October 14, 2015
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Our Jesuit foundation outlines the virtues

of a student upon graduation.

ChromeBooks are a great asset to student learning and our curriculum; the Sixth Grade students are working hard in Science!

On September 22, 2015, Fr Peter Ely, S.J.,
Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J. and two 7th Grade
student ambassadors greet guests
at our Mass of the Holy Spirit.

JazzEd presented the after school music program at a morning assembly. Several students tried their musical talents with a drum set.
The program began on October 6 with 20 students.



Fr. Jeff McDougall, S.J., President

O U R  M I S S I O N
Seattle Nativity School is a Catholic, Jesuit-endorsed Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) middle school seeking to break the cycle of poverty through an education that nourishes souls and ignites leaders for love and service.

Autumn has arrived and students are settling into their new schedules. Each student is experiencing learning at a new level, forming new friendships and developing their spirituality. As a faculty, staff and board, we continue to fulfill our mission by providing an exceptional education for our students as we prepare them for their future path.

I N T E L L E C T U A L L Y   C O M P E T E N T
Our students just completed the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing. These tests will be taken throughout the year to assess student growth. The results will function as a tool for planning and individualizing instruction. This year we introduced an elective series one day each week for students to explore an area of interest to expand their learning and leadership. The electives include: Animation, Board Games, Outdoor Survival, Robotics and Student Leadership. Additionally, music is now an option after school through a highly regarded program: Seattle JazzED. Special thanks to the Silver Family Foundation for supporting this experiential learning through a grant award!

O P E N   T O   G R O W T H
Recess and physical activity is often a favorite time of day at any school for many students. Special thanks to St. Anne School for supporting Seattle Nativity School through their 2015 Spring Auction Fund-A-Need. Through their generosity our students now have new recess equipment: a tether ball, new basketball hoops and basketballs, new 4-square balls, jump ropes and other recess equipment. Thank you St. Anne School supporters!

On September 22, 2015, we celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit with Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J., the Provincial of the Oregon Province. This was just a few days before he traveled to see Pope Francis! Concelebrating with Fr. Santarosa, S.J. were Board of Directors Fr. Peter Ely, S.J. and Very Reverend Paul Magnano and myself. Our students were an integral part of the celebration by assisting with  the First and Second Reading, Responsorial Psalm, Prayers of the Faithful and the Offertory.  Many friends, Board of Directors, volunteers and supporters attended Mass as well as our reception and open house immediately afterward. Special thanks to Remo Borracchini for the delicious biscotti and to our student ambassadors for providing great tours.

Our first month was very exciting and we are grateful for the generous support of our friends and benefactors. We look forward to sharing student projects, growth and achievements with you in the months to come.
Thank you St. Anne School Auction benefactors! We are delighted with our new equipment!
Students master the art of tying the
new uniform neckwear.

Dr. Vaughn taught the art of map-making in Sixth Grade Social Studies. Each student is now an experienced cartographer.


Michael Mott, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Seattle Nativity School is supported by many generous benefactors and this month we would like to give special thanks to Gene Colin, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Gene is a Founding Board Member who knows the meaning of sharing time, talent and treasure in his heart of gold. Not only does Gene serve on the Board of Director's Executive Committee, he advises the Development Committee through an advisory sub-committee, and co-chairs the Facilities Committee. Additionally, it was his initial gift that put Seattle Nativity School on the path to opening. Through Gene’s generosity and  tireless dedication, Seattle Nativity School has had a facility to educate these young men and women daily.

This past summer was another testament to his commitment. Seattle Nativity School had a dream team of professionals with Gene at the helm to make sure a major project would be completed on time and with high integrity. It began with a generous grant from the Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation for classroom expansion. Our current space at Our Lady of Mt. Virgin needed remodeling to accommodate all three classes of students. With the talented architectural design work of Vincent Ferrese of Encore Architects, Gene lead the construction project, completing it in a record four weeks. His leadership, dedication and support made the impossible, possible. Seattle Nativity School opened on September 9, 2015 with three classrooms, a main office, a principal's office, and a staff work and lunch room. Additionally, he worked tirelessly to provide a library and administrative offices in a great space on the Our Lady of Mt. Virgin campus. 'Thank you' hardly expresses the depth of our gratitude!

Gene has a great history in the Seattle area and it began when he joined Ferguson Construction, Inc. as a project engineer in 1967 and became Chief Executive Officer in 1982. In 2010, Gene was inducted into the University of Washington's Construction Hall of Fame and appointed by the Governor to both the State Higher Education Coordinating Board and the State Building Code Council. He is a strong supporter of construction education and a leader in numerous civic organizations.
Gene’s early commitment to Seattle Nativity School drove from an idea to a thriving reality.  His continued energy and expertise are now helping to chart the course for Seattle Nativity School to deliver on it’s mission. There is not better way to summarize Gene’s influence on the school than using the words that came in a letter accompanying his first gift to the school —
“Onward and upward!”

Thank you Gene!

The De Smet Room
N E W !
Fall 2015

The Caramello Room
N E W !
Fall 2015
The Faber Room
I M P R O V E D !
Fall 2015



Awards Assembly, Student of the Month
Friday, October 16, 2015, at 8am

All School Mass
Friday, October 23, 2015, at 8am

Thanksgiving Mass
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at 8:00am

Mass of the Immaculate Conception
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at 9:00am

Moments from our Ice Cream Social.


Special thanks to our community of
benefactors and volunteers. Every hour of volunteering served and every dollar donated supports the tuition-free education of the students at Seattle Nativity School.

Consider designating your United Way gift to Seattle Nativity School!
October and November are United Way of King County campaigns in the workplace. Seattle Nativity School is a
United Way Agency, #4210088.

Michael Mott, Chairman
Gene Colin, Vice-Chairman
Mike O'Brien, Treasurer
Fr. Peter Ely, S.J., Secretary
Michele Godvin
Sonya Johnston
Diane Kocer
Very Rev. Paul Magnano
Jim Mallahan
Dave Matter
Fr. Jeff McDougall, S.J.
Fr. Jeff McDougall, S.J., President
Mr. Edward Nelson, Principal
Mr. Brian Kelly, Director of Operations

Ms. Judy Shafer, Director of Development
Mr. Sam Bennett, Teacher of Mathematics
Ms. Terry Hickey, Teacher of Language Arts
Ms. Meredith Pentzien, Teacher of Science
Dr. Kathryn Vaughn, Teacher of Social Studies
& Religion

Ms. Anna Olson, Administrative Assistant
Mr. Michael Ervin, Operations Assistant
Seattle Nativity School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Copyright © 2015 Seattle Nativity School, All rights reserved.
October 14, 2015 E-News

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