SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT MEMO
Everything You Wanted To Know
Week of February 19, 2018
A Note From Our Principal:
It is with a sad heart that we reflect upon the tragic incident in Florida this past week. These senseless acts of violence against innocent people is an outrage and we lift our prayers to all those affected by this tragic event. When unfortunate events like these happen, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our own school and parish’s best practices regarding safety protocols and procedures.
Therefore, I wanted to inform you regarding the safety procedures that we have in place at St. John Fisher School. To help ensure we have a secure building, both exterior and interior school doors are locked at all times. Any visitor coming to campus is required to enter through the main front door, check in and wear a visitor’s badge. This protocol is in place so we know who is in the building at all times and to help guide visitors to the correct location. Additionally, all volunteers must undergo a criminal background check, acknowledge they agree to our Standards of Conduct and view the Called to Protect video series to help inform them regarding proper ways to interact with the children and how we screen our employees.
Our school created our emergency procedures based on what we learned during our workshops from Strategic Partnership Schools Group and in consultation with one of our parishioners and former school parents who is a Portland Police officer. These emergency procedures help us prepare to respond to potential events such as fire, earthquake, lock down-team response (threat in the vicinity of the school, but not on campus), and lock down (active threat on campus). Each year we practice our emergency drills on a monthly (fire) or bi-annual (earthquake, lock down-team response and lock down) basis. This month we will be completing our annual training of all emergency drills.
If you are interested in learning more about the specifics involved with our protocols and/or drills, I am happy to share details with you. Additionally, there are resources below for kids/parents regarding assisting individuals to cope with events of this magnitude.
How to help your family cope with disasters and witnessing violence: useful links and tips:
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/helping-children-and-adolescents-cope-with-violence-and-disasters-parents-trifold/index.shtml (National Institute of Health)
http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/disaster.htm (University of Michigan Health Services)
Tuesday 2/20: NO SCHOOL-Teacher Inservice Day
Wednesday 2/21: 8:30 School Mass (2nd Gr); 3:05 pm Middle School Study Hall; 3:05 pm Girl Scouts
Thursday 2/22: 8:00 pm Glee Club performing National Anthem at UP basketball game
Monday 2/26: Teacher Appreciation (3rd Gr), 1:00 pm 5th Gr Reconciliation Service
Tuesday 2/27: 10:30 am 8th Gr Reconciliation Service
Wednesday 2/28: 8:30 am School Mass (6th Gr), 3:05 pm Middle School Study Hall
Thursday 3/1: 5th Gr talks w/ Dr. Davis (8:30 am girls; 9:15 am boys), 10:30 am Preschool Activity Hour, 11:15 am Family Group Activity, 5:30 pm PTC Executive Meeting
Friday 3/2: NOON DISMISSAL for professional development – PJ & Crazy Hair Day
Playground Duty Schedule Reminder:
Tuesday 2/20: NO SCHOOL
Wednesday 2/21: Schultz
Thursday 2/22: Moore
Friday 2/23: Hayes
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
St. John Fisher School has participated in a very successful fundraising campaign for the American Heart Association (AHA) through their Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraisers for almost 10 years. This fundraiser benefits all that have struggled with heart conditions, including one of our own 2nd grade students. The AHA recently put together a film for Beaverton Public Schools as they kick off their Jump Rope for Heart campaign and we are honored they asked our student to be one of the featured stories. Check out this video and see what real strength and resilience looks like! Way to go Willa!
SJF News Video
Enjoy your weekly newscast: SJF News 2-19-18
Simple. Social. Spaghetti. Enjoy the company of our amazing SJF community on March 11 from 4-8 pm. All-In tickets include Wine Garden and Kid Table appetizers, meal, dessert, 2 drink tickets (adults), Adult raffle entry, 20* kid raffle tickets, 2 hours paid childcare for ~3 years old through 3rd grade, and socializing with friends! Fliers come home Wednesday 2/21 for pre-sales, and tickets will also be sold after Masses Feb 24-25 and March 3-4. Sponsor a teacher or staff member, and if all 33 are sponsored all SJF kids will earn a free dress day! *All kid tickets purchased in February will get 32 raffle tickets (20 in March or at the door). If you pre-purchase then can’t come, ticket purchases are tax deductible. Looking forward to seeing you there!
– Chair Couple: Alex & Andrea Jones
Sign-up to volunteer on School Speak: https://www.schoolspeak.com/Secure/SignUpView.aspx?name=Spaghett&group=2&Community=97219001
Winter Weather Reminder
Mother Nature is reminding us this week that winter is not over just yet. Here is a review of SJF School’s policies during inclement weather:
St. John Fisher follows the directives of the Portland Public School District for weather events. If PPS is closed, SJF is also closed.
If PPS has a late opening, SJF will start at 10:00 am. (School staff reports by 9:45 am.) Please note that morning Extended Care and Hot Lunch are not available on late start days.
St. John Fisher does reserve the right to make an independent decision regarding school closure, late start, or early dismissal based on the needs of our school community.
All decisions regarding closures, late starts and early dismissal will be shared with parents via email, Newsflash on SchoolSpeak, and posting on the SJF Facebook page.
We Have Moved!
Did you know that SJF has “moved”? The ongoing permitting process for the construction of the new parish center has led the city of Portland to assign us a new mailing address:
4581 SW NEVADA ST. PORTLAND 97219
Special Invitation to Annie! at St. Mary’s Academy
St. Mary’s Academy invites the young women of the 4th-7th grades and their families to a complimentary performance of this year’s spring musical, Annie! We are hosting a special reception at 12:45 pm on Sunday, February 25, 2018 before the matinee performance at 2:00pm. A copy of the event flyer with instructions on reserving tickets (by February 21st!) is attached.
CYO Track 2018
SJF Tracksters and Parents:
St. John Fisher Track Registration for the 2018 season is now OPEN. Here is the link to the registration page:
Registration is through BONZI just like last year. Just click the “Register Now” button to start the process. We’ll be using the same uniform as last year, so if it still fits, please use it. If you need a new uniform for the season, make sure to click on that while registering. If you are a non-SJF Student or Parishioner, you’ll need to go through the exception process prior to registration. If you have any issues with registering, please just let me know.
Just below is an informational sheet for the 2018 SJF track season that includes dates of the 4 developmental meets, Roadrunner Championships, and Meet of Champions.
Practices will be on MONDAY and WEDNESDAY, 5:30 to 6:45 at Valley Catholic HS, just like last year. The first practice is on Monday, March 12th.
Leadership Positions for SAC & PTC
The PTC and SAC (School Advisory Council) have leadership opportunities for the 2018/2019 school year! PTC is looking to fill the Secretary position. Main duties include taking notes at the monthly PTC Executive Meetings and then creating “minutes” from those notes. This is a two year commitment. Please contact Alisa Gaylord (firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.519.3730) for more information or with interest.
The SAC is seeking another person for the Facilities Committee. The facilities committee works closely with the school maintenance supervisor to help ensure a safe facility for all of our community. They strive to keep the facilities up-to-date and help with the organization of capital improvement projects in regards to the facilities. This is also a 2 year commitment. Please contact Ted Fettig (email@example.com) for more information or interest
LENTEN SOUP SUPPERS:
All school families are invited to join us for our Lenten Soup Suppers and reflective talks from varied speakers. Families are also free to join in praying the Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7:00 pm. in the Church.
We need volunteers to help make the soup, provide fruit for dessert, serve and clean up on March 14th. All those who wish to help please contact Sr. Dorothy at firstname.lastname@example.org. The hours will be added to volunteer hours. Soup suppers are fun and help enhance community building. We really look forward to having many families participate. The following are the topics for our spiritual nourishment this year:
Wednesday, February 21st
Topic: The Special graces through our Lady of Fatima presented by Brenda Schwartz.
Wednesday, February 28th
Formed – Topic Forgiven
Wednesday, March 7th
Topic: How to deepen one’s prayer life presented by Fr. Francis Chun
Wednesday, March 14th
Topic:The Daily Examen Ignatian Spirituality & Pope Francis’ mission presented by Don Clarke – Campus Minister at Jesuit
Wednesday March 21
Topic: The effects of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Penance in our lives presented by Fr. Vincent Kelber Pastor Holy Rosary
We look forward to seeing you take this golden opportunity to enrich and nourish your faith this holy season of Lent. Invite your friends and family members.
2018-19 TUITION ASSISTANCE TIMELINE
FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment will be conducting the financial need analysis for St. John Fisher School for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. Families applying for financial aid will need to complete an application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment @ www.factstuitionaid.com. The following information is required in order for FACTS to process your application. The deadline to submit your online application with FACTS is March 23rd.
Completed online application
Payment of the application fee
Copies of your 2017 tax return including all schedules
Copies of your 2017 W-2’s for you and your spouse
Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security, Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation and TANF
The deadline to submit your online application with FACTS is March 23rd.