SJF 09-12-17 SAM


Everything You Wanted To Know

Week of September 11, 2017


A Note From Our Principal:

Now that we are into the second week of school, routines have been are established and I heard folks already had homework!  School is in full swing!


Just before our school year started, our former Teacher Librarian, Mrs. Amy Richards, was presented with an opportunity to teach in Spain.  Replacing Mrs. Richards is our new Teacher Librarian, Mrs. Sundi Pierce.  Mrs. Pierce moved to the Portland Metro Area in 2016 from Florida.  Her professional background includes a BA in Mass Communications and a MS in Library and Information Science, both from the University of South Florida. She worked as a librarian for Hillsborough County Schools and Polk County Schools for 17 years.  Her teaching experience spans from establishing a new library for a new middle school, conducting teacher workshops on technology and curriculum and facilitating a media and yearbook program all while coordinating materials and circulation in the library for students, faculty and staff.  Welcome Mrs. Pierce!


Additionally, I think I heard a collective cheer at dismissal yesterday when folks were talking about hot lunch starting back up today!  In addition to our veteran chefs, Ken and Virginia, we are happy to welcome Chef Kris Arbaugh.  Chef Kris comes to us after years of experience running the hot lunch program for Holy Trinity School.  Her knowledge and experience preparing healthy and delicious meals will be a great complement to our hot lunch program at SJF.  Welcome Chef Kris!


As you think about your plans for this weekend, I hope you will join our faculty this Sunday during our 9am Mass as we will be celebrating Catechetical Sunday.  This blessing for our teachers allows us all the opportunity to reflect upon the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.  See you there!


For housekeeping this week, I would like to let you know about our Extended Care program!  As a working mom myself, I know how important it is to provide quality and consistent care before and after school for the students of St. John Fisher School.  Directed by Susan Robinson and supported by our lead teachers Lane Poncy and Marge Meneghello, our program follows all regulations set forth by the Children’s Care Division of the State of Oregon.  Our goal is to provide students with a positive atmosphere where they will have opportunities to continue their learning through hands-on activities and recreational fun.  Additionally, for those students with homework, a designated staff member will assist students in completing their assignments. Registration information and the monthly signup calendar for the program are found under the Extended Care tab of SchoolSpeak.


The hours of extended care are Monday through Friday from 7:00am until opening and after school until 6:00pm.  Additionally, we provide care for professional development days, such as the Archdiocese Inservice on October 13th.  If you have any questions regarding the program, feel free to contact Susan Robinson at or through our Extended Care phone at (503) 246-1637.


Finally, our entire SJF faculty and staff are looking forward to seeing you at Back to School night next Tuesday, Sept 19th for middle school and Wednesday, Sept 20th for grades kindergarten through fifth grade.  Both evenings will begin at 6:30pm in the cafeteria.  Here’s to a great year!


Calendar Reminders:

Tuesday 9/12: 5:30 SAC Meeting; Hot Lunch Begins

Wednesday 9/13: 8:30 School Mass (8th Grade Leads)

Thursday 9/14: 9:45-1:30 High School Visits for 7th and 8th Gr Students; 7:00 Men’s Club Mtg.


Sunday 9/17: Catechetical Sunday w/ Blessing of Teachers at 9:00 Mass

Monday 9/18: 11:00 Kindergarten & 4th Grades Teddy Bear Picnic

Tuesday 9/19: 6:30 Back to School Night for Gr 6-8

Wednesday 9/20: 6:30 Back to School Night for Gr K-5

Thursday 9/21: 7:00pm Auction Committee Meeting


Playground Duty Schedule Reminder:

Tuesday 9/12: Hillman

Wednesday 9/13: Benjamin

Thursday 9/14: Mazloomi

Friday 9/15: Bakkensen


Monday 9/18: Eilers (Kristen & Greg)

Tuesday 9/19: Hval

Wednesday 9/20: Rasmussen

Thursday 9/21: Drunsic

Friday 9/22: Schmidt


Playground Parents, please arrive at school by 11:20am to sign in at the school office and pickup your clipboard.  Don’t forget that you can check the playground duty schedule at any time on SchoolSpeak by clicking on the “Playground Calendar” tab. Thank you for helping to keep our students safe at lunch and on the playground!


Building Our Foundation on Holy Ground

Yesterday, in honor of the anniversary of September 11, 2001, our 5th through 8th grade students spent morning prayer praying for all those that defend our country and work for peace and justice.


2017-2018 School Directory

Please check the attached Family Directory to make sure that the information listed for your family is correct and complete. If you need to make any changes to an address/home phone #/cell # or email, please email Mrs. Michele Wasman at as soon as possible.  Directories go to print this week and will be distributed at the Back to School Nights on September 19-20.


Catholic High School Visits:

The area Catholic high schools will be visiting SJF this week on Thursday, Sept. 14th. Representatives from the high schools will be set up in the church. The schedule for the day’s visits follows:

9:45 Central Catholic High School

10:20 Valley Catholic High School

10:55 Jesuit High School

11:30 La Salle Prep

12:50 St. Mary’s Academy

Seventh and eighth grade parents are welcome to join us for these presentations.  Additionally, don’t miss the attached Catholic Schools Admissions Calendar.  It is a great resource for admissions and testing deadlines, application fees and contact information for all of the area Catholic high schools.


Men’s Club Meeting Date Change:

The Men’s Club meeting date for September has been changed from Sept. 21 to this Thursday Sept. 14.  The first meeting of the school year is this Thursday, 9/14 at 7:00 pm.  BBQ and rib-eye dinner will be served in the school cafeteria.  Contact Ken Weston at if you have questions or need additional information.



We need an After School Pickup plan to be on file for each SJF family.   Please complete and submit to your child’s classroom teacher by Friday, September 15th. Only one form is needed for each family. If the form that went home with students has gone missing at your home, you can access the After School Pickup plan on SchoolSpeak, under the “Forms” tab.


Auction 2017 News:

The auction is looking for Class Package leaders. We need at least one parent from each class to help decide the package theme and be the point person who collects and keeps track of the items. With the exception of 8th grade, two classes work together on the packages. The matchups for this year are:


K and 7th

4th and 6th

2nd and 5th

1st and 3rd


Class packages count for five of our live items, we are grateful for the help and support of each class to ensure the success of the auction! Please contact Erica Wells (mom of Julia in 7th grade) at to volunteer or if you have any questions. I will provide support to all the leaders with email templates, package ideas, budgeting and timelines. Thank you!


The auction needs more volunteers.  Please sign-up for open positions on SchoolSpeak.  In addition to the class package coordinators, class art leaders for each grade.  The sooner we get started on our class packages and art projects, the easier things will be on all of us as the days slip away.  What’s not on schoolspeak – I am looking for people to pick-up donations around town.  If you would like to do this, please contact me directly at or at 206-459-1113.    


What else?  Save the date!  Our auction is being held on November 4th, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Washington Square.  The theme is Puttin’ on the Ritz!  


Kim Cox

2017 Auction Chair



Volunteering at St. John Fisher School:

We welcome your help in the St. John Fisher School community.  In order to volunteer, new families need to complete the following requirements: complete a Background Check through Praesidium, view the Called to Protect video and sign the Standards of Conduct for Ministry with Children form.  Background checks are ordered through the school office.  Please let Mrs. Wasman know if you would like a background check ordered (  Returning families need to watch this year’s online training module from Covenant Eyes entitled “Safe Haven” by December 1. This can be accomplished in the comfort of your own home! Information about this year’s training update is attached to this SAM.


The Called to Protect video will be shown at St. John Fisher in the school cafeteria on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 8:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 6:30 pm.  Advance registration is not required at our school, but be sure to sign in that evening so that your attendance is recorded.


Additional Called to Protect Video Showings:

If you are unable to view Called to Protect at SJF on Sept. 26, it is also being shown at Holy Trinity School, 13755 SW Walker Rd, Beaverton on Sept. 19 and Sept. 24 at 6:30 pm.



In order to keep our school safe for our students, staff and parents, the administration would like to remind you of the importance of stopping by the office to sign in and obtain a visitor’s badge.  This is required regardless of the length of time you will be in the building or on campus and includes parents, siblings, relatives, visitors, etc.  Also, we request that all students/parents enter through the main doors whether on time or late.  Students are required to stop in the office to obtain a “late pass” if arriving to school after 8:15 a.m.  If you are picking your child/ren up early from school, parents are required to sign their students(s) out at the office before removing them from campus.  Thank you for your cooperation in helping keep our school a safe place for everyone.  If you should have any questions, please contact Mrs. Michele Wasman at or 503-246-3234 ex. 10.



Fall Clubs  Are Here–

We are offering three clubs this fall:

The Science Club is for 1st – 3rd grades on Tuesdays from 3:15 – 4:15 in the kindergarten room. Science club is limited to 12 children.  Science club dates are October 3, 10, 17, 24 and November 7, 14.  The fee is $50 per child.

Spanish Club for K – 3rd grades meets on Wednesdays from 3 – 4 in the library.  The Spanish club runs for a full year and is limited to 12 children.  The first class starts on September 27th.  You need to contact PORTLANDEARLYLEARNING.COM or 503-284-0610 for more information fees and schedule.

Acts of Kindness (AOK) Club is back! This group is for 2nd-5th grades and meets on Thursdays from 2 – 3 in the second grade classroom.  This club is limited to 20 children. Great News–not only does this club benefit the community, it is FREE. The first meeting is Thursday, October 5th. To sign up you need to contact Michelle Benjamin at or Denise Keppinger at  

Flyers for all of these clubs are attached to the Sam and on SchoolSpeak under the “Forms” tab.  If you have any questions please contact Susan Robinson at or 503-246-1637.

Volunteer Needed for Art Lit Program

Volunteers wanted for Art Lit

Sign up in SchoolSpeak to be a classroom art literacy coordinator. Time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours every 2 months and involves giving a prepared overview of an artist/art topic and doing an art project related to the lesson plan.  This year’s theme is 20th Century Art and projects will use recycled materials.  For questions, contact Cassandra Forbess at 503-949-9058 or





CUB Scout Join Night

The neighborhood CUB Scout group meets monthly at St. Barnabus Church.  Their annual Join Night will be Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:00 pm.  Details are on the attached flyer.


CYO Champions of Faith Dinner

The annual Champions of Faith Dinner will be held October 17 at the Oregon Convention Center.  This event raises scholarship money for families who want to participate in CYO sports and Camp Howard events.  Additional information is on the attached flyer.


M.U.S.E. Band


The M.U.S.E. Program will be starting band classes by mid-September. Classes are on Thursdays during or after school. There is no previous experience necessary for beginning band. We offer instruction in flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, trombone, and drums. We will be coming by the classes to talk to the students about the program. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the M.U.S.E. office at or 800-233-6873. For information about our program (instrument petting zoos, cost, instrument rentals, etc..) see our website at  We are looking forward to another fabulous year of great music!!!



Nicklas Waroff – MUSE Instructor


M.U.S.E. Band Petting Zoos

Sat. Sept. 16

East Side  location: @St. Rose School 5309 NE Alameda      

9:30-11:30am “Instrument Petting Zoo”. Come try instruments/Rentals available anytime between these hours.

Sun, Sept. 17

West Side  location: @Holy Trinity School 13755 SW Walker Rd Beaverton

3:00-5:00 pm “Instrument Petting Zoo”. Come try instruments/Rentals available anytime between these hours.

Beginning Band Orientation:

Sat. Sept. 30

East Side location: @St. Rose School 5309 NE Alameda

10:00-11:30 “Beginning Band Orientation” We will have a brief parent info meeting on the program(expectations of teachers/students/parents) and discuss school calendar of events followed by a short session where group of students and parents of “like instruments” will go with an instructor to have an introductory “lesson” covering how to properly assemble and take apart instruments, instrument care, how to play our first few notes with correct technique.

Sun, Oct. 1

West Side location: @Holy Trinity School 13755 SW Walker Rd Beaverton

3:00-4:30pm “Beginning Band Orientation” We will have a brief parent info meeting on the program(expectations of teachers/students/parents) and discuss school calendar of events followed by a short session where group of students and parents of “like instruments” will go with an instructor to have an introductory “lesson” covering how to properly assemble and take apart instruments, instrument care, how to play our first few notes with correct technique.