Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-
The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was celebrated Monday, October 7, and our students prayed a living rosary in the courtyard this morning to honor that feast. The rosary is such a beautiful way to meditate on the life of Christ, while honoring Our Holy Mother. The rosary reminds us how intimately entwined mothers are in the lives of their children, and it is no different in the Holy Family.
On Friday, October 11, we will be half-way through the first trimester! Parents should log on to the PowerSchool to access student grades . To access student grades, click on the ' i ' under Trimester 1 for each subject. If you notice that there are areas where your child could improve, now is the time to partner with the teachers to make the necessary adjustments. There is plenty of time to see significant improvements, if needed, before the trimester runs out. In addition, if you have questions about your child’s SCANTRON report that went home last week, (students in grades 3 through 7), please reach out to your child’s teacher.
As part of good safety practices , as well as tightening things up for DFE, I want to remind volunteers that they must be accounted for at all times, including fire drills. To help with this, volunteers are asked to sign-in, and then report immediately to the volunteer position. Once the volunteering is finished, please sign-out, and exit the building. If you bump into a friend, and want to visit for a few minutes, please come to the front office lobby area, or you are free to visit outside the school building. Please don’t visit in the halls, where it is more difficult to account for you. If you find yourself involved in a fire drill, please exit the building in the company of the group you are working with, and stay with them until the drill is concluded. Your teacher will be able to account for you. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Brother Zachary held a very successful Odyssey of the Mind parent meeting last week. However, if you were unable to attend the meeting, you are not closed out! To register, or for more information, please reach out to Brother Zack at . Brother Zack is also looking for parent volunteers. Odyssey of the Mind is a highly acclaimed program that allows children to develop creative-problem solving skills that are so critical for success at the next level.
As I mentioned at the start of the year, all families are invited to participate in the Diocese of Arlington- Office of Catholic Schools Family or Parent/Guardian Survey for St. Joseph Catholic School. Use this link to access the survey , which will remain open until October 14 at 5:00PM. Please take advantage of this opportunity!
Reminder App Alert...add to your reminder app on your phone:
Thursday, October 10 members of the PVI administration are at SJS for Coffee and Conversation regarding the move to the new campus. Please meet in room 213, immediately after carpool.

Friday, October 11 is a DFE half-day, students dismissed at 11:30.
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
Early Dismissal - Friday!

Friday, October 11 is an 11:30am dismissal
Message from Technology Teacher
Please take a moment to read this letter from our Technology Teacher, Mrs. Hatley, regarding the use of the Google Suite tools as part of the St. Joseph Catholic School learning environment.
Odyssey of the Mind
Message from Br. Zachary

Thank you to all of you who have contacted me or met with me in person concerning your child's/children's interest in the Saint Joseph Odyssey of the Mind club! We are shaping up to have a great number of participants. Before I put a final cut on registration (which I will set for Thursday night at midnight), I just wanted to send one final reminder message in case anyone missed the original invitation to register via email at . Also, if you are interested in coaching or supervising your son/daughter's team in any way, please let me know! No prior experience necessary, I promise. Looking forward to getting underway!


Br. Zachary
Extended Day News
St. Joseph Catholic School is very fortunate to offer morning and afternoon care for students, and the extended day program has grown over the years!
This year, we have reached our capacity based on our state license, and unfortunately, we can no longer accept extended day registration forms for this school year.

We are looking to hire additional staff to meet our licensing requirements. Once that is accomplished, we will be able accept additional students.

Parents of students who are registered on a "drop-in" basis are asked to call extended day by noon of the day of the anticipated drop-in.

Questions? Please contact Nancy Lisk, at
Trunk or Treat
When & Where? Thursday, October 24th St. Joseph Catholic School Parking Lot
Parking Lot opens at 5:00pm for set up and decoration. All participating cars must be in place by 6:00pm. Trick or Treating starts at 6:15pm.
In order for this event to be successful, all families participating must register their car and distribute a treat. Please complete your family registration and return it with your $10 donation no later than Friday, October 18th.  Click here for the registration form and for more information .
Questions? Email
Library News
Win this book!
Hey, all You graphic novel fans and fans of 
Smile, Sisters , and Ghosts !
Here is your chance to win a copy of the newest Raina Telgemeier book, GUTS!
Contest open to grades 3 and up!
Fill out the entry form and turn it in to the library. All you have to do is tell why you like graphic novels in 100 words or less!  Entries must be received by Thursday, October 24 !
Contest forms are in the library or download here !
Join Us for Lunch in October!
October is the month of "lunches"!
We invite YOU to enjoy lunch with your child in the lunchroom during his/her lunch period!

Treasure these times with your child before they grow up and head on to high school! 

Up to 4 parents per class will have the opportunity to sit with their child
and their classmates. 
We ask that parents are Child Compliant. 
Also, because of food allergies, we ask that no food is brought in for other students.  

Thank you for your support and we look forward to you taking
advantage of this wonderful time with your child!
Winter Uniform
It's hard to imagine Winter uniforms when we've been having warm weather lately! How are those sweaters looking? Do you have the appropriate shirts needed?
Is it time for a Flynn O'Hara run?

Winter uniforms will be in effect on Tuesday, October 15.

Please keep in mind that if the weather is warm/hot, students will not
be required to wear their sweaters and/or P.E. sweatshirts/sweatpants! We will go week by week in terms of the winter uniform. If the weather is warm -- no need for warm weather uniform pieces (sweater, P.E.sweatshirt, or P.E. sweatpants).
PTO News
Thank You to all parents who came out for the Celebrate Calm Parenting Workshop!!! Some parents expressed interest, and were unable to attend. Kirk will be giving one more workshop locally this weekend, more information can be found on their website:

What are you doing on October 11 for the early dismissal? Grab your friends and head over to Monster Mini Golf!
Mini Golf at Monster Mini Golf!

Used Uniform Sale!
Save the Date: Used Uniform Sale Sunday, October 27th, more details coming soon! Try on those winter uniforms now to see if your student has grown! Please email if you have any questions

PTO Family Movie Night - December 13
Pre-Kick Off Event: Walking with the Saints
November 7, 2019 after school

 Saturday, November 9th @ Northwest Federal Credit Union Annual 5K Race

Want to help make Bernie’s 5K Dash a huge success?? We are currently seeking event sponsors, donations and volunteers, please email !
Vision and Hearing - Volunteers Needed
It's time for the annual vision and hearing screening for grades 3 & 7!
Screening is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23 from 8:45am to 11:30am, volunteers would need to arrive 20 minutes prior to the screening and leave about 30 minutes afterwards. 4 volunteers are needed. 
If you are interested, please email the school nurse, Mrs. Ezenwa at
Your time is greatly appreciated! 
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!

  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.

Thanks for your support!
Volunteers Needed!
Check out these opportunities to get involved!
Recess volunteers are needed!

Paid position if can commit to M-F
When: Monday - Friday
Time: 11:15am until 12:55pm
Paid positions available for those that can work Monday through Friday.
However, we welcome any parent that can volunteer their time even though they can't commit to all week.
Interested? Contact Mrs. Rutledge at
Another opportunity to get involved and volunteer at
St. Joseph Catholic School!
Mrs. Moschetto needs volunteers for the library.
Click below to sign up!
Please remember all volunteers must be compliant
with the Child Protection Program.
Thank you for your time!

Want to get involved? We need YOU!
We are looking for volunteers during student lunch time!
Please consider donating the gift of your time!
It is required that all volunteers complete the Child Protection Certification program.
Prayer Leaders
October 7: Glista, N.
October 8: Glynn, S.
October 9: Godfrey, O.
October 10: Grace, E., L., J.
October 11: Graeff, M.

October 14: NO SCHOOL
October 15: Griffith, J.
October 16: Grinnon, E. and S.
October 17: Grom, A.
October 18: Grotticelli, M. and M.

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.
CYO Basketball
Volunteers Needed!
We need coaches (head and assistants), especially for these grades:
          3 rd grade Boys and Girls
         4 th , 5 th & 8 th grade Girls

Please contact Mac Cannon at for any questions!
Italian Dinner
Middle School Ministry
High School Open House
Open House - October 13
Open House at
Bishop O'Connell
October 13, 1:00-4:00
Presentation begins at 1:00. You and your family are invited to see a presentation, meet our faculty and coaches, and tour through our building.  Click here for more information.
Another opportunity to learn more about PVI...
Meet PVI Administration and Students

Join representatives from St. Paul VI Catholic High School's administration and student body for refreshments and conversation at the Estates at Lenah Mill at 41497 Lavender Breeze Circle, Aldie, Virginia on Thursday, October 17th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. 

This is an opportunity to find your dream home and dream high school all under one roof.
St. Paul VI Catholic High School is having an Open House on Sunday, October 27 from 1-4pm.

10675 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA. 22030

Become a "Panther for a Day" - Shadow a current student and experience a day at Paul VI!

To arrange a visit or for more information about PVI, contact Mr. Glenn Farello at 703-352-0925 x340 or

Learn more at
Upcoming Events
October 8: Living Rosary
October 11: 11:30am Dismissal
October 11: Mass
October 11: Interims
October 14: NO SCHOOL
October 18: Mass
October 24: Mass
October 24: 11:30am Dismissal
October 25: NO SCHOOL

November 1: Coffee with the Principal
November 1: Mass - Feast of All Saints Day
November 1: 4th Grade All Saints program
November 8: Mass
November 8: Veteran's Day breakfast
November 9: Annual 5k race
November 11: NO SCHOOL
November 12: 11:30am Dismissal
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