December 8, 2017          


John Hickey

That Tully's recently shuttered its doors has left our community searching for a safe, fun, and just far enough removed from campus sanctuary. While it is still unclear what will happen with the space that once was Tully's, I'm happy to see that other local businesses are stepping up to fill the gap.


I had a great conversation with the folks at Vios the other day. They are pleased to now open at 7 a.m. (closed Mondays) and encourage kids and parents to stop by. There are lots of tables for doing homework, and I think they pull a great shot of espresso! They want to be sure that the St. Joe's community knows that all are welcome.


Likewise, our friends at Fuel are also ready for an increase in traffic. They've added staff to better serve higher volumes of kids and adults. While they don't have the same amount of space that Vios enjoys, it's a great coffee shop and they want us to be welcome, too.


For the most part, our students did a great job being respectful to the patrons and staff at Tully's. To me, having appropriate levels of freedom is a key stage to our kids' development. For some of our older students, Tully's offered that—a space to hang out, be somewhat independent, but not be under direct supervision. If your daughters and sons were frequent customers of Tully's and have now transitioned to hanging out at Vios or Fuel, please remind them what it means to be a respectful customer. We're doing the same here, especially reminding students of the opportunity they have to be examples of how great St. Joe's kids are!


As you'll see later in this issue, it's time for two favorite St. Joe's traditions: The Christmas Pageant and the Staff Christmas Caroling. More information is below, but I hope to see many of you at both events!


Finally, we are sticking to our policy of not assigning homework over long weekends and extended breaks. We want our students to have a true vacation so that they can relax, recharge, and enjoy time with family and friends.


As this is the last FLASH before Christmas Break, I want to take the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas. You'll all be in my thoughts and prayers over the break.





12/7 - Bagel Sale Deadline is today, click HERE to place an order for the 12/15 noon dismissal

12/8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass

        - K-4th grade 9:00am

        - 5th - 8th grade 1:30pm

12/8 - Report Cards Mailed

12/14 - Christmas Program. 7:00pm Church

12/15 - Staff Caroling, 7:45am Prayer Garden

12/15 - Noon Dismissal, Holiday Themed Free Dress

         - Jaguar Club is Open 12:00pm-5:00pm

         - Bagel Sale Lunches delivered

12/16 - 1/1 - Christmas 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.




Christmas Caroling & Holiday Free Dress

Join the St. Joseph Staff on Friday morning, 12/15 at 7:45am in the prayer garden so that we can perform and spread our holiday cheer to you. Coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies will be provided. Students may wear holiday themed free dress to enhance our last day before break!


Bagel Lunch Friday, 12/15 - Order Now!


Kick off the holidays with a bagel lunch for your student.  For just $5, lunch includes a bagel, cream cheese, an orange, cookie, juice box and free dress pass. All this and free delivery to your child before noon dismissal.  Just want the dress pass?  No problem - you have that option.  This is possible through the generosity of Franz Bakery and Kim Nisbet – all proceeds go towards St. Joe's student programs.

Place your order here and your FACTS account will be charged.


Order deadline is Thursday, 12/7 at 9pm.

Thank you for your support!


Jaguar Club News!


New Cooking Class, your child will bring home dinner for the family once a week for 8 week!  Rainy Day Dinner Club is partnering with St. Joseph School tor bring cooking classes to our students. Winter class registration is now open for all of our enrichment classes.  Please see the website for class descriptions and to register your child.  


My School Bucks Balances


Any family that has an outstanding balance of $100 or more will have their report cards held. To make a payment to your account, either log in online, or bring a check payable to P & T to the main office


Power School Closure

Power School is closed while teachers prepare report cards.  Report cards are mailed home on December 8th.  Power School will reopen on Monday morning December 10th. 


St. Joseph will be participating again in
The Hour of Code 2017
Space is limited sign up HERE!


The Hour-of-Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.

Help St Joe's create that opportunity again this year by signing up your 1st through 8th grader for this one-hour activity during Computer Science Education Week. If you are a tech-savvy parent, please consider volunteering to help these students navigate through the fun and interactive tutorials.


UPDATE: Already this week we have had 40 plus students participate in Monday's Hour of Code. We now have two more slots planned on Thursday and given the demand for the early slots we have added another slot for next week.


Upcoming Slots

Thursday, December 7th @ 3:30 - 4:30pm 
Thursday, December 7th @ 6:00 - 7:00pm 
Thursday, December 14th @ 3:30 - 4:30pm 


For more information visit Hour of Code website. To grab a sneak peak of the tutorials the kids will be interacting with click HERE! 

Your help is needed! Here is the link to volunteer at the Hour of Code.


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 8th.


Questions? Email Clancy Small.


Did you know?


Our Christmas Program is Thursday December 14th at 7:00pm in the church.  Students should check into their classrooms at 6:30pm.  The popular event is not to be missed.  The doors to the church open at 6:00pm, arrive early as seating fills quickly.  Teachers will convey more information pertaining to individual classes as the date approaches.


Ex Libris:  Notes from the School Library


Please try to remember to return library books on time and to reinforce this rule at home.  The cost of any books two months overdue will be placed on the family's FACTs account.  Up to that point, we will let the students and families know of the overdue materials.  If the items are found after the FACTs account has been charged, families can ask for a refund.





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!


Kids and Race-Jason Frelot - Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center. January 18th, 2018 7:00 pm.


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


Advancement Announcements


The Holidays are around the corner!


Volunteer Hours. Were you a coach or a room parent, did you help with the auction, chaperone a field trip – maybe head to camp for a week; did you work in the classroom or the lunchroom? If so please let us know….turn in those hours before the holidays and have one less thing to worry about! Feel free to drop your forms off in the advancement office or complete the online form here under report.


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


Amazon. As a participant in the Amazon Affiliate and Amazon Smile programs, a percentage of your purchase goes to our school, at no additional cost to you. Simply CLICK HERE to sign-in to your Amazon account and place your order as usual. St. Joseph will automatically receive a portion of all sales and a donation from Amazon on all orders placed through this unique link which is a combination of the Affiliate and Smile programs.


Have you heard about the St. Joseph Men's Ministry of Advent Morning Prayer? School Parents and Rob Carroll are presenting this Sat. 12/2 at 8:30 -11:30.


St. Joseph Women's Ministry invites you to pause in the midst of the busy seasonal activities and join with other women of the parish for Body in Prayer: An Embodied Advent Meditation on the Incarnation - December 9th - 9 to10:30 am St. Joseph Social Hall Diane Lostrangio will facilitate a prayer practice incorporating Lectio Divina (prayerful reading and reflection on Scripture) and gentle yoga. Themes of incarnation, expectation and hope will be offered for reflection as we move inward together in a communal prayer experience. Please bring a yoga mat and if you have a small blanket, please bring this as well. There is no fee for this, however, free will donations for Yoga Behind Bars will be accepted and received with gratitude.




Panther Pride Night, January 5th 


Mark your calendar, Seattle Prep is sponsoring a Panther Pride Night on Friday, January 5th in the McHugh Gymnasium. Our girls basketball team kicks off the night with their game at 7PM versus Cleveland followed by our boys team at 8:30PM. We hope our entire community joins us for a night of Panther Pride. We will have games and prizes to give away at halftime of each game. Admission is free for middle school students and families who are wearing CYO or school gear, or if they bring their student ID card. Join us for a fun and exciting night of basketball! Questions, contact Melissa White.


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




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