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 June 6, 2013  


Year of Faith


A cheerful heart has

a continual feast.


  Proverbs 15:15 


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Dear Families,

Congratulations to the class of 2013! The students will celebrate their graduation tonight. We are very proud of them and their achievements. Many of these students received academic honors at entrance to their high schools and some received academic merit and service awards. The top floor is very quiet today as the fifty almost ninth graders are home preparing for the ceremony.   We miss them already, but we know that these alumni will return to visit and hopefully fulfill their service hours here at St. John.


We also say goodbye to Miss McFarland. She is not going too far, but our hallways will be devoid of her 'classical spirit.'  Mrs. Rodgers-Daly, preschool assistant, will move to St. Therese School, where she will teach preschool, and Mrs. Bevilacqua, preschool teaching assistant, is moving out of state.   We will miss our colleagues and we wish them the best.


Farewell to some of our families who are leaving St. John and Seattle, heading out of state and even out of the country. We wish you all the best in your exciting adventures. This means that we have a few openings - one in kindergarten and some more scattered throughout the grades.   If you have friends or family interested in attending St. John, let them know.


Our new kindergarten teacher is Miss Dana Barry. Miss Barry has a teaching degree in elementary education. She comes to us with very strong and positive references and interesting classroom experiences. She recently taught a class of fifty second graders in a small village in Uganda! She will have many adventures to share with us.


Make sure you check your calendars for the many end-of-year events next week. Please keep the Macaulay-Walker family in your prayers.  




Bernadette O'Leary

Girl Scouts at SF Bridge Over San Francisco Bay
Twenty-four fifth grade girls from Junior Girl Scout Troop 52827 flew to San Francisco over Mother's Day weekend to "bridge" to Cadettes, with 5,000 other Scouts from around the country. "Bridging" is a ceremony that celebrates the transition from one grade-level in Girl Scouting to the next. What better bridge to walk across for the ceremony than the famous Golden Gate Bridge!!  The Troop planned the trip for two years and raised $10,000 toward expenses!

Leaders Michele O'Neill and Linda Carnell couldn't be prouder of the girls and the success of the trip, and want to thank everyone who bought cookies, crafts and pancakes to help make it happen.
Mathletics Mathletics News
Congratulations to Casey S. (Grade 3). This week his name was spotted 4th on the 'Top 100 U.S. Mathletics Students' board!

Over the summer remember to go to to keep math skills sharp!
JumperUniform Exchange
Clear out those "too small" uniforms now!  Drop them off at the school office.  Watch for the Uniform Exchange to come in the fall.  If you have needs over the summer contact Antonella Vesponi-Bartel or Monica Kamalu.
The 6th grade St. Al/John Baseball team successfully defended their title by defeating Assumption/St. Bridget 14-1 in the CYO Championship game on Sunday, June 2. Congratulations to these fine baseball players for winning their second CYO Championship in as many years!

Track and Field Track and Field

On Saturday, June 1, the St. Al/John Track and Field team met their AAA competitors at the Southwest Athletic Complex in West Seattle for the Archdiocese Team Championship. The sun came out and warmed the track while the children competed against each other and against the clock and tape measure. At the end of the day, personal records were set, team records were broken, the 5th grade boys and 6th grade girls won their respective team titles, and the St. Al/John squad took second place in the Overall Team competition.


Outstanding efforts were put in by all members of the team, making coaches, parents and teammates proud. In the final meet of the year new team records were established in the 5th girls Shuttle Relay, 5th grade boys Long Jump (Nick F.), 5th boys 200m Run (John R-O.), 5th boys 400m Run (Adam F.), 6th girls 100m Dash (Bea F.), 6th girls Softball Throw (Bea F.), 7th girls 800m Run (Emma F.), 7th girls Long Jump (Ana M.), 7th boys 75m Dash (Aidan K.), 7th boys Long Jump (Milo M.), and 8th grade girls 1600m Run (Colleen M.).  During the season, several other team records fell or were established including 4th grade boys and girls, and 5th grade boys and girls respective shuttle relays, 4th girls 50m and 60m Dash (Reina C.), 4th boys 75m Dash (Mac M.), 4th boys 400m Run (Charlie M.), 5th grade boys 60m (Lucas F.), 5th grade boys 100m Dash (Gabby L.), 5th boys Turbo Javelin (Gabby L.), 6th girls 1600m Run (Emily C.), and 6th boys Long Jump (Tommy G.). In addition, 6th grader Tommy G. set a new CYO Archdiocesesan record in the 75m Dash!  The coaches are happy to report that there were also many more new personal records set by team members, far too many to list, but all of which had great meaning to both athlete and coaches. We are proud of all 97 of the track and field student-athletes for their hard work this season, for their consistent competitive fire, and for the smiles they brought to practice and to meets. Congratulations on a wonderful season!


"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Grad Cap
Grade 8 Commencement
Tonight, June 6, 7pm
St. John Church
Reception to follow in
                Egan Hall
Important Dates

Thursday, June 6
Commencement, Gr. 8, 7pm, Church
followed by Graduation Reception in Egan Hall 

Monday, June 10
Bump Up Day

Tuesday, June 11  
Field Day, Grades 3-5, Sandel Park

Thursday, June 13
Preschool Picnic, noon, Play Pit

Kindergarten Graduation, 7pm, Egan Hall

Friday, June 14
Prayer Service, 9am, Egan Hall
10:30am Dismissal for Summer Holidays 
Medications at School
Does your student have medication in the school office?  Please pick up medications prior to Summer Holidays.



Remember Scrip for your summer parties and barbeques, hotels and vacation needs, school and dorm supplies, groceries.  We look forward to seeing you all summer!  Just email us and we will work to get you what you need! 




Extended Programs

Extended Day Care will be closed Friday, June 14.

Summer Program - begins 6/17
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

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.
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, June 7                         

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


Monday, June 10                     

Baked chic'k nuggets (breast meat), oven roasted JoJos, sweet peas, local organic seasonal fruit 


Tuesday, June 11                    

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


Wednesday, June 12 - Final lunch of 2012/2013         

Chicken or cheese Quesadillas, baked corn & carrot fritters, choice of mild fresh made salsa & sour cream, local organic seasonal fruit 


Visit "Menus" for extended menus.  

Happy Children



Thank you to hard working Colleen Mounsey, Jane Blaylock and their crew of pizza handlers for a great year of pizza fundraisers!  A total of $8,300.60 (after expenses) was raised for the Kenya orphanage, our sister school and parish in Peru, the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C., Catholic Community Services to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy, and the Archdiocese of Seattle Missions Office to fund Rice Bowl efforts. 


Fourth Grade would like to thank the following wonderful parent volunteers who helped us with our trip to the Washington State History Museum. You're the best!  Thank you to Jennifer Burke, Shiloh Rodgers-Daly, Abby Mansfield, Sue Kelly, Tim Flanagan, Laura Herzog, Heather Varvaro, Al Souza, Colleen Douglas, Brent LaMotte, Heather McMullin, Erin Murphy, Joe Skokan, Anne Haskins.
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Summer Prep at Seattle Prep!

Our camps are filling up quickly but we still have some spaces available.  Please register today!  Camps are open to students going into 6th, 7th, or 8th grade and include:

  • Intro to Trial Law (taught by Seattle Prep's Mock Trial coach, Andy McCarthy, who is both an experienced teacher and lawyer.  Mr McCarthy has lead Seattle Prep's Mock Trial team to nationals 8 of the last 10 years and led the team to a 6th place finish in the national competition this year).
  • Musical Theater (also open to rising 9th grade students, Musical Theater is run by Seattle Prep Drama Director Adam Othman, Drama Director Kim Douglas, and choreographer Heather Dawson.  All three of these experts have extensive experience teaching/directing both middle and high school students).
  • T-Shirt Screen Printing, Draw/Paint/Create, & Digital Photography (taught by dynamic art teacher team Melissa Dold & Kyle Cook, these will bring out the creative genius in your child)!
  • Geometry, Architecture, & Design (including a field trip to study the architecture of the St. Ignatius Chapel at Seattle University).
  • Writer's Workshop, Smart but Scattered, & Research Made Easy (these classes teach essential study and writing skills for middle and high school).
  • Song Writing (students will learn to write music from a experienced teacher and composer Huntley Beyer).

Athletic Camps for Middle School Students

Summer Prep at Seattle Prep!

Prep athletic camps are all run by Seattle Prep Varsity coaches.  Please register today!  Camps are open to students going into 6th, 7th, or 8th grade and include:

Boys Baseball; Girls & Boys Basketball; Girls & Boys; Lacrosse; Girls & Boys Soccer; Football; Volleyball.