December 5, 2013

Second Sunday of Advent, December 8, 2013

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Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     from Psalm 72

December Saint: St. Lucy
Habit of Mind:  Persistence
Image of God:  Be extremely faithful, generous and humble
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Principal's Letter

Dear Families, 

We began our week with a beautiful student-led Advent Prayer in Egan Hall. Thank you for dropping your children off on time!  It is lovely to gather as a full school for prayer and to have so many parents present.  Students will gather each Monday morning, during Advent, moving directly from the playground line up at 8:20, to Egan Hall. Tomorrow, we will have Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Students should be in dress uniform.  Come and join us and read Father Crispin's message below for more ways to celebrate, as a family, the birth of Jesus.


O'Leary Signature

Jambo -


We are fast approaching the glorious Christmas Season. I think that you will agree time passes more quickly year after year! Over the last few years it has been apparent that on Christmas Eve many parishioners along with their extended families come to worship at St. John. I am thrilled that we have such community on this very special night.


To accommodate all who wish to celebrate on Christmas Eve, we will be offering TWO Children's Masses:  4pm and 6pm.  For safety reasons and because of fire code regulations, ushers will have to strictly monitor the number of attendees at each Mass and only allow enough participants to fill the seats and keep the aisles clear. There will be minimal standing allowed.  We anticipate that this means approximately 600 people can attend each Mass. Please plan accordingly and have everyone in your family arrive early to ensure a seat.  We hope that adding this second Children's Mass makes us better able to serve our Parish families, and we ask your understanding if we have reached capacity and you are asked to return for a later service.


We look forward to having our wonderful children lead us in worship on this very blessed night. We are so fortunate to have the Schola choir join us for the 4pm Mass and the Cantionis Choir assist us in worship at the 6pm. There are additional masses at 9pm on Christmas Eve and 9am on Christmas Morning.


In the coming weeks, please read the parish bulletin for additional information regarding the Masses for Christmas. The parish is making every effort to ensure that the Masses are a joyous celebration for everyone.


Baraka ya Yesu!

Fr. Crispin Sig   
Action Items/Dates To Note  
 Thursday, December 5 
Report cards and ITBS reports home with students 

Friday, December 6
Immaculate Conception, 9am, Church

Monday, December 9
Advent Prayer, 8:30am, Egan Hall

Wednesday, December 11
State of the Parish, 6:30pm, Egan Hall

Parent Association Christmas Celebrations
8:30am and 7pm, Egan Mezzanine
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Mark Your Calendar

Science Club

Intermediate Science Club

Grades 3 - 5 


Intermediate 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 Intermediate 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, classes are 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. Please link here.  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 3pm to 4:25pm.


The cost per student is $50.  Limited financial aid is available.  Please contact Seņor Pablo to request more information.


Participants will be contacted via email to confirm registration.
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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 to sell items.  Please join us!
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Registration 2014/2015 and Parish Compliance
Parish families must be in compliance in order to register with an in-parish tuition contract for Kindergarten through Grade 8.  Registration begins shortly after the holidays, with State of the School on February 3, 4 and 6; Facilitation follows on February 9, 10 and 12.  Contact the Parish Office at 206-782-2810 to make sure you are ready for registration!
Fundraising Opportunities
Magazine Sales  
Stumped on a gift?  Don't forget, St. John families and friends can still participate in the magazine sale. All purchases of magazines benefit St. John School through Great American Opportunities.  Visit  to see what is available (everything is!) and enter our school code (2529881) when you are prompted.  St. John School receives 40% of your subscription price from GAO.  Proceeds go directly to support the school program.  Watch for your student to bring home a post card detailing past purchases for convenient Christmas shopping! 
Spirit Sales  
Spirit items will be sold each Friday leading up to Christmas in the lower east hallway outside Extended Day Care.  Items are great choices as Christmas gifts for students, parents, and supporters.
          • Umbrellas - $25
          • Scarves - $15   
          • Coffee Travelers - $15



Do you have Bing Rewards? You can now donate your points to St. John School. Points can be collected and exchanged for things like computers, etc. Visit Bing Rewards for more information.



Volunteer Opportunities
Knights of Columbus, Christmas Tree Sale Needs YOU! 
The Annual Christmas Tree Sale provides needed funds for Noel House.  Funds raised at the sale provide gifts and a holiday celebration for 175 homeless women, many of whom are working but unable to afford housing.  Help is needed to make the sale successful.  The sale will be held on Saturday, December 7, 9am-7pm, and Sunday, December 8, 9am-3pm.  Come help us for an hour or all day - no need to call, just show up with a smile!  Older students are welcome and can earn service hours.  Bring your gloves and, if you have one, a chain saw!   
Scrip has so many wonderful gift cards available this holiday season in many different denominations.  While we strive to have every card in stock, the best way to be sure to get the card you need is by emailing us on Monday with your order for pick up on Friday, or visit us at the Holiday Store.  A complete list of cards available can be found at or email us at 

Scrip Holiday Store 
Beginning Monday, December 9, and continuing through Friday morning, December 20, you may purchase Scrip at the Holiday Store in the lower east hallway (outside Extended Day Care) 8:15-8:45am and 2:45-3:15pm.  Come see us and get all your holiday needs met!!

Merry Christmas!
Lisa Mendenhall
St. John the Evangelist Baby Corner
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Cleaning out closets and play rooms? Wondering what to do with gently used baby items?


EVERY YEAR, more families slip into the ranks of the working poor. They love their children but cannot afford the most basic necessities - diapers, car seats, formula, clothing and blankets. Since 1988, the Baby Corner has been providing these essential items to families living in poverty in the greater Seattle-King County area. All donations go directly to those in need - nothing is sold. Items of greatest need are:

    • Cold Weather items such as jackets, tops and bottoms, newborn thru 5T
    • Diapers (disposable or cloth), all sizes
    • Diaper Rash Ointment and Diaper Wipes  
    • Infant Formula (with iron)
    • Toys, baby equipment (portable cribs, car seats, strollers)
    • Baby front packs, nursing pillows, and bedding

Items may be placed in the crib in the back of the church.  Visit for more information about the good works done. 


Questions? Olga Sala Torra,

Karen Bombino,

 Kari-Mae Miles,
Alumni News
Metro League Recognizes Bishop Blanchet High School/St. John Grads
Congratulations to the following St. John School alumni!

Ray Siderius - Second Team Offense
Nico Mutiloa, Ray Siderius, Hunter Hanay - First Team Defense
Patrick Hinshaw - Honorable Mention

Cross Country
Kellen Manley - Third Team
Laura Marty - Second Team
Lost And Found
Lost and Found
Is your student missing a hat, coat, socks, ...?  Be sure to check the lower west hallway Lost and Found.  Items remaining in the lower west hallway Lost And Found after dismissal on Friday, December 20, will be delivered to St. Vincent de Paul.
Thank You Corner
Want to thank someone publicly?  Send your "thanks" to Diane Crockett at for publication in NewsViews.

Irish 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  

As parents, we all want to be in-the-know on the latest thinking that affects our families. ParentMap brings you world leaders in brain science, education, mindfulness and psychology. Link to 2014 Lecture Series for details and tickets.

Eager for the kids to play tennis and golf indoors during the Christmas Holidays?
Tennis Center Sand Point and TGA are joining forces over the holidays to give your child a unique opportunity to learn and improve golf and tennis skills. TGA will provide golf instruction while the TCSP staff will run the tennis side. Register at Questions? Contact Lisa Moholt at 206-522-5008 or

Holiday Hoop Camps with Former UW Captain Michael Johnson. 
For boys and girls in grades 1-7 who are interested in improving their skills and playing more hoops during the winter break. For more information contact Michael Johnson: 


December 26-27, 9am to noon, Bishop Blanchet High School


January 2-3, Ballard High School  

Arc School of Ballet Presents Nutcracker Sweets! 
Three performances, December 13, 14 and 15 for this holiday favorite.  Specifically designed to appeal to young audiences, this one hour performance will showcase students and professionals of the ARC Dance Company.  You may see some familiar faces on stage!  Call 206-352-0798 for ticket information. 
 Pretty in Pink - Mary VandePutte, Evie Pinkerman, Diana Close, Frances Quevedo (Mrs. Q)

"Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas."
-Dale Evans