Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-

On Labor Day we honor the American worker, and the hard-won victory over the 70-
hour work week! As Catholics, and as a nation, we protect the dignity of work and
the basic rights of workers, and we recognize the right of workers to “turn-off” and enjoy
time away from work. I hope that all our SJS families enjoyed a restful Labor Day

Don’t forget to join us at the 2019 Parish BBQ and Picnic, this Saturday, Sept. 7, from
1:30-5:30. Tickets are available at the Parish Office. Your favorite teachers are
volunteering to paint faces and run contests. The BBQ is a great opportunity for good
food and good fellowship- and we hope to see you there! !

Last week we rolled out the new model for Back to School Night. Kindergarten and 1st
grade parents visited classrooms on August 22, parents in grades 2-6 visited on August
28 and grades 7 and 8 parents visited on August 29. The goal of implementing this new
format was to allow parents more time with teachers so that Back to School Night was
meaningful for all grade levels. Your feedback relative to this model will help inform
decisions for next year. You are invited to complete the short survey found here - click here .

I feel like there is nothing more beautiful than an SJS school Mass. I want to welcome
all parents to attend Mass with the school, if it fits in your schedule. Please be aware
that the church doors will lock at 9:30 this year, as they did last year. As is the case with
locking the school doors, this is a precaution taken with the safety of the students as the
primary concern.

Last Thursday, we conducted the test of our School Messenger emergency
broadcast system. If you did not receive a phone call, email, or text message, or if you
want to change the phone numbers or email addresses used, please contact Hayleigh
Roldan at to make the necessary edits and corrections.

Our 8th grade class coordinators are selling an amazing collection of spirit wear. Visit
the SJS website and click spirit wear, or use this link which will take you to the online store. All proceeds support the traditional 8th grade events that make their
graduation year so memorable.

Many volunteer opportunities exist including recess, lunch, library, and art. Please
consider volunteering on a regular basis to support these programs. The need is great,
and your children will be happy to see you!

Scantron testing window opens Sept. 9 and it will continue until the 27th of September. 
The Scantron test is an adaptive, computer-based achievement test, given to students in grades 3-7, to measure academic growth over time. Students should be well rested and relaxed in preparation for the tests. Results will be made available to parents as soon as possible, after the testing window closes.

See you at the BBQ!

Welcome one Christ welcomed you!
                                                                                  (Rom 15:7)
Denise Rutledge
  Building Wisdom and Faith Through Service to God
Dismissal Reminders
  • If your child needs to leave early, please email the homeroom teacher AND Hayleigh Roldan (
  • If a parent is granting permission for their child to walk, a new walker form MUST be completed for this school year. Please contact Hayleigh Roldan for a copy of the form.  
  • Students are not allowed to be released to the office at dismissal.  The only exception to this is if there is an after school activity managed by a teacher or scout leader.  
  • Parents MUST pick up children for early dismissal BY 2:45 PM. NO exceptions will be made. This is stated in the student and parent handbook. 
Apple Watch - Please Read
We are reaching out to ask for your support in not allowing your child to wear an Apple Watch to school. According to Apple, Inc., with an Apple Watch you can talk to other compatible Watch users with the Walkie-Talkie app, make and receive phone calls and texts, use Siri and stream from Apple Music and Apple Podcasts . Students are not permitted to access phones and computers during the day without adult supervision, and an Apple Watch circumvents this policy.
Parish BBQ
See you this weekend! Get your tickets from the Parish office!
Annual 5k Race - November 9th
Save the Date!!
Bernie's 5k Dash!
Our annual 5k Race is scheduled for November 9th !
Let's get moving, Saints!
School Choir
If you like to sing, want to learn, and enjoy music – then choir is for you!
   Choir rehearsals take place on Thursdays, after school from 3:30pm - 4:30pm (TBD occasional Lunch/Recess rehearsals). The choir will sing for school liturgies and other events. Please make a commitment to attending rehearsals regularly. Choir practice ends at 4:30pm and students will be dismissed to the front lobby. Any student remaining after 4:35pm will be sent to Extended Day.
Please visit the Choir page for the Choir form and more information!
Questions? Please contact Ms. Bambino at  
Battle of the Books
Are you a 5th or 6th grader who likes to compete?
Do you also like a good story?
Then consider joining the BATTLE OF THE BOOKS!
Interested students in grades 5 and 6 should
mark their calendars for
Tuesday Sept. 17 which is the date
of the first club meeting. 
On that day the meeting schedule will be handed
out and the requirements put forth!
If you are up for the challenge or just like to read,
join us in the library at 3:15 on Sept. 17!   
Library Volunteers Needed!

Another opportunity to get involved and volunteer at
St. Joseph Catholic School!
Mrs. Moschetto needs volunteers for the library.
Click below to sign up!
Please remember all volunteers must be compliant
with the Child Protection Program.
Thank you for your time!
SJS Spirit Wear
The Class of 2020 will be selling SJS Spirit Wear at:
2nd-8th grade Back To School Night!

Show your school spirit and help support the Class of 2020 in fundraising
for their graduation activities. 

Become a Class Coordinator
Please consider volunteering to become your child's Classroom Coordinator! Classroom Coordinators are an integral part in making the teacher's year run smoothly! .
Extended Day is Hiring
 St. Joseph Catholic School Extended Day program is looking to hire responsible, understanding, nurturing, and caring individuals to join our wonderful team.  
Positions are part-time, Monday through Friday, 6:45 am to 8:00 am and/or 3pm to 6pm with an occasional 11:30am-6:00 pm on scheduled early dismissals.
Please contact Nancy Lisk at 
further information.
SJS Car Magnet
Show your St. Joseph Catholic School pride with a car magnet!
Magnets were given out in morning carpool yesterday to each family.
If you didn't get one, stop by the office!
Have a second car or need a second magnet?
Magnets can be purchased from the office for $5!
Come and get them - while supplies last!
Book Fair - Save the Date
Volunteer for Lunch
Want to get involved? We need YOU!
We are looking for volunteers during student lunch time!

Please consider donating the gift of your time!
It is required that all volunteers have completed the
Child Protection Certification program.
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
Prayer Leaders
September 2: NO SCHOOL
September 3: Fiorito, G.
September 4: Fisher, A.
September 5: Fitzpatrick, E., M., D.
September 6: Flusche, W.

September 9: Flynn, M
September 10: Folliard, F., J., G.
September 11: Forester, E.
September 12: Foster, E.
September 13: Fredricks, E., K.
CYO Sports
It's game time!
Registration for CYO sports is now open!
See the information below on
sports being offered!
Registration is now online - click the
button below to register!
Go Saints!
Boy Scouts
Boys in grades K-5: bring your parents to learn about the adventure of Cub Scouts and be part of our St. Joseph Pack 913! Cub Scouts is a year-round family program. Our Pack has exciting events with activities that are fun for kids and the entire family. Our Cubs learn about important life skills, personal safety and environmental stewardship. They take part in fun outdoor activities, get involved in their community, and learn to be part of a team. Sign up by 10/31 and get a FREE Pinewood Derby car kit!
Date : Tuesday, September 17  Time : 6:30pm  Place : Saint Joseph Parish Meeting Rm 214/215 More Info: or
Middle School Ministry
Walking with Purpose
Paul VI Open House
Open House - October 27
St. Paul VI Catholic High School is having an Open House on Sunday, October 27 from 1-4pm.
10675 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA. 22030
Become a "Panther for a Day" - Shadow a current student and experience a day at Paul VI!

To arrange a visit or for more information about PVI, contact Mr. Glenn Farello at 703-352-0925 x340 or
Learn more at
Upcoming Events
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

October 4: Coffee with the Principal
October 4: Mass
October 8: Living Rosary
October 11: 11:30am Dismissal
October 11: Mass
October 11: Interims
October 14: NO SCHOOL
October 18: Mass
October 24: Mass
October 24: 11:30am Dismissal
October 25: NO SCHOOL
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
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