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Everything You Wanted To Know

Week of January 7, 2019


A Note from our Auction Chair

Hello St. John Fisher Community,

First, I’d like to say that it is an honor to be chairing the 2019 auction. Will and I are beyond grateful to be a part of this special community, which has in many ways become a part of our extended family. We truly consider it a privilege to have this opportunity to support SJF and this great community that SJF is comprised of.

Thank you to you all who participated in the Golden Horseshoe raffle, and to those of you who were able to attend Wine and Cheese – our auction season kickoff event. It was a fun, and successful event, and it was great to see so much support from many of you.

As we turn our focus to procurement for the live and silent auctions, we need your help. This is one of the more challenging aspects of organizing the auction, as well as one of the most critical to the auction’s success. We are looking to you for donations of what we refer to as “anchor items”. An anchor item is a big ticket item that we can auction off, either through the silent or the live auction. They can be anything from weekend use of a vacation home, tickets to sporting/music events, premier restaurant vouchers, museum passes, Disneyland passes, airline tickets, professional services, adventures, memorabilia, etc… You get the idea. These don’t have to be items that you yourself have direct access to. They can (and often do) come from family members, friends, employers, etc… Please, consider what you can offer, and please, ask around. All proceeds go directly to SJF.

If there are items you’d like to donate, or if you have any questions, please reach out to me, Jill Habrich and Morgan Savela.

We would like all donated anchor items no later than February 8 th . Thank you in advance – we are counting on your efforts!

While we have many new things in store for the auction this year, we are also excited to continue on with many of the auction traditions we all know and love – so stay tunedand THANK YOU for your continued support!

Warm Regards ,

Lisa Markusen



Tuesday 01/08: 3:15-4:15 pm Group B Printing Club, 5:30 pm SAC Mtg.-Finance team only

Wednesday 01/09: School Mass (6th Gr), 3:05-3:45 pm Kelsey Bell w/ Archdiocese Office of Disabilities Presentation (6th-8th), No after school study hall due to speaker

Thursday 1/10: 2:15 pm Girl Scouts


Monday 1/14: STAR Assessment Week, 3:15-4:15 pm Group A Printing Club

Tuesday 1/15: Happy Birthday Mrs. Hillman! 7:00 pm Auction Team Mtg.

Wednesday 1/16: 8:30 am School Mass (5th Gr), 3:00 pm Spanish club

Thursday 1/17: 1:20 pm Beginning Band, 2:00 pm Chess Wizards, 2:00 pm Int./Adv. Band, 7:00 pm Men’s Club meeting

Saturday 1/19: Happy Birthday Ms. Lawrence!

Sunday, 1/20: Happy Birthday Mr. Osborne!



Tuesday 1/08: Koopman

Wednesday 1/9: Jenne

Thursday 1/10: Chatre

Friday 1/11: Strauch


Monday 1/14: Caldwell

Tuesday 1/15: Messele

Wednesday 1/16: Scheckla/Brundage

Thursday 1/17: Carlsson

Friday 1/18: Sutherland

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. 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!



They’re back–catch up on SJF school news here .



Looking ahead to next school year, we have a few decisions to make regarding the start date and Christmas break dates. Most of the public schools in the Portland Metro Area and many of the Catholic high schools start school before Labor Day. This can pose an issue as many community centers and/or private camp companies provide care only on days when large public schools are out. However, St. John Fisher School did provide summer camp the week before Labor Day, and we would continue to offer that service should we plan to continue to have school start after Labor Day. Additionally, with Christmas on a Wednesday next year, the Archdiocese is recommending we do a similar structure to the break as we had this year with 2 half-weeks and 1 full week of Christmas vacation versus 2 full consecutive weeks Monday-Friday.

Please take this quick 3 question survey by Friday, January 18th to provide us feedback as we formulate our calendar for 2019-20.

I will be reporting our decision regarding the start date and Christmas break dates by February 1st. Thanks!


Don’t miss this chance to share SJF with your student’s grandparents or special friend. This special day includes Mass, lunch and the chance to show off your school and classroom. Let us know who’s coming when you turn in the attached flyer. Additional copies are coming home in student book bags or are available in the school office.


This past week, receipts and invoices were sent to families who purchased Easel Party tickets or Fall Raffle Tickets from the Wine and Cheese evening. If you provided a credit card while checking in at Wine and Cheese then your credit card was charged. If not, that is why an invoice was sent. The auction team apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused for the tardiness of the invoices being sent. This was the first time we had Easel Parties for purchase apart from the Auction, and we learned a lot! We have put processes in place to avoid this again in the future. Please let Jill Habrich ( ) Auction Finance, know if you have any questions. Thank you again for supporting the SJF Auction!


It’s time to start having some fun with those easel parties we signed up for a few months back! This month we’ve got Manners & Mimosas, Ping Pong and Spin & Sculpt on the agenda! Be sure and check your inbox for these evites which have all gone out!

Don’t remember what you signed up for, no worries! Take a look at the spreadsheet attached and find your name. We will also have the easels up in the lobby this week where you can also find your name. There are still a few spots left for some of the parties so if you didn’t sign up the first time, sign up this week and join the fun! The boards can be found in the lobby of SJF all this week!

Note: A couple of our annual summer overnight trips are available to sign up for NOW so you can mark your calendars early but most only have a spot or two left. If you want in, don’t wait because these easels will not be available to sign up for at the auction.

Here are the parties with current availability :

Spin & Sculpt

Beer Brewing

Toga Party

Shop til you drop

Yurt trip – Sold out but dinner spots only still available

Timothy Lake camping trip – only 2 spots left!

Beer tasting Men’s Night



  • The Scoop – Calling all 8 th grade girls! Come to “The Scoop” at St. Mary’s Academy on Friday, January 11 from 4:15-6:00 p.m. to enjoy an ice cream social and super fun activities with your friends and the St. Mary’s Ambassadors! This event is FREE and is open to all 8th grade girls interested in learning more about high school life at SMA. Click here to RSVP on the St. Mary’s website .

  • CYO Basketball Night – Come watch the SMA Varsity basketball team take on West Linn for CYO Night this Friday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m.! Admission is FREE and includes free concessions, face painting, temporary tattoos, and tons of cool prizes. Wear your team jersey to show your spirit as you cheer on the Blues! No RSVP necessary. Visit the St. Mary’s website for more information



While we have had good luck with the weather so far this school year, here is a review of our policy regarding school closure during bad weather. These guidelines can also be found on page 15 of the Student/Parent Handbook for 2018-19 :

Any announcements concerning school closure and late starts are shared with parents three ways: parent email , posting on the SJF Facebook page , and a News Flash posting on the homepage of SchoolSpeak . During inclement weather, such as snow days, St. John Fisher families should follow these instructions:

Rule One: If the Portland Public School District is closed, SJF is closed.

Rule Two: If Portland Public School District has a late opening, SJF

has a late opening at 10:00 am. (Staff will report by 9:45 a.m.) Morning Extended Care and Hot Lunch are not offered on “late start” days.

Rule Three: SJF does reserve the right to make an independent decision regarding closure or late opening.

In the case of early closure during the school day due to deteriorating weather conditions, parents are asked to stay aware of the situation by listening to local TV/Radio stations, or contacting the school office directly.


Chess Wizards still has openings for its winter session at SJF on Thursdays from 2-3 pm. Classes will begin next Thursday, Jan. 17 and go through March 21. Additional details and sign up information is on the attached flyer.