Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-
I hope that you enjoyed a restful and blessed Thanksgiving with your families! The calendar seems to go into overdrive as we count down the remaining 18 school days until Christmas break! Notably, the first trimester ends on Friday, Nov. 30th, with an 11:30 dismissal. Students will have the opportunity to go to confession on Dec. 4th and Dec 5th, and report cards will go home on Dec. 7th.
Our 8th grade students will take the high school placement test (HSPT) on Thursday, Nov. 29th. This is an important part of the Catholic high school admissions process, and all students are required to take the test on Thursday. Eighth grade students may dress down in SJS spirit wear with jeans or the PE uniform. No other sweatpants are permitted. No holes anywhere, either!
Don’t forget to place December 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! November 28th is Wednesday!
Mrs. Carson and I continue to invite small groups of students for lunch. This week we will invite 8th grade students to join us. These lunches give students a chance to voice their ideas and suggestions in a casual environment, and will continue for the next few weeks.
The Christmas Concert is Friday, December 14th in the school gym, at 7:00. Please join us for an evening of faith-filled and time honored Christmas songs. Mr. Pena-Ariet and the children have been hard at practice and this is sure to be a great event.
The Middle School Ministry will celebrate A St. Nick Extravaganza on Friday, December 7th. Please see the ad below for more information.
The Provine picture make-up day is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th. Students who were absent in September should complete the form found at this link. 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 Lisa Pearce in the front office.
Bishop Burbidge underwent surgery today. While expecting to make a full recovery, the Bishop has asked that we pray for him, for those entrusted with his medical care, and for his full recovery.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Rejoice and Be Glad!
Denise Rutledge

Prayers for Fierro Family

As many of you have heard, Manuel "Mani" Fierro,
father of Mason '17 and Sierra '20, passed away on
November 19, 2018. The St. Joseph Catholic School community will keep the Fierro Family in our prayers. 

Early Dismissal

There will be an 11:30am dismissal on
Friday, November 30 for Teacher Workday!
Picture Re-takes
Provine Picture Studios will be at our school on
Tuesday, December 11 from 8:30-10:30 am for students
who were absent on Tuesday, September 18 or who would
like a retake of their portrait. Click for picture form

For retakes, please bring the original portraits to the photographer .  This date has been rescheduled from the previously schedule date of Thursday, November 15.  
SJS Winter Warmth Drive
Middle School Ministry
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 26: Walters
November 27: Wannall
November 28: Ward
November 29: Weber
November 30: Whiting

December 3: Wilburn
December 4: Williams
December 5: Willis
December 6: Wiott
December 7: Wollgast
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
High School News
***NEW DATE***

Middle School Night
6 th , 7 th and 8 th Graders and Families
Rally in the Alley
Friday, November 30th
6:00 PM in the Cafeteria
Basketball Home Opener in the PAC
Meet with coaches from all our teams and representatives from Fine Arts
Free Food, Fun, prizes, games and T-Shirts
Middle School Students will receive a free PVI T-Shirt
Everyone will receive free entrance to the game
Upcoming Events
November 27 - 8th Grade Theater Field Trip
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
December 12 - Mass in celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 12 - Band Practice - Beginner and Adv anced
December 14 - Christmas Choral Concert (K-8)
December 17 - Santa's Village
December 19 - Band Practice - Beginner and Adv anced
December 19 - Winter Band Concert
December 21 - Mass
December 21 - NO EXTENDED DAY (No afternoon care - Morning care is available)
December 24 thru January 2 - Christmas Break
January 3 - School Resumes
January 4 - Mass
Weekly Saints Quote
750 Peachtree Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Tel: 703-880-4350 Fax: 703-880-4320