January 9, 2014
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Principal's Letter

Singing in the New Year!  

Happy New Year!


Thank you for all your Christmas and New Year wishes and gifts.   We appreciate your thoughtfulness very much.


The New Year is typically a time for starting over. It also offers us a great opportunity to work harder on our good practices and to dig deeper into those habits of heart and mind. I have some suggestions for you - and for me:


Let us resolve to

  • intensify our relationship with Jesus;
  • wake up each morning filled with gratitude for our blessings;
  • keep our hearts and minds open to all the awesome moments each new day brings;
  • laugh more often; and,
  • take care of ourselves and those around us.

The New Year also rings in a busy time here at St. John. New families are touring, Catholic Schools Week is just around the corner and then we have the State of the School presentations and re enrollment!   As we in administration begin to plan for next school year, the teachers are evaluating their own and their students' progress as we meet the half-way mark for this school year. Teachers of grades one through seven are administering STAR reading and AIMS Web Math Benchmark testing to monitor student progress. We also continue with the math checkpoints. We have seen some remarkable gains in both areas! You will receive the results soon. In the meantime, resolve to do more reading and math facts at home! Old-fashioned memorization of math facts works!   You can play and practice with a deck of cards and have family fun at the same time.


We just realized that we have a date clash! The Seattle U basketball game and the Auction Wine Tasting Event are on the same night - February 8th. However, this can also present a babysitting solution for some families.   Some parents attend the game with the children, while other parents sample the wines for the auction!    


Tomorrow, we will have the Awards assemblies. At 8:45 in Egan Hall we will acknowledge those students in grades 3 - 8 who have been 'caught' practicing Habits of Mind. Students in Grades 4 - 8 who excelled in Christian Social Qualities and who completed all their homework on time and exhibited solid work and study habits will receive the coveted Eagle Award.   The Primary Department will have the Habits of Mind Award ceremony at 10:00am in the kindergarten rooms. Both ceremonies will begin with prayer.   We will include the Seahawks in our prayer! Next Friday, we will have a 'dress in Seahawks colors' here at St. John. This date will give you time to pull out blue or green t-shirts or sweaters.  Our strong wishes for a win and a 'free' dress day will surely push the team to success.


Go Seahawks!  


Bernadette O'Leary  
Help Wanted
ChildrenSt. John Extended Day Care Program
is now seeking a 3rd grade lead teacher to join our team, one who is caring, energetic and loves to work with children.


This is a part time position, 2:45 to 6:30pm, Monday through Friday, about 3.75 hours per day.


Must be 18 years or older, and have 

  • a high school diploma 
  • Experience working with children

Once hired, the following will be required: 

  • Stars number and 20 hour training
  • Background check
  • CPR/firstAid/Blood borne pathogen, TB test
  • Safe Environment class  

Wage dependant upon experience and/or education.


For more information please email Co-Directors Marilou Roach or Rachelle Overby or call 206-782-9915 ext. 331.


Action Items/Dates To Note  
CYO Volleyball Registration Now Open!
Sign up now for 2013-2014 St. Al/John CYO Volleyball, players in grades 4 through 8.  Practices begin in early February.  Download registration form here and turn in to the school office.  Questions?  Email  John Fletcher or Pat Daly.

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Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, January 15
Grade 7 to Museum of History and Industry

January 21
Parent Association Presents Julie Metzger, Top Ten Talks, 7pm, Egan Mezzanine

Thursday, January 16
Preschool and Kindergarten Open House, 7pm, beginning in Egan Mezzanine

Friday, January 17
Dress in Seahawks Colors Day

Monday, January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
School/XDC not in session 
Happy New Year!

Start the New Year off right!  Start or increase your participation in Scrip - the easiest way to fundraise for St. John School!  Purchase cards for things you already buy, like groceries, gas, movie passes, coffee - we have everything you can think of!  Give us a call or drop us an email if you have questions.  Resolve now to make a real impact on your children's school!  Buy Scrip!

Lisa Mendenhall
Basketball Classic
100% of the proceeds of your ticket purchase ($10) comes back to St. John School!  Get a group together, coordinate a team or group outing. 
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 Amazon.com, 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! 

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 this evening, 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

Middle School MATHCounts Contest


Saturday, February 8th 8:45-1:30pm

Saturday, February 8, 8:45am-1:30pm

University of Washington (Smith Hall)


All students in grades 6-8 are invited to test their math skills at the Annual MATHCounts Contest. Students will spend the morning working on math problems, listen to a guest speaker and enjoy a pizza lunch.  Participants are encouraged to carpool to Smith Hall.



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All students interested need to come to the St. John School Math Contest on Friday, January 17th at 7:40am in Mrs. Brumback's classroom, Rm. 21 (6th and 7th grade) or Mr. Tice's classroom, Rm. 33 (8th Grade). Please bring a calculator.

Troop 121 Annual Spaghetti Dinner
Boy Scout Troop 121 and Knights of Columbus will be busy in the kitchen for the 10th 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!).  Download the reservation form here, and return to the school office.  Questions?  Contact Bethany King.
Volunteer Opportunities

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

Un-Decorate the Church
Sunday, January 12, after 10:30 Mass, we will be un-decorating the Church and are in need of volunteers to help.  Adults or older students working on Service Hours, would be so appreciated!


2014 Annual Auction Underwriting Party
Saturday, February 8, 7-11pm, Egan Hall

A night of great food, drink and people.  Help fully underwrite the  cost of wine served at this year's auction.  Taste and vote on the wine that will be served and meet the wine maker, Henderson Orchard of Hence Cellers from Walla Walla, WA.  Beer will also be served with heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts.

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 mary.ransom@comcast.net.
Parent Association
Parent Association
Parent Association Meeting
Tuesday, January 21, 7pm
Egan Mezzanine

Julie Metzger
Don't miss this upcoming meeting! 
  Julie Metzger presents Top Ten Talks all parents should have with their children.   
Student News


The 7th grade girls' AAA basketball team won the Knights of Columbus Christmas tournament, for the second year in a row, beating Our Lady of Fatima in the championship game! Congratulations girls!  The players are Emily C., Elliana B. , Bea F., Bella M., Olivia L., Katie H.,Katie W. and Payton N.  Coaches are Ted Metcalf and Benjamin Beberness.


Other Basketball Tournament News: 

8th Grade girls AAA - made it to their tournament championship game and finished as runner-up  

7th Grade boys AA - finished third in their tournament (won 2 games, lost 1)

7th Grade boys JV - played in a tournament, played well and had fun!

6th Grade boys Varsity - round robin style tournament (hosted at St. John's Egan Hall) and went 5-1 with their 1 loss by 2 points in overtime!





This week Mrs. Tsagalakis' 6th grade music students wrote and performed original "New Year's" songs and jingles.  Throughout the month of January they will be learning and singing about music of the civil rights movement.



Thank You Corner

Thank you to December Noel House volunteers: Melissa Meier, Rosalinda Aguirre, Mary Ellen Talley, Kathy Collins, Ann Richardson, Betty Ericksen, Kira Cha, Celena Kathan, Mary Fichtenberg, Anne Amort, Kristin Kent, Cherri Rewolinski, Lisette Nenninger and  Kathy Shimada. We still need volunteers to chaperone over night and to drive the bus. Contact Mary Kearney for more information.



A very special Thank you to the 5th grade classes of Mrs. Ocampo and Ms. Kelley. They took the time and opportunity to make up lovely Christmas baskets and deliver them to some of our home bound and ill parishioners. In the true spirit of Christmas you brought the Christ Child into the homes of some very grateful people. Thank you for your good example and may God bless you all in a special way this coming year.

                                      Ministers to the Homebound




Want to thank someone publicly?  Send your "thanks" to Diane Crockett at  dcrockett@stjohnsea.org for publication in NewsViews.
North Central Little League Baseball 2014 registration is now open!  Register before January 15 (deadline) at www.northcentrallittleleague.org.  Questions?  Contact Mike Spear, mikespear21@outlook.com

BlanchetBe Our Guest at the Grade School Basketball Night!
All CYO grade school players and their families are invited to be the guests of BBHS as the Braves compete against Chief Sealth HS.  Halftime contests and fun activities!  Friday, January 17:  Varsity Girls, 6pm; Varsity Boys, 8pm.  Free admission - 8200 Wallingford Avenue North, 206-527-7711. 

"A cat's New Year dream is mostly a bird! Don't be like a cat; in the New Year, dream something that you have never dreamed! Target for new things!"