November 14, 2013
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The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.  from Psalm 98

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

Mason O., Grade 3 with his Grandfather 

Dear Families,

Welcome, Grandparents and Special Friends!   Today is one of the most popular days of the school year. Students in grades two through five enjoyed lunch with their grandparents and offered them a glimpse of their activities at school. We, teachers, value the opportunity to meet the students' grandparents and special friends.


Catholic Relief Services has asked for assistance for those stricken by the typhoon in the Philippines. It is estimated that 9.5 million people are suffering from the destruction. They need shelter, food, water, sanitation and medicine. We are answering the call. We will begin a coin drive tomorrow.   This is a good time for you to count your blessings and to look under your car seats, your sofa cushions, your purses and pockets and send us your change!   We will also accept dollar bills, of course. It is important for us to teach the children about our global family.  Over the next few weeks, during the Advent season, you will also hear more about ways the students are helping our local families in need.


You won't want to miss your association, the Parent Association, meeting on Tuesday evening. Dr. John Medina will have valuable information for all of us.   We have opened this meeting to the parents at many schools in our deanery, so be on time to get a good seat.

Bernadette O'Leary
Action Items/Dates To Note 

Friday, November 15
Grades 7 and 8 Dance, 7pm-9:30, Egan Hall

Safe Environment Training, On Site Sessions, Egan Hall
Childcare provided - to register and for more information, link here.
Saturday, November 16, 9am
Sunday, November 17, 1pm
Wednesday, November 20, 6:30pm

Tuesday, November 19, 7pm
Parent Association Speaker Series Presents Dr. John Medina
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Dr. John Medina, Tuesday, November 19, 7pm, Egan Hall
Dr. John Medina, Affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at UW School of Medicine will present based on his most recent book, Brain Rules.  Don't miss out on this valuable lecture, giving insight to parents and educators.  Free admission.  This is an adult event.  Brought to you by St. John School Parent Association.

St. John Church

St. John the Evangelist Parish, State of the Parish Presentations
Wednesday, December 11, 6:30pm, Egan Hall
Saturday, December 14, 5pm Mass in the Church
Sunday, December 15, 8:30 and 10:30 Mass in the Church
Attendance at one of the State of the Parish meetings is required annually to maintain eligibility to participate in Fair Share Tuition.  As part of the Fair Share Commitment Pledge parish families should plan now to attend one of four opportunities to hear about what we have accomplished, a financial summary of the parish, planned renovations, and other goals for the future.  We are all stewards of this vibrant community we enjoy!
Financial Aid Opportunities for 2014/2015 School Year
Fulcrum Foundation 
Hossfeld Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) - Fulcrum Foundation

Deadline:  December 13, 2013
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. 

SMart Tuition Aid
St. John School Financial Aid to Out of Parish Families
Deadline:  December 13, 2013
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. 
Spirit Sale
Spirit items will be sold each Friday leading up to Christmas (excluding 11/29) in the lower east hallway outside Extended Day Care.  Items are great choices for Christmas gifts for students, parents, and supporters.
          • Umbrellas - $25
          • Scarves - $15   
          • Coffee Travelers - $15
Volunteer Opportunities
Knights of Columbus Annual Christmas Tree Sale
Students in grades 7 and 8 are invited to earn some service hours and help Catholic Community Services and Noel House at the Annual Christmas Tree Sale.  The Sale will be held on the playground on Saturday, December 7, 9am-7pm, and Sunday, December 8, 9am-3pmCome any time and stay as long as you can.  Dress warm and wear gloves!  The Annual Christmas Tree Sale makes a big difference to those in need during the holidays!  
Scrip Cards
Get a jump start on your Thanksgiving grocery 

shopping and be prepared for Black Friday!!!  The scrip store will be open for business in the lower east hallway in front of XDC the following dates:  

Fridays, November 15 and 22; Monday, November 25; Tuesday, November 26.  Store hours are 2:45-3:15pm. 

If you don't see the card you want on our scrip order form don't fret! We can get any number of cards for that special someone.  Simply send an email to or look at the entire list available at
During the holiday season many vendors offer gift cards in special denominations, for example, $10 Amazon cards, $10 Target, $5 and $10 Barnes and Noble, to name a few.  If you own a business and give gift cards to your employees, please consider ordering through St. John School.  The rebates we make go into the operating fund and support the core and many extras!!

Lisa Mendenhall
Middle School Play
St. John Middle School Presents   

Students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 - don't miss out on this experience!  Mrs. Katie Franklin will again direct our Middle School Play.  Wonderful fun!

Informational meetings 
Come to one meeting, not mandatory for participation. Hear all the details and learn about parts, roles, backstage, sets; sign up for an audition time for roles.  (If you are unable to attend one of these meetings you will still have an opportunity to sign up for an audition.) Monday and Tuesday, November 18 and 19, 3-4:30pm in Mrs. Edwins' Room 25.
By appointment, a 10 minute audition on one of three days: 
Monday, December 9 
Tuesday, December 10 
Wednesday, December 11
If needed call backs will take place on Thursday and Friday, December 12 and 13.
Rehearsals begin January 6, 2014, from 3-5pm in Egan Hall.  Schedule will be distributed at a later date.
Thursday, March 6, 7pm 
Saturday, March 8, 7pm 
Sunday, March 9, 2pm
Happy Children  Thank You Corner
Thank you to all those who helped make today's Grandparents' & Friends' Day a huge success!  Special thanks to coordinator Julie Lee, and all the wonderful volunteers who spent time decorating, setting up, serving, and cleaning up.  We can't do it without you!

Mrs. Tsagalakis and Mrs. Kelly would like to thank our awesome sound crew - Cooper L.-Gr. 7, Brian S.-Gr. 7, and Brendan N.-Gr. 8 for helping with Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day.
Apple Bite Bites

Peter Fewing Holiday Camps

Visit for offerings coming December, 30 & 31 and January 2 & 3.  Half day and full day soccer camps at Seattle University, indoor and outdoor fields to accommodate the winter weather, while having a great time learning and playing soccer!

"The education of children for God is the most important business done on earth." 
R.L. Dabney