SJF 11-12-18 SAM


Everything You Wanted To Know

Week of November 12, 2018


A Note from our Principal:

Our Can & Bottle Drive got into full swing last week. We are collecting through Nov. 21 with all proceeds going to the ALS Association of Oregon/SW Washington. This group was chosen as a way to honor Mrs. Delores Beckers, a long time instructional assistant here at school and a dear friend to the St. John Fisher community.



The 8th grade class, along with Mr. Vecchione and his Leadership elective team, also got busy sorting the donations so they can go to the recycling center. Thank you again to them for helping with this project. Keep bringing in your cans and bottles!

We had a great time this past Friday at the Wine & Cheese Social and are happy so many could join us. Thank you to everyone who purchased a Golden Horseshoe raffle ticket! It was a great way to officially kick off auction season! We sold over half our goal of 300 tickets. Not enough for Free Dress but we got close! Every dollar spent goes back to SJF! Congratulations to Sharon Hays–she is James H’s grandma–our winner of the Golden Horseshoe Raffle. She will enjoy lots of goodies for the remainder of this school year including two tickets to the auction on April 6.

One final reminder for parents is that there is no hot lunch today and tomorrow, Nov. 13-14, while our wonderful kitchen team prepares for Thursday’s Family Group Thanksgiving Feast!


Parents, please do not leave anything in your car, even if you are stopping on campus for  just a moment. Unfortunately this past Friday, a school parent’s car was broken into  through the rear window between 3:05 and 4:00 pm. This occurred while the parent was  just a short distance away on the upper playground with their child. Please–do not leave  anything behind in your car, even if it is locked.


Tuesday 11/13: NO HOT LUNCH, Free Dress for Jogathon Levels 1-3, Jogathon Limo Lunch-Level 3, 3:15-5:00 Lion King vocal auditions, 3:15 pm Middle School Maker Space, 7-8 pm Auction Meeting in library, 7-8pm Friends of St. John Fisher Foundation Meeting

Wednesday 11/14: NO HOT LUNCH, 8:30 School Mass (6th Gr), 3-4 pm Spanish Club, 3:15-3:45 Gr 5-8 Study Hall, 3:15-5 Lion King dance & reading auditions

Thursday 11/15: Family Group Thanksgiving Feast, 2:00 pm Chess Wizards, 2:15 pm Girls Scouts at St. Luke’s, 7:00 Men’s Club Thanksgiving Dinner

Saturday 11/17: Happy Birthday Mr. Sweeney


Monday 11/19: Teacher Appreciation (6th gr), 2-7 SJF/American Red Cross Blood Drive in cafeteria

Tuesday 11/20: No regular hot lunch but Raul’s Family Mexican jog-a-thon prize lunch for all

Wednesday 11/21: Noon dismissal for Thanksgiving holiday

Thursday 11/22: Thanksgiving Day – no school

Friday 11/23: No School



Tuesday 11/13: Sanada

Wednesday 11/14: Barbar

Thursday 11/15: McGinty

Friday 11/16: Schwab


Monday 11/19: Nissen

Tuesday 11/20: Galbraith

Wednesday 11/21: Noon Dismissal

Thursday 11/22: Thanksgiving Day – No School

Friday 11/23: No School

Playground Parents, please arrive at school by 11:25 am to sign in at the school office and pick up your clipboard and volunteer badge. As a reminder, we have returned to our lunch time schedule of “lunch first, recess second” for this school year. 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!


HERE is the latest news from our tech team.


SJF and the American Red Cross are hosting our annual blood drive next Monday, Nov. 19 from 2-7 pm in the school cafeteria. As we head into the holidays the need for blood is especially great. Walk-ins are welcome or you can schedule an appointment to donate at 800-733-2767.


St. John Fisher School earned $214.78 from 45 participating families during the third quarter (July-September) of this year. Thank you for your support–and for linking your Fred Meyer rewards card to SJF! Information on how you can help SJF earn a donation every time you shop and use your Rewards Card is attached. You’ll still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.

M.U.S.E. Band News

Congratulations to our M.U.S.E. Band students of the month for October:

Beginning Band – Connor Miller & Brooke Sheridan

Intermediate/Advanced Band – Grady Tobecksen

We have a great, and growing, group of students participating in band this year. Come hear them at the Glee/Band Christmas Program on Dec. 5 at 6:30pm in the church.


Registration for CYO Basketball (Grade School & Hotshots) closes today ! Please use this link to register on the CYO website*.

*Team Sideline

Please note that CYO is using a new software program called Team Sideline. This means you will have to sign up for a new Team Sideline account to complete registration. CYO provides instructions on the website, should you need it. Once registered, coaches will reach out to communicate practice schedules, once they are established. If you have any additional questions, please contact Jamie Rankin, SJF Athletic Director, at .


With the season of Advent, there is a lot of activity at the church that you won’t want to miss. Stay up to date with the attached Advent Activities calendar.


La Salle’s Yuletide Chess tournament is on Saturday, Dec. 8th. If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time to catch the early-bird discount price. Online registration is at: There is a $5 discount for each co-registered sibling. Additional details are on the attached flyer.


Each year, the classes create one-of-kind masterpieces that are sold at the auction. We still need parent project coordinators in kindergarten, 2nd and 7th grades. If you are interested in working with us and the students, please contact Stacey Sheridan . You do not need to be an artist or even particularly artsy for this role, just willing to share your time. We have great ideas for you!


The Wine and Cheese event at SJF this past Friday was a great time. Thank you to all who made it. Everyone really got into the spirit of auction season, and came ready to sign up for easel parties! The parties that didn’t sell out are displayed in the school lobby this week. Please feel free to signup for any you are interested in – just sign your name and you will be invoiced for the amount published.

For those of you who are new to SJF, an easel party is a themed party that is organized and hosted by SJF families. The purpose is to help the auction committee raise money for our school. The parties are held throughout the year, and have a fixed number of slots available to purchase. Historically, easel party sign ups were posted at the silent auction portion of SJF auction night – which was held every Fall. Now that the auction has been moved to Spring, and because the number of easel parties has grown, the auction committee has decided to break them into two waves. Sign-ups for the first wave of easel parties were kicked off this past Friday at Wine and Cheese night, the second wave of easel parties will be available to sign-up for at the auction this Spring.

Easel Party List:

Leave Aging to wine and Cheese

Monday, Nov. 26, 4pm-8pm

Hosted By: Hilary Andreas, Jen Posner, Amanda Miller

Get together with friends and a provider who can inject our beautiful faces with a wonderful product to minimize unwanted lines and wrinkles! Drinks and munchies will be provided.

Holiday Drop and Shop

Sunday, Dec. 2, 12pm-3pm

Hosted By: The SJF Teachers

What? You aren’t done with your holiday shopping?

Find yourself with no time ALONE to get it all done? Not to worry! Drop your SJF kiddos off for 3 hours of FUN with some SJF Teachers! There will be games available in gym, crafts in the library, pizza for lunch, & then a Christmas move after! Perhaps your shopping is done and you just need a minute of peace to finish cards, plan a special meal or simply have a quiet cup of coffee. When you pick up your kids, they’ll be out of energy!

5th Grade Christmas Tea

Saturday, Dec. 15, 10am-12pm

Hosted By: Alisa Gaylord, Andrea Jones, Denise Keppinger

Mother-Daughter Christmas Tea at Hotel DeLux!

Spin and Sculpt at Villa Sport

Friday, Feb. 1, 6:30pm

Hosted By: Tracie Nissen

80’s themed class, bust out the legwarmers! Hang out after to enjoy the indoor or outdoor hot tub, spa and a glass of vino!

Ping Pong Tournament – SOLD OUT!

Thursday, Jan. 31, 7pm-10pm

Hosted By: Amy & Doug Lindgren, Amy & Devin Koopman, Angela & Nate Tobecksen, Amanda & Craig Miller

Recreate those good times with craft cocktails, tasty bites, local cold draughts, upbeat tunes and the timeless fun of ping pong without having to chase down those pesky balls!

Pips & Bounce is the ping pong place that you deserve!


Saturday, Feb. 23

Hosted By: Lynn & John Montang, Cary & Vince Hayes, Jessica & Chris Ebersole, Andrea & Alex Jones, Angie Showalter

You are invited to a Greek bash that you won’t soon forget! Remember flip cup, beer pong and quarters? Wrap up in your toga and get ready to party like the Greek gods and goddesses of your college days! Toga parties are the material that movies, legends, and lifelong memories are made of; sign up today and skip the FOMO tomorrow!

Evening includes appetizers, drinks, dinner and party games from our lives before kids!

K-3rd Mimosas & Manners – SOLD OUT!

Sunday, Jan. 13, 11am

Hosted By: Hilary Barthold

Manners & Etiquette coach Melanie Perko will spend 60 minutes working with your children instructing them on proper manners including handshaking, eye contact, professional presence, thank you note etiquette AND table manners!!! A light lunch will be served and moms are welcome (encouraged!!!) to stay for a mimosa

Shop Till You Drop!!!

Tuesday, Mar. 5

Hosted By: Danielle Floberg

Who can pass up Shopping AND a wine/appetizer and shopping event at EVEREVE BOUTIQUE at BRIDGEPORT mall. A favorite boutiques in Portland Metro! Price point is perfect for all types of shoppers! EVEREVE has everything from clothing, shoes and accessories. Ladies and/or gentlemen can come and shop and sip and look for something for themselves or Christmas gifts etc. From All money spent on this night, 15% will go to SJF

Camping in a Yurt by the Beach – SOLD OUT!

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2

Hosted By: Tracie & Jason Nissen, Emily & Matt Sallee, Regina & Chad Eliden, Andrea & Alex Jones

Here’s an easel party the whole family can enjoy!!! Join us for a weekend of outdoor fun at Fort Stevens State Park. Friday enjoy a roaring campfire with s’mores…Saturday day is open for lots of fun! Fishing Derby, Hot Dogs, Biking! Saturday night enjoy a cookout & Games & breakfast on Sunday morning! Yurts are equipped with electricity, double bed (Futon), and one double/twin bunk bed. Each yurt can sleep 5 people.

Beer Brewing

Saturday, May 11, 2pm-8pm

Hosted By: Cassandra & Mike Forbess, Jill & Josh Habrich

Learn the secrets to making home-brewed beer! Participants will learn about the four key ingredients necessary to brew a batch of beer. They will then be walked step-by-step through the brewing process using a the power of three 100,000 BTU Burners. Quality beer takes time so while brewing, you’ll be treated to a selection of award-winning homebrews, delicious smoked BBQ, and games of corn-hole.

Beer Tasting Men’s Night

Saturday, June 1

Hosted By: Jason Motsko & Nate Tobecksen

Come for the beer tasting, leave with little memory of the beer tasting. Learn about the complexities of beer through a blind tasting of award winning beers from around the world. Hosted by two guys who drink a lot of beer, but will have to study up the night before to look like experts.

Timothy Lake Camping Trip – JUST A FEW SPOTS LEFT!

Thursday, Aug. 8 – Sunday, Aug. 11

Hosted By: Amy & Doug Lindgren, Angela & Nate Tobecksen, Jill & Ryan Wantland, & Jill and Josh Habrich

We’ve made camping at Timothy Lake – one of Oregon’s most historic and picturesque sites – as effortless as possible! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to stay at Timothy Lake with a fun SJF crew for three nights! Timothy Lake is an easy 2 hour drive from Portland and boasts amazing views and warm water. It is truly ideal for family water sports and is surrounded by shady hiking trails. This is a great location for novice car campers and experienced outdoorsmen alike. It’s not quite white linen glamping, but the hosts will feed the campers two dinners and three breakfasts…and, of course, bring kegs and s’mores. The site features a covered dining area and an outdoor fireplace shelter. Bring your tents, guitars, and good vibes!