SJF 09-05-17 SAM


Everything You Wanted To Know

Week of September 5, 2017


A Note From Our Principal:

It is with great pleasure that I get to welcome you to another school year at St. John Fisher!  I hope your summer was filled with memories of good times. From the excitement in the school this morning, it was apparent that the kids (and parents) were ready for school to begin.


This year brought an interesting start to the year with the looming ash due to the fires in our area.  Although we typically follow Portland Public Schools when it comes to closures/late start, thanks to our successful capital campaign and our ability to have air conditioning in most of the classrooms, we decided to not follow Portland Public Schools with their early release today.  However, I want to assure you we kept a close eye on the air quality and as soon as it became “unhealthy,” we made sure windows were closed and all activities (including lunch recess) were held inside.  Let’s all say a big prayer for those in fire and rescue as they work hard to keep us safe and for those who have been personally affected by the fires.  We will continue to monitor air quality and will keep you posted via eblast and Facebook if/when we close early.


As the kids started today, they may have noticed a few changes in our building.  Thanks to great budgeting last year, we were able to purchase new desks and chairs for 5th (chairs arriving at the end of the month), 6th and 7th this summer.  For those students in the intermediate and primary grades, funds for your new furniture will be generated during our auction paddle item this November to be ready for the start off the 2018-19 academic year.  Additionally, we have implemented a scheduling change and have flipped lunch recess and lunch:,the primary grades have lunch recess from 11:30-11:50 followed by lunch from 11:50-12:10, the intermediate grades have lunch recess from 11:55-12:15 and lunch from 12:15-12:35 and middle school will have lunch recess from 12:20-12:40 and lunch from 12:40-1:00.  This change was spurred via a workshop a number of the faculty attended and via parent feedback this past spring as studies have shown that children are more likely to eat healthier options and be more settled when returning to class after lunch versus after recess.


Finally, with the start of each school year comes a bit of “housekeeping.”  During this month, I will feature a series of friendly reminders regarding events that happen on campus.  This weeks feature is parent communication: As your partner in your child(ren’s) education, we strive to maintain open communication with you regarding school and classroom events.  A few venues we use for communication are:

  • “SAM” (Special Announcements Memo): Our SAM comes from the office via E-mail every Tuesday.  This mailing contains important parent information each week.  To help stay informed of the great activities that happen on our campus, please make sure to read this mailing each week.  If you are not receiving this at an E-mail that is convenient for you, please contact our IT Manager, Jan Tullis at
  • Schoolspeak: SchoolSpeak is our secure intranet website that contains school/teacher newsletters, our family directory, e-mail links for classroom teachers, forms you may need, and more.  You can access Schoolspeak via the link off our school web page (
  • Back to School Coffee: This Friday, September 8th, our PTC will host a Back to School Coffee in the cafeteria.  This is a great opportunity for parents to reconnect after summer vacation and find out about the various ways you can be involved at St. John Fisher.
  • Back to School Night: We host 2 Back to School Nights: Parents of middle school students come on Tuesday, September 19th, and parents of children in grades K-5 come on Wednesday, September 20th, both sessions beginning at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. During this event, we will have opportunities to meet the faculty and staff and hear the specifics for your child(ren’s) grade level.  We look forward to seeing you then!


Welcome again to another great year and I wish you all a wonderful week!


Calendar Reminders:

Wednesday 9/7: 8:30 School Mass (Faculty Leads)

Friday 9/8: Kindergarten First Day! Parent Coffee for all at 8:00


Monday 9/11: 8th Gr to Ropes Course 8:30-3:00

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

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


Playground Duty Schedule Reminder:

Tuesday 9/5: Spear

Wednesday 9/6: Cox (Kim/Tom)

Thursday 9/7: Posner

Friday 9/8: Forbess


Monday 9/11 : Magaddino

Tuesday 9/12: Hillman

Wednesday 9/13: Benjamin

Thursday 9/14: Mazloomi

Friday 9/15: Bakkensen


Playground Parents, please arrive at school by 11:30am 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!


Hot Lunch

Hot Lunch service will begin next Tuesday, 9/12.  Until then, please send your student to school with a lunch.


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.  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 initial Called to Protect video will be shown in the school cafeteria on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 8:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 6:30 pm.


Auction 2017 News:

Auction update:   Welcome back and thank you to everyone who has worked so hard over the summer to give the auction the head start it needed!  Due to all your hard work, the auction is coming along nicely.  


What’s Next:  We need more volunteers.  Please sign-up for open positions on schoolspeak.  We need class package and class art leaders for each class.  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!  


More to come!  Happy first day of School!


Kim Cox

2017 Auction Chair



Outdoor School Meeting this Friday, 09-08-17:

Our 6th grade students will be heading to Outdoor School on Sunday, October 8th and returning Friday, October 13th.  A representative from the Outdoor School program will be here this Friday at 1pm to talk with our 6th grade students about this year’s Outdoor School trip.  Sixth grade parents are welcome to join the class for this meeting in the Science classroom.


Honoring our Veterans & Active Duty Military:

This Sunday, September 10, our church is partnering with this year’s Confirmation class to host a special luncheon that will honor active duty Military and Veterans from our church and school community.  The luncheon begins at noon and is free for ALL current active duty military and veterans. Please see the flyer attached to the SAM for additional information.  


Notice of SJF School Asbestos Management Plan:

Please review the annual notice of the St. John Fisher School asbestos management plan that is attached to this newsletter.


Catholic High School Visits:

The area Catholic high schools will be visiting SJF next 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.



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 by this Friday, September 8.  Directories are going to print soon and will be available for Back to School Nights on September 19-20.



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.



After-School Pick-up Forms are going home with students today.  Please complete and submit to your child’s classroom teacher by Friday, September 15th. While we are sending home forms with each student, only one form is needed for each family. If by chance you end up with no forms at all from your crew, you can access the After School Pickup plan on SchoolSpeak, under the “Forms” tab.


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.