June 5, 2020
Dear Parents-
Governor Northam announced on Tuesday, that while most of Virginia will enter Phase Two of the Virginia Forward Plan, Northern Virginia and Richmond will remain in Phase One. The Governor is quoted as saying, “We need more time to monitor their health metrics," and he gave no indication as to when Northern Virginia will move to Phase Two. Until then, we limit gatherings to no more than 10, we limit the number of people in places of worship, we wear masks, we keep physical distance, and we follow the Safer at Home guidelines.
We will celebrate the graduation of our 8th grade students on Monday, June 8. The graduates and their families gather first for their graduation parade at SJS and then, that evening, families will gather for a live-stream graduation ceremony. The teachers, administration and our friars join with our students wishing things could be different and that we could celebrate together. However, a global pandemic has not stopped the festivities! The class coordinators took pictures of each student proudly holding their “high school” sign and we celebrated the start of this next adventure on Facebook. Additionally, each student got a lawn sign celebrating the SJS Class of 2020, pictures shared to celebrate the event on Facebook. Also, the 8th grade film festival, the culmination of a year-long project, was shared and all students were in attendance to watch great “shorts.” Where did they get their “movie watching kit?” From Mrs. Bilbo! who gathered movie staples like candy and popcorn, for students to enjoy. Not only that, but students will get their yearbooks and a graduation basket of goodies!
Because of the uncertainty, SJS took the financial responsibility off parents, and ordered all the caps and gowns and tassels with the hope students could come together. While the cap and gown may not be something students will wear again, the tassel is a keepsake that each student will get. Each student also created a Memory Book that has been beautifully published as a tribute to our resilient students. These items will be available to graduates on Monday.
Do we love and care about our students? Absolutely yes!
To further celebrate the 8th grade students, Father Tom, Father David and Chef Laura created a Taco Tuesday video, in their next installment of Cooking with the Friars. In this video, Father Tom, Father David and Chef Laura give their “shout out” to our 8th graders and share their memories of their time in elementary school. See the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5jYTpwPcWg&feature=youtu.be  
Don’t forget to check out the graduation issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald where we celebrate not only our graduates, but also graduates from around the Diocese!
We also do not want to forget our precious kindergarten students, who will not get to celebrate their graduation in the Church this year. Nevertheless, June 10 is an important day in their lives. We think of you, miss you and pray for you!
Report cards for students in grades 3-8 will be available on PowerSchool on June 10. Report cards for students in grades K-2 will be mailed home on June 10.
We have not yet scheduled a date/time for school materials to be returned and students to pick up belongings left behind in March. However, *Please Read:*   Before you head off for the summer, please bag up any materials, library books, and textbooks that you have at home that need to be returned to SJS . Each child should put his or her materials, library books, and textbooks into a bag, seal up the bag, write YOUR NAME, grade and teacher on the bag. Do this NOW, so you don’t lose anything. Each child needs his or her OWN BAG, so that materials can be accurately inventoried and returned to the proper classroom.
Dates and logistics for dropping off textbooks will be announced when available, but this will not happen until Phase Two.
Teachers will hold classes/office hours until June 10. Please encourage your children to finish strong and continue working until June 10. What we do now will help make the transition back to school in the fall a bit easier. Summer reading and math assignments are available on the school website. Students will complete math assignments on IXL.
We are all stressed by the global pandemic that has killed more than 107,000 Americans. We feel the pain of injustice that we watched on our city streets this week. Please take care of yourselves. You are in the prayers of the administration, faculty and staff of our great school.
As always, if you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance, please let me know.
Welcome one another...as Christ welcomed you!
                                                                                (Rom 15:7)
Denise Rutledge
Principal- St. Joseph Catholic School

Message from Bishop Burbidge to the
Class of 2020
No School

June 8 - 11:30am Dismissal (Distance learning will end at 11:30am)

June 10 - 11:30am Dismissal (LAST DAY OF SCHOOL)
Nurse's Corner
Medication Pick Up
ALL the remaining medication including the Epipen, Inhalers & prescribed  medication will be discarded if not picked up since per regulations, we are not allowed to store any student medication in the school over the summer break
SJS Band Information
Does your student love music? Band is one of the best ways to grow your student’s knowledge, skills, and love of music, while being part of something bigger.
The Garwood Whaley Music Program has served Diocese of Arlington Catholic Schools for over 40 years. Our Band Directors help new and experienced musicians quickly grow their instrumental skills so they can play major pieces and perform concerts together. Click HERE for more information.
School Supplies
I know it's hard to think about school supply shopping, especially right now. However, we are happy to work with our continued partner, 1st Day School Supplies, to provide you with the convenience of ordering supplies online! You can make your purchase right now by clicking the button below! Deadline to order supplies is June 15, 2020.
Sacred Heart Devotions
Cooking with the Friars
Taco Tuesday
Celebrating the Sacraments
St. Joseph Catholic Church - Mass
St. Joseph Catholic Church will begin public Masses on May 30, 2020.

Up to 250 parishioners will be able to participate in the Mass with the Friars. We will also continue to livestream the Masses for our parishioners at home.

The Mass schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 pm (also livestreamed)
  • Sunday Masses: 8:00 am; 11:00 am; 3:00 pm (Spanish and livestreamed); and 5:00 pm
  • Daily Mass: Monday – Friday at 8:00 am (also livestreamed)
  • Saturday Mass at 10:00 am – live stream only
We invite our parishioners to read and review the SJC Reintegration Plan to learn important information regarding coming to Mass and participating in Mass.
Please note: Mass times may change as we move into the phase levels
during the upcoming month.
Child Compliance - Update on Virtus Seminars
The Arlington Diocese has scheduled more Zoom Virtus Seminars in the month of June. Please go to virtus.org to view these sessions if you still need to complete this portion of the Child Compliance Program. 4 sessions are in English and 1 session is in Spanish. You do need to register as spaces are limited for the Zoom seminar. If you have any questions about these seminars, please contact Beth Covert at bcovert@sjcherndon.org .
Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education is a super easy way for you to help St. Joseph Catholic School earn money! There are 2 ways to help! IT'S SO EASY!

  1. Download the free Box Tops app for your phone, shop, and scan your store receipts through the app! By scanning, the app knows which products count! Super easy!! Download the app - when you create your login, assign your rewards to St. Joseph Catholic School. You can find the school by entering the zip code (20170) or searching for the school.
  2. Cut and send in the physical box top found on products. The physical box top clips are being phased out but are still being accepted. We will be able to collect these when we get back to school in a few months!
Thanks for your support!
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750 Peachtree Street
Herndon, VA. 20170