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 September 5, 2013  


In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge. 

from Psalm 90


St. John School's first teachers

     Happy Anniversary, St. John School! Even if the weather is not cooperating, and we can't have our tailgate, we are still beginning a year-long celebration of the 90th anniversary!


     St. John School opened on September 4, 1923. The Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sister Mary Francis, Sister Mary Coronata, Sister Mary Gabriel, Sister Mary Valesia and Sister Mary Justin had 220 students. Imagine the class size!   Through the efforts of the sisters, the parishioners and the founding pastor, Reverend William Quigley, the school flourished. Since then, St. John School has grown. The school has survived the decline of the women religious and the almost free Catholic education they offered, changing demographics and economic downturns and is now stronger than ever.   We remain committed to academic excellence and moral development in a strong Christ-centered community.   Come out to the Blessing of the Backpacks Mass and Carnival (September 15) and share that community spirit!


     Tomorrow, the students will hear all about the Jog-a-Thon. They will bring home their packets and begin looking for sponsors.   Those students who have three sponsors by Monday, September 9th, may wear free dress to school that day!   As we already informed you, we are hoping that we can replace the magazine sale with the jog-a-thon, so we will need your support to do so. I love the jog-a-thon - I enjoy the outdoors, the healthy exercise, being with the students and the fun that it generates. You can continue to renew your magazines online and this will also benefit the school.


     Next week, we have the Curriculum Nights on the 10th (Middle School) and the 12th (Grades K - 5). It is very important that you attend, as this is your opportunity to hear about the expectations and the course content for your children's classes.   We will begin each meeting in Egan Hall. Following a short presentation there, you will be dismissed to your children's classrooms.  


     I already miss not seeing you this evening. Stay dry!

Beannacht, (blessings)


Bernadette O'Leary

Umbrella Spirit Wear and  Uniforms
Spirit Wear (umbrellas, tumblers, scarves, etc.) will be available for purchase in the lower east hallway outside Extended Day Care, tomorrow afternoon during dismissal.

4th grade girlsWe still have a supply
of uniform tee shirts and sweatshirts for sale from existing stock.  Heather McMullen  will hold a sale of all existing stock logo pieces this weekend, Saturday, September 7, 8-11am, and Sunday, September 8, 4-6pm.  Checks or cash only.  Drop by 626 NW 82nd Street and complete your student's wardrobe.
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.)



     A coordinator is needed to manage our Campbell's Labels Redemption program, 1-3 hours a month from home. This program directly provides equipment for the playground. This task involves promoting the program to the school community, collecting the returned labels from the school office, processing and mailing them quarterly.  For more information please contact Catherine Dahlgren at 206,782.4823 or floribunda51@yahoo.com.


singing boys Cantionis Choir
Boys and Girls Grades 3-6


Does your child love music? Does your child love to sing? Then the Cantionis Singers Choir is for your child!

Please join us this year!

The Cantionis Singers Choir is directed by Mrs. Becky Kelly, St. John Music Teacher for the intermediate grades. We perform at special school events and Saturday evening masses (approximately once/month).  

Weekday rehearsals are on Thursdays, from 7:40-8:20AM. We will also have rehearsals on Saturdays once a month at 4pm when we sing at Mass.

Sign up by emailing Mrs. Kelly at beckykelly1@yahoo.com.

Include your child's full name, and your full names and the best email to use to reach you.
book fair"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Important Dates

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

Tuesday, September 10    

Curriculum Night, Grades 6-8, 6:45pm, Egan Hall

Thursday, September 12  
Curriculum Night, Grades K-5, 7pm, Egan Hall

Scrip Scrip Cards


We know you might have taken a little time off from scrip during the summer, and as Fall begins we just want to make sure you know we're here to help you get back into the swing of things! Scrip is a vital part of St. John fundraising, and the easiest for YOU to take part in.  Scrip will be sold every Friday in the hallway in front of XDC from 2:45pm - 3:15pm.  Please stop by and see us.  Every dollar made through the scrip program goes right back into St. John.  Last year we made $75,000 for the school.  Let's try to beat that number this year.
First Friday standing orders are coming home with students tomorrow.  Please remember to check those back packs as children get in the habit of bringing the pink envelopes home.
Thank you.
Lisa Mendenhall
Scrip Coordinator


Spread the Word!  

It's the 90th Anniversary of  

St John School!

Please spread the word to friends, family, and graduates. We need everyone to "like" our Facebook page. Friends, families, St. John fans: Send your special memories to us for sharing, either by posting on our Facebook page or email to

GRADUATES: There is a special VIDEO CONTEST for graduates. St. John School graduates submitting a video will be entered into a raffle to win a seat at the St. John School 90th Celebration on October 18, at Fremont Studios!

EVERYONE: The St. John community will come together to celebrate this landmark anniversary at Fremont Studios on Friday, October 19, 2013. Dinner, music, dancing, and fun! Reserve your spot for this special evening now by clicking here.

Hot Lunch






Friday, September 6 

Macaroni & Cheese, Organic Seasonal Veggies & Fruit


Monday, September 9 

Homemade Natural Chicken Nuggets, Organic Roasted Potatoes, Organic Seasonal Veggies & Fruit


Tuesday, September 10 

Cheese Burger Casserole with Natural Angus Beef, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Organic Seasonal Fruit


Wednesday, September 11 

Natural Chicken or Cheese Quesadillas, Fresh Mild Organic Salsa, Refried Beans, Tortilla Chips, Organic Seasonal Fruit 


Thursday, September 12

Buttered Noodles, V cake (Organic Seasonal Vegetable Cake), Seasonal Organic Fruit  

Apple Bite




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

Looking for a new volunteer opportunity? Want to learn more about St. John women's overflow shelter? We are hosting a volunteer social Sunday, September 15, at 5pm in the Egan Hall Mezzanine. Come have a glass of wine, meet current volunteers and learn more about the women's shelter. For many years St. John Church/School has hosted homeless women from Noel House on Saturday and Sunday evenings. This rewarding ministry is sustained thanks to generous volunteers from the school, parish and neighborhood communities who help out once every month or two. Please consider giving up a Saturday or Sunday night to enable these women to feel welcomed and safe. We need more overnight volunteers! Two women volunteers meet at the mezzanine set up food welcome the guests and spend the night. Time commitment is 8pm until 6:30am.   Drivers are also needed for about an hour's time commitment. Driving is a great way for the working dad to become involved in the school and parish.  Contact Mary Kearney at marytkearney@comcast.net or 206 297-7072 or view our invitation on SignUp Genius.  Hope to see you there!


Common Core - See this New York Times article for information.