September 21, 2017          



John Hickey

It was great to see so many of you at Back to School Night on Monday. I hope you enjoyed meeting the teachers your daughters and sons have. Our teachers are a well-educated, passionate, and caring group who look forward to being with their students each day.


As you heard on Monday night and read above, my title has been changed to Head of School. There is no change in the job description, but I wanted to take some time this week to explain how we function as an administration here at St. Joseph.

The directors of the primary and middle schools are directly in charge of the daily operations of their buildings. They make decisions about what curriculum to use, what processes go into teacher observations, how discipline issues should be handled, and how schedules should be arranged. They are the on the ground, intimately involved, experts we want in a school like ours.

My role continues to involve long range planning, the financial operation of the school, all advancement activities, enrollment management, representing St. Joseph School in the wider community, and staying connected to all our constituents.

The roles of head of school and director are not carried out in a vacuum. Each of us is always aware of what the other is doing, but we allow decisions to be made at the appropriate level. Mary Helen, Lil, and I meet formally two times per week: once on Monday morning and again for at least an hour on Thursday afternoons. In these meetings, we ask each other for advice, sort through issues, and contribute to decisions. While Lil might make a decision that directly affects the primary building, like what professional development to offer the teachers, she always asks Mary Helen and me for our input before she makes the decision. The model we have is a collaborative one, and it allows for good decisions to be made.

In addition to these two scheduled meetings, we also have myriad "walking" meetings throughout the week. Remember those episodes of "The West Wing" when the characters would rush through the halls discussing issues on the fly? That happens here all the time.

St. Joseph School is one of the largest Catholic grade schools on the west coast. Our administrative model helps us run as efficiently as possible, while providing excellent leadership to our students, faculty, and parents. I'm grateful to work with such seasoned professionals in a model that, at its best, helps our school hum.

Enjoy the weekend!




9/21 - New Family Reception in lobby at 6:00pm. 

9/24 - Safe Environment/Virtus Training 1:00-4:00pm Sign Up!

  • Learn more about how to volunteer (as a new parent) or update your credentials as returning parent or family member

9/25 - Auction Donation Deadline

9/29 - Jog-a-thon 11:30am




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.



Jog-a-thon  September 29th


Thank you for your support – we have already received $16,566 in gifts, which is 20% of our goal of $80,000, and a school wide ice cream party!


Each student that receives at least one donation receives a Free Dress pass!


The classrooms with 100% student participation will receive money for a class activity! Current class participation standings:
KC @ 31%                            5C @ 23%
1B @ 50%                            6B @ 19%
2A @ 32%                            7A / 7B Tied @ 15%
3C @ 41%                            8B @ 13%
4A @ 25%                           


Volunteers are still needed!  Sign-up to volunteer.


For more information visit the website or contact Jaymie Mills.


Jaguar Club News

Looking for an enriching activity for your child to participate in after school?  Check out the Jaguar Club's enrichment classes.  Many classes start this week and we still have a few spots left.  Drama, Knitting, Minecraft, French club, Speech, Craft Club, Tennis and Golf all have a few slots open.  Please see the website for more details or to register.  Contact Lisa Mansoori with questions.


Parking Procedures


Please be sure to review our parking procedures. Each morning and afternoon, over 500 families drop off and pick up their children in the middle of an urban neighborhood. Please be considerate of our neighbors, as well as your fellow parents, and follow the Parking and Traffic Procedures; they are necessary for everyone's safety.




Saddle Up! Rodeo Weekend 2017

Join us November 3rd and 4th for the annual school auction!


Giddy Up St. Joe's, the deadline for donations is Monday September 25th! Get your donations in! We are really looking for Husky Football Tickets, Seahawk Tickets, Apple Cup Tickets and would love birthday parties! Complete your procurement form online or stop by the Advancement office to pick up a hard copy.


Pick of the live! Only 100 of these $100 raffle tickets are sold each year – if you are the lucky winner you get to select any Saturday LIVE auction item (with a few exceptions). Get yours while they last! Pick of the Live raffle tickets will be sold after school in the Prayer Garden 9/21, 9/22 and 9/25 and in the Advancement Office.  


Candid Photos. We are in need of candid photos for the auction slide show, please send candid photos of your students to Lauren Clisham.


Auction Questions?

Contact the advancement team by email, call 206.329.3260 x244, or stop by our offices.



We are blessed to have so many enthusiastic and well-rounded readers here at St. Joe's!  I am certain that readers in grades 3 – 8 will want to read and vote for their favorite books from the 2018 Sasquatch Nominee and the 2018 Young Readers Choice Nominee lists.  These books all look fantastic! 


Below you will find the guidelines for voting.  All books will be available in the school library.


Name:  2018 Sasquatch Nominees

Ages:  Grades 3-5

Requirements:  Students must read at least two of the titles to vote.

Timeline:  Voting takes place in late March 2018


Official 2018 Sasquatch Nominees

The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Stella By Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

Took:  a Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

Fish In a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan-Long Shang



Name:  2018 Young Readers Choice (YRC) Nominees

Grades:  Junior Division, 4-6 and Intermediate Division, 7-9

Requirements:  Students must read at least one title in the division of the book they are voting for.

Timeline:  Voting takes place in late March 2018


Official 2018 YRCA Nominees

Junior Division (Grades 4-6)


Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

The War that Saved my Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar


Intermediate Division (Grades 7-9)

Magnus Chase – The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


For more information on the books and contests, please go online to:

http://www.pnla.org/yrca (for the YRC titles)


ww.wla.org/sasquatch-2018-nominees (for the Sasquatch titles)


Please contact me with questions or comments!


Merry Tucker




St. Joseph Parish

Altar Server Program


St. Joseph Parish is looking for students interested in altar serving at Sunday Masses as well as school masses throughout the year. This is a great service opportunity as well as helpful participation. If you are in 5th thru 8th grade and would like to learn more, please contact Dottie Farewell, 206-965-1652.


Children's Faith Formation (CFF) and Sacramental Preparation Programs
St. Joseph Parish offers religious education classes beginning in prekindergarten thru junior high. Sunday School class for childcare, preK and kindergarten begins at 9am in the Social Hall; *1st grade thru Junior High begins at 10:15am in the Parish Center. All classes start on Sunday, October 1. Registration is open and available online thru our parish website:  https://www.stjosephparish.org/79/childrens-faith-formation-register-here.html
Our Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is a two year program provided by the parish. All families seeking these sacraments for their children will need to register for the class. The first of the two years is called CFF1 and is for children in first grade or older. CFF2 is the second year, and prepares students and families for immediate reception of the two sacraments this year. CFF1 class (or equivalent) must precede CFF2. Participating families should be registered at St. Joseph Parish and sign up for either CFF1 or CFF2 on the parish website: https://www.stjosephparish.org/79/childrens-faith-formation-register-here.html  Those families who attend a different parish, but would like to participate at St. Joseph, should contact Dottie Farewell at dfarewell@stjosephparish.org or 206-965-1652.
*Note: Sunday School class participation for St. Joseph School students is optional; for CFF1 and CFF2 families, there will be additional activities and events required throughout the year.
   3rd Sunday Hospitality Crew (ie. Coffee and Donuts) Needs your Help!

Please contact Dottie Farewell at dfarewell@stjosephparish.org or 206-965-1652 if you are able to help our 3rd Sunday Hospitality Donut Crew after the 9am Mass each month.


Concert to Benefit Jesuit Refugee Services

St. Joseph Parish & School has acquired four tickets to the SOLD OUT benefit 2017 Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees Tour. The concert is in Seattle at the Moore Theatre on  October 3rd and will feature Dave Matthews, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, and special guests.  We will be selling raffle tickets for $50 each for a chance to win 2 tickets.  All raffle proceeds will also be donated to JRS.  Raffle tickets sold at the Parish Center during the week or in the vestibule after Mass.


Produced by JRS /USA, in partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (as part of #WithRefugees), the concerts are intimate evenings of acoustic performances to raise awareness and money to support expanded educational opportunities for displaced people through Jesuit Refugee Service's Global Education Initiative. Funds raised from the tour help refugees to heal, learn, and thrive.   Join us and be a part of supporting refugees!

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




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