January 30, 2014
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Principal's Letter


Dear Families, 


Catholic Schools Week continues to be a wonderful celebration of community, faith service and knowledge.   On Sunday, your presence, the choirs, the musicians, lectors and readers made the Mass so joyous. During the week the students have been gathering food, writing thanks you letters to our community members and becoming aware of the power of service and stewardship. Today, the school is radiant with flowers and lunch is prepared for us; we, faculty and staff members, feel so appreciated. Tomorrow is Purple and Gold Spirit Day! Purple and gold will take the place of blue and green for a while, as the eagle joins the hawk and the teachers compete with the eighth graders!


Today, parents of students in grades three through eight will receive progress reports. Both the STAR reading reports and the progress reports are very positive. Students are showing steady improvements and meeting the standards. If you have any questions about the reports, please call us and set up an appointment to meet with the teacher.


At the State of the School meeting next week, you will hear more details on the progress we have made towards meeting our five-year plan goals and our accreditation targets. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory for all parents. We give you three opportunities so you have no excuse! At the meeting you will receive your registration packet for next year. Meeting times are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (new parents) at 7:00pm and are intended for adults. See you there!


If you have not already done so, do plan to attend the Auction Wine Tasting  Party.  Some space is still available!  Don't miss out on the chance to help select the wine for the Auction! See below for registration information. 


Fr. Crispin visited classes this morning and reminded the students that they should wear their Seahawks attire to Mass on Sunday! Go Hawks!




Bernadette O'Leary  
State of the School/Facilitation 2014/2015
All families are expected to attend one of the State of the School nights,
held in Egan Hall at 7pm:
  • Monday, February 3 - returning families 
  • Tuesday, February 4 - returning families
  • Thursday, February 6 - families NEW TO THE K-8 PROGRAM - this includes families with current preschoolers entering Kindergarten, with no siblings currently enrolled in the K-8 program

Hear about planned changes and improvements, financials, and more.  Pick up your registration packet.  Sign up for your Facilitation appointment.  Returning families attending both State of the School and Facilitation will receive a $50 discount on the re-registration fee.   


Facilitation appointments will be held on:

  • Sunday, February 9, noon-4pm
  • Monday, February 10, 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, February 12, 7-9pm

Facilitation is held on the 2nd floor of the main school building.


Preschool Only families (families registering for Preschool only - no students enrolling in the K-8 program) may pick up registration packets in the school office beginning Monday, February 3.


All registration packets received after 9pm on Wednesday, February 12 will be considered late and placed on a "space available" basis.  

"Celebrate St. John" Auction Needs You! At this very moment, we are looking for volunteers to help with the playground auction photos. If action shots are not your idea of fun, there are plenty of opportunities still available. Contact us at auction@stjohnsea.org.
Did you see the Procurement 101 Flyer that came home with your children this week? It's time to ask the people you love and the people you do business with for procurement items. Think vacation homes, hair salon and spa services, your favorite bookstore or boutique. Businesses are used to people asking for auction items, and your family and friends love your kids. Ask and St. John shall receive!

Wine Tasting Event - Fr. Crispin is looking forward to another wonderful evening of delicious food, beverages, and socializing. All proceeds help to underwrite the cost of wine served at this year's auction, "Celebrate St. John."

  • Taste and vote on the wine that will be served auction weekend 
  • Meet the wine maker, Henderson Orchard of Hence Cellars, from Walla Walla, Washington
  • Wine, beer, heavy hors d'oeuvres & desserts will be  served

Register by February 6 - Register Here! 

CSW Student Appreciation Day/Homecoming
Bald Eagle

Spirit Day is almost here!
This day provides us with the opportunity to celebrate and
just have fun!




This is the one day of the year when certain exceptions are made to our dress code!!


  • O.K. to wear athletic attire - yoga pants are okay - students wearing "tights" need to wear something over the tights
  • O.K. to wear shorts (length just above the knee*)..Refer to Handbook
  • O.K. to wear colored nail polish
  • O.K. colored hair
  • O.K. limited face paint

FREE Turkey Dog Lunch for ALL students!


Homecoming events begin in Egan Gym at 1pm, to include the 8th Grade/Faculty Volleyball and Basketball game! 

Action Items/Dates To Note  
Seahawks vs. Broncos, Sunday, February 2! 
Join our sixth grade students in cheering them on! 
Seahawks Super Bowl Party Rock
Seahawks Super Bowl Party Rock

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Mark Your Calendar
Returning Families - Monday, Feb. 3, 7pm, Egan Hall
Returning Families - Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7pm, Egan Hall
Families NEW to St. John School K-8 Program - Thursday, Feb. 6, 7pm, Egan Hall

Sunday, February 9, noon-4pm
 Monday, February 10, 7-9pm
Wednesday, February 12 - 7-9pm

Friday, February 14, Teacher Inservice, School/XDC not in session
Monday, February 17, Presidents' Day, School/XDC not in session
Tuesday, February 18, Winter Holiday, School not in session
Scholastic Book Fair


The Book Fair will be open Friday, 11:15am-12:45pm.  Students may browse during their lunch period and purchase books for themselves, as gifts, or as a donation for their classroom library.

Proceeds from the Book Fair benefit Library programs.


If you miss us during operating hours you can order online:


Scholastic Book Fair


Did you know...Fred Meyer comprises the largest amount of Scrip purchased by our community?  Over $500,000 in Fred Meyer Scrip is purchased each year by our parish and school families.  Watch for upcoming news for FM Rewards Card holders.  Fred Meyer is launching a program to donate to your favorite non-profit based on your purchases using your rewards card.  If you don't already have one, register now for a Fred Meyer Rewards Card and watch for news about St. John the Evangelist Parish and School's participation!  Combine this with your use of FM Scrip -- one more way to make a real difference!
We count on your participation to augment the school program.  Please strive to increase your participation, whether Fred Meyer, Red Robin, or any of the many other choices available! 

Lisa Mendenhall
Volunteer Opportunities
THE DIRT IS COMING!   We are getting over 15 yards of dirt delivered.  On Saturday, February 22,  we need a lot of strong muscles to help us get the dirt from the parking lot into the raised beds in the Eagles' Nest.

We'll have three shifts of two hours each for teams to load wheelbarrows, cart, dump, and spread the dirt.   Are you a seventh or eighth grader in need of service hours?   Or do you know one?   This work party is for you!   No experience necessary, just a willingness to help!    You don't have to come for the whole two hours, we'll take any time that you can spare.

Please bring work gloves, shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows (if you have them) and help kick off the spring season of the Eagles' Nest.

Sign up at SignUpGenius here!
Summer Engineering Club
Tech Club - Robotics


Students in grades K through 4 are eligible to register for Play-Well TEKnologies' summer camp at St. John School. Students will apply real world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer designed projects such as arch bridges, boats, motorized cars, and skyscrapers. Five weekday classes will be offered during the week of June 16. The Pre-Engineering  class (Kindergarten and 1st graders) is from 9:00am-12:00pm and the Engineering Fundamentals class (2nd-4th graders) is from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Class size is limited to 18 students in the Pre-Engineering course and 24 students in the Engineering Fundamentals offering. The cost of the Play-Well TEKnologies' camp is $130.00. Open registration through the school website will begin tonight, Thursday, January 30, at 7pm. Registrations will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis. Once the open enrollment period concludes an email confirmation will be sent to registered participants.  Register Here beginning 1/30 at 7pm. 

Summer Club Opportunities Upcoming


Reading Rangers (Current K-2 Students)

Instructors:  Miss Molly Feeney, Mrs. Kerri McCarthy, Miss Caitlin Schifferman 

Hop on the summer reading safari! During the week of June 23, students will enhance their reading through targeted review and practice of skills, including sound awareness, word decoding, fluency, and comprehension. Summer practice materials included in the cost. Limited to students currently participating in the St. John Reading Intervention Program (Limited to 25 students).


Math Detectives (Current K-2 Students)

Instructors:  Miss Sarah Gudaitis, Mrs. Blanca Den Adel,  

Mrs. Abby Mansfield

Solve the math mystery! During the week of June 23, students will enhance their math through targeted review and practice of skills, including number sense, place value, and basic math fact mastery. Summer Solutions workbook included in the cost. (Limited to 25 students).


Math Mission Possible (Current Grade 3-5 Students)

Instructors:  Miss Sarah Gudaitis, Mrs. Adrey Ocampo, and Mrs. Hazel Brumback

Complete the math mission! During the week of June 23, students will enhance their math through targeted review and practice of skills, including problem solving, place value, and math facts mastery. Summer Solutions workbook included in the cost. (Limited to 25 students).



Circus P.E. Camp (Current Grade 1-5)

Instructors:  Mrs. Shirley Briones and Miss Caitlin Schifferman

Run away and join the circus!  Students will improve hand-eye coordination, balance, flexibility, cardio-respiratory endurance, and agility skills through practice of the circus arts and jump roping.  During the week of June 16, students will learn new games and skills, and end the week with a performance for family and friends.  Cup stacking, juggling, tumbling, stilts, and spinning plates are just a few of the fun things students will work on.  Tuition includes materials and take-home "circus swag!"  (Limited to 25 students.)  




Registration will be taken via the school website beginning at February 6 at 7pm. Once the open enrollment period ends a confirmation email will be sent to registered participants.  Cost for each session is $150.00, includes all take home materials, and is not refundable.  A supervised lunch hour will be available for students attending both morning and afternoon sessions.

Alumni News

Michael Taylor, St. John School Class of 1992, age 36,  died suddenly on January 25, 2014, of a blood clot.  Mike was born in Seattle on January 18, 1978. Mike attended Bishop Blanchet through sophomore year graduating from Ingraham High School, in 1996. He participated in several activities through school, which included baseball, basketball, hockey and Boy Scouts. Mike attended Lake Washington Vocational Technical Institute, in their Computer Tech program.


A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church, 121 North 80th Street, Seattle, WA 98103. A reception will follow immediately after at The Greenwood Masonic Lodge, 7910 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.  

cartoon-basketballs-header.gifUpcoming Playoff Games - Come Out and Support St. Al/John Basketball!

6th Grade Girls, Saturday, February 1, 9am, St. Edward vs. St. Al/John, at St. Anthony School
7th Grade Girls AAA, Tuesday, February 4, 6pm, St. Joseph/OLF vs. St. Al/John, at Holy Family-Kirkland
7th Grade Boys AAA, Saturday, February 1, 11:30am, Our Lady of the Lake vs. St. Al/John, at Assumption School
8th Grade Girls AAA, Saturday, February 1, 11:30am, Lakeside vs. St. Al/John, at St. Francis School
8th Grade Boys AAA, Saturday, February 1, 10:15am, Sacred Heart/St. Edward vs. St. Al/John, at Holy Rosary-Seattle.

Congratulations to 5th Grade Boys and 4th Grade Boys on their undefeated season!

Fundraising Opportunities
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. 
Thank You Corner
Thank you for cutting out and sending in, your Box Tops for Education!  Proceeds support the playground program.  St. John School just received a check in the amount of $288.90!

Thank you to fourth grade families for the wonderful luncheon prepared today for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day!  Delicious pulled pork sandwiches with all the sides!

St. John Boy Scout Troop 121 would like to thank
the St. John Knights of Columbus, parishioners, families and friends for their support at the 10th Annual Italian Dinner. We had another record year in attendance. The event was filled with many long time supporters and several new guests, who enjoyed lovely door prizes, and plenty of authentic Italian food and wine. The Scouts are extremely grateful for the proceeds which will help fund equipment, outings and summer camp for the troop. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

Thank you to the following students for acting as wonderful ambassadors during Open House, as tour guides:  Caroline H., Emma C., Yara C., Madison B., Kiera R-F., Sarah C., Thea S., Jack D., Nate M., Brendan N., Molly O., Emily C., Margo F., Piper C., Amelia M., Eliana B., Martina B., Sheila P.


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

Sign up for CYO Volleyball!  Contact Pat Daly or Mike Fletcher for information.  Visit the school website for a registration form.

Avanti Art & Design is donating their services to "Celebrate St. John" School Auction, by giving a 50% discount on all classroom auction projects!  In addition, mention your affiliation with St. John School and receive a 20% discount on any personal framing service!  Now's the time to take care of those framing projects that you have been putting off.  Thank you, Avanti!

BasketballHoopaholics Hoop Camps 


Interested in upcoming camps during the February holidays?  Visit Hoopaholics or contact Michael Johnson, mike23johnson@hotmail.com.


"I attend St. John School.  I like St. John School because I have nice friends that care for me.  I also have teachers that care for me.  The friends that I have are cheerful and play with me.  The people I find hard to like sometimes invite me to play with them.  Everybody is kind to others at St. John School."
James, Grade 2