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October 18, 2012 

Year of Faith

Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.


 from Psalm 121              


Mary praying the Rosary   

Message From the Principal  

Dear Parents,


Our beautiful painting by Mary Larson is hanging and it is a profound reminder of the power of giving.  Last year, the students, then fifth graders, committed to making 3,000 sandwiches for homeless people. Ms. Larson who paints very beautiful and touching pictures of homeless individuals awarded the students the painting.  Come see it on the second floor.  We thank the current sixth graders and their families for the gifts the school has received through their generosity.


October is the month of the Holy Rosary and it is also National Bullying Prevention Month.  These two concepts are not inseparable.  As we pray the Rosary together, we gather as one, asking Our Lady to intercede for us, to pray for us. We say 'us', not 'me'!  We say "Our" Father, not 'my'.  We are inclusive. The Rosary is a meditative, repetitive prayer.  As we repeat the Hail Marys, let us think about how Mary guides us to be more empathetic and understanding.  Our mission at St. John calls us to let our presence in any situation be an influence for goodness, healing and well-being, to show God's power in our lives.


Here at school, we are utilizing the Second Step Program curriculum to promote healthy relationships and school connectedness.  We are asking the students to be understanding and empathetic of others.  We are requiring them to listen to one another and to seek out the common good for all.  We are teaching these steps to prevent bullying.  It is our responsibility as community, our responsibility as parents, teachers, coaches, leaders, club monitors to model and demonstrate respect for other parents, teachers, coaches, players, and club members.  Tolerance, patience, caring listening skills, and sportsmanship are values that we emphasize.   Thank you for taking the time to complete the Second Step homework with the children.  There is more to the homework than just the worksheets, however.  We parents are 'on stage' all the time as role-models for our children. Remember, to exhibit empathy, understanding, tolerance and good sportsmanship in your dealings with one another, with our students, and with our neighbors.  Today our Assistant Principal received a call from an irate neighbor regarding "belligerent behavior" by parent drivers blocking driveways, speeding through the neighborhood, talking on cell phones.  Let us pray this month that the St. John community continues to make the news for making sandwiches together, reciting the Rosary together and for being a 'bully-free zone'!


Come join us on Tuesday, October 23, at 2:00pm for an all school Rosary.  The students will be praying the World Mission Rosary.  Each grade level has been assigned a color to represent one of the continents.  Students are asked to wear a t-shirt in that color with their uniform skirts, pants or jumpers - it is not a free dress day!


This morning, we joined with many other schools and businesses for the Shake Up earthquake drill - See Pablo's letter.  We also held a disaster evacuation drill.  The children exited the building so quietly.  They followed all directions and the eighth graders completed their tasks very proficiently.  I was extremely proud of our students.


Tomorrow, our kindergarteners will visit the Pumpkin Patch and the sixth and seventh grades are off to visit the King Tut exhibit.   We wish them well!


Students in grades four through eight will hand carry progress reports home today.  Please ask for them! 




Bernadette O'Leary  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 2pm
Students are asked to wear particular colors of shirts if at all possible, as follows: 
K-1: Wear GREEN shirts representing AFRICA 
2-3: Wear BLUE shirts representing ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC 
4-5: Wear WHITE shirts representing EUROPE 
6-7: Wear RED shirts representing the AMERICAS 
8: Wear YELLOW shirts representing ASIA


Thursday, November 1 - DRESS UNIFORM
We will celebrate All Saints Day at 9am in the Church.  Please join us.  
Fr. Rowan Visits
We are happy to welcome Fr. Steven Rowan.


Today, October 18, at approximately 10:18am St. John School participated in the largest earthquake drill in Washington State.  Following the "Drop, Cover & Hold On" earthquake drill students and staff simulated all parts of our emergency plan, including evacuation Disaster of all buildings, staging disaster supplies around campus, and preparing a student holding area.  Parent volunteers put the data center and student check out through the steps of collecting children from campus in the event of a disaster.  Eighth graders provided leadership by assisting with delivery of emergency supplies, modeling calm in the student holding area, and assisting the other emergency disaster posts.  All students showed great calm and quiet throughout the 22 minute practice. Learn more about the Great Washington Shake Out.
Adrianna Peanut Butter & Jelly Portrait

View a video of the students in service at the King 5 news site .  We invite you to view the beautiful portrait of Adrianna that hangs in the west end of the second floor hallway and to visit Mary Larson's site to learn more about the project.
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The Kids Are Alright II Concert and Party This Weekend!

~ Tickets Still Available! ~

The Kids are back and are ready to rock another great concert  for you! Following last year's success - the Kids, featuring Brian Burke on lead vocals, Ian Kerrigan on lead guitar, Todd "TJ" Marvin on drums and Athan Tramountanas on bass, will again be playing all of your favorite party songs! Added bonus - The Final Finals will open the show! Come for a fun evening of great music and good times! Saturday, October 20, The Eagles at 5216 - 20th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107.  St. John guests - $30 per person (auction fundraiser!) and non-St. John guests are $10.  NO CASH can be accepted at the door, so please bring checks made out to St. John School. Questions? Please contact



Neighborhood Brave Connections


Parents/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 as well as faculty from other departments

including Principal, Admissions Associate, Athletic Director, Drama Director and student leaders.

  • Where:   The home of Paul & Sue Gleeson (parents of current BBHS students, formerly St John), 2121 NW 99th Street, Seattle  WA  98117
  • When:    Thursday, October 25th 2012 at 7pm - 8.30pm
  • RSVP:    Sue Gleeson - 206 257 0296 or email (or questions)

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided, along with an opportunity to mingle with BBHS and St. John parents.  As we will be serving alcohol, this is an adults event only. 



"Everything our children hear, see, and feel is recorded onto a cassette.  Guess who is the big star of their movie?  You are.  What you say and, more important what you do, is recorded there for them to replay over and over again."

Stephanie Martson 

Important Dates

Friday, October 19
-Grs. 6/7, King Tut Exhibit field trip
-Kindergarten, Craven Farm field trip
-Gr. 8, BBHS Presentation, 1:15pm

Monday, October 22
Gr. 8, Seattle Prep presentation, 9am

Tuesday, October 23
All School Rosary, 2pm, Church 
Gr. 8, HNA/O'Dea Presentation, 8:45am

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
October 24, 25, 26
Conferences, school not in session

Wednesday, October 31
-Pizza for Kenya Orphans
-Halloween Party, PK-3, 1pm, Egan
-Gr. 4/5, Day of the Dead Celebration

Thursday, November 1
-Liturgy, All Saints Day
-Fr. Rowan visits St. John School


 VIEW THE 2012-2013 CALENDAR  

Scrip News   


Special Delivery Alert - Due to next week's conferences scrip will be delivered this Friday (tomorrow) for the October 19th and 26th orders.  If you are a weekly standing order family you will receive two weeks worth of orders. Please just send money in as usual.


Lisa and Lisa  

206-782-2810, ext. 309 


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Grandparents and Special Friends Day



Please return your RSVP forms so we can invite your loved ones to Grandparents' & Friends' Day on November 15.  Follow this link and return the form to the school office.  Questions?  Call or e-mail Michele Thornquist at 206-783-0337 ext. 323 or



Bakers Needed

Your baking talent is needed for various events throughout the year.  The first one is Grandparents' & Friends' Day on November 15.  Baking is a great way to volunteer if you are unable to be here in person.  Follow this link and sign up to bake!  You will be contacted as the need arises.


General Help Needed

Set up, clean up, escort, etc.  Please contact Michele Thornquist if you have an hour or two for this fun event! 

Cover image Purple & Gold Dinner Update

We continue to receive donations and matching gifts from the Purple & Gold Dinner to benefit the endowment.  Click on this link for videos and photos from the evening's festivities.  Be sure to save the date for next year's celebration of our 90th Anniversary on October 18, 2013 at Fremont Studios.

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Middle School Musical
Informational Meetings


Informational meetings about the upcoming Middle School Musical, "Beauty and the Beast, Jr." will be held on Monday, October 29, 7:00 - 8:30pm, in Egan Hall, and on Tuesday, October 30, 3:00 - 4:00 on the 3rd floor.  Both meetings will be the same - just come to one!  Students and parents interested in performing in the musical or in helping on stage crew are invited, but not required, to attend!  CDs of all the music for the show will be available for $1.00 each.  Topics include the rehearsal and performance schedule, time commitment, and audition requirements, suggestions and tips.  Please contact Mrs. Katie Franklin for additional information, 206-781-4672,  
Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

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


Friday, October 19       

Penne Pasta w/Alfredo sauce 


Monday, October 22    

Turkey hotdogs, Sun Chips, mini apple  


Tuesday, October 23     

Chicken or cheese Quesadillas, choice of sour cream & fresh made salsa, banana bread   


Wednesday, October 24   

Conferences - school not in session 


Thursday, October 25    

Conferences - school not in session 


Visit "Menus" for extended menus. 

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 St. John School Faculty & Staff wish to thank the students and families of grade seven for the wonderful luncheon served today.  We are told that The Ridge, who provided the fantastic pizza gave families a special break in honor of our wonderful faculty!  Great time for all!  


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

School Heath/Injury Insurance

Accident, sickness, dental, and prescription drug coverage is available for students through Myers/Stevens/Toohey.  Please contact the school office for more information, or visit Myers/Stevens/Toohey.