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October 4, 2012 

May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.  

 from Psalm 128             



Message From the Principal  


Dear Families,


On Tuesday evening, Frank and DeAnn Feeman and I met with the School Commission of another Catholic school to share our experiences with Fair Share. As I related the experiences of my first year, I found myself beaming with pride in our community.   When they asked us how and why Fair Share works so well, our answers were all about you! Fair Share works because you all take ownership of this excellent program that is synonymous with St. John School.   You all desire a sound school with rigorous programs and you also want to make it accessible to the parishioners who desire it.   Even though I studied the program before I came to St. John, it is really only now, having spent the year overseeing the budget and programs that I realize the full impact. It is not all about dollars and cents. What we have here at St. John is a culture of trust and kindness, a culture of consideration for the common good, a culture which recognizes the value and the power of families working together on a common goal. We are all in it together and that is what is fair about Fair Share!


That 'togetherness' was seen over the past few weeks through

  • the welcome you gave our new families
  • the hours you spend volunteering at the tailgate, the socials and coaching
  • the Annual Fund; gifts to the fund continue to arrive
  • the church Blue Envelopes
  • the magazine sale. Thank you, Señor Pablo, Patti Coats and Heather Varvaro, and all of you who supported this very successful sale!
  • teachers and volunteers like Mr. Tice, Mrs. Brumback, Mrs. Lambert and Ms. Mari Ortblad, who volunteer their time to help our students compete in math
  • and tomorrow we have the Endowment Dinner at which we will put out the call to enable to continue Fair Share for many years to come. We thank Michele Thornquist and her committee for their stewardship as they organized this event. We will be honoring Agnes Jacobson, who is so committed to Fair Share and ensuring that all families can experience academic excellence.

Look at how much we have accomplished in just over one month! It may be a cliché, but it is true - Together Everyone Achieves More.


The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. October 7th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Later in the month, October 23rd, we will say a school-wide Rosary; in the meantime the students will learn all about the Rosary in class. Take this opportunity to pray the Rosary at home also. It is a great way to begin the Year of Faith!


Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences will take place on October 24 - 26. This year, the signup is online. Watch for a link tomorrow. 



Bernadette O'Leary  






Thank you St. John families, for contributing to our annual fall fundraiser.  As of Wednesday evening over 3,200 magazines were sold!  And once the postcard booklets are processed this number will rise.  Magazine Sale proceeds, combined with cash donations, have well exceeded our goal of $65,000.  Great work!  Mrs. Skokan's and Miss Schifferman's classes were the top two selling classes in the school.  Both classes earned an additional free dress day.  Miss Schifferman's class earned a movie and popcorn party for leading the entire school in sales.  Magazine Co-Chairs Patti Coats and Heather Varvaro would like to express their gratitude to the families of St. John for their efforts that led us to exceed our school goal, and offer a special thanks to those who gave their time to help:  Cindy Tramountanas, Jill Campos, Mary Kearney, Antonella Vesponi-Bartell, Bryce Coats, Leanne Kerrigan, and Mary Wiseman.  Thanks to those parents who are patiently awaiting the St. John travel mug.  We are expecting their arrival here any day.   

K Girl


The lack of sufficient numbers of volunteers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is making effective supervision of your children during lunch recess for challenging. If you are available from 11:15 to 12:45 - one day a week, one day a month, or anywhere in between -  to share in this volunteer ministry, PLEASE contact Catherine Dahlgren at (Our Lady of Perpetual Asphalt).  Thank you.
student planner Help Students Organize While Boosting Your Business Profile
Each year students in grades four through eight receive student planners from St. John School, to help establish good study habits and organizational skills.  The planners are free to students and to St. John School through generous local businesses.  Advertising placed on the planners covers the cost of production.  If you are a local business owner or professional and would like to help sponsor the student planners and have your message seen by students and parents every day, please contact Diane Crockett in the school office by phone (206-783-0337) or email (  Thank you for the many ways you support our community.
Volunteer Meeting
Tuesday, October 9
7pm, Egan Mezzanine

Thank you to all who have volunteered to lead Art Fridays in the classrooms.  Meet to review expectations, learn about supplies available, and get all your questions answered.  Mrs. Jody Desclos looks forward to meeting you and sharing ideas for the school year.
Neighborhood Brave Connections


Parents and guardians of 7th and 8th grade students currently enrolled in St. John School are invited to an informal evening

hosted by Antonio DeSapio, President of Bishop Blanchet High School.  Also in attendance will be BBHS Principal, Admissions Associate, Athletics Director, Drama Director, and student leaders.


The evening will be held at the home of Paul and Sue Gleeson, parents of St. John School graduates currently attending Bishop Blanchet High School.   

Where:  2121 NW 99th Street in Seattle. 

When:  Thursday, October 25, 2012, 7-8:30pm

RSVP/questions:    Sue Gleeson - 206-257-0296 or


Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided, along with an opportunity to mingle with BBHS and St. John



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 "What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family."  

Important Dates

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

Wednesday, October 10
High School Regional Information Night, Egan Hall, 7pm

Monday, October 15
Individual Student Portraits 


 VIEW THE 2012-2013 CALENDAR  

Student/Parent/ Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be held Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, October 24, 25, and 26 (school will not be in session).

With the exception of preschool and kindergarten, students are expected to participate with parents in the conference.  

Parents may reserve a date and time for their conference online.  Watch for an email tomorrow, Friday with a link giving access to the reservation site.  You will receive two email links if you have students in both Middle School and Elementary School. 

Middle School families:  Up to two additional appointments may be requested if there is a specific concern that may only be addressed by the subject teacher. (Note:  Some teachers see more than 160 students.)

We ask that you make your appointment(s) for conference within this time frame and avoid, if at all possible, requesting teachers to meet with you at a time other than the times offered.

Scrip News   


  groupon DSW Oriental Trading Co
We now carry Groupon, DSW, and Oriental Trading Company.
Both vendors are giving a generous rebate of 9%.  Send an email to to have these cards delivered to you!
Scrip contributed $4,467.76 to St. John for the month of September.  While this is wonderful, it is about $1,500 short of our needed $5,800.00 a month.   


It's real easy to participate.  Contact Lisa at 206-782-2810 ext. 309 should you have any questions.  


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, October 4      

Buttered noodles w/Parmesan, carrot and cucumber sticks w/Ranch dip, chocolate cake  


Monday, October 8   

Chicken or cheese Quesadilas 


Tuesday, October 9    

Macaroni & cheese, mini peas, fruit salad  


Wednesday, October 10  

Creamy tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich 


Thursday, October 11   

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


Visit "Menus" for extended menus. 

Safe Environment
Called to Protect


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.  


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!

Bald Eagle 
St. John School would like to thank the
team of volunteers who successfully provided vision and hearing screening for all Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, and 6th graders last Friday afternoon. Over 225 students were tested during the course of the school day. Thank you Geraldine Stone, Ginger Hines, Joanie Williamson, Maggie Kineman, Shannon Manley, Sawsan Clark, Noreen Lusterio, Page Harader, and Vivian So. Special Thanks to Erin Zink for being the lead volunteer coordinator for the health screening day. We appreciate your efforts. 


Thank you to September Noel House Women's overflow shelter volunteers: Kathy Gorney, Elizabeth Senzek, Anna Senzek, Kristin Kent, Celena Kathan, Allison Pham, Rosalinda Aguirre, Bridget Sevigny, Doug Smith, Nicole Hardie, Liza White, Morgan White, Mike Fletcher, Joyce Farrell, Molly Martinez, Peg Snyder, Laura Thornquist, Mike Masterson, Betty Ericksen, Joe Kearney, Lisette Nenninger, Joanna Hayes, Meaghan Fleming and Charlotte Selva.

Please contact Mary Kearney if you are interested in volunteering. Drivers and Hosts needed.

Thank you to the following who helped
at the 9/26 Pizza for Peru Lunch:  Cara Young, Geraldine Stone, Marianne Wells, Page Harader, Pat Gilbrough,

Shannon Manley and Sue Kelly.  We are thrilled to have a great team this year! $1,800.00 was forwarded to our sister school and parish in Peru!  


IS THERE SOMEONE YOU WISH TO THANK?  Send your "thanks" to Mrs. Crockett for publication,