February 1, 2018          


John Hickey

Happy Catholic Schools Week! I was pleased to see many of you at Mass over the weekend and at our open house. While I hope that you, like me, are grateful for the gift of Catholic schools each day, I think we should all more intentionally think about the importance of Catholic schools.


One thing I'm particularly grateful for here at St. Joseph is our Jesuit charism. Our connection to the Jesuits gives us some very accessible ways to approach education and faith. Here are five core values that we subscribe to in educating your children.


  1. We seek the magis, Latin for more, always seeking to understand more deeply the subjects we teach. Our students are encouraged to always push a bit further.
  2. We are people for others. An education at St. Joseph School helps instill in our students a habit of serving others. Our students know that what they have is a gift from God and meant to be shared with others.
  3. We care for the whole person, cura personalis. Our goal is to help our students begin to develop into their best selves in all aspects of their lives. This is why we talk about an education of the head, the heart, and the hands. The notion of cura personalis also moves our teachers to really get to know their students.
  4. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. I had to write these words on the top of all my assignments in high school. "For the greater glory of God" reminds us that all we do is meant to glorify God. Tied to the notion of being people for others, AMDG reminds us that the world is bigger than us, that looking beyond ourselves ultimately glorifies God.
  5. We seek to form and educate agents of change. Our students develop critical thinking skills that help spur them to act for justice in the world, stand up for others, and make change where needed. This takes courage, but we hope that in their time here, students get to practice being agents for change.


Enjoy what's left of Catholic Schools Week!




2/6 - Free Dress/Pizza Day

2/8 - Estate Planning Luncheon See the advancement section for details

2/10 - Winter Dance/Italian Dinner RSVP HERE!

          5pm-9pm, Social Hall

2/14 - Ash Wednesday 

          K-4 Mass 9am

          5-8 Mass 1:30pm



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.



Re-enrollment COMING SOON!

Re-enrollment for current students will begin on 3/16/18. Families will receive an email from FACTS to access contracts and set up payment plans. Applications for prospective 18/19 students were due on 1/26/18. Please contact Admissions today if you've missed the prospective student application deadline.


 Baseball Registration is Open


Signups for CYO Baseball are now open online. All St. Joseph students and parishioners in grades 5-8 are encouraged to play. Register by February 15th to ensure your child a spot on the team. Late registrations may not be accepted. Financial aid will be automatically applied for eligible families. Click HERE to register.


Questions? Contact Robby Hayes.


Spelling Bee


The buzz is starting for the annual school spelling bee! This event is about much more than spelling, word origins and correct pronunciation.
It's about inspiring confidence and love of language that lasts a lifetime.
It also teaches valuable lessons about sportsmanship and public speaking. Class bees will be held the weeks of February 5th and 12th
All school final bee on February 23rd in the auditorium


Word list for grades 1-8 found HERE
Interested in volunteering?  Sign-up HERE
Questions?  Contact Amy Cooper


Italian Family Dinner


All are invited to join for dinner in the Social Hall and Dancing & Crafts in the Old Gym. Cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child; 2 years and younger are free. Dinner of pizza for the kids; lasagna, salad and bread for adults. Beer, wine, lemonade provided. Dancing, art wall, and kids crafts for entertainment.

RSVP and pay online HERE
Volunteers are still needed, sign-up today!


You are Invited...Cinderella!

The 7th and 8th grade Exploratory Drama class respectfully requests your attendance at our showing of Cinderella on Thursday, March 1st & Friday, March 2nd at 7 pm in the St. Joseph Auditorium. We promise that the acting, singing, dancing, sets and music will not disappoint...so please come and bring the whole family!

Tickets can be purchased at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Cash and checks only, please.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions?  Contact Darcy Carlsen


Bagel Lunch Friday 2/16, Order Now!


Kick off the holiday weekend 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. Order deadline is Thursday, 2/8 at 9pm.


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

Thank you for your support!


529 Plans Expanded to K-12 Private Schools


The recently signed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act expands 529 plans to include elementary and secondary private school expenses.  Contact your tax advisor to learn how you may be able to take advantage of this change in the U.S. tax code.

EX LIBRIS: Notes from the School Library


The Annual St. Joseph Library Scholastic Book Fair was a success! A big shout out goes to our wonderful, tireless, patient, positive, humorous, and committed volunteers who served at the book fair.  We could not have made it through the week without you and we value all that you did, from setting-up to cashiering to tearing-down. 


Thanks to our dream team:  Annie O'Brien, Cheri Price, David Sepulveda and the maintenance crew, Deanna Falls, Geannine Purpura, Matt Dahlgren, Megan Carol, Megan Wellings, Michele Nucci, Niki Robinson, Rebecca Moyle, Shannon DeVange, Stephanie O'Connell, Suzanne Lear, and Tamara Ludford


More details next week about how much we earned at the book fair! 


Thank you to all of our shoppers –- students and families!  We appreciate you!




Suicide Prevention for Parents and Guardians Wednesday, February 7th 6-8:00 pm. FREE. High Point Library Conference Room. (35th/Raymond). The LEARN™ steps are designed to help empower individuals to play a role in recognizing peers, friends, and family who might be having thoughts of suicide, and to know how and where we can refer those individuals to keep them safe. Come learn about how to talk about suicide with your children and their friends! All parents/guardians welcome. This training is offered free of cost. Food and refreshments will be provided.


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!


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


Please join us at the annual St. Joseph Endowment Fund Lunch & Learn Event. This year our community member, Matthew J. Tilghman-Havens, Vice-President & Senior Wealth Planner, U.S., will talk about Life & Wealth, the new estate planning landscape and how the new tax laws may affect your estate plan. Space is limited, to RSVP or for more information, please click here.


Commitment Letters will be mailed soon!

The school sends commitment letters each February to let families know where they are with their commitments for the year, as stated in your school contract. As a reminder, each family commits to:
      • Participation in the Annual Appeal
      • 25 volunteer hours
      • $300 Auction commitment / monetarily or in-kind
      • Participation in the SCRIP program
      • Participation in the Jogathon


We are close to pulling all of the data for this year's letters. If you still need to participate in the Annual Appeal, you may do so here. Make sure to record your volunteer hours; that can be done online here! SCRIP is sold every morning in the school lobby by our generous parent volunteers; you may also purchase SCRIP in the Advancement Office. To view a current card form please click here.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact the Advancement Team!


Annual Father Daughter Dance

May 11, 2018

Wyckoff Gym


Come dance the night away rodeo style at the Father Daughter Dance

Sweets, & Snacks provided

Purchase Tickets here by May 2, 2018

$25 per couple + $10 each additional girl

$30 at the door + $10 each additional girl

Photos available for $10 each

For more information or to volunteer, please email Shawn Needham.

Save the Date!  Grandparent Luncheon Friday, May 11th.


The annual Grandparent Luncheon will be held immediately following the May Crowning Mass. If you would like to have an invitation sent out please complete the form HERE. Please make sure to submit by March 9th.


Spirit Gear!


It is basketball season. Advancement has St. Joseph sport shorts, socks, water bottles and more in-stock – order your spirit gear for the season here.

Auction Parties!!!


There is still time to join in on the fun from last year's auction! Space is limited – sign up today!

·       Taco Time & Tequila, February 9th

·       UW/HUB Mother Son Event, March 3rd

·       Texas Hold 'Em Tournament, April 14th

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

·       5th Grade BBQ, May 4th


"Sinners called to be Companions" Jesuit Identity in the Modern World

Part II of the jesuit seminar with F. John Whitney, S.J.

Thursday, February 1st

Thursday February 8th

7pm, Arrupe Room, Parish Center

Last fall, St. Joseph offered an introductory seminar on the roots of the Jesuits and the spiritual identity of the St. Joseph Parish.  We are now to examine the great changes that happened after the Second Vatican Council, with the election of Fr. Pedro Arrive and the orientation towards a "faith that does justice".

*Even if you were not involved in Part I of the Jesuit Seminar you are welcome to join up for Part II.

Water Project in our Sister Parish of San Bartolome in Arcatao, El Salvador.


Thanks to the generosity of our community, we reached our fundraising goal and as we speak, a delegation from St. Joseph's is visiting our Sister Parish to finalize plans for moving forward. I wanted to invite you to a meeting on Tuesday February 6th 7-8:30pm in the Parish Center to get an update on the water project and information on our upcoming Sister Parish Delegation. Padre Miguel has invited us to come down and celebrate Easter with their community. The dates are leaving Wednesday evening March 28th and returning Wednesday April 4th. There may be a possibility we can work with them on the water project. If you are interested in going, please contact Deacon Steve for further details.


Ignation Spirituality Center Novena 2018

Open your eyes, show us your face


Deepen your experience of Lent this year by entering into Nine Days of Grace: Novena, a retreat that can be made amid the busyness of daily life. Take just one hour a day to attend a liturgy at either the Chapel of St. Ignatius or St. Joseph Church, or make the retreat online.


Click HERE for details including dates and times.

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




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