SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT MEMO
Everything You Wanted To Know
Week of March 12, 2018
A Note From Our Principal:
Greetings from San Jose, California! This week I am chairing an accreditation visit at Holy Spirit School. These opportunities to represent the Western Catholic Educational Association and our larger Archdiocesan community help provide professional development and affirmation of all the great things we do here at St. John Fisher School.
I would like to extend a tremendous “Grazie” to all who volunteered to make the Spaghetti Dinner this past Sunday such a fantastic event! Students, parents, alumnae, and parish members volunteered their time, treasure and talent in putting together this event and I am extremely grateful. I would like to give special recognition to the chairs of the event, Alex and Andrea Jones and their team of cooks, decorators and behind-the scenes helpers that made the night such a success. Thanks for celebrating our parish and school communities!
Looking ahead to next academic year, Ms. Julianne Joyce, 6th grade, has decided to transition to a public middle or high school. After spring break, we will put together our hiring committee and will be hiring a new 6th grade teacher for next year.
In preparation for the end of the second trimester this Friday and spring break the week of March 26-30, we have a number of events happening at St. John Fisher that I wanted to bring to your attention:
Vocations Rally: This Thursday, March 15, our 6th grade students will join other local area Catholic School 6th grade students from seventeen schools in the Portland Metro Area at the annual Vocations Rally. This event is a great opportunity for students to learn about all vocations and enjoy a faith-building activity with their friends from other Catholic schools in our Archdiocese.
St. Patrick’s Day Festivities: In the spirit of St. Patrick, students are welcome to wear “green” themed free dress on Thursday, March 15th (6th grade has “St. Patrick’s Day Free Dress today since they will be at the Vocations Rally on the 15th). Additionally, our Men’s Club will be hosting a traditional St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Thursday, March 15th at 7pm. All dads, grandparents and friends (over 21 years old please) are welcome to come.
Science Fair: Kindergarten through Eighth grade students will be proudly displaying projects they have completed for family and friends from 6:30-7:30 on Tuesday, March 20th. Students should report to their own project from 6:30-7:00pm. Then, from 7:00-7:30, students, with their parents, are free to view other classes projects. We ask that all projects are taken home at the end of the evening.
Archdiocesan 8th Grade Mass: The 8th grade will join hundreds of soon-to-be Catholic school graduates at the Annual Archbishop Sample Mass at the Cathedral on March 23. Following the Mass, they will head over to the Grotto for a special tour and lunch.
Tuesday 3/13: 1:00 pm 3rd Gr Reconciliation, 7:00 pm Parish Reconciliation Service
Wednesday 3/14: 8:30 am School Mass (4th Gr), 3:05 pm Middle School Hall
Thursday 3/15: St. Patrick’s Day Free Dress, 8:15-1:45 6th at Vocations Rally, 7:00 pm Men’s Club St. Patrick’s dinner
Friday 3/16: End of 2nd Trimester, Textbook/Registration Fees due, 2:15 pm Living Stations of the Cross
Saturday 3/17: 8:30-12:30 Regional OBOB Competition at SJF
Sunday 3/18: Happy Birthday Deacon Scott!
Monday 3/19: Teacher Appreciation (2nd Gr), 1:00 5th Gr rescheduled Reconciliation, 3:05 pm Middle School Hall
Tuesday 3/20: 1:00 pm 2nd Gr Reconciliation, 6:30 pm Science Fair,
Wednesday 3/21: 8:30 am School Mass (3rd Gr), 3:05 pm Middle School Hall, 3:15 pm Girl Scouts
Thursday 3/22: Report Card Distribution
Friday 3/23: 8:30-2:30 8th Gr Mass at Cathedral & retreat at the Grotto, Tuition assistance applications are due
PLAYGROUND DUTY SCHEDULE REMINDERS:
Tuesday 3/13: Hickey
Wednesday 3/14: Mineo
Thursday 3/15: Hager
Friday 3/16: Martin
Monday 3/19: Lindgren
Tuesday 3/20: Sutherland
Wednesday 3/21: Hunt
Thursday 3/22: Olivier
Friday 3/23: Weston
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: WALK OF THE CROSS FOR PEACE & JUSTICE
The Walk of the Cross is an ecumenical pilgrimage taking place on Good Friday, March 30, 2018 from 10:00 am – noon. Christians from every denomination are invited to join together for a short pilgrimage through downtown Beaverton, beginning at Bethel Congregational UCC (5150 SW Watson Avenue) and ending at St. Cecilia Catholic Church (5th and Franklin Ave). Carrying a large cross to remind us of the cross Christ carried 2000 years ago, participants stop at several “stations” to pray and reflect. This year (spring break) is a wonderful opportunity for families to participate together in this inspirational walk. Carrying the cross together we witness Christ’s unending love for each of us – a powerful way to engage in the Triduum. Additional details are included on the attached flier.
SJF News Video
The latest news from SJF: SJF News 03-12-18
SJF JOGATHON 2018 – MAY 11, 2018
Mark your calendars for Friday, May 11 for our #2018SJFJogathon, followed by St. John Fisher’s annual Student Talent Show in the afternoon. Read all about this year’s LEGO inspired theme as we continue to build our foundation on holy ground. Lots of details and information on how you can play a part are included on the attached flier.
SCHOOL YEARBOOK PHOTOS AND MESSAGES SECTION
As you know, the SJF Yearbook is a collection of memories from the current year. That said, many events have passed and we may not have adequate pictures for every topic and/or event.
We would love to have your pictures if you have some you’d like to share. We need to represent as many people as possible so please take that into consideration when sharing. Also, if you can name your photos by event or names, that would be helpful as well, but not critical. The eighth grade is organizing and laying out the book and they will review and pick out the best photos for the situation. Unfortunately we will not be able to use everything! Photos for sports can include activities outside of CYO organized teams.
Please email photos to this address – they will automatically be added to our school Flickr account:
The 8th graders are working on the yearbook and need some help. A component of the yearbook is the “Messages” section from parents to their son/daughter at SJF. If you would like to email a special message to your student, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. She will receive them and distribute the emails to the students working on the special pages.
Mitchell Dooling and Brooks Rice
Please contact me if you need assistance and/or have questions about this.
ST. JOHN FISHER FAN GEAR FOR SALE THIS WEEK
Parents, SJF swag is for sale this week after school! Get ready for baseball and track seasons with stadium chairs and blankets (waterproof on one side, fleece on the other.) Credit cards accepted, socks and the new SJF bumper stickers are available too!
SW PORTLAND LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION
SW Portland Little League spring registration is now open through March 15! We offer programs for kids ages 5 to 14 in baseball and softball. (Tee ball is offered for 5 and 6 year old kids) Our program is both instructional and fun. Play ball! http://www.swpll.org/current-programs
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 email@example.com. 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, 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.
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.