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 March 7, 2013  

  lent symbols
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.  

 from Psalm 23   



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 Message From the Principal

Dear Families,


"Keep the lines of communication open!"  This is the mantra of good parenting.  In order to nurture our relationships with our children, we must communicate with them.  In the same way, we develop our relationship with God.  We communicate; we pray.  As we carry on along our Lenten journey, we seek to deepen that relationship with God, our father, and that means being more open to communicating.  We look for additional opportunities for talking with God, for telling Him about our days, for thanking Him when we have had a good day and asking Him for help when we need it.  That is prayer.  You are very welcome to join us on Monday mornings at 8:20.  The students lead us in prayer and song.  Thank you for making the extra effort to have your child here.  Praying as a community first thing Monday morning helps us to begin the week very aware of the presence of God among us.


Tomorrow, the primary students will lead us in the Stations of the Cross.  At the end of the week, we again make some time to remind ourselves of how much Jesus loves us.  If you can, take a break from your busy day and join us at 2:30.  Next week, students in grades 2 - 8 will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


Thank you, Katie Franklin, for leading our middle school students in a spectacular performance of Beauty and the Beast, Jr.  You have a special gift for directing the students and encouraging them to display their talents.  You also directed a huge  support crew, who designed and built sets, made costumes, organized all the make-up,  and you kept it all flowing.   What a great night out we all had!


Yesterday, we experienced more excitement here at school as students joined their buddies and competed in World Maths Day.  Who knew math could be such fun!  Children were calling out for more.  See below for results.




Bernadette O'Leary


World Maths Day World Maths Day 2013


Four hundred eighty-three St. John students participated in World Maths Day, answering over 92,000 questions correctly. Great job!  The Top Ten from St. John School, grade level and the number of problems answered correctly in the allotted time:

1st - Benjamin B., Gr. 6, 2550
2nd - Emmanuel T., Gr. 5, 1403
3rd - Naomi N., Gr. 6, 1395
4th - Emily C., Gr. 6, 1376
5th - Brendan N., Gr. 7, 1326
6th - Eliana B., Gr. 6, 1238
7th - Robert M., Gr. 2, 1217
8th - William A., Gr. 6, 1086
Tied for 9th/10th place - Lucas F., Gr. 5, 1054
                                             Lydia U., Gr. 5, 1054
That's Amore Auction Logo

As the auction grows nearer, we want to acknowledge the volunteers helping to make this year's event great.  

Past chairs Jennifer Witeck and Sue Kelly have been incredible, spending many hours helping with all aspects of the auction.  

Several class project volunteers have recognized the contribution and help from our class project coordinator, Melissa Meier-Oquist.  As one parent put it, "(Melissa) has definitely done enough here to warrant additional recognition!" 

Thank you also to the many parent volunteers who helped put together this year's class projects and who have come into the auction office to enter procurement items into the database.  Truly, the auction wouldn't happen if it weren't for them. 

We are still entering the wonderful items that have come in.  We will continue to accept additional items for a short time longer, so keep the procurement forms coming - additional forms available in the school office or on the website.  Contact for ideas, information, or to offer assistance.  Watch for upcoming volunteer opportunities!
Grandparents & Friends
Grandparents' & Friends' Day, K-1

Grandparents' & Friends' Day for Kindergarten and first grade is Thursday, March 21.  It is not too late to turn in an RSVP and invite your child's friend or relative.  Volunteers are needed to help at the event as well as to bake for the event.  Follow this link to sign up.

Questions?  Contact Julie Lee at or Michele Thornquist at


Thanks to the efforts of school parent Matt Lewis, St. John School's PE program received a grant in the amount of $1,500 from Matt's employer, UnitedHeathcare.  UnitedHeathcare sponsors local youth sports programs through it's mission of promoting healthier life styles. Thank you, Matt and UnitedHealthcare!

Operation Rice Bowl 2012

Each year Catholic Relief Services asks families to consider Operation Rice Bowl. Operation Rice Bowl invites us to pray and fast in solidarity with those who are hungry around the world and give sacrificial donations to help those in need. Once a week, your family can eat a smaller meatless meal and donate the difference saved to Operation Rice Bowl. Students were given cardboard Rice Bowls for collecting Lenten sacrifices. These sacrifices may be turned in at the Holy Thursday service, at the Easter service, or to the school office to be forwarded to CRS.  Visit for additional resources to use at home such as recipes, prayers and information on some of the countries supported by CRS.

Soccer Ball Cross Country
Sign Up NOW for CYO 2013/2014 Soccer and Cross Country
Taking CYO registration forms now for Fall 2013 Soccer and Fall 2013 Cross Country.  Fill out the form on the school website and return to the school office.
Lent 3
   "What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, prayer is to the soul."
     ~Corrie Ten Boom
Important Dates

Friday, March 8   
Stations of the Cross, 2:30pm, Church
Lenten Soup Supper, Grs. 2/3 host, 6pm,
     Egan Hall - followed by Stations

Sunday, March 10
Daylight Savings Time begins  

Wednesday, March 12     
Grade 7 Music Performance, 1:45pm, Egan Hall

Thursday, March 14    
End of Second Trimester

Middle School Science Fair, 7pm, Egan Hall

Save the Date!
Parent Association Meeting, March 19

Parish Lenten Schedule


Scrip March Madness is in full swing.  The top earners for week one were 4th grade Mrs. Bodmer/Ms. Whiting, 5th grade Ms. Kelley, 2nd grade Mrs. Teschner, and the St. John School Faculty/Staff.  These teams are paving the way for the rest of the school.  Our total school sales to date is $52,250.70!  Show team spirit and send in an order today!!
We have many vendors to shop from!  Take a look at the attached Scrip  form or go to for a complete listing.
Go team!!


Lisa Mendenhall and Lisa McKenny
Hot Lunch

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Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, March 8                 

Breakfast for Lunch - mini Morningstar slider, roasted diced potatoes, fruit


Monday, March 11              

Turkey hotdogs, carrot & cucumber sticks w/Ranch dip, fruit  


Tuesday, March 12           

Macaroni & cheese, mini peas, fruit 


Wednesday, March 13         

Crunchy fish sticks, oven roasted JoJos, tartar sauce, cornbread 


Thursday, March 14    

No lunch service - students bring sack lunch from home - Science Fair in Egan 


Visit "Menus" for extended menus.  

Lenten Supper
Join with the community, enjoy a bowl of soup and bread.  Soup suppers will be held each Friday evening during Lent, at 6pm in Egan Hall.  Free will donation to benefit Operation Rice Bowl.  Suppers will be hosted by grades as follows:

March 8, Grades 2 and 3
March 15, Grades K and 1
March 22, Grade 7

Stations of the Cross will follow in the Church, at 7pm. 
Peace Dove
PeaceMakers/Second Step
Please see the attached Discussion Topics, Lessons 3, 4, & 5, and Bullying is Not a Fact of Lift.  These items facilitate home education and correspond to the school curriculum.
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Box Tops for Education

From Julia Rudden, Box Tops Coordinator  

Thank you to all who turned in Box Tops for Education! I shipped off close to $400 in Box Tops on Friday! Please continue sending them in - I will send another shipment in mid-Spring.  


Please note, Box Tops do have expiration dates. It's better to turn in a smaller batch of current Box Tops than a big bag with many expired.


Please take a look at Box Tops online - there are many ways to earn Box Tops rewards besides clipping them, and every bit helps our school. Sign up at Box Tops for Education: 

Thank You Corner


Betsy, Lili, and Seņor Pablo thank the parents who volunteered to help make Elementary Science Club run smoothly this year: Jen Bergman, Derek Blaylock, Tara Cannava, Scott Dickson, Eva Fletcher, Sharon Fowler, Marybeth Gilbrough, Anne Haskins, Chris Jarvis, Leanne Kerrigan, Abby Mansfield, Molly Martinez, Heather McMullen, Amanda Miller, Lynnette Muenzberg, Mary Ransom, Harry Sellers, Jennifer Towne, Cindy Tramountanas, Heather Varvaro, Mead Wehle, Mary Wiseman.  (St. John School and all Elementary Science Club participants wish to also thank Betsy Rivera, Lili Laemmle, and Seņor Pablo for organizing and managing the Club.) 

Is there someone you wish to thank?  Send your "thank you" to 
Diane Crockett
for publication.

Apple Bite




The 4th Annual Peter Fewing Soccer Camp is available April 1-5, for students ages 5 - 13. See the attached registration form. Questions - Patty Fewing, 206-501-8864, A portion of each registration fee will be donated to CYO ($7) and The Mockingbird Society ($3), a program dedicated to supporting foster children in Seattle.