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 September 26, 2013   

In His Image 


Praise the Lord, my soul! 

from Psalm 146



Laps for St. John School!  Artwork by James K., Gr. 7 


Dear Families, 


Today, as you read this, I am on retreat with principals of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Our theme for the gathering is "Handing On to Others What Was Handed On to Us."   That is what we, parents and teachers, are all about - we hand on the faith, we hand on the traditions, we hand on the wisdom. As we prepare for the 90th Anniversary celebration of our school, I am struck by the courage and steadfastness of those who founded the school and handed it on to us. Imagine the faith those first parishioners had! I have no doubt that Fr. Quigley called on all of them to be stewards of the new school. Now it is our turn! Events like tomorrow's Jog-A-Thon and the 90th Anniversary celebration provide us with opportunities to show our community spirit and our appreciation of what has been handed on to us. We will make sure that 90 years later the school is still a seat of excellent Catholic education.


I will leave the retreat early to be back to run in the Jog-A-Thon!   I am looking looking forward to a flock of eagles with purple and gold coloring dashing around the playground and around the block! Thank you for sponsoring your children and contributing to this fun-filled event.   Come and run with us!

Beannacht, (blessings)


Bernadette O'Leary

TOMORROW is the day!

The Jog-A-Thon will run all day tomorrow and after school until 5pm. Please join the children, teachers and parents after school to run with or cheer on the runners! There will be snacks, prizes and music with plenty of rotations of "FIREWORK" by Katy Perry - the theme song chosen by the winners of the t-shirt turn in contest, Mrs. Hendrickson's second grade class!

Be sure you and your runners dress crazy for this fun day. For students, it's free dress all day including jog-a-thon t-shirts, athletic wear, crazy socks, colored hair - go for it! We still need plenty of volunteers to help make this happen. Please use the sign up link.

Money doesn't need to be turned in until NEXT THURSDAY, October 3. Keep collecting! Students will know how many laps they ran by the end of the jog-a-thon as we will count onsite for those who pledge per lap. Look for the student tally sheet to come home with students on Friday. Thanks for your support of this event.

  Running Eagle
Happy running!

  Go to "School" and "Other" filling in student name and Jog-A-Thon in the space provided.
Family Handbook
The 2013/2014 Family Handbook has been uploaded to the school website under Parents>Quicklinks: 

Deadline to complete the requirements is Monday, September 30.  Call the school office if you have questions, 206-783-0337.

Math 5th and 6th Grade Math Olympiads Club 

Love Math?   


Fifth and sixth grade students have the opportunity to participate in the Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS). MOEMS is a nonprofit public foundation that provides opportunities for children to engage in creative problem solving activities developing a child's ability to reason, to be logical, to be resourceful, and to be ingenious.


The Olympiad goals for children are:  

  1. Develop enthusiasm for problem solving and mathematics
  2. Deepen understanding of mathematical concepts
  3. Learn major strategies for problem solving
  4. Enrich experiences in intellectually stimulating activities
  5. Build a stronger foundation for assessments and future mathematics studies

Parent volunteer, Meredith Lambert will lead this program each Friday, October 4 - March 13 at 7:30-8:20a.m.


Sign-up opens

TONIGHT at 7pm!




The Eagles' Nest recently hosted Miss Feeny's 1st Grade class and both kindergarden classes.  The kindergardeners harvested tomatoes, beans and carrots.  The first graders harvested some of the sunflower stalks.  They measured their length and were amazed that some stalks were over 108 inches tall from seeds only a half an inch long.


We've made great process in organizing our work parties for October 5 and 12.   Kimball Coffroth, a seventh grade parent and the owner of KRC Custom Remodeling, has agreed to project manage both dates.  Josh Binder, a first grade parent, has secured a great deal on lumber at Dunn Lumber.  


So, we'll have expertise and supplies on hand.  Now we just need your help!   We'll have some 6"x6" cedar posts (two posts 8' and two posts 10') for anyone to haul away to use in their own gardens.  If you've been looking for a way to volunteer, but can't do it during the school day, this is a great opportunity to help create our outdoor classroom!


Saturday, October 5,  9am - noon

Demolish old raised beds

Cut lumber to build new beds

Build new raised beds


Saturday, October 12,  9am - 1 pm

Complete new raised beds

Fill new raised beds with soil


 Let us know you're planning to join us! 





St. Al/John CYO Basketball 
Students in Grades 4-8



Sign up now to play CYO Basketball for St. John School!  Practices begin the last weekend of October or the first week of November. The season is scheduled to run through the end of January.


Registration forms and fees are due by Wednesday, October 16.


Please contact Richard Myers (rdmyers@rcmcorp.com) or Pat Daly (tpatrickdaly@hotmail.com) if you have any questions.


Looking forward to seeing you all on the court!


CYO Basketball Registration Form 

children"One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun."
                                               Jane Goodall
Important Dates

Friday, September 27 


Tuesday, October 1 
Auction Kick Off Party CANCELED - new date TBD

Friday, October 4 
Vision/Hearing Screening, Grades K, 2, 4, 6

Tuesday, October 8
Individual School Photos

90th Anniversary Dinner Update

We are approaching 200 in attendance for the dinner - keep those RSVP's coming!  The deadline is  October 10.  Are you wondering what's on the menu?  The social hour will begin at 6pm with passed hors d'oeuvres and a signature Stolichnaya cocktail (thank you Anne and Matt Haskins!)  Guests will also be able to enjoy a beer from Fremont Brewing if they prefer (thank you Fremont Brewing!)  Diners can choose Chicken Romesco or a seasonal vegetarian dish.  After dinner, a coffee and dessert bar will be available with donated treats from Theo Chocolate, PCC, and more.
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 the school office 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, Cantionis parents, and more will be needed.  

Watch NewsViews for more details or contact me directly at mthornquist@stjohnsea.org.  



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
Scrip Cards


It's easy to start using scrip for purchases you know you have to make every week, like gas and groceries, but with a little planning you can make sure to use scrip for just about everything. If you're working on projects around the house you can find scrip for your renovations in the home improvement category, or check out clothing brands to add to your wardrobe. For fun nights out with family friends, stock up on scrip from our entertainment and casual dining retailers. You can find scrip for just about anything!
We have products from more than 700 retailers available, in categories including gas, groceries, clothing, and many more. Simply fill out one of the scrip order forms and send it in to the school office.  Your order will come home on Friday!  As always, should you have any questions your Scrip team can be reached at scrip@stjohnsea.org.  Thank you for supporting St. John!

Thank you.
Lisa Mendenhall
Scrip Coordinator
Hot Lunch




Friday, September 27       

Spaghetti & Meatballs with Natural Angus Beef & Turkey, Homemade Garlic Bread, Organic Seasonal Fruit    


Monday, September 30     

Cheese Pizza, Organic Crispy Orange Crust Salad, Organic Seasonal Fruit


Tuesday, October 1     

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


Wednesday, October 2    

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


Thursday, October 3  

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


To order, visit NoJunk, Inc. 

Get in the Net for Bump It Up 2013!


Gather a team of parents and friends and play volleyball as part of this year's Bump It Up "Fun-raiser." Register now, teams are filling up fast. The action starts with open gym time devoted to volleyball on September 25, 26, 27. Games are played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays beginning on October 2 and running until the end of the month. Contact John Fletcher (fletchjp@aol.com), Tony Olney (mcolney@comcast.net), or Pat Daly (tpatrickdaly@hotmail.com) if you have any questions.  Return the attached registration form to the school office.


Happy Children  

Thank You Corner


Colleen Mounsey and Jane Blaylock wish to thank the steadfast Pizza Lunch volunteers:  Sue Kelly, Page Harader, Lisa Lane, Shannon Manley, Chris Mounsey, Geraldine Stone, Maryanne Wells. Over 100 pizzas were served!  St. John School joins in this expression of appreciation, adding huge thanks to the coordinators, Colleen and Jane!

"I am extending a heartfelt thank you for the extremely generous donation your congregation/ school has made to the Broadview-Thomson K-8 backpack program. In total you donated over 250 pounds of food (valued at $400) and an additional $215 dollars in grocery debit cards and cash - peanut butter, tuna, pastas, sauce, soups, cereals and so much more - all which will go directly to students at Broadview-Thomson whose families are struggling. This donation not only contributes to healthy and consistent eating, but it also decreases the level of uncertainty and stress that can be felt by children and parents/caregivers alike. Thanks to your donations, our program is off to a running start and you all have made a difference in our community.  Our pantry is overflowing with food and love."  Broadview-Thomson coordinator 

Apple Bite




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

Friday through Sunday, Christ the King School 
Enjoy this annual event - carnival rides, live music, beer and wine garden, market vendors, Kid's Zone, classic car show and more! 
Visit biteofbroadview.org for more!

Saturday, November 2
Blue Ridge Community Club  
Avivara and Mark Hussein Photography are proud and excited to present a special photo exhibit of "The Faces of Guatemala."  This event is free - please complete the registration form for planning purposes - attached. For more information about the event, please visit here.  Former St. John School teachers Gary Teale and Ann Austin have been working in Guatemala, and formed Avivara.   Avivara is a non-profit charitable corporation registered in the State of Washington, USA,
and a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible public charity registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service.  Asociacion Avivarais a registered tax-exempt non-profit organization (NGO) in the Republic of Guatemala.