Bernie's Bark
5.12.2020
Dear Parents-
 
Easter Blessings as we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter! On Wednesday we will celebrate the anniversary of the appearance of our Blessed Mother to three young children in the village of Fatima, Portugal. Through the six visits with the children, Our Lady calls on us to find salvation through prayer. It’s a simple message..pray. Our Lady told the three children at Fatima that salvation is promised to those with a devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and who pray the rosary.
 
Father Tom and Father David will live stream the May crowning on Wednesday, May 13, as we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Join us for the Celebration of May Crowning and Rosary, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at noon. Live stream at https://www.facebook.com/stjosephherndon/
 
Last week we celebrated National Teacher Appreciation Week, and took time out of our hectic schedules to say “Thank You” to the incredibly dedicated teachers that serve our students every day. I am thankful for their commitment to the best interests of the children, and their willingness to work tirelessly to meet the needs of students, making St. Joseph Catholic School a warm, loving, and inclusive environment. This year, an extra special shout out to all our parents who are tirelessly partnering with the teachers to minimize the impact of the school shut-down on students. From the beginning we knew the only way through this was together……! Thank you, parents!!
 
I hope all moms were able to enjoy a Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday, surrounded by all your children! And if you feel overwhelmed from time to time by all the uncertainty that surrounds everyday, treat yourself to a day without social media, or CNN, and enjoy these amazing people we call our kids!
 
Last week, I invited parents to participate in a survey regarding the distance learning. Your feedback will help us to evaluate the current distance learning program, and make adjustments, so that should we ever need it again, we all feel prepared! If you have not already, I invite you to complete a short survey to help inform our decisions. The survey can be found at https://www.esurveycreator.com/s/a2c2749 . Thank you.
 
Stay well, and please let me know if you have any questions.

Welcome one another....as Christ welcomed you!
                                                                                 (Rom 15:7)
 
Denise Rutledge
Principal

  Building Wisdom and Faith Through Service to God
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Friday, May 15 - NO SCHOOL (Professional Development)
May Crowning

Father Tom and Father David will live stream the May crowning on Wednesday, May 13, as we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Join us for the Celebration of May Crowning and Rosary, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at noon. Live stream at https://www.facebook.com/stjosephherndon/  
Child Protection Program
Emails will resume for all volunteers to acknowledge the new Child Protection Policy beginning Tuesday May 12 th . The email will have specific instructions to complete this task. Thank you in advance for taking time to complete the form. If you have any questions, please call or email Beth Covert at (703)880-4357 or bcovert@sjcherndon.org .
Nurse's Corner
Alumni News
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Adam Bilbo (SJS c/o 2017)
Rugby Captain and Kairos Leader

A huge shout out to Adam Bilbo for being named the captain of the varsity Gonzaga College High School Rugby team! Not only is he a fierce leader on the playing field, Adam has proudly been accepted on the Campus Ministry team to chair the Senior Legacy Retreat where he will be a Kairos leader! What an outstanding honor!
Adam continues to share his leadership qualities on and off the field!
We are so proud of you, Adam!

Go Saints!  Go Eagles!
Ryan Bilbo (SJS c/o 2019)
John B. Barnes Recipient

Ryan Bilbo was recently awarded the John B. Barnes Award from Gonzaga College High School. The Barnes Award is given to those students who display Honor, Humility, Reliability, and Deportment. What an impressive award for a freshman to receive and for Ryan to possess such leadership qualities! Way to go, Ryan! We are so proud of you!

Go Saints! Go Eagles!



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Visit the Alumni page to stay connected! Go, Saints!
Welcome Saints!
Volunteers Needed
Starting at a new school can be overwhelming, not just for the students but for the entire family. To ease the transition for our new families, and make their experience positive from day one, we are asking for volunteers to become part of our "Welcome Saints" program!

As a veteran SJS family, you will be paired with a new family and help address questions they may have as well as share your experiences with them! You will very likely have many questions - about the uniform, carpool, the dining hall, the extended day program, recess, textbooks, supplies, etc.

We pride ourselves on the many warm welcoming families we have at SJS - why not share that hospitality with our new families? Interested? Please contact
JoEllen Mountcastle at welcomesaints@sjschoolva.org
Let Us Support You!
Many of our SJS families and alumni who own or are employed by a local business have suffered the impact of COVID-19.
Any SJS family or alumni family that has a business or is employed by a business that is still open and would like to share your business name,
We will compile a directory of businesses to share so that people can support you!

We care about our SJS community!
School Supply Kit Orders
I know it's hard to think about school supply shopping, especially right now. However, we are happy to work with our continued partner, 1st Day School Supplies, to provide you with the convenience of ordering supplies online! You can make your purchase right now by clicking the button below! Deadline to order supplies is June 15, 2020.
Stay Connected!
SJS Mobile App, Twitter and Facebook


Don't forget to follow the official St. Joseph Catholic School Facebook page (sjschoolva), Twitter account (@sjschoolva), and download the mobile app from the App Store (St. Joseph Catholic School, VA)
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