Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-
Welcome Back! I hope the two weeks away were filled with much joy! We start off 2020 focusing on the SJS mission statement, building wisdom and faith through service to God, and recommitting to our school-year theme, Welcome one Christ welcomed you (Rom 15:7). Both these statements are fundamental to SJS, and we live them through our relationship with our One Strong F.A.M.I.L.Y initiative. We strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ, and we are consistent with the teachings of the Church, when we “ affirm the inherent dignity of each and every human person and advocate for the wellbeing of all people, particularly the most vulnerable.” (USCCB)
Mrs. Carson and I were overwhelmed by the many gifts were received for Christmas. Your generosity and thoughtfulness are greatly appreciated, and we thank each and every one of you for your kindness. Please know that you and your families are always in our prayers, and we wish you many blessings.
January is a very busy month, opening with Scantron test session 2, and ending with Catholic Schools Week. In between is the DFE half-day on January 17, Martin Luther King holiday on January 20, School-wide Spirit and Service Day on January 21, the March for Life on January 24, and 2nd grade First Reconciliation on January 25... and by the time the month closes out we will be more than half-way through the school year!
The Scantron Test window opens January 13 and runs through January 31. During this time, students in grades 3-7 will test in the areas of Math, Reading and Language Arts. Please make sure your children are in school during this time to ensure adequate opportunity to complete the tests. If you have specific scheduling questions or conflicts, please contact your child’s teacher.
As many of you are aware, our jr. high science teacher , Miss Jennison, has been away from school on family leave. After much prayer and reflection, she has decided that she cannot manage her family commitments, along with her job here, and so she has resigned. We wish her all the best, and I ask that you keep Miss Jennison, and her family, in your prayers.
I am happy to announce the hiring of Miss Tara Lilley as 7 th /8 th Science teacher. Miss Lilley has five years experience teaching middle school science for Baltimore County Public Schools, and 4 years experience teaching science at Irvine Nature Center. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology, with a master’s degree in teaching from Towson University (MD), and a master’s degree in adolescent psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. Mrs. Hurley will remain to oversee the science fair and mentor Miss Lilley as she settles into her new position.
And regarding the Science Fair…. The Science Fair is on the calendar for February 6, and we need 55 judges to make this event as successful as possible for our students. If you would like to act as a judge, please access the information and sign up website at . Your time is greatly appreciated. The students put a great deal of effort into this milestone event and they really need you!!
Please be alert to the on-again phishing scam , involving text messages designed to appear as if they were sent from SJC/SJS. Protect yourself by knowing that no one from SJC or SJS will text you, or email you to ask for gift cards, or to send money. The Federal Trade Commission offers the following advice and point of contact if you find yourself the target or victim of a scam. Use this link to access support: .
As always, if you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance, please let me know.
 Welcome one Christ welcomed you!
                                                                                 (Rom 15:7)
Denise Rutledge

  Building Wisdom and Faith Through Service to God
SJS Mobile App...In case you missed it!
We are excited to announce the release of
a new Mobile App for
St. Joseph Catholic School!
This app is available for download in the Android and Apple Stores. The App is a new and effective way for the school to communicate with you and for you to stay connected with the school! Having everything at your fingertips in one app should help keep things organized! Best of all, we can alert you of extra special happenings and cancellations via the app’s push notifications system. (Make sure to agree to the push notifications when downloading the app! Otherwise, you will need to delete and reinstall the app!)
You can download the app by searching 'St. Joseph Catholic School VA'
in the app store!
Re-Enrollment Reminder
With our 93% retention rate, it is reasonable to  streamline our re-enrollment processes.  The process is restructured so that current students will be automatically re-enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year. Enrollment fees will be charged on  February 1, 2020 from the FACTS account on file  . If, for some reason, your student will not be returning to St. Joseph Catholic School,  notification in writing is needed by January 15, 2020  . We are confident that you will find this expedited and recurring re-enrollment process helpful. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Millon ( or 703-880-4355) in the Business Office.
Open House
Science Fair
Hello judges! 
This is a call for you to sign up to be a judge at this year's 
SJS Science Fair! 
Don't have a student attending SJS anymore? 
Doesn't Matter...We could still use your help!
Please click on the following link to sign up on our 
Science Fair Judges Registration page. 
Got Talent? NEW DATE!
Permission slips due Friday!
**New Date**

The Talent Show is rescheduled for
Thursday, January 30, 2020 , to coincide with
Catholic Schools Week celebrations.

Permission slips due by January 10
Talent Show rehearsals will be held on Monday, January 27
Talent Show will be held January 30 at 1:30 pm.

Library Volunteers Needed

Consider volunteering your time to help in the library!
PTO General Meeting
January 15, 2020
Please join us for our General PTO Meeting scheduled for January 15!
Details to follow!
Annual School Dinner and Auction
Help make our school's biggest fundraiser a huge success, sign up to be on one of our Spring Fling Committees!!
A great way to get involved, meet people, and have so much fun!
Click the link below to sign up!

Cub Scouts
Pinewood Derby and Bake Off
All Scouts, Alumni, Students, Parents, Teachers and Staff Invited—
Saturday, JAN 18 th
Come support St Joseph Cub Scouts as they race their hand-built cars to the finish line at our annual Pinewood Derby Race. Also sample our Scouts gourmet skills in our annual Bake-Off competition on Saturday, January 18 th in Parish Hall C 8AM-12:00PM. All Pack 913 Cub Scout Alumni and current siblings are invited to enter your cars in the Alumni and Sibling Races at 11:30. For more information, contact Dave Rockwell at or Steve Bailey at
Middle School Ministry
Prayer Leaders
January 6: Langone, S.
January 7: Larsen, E. and M.
January 8: Larsen, C. and D.
January 9: Laskey, N.
January 10: Lasseigne, M.

January 13: Le, L. and K.
January 14: LeBoeuf, J.
January 15: Lehanka, R.
January 16: Loen, J. and M.
January 17: Ling, A. and L.

Prayer leaders are to report to the library no later than 7:50 AM in order to appear on the morning news show. Parents are welcome to watch the live show.
Upcoming Events
January 10: Mass
January 13: Scantron Week
January 15: General PTO Meeting
January 17: Mass
January 17: 11:30am Dismissal
January 20: NO SCHOOL
January 21: Spirit and Service
January 24: Mass
January 24: March for Life
January 25: First Penance
January 26: Catholic Schools Week
January 28: Open House
January 29: 8th grade Confirmation Retreat
January 30: Talent Show
January 31: Mass
January 31: 11:30am Dismissal
January 31: Interims
Stay Connected - Twitter and Facebook
Don't forget to follow SJS
on Twitter and Facebook!
A lot is happening at SJS and you don't want to miss out!

Twitter: @sjschoolva
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750 Peachtree Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Tel: 703-880-4350 Fax: 703-880-4320