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 March 28, 2013  

Easter Cross

Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

 from Psalm 104      


Christ risen

 Message From the Principal

Dear Families,

On Monday, at prayer, the students heard how we are walking with Jesus through these last days of Lent.   We recalled the events of Holy Week, beginning with Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem, the preparations for Passover, the Last Supper, the prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, the weight of the Cross, His death and His burial.   This is the holiest week of the liturgical calendar.  We accompany Jesus as He suffers through the injustices and we pray that we will be able to honor His sacrifice.   We pray that we can be alert to His message.  As we listen to Jesus' very lonely moments of deep despair in the Garden of Gethsemane, will we try harder to heed His call, so that His death is not in vain.  Then as we celebrate the glory of His resurrection on Easter Sunday morning, we are with Him, rejoicing,  committed to carrying on His work on earth.

Fr. Crispin, the liturgy team and the parish administrators have prepared meaningful and renewing liturgies for the Triduum.   The schedule is on the website. The seventh grade will lead us in the Shadow Stations tomorrow beginning at 2pm in the Church.  Schola and Cantionis members will sing with the choir at 10:30 Mass for Easter.   Let us commit to prayer and service this weekend and for always.

May you experience a glorious Easter!

Bernadette O'Leary


That's Amore Auction Logo

Thank you to everyone for supporting the Auction!  We are really feeling the Amoré and are looking forward to a favoloso event! 


Beautiful invitations are in the mail for Saturday night's dinner auction!  Return your reservation RSVP as soon as possible to ensure your space.  RSVPs may be left in the parish office or in Extended Day Care over the Easter holidays.  Don't miss this fantastic evening auction - great food, great fun, great items up for bids, GREAT CAUSE!   


Raffle tickets have been delivered to students.  Return stubs and checks to the school office and pick up more!  Mrs. Q will gladly provide you with more booklets of tickets!  Get more before you go on holiday!    


There are still opportunities to volunteer at the auction.  Volunteer forms went home this week.  Volunteering a little time at the auction is lots of fun - and you're going to be there anyway!


Watch for your Auction Catalogue to come home after the Easter holidays!   

Jesus with Children Easter Sunday Mass


This year we invite all children to attend the Children's Easter Liturgy at 10:30am on Easter morning.  As the children enter the church on this joyous morning students from St. John School will give each child a paper cross.  We will ask that the children write a special and personal thank you note to Jesus on their crosses, thanking Him for the gift of life and for showing us how to live a life of love.  Then they will be asked to raise their crosses for a Sprinkling Rite. Finally all the crosses will be collected at the offertory and presented to Christ on the altar.  Please help your children think about the many ways in which they are grateful for Christ's Easter sacrifice.

G & SF Day 2013
Grades Kindergarten and One Perform at Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Under the direction of Mrs. Pat Tsagalakis, students performed for their special guests last week.  Do spend a few minutes watching the video of this delightful performance - click below.

Kindergarten and First Graders - Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Summer Summer School at St. John?
Watch for information on summer opportunities at St. John School in reading and math, after the Easter holidays.
Track & Field
Sign Up NOW for CYO 2013/2014 Track and Field


Sign up now! Registration for 2013 St. Al/John CYO Track & Field is open for students in grades 4-8. Practices begin the first week of April, and the season is scheduled to run into late May. Email Gordon Lanser, or Pat Daly, if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you all display your athletic prowess!
Download and return the CYO Track & Field registration form 
to the school office.
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Important Dates

Friday, March 29      
Good Friday
Shadow Stations at 2pm, Church

Monday April 1 through Friday April 5
Easter Holidays
School not in sesson

Monday, April 8     
School resumes

School Year 2013/2014
8/29/13 - Opening of School, noon dismissal
11/27-29/13 - Thanksgiving Holidays
12/23/13-1/3/14 - Christmas Holidays
4/21-25/14 - Easter Holidays
6/5/14 - Grade 8 Graduation
6/13/14 - Close of School, 10:30am dismissal

Additional dates to be noted on Google calendar soon. 

Mad Hatter


Only one more day left for Scrip March Madness.  Scrip will be sold before and after school in the east hallway in front of XDC.  Send in your order tonight and the team will have it ready for you to pick up. Simply send an email to, no need to fill out an order form.

We've had a lot of movement in the Scrip March Madness Contest.  A third grade student in Mrs. Kelly's class ordered two different 20 pointers this week bringing her up to 2nd place.  A student in Miss Lovejoy's class took the order form to a family member's office and had the staff place orders for her class.  It's so great to see.

The school as a whole has sold $138,348.75!! If we sell $140,000 the entire school will win a free dress day - we are so close.
Thanks for being so supportive of the program.  We've earned $7,400 for the school this month alone.
Please let us know if we can deliver anything to you this Friday!  Happy Easter!


Lisa Mendenhall and Lisa McKenny
Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, March 29                

Creamy tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, local organic seasonal fruit  


Monday, April 8             

Baked Chic'n Nuggets, oven roasted JoJos, sweet peas, local organic seasonal fruit 


Tuesday, April 9            

Curly pasta w/creamy Marinara, crispy garlic bread, local organic seasonal fruit 


Wednesday, April 10       

Chicken or cheese Quesadillas, baked corn & carrot fritters, choice of salsa & sour cream


Thursday, April 11 

Buttered noodles w/choice of Parmesan, V Cake, local organic seasonal fruit


Visit "Menus" for extended menus.  

Math Summer Solutions Math Enrichment
Again this year Miss Gudaitis has arranged for your students to strengthen their math skills over the summer.  The Summer Solutions books are perfect and are available for all levels.  See the attached form for ordering instructions.  Order before April 30 and earn $1.00 for St. John School.  Orders will be shipped directly to St. John and distributed to students in their classrooms.  Contact Miss Gudaitis with questions.
Parent Association
Save the Date!


Tuesday, April 16, Egan Hall, 6:30pm 

Dr. Laura Kastner, author of Getting to Calm and newly released Wise Minded Parenting, will speak at our Parent Association meeting beginning at 7pm.  Dr. Kastner  will have books available for purchase.

Some child care will be available on a first come basis.  Watch for details after Easter holidays.

Apple Bite
North Seattle Boys & Girls Club has some fun offerings coming up.  Click each for information and registration forms:  Spring Flag Football; Spring Golf and Spring Tennis Enrichment programs; Summer Sport Camps.  Visit  NSBS is located at 86th and Fremont Avenue North, 206-436-1850.

Bishop Blanchet High School offers summer programs in athletics, academics, and performing arts.  Students entering grades 1 through 12, depending on the program. See attached.

GodspellSt. Benedict School presents
Godspell, Jr! 
Directed by Michael Dunlop, don't miss this event for the entire family.  A dinner theater performance available for adults.  Visit the website for more information.