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 January 24, 2013  

Year of Faith

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

 from Psalm 19                        


Catholic Schools Week 2013      

Message From the Principal  



"Catholic Schools Raise the Standards" is the theme of our annual National Catholic Schools Week celebration, beginning with our Catholic Schools Sunday Mass this Sunday, January 27, at 10:30. All families are encouraged to attend, and we ask that students wear their dress uniforms to show pride in their school. We will follow Mass with an All School Open House. We encourage all families to tour the school, visit classrooms, enjoy a few treats, and see what wonderful things are happening in your school community.


Catholic schools are noted for their academic excellence and high moral standards. This year's theme celebrates the constant attention that Catholic educators pay to increasing the learning and growth in faith of all students.


Many events have been planned for the upcoming week - a schedule of events is attached here. The events planned will emphasize how we are striving for high standards and what our students are learning as a result. We will end the week with a celebration of our students, with the annual Homecoming events to include the Faculty/8th Grade Basketball Game, beginning in Egan Gym at 1pm.


At this special time of year for Catholic schools I want to extend my deepest appreciation for the commitment and dedication to all those that make St. John School the bright star it is - faculty, parish and school staff, administrators, board members, parents, volunteers, students, and to Fr. Crispin for his never ending support and leadership.




Bernadette O'Leary  

Registration/Facilitation 2013/2014
State of the School is around the corner.  Mark your calendar and plan to attend.  All families are expected to attend one of the State of the School nights:
  • Monday, February 4, Egan Hall, 7pm - returning families 
  • Tuesday, February 5, Egan Hall, 7pm - returning families
  • Thursday, February 7, Egan Hall, 7pm - families NEW TO THE K-8 PROGRAM - this includes families with current preschoolers entering Kindergarten, with no siblings currently enrolled in the K-8 program

Hear about planned changes and improvements, financials, and more.  Pick up your registration packet.  Sign up for your Facilitation appointment.  Returning families attending both State of the School and Facilitation will receive a $50 discount on the re-registration fee.   


Facilitation appointments will be held on:

  • Sunday, February 10, noon-4pm
  • Monday, February 11, 7-9pm
  • Tuesday, February 12, 7-9pm

Facilitation is held on the 2nd floor of the main school building.


Preschool Only families (families registering for Preschool only - no students enrolling in the K-8 program) may pick up registration packets in the school office beginning Monday, February 4.


All registration packets received after 9pm on Tuesday, February 12 will be considered late and placed on a "space available" basis. 

  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!
Padre Narcisco Special Visit from Padre Narciso


Padre Narciso from our sister parish in Ilave, Peru visited with students yesterday. He offered a prayer of thanks for the many ways our parish school helps support his Peruvian faith community.
Second StepSecond 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.
Attached is information about bullying - how to identify, how to help stop and prevent it.  Questions about the PeaceMakers curriculum?  Please contact Catherine Dahlgren.
Parent Association Parent Association Help Request
Parent Association is hosting an appreciation luncheon for school and parish faculty and staff on Thursday, January 31.  This is in honor of Catholic Schools Week, Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day.  Help us make it special!  Sign up to help out here
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


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.  


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

"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education."
John F. Kennedy 
Important Dates

Sunday, January 27  
Catholic Schools Week begins
All School Liturgy, 10:30am, Church
All School Open House, 12-1:30pm
Scholastic Book Fair opens   
Monday, January 28
"Raise the Standards" - Our Nation 
Students may wear red, white, and blue clothing - please follow the dress code.

Tuesday, January 29  
"Raise the Standards" - Our Vocation
Students explore their vocations; Sr. Beatrice will visit some of the classes 

Wednesday, January 30
"Raise the Standards" - Our Community
Students are asked to bring one canned food item to be donated to the Greenwood Food Bank. 
Pizza fundraiser lunch benefiting the financial aid fund for students traveling to Washington, D.C.

Thursday, January 31
"Raise the Standards" - Our Faculty, Staff and Vounteers

Students will show appreciation for volunteers with banners and gifts; faculty will enjoy luncheon thanks to Parent Association

Friday, February 1
"Raise the Standards" - Our Students
Purple and Gold Day! 
Students may dress in purple and gold, the school colors; Parent Association provides Hot Dog Lunch to all students free of charge; Homecoming events begin in Egan Gym at 1pm, to include Faculty/Gr. 8 Basketball Game 
book fair
Scholastic Book Fair Returns!

The Scholastic Book Fair is back, beginning Sunday, January 27, after 10:30 Mass.  The Fair will be open throughout Catholic Schools Week and ends on Sunday, February 3, 2013.  All proceeds from the Fair will benefit the Washington, D.C. trip financial aid fund as well as the Library.   


There are several ways you may shop the Book Fair.

  • Shop online at, select "Washington," then "Seattle," then to "St. John" - qualifying purchases may be made through February 11 
  • Shop at the Fair itself - visit us during the All School Open House; students will have opportunities during school days to make purchases
  • If you don't find what you are looking for, Mrs. Grandorf will order it for you - see her at the Fair.  Shipping is free.

The Book Fair is held in the lower east hallway outside Extended Day Care.  See you at the Fair!

Congratulations!One of our parents has been selected as a National Catholic Educational Association, Distinguished Principal for this region!  We congratulate Vince McGovern, father of Lucy in Grade 2. Yesterday, Lucy told her class that "my Dad is the best principal!"  Well done. 


We also congratulate the Bishop Blanchet High School, Board of Advisors.  It received a Distinguished School Board  Award.


Several events are upcoming that you might think of Scrip for:  


2/1-Student Appreciation Day 

2/2-Groundhog Day  

2/12-Lincoln's Birthday

2/14-Valentine's Day

2/18-Presidents' Day   


You can use Scrip for any and all occasions!  Give us a call if you need ideas to use Scrip!


Scrip will be sold in the back of church from 9:30 - 12 on Sunday due to Catholic Schools Week.  Please stop by and see us for all of your shopping needs.  


Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, January 25            

Spaghetti w/meatballs, crispy garlic bread, diced peaches 


Monday, January 28        

Buttered noodles w/choice of Parmesan, sweet peas and carrots, cantaloupe 


Tuesday, January 29      

Pig in a Blanket, oven roasted red potatoes, fruit salad 


Wednesday, January 30    

No "NoJunk" service - Pizza for WA, DC


Thursday, January 31

Pasta Cabonara w/bacon & peas, fresh baked Focaccia stick, diced peaches   


Visit "Menus" for extended menus.  

Girl Scouts
On January 13, 2013, representatives from Girl Scout Troop 52827 competed in the First Lego League, Robotics Regional Competition held in Burien, Washington. Sponsored by Girl Scouts of Western Washington, the team of fifth grade girls from St. John explored science, technology, engineering, and math in programming a robot to compete in the FLL 2012 Senior Solutions Challenge.  The girls finished 11th out of forty teams competing in the event. Congratulations goes to the following girls who participated in the program:  Sterling O., Julianna D., Breanna S., Makenna H., Mary M., Hannah M., Ainsley M., Supriya L., and Sydney J.!
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!
Bald Eagle

The Cogar family would like to thank the St. John families and friends for their continued support and generosity.  We are extremely grateful to be a part of such an amazing community.


Mrs. Brumback would like to thank Brenda King and Glorilyn Maw for helping to grade all the students' tests from our St. John Middle School Math Contest.

Box Tops Logo Thank you for saving Box Tops for Education!  Yes, it really does pay to save and turn in your Box Tops - we just received a check for $964.90!  Thank you!!!


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

Apple Bite




Cool Science for Middle School Girls
(Grades Six, Seven, and Eight)
Seattle Expanding Your Horizons (SEYH) is an amazing hands-on conference that encourages girls to explore the world of math, science and technology.  Women biologists, botanists, engineers, veterinarians and many other local professional women enthusiastically volunteer their time to host workshops that introduce girls to exciting careers involving math, science and computer technology.

The conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, at Seattle University (8am to 1:30pm).  The cost is $15 and  includes lunch.  Girls can sign up for 3 workshops. There are over 40 fun hands-on workshops offered in biology, chemistry, computer technology, engineering and technology, health sciences, mathematics, medical technology, physics, and zoology.  You can check out the workshop choices and get a registration form at their website:   You must register by February 20, 2013, but if the conference fills before Feb. 20, then registration will close early. This is a popular conference and it always fills.  


The Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers Association is hosting the 4th Annual STEM Out! Girl's Event on Saturday, February 9, from 9:30am-3:00pm at the University of Washington, sponsored and led by's Women in Engineering.  This event will encourage girls from grades 7-12 to explore science, technology, engineering, and math careers! It's a FREE event and more information/ registration can be found on the website:


Bishop Blanchet High School Jazz Progam presents the 2013 Big Band Bash!  Tickets, or call 206-527-7719.