March 27, 2020
Dear Parents-
Being physically and logistically prepared for distance learning is entirely different from being emotionally prepared. One day we’re in school, two days later we’re distance learning. One day we’re distance learning, planning to go back to school after Easter break, and the next day we’re not going back to school at all. All the implications are significant, and we have no time to process it all, and we have no skills to draw on to help our children...we have no time to let our brains catch up with the reality of our situation.
So the question this week is, what resources are available, or what resources can we make available to support parents and students, emotionally?
In the coming week, Mrs. Farrell and Mrs. Henry will be having grade level zoom meetings to provide support to parents as we all adjust to the new normal of family life during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our hope is to continue our strong sense of community and share tips and strategies to help with the transition to online learning. Please consider participating in these grade-level discussion groups.
Teachers and parents continue to report great success with the distance learning. There are some individually unique challenges at some grade levels, but most have been resolved. Please reach out to Mrs. Hatley for technical issues, and please reach out to the individual teachers if you have difficulty with assignments or classwork.
I want to thank all parents for the continued support, as we all deal with this situation. Please remember that teachers are providing students with the essential content of the grade level and course. As such, it will take students a significant amount of time each day to complete work. We are all sensitive to the amount of screen time and computer use this entails, so please reach out to teachers if you have particular issues.
On the Church side, daily Mass is celebrated at 8:00AM, live on the Church Facebook page. Sunday Mass is celebrated at 10:00AM, live on the Church Facebook page.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is live when scheduled, and Stations of the Cross is soon to follow. I thank Father Tom, Father Alberto and Father David for their ongoing support of the spiritual needs of our community.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Welcome one Christ welcomed you!
                                                                                (Rom 15:7)
Denise Rutledge
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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and
Stations of the Cross
Friday, April 3 , Father Tom will live stream Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament , from 9:30-10:00AM, including recitation of the rosary at 9:45. Access the Adoration stream on the St. Joseph Catholic Church Facebook page…. .

Stations of the Cross is available on YouTube….
SJC Mass 8:00am Every Morning
Sunday Mass at 10:00am

Mass is live streamed every morning at 8:00 , (and this Mass can be replayed later in the day, if more convenient)

Sunday Mass is celebrated at 10:00AM
SJS Mission Statement Challenge - EXTENDED

Looking for something fun to do?

Put your creative hat on!
We want to see you in action!
We know how much you love to share your talents!

Put together a video that shows or demonstrates our mission statement:
Building Wisdom and Faith Through Service to God.

Make sure to explain, describe, or say the mission statement in your video!
Video should be less than 2 minutes in length.
Please email your video to by April 3rd !
Pictures Needed for Yearbook

We'd love to have your Distance Learning pictures so we can add to the yearbook!
Send your photos to

Please submit photos not later than April 3!
Stay Connected!

Don't forget to follow the official St. Joseph Catholic School Facebook page (sjschoolva), Twitter account (@sjschoolva), and download the mobile app from the App Store (St. Joseph Catholic School, VA)
Yearbook Orders - DATE EXTENDED!
Order your SJS 2020 yearbook today! Price for the yearbook is $22 and can be ordered online. To order online, click HERE . Enter your school name: Saint Joseph Catholic School.

Make sure to order before April 3 . Cash and checks are no longer accepted.
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750 Peachtree Street
Herndon, VA. 20170