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 May 16, 2013  

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

  from Psalm 104              

"Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of thy love!"
Pope Benedict VXI, Pentecost Mass, June 4, 2006

Dear Families,

Make sure you have your running shoes ready, grab a light jacket; we are lining up for the Jog-a thon!   The students will be running laps, getting fresh air and exercise tomorrow in support of a playground for our sister school in Peru and our own school garden.   Thank you for encouraging them and for your sponsorship. By the way, you are very welcome to come along and jog with us!


We would also like you to join us as we honor Mrs. Sherry Grandorf at the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, May 19.    Mrs. Grandorf, our loving librarian, is retiring this year. She began teaching at St. John School in 1981 and very quickly became involved in many areas of school and parish life including primary classroom teacher, Children's Liturgy of the Word director, Eucharistic Minister, RCIA, preschool singing teacher, and school librarian.   After Mass, we will gather for coffee, cake and donuts and an opportunity to chat with Mrs. Grandorf.


The next few weeks will be busy! We have the Geography Bee on Wednesday, May 22.   The primary teachers are hosting their auction party this Friday and the fifth grade teachers lead the auction Scavenger Hunt next week. Thank you to all the teachers for giving their time and treasure in support of the auction and St. John School.   Many classes are finishing exciting final projects and in the upper grades, students are preparing for final assessments.  The eighth graders are counting down the days!


Help the children - and yourselves - through these hectic last weeks of school by practicing the Habits of Mind with them.   Spring is in the air and we are all giddy with thoughts of the lazy days of summer ahead. Hold the children accountable with empathy and understanding, help them to manage their impulsivity, remind the children that school is not out yet and they should persist with their efforts, find humor in simple delights each day and respond with wonder and awe in these children who are created in the image and likeness of God.




Bernadette O'Leary

Students are committed to a healthy lifestyle and to serving a larger community.
Schoolwide Learning Expectations, St. John School 

Peru Playground St. John School Jog-A-Thon
Friday, May 17, 2013

Think Globally.  Act Locally. 

The St. John School Jog-A-Thon is tomorrow!  Funds raised will support our school garden project as well as our sister school and orphanage in Puno, Peru and their playground project. 

Students may wear dress code appropriate athletic wear (no tights/yoga pants, short-shorts, etc.).

Complete the attached pledge form and return to the school office for your student's participation.

Come out and support your child!
If you are interested in volunteering, .

Jogging Schedule
Kindergarten and Grade 6, 9:00-9:30
Grade 1, 9:30-10:00
Grade 2, 10:00-10:30
Grade 5, 1:00-1:30
Grades 4 and 7, 1:30-2:00
Grades 3 and 8, 2:00-2:30

Bike Month
Friday, May 17, 2013

Let's have another great turn out tomorrow for our second Bike to School Day during National Bike Month!  Don't forget your helmets.  Bikes may be locked to the chain link fencing on the playground.  
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Parent Association
Tuesday, May 21, 7pm 
Egan Mezzanine

Celebrate a great school year with fellow parents!  Have a glass of wine, remember the highlights, and learn about what future plans are brewing!  The class with the highest representation will win a free dress day. 
Art Show
Student Art Show
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
5:00-6:30pm, Egan Hall 
Students participating in the After School Art Club will present works from the year.  Light refreshments.  Students from Session One and Session Two may bring art pieces to the school office by May 21, for framing and presentation.

St. John 90th Anniversary Year
is Coming Up!


In the coming school year (2013-2014) we will be celebrating the St. John School 90th Anniversary all year long! We need everyone's help in reaching St. John School graduates to bring together memories and stories from the first 90 years of St. John School.


If you ARE a graduate of St. John School, KNOW a graduate of St. John School, are RELATED to a graduate of St. John School, or can get in touch with a graduate, we need YOUR HELP! Additionally, you don't have to be a graduate to "like" our new Facebook page: By 'liking' us, your own Facebook page will come up as a fan of ours and you will be helping to spread the word!


St. John School graduates are encouraged to email us their special memories, along with their contact information, to


THANK YOU for your help. If you have any questions, please contact Michele Thornquist at  or Jen Bergman at



"Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven."   
Rev. Henry Ward Beecher 

Tuition and Fees 2012/2013
All tuition and all miscellaneous fees (XDC, AFS, books, band, etc.) must be paid in full by Friday, May 31, 2013.  Please contact Mrs. Crockett in the school office if you have questions about outstanding fees.
Important Dates

Friday, May 17
All School Jog-A-Thon

Bike to School Day 

Sunday, May 19
Celebrate Mrs. Grandorf, 10:30 Mass followed by reception in Egan Hall

Monday, May 20   
Greenwood Library visits, 1:30pm 
Tuesday, May 21
Parent Association Meeting, 7pm
Egan Mezzanine

Wednesday, May 22
Geography Bee, 1pm, Egan Hall
Sherry Grandorf
Come Celebrate Mrs. Grandorf!
May 19, 10:30 Mass
Mrs. Grandorf is retiring after 32 years of service to St. John School and Parish.  She has given so much to us all through her teaching, music, involvement in Parish children's programs, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and of course through her love of books and service as the School Librarian.
Please join us as we honor Mrs. Grandorf May 19, 2013 at the 10:30 Mass and with a reception following in Egan Hall.

children playing Summer Play Date Hosts Needed

Three more families are needed to welcome our new preschool and kindergarten families by hosting a play date at an area park.  The dates are July 13 at Soundview wading pool and July 26 at Ross Park. Follow this link to SignUp Genius for more information.  Please contact Michele Thornquist with questions.

Scrip has many cards for your graduate!   We have items to get them started in high school, as well.  From clothes to books, please think scrip when giving that special someone something special.
We have Home Depot and Lowe's to get that backyard project going!!  Need the card in a hurry?  Both vendors participate in Scrip Now!


Geography Bee
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
1pm, Egan Hall 
Class finalists in grades four through eight will participate in this annual event sponsored by The National Geographic Society.
Hot Lunch



GET READY FOR 2013-2014 - See the attached for information on next school year, and special values on purchasing lunches now for next year.


Friday, May 17                      

Penne pasta tossed in creamy Alfredo sauce, V Cake, local organic seasonal fruit 


Monday, May 20                   

Hamburger or veggie burger, oven roasted diced sweet yam & red potatoes, local organic seasonal fruit   


Tuesday, May 21                 

Pasta & Pizza - curly pasta w/Marinara sauce, Focaccia pizza stick, local organic seasonal fruit


Wednesday, May 22     

Chicken teriyaki, steamed rice, local organic seasonal fruit


Thursday, May 23     

Baked French toast, syrup, oven roasted diced red potatoes, fruit salad 


Visit "Menus" for extended menus.  

Apple Bite
Made Sewing has oodles of new and exciting classes for children ages 7-17 this summer, with some or no sewing experience. See the website for classes and details. Sew with you soon!

Holy Names Academy Cougar Hoop Camp for students entering grades 4 through 8 in the fall, or entering grade 9 at HNA in the fall.  See attached registration form.

Bishop Blanchet High School has many summer offerings available.  Visit  the Bishop Blanchet site for information.