St. Joseph School 
Our mission is to create a faith-centered community that educates and inspires students to reach their God-given potential. 

A Note from the Principal
We've completed all our annual teacher meetings. I was happy to participate in these annual meetings because it reminded me how committed our teachers are to the mission of our school. Last week, I told the staff that I love seeing the zeal with which they carry out their vocations. Zeal is really the perfect word to describe it.
Having completed these meetings, we now are able to begin planning staffing for next year. At this point, there will be very little changing, but I wanted to update you on the few personnel changes that will take place for the 2017-18 school year.
  1. Sheri Andrews is retiring, which we announced at the beginning of the year. Leslie Boniface will return to teaching full-time in the 4th grade.
  2. Dorothy Ambuske will teach full-time in the 2nd grade. Kesslie Hollingshead, with whom Dorothy has job shared for several years, will move to Kindergarten where she'll job share with Ona Spaniola.
  3. We've hired Georgina Partridge to take over for Cassie Kastens in 1st grade. Georgina is an experienced educator who received her undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and her master's from the University of Washington.
  4. Diane Thompson, who works at the front desk is retiring. Patty White and I are currently discussing how we'll fill that vacancy.
  5. Barbara Steinhauser is retiring and Shana Abner will take over as admissions director on July 1, 2017.
I'll keep you posted if any more personnel changes occur.
Please make a point to come to the exploratory drama class' presentation of "The Wizard of Oz" this week. I promise it will be enjoyable! Details are below.
Have a great weekend.
Emergency TIP of the month!
The third week of each month, in partnership with Swedish Medical Center and American Preparedness, we will share a "Tip for the Month," tools for kids, classroom teachers, and parents to prepare in case of emergencies. Teaching children how to use 9-1-1 is crucial and could save their lives or yours. Be sure that all family members know when and how to dial 9-1-1.

Here are four simple steps for teaching your children, no matter how old they are, how to use 9-1-1:
1. First explain what 9-1-1 is.
2. Teach them to assess the risks before dialing 9-1-1.
3. Explain what type of information to give once they have called 9-1-1.
4. Practice scenarios with them to make them more familiar with the concept without frightening them.

Keep a list of emergency information near every phone in the house. This should include your address and emergency phone numbers, such as the number for Poison Control (800-222-1222).
Upcoming Events
March 16 & 17
Wizard of Oz Performance
March 17 St. Patrick's Day: Free Dress if you wear Green!
March 20
PowerSchool will close to prepare for report cards
March 21 Noon dismissal 
March 24 Outreach Day
Trimester 2 ends 
March 31 Report cards are mailed


May 11 Endowment Golf Tournament, see below for details
May 12 Grandparents Mass & Lunch. Please have forms turned in by March 17. This form must be submitted EACH year in order to receive an invitation. Check the website for more information and complete the online invitation form. 

Volunteer Opportunities
Sign-up today to volunteer or visit the website to learn more . We are in need of the following volunteers. 

Lunchroom 10:45-1:00 pm,
2 hours/day
Yolanda Hein
Library (ongoing) Various tasks Jean Woletz
Primary Classroom Volunteers Various days/times Sign-up Today!
2017-2018 Enrollment
For current St. Joseph School families or families adding siblings enrollment contracts for the 2017/2018 school year will be emailed through FACTS on 3/17/17 . All new families will receive enrollment contracts on 3/20/17. If you have any questions regarding applications for new families or new siblings, please contact Barbara Steinhauser at 206-329-3260 x 243. If you have any questions regarding re-enrollment of existing students, please contact the Business Office at x 222.

St. Joseph Parent Association Board (PAB) Needs You!
Join the PAB in our mission of supporting and enriching our school community. Contributing your ideas, experiences and talents is key to our success, not to mention a great way to earn your volunteer hours! 

So come join the fun! Send the materials listed below to by March 24th.  Please include a brief personal & professional bio, previous volunteer experience and grade(s) of student(s).
Thank you everyone who helped make the St. Joseph Ski Bus a success this year.
I especially want to thank these dedicated chaperones: Carlos De La Torre for driving the emergency car, Mark Donahue, Rad & Beth Roberts, Valerie Waltz, Jamie Hunter, Jurate Audejatis for driving.

A big thanks to the parents who joined us on a trip or two and showed up on time for pick up at 1030pm or later! I also want to thank my check in team for
showing up each week: Stacy Donahue who helped create the weekly spreadsheets, Stephanie O'Connell & Keri Reed.

And most importantly, I want to thank all the amazing kids - all of which
successfully managed to get their gear on by themselves, watched out for
each other on the mountain, ate dinner, drank water, did not loose their skis
(just some ski pants, gloves, poles and a lot of face warmers)
then got back on the bus on time! Ski bus is a coming of age experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Thanks everyone for a great ski season!

Until next year,
Clancy Small
1-day Amazon Smile Opportunity
AmazonSmile is having a 1-day opportunity to drive donations for St Joseph School. Since January 1 we have raised $1,989.09.

TODAY ONLY, Thursday, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times our usual donation rate) of the price of eligible products customers purchase at  

Join the 7th/8th grade exploratory drama class TONIGHT & TOMORROW as they present the 
'The Wizard of Oz' 

Evening performances are scheduled for March 16 and 17 at 7:00 pm in the St. Joseph Auditorium. 

Adults are $10 and children under 12 are $5. Tickets will be sold at the door. 

Track & Field Registration 
is Open!

It is time to register for both K-3 Track club and 4th-8th grade track and field. The cost for K-3 track club is $10 and the cost for 4th-8th grade track and field is $25. Financial aid will be applied automatically for all eligible families. The registration deadline is March 29th.  Register Today!

Congratulations to 
Penn Anderson .

He won 3 out of his 5 matches at the Shelton View PTA Invitational Chess Tournament.

St. Joseph Chess Team will be participating on Sunday, April 2 at St. Anne Celtic Challenge 

You can participate with the team regardless if you are in the Chess Club. If you need a St. Joseph Chess Club T-Shirt for the tournament, email Laura Laun.
  • Site: St. Anne School
  • Divisions: A 5 round G/25 Swiss in 5 sections: K-1 U800, 2-3 U800, K-3 Open, 4-8 U900, 4-8 Open.
  • This tournament is an Elementary State Qualifier. 
  • Check-in at 11:30am. Round 1 at 12:00pm; Last round at 4:00pm.
  • Entry Fee: $25.
Deadline to enter is April 1, 2017 at 6pm. Late registration will require a $10 late fee.

Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sales LAST DAY TODAY!

For those who have supported St. Joseph School Girl Scout troops in cookie sales. . .a big THANK YOU! If you have yet to purchase cookies, today is the LAST DAY. Get your box of Samoas, Thin Mints, Do Si Dos, Tagalongs, Savannah Smiles, Toffee or S'mores! Each box is $5.00. Our 2nd grade troop will be out by the prayer garden after school!

Endowment Golf Tournament Registration is OPEN

Join friends, parents and alumni at the Newcastle Golf Club for the Endowment for St. Joseph School Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 11

Individual registration is $150 and includes cart, tee gift and post-golf gathering award banquet. 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information on sponsorship contact Kara Connally.
First Ever YOUNG AUTHORS WEEK: April 3-7
The first week of April will be filled with opportunities for St Joseph students to share their own writing with peers and published authors. They will also have the opportunity to learn new techniques and set goals in writing. 

Guest instructors and celebrated authors (Ben Mikaelsen, April 7 and Deb Lund, April 6) will speak about their journey as writers, as well as cover the writing process, collaboration between peers, research, publication, etc.

Monday is the exciting All School Writing Share! Every child and every staff member will participate in this fun event. Stay tuned for more details.
Advancement Announcements

Looking for All Cowgirls & Cowboys 
who are ready to Saddle up!  

Auction Planning is under way and we want to rope you into helping us out!  Please contact Kim Nisbet, if you're ready to saddle up and join a fun committee! Who is ready to have a FUN year?! Not sure what you want to do? No worries - we have lots of ideas for you. 


Pick-up SCRIP cards each morning at 9 am in the lobby. Click for more information. 

  • Purchase Spirit Gear: duffel bags, umbrellas, scarves, socks and more. 
  • New - St. Joseph Spirit Sport Shorts - $25
    Get your blue and white St. Joe's sport shorts with our St. Joseph logo on the leg! Order a pair or two for you and your child to wear during a school sporting event or on a free dress day! These shorts go great with team jersey's! The shorts are unisex, great quality, and come in five sizes (youth small, medium, large and x-large, adult small and medium). Sample sizes in advancement. Note: these shorts are not required for any sport.
Group Auction Parties

Below is a list of the upcoming auction parties. If you did not get the opportunity to get into one of the special group parties, you can still sign up. Email Cristina Murphy.

Texas Hold'em Tournament for 60 - Saturday, April 1st, $160/person
You know when to hold'em and we know when to fold'em. Don't miss the annual St. Joseph Texas Hold'em Tournament on Saturday, April 1st. A fun-filled event will be held at the Waite's home in Madison Park. This will be an unforgettable night of cards, cocktails and friendly competition. Winnings will be divided four ways: amongst the top three finishers and St. Joseph School. Poker instructions will be provided, along with delicious food and beverages. Reserve your seat for this one night only, 60 persons total, with a $40 buy in at the door.

Lacrosse Clinic, May 2017 date TBD, $30/person
Lacrosse Clinic for 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders at a Washington Park. Date in May to be determined. Pagliacci Pizza after the clinic is finished

Football Clinic, May 21st, $30/child
Football clinic for grades 4th, 5th and 6th grade on Sunday, May 21st. Two St. Joe's Dads: Reilly Schanno and Gary Schmidt. This clinic will be held at the Seattle Tennis Club and will include one hour of instruction and one hour of a game. Snacks after!
Counselors Corner
Here is what's happening in the counseling program this month!
7th & 8th
 v. Joking

Snack & Chat
Joining Groups/ Dealing with being left out
Snack & Chat
Handling teasing/ Kelso's Choices Review 

Snack & Chat
 Leadership Lab
Ups and Downs of Friendship

Day W/F
Lunch & Recess
Digital Citizenship/ Gender harassment
Indoor Game
Day W/F
Lunch & Recess

Indoor Game
Day W
 & Recess
7/8 Peer Mediation

  • Overcoming Time Blindness to Strengthen Long-Term Planning Skills w/Dr. Cindy Dupuy - Thursday, March 16th from 7-8:30. Executive Functioning Speaker Series presented by Aspiring Youth. For parents and professionals. Location will be at Ryther.  Click to RSVP.  FREE.  
  • Pressure to Succeed and Toxic Stress with Dr. Laura Kastner - Monday, March 20th, 7:00-8:30 PM. Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center. Click here for more information. ($10)
  • Wise Minded Parenting Videos with Dr. Laura Kastner- Free videos
  • Keep Calm-7-day email mini course- Melissa Benaroya, FREE at
  • Parent Toolkit-An amazing resource for parents is called Parent Toolkit, Pre-K-12th Grade.
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.

Ex Libris: Lines from the Library

Overdue Books Reminder: The end of trimester 2 is approaching. Please be sure to return all library books to the library before the end of the trimester. 

The library is introducing a bookmark event! Here is how it works:
  • The theme of the bookmark is "People for Others."  Any interpretation of this theme is welcome!
  • Children will be given one bookmark only.  They should make a draft on another sheet of paper and/or draw in pencil on the bookmark and then color it in later.
  • If a child is interested in participating, he or she may pick up a template from the library during school hours.  This is not a mandatory event.
  • Students will not be given school time to work on the bookmarks.  It is meant to be an at-home activity.
  • Please turn in the completed bookmarks any time before St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17th.  Only bookmarks on the template will be accepted.
  • All submitted bookmarks will have color copies made and be available in the school library throughout the rest of this year.

Reading Matthew
March 23, 30 & April 6
St. Joseph Parish Center from  7 - 9 pm

This is a three week series, facilitated by Fr. John Whitney, S.J. who will lead us on an in depth look at the major themes of the Gospel of Matthew.  For more information or questions please contact Theresa Lukasik or 206-965-1651.

Who Is My Neighbor?

Lenten Study Group - The Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center ( IPJC) has created a three week study guide based on the Bishops Letter on Poverty. We are offering a group on three consecutive Tuesday nights March 21, 28 & April 4th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in the Parish Center. To register or for more info please contact Deacon Steve or 206-965-1646.

Stabat Mater Concert

March 24, 2017 - 7pm, St. Joseph Church. A Lenten Devotion Featuring Pergolesi's Musical Setting of the Stabat Mater.
Community Announcements

Late Nite Catechism at Archbishop Murphy 
High School on April 7, 2017

A fun evening that supports our tuition assistance program.  

Click to learn more and purchase tickets.