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November 15, 2012 

Year of Faith

The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.

 from Psalm 93                  


Grandparents' Day 2012
Visit our Facebook page for more photos from today's event.

Message From the Principal  

Dear Families,  

Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day, Grades 2-5, was a wonderful event.  Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with their students, eating lunch, listening to the wonderful entertainment presented by Schola and Cantionis, touring classrooms.  Thank you, Michele Thornquist for your leadership, and Rachel Oximana for chairing the event and gathering a committee of assistants to create such a special event for these friends of St. John School!   


Tuesday, November 20, is a dress uniform day.   Our Thanksgiving Liturgy and blessing of food collected for the needy will take place in church at 9am.  You are invited to attend this special event.   

As this is our last NewsViews until after the Thanksgiving holidays, I would like to express my gratitude for all you do for the St. John community.  Giving of your time, talent, and treasure blesses our school and church, as well as the greater community that is connected to us in many different ways.  Our prayers are with you and your children during this holiday season. 
Happy Thanksgiving!




Bernadette O'Leary  

Auction Logo  

Preparations for this year's auction are in full swing.  Once again, Wilo Dietrich has created an auction logo that perfectly captures the theme.  Many thanks, Wilo!


We announced a few of the changes being made to this year's auction, at the recent Parent Association meeting.  The one we're most excited about is the addition of an After-Auction Party!  Immediately following the live auction on Saturday, guests wanting to continue the party will need only to go upstairs.  Michele O'Neill and Erin Murphy are coordinating the event and, from what we've heard from them so far, you don't want to miss this!


The biggest change will be to the family portion of the Friday night auction.  Due to issues of overcrowding and child safety the family pizza dinner will be replaced with an expanded event for the children.  The event will include the children's raffle and carnival games that our children love, and will let us double the amount of childcare available to parents attending the silent auction. Marcey Flood, Colleen Mounsey and Jane Blaylock have volunteered to plan this fun event.  Please contact them if you are able to help.  


If you're interested in volunteering for the auction, please visit our website or email co-chairs Lynnette Muenzberg or Karen Schuler.  

PK-K Signup Preschool & Kindergarten
   Intent to Register    

Do you have a child you are hoping to register for preschool or kindergarten at St. John School, in the fall of 2013?  Please let us know by registering your intent here.   Thank you for helping us with our 2013/2014 planning.
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St. John Parish News

Message from Fr. Crispin Okoth 

Jambo -

We are fast approaching the Advent and glorious Christmas Season. I think that you will agree time passes more quickly year after year! Over the last few years it has been apparent that on Christmas Eve many parishioners along with their extended families prefer to attend and celebrate the birth of our Savior at the earlier Mass. Last year we had over 1000 people attending the 5pm children's Mass. I am thrilled that we have such community on this very special night, but we do have a serious issue regarding fire and safety regulations. We have been advised that we can no longer have such a huge overflow for the Mass, as by doing so we violate the terms of our fire and safety permit.


To accommodate the large volume on Christmas Eve we will be offering TWO children's Masses, at 4pm and 6pm. The ushers will have to strictly monitor the number of attendees for each Mass and only allow enough participants to fill all of the seats - there will be minimal standing room allowed. We anticipate that we cannot allow more than approximately 600 per Mass. Please plan accordingly. All are welcome; however, we must adhere to City requirements as well.


We look forward to having our wonderful children lead us in worship on this very blessed night. We are so fortunate to have the Cantionis choir join us for the 4pm Mass and the Schola assist us at the 6pm. There will be additional Masses at 9pm, 12 midnight, and 9am on Christmas morning.


In the coming weeks please read the bulletins for additional information regarding the Masses for Christmas. The parish is making every effort to ensure that these Masses are a joyous celebration for everyone.


  Baraka ya Yesu!

 Fr. Crispin Sig
Advent 4
Advent Wreath Making Event

Sunday December 2, 12pm

Egan Hall after 10:30 Mass 

Come enjoy fellowship, Christmas music, spiced cider and cookies while you create your Advent wreath.

We'll provide all the supplies to make one wreath per family.  A good will donation of $10 will help cover our costs.  Email Mary Wiseman or call 206-782-2810, Ext. 355 to RSVP!  Everyone welcome!  If you'd like to help with this event or make cookies let us know!    


Christmas Trees
Knights of Columbus  
Annual Christmas Tree Sale
Saturday, December 8, 9am-7pm, Parking Lot
Sunday, December 9, 9am-5pm, Parking Lot
The annual sale will benefit the St. John Overnight Shelter and Noel House programs, a network of shelters serving homeless women in Seattle.  The Knights will have a selection of locally grown and freshly cut Noble firs to choose from.  Trees 6-7 feet are priced between $46 and $58; 8-10 foot trees start at $69.  Plan now for your holiday tree! 


"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving."
W.T. Purkiser
Important Dates

Friday, November 16
Grades 7/8 Dance, Egan Hall

Tuesday, November 20  
Thanksgiving Liturgy, 9am, Church 

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
November 21, 22, 23 
Thanksgiving Holidays
School not in session

Monday, November 26
School resumes

Wednesday, November 28
6th Grade Performance, 7pm, Egan Hall 

 VIEW THE 2012-2013 CALENDAR  

Food DriveScrip    News    


It's that time! Time to think about making your holiday cards and personal gift items.  We have Shutterfly gift certificates on hand with a 9% rebate back to St. John.  Certs come in denominations of $25.  Let us know how many you need. 


Do you know there is a post office in the back (north side) of QFC on Holman Road?  Do you know you can use your Fred Meyer/QFC gift card to ship packages and purchase stamps?   


Don't want to wait until Friday delivery?  No problem, send an email to and we will have your order ready the next day!


Support St. John this holiday season.  Buy scrip gift cards.


Tech Club Another Successful Year of Tech Club!
Students closed out Tech Club with a party and awards for the final competition!  Read the Tech Club Blog for details.  Thank you to Pat James, coordinator for another successful session.
Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, November 16        

Turkey hotdogs, Sun Chips, mini apple    


Monday, November 19        

Curly pasta w/creamy marinara, Parmesan cheese, crispy garlic sticks, watermelon 


Tuesday, November 20   

Mini sausage slider, hash browns, string cheese, fruit salad  


Monday, November 26    

Chicken or veggie burger, oven roasted red potatoes, orange wedges


Tuesday, November 27

Penne Pasta w/Alfredo sauce


Wednesday, November 28

Chicken teriyaki bowl w/pineapple, chocolate ice cream


Thursday, November 29

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


Visit "Menus" for extended menus. 

Bald Eagle


Thank you to all of our pizza lovers!  A total of $1,500.00 has been transferred to benefit the orphans in Kenya as a result of your wonderful appetite!

Thank you to Michele Thornquist and all who helped make Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day a success, especially Rachel Oximana, Jenny Walker, Leslie Aiona, Rachel Berryessa, Kathy Biermanski, Carin Brown, Anna Brunette, Jennifer Burke, Jill Campos, Christine Craig, Sawsan Clark, Ann Foley, Talia Gonzalez, Julie Lee, Shannon Manley, Glorilyn Maw, Shoshanna Osterfeld, Mary Ransom, Carolyn Sherman, Geraldine Stone, and Cara Young.  A special thank you to Mrs. Pat Tsagalakis (Schola) and Mrs. Becky Kelly (Cantionis) for their wonderful work with the students to present musical entertainment for our guests, and to our custodial staff, Steve Berlage, Sean Laverty, Tim Marquez, and Ryan Roach for polishing the campus for our special guests.

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

Sewing Club Begins 
Made Sewing Studios 
Does your child, grades three through five long to learn to sew?  Made Sewing Studios will hold classes on Wednesdays from 3:10-4:30pm, 8408 Greenwood Avenue N.  Students will be escorted from school to the studio.  Please contact Made Sewing Studios, Carisa Brunner, 206-552-9632 for registration information.