Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-
Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick, and the one-year mark of our COVID-19 shutdown. Since that time, as a nation, we have recorded in excess of 29.3 million cases of COVID-19 and with that, the deaths of over 531,000 Americans. Who could have predicted the enormity of this pandemic? We have a bit of hope with the distribution of vaccines, though, but must remain vigilant in our efforts to stop the spread. When under stress, remember to turn it all over to God, and call upon the Saints as intercessors. St. Patrick is known for his humility and his courage, two characteristics that serve us well at this time.
The third and final trimester of the school year is underway, and I thank you for your patience as returning families reacclimate themselves with policies and procedures. It’s hard to believe, but our school family has been in a state of “not normal” for an entire year! All in-person learners are reminded that by signing the required waiver, you agreed to conduct COVID screener activities each morning, including checking temperatures, and staying home when ill. I thank all for compliance with these policies. Welcome Back to All!!
Our COVID update this week, case data remains high with 102.5 cases per 100,000 which is considered a high level of community transmission, however, the percent positivity rate in Fairfax County is down to 5.0%. Neighboring Loudoun County has a positivity rate of 6.7%, the highest rate in the Commonwealth, and in Prince William County the 6.5% positivity rate is significantly lower than last week. Notably, though, there are 49 known cases of the UK B.1.1.7 COVID variant in the Commonwealth, and 20 cases of the South Africa B.1.351 variant, as of March 12. No other variants have been detected at this time. VDH asks all Virginians to recommit to following ALL mitigation strategies!
Reminder that Friday, March 19 is a student day-off from school. Teachers will be participating in professional development activities and workshops. T2 report cards will be available through the parent portal on Friday.
Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance.

Go to Joseph
                              (Gen 41:55)

Denise Rutledge
 Building Wisdom and Faith Through Service to God
No School

March 19 = NO SCHOOL

Professional Development Day
St. Joseph Feast Day
Financial Aid
Deadline is Tomorrow!

Financial Aid Applications are due for Elementary Schools by March 17, 2021Please remember that 2020 W-2s and tax returns are required for verification!

For more information, visit Tuition and Financial Aid Information
Nurse's Corner
Friendly reminders:

    If a household family member or child is sick, all siblings must stay home until an official diagnosis has been made by their healthcare provider before sending the siblings back to school.
    If a household family member or someone whom members of your household were in close contact with is being tested and waiting for their test result, please keep your children home until you receive a negative result before sending them back to school.
    If you travel or participate in a social gathering event with people outside your cohort, please quarantine for 7 days if tested on day 5 to return to school with a negative test on day 8 OR quarantine for 10 days to return to school on day 11; assuming everyone is symptom free
    If a household family member has to quarantine due to travel, please have the children go on DL during the quarantine period to prevent an unintended exposure from your children to their classmates/teachers during the quarantine period assuming the household family member ends up becoming ill. 
All travelers (domestic & international) are required to quarantine upon return from your travel. You may choose to quarantine for 7 days and get tested on day 5 and return to school on day 8 with a negative result OR if not tested, quarantine for 10 days upon return and return to school on day 11; assuming every household member remains symptom/fever free. Travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations.
Students have to be 24 hours symptom/fever free without any over -the-counter medication before they can return to school. It is better to air on the side of caution, when in doubt, please keep your child home until they are evaluated and cleared to return to school. The nurse needs to be contacted for an update before sending the siblings back to school.
SJS Mitigation Strategies

All SJS COVID mitigation strategies remain in effect. Please review all requirements for travel and gatherings. Do your part to stop the spread. Thank you for your compliance!
Book Club - Tonight!
Mrs. Rutledge and Mrs. Carson invite you to read along and discuss the key elements detailed in
The Power of Showing Up.

Next meeting planned for Tuesday, March 16, at 7:00PM.

Topic: Book Club
Time: March 16, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 984 3437 1204
Passcode: ZX99BY

Topic: Chapter 6- Putting All the S’s Together, Helping Your Children Feel Secure
A secure model of attachment is created when a child feels safe, seen and soothed. It ensures that the right intrapersonal and interpersonal skills are integrated into the mindset of a child.

Topic: Conclusion- From the Playground to the Dorm Room, A Look into the Future

The goal of the book club is building community and helping each other through a pandemic. It is not intended to be therapy or family counseling. Please seek the assistance of licensed practitioners if needed.
Reservations for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday Masses
Mass Reservation Required
Reservations for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday Masses - Required
Making a Mass Reservation

Step One:
Review Directives – It is important that you review the list of Directives for Phase III Reintegration Plan prior to making your reservation.

Step Two:
Make your Reservation – No one will be admitted to the church for Mass without a reservation.
If you have Internet access, use the following email, to make your reservation for Mass. Note, if you do not have Internet access, you may call the parish office (703-880-4355 or 703-880-4304) and a member of the staff will make a reservation for you.

You will receive an email confirming that you have a reservation at a particular Mass with the number of people attending. Please bring this email with you to the Mass for entry to the Church. The entire number of people attending with you must be present to enter into the Church as a family.          
Yearbooks will be available to purchase from Feb 10 - March 26 ONLINE only. There will be no extra copies to purchase after yearbook sale. 

Jostens has created an online portal for yearbook sales, click the link to purchase:

Cost for the yearbook is $20
Stay Connected!
SJS Mobile App, Twitter and Facebook

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)
Weekly Saints Quote
750 Peachtree Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Tel: 703-880-4350 Fax: 703-880-4320