FRIDAY UPDATE - June 18, 2015
"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us." - Borland
June 22nd - Teacher Professional Development - No Students
June 28th - St. Baldrick's Day Noon - 3:00
August 25th - SJS Staff Meeting
August 27th - Kindergarten Orientation @ 10:00 am
August 27th - Ice Cream Social (All SJS Families) @ 6:00 PM
August 31st - First Day of School K-8 (Full Day)
September 4th - First Day of School Pre-K3 and Pre-K4


Summer Packets were sent home on Wednesday.

Have fun with IXL this summer! Please encourage your incoming 1st - 8th grader to spend an hour a week on math and Language Arts (or as suggested by the classroom teacher).

All students successfully logged in at school and at home (we hope!). If you experience any issues with IXL over the summer, please contact

Prizes will be given to the student(s) and class with the most participation/ problems solved. Teachers will view each child's profile and analyze the amount of problems and time spent on IXL when we return in August!

1) Go To
2) In the top right corner, students should type in there username/login and password information
3) Students select the subject (Math or LA) they want to practice

All incoming 1st - 8th graders should have logged in to IXL. All students successfully logged in at school, and now we want them to practice at home. If you experience any issues, please let your child's teacher know.


The New Milford VNA and Hospice Program are offering a summer camp for grieving students. Many SJS live's were dramatically altered this year (death of a parent, grandparent, or friend). I recently received the flyer below (email from a parent). Please click the link and register your child if you feel he/she can benefit from this opportunity. Camp Jonathan 2015 is free, and run by trained professionals. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Camp Jonathan Brochure


All students interested in a week long Shakespeare summer camp at St.Marguerite's parish should click the link below!. There are two weeks being offered.

Shakespeare Camp Info


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

To our entire community for a wonderful school year!


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.

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 ( 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:

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.


Save the Date


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:

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

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

  • 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

5 OBTUSE HILL ROAD | RT. 133 | BROOKFIELD, CT 06804 | TEL: 203-775-2774 |