Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-
This week looks to be one of the busiest yet!
Please remember…….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.
On behalf of the PTO and myself, I would like to extend a very sincere thank you to the families who were able to contribute to our $65.00 Family Donation Plan. These funds go directly to support a variety of student programs, and allow us to maintain the high quality of these programs. Donations are still being accepted, please use this link if you would like to donate.
In keeping with our safety upgrades, our wonderful facilities team installed a speed limit tracking sign, located in the parking lot adjacent to the school side entrance. The sign tracks traffic in the lot as a reminder that the posted speed limit is 5 mph. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Rucker.
Trunk or Treat is planned for Thursday, Oct. 25th, (please avoid all representations of the occult), our 3rd annual 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run and the Craft Fair are both scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. Please join us as we support the PTO as well as the Ladies’ Society.
A huge Thank You to all who registered for the 6 th  annual Trunk Or Treat Event. We will have a record 160 families participating and 325 trick or treaters. Please remember the parking lot does not open until 5pm. You will not be allowed to enter the Trunk or Treat area until then. If you show up early you will have to wait to park. We need to ensure the safety of the aftercare children. We are still looking for a few volunteers to help with parking- keep in mind you will be done by the time trick or treating starts. Please email  if you are able to help. The weather looks clear but cold so dress your little ones warm. Thanks once again for your generous donations to Catholic Charities.

Friday, Oct. 26th is a day off for students. Encore teachers will meet with their diocesan colleagues to participate in professional development. Our classroom teachers will participate in professional development that continues our focus on identifying priority standards and differentiating instruction in meet individual student need.
Our school counselor, Mrs. Farrell, invites parents to attend the FCPS Parent Resource Center’s FREE workshop on bullying prevention, Tuesday, October 30th.  You Can Help Prevent Bullying: Strategies for Parents  will be held from 6:30pm-8pm at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road Dunn Loring, VA (Entrance 1 Room 1). Please consider attending this workshop as different types of bullying will be discussed, as well as the important signs to look for in your child, and ways to prevent bullying and support those who have been bullied. Registration is required to attend.  Registration Link  Mrs. Farrell will be present, and she would love for you to join her.
The Enchanted Forest book fair was a huge success, and, additionally, the Coin Drive raised over $1000.00, which will be used to purchase books for the library. We are very grateful to all the volunteers who helped make the book fair such a success, especially, Lisa Bare, Polly Taylor, Mary Lou Daigle, Elizabeth Young, Julie Malling, Wendy Duncan, Alexandra Ospina , and everyone else who gave of their time to make the book fair a great event for all the children! Mrs. Moschetto wants everyone to know that back orders are being delivered daily, and she will bring those to students as they arrive.
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! October 28th is this Sunday.
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.
Parent-teacher conferences will be here soon, scheduled for Nov. 7th, 8th and 9th. If you have not scheduled your conference, please reach out to your child’s teacher!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Rejoice and Be Glad!
Denise Rutledge
No School - October 26
There will be no school on
Friday, October 26 due to
Teacher Professional Development work day.
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
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!

Race Shirt Pick Up Information:
Wednesday, October 24th from 7:30-8:30am (morning carpool) and from 2:30-4:00pm (afternoon carpool) in Parish Hall room 212 (upstairs above the front office). Additionally, packets/shirts can be picked up the day of the race (October 27th) from 7:00-8:00am

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.
Trunk or Treat
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening!

We are blessed that our families are helping to make a difference in the lives of people in need through their donation to Catholic Charities.

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 .

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
Speech/Language and Eye Screening

Voluntary screenings:
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.
Parent Workshop - Prevent Bullying
FCPS' Parent Resource Center is having a  FREE workshop on Tuesday, October 30th  on the important topic of bullying.   You Can Help Prevent Bullying: Strategies for Parents  will be held from 6:30pm-8pm at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road Dunn Loring, VA (Entrance 1 Room 1). 

Please consider attending this workshop as different types of bullying will be discussed, the important signs to look for in your child and ways to prevent bullying and support those who have been bullied.  Registration is required to attend .   Registration Link  Our school counselor, Mrs. Farrell, will be present and she would love for you to join her.
Veteran's Day Mass and Reception
St. Joseph Catholic School would like to invite all veterans and their families to join our school community for a Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Monday, November 12, 2018. 
A reception will follow in our Parish Hall. We are honored to know you
and thank you for your service to our country!

Let us remember all the sacrifices made by our military so that we can have a safer life. No amount of appreciationwill be sufficient enough to honor them. Let us pray for them and their families.
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  
Cub Scouts
Be a part of something—be a Scout
Cub Scouts offers fun, learning and personal growth. St. Joseph’s Parish is fortunate to have an active Cub Scout Pack. There is something for every boy—outdoor skills, crafts, sports, hikes, skits & songs, camping, ship/submarine visits, camaraderie and just plain fun. 

To join, ask questions or to just learn more, contract Mike Schultz at  or Steve Bailey at .
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 22: Thompson
October 23: Tierra
October 24: Toia
October 25: Torano
October 26: NO School

October 29: Torres
October 30: Towns
October 31: Tran, E. 
November 1: Tran, K. 
November 2: Twomey

SJS Open House
Prospective families are welcome to visit St. Joseph Catholic School for our Open House on November 13, 2018 at 9:30am !
Spread the word! Share your story!
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
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.
PAUL VI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL will be hosting our annual 
OPEN HOUSE ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28TH FROM 1 TO 4PM    the Fairfax Campus. 
Group presentations will take place at 1:15 and 2:15 in Father Heet Auditorium. This is a perfect opportunity for 6th, 7th and 8th graders and their families to explore 
the benefits of a Catholic high school education. Visit  or  
for additional information about PVI. 
Upcoming Events
October 23 - Mass
October 25 - 5th Grade STREAM Lab
October 25 - Free Dress Out Day to support the Annual 5k Race
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