January 11, 2018          


John Hickey

I'm guessing that many of you read this article recently. The article details a project at Google that analyzed the company's hiring practices as well as the characteristics that make for a successful Google employee.


While many thought the study would show that so called hard skills would rank the highest, the opposite was actually true. As it turns out, "the top seven characteristics of success at Google are soft skills." They are: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others with different values or points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one's colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas.


As you read those, I hope that like me, you see characteristics that we seek to develop in our students at St. Joseph School, especially empathy and critical thinking. The fact that we focus on these so called soft skills is what sets us apart from other schools and it's one of the things that demonstrates our dedication to Ignatian spirituality and education.


The nearer we get to Catholic Schools Week, I hope all of us are thinking about what we love most about our school. For me, it's the community and our focus on educating in the Ignatian tradition. Ask your kids what they value most; ask your friends; share that with us. Share it, too, with prospective parents!


Speaking of prospective parents, I'm pleased to tell you that as of today, our applications are nearly double what they were last year. Shana Abner is doing a great job, but so are you. We know that what you tell your friends has a huge impact on applications. Keep it up!


Finally, the annual Open House is coming up on January 28. This event is for current and prospective parents. For current families, it's a great opportunity to meet the teachers your kids might have next year, connect with other families, and enjoy a free cup of coffee! I'll be preaching at all the Masses that day, so hopefully you can come to Mass, too! The Open House begins immediately after the 9 a.m. Mass.


Have a great weekend.




The annual school spelling bee is fast approaching in February.  Thanks to the PAB for sponsoring this event.  Here is a link to the words for grade levels 1 – 8 so you and your child can practice together before the upcoming classroom bees, which will take place either the week of February 5th or 12th.  The final school-wide spelling bee will be Friday, February 23rd.


We see this as a great opportunity for more involvement with your student's learning and a fun way to help them master more vocabulary when studying.  We're sure your child would love to hear about your own experiences with the long-standing tradition of spelling bees!  Thanks for partnering with us in educating your child.


Lil and Mary Helen


1/15 - No Ski Bus

1/15 - No School MLK Jr. Day

          Jaguar Club Closed

1/16 - Noon Dismissal

          Jaguar Club open 12pm-6pm

1/22-1/28 - Scholastic Book Fair

1/24 - Angst Screening Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

          5:30 Dinner, 6:30 Film Screening

1/28-2/2 Catholic Schools Week

        1/28 Open House 10:30-12:30 following mass



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.



 Volleyball Registration


It time to register for CYO Volleyball. All 4th-8th grade students are encouraged to participate. The deadline to register is January 25th. Registrations received after the 25th do not guarantee placement on a team.  Click HERE to register.  


Questions? Contact Robby Hayes.


St. Sebastian Mass Honoring Athletes 1/19

We cordially invite all CYO athletes, parents, coaches and families to a special Mass and dinner celebrating athletes in our community and others in our deanery. Athletes are invited to wear a sport uniform or other SJS gear. Please RSVP to Robby Hayes by Tuesday, Jan 16th with the number of guests and any dietary restrictions.  Click HERE for more details. 


Angst Screening, Wednesday 1/24

Hosted by the Parent Association Board

 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Dinner/Social Hour 
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Film


Dinner will be served at 5:30 PM in the foyer with the film beginning at 6:30 PM in the auditorium. Childcare check-in will begin at 6:15 PM.(PAB Will provide dinner/Childcare for current St. Joe's students will be provided) Please RSVP and indicate whether you will be joining for both dinner and the film or just the film. Also, to ensure we have sufficient childcare coverage, please indicate the grade(s) of your child(ren) in the box provided.

The goal of "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety" is to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they've found solutions and hope. In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources and tools available to address the condition. View the Trailer.

We encourage all families to attend. It is most appropriate for adults and 7th/8th grade students.



Jaguar Club News!


Do you have a 2nd or 3rd grader who is interested in robotics?   We have a Jr. Robotics class that is starting later this month with a few open spaces!  Check out our webpage for details on Jr. Robotics, Yoga, and French classes!


The Jaguar Club will again be hosting the WATTS basketball workshop during the noon dismissal on January 16th.  Click HERE to learn more details or to register your child.  


Questions?  email Jaguar Club.

EX LIBRIS: Notes from the School Library


The Annual St. Joseph Library Scholastic Book Fair January 22nd through the 26th and Sunday morning, January 28th, after mass.


  • Books will be sold all day long.
  • Toys and other goodies will be sold after school only.
  • There will be a teacher wish list available.
  • All profits go back to the library to purchase more materials.If you would like to volunteer, please let Jean Woletz know at jwoletz@stjosephsea.org.  We will need cashiers, floor minders, and people to wrangle the crowds.


If you would like to volunteer, please email Jean Woletz.  We will need cashiers, floor minder, and people to wrangle the crowds.

Global Reading Challenge

We are going strong!  Some of our students have already read all 10 books on the list.  Go Jaguar readers!!  Our "group read" is going to be Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez.  It's a tough book to read with its mix of prose, letters, Spanish language, and complex issues.   So we, teachers and students, are going to tackle it together. 


I am grateful for and want to give a big shout out to JoePoe Daly and Sara Cotto for volunteering to lead the team with me and for these awesome readers who make up the club: 

Greta 4C, Bianca 4C, Rhea 4B, Harry 4C, Tamir 4C, Tommy 4A, Sam4C, Maggie4C, Victoria 4B, Matilda 5C, Clemente 4B, Tram 4C, Calla  4C, Charlotte 4A.



Expected vs Unexpected Behaviors

Social Thinking Small Group

1st Grade

Personal Space


Snack & Chat

2nd Grade

Inner Coach

Snack & Chat

3rd Grade

Kelso' Choices Collage

Snack & Chat

4th Grade

As Needed Classes

5th Grade



Indoor game day on Wed. & Fri. during lunch recess in the Jaguar Room

6th Grade

Communication Styles

Indoor game day on Wed. & Fri. during lunch recess in the Jaguar Room

7th/8th Grade


Indoor game day on Wed. & Fri. 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!


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


Angst Screening-Raising awareness about anxiety, 5:30-Dinner, 6:30-film screening. St. Joseph School.


Great article! What Kids Want You To Know-From 5-15.


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 News

Join in on the fun! Follow the link here to sign up for the amazing parties before they fill up! We have a new form that will help you quickly sign up for all the parties and charge your FACTS account!


Space is limited – sign up today!

·       Taco Time & Tequila, February 9th ***revised date

·       UW/HUB Mother Son Event, March 3rd

·       Texas Hold 'Em Tournament, April 14th

·       K&1 Mid-Spring Soiree, April 20th *** revised date

·       5th Grade BBQ, May 4th


St Joseph Basketball Sport Shorts. It is basketball season. Advancement has St. Joseph sport shorts, socks and more in-stock – order your spirit gear for the season HERE!


Children's Baptism


If you have a child age five to seven years old and he or she would like to be baptized into the Catholic Faith, then this is the program for you! Preparation begins in January with the Sacrament of Baptism taking place this upcoming April.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIA for Children)

Children who have not yet been baptized by the age of seven years old receive full initiation (baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation) into the church during the Easter season. Children participate in preparation classes at the parish. Parents are also an active part of the child's faith formation during this time.
Please set up an appointment with Dottie Farewell via or by calling 206-965-1652.


Ignation Spirituality Center Winter Offerings


ISC programs and retreats aims to meet you wherever you are in your spiritual journey, and to help you deepen and explore your relationship with God. Click HERE for more details on our winter offerings.


Seattle PONY Baseball & Softball Registration Now Open for Spring Season


Sign up now for spring baseball or softball with Seattle PONY Baseball.  Seattle PONY is a recreational youth league that has offered a quality baseball experience to the community for over 20 years.  Our goal is to provide fun, competitive baseball and softball instruction, practices, and games to boys & girls that will help them grow into healthier and happier adults. Seattle PONY offers both baseball (through age 14) & softball (through age 12).  Scholarships Available! Registration open now!  


Archbishop Murphy High School Open House


Click HERE for more information on dates that are coming in January.

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




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