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Everything You Wanted To Know

Week of November 5, 2018

A Note from our Principal

November is the month for giving thanks! This Friday, our Parent Teacher Club is hosting a free wine and cheese event for our families in the cafeteria from 6pm – 9pm. RSVP’s were sent last month, but it’s not too late to come and mingle with fellow SJF parents. If you did not reply via evite, please send an RSVP email to our PTC president couple at so we can make sure we have enough wine and cheese.

Additionally, at our wine and cheese event, we will draw our winner for the Golden Horseshoe Raffle!  The winner of this raffle will win 2 tickets to the auction, an SJF swag bag, a reserved parking spot, 20 hot lunches, premium reserved seats for the Christmas program and the spring musical, reserved pews for Christmas Mass and Easter Mass and reserved VIP seating for 10 for the Cinco de Mayo dinner. At $25 per raffle ticket, there is still time to purchase tickets before or after school or via the website: . Hurry though…we are only selling 300 tickets!

Speaking of November being the month of giving thanks, here’s a great example of how SJF kids serve our wider Portland-Metro Community. Our 5th grade recently made placemats for Meals on Wheels. Special thanks to Mrs. Mostko and our 5th grade teacher Mrs. Ronchelli, for organizing this service project for our students!



Looking ahead to next week, we will give thanks as a community at our annual Thanksgiving Feast, Thursday, November 15 th from 11:30-12:30. If you are available to assist in the kitchen, please contact Ken Weston at .

In closing, please remember we are closed Monday, November 12th in honor of Veterans Day. Thanks to all the men and women who have so generously served our country!



Tuesday 11/6: 11:30-2:30 2nd Gr to Franz Bakery, 3:15 pm Middle School Maker Space, 5:30 pm SAC Meeting

Wednesday 11/7: 8:30 am School Mass (7th Gr), 3:00-4:00 pm Spanish Club, 3:15-3:45 pm Gr 5-8 Study Hall

Thursday 11/8: 1:20 pm 4th gr Beginning Band, 2:05 pm Intermediate Band, 5:30 pm PTC Exec. Meeting

Friday 11/9: 6-9 pm Wine & Cheese Social, 6-10 pm Parent’s Night Out


Monday 11/12: NO SCHOOL-Veterans’ Day Holiday

Tuesday 11/13: 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: 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, 2:15 Girls Scouts at St. Luke’s, 7:00 Men’s Club Thanksgiving Dinner

Saturday 11/17: Happy Birthday Mr. Sweeney



Tuesday 11/6: Wilde

Wednesday 11/7: Amato/Dunn

Thursday 11/8: Snowden

Friday 11/9: Wantland


Monday 11/12: No School

Tuesday 11/13: Sanada

Wednesday 11/14: Barbar

Thursday 11/15: McGinty

Friday 11/16: Schwab

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!



This week’s newscast is a wrap-up of all the Halloween fun at SJF!



The first wave of Auction Easel party signups is this Friday at Wine and Cheese!

The Easel Parties go on sale at the Wine and Cheese event this Friday, November 9 th ! Many are anticipated to sell out, so don’t be late!

Easel Parties that do not sell out on Friday will continue to be available for purchase in the school lobby thru November 16 th .

What is an Easel party?

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 signups 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. Signups for the first wave will be held this Friday at Wine and Cheese night, the second wave will be available to signup for at the auction this Spring.

They fill up fast, so be sure to move quick.

Parties to signup for this Friday include…

Leave Aging to Wine and Cheese

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

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

Hosted By: Alisa Gaylord, Andrea Jones, Denise Keppinger

Mother-Daughter Christmas Tea at Hotel DeLux!

Spin and Sculpt at Villa Sport

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

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

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!

Toga 80’s PARTY!!!

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

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 ‘Til You Drop!!!

Hosted By: Danielle Floberg

Who can pass up Shopping AND a wine/appetizer and shopping event at EVEREVE BOUTIQUE at BRIDGEPORT mall. A favorite boutique 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

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

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

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

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!


Parents’ Night Out is scheduled for this Friday, 11/9 , the same night at the Wine and Cheese Social making a nice evening for both parents and kids! Additional details are on the attached flyer.


Registration for SJF/CYO Basketball is NOW OPEN! 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 you register your child, you will receive an immediate email confirmation. Then as we get into November, coaches will reach out to communicate practice schedules, once they are established.

St. John Fisher Basketball is comprised of two divisions:

Hotshots (Open to Girls and Boys 1-2) and Grade School (Open to Girls and Boys Grade 3-8).

>Hot Shots season goes November – March, with 7 games and 1 tournament.

>Grade School season runs from November-March with an optional Jamboree Tournament in early December. There are 8 weeks of regular season games with the optional end of season Championships which will conclude in March. Key dates for Grade School are as follows:

Pre-Season Jamboree: Dec 1st and 2nd

First Regular Season Games for 3rd and 4th grade: DEC 15th

First Regular Season Games for 5th-8th grade: January 5th

Coaches are needed for the following age groups:

Hotshots (1st-2nd Grades)

3G girls – Should we have enough players to make a team (need 7/8).

Should you be interested in coaching or have any additional questions, please contact Jamie Rankin, SJF Athletic Director, at . Registration will close on November 12th , so please register today!




SJF and the American Red Cross are hosting a blood drive on 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.


We are already gearing up for our annual school auction on April 6th, 2019! Each year, the classes create one-of-kind masterpieces! Ryan Birkland and I have the pleasure of coordinating this year’s class art projects. If you are interested in working with us and the students, please let me know. It is a fun way to spend time with the kids and see their creative minds in action! If you have ideas for projects, we would love to hear them, but if you don’t have any ideas, we would love to chat and share our plans for this year’s art!

We are in need of art leaders for these grades:






Thank you!

Stacey Sheridan & Ryan Birkland

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Volunteer hours available!

If you are looking for a way to gain hours and do them from home please contact Jill Habrich. You can earn 10-20 hours from the comfort of home as long as you have a computer!


With so many young children at SJF, it’s important to remember the recommendations for if/when children should use a Car Seat/Booster Seat:

Car Seat/Booster Seat

  1. All children who has outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their Car Safety Seat (CSS) should use a forward-facing CSS with a 5 point harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their CSS’s manufacturer.

  2. All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their CSS should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 ft 9 inches.

  3. When children are tall enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belts for optimal protection.

  4. All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.

Using a Seat Belt:

An adult seat belt fits correctly when:

The shoulder belt lies across the middle of the chest and shoulder, not the neck or throat.

The lap belt is low and snug across the upper thighs, not the belly.

Your child is tall enough to sit against the vehicle seat back with her knees bent over the edge of the seat without slouching and can comfortably stay in this position throughout the trip.

Other points to keep in mind when using seat belts include:

Make sure your child does not tuck the shoulder belt under her arm or behind her back. This leaves the upper body unprotected and adds extra slack to the seat belt system, putting your child at risk of severe injury in a crash or with sudden braking.

Never allow anyone to share seatbelts. All passengers must have their own car seats or seat belts.


The fall fundraiser is finally underway. We are collecting cans and bottles with all proceeds going to the ALS Association of Oregon/SW Washington in honor of Mrs. Delores Beckers. Many thanks to our 8th Grade class, Mr. Vecchione and his Leadership team for taking the lead on organizing the can and bottle donations.