April 19, 2018      


John Hickey

I've read two things in the past two weeks that I am compelled to share with you specifically because they reminded me of the integral part community plays in our happiness and wellbeing.


First, Pope Francis recently released an Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in today's world. In what has become a familiar, pastoral, accessible tone, the Pope calls all of us to pursue holiness. Most of us, I think, tend to think of lofty examples when we think of holy people: Jesus, Mother Theresa, Gandhi, for example. We are all, however, equipped to be holy, especially as we discover who we are, when we know ourselves well. We are not, Francis says, able to be our full selves without others. That is, we need community to be who we are meant to be. Put simply, we need to be our most authentic selves to be holy and we need community to be our most authentic selves.


The Pope also, in what is probably my favorite part of the exhortation, points out that there are people all around us who could be called, "the middle class of holiness." The neighbor who lends a helping hand; the co-worker who goes out of her way to help you with a project; or the stranger who offers a kind word. Being holy, the Pope seems to say, need not be too strenuous—we can all exhibit holiness in all kinds of ways all the time. Read this piece—you'll be happier for it.


Second, in a recent opinion piece, David Brooks makes the claim that more and more people are "socially poor." These folks suffer from loneliness, seek the false connections that social media provides, and are not able to become the best versions of themselves. He goes on to say that for a growing group of people, real connections with real people are declining at an epidemic proportion.


Reading the Pope's writing and then Brooks' reminded me that real connections are crucial if we're going to be our best selves and that real connections are getting harder to have.


So, what can we do about this? Well, sending our kids to Catholic schools like St. Joe's where community is the oxygen we breathe is one way to ensure that we don't become socially poor. Another is to be fuller members of the communities in which we live—go next door to borrow a cup of sugar, attend an event at school, or sign up to volunteer at your church.


At St. Joseph school, we'll continue to encourage face to face contact with each other. We'll continue to help our students learn to navigate real relationships with their peers.


Have a great weekend.




4/20 - School Survey Deadline Click HERE to take the survey

4/20 - Used Uniform Sale Lobby during Fuel Friday

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

4/26 - Earth Day Mass 9am 

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

4/30-5/18 - MAP Testing Window please do not schedule appointments outside of class during this window

5/3 & 5/4 - No School Spring Conferences Sign up HERE!

                  Jaguar Club is 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.

  • 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!



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.


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.



Summer Camp at St. Joes


CodeREV provides week-long summer tech camps for budding programmers, future video game and virtual reality designers, app developers, robotics engineers, and 3D animators; each day includes structured outdoor play for daily exercise as well. Check out what families and news outlets are talking about! The hottest tech camp for kids is just a short drive away. Our unique curriculum, industry proven instructors, and project-based learning approach makes CodeREV Tech Camps a fun AND educational experience that your kids won't forget! Click HERE for details on dates, cost, and registration.


Study Skills Camp

Beth Peterson, who has been a classroom teacher for over 17 years, facilitates the study skills camp. She coaches elementary to college-aged students helping them use their strengths to navigate through school and build self-confidence. Jenny Fetchko is the learning resource specialist for 5th and 6th grade at St. Joseph School and is excited to join Beth in facilitating the Study Skills Camp. Click HERE for more details.


Questions?  email Jaguar Club.


Used Uniform Sale

Come stock up! Used uniforms will be on sale this Friday, April 20th in the lobby. Come enjoy a cup of coffee at Fuel Friday and do a little shopping. Forms will be available for you to charge purchases to your school account. If you have uniforms you'd like to recycle, please turn them in at the front office to be part of the sale.


Questions?  Contact Jess Chow.


National Bike to School Day

Wednesday, May 9th

Where: Meet at Volunteer Park at the roundabout on Volunteer Park Road.

When: Arrive by 7:30 am, we'll begin our ride to St Joseph soon after.

Who: Everyone. All grades are welcome.

Coffee and refreshments for all participants in the lobby. Bike Storage will be available at the school.

We need 9 volunteers: 6 to ride with the kids and 3 to direct everyone once at school.Click HERE to sign up. Questions? Contact David Hein for further information.


Bagel Lunch Tuesday, May 15 - Order Now!

Take care of lunch for our last Noon Release Tuesday. For just $5, lunch includes a bagel, cream cheese, an orange, cookie, juice box and free dress pass. All this and free delivery to your child before noon dismissal.  Just want the dress pass?  No problem - you have that option.  This is possible through the generosity of Franz Bakery and Kim Nisbet – all proceeds go towards St. Joe's student programs.

Order deadline is Monday, 5/7 at 9pm.
Place your order HERE and your FACTS account will be charged


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. Survey deadline is tomorrow 4/20.


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.


Alumni Follow-up 


Kaysa Lundberg (Class of 2019 at HNA) competed and won in the State Championship for 3A/2A Team Gymnastics. This is Holy Names second straight State title in Team Gymnastics! Sierra Snavlin (Class of 2021 at HNA) is also on the team, but she did not compete in post-season, which includes the State Championship.


Clare Belanger (Class of 2019 at HNA) was part of Holy Names Mock Trial team that qualified for State Championship for the first time in school history (the program is 3 years old). She won the following awards at State: District Special Recognition Lawyer, Outstanding Performance Trial Award, and Lawyer Performance Championship Judges' Award. 


Parent Education Nights

Did you know that if you have an idea for the Parent Education Nights the Parent Association Board would love to hear from you. Please email the PAB with your ideas.



Looking Forward

Unbelievably, it is time to start thinking about putting books back on the shelf after they've been in students' hands all year!  Here is how the end of the year will roll out for the library:


May 1st 

Students may check out one book only.  If students have overdue books, they may not check out books.


May 21st – 25th

This is the last week of checkout.  Overdue notices sent home.


June 1st

All library books due.


Please encourage your children to return their library books!  Report cards are not held for overdue books; FACTS accounts are billed. The Business Office will bill 5/21, due 6/17, then again on 6/21, due 7/17 for any May activity.


Summer Reading

I will make these lists and information about various summer reading programs available at the end of May for all grades.



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. 



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 Are St. Joseph! - 2018

An Opportunity to Serve & An Invitation to Celebrate our many cultures
There are two ways to get involved in the We Are St. Joseph Service Days:

Opportunity to Serve: We have multiple service projects to choose from. Please read below about the various organizations and the good work they do and register for a project using the above "sign up now" button.

Invitation to Celebrate our many cultures: Join us for dinner Saturday evening starting at 6pm, please confirm you are attending by registering using the above "sign up now" button.

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.

Men's Ministry Spring Retreat

 Begins:  Friday, May  4th  – 8:00 pm

Ends:  Sunday, May 6th ~ 11:00 am
Location:  Dumas Bay Retreat Center, Federal WayBring toiletries, a sleeping bag, pillow & towel.
Register to Reserve a Spot – Cost $195
Animators – Rob Carroll, Dick Ellis, Kevin Farewell, Pablo Proano, Josh Sanderson, Dave Spicer.
To reserve your spot, email Deacon Steve.

Women's Ministry

Spring Mass & Potluck
Friday, May 11th - 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join our vibrant community and Fr. Julian Climaco, S.J. as we welcome spring!  Bring a friend and food & drink to share.



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


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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