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September 27, 2012 

The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart. 

 from Psalm 19            


Mr. Tice's 7th Grade Science class getting ready to BLAST OFF!
during recent rocket trials.

Message From the Principal  


Dear Families,


This is the last call for the Purple and Gold Endowment Dinner! The registration deadline is tomorrow. Sign up now to honor Mrs. Jacobson, to hear Cantionis in its first performance of the year, to invest in the future of our school and to enjoy a great night out with friends and community members. We have just about one table available. The Endowment Committee has taken your constructive comments to heart and has spent the last year working to improve the evening--including the flow and efficiency of adult beverage service during the social hour. The bar opens at 6:00--be sure not to miss the sunset at 6:38. On behalf of the current students and families, and of all the future students, I thank Michele Thornquist and her committee for their creative and comprehensive preparation for this event.


Parents of students in grades 1 - 7 will receive STAR results today. Next week, students in grades 2 -8 will begin the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. There is no homework preparation for the students, but we ask you parents to ensure that your children go to bed on time and eat a healthy breakfast! Encourage them to share their talents and simply do the best they can do.


Besides planning for standardized testing, many of the teachers are planning for field trips that will enhance their lessons. Sixth and seventh graders will attend the King Tut exhibit next month. Other grades are going to the theatre, the Science Museum and the second graders always visit the Pike Place Market.   Sometimes these trips can be costly. We want all the students to be able to avail of these opportunities. Please be aware that if the cost of a trip presents a hardship, we will help out. Contact me or Mrs. Crockett.


As the first month of school comes to a close we have much to celebrate and be thankful for.

  • The Magazine Sale was a great success! We've met our goal. Your collective family efforts helped raise over $70,000. Great job. Thank you all for your stewardship toward our Fall fundraiser. Special thanks to Magazine Sale Co-Chairs Patti Coats and Heather Varvaro for their leadership. Thanks to Cindy Tramountanas for assistance with data entry. And finally, thanks to our past Co-Chairs Mary Kearney, Antonella Vesponi-Bartel, and Aletia Cogar for their guidance and assistance. Students may wear free dress on Friday, September 28, to celebrate their efforts!
  • The PowerSchool parent portal testing is almost complete. Parents of students in grades 5-8 will be receiving their access codes and login instructions next week. We are excited to offer access to this web-based portal. Our hope is the tool will promote academic conversation in the home and help grow students' organizational practices.
  • Student clubs and enrichment programs are underway. Cantionis, Band, Speech Club, Math Olympiad, and Tech Club have started or will begin meeting in the coming week.

Tomorrow I will again be at the Principals' Retreat. I will see you at the games or track over the weekend or at school on Monday. Enjoy a great weekend.



Bernadette O'Leary  




Free Dress 



Please review the dress code in the Family Handbook for guidelines.  Students may wear their boots. 


Thanks for your GREAT effort! 



Bishop Blanchet High School will again provide Band instruction at St. John School, for students in grades 5 through 8.  Mr. Sean Richarz will lead our students again this year.  Classes begin on Tuesday, October 2.  Complete and return the attached registration form.

For more information visit the website or contact Mr. Sean Richarz at 
running shoes St Al/John Cross Country Report


Under beautiful skies 202 St. Al/John runners participated in the first CYO Cross Country meet.  Their enthusiasm and energy was tremendous as each runner raced to the best of their own abilities.  We are proud of each and every effort.


Kudos to the the 1st and 2nd grade boys, and the 2nd, 3rd and 6th grade girls for huge, huge turnouts.  The St. Al/John Cross Country team is trying to be the first St. Al/John team to win the CYO Championship three years in a row (in any CYO sport).


The last qualifying meet is this Sunday, 3pm at Woodland Park.  We hope that our eighth graders can get more of the 4th-8th graders to turnout and run.


Special thanks to Tim and Marcey Flood, Chris and Catherine Jackson Collins, and Scott Cary for their time and efforts.


There is still time to register. For more information contact John O'Leary ( or John Ward (

Family Fun From Smithsonian Magazine


Smithsonian Magazine is giving two free passes to many of the Seattle museums from the Smithsonian magazine.  One pair per household.  Register on their website and print out the passes.
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. 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.   

2012 Bump It Up Registration Form


With creator and host Father Robert Barron, you will learn what Catholics believe and why, while being immersed in the art, architecture, literature, beliefs, and practices of the Catholic tradition.

Filmed in 50 locations throughout 15 countries, the Catholicism DVD series is on-location and in the streets illustrating the splendor of the global Church.

Father Robert Barron is an acclaimed author, theologian and pod casting priest from Chicago, and one of the world's great and most innovative teachers of the Catholic faith.  He is the founder of
Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

This DVD series is held in Quigley House in the Chapel room, from 7-9PM. The DVD Series is Free!  Please RSVP with Anne Merklin at or 206-782-2810 ext. 305 for information. You may attend all sessions or just those you are interested in. Series includes viewing the DVD and some small group discussion time.


DVD Schedule of Topics

October 11 - Lesson One: Who is Jesus? The Revelation of God Become Man

November 8 - Lesson Two: The Teachings of Jesus

December 13 - Lesson Three: Understanding the Mystery of God

January 10 - Lesson Four: Mary, the Mother of God

January 24 - Lesson Five: Peter, Paul and the Beginning of the Church

February 7 - Lesson Six: Understanding the Mystical Union of Christ & the Church

February 28 - Lesson Seven: The Mystery of the Liturgy & the Eucharist

March 14 - Lesson Eight: Who are The Communion of Saints?

April 11 - Lesson Nine: Prayer and the Life of the Holy Spirit

May 16 - Lesson Ten: World Without End - The Last Things and the End Times

Children "...One of my hardest jobs as a father, one of my greatest duties, was to realize that my own dreams, my own goals and wishes, are secondary to my children's."

Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid

Important Dates

Friday, September 28
Vision/Hearing Screening, K, 2, 4, 6
Principals Retreat continues

Monday, October 1
ITBS begins, Grades 2-8

Friday, October 5
Purple & Gold, Endowment Dinner, 6pm, Shilshole Bay Beach Club 


 VIEW THE 2012-2013 CALENDAR  

Scrip News   


Did you know that scrip made $61,000 for the school last year? 
This was made possible by families like you participating in the program.  For those families participating - Thank you for your support! The money made from this program allows St. John to have teachers' assistants, a math and a reading specialist, as well as new books.  If you don't participate in the program please consider starting a standing order.  Start small...with a $100 grocery card and a $50 gas card delivered to you every first Friday of the month.  Once you get the hang of the program you can add clothing stores, book stores, Starbucks, etc.

St. John thanks you for your support.


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, September 28     

Curly Pasta, marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese, cheezy bread stick, watermelon 


Monday, October 1  

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


Tuesday, October 2   

Macaroni & cheese  


Wednesday, October 3 

Chicken teriyaki bowl w/pineapple 


Thursday, October 4  

BBQ pulled pork sandwich, oven roasted potatoes, watermelon 


Visit "Menus" for extended menus. 

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


Sign up now to play CYO Basketball for St. John School!

Practices begin the last weekend of October or the first week of November. The season is scheduled to run through the end of January.
Registration forms and fees are due by Thursday, October 11.

Please contact Richard Myers ( or Pat Daly ( if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you all on the court!
Parish 8:30 Choir


The 8:30 Sunday Morning Choir will begin practicing in October.  

Practice is held once a week in the evening for about an hour and a short session before the 8:30am mass on Sunday.  


If you are a school parent  and have been looking for a volunteer opportunity, this could be a great fit!  


If you are interested in joining, please contact David Di Fiore  at  We look forward to seeing new faces and hearing new voices.




The women's shelter, held at St. John on the weekends is really in need of drivers. Four shifts are available: Saturday evening, Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Monday morning. Each shift is about an hour's time commitment. Drive the St. John bus downtown either to pick up the guests or to return them the next morning. Perfect for working dads looking for a way to become involved. We also need women volunteers to spend the night as chaperones and hosts. Contact Mary Kearney at if you are interested or have questions. All volunteers must complete Safe Environment Training.