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 February 14, 2013  

Year of Faith

Be with me , Lord, when I am in trouble. 

 from Psalm 91



Message From the Principal

  St. Valentine

 Happy Valentine's Day! 

The classrooms are filled with students sharing their appreciation of one another as they pass out cards and treats today.  St. Valentine's Day at St. John gives us an extra-special opportunity to share our Catholic values and to practice social and emotional skills.   In deepening our relationships with one another, we are deepening our relationship with Jesus, and assisting our young people to see and understand the role of our faith in our daily lives.  As you chat with your children about their day, try to bring them beyond the commercialism of Valentine's Day and help them to recognize Saint Valentine.

Our Mass for Ash Wednesday was a very inspirational opening for the season of Lent.   Fr. Crispin reminded us to remember to pray more, to sacrifice and deny ourselves those things that we love, like chocolate and video games (fast), and to share the money we would otherwise spend on the chocolate (almsgiving).  At school, we will begin and end the week in prayer with all-school Monday morning prayer in Egan Hall and the Stations of the Cross on Friday afternoons.  Today, we 'fasted' from free dress and remembered that it is Lent.  We will give 'alms' and be in solidarity with others through the Rice Bowl and other class projects.   The students will be focusing on managing their impulsivity, developing empathy and persisting throughout Lent.  These are great Habits of Mind and Heart that will help them develop self-awareness and emotional sensitivity.   How are you celebrating Lent at home?       

I am very grateful to the volunteers who assisted during the State of the School and facilitation.  This huge undertaking flowed so smoothly thanks to the committed and dedicated people we have in our community.  Bless you all!

Enjoy the long weekend,  


Bernadette O'Leary  

Jumper The DENNIS Valentine Special starts today!

February 14-21, 2013 buy 3 pairs of
pants or shorts and receive 20% savings!
(Discount applies to pant & short purchases only.)
Boys & girls * all colors * mix & match. Offer available in stores, online, by phone or mail order.
Online anytime:
National Customer Service: 800.854.6951
Please send in those Box Tops!


Box Tops Logo The next submission deadline is at the end of this month (February). Check your kitchen drawers, clip them off those boxes of Ziploc bags and granola bars and send them in to the school office. Every Box Top counts-all proceeds go to playground equipment!
Thank you! Your friendly Box Tops Coordinator, Julia Rudden


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.
CYO  boys


St. Al/John's 8th grade boys basketball team claimed their 2nd consecutive CYO championship on Sunday, beating St. Francis 52-37. Congratulations 8th graders!

That's Amore Auction Logo

March 1 is the deadline for turning in procurement items.  Dropping off your items is easy.  

Bring your item(s) to Facilitation    A handy drop-off box will be available in the hallway.       


Our procurement team will be accepting items at the flagpole during morning drop-off AND afternoon pickup on Wednesday, February 20.   

Bring them to the Auction Office in Quigley.
Office Hours Begin Tuesday - The Auction Office has "Office Hours" every Tuesday from 2-3pm.  Anyone is welcome to come in with questions, donations or just to help out for an hour.  
"Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return."
                                          Genesis 3:19 
Important Dates

Monday, February 18
School not in Session
President's Day
Washington's Birthday 
Tuesday, February 19 
School not in Session
Winter Holiday 

Wednesday, February 20  
3:15 pm Executive Team Meeting

Thursday, February 21 
7:40 am Cantionis

Friday, February 22 
2:30 pm Stations of the Cross  


Now that we are in the season of lent, which calls for almsgiving, you may be planning to give to a charity.  Here's an idea:  Food banks would love to receive grocery store scrip!  Thanks for your support and thinking first of Scrip!   


Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, February 15               

No School


Monday, February 18           

No School, Presidents' Day


Tuesday, February 19        

No School 


Wednesday, February 20      

Chicken Teriyaki with pineapple, rice, chocolate ice cream 


Thursday, February 21 

Homemade chicken noodle soup, oyster crackers, carrots & cucumber sticks with ranch dip, rice crispy treat 


Visit "Menus" for extended menus.  



St. John School is reintroducing an after-school program called Rainbows.  This is a facilitated peer support group for children and teens who are dealing with grief due to a loss or change in the family.  More information is contained in the Rainbows registration packet (link).




Second StepSecond Step
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.
Parent and child Students Returning From Appointments
Parents of students in grade K-5 are required to sign their students in, in the school office when returning from appointments.  Students in grades 6-8 may sign themselves in.
Beauty and the Beast   

"Beauty and the Beast, Jr."
Come see the "tale as old (and as charming!) as time"!  The Middle School will present its production of "Beauty and the Beast, Jr." on February 28 at 7:00 p.m., March 2 at 7:00 p.m. and March 3 at 2:00 p.m.  Ticket prices are $5.00/adult and $3.50/child at the door.  Pre-sale tickets may be purchased for $3.00/$4.00.  Please use the attached Order Form and turn your check into the office by Tuesday, February 26.
Apple Bite




NW Seattle Little League registration now open!  Join the fun! Register today at  Registration Deadline: February 22nd