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 January 10, 2013  

Year of Faith

Lord, every nation on earth
will adore you.

 from Psalm 72                      




Message From the Principal  


Happy New Year!  May your hopes and dreams find their fulfillment in the love of God.
Here at St. John, we resolved to continue our work with Second Step and to practice some more of the Habits of Mind.  Some classes are working on being more empathetic and understanding, others on controlling their impulsivity and others on persisting.  Ask your student about his/her classroom resolution and discuss how you can take steps to support the new habits as a family.
The New Year also rings in registration time for the 2013-2014 school year.  The administration team is preparing for the Open Houses and the State of the School presentations.  You also have some work to do.  Are you up-to-date with your sacrificial giving?  The new pledge forms are being mailed out tomorrow.  All parish families must be participating fully in the parish and have a pledge card on file.  
On Tuesday, January 15, Susan Burdett will present Love and Logic.   You don't want to miss this.  No matter how old or young your children are, the tips from parenting with Love and Logic are so valuable.  The presentation will begin at 7:00 in Egan Hall.  Thank you, so much, Parent Association for making this possible.
National Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated during the week of January 27 - February 2.  We will begin our week with the Mass, which is central to our lives as Catholics.  We ask that you attend the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 27 and that the students wear formal dress uniform.  You will find the schedule for the week here.  



Bernadette O'Leary  

Fulcrum Foundation

2013/2014 Tuition Assistant Grants
In Parish and Out of Parish Families


Fulcrum Foundation Hossfeld Tuition Assistance Program applications are now available for the 2013/2014 school year.  Please visit the Fulcrum Foundation to apply.  Grants for parish members help offset the difference between the actual cost to educate and the amount of the family's pledge.  Grants for out of parish students reduce the amount of tuition owed by the family.  Out of parish families considering a request for financial aid from St. John School are required to also apply for a Fulcrum grant.  Apply online and provide a copy of your application and supporting documents (2011 tax returns, etc.) to St. John School, attention Diane Crockett not later than Friday, February 8, 2013.  If you have questions or need assistance in completing your application, Mrs. Crockett is happy to help.      


  SMart Tuition Aid  

A limited amount of financial aid is available to out of parish families.  Aid is based on financial need.  Out of parish families applying for St. John School Financial Aid may do so by going to Smart Tuition Aid (you must also apply for a Fulcrum Grant to be considered for this award - see above).  Questions?  Contact Mrs. Crockett in the school office.  

Parent Association

Parent Association Presents
Susan Burdett

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
7pm, Egan Hall
Don't miss this opportunity to hear Our Lady of Fatima's principal speak on this wonderful parenting tool.  See the attached flyer for more information.  Enjoy the Wing Dome with fellow St. Johnies after the presentation!
CYO Volleyball Registration: Now Open

Sign up now! Registration for 2012-13 St. Al/John CYO Volleyball is now open for families with players in grades 4-8. Practices begin in early February, and the season is scheduled to run into early April. Contact John Fletcher (, or Pat Daly ( if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you all above the net!
 CYO Volleyball Registration Form
Wine 2013
2013 Annual Auction Wine
Underwriting Party
Saturday, February 9, 7-11pm, Egan Hall 

Registration is NOW OPEN!!!

Don't miss out on this fun event - register here!
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming back to St. John School!  Mrs. Grandorf is busy preparing this annual favorite.  The Book Fair will be open Sunday, January 27 through Sunday, February 3 - all through Catholic Schools Week.  If you are able to help Mrs. G with set up or take down, please email

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Alumni News

Katie Lee, St. John Class of 2009 is one of the 20 young women in Washington State to receive a WA State Affiliate - NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award in the 2012-2013 competition. 


The NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology) Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Recipients are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing offers both a national and local affiliate competition to generate support and visibility for women's participation in communities nationwide.

"The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be,
another child like him."
                                     Pablo Casals
Important Dates

Tuesday, January 15 
New Parent Q & A with Principal, Library, 9am

Parent Association Meeting, Egan Mezzanine, 6:30pm
Parent Association Presents Love and Logic with Susan Burdett, 7pm, Egan Hall 

Wednesday, January 16
Grade 2, Pike Place Market field trip

School Commission Meeting, 7pm

Monday, January 21
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - school not in session



Thanks to all the families who purchased Scrip in the month of December.  During the month of December we worked every morning and afternoon to make buying scrip as easy as possible for our families.  Our hard work paid off as we will be delivering a check to St. John for over $10,000 just for December sales. This represents over $150,000 in sales - an increase of 10% over the same period last year.  Thanks for all that you do!  


Scrip is a completely volunteer run program that takes many hands and many hours to run.  I wanted to personally thank Lisa McKenny, Chrissi Hilt and Amy Morris.  These ladies work every week to ensure the program's success and St. John's success.   Let's keep the momentum going.  Scrip can be used for Super Bowl Parties, kids birthday parties and date night with that special someone.  Simply email your order to or fill out the yellow form and send into the school office.
Happy New Year!


Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, January 11           

Breakfast for Lunch!

Mini sausage slider, hash browns, fruit salad     


Monday, January 14             

Turkey hotdog, carrot & cucumber sticks, Ranch dip, mini apple 


Tuesday, January 15       

Macaroni & Cheese, mini peas, fruit salad 


Wednesday, January 16       

Crunchy fish sticks, oven roasted JoJos, cornbread, grapes  


Thursday, January 17    

Creamy tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, Berry Blue Jello 


Visit "Menus" for extended menus.  

That's a Spicy Meataball!

Join the Knights of Columbus and St. John Boy Scout Troop 121 for the  Ninth Annual Italian Dinner, Sunday, January 13th,  5pm in Egan Hall.

Support the Scouts with your
RSVP to the invitation by January 6th.  Space is still available - please call Bethany King IMMEDIATELY if not sooner, to RSVP - 206-789-7119 or   








NCLL Baseball and Softball Registration Now Open

North Central Little League registration for 2013 boys baseball and girls softball is now open for ages 5 to 18. Registration deadline is January 15, 2013. Details available at


Ballard Little League Registration

We have a team for everyone and everyone gets to play!  Scholarships are available.   For more information and/or to register, visit or contact league president Patty Lott at 206-784-2527 or or (fundraising chair) Katie Franklin at  

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The Laverty family would like to thank the fifth grade students and families for the wonderful basket filled with goodies and a beautiful quilt, delivered to our door!


Thank you December Noel House volunteers:
  Betty Ericksen, Eileen Miller, Matt Haskins, Celena Kathan, Joanna Hayes, Maureen Sloane, Marty McCabe, Mike Sloane, Peg Snyder, Rosalinda Aguirre, Aurora Martin, Molly Martinez, Karen O'Conner, Ann Amort, Tara Cannava, Allison Pham, Kristin Kent, Lisette, Nenninger, Mary Ellen Talley and Sue Carroll. Also a big thanks to Suzie Burke for washing the towels, Kate Bronson for donating a coffee maker and local coffee shop Tony's for donating fresh ground coffee. Thank you Preschool and 3rd grade families for making Noel House your Advent project.   

The shelter is in need of new volunteers to both drive and chaperone. Please contact or 206 297-7072 if you are interested or have questions. No need to be Catholic or in the Parish. All hours count towards the school's suggested 40 volunteer hours per family.

A huge thank you to Katie C., Cosette E., and Amelia S. for giving up their Christmas movie time to clean and organize the Lost and Found area. They returned over 20 sweatshirts to their owners!


The Third Graders would like to thank their parents for helping them select everyday items for the St. John Women's Shelter.  Allowances were used to buy soap, toothpaste, socks, gloves, and many more items. We are glad that the women had a brighter Christmas!


Liturgy Commission wishes to thank all the teachers and parents who helped make our Children's Christmas Eve Liturgies so beautiful:  Adrey O'Campo, Bridget Sevigny, Jenny McGovern, Becky Kelly, Pat Tsagalakis, and Joe Thomas.  Thank you to all the children who did an outstanding job helping at mass and reading:  Michael K., Thomas K., Gracyn B., Mae S., Sean M., Matthew M., Gavin L., Ryan P., Lucy M., Frances K., Becca M., Will J., Jack J., Anna S., Maria D., Julia R., Adam F., Olivia P., Charlotte H., and Rachel D; and all of the Schola and Cantionis Choir members who sang like angels.


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

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Bishop Blanchet High School cordially invites all CYO grade school basketball players, along with their parents and coaches, to be our guests at BBHS' "CYO NIGHT" on Friday, January 25, at Bishop Blanchet High School.  We invite you to be our guests, receive special recognition, and enjoy an evening of basketball contests on Gilligan-Wilkinson Court.  The Braves will compete against Lakeside; Junior Varsity Girls start at 3:15pm, Junior Varsity Boys at 4:45pm, Varsity Girls at 6:15pm and Varsity Boys at 8:00pm. All CYO basketball players are asked to wear their jerseys in order to receive free admission for themselves and their parents on this evening. Please join us as we honor the Catholic youth of Seattle.