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 September 19, 2013   

In His Image 


Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor. 

from Psalm 113



 Harvesting potatoes in The Eagles' Nest garden

Dear Families, 



Our children not only enjoyed the vegetables from The Eagles' Nest, our school garden, but they also witnessed first hand the harvest of team work, collaboration and persistence. Our garden is flourishing, thanks to the leadership of parents Maureen Rimkus, Kari Aguila, and Lisa Behringer.


The garden, the smiles on the students' faces as they arrive each morning, the positive learning environment in every class I visit, and the many students wearing their Jog-A-Thon t-shirts are all evidence of a strong community working together for the benefit of St. John School.  


Here are some ways to ensure that the fruitful harvest continues! At Curriculum Night, you learned that this year, we are taking the 2011 normed ITBS tests. The data from this test will be used to improve student achievement by giving us a picture of how we are doing with the new standards. You, parents, will receive a snapshot of how your student is achieving.   Around the testing dates, we also have Parent-Teacher conferences. It is imperative that your children are here for the testing and you are here for your children's conferences! The testing begins on October 15 and continues through October 23. Please avoid absences and doctor/dentist appointments during this time! The conferences will be held on October 24 and 25. The students will have time off on these two days, but we will need to see you, parents!   


Another opportunity to increase the harvest at school is to volunteer. We need volunteers to come and help us count laps on Jog-A-Thon day, September 27. Put on your St. John spirit and cheer on the students! I guarantee a fun-filled day! We also need volunteers on the playground at recess each day! It takes many eyes and attentive super-vision to ensure the safety of all the students.  As you read through this issue of NewsViews you will find other opportunities for volunteering, for instance, the 90th Anniversary Dinner and a work party at the Eagles' Nest.    


Thank you, eighth grade parents, for the delicious luncheon today. We ate heartily!

Beannacht, (blessings)


Bernadette O'Leary



The September 27th Jog-A-Thon is fast approaching. T-shirts were distributed to students today. It's not too late to turn in your purple t-shirt coupons. We are in need of volunteers (link) to help facilitate the event. Come out and join the fun.

Friday, September 27 is the day to be crazy! Along with free dress (including your Jog-a-Thon shirt), we are encouraging crazy/colored hair, socks and fun accessories to celebrate all the hard work of our St. John runners! Celebrate your accomplishment!

Don't forget that free dress for the school, silly string showdown for the highest grossing class, cash grabbin' gecko for FAMILIES that raise $250, and other prizes are still being awarded! Keep those pledges coming in!


 The Jog-A-Thon fun continues after school on September 27! Join us to run with (or cheer on!) your student runners who will be adding on to their total laps until 5pm. We will be giving away prizes throughout the afternoon, snacks and Nuun water will be handed out, and music will be playing (with frequent rotations of the Jog-A-Thon Theme Song!) and fun will be had by all!

Volunteers are needed throughout the day to count laps, hand out water, and help with the course set up. Please follow the link or contact Seņor Pablo if you can help, Pkelley@stjohnsea.org

Family Fundraising Commitment
Being a Fair Share school means that each family, parish and non parish commits to fundraising at least $100.00 of pledged donations for this fundraiser, as signed during Registration. 
Family Handbook
The 2013/2014 Family Handbook has been uploaded to the school website under Parents>Quicklinks: 

Each family is responsible for reading the Handbook and signing the "I Read It Certification" - click on the link on the webpage, fill in and hit "submit." 

In addition, for those of you wishing to volunteer (that is everyone!) you are required to complete the "Privacy Statement & Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement" - again, click on the link on the webpage, fill in and hit "submit."

Family Directory  
Mrs. Q has been busy completing the Family Directory - look for it in your youngest student's backpack today!  Reminder - the Family Directory is for private, personal  use only. 
The Eagles' Nest is Harvesting! 

This past week we have had 1st and 4th graders in the garden.  They harvested carrots, beans, tomatoes and potatoes.    Miss Schifferman's class had a potato party last week to taste different variations of the potatoes they harvested.  Fourth graders ate carrots straight from the ground - rinsed off, of course.  Everyone learned that vegetables taste so much better straight from the garden.  "Carrots Rock!" one fourth grader was quoted as saying.

Want to help with the garden?  We are demolishing the old raised beds and building new ones during two upcoming work parties.
  • Saturday, October 5,  9am - noon
    • Demolish old raised beds
    • Cut lumber to build new beds 
  • Saturday, October 12,  9am - 1 pm
    • Build new raised beds
    • Fill new raised beds with soil 
Sign up at SignUp Genius.

We are in need of someone with construction experience, comfortable with giving direction, to be our day-of project manager.   If you are willing and able to help, or know someone who is, please contact Maureen Rimkus, mkibelstis@hotmail.com
 DahlgrenMrs. Dahlgren Needs Your Help!


Volunteers are needed for the lunch recesses on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays!  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 Mrs. Dahlgren a call at 206-782-4823 or email floribunda51@yahoo.com
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.
"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."
Important Dates

Friday, September 20
Archdiocesan Teacher Excellence Day
School not in session

Tuesday, September 24 

Grade 7 Retreat

Wednesday, September 25
Pizza for Peru Day

Friday, September 27

90th Anniversary Dinner Update
The RSVP's are looking great-keep them coming.  We have plenty of space, but we will need to tell Kaspars, our caterer, how many are coming by October 10th.  By the way, Kaspars has been nominated as Best Caterer in Seattle by King 5 News viewers.  They have been a joy to work with and promise to offer us a dinner to remember.
We recently received a very nice sponsorship from U-Park to cover the cost of parking.  Thank you St. John grandparent Suzie Burke for making this possible!  We will have the lots marked and will send registered guests a reminder e-mail with instructions.
If you are unable to attend the event, there are two ways you can still participate-sponsor a teacher or volunteer at the event.  Our teachers would love to attend.  You can choose "sponsor a teacher" when you go to the online registration or you can send a check into school indicating your intent.  Your $90 sponsorship is considered a donation.

Volunteering is another way to be involved.  We will be posting a volunteer sign up via Sign Up Genius once our schedule is finalized with the caterer.  Kaspars has generously offered to work with our volunteers to reduce our labor costs.  Servers, greeters, parking attendants, and more will be needed.  Watch NewsViews for more details.
Lastly, there is still time to sign-up for the centerpiece project.  We will be hand-crafting clay facades of the school, Quigley, the church, and the rectory.  Follow this link to sign up for one or more of the sessions.  Graduates, parents, and older students are welcome to participate!

Scrip Cards


Scrip is coming home with students today instead of tomorrow due to school not being in session tomorrow for Teacher Excellence Day.  Please be sure to check backpacks!

We'll be at Coffee & Donuts in Egan Hall on Sunday - 9-noon - See you there!

Have a great weekend!

Thank you.
Lisa Mendenhall
Scrip Coordinator
Alumni News
St. John alum Cari Brown was selected this week as the Seattle Time's High School Star of the Week.  Cari had a combined 82 assists in just two matches last week, and averaged 41 assists per match.  Cari plays Volleyball for Ballard High School.
Hot Lunch




Friday, September 20     

School not in session - no lunch service  


Monday, September 23    

"PIZZA PASTA" Curly Pasta, Organic Creamy Marinara Sauce, Fresh Baked Pizza Focaccia Stick, Organic Seasonal Fruit


Tuesday, September 24    

Mini Meat Loaf with Natural Turkey, Organic Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Homemade Biscuit, Organic Seasonal Fruit


Wednesday, September 25    

No NoJunk Service!  Pizza for Peru!  


Thursday, September 26 

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

Woodland Park Offers Sketching Tour
Kristin F., grade 6, practices her skills at Woodland Park using the free tutorial mobile app offered by the Park for all ages.  Visit the blog site to learn more about the great opportunities and download apps.
Happy Children

Thank You Corner


Thank you to families of eighth grade students for the wonderful luncheon - Mexican style!  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it!  Thank you to Fr. Crispin for hosting the luncheon in his home! 
Apple Bite




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

Enjoy Catholic Schools Day Football Saturday, September 21.  Bishop Blanchet High School hosts a game with Lakeside at the BBHS field at 1pm (8200 Wallingford Avenue N).  Great barbeque to follow the game.  Download the attached flyer and present at the north entrance gate for free admission to the game and barbeque!