September 14, 2018
School Pictures - September 20
School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 18.
Students may wear "Sunday best" attire or their formal school uniform.
Order forms and price have been sent home. Here is a link to download the order form for your convenience. 

**Please note that the web address for ordering is
Flyer code is sjs2701 
SJS Cheerleading Tryouts
Got Spirit? SJS Cheerleading tryouts are next week!
(Open to all 4th-8th graders)

Practices for tryouts will be held on:
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 3:15-4:30 pm.
Friday’s tryout will be held until 12:30 pm.
Permission slips must be turned in on or before Tuesday, September 18 , or participation will not be allowed. Please see the Cheerleading section under the 'Athletics' webpage for permission form and more information. Go Saints!!
SJS Choir
7 th & 8 th Choir
Mr. Pena-Ariet, the new Music teacher at St. Joseph School, would like to invite all 7 th and 8 th graders to join the choir.

Rehearsals will be Mondays from 12:07-12:52 and Friday 12:07–12:45. In choir, you will learn more advanced singing techniques and be able to apply your theory knowledge to its fullest potential all while having a super fun time laughing and singing. Starting October 4 th we will participate in Mass as an ensemble, and praise God in all His glory with big beautiful sounds!
In hopes to have a choir for students in the younger grades, Mr. Pena-Ariet will be re-evaluating the music program after Christmas.
Help Us Meet Our Fundraising Goal
As presented at Back to School Night by our PTO Board, we have taken a streamlined approach with fundraising. We have simplified fundraising to alleviate the amount of time and demand put on the busy schedules of our SJS families. In lieu of numerous fundraisers throughout the year, we ask each family to make a donation of $65.00. We have received a very positive response thus far, and we are grateful for the giving spirit of our families. Please download the Family Donation Plan form and submit to the school office.  
SJS High School Night

On September 20th , all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parents and students are invited to the SJS High School Night! Meet with representatives from Bishop O’Connell H.S and Paul VI Catholic HS in the Parish Hall on Thursday evening from 7-8pm . This is the perfect opportunity to discover what the high school experience could be for your child at our Diocesan Catholic Schools.
Chick-fil-A Night!
Plan a fun night out with the family and support the 8th grade! 
Join us on Oct. 10 at Chick-fil-A in Reston 5-8pm ! See you there!
Brats, Brew, and Bags - RESCHEDULED
SJC Men's Society:
Brats, Brew, and Bags
All men (age 21+) of the Parish are invited & welcomed.

New Date: Friday, September 21, 2018, 6:30 PM
Held on the Parish field

Join fellow St. Joseph parishioners for an opportunity to chat and connect!

An RSVP is appreciated to

6:15 Divine Mercy Chaplet (Optional)

We ask that you bring an appetite and your own lawn chair if you want a seat.
Grand Prize to winning Corn Hole Team "Bags"
Inclement weather plan is to move to Hall C
Farewell Reception for Father James - Sept. 16
Father James will preside over his last Mass (10:00am) this weekend - September 16 - as our Parochial Vicar. A reception of thanks with light refreshments will be held immediately after the 10:00 am Mass in the Parish Hall (C). In lieu of Donut Sunday, we will be celebrating Father James at the farewell reception.
The St. Joseph School community will keep you in our prayers. Thank you for praying over us, praying with us, and praying for us.
Girl Scouts
Be Amazing – Join Girl Scouts!
St. Joseph School Girl Scouts will be hosting an information night on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 7:00PM in SJS meeting room 214 for parents of girls in Kindergarten through 8 th Grade.

With Girl Scouts your daughter will discover the G.I.R.L
(Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) in her. It’s always a countdown to the next adventure. Whether they’re advocating for our communities, discovering the outdoors, exploring science and technology, or powering new adventures as part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scouts discover they can achieve anything! Girl-led, expert-approved, and volunteer-supported, Girl Scouts helps girls discover their strengths and change the world!
For more information please contact:
JoEllen Mountcastle at
Maura Culligan at

*Potential scouts are welcome to attend and participate in fun activities while parents learn more about Girl Scouts at SJS.
PowerSchool - View Grades and
LAST DAY to Update Information
The Parent Portal will open on Monday, September 10, 2018. Parents of students in Grades 3-8 will be able to view grades that have been entered by individual teachers at this time. For specific questions regarding grades, please email the teacher in charge of the subject.  

In addition, the last day to view the demographic pages and update through the portal will be Friday, September 14, 2018 . The demographics portion will close on this date.  The information in PowerSchool at this time will be used and printed for the school directory . For PowerSchool questions, please contact Lisa M. Pearce at 703-880-4351. Thank you.
Middle School Ministry
Middle School (6th-8th) Ministry this Fall
The FUN starts TONIGHT!

Join the Middle School youth in the SJS Gym for an evening of games, treats, and sharing!

                      Fridays @ 7:00pm-8:15pm
                       September 14, 2018
                  October 12, 2018
                   November 9, 2018
                                                                      December 7, 2018
Learn more - Click Here
For more info Contact Kelly Power at
Release of Students - Reminder
This is a policy listed in the student and parent handbook:  

RELEASE OF STUDENTS A note or email is required for a student to request permissions to leave class early. The note/email should indicate the time the student is being picked up and must be signed by the parent. This note will be sent to the office and kept on file. When a student leaves class during the day for an appointment, he/she must be signed out at the school office by the responsible adult. Excessive early releases are unacceptable due to the instructional time a student will miss. Please note: Early dismissal of students must take place prior to 2:45.

Students will not be called to the office until a parent signs the early release form at the office.  

In addition, students will not be "dismissed to the office" at 3:15 unless it regards a weekly medical or academic appointment with a doctor's note and prior principal approval. 

This policy was implemented to both reduce chaos in the office and lobby at dismissal and to ensure safety for all students. Also, our wish is to not disrupt the teachers at dismissal so that they can fully focus on the students in their care. We appreciate your support! 
Chuck E. Cheese's Fun!
What are your plans for the early dismissal on Friday, September 21 ?

Head over to Chuck E. Cheese's in Herndon for a fun outing with your school friends! All are welcome! SJS has partnered with Chuck E. Cheese's (Herndon)! They will be giving each student a voucher for 10 free tokens along with awesome deals on food and drinks! The event starts at 11:30am on September 21 and ends at 9:00pm. Get your friends together and plan to meet there after school! **Vouchers and coupons will be passed out at school and sent home with each student on Friday, September 21.
Middle School Night at Paul VI High School - RESCHEDULED!
All are invited to join the  VI Man  cheering on our Panther varsity football team. Free to all and no reservations are needed. 
Email:  with questions.
St. Joseph Catholic School
750 Peachtree Street
Herndon, VA. 20170