Bernie's Bark
11.03.2020
Dear Parents-
 
Let us pray for all candidates who desire to serve in our national and local government. May all seeking election commit themselves to the common good, so that our nation may be faithful to its pledge of liberty and justice for all. Let us pray for the ones most affected by the choices we make... And for the one who will be elected President let us pray that he will have before him at all times the courage to protect and defend the rights of all citizens, especially the weakest and most vulnerable among us. (from Diocese of San Jose)

Last Thursday, we enjoyed the 8th grade “parade of costumes!” Historically, our 8th grade students made cards and small Halloween gifts, dressed in their costumes and headed over to Potomac Falls Health and Rehab Center to share the fun of Halloween! Unfortunately, visiting with the elderly of our community is not possible, and so this year, while students were able to make cards, the parade of costumes was held at school. I am so proud of the teachers and students who worked together to ensure great fun for everyone!

Parent-Teacher conferences are planned for Tuesday afternoon, November 10 and all day Wednesday, November 11. All conferences will be held via ZOOM. Teachers are in the process of reaching out to parents with conference Sign-Up Genius links.

The coronavirus continues to spread throughout our region. The positivity rate in Virginia is up to 7.4%, with the current 7-day average of new infections setting a record high. The number of new cases continues to indicate that the potential for an outbreak continues to grow, according to COVIDactnow.com. Fairfax County test positivity rate is up noticeably over last week, now at 5.02%; neighboring Loudoun County has a positivity rate of 5.2%, and Prince William County is at 7% positivity rate. Websites that track the virus indicate COVID in Fairfax County is at risk of an outbreak. As always, I remind our families to wear masks, wash hands, keep distance and avoid crowds. Please be careful and I thank you for your commitment to keeping the school community safe by minimizing unnecessary social contact.

In addition, keeping the school community safe depends on all in-person students complying with the mitigation strategies set in the reopen plan. This means wearing a mask throughout the school day, and staying in the assigned cohort, among other requirements. For some students, this is very difficult. It is important to assess your commitment to complying with the plan. We are facing an uptick in COVID-19 cases now and through the winter months, and for the safety of everyone, please talk with your child and re-energize the commitment to wearing a mask, and to responsible behaviors when in a pandemic.

Along with the potential for an increase in COVID cases comes an increase in hardship for families closely affected by the virus. As we enter the holiday season,  it is a perfect time of year to reflect on Catholic social teaching, and how we answer the call to holiness...doing small things with great love, including remembering those who are food insecure, and those who are without warmth and shelter. The HOPE baby-bottle drive runs this week, and Scouting for Food Drive runs next week. See information below about both drives. If possible, please consider donating to these groups that support families in need in the Herndon community.

Polls close at 7:00PM...if you haven’t already, GO VOTE.  #democracy #votingmatters #ivoted #govote
 
As always, please let me know if you have any questions, or if I can be of assistance.

Go to Joseph
                              (Gen 41:55)

Denise Rutledge
Principal
 
 Building Wisdom and Faith Through Service to God
Reminders

November 10 = 11:30am Dismissal (Parent/Teacher conferences)

November 11 = NO SCHOOL (Parent/Teacher conferences)


Thanksgiving Break: SJS will be closed Monday, November 23, and reopen Wednesday, December 2. 
These days are vacation days and not virtual learning days. Additionally, there will be no requirement to “make up” these days.
SJS Book Fair
Book Fair Opens (Virtually) Friday, Nov. 6
The SJS Book Fair will open virtually on Friday, November 6! Click the button below to get a sneak peek of all the great books and gifts you can purchase! Free shipping on orders $30+.....shipped to your home!

The last day to order books and have them arrive by Christmas will be Dec. 6. Happy Shopping!
HOPE Baby Bottles
As part of our service to others, SJS will support the the Baby Bottles of Hope program. Students collect money in baby bottles throughout the duration of the campaign. Funds raised allows Hope to continue caring for mothers, babies, and life.

Bottles will be sent home with students on October 29. Please return the bottles anytime the week of November 2-6. Thank you!
Apply for the 2021-2022 School Year
NEW Incoming Students
For any siblings that anticipate attending St. Joseph Catholic School in Fall of 2021, don't forget to submit their application!
We have been blessed with an
enormous amount of interest for the
2021-2022 school year.

Applications are being accepted now and can be emailed to Monique Tuttle at m.tuttle@sjschoolva.org
A non-refundable $125 application fee can be mailed or dropped off at the school. (ATTN: Admissions).

High School Information
High School Placement Test

The HSPT will be administered on December 3 at SJS.
High School Application DEADLINES:

Diocesan High Schools: Friday, January 8, 2021
Gonzaga: Monday, December 14, 2020
Georgetown Visitation: Friday, December 11, 2020
Oakcrest:  Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Express Lane Parking Spot - Could be Yours!
Five Express Lane Parking Spots are up for auction for the 2020-21 school year! Think of the time you will save! Easy in and out from afternoon carpool for the 2020-2021 school year. Simply pull in to your reserved space near the front office, kids jump in and you are on you way. No more waiting, no more braving the heat, cold, wind and rain, just pull in and go! 
 
(Formerly known as VIP parking spot.) Starting bid is $1000. To bid, go to https://one.bidpal.net/runwiththesaintsstudentrafflebaskets/
and click on “Browse Items”, then “Parking” and they are items #9-14. Happy bidding!
Scouting for Food
PTO Board Position Open
Open PTO Position: PTO is seeking a volunteer willing to become the VP of Fundraising for the 2020-2021 school. This person's main role within the board is to coordinate and execute our annual Spring Fling. If you are interested in this position or would like more information please email pto@sjschoolva.org
Walking with Purpose
WALKING WITH PURPOSE!   VIRTUAL STYLE! 
Walking with Purpose is a Bible study that brings women to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ by offering personal study enhanced by small group sharing.  
 

THERE IS ALWAYS AN EMPTY CHAIR WAITING FOR YOU!

If you are interested, please download registration form from our website or contact sgeurin63@gmail.com /703-338-7077 for a virtual time that will fit your schedule. 
Stay Connected!
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Tel: 703-880-4350 Fax: 703-880-4320