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 January 17, 2013  

Year of Faith

Proclaim his marvelous deeds
to all the nations. 

 from Psalm 96                       




Message From the Principal  


Next week, St. John School will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by making an even greater extra effort to respect everyone, just like he did.  We are joining other schools, organizations and communities around the nation for No Name Calling Week.  No Name Calling Week is an annual week aimed at ending name calling of all kinds.  You may also participate at home, encouraging the children to observe the impact that their words (positive and negative) have on their siblings, and by reminding them that we are all made in the image and likeness of God.  

On Tuesday, those fortunate enough to be present listened to a very engaging and informative presentation on Parenting with Love and Logic.  I am so grateful to the Parent Association co-chairs, Page Harader and Christine Craig for organizing this event.  We heard many valuable tips based on an approach to raising children that provides support from parents while at the same time, expecting the children to be respectful and responsible.  Check out the Love and Logic website for more information.  It's worth the visit! 


Safety and security on campus is always forefront on our minds and unfortunately the recent tragic events have made us even more vigilant.  Last week I attended a webinar on Emergency Response Plans and I have a request in to our First Responders to walk through our buildings with the administration team and to review emergency plans with us.   We will inform you on the results of the walk through.  In the meantime, we have again reviewed our current safety procedures.  We decided to keep the northwest door of the main school building locked at all times - we were opening it at lunch recess.  During lunch recess the girls will now walk through the building to use the restrooms, using the main school entrance.  Catherine Dahlgren and I are very grateful to the faithful watchers who brave the cold to look after our students, but she would really appreciate more help with recess supervision.  Even as we are trying to improve security, many volunteers are cancelling on her.   If you have time any day between 11:25 and 12:50, please come in and help us look after the children.   If you have any thoughts or ideas to improve safety, please let me, Pablo or a member of the School Commission know.
The auction class projects teams and the mezzanine art team are also looking for volunteers.

Reminders:  Progress reports next Thursday;
Catholic Schools Week, January 27 through February 1 -  see you at the 10:30 mass on Sunday, January 27.  Students wear their dress uniforms.  



Bernadette O'Leary  

No Name Calling 2
No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.  Be sure to ask your children what they are learning!  For more information visit the website.
Second Step
Second Step Training Opportunity
 Announcing a special opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn the same skills that are taught in St. John School classrooms and on the playground.  Parent/caregiver training will enhance your students' mastery of Second Step.  This FREE, one night, three hour class will be led by Catherine Dahlgren, Playground Supervisor.  Please complete the attached registration form and return to the school office.  Feel free to email Mrs. Dahlgren with additional questions.
Peace Dove PeaceMakers
Please see the attached discussion topics for PeaceMakers, lessons one and two.  Questions about the PeaceMakers curriculum?  Please contact Catherine Dahlgren .
  MathCounts MATHCounts Math Contest
Saturday, February 2nd 8:45am-1:30pm
University of Washington (Smith Hall)
All students in grades 6 - 8 are invited to test their math skills at the Annual MATHCounts Contest.  Students will spend the morning working on math problems, listen to a guest speaker from MathForLove and enjoy a pizza lunch. Participants are encouraged to carpool to Smith Hall.  Sign up forms will be sent home electronically.

All interested students need to come to the St. John School Math Contest on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7:40am in Mrs. Brumback's classroom, Rm. 21 (6th and 7th grade) or Mr. Tice's classroom, Rm. 33 (8th grade). Please bring a calculator.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: If you can spare some time on Wednesday, January 23rd to help grade tests, please email Mrs. Brumback:  Mrs.  Brumback has promised to provide the answers!
Pizza Pizza For Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
No, it's not to help the deficit.  Proceeds benefit the financial aid fund for the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring.  Orders must be received by Friday, January 25.
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.  


Christmas Tournament Results
Lots of fun times and great sportsmanship over the recent holidays.  The Knights of Columbus sponsored tournaments at St. John School (Grade 6 Boys), Our Lady of Fatima (Grade 7 Boys), St. Francis (Grade 7 Girls), O'Dea High School (Grade 8 Boys), and St. Matthew School (Grade 8 Girls).  St. Luke Parish sponsored the Grade 6 Girls teams.   The St. Al/John Grade Six Girls and the St. Al/John Grade 8 Boys varsity teams brought trophies home!  Congratulations to all participants for great efforts in this exciting annual event!
CYO Volleyball Registration

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!

"It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself."  
Joyce Maynard

Important Dates

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

Tuesday, January 22
Elementary Science Club, 3:15pm

Wednesday, January 23 
No hot lunch service due to funeral - sack lunch substituted for hot lunch by NoJunk 

Thursday, January 24
Progress reports home, grades 4-8   

PK and K Open House, 7pm, Egan Hall

Sunday, January 27
Catholic Schools Week begins

All School Liturgy, 10:30am, Church

All School Open House, 12-1:30pm 
Parent Association Parent Association Request
Your input is needed!  Did you attend the Parent Association meeting on Tuesday evening?  We would love your feedback.  Please complete a very short (5 question) survey about the event.  Visit Survey Monkey - Thanks!  For a look at the results of our last survey, please link here.

Catholic Schools Week is upon us.  Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day is Thursday, January 31.  We would like to provide a lovely luncheon but need your help!  Please visit Jooners  and let us know you want to take part! 

Christine Craig/Page Harader
PA Co-Chairs
Scrip Cold's cold outside!!  Be sure to protect your home by covering your faucets and remember, your car may need some special attention too.  We have Home Depot and Lowe's for your home and Sears and Jiffy Lube for your car.  Don't forget the kids!  Is that jacket too small, do they need new hats and gloves?  We have Lands' End, Gap and REI to outfit the kids.  Send an email to to place your order.


Keep Warm!


Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, January 18           

Penne Pasta w/Alfredo sauce 


Tuesday, January 22       

Curly pasta w/creamy Marinara sauce, crispy garlic bread, watermelon


Wednesday, January 23       

No hot lunch service due to funeral - sack lunch substituted for hot lunch by NoJunk


Thursday, January 24    

Spaghetti w/meatballs, crispy garlic bread, diced peaches  


Visit "Menus" for extended menus.  

Volunteer Upcoming Opportunities
Volunteers are needed for Spring and Summer events, including K/1 Grandparents'/Special Friends' Day, grounds beautification, Kindergarten Welcome, Track and Field, Baseball, summer playdates, and the mentor program to name a few.  Please visit the Volunteer Page on the school website and get involved!  Many activities can include your children!
Bald Eagle


Thank you to all the parents who signed up to help with upcoming admission events.  The positions were posted on Monday and all slots were filled within 24 hours--including the call for dozens of baked goods.  I am so grateful for our generous and enthusiastic community of parents!  Michele Thornquist

St. John Boy Scout Troop 121 would like to thank
the St. John Knights of Columbus, parishioners, families and friends for their support at the 9th Annual Italian Dinner. The event was filled with many longtime supporters and several new guests, who enjoyed door prizes, plenty of authentic Italian food and wine. The Scouts are extremely grateful for the $1,100 in proceeds which will help fund equipment, outings and summer camp for the troop.  We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

Thank you to families of fourth grade students
for the wonderful  Italian luncheon provided faculty and staff today!  Delizioso!


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

Apple Bite




Save the Date for CampFair 2013

Mark your calendars and save the date to find the perfect summer camp or program at CampFair 2013 on Saturday, February 2, 2013, co-sponsored by St. Thomas School and ParentMap.  Come meet directors and representatives from over 100 camps for all ages, pre-school to adult, including day and overnight camps, teen programs, specialty programs, wilderness adventure, sports, drama, art, science, music, language, academic enrichment and more.  Don't miss CampFair 2013, one of the largest camp fairs in Washington, at the St. Thomas School campus, 8300 N.E. 12th Street, Medina, WA, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Admission is free.
If your children were bored last summer you missed CampFair!  For more information, directions, or a listing of participating camps, visit