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October 11, 2012 

Year of Faith

The Lord has revealed his saving power.


 from Psalm 98              


Endowment Dinner 2012   

Bernadette O'Leary, James (Jimmy) Nguyen, and Lauren Martin 


Message From the Principal  


Dear Families,


What a grand event our Endowment Dinner was!  Our alumni, Jimmy Nguyen and Lauren Martin spoke so eloquently of their experiences at St. John.  Mrs. Jacobson added her memories. They made us feel very proud to be Eagles!  The videos enhanced the stories of compassion and commitment to excellence.  Cantionis singers raised their voices and sang like angels.  These talents are just a few that were shared as we enjoyed a lovely evening.  Under the leadership of Michele Thornquist, a team of creative volunteers designed, directed and organized a very enjoyable evening all for the benefit of St. John School.  Thank you, Michele and team!


Meanwhile, back at school, students are experiencing the benefits of your stewardship.  The other day, a teacher told me that every child in her class had all their spellings correct!  She reported that the new "Words Their Way" program was very effective.  We also have the additional support of the new assistants.  


Thank you for doing your "Second Step" homework with your children.  We are using this program at all grade levels. Students are learning behavior and communication skills, such as listening and respecting others' ideas.  They are learning to identify feelings and to apply empathy skills.  The more involved you are with us and with the program, the better it will succeed.  I have received positive feedback from many of you about the conversations you are having at home as you do the homework.


Keep up your great work.  Your partnership, and your generosity to the Annual Fund, the Magazine Sale and the Auction help make St. John School a school of excellence.


As you read this, I am landing in Nashville where I will tour Belmont University with my daughter.  See you next week!



Bernadette O'Leary  

Year of Faith  


Pope Benedict XVI has declared a special Year of Faith. It begins October 11, 2012 and concludes November 24, 2013. The Year of Faith coincides with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council (1962), the twentieth year since publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1992), and the upcoming Synod on the New Evangelization in October, 2012.


The upcoming Year of Faith is a "summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world" (Porta Fidei). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion - to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The "door of faith" is opened at one's baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church. ~ USCCB

St. John Sunset
Endowment Dinner a Grand Success


More than 150 guests enjoyed a beautiful sunset at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club last Friday evening at the Purple & Gold Dinner.  The event was a huge success generating more than $35,000 for the fund.  Matching gift money is still coming in so the number should continue to rise.  Guests enjoyed hearing the inspirational stories of St. John graduates James Nguyen and Lauren Martin.  Agnes Jacobson, former principal was gratefully recognized with the Eagle Award for her many accomplishments in her 12 years at St. John.  We were entertained by our own Cantionis choir directed by Becky Kelly. The evening ended with a dessert bar, music, and more socializing.   


Be sure to mark your calendars for October 18, 2013.  In celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the school, the Purple & Gold Dinner will be celebrated at Fremont Studios with a dinner and dance.  Live music will be performed by the St. John Dad's Band, The Kids Are Alright.  We wish to thank Mike and Shoshanna Osterfeld and Suzie Burke for the generous donation of venue space, and Brian Burke, Ian Kerrigan, Athan Tramountanas, and Todd Martin for the gift of their time and musical talent.

Grandparents' & Friends' Day
Grades 2 through 5


Grandparents' & Friends' Day for grades 2 through 5 is November 15.  Mark your calendars and follow this link to make reservations for your guest(s).

Playground From the Playground


A big THANK YOU to the recent volunteers who responded to my plea. There continues to be a need for volunteers on Wednesdays.  If you are available to help between 11:15 and 12:45  please email Catherine Dahlgren,


The weather is changing and this is a reminder to send your child to school prepared to be outside for recess - warm coat, hat or hood, sturdy shoes - no umbrellas, please.  I try to have the children outside to play, even in the rain, unless the weather is extreme. We are either all out or all in. Thanks for your cooperation,

Catherine Dahlgren  
(Our Lady of Perpetual Asphalt)
Students and parents enjoy gathering on the playground after school for end of day conversation.  State licensing for Extended Daycare requires students not enrolled in XDC be off the playground beginning at 3:15pm.  We are asking that families be mindful of the time and exit the playground area by 3:15 so that XDC staff may safely monitor those students enrolled.   
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!
running shoes St. Al/John Cross Country Report


Wow!  The PK-3rd Grade runners were awesome at the CYO Ribbon Run races.  The team had 131 runners race over a .4 mile course.  It was by far the largest group of St. Al/John PK-3rd Grade runners to compete in the Ribbon Run.  There were over 1200 runners (45 schools) at the event and for the 6th or 7th year in a row the St. Al/John PK-3rd program has led the pack.  We are very proud of how each runner tried their best and each contributed to the team's success.


The Grade Championship for grades 4-8 will be held this Sunday at 1pm in Woodland Park.  The St. Al/John program has 120 runners qualified for the event.  The team is trying to create a little school history and be the first St. Al/John team to win a CYO Championship for the three years in a row.  Come on out! 

LaCrosse Girls Interested in Lacrosse?


Girl's Lacrosse is a fast paced, exciting, and finesse driven game where we emphasize sportsmanship and fun.  See the attached flyer for information on registration for this exciting sports opportunity.
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


Children "Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you've done will have mattered as much."  

Lisa Wingate

Important Dates

Friday, October 12
PowerSchool Parent Portal closed - reopens Thursday evening, October 18

Monday, October 15
Individual Student Portraits

Tuesday, October 16
Parent Association Mtg., 6:30pm, Egan Mezzanine

Thursday, October 18
Progress Reports home, grades 4-8 

 VIEW THE 2012-2013 CALENDAR  

photog Individual School Photos
Students will have individual photos taken on Monday, October 15, by KIDS Photography Studio.  Students may wear dressy clothing or the school uniform. Students were given ordering envelopes on Monday.
Progress Reports Home on Thursday, October 18
Students in grades four through eight will hand carry progress reports.  Please note that the PowerSchool Parent Portal will be closed beginning tomorrow, Friday, October 12, to allow teachers to prepare.
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 conferences.  


Parents may reserve a date and time for their conference online.  Click the link below. 
Conference Link

  Scrip News   


Still shopping for that perfect Halloween costume?  We have plenty of scrip cards to choose from to assist you.  Fred Meyer, Kmart, Target and JoAnn Fabrics just to name a few.  Send an email to and have the cards next day!  Thanks for supporting St. John!


Lisa and Lisa  

206-782-2810, ext. 309  

Hot Lunch

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


Friday, October 12       

Pasta Cabonara w/bacon, fresh baked Focaccia stick, diced peaches, M&M cookie 


Monday, October 15    

Breakfast for Lunch! Pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, syrup, oranges 


Tuesday, October 16     

Crunchy fish sticks  


Wednesday, October 17   

Spaghetti w/meatballs or marinara sauce 


Thursday, October 18    

Grilled ham & cheese sandwich, carrots/cucumber sticks w/Ranch dip, Lay's potato chips  


Visit "Menus" for extended menus. 

United Way


United Way contributions are a wonderful way to support St. John School.  We are an official recipient (program # 19643).  If your employer has a community giving or United Way program, please consider directing your payroll deduction to St. John School.  Since every company is different, please follow up with your human resources or employee benefits office for more information.
Parent Association
Safe Environment Training
Tuesday, October 16
Egan Hall, 6:30pm

Please see the attached flyer for more information and upcoming events!

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Fun at the Library

Firefighter Story Time
Greenwood Library
Friday, October 26, 10:30am 

Firefighters read fire safety stories to preschoolers at local library branches throughout the month of October.
Bald Eagle



The endowment committee did a fantastic job planning and preparing for the Purple & Gold Endowment Dinner held Friday, October 5.  Thank you to Jen Bergman, Anna Brunette, Gary and Katie Burckhardt, Susan Denning, Katie Franklin, Page Harader, Anne Haskins, Bethany King, Rob McMurtrie, Mary Ransom, and Matt Wells.  A team of volunteers worked the entire evening to make sure all went smoothly.  Thank you, Kimberly Butler, Barb Folger, Sue Kelly, Mary Kearney, Amy McCallum, Fred Servito, Elizabeth Senzek, Susie Slonecker, Alec Strigen, Geraldine Stone, and Cindy Tramountanas. Thank you to Sean Feary for serving as DJ.  Desserts were provided by Theo Chocolates, Mary Kay Jebousek, Anna Brunette, Mary Ransom, and Page Harader.

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Box Tops for Education

from Julia Rudden, Coordinator


Please send in those Box Tops! The next submission deadline is October 31. I've already sent in over $500 worth of Box Tops and would love to collect enough to get one more batch sent in before the deadline! Check your kitchen drawers, clip them off those boxes of Ziploc bags and granola bars, and send them in to the school office. Every Box Top counts - all proceeds go to playground equipment!  Thank you!  
High School News


Bishop Blanchet High School Open House Thursday, November 8, 2012,  5:30-8pm

All interested families are invited to attend and tour the school. Guided tours will be available. This is a great opportunity to interact with teachers and students, learn more about the curriculum and co-curricular programs, and see all the great facilities. Please note that this is the only Open House this year.  Bishop Blanchet High School is located at 8200 Wallingford Ave. N., two blocks north of Green Lake. For more information call (206) 527-7711 or visit our website