Bernie's Bark

Dear St. Joseph Catholic School Parents - 

I am writing this week to announce the latest staffing changes, and introduce ​Bernie's Bark, our weekly electronic communication tool.  

First, I am happy to make the following personnel announcements:  

Mrs. Lisa Carson​ joined the administration in July as the assistant principal of our great school. Mrs. Carson has 27 years experience working in special education, and she served for six years as the assistant to the principal at St. Theresa Catholic School in Ashburn, VA. Mrs. Carson earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Mankato State University (MN), a master's degree in special education from University of Northern Iowa (IA), and holds a VA Postgraduate Professional License in special education and a VCEA license in Algebra 1. Mrs. Carson will also teach 7​th​ grade social studies.  

Ms. Monique Tuttle​ joins the team as Director of Marketing and Development. Ms. Tuttle has served the St. Joseph Catholic School community for many years and in many capacities. Her insight and local knowledge is invaluable, and I can't thank her enough for her willingness to help!  

Mr.​ ​Carlos Pena-Ariet​ joins our faculty as our new music teacher. Mr. Pena-Ariet has over 20 years experience teaching music in a private music setting. Additionally, Mr. Pena-Ariet taught middle school music electives at Concordia Lutheran School. He earned a bachelor's degree in music from Catholic University (DC).  

I also want to announce an expansion to the physical education department. ​ Mrs. Julie Ankers returns to the St. Joseph Catholic School faculty, supporting kindergarten and 1​st​ grade PE. Mrs. Deborah Carlitti ​expands her role in our community, providing support for 2​nd​ grade PE.

We also welcome a new instructional assistant to our staff. ​Mrs. Lisa Schultz​ will serve as an instructional assistant on the kindergarten team.  

We are almost fully staffed, with a part-time nurse position, a part-time resource position and one part-time instructional aide position left to fill.

Secondly, I am happy to introduce to you, ​ Bernie's Bark, our weekly, electronic newsletter. Each Tuesday, the current edition of the newsletter will be delivered to the email address we have on file. If you do not receive the email, or if you receive the email at an address you do not want used, please contact Ms. Tuttle at  

On Friday, August 24​th​, the Friday Update will be issued. The Friday update is simply reminders of important events for the following week.  

We look forward to welcoming the newest members of the school community on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Kindergarten orientation is at 9:00, and new student orientation is at 3:00. 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. 26 after the 8:30 and 10:00 Masses.
Rejoice and Be Glad!
Sin cerely,
Denise Rutledge
St. Joseph Catholic School
We Achieve Academically!
SJS Students Exceed Diocesan Averages
Not only do we inspire our students spiritually, we prepare them academically. Did you know SJS students performance exceeded academic averages in:

  • Spanish World Language Exam
  • 8th grade ACRE
  • High School Placement Test
  • SCANTRON Reading, Math and Language Arts

A Catholic education is a wonderful investment that provides an advantage for life including academic excellence, character development and faith formation.
Back to School Night -- August 29 @ 6:00pm
Please join us for Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 29, at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall. 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. Please consider sharing your time and talents as a volunteer for many of our school committees and activities. Sign up sheets will be available for many opportunities in the back of the Parish Hall. It’s a great way to get involved with the school! We appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing you there!

School Supply Pick Up
Don't forget to pick up your school supply orders!
Tuesday, August 21
from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Parish Hall. Please use the
student entrance.

Update Information in PowerSchool
The Parent Portal in PowerSchool is open. Please update the following:
  • Demographics
  • Emergency Care
  • Complete the required medical release form
  • Indicate that you have read the SJS Parent/Student Handbook
  • Indicate if you wish to be included in the SJS Directory
  • Complete the Media/Photo Release Waiver for Minors

Problems logging in?
Contact Mrs. Lisa Pearce at

Volunteers for
Lunch and Recess
Want to volunteer? Help make lunch and recess fun and safe for our children. Click the button below to learn more and sign up.
Stay Connected

St. Joseph Parish BBQ

The St. Joseph Parish BBQ will be held on Saturday, September 8 from 1:30pm-5:30pm. Rain or Shine! Come out for great food and tons of fun! Tickets are for sale after Masses on August 25-26 and September 1-2. Or feel free to stop by the Parish office to purchase tickets starting on August 27. Discounts on all advance tickets purchased!

Want to help? Need service hours? Sign up here:

Extended Day Reminder
Monday, August 27 - Thursday, August 30: Afternoon care is available. NO morning care.

Friday, August 31: NO morning and NO afternoon care

Beginning on Tuesday, September 4th, there will be both morning and afternoon Extended Day. If you have any questions, please contact:
SJS Alumni News
Madison Gayle (Class of 2017)
Offered Softball Scholarship

Madison Gayle has accepted a verbal offer from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA., for her outstanding performance in softball. Madison currently attends Bishop O'Connell High School where she is in her second year as a varsity softball player. She will play Division 1 softball as a catcher for the Drexel University Dragons. Congratulations, Madison, we wish you continued success!
Go, Saints! Go, Knights! Go, Dragons!
We would love to hear from our alumni! Spread the word and share your story! Visit the Alumni page to stay connected!
Upcoming Events
August 20 @ 6:00 PM - K indergarten Play Date
August 21 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM - School Supply Pick Up
August 22 - New Student Orientation
August 27 @ 10:00 AM - Recess/Lunch Monitor Meeting
August 29 - Early Dismissal (11:30am )
August 29 @ 6:00 PM - Back to School Night
August 31 - Mass
August 31 - Early Dismissal (11:30am )
September 3 - No School
September 4 - Hot Lunch Begins
September 7 - Mass
September 8 - St. Joseph Church BBQ 1:30pm to 5:30pm
September 14 - Mass
September 16 PTO Donut Sunday (after Mass times: 8:30am, and 10:00am)
September 17 - Kindergarten Kitchen Tour
September 18 - Individual School Pictures
September 19 - Band Registration @ 7:00pm
September 21 - Mass
September 22 - H erndon Homecoming Parade
September 26 - 8th Grade Field Trip
September 28 - 5th Grade STREAM Lab
September 28 - Mass
October 2 - Paul VI High School Parent Coffee and Meeting 8:00am - 10:00am
October 9 - L iving Rosary
October 12 - Interim Grades
October 12 - Mass
October 14 - PTO Donut Sunday (after Mass times: 7:00am, 8:00am, and 10:00am)
October 17 - Book Fair
October 18 - Book Fair
October 19 - B ook Fair
October 19 - Mass
October 20 - Book Fair (9:00am - 12:00pm)
October 21 - Book Fair (9:00am - 1:00pm)
October 22 - Book Fair (Last day of Book Fair. Limited hours.)
October 25 - 5th Grade STREAM Lab
October 25 - Trunk or Treat
October 27 - St. Joseph Church Annual Craft Fair
October 31 - 8th Grade Field Trip
Weekly Saints Quote
750 Peachtree Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Tel: 703-880-4350 Fax: 703-880-4320