 pm. To navigate the Thursday and Friday schedule for each teacher, click the tabs at the bottom of the google doc. Please be careful not to overwrite another parent. Sign-up will close one week prior to conferences. If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher.


Link to 4th Grade Conference Sign-ups.

Link to 5th Grade Conference Sign-ups.


Middle School Conferences Online Sign-up

Conferences for middle school families will be arena style on Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9. To sign-up click the link to the google doc below. Please sign up for a 30 minute window of time. Four families may sign-up for each 30 minute window. During that window of time, you will have the opportunity to meet with each of your student's teachers for approximately 5 minutes. All five middle school teachers will be available to meet during this time. Parents will rotate from teacher to teacher. Please arrive at the beginning of your scheduled time. This style of conferencing will allow parents to talk with each subject area teacher individually.

Link to Thursday Conference Sign-up. Thursday conferences run from 1:00-3:30 pm.

Link to Friday Conference Sign-up. Friday conferences run from 12:00-7:00 pm.

If you have trouble viewing or navigating the google doc please email your son/daughter’s homeroom teacher directly. We will also have computers available for you to use to sign-up at Back-to-School Night.  


Lunch Program

Click here for information on how to get started.


Stay Connected

St. Joseph School is now on Yahoo Groups! Unlike Facebook, Yahoo Groups, allows for back and forth conversation without the ads. Per the suggestion of a parent, we have decided to try it out! Our SJS group is a great way to stay connected, get information, and talk to parents in different grade levels in a positive space. To join simply subscribe here:  stjosephschool19-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.


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


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 at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org



It’s time to “Shine On” as we kick off procurement for our St. Joseph School 25th Anniversary Gala Auction!

This week you’ll find your family’s Auction packet coming home in your Thursday folder!


It contains:

1.     A procurement letter to share with friends and businesses

2.     A procurement Wish List to help with donation ideas

3.     Sponsorship levels to share with local businesses who may want to partner with us for great advertising, while supporting our school as Auction Sponsors, helping to underwrite the event

4.     A procurement form to fill out with your donation, which can also be found at www.sjsissaquah.org/auction.


This is an especially exciting event celebrating our school’s 25th year of serving local families!

The Auction will be held March 2, 2019 at the Marriott, Bellevue and we are grateful for the support of our entire community!


Questions? We’re here to help! Please contact our Auction Co-Chairs, Stephanie Champion at carrsteph@hotmail.com or Ann-Marie Karh at annkarh@live.com or our Incoming-Chairs Kim Griffinkimberlyfgriffin@gmail.com and Tanya Lauckner tanya.nickinovich@gmail.com.



Just 2 days left to “Bridge the Gap” in the Annual Fund Campaign!

100% Participation is our Goal!

What is the GAP?

Every year we need to find roughly $3,000 per student to balance the St. Joseph School operating budget. This “GAP” is the amount between the cost of tuition and the cost to educate our students. We’re all in this game together and we rely on every family to participate by pledging or donating today.  No gift is too small, and every gift makes a difference to our school!

How do I pledge or donate to Bridge the GAP?

Here’s the credit card donation link: https://sjsissaquah.org/giving/annual-fund

Alternatively, donations made by check can be dropped off at either campus, or pledges made now can be added to your tuition contract and made payable through June 2019. Contact business@sjsissaquah.org if you’d like to be invoiced.

What is the Class Incentive Contest?

As an extra incentive to participate, a “Breakfast of Champions” will be served to the class that has the highest level of participation on the Issaquah campus and the class with the highest level of participation on the Snoqualmie campus! It’s all about meeting our goal of 100% participation! The classes winning the “Breakfast of Champions” will be announced on October 4th!


We’re here to help! Please contact Development Director Julie Francavilla at development@sjsissaquah.org with any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Amazing things are happening every day at St. Joseph School because of your generosity! We are grateful to serve our students in partnership with you!



Parents' Club Secretary

Hello All Parents! Looking to get some volunteer hours?  Looking to be involved with the school?  The Parents' Club Executive Board has an opening for Secretary.  Requirements are to make all meetings at the Issaquah campus (9:00am on the first Monday of every month and one summer meeting, time and date TBD), take detailed notes for the President to review prior to having the board approve at the next meeting.  If you’re interested, please email parentsclub@sjsissaquah.org.

Parents' Club Meeting

Parents’ Club next meeting will be held on Monday, October 1, in the St. Theresa Room (parish library), of SJC Issaquah from 9:00-10:00 am. All parents are encouraged to attend as often as possible throughout the year. 

Parents' Club Event Check Form

If you were unable to attend Taking Care of Business Day please be sure to fill out the Parents' Club Event Check Form. Fees included on this form are: Class Auction Project, Lazarus House, Emergency Supply, Field Day, and optional Yearbook order. The form is due Friday, October 5 to either office. Event Check Form 



Textile Drive: Come help collect and sort donations for our twice a year Textile Drive.  Opportunities for both campuses are now available in OnVolunteers!

Holiday Fundraiser: Parents Club is sponsoring a holiday wrapping paper fundraiser and we need your help getting orders distributed in late November / early December!  If you are interested in volunteering for this, please contact Tanya Lauckner at PCVolunteer@sjsissaquah.org.  Fundraiser details to follow in the coming months!

Scholastic Book Club: Responsibilities include picking up flyers at school, separating flyers and sorting for individual classrooms, filling in codes and dates on back of flyers, and delivering them back to school in a timely manner.  Benefits for the school are free books for the teachers, very inexpensive books for your child or gifts for others, and high interest materials to get your child reading more.  If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Christina Marchione at stinamoo01@outlook.com. We have flyers waiting for you!

Click here for an overview of 2018-2019 school year volunteer opportunities



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.



Basketball Registration is now open!
4th - 8th grades -  boys and girls teams
Practice starts in mid-October with first games 11/7/18.  Season runs through 1/27/19
Registration Fee: $90
Will need at least 8 players to field a team.  Get together with your friends, schoolmates and fellow parishioners and form your team. 
Parents - this is an opportunity to earn some volunteer hours by coaching.
Call or email Patrick Murphy 425-591-7820, pxmurphy@hotmail.com with any questions.

Cross Country Shout outs!
Congratulations to our Cross Country Team for its strong showing at our first meet of the season at Lake Sammamish State Park last Sunday.  We had 32 runners participate in grades K-8.  Special shout outs to Jackson B. who finished first in the 5th grade boys race, Margaret C. who finished third in the 6th grade girls race and Luke F. who finished fifth in the 7th grade boys race.  Our next meet is this Sunday at 2:00pm at Lake Sammamish State Park. Come out and cheer us on!



Scrip on-site selling will start in October in both Issaquah & Snoqualmie making your everyday purchases working for SJS easier.

Issaquah on-site will occur Wednesday mornings from 8:45 to 9:15 am.  Snoqualmie on-site will occur Thursday morning from 8:15 to 8:30 am.  As always, you can forward your order to either school office anytime.  We will fill your order with inventory on-hand (cards on backorder will be ordered).  Snoqualmie students will receive their Scrip order in their child's backpack or within their Thursday folder.  Issaquah students will receive their Scrip order within their Thursday folder. Place orders through www.shopwithscrip.com using  SJS enrollment code is BC664D6833L5L.Or using the ScriptoGoOrderForm  found on the school’s website under the “Giving” tab. SJS Grab-n-Go order form is attached.

Have questions, contact us at scrip@sjsissaquah.org

Many ways to place your order:
Grab & Go   ScriptoGoOrderForm
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 shopwithscrip.com
As always, SJS Cash Cards offers "Special Orders" every week. Place orders through www.shopwithscrip.com SJS enrollment code is BC664D6833L5L or use an SJS Family Order Form by 9:00am Monday and receive your order by Thursday afternoon of the same week.

Have questions, contact us at scrip@sjsissaquah.org. Scrip Volunteer Opportunities,  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 at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org


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


Attention to Parents of this year’s First Reconciliation/First Holy Communion Class:
Our first class together is coming up!  You should have received a registration packet in the mail.  If you did not, and believe you have a child who is eligible for the sacraments please contact Amy Field at the parish office as soon as possible!  Please plan to attend a September preparation class.  You can attend tonight, Thursday, September 27, starting at 6:30 if you did not attend last Sunday’s session.  Please allow for traffic so we may begin on time.


Now through October 11....................Issaquah and Snoqualmie MAP test window

Monday, Oct. 1....................Parents’ Club Meeting – Issaquah Campus

Monday, Oct. 1………………2:50pm Pet Blessing – Issaquah Campus

October 1-11…………………Pet Food Drive

Wednesday, Oct 3…………Free Dress Day

Friday, Oct 5…………………9:00am Mass at SJC – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, Oct 5…………………1:45pm Mass at OLOS – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

October 8 -11………………Scholastic Book Fair

Friday, Oct. 12……….……….No School - Archdiocesan Professional Development Day



Wednesday.............................1:45 pm Early Release, Snoqualmie

Wednesday.............................2:05 pm Early Release, Issaquah

Wednesday……………………..8:45-9:15am, Scrip sales in Issaquah

Thursday…………………………8:15-8:30, Scrip sales in Snoqualmie

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