Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents
Friday, September 27 marks the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, who was educated by the Franciscans and who, through his devotion to the poor and his commitment to charity for all, reflected the legacy of St. Francis. Today, societies that honor the work of St. Vincent de Paul perform corporal and spiritual works of mercy to relieve the suffering of the poor.
Also upcoming on the Church calendar is the Transitus of St. Francis, on October 3, and the Feast of St. Francis on October 4. The Transitus celebrates the vigil of St. Francis’ death, and you may want to join the celebration at a prayer service with readings and songs that reflect the life of St. Francis, and recall the events surrounding his death. See details below. If that doesn’t work for you, please join us at the school Mass on Friday, October 4, to celebrate the life of one of the most beloved of all saints!
We are in the third and final week of the first Scantron window. The window closes Friday, September 27, and score reports will be sent home shortly thereafter. Teachers will evaluate the Scantron report and use it as the baseline to measure student growth over the next two Scantron test sessions.
In conjunction with Scantron, remember that trimesters can be long, and it is important to stay informed on student grades and assignments. The PowerSchool Parent Portal allows parents to view student grades, and stay on top of assignments. Please log in. If you have problems with log in, please contact our registrar, Mrs. Lisa Pearce, . If you have any concerns about the Scantron report, or grades in PowerSchool, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
Don’t forget to plan for your October lunch orders. Follow this link to reach the Lunch Program information on the SJS website. Remember to place your orders no later than the 28th of this month. I have to say these lunches look and smell very good. When I visit in the lunchroom, the kids tell me lunch tastes good, and it is plentiful. No one leaves hungry!
Please join me and our counselors, Patty Farrell and Beth Henry, for  Coffee with the Principal, Friday, October 4, after morning carpool. We will look at an overview of our plans to address school climate and the social-emotional needs of our students. I hope to see you there.
We will have an 11:30 dismissal on Friday, September 27 , for teacher professional development. Teachers will have a work session and presentation on Anxiety, Depression, ADD and Behavior Issues in the Classroom. Teachers will come away with skills and strategies to support students.
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
Milling and Paving - Plan Accordingly
The Town of Herndon will be milling and paving Elden Street from Center Street to Sterling Road starting later this week. The work on that particular stretch could start as early as Wednesday, September 25th. Traffic may be impacted so using alternate routes is the best course of action. The Town of Herndon has proposed to use Ferndale and Center Street to get to Vine Street and the school. While the work is only scheduled from 9am until 3pm there may be days where the work will need to continue beyond 3pm to get portions done.

We ask that you allow extra time and we appreciate your patience!
Early Dismissal Reminder

Early Dismissal (11:30am) on
Friday, September 27
We can't wait to share some exciting news...….
Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi
Ice Cream Treat
On Friday, October 4, the Knights of Columbus is providing ice cream to the students during lunch! How fun! We are thankful for the continued support and
partnership with the Knights of Columbus!

For parents with children that have allergies:
Brand: Blue Bunny
Contains: Dairy, Corn Syrup
Contact: Laura Stump with any allergy questions/concerns
Cyber Robotics
Coding Competition
Open to St. Joseph Catholic School
6th-8th Graders this Fall

CRCC is an innovative robotics tournament that engages students in coding.

      Game-like, fun competition for all levels, No experience needed
      Peer participation and competitive spirit
      Self-directed and each student can progress at their own pace
      Open to the first 35 students.

We will have an introductory meeting after school then an opportunity for lunch drop in meetings during each stage. Students will work on their own at home and weekends to complete each stage.

Cost is $10 for Competition Registration Fee (paid through FACTS);
Participation in the competition over 6 weeks

If interested, please fill out BOTH form:

Bootcamp: Oct 15 -27
Competition Stage: Oct 28 - Nov 7
Team Qualifiers: Nov 8 - Nov 20
Finals participation*
* Finals participation is offered to the schools with the highest ranking at the end of qualifiers subject to space availability
Finals will be held in states with registration of more than 40 schools.

First Meeting:
October 3, 2019 from 3:15 - 4pm in the Computer Lab
Please contact Mrs. Hatley ( ) for questions
Check out the CoderZ website for more details:
Spanish Support Club
Cultural Club
Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education is a super easy way for you to help St. Joseph Catholic School earn money! There are 2 ways to help!

  1. Download the free Box Tops app for your phone, shop, and scan your store receipts through the app! By scanning, the app knows which products count! Super easy!! Download the app - when you create your login, assign your rewards to St. Joseph Catholic School. You can find the school by entering the zip code (20170) or searching for the school.
  2. Cut and send in the physical box top found on products. The physical box top clips are being phased out but are still being accepted.

Thanks for your support!
Volunteers Needed!
Check out these opportunities to get involved!
Recess volunteers are needed!

Paid position if can commit to M-F
When: Monday - Friday
Time: 11:15am until 12:55pm
Paid positions available for those that can work Monday through Friday.
However, we welcome any parent that can volunteer their time even though they can't commit to all week.
Interested? Contact Mrs. Rutledge at
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!

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 complete the Child Protection Certification program.
SJS Spirit Wear
Class of 2020 Spirit Wear Sales

Last day to order September 30, 2019

Place your order by clicking on the button below!
Thank you for supporting the 8th Grade!
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.
Book Fair - Save the Date
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
PTO News
SJS PTO presents

Tuesday, October 1st 7-9pm
Parish Hall 
10 Ways to Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling Workshop
No Need To Register. 

Celebrate Calm Founder Kirk Martin, and his son, Casey, will provide parents and teachers with a dozen strategies that will eliminate defiance, disrespect, yelling, bullying, sibling fights and more that characterize our homes and classrooms. Kirk provides concrete, practical strategies that work with kids ages 2-22 in everyday situations to:

• Get your kids to listen the first time.
• Stop defiance, disrespect, and yelling.
• Stop whining, tantrums and sibling fights.
• Get kids off video games/screens without a fight. 
• Create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime.
Visit  for a sneak peak of what you will experience. Arrive early for the special Q&A with Kirk (that begins 10 minutes prior to the workshop beginning).

Parent Social @ Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Downtown Herndon  
Join us at Jimmys after the 10 Ways to Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling workshop to meet and socialize with other SJS parents! We will see you there!

 Saturday, November 9th @ Northwest Federal Credit Union Annual 5K Race

Want to help make Bernie’s 5K Dash a huge success?? We are currently seeking event sponsors, donations and volunteers, please email !
Prayer Leaders
September 23: Gallagher, D.
September 24: Gallart, M.
September 25: Gallelli, A.
September 26: Garcia, V.
September 27: Garcia, M.

September 30: Gayle, D.
October 1: Gieseking, E.
October 2: Girma, M.
October 3: Gittings, G. and P.
October 4: Giuliano, R.
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 to the right to register!
Go Saints!
Middle School Ministry
High School 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
Open House at
Bishop O'Connell
October 13, 1:00-4:00

Presentation begins at 1:00. You and your family are invited to see a presentation, meet our faculty and coaches, and tour through our building.  Click here for more information.

Youth Football Day
at Bishop O'Connell
September 21, at 1:30 pm

Students K-8 who register in advance will receive free admission to the game and an O'Connell water bottle.  Click here to register.
Upcoming Events
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

November 1: Coffee with the Principal
November 1: Mass - Feast of All Saints Day
November 1: 4th Grade All Saints program
November 8: Mass
November 8: Veteran's Day breakfast
November 9: Annual 5k race
November 11: NO SCHOOL
November 12: 11:30am Dismissal
Stay Connected - Twitter and Facebook
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on Twitter and Facebook!
A lot is happening at SJS and you don't want to miss out!

Twitter: @sjschoolva
Facebook: sjschoolva
Weekly Saints Quote
750 Peachtree Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Tel: 703-880-4350 Fax: 703-880-4320