FRIDAY UPDATE - MAY 1, 2015
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE
"A Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see many reasons for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long." - Wiersbe


Good luck and congratulations to our second graders who will receive their First Holy Eucharist tomorrow!
STUDENT RECOGNITION


Congratulations to the following students:
Sydney Brown (Grade 6)- Connecticut Elks Association - Won 4th place overall in the state competition for her Drug Awareness essay.

Sarah Bohling (Grade 8) - Year of Consecrated Life - Won 1st place overall in the Diocese of Bridgeport for her song honoring Patron Saint John Bosco.


SPRING UNIFORMS

It looks like the warm weather finally arrived! Therefore, students are permitted to wear spring uniforms (khaki shorts and skorts, belts for the boys, and shoes). Gym uniforms and sneakers are permitted on physical education days only.


FUNDRAISING MONEY

As we enter the month of May, I wanted to share information on the SJS finances.

To date, our wonderful HSA submitted $50,000 towards our $75,000 yearly assessment. The SJS Auction was a great success, and raised over $18,000. Once again, thank you to our auction committee for working so hard, and providing the community with a fun-filled evening of laughter and conversation.

Our walk-a-thon money was used to front the cost of upgrading building security. Privacy glass was installed in our main office and new locks were installed throughout the building. In addition, there were numerous minor updates to align with state security regulations. These upgrades add another layer of safety for the SJS community. 50% of the cost will be reimbursed by the State of Connecticut through the School Security Grant we obtained this past fall.

In addition, I have secured walk-a-thon money for technology upgrades. Our devices need improvements, and I am in the process of finalizing a purchase order to obtain new computers. These devices will be introduced in September.

Another portion of the walk-a-thon money will be used to purchase IXL Mathematics and Language Arts licenses for every student entering grades 1 - 8. IXL is a web-based program and focuses on numerous skills and concepts. Students will practice language arts and mathematics in a fun way across a variety of grade levels. IXL will replace the traditional paper and pencil methods used for summer packets. More details will follow in the upcoming weeks.


ENROLLMENT UPDATE

As of this morning, we have 183 students registered for the 2015-2016 school year!


GRADE 2014-15 2015-16
PreK 3
13
6
PreK 4
35
15
Kindergarten
22
25
Grade 1
14
18
Grade 2
18
12
Grade 3
21
18
Grade 4
26
20
Grade 5
11
24
Grade 6
15
12
Grade 7
16
17
Grade 8
18
16

We need your help... please spread the good word about our Pre-K programs.



IMPORTANT REMINDERS
May 2nd - Grade 2 First Holy Communion
May 15th - Grade 8 Confirmation
May 25th - Memorial Day - No School
June 8th - Teacher Professional Development - No School
June 11th - SJS Golf Tournament
June 12th - Grade 8 Graduation
June 17th - Pre-K4 Graduation
June 18th - Early Dismissal
June 19th - Early Dismissal
June 22nd - Last Day of School Early Dismissal

SJS GOLF TOURNAMENT

***Save the Date***

2015 Annual Golf Outing
Thursday June 11, 2015
All skill levels are welcome!

The golf outing is our final fundraiser of the year! It is being hosted in nearby Candlewood Valley Country Club in New Milford. There will be prizes for holes in one, longest drive and closest to the pin. The outing will include continental breakfast, lunch at the turn and a full dinner. Registration will be available via the SJS website.

We are also seeking donations and sponsorships for the outing. Sponsorship opportunities include tee, green and scoreboard sponsorships. Suggested donations are sporting event tickets, golf foursomes, gift certificates and so on. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Registration information and more details to follow. In the meantime, you may contact the outing chairman Pat Conlon pat@conlonengineering.com with any questions.

See you on the links!

IHS WEST SIDE STORY

Immaculate High School presents "WEST SIDE STORY"

Thursday, May 7th - Saturday, May 9th at IHS.
Shows begin at 7 PM each night, with a 1:30 PM matinee on Saturday, May 9th.

Tickets go on sale April 1st on the school web site www.immaculatehs.org -
Reserved tickets - $25
Adult Tickets - $20
Seniors and Students Tickets - $15
Matinee Tickets - $10

More information can be found at http://ihswestside.weebly.com

SPECIAL THANK YOU!

All our 8th grade parents for their numerous hours of dedication for the 8th grade play!

To all our track parents for volunteering to lead and supervise at our track meet!



NEWS


Inclement Weather Days 2014-15

See the chart below indicating our snow days and make-up days for the 2014-2015 school year. With each inclement weather day, we will continue to move down the chart until April vacation dates are removed.

If we continue to experience additional inclement weather days, we will revisit 8th grade graduation, and make-up dates for the 8th grade students.


INCLEMENT WEATHER DAY
COUNT
DATE
CANCELLED
MAKE-UP
DAY
Last Day of School
For Students
1 11/25/2014 June 15 June 15
2 01/09/2015 June 16 June 16
3 01/27/2015 June 17 June 17
4 02/02/2015 June 18 June 18
5 02/09/2015 June 19 June 19
6 03/05/2015 June 22 June 22
7 June 23 June 23
8 June 24 June 24
9 June 25 June 25
10 June 26 June 26
11 April 13 June 26
12 April 14 June 26
13 April 15 June 26
14 April 16 June 26
15 April 17 June 26



SJS Spiritwear

Orders are currently being taken for SJS Spiritwear! We have a number of great items for sale:

  • Canvas Tote
  • Raincoat
  • Drawstring Bag
  • Sweatshirts - both crewneck and hoodies
  • Dri-wick T-shirts - both long and short sleeve
  • Flannel PJ Pants in navy and silver
  • Baseball caps




Virtus Training

All Volunteers at St. Joseph School must attend a Virtus training session. If you have previously attended a Virtus Training course, you do not have to attend antother. A list of the Virtus training programs can be found on the Virtus website.



Virtus Recertification - MARCH 31ST DEADLINE

The Diocese of Bridgeport is requiring that all Virtus trained individuals be re-certified EVERY 5 YEARS.

The good news is, it can be done online from the comfort of your own home, and it only takes about an hour. You do this by logging onto your Virtus account (virtusonline.com) and "attending" the Virtus re-certification course provided. Upon completion of the course, you will be issued a new Virtus Certificate. Please print it, and send it to the main office, attention: Kim. This re-certification is for ALL individuals who received Virtus training 5 or more years ago. After the Virtus session online, you will be prompted to order a renewal of your background check. If you are required to be re-certified, you must do so by March 31, 2015 in order to continue volunteering at Saint Joseph School.

There are several attachments to this e-mail. Please be sure to read them through as they provide important instructions for re-certification, and the necessary forms.

Re-certification instruction sheet

Bishop's Letter

Volunteer Sign-Off - Must be returned to the school

Safe Environment Handbook

Instruction sheet for anyone NOT YET VIRTUS CERTIFIED.

More information: http://bridgeportdiocese.com/safeenvironments/training

Thank you for your prompt attention to this re-certification process. The safety of our children depends on the pro-activity of our volunteers, administrators, staff members, and teachers.



EVENTS

Save the Date

BINGO NIGHT
at ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL

Friday, May 29th

Concessions, Homemade Baked Goods, Raffles & Prizes! Family fun night, bring friends & family - all are invited! If you have run or set up a Bingo event and would like to help Please contact Sue Reitz at: slreitz@live.com





Homework Club

Homework Club is an excellent opportunity for your child to work on their daily assignments in a quiet environment. The Homework Club will meet Monday – Thursday from 3:15 – 4:30. Homework Club is not private tutoring, but is monitored by a certified Saint Joseph staff member. The staff member will circulate the classroom, answer questions, and help the students with organization and prioritizing skills.

In some instances, all homework assignments are not completed during Homework Club. When this occurs, homework must be completed at home.

Please complete the downloadable calendar below, and return it to Nancy Rubino. This year, drop-ins are welcome with a parent note. Homework Club costs $11 dollars per day. If you are unable to pick-up your child at 4:30, he/she will join the After Care Club. You will be billed accordingly. Aftercare Club will cost $15 dollars from 4:30 – 6:00.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Rubino nrubino@diobptedu.org

May Homework Club Registration
June Homework Club Registration






SCRIP is accepting orders for the 2014-15 school year.

SCRIP orders are due by 10am each Friday for pickup on the following Friday. Pickup of the cards is the following Friday from 3:00-3:30 outside the school office. Can't make it to the school for distribution time. No worries- we can work out a time to meet you that better fits your schedule. Or take advantage of SCRIPNOW! an online printable version of a gift certificate that will be sent to your 'Inbox', within 30 minutes from the transaction, that you can print use immediately.

If you are interested in purchasing SCRIP cards and would like to set up an account, see our Donation Opportunities page or contact anyone from the SCRIP team for information: Tina Ross.

New to SCRIP?

Scrip is a gift card purchasing program that generates funds directly to SJS with each purchase. You pay the face value of the card or e-card (SCRIP now) and SJS receives a predetermined percentage back from SCRIP organizers for your purchase. Each purchase you make through the SCRIP link below benefits SJS. It's really that simple. SJS families have generated thousands of dollars each year for our children with this passive fundraiser!

SCRIP Facts…

  • WHO: Scrip is available to SJS families, their friends, faculty and staff

  • WHAT: Purchase gift cards for retailers that you use every day. Thousands of retailers nationwide participate in the SCRIP program. Grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, hotels, AMEX, and many popular retailers like LANDS END, GAP, STEWS, DUNKIN DONUTS and TARGET to name a few.

  • WHERE: On-line at www.shopwithscrip.com

  • WHY: An easy way to raise funds for our school!!

  • WHEN: Orders may be placed 24/7 at www.shopwithscrip.com. ScripNow! certificates and reloads of previously purchased SCRIP cards are printed at home and ready almost instantly. You receive "hard cards" during distribution which takes place each Friday at SJS.

  • HOW: A family account must be set up on the SCRIP website in order for SJS to receive the benefits. Just follow the steps at https://www.shopwithscrip.com/login/register.aspx to set up a user profile and a Presto-Pay account. (Please note a Presto-Pay account must also be set up to ensure quick & easy payment processing.) The SJS enrollment code is 65LCLD722LL12.

  • EXAMPLE: Purchase $250 in Lands End gift cards. A 16% ($40) rebate will be sent back to the school.*

Purchase throughout the school year and the rebates add up!

Questions…Please contact Tina Ross at tinaandjeff@sbcglobal.net



Simple Ways to Earn for Our School at NO COST TO YOU!!!

See the Donation Opportunities page for details

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