September 28, 2017          


John Hickey


It's Jog-a-Thon Week and I'm sure you've been hearing about it at home. Hopefully, the new, online system is helpful to you. If you've got feedback on the system, please let our advancement team know. For now, pray for good weather and energetic students tomorrow!


As we roll into October, it's time to start thinking about admissions. Our new admissions director, Shana Abner, has hit the ground running. Under her direction, we are already making changes to the way we market our school. We're getting more sophisticated with our advertising, especially in our use of social media, and being much more active in our outreach to area preschools. Our school tours, often listed among the most impressive parts about our school, are getting an update as well. The tours will still be led by our students, but we've scripted certain parts to ensure that all prospective parents hear the same things about our school. These tweaks will definitely increase our profile in the community and drive more prospective families to check out our school.


But we need you, too! What can you do? You can refer families; tell your friends about our school and ask them to sign up for a tour. Like us on Facebook, or follow our Instagram feed. Finally, go online and write a positive review of our school. You can do that here. Sophistication in marketing and admissions will move the needle for us, but good old fashioned word of mouth is still one of the most powerful forces in the admissions game.


If you haven't done so already, go introduce yourself to Shana. It would be helpful to her to hear your stories so she can better tell ours.


I'll see you tomorrow at the Jog-a-Thon!





Dear Parents and Guardians,


Here at St. Joseph, we strive to fulfill our mission to create a faith-centered community that educates and inspires students to reach their God-given potential.  With that mission in mind, teachers and administrators work together to ensure that we meet the needs of all of our students to the best of our ability. We believe that the ultimate goal is to provide the most academically challenging curriculum for our students, while recognizing they will continue to learn, grow, and change over the next several years.


In this light, last year Patrick asked that an ad hoc math committee be formed to answer the following question: "How can math instruction meet the needs of all students at St. Joseph School?" This question arose out of an increasing awareness amongst many teachers and parents that the school needs to investigate how to further diversify math instruction throughout grade levels. The committee, comprised of both directors, a teacher from each grade level, and learning resource teachers, set to work on this important task. 


In summary, the work of the committee has resulted in the following:

  • Identification of core math standards at each grade-level, K-8
  • Beginning-of-the-year assessment of core math standards grades 2 - 6
  • A summer math ALEKS lab
  • Expanded use of ALEKS to support struggling and advanced learners
  • Addition of an ALEKS specialist teacher
  • JUMP math curriculum pilot
  • Addition of an advanced 6th-grade math class


Our work as a math committee will continue this year as we work with one another to ensure that students meet the core math standards at each grade level. 


We are excited about expanding the use of the computer adaptive ALEKS program. Last year, ALEKS helped teachers fill in the math gaps that were getting in the way of students' success working with grade level standards. We also saw a great benefit for students who were significantly above grade level.


We will also evaluate the impact that the JUMP Math curriculum has on student achievement. Several teachers are excited about piloting this program. JUMP Math has won awards including the 2016 WISE Award for helping students love and learn math across Canada, Spain, Bulgaria and in the US, and it is endorsed by top names in the field of education including Stanford's Carol Dweck who says that JUMP develops a "growth mindset." 


"JUMP Math is a registered nonprofit, dedicated to helping students and teachers achieve their full potential. . . Jump Math's guided Discovery Approach is supported by multiple independent studies. . ." To hear from the creator of the curriculum click here. 


Finally, one of the goals in creating an advanced 6th-grade class for students who have mastered their basic math standards is to be able to offer these students geometry in 8th-grade. 


It is of paramount importance that our students graduate with a strong foundation in math and a love for the discipline. There are many exciting career opportunities awaiting our students for which a strong math background is essential. Meeting the different needs of our young mathematicians is not an easy task, but we are well on our way to living our mission at St. Joe's.


We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about math instruction at St. Joseph.


Mary Helen and Lil



9/29 - Jog-a-thon

10/3 - Free Dress/Pizza Day

10/4 - Blessing of the Animals, 8:30am

10/6 - No School Teacher Inservice

  • Jaguar Club is open 8:00am-6:00pm.  Pre-registration is required, please email Jaguar Club to register your student.  



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


5-6     11:30 am – 11:55 am

7-8     12:05 pm – 12:35 pm

K-1    12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

2-3       1:10 pm – 1:25 pm

4          1:35 pm – 1:50 pm

Thank you for your support – we have already received $53,870 in gifts, which is 67% 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 & KA @ 62%                 5C @ 58%
1B @ 83%                           6B @ 43%
2B @ 64%                           7C @ 48%
3C @ 64%                           8B @ 33%

4A @ 54%                           


DJ! Our DJ is taking requests. Students have been giving us their picks for this Friday's event. Follow the link here and enter the user name stjoseph (no password) to get your songs into the queue.


Parents and family, please join us Friday! It is a fun community event, the more the merrier. Sign-up to volunteer!


Doctor or Medical Person Wanted - we are looking for a trained professional to be this year's Jog-A-Thon medical volunteer.

Please contact Jamie Mills if you are available.

For more information visit the website or contact Jaymie Mills.


PowerSchool Parent Portal is now open


To view your student's grades and attendance, please go to the school website, click on PowerSchool in the upper right corner.  Please 
use your login and password from last year. If you have forgotten the user name and password, email Patty White (Don't request it from PowerSchool, they never send it). 


If you need to set up an account email Patty White, and you will be sent instructions.  If you have questions about the information in PowerSchool, please contact the teacher.



Now is the time to register for St. Joseph CYO Basketball. All students and parishioners in grades 4th-8th are encouraged to play. The deadline to register is Friday October 20th.

Please register as soon as possible using the online registration portal on the basketball page of the St. Joseph website. Save your confirmation email as that is the proof of your registration. If you do not receive a confirmation email it means your registration was not completed properly.


Wrapping Paper - it's back!


You asked for it and we all need it - Gift Wrap!

By purchasing paper, magazines, gifts or gadgets online, you will be supporting St Joseph enrichment and capstone programs.


The Charleston Wrap link will soon be active and purchases can be made throughout the school year (orders placed before Nov. 10th will arrive in time for Christmas). Stay tuned for upcoming info & catalogs! 


Questions? Email the St. Joseph PAB.


Jaguar Club News

The Seattle Children's Theatre will be running an intro to drama class that starts next week.  We still have a few spots available, please see the website for additional information and to register.  


Jaguar Club is open on Friday 10/6 from 8:00am-6:00pm.  Please email the Jaguar Club if you are planning on having your child(ren) attend this day.  


Join the Adventure of Cub Scouts.

Cub Scout Pack 9 is based at St. Joseph Parish


All boys in grades 1-5 and their parents are invited to join. 

The Scouting program emphasizes activities which parents and their sons can participate in together.  We meet as a pack on third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Joe's auditorium.  Scouts also meet 1 or 2 additional times during the month for an activity or field trip.


Some of our highlights from last year include:

STEM related projects:  Building bristle bots, constructing / racing Pinewood Derby cars, and making compasses. 

Community service projects: 
Assembling hygiene kits for homeless youth and singing Christmas carols at Tent City.
Outdoor skills training:
Day hikes, Bike Rodeo, and a 2 night campout at Deception Pass.


For questions or information on how to join, please contact Rob Sumner (parent volunteer scout leader).  Learn more about our pack at www.seapack9.org 


Auction Announcements


Dessert Dash! Calling all bakers (or buyers)! 30 desserts needed for this year's Dessert Dash. Homemade, or procured – please contact Sara Cotto or Katie Abstoss with any questions!


Wine Grab! Drop off your favorite bottle of wine for the wine grab! We are looking for $20+ bottles! Please contact Molly Hunter with any questions!


Pick of the Live! Almost sold out! 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! Look for ticket sellers after school or buy yours in the Advancement Office.   


Necklace Raffle! Beautiful platinum diamond necklace raffle tickets $25, or 5 for $100. Platinum setting SI1, F color, 0.68 diamond, retail value $3,500. Look for raffle ticket sellers around the school or pick yours up 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.




Feelings Vocab

1st Grade

Kelso Choices Review


Snack & Chat

(New Students)

2nd Grade

Friendship Survival Kits


Snack & Chat

(New Students)


3rd Grade

Zones of Regulation


Snack & Chat

(New Students)

4th Grade

Girls Talks With The Counselor & Boys Talks With Teachers

(6 weeks)

5th Grade

Zones of Regulation Review


Indoor Game day on Wed. & Fri. during lunch Recess in the Jaguar Room

6th Grade

Middle School Survival Kits


Indoor Game day on Wed. & Fri. during lunch Recess in the Jaguar Room

7th/8th Grade



Peer Mediation Applications Due 9/13 for New Mediators.  Peer Mediation Training 9/14 3:00-5:00pm.


Indoor Game day on Wed. & Fri. during lunch Recess in the Jaguar Room



Angst: Breaking the Stigma Around Anxiety-Film Screening, Multiple dates in October (3rd, 12, 25,) and November 8th in various locations.  Click here for tickets.  $15 in advance and $18 at the door.


Childhood Anxiety and ADHD-A Whole Family Approach-Dr. Chris McCurry.  October 19th, 7-9 PM at The HUB (at U.W.), South Ballroom.  $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door.  Click here for details and registration.


Every Child Resource Fair, October 19th, 5:00-7:00 PM.  FREE.  Click here to register.


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!


Free Back To School Boot Camp for Parents-via email newsletters (Begins September 11th, 2017)


Articles On Transitioning Back To School:


Elementary School


Middle School


Back To School Basics-Video Series


 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




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.

Come and See what the Catholic Faith Has to Offer

Tuesday, 9/19 7:00-8:30pm

St. Joseph's Parish Center


  • Are you, your spouse, a friend, or an acquaintance a member of another faith tradition but worship regularly here at St. Joseph's?
  • Are you experiencing God's call in your life and seeking Baptism or full community or Confirmation with the Catholic Church?
  • If you are, please consider participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.


The RCIA is an opportunity to explore with others what the Catholic Church has to offer.  It is an opportunity, through a process of discernment and gradual conversion to become a full member of the Catholic Church.

If you are interested, contact Deacon Steve at 206-365-1646.


All are welcome on this journey of faith!


             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.
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. Those families who attend a different parish, but would like to participate at St. Joseph, should contact Dottie Farewell at 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, 206-965-1652 if you are able to help our 3rd Sunday Hospitality Donut Crew after the 9am Mass each month.


Community Announcements

Panther Pride Night!


Seattle Prep will be hosting Panther Pride Night on Thursday, September 28th. Seattle Prep Panther Volleyball will host Xavier Prep at 6:00pm in the McHugh Gymnasium. We will have some fun prizes and admission to the game is free. We look forward to seeing all those future Panthers cheer on the volleyball team to victory over Xavier Prep! Questions, contact Melissa White.  

Bishop Blanchet - Campus Visits


Calling all 8th graders! The best way to experience whether BBHS is right for you is to come for a "Brave for a Day" campus visit. You'll get to attend classes, enjoy lunch with your host student and get all of your questions answered. Ready to schedule your visit day? Click here.


Make plans to attend our annual Open House! Get more info and RSVP here.


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




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