A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17

September 12, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Meet the Teacher's Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 17th at 7:00 PM. This year will look a little different. The HSA volunteer sign-ups will be in gymnasium, beginning at 6:30 PM. We ask all SJS families to volunteer for one event or more. There will be two classroom presentations. Each presentation will be 15 minutes. We ask that 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parents report to their child's homeroom for the first presentation.

In addition, we will begin organizing parent teacher conference schedules for November. We ask all families to sign-up for conferences at Meet the Teacher's Night. Special area teachers will be available per special request. If you need a conference with the music, physical education, art, technology, or Spanish teacher, please email them directly. Thank you!

The following chart highlights the differences between the three event types, and represents the kick-off of the 2014-2015 year:

Social/ Family Events HSA Assessment Fundraisers School-Based Fundraiser
Community building activities with a small cover charge (pay DJ's, snacks, small prizes, etc.) or no charge at all. All profits go to the operating budget of SJS. Our annual assessment is $75,000 for the 2014-2015 school year. Any funds in excess of $75,000 will go towards "School Based" efforts. All profits go directly into your child's education i.e. technology, books, and special assemblies
Ice-Cream Social Harvest Basketball Tournament Walk-A-Thon
Author Visit Bingo  
Clam Bake Christmas Fair  
Talent Show Auction and Wine Tasting  

The cost to educate each SJS student is approximately $6,250 - $6,500 dollars. These costs are approximately $1,250 - $1,500 dollars more than our current tuition rates. In order for our school to supplement this cost, we conduct fundraisers in lieu of raising tuition costs.

Important Reminders

  • Please remain in your vehicle when dropping off your child. Please drop off your child at the back of the school by 8:30 am. If the backdoor is closed, please drive around to the main entrance (after 8:30 am).

  • Friday, September 19th is an early dismissal at 11:45 am. Teachers will attend professional development with Lisa Doran (CES representative). We will focus on Writing with a purpose.

  • The Walkathon is upon us! Please be certain to send in your permission slip and pledges.

  • We are in need of a parent volunteer to become our Basketball Coordinator.

  • We are in need of a parent volunteer to become our Cheerleader Coordinator.

  • Picture Day is scheduled for October 8th and 9th. The specific schedule of classes will be sent home in the upcoming weeks.

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

The Little Flowers Girls' Club

of St. Joseph School and Church invites you

When: Thursday Sept 4th 2014, 6:30pm
Where: St Joseph School library, Brookfield

Little Flowers is a Catholic Mother/Daughter club centered on learning virtues. Virtues are learned by lively presentations, crafts and activities. Girls have blue sashes that are decorated with badges they earn by completing activities at home.

Please join us for our first meeting, Registration is required but can be completed during the meeting. Registration fee includes member supplies (sash and badges). Meetings are approx. 1 hour.

What is a virtue? Virtues are good habits that help us to be Holy.

The First Virtue is: Zeal: intense excitement. This year we will also learn about acceptance, confidence, kindness and more.

For more information please call Susan Lovell 203-733-6348, info and registration forms can also be viewed on the Little Flowers webpage on the school website or email littleflowersbrookfield@hotmail.com

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, September 26th

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

September Homework Club Registration
October 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 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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