Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart And Do Not Lean On Your Own Understanding. In All Your Ways Acknowledge Him, And He Will Make Your Paths Straight. Proverbs 3:5 - 6

August 29, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our first two days of school were a complete success. All staff and students made a smooth transition into Saint Joseph School. We are so happy our new staff and families joined the SJS community. We look forward to a year filled with exciting memories.

Safety is at the forefront of all decision making. Therefore, the Saint Joseph community will practice our first fire drill on Wednesday. As the year progresses, we will continue to practice monthly fire drills from a variety of different locations (PE, Lunch, Recess, Homeroom, etc.).

We will have our back to school assembly on Tuesday morning. All students in grades K - 8 will enjoy a slideshow highlighting the first two days of school. We will show the same slideshow to parents at Meet the Teacher's Night on Wednesday, September 17th.

On Tuesday, we will launch our 2014 SJS Walkathon. Please look for a Walkathon packet in your child's backpack on Tuesday. The Walkathon is scheduled for Friday, October 31st. This is an important fundraiser. All proceeds have a direct impact on your child's education. Last year we purchased instructional materials, security enhancements, and offered special events for the students like the Ned Show.

Our After Care Club begins on Tuesday, September 2nd. It is important that all families fill out our new enrollment form located on the Saint Joseph School website. In addition, our new payment structure offers savings for all participants; especially if you take advantage of the monthly and yearly discounts. All information is available by clicking the following link: http://www.sjsbrookfield.org/SummerPacket2014/aftercareSheets2014-15.pdf

Please continue to access the Saint Joseph School website. We will be updating the website with important information throughout the year. Our 2014-2015 school calendar can be downloaded by clicking the following link: http://www.sjsbrookfield.org/PDF/2014-2015SchoolCalendar.pdf

During the first few days of school, we permitted parents to exit their vehicles and carry heavy items and supplies into the school. In moving forward, we ask that all adults remain in their vehicles during drop-off. The teachers will assist the younger students as they enter the building.

Due to the projected weather forecast, all students will be permitted to wear spring or gym uniforms to school next week.

Important Reminders

  • If your child is being picked up by anyone other than a parent, you need to send in a note.
  • SCRIP is back for the 2014-2015 school year. This is a great way to raise money for SJS. Please read more about SCRIP on the SJS website.

I look forward to another exciting school year!

Mr. Scott Bannon
Principal




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




The Little Flowers Girls' Club

of St. Joseph School and Church invites you

COME AND SEE
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.



EVENTS


Save the Date

BINGO NIGHT
at ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL

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






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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