November 21, 2013
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Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.  from Psalm 122

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, 

Happy Thanksgiving!


This time next week, with God's will, we will be with our families giving thanks for our blessings.   Allow me the opportunity now to give thanks to my St. John Family.



I am thankful  

  •  for all of you who volunteer and commit to making Fair Share something more than just a tuition program.
  • for all of you who volunteer in so many different ways throughout the school year.
  • for Fr. Crispin and the dedicated parish staff.
  • for the hard-working, committed school faculty and staff.
  • for our students and their generous giving to the Food Drive and the Philippines.
  • for our students.
  • for our patient neighbors whose driveways we sometimes block.
  • for those delicious monthly faculty lunches.
  • for the many blessings that come daily with having the best job in the world.

All you wonderful volunteers, come to Mass this weekend for the Blessing of the Volunteers and the parish Ministry Fair.


Today, I sat in with Mrs. Teschner's second grade class. They were learning a very important strategy for critical thinking and comprehension - compare and contrast. They learned about the meaning of the terms and then applied the strategy to answering questions about the Pilgrims and their journey on the Mayflower. They contrasted the Pilgrims' journey to an experience St. John families would have if they made such a voyage today! Their assignment: Compare and contrast what the Pilgrims brought with them on the Mayflower with what we would pack today. Almost all the second graders packed cellphones and some even remembered the chargers!  


Read on for more important school information.

Bernadette O'Leary

New Security Alarms

We are placing new alarms on the doors leading from the Extended Daycare to the west hallway.  An alarm will sound the moment the doors are opened. Parents of children in the three day preschool and in Extended Daycare are asked to use the main door on the east hallway to enter and leave the XDC facility.   Students will now go from east to west using the second floor hallway.

Action Items/Dates To Note  
Friday, November 22
Grades 8 to HNA, "Hairspray"

Saturday, November 23
First Reconciliation and Blessing of the Volunteers, 5pm Mass, Church
Ministry Fair, 6pm, Egan Hall

Sunday, November 24
Ministry Fair, 9:30am, Egan Hall
Blessing of the Volunteers, 8:30 and 10:30 Mass, Church

Tuesday, November 26
Thanksgiving Liturgy, 9am, Church 
Food collected by the Sixth Grade Holiday Food Drive will be blessed before being given to St. Vincent de Paul.  You are most welcome to join us.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, November 27, 28, 29 
Thanksgiving Holidays  
School not in session; XDC closed Thursday and Friday, 11/28 and 29

Sunday, December 1 
Advent Wreath Making, 11:30am, Egan Hall

Monday, December 2
Second Trimester begins

Tuesday, December 3
Taproot Theater Presents A Christmas Carol, 7pm, Egan Hall
By reservation only - "SOLD" OUT!  Come early for good seats!

Thursday, December 5 
Report cards and ITBS reports home with students 

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Mark Your Calendar

Science Club

Elementary Science Club

Grades 3 - 5 


Elementary Science Club will meet after school on Thursdays for 6 weeks beginning January 9, 2014 (January 9, 16, 23, 30, and February 6, 13 from 3:15pm - 4:15pm). The Elementary Science Club teachers and activities will be provided by the Pacific Science Centerʼs ʻScience on Wheels!ʼ program.  The faculty advisor is Seņor Pablo (Assistant Principal). The parent organizers are Lili Lengua and Betsy Roletto-Rivera. 


Due to classroom size and the availability of Pacific Science Center teachers, group size is limited to 24 students per section with one section for each grade (3rd -5th). Electronic registration will be available through the school website beginning Monday, December 9, at 7pm. Participants will be taken on a first come, first served basis. No sign up forms will be accepted in the school office.  


Four parent volunteers per grade are needed to help each week from 3:00pm to 4:25pm.


The cost per student is $50.  Scholarships are available.  Please contact Seņor Pablo to request more information.


Participants will be contacted via email to confirm registration.
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Christmas bellsParent Association Christmas Events!
Wednesday, December 11, 8:30am AND 7pm, Egan Mezzanine - Coffee and goodies in the morning; bubbly and goodies in the evening!  Christmas shopping opportunities, including Scrip, Spirit Wear, Girl Scout Crafts, Crafty Parents!  Contact Christine Craig if you are interested in setting up a table.
Financial Aid Opportunities for 2014/2015 School Year
Fulcrum Foundation 
Hossfeld Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) - Fulcrum Foundation

Deadline:  December 13, 2013
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
Ministry Fair
Saturday, 6pm; Sunday, following 8:30 and 10:30 Masses Egan Hall

Visit the Ministry Fair and find the perfect volunteer opportunity.  Represented will be Amigos de Peru, St. John School Auction, Knights of Columbus, Leadership Committee, Finance Committee, Coffee and Donuts, and many more!  Representatives will be available to discuss ways you can become more active through volunteering in our rich and vibrant community. 

Volunteer With The Auction!

Our most important fundraising event of the year is around the corner!  This opportunity is always lots of fun, and there are many ways to participate.  Contact the Auction Chairs, Lynnette Muenzberg and Karen Schuler for information on how to get involved!  

Piano Accompanist Needed for the Middle School Play

Read on, under Middle School Play 
Christmas Scrip Holidays Upon Us!
All standing orders will be delivered on Tuesday, November 26, next week rather than the usually scheduled day.

Scrip Store will be open tomorrow, Friday, and Monday and Tuesday next week, 2:45-3:15pm in the lower east hallway for your Thanksgiving shopping.

Once we pass Thanksgiving, Christmas will be upon us.  Get your gift orders in early! 

Lisa Mendenhall
Middle School Play
St. John Middle School Presents   

Rehearsal Pianist Needed! 
St. John School Middle School will begin rehearsing The Little Mermaid, Jr.
in January 2014.  Director Katie Franklin is looking for a rehearsal piano accompanist to help the students learn their songs and some harmony.  Any time that someone could provide would be greatly appreciated!  The sheet music would be provided early in order to get prepared.    
Contact Mrs. Katie Franklin, Director if you are available! 
Happy Children 
Thank You Corner
Thank you to students and families in grade six for the wonderful faculty/staff luncheon today!  We all felt very cared for!

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers that helped with, baked for, cleaned up, set up to make the Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day so enjoyable.  Our special guests had a great time!

To all 7th and 8th grade parents who helped decorate, chaperone and clean up after the Grade 7/8 Dance last Friday.  The dance was a big success!
Apple Bite Bites
BlanchetNeighborhood Brave Connections
Wednesday, December 4, 7pm 
Parents of 7th and 8th grade students are invited to an informational evening for St. John School, to learn from the leaders about the many opportunities available to students at Bishop Blanchet High School.  A question and answer period will follow short presentations by Antonio DeSapio, President; Sheila Kries, Principal; Ann Alokolaro, Director of Admissions; Rick O'Leary, Athletic Director; Mo Mershon, Performing Arts Chair; and, not least, Molly McFarland, BBHS History and Religion Teacher.  The event will be hosted in the home of Mike and Eva Fletcher, 106 NW 81st Street.  Please RSVP to Eva, or 206-226-9031.

Girl Scouts
St. John Girl Scout Annual Craft Fair
Sunday, December 15, 9am-1pm, Egan Hall
Scouts have been busy preparing for this annual event.  Funds raised help the Troop with the costs of activities throughout the year.  Great gifts, food, craft items - lots of fun!  Come out and support our Girl Scouts!

RoseIrish Heritage Players Auditioning
A Rose for Danny is looking for a boy between the ages of 8 and 12 years of age for a role in the production to be performed at the Seattle Center House, Puget Sound Stage4.  Auditions are Saturday, December 7.  For more information contact Kevin Moriarty, 206-354-9418 or


Enrollment is now open for Winter 2014 Youth Conservatory Classes! Eating Green Eggs & Ham With The Cat In The Hat (Mondays 4pm-5pm, ages 5-7), The Hobbit (Tuesdays 4pm-6pm, ages 7-11) or Willy Wonka Revue (Wednesdays 4pm-6pm, ages 12-16). Or, audition for our Youth Conservatory production of Greek Myths: From Artemis to Zeus, directed by Kim Douthit. Don't miss out, go to

"Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man." ~Rabindranath Tagore