SJF 02-27-18 SAM

Everything You Wanted To Know
Week of February 26, 2018

A Note From Our Principal:
This Friday our school will release students at noon so our faculty to has the afternoon to work on their math and writing curricula. Our extended care program will be offering care from noon till 6pm on campus. If you are interested in using this program, please contact our director, Ms. Susan Robinson at

This upcoming Monday, March 5th, we will have our final PTC General Meeting of the year at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. Our agenda topics for the meeting are short, but very important. Our main agenda item is introducing the 2018-19 school budget. We will also discuss our upcoming Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, March 11th (order form is attached to this SAM) and Jogathon on May 11th.

If you have a student returning to SJF next academic year and/or an incoming kindergarten student, you will receive a notice from FACTS this week regarding an automatic deduction from your FACTS tuition account for the $200 per student textbook/registration fee on Friday, March 16th. Also, please note applications for FACTS tuition scholarships are due on March 23rd. Details regarding how to apply are located below in the SAM.

During the month of March, our religion instructors will be teaching the children about personal safety education. To complete this required curriculum we will be utilizing sources approved by the Archdiocese of Portland:
Grades K-5: Building Boundaries: Called to Protect for Young Children Program from Praesidium Inc.
This program, created by the same company who produces our volunteer video series, focuses on helping kids learn about physical, emotional and behavioral boundaries.
Grades 4-5: God’s Own Making: Catholic Values of Human Sexuality from Sadlier
This program addresses the need to develop the positive values we hold as a faith community regarding God’s gift of human sexuality. Handouts, similar to a church bulletin format, of the material covered within this curriculum will be sent home with your children after each session.
Grades 6: Called to Protect for Youth from Praesidium Inc.
Similar to the video series that our volunteers see, this session helps young adults identify their emotional, physical and behavioral boundaries and how to handle situations where they feel these boundaries are being violated.
Grades 7-8: Theology of the Body for Teens: Discovering God’s Plan for Love and Life from Ascension Press
Theology of the Body for Teens is a new program for our 6th – 8th grade students. The program discusses how teens and pre-teens view their own bodies, issues on sexual morality, and how they are uniquely created for greatness.
If you have any questions regarding the content of these materials, please feel free to contact me and I would be happy to review the materials with you.

Calendar Reminders:
Tuesday 2/27: 10:30 am 8th Gr Reconciliation Service
Wednesday 2/28: 8:30 am School Mass (2nd Gr), 3:05 pm Middle School Study Hall
Thursday 3/1: 5th Gr talks w/ Dr. Davis (8:30 am boys; 9:15 am girls), 10:30 am Preschool Activity Hour, 5:30 pm PTC Executive Meeting
Friday 3/2: PJ & Crazy Hair Day, 11:15 am Family Group Activity, NOON DISMISSAL for professional development

Monday 03/5: 3:05 pm Maker Space Club, 6:30 pm PTC General Meeting
Tuesday 3/6: 1:00 pm 4th Gr Reconciliation, SAC MTG CANCELLED
Wednesday 3/7: 8:30 am School Mass (5th), 3:05 pm Middle School Study Hall, 3:15 pm Girl Scouts
Friday 3/9: 12:15 pm Camp Howard presentations during intermediate and middle school lunches
Saturday 3/10: Happy Birthday to Mrs. Kaiser!
Sunday, 3/11: Spaghetti Dinner from 4-8pm

Playground Duty Schedule Reminder:
Tuesday 2/27: Mallard
Wednesday 2/28: Showalter
Thursday 3/1: Wilde

Monday 03/5: Freeman
Tuesday 03/6: Joyce
Wednesday 3/7: Amparo
Thursday 03/8: Shipley
Friday 3/9: Lairson

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
Yesterday and today five of our faculty, Ms. Rita Schoenheit (4th), Ms. Julianne Joyce (6th), Mr. Scott Osborne (5-8 math), Mrs. Sundi Pierce (Teacher Librarian) and Mr. Don Vecchione (music) have been attending a professional development workshop in Anaheim, California. The workshop is hosted by Atlas Rubicon, the company that maintains our curriculum mapping software. They are working on collaborating units of study so our students’ academics flow from all grades, K-8. Thanks faculty for growing professionally so we continue to provide stellar academics to our students!

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 will come home again March 5, and tickets will be sold after Mass March 3-4, or purchase ahead on Greater Giving at 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

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:
The church “moved” too. Their new address is:
March 2018 Extended Care Dates
Please sign up for your March extended care days. There is a signup calendar attached to this email and on SchoolSpeak under the Extended Care tab.
Leadership Positions for SAC & PTC
The PTC (Parent Teacher Club) 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 ( 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 ( for more information or interest.
CYO Track 2018 Signups Open
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.
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 The hours are eligible for Family 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 28th
Topic: “Forgiven” (FORMED On Demand)
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
Wednesday, March 28
Topic: The special graces through Our Lady of Fatima presented by Brenda Shwarts
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.

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 @ 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.