Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-
It was with great pride that we were able to induct ten 8th grade students into the SJS chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Please join me in congratulating Jake A., Andrea L., Jack M., Emily D., Alexa S., Erik R., Jerry F., Claire B., Zach B., and Maya M. These students demonstrate a level of achievement and are well prepared for success at the next level.
We had quite a few CSW activities that we wanted to reschedule . The Talent Show is planned for Friday, February 15, from 1:30-3:00. Corey the Dribbler will visit with students on April 4, and all the dress-out days are accounted for, ending with the red, white and blue dress out on Tuesday, February 19.
Our service project during CSW was the food collection for LINK . The drive was very successful, and the St. Joseph Catholic School community donated over 25 boxes of food to support LINK’s mission to deliver emergency food to those in need in our community! Four SUVs were packed with food - one of our biggest donations, ever! Thank you, Saints!

Also, snowed out during CSW was Coffee with the Principal . Mark your calendar for March 1 and join me, Father Tom, and Mrs. Farrell as we discuss conflict and bullying. Our goal is to establish a meaningful dialog between home and school to address important school climate issues and develop a plan to identify concerns and affect change.
Mrs. Pearce is in the process of printing the Scantron score reports and these will come home on Friday, February 15. A comparison of scores over time indicates that students tend to score lower on Scantron tests during the January session than they did in the fall. Changes in scores that are within 100 points are statistically not something to worry about, according to Scantron. The important number is the scaled score, as that is the only number that can be compared over time, from test to test. Even the NPR is based on the norm group used at the time, and norm groups change from year to year. If you have questions about your child’s performance on the Scantron tests, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
The renovations in the church are almost complete, and we look forward to moving back to the church for school Mass within the next week or so. In the meantime, please feel free to join us on Friday, 2/15, in the gym, to celebrate the Mass.
Mr. Rucker and I continue to partner with the Office of Catholic Schools to upgrade and improve school safety . Additional safety protocols will go into effect shortly, including an upgrade of internal communications. There is no threat to our community, but the mandate from the Office of Catholic Schools is that our students should be at least as safe as public school students. We take our responsibility to student safety very seriously.
The PTO is working very hard to create a very special Spring Fling Gala and Auction for our community. There are amazing auction items already donated and ready to go, and the teachers are hard at work to create wonderful and priceless options for silent auction bidding as well! If you haven’t already, please mark your calendar for April 6. Our theme is Rejoice and Be Glad, which has defined our year, and we are overjoyed to be associated with this amazing parish!
Sometimes it becomes necessary for parents to pick up students ahead of dismissal time. Please remember that you are kindly asked that if you must pick up early, please pick up your child before 2:45. Please notify your child’s teacher, in writing, of the change in dismissal. Students will be called to the office after a parent arrives to pick up. Please arrive prior to 2:45 pm, as students cannot be called to the office once dismissal begins.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Denise Rutledge
Intent to Return
Please remember to return the Intent to Return forms for the 2019-2020 school year to the Finance Office by Friday, February 15th! They can be mailed, brought to the school office or emailed to .
Tuition Assistance
The deadline to apply for tuition assistance for the
2019-2020 school year is
March 15, 2019. All applications are made through our FACTS Management online account. To apply, please go to .

If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Westhues at .  
Science Fair - Judges Needed
We need YOU!

Please consider volunteering for this awesome event! No science experience is needed - just parents willing to help! You will be amazed at the projects our students create!

February 21, 2019, 6-8pm

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

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!
One More Volunteer Needed!
We need one volunteer for Club Picture Day, held in SJS Parish Hall on Wednesday, February 20. 12:15-2:15pm

Please contact Lisa Pearce -
if you are able to help!
Thank you!  
Food Donations for LINK
Thank you for the huge amount of donations for LINK during Catholic Schools Week! We have the best SJS families! Please see a lovely note from Jorge Hildago, the LINK representative:

On behalf of LINK I wanted to thank you and the St. Joseph School community for the food drive to support LINK.
The food you collected will help to supply emergency food to people in need in our community.
God bless you.
Regards, Jorge Hildago
Special "thanks" to Mrs. Wright, Mrs. Kohler, Mrs. Karcz, Mrs. Zimney, and Mrs. Stapor for all of their work in managing the LINK donation! You are awesome!
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 Update!
We received 12 wonderfully creative and unique submissions from students in grades 1-8. The logos will be voted on by SJS faculty and staff this week, and results will be announced Friday, February 15th on the morning news and in the Friday Update. The winning logo will be featured on the cover of our Spring Fling Event Program, as well as on the SJS website and the event website! The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to thank them for the use of their creation! Thank you to all that participated - your work is incredible!
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.
$25 per couple, $5 for each additional child
Max is $35 per family
All ages welcome!
For reservations and info, contact Bern Patchan:
703-395-8294 or

Dinner, Door prizes, Raffles, DJ, and Dancing!
Yearbook Photos - Submit by March 1!
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.
For the Love of Books!
Books are like a box of chocolate -- you never know what you're going to get!
Students have the opportunity to write a special Valentine message
to a book, author, or character that they love!

Sweet things are happening in the SJS library!
CYO Basketball Coaches Game
Sunday, February 17 th
Tip-off: 7:15 PM @SJS Gym
Doors Open at 6:45 PM

Boy's Team Coaches vs. Girl's Team Coaches
Entry Fee Optional: Suggested $3 per person, $10 per family - any contribution
is welcomed
100% proceeds support St. Joseph Catholic School CYO program
Bring some cash, some signs and have a ton of fun with your SJS community!
Concessions will be available and managed by SJS' 8th graders
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 Sports Leagues
Reston-Herndon Little League (RHLL) is dedicated to providing the best youth baseball experience in Northern Virginia. Our league is open to all children whose home or school is located in Reston and Herndon, as well as parts of Chantilly, Oak Hill, and Vienna. Starting with our BlastBall and T-Ball divisions (for children as young as 4 years old), all the way though our Majors division (up to 12 years old), Reston-Herndon Little League has programs for a wide range of ages and skill levels.

Click here for more information!
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 11: Bodin, L
February 12: Boese C
February 13: Boyle E
February 14: Brasco M
February 15: Brea A

February 18: No School
February 19: Bredehoft A and E
February 20: Breen P
February 21: Breland R
February 22: Brennan E
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 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
Weekly Saints Quote
750 Peachtree Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Tel: 703-880-4350 Fax: 703-880-4320