October 19, 2017          


John Hickey

I hope you will hear from your kids later today about the earthquake drill that we will do this morning. This is part of our participation in The Great Washington Shakeout. During the drill, our students and teachers will practice taking cover, waiting in place for the (pretend) shaking to stop, and then being attentive to the directions coming from me over the loudspeaker. After the (pretend) shaking ceases, several of the staff designated to do so will conduct a mock search/inspection of the building. In sum, we will act as if a real earthquake has occurred, then practice the procedures we would go through in an actual event.


We have a detailed protocol here that helps us navigate unfortunate scenarios like earthquakes, gas leaks, fires, etc. Two years ago, we redesigned all of our disaster preparedness materials and now follow a schedule of practicing different scenarios. All of our buildings are either to current earthquake code (the new building and the Wyckoff Gym) or have been retrofitted (the primary and middle school buildings).


Our goal, of course, is to be as prepared as possible for any emergency that might take place.


If you'd like to learn more about our emergency preparedness, please don't hesitate to contact me.





Dear 5th through 8th Grade Families,


With fall testing behind us, students and teachers are happily settling into a routine of teaching and learning. It doesn't seem possible that last Friday marked the mid-trimester. Teachers will not be sending home hard copy progress reports; however, we encourage you to login to PowerSchool with your student to look at his/her progress to date. At this time, you should see grades for homework, quizzes and tests. Ask your student to share with you how the year is going - what they are most proud of so far, and areas where they could do better.  Areas to pay particular attention to are missing homework, absences and tardys; these can have a significant impact on student grades. Research demonstrates that high attendance is one of the tools of successful students. It is also a good time to re-evaluate your child's schedule. This is the time of year that students generally begin to share that they are feeling overwhelmed, not just with schoolwork, but also with extracurricular activities. Finally, be sure to encourage your child to speak with teachers about his/her progress. You might even want to role play what this would look like.  This is an invaluable skill for your child to have, as they become independent responsible learners. As always, please feel free to contact your child's teacher(s) if you have any questions.


Blessings and peace,


Mary Helen



Dear Kindergarten – Fourth Grade Parents,


October is moving along so quickly, and we have just passed the mid-trimester mark.  Both Mary Helen and I are writing to you separately about Power School this week since it functions differently in the primary school than it does in middle school.  As you know, parents are able to view student progress online using our Power School System.  By this point in time, all of you should have a password for Power School.    With fall assessments and MAP testing, you may not see a significant number of grades at this point. Primary school is viewing this first report as an opportunity for all parents to make sure you can access the system effectively and become more familiar with this site.  If signing in is a problem, please contact Patty White in the Main Office at pwhite@stjosephsea.org.


Because of the nature of our grading in the Primary School, what you will see as "grades" will vary from grade level to grade level with more formal grades being entered as a student progresses each year.  Please keep in mind that Power School provides a snapshot of both formal and informal assessment, including observations about work and study habits and social skills.  I would definitely encourage you to contact a teacher if you have any questions.  


Power School automatically generates scores as percentages, a specific function of their reporting format. Please disregard the percentages you will see in Power School. The Primary School does not give percentage grades. You will not see percentages on the paper copy of the report card. Our grades are based on standards ranging from 1-4

 (1=Below Grade Level Standards, 2=Approaching Grade Level Standards, 3=Meeting Grade Level Standards, 4=Exceeding Grade Level Standards).


The categories for Conduct and Work and Study Habits are reported using N (Needs Improvement), S (Satisfactory), and O (Outstanding). You may notice that a score of 'S' for Conduct has a percentage of 72%. Please disregard the percentage and focus on the letter grade.


It was great to see so many parents at our first Town Hall of the year on Tuesday morning.  This time offers parents and administrators an opportunity to dialogue about matters important to all of us. 


I would ask that you please review our uniform policy in the family handbook and make sure students have their coats with winter on the way.  Thank you for volunteering and supporting our teachers.  Your efforts are greatly appreciated!  It's great to see so many of you at morning drop-off or after school.


God Bless,




10/20 - El Salvador Mass 9:00am

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

10/24-10/27 - 5th Grade Outdoor Education Camp

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

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

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

11/1 - All Souls Day Mass 9:00am

11/2 - Picture Retake Day

11/3 - Family Night Auction

11/4 - Auction Gala




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.





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.


Cross-Country Team


Congratulations to all Kindergarten through 8th grade participants on this year's St. Joseph Cross Country team.

Not only did the 4th grade boys and 5th grade girls win their overall grade level championships, but in the best tradition of our mission, 8th grade cross country runner, JR Cassidy, stopped to help a fallen competitor in the final stretch of the Championship race, earning St. Joseph the St. Paul Sportsmanship Spirit of CYO Athletic Award! Way to go athletes and coaches!


Picture Retake Day 11/2


Your retake day is quickly approaching. If we did not see you on picture day or you would like a new image, do not miss out on ordering pictures for your student. 


Pre-orders for picture packages may be placed online HERE using your school's access key provided here PA7QTR6U. 


Online pre-orders using your school's access key are available up to 4 days after retake day.


Interested in volunteering?  Please contact Patty White.


Share Our Gift Wrap Link!


Have you shared the school's gift wrap link with your family, friends & co-workers? Remember St Joe's will receive 40% on gift wrap sales! You may access the link 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.


Jog-a-thon Success!

We have reached our goal! We have currently raised $84,000 for this year's Jog-A-Thon! Thank you to all the members of our community; students, parents, friends and family! We appreciate your generous support and your continued commitment to your student's education.

The student website 99Pledges is now closed. Donations can still be made in the Advancement office and online HERE.


Prize winners will be announced soon!


Thank you again to all the parent volunteers, teachers, runners and families who supported our St. Joseph Jog-a-thon!

  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! We currently have sold more than half of the seats available for the Saturday SaddleUp! Auction. Giddy-up and send in those RSVP's!

Donated Items Due! Any items and certificates that you have donated or procured, please bring them into the Advancement Office as soon as possible


Buy-in Parties. For the first time we will open up the buy in parties prior to the auction. Tomorrow, Friday October 20th sign-ups for the Parties will be available in the School Lobby. The sign up board will remain in the lobby until Friday November 3rd. A few party previews:
     - Tamale Making Class with Bartender Patrick. 1/6
     - Mother & Son Bowling & Games at the HUB. 3/3
     - Brandon Roy Basketball Camp. TBD in May
     - Southern Charm Couples. Enell's Home. 6/2


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.

Calling all Auction Volunteers! No matter who you are or what your schedule is, we've got a fun job for you to make this year's auction the best ever! View volunteer jobs and sign-up HERE!



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




Reminder: CFF2 Parent and Child First Reconciliation Workshop this Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the church. This is for the immediate preparation of receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation this December.
Pathfinders Middle School Youth Group: Open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders
Join us Wednesday, October 25 from 6-7:30pm for our Fall Festival Party! We will meet in the Parish Center's Mother Theresa Room.
For information or registration, please contact Dottie Farewell.


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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