June 7, 2019
Early Dismissal Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that there is an
11:30am dismissal on:
Tuesday, June 11

June 11 -- There WILL NOT be afternoon Extended Day care. Please plan to pick up your child at 11:30am.

Thank you!
Last Day of School - June 11
The last day of school will be on Tuesday, June 11th! Have a safe and fun summer! We look forward to seeing you back on August 26, 2019!
Message from School Nurse
A kindly reminder that all medication must be picked up by a parent by the last day of school, Tuesday, June 11. Students are not allowed to carry medication unless the student has physician permission to carry it. Medication left in the clinic after June 11 will be taken to the school office, and discarded if not retrieved. As an added convenience, on June 11, Mrs. Mich and Mrs. Swaney will be located in the front office area for medication pick-up during the hours of 7:45am-8:20am and 11:10am-11:45am. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Church Doors - Reminder
Just a friendly reminder in the event that you've missed it in the April Bernie's Bark:

It was with great sadness that we watched events unfold in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, and unsuccessful the attempt made at St. Patrick Cathedral, as well as the awful event that occurred at the Poway Synagogue. We are always concerned with student safety, and after much reflection and prayer, Father Tom and I agree that in light of recent attacks on houses of worship, we will lock the church doors during student Mass, and other student events that take place in the church. If you are able to attend student Mass, please be aware that the  church doors will be locked at 9:30am   .    

**Please keep in mind that all school Masses, graduations, and events held in the church will follow these guidelines.
We appreciate your support!**
Welcome Saints Ambassadors
Would you like to welcome new families into
our SJS community?
Serve as a Welcome Saints Ambassador
for 2019-2020 school year.
We are looking for current SJS families who would like to become Welcome Saints Ambassadors.  As an ambassador you will be paired with new families to welcome them by email or phone and give assistance to questions they may have entering our school community. You may not know all the answers but just by welcoming and sharing your experiences can make a difference to a new family. There will be a "meet and greet" for ambassadors and new families the Sunday before school begins after the 8:30am Mass on August 25th.
If you are willing to share the SJS spirit and make a new family feel welcomed and appreciated please respond to JoEllen Mountcastle, joellen@mountcastle.org , so that you can be paired up with a new family.
CYO Track
43 student athletes represented Saint Joseph's parish in in the Arlington Diocese Spring 2019 Track & Field Championship on Saturday, May 18th. The event included 20 parishes and over 800 registered participants competing in individual and relay races on the track and long-jump, softball throw, javelin, and shot put events in the field.

  • Our athletes contributed to a 6th place overall team score out of 20 parishes (and 2nd place of the 10 schools with between 25 and 50 athletes)! 
  • Ella D., Reagan G., and Ryan G. scored for St. Joseph Catholic School (placed in the Top 6) in all 4 of their events!
  • Josie A., Brennan C., Oscar D., Penelope G., Luke M., and Miguel V. placed top 10 in all of their events!
  • Aubrianna C., Hailey G., Abby J., Aleksander M. and Olivia U. finished in the top 10 in 3 of their events!
  • Isel L., Ian L., Paul M., and Chris M. contributed to Top 6 performances that added to St. Joseph Catholic School scoring!
  • Sen A., Jordan C., Leo G., Anna H., Griffin H., Peter H., Alex J., Erin L., Khang L., Patrick M. and Amelia S. each set at least 2 personal records (and added 8 more Top 10 finishes) during the meet!
  • Lucy B., Annabelle E., Honor H., Finn H., Preston L., Luke M. and Julia T. each placed Top 10 in at least 1 event despite it being their first competition in those events!
  • Christa A., Dinh D., Maeve H., Addison H., Sebastian H., Zachary M. and Logan N. were among our teammates who competed in multiple events during their first Track & Field Meet!

We were especially proud of the wonderful sportsmanship displayed as our athletes cheered on teammates and other competitors while sharing their running, jumping and throwing talents.  

Thank you to the St. Joseph Catholic School Track & Field Coaching team: Mike Culligan, Lisa Anderson, Elizabeth Hicks, Christine LeCloux, and Colin McCauley! We appreciate your time, dedication, and outstanding team accomplishments! It's great to be a Saint!
Old Markers, Sharpies, Pens, Highlighters Needed!
It is the end of the year and as you are cleaning out desks and backpacks please consider dropping off old markers, sharpies, pens and highlighters into the box at the student morning entrance near the nurses office. Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. That’s why we launched Crayola ColorCycle. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect and repurpose used markers. Crayola pays for shipping! You can drop off any brand (NO CRAYONS please). Look for the color cycle symbol on the box. It will be at the entrance until school ends.
Thank you!
Ecology club and Girl Scout Troop 51023!
Summer Reading Program
Summertime Family Read Aloud Program!
Th is summer take an adventure into The Secret Garden by Frances Hodges Burnett.
This program is optional and self-paced.
Our librarian will be providing book and audio book resources, reading tips, links to additional resources, and suggested activities that bring the story to life!
FACTS: Reading aloud to children builds family bonds, improves comprehension and working memory, and strengthens the connection between the written and spoken word--and so much MORE!
School Supplies
For your convenience, the SJS PTO is offering a service for you to order school supplies for next school year! No need to worry about shopping over the summer! Click the link below to order and/or see the supplies needed for the 2019-2020 school year! **The zip code for St. Joseph Catholic School is 20170.
The deadline to order school supply kits is June 30, 2019 . Kits are delivered to the school for parents to claim prior to the first day of school.  The date for school supply pick up will be provided to you soon. Kits are not sent to the classroom, as supplies must be labeled prior to the first day of school.

 *If you would like to purchase school supplies on your own and not through our vendor, please visit the school website (main page) for the link to view supplies needed for each grade.  
Summer Cheerleading Spirit Camp
Youth Ministry - June 7
Come join us for the FIRST ever Life Sized Clue Game (A St. Joe's "who done it)" Come for Pizza, Solve the mystery, and have a BLAST! 
See you on Friday, June 7th at 7-8:15pm in the SJS Gym. See you all there -- All 6-8th graders, and friends are always welcome! 
VBS Volunteers Needed
Vacation Bible School 2019

We are looking for adult volunteers who already are compliant within the child protection program of the Diocese of Arlington to help with one of the following: Arts & Crafts, Snacks, Bible Stories or Small Groups (Preschool through 5th Grade). 

The camp is from June 24th through June 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day. Volunteers must commit to helping each day
throughout the week.
If interested, please call Roz Murphy at 703-880-4305 or send an email to ReligiousEd@sjcherndon.org   

Please note - Although we are at full capacity on campers, we will take the children (Pre-K – 5 th grade) of our adult volunteers. 
Morning Prayer Leaders

 June 10: Faist, C, C, K, G
June 11: Fallace, R
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St. Joseph Catholic School
750 Peachtree Street
Herndon, VA. 20170