November 7, 2013
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Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.  from Psalm 17

November Saint:  Blessed Miguel Pro
Habit of Mind:  Managing Impulsivity and Taking Responsible Risks
Image of God:  Forgiving
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Principal's Letter
Dear Families,

This week, the students have been learning about and praying for our Veterans. To all of you who have served in the Armed Services, we say Thank You and God Bless You for the sacrifices and contributions you have made.


Welcome new team members! Sarah Brito-Bugge has moved to a new morning position as the assistant in first grade and Antonella Vesponi-Bartel is taking her place in the three day preschool (Monday - Wednesday) and the Extended Daycare on Thursday and Friday mornings.

The Eagles Nest Garden Committee presented at this week's faculty meeting. The beds are ready for the soil and the committee members invited the teachers to brainstorm ideas for the next projects.  Teachers of history, science, literature, and math all came up with units that fit with their studies.  The garden has so much to offer.  Thank you, committee members.


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Continue to scroll down for all the important information about upcoming events and action items. Look for opportunities to be involved and to volunteer. Volunteering keeps you in touch with what is happening at school and is a great way to model stewardship for your children.    

Bernadette O'Leary
Action Items/Dates To Note

Monday, November 11

School not in session - Veterans Day
Wednesday, November 13
Individual Photo Retake Day
     Students taking retakes may wear photo clothing, bring your picture envelope.
Thursday, November 14
Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day, Grades 2-5
Friday, November 15
Grade 7 and 8 Holiday Dance, Egan Hall
Green Banner Mark your calendar!     Safe Environment Training Opportunities
Saturday, 11/16, 9am; Sunday, 11/17, 1pm; Wednesday, 11/20, 6:30pm, Egan Hall
Childcare will be provided for all classes so please register early!
Safe Environment Training (initial class) will be held on three different dates at three different times for your convenience.  Find a time that works for you and make sure you have your training completed. Starting in January 2014, our new Lobby Track sign-in system for the school will be up and running. You will need to log in and print out a name badge to volunteer. No name badges will be issued for those who aren't Safe Environment compliant. PLEASE be sure to update or initiate your Safe Environment Status now.  To sign up for a class: .  Questions?  Sheila Marty,, 206-782-2810.

Mark your calendar!      Advent Wreath  Making Party, Sunday, December 1, Egan Hall after 10:30 Mass
Come enjoy fellowship, Christmas music, spiced cider and cookies while you create your Advent wreath. We'll provide all the supplies to make one wreath per family. A good will donation of $10 will help cover our costs. Everyone welcome! Contact Mary Wiseman in the parish office with question.  Register here for this great event!
Financial Aid Opportunities for 2014/2015 School Year
Fulcrum Foundation 
Hossfeld Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) - Fulcrum Foundation

A Fulcrum Foundation Hossfeld Tuition Assistance grant provides $1,071 towards elementary tuition.  For parish families this grant helps to bridge the difference between Fair Share pledges and the actual cost to educate; for out of parish families, the grant reduces the amount of tuition owed.
Please visit the Foundation's website for more information about this grant, and to apply for the 2014/2015 school year (not compatible with Safari). Applications are being accepted  now.  The school office must receive a hard copy of your application, along with required financial documents.  Contact Diane Crockett in the school office, with questions.  Deadline:  December 13, 2013 

SMart Tuition Aid
St. John School Financial Aid to Out of Parish Families
A limited amount of aid is available to out of parish families through St. John School's financial aid program.  Aid is based on need, and families must also apply for a Fulcrum Grant to be considered for St. John School Financial Aid.  See the attached instructions.  Submit your application to Smart Tuition Aid.  Return the attached request form and all required Fulcrum Grant application documentation to the school office, attention Diane Crockett by the deadline date.  Contact Mrs. Crockett in the school office, with questions.  Deadline:  December 13, 2013
Volunteer Opportunities
VolunteerAs part of each family's Fair Share, volunteering in some capacity is vital to keeping our community vibrant and costs down.  No accounting is kept of your volunteer hours, but your participation is expected at whatever level you are able.  The level of volunteering will change as life's circumstances change.  Speak to your child's teacher, the school and development office, or the parish office to find what works for you, and respond to the call sent via email when it comes! Here are just a couple opportunities:

  • Auction Art Project Volunteer Meeting, November 20, 7pm
    The Sawicki Home (7334 12th Ave NW)
    It's time to start planning the Class Art Projects for the spring Auction!  
    If you have volunteered to lead or assist with your class project, or if you are interested in doing so, please join this year's Art Project Coordinator, Katie Sawicki for a fun & informative meeting. Project guidelines, ideas and inspirations, supply resources, and budgets will all be discussed so you can feel confident as you move forward with your project. The meeting will be held at Katie's house and refreshments will be provided, so gather your project volunteers, your questions, and your creativity and join us!   
  • Advent Wreath Making Party, Sunday, December 1, Egan Hall, following 10:30 Mass -- We need bakers and helpers for before, during and after the event.  Please link here to sign up to help.  Event sponsored by St. John Parish.
Scrip Cards St. John is now signed up to receive a .5% charitable donation every time you shop at Simply go to the site and list St. John the Evangelist Church and School as your preferred donor. Then every time you shop use this same link to buy your items and St. John School will get a quarterly rebate.  If you are an Amazon shopper this is a great way to support the school. Thanks for supporting St. John!
Did you know that during the month of December we historically make $14,000.00 for the school?  This is due to the increased holiday sales.  If you are a Facebook user please be sure to "like" St. John Scrip so we can keep you posted on the scrip store hours. Special discounts and rebates are starting very soon.
Lisa Mendenhall
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Laura Marty, Class of 2012 and currently a Sophomore at Bishop Blanchet High School qualified individually to compete in the Washington State Cross Country Championships.  Laura was the only student to qualify from BBHS this season.  Congratulations, Laura! 
A Christmas Carol
presented by Taproot Theatre!
FREE admission!
Tuesday, December 3, 7-8pm, Egan Hall

St. John School and Parish are pleased to bring Taproot Theatre to Egan Hall for a free presentation of the classic Dickens tale.  Admission is free but space is limited, so reserve your spot now!  Link here!

 Middle School Play  

The 2014 St. John Middle School Musical will be Disney's "The Little Mermaid, Jr.," directed by Mrs. Katie Franklin!  Get ready for fun "under the sea!"   Auditions will be held in December with rehearsals beginning in January.  Performances will be March 6, 8 and 9, 2014. Watch for an announcement of an informational meeting soon!
Happy Children  Thank You Corner
Thank you to our 7th and 8th grade students for providing a wonderful Halloween Carnival for our young students, grades PK through 3.  Thank you also to our volunteers that helped in the classrooms getting our little ones ready for the event!  Click the video clip to see students dancing "Thriller!"
Apple Bite Bites
O'Dea High School Open House - Thursday, November 7, 6-9pm, O'Dea High School, 206-622-1308, 802 Terry Avenue, Seattle.  Validated parking in Cabrini Center Garage located across the street from the O'Dea parking lot on Marion Street.

St. Brendan School Holiday Craft Fair - Saturday, Nov. 9, 9am-5pm; Sunday, Nov. 10, noon-4pm    In year 34, the event will feature over 100 vendors.  Enjoy holiday gift raffle, kids craft room, refreshments, baked goods, homemade soup - more.  Free admission.  10049 NE 195th Street, Bothell 
"The moment where you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever being able to do it." 
Peter Pan