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 October 3, 2013   

In His Image 


The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.

Saint of the Month:  St. Paul of the Cross, Patron Saint of Evangelists 
Habit of Mind:  Taking responsible risks 
Image of God:  He is spiritual, creative, and intelligent 

from Psalm 80

October, Month of the Holy Rosary  


Dear Families, 


The leaves are changing color, the days are becoming shorter, the stores are reminding us to buy our Halloween candy and decorations, but for us at St. John, October is Rosary month, a time to remember Mary, the Mother of God. The children will learn about the Rosary and pray the Rosary.   Each week, our seventh grade students will lead the rest of the school as we honor the Mother of God. I invite you also to recite the rosary at home with your family. Let us all ask our Blessed Mother to comfort Kim Macaulay-Walker and her family. Mrs. Macaulay-Walker's father died yesterday. May he rest in peace.


Next week, Sr. Liz Tiernan will give more ideas on how to nurture a faith -filled home. Sr. Liz is a favorite with people of all ages. She touches hearts. Her presentation takes place at 7:00pm, on Tuesday, October 8th in Egan Hall.


A huge thank you to Se˝or Pablo and his team for a great Jog-A-Thon!   Students, teachers, parents, all of us, enjoyed a fun-filled day - all to benefit St. John School.   Now it is up to you to make sure that you hand in all your donations!   We want to show Pablo and all the volunteers and the runners that the Jog-A-Thon was a HUGE success!


Speaking of success, it looks like the reservations for the 90th Anniversary celebration are moving rapidly.   The committee is planning a great night for all of us and again as we enjoy ourselves we are benefitting St. John. Who knew stewardship could be so much fun! Don't miss out; click that reservation button before it's too late!


Just in time for the 90th celebration, the new dome will be hoisted into place on the steeple. Have your cameras ready this coming week, as the crane moves into position and the domes are switched out. This is the second time this year we have had a large crane on campus. Thank you, St. John parishioners and parents.


Safe Environment - All parents, especially those of you who are volunteering with our students, are required to take the Safe Environment training. This training helps us to recognize the warning signs that indicate a person may be an abuser or that a child is being abused. The abuser is not always a stranger.   The training will also help you to talk to your children, to help them to be more aware. Continue also to speak with your children about 'stranger danger'.   We were alerted to the recent arrest in the neighborhood of a suspected child pornographer and there are a number of sex offenders living within a three mile radius of the school. While I strongly encourage all of us to walk to school, I also urge you to always make sure your children walk with buddies and never stop to talk to strangers.


God Bless,

Thank you for your support,

Bernadette O'Leary


Bernadette O'Leary

ITBS and Conferences

Tuesday, October 8 opens the testing window for the ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills).  All students grades two through eight participate.  The testing gives us vital information not only about how your student is doing, but how we, as a school are doing.  Please, make sure your student gets a good night's rest, eats a nutritious breakfast.  Do your best not to schedule doctor and other appointments during the testing period.

Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25 are the dates we set aside to conference with you and your student.  Please, do your best not to schedule vacations on these dates.  Your student's teacher has set aside this time for you.  Next week we will send out an online scheduling tool for you to reserve your time.

Thank you for your efforts in assisting us  in making these important events successful for all. 
Safe Environment Training

Training through the Archdiocese of Seattle's Safe Environment Training is required of all adults working around children in our schools and parishes.  If you already do, or plan to volunteer with students, you are required to take the initial on site training, and follow up with online refreshers periodically.

For those never having had the training
Parent Association, in cooperation with St. John the Evangelist Parish, will host an on site training (required for all first time attendees), Tuesday, October 15, Egan Hall, 7pm.

Those having previously attended an on site training, please make sure you are up to date - online refreshers are required to maintain your compliant status.  Visit Seta Net, the Archdiocesan Safe Environment site, look up your status, and update on line if needed.

If you have any questions contact Sheila Marty at 206-782-2810 or smarty@stjohnsea.org. 
Sharing the Catholic 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.


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 


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. 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.


2013 Bump It Up Registration Form  

Get "Ghosted!"

Halloween is coming up! What better way to get into the trick or treat spirit by "Ghosting" your friends and neighbors! For $5 Girl Scout Troop #43664 will put together a Halloween treat and deliver it to the address you provide. Just fill out and return the attached form. Deadline is October 23rd. Your form may be mailed to the address indicated, or returned to the school office or XDC. All proceeds will benefit the 5th Grade Girl Scout Troop. Happy "Ghosting"!
"If you say the Holy Rosary every day, with a spirit of faith and love, our Lady will make sure she leads you very far along her Son's path." 
~Saint Josemaria Escriva~
  • REQUIRED OF ALL FAMILIES:  Read Family Handbook and sign certifications - link here.
  • Turn in Jog-A-Thon pledge funds and forms 
Important Dates

Friday, October 4
Vision/Hearing Screening, Gr. K, 2, 4, 6 
Saturday, October 5
Garden Classroom Work Party, 9am, portables 

Tuesday, October 8 
Individual School Photos

Wednesday, October 9
Coffee with the Principal, PK-2, Quigley, 8:30am 

90th Anniversary Dinner Update
Last Chance to RSVP for the 90th Dinner
We are well over 230 guests and counting!  St. John's 90th Anniversary Celebration is an event not to be missed.  You have until October 10th to RSVP.  Thank you to the families who have donated tickets to our teachers-we have 15 teachers going to date.  We have five more teachers who would like to attend.  So, if you have been thinking about donating a ticket, now is the time.   Send in your check to the school office if you are already attending the dinner (you cannot add to your registration).  If you have not signed up at all, you can choose to donate a teacher ticket by going to online registration.
We also need volunteers both during the day on Friday and into the evening.  If you would like to participate by volunteering for the dinner, please follow this link.
Grandparents' Day 2012 Grandparents' & Friends' Day for Grades 2-5
November 14, 2013

Follow this link to RSVP, volunteer, and bake for this event!
"Raindrops keep falling on my head...." 

The season has changed and more wet, cold, blustery weather is in the forecast. Please send your children (of all ages!) to school prepared to be outside for recess. We will be outside, rain or shine, more often than we are inside. Outside play is very important to your child's academic and social progress. Be sure your child has a warm, weather resistant coat, hood or hat, and sturdy shoes. Rain boots are welcome on the playground, not in the classroom, and no umbrellas. Teachers are not in their classrooms to monitor ill-prepared children and the library is not always available as a sanctuary.  
Thank you.

Mrs. Catherine Dahlgren
Our Lady of Perpetual Asphalt
Scrip 3  Safeway Now Available for Reload!! 

Buying groceries with scrip just got a whole lot more convenient! We are thrilled to announce that the popular Safeway« Gift Cards, purchased through St. John scrip are now reloadable on www.ShopWithScrip.com. The minimum reload amount for the gift card is $25, the maximum amount is $400, and the maximum card balance is $500.  More great news:  With the Safeway Gift Card you can ReloadNow«. This means your funds will be available on your plastic card as soon as payment is received! If you pay with PrestoPay™, your Reload will be ready in minutes, and if you pay by check, the funds will be added once your coordinator releases the order. Make sure you check your email for confirmation that the reload was completed before you use the card. Grocery shopping with scrip has never been more convenient!  We are happy to walk you through the process. Feel free to send me an email at scrip@stjohnsea.org and I'll get you started!


Thank you.
Lisa Mendenhall
Scrip Coordinator
Hot Lunch




Friday, October 4          

Macaroni & Cheese, Organic Seasonal Veggies & Fruit  


Monday, October 7      

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


Tuesday, October 8      

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


Wednesday, October 9     

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


Thursday, October 10   

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


To order, visit NoJunk, Inc. 

  Happy Children

Thank You Corner



A big thanks to September Noel House shelter volunteers. We couldn't keep the shelter running without the support of all of you. Thank you to Kathy Collins, Heather Varvaro, Elena Sandoval, Betty Ericksen, Rosemary Curran, Melissa Meier,

Shelley Kay Pfeiffer, Nicole Hardie, Bridget Sevigny, Steve Reich, Rosalinda Aguirre, Kathy French, Hannah French, Doug Smith, Betsy Rivera, Laura Fraioli, Chris Sayers, Matt Haskins, Annie Martin, and Chris Butler. If you are interested in a new volunteer opportunity as either a chaperone or driver please contact Mary Kearney at marytkearney@comcast.net.

Apple Bite




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

Stone Soup Theatre - Last chance to enroll for our Fall 2013 Youth Conservatory Classes! Starting next week: Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown (Mondays 4pm-5pm, ages 5-7), The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Tuesdays 4pm-6pm, ages 7-11) or Dracula (Wednesdays 4pm-6pm, ages 12-16). Or, join us in our auditions for our Youth Conservatory production of Peter Pan, directed by Marquicia Domingue. Don't miss out, go to http://www.stonesouptheatre.org/education/classes-and-workshops/


Curious about Lacrosse? Girls in grades two through eight are invited to participate in the Queen Anne Quick Styx Girls Lacrosse Club 3rd Annual Fall Clinic for a first-hand look at the sport!

Saturday, October 19, noon - 1:30pm - beginner/ novice clinic; 2 - 3:30pm - prior experience clinic

Queen Anne Bowl, 2806 3rd Ave. W.

Cost: $5 (payable at the clinic)

RSVP/register/direct questions to George Bergeron, bergerongeorge@hotmail.com

For information about the Queen Anne Quick Styx:


Seattle Prep Vollyball Team invites all CYO Volleyball players and coaches to come out and enjoy an evening of high school volleyball. Players, bring your ASB card and show it to the people at the door. Treats will be given to the first 25 playrs to show up. Come see and experience the thrill of high school volleyball. Thursday, October 17, 7pm, Seattle Prep Gym, 2400 11th Avenue East. We will play Bishop Blanchet High School.