May 17, 2018      


John Hickey

I've been asked by many parents what projects we have slated this summer to improve and maintain our facility; what follows is a description of what we have planned. The funds many of you have already donated to the annual appeal will help us to complete the following projects. If you haven't pledged or donated to the annual appeal, please do. If you already have, thank you! Here's what we have scheduled for the summer.


Improving Security


In the case of a school-wide emergency, teachers need to be able to quickly lock classroom doors from the inside of the classroom. Unfortunately, our classroom doors were not designed with this feature. To improve student safety, we need to replace doors in the elementary school and door hardware in the middle school. In addition, we need to add windows to the doors on the north and south sides of the library. Lastly, fire doors adjacent to the Kindergarten classrooms and Learning Resource Center need retrofitting so they will tie into the fire system and close automatically during an emergency.  This project is estimated to cost around $140,000, and it's not something we had in the budget. If you'd like to contribute something to help us improve our classroom security, please click here.

Middle School Bathrooms


We remodeled the primary school student bathrooms last summer, and it's time to do the same in the middle school!  Following a complete remodel, our students will experience a clean, crisp space. Students will enjoy lighting upgrades as well as touchless commodes, faucets, soap dispensers, and towel dispensers. Our cleaning staff will benefit from easy-care laminate flooring, tile wainscoting, and quartz countertops with undermount sinks.   


Elementary School 3rd floor classrooms & Staff Lounge


Over the past couple of years, we've remodeled and refreshed classrooms on the 1st and 2nd floors of the elementary school. Investments in these classrooms have reduced visual clutter, created organization for teachers, and added efficiencies to the classrooms. This summer, we hope to remodel the four classrooms on the 3rd floor of the elementary school, as well as the Staff Lounge.  Styling will be similar to that of the rest of the elementary school classrooms. Renovation will include replacement of failing windows.

I'm grateful to our facilities team for the work they've done thus far to improve our facility and excited to see the fruits of their labors this summer. If you're interested in hearing more about our plans, please be welcome to reach out.


Take care,




5/17 - Endowment Golf Tournament

5/21 - Spring Forum with the Head of School Library 8:30am

5/23 - Graduation Pictures

          Celebration Dinner 6pm

5/24 - Exploratory Celebration of Learning Auditorium 7:00pm

5/28 - Memorial Day No School

          Jaguar Club Closed

5/31 - E of E 7pm Come and enjoy our end of the year performance!

6/1 - Outreach Day



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.



Spring Forum - Monday May 21st

8:30-9:30 in the Library


Join this informal discussion with our Head of School.

Ask questions and hear about what's happening.

Email questions/topics in advance to pab@stjosephsea.org


Summer Reading Challenge 2018


Here is a challenge to each K-4 student, parent, teacher, and staff member at St. Joseph School:  Read at least 20 minutes each day of summer vacation! Use this calendar (PDF link below) to keep track of your reading time.  Return the completed calendar by Friday, September 7th and you will receive your invitation to the "Summer Reading Challenge Pancake Breakfast."

Download your calendar here or pick one up in the St. Joe's Library.  Make reading a part of your daily schedule this summer!



Summer Skills Workbooks


As the summer approaches, you may have your hands full with planning family trips, organizing play dates and picnics. With all the excitement of planning the summer, it is easy to forget about the importance of summer learning. Order Summer Skills Workbooks to reinforce learning over the summer. All workbooks are $19.00 each - the deadline is June 1st. Please see the order form for more information. Email Ellen Flies with questions.


School Supply Kits


Each spring the teachers identify the necessary classroom supplies which students are expected to have the first day of class in September. 

To simplify the school supply purchase, you may order online now and a complete kit will be in your child's classroom on the first day.  We switched to a new company, BluSource, for competitive pricing and better service. 

Aside from checking this off of your back-to-school list, you won't have to spend time shopping in stores and on web sites gathering everything you need.  Plus, a small portion of every purchase goes to support St. Joseph School.

To find out what will be in the kit, click HERE for the 2018-2019 School Supply list. 

Please order now at www.builtbyblu.com by the June 14th deadline.


May 17th, 2018

Annual Golf Tournament

Newcastle Golf Club


The sun is out! It's time to dust off the clubs, tee up and get signed up for the annual Golf Tournament – if you miss out you can't use a mulligan!

Individual registration is $175 and includes greens fees, power cart, practice facility warm up, tee gifts and the post-golf awards banquet.


For more information or sponsorship opportunities contact Rebecca Frisino.


Sauvage Bros. Hoop Camp

Bill Sauvage will be running basketball camp again this year. Sauvage Bros. Hoop Camp will again be offered the week after school gets out. Below are the particulars.

June 18th-21st Mon-Thur. in the Wyckoff Gym
Session 1 co-ed Grades 1st-4th 9:00-12:00
Session 2 Boy's Grades 5th-8th 1:00-4:00

*Register for grade entering next year.

Camp flyers will be at the schools main office.

You can  email Bill Sauvage  or call 206-724-5188 to register.


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.


 SEA-STUMP The Picture Book Project

A Summer Workshop at St. Joseph School

August 13-17, 2018


Due to popular demand, an afternoon session is being considered if there is enough interest. If you would like to sign your child up for a session from 1pm-4pm please contact Andrew Letellier ASAP! 


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.


The Saadawi Family Update


The Saadawi family has felt blessed and grateful to be a part of our community. They would like to continue to be a part of our family. Their temporary housing is coming to an end on August 1st, and we are looking for a 3 to 4 bedroom home for them to rent, or possibly 2 apartments. Their goal is to be within a 20 minute drive to Children's Hospital and/or St. Joseph. If anyone has any leads, please contact Steve Wodzanowski or Leslie Boniface.





NEW!! Mobile SCRIP is LIVE!


After many people asking, for numerous years – there is finally a way to purchase SCRIP online, and through an application on your mobile phone. 


MyScripWallet is a scrip mobile application on your Apple or Android moblie device. You can purchase new scrip cards, view eCards you have already purchased and reload plastic cards. To sign up for the online program click here for directions.



Card Highlight!


Help us clear out some gift cards! We have $200 in cards to Resotration Hardware! Thinking of sprucing up your outdoor living space, a little addition to your home decor, need a host gift? RH is convienantly located in University Village, but did you know there is a RH Outlet in the Redmond Town Center?


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.


Community Announcements


Robotics Summer Camp


Seattle Prep has added two full day Robotics camp specifically for those going to 3rd - 5th grade in the fall 2018. The camp will be held Thursday June 28th & Friday June 29th from 8:30AM - 3:00PM at Seattle Preparatory School, the cost for the camp is $150.00. Students will design robots in a fun and engaging environment using the VEX IQ snap-together robotics system. This camp is perfect for children who are curious about computers, robots, and constructing things. Your child will practice all the skills engineers exercise daily as they construct robots. Skills such as teamwork, problem solving, and leadership! Come join us for two days of great robotics fun! (Campers will need to bring a lunch each day. Snacks provided). Click here for more information.


Seeking Fantastic Host Families


Bishop Blanchet High School is currently seeking host families to support the International Student Program. Families that are excited to host a high school student from another country and enjoy a culturally enriching experience in their household are encouraged to apply! A monthly stipend for a ten-month home stay is included to help offset hosting costs. Inquiries should be directed to: Ms. Janah Valenzuela, Director of Diversity & International Student Services, at 206-527-7718 or jvalenzuela@bishopblanchet.org.


Application and program information can also be found here.


Brave Summer!

BBHS is proud to offer outstanding summer programming in academics, performing arts and athletics to grade school students as well as incoming and current students. Attending one of our summer camps is a fantastic way to preview what it's like to be a Brave!

The primary emphasis of our summer programming is to offer high quality instruction from the Brave coaching staff, teachers, players and alumni and send your student home with valuable knowledge. Our camps accommodate all skill levels and everyone will have fun and develop their own unique talents!


For more information and to register, visit our summer programming page here.


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!


Ignition Spirituality Center Summer Offerings


Click here for information on "A Summer Day of Reflection," modeled after Ignatius' examen and the movements of the weeks of his Spiritual Exercises.


Click here for information on the "Summer Ignatian Retreat" a three-day guided silent retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. 


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




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