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September 13, 2012 

I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living. 

 from Psalm 116          


BBQ Better  Students at the recent Tailgate BBQ

Message From the Principal  


Dear Parents,


It was delightful to meet so many of you on Tuesday evening.  The teachers value this opportunity to articulate the curricula and the expectations and they prepare well for the event.  Many of you told me that it was a very informative evening.  It gave me great pleasure yesterday to forward to the teachers your appreciation of the time they invested in the meetings.  I am looking forward to tonight's Curriculum Night with the K - 5 families.  It will begin at 7:00pm in Egan Hall.


You are invited to join us on Monday morning, September 17, at 9:00 for the opening liturgy, Mass with Fr. Crispin. The Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith, an action of thanksgiving to God.  We have had a great start to the year and I hope you can attend this wonderful celebration of our Catholic values.


This week, I sat in on a planning meeting for the Purple and Gold Dinner. These party planning volunteers are creating quite the event!  As we take care of the future by building the endowment, we honor Mrs. Jacobson, who built such a solid foundation on which we continue to grow.  Celebrate the past, live fully in the present and ensure the future at the Purple and Gold Dinner.


You have heard the term Common Core Standards over and over again.  Some of you may have investigated online at the Common Core website.  Some of you are not quite sure how it all relates to St. John students.  We will clarify on Tuesday evening at the Parent Association meeting.  Come and join us in the Mezzanine at 6:30.  


Please tell your children to CROSS GREENWOOD AVE. AT 80th STREET ONLY!   We have witnessed some close calls at 79th.   There is a crossing guard at 80th.


I hope you have taken the time to read the Family Handbook for the 2012/13 school year.  This summer, members of the faculty and I ratified some of our policies and procedures.  We implemented the usage of the Second Step Curriculum and Habits of Mind throughout the school and we clarified discrepancies in the uniform policy.  The uniform is an outward symbol of whom we are and should be worn with pride.  Thank you for your cooperation.  Make sure that you sign all the required paperwork and return the forms to your child's teacher.


Let us continue to respond with wonderment and awe at God's goodness!  





Bernadette O'Leary  

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 PowerSchool Parent Portal and curriculum highlights.

Parent Association Co-Chairs
Christine Craig and Page Harader



St. John students will be coming home today with the first batch of prizes awarded for magazine sales.   If your total sales equaled six or more orders, please note that the St. John traveling mug has not arrived yet for distribution. Rest assured that your child will receive this mug as soon as it is available. The top selling class for the first week is Mrs. Teschner's second grade. Great job. They've earned a Silly String Showdown against Sr. Pablo at high noon on the playground!


The next turn-in date is Wednesday, September 19th.  Remember, 40% of each sale goes to St. John School and a donation of $15 will count as a magazine sale.

Meet our school goal to raise $65,000 and the entire school gets a free dress day!
Need more order forms for the long weekend?  The form # for St. John School is 0174.  Questions?  Interested in helping?  Contact co-chairs: Heather Varvaro and Patti Coats.

Thanks in advance for your stewardship toward this fundraising endeavor.   Your Commitment Contract (signed at Registration) indicates that each family will strive for 10 magazine subscriptions per student. 

MathMath Olympiads
Grades 5 and 6 
See the attached information about this popular activity.  Space is limited.
Registration forms are due Monday, September 17.  Return to the school office.
Tech Club - Robotics TECH CLUB


Tech Club is back!  Tech Club's Fall session will run on Tuesdays from 3:15 - 4:45 October 2 - November 13.  Come learn to program as we build interactive multimedia applications and games using the Scratch programming language.  Limit of 25 students in grades 5 - 8.  Sign up on the St. John website starting 7:00 PM Monday September 17.  Sign up form and more info on the Tech Club Page and Tech Club Blog.

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


Join the Adventure of Cub Scouts with Pack 121

All boys in grade 1 through 5
and their parents are invited to join!

Wednesday, September 26, 7pm, Egan Hall Mezzanine

For more information contact Bob Smith, 206-407-6150 or
Boy Scouts
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


"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."


7pm, Egan Hall, followed by classroom presentations.

Spirit wear will be available for purchase thanks to Parent Association.
The Family Handbook is issued today via the school website.  Feel free to download and print a copy for your family's reference.

Please sign and return the attached form indicating you have read and agree to the policies of St. John School, by September 17.
Important Dates

Tonight, Sept. 13 - Curriculum Night               
Grades Kindergarten - Five, Egan Hall, 7pm

Friday, Sept. 14 - Teacher Excellence Day  School not in session

Monday, Sept. 17 - DRESS UNIFORM  
Opening of School Liturgy, 9am, Church

Tuesday, Sept. 18 - Grade 8 Retreat

Tuesday, Sept. 18 - Parent Association Meeting - 6:30pm, Egan Mezzanine 
Wednesday, Sept. 19 - School Commission Meeting, 6:30pm, Quigley  


 VIEW THE 2012-2013 CALENDAR  

Scrip News   


Tailgate Football
Football & Tailgating
Football frenzy has officially begun!  You have to admit, one of the best things about football has to be the tailgating!  Obviously, you'll want to use scrip for all of your grocery items like burgers, hot dogs, chips, paper plates, and plastic silverware.  But scrip can also be used for those bigger purchases like grills, coolers, outdoor games, tables and chairs, and even tents.  When you're surrounded by friends and family with all the right tailgating supplies it's almost as exciting as the game! Almost! What about your team apparel?  Are you the tee shirt and jeans type, or do you go all out with the jersey and face paint?  Either way, scrip has you covered. Team apparel makes a great gift, too!   Check out the following brands for all sorts of tailgating necessities and sports team clothing: Amazon, Champs, Sports Authority, Nike and Target to name a few.  Send an email to place an order today.


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. 17   

Chicken or Veggie Burger 


Tuesday, Sept. 18  

Orgaiz baked tortilla chips, taco meat, cheese sauce, fresh made salsa and sour cream, grapes 


Wednesday, Sept. 19  

Spaghetti w/meat or marinara sauce 


Thursday, Sept. 20 

Breakfast for Lunch!  Mini sausage slider, hash browns, string cheese, fruit salad 


Visit "Menus" for extended menus. 

Save the Date
Hazel, Kristine Purple and Gold Dinner
Sponsor a Teacher!
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. Sponsor a teacher - reserve at the same time you reserve your own space. 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

Help is needed at the Purple & Gold Dinner on October 5th.  Jobs include greeting & checking in guests, selling drink tickets, taking coats, taking photos, and helping at the after-party.  Please contact Michele Thornquist directly if you would like to help at
Pizza for Peru
Wednesday, September 26.

Order forms are due Friday, September 21.  Please return to the school office.  Proceeds benefit our sister school and parish in Puno, Peru.

Ballard Market will donate 1% of your receipt total (excluding taxes) to St. John School.  This really adds up over the year.  If you shop at Ballard Market please save your receipts and turn them in to the school office.
Seattle Public Library Services Available


The Seattle Public Library has free homework help for students of all ages!

Go to to access our resources including free professional online tutoring for grade school-college level subjects, and locations for our in person volunteer led homework help centers. Online tutoring is available from 1pm - 10pm 7 days a week except holidays and is accessible from any internet computer with a current Seattle Public Library card and pin. If you need a new card and/or pin come into any Seattle Public Library location or call 206-386-4636.


Want a great book suggestion?

Go to and professional librarians will create a personalized five book list just for you! For all ages.

Thank you


Thank you to all the parents who donated to, and took clothes from the Uniform Exchange during the tailgate BBQ.  Also, a big thank you to Alison Budelsky for helping.  The Uniform Exchange will be back in October, during parent-teacher conferences.  Antonella Bartel & Monica Kamalu


Thank you to all the parents who helped with the back to school events:  Kimberly Butler, Mike Dellisanti, Ardivan Gurg,  Erin Healey, Glorilyn Maw, Mary Maw, Nate Maw, Rebecca Maw, Paige McNerthney, Patrick Owens, Jennifer Paris, Maureen Rimkus, Christine Sayers, Carolyn Sherman, Kelly Souder, Liz Stanfield, Katie Strimban, Cindy Tramountanas, Lucas Welch, Marianne Wells, Eliza Wells, Emma Wells, and Eileen Yardley.

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.