December 12, 2013
Third Sunday of Advent, December 15, 2013

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O Lord, come, save us. from Psalm 146 

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

Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day, December 12 
Dear Families,

Thank you, once again, for arriving on time on Monday, so that your children could participate in the prayer service for the second week of Advent. We listened to the story of the Annunciation and prayed that when God asks us to do His will, we will act accordingly. This week also, the students in grades three through eight received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.   Tonight, Mrs. Becky Kelly will direct the students in grades three through five for their Christmas program and next week, the primary grades and preschoolers will delight us. As we continue to prepare the way for the birth of Christ, and celebrate the third week of Advent, please come early again on Monday.


By now you have had time to review your students' report cards and the ITBS results (families in grades two through eight). Even though we are in a holiday mode, it is important that you take the time with your child to set goals for continued improvement. At our recent faculty meetings we have been studying the assessment data from class and standardized tests results. We concluded that the area that still needs attention is in math computation. In all other areas we score well above the national average.   The ability to compute is foundational and essential. To improve mastery of math facts we need your help. By the end of third grade, students are expected to be fluent in their multiplication and division facts to 100!   And they need to maintain this fluency! This means that the students should be adding and subtracting fluently by the end of second grade. Practice in the car, going up and down stairs, count, skip count, add, subtract, multiply, divide! Use Mathletics and as drills. Use flash cards and playing cards and even the lights on your Christmas tree and have fun with numbers!


Thank you for your continued support. Your involvement in your child's learning is key to his/her success.



Bernadette O'Leary 
Christmas Mass
Christmas is a special time of peace and joy when we remember the special gifts that God has given each of us. This year at our Christmas Eve Children's Liturgies we will ask the children to reflect on their one most treasured gift from God. Kindness, patience, gentleness, caring, and loyalty are just some of the many possibilities.


We are so fortunate to have the Schola Choir lead us at the 4pm Mass and the Cantionis Choir assist us in worship at the 6pm. The parish is making every effort to ensure that the Masses are a joyous celebration for everyone.  For safety reasons we must limit aisle congestion and restrict the attendance to roughly 600 people per Mass.  Please plan accordingly and have your whole family arrive early to ensure a seat. There will also be Masses at 9pm on Christmas Eve and 9am on Christmas Day.

Action Items/Dates To Note  
 Thursday, December 12 - TONIGHT! 
Grades 3, 4, 5 - Christmas Concert, 7pm, Egan Hall  

Friday, December 13 - Feast of St. Lucy
Gr. 7 to Pacific NW Ballet's Nutcracker

Monday, December 16
Advent Prayer, 8:30am, Egan Hall

Tuesday, December 17
Christmas Concerts
Grades Preschool and Kindergarten, 6pm, Church
Grades 1 and 2, 7pm, Egan Hall

Friday, December 20
Noon Dismissal

Christmas Holidays - school not in session
Monday, December 23, 2013 through Friday, January 3, 2014
School resumes regular schedule Monday, January 6, 2014

Extended Day Care Schedule
Extended Day Care will not be in session on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, December 24, 25, and 26; Tuesday and Wednesday, December 31 and January 1.
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Parish Christmas Mass Schedule

Tuesday, December 24
Children's Vigil Mass with Cantionis, 4pm
Vigil Mass with Schola Choir, 6pm
Christmas Mass, 9pm

Wednesday, December 25
Christmas Morning Mass, 9am
Children have been actively answering the call of Advent.
  • The Primary Department (grades K-2) has been busy making gingerbread men for the Children's Hospital, decorations for their Christmas party.  

  • Third grade students are collecting small travel sized toiletries for the women at Noel House.  

  • Grade four is supplying requested items (mugs, gift cards, gloves, reusable shopping bags) to DESC, an emergency homeless shelter downtown. 

  • Fifth grade students are making Healing Baskets for the ill and home bound in our parish and school community.  Students are donating comfort items- cards, tea, candles, Bibles, etc.  The baskets will be delivered by the students and their families.  

  • Students in grade six are working with the Volunteers of America again this year.  They are collecting personal care items for the senior citizens they serve and will create Christmas "care packages" for delivery.   

  • Seventh and eighth grade Schola choir is singing a special Christmas Concert for the elderly community at Ida Culver on December 18.  

  • Students in grade eight are working in groups preparing and performing Advent Service for neighbors and the parish community. This includes treats for parishioners after morning mass, cleaning up the streets around the school, baking cookies for the ladies at Noel House, caroling the neighborhood, and much more.

State of the Parish Presentation
St. John Church State of the Parish will be presented at all Masses on December 14 and 15:  

Saturday, December 14, 5pm 
Sunday, December 15, 8:30am 
Sunday, December 15, 10:30am

All parish school families are required to attend a presentation.

Auction News

Save the Dates:

Wine Taste Saturday, February 8, 2014
Auction, Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2014

Procurement Form Deadline, Monday February 3, 2014
Packets to come out following Christmas

Procurement Forms:
Paper forms, email to request and we will send them home with your child

Volunteers Needed:
Help plan Friday Night
Please email if interested

Congratulations to Ms. Whiting's 4th Grade Runners! They joined forces to run the MOST MILES of ANY class in the whole school! The 4th graders ran 61 miles total, and will be rewarded with a movie party including popcorn and licorice for everyone in the class! Way to run!  All participants will be recognized at our Friday, December 20, First Trimester Awards assembly.
Volunteer Opportunities
 Choir Opportunity    St. John Parish Sanctuary Choir is looking for new members.  The Choir meets each Sunday at 7:45am for a quick rehearsal before 8:30 Mass.  Please contact David di Fiore, PA for Music at

Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)    Assistants are needed to help the Lead Catechist with children in grades one through five, as readings are shared.  This is a rewarding call.  Contact Anne Merklin at 206-782-2810 or  
Scrip Holiday Store 
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
Adult Confirmation Classes
Are you an adult, 18 or older, who has never received Confirmation?  Would you like to be confirmed and receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit through Confirmation? 

Adult Confirmation sessions begin Wednesday, January 8, 7-9pm in Quigley's Chapel room.  For more information, contact Anne Merklin at 206-782-2810 or
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

"Dear Amazing St. John Students,

The St. Vincent de Paul Society wishes to express our gratitude. The food drive has filled the shelves of the food pantry! This food will provide for many who are in need. Thank you for all your hard work and may your Advent Season be filled with joy and peace. God Bless All of You!"

Anna Phillips

Co-President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. John Parish

Thank you so much November Noel house shelter volunteers:    Ann Foley, Ann Amort, Kristin Kent, Ken Talley, Cheri Rewolinski, Rosemary Curran, Lisette Nenninger, Elizabeth Senzek, Anna Senzek, Betty Ericksen, Kathy Collins,Doug Smith, Shelly Kay Pfeiffer, Matt Haskins, Annie Martin, Molly Martinez, Colleen Martinez, Rosalinda Aguirre, Maureen Sloan, Ben Howe, Tara Cannava, Hannah McDonald. Also a big thanks to Patty Embry Nancy Alton and lunch crew and Suzie Burke. If you are interested in helping out with the Women's shelter as either a driver or chaperone please contact me at
Special Thanks to Joyce Farrell, who retires from over 20 years volunteering at the Noel House overflow women's shelter at St. John.  Joyce was part of the original team that brought this ministry to our community and worked in every aspect of the ministry.  Joyce, we are grateful for your time, energy, conviction and the love you poured into this wonderful mission.  Your example is inspiration to the rest of us! 



Want to thank someone publicly?  Send your "thanks" to Diane Crockett at for publication in NewsViews.
Winter Open House at Holy Names Academy
Tuesday, January 7, 6:30-8:30pm
Meet teachers, students and parents.  Register for placement exams, tour the campus, reserve a student tour, attend workshops., 206-323-4272 

St. John School Night
RSVP to join other St. Johnnies this Monday, December 16, 6-8pm, for St. John School Night. You may find items to gift and, if you do Fleet Feet gives 10% of purchases back to St. John. Enjoy treats, drinks, and lots of fun socializing with other St. John families.  Link here for Directions; link here to RSVP.

2014 NSBA Youth Baseball Registration Opens
Children 4 and up.  Visit the website at for more information. 
"Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.  Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural.  It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.  Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great.  YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom."


Nelson Mandela