E-News: September 5, 2019

E-News is sent to SJS parents every Thursday. You can also view the content of the email below here: https://mailchi.mp/6265c502dc29/september-5th-e-news


Welcome Back to the 2019-2020 School Year!

We are so excited to have you all back and want to welcome all our new families!

Here are few reminders as we begin the new year:

All School Mass - Friday, September 6th at 9:00 AM

Please join us for our opening All School Mass on Friday, September 6th, 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 K-3 grade students should go directly to their classroom.
All 4-8 grade students should meet their teacher in the Church Hall.

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 4th– 8th grade students after Mass to take them to the Snoqualmie Campus.


Important Dates Coming Up
Back to School BBQ: September 6 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: St. Joseph Issaquah Campus, Middle Parking lot, next to playground

Join us for the inaugural St. Joe's Back to School BBQ!
There will be a free hot dog dinner, beer, wine, tailgate games, and more! Cash donations welcome at the drink table to raise money for Teacher Instructional Supplies. Come and connect with other SJS families, teachers, faculty and staff.
Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly! http://evite.me/SVk8mnM1Qa

It is also the first Friday of the month, and our parish is having our monthly 7 PM Mass (in Spanish) Friday evening, followed by all-night Adoration. We would love for you to join us if you are able!

Back to School Nights: Issaquah (September 12) and Snoqualmie (September 17) from 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Please join us for Back to School Night on September 12 (Issaquah) or 17 (Snoqualmie)! You'll have the opportunity to meet with your student's teachers and learn more about the curriculum plans for the upcoming school year.

We will be holding Volunteer Training immediately before each Back to School Night, beginning at 6:15 PM.


First Week General Reminders

Bus Ridership
All students are required to sign a Bus Ridership Rules and Regulation Form. The signed forms are due tomorrow, Friday, September 6th. If your child is not a regular bus rider the form still must be turned in as they will take the bus for field trips or may be transported between campuses during the school year. A couple of important reminders: no use of electronics on the bus 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.

Pizza Friday’s
Parents’ Club will be organizing pizza for us again this year. 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 6th.

First Pizza Friday is September 13th. Click here for the Pizza Form.

Milk Program
Milk, half pint containers of 2% milk, provided by Smith Brothers Farms, may be purchased by the trimester or for the entire year. If your child would like milk, please complete the form and attach a check.

All forms are due to the school office by Friday, September 6th. Click here for the Milk Form.

Lunch Program
We continue our partnership with Hot Lunch Box. Please see an email sent to all parents from Shauna Richards or Kathy Brown on Friday, August 30 explaining how to log in and sign up for the program. If you have any trouble getting an account or ordering lunch, please contact Shauna at scogan@sjsissaquah.org.

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. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices.

School Nut Free Policy & Food Allergy & Nut Policy
For some student’s 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 always NUT FREE. 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.

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.


Other Announcements

Washington State Fair Tickets!
Included in your Thursday folder today (9/5) is a complimentary ticket to the Washington State Fiar for each student in your family. Enjoy!

Zero Period Choir & Band - Snoqualmie Campus
Snoqualmie students were given an information and sign-up sheet for Zero Period Choir (Grades 4-8) and Advanced Band (Grades 6-8) in today’s Thursday envelope. The forms are due back tomorrow, Friday, September 6th.

Zero Period Band will start on Tuesday, September 11th and Zero Period Choir will start on Wednesday, September 12th.

Middle School BYOD
Students should bring their devices to school Monday, September 9th. 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 2019-20 school year.

Be 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 (please contact your teachers if you do not have this form). 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

Directory Information for the 2019-2020 School Year
If you wish to have contact information excluded from the directory please email Annie at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org by the end of the day Friday, September 13th. Please specify what information you want excluded (for example: exclude address only, exclude phone only, exclude all information including names). Also, please specify if you want your child’s name and phone number excluded from the class list section. Any changes after this date will be published in the second trimester updates.

St. Joseph Cub Scout Pack 200
Welcome to another year of Cub Scout Pack 200! We're headquartered here at St. Josephs and comprised of boys in grades 1-5. We focus on helping boys growing physically, mentally and morally through fun, skill-based learning, community service and unique adventures!

Our program runs from September through June and is an easy commitment of 1-2 events each month. Please contact Cubmaster Brendan O’Reilly at brendan463@gmail.com or (206)391-3442 and see the flier in today’s Thursday folder for more details. Our kick-off event is an exciting day-camp on September 23rd, join us!

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 Annie at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org.
HIGH 5'S 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 Annie at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org.


General Information

School Hours and Office Hours
Elementary school hours are as follows:

Issaquah Campus
Hours: 8:55 am to 3:20 pm

Wednesday Early Release: 8:55 am to 2:05 pm

Office Hours: 8:45 am to 4:00 pm (doors lock at 4:00 pm)

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

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. Teachers have requested if you would like to meet with your child's teacher please email them to set up an appointment.
Campus opens at the following times 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. Attendants are present at the following times:

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

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. A new letter is required each school year.


Parents' Club
First Parents' Club Meeting
Parents’ Club first official meeting will be held on Monday, September 9th, 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 for PreK through 8th grade students on Friday, October 5th to either office. Event Check Form

Volunteer Opportunities & Requirements

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.


For questions, please contact Roxane Barkley in the Issaquah office, 425-313-9129 x321.

We look forward to witnessing your students grow this year!

E-NewsKatie Kolbrick