April 12, 2018      


John Hickey

I certainly hope you had a restful time away from school last week.
You'll notice immediately below a message from Lil and Mary Helen regarding developments in a few core curriculum areas. They are all important. At the top of my mind, however, is the work our teachers are doing with Writers Workshop. Our students are really improving their writing. This skill will serve them well, not only as they proceed through our school and beyond, but also when they enter the workforce. The ability to think and write clearly are coveted skills in the workplace.
Enjoy the weekend!



Dear Parents and Guardians,


Welcome back!  We would like to update you about curriculum in three subject areas. We are grateful to the science committee, math committee and language arts committee for their commitment to in-depth work to further these programs.


The Science Committee has spent this year researching which program will most benefit all grade levels as we focus the curriculum on NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).  The NGSS has three prongs of proficiency.  The first two - Cross Cutting Concepts and the Scientific and Engineering Practices - are the skills and thinking processes of scientists as they go about research.  The third, Core Content, is the background on which students practice these skills and thinking processes.  St. Joe's will be implementing a hands-on inquiry-based program, which gets students acting and thinking like scientists working through concepts and how they impact the world.  Emphasis will be on students asking questions, making predictions, performing investigations and defending claims with data.  Each unit extends content into a real world application.  Implementation timelines are currently under review with program initiation in the fall.


The Math Committee and math teachers continue the work we began in the fall identifying the core math standards at each grade level and getting students to mastery. The math CCSS (Common Core State Standards ) drive our math curriculum at each grade level. We are working this year with outside math consultant, Torrey Volk of ReThink Mathematics. In addition to MAP math scores and an beginning, middle and end-of-year paper/pencil math assessments, teachers are learning how to use the MasterTrack Reporting and Progress Monitoring Software to organize weekly student data and monitor every student's progress. MasterTrack Reports identify student needs standard-by-standard, promoting weekly response to intervention. This will help us with our goal of ensuring that we meet the needs of all students.


In order to help teachers meet the needs of each of their students, we have spent the year examining three math textbook series that are more closely aligned to the CCSS in math than our current Math-in-Focus textbook series. This year, our teachers have been looking closing at Jump Math, enVision 2.0, and Go-Math. Our goal is to gather data and teacher input and make a decision by the end of the year on which textbook series we will use beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.


Back by popular demand...Young Author's Week at St. Joe's!  Next week will be filled with opportunities for students to share their own writing with peers and published authors.  They will also have the opportunity to learn new techniques and set goals in writing.  This is similar to last year's approach and was very successful.  Guest instructors and celebrate authors (Deb Lund, Kelly Jones, Shasti Conrad, Andrew LeTellier, Sheri Andrews, O'Dea juniors) will speak about their journey as writers, as well as cover the writing process, collaboration between peers, research, publication, etc.  The week will culminate with the All School Writing Celebration!  Every child and every staff member will participate in this fun event.  


God Bless,


Lil and Mary Helen 



4/16 - Spring Conference Signups Open you will receive an email at 7am with the link to signup

4/20 - 7th & 8th grade dance 7-9:30pm hosted by St. Joseph Parish high school youth group 

4/21 - First Communion

4/26 - Earth Day Mass 9am K-4th, 1:30 5th-8th

Week of 4/30 - 7th & 8th grade Capstone Trips



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.

  • Annual Golf Tournament - 5/17 contact Rebecca Frisino
  • Lunchroom - Daily, 10:45am-1:00pm Sign-up!
  • Grandparent Luncheon, 5/11 Sign-up!
  • Spirit Gear Seller - On-going, more information here!



Chess News


Congratulations to the following players representing St. Joseph at St. Anne on April 8th and bringing home a 2nd Place team trophy:

Marcelo  Alvarado-Smith, Charles Laun, Scarlet Wilson, Dominic Skov, Mario D'Ambrosio, Conrad and Theo van Tienhoven


Congratulations to the following 4 players for representing St. Joseph at the Blackwell Elementary State Qualifying Chess Tournament on March 25th:

Penn Anderson winning 3rd place with 4 out of 5 points in the 2-3 U800.

William Cable winning 3 out of his 4 matches in the K-1 U800 division.

Easton Droz participating in his 1st tournament in the K-1 U800 division.

Scarlet Wilson participating in the 4-6 U900 division.



Congratulations to the following players who have qualified for the Washington State Championship:

6th Grade: Keenan Tobin

5th Grade: Henry Laun

4th Grade: Tommy Daly, Harrison Tobin

3rd Grade: Penn Anderson, Mario D'Ambrosio

2nd Grade: Charles Laun,  Dominic Skov, Eiso Warren

K:  William Cable

Good Luck at the Washington State Championship on April 21st   in Pasco.


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.  Classes start next week!


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.


School Survey


In the last few years, we've asked you to fill out surveys directly tied to either the accreditation process or the strategic planning process. This survey is more general and one I hope we can use year over year to track trends. Your responses are helpful to us as we evaluate our how well we carry out our mission. Please be candid, yet respectful. Click here to participate in the survey.


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 contact Shawn Needham.


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.


Support St. Joseph School 


Did you know that you can order gift wrap year round and support St. Joseph School. Order early and be prepared for graduations and summer celebrations.Access the shopping link HERE. If prompted, the St. Joseph School's Online ID# is 11313. St. Joe's will receive 40% on gift wrap sales and 30% on other items.



Writing Talent in Our Midst

At least two parents at St. Joe's are authors and one of them even has a book in our library.  Talk about being great role models for young writers - this is exciting!  Here's a little information about each:  


Joanne Burgess, parent of Claire Burgess (2A), wrote Jovi Giraffe Learns to Look:  A Lesson in Eye Contact.  Her book is the Everybody section of the library and can be borrowed at any time (in fact, it is out right now!).


Wendy Yim, parent of Ryan (KA) and Emily (3C), will be published in the online Birdland Journal next month.  Her story is titled, Death and the Kitten.


Congratulations to St. Joseph's First Ever Global Reading Challenge Teams

They proved themselves to be very knowledgeable about the (up to 10) books they read, answering 24 detailed, timed questions.  The competition took place in front of a large audience consisting of parents, relatives, teachers, plus all third and fourth grade classes.  No pressure! 


The scores were very close, but the #1 Reading Donuts answered the most questions correctly.  Here are some photos to commemorate their big day. Next year, we look forward to having even more participation from fourth and fifth grade students.


Have a wonderful spring break, everyone!  Enjoy some carefree reading time.


Merry Tucker




If you, or anyone you know is struggling with mental health challenges, please consider taking one of the Mental Health First Aid trainings being offered at St. Joseph School on Friday, April 20th, 8:30-5:00, or at St. Louise in Bellevue on Saturday, May 5th, from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. This course will help you learn how to identify signs and symptoms of some of the most common mental health challenges, as well as give you a tool to interact in ways that will be most helpful to those who struggle. Taking this course will help decrease stigma, increase mental health literacy and give you the confidence to help anyone battling with depression (as well as suicide ideation and self-harm), anxiety (as well as panic attacks and traumatic events), substance abuse or psychosis. If you are interested, please contact Cathy Callans.





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





Submit your volunteer hours! With the Celebration Dinner fast approaching now is the time to log your hours for consideration. Volunteer hours need to be submitted by Thursday April 12. Volunteer hours can be entered online here or through the Advancement Office. 



Are you looking for a way to learn more about the auction and how you can get involved? Stop by tonight and meet committee chairs and the procurement team! We will be in the main lobby starting at 7pm.



The March SCRIP contest was a huge success; 1B won the Pizza Party! They were the first class to reach the goal of 100% participation. Thank you for supporting the St. Joseph Community.

We have recently replenished our Vios and Zeeks Pizza cards. Stop by the lobby in the morning after drop off to pick one up. Don't forget Vios is open in the mornings now, serving coffee, pastries, and more!


7th & 8th Grade Dance!


The St. Joseph parish high school youth group, the VOICE, will be hosting a dance for Catholic school and parish 7th and 8th grade students on Friday, April 20th from 7-9:30 PM in the Wyckoff Gym. Jake Crocker will DJ. All proceeds will go towards our youth ministry program. For more information or to volunteer please contact St. Joseph high school youth leader, Sam Kennedy.


Community Announcements


Robotics Extravaganza

Seattle Preparatory School is pleased to announce the Robotics Extravaganza on Saturday April 21st, from 9:00AM - 11:00AM. This event will highlight various Robotics activities which are happening with in the Catholic middle and elementary schools in our area. The Seattle Prep Robotics Team will show student built robots playing a new game called the Robot Olympiad, which includes soccer, basketball, 50ft dash and Steeplechase


Clothing Drive

The Holy Names Academy Alumnae Board will hold its 7th annual Clothing Drive to benefit Jubilee Women's Center on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the
St. Joseph Parish Social Hall


Clean out your closet, and bring your clean, consignment-quality, gently-used women's clothing, shoes, and accessories. Jubilee Women's Center also needs velvet coat hangers, plastic tube or "store" hangers (not wire), shopping bags from nice stores, and full-size deodorant. In addition, we will collect umbrellas, toilet paper, warm socks (that fit in shoes, not fluffy lounge socks), and twin-sized blankets or comforters. Everyone is encouraged to contribute. Collect additional clothing from your family, friends, and co-workers!

We will provide assistance with unloading if you need it. Please note that the parking lot will be busy on Sunday morning because of the Masses at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Thank you for supporting Jubilee Women's Center, which provides programs and services that help empower women! If you have any questions, please contact Annie (Wickwire) Delucchi '82 at 206-498-2510.


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!


Visit the Ignatian Spirituality Center's website for details on their Spring offerings.

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




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