St. Joseph School
 weekly news from St. Joseph School
November 8, 2012
In this issue
School News
Parent Association
Development & Special Events
Parish News
News to Note
Coming up


November 8
Photo retakes

November 12
Veterans Day

November 19-21

November 22-23

November 30
Outreach Day
End of Trimester
December 1
First Reconciliation

December 2
PAB Coffee
after 9 am Mass

Advent begins

December 7
Immaculate Conception Mass 9 am

Report Cards

December 14
School Pledge Due

Quick Links

   Patrick Fennessy
Academic Vice Prinicpal
    Rick Boyle
Vice Principal for Student Life
    Kris Brown
St. Joseph Parish Pastor
    John D. Whitney, S.J. 

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Election Day!
Student Council tallies the votes.

Friday's evening in Paris brings
out young auction-goers.


Virtue of the Week


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From the Principal  

I thought you'd like to hear about two great examples of student leadership here at St. Joe. You may remember that last week I wrote about the ladies' skirt lengths in the junior high. We had planned to have Ms. Brown speak to the ladies in grades 5-8 about this. But then Mr. Boyle had an idea: why not have the ladies from student council lead the discussion and show their support for following the dress code?


It was a great idea, and one that I was able to witness. The four female members of the eighth grade leadership team met with Ms. Brown, reviewed the dress code, listened to the concerns and agreed to help present the issue to their peers. It was very effective, and an example of the leadership we expect and appreciate from our eighth grade.


In another example of student leadership, the entire school took part in a mock election on Tuesday, Election Day. We were able to come up with an Electoral College system and track each class' votes throughout the day. The results were

  • Washington State Governor: Rob McKenna 293 votes, Jay Inslee 284 votes
  • Name of the School Mascot: Jo-Jo 236 votes, Jaggy 170 votes, Joey 163 votes
  • President of the United States: President Obama 441 votes, Mitt Romney 149 votes. President Obama won all 200 Electoral College votes.

Once again, it was student leaders who took charge. The student government, along with the help of Mr. Boyle, organized and ran the election.


Hopefully the mock election will give you some lively topics for conversation with your kids now that the election results are in.





School News


Required Annual Safe Environment Program  

Online Renewal Class for School Volunteers

All school volunteers are required to complete a Safe Environment Program online renewal class each year (following the initial Called to Protect training.) Please make sure you are up to date NOW by going to  

If you have questions, contact Diane Thompson 206-329-3260 ext 210 or



St. Joseph School uses School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS),a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), to provide an objective, consistent methodology for calculating a family's ability to contribute to tuition.

St. Joseph School makes the final financial aid amount determination.  

All financial aid applicants for the 2013-2014 academic year will need  

to complete and submit an online Parents' Financial Statement (PFS).  


The PFS form for the 2013-2014 academic year is available now  

on the NAIS website:  



The fee is $39 for the online application, payable by credit, debit, or PayPal. If you are unable to access the PFS form online, please contact the Admissions Office for a paper form. A fee of $51 payable by check or money order must accompany the paper form mailed to SSS.


Financial aid applicants also need to submit the following documents directly to the St. Joseph School Business Office:


By February 1, 2013:

  • Form 1040 with all filed schedules, attachments and W2 for tax year 2011
  • Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, SIGNED and UNDATED for tax year 2011
  • Form W-2 for tax year 2012

Financial aid will not be awarded without receipt of these documents by February 1, 2013 in the Business Office.


By April 15, 2013:

  • Form 1040 with all filed schedules and attachments for tax year 2012
  • Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, SIGNED and UNDATED for tax year 2012

The financial aid award will be subject to adjustment if 2012 taxes are materially different from 2011 taxes; financial aid will be withheld if 2012 Form 1040 is not received in the Business Office by April 15, 2013. Questions concerning financial aid should be directed to the St. Joseph School Business Office: 206-965-1682.



The votes are in!  

"Jo-Jo" wins for JAGUAR mascot  


Students submitted their suggestions for names

for the new jaguar. 


With votes counted, "Jo-Jo" is officially the St. Joseph School Mascot!








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November 30 Outreach Day   

It's not too early to think about Outreach. All the classes have particular outreach projects, and everyone is collecting food for St. Mary's Food Bank as well as donations for our sister schools in Arcatao, El Salvador  

and Kinango, Kenya. 




If you're willing to help - chaperones are needed! - please email Laury Bryant at In the coming weeks, you'll find information in the FLASH! on pricing, lessons, lift tickets, etc. 

Parent Association

Parking Lot Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed to help in the parking lot directing traffic, especially in the mornings. Any amount of time you can give would be a big help. Anyone interested please contact Jordan Howell.



Parent Education 

The PAB is sharing efforts with other area schools to bring all the best Parent Ed opportunities to St Joe's parents.  


Please mark your calendars for the PAB-sponsored parent education night here at St. Joseph on January 16 featuring speaker Julie Metzger, RN, MN.


Please note the following dates for speakers at Villa Academy:

November 8, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Motivation & your Tween/Teen. What to do to get things Moving?

January 29, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Unplugging your Child. A Frank talk on children and technology

February 12, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Recognizing Anxiety in Children

February 26, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Positive Discipline for Preschool to 3rd Grade

March 7, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Dangers of Prescription Drug Use/Abuse in Teens

March 12, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Raising the Bar: What Parents Can Expect When Their Child has Learning Disabilities


Please visit the PAB website page
for details on upcoming events and
volunteer opportunities!
Development & Special Events


2012-13 School Pledge Drive  

Pledge Deadline is December 14

Make your pledge today! 

Online Donation page    



Please come shop the 2nd annual holiday bazaar  

with great specialty brands  

to benefit St Joseph's School

At the Christofilis Home

On December 6

9 AM to 7PM

2010 East Galer Street, Seattle WA 98112

Jewelry, Candy, Wine, 2 NYC Designers,

Designer Consigner Sale, Great Jones Home gift items,

Strideline Socks, Dolls, Children's Clothing,

Holiday Ornaments, Designer Stationery and more......

Proceeds will support facility Improvements at St Joe's!



The Auction Lives On!

It's not too late to sign up for our fabulous parties or purchase mini directories, 8th grade portraits and 5x7 color photos. Click here to see what's available.





"City of Light, the Magic of Paris"  


Well, we did it! We celebrated Patrick's first year as principal, and we started him off on a very successful note - we reached our goal!  


Thank you to everyone who participated one way or another! Even in these uncertain times,  

we can always count on the  

St. Joseph community! Thank you again to all who worked, gave, and spent!


Thank you to our chairs for their very important roles: Celeste Ramberg, who as Chair, set a high goal, and ensured that we reached it! Procurement Chairs Kirsten and Shaun Wiley for leading the procurement team. Thank you also to Clancy Small for chairing Friday, and our amazing Friday night emcees, Jayson Lacktrup and Rick Boyle (who stepped in at the last minute). Darcy LaBelle for the beautiful Saturday decorations, Lise Hewitt and Kris Mulcahy for Friday decorations, Kimrick Dolson for coordinating the class projects,  

and Lauren Clisham for coordinating the volunteers.  


In addition to all our wonderful volunteers who make it possible to keep the auction humming, we'd like to thank our office support: Kristin Rogers, Connie Wong, Lisa Sakay, Joanne Ramsay, Sandra Harui, Laurie Clay, Giselle Pavlovec, and Mindy Vredevoogd. Also, United Rentals and Andy Sevao for their contributions, Sheryl Sperry for the webpage and Keynote and all our staff who went above and beyond by filling volunteer gaps. Also a big thanks of appreciation to Bill Sauvage and his 7th and 8th grade crew who volunteered and did a great job all auction week, and John Bahlman and his band who entertained auction-goers as they entered the Social Hall.

Some "housekeeping" details:

  • If you still owe for auction items purchased, please come to the Special Events Office ASAP or call us to arrange for payment. Auction items billed to your account will appear on your auction account, not your tuition bill.
  • Come to the Special Events Office to pick up your purchases.
  • If you did not get the opportunity to get into one of the special group parties, or purchase directories, or the 7th and 8th grade photos and memory book, there are still some available. Come to the Special Events Office to sign up or click here to access. 
  • Auction Volunteers: If you did not sign a volunteer sheet while you were working, please submit your volunteer hours to Debra Hofbauer in the Development Office. Auction chairs; please turn in any completed volunteer sheets to Debra.
  • It is never too late to donate - get your end-of-the-year donations taken care of; we will gladly accept donations to further underwrite the auction or for the classroom or outreach fund-an-items.


Mini Directories

The much-awaited mini directories are now available for purchase in the Special Events Office. $10 each.


SJS LOGO GEAR Order Information  

  • Order gear bags before Christmas break! 
  • We have a limited supply of large, blue "golf style" umbrellas with the St. Joe's logo: $25!
Parish News


St. Joseph wants to collect 100 turkeys to help St. Mary's food bank this Thanksgiving!  


St. Mary's has helped 90,000 people this year and wants to distribute 1,500 turkeys for Thanksgiving. There are three ways you can contribute to our turkey campaign:


1.  Purchase a 10-12 lb turkey and bring it to the Social Hall on Sunday, November 11 between 8:30 am and 11 am. Volunteers will be on hand to store your turkey in the fridge.


2.  Visit and click on the "Turkey" button on the home page or go directly to the Turkey Donation page and contribute $15.00 to purchase one turkey via PayPal.   


3.  Send in a check to the Parish Center or drop it in the offering basket labeled "Turkey" for $15.00 to purchase one turkey.


Parish volunteers will purchase turkeys and deliver all the donated birds to St. Mary's food bank on Monday, November 12.


Thank you!  



Parish To Prepare 5th Annual Thanksgiving Meal  

for Recovery Cafe
Help us Prepare Thanksgiving Meal for those at the Recovery Cafe 

Are you and your family looking for a way to make Thanksgiving really memorable for those in need? Consider helping the men and women celebrate Thanksgiving early. On Saturday, November 17, we will be preparing and serving 150 Recovery Cafe Members a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but we need your help--both in the preparation, and in the delivery, serving and clean up. To that end, consider signing up for one of the following: 
-15 turkeys+gravy
-Mashed Potatoes for 40 (five of these)
-10 hams
-Stuffing for 40 (five of these)
-Sweet Potato Casserole for 40 (three of these)
-Green Bean Casserole for 40 (three of these)

-Saturday afternoon at Social Hall 2-4
-Cafe servers, kitchen staff and clean-up crew; (5-7:30 on day of)

Please send email with your contribution to  ASAP.  Thanks!


News Notes


Seattle Prep Open House November 15

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and their parents are invited to attend on Thursday, November 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. Meet the faculty, tour the school and find out more about curriculum and student activities. For information visit the admissions page on the Seattle Prep website:, or call Seattle Prep Admissions Office: 206-477-2146.

Advent Evening of Prayer December 4 

The Ignatian Spirituality Center is delighted to announce that Fr. Pat Twohy, S.J., and Carla Orlando will present at our annual Advent Evening of Prayer. This special evening, "Light wishing to be born," will take place on Tuesday, December 4 from 7 - 9 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Seattle Check the Ignatian Spirituality Center website for more information.  


Annual Holiday Craft Fair

St. Brendan Parish School

10049 NE 195th Street

Bothell, WA 98011

Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday, Nov. 11, Noon - 4:00 pm  


The Magnolia Holiday Tour of Homes December 1 

benefiting Catholic Community Services

Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tickets $25 in advance and $30 the day of the Tour

Pre-sale tickets may be purchased at the Magnolia Garden Center or by mailing a check and a stamped, self-addressed legal sized envelope (no later than Nov. 23rd) to ACC, 4523 31st Ave W., Seattle 98199. Visit for more details.