Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents,
I want to warmly welcome you to the start of our new school year! I hope that this Bark finds you well, rested, and energized! Time away with our families and loved ones renews our spirits and gives us a fresh perspective.
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord , where Christ made His divinity known to His closest disciples. In celebrating this feast, we reflect on Christ as the “Light of the World,” and victorious over evil. We are so very blessed to be Catholic, and to openly live and practice our faith in this joy-filled community!
Our first play date at Bready Park to welcome our new kindergarteners was a huge success! We were lucky with the weather and it was wonderful to meet so many new families and also see so many familiar faces. Many thanks to Mrs. Mountcastle for the amazing job in planning this event. Our last play date before school starts is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13 from 6:30-8:00PM , and all our kindergarten families are invited to attend. I hope to see you there!
With the first day of school less than three weeks away, I am happy to make the following personnel announcements:
Please join me in welcoming  Miss Emma Lauderback  to our faculty as our new, full-time, shared, 2nd grade instructional assistant. Miss Lauderback is a 2019 graduate of Ave Maria University (FL), earning a bachelor’s degree in Theology and elementary education. She has worked as both a 1st and 2nd grade teaching assistant.
Also, I want to update you on staff reassignment. Mrs. Elizabeth Low will teach 7th grade social studies, and serve part-time as a kindergarten aide. Mrs. Low earned a bachelor's degree in aviation business management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (FL), a master's degree in education from Marymount University (VA), and she holds a VCEA teaching license.
I continue to interview to fill the remaining positions and will communicate through the Bark to keep you informed. Remember, the Bark and the SJS website are the only official communication tools for accurate information . School Messenger will be used for school closings and delays. If you have any questions, I am an email away. Please ask me.
We look forward to welcoming the newest members of the school community on Thursday, Aug. 22 . Kindergarten orientation is at 9:00, and new student orientation is at 2:00. Parents of kindergarteners and first graders have Back to School Night at 7:00 in the classrooms.
Finally, don't forget that the teachers and staff look forward to seeing you at the Meet and Greet on Sunday, Aug. 25 after the 8:30 Mass . I hope you can stop by!
The next Bark will be published Tuesday, Aug. 20, and then every Tuesday thereafter. Should you have any questions, please let me know.
We welcome one Christ welcomed you!
                                                                                (Rom 15:7)
Denise Rutledge
Principal- St. Joseph Catholic School
  Building Wisdom and Faith Through Service to God
Back to School Nights
We are so excited to see you for Back to School Night!
Please note that there are 3 nights scheduled for specific grades.

Thursday, August 22: Kindergarten and 1st Grade
7:00pm in the classrooms

Wednesday, August 28: 2nd through 6th Grades
7:00pm in Parish Hall

Thursday, August 29: 7th and 8th Grades
7:00pm in the classrooms

This is an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher(s), to visit the classrooms, and to connect with friends. Kindly reach out to our new families and welcome them as they begin their journey with us. We appreciate your support and we look
forward to seeing you there!
Extended Day Reminders
Monday, August 26: NO morning and NO afternoon

Tuesday, August 27: Extended Day is available both morning and afternoon

Wednesday, August 28: Extended Day is available both morning and afternoon

Thursday, August 29 : Extended Day is available both morning and afternoon

Friday, August 30 : Morning care is available - NO afternoon Extended Day

Questions? Email
School Supplies - Pick Up
For those that ordered their school supplies the pick up will be on either August 22 or 23rd. The supplier for the boxes cannot give us a more definitive date until one week from delivery to the school. Once the PTO knows a more definitive date we will make sure to communicate through Bernie’s Bark what that date will be as soon as we know. Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please contact the SJS PTO at
Parish BBQ
Join the SJS Team!
Are you looking for a part-time, paid position at St. Joseph Catholic School? We have openings for lunch monitors during the school lunch period, Monday-Friday. It is a great opportunity to meet the students and work with your fellow parents. The shift is only two hours so you will have plenty of time left in your busy day! You can also work as many or as few days per week, depending on your availability. 

Please note that you must be compliant in the Arlington Diocese Child Protection Program, or in the process of becoming compliant.

Monday- Friday

If you would like to inquire about this position, please contact:
Laura Stump
Kitchen & Event Manager
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

August 22: Kindergarten Orientation - 9:00am
August 22: New Student Orientation - 2:00pm
August 22: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Back to School Night - 7:00pm
August 25: Meet and Greet!
August 26: First Day of School - 11:30am Dismissal (No Extended Day)
August 27: Full Day of School (8:00am - 3:15pm) (Afternoon Extended Day only)
August 28: Early Dismissal (11:30am) (Afternoon Extended Day only)
August 28: Back to School Night Grades 2-6
August 29: Full Day of School (8:00am-3:15pm) (Afternoon Extended Day only)
August 29: Back to School Night Grades 7 and 8
August 30: Early Dismissal (11:30am) (NO EXTENDED DAY)
August 30: Mass
September 2: NO SCHOOL
September 6: Mass
September 7: St. Joseph Catholic Church BBQ
September 9: Scantron Week
September 11: Band Parent Meeting and Sign Up
September 13: Mass
September 13: 11:30am Dismissal
September 16: Scantron Week
September 20: Mass
September 23: Scantron Week
September 27: Mass
September 27: 11:30am Dismissal
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