Bernie's Bark
11.12.2019
Dear Parents-
 
Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini , who is known as the first American saint, having become a citizen in 1909, after immigrating to the US in 1889. Mother Cabrini is considered to be the patron saint of immigrants, and it seems so fitting to celebrate her at this time of year, when we reflect back on the immigration journeys our ancestors took, as well as those who feasted with the native people in a celebration of Thanksgiving! Even today, many people venerate Mother Cabrini by inviting immigrants to their homes to celebrate with a big Italian dinner!!
 
A truly heartfelt thank you to all who participated in the SJS 5k Race and 1mile Fun Run ..and a well-deserved shout-out to the PTO and especially to Mrs. Dechant for organizing this fun event. Over 300 registered participants braved the 26° race-time temperatures! There was great fun and great fellowship, and as I walked back to my car, the group around me were excitedly chatting about “hardly wait til next year!”
 
Pack 913 extends deepest thanks to all who were able to donate to the Scouting for Food drive. SJS families donated nearly 80 bags of food, and the troop was able to collect an additional 60 bags from our Herndon neighbors. Through the generosity of all, Pack 913 was able to donate 1,114 pounds of food to help feed the area families supported by LINK this season. Good job, Scouts!
 
If your child missed picture day in September, or if you need a make-up picture , Provine will be at school on Thursday, Nov. 14th for individual make up pictures. If your child needs a picture retake, please return the original packet and a new picture will be taken. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Hayleigh Roldan in the front office.
 
Yesterday, you should have received an email with information on the new re-enrollment process. With our 93% retention rate, it is reasonable to streamline our re-enrollment processes. The process is restructured so that current students will be automatically re-enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year. Enrollment fees will be charged on February 1, 2020 from the FACTS account on file . If, for some reason, your student will not be returning to St. Joseph Catholic School, notification in writing is needed by January 15, 2020 . We are confident that you will find this expedited and recurring re-enrollment process helpful. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Millon (dmillon@sjcherndon.org or 703-880-4355) in the Business Office.
 
Don’t forget to place your December lunch orders ! You can order lunch for your children through our school lunch program, in conjunction with Fairfax Food Service. Use this link to access directions from Fairfax Food Service. Remember to place your order no later than the 28th of each month!
 
Quiet week, this week, but please add to your reminder app on your phone:
 
Thursday, November 14...Individual Picture make-up and retakes
Tuesday, November 19….Open House
Thursday, November 21...High School Placement Test (8th grade only)
Friday, November 22…….1st Grade Thanksgiving Program

   
As always, if you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance, please let me know.

Welcome one another....as Christ welcomed you!
                                                                                  (Rom 15:7)
 
Denise Rutledge
Principal
  Building Wisdom and Faith Through Service to God
6th Grade Spiritual Retreat
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On Friday, November 15th the 6th grade students will participate in their first spiritual retreat of the school year here at St. Joseph Catholic School from 12pm-3pm. The focus of this retreat is prayer--learning how to tell God what is in our hearts and how to listen to Him. Boys and girls will have separate retreats.  

Carmen Briceno, a consecrated virgin and founder of Sacred Print and Happy Feet Ministries and Ed Fitzpatrick, religion teacher and retreat leader at Bishop O'Connell High School will lead the retreat. They will be assisted by Mrs. Farrell, Mrs. Henry, and Mr. O'Brien as well as by students from PVI. A pizza luncheon will be provided at no cost to students. If you have ordered hot lunch for Friday please be sure to contact Fairfax Food Service by Wednesday to cancel. Students have the option to bring a peanut free lunch from home if preferred. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Farrell at  p.farrell@sjschoolva.org .
Picture Make-Up Day
If your child missed picture day in September, or if you need a make-up picture, Provine will be at school on Thursday, Nov. 14th for individual make up pictures. If your child needs a picture retake, please return the original packet and a new picture will be taken. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Hayleigh Roldan in the front office.
Virtus Seminar - Child Protection Program
St. Joseph Church/School is hosting a Virtus Seminar on Monday, November 25 , 2019 beginning at 5:00 pm. This is a required seminar in order to become compliant in the Child Protection Program. You must register for the class at virtus.org . If you have any questions regarding this seminar or the Child Protection Program, please contact Beth Covert at (703)880-4357 or bcovert@sjcherndon.org .
SJS Open House
Art News
Keep Christ in Christmas
Keep Christ In Christmas Poster Contest
Posters due by Thursday, November 14
All St. Joseph Catholic School students are once again participating in the Knights of Columbus "Keep Christ in Christmas" poster contest. You may see these posters come home for students to finish. Students can use any type of art supply you have at home. They can use more than one type of art supply including, but not limited to pen, pencil, crayons, colored pencil, watercolor, collage, tempera, acrylic, charcoal, markers, chalk and oil pastels. Students will conduct the blind judging process the week of November 18th during their Art class. One grade level class will judge the work of the other, without knowing the name of the artist. To be safe, students should return their
completed poster by Thursday, November 14 , to the Art room.
Library News
The theme for the 2019 Book Fair is
Winter Wonderland!
Dates for the Book Fair are Dec. 3rd - 8th
Volunteers are needed for after school and weekends! Click the link below to help!
Want to help with the Book Fair behind the scenes??
Interest meeting will be held on Friday, November 8 from 8:30-9:15 AM in the library.

Areas of interest include:
Donate a book drive
Candy House decorating contest
Decorations for the Book Fair
Raffle basket
Library Volunteers Needed!

The November sign up is now available!
Please consider donating the gift of your time to
volunteering in the library!!
Prayer Leaders
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November 11: NO SCHOOL
November 12: Henry, A. and M.
November 13: Henson, R.
November 14: Hernandez-Sardinas, I.
November 15: Hoffman, C. and P.

November 18: Hueseman, J. and J.
November 19: Huftalen, L.
November 20: Hughes, E. and S.
November 21: Hundley, P.
November 22: Issa, C. and A.

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.
Middle School Ministry
Upcoming Events
November
November 14: Fall Make-Up Picture Day
November 15: Mass
November 17: Discover Catholic Schools Week
November 19: Open House
November 21: High School Placement Test
November 22: Mass
November 22: 1st Grade Thanksgiving Program
November 26: Mass
November 26: 11:30am Dismissal (NO AFTERNOON EXTENDED DAY)
November 26: End of 1st Trimester
November 27 - November 29: NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving holiday)
December
December 1: We care about Catholic Charities week
December 3: Book Fair
December 4: Book Fair
December 5: Book Fair
December 6: Coffee with the Principal
December 6: Mass
December 6: Report Cards Issues
December 6: Book Fair
December 7: Book Fair
December 8: Book Fair
December 11: Christmas Concert
December 12: Mass
December 12: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 13: 11:30am Dismissal
December 13: PTO Movie Night
December 16: Santa's Village
December 18: Band Christmas Concert
December 20: Mass
December 20: 11:30am Dismissal (NO AFTERNOON EXTENDED DAY)
December 21-January 5: Christmas Break
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