FRIDAY UPDATE - FEBRUARY 27, 2015


INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE
"Practice holy humility" - Mother Clelia
2015-2016 REGISTRATION IS OPEN / TUITION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
The SJS goal is to maintain every family grades K-7. Please register by Friday, February 27th for the 2015-2016 school year. Tuition rates are available on the SJS website. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying families through the Bishop's Scholarship Fund. In order to be considered for tuition assistance, you must fill out an online application. Please use the following link to create a new account for tuition assistance. https://online.factsmgt.com/aid
SJS STAFF HOMEWORK
This past Tuesday I assigned SJS staff a homework assignment (I completed it too!). I posed two questions through email, and asked staff to "reply to all." The questions were:

"Why did you go into education?"
"Why do you teach at Saint Joseph School?"

I was amazed by the response, and I learned a great deal about the wonderful educators at SJS. There were many unique answers ranging from experiences as young students, to changing professions as confident adults. The staff named numerous influencial teachers, and shared childhood memories of playing teacher with siblings and/or stuffed animals. One teacher shared how she knew she wanted to be teacher at age 8.

There were many common trends that were in direct relation to our wonderful parents and students at SJS. Words and phrases like compassion, respectful, faith-based, God, love of kids, make a difference, teamwork, blessing, and Christian attitude shined throughout many responses.

Throughout the cold winter months, we often need to remind ourselves how fortunate we are to be educators. We are surrounded by talented students who smile and laugh each day. It is a privilege to teach. It is a privilege to work at SJS. It is our responsibility to use every opportunity as a reason to build confidence and knowledge in our students.

School should be challenging, welcoming, and fun! We should all take the time to reflect, count our blessings, celebrate with our children, and enjoy the moment. God Bless SJS!
READ ACROSS AMERICA
March 2nd is Dr. Seuss's Birthday and Read Across America Day! The student council would like to celebrate by asking everyone to dress down as their favorite book character. The best dressed student or class will win a dress down pass! Please donate $1.00 and dress up as your favorite character. If you would rather just dress down, we are asking for a$2.00 donation. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Families Network of Western Connecticut Inc. This is an educational based foundation that protects children from abuse. It is located in Danbury.

Please participate by dressing up or dressing down on March 2nd.

- SJS Student Council
IMPORTANT REMINDERS

March 4th - HSA Meeting at 7:00 PM
March 8th - Daylight Savings Time (Spring Ahead one-hour)
March 11th - March 27th - Terra Nova Testing Grades 3 - 7
March 14th - SJS Auction
March 19th - Feast of Saint Joseph
March 27th - 7th and 8th grade dance at St. Mary's
March 27th - End of third marking period
March 31st - Facts Tuition Assistance Applications Due

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES FOR K-8
We continue to experience a high number of parents/ older siblings picking up early. We completely understand the need to pick up early occasionally. However, in moving forward, we ask that all parent pick-ups line up near the gymnasium at 3:15. This procedure is the safest for the community. Please note "dismissed early" will be recorded on your child's permanent records.
SPECIAL THANK YOU!
Thank you, Mrs. Conlon for writing the article below and submitting it to the Brookfield Patch!
Presidents and First Ladies


NEWS


Snow Days 2014-15

See the chart below indicating our snow days and make-up days for the 2014-2015 school year. With each snow day, we will continue to move down the chart until April vacation dates are removed.

If we continue to experience additional snow days, we will revisit 8th grade graduation, and make-up dates for the 8th grade students.


SNOW 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 June 22 June 22
7 June 23 June 23
8 June 24 June 24
9 June 25 June 25
10 June 26 June 26
11 April 13 June 26
12 April 14 June 26
13 April 15 June 26
14 April 16 June 26
15 April 17 June 26



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.



EVENTS

Save the Date

BINGO NIGHT
at ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL

Friday, February 27th

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





SAVE THE DATE
SJS Annual Auction
Saturday, March 14th • 6:00pm

Armando's Restaurant
47 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel, CT

ONLINE REGISTRATION



Donations

We are asking for Live and Silent auction item donations ~ Contact: trece89@yahoo.com

Wine Wheel

Corks will be popping! St. Joseph School Auction Team continues to seek donations for our Wine Wheel! For each $20-$25 bottle of wine donated your child will receive a dress down pass. In addition class prizes and incentives for the class that has the most donations.

Join us March 14 at the Auction!

Buy a "cork keychain" and a chance to spin the Wine Wheel to win a bottle of wine worth at least $20-25 is yours! The selection of wines is diverse and two lucky winners will win bottles worth at least $100!

Thank you to those families that have already generously donated! Contact Tina Ross at tinaandjeff@sbcglobal.net with questions.





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

March 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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