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October 26, 2017          

A NOTE FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL

 
John Hickey
 

Our seventh and eighth grade students watched this video on Monday. It led to some good conversations in their homerooms, and I know it at least planted a seed within each student giving them an idea for how they might act when they next observe a situation like the one depicted in the video. It also served as a good entre to yesterday's celebration of Unity Day. You should watch it, then determine if you'd like to show it to your kids. I think it will lead to good conversation around the dinner table or in the car.

 

The Burger King video is a good reminder that bullying continues to be an issue in our society and I'm glad they put it out. I think bullying is an issue at every school, and schools should have measures in place to respond when bullying arises. Often things that are reported as bullying are really examples of unkindness. Regardless, we all need to call out instances of bullying or when kids are just mean. We try to get our students to do this—we call it being an "upstander"—but we adults have to do it, too!

 

A bigger issue, I think, is kids' failure to be nice to one another. I think a more concerted effort on all our parts to encourage our students to just be kind to one another is worthwhile, and it will ultimately reduce instances of bullying.

 

It would be good for all of us to engage in conversations with our kids about kindness. Ask your kids to share examples of kindness they witness at school—there are a ton, I assure you. Make a big deal when you see your daughters or sons act with kindness. I think a focus on kindness will do our school well, and I appreciate your efforts in doing the same at home!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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

  • Before Mass stop by the lobby for coffee/refreshments, hosted by 3rd grade Room Parents.

11/2 - Picture Retake Day

11/3 - Family Night Auction

11/4 - Auction Gala

11/6 - Fall Conference Sign Ups Open

11/7 - Free Dress/Pizza Day

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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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.
 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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el Dia de los Muertos Altar

 

The Day of the Dead Altar began this week in the main lobby.  It will remain there to celebrate those who have passed on for the next 2 weeks.  Students are encouraged to bring in a photo of a loved one, or pet who is deceased (marked on the back with the name of the student and class).  The students may place their photo anywhere on the altar.  


Pease email Molly Crocker with any questions.

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Check Out Our Gift Wrap Display!

 

Have you stopped by Gift Wrap Display in the foyer? The display has gift wrap samples as well as gift bags for you to try before you buy! 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

 
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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.

 
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Parenting Gen Z:  Media, Behavioral Challenges and Stress Management

Hosted by the PAB on November 15, 2017
5:30p-6:30p dinner/social; 6:30p-8:30p presentation

RSVP HERE!


Today's parents face unique challenges. Screen invasion has radically changed family lives. While technology has produced large advantages and benefits for society, the average parent and tween are looking at a screen up to 9 hours a day outside their "work" functions, and younger kids aren't far behind. Downsides include divided attention, sleep problems, and endless family fights about social media. Although parents worry that children can start to value screens more than relationships, school and healthy pursuits, this lecture will discuss strategies which can be instituted to harness the best of technology and curb risks.

Jog-a-thon Success!

Congratulations to the top fundraisers for the 2017 Jog-a-thon. Each winner received a $10 gift card to Hello Robin!

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Brady Clisham
Brendan Cannon
Colton Skinner
Dawson Hein
Dillon Wyman
Elise Plaster
Emma Nisbet
Estelle Oaksmith
Eva Scearce
Finley McMahon

Grace Bennett
Izzy Hartinger
James Bosa

John Enell

Josie Hipps

Kaitlin Sanderson

Maeve Plaster

Michael Purpura

Nora Cambridge

Nora Crisera

Oliver Graham

Perrin Davies

Rosie Huddleston

Siena Moore

Spencer Bennett

Tor Rothrock

William Stelzer

Wyatt Heily

Zack Wyman

Zoey Nelson

Big shout out to the classes with 100% participation; KA, KC and 1B! Each class will receive $50 they can put towards a class activity.


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


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

 
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  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.

Help us spread the word about our Kindergarten program!

Our prospective family Kindergarten Information Night is Monday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m.. If you have family or friends with preschoolers, please encourage them to attend. RSVP is required and childcare will be available. Register online HERE.

Jenny Fetchko, one of our Learning Resource Center teachers, has been prescribed a service animal. Her dog will accompany her to school each day. Ms. Fetchko's dog will always be in a crate with the door closed when Ms. Fetchko is working with students.The dog may not accompany Ms. Fetchko into classrooms, the cafeteria, or any other public place, except when the dog is going to/from Ms. Fetchko's classroom. Please feel free to contact Patrick Fennessy if you have any questions.

 

Auction Announcements

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Saddle Up!  Rodeo Weekend 2017

November 3rd and 4th

 

The auction is two weeks away! Seats are going fast! If you know you have seats reserved, but have not paid, please bring in your RSVP ASAP!


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!


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!


Buy-in Parties. Sign-ups in the School Lobby! The sign up board will remain in the lobby until Friday November 3rd. A few party previews: 


  • - Ribs and 'Ritas. At the Dyckman Ranch. 5/18

  • - Football Clinic grades 4,5, and 6. 5/20

  • - 2nd grade St. Patrick's Party. 3/2

  • - Mother/Daughter cooking class @ Frog Legs. 5/20
     

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. 

 

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!

  

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

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EX LIBRIS: LINES FROM THE LIBRARY

What is the benefit to students of having access to a school library? I ran across this statement of purpose from the School Library Association (the UK equivalent to the American Association of School Libraries) and liked it so much that I wanted to share it with you here.

 

Thanks to parents, the administration, teachers, and staff, St. Joe's strongly supports a school library that:

  • provides a flexible space with a wide and inclusive range of resources to support learning and teaching throughout the school.
  • has a vibrant role in the development of a culture that promotes wider reading, motivated readers and learners for life.
  • provides a place for collaborative learning, creativity, and for developing independent research and information literacy skills.

To achieve this it is managed by trained staff, funded and accessible to the whole school community during and outside the school day. (Taken from http://www.sla.org.uk/purpose-of-school-library.php.June 2016.)

 

Reading"Clubs"Progress
In my last article, I explained the Sasquatch and Young Readers Choice reading "clubs" and that students could join by simply reading two books on the lists and then submitting their votes. There was an overwhelming response from the students! In fact, Jean Woletz, library technician, and I had created a display of all of the Sasquatch and Young Readers Choice books. We soon thereafter had to dismantle the display since the titles flew off the shelves and have not actually been available for the last three weeks. The books are either in the hands of students or on hold for others. We certainly have some incredibly eager readers here at St. Joe's!


Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award Nominees 2018 (WCCPBA)
For Kindergarten through third grade students, the WCCPBA books are being rolled out next week. This is another reading group in which students can participate without much effort at all. There are twenty titles of picture books (the list is chosen by a group of PNW librarians) that I read to each grade, K-3. Then, during the week of April 1st, each student in the four grade levels submits his or her vote on a private ballot. It is all very exciting to find out how our school votes compare to the rest of Washington state's schools' votes. Last year, the winner was Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert. Mummy Cat was our second choice; Finding Winnie was our first choice.

Reading "Clubs" Progress
In my last article, I explained the Sasquatch and Young Readers Choice reading "clubs" and that students could join by simply reading two books on the lists and then submitting their votes. There was an overwhelming response from the students! In fact, Jean Woletz, library technician, and I had created a display of all of the Sasquatch and Young Readers Choice books. We soon thereafter had to dismantle the display since the titles flew off the shelves and have not actually been available for the last three weeks. The books are either in the hands of students or on hold for others. We certainly have some incredibly eager readers here at St. Joe's!


Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award Nominees 2018 (WCCPBA)
For Kindergarten through third grade students, the WCCPBA books are being rolled out next week. This is another reading group in which students can participate without much effort at all. There are twenty titles of picture books (the list is chosen by a group of PNW librarians) that I read to each grade, K-3. Then, during the week of April 1st, each student in the four grade levels submits his or her vote on a private ballot. It is all very exciting to find out how our school votes compare to the rest of Washington state's schools' votes. Last year, the winner was Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert. Mummy Cat was our second choice; Finding Winnie was our first choice.

Here are the WCCPBA books that we'll be reading between now and April:

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As I tell the students, only kids can vote in all of these contests; no grown ups are allowed!!  They love that idea.

 

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Kindergarten

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

Advisory

 


 

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

UPCOMING PARENT EDUCATION IN AND AROUND SEATTLE

 

Partners In Parenting: Your Brain On Screens, November 2nd, 6-8PM, Soundview School in Lynwood-FREE

 

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

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Paul Mullally, current St. Joseph School parent was asked to do a painting of Pope Francis for the 100th Anniversary of the Pontifical Orientale Institute in Vatican City. The unveiling of the painting was on October 12th at the Institute where Pope Francis attended the event. 

 

Please visit our Facebook page to see KOMO's coverage of the event

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

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

 

 
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