October 12, 2017          


John Hickey


For the past few years, the school commission has been kicking off the school year with a retreat. We get out of Seattle for a couple of days and have some time to think together about the school's strategic initiatives, get to know one another, and set some goals for the year.


This year, we were fortunate to share lunch with former mayor and St. Joe alumnus, Greg Nickels. Mayor Nickels spoke about leadership and shared stories from his own life of leadership. It was a really cool opportunity for the commission.


I was reminded of our lunch with the former mayor yesterday morning during our all school prayer when this year's slate of student council representatives was introduced to the students. Before the student council reps were introduced, I shared with our students that Mayor Nickels first ran for office during his eighth-grade year here at St Joe's…and he lost. Suffice it to say that things turned out just fine for him, but the little anecdote is a reminder that failure is an opportunity to keep going. I encouraged those who didn't garner enough votes to keep running; one loss is not enough to keep them from future campaigns.


Our seventh-grade students had an opportunity to experience this during the last few weeks. They designed and built rockets, shot them off, then went back to the drafting board to make improvements to their rockets. They used information gathered during the test flight to improve upon the shortcoming of the first flight.


St. Joseph School should be a place where our students get accustomed to failure, but also exercise the muscles that spur them to get back up and keep trying. It's tempting for us, as parents, to swoop down and fix things for our kids. Confession: I did this just the other night with one of my own kids…and I'm sad to say that I'll probably do it again. But I kicked myself afterwards, wishing I'd just let the scene play out without my intervention. A few years ago, we talked about helicopter parents—those who hovered around their kids, mostly observing, but swooping down whenever trouble arose. Now we see the phenomenon of snowplow parents—those who cut a wide swath in front of their kids, knocking away any potential source of adversity. I've been guilty of both, by the way. We all have to try to give our kids the opportunity to try and fail over and over.


If you're looking for another good read—remember that last week I recommended Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age—you should check out The Gift of Failure: How Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. It's a great read about an important topic, and I'm going to continue to share books that I think are relevant and helpful to all of us!


Finally, I hope you can make time to come to the Fall Town Hall on Tuesday, at 8:30 a.m., here at school. This is an opportunity to hear directly from Mary Helen, Lil, and me about things happening at the school. There is plenty of time for Q and A, too. I hope to see you there.





10/17 - Fall Town Hall 8:30am, Auditorium

  • Join this informal discussion with our Head of School and Directors. Ask questions and hear about what's happening.  Email questions/topics in advance to the PAB.

10/20 - El Salvador Mass 9:00am

  • Before Mass stop by the lobby for coffee/refreshments, hosted by 6th grade Room Parents.

10/25 - Unity Day to support kindness, inclusion, and acceptance

  • Students have free dress if they wear orange in support of the day.

10/25-10/27 - 5th Grade Outdoor Education Camp

10/26 - 4th Grade Potlatch 7:00pm, Social Hall




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.

  • Auction - See the Auction Announcement Section for details.
  • Lunchroom - Daily, 10:45am-1:00pm Sign-up!
  • Pancake Breakfast, 10/29 9:00am Sign-up!
  • Scrip Sellers - Daily, 8:15am-8:45am contact Advancement.



Fall Town Hall - Tuesday Oct. 17th

8:30-9:30a in the Auditorium


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.




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.

Email Mr. Hayes with questions.


Wrapping Paper - it's back!


Have you checked out the sample gift wrap in the school foyer? Place your gift wrap order now to get the best selection. Our school will receive 40% on every sale except for personalized items and magazines which the school will receive 30%. You may access the sale HERE. If prompted, the St. Joseph School's Online ID# is 11313.


Visit the school website for fundraiser details.


Questions? Email the St. Joseph PAB.


Kudos to Alex LaCasse!

 Our 8th grade teacher Alex LaCasse, was asked to present at the The Association for Middle Level Education annual conference in Austin, TX last year.  


After his presentation, he was invited to submit an article for the magazine that highlighted his  personal experience introducing social justice literature curriculum in the 8th grade classroom. Alex's passion is empowering students to think critically about our world, the voices in it, and to analyze the implications and challenges with our euro-centric literature curriculum.  The article is available HERE!


Jog-a-thon Donations Deadline 10/13

We are so close to our goal of $80,000! Only $559 more to go, with 82% school participation! Your students' web page will be open until October 13th for donations. After October 13th donations will be accepted in the Advancement office.

  Fall Family Pancake Breakfast on October 29th

This breakfast is co-hosted by the PAB and the Parish following 9am Mass in the Social Hall.
All are welcome for a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage, eggs, and fruit. Coffee and juice are provided. The cost is $5 per person; 4 years old and under are free. You may pay in advance
or pay at the door.  
To volunteer, set up, serve or clean up, sign-up today. Questions?  Contact David Hein.

Auction Announcements


Saddle Up!  Rodeo Weekend 2017

November 3rd and 4th


Invitations have been mailed! Giddy-up and send in those RSVP's!


Pre-register for the Friday Family Night. $7/ticket - $25/family. Also available is the Family Inclusive Ticket for $50 which includes the registration fee and $25 worth of tickets; and the $50 Bonus Pack which includes 50 tickets and a special prize! Tickets can be used for food, drinks, games, kid raffles and adult beverages!


Fill-in the pre-registration card you received with your auction invitation and return it, or stop by the Advancement Office.


Auction Volunteers Needed. We have a lot of volunteer opportunities for the auction. It is a great way to come together with others in the community and fulfill some of those volunteer hours! View volunteer jobs and sign-up HERE!


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


Dessert Dash! Calling all bakers (or buyers)! 30 desserts needed for this year's Dessert Dash. Homemade, or procured sign up here – 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!


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





Unity Day - October 25th


St. Joseph School is participating in Unity Day, which is October 25th this year. Unity Day is a day to support kindness, inclusion and acceptance. Student have free dress if they wear orange in support of the day. Please feel free to also wear orange in support of this day! Peer mediators will be talking with all students about what the day is about and each student will contribute to a kindness chain.



Zone Tools

1st Grade

Kelso Choices Review


Snack & Chat

2nd Grade

Friendship Survival Kits


Snack & Chat


3rd Grade

Friendship Soup


Snack & Chat

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




Indoor Game day on Mon. & Wed. 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!



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




Community Announcements

Parenting in an Ignatian Spirit


This small group invites you as a parent to reflect on the multiple roles you play in your life and how these roles intersect with your deepest sense of yourself and your understanding of God. Over the course of seven monthly sessions, you and fellow parents will deepen your sense of yourselves, come to an awareness of the spiritual foundations of your parenting, share experiences in the context of a small community, and develop a set of Ignatian-inspired practices to help ground you in moments of challenge.


Please click HERE for more details and registration information.

MOMS Gatherings


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




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