March 6, 2020
Early Dismissal

11:30am Dismissal
on Friday, March 13, 2020
Cell Phone Policy Committee

We are looking for 5 parents who would like to be a part of the
SJS Cell Phone Policy committee. The committee will meet
once a week for four weeks starting on March 18. If you would like to volunteer and become a part of the committee, please email
Mrs. Rutledge at
Submit Pictures for Yearbook - LAST CALL!
The Yearbook Staff needs your help! If you have any candid pictures from school parties, field trips, community or other events, please send them to your Class Coordinator for submission. Please note, picture inclusion will be at the discretion of the yearbook staff. Thank you!

Any questions, please contact Mrs. Hatley ( )
Spirit and Service
March Spirit and Service
Mobile Response Center Care Bags
For the March Spirit and Service project students will help the Mobile Response Center, a program that brings hope to the homeless, through Arlington Catholic Charities. Students will bring in items that will be used to make hygiene bags. We will collect NEW, in the original package, travel size toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, and hand sanitizer. Other items will include: toothbrushes, deodorant, bar soap, bandaids, and packages of socks. Each grade is assigned an item, but if you would like to donate additional items listed, please do. 
Kindergarten: Toothbrush
1st Grade: Travel Size Toothpaste
2 nd Grade: Travel Size Shampoo and Conditioner
3rd Grade: Deodorant
4th Grade: Bar Soap
5th Grade: Travel Size Hand Sanitizer
6th Grade: Travel Size Mouthwash
7th Grade: Band Aids
8th Grade: Package of socks
We will collect items from March 2 - 17.
Students will make encouragement cards for the bags on March 17.
News from the Nurse
Eat 5 servings of
fruits and vegetables per day!
An article from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine states that diets abundant in fruits and vegetables are associated with a reduced risk for chronic disease. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommends eating 5 servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables each day.

Why should kids eat more fruits and vegetables?
  • Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber
  • Optimizes healthy growth and development
  • Prevents chronic disease
  •  Prevents tooth decay
  • Displaces eating of less nutritious foods that contribute to unhealthy weight gain

Tips to Increase Fruit & Vegetable Consumption
  • Plan meals around a fruit or vegetable rather than around the meat/grain
  • Keep pre-cut fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator that are easy to grab on the go
  • Stock up on frozen vegetable mixes for quick meals- great to incorporate into soups, casseroles and pasta dishes
  • Buy fresh fruits and vegetables when in season. If possible, buy them from the farmer’s market, they cost less and taste better
  • Encourage kids to drink less juice and eat whole fruits
  • A box of berries, grapes, clementines, carrot sticks or some red/green peppers make quick “five a day” snacks

***Encourage kids to taste the rainbow: you can put up a chart in your kitchen for your younger children to keep track of the colors they eat each day, make it fun! 
Stations of the Cross
Just a reminder that you are invited to join us for Stations of the Cross on Wednesday afternoons at 2:30pm during Lent. Meditating on the Stations reminds us of God’s enormous love for each of us. Please also remember that it is not possible to dismiss students from the church for early release. Please plan accordingly if you need your child released from school early.
Upcoming VIRTUS Seminar
There is a VIRTUS seminar scheduled on Thursday, March 26 @ 5:00pm at St. Joseph Catholic School. Please register at All adults who wish to volunteer at SJS, must complete 2 parts to be Child Compliant:
  1. Complete the background registration (Apply online via the Arlington Diocese website or click here You may also contact Beth Covert in the school office)
  2. Attend a VIRTUS seminar
Dinner and Auction Tickets On Sale
Want to win a year of
Free Tuition??
Enter our Tuition Raffle!!
Purchase tickets to win a year of free tuition for a returning student. Tickets will be sold up until the start of the live auction at Spring Fling. Winner will be announced at the end of the live auction and does not need to be present to win.
Yearbook Orders - Due by March 20
Order your SJS 2020 yearbook today! Price for the yearbook is $22 and can be ordered online or via cash or check. To order online, click HERE . Enter your school name: Saint Joseph Catholic School. The order forms have gone home with the students.
Make sure to order before March 20, 2020!
Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid Applications are due for Elementary Schools by March 18, 2020. Please remember that 2019 W-2s and tax returns are required for verification!

For more information, visit Tuition and Financial Aid Information
Prayer Leaders
March 9: Mich, A., L., and N.
March 10: Minutillo, M.
March 11: Mitchell, S., L., and Z.
March 12: Montilla Casas, M. and A.
March 13: Moreno, M. and N.

March 16: NO SCHOOL
March 17: Morgan, K.
March 18: Morgan, N., W., and C.
March 19: Morrow, B., M., and K.
March 20: Mountcastle, L.

Prayer leaders are to report to the library no later than 7:50 AM in order to appear on the morning news show. Parents are welcome to watch the live show
Don't forget to follow SJS
on Twitter and Facebook!
A lot is happening at SJS and you don't want to miss out!
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St. Joseph Catholic School
750 Peachtree Street
Herndon, VA. 20170