May 31, 2018      


John Hickey

It's been a while since I've written anything about traffic at drop off and pick up. From walking around the last couple of weeks at pick up time, here are some observations:


  1. Too many people are double parking outside the main office on 18th. This blocks traffic on 18th and Roy. Please don't double park.
  2. Some people who would like to turn left into the parking lot will wait in the southbound lane of 19th until they can get into the lot. This blocks traffic on 19th. Please don't do this. If the lot is full, please take a lap around a couple of blocks. Another option is to park on the street and walk a couple of blocks.
  3. When we can spare an extra staff person to work the entry to the parking lot, most parents are really kind. They say hello; they wave; they say thank you. Other parents don't do these things—I've even had a few staff members say they've been yelled at. Yikes!


So, let's all do our part and follow the traffic procedures. Let's all be patient. Let's all be kind. It's our opportunity to model these positive behaviors to our kids. Thanks so much for helping with this!


Thanks also for the generosity I know we'll witness tomorrow at our last Outreach day of the year. For the last few years, we've really tried to increase our support for Westside Baby at the final Outreach day. So, please try to bring in any baby-related items. Diapers, clothes, cribs, strollers, formula, toys, wipes, whatever. Used items (except for diapers/wipes/formula, of course) are welcome. It is all helpful. We are literally trying to stuff a small school bus with items for Westside Baby.


We are still supporting the other organizations like Francis House, Jubilee, St. Martin de Porres, St. Mary's Food Bank, Soccer Without Borders, and Chief Seattle, so please donate to whatever cause your child's class supports, too. These places depend on our generosity. Thanks in advance for all you do to help on Outreach days! Any money collected will go towards the students we support in Kinango, Kenya.


Thanks, and have a great weekend!




5/31 - Power School Closing at 3pm 

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

6/1 - Outreach Day - Help us Stuff the bus with Diapers to support Westside Baby!

6/1 - Summer Skills Workbook Order Deadline

6/6 - Baccalaureate Mass 

6/6 - 8th Grade Graduation 7pm

6/8 - Bike to School Day

6/14 - Noon Dismissal

          Jaguar Club open 12:00pm - 6:00pm

6/15 - Last Day of School - 9:00am Mass, 10:30am Dismissal

          Jagar Club open 10:30am-5:00pm



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.




Potential Bus Service for 2018-2019 School Year


Based on the feedback we received from our last transportation survey, we are now considering a morning bus service to serve South Seattle. Please complete this survey by June 5th so that we may assess the viability of starting this program in the fall. Click HERE to take the survey.


Power School Closure

Power School will be closing today May 31st at 3pm. The closure is needed to allow teachers time to work on their end of year reports.


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 Order Deadline 6/1!


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.


Help us stuff the bus to support Westside Baby Outreach Day 6/1/18

WestSide Baby was founded in 2001 by a new mom who recognized the stresses of caring for an infant.They are the only social service agency in West King county area that collects, inspects and distributes free diapers, clothing, cribs and safety gear for babies and children.

More than 114 local social service agencies, including shelters and food banks, rely upon us to provide critical necessities for low-income families. They distributed more than 1.4 million free diapers in 2016 along with 997 car seats, 407 cribs and clothing for infants and children up to size 12.

Since WestSide Baby opened our doors, we've provided more than $19 million worth of free diapers, clothing, and gear to more than 233,000 infants and children whose families face challenges meeting those basic needs. An adequate supply of diapers costs between $70 and $100 a month, a cost not covered by food stamps or other assistance programs, which forces some families to choose between buying diapers and food.

Help support Weside Baby on June 1st as part of our outreach day. We are stuffing the bus with diapers to donate to them. Click HERE to learn about Westside Baby.


School Supply Kits - Order Today!

Order school supplies and check this off of your back-to-school list! It's simple, plus a small portion of every purchase goes toward St. Joseph School Programs.

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.

Questions? Email Lisa Mansoori.


Outreach Day


June 1st is our last outreach day. In addition to stuffing the bus, the school will be accepting donations for Francis House, Jubilee, St. Martin de Porres, Chief Seattle and Soccer Without Borders. 


St. Martin De Porres has a need for socks. Please donate clean usable good-very good-new condition mens' and women's socks for the St. Vincent de Paul Center. The sixth grade classes will be serving food there on Friday, May 18 and 25 as well as June 1. The staff said people will wear socks day after day after day until threadbare as very few have laundry access. Please help us surpass last year's total of 300 pair.


Soccer Without Borders is currently being run by Lindsey Whitford, alum of St. Joseph School. The educational non-profit for newcomer immigrant and refugee youth has a program down the street from St. Joe's at Seattle World School. A major need for the program and our youth participants is soccer gear (cleats, shorts, shirts, etc) and at all of our sites across the US we rely heavily on community members providing new/used gear during equipment drives to meet this need. If you have any used equipment that you would like to donate. Please bring it on Outreach Day.


Bike to School Club!

Friday, June 8th


Where: Volunteer Park near the Black Sun sculpture 

When: Please arrive by 7:30 AM so we can depart by 7:45. 

Coffee @ Fuel Fridays afterwards.

Who: All grades are welcome – just show up!

Bring: A bike lock is required for outside storage.


Volunteers Needed!  

Click HERE to sign up as a volunteer for June 8th. 

Next year, we would like to provide Bike to School club as a monthly activity. If your family is interested, please contact Josh. We typically need 9 volunteers: 6 to ride with the kids and 3 to direct everyone once at school. If you are interested in helping out or you have any questions, please reach out to Josh Sanderson


CYO Baseball Championship Games 6/3/18


Come and support the St. Joseph School teams at the Championship Games!


5th/6th National
6/3 - 12pm St Joe's 5th Grade vs ASB
Field #1


5th/6th American
6/3 - 3pm St Joe's 6th grade vs ASB
Field #2


7th/8th American
6/3 - 3pm St Joe's vs St Al/St John
Field #1


All games are on June 3rd at Walt Hundley Field - 6920 34th Ave, SW Seattle, WA 98126.


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.


CYO Soccer Registration


Registration is now open for St. Joseph CYO Soccer. The cost is $85 and financial aid will be automatically applied for all eligible families. Register by June 15th! Late registrations do not guarantee a spot on a team. Click HERE to register. Questions? Contact Robby Hayes.


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.


During last week's annual Celebration Dinner we recognized two notable alumi!


Bill Sauvage '82 was honored as the Hall of Honor recipient. Bill's tireless dedication to the St. Joseph community has been a constant for over a decade. Head of School, Patrick Fennessy, when introducing Bill stated "…as a teacher and coach, he has a real gift for meeting kids where they are, mostly because he remembers so well being a middle school kid. He always sees the best in his students and helps them see that, too." In his acceptance speech Bill thanked the St. Joseph commuity and in the humble, soft spoken Bill Sauvage way, accepted the award on behalf of his entire family, many of which were in attendance. He noted this is a community – one that stretches generations – that cares for all of it's members. He stated that he is "called to care for the spirit of the child – to keep it alive - so that when a kid finds what it is they are called to do the know they can". While this is Bill's last year teaching we know that his legacy of care will live on and he will always have a place to call home!


Frank Buono '53 was awarded the Alum of the Year Award. Frank has been a long-time supporter of the St. Joseph community. Head of School, Patrick Fennessy says Frank "represents the quiet, dedicated, and selfless support that we depend on. He shows up, he helps, and he doesn't ask for anything in return…he'll pick up a broom and sweep the floor after an event, and then he'll ask what else he can do. We can all look to him as an example of every single kind of support our school needs to survive." Frank was surrounded by his three children – all of which graduated from St. Joseph – and many of his friends from that remarkable class of 1953. Through his amazing stories, Frank reminded all those present what it means to be a part of a community, to celebrate that community and most importantly to care for it. You will still see Frank and Deane at the 5:30 Mass each Saturday, and around school supporting their four grandchildren who represent the next generation of the Buono legacy.


Our school community is built upon the pillars of those like the Sauvage's and the Buono's. They embody the true spirit of St. Joseph School and what we hope day in and day out to instill in the students that grace our halls - we believe that each student is capable and called to use his or her God-given gifts to serve the world.





2 Ways to Snag a Free Dress Pass for the End of the Year!


Spring Auction Donation Push – ONLY 1 MORE WEEK

Now is the time to get your donation in for the auction! Don't put this off until the Fall – take care of it now!

Not sure what to donate this year?…We have a wish list! Want to help underwrite an amazing item?…We have a way for you to do that!

For all donations received by June 8, 2018
your kiddos will receive a free dress pass.



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.





Check the lost and found for your students lunch boxes, water bottles, sweatshirts, coats, pillows, accessories, and more! The Lost and Found is located in the hallway just outside of the Jaguar Club and the Lunchroom. Anything not claimed by the end of the year will be donated to charity.


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.




Attention current Kindergarten and First Grade families.
Please consider joining St. Joe's Cub Scout Pack this Fall.
Both boys and girls are eligible to join.

Our Pack
The St. Joe's Cub Scout Pack is run by parent volunteer leaders who receive training and support from the Boy Scouts of America.


What do cub Scouts do?
Hiking, learning to use tools, community service projects, racing model cars, learning water safety, building bristle bots, riding bikes, visiting a fire station, and participating in an overnight camping trip are some of the activities our scouts have done recently.


Plan on 2 activities per month.
We meet the third Thursday of each month during the school year from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at St. Joe's.
Age specific groups plan one other activity per month, usually on weekends. This can be a hike, fires station visit, pinewood derby, etc.

We end the year in the Spring with a 2 night camping trip.


Want to volunteer?
We are looking for a volunteer to lead the first grade boys starting in the Fall.


For more information contact volunteer leader Rob Sumner. (Parent of Harry and Alex Sumner)


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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