SJF 1-14-19 SAM


Everything You Wanted To Know

Week of January 14, 2019


A Note from Kelly Corrigan, Development Director:

Capital Campaign Update

Our first steel beam is up as we prepare for second floor construction in the Corrado Family Center! We are beginning to see changes weekly, if not daily, as we progress towards a warm shell and temporary occupancy. Soon the truss design will be completed, trusses will be fabricated and connected to the existing rectory roof line and the second flooring will be laid!

Since our concerted efforts reinitiated in September 2018, we are pleased to announce that 52 families have pledged or re-pledged $239,888. In addition we received a $100,000 grant from the OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation. Two thirds of our school families have been approached and we will begin to reach out once again to parish families similarly. Thanks to all that have received and responded to our solicitations.

Our cash position is strong as we continue to receive pledge payments. This will allow us to continue to pay construction invoices before an Archdiocese loan is needed to pay the balance. Our current funding will take us to complete walls, windows, roofing, elevator and HVAC. We are also remodeling the rectory so that Fr. Richard can transition to living back on campus when we are certified for temporary occupancy. However we are still $1m underfunded to complete the entire project with finish construction and landscaping. As we continue to solicit funds, we ask all remaining school and parish families to be open to our call.

Thanks to all that have given so generously. We have a total of 519 members of our parish and school community included in our donor list (attached to the SAM). We can all feel very proud of our accomplishments thus far and with God’s help we will continue to fund and finish the Corrado Family Center. Its use as the daily school cafeteria and parish gathering place will serve SJF families for many years to come.



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 Gr 5-8 Study Hall, 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!

Monday 1/21: NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Tuesday 1/22: 3:15 Gr. B Printing Club

Wednesday 1/23: 8:30 School Mass (4th Gr), 3:00 Gr. 5-8 Study Hall, 3:00 Spanish club, 7:00 pm Cinco de Mayo planning meeting in library

Thursday 1/24: 1:20 Beg. Band, 2:00 Int./Adv. Band, 2:00 Chess Wizards


Saturday 1/26: Men’s Club Bingo Night



Tuesday 1/15: Messele

Wednesday 1/16: Scheckla/Brundage

Thursday 1/17: Carlsson

Friday 1/18: Sutherland


Monday 1/21: NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Tuesday 1/22: Shavers

Wednesday 1/23: Day

Thursday 1/24: Rodgers

Friday 1/25: Moore

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!



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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 this 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!


The auction team needs your help. Now is the time to arrange donations of big ticket, “anchor” items to build great packages for the silent and live auctions. We have not received any donations yet –please refer to the attached procurement letter to see how you can help build a strong auction catalog.


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.


St. John Fisher has teamed up with 6 other west-side Catholic Schools to host a FREE OMSI night on Monday, February 11th from 6-8pm. The attached flyer has all the details. Families do need to register ahead of time, with the first 1500 allowed to attend.You can register at:


The windy weather has caused problems with the security fence around our construction site so please keep a safe distance. Additionally, we have had 2 recent car break-ins during daylight hours. Please make sure to remove all items, especially valuables, from your car.


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.


Our Community Dinner event, Cinco de Mayo, will hold its KICK-OFF Meeting Wednesday, January 23rd 7pm in the SJF Library. There will be beverages and snacks to nosh on during our meeting and we’ll keep it to 1 hour. If interested in volunteering for the Cinco de Mayo event, please email .


Registration is now open for spring baseball with Raleigh Hills Little League! Please and see the attached flyer for information about the league including important upcoming dates, boundary requirements, winter clinics, and registration instructions. Raleigh Hills Little League is open to boys and girls ages 4-12 who live within the attendance areas of the following Beaverton School District elementary schools: Raleigh Park, Raleigh Hills, Montclair, McKay, Vose and Greenway.


The Maplewood Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) is hosting two emergency preparedness speakers this Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 6:30 – 8:30 in the Maplewood Elementary School auditorium. Each speaker will talk about different aspects of preparedness. Kathleen Elliott from the Red Cross will present Prepare ! She will talk about specifics of emergency preparedness. Laura Hall from Parents4Preparedness will focus on family and parents.The entire presentation will be about 90 minutes followed by a half hour of discussion and time for questions and answers.

*There will be child care for potty-trained children.*

Members from the Neighborhood Emergency Team will be available before and after the presentation to visit with attendees and answer questions.


The Men’s Club annual Bingo Night will be on Saturday, Jan. 26 starting at 5:30 pm in the school cafeteria. This SJF tradition includes lots of fun, food and prizes. All the details are on the attached flyer.


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.


Last chance–Chess Wizards begins its winter session at SJF this Thursday at 2:00 pm. Classes will go through March 21. Additional details and sign up information is on the attached flyer.