The Development Office at St. Joseph Catholic School strives improve the modes of communication to parents, donors and friends of St. Joseph. Please search through the website to learn about the wonderful things happening at St. Joseph Catholic School!
In Development, we continually look to the future to ensure that Gospel values and excellence in education will be made available for generations to come. Like many parish schools, the tuition we charge does not cover the actual cost of educating our students. Therefore, fundraising activities such as Sausage Fest, Auction and SCRIP are necessary to make up for this shortfall. Our Principal, School Advisory Board and Pastor work diligently to keep tuition at the lowest possible level. This enables St Joseph School to serve families of all backgrounds and socio-economic levels.
St. Joseph Catholic School promotes a variety of ways for individuals and businesses to support our school.
These opportunities consist of:
Welcome AlumniGraduation is not an end—rather, it is the next step in what we hope is a life-long relationship with St. Joseph Catholic School. We offer this page as a place for alumni to connect with other alumni, keep current with events and activities, and to stay involved with St. Joseph Catholic School and our mission to develop students with a commitment to Gospel values, academic excellence and individual fulfillment. Thank you for visiting the St. Joseph Catholic School Alumni web page. This page is still a work in progress, so if you have ideas or suggestions, please contact Judy McMorine at (360) 696-2586 or Lisa Nevitt (Hotchkiss '75) (360) 735-5980.
Tuition is set lower than the actual cost to educate your child to keep Catholic education as affordable as possible. This appeal asks families to help close the $1954 tuition gap by investing in their child's education with a tax deductible donation to the school. We encourage our families who are financially capable, to pay the actual cost of educating their student(s) with a tax deductible charitable gift.
If you would like more information about the Cost of Education Appeal, please contact the Development Office for more information.
The mission of the St. Joseph Foundation is to provide supplemental support and assistance to St. Joseph School for its operation, maintenance, and capital requirements.
The St. Joseph Foundation was established in 1997 and operates exclusively for the educational purposes of St. Joseph Catholic School. At the same time, the St. Joseph Education Endowment Fund was opened to hold funds in perpetuity for the future. The Fund currently has over $1,000,000 in assets. Based on the interest earned from this fund, monies are awarded to St. Joseph Catholic School on an annual basis. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible and may be in the form of cash, bequests, gifts of stock, life insurance, real estate, appreciated assets, beneficiary arrangements and life income gifts.Contact Kathy Lundy at 360-696-2586 for assistance. She will be happy to answer any question you may have regarding your Gift of Education to the students of St. Joseph Catholic School. All correspondence may be sent to: St. Joseph Catholic School, 6500 Highland Drive, Vancouver, WA 98661.
St. Joseph School seeks outside support for its educational programs whenever an appropriate match can be identified between our goals and programs and those of grant-making organizations. You can help us by making contact with your company’s foundation, contacting a private foundation in which you are involved, or notifying us of in-kind gifts available through your work.
Many major corporations offer matching gift programs. With these programs, the corporation will match any donation you make to St. Joseph Catholic School. If this opportunity is available to you, it is an excellent way to maximize the power of your gift. To find out if your company has a matching gift program simply contact your Human Resources department. They will give you a simple form to fill out, and then give that form to the St. Joseph School Development Office. We will submit it to the corporation with the non-profit information required.
Some corporations donate products as well as cash. Product donations are called “in-kind donations.” Often, the corporation will donate products or services to our school if the employee pays a fraction of the cost. For example, Hewlett Packard donates computer printers and other products at a 3:1 ratio. The corporation pays 75% of the product cost and the employee pays 25%. In other words, your gift can triple in size with no additional cost to you!
Many corporations also have a corporate giving campaign. These corporate campaigns allow employees to donate from their paycheck, therefore decreasing the employee's taxable income. Companies such as Hewlett Packard, PGE and Wells Fargo are already participating.
Please contact the Development Office for more information regarding Corporate Matching Programs.
In the spring of 1972, the St. Joseph School Board was faced with finding a way to raise money or cancel the 7th and 8th grades. With the support of Father Kearney, the planning committee and many parishioners donated materials, money and time to build booths, obtain supplies and promote the Sausage Fest. The first stage and buildings, built by parishioners, were in use for 25 years, and then replaced. The first festival had fresh fruit, vegetables, a chicken wagon, fashion shows and a dunk tank. The first year, they made just over $12,000.
More than 30 years later, the Sausage Fest remains a tradition filled with fun for the whole family. It is held annually on the weekend following Labor Day. The main stage gives local dance studios the opportunity to perform as well as provide live family entertainment. In our Fest Garden there is music, dancing, catching up with old friends and making new.
Booths - Food is what keeps bringing the guests back every year. At the Fest you can enjoy Sausage Sandwiches, Sausage on a Stick or our famous Sausage Dinner. Chicken, hamburger, corn on the cob, potato, elephant ears and all the sweets you can imagine are available too.
Carnival - The carnival rides and games are provided by Hawthorne Family Shows. Pre-sale ride tickets are available for a month in advance. Haworth Family Shows provides rides sure to entertain youngsters of all ages including the Zipper, bumper cars, the Graviton, the Sizzler and Star Trooper. The special-discount is offered for ticket purchases prior to the start of the Fest at eight (8) tickets for $10 --close to 50% savings over the regular Fest Weekend price.
Arts & Crafts Booths - The arts & crafts booths are the favorites of many Fest goers.
Local artists and crafters have an opportunity to show their wares. Many colorful and exciting items are available at this one of a kind event.
Fest Garden - Your visit to the Vancouver Sausage Fest would not be complete without a trip to the Fest Garden. In addition to the same wonderful food available in the main part of the Fest, the Garden has beer and wine available. Also, live music plays Friday and throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. In the evening, exciting bands turn the Fest Garden into a fun meeting place for new and old friends alike.
Parking - Free satellite parking with shuttle service is located at McLoughlin Middle School and Marshall Elementary School. Handicapped parking is also available on the parish grounds.CRIP
Scrip is another word for GIFT CERTIFICATE. The gift certificates that Scrip sells are just like the ones you purchase at grocery stores, restaurants or retail stores with one difference. They benefit St. Joseph Catholic School and Parish!
St. Joseph School buys Scrip gift certificates from national providers and local businesses at a discount and then resells them at face value. For example, the school purchases a $20 Safeway card for $19, and you purchase it from the school for its face value of $20. You get $20 to spend on Safeway groceries, Safeway gets $19 and our school gets the other dollar!
Each school family, as part of their fundraising support, is required to purchase Scrip in the amount needed to earn $150.00 in profit for the school or the family can choose to donate $150.00 to cover their share of the Scrip support. Additionally, if a family exceeds the $150 requirement, $0.90 of every $1.00 over $150 can be applied toward fees for the following year. The Scrip year begins May 1 of the current school year and ends the following April 30.
Scrip may be purchased after weekend Masses, during scheduled weekday times, or by sending a same-day order form to school. Scrip is a great way to pay for those everyday purchases you’d make anyway, and the school benefits!
Forms are available in the school office or see link on HOME page.
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