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 March 14, 2013  

  lent symbols
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. 

 from Psalm 126    



Pope Francis
 Message From the Principal

Dear Families,


Yesterday, we were blessed to have our new Pope announced in the middle of the school day.  Many students watched the white smoke billow from the chimney over the Sistine Chapel and they saw Pope Francis walk onto the balcony.  Let's all keep Pope Francis I in our prayers.


The Middle School Science Fair will be held this evening in Egan Hall, beginning at 7pm.  Under Mr. Tice's tutelage students have prepared impressive demonstrations.  Do try to attend.  


The Science Fair coincides with the end of the second trimester of school!  Report cards will be distributed to students next Thursday, March 21.  Please note that the PowerSchool Parent Portal will close for one week to allow teachers to make final entries beginning today.


Sr. Liz Tiernan will be with us next week, teaching the students Abraham to Jesus in 60 Minutes.  Sounds like a lot of ground  to cover in a short time!  The lesson will give students an overview of how our faith went from its beginnings to its fulfillment through Christ.     


I have enjoyed sharing my Irish heritage with the students this week, telling them about St. Patrick, and reading some of our Irish legends.  I am very proud of the fact that band students will march with Bishop Blanchet High  School in the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday.   


Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!  Happy St. Patrick's Day! 


Bernadette O'Leary


That's Amore Auction Logo

Invitations to this year's auction are going out soon, so watch your mailbox!  For the first time, your ticket price will include access to the official St. John Auction After Party.  Immediately following the live auction, guests will be invited upstairs for casino games, music and more.  

Next Tuesday's Parents Association Meeting will be dedicated to the auction, so please plan to attend.  We'll be discussing some of the exciting changes we have in store including the after-party, and we will be providing an update.  Immediately following the meeting, we'll head to the Phinney Market Eatery & Pub for their trivia night.  Scrip will be available for this venue, so please join us!

For a preview of some of the fantastic items that will be available for bidding, visit our website:   
Parent Association Meeting
Tuesday, March 19  
7pm, Egan Mezzanine  

Socialize with fellow parents over a glass of wine and learn about exciting things happening at school, including:

School Garden Project

The School Auction, That's Amoré 
(you can still sign up to help!)

Purchase Scrip or Spirit Wear

Enjoy a Parent Meet Up
at Phinney Market after the Parent Association Meeting, for Trivia Night!  (Lisa will be selling Scrip for Phinney Market in $25s and $50s and will count your purchase toward your March Madness totals) 

Contact Co-Chairs
GoldilocksGrades 4 and 5 to Perform Classic Tales in Spanish!

Students have been rehearsing diligently to present Bucle de Oro y los Tres Osos (Goldilocks and the Three Bears) and Blanca Nieves y los Siete Enanitos (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves). 

Mrs. Bodmer's and Ms. Whiting's class will perform with Ms. Kelley's class on Monday, March 18, 1:30pm.  Mrs. Ocampo's and Mr. Thomas' classes will perform on Monday, March 25, 1:30pm.  Both performances will be held in Egan Hall.
Snow White
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.
Year of Faith

The Catholic Faith As You've Never Seen It Before

We're halfway through The Year of Faith, and halfway through the Catholicism video series.  Yes, the priorities of this world press in from all sides.  Push back!  Reserve a little time for joyful deeping of your faith.  Father Barron's Catholicism videos are simply the best and most engaging materials you are going to find on your faith.  You're guaranteed to come away from each one with some memorable nugget of new knowledge, or your money back!   :-) 

Tuesday, March 19 - The Liturgy and the Eucharist 
Thursday, April 11 - The Communion of Saints 
Tuesday, April 30 - Prayer and the Life of the Holy Spirit 
Thursday, May 16 - World Without End:  The Last Things

All videos are presented are held in Egan Hall, 7-8:30pm.  There is no cost.  For more information contact  
Anne Merklin at or 206-782-2810 ext. 305.  

Lent 3
       But Jesus said, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
         Matthew 19:14
Important Dates

Thursday, March 14    
Second Trimester Ends
Middle School Science Fair, 7pm, Egan Hall

Friday, March 15
Jump Rope for Heart, 9-11am, Gym
Stations of the Cross, 2:30pm, Church

Lenten Soup Supper, Grs. K/1 host, 6pm,
     Egan Hall - followed by Stations

Monday, March 18 
Sr. Liz Tiernan visits 

Tuesday, March 19      
Parent Association Meeting, 6:30pm, Egan Mezzanine, followed by social at Phinney Market

Wednesday, March 20     
Group/Class Photo Day
Sr. Liz Tiernan visits

Thursday, March 21
Report Cards Home
Grs. K/1 Grandparents & Special Friends Day, 11am

Friday, March 22
Deanery Curriculum Day
School not in session

Parish Lenten Schedule


Mad Hatter      
Read all about it!!
March Madness Continues!!!

Scrip is being sold every Friday morning and afternoon in the west hallway across from XDC, through the end of the school year.  We are committed to the program and hope you are, too! Scrip is a great fundraiser for the school, second only to the auction.  You simply shop at your favorite stores and a portion of the card comes back to St. John School.
Scrip March Madness is going great.  We have sold over $80,000 so far, well on the way to our goal of $140,000.  If we hit our goal the entire school - even the teachers - get free dress.  Show your team spirit by placing an order today.
We will be selling scrip at coffee and donuts this Sunday, too.


Lisa Mendenhall and Lisa McKenny
Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, March 15                  

Penne Pasta w/Alfredo sauce


Monday, March 18               

Breakfast for Lunch!  Pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, syrup, organic seasonal fruit   


Tuesday, March 19            

Curly pasta w/creamy marinara sauce, crispy garlic bread, organic seasonal fruit 


Wednesday, March 20          

Chicken Teriyaki, steamed rice, organic seasonal fruit 


Thursday, March 21     

No hot lunch service - sack lunch option available 


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 15, Grades K and 1
March 22, Grade 7

Stations of the Cross will follow in the Church, at 7pm. 
Parish Ministry Invitation
You are invited to help address the needs of the homelessness in our community. For many years St. John Parish and School have hosted homeless women from Noel House on Saturday and Sunday evenings, in Egan Mezzanine. This rewarding ministry is sustained, thanks to generous volunteers who help out once every month or two. Please consider giving a Saturday or Sunday night and help these women feel welcome and safe. We need more overnight volunteers! Two women volunteers meet at Egan Hall mezzanine to set up food, welcome the guests, and spend the night. The time commitment is 8pm until 6:30am.  No minimum obligation - volunteer once a year or once a month. Drivers are also needed (men and women). High School/Middle School female students looking for service hours are always welcome. Contact Mary Kearney at or 206 297-7072.
Thank You Corner



St. John Faculty and Staff wish to thank families of Grade 2 students for the delicious Mexican feast at luncheon last Thursday.  
¡Muy delicioso!


Huge thanks for your help with Coffee and Donuts this past Sunday: Suzanne Fairchild, Alison Budelsky, Jen Bergman, Kristine Kelley and Mark Randall.


The Sixth Grade Classes would like to thank you for all the amazing donations and supplies!  Our hallway is awfully full, and so we are going to finish the Operation Gratitude drive next Wednesday.  All our goods will be packed up and shipped off to those in need!


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 - Contact Patty Fewing, 206-501-8864, and please visit at 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.

Spring and Summer Camp at Made Sewing!  Have fun learning to sew!  See the attached Spring flyer, the Summer flyer, or visit Made Sewing online.

Bishop Blanchet High School to host Student Leadership Camp this summer, for students entering grades 6-12.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to acquire skills and gain confidence while learning that they can make a positive impact on their community.  See the attached flyer for more information.