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 November 29, 2012 

Year of Faith

To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

 from Psalm 25                   



Message From the Principal  

Dear Families,  


Advent begins on Sunday.  We, parents, have all experienced our own Advents - the months leading up to the births of our children. We know the emotions that time brings - the months of excitement, preparing, fear, joy and hope!  Every parent is focused on the child he/she is bringing into the world.  Will I be ready?  Is the nursery prepared?  How can I make my home a better place for this baby?  


During Advent we relive the experience with Mary and Joseph.  But Jesus is coming into our lives also! We must get our spiritual homes in order.  As we pray, we can tell our children about the joy, hope and excitement of a new baby, and help them to prepare for the birth of the Savior. To help us be ready, the parish is hosting an Advent wreath-making event on Sunday after Mass.  


At school, we will pray around the Advent wreath every day.  Each Monday morning, we will gather the entire school together.  When you drop your children off at 8:10 or afterwards on the three Mondays of December, they should go directly to Egan Hall (unless drop-off is prior to 8:10). Teachers will be on duty there instead of on the playground.  We will begin our Advent prayer service promptly at 8:20.  Students will go to class at 8:30.  You are welcome to join us, just be sure to park a block or two away!  On Tuesday through Friday, each department will pray around the Advent wreath.  


It is a busy time.  Here at school, we are preparing Christmas programs, report cards, and lesson plans.  At home, you are baking, shopping, and cleaning.  However, our biggest responsibility is to convey the most important message:  God became Man.   Jesus was born among us.


Last night's end of trimester program was fantastic!  Mrs. Pat Tsagalakis led the sixth graders in a delightful concert, the culmination of a trimester of music education.  


We will help you with the shopping!  Scrip is available at school, every morning and soon in the afternoons.  When you save yourself some time by purchasing gift cards for all the important people in your lives, you also give a gift to the school budget and that comes back to benefit the students!  It's a total win-win opportunity!




Bernadette O'Leary  

Parent Association
Parent Association

Survey Request
In an effort to provide desired information to the parent community we are requesting your assistance in filling out a brief survey.  If you have not already done so, please fill out the survey found on Survey Monkey.  If you have already participated, thank you!

PA Christmas Party
Science Club
Elementary Science Club
Grades 3 - 5
Registration beginning soon!
The first meeting of Elementary Science Club for grades 3 ­through 5 will be held on January 8, 2013. The Science Club teachers and activities will be provided by the Pacific Science Center's "Science After School" program. Science Club will meet after school on Tuesdays for 6 weeks (dates shown below). The faculty advisor is Señor Pablo (Assistant Principal). The parent organizers are Lili Lengua and Betsy Roletto-Rivera.
Due to classroom size and the availability of Pacific Science Center teachers, group size is limited to 24 students per section with one section for each grade (3rd - 5th). Registration will take place electronically through the school website on Thursday, December 6, beginning at 6:30pm. There will be a link to the electronic registration form in the December 6 issue of NewsViews. Participants will be taken on a first come, first served basis. No sign up forms will be accepted in the school office. We will need four parent volunteers per grade to help each week from 3:00 to 4:25pm.  The cost per student is $48.  Scholarships are available.  Contact Señor Pablo to receive more information.

Elementary Science Club meets from 3:15pm to 4:15pm:

January 8, 2013
January 15, 2013
January 22, 2013
January 29, 2013
February 5, 2013
February 12, 2013
BBall Classic 2013
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  information.  Half of the proceeds go to St. John
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St. John the Evangelist Parish News

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 Wreath
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 or register here!  Everyone welcome!  If you'd like to help with this event or make cookies let us know!    

Meditations for Advent
First Sunday
Jesus said to his disciples:  "Be watchful! Be alert!  You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad.  He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.  Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning.  May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.  What I say to you, I say to all: 'Watch!'" ... Mark 13:33-37
Important Dates

Friday, November 30
End of first trimester

Sunday, December 2 
First Sunday of Advent

Wednesday, December 5
Parent Association Holiday Party
8:30am, Egan Mezzanine

Parent Association Holiday Party
7pm, Egan Mezzanine

Thursday, December 6
Report cards home

Friday, December 7
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Mass, 9am, Church 

 VIEW THE 2012-2013 CALENDAR  

Scrip elf


Santa's Scrip Elves are working hard so you don't have to this Holiday Season.  They are currently selling gift cards to your children's favorite stores - Claire's, American Girl Doll Store, iTunes, Amazon, Aeropostale, Gap, GameStop, ToyRus and movie tickets to their favorite theaters!   


Stop by and meet the Elves.  They can explain the program to you if you are a first time buyer, or they can suggest cards for the more advanced user.  Please refer to your gold scrip order form (or click link below) for a more complete listing of cards available. 


The Elves are working in the east hallway in front of XDC every morning, AND beginning Monday, every afternoon from 2:45 - 3:15.  Look for our new purple signs in front of Mrs. Q's office and by the flagpole.  If you see the sign up, we are selling scrip. Support St. John by purchasing gift cards - it's really simple.  Buy a card and give back to the school that gives so much to us!


Auction Logo
Save the Date! 
Auction Wine Tasting Party
Saturday, February 9,
7-11pm, Egan Hall

Mark you calendar and plan to join us for this annual event.  We will taste and select wines to be served at the Auction.
Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, November 30         

Homemade chicken noodle soup, oyster crackers, carrots & cucumber sticks w/Ranch dip, Rice Krispy treat     


Monday, December 3         

Turkey hotdogs, Sun Chips, mini apple 


Tuesday, December 4   

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


Wednesday, December 5    

Macaroni & Cheese, mini peas, fruit salad 


Thursday, December 6 

Chicken teriyaki bowl w/pineapple, chocolate ice cream 


Visit "Menus" for extended menus. 

Sisters of St. Joseph


For Women and Men

"Images of Mary"

Saturday, December 8, 2012  

9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace,  

St. Mary-on-the-Lake - Bellevue

Bring a sack lunch - Free will offering.  See the attached


To register please call or e-mail:  Carmel Little, CSJP - 425-635-3600,

Bald Eagle

Thank you to all who shopped at Office Depot over the summer and early fall.  St. John School has received a gift card (5% of your purchases) for a total of $335.22! Add this to your Scrip rebate and WOW!  Now, that's making the most of our resources! (When purchasing supplies at Office Depot, please give our school identification number - 70107291- at check out.)   


Thank you to all who volunteer for the St John Noel House overflow shelter.  The shelter is really in need of new volunteers for chaperoning overnight (especially Sunday nights) and for driving the St. John bus. Sleep in the mezzanine above the gym Saturday or Sunday night, home by 7am. We are having a hard time filling the shifts each weekend which puts the shelter in danger of having to close.  Four shifts are available for driving about and require only an hour of commitment each shift. No CDL license required.  If you would like more information please contact Mary Kearney,


Congratulations to our Second Graders who received their First Reconciliation on Saturday, November 17th!  Thank you to the parents, Parish Catechists and their Assistants, and St. John's Second Grade teachers who worked together to prepare the children for their special day.   


Thank you to the parents who braved chaperoning the 7th and 8th grade dance held in Egan Hall on November 16:   Page Harader, Chistine Craig, Rick LaFrance, Garet Nenninger, Jim and Kim Callis, Sawsan Clark, Marcey Flood, Kathy Biermanski, Tim Flanagan, Liz Stanfield, Chris Sayers, Elizabeth Senzek, Mary Ransom, Bill Shinn, Laura Fraioli, Susan McLaughlin, Eileen Yardley, Karen Smiley, Becky Leine, Liz Johnson, and Lisa Emmens.  Special thanks to Lynn Burgess-Moriarty for organizing our chaperones and concessions, and to Aaron Kamalu for providing a security presence.  


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

Neighborhood Happenings


Peter Fewing Holiday Soccer Camp
Offering their first holiday 3-day camp, full, and half day camps, right after New Year's, Jan 2 - 4, at Seattle University!  Soccer will be in the indoor facility and weather permitting, students will have some time outdoors on the turf.  See the attached registration form for more information.


Girls' Night at Seattle Prep

Seattle Preparatory School invites all K-8 girls to attend our women's basketball game on Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30pm.  Free admissions for K-8 girls who wear their CYO jersey or their school sweatshirt (and for their parents and siblings)!  We will have door prizes, free raffles, and half-time entertainment from our dance team.  Please join us for this fun community event and wonderful opportunity to celebrate women's athletics!  Questions?  Email Jenell Kheriaty ( ).


Stone Soup Theatre Opportunities

Visit the website for fun and educational opportunities in theater.