February 13, 2014
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Principal's Letter

Students waiting to  "Jump Rope for Heart" during half time at last weekend's Fulcrum Basketball Classic


Dear Families, 


Listening with empathy, teamwork, persistence, thinking flexibly and interdependently, striving for accuracy, learning continuously, taking responsible risks, questioning and posing problems, managing impulsivity - these are some of the Habits of Mind that we practice at St. John every day. Having listened to many interviews with the Seahawks and the Olympic athletes, we know that they also practice these habits as they train for success. As your children play around your home, compete on their sports teams, do their homework, or complete their chores, use the Seahawks success stories and the athletes' commitment to practice to encourage the children's good habits!


As we noted at the State of the School, we continue to focus on our goal of improving math achievement. We showed you the type of problems the children experience and we called on you to support the learning. Over the next few weeks, look out for some fun ideas from your teachers on how you can help the children improve their math computation.


Tomorrow our faculty and staff will be on retreat. May God bless you and your families and our St. John community on this St. Valentine's Day.   May we learn to love unselfishly and to find great joy in finding God in each other.  


Enjoy the long weekend!



Bernadette O'Leary  

Your 2014 Auction Checklist


Save the dates: April 4th & 5th



Registered on BidPal  

Turned in my procurement items (or cash donation)

Signed up to volunteer (http://auction.st-johnschool.org)

Contacted the auction office (auction@stjohnsea.org) with questions
$500 Club!
The following families have contributed $500 or more in auction items!
Thank you!



Thank you for your prayerful participation in this week's school facilitation. Your commitment to Fair Share, the Annual Fund, and to being stewards to our community is appreciated.
Middle School Science Fair


The St. John School, Middle School Science Fair will be held March 25, and the Regional Science Fair at Bishop Blanchet High School will be held on March 27.   Mr. Tice, Middle School Science teacher and faculty advisor for the Science Fair is looking for volunteer judges.  Judges can be anyone with a background in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Teaching.  Judges can be St. John parents or any interested individuals from the community. 


Volunteers are needed from 1:00-3:00pm and/or 7:00-8:30pm.  Please use the link below to sign up to be a judge.   

Feel free to forward this call for volunteers to friends, family, and neighbors that might be interested in volunteering. 



Action Items/Dates To Note  

February 16, Elizabeth Peratrovich Day (Alaska)

Elizabeth Jean Peratrovich, July 4, 1911 - December 1, 1958, Tlingit nation, was an important civil rights activist; she worked on behalf of equality for Alaska Natives. In the 1940s, she was credited with advocacy that gained the passage of the territory's Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, the first anti-discrimination law in the United States.

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Mark Your Calendar

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

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100 Days Of School
Celebrating 100 Days of School!
Grades 1 & 2 Celebrate
With Mrs. Tsagalakis

Summer Camp at St. John School

A few spaces remain! Register now for great summer offerings  

from St. John School faculty!


Reading Rangers (Current K-2 Students)

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

Hop on the summer reading safari! June 23-27, 9am-11am, 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! June 23-27, noon-2pm, 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! June 23-27, 9am-11am, 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.  June 16-20, 9am-11:30am, 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.)  




Register through the school website.  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
Marley Suarez, Class of 2010, was interviewed for the Winter 2014 edition of Brave Magazine, a semi-annual publication of Bishop Blanchet High School. Marley is now a senior at BBHS.

Elena Fowler, Class of 2013, member of the Holy Names Academy Metro Championship gymnastics team, finished first in the Metro All-Around competition and will be going to Sea-King District tournament Friday, February 14.
Hallie Williams, Class of 2004, will attend College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University this fall. Hallie is a Bishop Blanchet High School and Willamette University graduate. 
Thank You Corner
Mrs. Teschner would like to thank the four wonderful chaperones who made our fantastic field trip to Pike Place Market possible! Brian Endter, Barbara Folger, Susan Howe, and Julie Skinner kept the children safe and happy, even when the bus broke down!

Thank you for assisting with State of the School: Preparing registration packets, Mary Wiseman, Michelle Branley, and Joan Krawchik; passing out registration packets at State of the School, Nancy Alton, Colleen Douglas, Marcey Flood, and Michelle Sorrick. 

Thank you to those serving the school in the Facilitation process during the past week:
Maha Sarhan, Laurie Williams, Peg Snyder, Kathy Katsandres, Peter Flanagan, Doug Smith, Gretchen Swanson, Joanne Jepson, Tony Perucca, Sue Gleeson, Joan McDonagh, Gary McDonagh, John Ward, Mary-Ann Micale, Teresa Lombardi, Bill Marty, Steve Berlage, Alec Strigen, Lisa Cardus, Dan Pelfrey, Anna Phillips, Cara Young, Teresa Willson, Kelly Kennedy, Diana Grusczynski, Kate Smith, Rachel Berryessa, Michelle Branley, Kari-Mae Miles, Shannon Manley, Glorilyn Maw, Jennifer Paris, Sawsan Clark, Ann Foley, Colleen Mounsey, Karen Gunther Bombino, Susan McLaughlin, Cindy Tramountanas, Lisa Crabtree, Julia Rudden, Antonella Vesponi-Bartel, James Bartel, Jane Blaylock, Cheri Wolf, Susie Slonecker, Matthew Wells, Marcey Flood, Richard Stewart, Judy Corkum, Tim Harader, and Mike Martinez. A special thank you to Susan Denning for coordinating our wonderful volunteers for this vital part of Fair Share Stewardship!

Thank you Noel House January shelter volunteers: Laura Thornquist, Michele Thornquist, Matt Haskins, Chris Butler, Rosalinda Aguirre, Ben Howe, Celena Kathan, Ann Amort, Betty Ericksen, Kristen Jensen, Taylor Jensen, Ann Richardson, Ida Henricksen, Cherri Rewolinski,  Anne Mathieu, Nicole Hardie, Kristin Kent, Bridget Sevigny, Colleen O'Leary, Kathy Collins and Rosemary Curran. Both drivers and women chaperones needed. Please contact Mary Kearney if interested in this mission, at marytkearney@comcast.net.


Want to thank someone publicly?  Send your "thanks" to Diane Crockett at  dcrockett@stjohnsea.org for publication in NewsViews.
Catholic Youth Organization and Archdiocese of Seattle open registration for these memory-making experiences!  Day camps for students entering grades 1-8; resident camps for students entering grades 1-12; trips for students entering grades 9-12. Camp Don Bosco and Camp Hamilton have created memories for more than 60 years!  Visit www.seattlearchdiocese.org/camping and watch for a brochure to come home with students.  These camps fill quickly!
"Your greatest awakening comes,
when you are aware about your infinite nature."
Amit Ray