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 April 18, 2013  

Year of Faith

We are his people, the sheep of his flock.

  from Psalm 100          

Old Mezz
New Mezz  After

Dear Families,

The auction team, along with cadres of dedicated volunteers, is beginning the final push toward next week's auction. Excitement is brewing in the building. The auction catalog has arrived and is ready for distribution. RSVP's for Saturday night's live auction are filling the school's mailbox--spots remain if you want to join the fun! As the preparations continue I'm reminded of one of the key facets of the Fair Share philosophy--a spirit of volunteerism that defines our community. Your contributions to the success of this event, be it financial or talent, are the ultimate Amoré. Thank you.


Each year the administrative team identifies a small scale improvement project that will impact student learning or enhance the overall campus experience. The donations to last year's Fund-a-Need helped complete Phase 2 of the school's window replacement project. The year prior you gave generously to the library remodel, a project that impacts student learning on a daily basis. This year I'm excited to announce the Fund-a-Need for the 2012/13 Auction: Mezzanine Enhancements--Sound, Safety, and Storage. The Mezzanine is one of the most utilized spaces on campus. Music and art classes fill the room with color and beautiful sound on any given school day. Teachers use the space to enrich instruction by engaging students in a variety of learning modalities and encourage students to communicate their individual gifts and talents through the arts. At afternoon dismissal the space is transformed into a multipurpose room that hosts:

  • Girl Scouts, Brownies, and Daisies
  • Open Houses
  • Parent Association Meetings
  • Guest Speakers
  • Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Eagle Scouts
  • School Musical
  • Parish events
  • Cantionis Choir
  • Volunteer Art program
  • Noel House Women's Shelter
  • Youth Group
  • Extended Daycare  

We desire a welcoming space we can be proud of--a dedicated multipurpose room that speaks to the quality of the overall academic and faith experience. The scope of the project includes:

  • Secure entrances at the top of both stairwells
  • Installation of interactive projector, screen, and data ports on the East Wall
  • Sound abatement to create a dedicated space for thriving music and art instruction
  • Fresh paint to beautify the instructional space
  • Intelligent storage, including new casework to replace existing cabinets

Our goal for the 2013 Fund-a-Need is to raise $50,000 toward this project. The extent to which the plans are implemented depends on the funds raised at the auction. You have generously given in the past to support campus and curricular enhancements that impact student learning. The Parish School trusts you will help transform the Mezzanine into a space we can all take pride in. Thank you ahead of time for your contributions...for your Amoré for St. John School.




Sr. Pablo and Bernadette O'Leary

Friday, April 19, 9am, Church
You are welcome to join students in liturgy.
That's Amore Auction Logo

Our community's That's Amore! auction is next week!


Today That's Amore sent home your auction catalog! Ask your youngest child for these items if you don't have them in hand yet! Look on the back of your auction catalog for your bid number.


The link for the wonderful student photos goes live this evening!  Take a look! You will need your bid number to order photographs.

Auction Volunteers are still needed! Pick your pleasure:  Set up/decorate, be a live auction bid runner, record bids, run champagne, make a dessert, help out with childcare, set up the after-party, sell tickets at the after party, close silent auction tables, or clean-up on Sunday. Click here to link to the sign up page.


Lastly, pull your apron out of the drawer:  We still need desserts for the dessert dash! The only requirement for the dessert is that no refrigeration is needed. Let us know that you can make a dessert by signing up here


Friday Night Silent and Mini-Live Auction: Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free and this is open to the public. This is a fun, adult only evening with so many ways for our community to come together. New this year, Raffle Baskets, Balloon Pop, & Buy-It-Now Board. You will also have the opportunity to place a silent bid on the class projects on Friday night. The bidding on the class projects will close during the Saturday Night Live Auction. These amazing projects are currently on display at the Greenwood Branch of the Seattle Public Library.


Limited childcare available for the Friday Night Silent Auction. Pre-registration is required, and will open up at 7p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2013. First come, first served, ages 3 to 12 (potty trained children only). There are 60 spots available in each of two groups, age 3-2nd grade, and 3rd-6th grade. Click here to register. You will need to sign up each child individually. The cost is $25 per child and this includes childcare, games and pizza dinner. The games and childcare will be provided by a combination of St. John volunteers, XDC staff and Steve and Kate's Camp. For more information on Steve and Kate's Camp summer programs you can see their website at  


Saturday Night Dinner and Live Auction: Tickets are still available for this fun event. Tickets are $75 and reservations are required. The evening begins at 5:30, in the gym, with the silent auction and passed hors d'oeuvres, continues with the live auction and dinner in Egan Hall, and then, new this year, an on-site after party. The After Party includes lots of social time, casino games, one last closing of silent items and some late night snacks. All of that is included in the price of the dinner ticket. If you are interested in attending and have not yet RSVP'd, please contact the auction office ASAP at


Ci vediamo lì!
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.
"You don't always know what your children will do, but your children should always know what you will do."
 Joyce Sanders
Important Dates

Friday, April 19
Liturgy, 9am, Church 

Friday, April 26
That's Amore Auction Logo 
Doors open at 6:30.  FREE Admission.
Silent Auction and Mini-Oral Auction

Saturday, April 27  
That's Amore Auction Logo
A few seats left for the Dinner Auction! Contact the Auction office for reservations!  

flower bouquet  SCRIP


We will be selling scrip this Friday and every Friday until the end of school in the hallway across from XDC. Please stop by and pick up your gift cards for the weekend.  We will be there from 8:15 - 8:45 in the morning and 2:45 - 3:15 in the afternoon.
Mother's Day is right around the corner.  Treat Mom to one of the many cards we have on hand - Nordstrom's, Gene Juarez, and Athleta to name a few.

 Thank you.


Lisa Mendenhall and Lisa McKenny
Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, April 19                  

Penne Pasta tossed in Alfredo sauce 


Monday, April 22               

Hamburger or Veggie burger, oven roasted sweet yam & red potato, local organic seasonal fruit 


Tuesday, April 23              

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


Wednesday, April 24 

Chicken teriyaki, steamed rice, local organic seasonal fruit 


Thursday, April 25    

SACK LUNCH DAY - Auction Set Up - Turkey sandwich, chips, water, local organic seasonal fruit


Visit "Menus" for extended menus.  

We Want To Hear From YOU!

Hot Lunch Survey - Your input and feedback regarding the hot lunch program is of great value, even if you have not utilized the existing service.  Please follow the link: 
Parent Association Speaker Survey - Please complete this survey to help Parent Association plan for future events and speakers.  Please follow the link:

Alumni News
Jack Frank Read about the impact living donation makes in the lives of all involved, through the experiences of St. John School graduate, Jack Frank and his uncle, Will Richardson.  Visit  During April's Donate Life month you also have the opportunity to vote for Will and Jack's story.  Happy to report, both are doing great!
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.
Thank You Corner


Thank you to families of first grade students for the lovely luncheon served yesterday to faculty and staff.  Beautiful salads, pasta dishes, desserts, lattés and Italian sodas were enjoyed by all. 


Thank you to Laura Root for helping with reading in Mrs. Kelly's class this week.


Thank you March Noel House overflow shelter volunteers: Ann Amort, Betty Ericksen, Chris Pierard, Allison Pham, Mary Ellen Talley, Jim Russell, Joe Kearney, Shelley Pfeiffer, Mary Frictenberg, Matt Haskins, Sue Carroll,  Kathy French , Hannah French, Rosalinda Aguirre, Heather Varvaro, Elena Sandoval, Mike Fletcher, Charlotte Selva, Joyce Farrell, Melissa Meier, Eileen Miller, Tara Cannava, Ann Foley, Karen O'Conner, Molly Martinez, Laura Thornquist and Lisette Nenninger. If you are interested in volunteering for the shelter please contact Mary Kearney,

Apple Bite
Lake Union Crew, Rowing CampFour summer sessions designed for rowers of all skill levels, brand-new to advanced, ages 12-17.  Visit the website at or call 206-860-4199 for more information.