FRIDAY UPDATE - AUGUST 28, 2015
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE
"In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:6
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
August 30th - Blessing of the Backpacks @9:00 SJ Church
August 30th - SJS Carwash 9:00 - 1:00
August 31st - First Day of School K-8 (Full Day)
September 2nd - Aftercare Begins
September 3rd - Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 Meet and Greet @ 9:00 am
September 4th - First Day of School Pre-K3 and Pre-K4
September 7th - Labor Day (No School)
September 10th - Meet the Teachers Night @ 7:00 PM
September 18th - Early Dismissal @ 11:45 (Teacher PD)
September 19th - Synod Closing Session - Webster Arena

NEW NEC DISPLAY STATION




The technology fund and walk-a-thon helped purchase a new NEC Display Station. The 50 inch LED station will proudly highlight all the wonderful happenings at SJS.



BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS
Please join us for Sunday morning mass at Saint Joseph Church. Mass begins at 9:00 am. Father Chip will provide a blessing for all students and their backpacks! Thank you, Father Chip!
KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION


Thursday morning was Kindergarten Orientation. The students visited their classroom, met new classmates, and played outside! They did an incredible job riding the school bus for the first time. Parents toured the school, and learned about SJS procedures. If you have any questions, please let us know!

 

 


FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - TIPS/ REMINDERS

The first day of school is so exciting! We encourage you to take pictures of your child and cherish the memories.

Parents are welcome to carry in supplies on the first day of school. Safety is a priority, so feel free to park your car in the parking lot, and assist your child with supplies. Please note, parents will need an appointment to enter the building after the first day of school.

All students (pre-k - Grade 8) should pack a snack. It is important our students stay hydrated and energized each day!

The students are invited to wear gym uniforms the first two days of school. Beginning Wednesday, September 2nd, students should wear warm weather uniforms until further notice. If your uniforms have not arrived, please do not worry. I will work with individual families.

The hot lunch menu for September has been posted. If you would like to participate in the optional hot lunch program for children in grades K - 8, now is the time to create an account, or order if you already have one. Click on this link to get started:

Hot Lunch

Please send in a note if your child has a change to his/her dismissal. Dismissal changes need to be documented by a note or email (prior to 12:00 noon).

Please send in all forms from the Family Handbook.

 


FAMILY HANDBOOK

SJS Family Handbook 2015-2016

Please read the new Family Handbook. The school staff page was revised to include Marlene Nankin, school nurse's email. In addition, a revision was made to the "Grading" section. Please print, sign,and return the forms by Tuesday, September 1st:

1. Photo/Video Release Form 2015 - 2016 SCHOOL YEAR (Page 27)
2. Parent Permission and Student Agreement "ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY" (Page 31)
3. Electronic Device Permission Slip (optional)(Page 32)
4. Family Sign - Off (Page 33)

 


LITTLE FLOWERS

Please click on the "Little Flowers Introduction" to learn more about this wonderful club.

Little Flowers Introduction

If your child is interested in joining Little Flowers,please click on the registration link below:

Little Flowers Registration

 


ICE CREAM SOCIAL


Our ice cream social was a huge success! We hope you enjoyed the evening,made new friends, and are excited for the 2015-2016 school year!

 

 


SPREAD THE MULCH AT SJS
SJS needs your help tomorrow, Saturday, August 29th. Please give an hour or two and help weed and spread new mulch on our playground. If you are available, please join the SJS community between 9:00 - 1:00 tomorrow morning. If possible, please bring the following:
1) Shovel
2) Rake (Gardening Rake/ Heavy Duty!)
3) Wheelbarrow
4) Weeding tools

Thank you!
SPECIAL THANK YOU!

Thank you Cathy Donahue for meeting with our HSA representatives and various SJS families about our fundraising and annual fund goals.

Thank you to the following 8th graders for assisting with Kindergarten Orientation:

Brian Ritter
Sean DeSantis
Molly Coyle
Nyrie Ovanessian
Catherine Hanley
Quinn Guth
Joe Robinson
Isabella Font




NEWS


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, September 25

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 $12 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
November 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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