June 7, 2018      


John Hickey

It's the last Flash! This week's message will be short, so you can get to the information that follows.


Thanks for all you've done to partner with us to educate your daughters and sons this year. It has been a great year, and I know we are all looking forward to the months ahead to relax, replenish, and prepare for the next year. Please encourage your students to read a little, get outside a lot, stay off their phones, and enjoy some downtime. Practicing some math facts would be great, too! Most importantly, enjoy the company of family and friends and know that you are in our prayers throughout the summer.


Thanks again for all you do to support our school!



6/8 - Bike to School Day

6/8 - Spring Auction Push Donation Deadline Click HERE to donate

6/14 - Noon Dismissal

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

6/14 - Space Needle Preview Day 

          Preview of the new observation deck, with the newly launched Skyrisers,  

          suspended glass benches on the outer open-air observation level.

          Click HERE for voucher or HERE to learn more.

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

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



The end of the year is here! Get those volunteer hours in by helping out. Lots of teachers and staff need help closing out projects and getting ready for the end of the year. There are a variety of ways to help at St. Joseph. Contact the teachers direct to sign-up today to volunteer… or visit the website to learn more.  We are in need of the following volunteers:



Congratulations to our 8th Grade Class!!


Beach Bash 2018:

LAST WEEK! Spring Donation Push 

Deadline is TOMORROW, June 8th



School is almost out for the summer! Take care of your auction donation before you hit the beach for the summer. Receive one last Free Dress pass for the kiddos if you turn your donation form in by TOMORROW.




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 8th so that we may assess the viability of starting this program in the fall. Click HERE to take the survey.


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!


 Congratulations to both our 5th and 6th Grade CYO Baseball Champions!!


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.


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: Your bike, your bike helmet, and your bike lock (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. 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


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.

Ex Libris:  Notes from the school library


Where Do Our (and Your) Donated Books Go?

Families often ask what we do with books they donate to our library.  We either keep them, if we do not already have the title in stock, or we donate them.


Whenever we weed our own shelves to remove out-of-date books or titles that do not circulate, we donate.  (This excludes science books since no one needs to read old data when so much good information is in print!)  Here are some of the groups we donate to:

Treehouse (Nonprofit serving youth in foster care)

Country Doctor

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Francis of Assissi School in Burien

St. Therese School in Madrona


A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Alina Guyon, a junior at Holy Names Academy.  Remarkably, Alina has set up small libraries in Uganda and India, with plans for another library overseas soon.  Alina picked up a large donation of books from us yesterday to deliver to the new Mary's Place in Burien.  She is creating a children's library for the homeless families who stay there.   Alina believes that children always need good books around them, and I could not agree more  If you would like to learn more about Alina's project, please follow this link to her website www.libraries4all.com



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 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."


Make reading a part of your daily schedule this summer!


Thank You

Have a splendid and restful summer, readers.  Thank you for sending us your wonderful children.  Thanks, too, for all of your support, positive comments, and book suggestions all year.  See you in the fall!


Merry Tucker, Librarian


Used Uniforms

Did you know you can drop off used uniforms at the front desk anytime? Pease ensure they are in great condition with no spots or rips. Thank You!!





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.


Spirit Gear!


Grab some St. Joseph gear before school lets out for the summer. Spirit gear will be available in the lobby during tomorrow's Fuel Friday.


Summer Mass Time Change
Starting Sunday, June 17

Summer Mass times are as follows:
Saturday evening at 5 pm, Sunday at 9:30 am and 5:30 pm.
**Note: there is no 11 am Mass during the summer.

Information Night - (OPOP)
One Parish, One Prisoner

Guest Speaker - Chris Hoke, Underground Ministries
Wednesday, June 13th - 7:00 pm to 8:30 - Parish Center


St. Joseph is joining two other churches of different faith traditions in Western Washington for an exciting pilot program called One Parish, One Prisoner. Born out of a collaboration of the Archdiocese of Seattle, Underground Ministries and the Department of Corrections, One Parish, One Prisoner matches up a faith community with an incarcerated man, while in prison, to help with their re-entry into society before and after their release.


Our parish has been matched up with Diego who is scheduled to be released in early 2019. Our stakeholder's team has started the process by exchanging letters and visiting him in prison. We just completed the first visitation a few weeks ago and will continue to do so on a monthly basis.

The hope is to involve our larger parish community in embracing Diego and being a resource and support for him for the remainder of his time in prison and after his release. We have already learned that he hopes to pursue a career in Graphic Design and are looking for parishioners with this professional background who can mentor and guide him.  We will also need resources for housing, etc. when he is released.  All of us benefit when someone in Diego's situation is able to successfully reenter society and make a positive contribution.


Over the past nine months we have formed a parish stakeholders team.  The team has participated in several trainings and visited Monroe Corrections Complex.  They are:  Jill Heiney-Smith, Linda Ellis, Leslie Overland, Al O'Brien, Vince Herberholt, Paige Pratter and Deacon Steve Wodzanowski.

Come and hear the inspiring story of One Parish, One Prisoner from Chris Hoke and "Neaners" who lead the efforts for this pilot at Underground Ministries.

Learn how to get involved with this ministry at
St. Joseph!  For more information,


or contact Deacon Steve at 206-965-1646


Community Announcements

The Saadawi Family

The Saadawi family is looking for a home to rent so that they can remain a part of our community. Both Ali and his sister, Alaa, will be working at St. Joseph next fall, and Zaid will be in 2nd grade here. 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 (stevew@stjosephparish.org) or Leslie Boniface (leslieb@stjosephsea.org).


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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