September 14, 2017          


John Hickey

It has been a great first two weeks of the school year. Walking through the halls, I see and hear all kinds of learning happening. I also see in our teachers, both veteran and new, a renewed zeal for teaching. There is great energy around us!


This year, we will focus on companionship. It's my hope that your daughters and sons are coming home from school each day telling you about the friends they're making. I also hope that you're hearing comments about the budding relationships that are forming between students and teachers. Our teachers strive to connect with each student each day knowing every student is a unique gift to the class. Encourage your kids to ask questions (appropriate ones, of course) of their teachers so they can get to know them better.


All of us who work at St. Joe's are also companions with you, the parents. A formal way for us to demonstrate this companionship is coming up in our annual Back to School Night. Please make a point to be here for this event. It begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 18, on the church lawn with a wine and cheese social. The program begins in the church at 7 p.m. You'll hear from the chair of our school commission, Sean O'Donnell, our primary and middle school directors, and me. I plan to speak broadly about this year's theme, but also about how our strategic plan was implemented last year and will continue to be implemented. After the session in the church, you'll have the opportunity to go into the school and hear directly from the teachers. It's a great night and I hope to see you there!


I also hope to see you even sooner at this weekend's Parish Picnic. This is a very fun event for kids and adults. You'll meet new people, enjoy good food and drink, and laugh a lot. We still need volunteers for the event, so please sign up to do that here.


Finally, as the year starts to pick up pace, please remember that my door is open to you. I truly enjoy the opportunity to speak to parents as often as possible.


Enjoy the weekend, and I hope to see you soon.





Dear Parents,


Our year is off to a wonderful start!  Our students are rapidly settling into the St. Joseph School routines, and we are thrilled to welcome many new students this year.  Our goal is to keep you informed about what's happening in the primary and middle school, and the FLASH! is our most effective tool to reach all parents.  


Beginning next week, St. Joseph School will be joining all the schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle in administering the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) test to all students in grades one through eight.  Last year was the adoption of this test, and it was administered in both the fall and spring. MAP is a computer adaptive test.  Each test will be administered in a different session. Classes will be tested over a period of four weeks.  Most grades will complete their three sessions in the same week. This assessment can assist teachers in informing instruction using valid, reliable and real-time data; it measures the growth of every student over time regardless of on, above or below grade level performance. We are looking forward to gathering data in the areas of math, reading and language arts that will help teachers be more informed about how best to meet the needs of our students.  The MAP assessment focuses on what students are ready to learn as well as student growth.


The Primary School is focused on our first "Virtue of the Year"...respect.  Students are continuing their efforts from last year to greet people as appropriate, make eye contact, and walk quiety in the halls.   I am so pleased to say that at my North Door Club in the morning, students have really taken this to heart!  We are "companions with the earth" in support of this year's theme. Cheryl Mead, former third grade teacher, is on staff this year to guide us through our integration of the Next Generation Science Standards.  Our math curriculum is being studied in-depth this year, and our young authors will be generating beautiful pieces to share with you through Writer's Workshop.  


A few reminders...please review the Family Handbook with special attention to the uniform policy and revised attendance and homework policies.  If your child is playing on the play structure after school, a parent or guardian must be there with them.  I look forward to seeing everyone next Monday evening for our annual Back to School Night.


The Middle School is off to a great start! Teachers and students in grades five through eight are beginning the year by using "Global Guidelines" to create their classroom rules. The overarching guidelines that will guide the students this year in the middle school are - #1. Take care of self first, #2. Take care of others, #3. Take care of class materials, and #4. Do your best work.  MAP testing begins Monday, students in grades five through eight are scheduled to complete reading, language arts, and math assessments next week. Makeup assessments will take place the week of September 25th.  Please encourage your students to do their best and make sure they get a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast.


At this week's staff meeting, teachers spent time reviewing the characteristics of adolescent development for twelve to fourteen year-olds and reflecting on how these characteristics influence their teaching. For more information on the characteristics of young adolescents click here.


Please review the 2017-2018 Uniform Policy. I am noticing that girls' skirts are very short. Skirt length is to be "no shorter than 3 inches above the kneecap," and I will be contacting parents regarding uniform violations.


Please join us at Friday's all school Mass - 8th grade is hosting!


Finally, a huge thank you to Laura Vida and all those parents who helped to make the middle school back-to-school dance last week  a huge success. A special shout out to Kim Nisbet for donating delicious cookies for the dance.


God Bless,


Lil and Mary Helen




9/14 - Picture Day, all students must be in uniform.

9/15 - Mass of the Holy Spirit 9:00am. 

  • Before Mass stop by the lobby for coffee/refreshments, hosted by 8th grade Room Parents.

9/17 - Parish and School Picnic 1:00-4:00pm

9/18 - Back to School Night, 7:00pm-9:00pm, social hour begins at 6:00pm.

9/19 - Noon Dismissal, Jaguar Club is open!

  • See the Jaguar Club webpage for information on drop in care, WATTS basketball day camp, or Seattle Children's Theatre workshops. 

9/21 - New Family Reception in lobby at 6:00pm.




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.

  • Library - contact Jean Woletz
  • Parish Picnic - Volunteers are needed at various times from 10:30am-5:00pm. Sign-up!
  • Lunchroom - Daily, 10:45am-1:00pm Sign-up!
  • Jog-a-thon - Friday 9/29, 10:30am-3:00pm. Sign-up!


Jog-a-thon  September 29th


5-6     11:30 am – 11:55 am

7-8     12:05 pm – 12:35 pm

K-1    12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

2-3       1:10 pm – 1:25 pm

4          1:35 pm – 1:50 pm

This year we went digital and are using 99 Pledges to administer our gifts. Each of your children will have their own webpage.  They can personalize a message to relatives and friends, send solicitations and manage their fundraising efforts. You will receive a notification email when a gift has been made to your child's page. Check your emails! If you did not receive an email invitation please check your junk folder, if you still do not find an email invitation from 99 Pledges please contact the Advancement Office.


Volunteers! All parents are welcome to come and help; if you need to leave after an hour or two, no problem. Sign-up to volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to connect with other

parents and share stories!


For more information visit the website or contact Jaymie Mills.


Parish & School Picnic

September 17th, 1-4pm

Live Music, rides for the kids, cotton candy, and sno-cones. There will be a beer garden for the adults with the Seahawks game televised. Loads of fun, all free!!! Everyone is invited to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share.


Need Volunteer Hours? We need lots of help with set-up, staffing rides/concessions and clean-up.  A great way to get your volunteer hours, Sign up today!

Contact Joe Augustavo with questions.  


St. Joseph Speech Team 

Wednesdays 5:30-6:45pm

Calling all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders!  The first meet is scheduled to occur on Wednesday September 20th from 6:30-7:30 in the auditorium.  Parents are required to attend this meeting with their children. 


Attention 8th Graders - We need your participation!  Did you know that speech looks TERRIFIC on high school applications, you have the chance to win scholarship money AND make friends from different schools.


Contact Jamie Flynn or view the poster for more information.






Cub Scouts Pack 9

September 14th, 6:30pm

All boys in grades 1-5 and their parents are invited to join.
Our first meeting of the year will be Thursday 9/14 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m in the St. Joe's auditorium. We will have an activity and parents will have an opportunity to learn more about Scouting.  Highlights from last year include, racing Pinewood Derby cars, singing Christmas carols at Tent City, and a 2 night campout at Deception Pass!


For more information visit our website or contact Rob Sumner (parent volunteer scout leader).


St. Joseph Insider 

School Newspaper


Are you interested in researching and reporting on school news and working as a team member? If so, consider joining or returning to the Insider team. Meetings are moving to WEDNESDAY mornings from 7:45-8:15 AM. Please read and sign the application. The first meeting is WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20th at 7:45 AM in Mr. LeTellier's room 7A.


           Cross Country

This is the last week to signup for St. Joseph Cross Country. Practices are Tuesdays and Fridays after school. Sign up by Friday (tomorrow) to ensure a spot on the team. You can register by going to the St. Joseph Cross Country page on our website.

Jaguar Club News


Fall Enrichment Classes are now open for registration.  Many of our classes start next week.  Please see the website for more details and to register.  


9/19 is a Noon Dismissal.  The Jaguar Club will be open for study club and extended day.  We have also partnered with WATTS basketball and Seattle Children's Theatre to provide workshops for interested St. Joseph Students.  Click here for more info and to register!


Parking Procedures


Please be sure to review our parking procedures. Each morning and afternoon, over 500 families drop off and pick up their children in the middle of an urban neighborhood. Please be considerate of our neighbors, as well as your fellow parents, and follow the Parking and Traffic Procedures; they are necessary for everyone's safety.


Auction Announcements


Key Deadlines

·Student artwork is due today!

·Sponsorship & AD due 9/18

·Auction Donations 9/25

Saddle Up! Rodeo Weekend 2017

Join us November 3rd and 4th for the annual school auction!


Giddy Up St. Joe's, it's two weeks until Auction deadlines! Get your donations in! We are really looking for Husky Football Tickets, Seahawk Tickets, Apple Cup Tickets and would love birthday parties!   Complete your procurement form online or stop by the Advancement office to pick up a hard copy.


This year's Friday Family Night will be like your local County Fair! Along with the silent and live auction the kids can participate in an old fashion cake and pie walk, a ring toss game, and then take their turn on the mechanical bull! County Fair food galore, including corn dogs, hot dogs, tacos and Fisher Scone's! Save the date! Tickets go on sale soon!


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



Dear Parents,


I am pleased to serve your children and you as school librarian! I look forward to helping students become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.

Students attend weekly library classes one day a week for 30 minutes (grades K-4) or 45 minutes (grades 5-6), and on an as-scheduled basis with grades 7-8. During library lessons, we will cover such topics as the research process, digital safety, how to access and use print and digital resources, and literature appreciation.


Class library schedules and the numbers of books they may borrow are listed below and on the library web page.


Please encourage your child to enjoy and take care of our library materials and return them for more. Check out periods are 1 week (grades K-2) and 2 weeks (grades 3+). Young Adult books are meant for 5th - 8th grade students only and loan for 2 weeks. Also, please enjoy and discuss the library books with your children!

For more information, please call me at 206-329-3260 or visit our school library webpage.

Thank you for sending us your wonderful and enthusiastic readers. Enjoy the 2017-2018 school year!


Merry Tucker, Librarian                              Jean Woletz, Library Technician




Feelings Vocab

1st Grade

Kelso Choices Review


Snack & Chat

(New Students)

2nd Grade

Friendship Survival Kits


Snack & Chat

(New Students)


3rd Grade

Zones of Regulation


Snack & Chat

(New Students)

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



Peer Mediation Applications Due 9/13 for New Mediators.  Peer Mediation Training 9/14 3:00-5:00pm.


Indoor Game day on Wed. & Fri. 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!


Free Back To School Boot Camp for Parents-via email newsletters (Begins September 11th, 2017)


Articles On Transitioning Back To School:


Elementary School


Middle School


Back To School Basics-Video Series


 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




Come and See what the Catholic Faith Has to Offer

Tuesday, 9/19 7:00-8:30pm

St. Joseph's Parish Center


Are you, your spouse, a friend, or an acquaintance a member of another faith tradition but worship regularly here at St. Joseph's?

  • Are you experiencing God's call in your life and seeking Baptism or full community or Confirmation with the Catholic Church?
  • If you are, please consider participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.


The RCIA is an opportunity to explore with others what the Catholic Church has to offer.  It is an opportunity, through a process of discernment and gradual conversion to become a full member of the Catholic Church.


If you are interested, contact Deacon Steve at 206-365-1646.


All are welcome on this journey of faith!

Dirty Hands, Full Hearts: Renewing a Bit of Our Earth
Saturday, 9/16   10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ravenna Park: University District


This is a family friendly service project, although all adults are welcome to join us. We will work together to restore a section of Ravenna Park. Weeding, restoring native species, working with EarthCorps: tools, gloves, water and snacks provided.  No experience necessary, just come ready to learn something new!

Please bring a sack lunch. During lunch we will be handing out new parish bags, copies of Laudato Si, and a book for kids.
RSVP or for more info contact: theresal@stjosephparish.org or 206-324-2522


Attention 8th Graders: Are you aware that St. Joseph Parish has partnered with EarthCorps and is hosting an Eco Restoration Service Opportunity? This could be a way for your kids to get in early on their service hours. However, EarthCorps does require that children under 16 should have a parent present. Please consider joining us this Saturday. If you are going to attend please contact theresal@stjosephparish.org . Shifts are available from 10:00-12:30 and 12:00-2:00 if you can't attend the whole 4 hours.

Concert to Benefit Jesuit Refugee Services

St. Joseph Parish & School has acquired four tickets to the SOLD OUT benefit 2017 Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees Tour. The concert is in Seattle at the Moore Theatre on  October 3rd and will feature Dave Matthews, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, and special guests.  We will be selling raffle tickets for $50 each for a chance to win 2 tickets.  All raffle proceeds will also be donated to JRS.  Raffle tickets sold at the Parish Center during the week or in the vestibule after Mass.

Produced by JRS /USA, in partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (as part of #WithRefugees), the concerts are intimate evenings of acoustic performances to raise awareness and money to support expanded educational opportunities for displaced people through Jesuit Refugee Service's Global Education Initiative. Funds raised from the tour help refugees to heal, learn, and thrive.   Join us and be a part of supporting refugees!

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




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