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 September 12, 2013   

In His Image 


I will rise and go to my father. 

from Psalm 51



New Music/Art Mezzanine Space 2013
New Music/Art Mezzanine Space 2013


Dear Families, 


At Curriculum night on Tuesday, I spoke about our theme, In His Image, and I will do so again tonight. We are made in God's image, and we must try to act like Him, reflect that image. Each day, we can strive to be more mindful of how we are behaving.   It is our mission. At school, we use the Habits of Mind and the activities learned through Second Step as the guidelines. You can do so at home.   Develop habits like persistence, empathy, caring, impulse-management, striving for accuracy, asking questions, finding humor, and responding with wonderment and awe. Jesus had some great habits!   Check Him out in the Bible!


Thank you, Middle School parents and teachers. You all turned out for Curriculum Night and going into the school year, we have a well-prepared community. I am looking forward to meeting the parents of K - 5 tonight. We will begin with a social hour, so come at 6:00 for Anniversary cake and lemonade. Volunteer parents will be on hand to tell you about Scrip, the Auction, the 90th Anniversary Dinner, Parent Association, and Uniform Exchange.


Seventh and eighth grade classes will enjoy spiritual retreats at Camp Don Bosco Tuesday, September 24, and Tuesday, September 17, respectively.   We invite your prayers for these students. St. John School will celebrate our Opening of School Liturgy on Wednesday, September 18, at 9am in the Church. This is a dress uniform day for students. You are welcome to join us.

Beannacht, (blessings)


Bernadette O'Leary

St. John School JOG-A-THON
Friday, September 27, 2013
We are fast approaching the day for the Jog-A-Thon!  Fill your pledge form!  Need more?  Download here.

Interested in supporting the Jog-A-Thon electronically? 
 Follow this link or QR Code

and fill in "other" on the electronic donation form as indicated below:
Parents and students have been observed crossing Greenwood Avenue at N. 79th Street.  Please - walk the extra block to the corner at 80th Street and cross with the traffic light.  There is no crossing guard at N. 79th Street, and traffic is very heavy and hectic at drop off and pick up.  The moment you save may cost you a lifetime!
Playground Playground Help Needed


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



Students in grades five through eight may participate in the St. John School Band Program in cooperation with Bishop Blanchet High School.  Download and return the registration form to the school office.

Band class meets each Tuesday and Thursday during lunch recess.  Mr. Alex Dugdale will be the instructor, and is faculty at Bishop Blanchet High School.  Cost is $50 per month and is billed through St. John School.

Students provide their own instruments, which can be rented or purchased through any music store. Kennelly Keys Music offers an "Instrument Rental Night" at BBHS where students can try out the different instruments and rent them on the spot.


Instrument Night
Wednesday, September 25, 7pm
Bishop Blanchet High School - Haggerty Hall
8200 Wallingford Ave N.

For more information contact Sean Richarz,
Bishop Blanchet Performing Arts, 206-527-7729 or sricharz@bishopblanchet.org.
Parent Association
Parent Association Meeting
Tuesday, September 17, 7pm, Egan Mezzanine
Be sure to attend this first meeting of the 2013/2014  school year!  Wine and appetizers will be served.  Spirit gear and uniforms will be available for purchase.  Among other topics, we will discuss the auction, school garden, safe environment training, and upcoming events and speakers.  This is YOUR association - we need you!  See you there!  Christine Craig and Page Harader, Co-Chairs
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, beginning September 19. 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.
Box Tops Logo


School's back in session and that means it's a great time to turn in the Box Tops you've been collecting over the summer! Please send them with your child or drop off in the school or parish office. Remember, it's always better to send in a small bag of Box Tops frequently than to wait to fill a big bag as they do expire!


Check out the Box Tops website for more ways to earn $$ for our school:



Thank you!

Julia Rudden, Box Tops Coordinator

In His ImageIn His Image 
We received the following from a parent, illustrating how one student is bringing our school theme to life:


"Too often, we only take the time to write about others when we have a complaint.  Instead, I'd like to recognize the good citizenship of St. John student Moses K.


My 6th grader, Breanna, was scheduled for her first time as the 3rd altar server during Father Crispin's vacation in August.  She was nervous that she'd forget what to do as it had been a few months since she shadowed as a 4th server.  I assured her that the 1st and 2nd server would be there to help her.  However, Breanna was the only alter server to show up.  Her fear and anxiety were visible as she carried up the cross and took her seat.  


Fortunately, Moses was at mass and quickly saw that she needed help.  He quietly slipped into the back, put on a robe and was seated beside her within minutes.  He expertly and patiently guided her through mass, and

turned something that could have been a horrible experience for her into something positive.


After mass, Moses politely struggled off our thanks and instead complimented Breanna.  We were so impressed by his graciousness and easy willingness to jump in when he saw a need.  Moses K. showed himself to be the best of citizens and I believe he deserves recognition for it.



Karen Schuler"

children "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle."   Plato
Important Dates

Thursday, September 12 - TONIGHT!
Welcome back reception, 6pm, Egan Hall - PK-8
Grades K-5, Curriculum Night, 7pm, Egan Hall

Sunday, September 15   

Blessing of the Backpacks, 10:30 Mass, Church

Tuesday, September 17 
Grade 8, Spiritual Retreat, Camp Don Bosco
Parent Association Meeting, 7pm, Egan Mezzanine

Wednesday, September 18
Liturgy, Opening of School, 9am, Church
School Commission Meeting, 7pm, Library

Thursday, September 19
Cantionis Singers Choir, 1st meeting, 7:40am, Egan Mezzanine 
Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday, September 15
10:30 Liturgy
followed by Bouncy Fun and Pizza Party in Egan Hall! 

Everyone is invited to celebrate the beginning of the new year by bringing their backpack, book bag or tote to be blessed at the 1st Annual Blessing of the Backpacks.

Mass will be followed by an indoor carnival in Egan Hall with bouncy fun and games.  Pizza will be provided by the Knights of Columbus.  There is no cost, but we would appreciate if you would register so the Knights can make enough pizza!

Register Now! 

To help our neighbors and be more of a presence in our community, we invite you to fill your child's backpack with non-perishable food items to help support the Broadview-Thomson K-8 (BTK8) Food Program.  The children will be invited to leave the food on the altar during Mass.


Volunteers to help with this fun event would be greatly appreciated.  This is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to earn service hours.  Contact Mary Wiseman at 206-782-2810 or mwiseman@stjohnsea.org to sign up to volunteer.
Scrip Cards


Scrip - what's scrip?  Scrip is an easy way to support St. John School by simply shopping and buying gas, groceries, evenings out, clothing, etc. at places you already shop.  Stop by and see us at Friday sales after school - weather permitting we will be selling in the courtyard. Rain moves us into the hallway in front of XDC.

Scrip will be sold at the K-5 curriculum event tonight.  Please remember to bring your check books!

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 18, 2013. Dinner, music, dancing, and fun! Reserve your spot for this special evening now by clicking here.

Sharing the Catho
lic Faith In Your Home 
Tuesday, Oct. 8 7-8:30pm, Egan Hall




Sr. Liz Tiernan  

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SND)

  • Sr. Liz will help parents discover the holiness in their families!
  • Get practical suggestions on how to share your faith in your home
  • Sr. Liz uses stories and visuals in an interactive manner that help families grow in faith

 Sr. Liz Tiernan is a well known Seattle-area speaker and educator, working with adults, teachers, and students.  Sr. Liz has worked with St. John students and teachers in classrooms and on spiritual retreats.


For more information contact: Anne Merklin at amerklin@stjohnsea.org, 206-782-2810.  This evening is presented by St. John the Evangelist Parish. 

Hot Lunch




Friday, September 13   

Organic Creamy Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Homemade Bread (no corn syrup:-), Organic Seasonal Fruit


Monday, September 16   

Crispy Tacos with Natural Ground Turkey, Spanish Brown Rice, Organic Seasonal Fruit


Tuesday, September 17   

Fresh Made Baked Fish Sticks, Organic Oven Roasted Potatoes, Corn Bread, Organic Seasonal Fruit


Wednesday, September 18   

Penne Pasta with Creamy Alfredo Sauce, V Cake (Organic Seasonal Vegetable Cake), Organic Seasonal Fruit  


Thursday, September 19

"BRUNCH FOR LUNCH" Baked French Toast with Syrup, Organic Oven Roasted Potatoes & Seasonal Fruit  



Art classes will be offered for students in grades 3-6 after school on Thursdays, beginning on September 26 and ending December 12. Space is limited to 12 students per session. The cost per student is $225 for 10 lessons and includes materials fees. The art instructor is Kay Jang. Kay has a Masters Degree in Art Education, many years of teaching experience, and a passion for teaching children of all ages. All classes will be held in the Mezzanine of Egan Hall.

Electronic registrations will be accepted through the school website beginning Monday, September 16, at 7pm. Participants will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Once the open enrollment period has concluded, a confirmation email will be sent, along with a registration form, to registered participants. Completed registration forms and payment will be accepted in the school office.

After school art class for students in grades 1-2 will be offered from January-June. Look for more information and registration information in December.
Cross Country
Cross Country
Don't miss out on the fun, it's not too late!


We are accepting registrations through September 27 for the Preschool through grade eight team.  Our races are September 22 and 29, and October 6 and 13.


Join in with 256 currently registered runners and get your feet moving! Contact Mike Spear with any questions:


Happy Children
Thank You Corner


Thank you for using your REDcard at Target.  The Take Charge of Education program just sent St. John School a check in the amount of $278.25!  These funds go directly into the playground fund!
Umbrella Spirit Wear and  Uniforms
      Spirit Wear (umbrellas, tumblers, scarves, etc.) will be available for purchase in Egan Hall tonight at the Welcome Back Reception and the K-5 Curriculum Night.

4th grade girlsWe still have a supply
of uniform tee shirts and sweatshirts for sale from existing stock.  Contact Heather McMullen, heathermcmullen3@gmail.com.
Apple Bite




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

See all the great offerings this fall at North Seattle Boys and Girls Club! 
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A new session of sewing clubs for boys and girls in grades two through five are forming now in Greenwood.  Visit Made Sewing for the schedule.