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
While today's weather does not really make me want to get out to play golf, it is that season. One of my favorite golfing events of the year is the Endowment for St. Joseph School's annual tournament. It's happening on May 11 and I hope you can take part. Please let me know if you/your company would like to sponsor a hole. It's a great way to support the endowment. If you're a golfer, please consider getting a team together. It's always sunny on the day of the tournament and I guarantee you'll have a good time. The endowment funds 1/3 of our total financial aid budget and is very worthy of all our support. See below for registration and event details. 

Also, please mark your calendars for next Wednesday, April 12 for the eighth grade class' presentation of the Passion. This is an honored tradition at our school and I'd love to see you at the evening performance. The students have worked hard on this. It's a powerful play and worth seeing.

Enjoy the weekend!
Upcoming Events
April 3-7 Young Authors Week (see blow for details)
April 12 Passion Play at 7 pm in the Church
April 14 Good Friday; noon dismissal
Bagel Sales 
April 17-21 Easter Vacation; NO SCHOOL


May 11 Endowment Golf Tournament (see below for details)
May 12 Grandparents Mass & Lunch

Father Daughter Dance; reserve your tickets today!

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

Grandparents Mass & Lunch 8:30a-3p on May 12, various tasks open Sign-Up!
Special project (able to do from home) 4-6 hours  Kara Connally
Lunchroom 10:45a - 1:00p,
2 hours/day
Yolanda Hein
Primary Classroom Volunteers Various days/times Sign-up Today!
Golf Tournament
May 11 from 10a - 4p, any combo of hours Kara Connally
Thanks to Mrs. McDonald for organizing a very exciting and fruitful Young Authors week for our entire community! Guest instructors and celebrated authors have visited with students, shared their stories and helped students deepen their passion for writing. 

Congrats to all our students for participating in an all school writing share on Monday! What a talented group of students we have! 
Register today for the golf tournament in May! 

Join current friends, alumni and friends for the Endowment Golf Tournament at Newcastle Golf Club on Thursday, May 11

Individual registration is $150 and includes cart, tee gift and post-golf gathering award banquet.  For more information or sponsorship opportunities contact  Kara Connally .


Chess News

The St. Joseph Chess Team brought home two 1st places trophies and a 2nd place trophy this past Sunday at the St. Anne's Chess Tournament.

Congrats to the K-1 team for their 1st place trophy in the K-1 U800 division.
  • K - Oscar Morgan, Maceo Krejci, Henry Holloway, Elliott Friedman, Carson Holzli 
  • 1st - Charles Laun, Billy Fisk, Conrad Van Tienhoven, Maddie Cavit, Hailey Chang
Congrats to the 2-3 team for their 1st place trophy in the 2-3 U800 division
  • 2nd - Penn Anderson, Stone Farewell, Margaret Wellings
  • 3rd - Scarlet Wilson, Gigi Perrina, Calla Friedman
Congrats to the 4 - 8 team for their 2nd place trophy in the 4-8 U800 division
  • 4th - Henry Laun, Theo Van Tienhoven
  • 5th  - Olivia Rose and Hannah Huddleston
Special recognition to our highest rated players competing in the Open Division and finishing in 8th place out of 30 teams.
  • Tommy Daly, Dexter Farewell, Nicholas Schwarzbeck, William Huddleston, and Luke Ward
Attention:  You must register before April 10th for the WA State Championship in Tacoma on April 29th.  A student qualified if they scored three or more points in a qualifying tournament.  If your child would like to compete but did not qualify, you can still play in the 'I Love Chess" Category

Passion Play Performance on April 12 at 7 pm

Throughout the Lenten season our eighth grade students have been working hard in preparation for this year's Passion Play. Everyone is invited to this year's production on Wednesday evening, April 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Church.

Order your yearbook NOW through April 14!

Order your yearbook online. Cost per yearbook is $40. Click for instructions to help with ordering.

We will also have paper order forms available at the main office.

* ALL students (including 8th graders) wanting a yearbook this year will need to purchase one.

Questions? Contact Julie Schultz.

Looking for a fun way to meet your volunteer hours?

A few of the primary classrooms are opening up timeslots for parents of all grades to volunteer.
Sign up today!

Geography Bee

Congratulations to 5/6th grade winner Josie A. and  7th/8th grade winner Charlie G. who rose to the challenge of knowledge on the Earth's geography!  Charlie represented our school at the regional bee in Tacoma last week and placed 11th out of more than 100 contestants.

Supply kits may be ordered online today!

Visit  (school code 94350) now through the end of the year. Hard copy order forms have been delivered to the teachers. All grade levels are $55.00 each, they will be delivered the first day of school. 

2017 Summer Camp
Registration is Open!

Information regarding St. Joseph School Summer offerings, including Study Skills, Harry Potter Camp, Math Fluency and more, are open. Register online today through June 2nd. 

Time to Lasso some corporate sponsorships for the Auction
We are looking for some great Corporate Sponsors to be a part of the Saddle Up! Rodeo Auction. Visit the auction webpage to find out what great benefits we have to offer and how to get on board the Rodeo weekend fun.

Not sure what to donate or how to be a part of the auction fun? No worries - we have lots of ideas for you. Check out our Wish List, Underwriters and Volunteer Opportunities. Spring Deadline is May 31st, 2017. 
Advancement Announcements

We are almost one week into our APRIL scrip contest. KA is in the lead thus far.   

Earn a Pizza Party for your class by being the first class at St. Joseph to achieve 100% participation in Scrip. (Minimum of $10/child). Starting April 3  all Scrip purchases will be credited to your child's classroom. 

Still need to come get your scrip cards?  Find us each morning from 8-9 am in the lobby or swing by the Advancement Office from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Click for more information. 
  • Is VIDEO PRODUCTION your talent or hobby? We are looking for someone to underwrite/produce our 2017 Rodeo Inspired Auction video.  Please contact the advancement office. 
  • Save the Date: Father Daughter Dance on May 12 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm in the Wyckoff Gym. Theme to be announced soon!
    In the meantime, Get your TICKETS NOW.
  • Mini Directories now on sale in the Advancement office.  $10 each  Great for your car and home!!
  • Purchase Spirit Gear: spirit sport shorts, duffel bags, umbrellas, scarves, socks and more. Order online today! 
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 the Advancement Office.

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

Snack & Chat

Snack & Chat
vs. small problems

Snack & Chat
 Leadership Lab

Teasing and put-downs
Friendly vs. hurtful teasing

Game  Day 
Lunch & Recess
Conflict resolution using CAPS
Indoor Game  Day 
Lunch & Recess

7/8 Peer Mediation

Indoor Game  Day 
W Lunch
 & Recess

  • Home-to-School Strategies for Students with Executive Functioning Issues with Lara Hruska & Angela Shapow. April 20 from 7-8:30 pm at Ryther. FREE. Register online
  • 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

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate this wonderful month of words, I would like to share with you some fanciful "list" poetry that fourth and fifth graders have written while in library.

by Cate H (4C)
Flower blossoms
Grass growing
Bright sun
Beautiful trees
Playing outside
Tall plants
Blue sky
Soaring birds
Crowded streets
Gentle swimming fish

by Alex Y (4C)
Pizza's yummy
I know
it's not
that healthy
but sometimes
we just
need something
Cheese is
my favorite

by Helen S (4C)
Long or short
Short or long
Soft or hard
Hard or soft
Tan-ish white-ish
White-ish tan-ish
So many types
Types many so

Ice Cream Sandwich
by Conor W (4C)
Get another one
Drink water
Get another one
Five minutes later
All gone!

Library Helpers
We have so many wonderful student volunteers in the library! Each day of the week, we are blessed with children in grades 3-5 who come in, straighten and organize shelves, help with bulletin boards, assist with checking in books (fifth grade only), read to students*, and help with various other tasks. This is People for Others in Action! Here is the schedule for our amazing volunteers:
  • Mondays: Addie, Aurora, Ava, Dexter, Finley, Lucia, Maribel, and Olivia.
  • Tuesdays: Coby, Huhameen, Sam, and Simon.
  • Wednesdays: Cophine, Gigi E., Gigi P., Mary, Nick S., Nora C., Pia, Roxy, Teddy.
  • Thursdays: Alexandra, Ashley, Isabella, Matilda, and Victoria.
  • Fridays: Ansel, Ben H., Niko B., Niko C., Harry.
  • Flexible schedule: Hutch S.
*There is also a rotation of sixth grade students who read to Kindergartners  on Wednesdays. Thank you for sending us your giving and thoughtful children!

Stabat Mater Concert Encore Performance

Sunday April 9th - 7:30 pm, St. Joseph Church. A Lenten Devotion Featuring Pergolesi's Musical Setting of the Stabat Mater. Join us after the 5:30 Mass for a reception and then enjoy this beautiful music and pray the Stations of the Cross.

The Paschal Triduum

Holy Thursday (4/13) 7 pm Mass of the Lord's Supper;  Collection will be given to Rice Bowl

Good Friday (4/14)
12 to 2 pm - Reconciliation (in front of the altars of Mary & Joseph)
2:15 to 3 pm - Stations of the Cross
3:15 to 5 pm - Reconciliation
7 pm - Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
Collection will be given to the Fund for Refugees

Easter Vigil (4/15) at 8:30 pm

Easter Sunday (4/16)  7 am, 9 am & 11 am
(Easter egg hunt for small children following the 9 am Mass)
Community Announcements

Holy Names Academy Summer Camps 

Open to young women entering Grades 4 through 8, and to any student starting Grade 9 at Holy Names Academy in the fall. 

Seattle Celtic Soccer Club will be holding Fall season tryouts from April 19 - May 4. 

Celtic have teams at all levels for players born between 2002 and 2011 and a coaching staff with the perfect mix of energy, passion and expertise to help players develop and excel in a fun environment.

Tryouts are free to attend. Click for more details and to register. 

Questions? Contact

Capitol Hill Soccer Club Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp offered on April 10th-14th Washington Park / 9am-noon and on  April 17th-21st / Miller Playfield / 9am-noon

Spring Academy: May 12th - June 16th - 6 Weeks
McGilvra Elementary School
5:00-6:30pm / 5-8 yrs.
6:30-8:00pm / 8-14 yrs.