Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. - Deuteronomy 31:6

October 10, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Officer Gary Gramling was in attendance on Tuesday for our Lockdown Drill. Officer Gramling is an excellent resource for our school. He was very impressed with the building security, and complimented us on the many upgrades including surveillance cameras, double - door security entrance, fob system, and procedural guide. As with every drill, we reflect and make adjustments. Based on Officer Gramling's feedback, we will continue to add layers of safety. We are grateful for his service to our community, and commitment to SJS!

Volunteers are critical to the success of our school. At this point, we have about 20% of families involved in school events, fundraisers, and extra-curricular activities. It is imperative that all families volunteer to help at events.

The Walkathon is less than a month away. Our targeted goal is $15,000. All proceeds go directly into your child's education. Last year, we purchased Smart Boards, Physical Education equipment, Musical Instruments, enhanced building security, and Reading Assessments. Please continue to seek out business sponsors. If you obtained a business sponsor, please submit it as soon as possible, but no later than October 15th. So far we have raised $4,000 dollars!

Jessica Garcia and Victoria McFarlin (grade 8 students) represented SJS well on Thursday morning. The girls were invited to sing The National Anthem at the Chick-Fil-A's grand opening. Congratulations Jessica and Victoria!

Thank you:
Thank you, Kelcey Hoyt for organizing and chairing our wine tasting fundraiser.
Thank you, Mrs. Reitz and the Bingo crew for offering monthly Bingo.
Thank you, Moira TeeK ing for updating our website.
Thank you, Kim Valzania for organizing picture day.
Thank you, to all our picture day volunteers (Mrs. O'Rourke, Mrs. Ovanessian, Mrs. Sweeting, Mrs. Pufahl-Bajramaj, Mrs. Kane, and Mr. Moore).

Important Reminders

  • School will not be in session on Monday, October 13th. Enjoy the long weekend!

Enjoy the weekend.

Mr. Scott Bannon


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

3rd Annual HRRA Recycling VIDEO Contest
How to Compost to Reduce Waste

Submit video by October 20, 2014

You could win up to $500!. - Open to students in Grades 6-12.

Entry rules and details are available here.

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.


Save the Date


Friday, October 24th

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:

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

October Homework Club Registration
November Homework Club Registration
December Homework Club Registration

SCRIP is accepting orders for the 2014-15 school year.
Orders placed by 10am on Friday 9/5 will be available for pickup on Friday 9/12.

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

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

  • WHEN: Orders may be placed 24/7 at 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 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

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

See the Donation Opportunities page for details

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