March 22, 2018      


John Hickey

I was happy to attend the PAB guest speaker on Monday night. Jessica Lahey offered an engaging presentation centered on her book, The Gift of Failure. I'm so pleased that the PAB has helped us bring in sought after speakers like Jessica. This particular speaker offered some excellent tips on parenting. I'd encourage you to check out her book, or her frequent articles in the New York Times and Atlantic Monthly.


Bringing high caliber speakers is something I'd love to continue to do. If you've got ideas for future speakers, please let the PAB know!


Please also take time to re-enroll for next year. We have wait lists in nearly every grade, so we'd like to firm up our numbers as fast as possible this year.


Have a great weekend!





Dear Middle School Families,

Happy Spring!


The middle school continues to be a busy, happy place.


Each trimester, I read all of the middle school report cards. I am very proud of the progress your students have made since the fall. That being said, there are always a few lessons learned after reading 300 report cards. Being on time for school and completing homework equals success.


As we begin the last trimester of the year, I encourage parents to talk to their children about setting goals and ending the school year on a positive note. All the teachers in the middle school reminded students this week about the school/classroom rules; including, no gum chewing, no cell phones, be on time for class, be respectful and be in uniform. This is also a good time to replenish school supplies if necessary.


I hope to see many of you next week on Wednesday night at the Passion Play presented by our 8th grade students in the church at 7:00 p.m. This is a long standing tradition at St. Joe's and a wonderful way to begin Holy Week.


Blessings and peace,


Mary Helen


3/26 - Reenrollment Contracts Due, click here for details on the process

3/28 - Passion Play, 7pm

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

          Noon Dismissal

4/2-4/6 - Spring Break

4/10 - Free Dress/Pizza Day

4/10 - Spring Pictures


The 2018-2019 one page calendar is now available on the website.



SPRING FEVER got a hold of you? Are you restless for some fun now that the sun is (sorta) out? The time is NOW to sign up for the few remaining spots at these amazing auction parties.  SIGN UP HERE

·       Texas Hold 'Em on April 14th

·       Spring Soiree with the K & 1st grade Parents on April 20th

·       Chillin' & Grillin' with the 5th grade Parents on May 4th

·       Ribs & Ritas with the Dyckmans on May 18th

·       Football Clinic on May 20th

·       Southern Charm Party on June 2nd


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.



 We Have  Winner — 1B — Congratulations!


1B, Ms. Bullock's class is the first classroom to have 100% participation in our Scrip Program for the month of March! They have won a Pizza Party! Congratulations 1B!

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, the next order will be made on the 26th of March. 



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.



Kelly Jones Book Pre-Order Form

Deadline Tomorrow 3/23!!!


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).

Soup & Stations Wednesday, March 28th


Please join us for Soup & Stations, hosted by the PAB on Wednesday, March 28th at 5:30 pm. Begin in the church to pray in the footsteps of Jesus. Then stay and join us for a simple soup supper and fellowship.  No need to RSVP, just show up. 


After the soup supper, join us for the St. Joseph School's 8th grade students' presentation of the Passion Play at 7:00 pm in the church! Click here for more details on the Passion Play!


"My participation in the play this year will truly teach me what it means to be a child of God."

~Grace Bennett, 8th grade


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.



Jaguar Club News


Spring Club and Enrichment Class registration is now open!  Click here to see a detailed listing of offerings.  

New to St. Joseph is MathCraft! MathCraft is the unique camp experience where both kids and parents truly win as parents get to see their kids ecstatic about doing math, and kids get to see their parents excited to support their time creating in Minecraft! Students solve grade level appropriate challenges involving arithmetic, pre algebra, algebra, and basic geometry, all through the block based structure of Minecraft. Our students build amazing structures and then derive the math used to create these block based architectural marvels. Check out mathcraftteachers.com to learn more about MathCraft and how it's changing the way math is being taught and learned in schools across the country.

Questions?  email Jaguar Club.


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.


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.


Geography Bee Winner


St. Joe's geography bee winner, Evan Miller,  has now also qualified for state and is heading to Tacoma over spring break.  We wish you well!!


Global Reading Challenge is Today

#1 Reading Donuts vs. What Up, Fishlips?

Please join us for the reading event of the year.  Two fourth grade teams participate in this friendly competition to answer detailed questions about ten books!  12:45 – 1:30 in the auditorium, Thursday, March 22nd.


Scientifically Proven:  Reading reduces stress.

Reading something enjoyable can relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles. A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. It works better and faster than other relaxation methods, such as listening to music or drinking a hot cup of tea.

Learn more here!


Bookmark Reminder

Great news!  We have had many artistic entries so far.  Please remember to turn in all Read and Take Flight bookmarks to the library by Good Friday, March 30th.




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


St. Joseph's Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 1

after the 9am Mass on the Front Lawn.


Please bring one dozen pre-filled  plastic Easter Eggs per child  to the Parish office by  noon on Friday, March 30.


Office Hours: M-F 8-11:30 am; 12:30-4:30pm

*Good Friday, March 30 Closed at Noon*


To help or for questions, please call or email Dottie Farewell at dfarewell@stjosephparish.org or 206.965.1652.

"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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