November 9, 2017          


John Hickey

A couple of weeks ago, I let you know about one of our students being hit by a car in the crosswalk at 19th and Roy. Since then, I've been in communication with the city of Seattle to try to get more signage at that intersection. After some back and forth, the city told me that they will be installing higher visibility signage at 19th and Roy in the next month. My fingers are crossed that it will actually happen. I lobbied hard for the flashing lights that we see at other schools on our street, but was told that 19th and Roy does not have enough traffic to warrant the flashing lights…New signs or not, thank you for continuing to slow down, stay off your phones, and follow our traffic procedures. It's serious stuff.


What's also serious is the fact that our auction was a huge success. You saw my email earlier this week that detailed that success. I'm grateful to everyone for pitching in to help us produce such a great result. Special thanks, of course, to our advancement office and to Kim and Pete Nisbet, this year's chairs. It was a great weekend!


Finally, with conferences around the corner, I'd urge you to have conversations with your kids about how they feel the school year is going. Ask them to reflect on areas of growth, areas of success, social topics, and so on. We want our students to be actively engaged in reflecting on their growth as people.


Have a great weekend.





11/10 - No School Veterans Day

          - Jaguar Club Closed

11/14 - Noon Dismissal 

          - Jaguar Club Open 12:00-6:00

11/15 - Fall Conference Sign Ups Close 10:00am

11/15 - Parenting Gen Z: Media, Behavioral Challenges and Stress Management, Auditorium 6:30pm

11/20 - No School Fall Conferences

          - Jaguar Club Open 8:00-6:00

11/21 - No School Fall Conferences

          - Jaguar Club Open 8:00-6:00

11/22 - No School Fall Conferences

          - Jaguar Club Closed

11/23-11/24 - Thanksgiving Break 




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.




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


Are you dealing with media and technology challenges in your home? Are you trying to help your children manage stress? Please join us on Nov 15th when Dr. Kastner will help us navigate these parenting issues.

 Childcare is available RSVP HERE! 


Never miss a date!


Did you know you can sync the school calendar to your personal calendar? How about getting a text to remind you when it's free dress? 

Click HERE to get iPhone and/or computer step-by-step instructions.

Questions? Email Lisa Mansoori


Jaguar Club News


Tuesday November 14th is a noon dismissal day.  The Jaguar Club and Study Club will be open from 12:00-6:00. 


We have also partnered with WATTS basketball to provide a workshop for interested St. Joseph Students. Click here for more info and to register. Space is limited!!


Gift Wrap!


Have you stopped by Gift Wrap Display in the foyer to check-out the samples ? Try before you buy & remember St Joe's will receive 40% on gift wrap sales ! You may access the shopping 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.


St. Joseph Ski Bus 2018 for 6th-8th graders

Alpental at Snoqualmie

The Ski Bus will run on 6 Fridays from January 5th - February 23rd. Please see the attached information sheet and registration forms for specific dates and cost. Space for this program is limited and seats fill quickly.  REGISTRATION ENDS DECEMBER 1ST.


Questions? Email Clancy Small.


Auction Announcements


Saddle Up!  Rodeo Weekend 2017

November 3rd and 4th


Thank you! The boots, buckles and big hair were strutting their stuff this weekend!

Items. Pick up your purchased auction items! Items have been in the lobby for pick up this week. After this morning, items will need to be picked up from the Advancement office.

Table Decorations. Did you know the amazing table decorations from the Saturday night auction are available for purchase? Cow hide $25, flower pots and 2 votives $20 – stop by the Advancement office.

Student Western Photos. The amazing western themed photos you saw on the screens Friday and Saturday night of the students are for sale here. 15% of all proceeds goes to St. Joseph.

Buy-in Parties. There are still a few spots left at a handful of the parties, don't miss out! Online sign-ups will be available next week. You can sign-up now for parties in the Advancement office. A few parties with space available: 

     - Taco Time & Tequila 2/10

     - Back to School Brunch & Bubbly 9/15

     - Texas Hold 'Em. 4/14


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


The Holidays are around the corner!


Spirit Gear! St. Joseph spirit gear makes a great gift! Fill out an order form here and we will charge your FACTS account.   


SCRIP! Kids, family members, co-workers, teachers gifts – SCRIP is a great gift! The purchase, stop by the main lobby any morning, or come to the Advancement office. Please remember checks or cash only! We also have a staff preference list to help with easy purchasing. View the current order form here


1EX LIBRIS:  Notes From the School Library


Global Reading Challenge


Sara Cotto (parent of Clemente in 4B) and I are starting our own Global Reading Challenge teams here at St. Joseph.   If you don't know about the GRC, here is a brief background:

  • Used to be called the Battle of the Books and has been around in public libraries for 50+ years
  • Is still run officially by public libraries
  • Involves students reading books and then being quizzed on them in teams
  • Consists of only 4th and 5th grade students


This past Tuesday, 11/7, at lunch recess, I met with students interested in joining.  I gave details at the meeting such as:

  • GRC will meet on Thursday mornings from 7:45 to 8:15.
  • Students will read books that are already selected for them (they will read the same 10 books as the Seattle Public Library has selected for their Global Reading Challenge 2017 teams).
  • St. Joseph School library will provide the books.
  • A competition between the teams will be held in the spring.


Our first official meeting will be Thursday morning, 11/16, from 7:45 – 8:15 am.  Commitment forms will be handed out.  Please sign and return.  The first round of reading books will be distributed that day as well.


The Global Reading Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for students to participate in reading as a team sport!  Children make new friends, read books they perhaps would not have chosen themselves, and learn to work in academic teams.


We welcome all students, regardless of reading level.  The more variety, the better!




Feelings Vocab

1st Grade

Keys to Friendship


Snack & Chat

2nd Grade

Feelings and Don't Flip Your Lid


Snack & Chat 

3rd Grade

Gossip and Feeling Left Out


Snack & Chat

4th Grade

As Needed Classes

5th Grade

Joking Versus Bullying


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

6th Grade

Executing a Play


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



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!


Beyond Academics: The Soft Skills and Social Emotional Health- Mindful Mondays at Sparkle Spot Learning. December 4th, 6:30-8:00 PM, FREE.


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




Thursday November 9th
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Parish Center

This is a follow-up to our September 7th Gathering where 24 parishioners attended.   In addition to hearing one another's experience of being a parishioner of color at St. Joseph Parish we want to explore and discern themes, concerns and  hopes for the future.  Newcomers Welcome.  Andrea Wong Fontana, Program Coordinator of the Ignatian Spirituality Center, will facilitate. Our planning committee includes Fr. Julian Climaco, Ana Martins, Linh Dam, Mary Price and Deacon Steve. For more information and to RSVP, contact Fr. Julian.



Parenting in an Ignatian Spirit


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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