SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT MEMO
Everything You Wanted To Know
Week of January 8, 2018
Father Richard – State of the Parish – Building Report
We are celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany this weekend where the three
kings followed a star from the east and brought gifts to Jesus, the newborn King of the
Jews. We, too, bring our gifts to give thanks to God for taking on human flesh and
dwelling among us. We give thanks for our faith community, St. John Fisher Catholic
Church, and support it as it brings the good news and the sacraments to the people.
From our foundation in 1959 to the present this parish has served its parishioners. The
school building was finished first emphasizing this important mission of the parish. What
is now the gym served as a sanctuary until the completion of the present church in
1967. We have made improvements in the school, including an expansion in 1994/95,
adding our kindergarten wing, and two years ago completed the first phase of our
current capital campaign installing a new HVAC system, paint and new floor coverings
for the halls and lower floor classrooms. The project was completed on time and on
budget (one million dollars.) This was the first phase of our current capital campaign.
We are now poised to begin the second phase, the demolition of most of the present
rectory / office building and building the Corrado Family Center on the same level as the
church. The parish offices will be on the lower floor, as well as space for St. Vincent de
Paul and storage for other parish organizations.
Every week I am asked when we are going to break ground. After several false
starts, we are getting really close. The core group met earlier this week to be updated
on the progress on building permits from the city. This has been a very frustrating
experience as the demands from the city keep changing. In order to obtain a land use
permit, we agreed to put sidewalks from the west side of our property on Vermont to the
end of the sidewalk St. Luke Church provided. We are currently settling some easement
issues with the city. Another thing we are doing is providing a path from the west side of
our driveway, down a flight of stairs, around the back of the backstop and ending on
49th St. (the dead end.) The city’s original demand was for a ten foot wide paved
sidewalk through the middle of the field, severely limiting the use of that space. We
appealed and after rejections agreed on a less expensive option which does not impede
the use of the field. We already have walkers, runners and people walking their dogs
across the field. A significant increase of foot traffic is not anticipated.
The issues which are holding us up are the dedication of property at the Vermont
St. entrance and an easement for the trail. We will be required to change our address
as firefighters and others have difficulty finding an address on 46th Avenue when there
is no sign or street to put a sign on. This will eliminate a couple of other hurdles with the
Bureau of Transportation and the Fire Department. We just received word that we will
need to install a fire hydrant on our property. Other recent requirements from the city
are building a covered enclosure for the dumpsters including a separate sanitary sewer
connection, and a covered bicycle ‘garage’ with additional bicycle parking spaces. We
also will likely have to upsize our water service and meter. We have a checklist of
smaller items to complete, some of which could be resolved in the next couple weeks.
There is a final review process (several weeks after every ‘i’ is dotted and every ‘t’
crossed. The remaining furnishings from the rectory / garage / basement need to be put
into storage. Fr. Richard is already in an apartment and the parish offices have moved
in preparation for the project.
We established a budget for both phases of the project and completed phase
one (the school) on budget in 2015. Prices have increased and several additional
demands (which cost money) have been added, some in the last couple weeks. The
permit process is much more expensive than we anticipated. People continue to pay off
their pledges. Many have completed their pledges, a few are behind, and many will
continue to pay off their pledge. Some, including myself, have committed to pay for an
additional year. We have had a number of people join the parish after the beginning of
the campaign, and there are a number of school families to approach. As of today, we
have a ‘gap’ we need to cover. We will have an accurate figure when we receive the
building permit. I am very anxious to see this project completed. I am 67 years old and
would like to have a few years to enjoy the Corrado Family Center. Please consider
making a one time gift, or extending your pledge for another year or two. All
contributions are appreciated and tax deductible. For more information on how to
donate, contact Kelly Corrigan, Development Director, 503.708.0070 or
Fr. Richard B. Thompson, Pastor
Tuesday 01/9: 5:30 pm SAC Meeting
Wednesday 1/10: 8:30 am School Mass (6th Gr); 3:00 pm Girl Scout Meeting; 3:15 pm
MS Service Project Speaker-Matt Cato from Archdiocese Office for Life, Peace &
Monday 1/15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – NO SCHOOL, Happy Birthday Mrs.
Tuesday 1/16: Jump rope for Heart during P.E. classes
Wednesday 1/17: 8:30 am School Mass (5th), Jump rope for Heart during P.E. classes
Thursday 1/18: Jump Rope for Heart during P.E. classes, 7:00 pm Men’s Club
Meeting, 7:00 pm Friends of St. John Fisher Foundation board meeting
Friday 1/19: Happy Birthday Ms. Lawrence
Saturday 1/20: Happy Birthday Mr. Osborne
Playground Duty Schedule Reminder:
Tuesday 1/9: Proctor
Wednesday 1/10: Cadonau
Thursday 1/11: Eilers (Shelley)
Friday 1/12: Pierznik
Monday 1/15: NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Tuesday 1/16: Lynch
Wednesday 1/17: Jenne
Thursday 1/18: Keppinger
Friday 1/19: Ramirez-Sierra
Playground Parents, please arrive at school by 11:20 am to sign in at the school office
and pick up your clipboard. 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 on the playground!
Building our Foundation on Holy Ground
The Grandparents and Special Friends Luncheon is an SJF tradition that honors the
role our families and friends play in our lives. Please submit the contact information for
your grandparent or special friend so that we can send a personalized invitation to them
for the luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 31. If needed, there is a copy of the form that
went home last week attached to this SAM. Please turn in this form by Jan. 17.
SJF News Video
Here is the latest news from our video team, with a special guest this week: SJF News
PTC General Meeting – Save the Date!
Don’t miss the PTC General Meeting on Wednesday, January 24 at 6:30 pm. Our guest
speaker will be parenting coach, Kim DeMarchi.
Chess Club Cancelled
Chess Wizards was set to begin this week, but has been cancelled due to low
enrollment. Susan Robinson will try to organize another chess club in the spring.
MUSE Band Workshops Jan. 20 & 21 & Winter Band Concert Feb. 11
M.U.S.E. Band Workshops, led by director Bryant Allard are coming to Portland. We
will have workshops on both the east and west sides of town. If you can’t make it to the
location on your side of town, you are welcome to come to the other location. Both
workshops will cover the same material. These workshops also serve as make-up days
for any classes missed.
● Saturday, January 20
● Location: St. Rose School 5309 NE Alameda Portland
● Beginning Band Students 10:00-11:00 am
● Intermediate/Advanced Students 11:15-12:15
● Sunday, January 21
● Location Holy Trinity School 13755 SW Walker Rd Beaverton
● Beginning Band Students 3:00-4:00 pm
● Intermediate/Advanced Students 4:15-5:15 pm
We hope you can attend. Please check our website for upcoming events including our
Winter and Spring concerts, our annual Solo & Ensemble Festival, and our participation
in the 2018 St. John’s Parade in May.
31st Annual Winter Band Concert Feb. 11 at Central Catholic High
● This event is a great opportunity for students to perform in a large ensemble and
to meet and perform with students from other neighboring schools. Notices have
been sent out to parents.
● Beginning Band Concert 1:00 pm at Central Catholic
● Intermediate/Advanced Band Concert 2:30 pm at Central Catholic
AOK Club News
AOK club will resume the third week of January (on the 18th). Same kids, place, and
time. If your schedule has changed and your children will not be attending please let me
know. We must have 5 adults total for the number of kids we have, so please sign up on
the Google doc volunteer sheet (I will be the 5th adult each day)! Link below, please let
me know if it doesn’t work!
Denise Keppinger’s schedule will not allow her to continue with AOK the rest of this
year. Her assistance in brainstorming, planning, supply gathering, and leading will be
Please mark your calendars – we will NOT BE MEETING January 25th and February
Looking forward to lots of fun projects for Meals on Wheels, Neighborhood House, West
Hills Rehab, and more!
Happy New Year!
AOK Club Parent Volunteer Sheet
Sip and Shop Fundraiser for St. John Fisher School
Carey Hunt is hosting a fundraiser for SJF School at the Evereve store in Bridgeport
Village on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.: wine, appetizers and shopping!
15% of purchases go to St. John Fisher. Contact Carey at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need additional information.