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August 30, 2012 

2012/2013 Theme 

Respond with Wonderment and Awe!

"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave,  

be strong.

Let all that you do be done with love." 


1 Corinthians



New first floor windows moving into place!

Message From the Principal  


Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year!  It is delightful to hear the sounds of learning echoing through the hallways.  School is way too quiet in early August!  


This morning at the opening prayer service, we welcomed all our new students.  We also introduced the new faculty members:  Mrs. Sally Edwins is the new sixth grade teacher; each second grade now has an teaching assistant for the mornings - Mrs. Abby Mansfield and Mrs. Brandy Tieskoetter; Miss Megan Katsandres is Miss Feeney's assistant in first grade; and, Mrs. Samantha Phillips is our new kindergarten assistant.  Miss Sarah Gudaitis, the math specialist will be a full-time faculty member this year, enhancing achievement in math throughout the school.  We will miss Mrs. Meg Hinshaw and Mrs. Kim Miller, who resigned this summer.  We wish them both the best in their new endeavors.  We thank them for their many years of service and dedication.


Over the summer, the teachers attended workshops, inservices and seminars, including the Teacher Leadership Institute on the Habits of Mind and 21st Century Learning, catechetical certification classes, technology classes and grade level workshops.   At our back-to-school inservice we pooled the wisdom gleaned from our summer work and we are looking forward to implementing the fruits of our labor!  You will soon hear about the Habits of Mind, attitudes and dispositions, which help us to be more Christlike and better thinkers.  All teachers will teach these good habits through the Second Step Conflict Resolution Program and t he lessons will be integrated throughout the curriculum and the entire school day.   Jump to the head of the class by checking out, where you will find Second Step online resources and . Last year, we began the work on the new Common Core math program; this year we will begin the implementation of the Common Core English language arts program.  Please attend the curriculum nights to learn more about these programs.   


More News 

I am sure you have noticed our beautiful new windows!   Thank you, St. John Parish and thank you, auction supporters for making it possible to replace all those windows on the first floor of the building.  Together, we make a difference!  Just one more floor to go!    


Not only did Extended Daycare get new windows, it also has a remodeled kitchen.  Check out the new shiny appliances!  We all want to cook there!  We also have new plumbing and toilets in the main school building and the sewers on 79th street have been updated.   Again, thank you to St. John Parish for managing and helping to bring about these much needed upgrades. 


In addition: 

  • Room 29 has a new interactive projector.
  • We are implementing a newly updated student management system. Soon parents in grades 5 - 8 will be able to keep track of their children's grades online.
  • New trees have been planted near the main entrance on the north side of the building and the broken pavement has been repaired.
  • We have a new automated alert system.

It was a pleasure to see so many of you this morning. I wish you all the best for the new school year.



Bernadette O'Leary  

Paid Position

  Crossing Guard

St. John School is in need of an adult crossing guard for the intersection at 80th St. and 1st Ave. NW.  Hours are 8:00-8:30am and 2:45-3:15pm, all school days.


All or job share.  For more information contact Sr. Pablo.


Medications At School
Per Washington State guidelines, St. John School makes no distinction between prescription and non-prescription medication.  Students are not to keep medicine of any kind with them.  This includes aspirin, Tylenol, cough drops, etc.

Medications must come to the school office in the original container listing proper dosage.  Forms for the authorization for administration of medications are available in the school office.  Special authorization is available for students needing to carry inhalers. 

Authorization forms must be renewed each year.  Please contact Mrs. Q in the school office for forms and more information on medication at school.

Spirit Scarves 
Show your spirit with a classic scarf in purple and gold!  Scarves are $15.00 each and are great for all ages!

Spirit Umbrellas

Perfect for the inevitable Seattle rain - great at sporting events.  Large, purple and white with St. John School logo.  Price is $25.00 each. 


Contact Christine Craig or Page Harader to order! 

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer?  If you are available during the day, or can use your lunch break to spend some time on campus, please consider becoming a playground volunteer. This is a unique opportunity to work with children K-8, see your child in action, and provide valuable supervision to keep our playground safe.


Time:  11:20 to 12:45, Monday through Friday

Do one day, all days, or anywhere in between.

The most immediate need is for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.


Sign up on the volunteer website, or contact Our Lady of Perpetual Asphalt, Catherine Dahlgren at 206-782-4823 or

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, Egan Hall, 11:30-1:00
Hosted by the St. John Parish Craft Ministry, a variety of hand made items will be available:  pet blankets, cookies and jams, African inspired jewelry, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations, flip flops, knitted items, more and more and more!  Proceeds support the Kenya Well Project.  For progress and updates visit


  "Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches.  Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child's life and it's like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities."

Gary Smalley 

Important Dates

Monday, Sept. 3     Labor Day   
school not in session 

Thursday, Sept. 6   Tailgate BBQ 
             6pm, Playground

Friday, Sept. 7        Magazine Sale begins 


 VIEW THE 2012-2013 CALENDAR  

Scrip News   


Life is about to get a little bit busier!  We are back to hauling the kids out of bed, packing lunches, carpooling to practices and games, helping with homework, attending PA meetings, and everything in between.  As you approach your demanding schedule, remember these two words: organize and simplify!  

Start with your scrip order.  We know your time is precious, that's why there is, PrestoPay™, Reload, and ScripNow!  Just by ordering online and paying with PrestoPay, our convenient online payment service, you will be saving time.  No more dropping off checks!  And signing up for PrestoPay is easy.  For more information about PrestoPay click here:

Once you are signed up with ShopWithScrip and PrestoPay your options are endless!  You can still order online and receive plastic gift cards from your coordinator.  Plus you can add funds to existing gift cards by using our reload option, and the funds will be available the next day.  You can also purchase and print electronic gift cards right from your computer using ScripNow, and your eCard will be ready within minutes!
Lisa Mendenhall and Lisa McKenny, your scrip coordinators can assist you with any questions you may have.


Lisa and Lisa  

206-782-2810, ext. 309 


Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Please see the attached Welcome from NoJunk, which contains instruction for setting up your account.


Monday, Sept. 3  

Labor Day - No Lunch Service


Tuesday, Sept. 4

Turkey Hot Dogs, Sun Chips, apple (no "no meat" option today)


Wednesday, Sept. 5

Curly pasta w/marinara sauce


Thursday, Sept. 6

Hamburger sliders or vegi burgers, oven baked sweet potato mini puffs, grapes


Visit "Menus" for extended menus. 

BBQ Back to School
Tailgate Barbeque
Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm, School Parking Lot (we'll move to Egan Hall if it rains!)

Parent Association provides the hamburgers and hot dogs, and all the fixings.  Please bring your own beverages and:

Last names beginning A-L - bring a dessert to share.
Last names beginning M-Z - bring a salad to share.

Volunteers needed for set up, clean up, or grill masters - please sign up on Jooners - click here.

This is a great St. John School tradition!  See you there!
Parent Association
Save the Date!
Parent Association Meeting
Tuesday, September 18, 6:30pm, Egan Mezzanine
Join us for the first PA meeting of the new school year!  We will have time to socialize before Sr. Pablo review the new Parent Portal and curriculum highlights.

Grade Parents!
Sign up to volunteer as a grade parent at the upcoming Curriculum Nights, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, September 11 and 13.

Parent Association Co-Chairs
Christine Craig and Page Harader
Visit us on Facebook!

Click on the photo to see more first-day-of-school pics!
1st Day of 2012
Save the Date
Purple and Gold Dinner
Celebrate the legacy of St. John School on Friday, October 5, at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club.  Social hour begins at 6:00; sun sets at 6:38.  Former St. John students Jimmy Nguyen and Lauren Martin will emcee;  former principal Mrs. Agnes Jacobson will be honored with the Eagle Award.  New this year - a dessert bar and after party beginning at 9:00.  Reservations required; $65 per person.  Tickets go on sale soon via our event website; watch for an electronic e-mail in your mail box. Questions?  Michele Thornquist