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 May 2, 2013  

Year of Faith
O God, let all the nations praise you! 

  from Psalm 67            

Gr. 2 Eden
Mrs. Hendrickson's Gr. 2, Moore Theatre, Children of Eden

Dear Families,

musical notes When the team plans a night that is fun for us all, that's amore!

When you folks all come out and bid high for our school, that's amore!  


Congratulations, Auction Team! Michelle, Lynette, Karen and your many teams of procurers, designers, cleaners, table setters, artists, advertisers, accountants, decorators, barkeepers, waiters, hosts, bakers, and, oh, so many more volunteers who made the St. John auction possible. Thank you, parents and friends for attending and raising your bid cards.  It was a very successful and enjoyable event.  Do remember that your cash donations to the auction may be matched by your employer. 


We are further blessed - the sun has arrived!  It is shorts time! Please make sure that you check the uniform policy in the handbook regarding the appropriate school shorts. Also, make sure that your children are wearing uniform socks (plain) and shoes - color coordinated with the uniform.


Planning for the 2013-2014 school year is underway and we have some faculty changes to announce.    

  • Mrs. Sherry Grandorf will retire this year after 32 years at St. John School. Although I have only worked with Mrs. Grandorf for the past two years, I feel that I have known her forever. Her spirit can be found not only in the library, but throughout the school. Her open door policy in the library is reflected in her wide-open smile.  
  • Mrs. Merrick Bodmer will be the new librarian.  
  • Ms. Jeanette Whiting will teach full-time in the fourth grade.
  • Miss Molly McFarland is graduating eighth grade along with her students and she will be teaching at Bishop Blanchet High School next year. Miss McFarland has enriched us with her vast vocabulary and strong grammatical abilities. We will miss her at St. John; however, we are thrilled for her and we wish her well.    
  • Mr. Joe Thomas will be the new eighth grade homeroom teacher.  
  • Mrs. Jonna Skokan will move to 4th grade.    

We are in the process of hiring for the kindergarten position.  We will keep you informed. After having just listed the position we have already received inquiries from several highly qualified individuals.  


Planning involves evaluating our current performance and consistently seeking to improve. As I prepare for another year here at St. John, it is important to do a 'self-study'. Is our partnership working? St. John is a big program and it has many aspects. We will cover them all, bit by bit. Last week, we asked you to fill out a survey on hot lunch. This week, please take the survey on the Extended Day Care Program. Your input is very important to the growth and improvement of our programs.




Bernadette O'Leary

Bike Month


May is National Bike Month, designed to encourage bicycle commuting, mentor new riders and foster a love of bicycling.  When you bike to school with your child you:

  • Help your child become a safe, knowledgeable and independent cyclist
  • Create daily exercise habits that help keep your child active and healthy
  • Reduce car traffic and air pollution

We envision participation in National Bike Month as a family project, one that may also introduce parents to the fun of cycling with their kids!


St. John School encourages families to bike to school on two dates in May.  Wednesday, May 8 is Bike to School Day sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club. Last year over 100 St. John student riders participated in our Bike-to-School day. Student riders participating in the May 8 ride will receive a bike light. Supplies are limited.  


If your family is unable to participate on May 8, try Friday, May 17, F5's Bike to Work Day. Stop by one of the dozens of Commuter Stations throughout the Puget Sound region to pick up free swag, treats, and local bike maps. Have your bike checked for free by fantastic bike shop partners, and enter the F5 Bike to Work Day drawing for your chance to win great prizes.  Visit the Cascade Bicycle Club Contest website for more information. 



The Garden Committee will sell cut flowers, $1 a stem, after school on Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10.  Funds raised will go towards creating an outdoor classroom in the space behind the primary grade portables.  Flowers will be sold by the flag pole and at the main school entrance on the playground.  Quantities are limited. 


As a part of the May Day celebrations, students have submitted ideas for the name of the new garden.  All students will be able to vote online for their favorite.  The winner will be announced at the flower sale on May 9 and 10.


Show your support for the new garden--and your mother!!

San Miguel
San Miguel Church, Ilave, Peru
Amigos de Peru
Are you interested in joining our next delegation to visit our Sister communities in Peru?   

Over the last 12 years about 40 members of St. John have visited our Sister Parish in Ilave and the Orphanage and Sister School in Puno, Peru.  During Easter Holidays in 2014, our next delegation will be visiting Peru. This has been a great experience for everyone who has made the trip.  Children must be accompanied by parents.  Amigos de Peru will be holding an information session about plans for our next delegation on May 13th at 7pm in the School Library.  Please join us. 


Stop and take a look at the Amigos de Peru display in the vestibule of the church.   There are pictures from our last delegation, information about Peru and CDs from the girls at the orphanage.

"Despite all the loving and caring relationships in the world, there is nothing more loving than the feel of my mother's hand on my forehead when I am sick."

Rosemary, age 17

Important Dates

Thursday, May 2 
Progress Reports home

Grs. 3-5 Spring Concert, 7pm, Egan Hall

Saturday, May 4/Sunday, May 5 
First Eucharist, 5pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday  
Monday, May 6
Kindergarten Welcome, 6pm

Tuesday, May 7
Gr. 6, Depart for Camp Hamilton, Outdoor Education

Gr. 3, Seattle Children's Theatre   

Wednesday, May 8
Bike to School Day

Mother's Day Flower Sale

Thursday, May 9 
Grs. 1 & 2, Spring Concert, 7pm, Egan Hall

Mother's Day Flower Sale 
Friday, May 10
Gr. 6, Return from Camp Hamilton

Grs. 1 & 8, Tiger Mountain Hike 

We Want To Hear From YOU!

XDC Survey - Your input and feedback regarding our extended daycare program is of great value, even if you have not utilized the existing service.  Please follow the link: 



Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo is this Sunday, May 5.  We have Luisa's Mexican Grill on hand with a rebate of 15% back to St. John!  Support the local vendors who help support our children.  Stop by the sales desk this Friday (outside XDC) and pick some up, or grab some Fred Meyer to gather ingredients for your own party!
Mother's Day Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12.  We have many cards to choose from - consider Nordstrom, Gene Juarez -- so many more!  Not sure of what Mom would like?  We have Scrip gift certificates that allow the special one in your life to pick her own card.  Just let us know how much you would like and we will send you a pretty certificate to include with your card.
Enjoy the sunshine!


Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, May 3                    

Macaroni & Cheese, mini peas, local organic seasonal fruit


Monday, May 6                 

Baked Chic'k Nuggets (breast), oven roasted JoJo's, sweet peas, local organic seasonal fruit   


Tuesday, May 7               

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


Wednesday, May 8   

Chicken or Cheese Quesadillas, baked corn & carrot fritters, salsa & sour cream, local organic seasonal fruit


Thursday, May 9       

Turkey hotdog, apple baked beans, local organic seasonal fruit


Visit "Menus" for extended menus.  

Thank You Corner


Thank you to all who visited the Transplant Living website and voted for Will Richardson's story. Will is the winner of the 2013 Transplant Living Web site Story of Hope contest!


Thank you Noel House April volunteers: Liza White, Morgen White, Lisette Nenninger, Betty Ericksen, Kristin Kent, Colleen O'Leary, Bridget Sevigny, Aurora Martin, Ann Amort, Charlotte Selva, Matt Haskins, Mike Sloane, Peg Snyder, Rosalinda Aguirre, Isabella Perucca, Hannah Garcia, Marta Hutchins, Kathy French, Hannah French, Lauren Van Tassell, Mary Ellen Talley, Ken Talley, Kathy Shimada, Joyce Farrell, Jamie Petrie, Allison Pham, Mary Fichtenberg and Qiana Quesnell. Thanks to Patty Embry, Suzie Burke, Doug Smith, and Nancy Alton for supplies, towels, the bus, and lunch scheduling. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Mary Kearney at


Thank you, Maria Arruela for helping with reading in Mrs Kelly's class this week!

Thank you to all who diligently turn in Box Tops for Education.  St. John School just received a check in the amount of $376.00!  Proceeds fund playground equipment for the children.  Keep eating your Cheerios!

Marcy Flood and Antonella Vesponi-Bartel would like to extend a huge thank you to the following middle school students that volunteered time and child care skills to help during Friday night's auction:  Mikey L., Mikaela H., Isabel B., Hannah C., Taylor J., Irene M., Bella H., Ally K., Thea S., Emma C., Emma F., Keira R-F., Ceci H., JP M., Cameron L., Caroline H., Eric M., Jack R., Emilee O.  Thank you to Antonella and Marcy for their hard work, organization and commitment to help make the evening a success!
Apple Bite

InvestED provides funding that supports the efforts of secondary schools throughout Washington State. They partner with 660 schools and assist more than 16,500 students with small amounts of short-term, item-specific, need-based funding - items such as shoes, coats, glasses, sports equipment, and academic fees.  


The mission of InvestED is to provide immediate help for students in need. The goal is to encourage students to stay in school, return to school, or get involved within their learning community.


You can help students in your community. Visit the website for more information. InvestED is a 501(c) (3) organization.  


St. Pius X Catholic Church presents Healing the Culture.  Learn how to talk to your children, colleagues and cohorts about why you are pro-life -- using wit, logic, and unassailable truth.  This exceptional conference for adults and young people will turn you into a vibrant debater and leader for the pro-life movement.  $25 includes lunch, parking and materials.  Saturday, May 11, noon-4:30pm, 22301 58th Ave. West, Mountlake Terrace, WA, 425-481-6563.  More information and to register: