Bernie's Bark
2.26.2019
Dear Parents-
 
Our 8th grade students will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, March 16 at 10:00am. Students are asked to arrive at school by 9:00am.

For students accepted to, and planning to attend Paul VI Catholic High School, a separate registration date and time has been arranged, to avoid conflict with Confirmation. SJS students entering PVI as freshmen this fall can register on Wednesday, March 13, from 5:00-6:00pm in our library. We are grateful to Mrs. Hanley for scheduling this event for our students’ convenience.
 
Last Thursday, our Jr. High students participated in our science fair. The top 10 winners will participate at the Diocesan level, Saturday, April 13. Congratulations to Marlene B., Ben B., Brennan C., Jack D., Paulette F., Ana G., Brigid M., Andrew P., Sophia S., and Maya V. Additionally, congratulations to runners-up Christine B., Amanda B., Sophia B., Sawyer C., and Andrea L. The projects were amazing and showed a high level of preparedness.
 
On Friday, February 22, Mr. Jeff Sanders, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Good Samaritan Council, and Mr. Jerry Frissora, Deputy Grand Knight, presented awards to student-winners of the “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest and the “How Does Your Family Keep its Catholic Faith in Action?” essay contest. Students, and their teachers, Mrs. Nickles and Mrs. Sears, were honored after Mass. These winning entries are sent on to the next level of competition, and we anxiously await the results! Good luck, Saints!
 
On Friday, March 1, please consider joining me, Father Tom, and Mrs. Farrell, at our Coffee with the Principal, 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. Research shows that a strong, collaborative relationship between parents and schools is the most effective way to change school climate.
 
Parents of 6-8 grade students should have received an electronic communication from me detailing the upcoming presentation on the Gift of Human Sexuality . In accordance with diocesan policy, this program is designed as an opt-in opportunity for parents and students. We recognize parents as the primary educators of children and we are privileged to work with you. With that idea, I invite parents of students in grades 6-8 to a presentation for parents to be held on Thursday March 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Hall A for you to receive the information that will be presented to the students in class.
 
Don't forget to place the lunch order for your children through our school lunch program, in conjunction with Fairfax Food Service. Use this link, https://sjschoolva.org/hot-lunch-program, 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!

Rejoice and Be Glad!   

Denise Rutledge
Principal
Club Pictures - Tomorrow
Wednesday, February 27 -- Club pictures will be taken

Please have students bring their club shirt or sash (example: Scouts) to school tomorrow. They will wear their club shirt
over their uniform.
If your child has P.E., they will wear their club shirt
over their P.E. uniform.
Coffee with the Principal - Friday!
Please join us on Friday,  March 1st at 8:30am  for coffee with the principal! Mrs. Rutledge, Father Tom, and Mrs. Farrell, our school counselor, will be joining us!  Our goal is to have productive sharing sessions that address some of the concerns that affect school climate.

Mrs. Farrell will facilitate conversations that focus on such topics as bullying, conflict, girl drama, stress and anxiety, among others. Topic includes   Bullying and Conflict---What’s the Difference?  Sharing session will take place in the upstairs meeting rooms above the front office.
Yearbook Photos - Due Friday!!
Share your photos to be put in the yearbook!
Photos from SJS sports, Scouts, classroom activities,
field trips, talent show, etc!
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!

Sincerely,
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.
March Madness - Volunteers Needed
It's March Madness on Peachtree Street!

Parent Volunteer Referee Needed for

5th - 8th Grade In-school Basketball Tournament

Starting 2/26 until 3/22....and then the final!
Time Slots slots are

7th grade - Tuesdays - 10:37 - 12:07

8th grade - Tuesdays - 1:37 - 3:07

5th grade - Thursdays - 9:45 - 11:15

6th Grade - Fridays - 12:45 - 2:15

Please email Mr. O'Brien at n.obrien@sjschoolva.org if you can help!
Gift of Human Sexuality: Grades 6-8th
Parents of 6-8 grade students should have received an electronic communication from me detailing the upcoming presentation on the Gift of Human Sexuality . In accordance with diocesan policy, this program is designed as an opt-in opportunity for parents and students. We recognize parents as the primary educators of children and we are privileged to work with you. With that idea, I invite parents of students in grades 6-8 to a presentation for parents to be held on Thursday March 14th at 7:00 p.m . in Hall A for you to receive the information that will be presented to the students in class.
SJS Cheerleading Camp
Mark your calendars!

The SJS Cheerleading camp, coached by Miss Denneny and Mrs. Morrison, will be held the week
of June 17-21
from 9:00am-12:00pm in the gym. 
All rising 1st through 8th graders are welcome to attend!

Registration will open in April and a cheer spot
will be auctioned off at the Spring Fling !
Stay tuned for more details!
Intent to Return - Now Due!
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 dmillon@sjcherndon.org .
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  https://online.factsmgt.com/signin.aspx .

If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Westhues at twesthues@sjcherndon.org .  
Annual Dinner and Auction - April 6
All families should have received an envelope in your youngest child’s backpack last week containing a letter from Auction Chair, Ryanne Brenner, along with “SJS Family & Friends” raffle tickets. If you have not received tickets, please reach out to Ryanne at ptofundraising@sjschoolva.org . We are hoping that each family will be able to sell 40 tickets. Please turn all ticket stubs and payment into the front office, attn: Auction Committee. Additional tickets are available by contacting ptofundraising@sjschoolva.org .
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.


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Youth Ministry
Morning Prayers
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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 25: Brenner H and A
February 26: Bride B
February 27: Brinson A
February 28: Broussard L
March 1: Brown W

March 4: Brown K
March 5: Brown D, G, I
March 6: Brown L
March 7: Brown A
March 8: Brown F
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
February 26 - SJS Team Sport Pictures taken
February 27 - SJS Club pictures taken
February 27 - Morning Rehearsal for Advanced Band
February 27 - Band Practice - Beginner and Advanced

March
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
March 13 - Morning Rehearsal for Advanced Band
March 13 - Band Practice - Beginner and Advanced
March 15 - Report cards issued
March 15 - Stations of the Cross
March 15 - 8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsals
March 15 - Mass
March 16 - 8th Grade Confirmation
March 19 - Mass - St. Joseph Feast Day
March 20 - Morning Rehearsal for Advanced Band
March 20 - Band Practice - Beginner and Advanced
March 22 - Kindergarten Noah's Ark Program
March 22 - Stations of the Cross
March 27 - Morning Rehearsal for Advanced Band
March 27 - Band Practice - Beginner and Advanced
March 29 - Stations of the Cross
March 29 - Mass
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