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 January 31, 2013  

Year of Faith

I will sing of your salvation. 

 from Psalm 71                         


spring flowers       

Message From the Principal  


Today, it feels like Spring has arrived at St. John!  The flowers are so lovely.   Even more beautiful were the smiling faces as the children presented their gifts and the vases filled up with bright colors and mixes as individual as the children!  It is such a joy to walk through the classrooms today and everyday.  I love my job!  Thank you, parents.


We will have more fun tomorrow!   It is Homecoming, Spirit Day, Purple and Gold day, eighth grade versus the teachers day!    You are very welcome to join in the fun beginning at 1:00pm in the gym.  You may want to bring ear plugs!


I will be able to share that joy in person next week!  It is State of the School week.  Pablo, assisted by Jeri Jarvie, Michele Thornquist, the members of the School Commission and I have been working long hours, compiling and arranging information for the presentation.  Mrs. Crockett and Mrs. Q. have completed the registration packets.  Now it is your turn to be present at this important event, during which you will hear the progress we are making to meet the goals of the five year plan and the accreditation.  You will also receive your registration packets for the 2013-2014 school year.  The presentations will take place on Monday and Tuesday evenings for current families registering in grades K-8, and on Thursday for families new to our school and the K-8 program.

We have a number of basketball teams heading into the championships, with play-off games beginning this weekend.   The eighth grade students will also be spending time this weekend finalizing their Cultural Fair projects.   The fair takes place on Wednesday, February 6.  The middle school students are also rehearsing for the musical and the Science Fair is coming up.  Math competitions, Art Club, Science Club, Band and Choir keep us all busy.  St. John School is a happenin' place!    



Bernadette O'Leary  

Purple & Gold Student Appreciation Day
Friday, February 1 - Tomorrow!


Purple and Gold Day is almost here! This day provides us with the opportunity to celebrate and just have fun!
This is the one day of the year when certain exceptions are made to our dress code!
O.K.  to wear athletic attire
O.K.  to wear shorts (length just above the knee*)...Refer
              to Handbook
O.K.  to wear colored nail polish
O.K.  colored hair - Please, no aerosol cans at school!
O.K.  limited face paint
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. 

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.  


Lenten path Lenten Faith Sharing

Join a Small Faith-Sharing Group During Lent

Take some time this Lent to reflect on your journey of faith. Let the Lenten scriptures inspire and renew you! Groups will meet weekly for five weeks in Lent beginning the week of February 18, and will continue through March 22. Groups will meet on various days or evenings. There is no cost to this experience. Please contact Anne Merklin at 206-782-2810 or with questions or to join.



"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." Mother Teresa 
Important Dates

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 

Monday, February 4
Preschool registration begins - packets available in the school office for PK only families (no students in K-8 program)

State of the School, Egan Hall, 7pm
Returning families K-8 

Tuesday, February 5   
State of the School, Egan Hall, 7pm
Returning families K-8

Wednesday, February 6
Grade 2, Mrs. Hendrickson, field trip to Pike Place Market

Cultural Fair, Egan Hall, 7pm

Thursday, February 7 
State of the School, Egan Hall, 7pm
Families new to St. John School K-8 program and returning families unable to attend previous two presentations

Grade 2, Mrs. Teschner, field trip to Pike Place Market

Saturday, February 9
Auction Wine Tasting Party, Egan Hall, 7pm

Sunday, February 10
Facilitation, 12-4pm, 2nd Floor-Main School Building 
book fair
Scholastic Book Fair Continues!

The Book Fair will be open throughout Catholic Schools Week and ends on Sunday, February 3, 1pm.  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 - 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!




The Greenwood Fred Meyer Grand Opening is Friday, February 1st!!  Now you can purchase groceries and everyday items all under one roof.


Fred Meyer generously gives St. John 5% back on every dollar we spend. Let's say thank you by using scrip for all of our shopping needs.  We have many denominations to choose from $10 to $250!!  You can send an email, tonight and we will deliver to your child on Friday.


Thanks for supporting St. John!


Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, February 1             


Hot Dog Lunch - Student Appreciation Day  


Monday, February 4        

Baked chic'n nugget, oven roasted red potatoes, sweet peas, orange wedges 


Tuesday, February 5      

Curly pasta w/creamy marinara, garlic bread, watermelon 


Wednesday, February 6     

No hot lunch service - sack lunch option available 


Thursday, February 7 

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


Visit "Menus" for extended menus.  

Bald Eagle

The recent open houses were a great success.  Thank you to all  who sent in homemade baked goods - they were plentiful and delicious. Thank you to the following for volunteering their time at the events - Monica Armstrong, Mike Bachhuber, Kathy Biermanski, Karen Bombino, Michelle Branley, Katie Burckhardt, Jennifer Burke, Katie Clair, Nils Dahlgren,  Susan, Maria, and Zebiba Denning, Suzanne Fairchild, Susan Howe, Mae Kasten, Julie Lee, Christine Lewis, Becky Masters, Glorilyn Maw, Crystal McCants, Geeta McCormack, Paige McNerthney, Kari Miles, Viden Nedialkov, Debbie Oximana, Nora Robinson, Laura Root, Katie Ryan Strimban, Carolyn Sherman, Susie Slonecker, Jennifer Stankovich, Gina Steinert,  Senait Tadesse, Terri Vispo-Cuba, Lucas Welch, and Jaime Winter.  Thank you to the wonderful eighth graders who volunteered to give tours to prospective families-I heard many positive comments about how poised, intelligent, and friendly they were- Hannah C., Carly D., Gabi H., Ariana H., Keara K. George K., Taylor J., Mikey L., Alexa M., Colleen M., Elijah P., Juliet R.-O., Natalie S., and Emma W.. 

Michele Thornquist


Faculty and Staff wish to thank Parent Association for organizing the wonderful luncheon enjoyed today, in honor of Catholic Schools Week, Faculty/Staff Day.  


Mr. Thomas' Grade 4 would like to thank Lael McAuliffe for setting up such an amazing field trip to Kids in Medicine! We would also like to thank the following parents for driving/chaperoning! Abby Mansfield, Jennifer Burke, Christine Lewis, Sue Kelly, Bethany King, Darren Emmens, Nicole Hardie, Sarah Dorscht, John Zeisner, Sawsan Clark, and Aletia Cogar.


Thank you for supporting the Noel House overflow shelter for January:  Lisette Nenninger, Joyce Farrell, Meaghan Flemming, Mary Ellen Talley, Joe Kearney, Betty Ericksen, Nicole Hardie, Chris Pierard, Molly  Martinez, Karen O'Conner, Allison Pham, Matt Haskins, Rosalinda Aguirre, Charlotte Selva, Colleen Mounsey, Sue Howe, Ann Amort, Kristin Kent and Aurora Martin. Also Thank you Suzie Burke, Patty Embry and Nancy Alton for towel washing, supplies and lunch scheduling. If you are interested in volunteering for either driving or chaperoning please contact Mary Kearney at 


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

Apple Bite




Sewing Made Sewing Studio is now taking registrations for students, for the new sessions, beginning February 8 and 13.   Contact Cariso Brunner, 206-552-9632 or for more information, or visit the website at

Seattle Audubon Society presents Nature Camp.  Registration begins February 1.  Visit the website at or phone 206-523-4483.  Extended day care and scholarships are available.  Camp begins June 24, 2013.