FRIDAY UPDATE - DECEMBER 11, 2015
SPECIAL QUOTE
"Christmas is not as much about opening presents as opening our hearts." Janice Maeditere

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

December 15th - Len Cabral (same schedule)
December 17th - Christmas Concert 7 PM SJ Church
December 23rd - Early Dismissal (No Aftercare)
December 24th - January 3rd - Christmas Vacation
January 4th - Classes Resume
January 6th - State of the Schools Address - Bishop Caggiano @ All Saints School - Norwalk
January 15th - End of Second Marking Period
January 22nd - Report Cards Home
January 18th - MLK Day - No School
January 19th - January 28th - Mid-Term Exams Grades 6 -8
January 31st - Open House (Catholic Schools Week) 12 - 2
January 31st - February 6th - Catholic Schools Week!
February 1st - February 12th - DRA and Riverside Assessments


BROOKFIELD SENIOR CENTER

The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade chorus attended the Brookfield Senior Center this past Monday. The chorus was unbelievable! Our students sang nearly 10 songs, and the local seniors enjoyed the special treat. This was a simple visit to spread our appreciation for our seniors and Brookfield Community.




CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Our Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday, December 17th at 7:00 PM in Saint Joseph Church. Students should arrive at the SJS Gym by 6:45 PM. Parents should drop off their child(ren) and report to the church. The SJS Staff will walk the students over to the church at 7:00 PM.

All students should wear white shirts (uniform shirts are perfect) and dark pants/ skirts/ or dresses). If your child wants to wear a touch of red or green to accessorize their outfit, please feel free!

DONATIONS FOR THE NURSE'S OFFICE

Mrs. Nankin, SJS Nurse, needs a few items to keep the SJS students energized and feeling healthy. Therefore, if you are looking for a simple way to contribute, please send in:

Goldfish Crackers
Cough Drops
Disinfectant Wipes

Thank you!




SHARING ASSEMBLY

The Sharing Assembly is a powerful experience for the SJS community. It is a time when our effort as a community makes a huge difference in the lives of other. Please scroll down for each's classes assignment, and send in a small donation. Thank you!



LEN CABRAL - ALL PARENTS INVITED!

Our new date for Len Cabral is Tuesday, December 15th. Unfortunately, Len was ill, and unable to attend yesterday. We hope to see many parents on Tuesday.

Our first session will begin at 9:00 for grades 5 - 8. The second session will begin at 10:00 for grades Pre-K - 4. Parents can attend both sessions! The stories will be different!

Each session is scheduled for 45 minutes. Please join us!

At the conclusion of the two storytelling sessions, Len will work directly with the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on storytelling elements, writing workshop, and public speaking.

Len Cabral Website





HELPFUL LINKS

St. Joseph Church: http://saintjosephbrookfield.com/
Bridgeport Catholic Schools: http://www.dioceseofbridgeportcatholicschools.com/
SJS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SJSBrookfield
IXL: https://www.ixl.com/
Reviews: http://www.greatschools.org/connecticut/brookfield/1195-St.-Joseph-Elementary-School/



SPECIAL THANK YOU!


Thank you to all the Christmas Fair volunteers. Many people dedicated time to cook, work shifts at the door, and sell raffle tickets. However, some people went above and beyond:

Rob Pertoso- built the tree stands, put together the baler and helped with sales.

Tracey and Sophia Pertoso who worked extra kitchen hours and then helped sell trees in the evening.

Bob Goodman- on the tails of volunteering for the Harvest Tournament, Bob cooked for two hours each morning to help get those amazing breakfast sandwiches made. He trained others to ensure his special touch would be duplicated.

Susan Lovell- there would be no straw game with out her. Aside from us asking for the donations, she single handedly took on the task and manned it the entire weekend!

The following SJS family members managed to set up the Christmas tree base camp, load, haul and unload all the initial trees and wreaths, set up the power, the tents, baler and check-out station so that we could be ready after the 3:15 drop off.

Thank you...
Sue Reitz
Salina Tropeano
Kristen Mehall
Lisa Sweeting
Kelly O'Rourke
Petra Hanley
Abigail Adams
Chris Ritter
Annie Ovanessian

Peter Brady- he lent us his trailer so that we could bring the trees from the lower lot to the upper lot with ease.

And of course... Abigail Adams - Who coordinated the Christmas Fair... you are greatly appreciated! Abigail was fully supported and assisted by Salina Tropeano... SJS greatly appreciates all your effort and time!




NEWS



It's that time of the year again, and the SJS 5th Grade is excited to coordinate the "Christ's Children Christmas Giving" program for the holidays. Below, you will find a list of organizations that have been adopted by our classrooms to brighten the holidays of those in need - "Tis the Season of Giving!" St. Joseph School has always been very generous during this season to those in need in our own and surrounding communities. The representatives from these organizations truly look forward to our phone-calls when we ask how we can help them this year. We should all feel good about that! All gifts should be brought unwrapped and placed in the container in your child's respective classroom. We would like to thank you in advance for your generous donations. Please have the items in by Friday, December 18th NOTE: Don't forget to join us at the Sharing Assembly on Tuesday December 22nd at 9:45 a.m. to see the joyous results of your generosity, as well as the spirit of Christmas alive in our school as our children present their donations to a representative from each organization.

Pre-K: will be Christ's children for the Community Action Committee of Danbury: They need non-perishable canned food, rice, pasta, beans, soups etc. and gift cards.

Kindergarten students will be Christ's children for Birthright: any new Newborn clothing, receiving blankets, diapers (all sizes), tee shirts, socks, shampoo, baby bath towels etc.

1st Graders will be Christ's children for New Milford Social Services: $10- $15 Gift cards for teens (girls/boys) to Wal-Mart, Kohl's. Movies tickets (Bank St./Loews), games, coffee house (Dunkin Donuts, Bank St), gift certificates for things to do in New Milford.

2nd Graders will be Christ's children for Safe House (a home for children separated from their families due to legal problems or abuse): Items for teenage boys ages 14).-19: Clothing (men's pajamas size large, men's hooded sweatshirts sizes large or extra large, men's socks, men's white tank tops size large, men's jeans sizes 36/30 or 38/30) or gift cards ( iTunes, Target, Game Stop, Sports Authority, or VISA

3rd Graders will be Christ's children for Harmony House (provides temporary housing for mothers and children): Dleaning supplies are needed as well as gift cards; Target, Wal-Mart, ShopRite, Stop& Shop, etc.

4th Graders will be Christ's children for New Milford Animal Welfare: Danned cat/kitten food, dry cat/kitten food, cat litter, canned/dry dog food, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies.

5th Graders will be Christ's children for St. Joseph Social Concerns: GIft cards to local groceries (Stop & Shop, Stews, etc.)

6th Graders will be Christ's children for Brookfield Social Services Toys, books, hats, gloves mittens & scarves for boys & girls ages 2-16.

7th Graders will be Christ's children for Hope Line (a pregnancy resource center.) They are in need of diapers (sizes 4,5,6), and other baby items such as wipes, baby clothing/layette size 6m, baby toys, etc.

8th Graders will be Christ's children for Handy Dandy Handy Man, Peter Brady. Gift cards are needed to Lowes and Home Depot, Target, etc.





26 ACTS OF KINDNESS



MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
  December 1 December 2 December 3 December 4
  Embrace Your
Mistakes Day

Learn from your mistakes
and move forward.
Let Someone Go In Front of You in Line Today Share a Compliment with Someone Today Be a Friend Who Listens Today
December 7 December 8 December 9 December 10 December 11
Thank the Clergy
Write a thank you note to Fr. Chip, Deacon Peter, Deacon Font or Monsignor Skull
No School Today
Say "Good Morning"
To everyone you pass
this morning.
Hold the Door Open For Someone Today Special Prayer
for a Family Member at Mass
December 14 December 15 December 16 December 17 December 18
Moment of Silence/ Prayer in Remembrance of Victims of Sandy Hook Thank Mrs. Valzania
Write a thank you letter
to a Mrs. Valzania
"Be Kind to Yourself" Day Thank Mr. Mike, Mr. Joe and Ms. Snady
Keep the hallways, bathrooms, and cafeteria extra clean!
Invite a Family Member to 8:45 Mass
December 21 December 22 December 23 December 24 December 25
Thank Your Parents/Guardian
For all they do!
“Please and
Thank You” Day
Special Prayer for a Safe Christmas Break Christmas Break MERRY CHRISTMAS
December 28 December 29 December 30 December 31 January 1
Christmas Break Christmas Break Christmas Break Christmas Break Happy 2016!
January 4 January 5 January 6 January 7 January 8
Read a Book Day
Be good to your brain!
It needs exercise too.
Be Positive Day!
No complaints today!
Thank a Soldier
Write a thank you note to a soldier.
Help a Classmate Day Be a Friend
Who Shares Today
January 11 January 12 January 13 January 14 January 15
Be Kind to the Environment
(recycle, use less paper, think before hitting print, purchase a reusable water bottle, etc.)
Encourage Someone Today
A little support can make a huge difference
Thank a Teacher
Write a letter to a teacher who has made a difference in your life
Put a Smile On Someone's Face Today: Make Them Laugh Thank A
Grandparent Day

For all that they
do for you

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

ORDER FORM




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, December 18th

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

December 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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