Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-

Now into the second week of Lent, I am reminded that we are all called to take up our
cross and follow Christ. The entire Lenten Season is given to us as a time of prayer,
sacrifice and reflection in order to renew our relationship with Him. Reflecting on what
Christ asks of us, He asks that we, each of us, (in the words of St. Vincent Pallotti),
“Sanctify the world of your everyday life.” Simple enough...we don’t need to look beyond
our daily routines to find ways to glorify God...find the good in all things, avoid
negativity, treat everyone justly, stay humble, and accept God’s grace!

We continue to monitor the Coronavirus, and as of this morning there are five reported
cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, and sixteen in the DMV. However, The Virginia
Health Departments do not recommend school closures at this time. We are aware
of the concerns about this virus and the impact on our communities. Updates will
continue to be shared as information is made available to us. During the school day, we
encourage best practices among students to prevent the spread of colds and flu,
including frequent hand-washing, and use of hand sanitizer. Additionally, we have
prepared our Pandemic Response Plan, which includes our response in the unlikely
event of school closure for an extended period of time. Use this link to access letter from Mrs. Hatley regarding technology preparedness. The Arlington Diocese has also
issued a Pandemic Response Plan. All adults and students are reminded to stay home
if you don’t feel well. I also want to recommend that our SJS families develop personal
plans as well, should school close, and students need to stay home for several days.

The SJS Wellness Committee adopted a 9-5-2-1-0 approach to help students develop
healthy habits. Use this link to access “5” and information related to getting 5 servings of
fruits and vegetables per day to support strong immune systems and overall good

I want to thank the parents who answered the call to serve on our cell phone policy
committee. The mission of the committee is to evaluate the existing SJS cell phone
policy and develop new guidelines that address the issue of students bringing
cellphones to school. Specifically, the new guidelines will seek to resolve the confusion
and conflicting points of view held by the school, the parents, and the students.

Trimester 2 ends on Friday, March 13, and it is a half-day of school for students.
Monday, March 16 is a student holiday and report cards will go home on Friday, March
20. Just a reminder that the parent portal will close on Friday, March 6 at 9:00AM, and
will reopen Monday, March 23. If you have any questions on the parent portal, please
contact Mrs. Pearce.

With the mild winter, we will be looking to make some adjustments to the end of year
calendar. Stay tuned as we wait out the last few weeks until spring. However, one
announced calendar change, Thursday, March 19, 2020 is now a half-day of school,
with dismissal at 11:30. Afternoon Extended Day will be open. Bishop Burbidge will
visit our school, spending the morning with students, and the afternoon with teachers
and staff. We are honored by the Bishop’s visit. He has dedicated himself to visiting all
the schools, in turn, and we could not be more thrilled to have him visit us on the Feast
of St. Joseph!

Please consider joining us for Stations of the Cross, Wednesdays during Lent, at 2:30
in the Church. Students from SCA and NJHS will lead the community in our meditation
on the Stations, reminding each of us of God’s enormous love for us, and His infinite
mercy. Please also remember that it is not possible to dismiss students from the church
for early release. I ask that you plan accordingly if you need your child released from
school early.

Don’t forget to place your Yearbook order. See below to order online, or download the
order form to pay by check.

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

Friday, March 13 = 11:30am dismissal

Monday, March 16 = NO SCHOOL

Thursday, March 19 = 11:30am dismissal
Yearbook Orders
Deadline is March 20!
Order your SJS 2020 yearbook today! Price for the yearbook is $22 and can be ordered online or via cash or check. To order online, click HERE . Enter your school name: Saint Joseph Catholic School. The order forms have gone home with the students.
Make sure to order before March 20, 2020!
March Spirit and Service
March Spirit and Service
 Mobile Response Center Care Bags

For the March Spirit and Service project students will help the Mobile Response Center, a program that brings hope to the homeless, through Arlington Catholic Charities. Students will bring in items that will be used to make hygiene bags. We will collect NEW, in the original package, travel size toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, and hand sanitizer. Other items will include: toothbrushes, deodorant, bar soap, bandaids, and packages of socks. Each grade is assigned an item, but if you would like to donate additional items listed, please do. 

Kindergarten: Toothbrush
1st Grade: Travel Size Toothpaste
2nd Grade: Travel Size Shampoo and Conditioner
3rd Grade: Deodorant
4th Grade: Bar Soap
5th Grade: Travel Size Hand Sanitizer
6th Grade: Travel Size Mouthwash
7th Grade: Band Aids
8th Grade: Package of socks

We will collect items from March 2 - 17.
Students will make encouragement cards for the bags on March 17.

Thank you for your support!
SJS CYO Girls Volleyball
Grade Level Groupings:
3rd & 4th Grades
5th & 6th Grades
7th & 8th Grades

Tryouts are as follows
There are no cuts, everyone plays:

Tuesday, March 17th
3rd & 4th Grades - 6-7pm
5th & 6th Grades - 7-8pm
7th & 8th Grades - 8-9pm

Wednesday, March 18th
3rd & 4th Grades - 6-7pm
5th & 6th Grades - 7-8pm
7th & 8th Grades - 8-9pm
Teams will be organized with Coaches & Parents following Tryouts

Season runs from early April through end of school in June.

Practices will begin later in March.

More information regarding cost and registration will be shared at a later date.
Spring Fling Dinner & Auction
Reminder all Underwriter, Sponsorship & Advertisement Forms due March 13th!

6 Weeks until the Auction Gala!
Did you get your tickets??
SJS Track & Field - Starts this weekend!
Come and run a mile or two,
Develop friendships old and new,
Set some goals and see them through,
We'll work hard and have fun too!
St. Joseph Track & Field Spring 2020 season will begin on Sat, Mar 14 th . We hope that you will enroll your young athletes for the Spring 2020 season and join our practices and meets as your schedules allow. 

Who can participate?  Track & Field training is available for all St. Joseph 2 nd -8 th  grade parishioners (SJS, CCD or home school). [ NOTE: 2 nd  graders are eligible to practice with the team; but, the Arlington Diocese Spring Track & Field meet is only available to 3 rd  through 8 th  graders. ]

Where and When?    Calendar link:  SJ XC and Track & Field Calendar

How much does it cost? : $30 for an individual or $50 max per family covers practice and meet fees
NOTE: Families with athletes who choose to compete in the Arlington Diocese Meet will also be asked to volunteer some time to help monitor and manage events.

How do we join? : E-mail  for additional information

Why should we join?
  • Be part of our team! As a combination of individual and team events, the Track & Field and Cross Country program offers an opportunity for each person to be part of a group that encourages each other to improve in running, jumping, and throwing. Individual events are offered across several age groups and levels of skill and motivation. The more each athlete wants to train, the faster he or she will improve his/her abilities. Several members join to train to compete in the meet while others join for the great cross-training this offers for other sports. We can all improve individually and as a team!
  • Flexible schedules: Teammates and families are encouraged to join as many practices and meets as family schedules can accommodate; but, there are no minimum time commitments. You are also welcome to try out a practice before enrolling.
  • Low-cost family fun: $30 per individual or $50 per family provides access to multiple practices/meets per week Aug 26 to Nov 3rd… Parents are also encouraged to join in the running, jumping and throwing with (or helping manage event training, keep scores, ) our student athletes to join us for our practices and meets.
Thank you from your SJS Track & Field Coaching team!
Mike Culligan  
Lisa Anderson
Christine LeCloux
Kelly Hartley
Erik Larsen
Financial Aid Information
Financial Aid Applications are due for Elementary Schools by March 18, 2020. Please remember that 2019 W-2s and tax returns are required for verification!

For more information, visit Tuition and Financial Aid Information
Volunteer Opportunities
Library Helpers!

Consider volunteering your time to help in the library!

Volunteers are needed to help in the cafeteria and during recess! Get in on the action! Please remember that all volunteers must have completed the Child Protection program. If you have any questions about volunteering for recess/lunch, please contact Laura Stump at .
We appreciate your help!

Middle School Ministry
Prayer Leaders
March 9: Mich, A., L., and N.
March 10: Minutillo, M.
March 11: Mitchell, S., L., and Z.
March 12: Montilla Casas, M. and A.
March 13: Moreno, M. and N.

March 16: NO SCHOOL
March 17: Morgan, K.
March 18: Morgan, N., W., and C.
March 19: Morrow, B., M., and K.
March 20: Mountcastle, L.

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
March 11: Stations of the Cross
March 13: 11:30am Dismissal
March 13: Mass
March 13: End of 2nd Trimester
March 16: NO SCHOOL
March 17: Spirit and Service
March 18: Stations of the Cross
March 19: 11:30am Dismissal
March 19: Mass - Feast of St. Joseph
March 20: Report Cards Issued
March 24: 8th Grade Confirmation Breakfast
March 24: 8th Grade Love Mass
March 25: 8th Grade Confessions
March 25: Stations of the Cross
March 27: Mass
March 27: Confirmation Rehearsal
March 28: Confirmation
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