Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-
This week we celebrate the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary . I read that this feast is much more widely celebrated in the Eastern Rite churches, it is nevertheless an important feast that emphasizes the holiness of Mary’s life beginning at the Immaculate Conception and lasting throughout her life. What an honor to be chosen as the Mother of God! And while that is not our callings, we should strive to emulate the Blessed Mother in all we do. If you have a minute, reflect on the Joyful Mysteries and the role of Mary in the Life of Christ.

Open House this morning was a huge success, and I want to give a heartfelt thank you to each and every parent volunteer ambassador, who gave so generously of their time, and I also want to express my enormous pride in our 8th grade students who served as tour guides to our visiting families. One parent took notes, and then shared the adjectives she used to describe our school, including, welcoming, joy-filled, happiness, and the teachers were passionate.      

Also, this week is Discover Catholic Schools Week, a week identified by the National Catholic Education Association as a time to invite potential students and their families to discover the benefits of a Catholic education! During this week, we will also introduce the One Strong F.A.M.I.L.Y initiative, established by Mike Manhardt. F.A.M.I.L.Y is the acronym for F orget A bout M e, I L ove Y ou, and focuses on social campaigns that inspire everyday acts of love and kindness. Stay tuned for more information.
Our 8th grade students will take the High School Placement Test on Thursday, November 21. All students will take the test, regardless of their high school plans. The Catholic high schools use the HSPT as part of the admissions and placement process, and the public school high schools may use the scores to support honors class placement. For students who miss the HSPT Thursday, make-up testing can be arranged through the Catholic high school. Please note that you will have to pay a registration fee at the high school if your child needs to take a make-up test.
There are many volunteer opportunities at SJS, but all require compliance with the requirements of the Office of Child Protection. St. Joseph Catholic 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 If you have any questions regarding this seminar or the Child Protection Program, please contact Beth Covert at (703)880-4357 or .
We are still looking to increase our list of substitute nurses . If you, or someone you know, is a registered nurse, and are available on an “as needed- substitute” basis, please let me know. Also, positions are available in the cafeteria , volunteer and some paid. For cafeteria information, please contact Laura Stump at .
Just a reminder that as we move into the colder months, students will continue to enjoy outdoor recess , unless the weather is extreme. Please make sure your children have the necessary garments to be comfortable in the the very least, a jacket is essential! Also, please make sure that all items have names marked inside.
With Thanksgiving the same week lunch orders are due, please 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!
Quiet week, this week, but please add to your reminder app on your phone:
Tuesday, November 19….Open House for prospective families
Thursday, November 21...High School Placement Test (8th grade only)
Thursday, November 21...7th grade science fair parent meeting
Monday, November 25…..Virtus seminar
Tuesday, November 26….11:30 dismissal- No PM Extended Day

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

Welcome one Christ welcomed you!
                                                                                  (Rom 15:7)
Denise Rutledge
  Building Wisdom and Faith Through Service to God

November 26: 11:30am dismissal
(NO afternoon Extended Day)

Thanksgiving Holidays: (No School)
November 27, 28, and 29
Cultural Club - November date change!

Please note that there is a Cultural Club date change
from November 25th to
December 4th !
The December 16th date will remain as planned.
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 . If you have any questions regarding this seminar or the Child Protection Program, please contact Beth Covert at (703)880-4357 or .
Book Fair - Winter Wonderland
The annual coin drive to support the library starts on Monday, November 18!
The coin drive not only helps our school buy new books, but marks the advent of the WINTER WONDERLAND BOOK FAIR that begins right after Thanksgiving Break!
Bring your coins to school and earn books for your classroom library!
Winning classrooms announced every day! 
So search high and low for spare change! It's for the Books!
Monday : Pennies
Tuesday : Nickels
Wednesday : Dimes
Thursday : Quarters
Friday : Bring any coin you want!
The theme for the 2019 Book Fair is
Winter Wonderland!

The dates for the Book Fair are Dec. 3-8th.

Volunteers are needed for after school and weekends! Click the link below to help!

Library Volunteers Needed!

The November sign up is now available!
Please consider donating the gift of your time to
volunteering in the library!!
Tip Off Tournament
Let's go Saints!
The CYO Basketball Tip Off Tournament is this weekend!
Show your support and school spirit!

Game Schedule - SATURDAY, November 23rd - 8th Grade Boys
11:10 am St. Joseph (Carrier) v TBD
12:20 pm TBD v St. Timothy (B)
1:30 pm St. Joseph (Carrier) v St. Timothy (B)
2:40 pm St. Joseph (Duffey) v St. Tim's (A)
3:50 pm St. Timothy (A) v St. James
5:00 pm St. Joseph (Duffey) v St. James

DOORS OPEN @ 12:00 am on SUNDAY
Game Schedule - SUNDAY, November 24th - 8th Grade Girls
12:15 pm St. Joseph v TBD 1
1:30 pm TBD 1 v TBD 2
2:45 pm St. Joseph v TBD 2

ADMISSION - Donations to our Food Drive! 
Please remember your
when you arrive at St. Joseph Catholic School
CYO Tip-Off Tournament, Nov. 23-24!!
Sixth Grade Girl Scout Troop 709
will be collecting for
Catholic Charities/The St. Lucy Project. 
  CANNED FRUITS particularly needed! (See below)
Girl Scouts Canned Food Drive

The Girl Scouts will be collecting canned food donations during the CYO Basketball Tip-Off Tournament on November 23-24 at SJS. Please show your support and bring canned food donations for St. Lucy's Project. Thank you! Go Saints! (See above)
Prayer Leaders
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.

November 25: Jenkins, L. and S.
November 26: Johnson, A. and A.
November 27: NO SCHOOL
November 28: NO SCHOOL
November 29: NO SCHOOL
December 2: Jones, E.
December 3: Jordan, A.
December 4: Kane, S. and C.
December 5: Kassar, E. and G.
December 6: Kasselian, G.

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.
Upcoming Events
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 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
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
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Tel: 703-880-4350 Fax: 703-880-4320