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 August 29, 2013  


  In His Image

We are His hands to love and care,  

We are His feet to serve and share,  
We are the eyes of true compassion,  
Bringing Christ to all the world.



St. John School

2013-2014 Theme 

First Day 2013
Polished and excited for the first day!
Dear Families,


Welcome back! The weather may herald the end of the summer, but it did not dampen the spirits of the students as they returned to school, full of smiles today.


Our theme for the 2013-2014 school year is, "In His image, we are made." In Genesis 1:26, we learn that God says. "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness."   We are made in His image and our work on earth is to become more and more like God.   Each day, we will share our strengths, gifts and good habits to reflect the image of God.   Mrs. Tsagalakis and Mrs. Kelly have already written our theme song and the children learned the chorus today.


Our 2013-2014 goal is to be fully aligned with the Core Curriculum State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts, writing and math. The teachers have spent many hours in training for the implementation, unwrapping and integrating the standards into their practice.   The Core Curriculum places greater emphasis on communication skills, informational reading, interpreting text from many sources, and on math skills related to authentic modeling, reasoning, and problem solving.   The content will not be new; but students will be taking the material to a deeper and more complex level.


We are implementing a new math program in the primary grades. It is called My Math. It is aligned with the CCSS. Each chapter has essential questions that the students will explore. The students will build on their number sense and math comprehension.

Mr. Tice is leading the science teachers in a review of the science standards, based on the Next Generation Science Standards that were released this year. The standards are based on A Framework for K-12 Science Education and are closely linked to the Common Core math and LA standards. Mr. Tice will be collaborating with the teachers to ensure that the writing standards are also upheld as the students write in science. The teachers are very eager and I am proud of the significant amount of professional development and teamwork I have witnessed as they prepared for the school year.   Look for progress reports in their newsletters and webpages.


I am very thankful to Dani D'Amelio our parish PAA, Steve Berlage our plant manager, and Pablo, who supervised the many facilities projects over the crane summer. Thanks to the school (Fund-an-Need) and parish community (donor generosity and parish giving), our newly remodeled mezzanine is a dream come true!   We will show it off very soon! The teachers were thoroughly delighted to come back to school and find that their rooms were beautifully cool. Fans had been installed!   The temperature control in the classrooms is now very manageable.   And we have more to come. Over the next few weeks, the bell tower on the steeple will be replaced. The iconic copper dome is leaking and new one is on its way. The students will be able to watch the progress of this project - from a safe distance - as part of the church grounds will be fenced off. The new shining dome will be a symbolic way to mark the 90th anniversary.


More good news! The spring Jog-a-Thon was so successful that we decided to replace the magazine fundraiser with a fall Jog-a-Thon. Look for more information in the coming days.


It was lovely to chat with so many of you this morning. We are off to a fine start.

Beannacht, (blessings)


Bernadette O'Leary

Cross Country
St. John School JOG-A-THON
Friday, September 27, 2013
Due to the success of our Spring Jog-A-Thon, the school will hold a Fall Jog-A-Thon to replace the annual Fall Magazine Sale.  (Magazine renewals can still benefit St. John School -  visit the link on renewals for more information.)
Parent Association
Back to School BBQ
Thursday, September 5, 6-8pm

The annual Tailgate BBQ  is to welcome new families, reacquaint with old families, and of course have fun!  PA provides the hamburgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill with all the fixings.

Please bring your own beverage and:
Last name A-L - salad or side dish to share
Last name M-Z - dessert to share
(be sure your dish is disposable!)

Want to help grill?  Contact Christine Craig or Page Harader, PA Co Chairs.

Uniform Exchange Table:  Bring what no longer  fits, take something that does.  You don't have to leave something to take something, and you don't have to take something to leave something.

We do ask that uniform pieces left be in good repair, and are clean.  Any questions about the Uniform Exchange may be directed to parent volunteers Antonella Vesponi-Bartel, 206-297-9047 or Monica Kamalu, 206-789-4670.



 It's that time of year again and we need volunteers for the lunch recesses!  Do one day per week, five days per week, or anything in between!  It is a fun way to volunteer and so very important for our children to have the adult presence on the playground.  Please give me, Mrs. Dahlgren a call at 206-782-4823 or email to floribunda51@yahoo.com.  


MY HAT IS OFF TO YOU ALL!!!!!!!       

Catherine Dahlgren

Our Lady of Perpetual Asphalt

book fair"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." 
~Sydney J. Harris

music clip art
Schola Begins Monday, Sept. 9!


See the attached flyer.  For students in grades 7 and 8, Schola Choir is a wonderful opportunity to be directed by our gifted Mrs. Pat Tsagalakis and lead music for school liturgies, and special events and assemblies.   

Scrip Scrip Cards


Back to school means back to supporting St. John School with your scrip purchases.  Grocery cards, gas cards, favorite dining places - we have the card for you.  You can see a list of the cards we have on hand on the scrip order form.   This form is on the school website or included in NewsViews every week.  Please let us know how we can serve your shopping needs.
Standing orders for the first Friday of September will come home on Friday, September 6th.
Welcome back.
Lisa Mendenhall
Scrip Coordinator


skirt Dennis Uniform Store
All uniform pieces are available from Dennis Uniform Store, including the new 90th Anniversary Edition Sweatshirt.  Visit Dennis Uniform today!  PS - they take Scrip!
Important Dates

Monday, September 2   Labor Day - School not in session

Thursday, September 5   PA Tailgate Barbeque!  6-8pm, Playground

Friday, September 6     Jog-a-Thon Kick Off Assembly, 2:15, Egan Hall

Monday, September 9   Schola begins, 2:55, Egan Mezzanine

Grs. 6-8, Tuesday, September 10, 6:45pm, Egan Hall
Grs. K-5, Thursday, September 12, 7pm, Egan Hall 
Hot Lunch




Hello Everyone, and welcome back to school!  We are pleased to inform you of some exciting news from NoJunk Inc.


If you check out our new website at www.nojunk-goodfood.com, you will find that we have gone ALL ORGANIC with fruits & vegetables, and NATURAL meats without any antibiotics, hormones or preservatives.


New recipes have been developed, such as homemade yogurt, ketchup and much more. We will bake from scratch our own hamburger buns, hotdog buns and sandwich bread, and try to keep away from all processed food.



If you have not placed any orders yet, please re-register for the new school year at: https://nojunk.orderlunches.com/.

You will find the PASSWORD for your school at www.nojunk-goodfood.com.  



For questions, please email office@nojunk-goodfood.com.



Tuesday, September 3

Hamburger with Natural Ground Beef Angus, or Veggie Burger, Organic Roasted Potatoes & Organic Seasonal Fruit   


 Wednesday, September 4

Curly Pasta with Organic Marinara Sauce, Homemade Garlic Bread, Organic Seasonal Fruit


Thursday, September 5

"BRUNCH FOR LUNCH" Bacon & Cheese Bread, Homemade Yogurt Parfait with Organic Strawberry Compote & Fresh Made Granola, Organic Seasonal Fruit


Friday, September 6

Macaroni & Cheese, Organic Seasonal Veggies & Fruit   

Happy Children  




Thank you to Steve Berlage, Sean Laverty, Ryan Roach, and Tim Marquez for our beautifully polished school and grounds!

Teachers wish to thank Christine Craig, Page Harader and friends for organizing and hosting a delicious luncheon for faculty and staff on Tuesday.  What a treat!
Apple Bite




Something happening in the non-school community you would like to let others know about? Forward your "bites" to Diane Crockett

Laptop, modem, and internet service for income qualified families - see the attached or phone 206-633-1517, InterConnection.org.

All Saints Catholic School Fair Parking
Help support Catholic education in East Pierce County by parking at one of the All Saints School's fair parking lots when attending the Puyallup Fair. Our main entrance is located on 7th Ave SW between 2nd & 3rd St SW.  Our paved parking lots are located on 3rd St SW between 5th and 6th Ave SW in downtown Puyallup.  We are just a short distance from the main gate of the fairgrounds.  Look for our friendly volunteers in the red aprons who will assist you with your parking needs. All proceeds from our fair parking fundraiser goes directly to our operating budget. When parking with us consider bringing a non-perishable food item(s) for our Parish Food bank; last year we collected over 1,000 pounds. Do the Puyallup and help Catholic schools!