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Catholic school helps fill growing Eastside need

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SNOQUALMIE - One of the walls inside St. Joseph School in Snoqualmie has a painting on it with the following Scripture from the Gospel of Mark:

"He said, 'How shall we compare the Kingdom of God? It is like a mustard seed that when it is sown in the field is the smallest of all seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants; so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.'"

While theologians have studied for centuries what Jesus meant, St. Joseph seems to have a pretty good idea what mustard seeds they are helping grow.

Since 1994, the Issaquah-based Catholic school has nurtured children's minds and souls, and now it hopes to have a similar impact in Snoqualmie.

"The need [for Catholic education] has been out here on the Eastside for quite some time," said Vice Principal Pam Sprute.

On Monday, Sept. 9, the school opened its doors to 50 third-, fourth-, fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders in Snoqualmie for the first time. St. Joseph started in Issaquah as a preschool in 1994 and has added an additional grade with each following year. It hopes to start its eighth, and final, grade next year in Snoqualmie.

With its main campus building bursting at the seams and no space to be found locally, St. Joseph started to look further east for a property on which to expand. It found a perfect fit in the building where Mountain View School used to be at the end of Southeast Newton Street in Snoqualmie.

Although the school is presently leasing the building, it hopes to purchase it within the next three years.

The building comfortably fits the present student and staff body, and there is still plenty of room to grow. The student population is presently only at about half of the building's capacity. A house out back, in need of remodeling, will house the school's seventh- and eighth-graders next year.

There is room for expanding the original building and the back lot will eventually be leveled for a soccer field.

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