Heavenly Father, on this day, help us remember those who gave of themselves to keep us safe and secure.
Enkindle in our consciences a desire to serve those who served their country selflessly.
Give us the grace to aid those who have given aid and protection to us and others both here and overseas.
Let us never forget the causes for which they fought or the bravery they showed on the battlefield.
May we be always mindful of those who paid the price for our freedom, just as your Son gave his life to free us from the bondage of sin.



November 14th - IHS Entrance Exam
November 16th - Welcome Back, Trish Ambrogio!
November 25th - Early Dismissal (No Aftercare)
November 26th and 27th - Thanksgiving Break (No School)
December 7th - Chorus to The Brookfield Senior Center
December 8th - Immaculate Conception - (No School)
December 10th - DATE CHANGED! Storyteller, Len Cabral (all grades/ all parents welcome) time tbd
December 17th - Christmas Concert 7 PM SJ Church
December 23rd - Early Dismissal (No Aftercare)
December 24th - January 3rd - Christmas Vacation
January 4th - Classes Resume


Today was a special morning of prayer and celebration. SJS welcomed and honored many grandparents and veterans.

Our Veteran's Day assembly was moving and educational. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such caring, dedicated people in our community.

Troop 770 scout Eddie Godino's Eagle Project is the "Happy Feet Sock Drive"' a collection of socks that will be donated to Catholic Charities. The drive will be taking place from November 12th - November 20th. Please place donations in the bin, located in the school vestibule. Thank you for your support.


The annual Harvest Basketball is off to a great start! Thank you to all the coordinator's, coaches, and volunteers. The Harvest Tournament is a wonderful family event. Please try to attend a game with your children. There are refreshments, raffles, and conversation!



Coach Mary Ann Daly and Coach Mike Sobutka attended the UConn Women's open basketball practice. We hope to have our basketball teams attend at a future date.


Thank you to Mrs. Oeser and all the parents who volunteered to coach this year. However, we have 18 additional students who want to participate in OM. We need two more coaches. If we do not have coaches by Wednesday, November 18th, we will need to turn away 18 interested students. Please contact Katie Oeser if you are willing to step up for our students!


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Following team assignments and blessings, over 1000 volunteers will disperse to assist over 80+ families with the clearing of fall leaves. Afterwards we will reconvene at the Brookfield High School Gym for a lunch celebration with baked goods, salads, and all the hot dogs you can eat.

Date: Saturday November 14, 2015
Time: 7:30am - 1:00pm
Place: Brookfield High School Gym
For: A great day of service and fellowship!

Rake and Bake Flyer


To Amy McGinniss to chairing the Scholastic Book Fair!

Mrs. Ovanessian
Mrs. Massoni
Mrs. Bray
Mrs. Ross
Mrs. Conlon

Thank you to our Grandparent's Day chair, Mrs. Pertoso! You did an incredible job.

Thank you to Mrs. Reitz for ordering a beautiful banner to display on Grandparent's/ Veteran's Day!

Thank you to all our parent volunteers who served, baked, and setup food on Grandparent's Day!


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.


American Pie

Buy, Buy, Miss American Pie...........

Purchase your Thanksgiving Pies
and support ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL

$20 per pie ($5 of which will go directly to SJS!)

Order deadline:
All orders must be submitted by Thursday, Nov. 12.

Delivery date:
Orders may be picked up at dismissal on Friday, Nov. 20. Any order not picked up by 7pm, will be donated to Bingo that night.

Pies are delivered fresh but can be refrigerated until Thanksgiving or frozen until Christmas. Instructions for freezing/defrosting will be included. Be sure to order enough for all your holiday entertaining!

ORDER FORM Due by Thursday, November 12th

Save the Date


Friday, October 30

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 $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

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

  • 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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