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September 6, 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



First Day 2012
Kindergarten students concentrating on the first day

Message From the Principal  


Dear parents,

Sunshine, smiles, hugs and cheery enthusiastic voices are the descriptors for opening week.  We are off to a great start.    These first few weeks are packed with learning expectations and procedures, and your children are adapting to their new classes and routines very well.

In many of the classrooms I have visited, the students are already telling me how they are practicing their new Habits of Mind.  First graders demonstrated how they manage their impulsivity!   They didn't blurt out the answers; they are learning to think before they act.  Ask your first graders about not bursting the bubbles!  Today, the middle school students will plan skits and make posters to teach each other how they can achieve our Student Learning Expectations and follow the Middle School Handbook by practicing the Habits of Mind.   Next week, at Curriculum Night, you will hear more about the Habits of Mind.  

Curriculum Night for the middle school, grades 6, 7 and 8, will begin at 6:45pm on Tuesday,  September 11, and at 7:00pm on Thursday, September 13, for families with students in grades K through 5.  These meetings play a very important role in the parent-teacher partnership.  You will become familiar with the expectations, curriculum and routines that your child experiences.

So it's not all work, we will also party - see you at the Tailgate tonight.  Thank you, Parent Association for making this community event possible.   



Bernadette O'Leary  

Back to School

Tailgate Barbeque
6-8pm, School Parking Lot

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!

Scrip Cards

Bring your check book!  Scrip will be on sale at the BBQ for your convenience!

Be sure to visit the uniform exchange tables!

Sign Up for Soccer & Cross Country


If you haven't already done so, it's not too late! 

Soccer practices began in mid-to-late August and the season ends in late October or early November. Cross Country practices started in late August and the season concludes in October.


Registration forms and fees are due by Friday, September 7, 2012.


Please contact Tom Brush ( or Pat Daly ( if you have any questions about soccer, and John Ward ( or Pat Daly ( if you have any questions about Cross Country.


Looking forward to seeing you all on the soccer field and cross country course this fall!


St. Al/John 2012-13 CYO Soccer/Cross Country Registration Form




St. John's fundraising activities kick off this Friday, September 7, with an assembly explaining the magazine drive to students. This is a major fundraiser for our school; we receive 40% of each order!  As in the past, we will use postcards, email and a catolog to sell the magazines. Highlights of this year's drive include:
Donation option:  Instead of selling magazines, make a donation. $15 = 1 subscription
Family turn-in bonus:  Families that turn in a combined amount of 25 subscriptions, or the equivalent donation by the first turn-in day of September 12, will receive the prizes AND all of their children will earn participation in ALL THREE GAME DAYS.
Top 2 selling classes earn a free dress day
Top selling class earns a movie and popcorn party
Meet our school goal to raise $65,000 and the entire school gets a free dress day
Your child's magazine fundraising packet will come home tomorrow, Friday, September 7.  Questions?  Interested in helping?  Contact co-chairs: Heather Varvaro and Patti Coats.

Thanks in advance for your stewardship toward this fundraising endeavor. 

Girl Scouts

Saturday, September 8, 9am-3pm

9111 23rd Avenue NW, in Olympic Manor

Lots of great stuff for sale - toys, books, clothes, housewares, craft supplies, sports equipment and more! We'll even have a bake sale. Stop by, get some great items and support St. John Junior Girl Scout Troop 52827!


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  


Dahlgren Our Lady of Perpetual Asphalt,
Catherine Dahlgr
en at 206-782-4823 or
Volleyball Get in the Net for Bump It Up 2012!


Gather a team of parents and friends and play volleyball as part of this year's Bump It Up "Fun-raiser." Register now - teams are filling up fast. The action starts with open gym time devoted to volleyball on September 25, 26, and 27. Games are played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays beginning on October 2, and run until the end of the month. Contact John Fletcher (, Tony Olney (, or Pat Daly ( if you have any questions. See the attached for more information.


2012 Bump It Up Registration Form


singing boys Cantionis Choir
Grs. 3, 4, 5, and 6

Your boys and girls will learn to sing in a choir setting, learn harmonies, sight reading, and general musicianship. We sing at the 5pm Saturday Mass each month, on the second Saturday, and for special events throughout the year.  We have a very good time (ask last year's singers!) and learn a lot!


Rehearsals are held before school, 7:40am on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Egan Mezzanine. Our first practice will be on Tuesday, September 18. There is no cost for this special opportunity.  We hope your children can join us!


Questions: contact Mrs.Kelly,

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


  "The children who are appreciated for what they are, even if they are homely, or clumsy, or slow, will grow up with confidences in themselves - happy. They will have a spirit that will make the best of all the capacities that they have, and of all the opportunities that come their way. They will make light of any handicaps."  

The Family Handbook is issued today via the school website.  Feel free to download and print a copy for your family's reference.

Your student will bring home a form to be signed by both the student and parent, indicating that the Family Handbook has been reviewed and that the school's policies will be supported.  Please return this form by September 17.
Important Dates

Tonight, Sept. 6 - Tailgate BBQ, 6pm

Friday, Sept. 7 - Magazine Sale begins

Tuesday, Sept. 11 - Curriculum Night 
Grades 6, 7, 8, 6:45pm, Egan Hall

Thursday, Sept. 13 - Curriculum Night 
Grades K-5, 7pm, Egan Hall 

Friday, Sept. 14 - School Not In Session 
Teacher Excellence Day 


 VIEW THE 2012-2013 CALENDAR  

Scrip News   


Budgeting With Scrip  

Which do you think is more challenging; creating a budget or sticking to one?  It's important to take control of your spending, but that doesn't mean it's easy!  Some of our families have mentioned that purchasing scrip helps them with budgeting.  We'd like to share some of their tips, and ours, for budgeting with scrip.


Use scrip retailers for all of your expenses.  By budgeting first, you can see how much money you have to spend in each different category.  Then choose your favorite scrip retailer for every category.  When you use scrip for gas, groceries, clothes, prescriptions, and other everyday shopping, your rebates really start to add up.  Not only are you sticking to the budget, you're also earning for St. John!

Start out small to get the hang of it.  Order gift cards you know you will use every week, like gas and groceries.  If you're not comfortable purchasing gift cards for your full amount of weekly grocery money, try ordering half of your budget in scrip to start.  Once you have a system that works, you can increase your purchases.

Take advantage of Reload and ScripNow™!  Use ScripNow and Reload options to reduce the time between paying for scrip and making your purchase.  When you use these options, and pay with PrestoPay™, your wait time is much shorter than waiting for plastic cards from your coordinator.


We hope this is helpful!  Happy budgeting and saving!


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.


Friday, Sept. 7

Spaghetti & meatballs, cheesy bread stick, peaches 


Monday, Sept. 10  

Chicken or cheese quesadillas, choice of sour cream & fresh made salsa, pineapple chunks 


Tuesday, Sept. 11 

Macaroni & cheese, mini peas, fruit salad 


Wednesday, Sept. 12 

Creamy tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, Berry Blue Jello 


Thursday, Sept. 13 

Chicken Teri Bowl w/pineapple, chocolate ice cream (no "no meat" option today) 


Visit "Menus" for extended menus. 

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 reviews the new Parent Portal and curriculum highlights.

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

Parent Association Co-Chairs
Christine Craig and Page Harader

Save the Date
Endowment 2011 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.  Tickets are selling fast - Ticket Link. Questions?  Michele Thornquist
Safe Environment

Called to Protect Training

Do you want to volunteer in any capacity with children at St. John School?  All adults are required to take this training before volunteering with children.  St. John Parish will host a training on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7pm in Egan Hall.  This training is for those who have never had the training.  Follow up training will be done online after the in-person training has been completed. 


You may register for the class online.  


Click the Safe Environment Program box on the right side of the screen

Click Register Here


Find the class you want to register for

Click REGISTER HERE (located on the right-hand side of the class description)


You will be asked to enter your own personal information as you register for the class. This will create your profile.  Upon completion of the class you will receive a certificate via email.  Please forward this certificate to


Nursery School Sunday Nursery Co-Op Coordinator
St. John Parish is looking for a person to coordinate and supervise volunteers for the Sunday Nursery.  The Nursery has children ages 1-3 years old during the 10:30 Mass on Sundays.  If you are interested, please contact Anne Merklin at the parish office.
Box Tops Logo 

School's back in session and that means it's a great time to turn in the Box Tops from General Mills products that you've been collecting over the summer! Please send them with your child or drop off in the school or parish office. Proceeds fund our playground program.  Check out the Box Tops website for more ways to earn $$ for our school: