February 22, 2018      


John Hickey

The school shooting that took place in Florida recently has, once again, brought school safety to the fore. With each tragic event, come questions about how these things can be prevented. I've received emails since this most recent example of senseless violence and death asking about our own procedures.


Two years ago, we did an extensive review of all of our emergency preparedness procedures. This review led to a total redevelopment of our procedures. All of this work was done by an industry leader in emergency preparedness. From a gas leak to an active shooter, we have clear directives for all the different types of scenarios that might, God forbid, happen at a school. We practice these procedures regularly. If you'd like to know more, please ask; I'm happy to share what we do.


Emergency preparedness procedures do not, however, answer the question the entire country keeps asking: What can we do to make sure that events like these don't happen? Debate will continue about gun control and mental health, but I'd like to propose a different approach, one we use every single day here at St. Joseph School.


How about we introduce students daily to the notion that God loves them? How about we help our students begin to uncover the unique gifts they have that they alone can put to good use? How about we help our students know that there is a constellation of support within our community ready to jump in and help should they stumble? And how about we say over and over again that within every one of us there is a flicker of the divine, and it's up to us to fan that flicker into a flame every day with every person we meet? If we focus on these things, we will do our part to help reduce violence in the world. I guarantee it.


Last week at Ash Wednesday Mass, Fr. John asked our students to say one prayer every day during Lent. It's simple. They just need to find the time once a day to say, "God loves me." It's true, and it might be the most important prayer our students learn.


Have a great weekend.




2/23 - School Wide Spelling Bee

2/23 - Financial Aid Deadline for the 2018-2019 School Year Click here for more information

3/1 & 3/2 - Exploratory Performance of Cinderella. Auditorium 7pm

3/6 - Free Dress/Pizza Day

3/8 - Exploratory Celebration of Learning, 7pm Auditorium

3/9 - Outreach Day & End of Second Trimester



There are a variety of ways to help at St. Joseph. Sign up today to volunteer or visit the website to learn more.  We are in need of the following volunteers.

  • Lunchroom - Daily, 10:45am-1:00pm Sign-up!
  • Spirit Gear Seller - On-going, more information here!



Spelling Bee


The Class Bees have started and will wrap of next week. The Spelling Bee is about much more than spelling, word origins and correct pronunciation. It's about inspiring confidence and love of language that lasts a lifetime. It also teaches valuable lessons about sportsmanship and public speaking. 


All school final bee on February 23rd in the auditorium

9am-9:45am: 1st, 2nd & 3rd grade

10:00-11:00am: 6th, 7th & 8th grade

11:00am-12:00 - 4th & 5th grade


Classroom bee word list for grades 1-8 found HERE

School-wide bee word list found HERE
Questions?  Contact Amy Cooper


You are Invited...Cinderella!

The 7th and 8th grade Exploratory Drama class respectfully requests your attendance at our showing of Cinderella on Thursday, March 1st & Friday, March 2nd at 7 pm in the St. Joseph Auditorium. We promise that the acting, singing, dancing, sets and music will not disappoint...so please come and bring the whole family!

Tickets can be purchased at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Cash and checks only, please.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions?  Contact Darcy Carlsen


Speech Team Results!

St. Joe's sent a small but mighty team to Archbishop Murphy last​weekend. Check out the results below!

Most Inspirational – Liam Bell

Junior Duo

1st Place – Khari Dawson and Myles Jackson
3rd Place – Madeline Price and Eva Scearce
 Jr. Ed Comm

4th Place – Eva Scearce

Jr. Oratory 

3rd Place – Myles Jackson


St. Joseph Parent Association Board (PAB) Needs You!


Join the PAB in our mission of supporting and enriching our school community.  Contributing your ideas, experiences and talents is key to our success, not to mention a great way to earn your volunteer hours!


So come join the fun!  Send the materials listed below to pab@stjosephsea.org by March 30th.  Please include a brief personal & professional bio, previous volunteer experience, and grade(s) of student(s).


Save the Date!  Grandparent Luncheon Friday, May 11th.


The annual Grandparent Luncheon will be held immediately following the May Crowning Mass. If you would like to have an invitation sent out please complete the form HERE. Please make sure to submit by March 9th.


Re-enrollment COMING SOON!


Re-enrollment for current students will begin on 3/16/18. Families will receive an email from FACTS to access contracts and set up payment plans. Applications for prospective 18/19 students were due on 1/26/18. Please contact Admissions today if you've missed the prospective student application deadline.


Annual Father Daughter Dance

May 11, 2018

Wyckoff Gym


Come dance the night away rodeo style at the Father Daughter Dance

Sweets & Snacks provided

Purchase Tickets here by May 2, 2018

$25 per couple + $10 each additional girl

$30 at the door + $10 each additional girl

Photos available for $10 each

For more information or to volunteer, please email Shawn Needham.


Online Bible Study Group

There is a St. Joseph Parish online bible study group? Each Monday morning you will receive an email letting you know that the reflection for the week has been published. The reflection will be for the following Sunday, allowing you to prepare for the reading that will be shared. If you would like to learn more or to sign-up, click HERE!




Mental Health First Aid for parents, teachers and coaches.  Saturday March 3rd, 2018 at 9:00am-5:00 pm. FREE, St. Catherine of Siena Church (Victoria Hall), 814 NE 85th St. Seattle, 98115.  This 8 hour training teaches how to recognize and address symptoms of mental health challenges and implement appropriate support strategies.  For more information or to RSVP, email Trez Buckland by Feb. 16th.  Space is limited, first come, first serve.


Wise Minded Parenting Videos with Dr. Laura Kastner- FREE VIDEOS.
Parent Toolkit-An amazing resource for parents is called Parent Toolkit, Pre-K-12th Grade.
Wonderful resources for parents!


Great article! What Kids Want You To Know-From 5-15.


As always there is a wealth of information and resources for parents on my Weebly webpage. Click here to access K-8th grade developmental sheets, program information, community resources and parenting education.

Thank you,
Jennifer Moyer-Taylor, MSW, LICSW
School Counselor




Mother Son UW/HUB Event

Saturday, March 3rd
 Click here to sign up!

Get in on the fun! Spend time with your son(s) bowling, shooting pool and coming up aces at table tennis! No need to think about dinner, dessert & drinks because Zeek's pizza, cookies and juice, both kid friendly and mommy juice (wine), are taken care of.
Looking for other fun ways to celebrate with the St. Joseph crowd – check out the other parties…– sign up today!


Win a free lunch for your class!

The first classroom to have 100% participation in our Scrip Program will win a special lunch! The classes will be competing against each other for the month of March. Scrip can be purchased every morning in the school lobby from 8:15AM – 9:15AM and in the Advancement Office during office hours. View the most current Scrip Form here – please note, we have a list of commonly stocked cards, the remainder of cards can be special ordered. Special orders are placed twice a month and will be made on the 12th and 26th of March. 


Attention First Grade Families: Children's Faith Formation (CFF) and Sacramental Preparation Program


The first of the two year Sacramental Preparation program for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is called CFF1 (Children's Faith Formation Year 1) and is for children in first grade or older. Please sign up your child here. Mark your calendars for the CFF1 parent and child "Welcome Workshop: Exploring the Church" on Saturday, May 5 from 9am to 11am in the church.


For more information please email Dottie Farewell or call 206-965-1652.


St. Joseph Women's Ministry

"Guilt-Free Mama"


A MOM's gathering for Lent

Three Friday nights, Feb 23rd, Mar 2nd & Mar 9th

6:30 – 7:00 pm Meet & Greet

7:00 – 8:30 pm Program


No fee!  Join us in the parish center!

Questions or to RSVP women@stjosephparish.org

 Women of Power & Passion


St. Joseph's Women's Ministry invites you to our Lenten Day of Reflection featuring Olivia 's performance of her one-woman play "The Heart of the Cross." Her presentation will transport us back in time to the foot of the Cross to experience Jesus' Death and Resurrection through the eyes of the women who witnessed these events.


March 17, 2018

9am-4pm Parish Center


Click HERE for more details!


Eat with Muslims Presents:

Dinner with St. Joseph Catholic Church

Saturday, March 3, 2018

6-9pm Following 5pm Mass


Eat With Muslims brings people of all backgrounds together to share food and stories from each other's perspectives. Please join us for a dinner and conversation. The only thing you need to bring is your beautiful soul. Click HERE for more information or to RSVP.


St. Joseph Men's Ministry Speaker Series: morning breakfast with Xbox creator

Robbie Bach

March 6th 6:45am


Please join members of the St. Joseph Men's Ministry for a special event featuring Robbie Bach, who will speak about his days leading Microsoft's Xbox division while balancing a life of faith, family and service.  Q&A to follow.  All are welcome to attend, light breakfast will be provided. RSVP to Leslie Bartlett by March 2nd.

St. Joseph's Annual St. Patrick's Day Party

Saturday, March 10th, 6 pm


Join us for a delicious dinner, cold libations, wonderful music & festive dancing! Online registration is open, get your tickets here! Cost is $25.00 per adult & $10.00 per child (children 2 and under are free). A delicious menu of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and macaroni & cheese. All beverages are included in ticket. Party Highlights Include: Music by Dusty Strings, dancing by Tara Academy, a cake walk for dessert, and fun prizes for the kiddos.


Ignation Spirituality Center Novena 2018

Open your eyes, show us your face


Deepen your experience of Lent this year by entering into Nine Days of Grace: Novena, a retreat that can be made amid our busy lives. Take just one hour a day to attend a liturgy at either the Chapel of St. Ignatius or St. Joseph Church, or make the retreat online.


Click HERE for details including dates and times.


Community Announcements


Annual St. Joseph Girl Scout Cookie Troops Sale!

It's been one year since Girl Scout cookies have been for sale at St. Joseph School.  Without further ado, the Girl Scout troops are ready to sell cookies to St. Joseph families.  We will be selling cookies the weeks of  March 5th-12th. Please come out and support our troops!  We will be selling cookies near the prayer garden after school the following days:

Tuesday, March 6th:  2nd grade troop

Wednesday, March 7th: 4th grade troop

Thursday, March 8th: 3rd grade troop

Tuesday, March 13th: 3rd grade troop

Wednesday, March 14th:  4th grade troop

Back by popular demand are Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Savannah Smiles (Lemon), S'Mores, and Do Si Do cookies.  In addition our gluten free cookie -Toffee (gluten free) is back.  Each box is $5.00.  The girls are ready to sell!  See you during the week of March 5th and thank you for supporting Girl Scouts at St. Joseph School


2018 Special Olympics USA Games in SeattleVolunteers Needed


The archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools, in collaboration with the Diversified Learners Committee, is excited to announce our partnership and commitment to supporting the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games this summer.  We are looking for volunteers of all ages to help support this wonderful event. Click here for more details!


Join Brave Summer


Join us for a Brave Summer! Our summer camps, held on Bishop Blanchet's beautiful campus, are designed to appeal to a range of ages, skills and experience levels. All students will enjoy the opportunity to meet new friends and learn from our dynamic coaches in a supportive, fun environment.

Submissions are due on Tuesday at 12 p.m. each week. Contact mansoori@stjosephsea.org with questions or content submissions.




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