March 1, 2018      


John Hickey

If it's not on your calendar yet, I'd highly recommend making some time to see the drama exploratory class presentation of "Cinderella" tonight or tomorrow. You can get the details from the school calendar. I've been overhearing the rehearsals from my office and it promises to be another phenomenal production by our students. Our drama students put on every aspect of the show, which is really quite impressive.

Whether it's seeing students act on stage, compete in robotics competitions, participate in the spelling bee, or work a tough math problem, I'm happiest when I see our students discovering their gifts. We have ample opportunities in each day for this to happen in the classroom, in the hallway, or on the playground.

Enjoy the weekend!



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

3/6 - Men's Ministry Breakfast, 6:45am all are welcome RSVP by 3/2 HERE!

3/6 - Free Dress/Pizza Day

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

3/9 - Outreach Day & End of Second Trimester

3/10 - Annual St. Patricks Day Party, 6pm purchase tickets HERE!

3/15 - Math Carnival, Social Hall 5pm

3/16 - Report Cards sent home

3/16 - No School - Staff In-Service

          Jaguar Club Open 8am-6pm



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!



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


Spelling Bee Results!

Friday, February 23rd marked the school-wide final bee

The winners…(drumroll please!)

1st-3rd:  Calum Vu Dahlgren (3rd grader)
4th & 5th: Patrick Mirkin (4th grader)
6th-8th: Eleanor Skov (6th grader – continues to city-wide spelling bee)

Thank you to all that helped with the bees.  Special thanks to Amy Cooper for bringing it all together.


Kelly Jones Book Pre-Order Form


St. Joseph's School is proud to welcome author Kelly Jones for Young Authors Week, April 17th and April 18th. Kelly Jones is a curious person, interested in chickens, magic, farm life, spies, sewing, the odd everyday bits of history, how to make sauerkraut, how to walk goats, superheroes and what makes them so super, recipes to make with a lot of eggs, anything with ghosts (particularly friendly ghosts), how to draw chickens that actually look like chickens, and any story she's never heard before. Students have the option to pre-order her book, Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer which she will autograph on the day of her visit following her presentation. We are looking forward to her visit!  Click HERE to access the order form.


To learn more about Kelly Jones please visit her website. All pre-orders are due Wednesday, March 23rd 2018. Books sales provided by Elliott Bay Book Company. To learn more about Elliott Bay Book Company visit elliottbaybook.com.


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.


The Gift of Failure:

How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go

So Their Children Can Succeed

Monday, March 19 | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Please RSVP


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm | Dinner/Social Hour (PAB Will provide dinner/Childcare for current St. Joe's students will be provided)

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Program

8:00 pm – Author book signing*

Click Here to RSVP


What's the best way to motivate students to take ownership of their education, help them learn deeply and durably, and develop emotional and intellectual resilience? The key, research shows, lies with intrinsic motivation, or motivation that comes from within. Come listen to author Jess Lahey speak about how teachers, parents, and coaches can help kids discover intrinsic motivation by fostering autonomy, competence, relationships, and personal relevance. Lahey will share how parents and educators can give students the support and encouragement they need in order to stay motivated over the long term.


*Books will be for sale onsite or to purchase in advance, click here.


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.


St. Joseph Alums Achieved High Honors


The following St. Joseph graduates have achieved Honors at O'Dea High School for the first semester of the 2017-18 school year:

Bennett Buchholz 2019
Jack Budd 2019
Aarun Hendrickson 2020
Nicholas Kittleman 2020
Alexander Knox 2021
Thomas Paulsell 2021
Logan Read 2020
Ryan Wiley 2021



Happy birthday, Theodore Geisel! 


March 1st is Dr. Seuss's Birthday and Read Across America Day.  It's also a great opportunity to remember why reading (and having access to a school library!!) is vital:


              Reading at grade level is a predictor of success in life. 


Teacher instruction, bolstered by parents reading aloud, modeling reading, talking about books at home, and promoting access to books all make children strong readers who enjoy it as a leisure-time, life-long pursuit.


For more information about reading click HERE for a variety of articles along with the listing of the 2018 Youth Media Awards.




ADHD, Relationships and Families-Happy Hour Date Night - Dr. Edward Hallowell and Melissa Orlov.  Friday March 9th, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM.  505 Market Street, Kirkland, 98033.  To register and purchase tickets, 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



Barre3 Party
THIS Sunday, March 4th

Grab the ladies and head to the studio on Capitol Hill for a private group class! You will have a great workout with Datza followed by some celebratory bubbles. There are only a few spots left so sign up today!


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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