February 8, 2018          


John Hickey

We continue to make steady progress towards the goals set forth in our strategic plan, A New Messina. While work is underway for each of the goals, I wanted to take the opportunity in this week's FLASH to tell you about some huge steps we've made on the third goal: increasing accessibility.


Because of the success of our fundraising efforts this year, we will be able to increase the cost of living adjustment in our financial aid from 1% to 10%. This makes our tuition assistance calculus much more accurate in terms of the actual cost to live in the city of Seattle. We will also no longer count primary residence equity against families who apply. The default setting for most schools is to do this, basically telling a family that they should take out a home equity loan to pay for grade school. Because of these two changes we are now in a position to begin offering tuition assistance grants to families with higher incomes. The bottom line: families who have previously qualified for aid will see increased awards for 2018-19 and some families who have not previously qualified will now qualify.


Please see the St. Joseph website for instructions on the application process. Scroll to the section below the tuition information and you'll see a financial aid tab plus a resources tab with many valuable tips on the application process. You'll need your filed 2017 Form 1040 tax return as well as your 2017 W-2's and any 12/31/17 investment and mortgage balances in front of you as you're going through the application. Remember to file and upload your 2017 taxes and other documents by 2/23/18 so we can award aid and have it applied to your 18/19 enrollment contract by 3/16/18. Expect to spend an hour filling out the application. It is very thorough. If you don't have access to a scanner, the business office will be happy to scan and upload your documents for you. It only takes a few minutes, and we will scan and return your documents immediately. 
The deadline for applying for financial aid for the 18/19 school year is 2/23/18.
Please call Mary Dorn at 206-329-3260 x 201 if you won't be able to complete your application by 2/23/18, but would still like to be considered for financial aid for the 18/19 school year.  We will work with your family and help you through the process.  We also have wonderful support from SSS, our financial aid partner, who can answer any questions specific to the application. 


For a complete, yet just as important change of subject…Our new middle school director, Vince McGovern will be on campus Friday, February 16 for Fuel Friday. Come get a cup of coffee when you drop off your kids and say hello to Vince. This is an informal gathering…no prepared remarks…meant to simply get acquainted. Vince will be on campus for more formal gatherings in the spring. We'll give you advanced notice for those, too.


Have a great weekend.




2/8 - Bagel Lunch Deadline 9pm order HERE!

2/8 - Estate Planning Luncheon 

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

          5pm-9pm, Social Hall

2/13 - Valentine's Free Dress Dress in red, pink, and white

2/14 - Ash Wednesday 

          K-4 Mass 9am

          5-8 Mass 1:30pm

2/16 - Fuel Friday special guest, Vince McGovern Take a moment to stop by and introduce yourself to next

          year's Middle School Director



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.



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!


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.


Italian Family Dinner Saturday 2/10


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!


Spelling Bee


The Class Bees have started and will wrap of next week. The Spelling Bee 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. 

All school final bee on February 23rd in the auditorium, stay tuned for times.


Word list for grades 1-8 found HERE
Questions?  Contact Amy Cooper


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


St. Joseph Men's Ministry Speaker Series: morning breakfast with Xbox creator

Robbie Bach

March 6th 6:45am

Please join members of the St. Joseph Men's Ministry for a special event featuring Robbie Bach, who will speak about his days leading Microsoft's Xbox division while balancing a life of faith, family and service.  Q&A to follow.  All are welcome to attend, light breakfast will be provided. More details to come!


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.


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.

EX LIBRIS: Notes from the School Library

Book Fair Recap

Thanks to you, the amazing families of St. Joseph, the book fair brought in over $14,000.00!  Out of that, we paid taxes (not fun), bought teachers books on their wish lists (fun), and earned $6,600.00 in Scholastic Dollars (they sell more than Scholastic products).  We are so appreciative of all of your support and goodwill towards the library!  Yay for reading!!!!

Global Reading Challenge Update

Two fourth grade teams have formed and will compete against each other!  Here are the teams:


Number One Reading Donuts

Captain:  Harry

Bianca, Calla, Clemente, Harry, Rhea, Tommy


What Up, Fishlips?

Captain: Sam

Camilla, Charlotte, Maggie, Sam, Tamir, Tram, Victoria

Meeting Times and Book Titles

We meet every Thursday in the library from 7:45 to 8:15 am. The adult leaders are Joe Poe Daly, Sara Cotto, and myself.


The books the students are reading independently are:

Alvin Ho:  Allergic to Camping  by Lenore Look

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

Cleo Edison Oliver in Persuasion Power by Sundee Frazier

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Pickle by Kim Baker

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper


The books we are reading together (due to complexity of content) are: 

Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez, A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park


The Competition

Teams will compete on Thursday, March 22nd, at 12:45 in the auditorium. Teams will answer three rounds of eight questions. Prizes TBD!  If you are parents of a Global Reader, please read with them! Ask questions! These books are also available through the public library.

Thank you!




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

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!

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


Attention First Grade Families: Children's Faith Formation (CFF) and Sacramental Preparation Program

The first of the two year Sacramental Preparation program for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is called CFF1 (Children's Faith Formation Year 1) and is for children in first grade or older. Please sign up your child here. Mark your calendars for the CFF1 parent and child "Welcome Workshop: Exploring the Church" on Saturday, May 5 from 9am to 11am in the church.


For more information please email Dottie Farewell or call 206-965-1652.

"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 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.


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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