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 May 23, 2013  

Year of Faith
O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name  in all the earth! 

  from Psalm 8               

Jog-a-Thon for Peru and The Eagles' Nest
Fr. Crispin and friends jog for Peru and The Eagles' Nest

Dear Families,

We remember in our prayers this week the many people affected by the tornado in Oklahoma.   We pray for those who died and for their families. We pray for all those who are now homeless. We pray for the volunteers and responders.


Mikey L. in the eighth grade is our Geography Bee champion! He had some stiff competition during the five rounds of the competition. Thank you, Mrs. Macaulay-Walker, for organizing this informative and entertaining event.


Another entertaining event was our Jog-a-Thon and I think that Fr. Crispin was the champion! The students were thrilled when he ran laps around the playground with them. Check out the school's Facebook page for photographs. I realize that this fundraiser came very quickly on the heels of the auction and you may have felt pressure to donate to the excellent local and global causes - our Peruvian sister school's playground and our garden project. I am also aware that during last week, many folks heeded the call from the Seattle Foundation's GiveBig. I know that this month we sign up for the Annual Catholic Appeal. Fr. Crispin and the school and parish administration acknowledge that you may be experiencing an epidemic of "asks." We understand that you are asked often to contribute to our school and other charitable causes and you have to choose what you are able to do. We are so grateful to you. This year's auction was the biggest ever!  


Bike to School and Work Days were a huge success. Now that summer is closer, we hope you will continue to leave the car at home. If you drive, please continue to be cautious and respectful to other road users. Parents and neighbors alike have informed the school that cars are parking too near the corners and driveways (Seattle Municipal Code asks for at least 5 feet clearance from the edge of the driveway or alley). The cars overhanging the street corners force children and parents to walk out into the street without being able to see oncoming vehicles. The safety of our children and our St. John families is paramount. Slow down, watch out for others and be safe.


Thank you for celebrating Mrs. Grandorf's blessing with us. Next week, the students will have their turns to "bless" her. We will have a good-bye assembly on Thursday afternoon at 1:45pm in the gym. You are welcome to attend. Next week the eighth grade students' graduation activities also begin. The Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, June 2.


We are delighted to report that we have a name for our new garden behind the portables. Students voted through last week and they have spoken: The Eagles' Nest is alive with Spring growth. Stop by and see the progress. Thanks to our dedicated primary parent volunteers.


It feels like we celebrated Labor Day just last week. This year flew by so quickly and Memorial Day is upon us. Let us pause and appreciate that every minute we spend together is a gift and every smile we share is a prayer. 




Bernadette O'Leary

ChildrenExtended Programs

Summer Program
St. John School Summer Program still has space for a few more children.  Please contact Mrs. Roach or Mrs. Overby to inquire.

After School Studies 2013/2014

The last meeting of After School Studies will be Thursday, May 30.  Students entering grades six, seven, and eight in the Fall may place their reservation for space beginning next week.  Please contact Mrs. Roach or Mrs. Overby for a registration packet.

Extended Day Care 2013/2014
Registration packets for those families having already requested one, will go home with students next week.  Families wishing to enroll their students, grades Preschool through five in the Fall, may contact Mrs. Roach or Mrs. Overby for a registration packet.

Please be aware of deadlines for both Fall programs.   
Art Project 2
Eavan B., Gr. 4
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.  Please join us.
Art project 1
Geoff B., Gr. 5

BaseballTake Me Out To The Ball Game!


The St. Al/John 6th grade baseball team plays ASB in the CYO Championship game at 3pm on Sunday, June 2.   The game will be held at Walt Hundley Field in West Seattle (6920 34th Ave SW, Seattle).  Please come out for some Sunday afternoon baseball and cheer on the team as they try to defend the CYO title.

BSA LogoJoin St. John
Cub Scout Pack 121
St. John Cub Scout Pack 121 will hold an informational meeting for interested boys entering kindergarten through 4th grade, and their parents.  Come on out and share in the adventure!  Wednesday, May 29 at 7 pm in Egan Hall Mezzanine.  See the attached flyer.
Sail Boat
Diverse Learners Group to Meet

Connect with other St. John School parents who are navigating the diverse learner's planet. If your child needs extra help, either at St. John School or beyond our school's walls, it's helpful to meet other parents traveling in similar boats!  


Join us next Wednesday, May 29, in the school library for one of our casual meetings:

Wednesday morn after drop-off - coffee and snacks, too!

Wednesday evening at 7pm - snacks, too!

Share resources, share your concerns, and find new resources for your child! Parents Nancy Alton (mother to 5th and 1st grade students) and Susan Denning (mother to 7th and 5th grade students) will host both events.

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild,
to pick up a book and read to a child."
- Dr. Seuss 
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

Monday, May 27
Memorial Day
School not in session 

Wednesday, May 29
Pizza For Peru

Thursday, May 30
All Library Books Due

Farewell Assembly for Mrs. Grandorf, 1:45pm, Egan Gym 

Friday, May 31 
Grade 8 Parent Tea, Egan Hall, 1pm

SCRIP!  Year end is rapidly approaching.  What better way to say 'thanks' to that special teacher, assistant or administrator than by giving the gift of a Starbucks card.  $5, $10, and $25 Starbucks Appreciation gift cards are in.  Simply send us the teacher's name and we can send it on your behalf or we can send it directly to you.  Send an email to and we will take care of the rest. Your year end shopping is done!!


Remember the "SCRIP STORE" is open every Friday morning and afternoon.  If the weather is nice you can find us in the yard....not so nice - we will be in the east hallway across from XDC.



Books Library Books Due May 30
All library books out are due back to the library on Thursday, May 30.  Books not returned by that date will be assumed lost, books will be replaced and families will be billed for replacement cost with the June billing.
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 24                       

Spaghetti  & meatballs, crispy garlic bread, local organic seasonal fruit 


Monday, May 27                    

Memorial Day - school not in session


Tuesday, May 28                  

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


Wednesday, May 29      

Pizza for Peru Day - service not through NoJunk


Thursday, May 30     

Macaroni & cheese, mini peas, local fresh organic seasonal fruit 


Visit "Menus" for extended menus.  

Lost and Found

Items not collected will be delivered to St. Vincent de Paul.  Please do take a look through - mounds of lost items surely have homes!

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!  


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

Apple Bite
Ingraham High School performing arts pLegally Blonderesents Legally Blonde the Musical!
Ingraham's production stars alums Kirby McDermott as Professor Callaghan and Patrick McDermott as Emmett Forrest. May 24, 25, 30, 31 and June 1 @7pm; May 26 and June 2 @2pm.  Advance tickets:

Cross CountryBishop Blanchet
Cross Country Camp
Train with Coaches John O'Leary and Jason Odem this summer!  Students entering grades 4 through 12 in the fall.  See attached registration form.