December 19, 2013
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 22, 2013
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Let the Lord enter; He is king of glory.
from Psalm 24 

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


We wish you all a happy and a Holy Christmas. May the light of Christ be with you throughout the season  

and the New Year!


Dear Families, 


The children's Christmas programs generated so much joy!   We all responded with wonder and awe as the children sang with so much fervor.   Our fine teachers and students showered us with delightful Christmas spirit!


You are invited to the first trimester awards assemblies on Friday, December 20. The Primary assembly will be held in the portables at 8:30. It will begin with Advent prayer and then eligible students will receive awards for following the Habits of Mind and managing their impulsivity! The Intermediate and Middle School students will assemble at 11:00 in Egan Hall. Again we will begin with prayer. Qualified students will receive Eagle and Habits of Mind awards. Academic Honor awards will be handed out in the classrooms.  School will be dismissed on Friday, December 20 at noon.


We have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him. Celebrate the birth of Jesus at Mass on Tuesday, December 24 and/or Wednesday, December 25. Come to the Children's Vigil Mass and hear Schola at 4pm. Cantionis Choir will sing at the Vigil Mass at 6pm.  Later on you may attend the Christmas Mass at 9pm. Christmas Day Mass will be at 9am, Wednesday, December 25.


Has your child lost a jacket or a sweater? I encourage you to go to the west school hallway and search through the lost and found. We have coats, hats, shoes, uniforms, lunch bags, water bottles. Here is an idea for your list of New Year's Resolutions: LABEL the children's coats, sweaters and lunchboxes!


Nollaig Shona dhuibh! (Merry Christmas)


Bernadette O'Leary 
Inclement Weather Reminder
Do review the Family Handbook section on page 22,
Emergency School Closure to refresh yourself with the procedures for closure of the school due to inclement weather or emergency.  You may access the Family Handbook on the website at  The school website will have up-to-the-minute information regarding closures, on the home page.

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, though, we must limit aisle congestion and restrict the attendance to roughly 600 people per mass, so please plan accordingly and have your whole family arrive early to ensure a seat.


Action Items/Dates To Note  
Friday, December 20
Primary Prayer Service and Awards, 8:30am, Portables
Grades 3-8 Prayer Service and Awards, 11am, Egan Hall
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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Mark Your Calendar

Parish Christmas Mass Schedule

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

Wednesday, December 25
Christmas Morning Mass, 9am
Scrip Holiday Store 
We will continue through tomorrow morning for your convenience, in the lower east hallway (outside Extended Day Care) 8:15-8:45am and 11:45-?, and after Masses on Sundays.  Spirit Gear will be sold after dismissal at 11:45 - last chance for Spirit Gear before Christmas! 

Need something for your New Year's Celebration?  See us tomorrow or drop us an email over the holiday.  We will be available at Coffee and Donuts after Masses on Sundays for your  convenience.   

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Lisa Mendenhall
Smile While You Shop - Amazon's Got St. John's Back!

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on, including Amazon Prime member benefits. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the eligible charitable organization of your choice  

(choose St. John the Evangelist Church and School - all funds go into the school operating budget.) 

So, if you're going to shop Amazon, why not make it count? 
Use Scrip and really maximize your efforts! 

Visit AmazonSmile for program information!
After School Art Club
Student Art
Art classes will be offered for students in grades 1, 2, and 3 after school, beginning on January 16 and ending March 6. Space is limited to 12 students per session. The cost per student is $200 for 8 lessons and includes materials fees. The art instructor is Kyoungmi (Kay) Jang. Kay has a Masters Degree in Art Education, many years of teaching experience, and a passion for teaching children of all ages. All classes will be held in Portable 43.

Electronic registrations will be accepted through the school website beginning Thursday, January 9, at 7pm. Participants will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Once the open enrollment period has concluded, a confirmation email will be sent, along with a registration form, to registered participants. Completed registration forms and payment will be accepted in the school office.

Class dates:  January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6
Student Art Showing
Pears by Owen W., Grade 5

Student Art Showing 
Egan Hall
December 20 and 22

The After School Art Club will showcase works created  under the instruction of Kyoungmi (Kay)  Jang,  
beginning Friday, December 20.   
Pieces will also be available for viewing after Masses on Sunday, December 22. 

                  Alligator Collage by Ella S., Grade 3                                                              Snowy Owl by Portia E., Grade 4     
Troop 121 Annual Spaghetti Dinner
Boy Scout Troop 121 and Knights of Columbus will be busy in the kitchen for the Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, January 26, beginning at 5pm.  Mark your calendars NOW!  You don't want to miss this great annual event.  There will be door prizes, plenty of authentic Italian food, and wine (for the adults!).  Watch for more information in January.  Questions?  Contact Bethany King.
Volunteer Opportunities

Celebrate St. John Auction Needs You!
Lots of opportunities available  - something just right for you! 
Contact us at

Volunteer for January Open House Events! 

Time to grab your gown or suit & tie and step out for an evening of black and white elegance at the Blue Ridge Clubhouse.

Join us for top shelf cocktails, delicious appetizers, and kick off your shoes for some dancing. Sure to be the party of the season. Show the St. John community just how good you clean up and join us for a glamorous evening!

Attire: Semi-formal/formal

Site: Blue Ridge Clubhouse

Time: 8pm -11:30pm

Cost: $50 per person

Hosts: The Telkamp, O'Neill, Ransom-Allen and Dickson families

Tickets: Please make checks out to "St. John Auction" and turn in to the main office. For more event information, please email
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.
Advent Service
Schola Choir Brings the Gift of Music to Ida Culver 
    Residents enjoyed a wide range of classic and popular Christmas music on Wednesday, under the direction of Mrs. Pat Tsagalakis.
Thank You Corner

On behalf of our mother Rose Dawson, we wish to express thank you for all the wonderful get well cards, home visits, concerning phone calls, words of encouragement, and the wonderful Thanksgiving cards from the 5th grade class.

Thank you so much, Judy Dawson and Carol Boespflug


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


Thank you to second grade students/families for hosting Coffee and Donuts this month.  $200 was raised for the Ballard Food Bank.   


St. John Faculty and Staff wish to thank the fifth grade families for the wonderful holiday luncheon served yesterday.  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! 



Want to thank someone publicly?  Send your "thanks" to Diane Crockett at for publication in NewsViews.

North Central Little League Baseball 2014 registration is now open!  Register before January 15 (deadline) at  Questions?  Contact Mike Spear,

Spaceneedle Volleyball Foundation at Shoreline CC 
Sign up now for winter and spring sessions.  Visit the website for more information.    

Winter Open House at O'Dea High School
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
General program to begin at 6pm
O'Dea High School is  located at 802 Terry Avenue, Seattle. Your parking at Cabrini Center Garage (located across the street from O'Dea parking lot on Marion Street) will be validated and you will have free admission to the Varsity Basketball game that follows Open House, at 7:30pm!  For more information call 206-622-1308 or visit the website at

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it
all the year."