April 26, 2018      


John Hickey

As I'm sure many of you have heard by now, our beloved colleague, Colleen Battaglia passed away yesterday morning. She fought a valiant fight against pancreatic cancer, giving all of us an example of how to courageously and gracefully face challenge. Her husband, Paul, put it beautifully in a post on Colleen's Caring Bridge site a few days ago, "Colleen is an angel.  She's my angel. She's your angel.  And she's God's angel.  And God wants her home." Please join our community in praying for Colleen and her family as they celebrate her beautiful life. I'll share funeral information when it is available.


If there was something Colleen loved, it was gathering our community together. We have an opportunity to do just that May 17 at the St. Joseph Endowment golf tournament at the Newcastle Golf Club. We—except for last year's biblical storm—always have great weather and even greater fun. Please sign up here.


Have a great weekend.




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

5/2 - Father Daughter Dance Sign up Deadline Sign up HERE!

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

                  Jaguar Club is Open 8am-6pm 

5/7 - Bagel Sale Deadline, order HERE for 5/17 Noon Release

5/8 - Teacher Appreciation Day

5/11 - Grandparents Mass & Lunch

5/11 - Father Daughter Dance 

5/15 - Noon Dismissal

          Jaguar Club Open



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.



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.


Bagel Lunch Deadline May 7th - Order Now!

Take care of lunch for our last Noon Release Tuesday 5/15. 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 Capstone Trips.

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


Congratulations to our STEM TEAMS!


Congratulations to the following two teams for being recognized and awarded an Honorable Mention at the National Level in the ExploraVision National STEM Competition:
5th Grade  - SaveSkin: Innovative Skin Repair Device – Aura Sukapanpotharam, Rhys Sukapanpotharam, Henry Laun and Kara Chen. Click here to read their abstract.
7th Grade - 3P Robotic Bee (Pollination, Pesticide Detector, and Pollution Converter)  – Cline Dolson, Leslie Cea, Vivienne Freiburger and Dagmawi Teshome. Click here to read their abstract.
St Joseph School was only 1 of 2 schools in the State of Washington being recognized and award a National Honorable Mention.
Congratulations to the following teams for completing and submitting their projects to the National STEM Competition, ExploraVision:
5th Grade:


The Great Garbage Patch Whale Vessel – Ava Kelly, Mario Perrina, Koa McKevitt and Lucia Schneider


7th Grade: Cancer Detecting Toothbrush and Nanoparticle Cure  - Nell Tormey, Luca De La Torre, Callie Ross, Grace Rothrock


A.R.D.I.   (Aerial Rescue Drone Intelligence)  -  Tomas Roque, Timmy Murphy, and Alex Pauldine


Waste into Food and Water – Jackson Kelley, Owen Hunter, and Andy Budd
All project reports are in the library if you are interested in learning about their future vision in more detail.  We will be offering an afterschool STEM \ STEAM enrichment for grades 3 – 6, beginning with a kick off on May 1st for any student interested in learning more about Exploravision STEM Competition and forming a team for next year's competition.  If you are a parent and would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities to support a team, please reach out to llaun@stjosephsea.org.


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.


Chess Update

Congratulations to our Saint Joseph Chess Team for qualifying and
representing St Joseph School this past weekend in Pasco, Washington at the WA State Chess Championship. Over a thousand best chess players from approximately 175 schools participated in the tournament. Our team finished in the top 25%.

Congratulations to the following players:

Keenan Tobin was a 3 point winner.
Tommy Daly and Henry Laun were 2.5 winners.
Penn Anderson, Mario D'Ambrosio, Charles Laun and Harrison Tobin were 2 point winners.


 SEA-STUMP The Picture Book Project

A Summer Workshop at St. Joseph School

August 13-17, 2018

Join us this summer to practice essential writing techniques, engage your storytelling powers, and expand your illustration abilities! This 5-day workshop explores the process of writing and illustrating children's books. Students will develop their own ideas into complete, professionally printed picture books, using iPad Pro technology. The instruction targets Common Core standards for narrative writing, as well as illustration lessons, digital design techniques, and tips of the picture book trade. Tuition is $300.

Andrew LeTellier, St Joseph's 7th Grade language arts and literature teacher, will facilitate the workshop. Open to St. Joseph students only entering grades 5th to 8th. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Questions? Contact Andrew Letellier or visit www.seastump.com to learn more.


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.


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.


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.

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


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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