Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-
We will undergo our Diocesan mandated safety audit this week, however, we are proactive in the area of student safety, and continue to make safety upgrades as appropriate. We have added the Raptor Visitor Management System to our visitor sign-in process. Visitors will still ring the doorbell to gain access to the parish office lobby. Once inside the lobby, visitors will have their driver’s license scanned and their identity checked against an offender database, before gaining access to the school. All visitors, including parents, who want to access the school, will be asked to scan their driver’s license, and wear the ID badge generated by the Raptor System. Please use this link to read the parent information letter.
A tip of the hat to Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Kohler and the entire 4th grade for their impressive Parade of Saints performance. Students dressed in costumes representing their favorite saints, and each student gave a brief description of the saint’s life and ministry. No matter how many times I hear about the life of a saint, I always learn something new!!
Conferences are scheduled to begin tomorrow. All conferences are scheduled for 15 minutes in length. Out of respect for everyone’s schedule, I ask both teachers and parents to stay mindful of the time and please stay on schedule. If you need additional time, please schedule another time to meet.
Students in grades 5-8, visited with Our Lord last Friday. Mrs. Daughtrey prepared our worship guide and Father Alberto exposed the Blessed Sacrament to students in grades 5 and 6, and celebrated Benediction and reposed the Blessed Sacrament with students in grades 7 and 8. Spending time with Jesus, truly and completely present in the Blessed Sacrament is an important part of our faith formation, as is learning how to be present with Our Lord in extended prayer, as well as quietly listening for Him. All students participated in the songs and prayers, and I was very proud of them.
The Middle School Ministry (grades 6-8) is sponsoring their next event, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9th, from 7:00-8:15 in our school gym. Students are invited to join in team building activities that involve earning clues about saints to piece together three stories. Contact Mrs. Power at if you have any questions.
Scouting for Food Drive runs this week, sponsored by Boy Scout Pack 913. If possible, please consider donating non-perishable food items that will support families in need in the Herndon community. The drive ends Friday, and a popcorn party awaits the class with the most donations!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Rejoice and Be Glad!
Denise Rutledge
Early Dismissal for Conferences
The following days there will be an 11:30am EARLY DISMISSAL  for Parent/Teacher conferences:

November 7
November 8
November 9
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 appreciation will be sufficient enough to honor them.
Let us pray for them and their families.
SJS Open House - Next Week!
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!

Would you like to volunteer to be an Ambassador of Goodwill during our Open House?

Contact Lizzie Young at to help!
Halloween Candy Collection
for Deployed Service Members and Veterans
Are you candied out from Halloween?? Why not donate that candy to a great cause? Soldiers' Angels Treats for Troops Program will ship your donated candy to deployed service members around the world or distribute to veterans in VA Hospitals across the country for a sweet treat. 

Absolute Business Solutions Corp (ABSc) is Teaming Up with Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops to Collect Halloween Candy for Troops and Veterans. ABSc is proud to announce that they are an official drop-off site for Halloween candy to support the Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops program!

The program collects extra Halloween candy and ships it to deployed service members around the world for a sweet treat from home. “Angel” volunteers from the organization will also distribute candy to veteran patients in VA Hospitals across the country.

Once Halloween wraps up, drop off your extra candy to our location at 560 Herndon Parkway Suite 240, Herndon, VA and we will make sure the candy gets to Soldiers’ Angels to help support their vision: May No Soldier Go Unloved.

Although this gesture may seem small, it is a wonderful way to remind our men and women in the Armed Forces, as well as veterans of all eras, that we are all thankful for the services and sacrifices they have provided for our country and our families.

When: November 1- November 15 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
What: Halloween Candy Collection Drive supporting the Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops Program
Who: Absolute Business Solutions (ABSc)
For: Deployed Service Members and Veterans in VA Hospitals across the country
Where: 560 Herndon Parkway, Suite 240 Herndon, VA 20171

SJS is Hiring!
Lunch Room Monitor
If you are looking for a part-time paid position at the school that is both fun and fast-paced, we have an opportunity for you. We are looking for someone to join our team and to serve as a lunch room monitor three days a week, Wednesday – Friday, between the hours of 11am and 1pm. 

Some of the duties involve helping the younger students open their lunches, assist with passing out condiments, passing out lunches to those students who ordered hot lunch, and light clean-up after each lunch period in order to prepare for the next group of students.  

Interested applicants must either be child protection certified or must be willing to complete this requirement before assuming the position. If interested, please contact Mrs. Deborah Carlitti at  for more information. Thank you.  
Cub Scouts Pack 913 - Food Drive
St. Joseph’s Church Cub Scout Pack 913 Needs YOU to Help Us Scout for Food!

Every November, Cub Scout Pack 913 joins area scouts to collect non-perishable food items to benefit families in need right here in our Herndon community. To make this year’s effort a success, we encourage all SJS students to donate non-perishable food items by bringing them to school during the 
week of November 5 th  to 9 th

To participate, simply place any donated food items in a paper or plastic bag and bring it to your classroom by November 9 th .

Pack 913 thanks the SJS community in advance for your generous support of this important program. The three classes that collect the most bags of food will receive a popcorn party courtesy of Pack 913 as a thank you for your generosity and
support of our community! 
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
Box Tops for Education
YEAH for SJS Box Top Collections!!
THANK YOU to all who have sent in your Box Tops!

St. Joseph has already earned $298.30 towards our $1,000 goal
Keep ‘em coming – ask your neighbors to collect for you too!
Simply clip Box Tops and send in envelopes/bags of 50 or use the
to collect 25 at a time!
Look for Box Tops on hundreds of products. They come in all shapes and sizes and each one is worth
$$ for our school.
Morning Prayers
Prayer Leaders
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 week:

November 5: Ungtrakul
November 6: Unverzagt
November 7: Valdecanas
November 8: Velasquez
November 9: Vicente

November 12: Villaver
November 13: Vinegas
November 14: Vintimilla
November 15: Vives
November 16: Vo

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!

Check out the Run with the Saints pictures on Facebook and Twitter!

Twitter: @sjschoolva
Facebook: sjschoolva
High School News
**** Middle School Night Under the Lights is rescheduled for
Friday, November 9th at 6:00PM.****
Upcoming Events
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 9 - 11:30am Early Dismissal Parent/Teacher Conferences
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
December 4 - Advent Confessions
December 5 - Advent Confessions
December 7 - Mass
December 7 - Report Cards Issued
December 7 - Coffee with the Principal
December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 9 - Donut Sunday hosted by the Knights of Columbus
Weekly Saints Quote
750 Peachtree Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Tel: 703-880-4350 Fax: 703-880-4320