NewsViews from St. John School

Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter 

 April 11, 2013  

Year of Faith
I will praise you, Lord, for you have
rescued me. 

  from Psalm 30         


 Message From the Principal

Spring Flowers
Spring is here!

Dear Families,

It gave me great pleasure to present second trimester Habits of Mind Awards, the Honors and High Honors, and the Eagle Awards over the past few weeks. Middle School students also received Science Fair Awards. At the Middle School ceremony yesterday, Brendan N. was recognized for representing St. John School at the State MathCounts competition and Irene M. was recognized for her achievement at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.  She was one of 15 seventh graders receiving the highest rating possible in the Middle School, 7th Grade division.  A special award was given to Maslyn P. by the Amigos de Peru in honor of her generosity to our sister parish in Peru.   Maslyn saved to go on the trip to Peru. When she heard the trip was canceled, she donated all her savings to the cause.   Maslyn is an inspiration to all of us. The Eagle Award is the award for which all students should strive. It acknowledges that students are living up to the mission that is based on Gospel values, and commitment to academic hard work. Students who complete all their homework, demonstrate Christ-like behavior and practice Habits of Mind and Heart receive this award. Yesterday, the teachers were delighted to hand out many Eagle Awards. Your partnership makes this achievement possible for the students.


Your children may tell you that we all exited the building safely during the fire drill and they are correct!  We all filed out, quietly, in under two minutes!  We then practiced an earthquake drill. Next week, we will run a complete lock down drill.


Visit the Greenwood Library tomorrow between 2:30 and 4:00pm for the opening of the exhibit of the auction class art

Auction Artprojects for grades K - 5. We are very grateful to the Library for this opportunity to showcase these beautiful works which will be up for bids at Saturday night's dinner auction.  Have you sent in your reservation so that you can bid on these or the many other items?  We are two weeks away from raising our bid cards and enjoying an evening of the best St. John "AMORE"!


On Tuesday, April 16, come hear Dr. Laura Kastner, author of the newly released Wise Minded Parenting, speak at the Parent Association meeting.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Limited childcare available.  See below for more information.  Thank you, Parent Association for securing these informative and helpful speakers this year.



Bernadette O'Leary


That's Amore Auction Logo

Friday Night:  FREE admission
Friday Night Auction is an adults-only evening with so many ways for our community to come together for fun!  As always, free admission for adults to the Silent and Mini Live auctions with the addition of Raffle Baskets, Balloon Pop, Buy-It-Now Board, and the opportunity to start the bidding on the class projects!  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Beer, wine, and limited snack foods will be available for purchase.

We have expanded childcare for this evening, and are excited to announce that Steve and Kate's Camp will provide a fun filled evening for children ages 3-12 with activities, games and pizza dinner.  This limited opportunity will be sold first come, first served, by online pre-registration.  Available only for those attending Friday night's auction.  $25.00 per child, 6:30pm to the end of the mini live auction.  Be sure to read next week's auction newsletter to find out when registration opens.


Saturday Night Dinner Auction 

Space is still available but limited!  Return your reservation RSVP as soon as possible to ensure your space.  RSVPs may be left in the parish office, in Extended Day Care, hand it to Mrs. Q in the school office, or send it with your student in the morning to give to his/her teacher.  Don't miss this fantastic evening auction - great food, great fun, great items up for bids, GREAT CAUSE!   



Additional raffle tickets are available in the school office.  If you have sold your original share, do stop by the office and Mrs. Q will gladly give you more.     



Lots of fun volunteers spots are still available and waiting for you to fill them!  Click this link to sign up!  We can't do this without our volunteers! 



Watch for your Auction Catalogue to come home soon!

Parent Association
Parent Association Meeting
Lecture Series 

Tuesday, April 16, Egan Hall

Doors open at 6:30pm  


Dr. Laura Kastner, author of Getting to Calm and newly released Wise Minded Parenting, will speak beginning at 7pm.  Dr. Kastner will have books available for purchase. Limited childcare is available on a first come, first served basis--Childcare Sign UpThis presentation is open to the community, so bring a friend, neighbor, or colleague.  Visit Dr. Kastner's website for more information about the good work she does. 

Summer School at
St. John?

Reading and Math Summer Camps!



Reading Rockets (current K-2)

Led by Miss Feeney, Miss Lovejoy, and Mrs. McCarthy

Launch your child into summer reading! During the week of June 24, students will enhance their reading through targeted review and practice of skills, including sound awareness, word decoding, fluency, and comprehension. Limited to students currently participating in the St. John Reading Intervention Program (Limited to 25 students).


Math Magicians (current K-2)

Led by Miss Gudaitis, Miss Schifferman, and Mrs. Teschner

This summer transform your child into a math magician! During the week of June 24, students will enhance their math through targeted review and practice of skills, including number sense, place value, and basic math fact mastery. (Limited to 25 students).


Math Wizards (current 3-5)

June 24th - Led by Miss Gudaitis, Mrs. Ocampo, and Mrs. Brumback

August 19th - Led by Miss Gudaitis, Mrs. Halley, and Miss Sullivan

This summer transform your child into a math wizard! During the weeks of June 24 and August 19, students will enhance their math through targeted review and practice of skills, including problem solving, place value, and math facts mastery. (Limited to 25 students).



Electronic Registrations for the math camps will be accepted through the school website beginning on Monday, April 15, at 7:00pm. Participants will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Once the open enrollment period has concluded, a confirmation email will be sent, along with a registration form, to registered participants. Completed registration forms and payment will be accepted in the school office. Mrs. McCarthy will send invitations for the reading camp by email on Monday, April 15.


Reading Rockets:  June 24-28, 9:00-11:00am

Math Magicians:  June 24-28, 12:00-2:00pm

Math Wizards:  June 24-28 and/or August 19-23, 9:00-11:00am

Price for each camper:  $150.00 (includes take home materials)  


Supervised lunch hour available for K-2 students attending both reading and math camps.  

Family Volunteer to Welcome New Families


Are you an outgoing, friendly person?  Mentor families and summer play date hosts are needed.  Mentor families will be assigned a family new to St. John (usually preschool or kindergarten) and be asked to support the family via e-mail, phone, and informal get togethers.  Summer play date hosts volunteer to host a play date at a local park during the summer.  I am also looking for a coordinator for all of the above.  Coordinating can be done easily via e-mail.  Contact me directly if you would like to be a coordinator 


To sign up to be a mentor family, click here; to host a summer play date, click here.

Track & Field
Sign Up NOW for CYO
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.
 "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
Important Dates

Friday, April 12
Family Handbook Dress Code appropriate  
Saturday, April 13      
Cantionis at 5:00 Mass

Tuesday, April 16 
Parent Association, Lecture Series, 6:30pm, Egan Hall

Thursday, April 18   
Grade 1 hosts Faculty/Staff Luncheon

Friday, April 19
Liturgy, 9am, Church
Please join us! 
Mad Hatter


Thank you to all who participated in our March Madness event!  We sold over $152,000 worth of scrip, netting St. John School $8,275!   


All students earned FREE DRESS  tomorrow, Friday, April 12.  Please refer to the Family Handbook, Dress Code for guidelines.


Earning class ice cream parties for the highest amount sold:  Miss Lovejoy's Kindergarten; Mrs. Hendrickson's 2nd Grade; Mrs. Kelly's 3rd Grade.  Earning a pizza party AND an ice cream party for the very highest, number one selling class is Mrs. Teschner's 2nd Grade. 


Your participation in Scrip is vital to the bottom line at St. John School - the easiest (for you) fundraiser we manage, and next to the Auction our most profitable.  Contact us if you are not currently participating and we will help you get started!


Lisa Mendenhall and Lisa McKenny
Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, April 12                 

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


Monday, April 15              

Crispy turkey tacos w/Spanish rice, fresh salsa, local organic seasonal fruit 


Tuesday, April 16             

Macaroni & cheese, mini peas, local organic seasonal fruit 


Wednesday, April 17

Crunchy fish sticks, oven roasted JoJo's, homemade tartar sauce, corn bread, local organic seasonal fruit 


Thursday, April 18  

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


Visit "Menus" for extended menus.  

We Want To Hear From YOU!
St. John School will be providing electronic surveys in the coming weeks. Your feedback is of value to our many curricular and co-curriculuar programs.
Look for more information in next week's NewsViews.
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.
Ben Riva 
Alumni News

Ben Riva, St. John School Class of 2006 came back to St. John School this week to speak to the 4th grade class about the importance of education.  Throughout his childhood and adult life Ben has been a good athlete, as well. He played baseball, basketball and football growing up.  Ben graduated from O'Dea High School and is currently a Junior at the University of Washington, and an offensive lineman for the UW Huskies.  Ben received a summer internship last year at SuperGraphics, a division of GM Nameplate assisting the Project Management Team doing work for the Huskies, Seahawks, and Mariners.

Still have your Lenten Rice Bowl?
It's not too late!  Drop your Rice Bowl off at the School or Parish Office.  Every penny does count!
Thank You Corner


Thank you to parent Matt Lewis for his efforts with UnitedHeathCare.  Matt wrote and presented a grant to UHC resulting in a $1,500 grant to St. John School to be used in our PE program.  Thank you, Matt!


Thank you to the RCIA Team, Marilyn Wittenmyer, Chris Pierard, Patrick Merklin, and  Cheryl Harlick for their support and guidance to the Candidates in the RCIA process.  Thank you to the candidates' sponsors:  Laura Root, Erin Healey, Tom Truong, Chris Pierard, Joanne Jepson, Helene Wentink, Doug Smith, and Carolyn Sherman. Your support to the eight adults who became members of the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil is appreciated.


Thank you to Shane Pierard for Coordinating the Rice Bowl Soup Suppers, and to all the school families that brought soup and bread and made the Suppers so enjoyable.


Thank you to the St. John School Staff, Principal Bernadette O'Leary, and all the students and their families for supporting and following the Rice Bowl program of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Your commitment and generosity was inspiring.


Thank you to the parish and school groups and parishioners that lead the Stations of the Cross: The Liturgy Commission, the St. Vincent de Paul group, The Knights of Columbus, Jim Russell, and classes of students at St. John School. Your prayerful leadership was very appreciated.

Apple Bite

EarthCorps Host Opportunity

EarthCorps is now seeking host families or individuals for our international corps members from June - December 2013. Hosts must commit to a minimum of three months. International corps members are emerging young professionals (ages 22-26) seeking to 

Earthcorpsexpand their conservation/ environmental skills with practical hands on experience.  Corps members are from over 80 countries around the world and are proficient in English. They will be training full time at EarthCorps.  EarthCorps pays host families a stipend up to $350 monthly to offset food and living expenses. In exchange, host families provide the corps member with their own furnished bedroom and food, as well as help navigating Seattle and understanding customs in the Pacific Northwest. Corps members must be able to reach Magnuson Park by bus within 45 minutes.  Email Su Thieda for more information.  
Peace Dove PeaceMakers
See the attached for information and tips on helping your child understand and deal with bully issues.