FRIDAY UPDATE - MAY 15, 2015
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE

"Confirmation" - one of the seven sacraments through which Catholics are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and are strengthened in their Christian life.

Keep the Holy Spirit alive in your hearts... Good Luck and Congratulations to our 8th graders who will be receiving the sacrament of Confirmation this evening!

CALENDAR CHANGE

June 8th is now a full day of school for students.
June 19th is now the last day of school (early dismissal)
June 22nd is now a teacher professional development day (no students)


SJS TRACK AND FIELD


SJS is extremely proud of our students. This year we have over 80 students participating in Track and Field. Thank you to all our parent volunteers, Coach Conlon, and Coach Tia!


SAFETY COMMITTEE

SJS would like to form a Safety Committee to provide feedback and brainstorm ideas about building safety.. We would like to discuss the following topics:
            After school events including Bingo Nights, Track, and Basketball Games
Please reply to sbannon@diobpt.org if you are interested in joining the Safety Committee. The Safety Committee will meet prior to the 2015-2016 school year.


STUDENT RECOGNITION


Congratulations to Jessica Garcia and Max Oeser for participating in the Modern Woodmen Speech competition at St. Rose School. Both students were incredible!


Jessica Garcia placed 2nd overall, and will continue to the State Finals later this month!


IXL and SUMMER PACKETS

The IXL student licenses were purchased, and will be activated by the end of May. This will give students an opportunity to learn the program in school before being asked to complete tasks over the summer.


The IXL licenses will be assigned to students entering grades 1 - 8 for the 2015-2016 school year.


More details will follow in the upcoming weeks.



CALLING ALL SINGERS

The Diocesan Youth Choir Audition is an exciting opportunity for 8th - 12th grade singers! We have wonderful voices in our community. Please click the flyer below, and register for an audition.

C4Y Flyer

Good Luck!!



ST. BALDRICK'S DAY

Saint Baldrick's Day

The Cause:
More than 175,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer per year. More US children die of childhood cancer than any other disease. Men, women, boys and girls participate in St. Baldrick's Day by getting their heads shaved and raise funds to fight childhood cancers.

Why we do it: We are grateful for our many blessings, and it is important to give back. Let's Make A Difference!

What: 4th Annual St. Baldrick's Head-Shaving Event
Where: Saint Joseph School Parking Lot
When: Sunday, June 28, 2015 Noon - 3pm

Over the past 3 Years, we've had 150 shavees and raised over $63,000. There are many ways you can participate, and Make A Difference!

  • Donate online to either our event or in support of someone who is shaving
  • Sign up or sign your child up to be a shavee either online or by contacting Mike Sobutka at mike.sobutka@pepsico.com



IMPORTANT REMINDERS

The Scholastic Book Fair is scheduled for the week of May 18th. Mrs. McGinniss needs volunteers. Please email Mrs. McGinniss if you can help amcginniss@sjsbrookfield.org

May 25th - Memorial Day - No School
June 8th - Full Day of School for all students Pre-K3 - Grade 8
June 11th - SJS Golf Tournament
June 12th - Grade 8 Graduation
June 17th - Pre-K4 Graduation
June 18th - Early Dismissal
June 19th - Last Day of School - Early Dismissal
June 22nd - Teacher Professional Development - No Students
June 28th - St. Baldrick's Day Noon - 3:00



SJS GOLF TOURNAMENT

***Registration is Now Open***

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 is available here!

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!

SPECIAL THANK YOU!

Thank you, Mrs. Oeser for volunteering her time on Mondays to teach Yoga!

Thank you, Mrs. O'Rourke and Mrs. Chaddha for volunteering their time on Wednesdays to teach our cheerleaders!



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 8 June 19



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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