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Dear Parents-
Happy Advent!
I hope all our SJS families enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving break, and we now move into the watchful and joyful season of Advent. The 1st Sunday in Advent Gospel reminds us of the level of anticipation and watchfulness that the birth of Christ requires. I was reading an Advent devotional and the author described Advent as a “soft” and “gently subdued” time…”It is as if we sit by the window and pull back the curtain just enough to peek out in the sure knowledge that Christ will be walking toward us soon.” (Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles). We can often find ourselves overwhelmed by all we want to accomplish to get ready for Christmas, so it is helpful to be reminded that we need to be soft and gentle as we watch and wait, for Him.
The first week in Advent is also the perfect time to celebrate We Care About Catholic Charities Week . The SJS community makes an annual donation to Catholic Charities, collecting contributions through Trunk or Treat. This year, during Catholic Charities Week, SJS will make a donation of more than $1600.00!
The Book Fair opens this week, with shopping hours each weekday from 3:00-5:00PM, with extended hours on Thursday, until 7:00PM, and weekend hours on Saturday and Sunday. Please see the SJS website for exact hours of operation. A warm thank you to Mrs. Moschetto and all her volunteers who work to make this a great event...and it’s a great opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done!
Report cards will go home on Friday, Dec. 6th. For new Jr. High parents, you will notice that electives are designated as “enrichment” and you will see in the comment section the names of the elective courses your child took. If you have questions or need additional information about your child’s performance in any course or elective, please contact the teacher directly. As soon as possible, please sign and return the envelope. The report card is yours to keep.
Please consider joining Mrs. Farrell and me for Coffee with the Principal , after drop-off on Friday, December 6. Mrs. Farrell will discuss vapping and the dangers the practice poses for our children.
The Christmas Concert is Wednesday, December 11 in the school gym, at 7:00. Please join us for an evening of faith-filled and time honored Christmas songs. Miss Bambino and the children have been hard at practice, and this is sure to be a great event. Students should wear their Sunday best .

The PTO is sponsoring the SJS Winter Warmth Drive . Unwrapped hats, gloves and scarves can be dropped off as you enter the Christmas concert. All items will be donated to needy families and will be greatly appreciated during this time of year!
Don’t forget PTO Movie Night on Friday, Dec. 13. This is a great opportunity to gather as one big SJS family to enjoy The Star: The Story of the First Christmas . Please remember that students must be accompanied by a parent. This is a family event, and students should not be dropped off with friends for the evening.
For the reminder app on your phone, please add:
Tuesday, Dec. 3...Book Fair opens. (See website for hours
Friday, Dec. cards
Wednesday, Dec. 11...Christmas Concert
Friday, Dec. 13...11:30 dismissal, DFE half-day
Friday, Dec. 13...PTO sponsored Movie Night
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
Advent Adorations
Please join us for adorations on Friday, Dec. 6 to prepare and be at peace during this Advent season. Let us focus on what is important! Please click here for class times.

Please note that parents must check in with the front office to get a badge in order to gain access to the church. Thank you!
Book Fair - Starts Dec. 3
The theme for the 2019 Book Fair is
Winter Wonderland!

The dates and times for the Book Fair are:

Dec. 3: 3:00-5:00pm
Dec. 4: 3:00-5:00pm
Dec. 5: 3:00-7:00pm
Dec. 6: 3:00-5:00pm
Dec. 7: 9:00am-12:00pm
Dec. 8: 9:30am-1:00pm
Coffee with the Principal

Join us for an informal gathering with Mrs. Rutledge and Mrs. Farrell on Friday, December 6 after morning drop off in upstairs room 214. Mrs. Farrell will be discussing what parents need to know about the dangers associated with vaping.
High School Financial Aid Deadline
Please be advised that if you are applying to Catholic or Private High School for the 2020-2021 school year, financial aid applications are due by Friday, January 10, 2020
Please visit the FACTS website, which is the same company that manages
tuition payments, for more information. 
When one considers the cost of Catholic or private high schools,
it is always worth applying! 
SJS Christmas Concert

Please join us for our school wide SJS Christmas concert on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00pm in the SJS gym.

All parents and families in attendance must enter
through the gym doors - they will open at 6:30pm.

Students should be dropped off at the
student entrance at 6:30pm.
Winter Warmth Drive
Chick-fil-A Night Spirit Night
It's that time! Plan a fun night out with the family and support the 8th grade! 

Join us on December 9th at Chick-fil-A in Reston 5-8pm ! See you there!

**Don't forget your flyer in order for SJS to get credit!**
PTO Movie Night
SJS PTO proudly presents a free Family Movie Night!!

As a reminder, parents must stay and supervise children at all times
during the movie night !!
Prayer Leaders
December 2: Jones, E.
December 3: Jordan, A.
December 4: Kane, S. and C.
December 5: Kassar, E. and G.
December 6: Kasselian, G.

December 9: Kavanagh, C.
December 10: Keats, J.
December 11: Keusenkothen, G.
December 12: Kilkeary, D. and J.
December 13: Kortanek, S.

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
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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