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Dear Parents-
Running late, and stressed for time tonight? Feed the entire family, and support our amazing school at the same time, by eating at Chipotle, 1144 Elden Street in Herndon, from 4:00-8:00 pm . Make sure to take with you the flyer found below, so that SJS gets credit!
January was certainly a cold and snowy month! To date, we have closed 4 days for weather and other emergencies, (11/14/18; 1/14/19; 1/30/19; 2/1/19). The anticipated last day of school is Wednesday, June 12th. What remains to be scheduled is the 8th grade graduation, and I will get this on the calendar as soon as possible.
One important annual event that did not get postponed was the Spelling Bee! Thirteen 7th and 8th grade students participated. The winner of the Spelling Bee was Brigid Morrow. Runner Up was Christine Bare. Spelling skills are extremely valuable and will set our students apart at the high school level…..Congratulations, Brigid and Christine, and all participants!
The Geography Bee was also held and the following students participated. From 5th grade, Carson E., and Rogelio S.. From 6th grade, Anthony I.. From 7th grade, Christine B., Connor D., and George K.. From 8th grade, Paulette F., and Georgia H.. Georgia H. won the school championship, and Rogelio S. was runner up. Last week, Georgia completed the National Geographic GeoBee online Qualifying Test. This test will be scored and ranked with the scores of other students taking the test in Virginia. Results of the Qualifying Test will be available March 4, 2019. We wish Georgia much success!
The snowy winter weather caused many changes to our Catholic Schools Week schedule. Mrs. Wright and the CSW committee are hard at work to reschedule Corey the Dribbler, our Talent Show, and our various dress-out and spirit wear days. Don’t forget that students are invited to dress out on Thursday, February 7, (wear red in support of the American Heart Association). Jeans are approved. No holes, rips, or tears. A one-time donation of $3.00 is suggested. Funds support our SJS Christmas service project that provides backpack meals for the food insecure within our community, as well as our donation to the American Heart Association.
The front office is busy screening and enrolling our kindergartners who will start school in the fall, and we will be welcoming many new families to the Class of 2028! As I mentioned earlier, our new kindergartners will wear a modified SJS uniform, that identifies them as members of the school family, and also allows them to be easily identified as our youngest students. One of our current kindergarten students, Harper, was kind enough to model the various options, and you can find pictures below. Harper mentioned that her favorite is the green dress, and I think Miss Denneny wants one, too!
By way of further clarification with respect to the addition of shorts for boys and girls in grades 1-5, and pants for girls in grades 1-5, these additions are OPTIONAL . No one is required to purchase these options. They are made available to those families who want the choice, but are not required for families who choose to wear the standard options.
Due to all the missed days and delayed starts, the Scantron testing window has been extended to February 6th. Assuming no other schedule changes between now and the closing date, we will be able to print reports and send them home February 15th.
Many thanks to those in the school and parish who were able to participate in the NCEA National Day of Giving . St. Joseph Catholic School outperformed most other schools in the Diocese, and your generosity supports our ministry. Thank you!!!
If you haven’t already, please mark your calendar for April 6th, and plan on joining in the fun at the SJS Spring Fling Auction and Gala . I know the teachers are already hard at work planning amazing priceless auction items! Stay tuned for more details!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Rejoice and Be Glad!
Denise Rutledge
Chipotle Night - TONIGHT
See you tonight!
February 5th from 4:00-8:00pm!
Chipotle has partnered with St. Joseph School during Catholic Schools Week!
Did someone say Chipotle? Bring the family to the Chipotle at 1144 Elden Street in Herndon for dinner! Show the below flyer to the cashier when you pay and St. Joseph School gets credit! Forgot your phone? No problem!
Just mention that you are supporting St. Joseph School!
Support our local community business as they support us!
Talent Show!

The show must go on!
We are anxious to see all of our gifted students at our
Talent Show that is scheduled for
February 15 from 1:30-3:00pm in the gym!
Volunteers Needed!
Two volunteers are needed for Club Picture Day, held in SJS Parish Halls on Wednesday, February 20. Shifts are 8:45-11:45 and 12:15-2:15--one volunteer per shift please.  

Please contact Lisa Pearce -
if you are able to help!
Thank you!  
Food Donations for LINK
***Donations will be accepted until Thursday, February 7th***

The St. Joseph School Community will be collecting food for LINK during Catholic Schools Week. Information will be sent home with your child this week .

Each class has been assigned a food item(s). The LINK pantry is in need of:
Kindergarten –  Spaghetti and other pastas          
First Grade –      Cereal and Oatmeal
Second Grade – Peanut Butter and Jelly
Third Grade –    Hearty Soups (canned)
Fourth Grade –  Spaghetti Sauce
Fifth Grade –     Dried Beans
Sixth Grade –     Canned Fruit
Seventh Grade – Bags of Rice
Eighth Grade –   Canned carrots, peas and corn

Donations will be gratefully accepted all week long!
Thank you for your generous support!
Dress Out Day!
Let's support the American Heart Association and wear RED on Thursday, February 7! Jeans are approved. No holes, rips, or tears. A one-time donation of $3.00 is suggested.

Funds support our SJS Christmas service project that provides backpack meals for the food insecure within our community, as well as our donation to the
American Heart Association.
Lost and Found
We have an growing assortment of unclaimed and unlabeled uniform pieces in our lost and found box.  If your child is missing any clothing, please stop by the office during the week of February 11-15 and see if you can claim the pieces you are missing.    Thank you. 
Annual Dinner and Auction - April 6
Planning is well underway for our school’s largest annual fundraiser! Please join us to help make this year’s Spring Fling Auction a huge success. We invite all Saint Joseph Catholic School families to join in the occasion by attending and contributing to this event. All proceeds from the event will benefit our children. Please help us multiply our talents as a family and give, as you are able, to further our children’s educational experience here at St. Joseph Catholic School. 

Consider making a donation to the auction ~ Contribute a family donation of an item, a basket, service, use of a vacation home, airline miles, join together with a fellow friend/family to create something to donate together…let your imagination go wild. You can also place a personalized family ad in the program.

Stay tuned for more Auction information!

Contact Ryanne Brenner at
for any donation or auction questions!
Auction Logo Contest!
Submissions due February 8
Science Fair - Judges Needed
Volunteers are needed to judge the Science Fair! No experience needed!

February 21, 2019, 6-8pm

Please click on the following link to sign up on our 
Science Fair Judges Registration page. 

Father-Daughter Dance

The Knights of Columbus Council is hosting its annual Father-Daughter Dance at St. Joseph parish hall on Saturday, February 16th from 7:00-9:30 pm.
Detailed information to follow.
Yearbook Photos
Get your pictures in the yearbook! You are invited to submit photos for the yearbook. If you've got great photos of school and community events, we'd like to see them. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.

Here is how you can submit photos online:
  • If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 412373674
  • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
  • Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information. Please include class or grade
  • Click "Upload Chosen Images".

It's that easy! Submit your photos today! The last day to submit photos is 03/01/2019.

Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the school year!

Mrs. Hatley and Staff

The Yearbook Staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used in the book.
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!

Want to volunteer? Help make lunch and recess fun and safe for our children. Click the link below to learn more and sign up.

Youth Ministry
Herndon/Reston Lacrosse
For questions regarding Herndon-Reston Youth Lacrosse, contact
Ann Duffey at
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 weeks:

February 4: Beebe, N, G, N, S, and J
February 5: Beegan, J and C
February 6: Beggan, B and B
February 7: Benny, L
February 8: Bilbo, T and R

February 11: Bodin, L
February 12: Boese C
February 13: Boyle E
February 14: Brasco M
February 15: Brea A
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
Upcoming Events
February 8 - Mass
February 10 - Donut Sunday hosted by Knights of Columbus
February 13 - Morning Rehearsal for Advanced Band
February 13 - Band Practice - Beginner and Advanced
February 15 - Mass
February 16 - Father/Daughter Dance sponsored by the Knights of Columbus
February 18 - No School (President's Day)
February 20 - SJS Club Pictures
February 20 - Morning Rehearsal for Advanced Band
February 20 - Band Practice - Beginner and Advanced
February 21 - Science Fair
February 22 - Mass
February 22 - Science Fair
February 22 - 5th grade STREAM Lab
February 26 - SJS Team Sport Pictures taken
February 27 - Morning Rehearsal for Advanced Band
February 27 - Band Practice - Beginner and Advanced

March 1 - Coffee with the Principal
March 1 - Mass
March 2 - Read Across America Day
March 6 - Morning Rehearsal for Advanced Band
March 6 - Band Practice - Beginner and Advanced
March 6 - Mass Ash Wednesday
March 8 - End of Trimester 2
March 8 - 11:30am Dismissal (Teacher Workday)
March 11 - No School
March 12 - 8th Grade Love Mass
March 12 - 8th Grade Breakfast
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