Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-
I hope everyone was able to enjoy a memorable Labor Day weekend with friends and family.
Mrs. Carson and I continue our efforts to get to know everyone, and enhance our communications. To that end, we will hold a monthly “Coffee with the Principal.” Please join us on Friday, September 7th, at 8:15am, in Room 214/215 - located upstairs above the school office.
In our continuing effort to upgrade safety, the locks for the doors to the school and parish offices will be installed this week. Once installed, visitors to the school and parish offices will enter the first set of doors, and then “buzz” to be admitted to the lobby. This is a wonderful safety enhancement that adds an additional layer of security for the school. Special thanks to Father Tom and Mr. Rucker!
Don’t forget to join us at the 2018 Parish BBQ and Picnic, this Saturday, Sept. 8. Tickets are available at the Parish Office. Your favorite teachers are volunteering to paint faces and run contests, and we all hope to see you there!
Phase two of the test of our School Messenger emergency broadcast system will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 5, after 4:00. This phase will allow you to opt-in to the text messaging system that will be used for weather related closings and emergencies. Once you receive the SMS message, please opt in or out, depending on your preference. As before, please notify Lisa Pearce at if there were any problems with the test, or if you did not receive the test communication.
Mrs. Hatley has asked that all students and parents sign the St. Joseph Student Chromebook Contract . Click on the link to download the contract. Students should return the signed contract to Mrs. Hatley or their homeroom teacher.
Students in 7th and 8th grade will begin their electives this week. Information regarding clubs and various sign-ups will be available on the website later this week.
Mr. Pena-Ariet is looking for parent volunteers who may be interested in playing the piano for choir rehearsals. If interested, contact him at Volunteers are required to be Virtus compliant.
Special kudos and thanks to Mrs. Daughtrey and Mrs. Bilbo for creating the St. Joseph Six, and sharing them with the school community. These six rules, Reverence, Respect, Responsibility, Reliability, Readiness, Results, have become the cornerstone of the behavior plans in all grade levels. Students will earn special recognition for behaviors that exemplify these rules. Ask your child for details, or contact your child’s teacher if you have questions.
If you haven’t yet signed the Greenhouse Use Contract , please follow this link. Print, read, sign, and return to your teacher.
Rejoice and Be Glad!
Denise Rutledge

Child Protection Program
At St. Joseph School and Parish ALL VOLUNTEERS who interact with children at any Parish or School sponsored activity such as volunteering in school, Scouts or Religious Education, Youth Ministry, CYO, etc., must complete and be compliant with the

Child compliance paperwork can be turned in to Beth Covert in the school office as soon as it is completed. No need to wait until you attend your Virtus seminar!

For questions, please contact the Child Protection Liaison for St. Joseph Parish, Beth Covert, at
or (703) 880-4357
Box Top Fun
Welcome Back Saints!  
Let’s Start The School Year Right And Earn Cash For Our School!

Simply clip Box Tops and send in envelopes/bags of 50 or use the Box Tops sheet to collect 25 at a time!
Look for these Box Tops on hundreds of products. They come in all shapes and sizes and each one is worth $$ for our school:
Drop at the office, in the hallway box where the children enter, or via backpack mail to: Steven F. 8th Grade – Mrs. Bilbo
Contact Natalie F. for more information at:  

Run with the Saints
For more information about the
Get Your Spirit Gear!
8th grade Spirit Wear is available for purchase!
All checks made payable to:
SJS with "8th grade spirit wear" in the memo.
Please turn in order forms to the front office.
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:

School Pictures
School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 18.

Students may wear "Sunday best" attire or their formal school uniform.

Order forms and price list will be going home with students on Friday. Here is a link to download the order form for your convenience. 

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


Contact List for Clubs/Sports
Middle School Night at Paul VI High School
All are invited to join the  VI Man  cheering on our Panther varsity football team. Free to all and no reservations are needed. Email:  with questions.
SJS Alumni News
Alyssa Costigan (Class of 2018)
Essay Contest Winner and Top Athlete

This Spring, Alyssa Costigan won the 1st place award for the Knights of Columbus Citizenship Essay Contest for the District, Region and State (137 Districts) AND runner up Internationally for her “Going to the Periphery” essay! Completion of the essay was required by all Diocesan 8th grade students. Alyssa’s essay was selected and nominated by St. Joseph School. Congrats! 

Not only does Alyssa achieve academically, she is also an outstanding athlete. This summer, Alyssa’s basketball team won the USJN National Championship. Her talent was noticed as she was selected to participate in the exclusive Rites of Passage Event for top middle school players across the country! It didn't stop there -- she was also selected to participate in the East Coast Middle School All-Star Championship in Atlantic City, playing for the South team. Both Alyssa’s AAU Basketball team and Travel soccer teams finished second in the country last year.

Alyssa is attending Paul VI High School and is planning to play basketball for the Panthers. She has worked extremely hard and we wish her continued success on and off the court!

Go, Saints! Go, Panthers!
We would love to hear from our alumni! Spread the word and share your story! Visit the Alumni page to stay connected!
Upcoming Events
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