Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-
Students are working hard to model the behaviors listed on the St. Joe’s Six, and teachers are looking for occasions to reward students for exemplary behavior that represents the best of the best. The Six Slip has become highly prized in the school community. This week we were able to recognize Abigail J. for her commitment to her character development . Abby was recognized on the school news this morning and her picture will be displayed in the hall. Congratulations to Abby and all students who earned Six Slips!

Congratulations to the 40 student athletes who represented Saint Joseph's parish in in the Arlington Diocese Fall 2018  Track & Field Championship  on Saturday, September 29. The event included 13 parishes and 650 participants competing in over 100 events. There were individual and relay races on the track in addition to long-jump, softball throw, javelin, and shot put events in the field.

Our athletes performed very well and earned a 2nd place overall team score within the Small Schools category! All the athletes are commended for the wonderful sportsmanship displayed as they cheered on teammates while sharing their running, jumping and throwing talents.
  1. Our Varsity team (7th & 8th graders) placed 4th with 63 points
  2. Our JV team (5th & 6th graders) placed 2nd with 66 points
  3. Our Frosh team (3rd & 4th graders) placed 1st with 67 points
Scantron scores went home last Friday, and if you are having trouble locating the parent information on our website, please follow this link to access the parent guide.
Parents of 8th grade students are reminded that a mandatory Confirmation meeting, is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:00 pm. Prior to that meeting, parents are invited to attend an informational meeting that addresses the high school application process. Please consider attending this information session if you have any questions with respect to the Catholic high school application process. The meeting will start at 6:15 pm and will end by 6:45.
As I mentioned last week, each year we are required by the Bishop to present a lesson, provided by the Diocese, devoted to the topic of " Formation in Christian Chastity .” This program is mandated by the Office of Child Protection and provides teachers and parents with resources to help inform our students about safety from the perspective of human dignity. As primary educators of your children, parents have the right to “opt-out” their children from these lessons. The return date on opt-out forms was Monday, Oct. 15th, and it is now assumed that you have reviewed the content and are comfortable with your child participating in the lessons. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
The Enchanted Forest book fair is up and running now through Sunday, Oct. 21. Please see below for dates and extended times. Trunk or Treat is planned for Thursday, Oct. 25th. This can be a fun evening of fellowship, but please refrain from car decorations that represent the occult.
Our 3rd annual 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. See ad below for additional details. After the race, sprint on over to Hall A for the Craft Fair , open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Racers who show their bibs at the Craft Fair are entered into the raffle! What a great way to spend time together as a community and support our parish!
Don’t forget to place your November lunch orders for your children, through our school lunch program, in conjunction with Fairfax Food Service. Use this link, , to be re-directed to our webpage to find the ordering procedures. Remember to place your order no later than the 28 th of each month!
It may be safe to assume that the hot weather is behind us and all students should now wear the winter uniform, which includes sweatpants worn over-top PE shorts, on PE days. As with all things, common sense will prevail, and if students become too hot, they are permitted to remove sweaters, sweatshirts, and sweatpants.
After school clubs are up and running. If your child is interested in joining a club, please reach out to the teacher moderator for information on joining.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Rejoice and Be Glad!
Denise Rutledge
Book Fair Information
Help Needed!
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Come one, come all! The SJS Enchanted Book Fair comes to light on
October 16th!

Congratulations to the 3 classes with the top money raised in the Coin Drive:

First Grade Blue - $148.38
Eighth Grade White - $130.75
Fifth Grade Blue - $94.52

Grand total raised was $1093.57 Wow! Many books will be purchased for the SJS library!
Thank you for your support!!

Book Fair Hours:
Tuesday, October 16 - 12 to 4pm
Wednesday, October 17 - 8:30am to 4pm
Thursday, October 18 - 8:30am to 7pm (**New Extended Hours)
Friday, October 19 - 8:30am to 4pm
Saturday, October 20 - Book Fair is Closed
Sunday, October 21 - 9am to 1:00pm (Book Fair is now open until 1:00pm on Sunday)

May all your book wishes come true!
We need Book Fair Volunteers!

Click below for days and times. Help is especially needed to assist our younger students! Thank you for your consideration and support!
Help Us Meet Our Goal! -
Deadline Approaching!!
Family Donation Plan
Deadline Approaching!

**We know how busy you are so we've made it easier for you! You may submit the form to the school office OR EMAIL the signed copy to Debbie Millon ( ).** 

Keep in mind that the money received directly goes towards:
➢ School Traditional Events (Ex: First Holy Communion, All Saints Day, Confirmation, First Penance, International Day, Colonial Day, Kindergarten Graduation, 8th Grade graduation, 8th Grade Love Mass, etc.)
➢ Technology Enhancements
➢ SJS Wellness Program
➢ Library Enhancements
➢ Teacher Start Up funds
➢ Hospitality Events (Ex. Open House, Veteran’s Day reception, etc.)
➢ School Directory
➢ Family Support Program
➢ Faculty Christmas Party & Service Awards

Thank you to all the families
that have sent in their donation!
There is still time! Please download the
and submit to the school office.
Our goal is 100% participation by all SJS families!
Help make that happen!
We appreciate your continued support!

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.  
Speech/Language and Eye Screening
Voluntary screenings:
October 22 - Speech/Language screenings for grades K-2
October 29 and November 5 - Eye screenings for grades 1-6
Forms will be sent home with students. If you would like to volunteer to help, please click the button below.
8th Grade Scientists at Work
Last week our 8th graders had the opportunity to
 dissect sheep brains. Ewe!
SJS Choir News
We have added an after school rehearsal day for grades 7th and 8th in effort to grow each choir members talents! Rehearsal practice will take place from 3:15 - 4:15pm every Wednesday starting on November 7th

Stay tuned for choir information for grades 4th through 6th! If you have any questions, please contact 
Mr. Pena-Ariet at  
Trunk or Treat

Get your costumes out and ideas flowing! Our 6th Annual Trunk or Treat, to benefit Catholic Charities, will be held in the St. Joseph School parking lot on
Thursday,  October 25th .

Free Dress Out Day!
Race Day is almost here! Lace up your running shoes and get excited with a FREE Dress Out Day on October 25th! Registered participants can pick up their race shirts on Wednesday (the day before the dress out) to wear on October 25th! Details on shirt pick up will be forthcoming.

No race shirt? No problem! Wear any SJS school spirit gear or wear school colors! Please remember: No jeans with holes or rips, No sweatpants unless it's the SJS P.E. uniform sweatpants, and No shorts.
Register for the SJS 5k / 1 Mile Fun Run!
Interested in becoming a race sponsor?
Click for Race Sponsorship information or visit the
Consider helping the day of the race. We are thankful for the many volunteers that help make the race successful!  Click to VOLUNTEER
CYO Basketball Try-Outs
Open to 3rd through 8th Graders attending St. Joseph’s School or registered in our CCD program.

Tryouts begin the week of Oct 9 and run through Oct 19 as follows :
Monday, October 8 - No Tryouts
Friday, October 12 - No Tryouts (Middle School Ministry Night in Gym)

8th Grade Mon, 3:15 – 4:30 PM Tues, 8:00 – 9:15 PM Fri, 3:15 – 4:30 PM
7th Grade Tues, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Fri, 7:45 – 8:45 PM
6th Grade Wed, 4:30 – 5:30 PM Thurs, 3:15 – 4:30 PM
5th Grade Tues, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Wed, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
4th Grade Mon, 5:30 – 6:30 PM Tues, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
3rd Grade Thurs, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

8th Grade Mon, 8:30 – 9:45 PM Wed, 3:15 – 4:30PM Fri, 5:30 – 6:45 PM
7th Grade Mon, 4:30 – 5:30 PM Thurs, 4:30 – 5:30 PM Fri, 6:45 – 7:45 PM
6th Grade Mon, 7:30 – 8:30 PM Thurs, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
5th Grade Wed, 6:30 – 7:30 PM Fri, 4:30 – 5:30 PM
4th Grade Mon, 6:30 – 7:30 PM Thurs, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
3rd Grade Wed, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Note: There are no cuts at any of the grade levels. If you have any questions or are interested in coaching (head or assistant), then please contact Saint Joseph’s CYO Commissioner, Mac Cannon: .
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
Facebook: sjschoolva
St. Joseph Catholic Church Craft Fair
Save the date!
Sat Oct 27, 2018

We are looking for business sponsors! Applications for vendor booths are now open to the public. Filling up fast! Contact Jacki Esguerra 571-331-6274 or
Alumni News
Lizzie Young (Class of 1992)
SJS Hospitality Committee Chair
Lizzie Young graduated St. Joseph Catholic School in 1992, went on to attend Paul VI High School, and graduated from Herndon High School. She is a true Herndonite! She continued her studies and graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Communication Disorders. 

Lizzie is gifted with many talents and holds many jobs – including (but not limited to) CEO of her household, running her parents business (Baskets & Blooms), disciplined athlete, and a giving volunteer! Not only is Lizzie an alum of SJS, her daughter, Abby, (Class of 2011) is also an alum! Additionally, Lizzie has a daughter in 4 th grade and a son in kindergarten. We are blessed to have her as the chairperson for the Hospitality committee where her added attention to detail make SJS spectacular! Thank you, Lizzie, for your generosity, time, and talents!!
Morning Prayers
Each week the SJS News crew have helpers lead the school in morning prayers. Parents are welcome to watch the morning news show after carpool on days that their child is our prayerful leader. Siblings say prayers together on their designated day. The following are students for
the upcoming weeks.

October 15: Sutherland
October 16: Szuch-Gantick
October 17: Taylor
October 18: Tebbe
October 19: Theriot

October 22: Thompson
October 23: Tierra
October 24: Toia
October 25: Torano
October 26: NO School
Box Top Fun!
Last year St. Joseph School received $661.20 from submitting Box Tops. 

For the 2018/2019 school year, we have already earned $152.00

Let’s see if we can earn $1,000 this year!

Simply clip Box Tops and send in envelopes/bags of 50 or use the
to collect 25 at a time!
Look for these Box Tops on hundreds of products. They come in all shapes and sizes and each one is worth $$ for our school:
Drop at the office, in the hallway box where the children enter, or via backpack mail to: Steven F. 8th Grade – Mrs. Bilbo
Contact Natalie F. for more information at: nfehervari@gmail.c om
High School News
Bishop Ireton
High School
The BI Coding Club is hosting Hack BI,
a 24-hour hackathon, open to
8th - 12th graders.

This FREE event will take place at Bishop Ireton on November 3-4. For more information and registration, see . Space is limited so register early. The grand prize is a paid internship. and there are many other prizes as well.
No experience necessary -- workshops are provided for beginners, intermediate, and advanced programmers! 
Paul VI High School

All are invited to join the VI Man cheering on our Panther varsity football team. Free to all and no reservations are needed. 
with questions.

Upcoming Events
October 16 - Book Fair (12-4pm)
October 17 - Book Fair (8:30am to 4:00pm)
October 18 - Book Fair (8:30am to 7:00pm) **New Extended Hours**
October 19 - B ook Fair (8:30am to 4:00pm)
October 19 - Mass
October 21 - Book Fair (9:00am - 1:00pm)
October 23 - Mass
October 25 - 5th Grade STREAM Lab
October 25 - Trunk or Treat
October 27 - 3rd Annual 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run
October 27 - St. Joseph Church Annual Craft Fair
October 31 - 8th Grade Field Trip
November 1 - 4th grade All Saints Mass
November 2 - Coffee with the Principal
November 4 - Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 7 - 11:30am Early Dismissal Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 8 - 11:30am Early Dismissal Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 9 - 11:30am Early Dismissal Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 9 - Mass
November 11 - Veteran's Day
November 11 - Donut Sunday hosted by the Knights of Columbus
November 12 - 3rd Grade Veteran's Day Mass
November 12 - Veteran's Day Breakfast
November 13 - 9:30am SJS Open House
November 14 - Band Practice - Beginner and Adv anced
November 15 - Make Up Day for Individual Pictures
November 16 - 1st Grade Thanksgiving Program
November 19 - Kindergarten Bread Making
November 20 - 8th Grade Theater Field Trip
November 20 - Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast
November 20 - Scout and Band Mass
November 20 - NO EXTENDED DAY
November 21 - No School
November 22 - No School
November 23 - No School
November 28 - Band Practice - Beginner and Adv anced
November 29 - 8th Grade High School Placement Test
November 30 - 8th Grade Christmas Dance
November 30 - Mass
November 30 - Early Dismissal 11:30am
November 30 - End of First Trimester
Weekly Saints Quote
750 Peachtree Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Tel: 703-880-4350 Fax: 703-880-4320