Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-
Happy second week of Advent! I was reading an interesting article on the complimentary natures of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the Second Sunday of Advent. We were blessed this past weekend when we celebrated these two events on consecutive days, and are reminded that each event fills us with the hope of our salvation.
Report cards went home on Friday, Dec. 7th. Parents may keep the report card. Please sign and return the envelope. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
I am happy to report the following update on school safety improvements. We have installed the Raptor visitor screening system, which will allow us to have immediate screening of individuals who want to enter the building. Additionally, the Raptor system will help us keep track of volunteers in the building and better prepare us to account for everyone in the event of an emergency.
Please join us for Mass on Wednesday, Dec. 12th, at 9:30, as we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas. The 5th grade has been working hard along with Senora Denmark to prepare the liturgy!
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. Students should wear their Sunday best, and are expected to arrive by 6:45. Students should report to their classrooms upon their arrival.
The PTO is sponsoring the SJS Winter Warmth Drive. Unwrapped hats, new or gently worn clean coats, 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!
It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that Mr. Pena-Ariet announces the Jr. choir (4th 5th 6th) will start after Christmas break . Rehearsals will be Wednesday after school 3:30 - 4:30 and lunch/recess on Thursdays.
Rejoice and Be Glad!
Denise Rutledge
Advent Blessings!
Check out Busted Halo's two-minute video that describes
why we celebrate Advent and wait to celebrate Christmas.
SJS Spirit Wear - Tomorrow is the Last Day!
Did you miss out on the 8th Grade Spirit Wear orders?

Spirit Wear will be on sale during afternoon carpool on Monday, December 10th and Wednesday, December 12th! No new orders will be taken - however, remaining inventory will be sold!

A great way to shop for that Saint on your list!
Questions? Email Kelly Faist at
Christmas Concert
Please join us for an evening of faith-filled and time honored Christmas songs on
Friday, December 14 at 7:00pm
in the school gym for our Christmas Concert.
Mr. Pena-Ariet and the children have been hard at practice and this is sure to be a great event.
*Please note that the doors to the gym will not open until 6:15pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
SJS Winter Warmth Drive - Update!
Junior Choir

Jr. Choir will begin after Christmas break for grades 4th, 5th, and 6th. Please visit the Jr. Choir webpage for more information. Required forms for your child to participate can be found on the main Choir webpage. Rehearsals will be Wednesday after school 3:30 - 4:30 and lunch/recess on Thursdays.
Volunteer Opportunities
Please consider giving the gift of your time to help out in the library! See SignUp Genius link below for more information! Sign up times and dates will be sent out monthly starting in January.
Thank you for your support!

The St. Joseph School Lunch/Recess Volunteer Program is a wonderful way to get involved and see the children during the school day. We thank you for your time and consideration! 

SJS Alumni Basketball Game
St. Joseph Basketball Alumni Game
Sunday, December 30, 2018

Freshmen (Class of 2022) v. Seniors (Class of 2019) @ 5:00 pm 
Sophomores (Class of 2021) v. Juniors (Class of 2020) @ 6:15 pm

Girls Game @ 7:30 pm
Championship Game @ 8:45 pm

St. Joseph Gym - FREE admission

Please spread the word! Hope to see all of St. Joseph School Basketball alumni, St. Joseph School alumni, and current St. Joseph School families for our annual holiday fun.
Questions? Email Ann Duffey at
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
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:

December 10: Woodson
December 11: Woodward
December 12: Yohey
December 13: Young, C.
December 14: Young, E.

December 17: Abella
December 18: Abrahams
December 19: Alexander
December 20: Alford
December 21: Alipio
Fairfax Collegiate EV3 Robotics Club

Fairfax Collegiate is partnering with St. Joseph Catholic School to provide an after-school robotics program -- EV3 Robotics Club. This club focuses on LEGO’s EV3 robotics platform. Students design, construct, and program their robots to perform in sensor-based challenges, as well as robotic competitions. Please click here for more information.
High School News
Youth Music Festival
Saturday, January 5 9:00 am-3:00 pm. 6th through 8th grade students are invited to participate in a full day of music clinics and performances. This event is free, but registration is required. Participants will get to learn from many different clinicians and work with our students as well. 
Youth Day for Basketball
We will be hosting Youth Day for any students K-8th grade. Students are invited to attend a Boys’ and Girls’ basketball game. Students who register in advance will receive a bag, water bottle, and free ticket to the game. You can register for the event here:       
Stay Connected - Twitter and Facebook
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on Twitter and Facebook!
A lot is happening at SJS and you don't want to miss out!

Twitter: @sjschoolva
Facebook: sjschoolva
Upcoming Events
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
January 11 - Mass
January 13 - Donut Sunday hosted by KOC
January 16 - First Penance
January 16 - PTO General Meeting (7:00pm)
January 18 - Respect for Life Mass
January 21 - No School
Weekly Saints Quote
750 Peachtree Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Tel: 703-880-4350 Fax: 703-880-4320