March 15, 2018      


John Hickey

I was at a Jesuit Parish Grade School meeting last week and a Jesuit priest shared the following prayer with us.


     Who the Meek Are Not

     By: Mary Karr

     Not the bristle-bearded Igors bent
     under burlap sacks, not peasants knee-deep
     in the rice-paddy muck,
     nor the serfs whose quarter-moon sickles
     make the wheat fall in waves
     they don't get to eat. My friend the Franciscan
     nun says we misread
     that word meek in the Bible verse that blesses them.
     To understand the meek
     (she says) picture a great stallion at full gallop
     in a meadow, who -
     at his master's voice - seizes up to a stunned
     but instant halt.
     So with the strain of holding that great power
     in check, the muscles
     along the arched neck keep eddying,
     and only the velvet ears
     prick forward, awaiting the next order.


This poem made me think a lot about power and how tempting it is to use it all the time. This image of a stallion really speaks to me, especially as one who works in a Catholic school. I certainly hope that through the education they receive here at St. Joe's, our students start to see just how powerful they are. Whether it be the power of the ideas they have, the intellect they develop, or the talents they discover, each of our students is uniquely powerful.


What I really hope, however, is that they learn to listen for the voice of God in their lives and hopefully become attuned to God's will for them, especially when it comes to using their power for good. Like that stallion, I hope our students learn to put their power to use only when God calls them to do that. We could all, after all, learn to be more still.

We have this beautiful, practical gift of the Examen to help us hear God, to help us become more aware of God's presence. Let's all commit to praying it more frequently in these waning days of Lent. Here's a link to help.


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

3/16 - Reenrollment Begins

3/16 - The Gift of Failure RSVP Deadline

3/19 - The Gift of Failure Auditorium 5:30pm-8:30

3/20 - Noon Dismissal

          Jaguar Club open 12pm-6pm

3/26 - Reenrollment Contracts Due

3/28 - Passion Play, 7pm

3/29 - Good Friday, 10:30am Passion Play

          Noon Dismissal

4/2-4/6 - Spring Break



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.



St. Joseph Family Math Carnival

Come explore math with your children!!

Play games, make guesses, collect data

  Learn games that help make math easy and fun for your family.

Estimation, fractions, measurement, geometry 

as well as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division


Thursday March 15, 5:00-6:30 Social Hall

Drop in for a few minutes or stay the whole time.

Grades K-5



Win a free lunch for your class!

KB, 1B, & 4C are in the lead!!


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. 


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).


Track and Field Registration


Track and Field registration is now live on the St. Joseph School website. Register your child now for K-3 Track Club or 4th-8th Grade Track and Field. Cost is $10 for K-3 Track Club and $25 for 4th-8th Grade Track and Field.



Congratulations Robotics Team

Fourth grade students Joey Tilghman-Havens and Harry Sumner competed in the Washington State VEX IQ Robotics Elementary School Championship, which took place on Feb. 24 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. They had previously qualified for this event at a regional championship. During the competition students are paired with other teams in a series of matches where they work in cooperation to have their robots score points. Teams are then ranked, and play a final match to determine the event winner. After all of their qualification rounds, they were ranked 15 out of 27 best teams in the State of Washington.  For St. Joseph's first year robotics team, this was a wonderful achievement.   


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

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Speaker Jessica Lahey

8:00 pm – Author book signing*

Food from BB's Teriyaki provided by PAB

Childcare for current St. Joe's students provided

Click Here to RSVP by March 16th


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.


Jaguar Club News


The Jaguar Club will again be hosting the WATTS basketball workshop during the noon dismissal on March 20th. Click HERE to learn more details or to register your child.  


Questions?  email Jaguar Club.


Re-enrollment starts tomorrow!


Re-enrollment for current students will begin tomorrow. 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.


Spring Picture Day

April 10th (free dress/pizza day)

Order forms will be given to the teachers after Spring break, or you can pick one up in the office. These are optional pictures.  We do need parent volunteers to help. Please contact the main office if you would like to help.


Summer Camps


Did you know that we will be running an issue of the Flash that will include various summer opportunities around Seattle.  While we don't normally run these types of ads, we feel like it would be a great way to see what is happening around our city. If you have a submission for this issue please email Lisa Mansoori by 3/20/18.




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



It is spring and there is still a lot of fun to be had! Check out the website to learn more and sign up for these fabulous parties that still have a few spots left!


Texas Hold 'Em

Spring Soiree with the K & 1st grade Parents

Chillin' & Grillin' with the 5th grade Parents

Ribs & Ritas
Football Clinic

Southern Charm Party


Amazon Smile! As a participant in the Amazon Affiliate and Amazon Smile programs, a percentage of your purchase goes to our school, at no additional cost to you. Simply CLICK HERE to sign-in to your Amazon account and place your order as usual. We encourage you to bookmark the link for future purchases.
While Amazon Fresh is not part of this program, Amazon Prime Pantry is included.

Volunteer Opportunity
Grandparents Luncheon
Friday, May 11th

If you are still looking for a great way to volunteer sign-up to help out  at the

Grandparents Luncheon on May 11th!



May 17th, 2018 Annual Golf Tournament

Newcastle Golf Club

Register Here

Make sure you sign-up FORE this not-to-be missed event! Individual registration is $175 and includes greens fees, power cart, practice facility warm up, tee gifts and the post-golf awards banquet. This is a great day with friends – rain or shine!

For more information or sponsorship opportunities contact Rebecca Frisino.


"Swords into Plowshares"
Disarming our Hearts at the Foot of the Cross
A Parish Day of Reflection & Reconciliation
24 March 2018, Noon - 4:00 PM
Individual Sacramental Reconciliation
Available Throughout This Time


On 24 March the people of Seattle are being invited to join in the "March for Our Lives"—a national movement to end gun violence. Members of St. Joseph are invited to gather
at St. James Cathedral, at 9:00 am, to march.


That afternoon, during our Lenten Reconciliation Service, we shall reflect on the call of Christ to disarm, not simply of weapons, but of attitudes that lead to violence and hate, to wounds we carry and those we inflict. Points for Prayer will be offered at Noon, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. At 4:00 pm, we will offer a communal prayer for peace. Click here for more details.

Men's Ministry

Mass & Potluck


Please join us for our Lenten Mass and Potluck Supper on Friday, March 23rd at 6 pm in the  Parish Center.  Fr. John Whitney, SJ is presiding and Matt Tilghman-Havens  will lead us in song. Back by popular demand: MEATLESS Lasagna provided! Please bring a salad, bread or side dish and beverage of choice to share. RSVP via email to Steve or at 206-965-1646.


Community Announcements


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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