February 20, 2014
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Principal's Letter

Dear Parents,


Hopefully, you rested well over the long weekend. We are gearing up now for the long run into Easter. Ash Wednesday, Lent, end of the second trimester, Science Fair, the Auction are just a few of the events before us. They may seem a long way off, but we must be prepared.


Over the next two weeks, we will prepare for Lent, which begins on March 5th.   Plan now to attend the Stations of the Cross and the Soup Suppers.   Also begin the discussion about making the extra effort to attend Mass each Sunday during Lent and to pray more as a family.


Have you procured your items for the Auction?   This morning, Mrs. Sorrick reminded me that it is just six weeks away. I am very excited about the plans for Friday night and as I sit here with the wind blowing through the window, I look forward to huge bids on the Fund-a-Need so that we can HEAL MY PANE!


The approach to the end of the trimester and report card time provides you with a good opportunity to have your child do a self-reflection. How does your child feel about school - socially, emotionally and academically? How would your child fill out his/her own report card?


Congratulations to our eighth graders who were accepted into public, private,  Catholic high schools!  I have not received all the news of honors, but I know that all twelve students who applied to Holy Names Academy were accepted with eight of the girls receiving scholarship and honors!   Many of the applicants were also accepted to O'Dea, Bishop Blanchet High School, and Seattle Preparatory Academy.   As we all celebrate the students' successes, I want to acknowledge the partnership of parents and teachers including our primary team, where the foundations were laid through to the intermediate and middle school teachers and specialists, where the learning was solidified and strengthened. Well done, team!




Bernadette O'Leary  

Your 2014 Auction Checklist


Turned in my procurement items (or cash donation)



Save the dates:  April 4th and 5th  

Registered on BidPal

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

Contacted the auction office (auction@stjohnsea.org) with questions
Preschool Registration 2014/2014
St. John's morning and afternoon preschool has openings (some with childcare) for next fall.
If you have friends or neighbors who think "it's impossible to get into St. John School" then now is their chance.  Please have them contact Michele Thornquist at mthornquist@stjohnsea.org to schedule a tour. 
 Applications are available in the school office M-F from 8 am to 4 pm.
Action Items/Dates To Note  
Christmas Trees Environmental Education at Camp Hamilton 

Grade 6 Parent Meeting

Monday, February 24

7pm, Egan Hall

The 6th grade parents will have an informational meeting for Environmental Education at Camp Hamilton.  Come and learn about all the exciting things your students will learn and do at this four day environmental education experience!


Green Banner
Mark Your Calendar

Sunday, February 23 - St. John Youth Group, 3-4:30pm, Egan Mezzanine
Tuesday, February 25 - Class/Group Photos
Wednesday, February 26 - Pizza for Peru
Friday, February 28 - Grade 1 to Pacific Science Center 
Middle School Musical


The Little Mermaid, Jr.

Tickets NOW On Sale!




St. John Middle School will present "The Little Mermaid, Jr.", directed by Katie Franklin, on March 6, 8 and 9, 2014, in Egan Hall. More than sixty 6th, 7th and 8th graders are performing in or working on this show.  Don't miss this colorful, musical "under the sea" adventure! 


Thursday, March 6, at 7pm

Saturday, March 8, at 7pm

Sunday, March 9, at 2pm


TICKETS: Adults $5.00, Students $3.50

Presale: $4.50/$3.00


Complete and return to the school office, 

the attached order form today! 

Pizza For Peru
Wednesday, February 26


Complete and return your order form to the school office,

not later than Friday, February 21 (tomorrow!)

Kindergarten/Grade 1
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
 flower bouquet 
Kindergarten and Grade 1 students will host
grandparents and special friends on Thursday, March 20.

Please RSVP so we can plan and make this a very special day for your child. 


Help is needed with the event. If you are able to help please sign up here.


Bakers are needed! If you are able to help in this area, please sign up here.


CYO Basketball
Congratulations to the Girls 7th Grade St. Al/John Basketball team for their win for the CYO Championship!  Thanks to the coaches, parents, and community for supporting the team.  Visit the trophy in the school office.
Garden Classroom

gardening-things.jpg The Dirt Is Coming! 

 The Dirt Is Coming!! 

 Saturday, February 22


Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help us move over 15 yards of dirt this Saturday into the raised beds in the Eagles' Nest - there are still spots available for two hour shifts from 9am to 3pm!  

Many hands will definitely make light work.


We could really use a couple extra wheelbarrows to help us move all this dirt.  If you have one for us to borrow, please email Maureen Rimkus at mkibelstis@hotmail.com


Please bring work gloves, shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows and help kick off the spring season of the Eagles' Nest.


Sign up below:


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. 



Has your child grown out of her/his cleats and gloves?Do they want to try lacrosse this year?  If so we  have Big 5 and sports authority to update your gear.
Keep Scrip in mind for all the fun spring and summer activities just around the corner!
Scrip - the EASIEST fundraising you will EVER do!

Lisa Mendenhall
Thank You Corner
Thank you to families of students in Grade Three for the wonderful luncheon served today.  Everyone felt so cared for!  Thank you!


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

Irish Festival Features St. John Student    As part of this year's Irish Festival, the Irish Heritage Players will be presenting A Rose for Danny at Theater4 located in the Seattle Center Armory (4th floor), and featuring Cameron L. (Grade 7) in the role of Danny.  The play, written by local Seattle playwright, Kevin Moriarty, is based upon the bizarre, true-life events that occurred to his Irish-American family in the 1950's. Kevin is a St. John parishioner and former School parent.  The play opens on March 6, and runs March 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 7:30 pm. The March 9 and 16 Sunday performances will be matinees at 2:00 pm.


Eagleclaw/Coerver Summer Camp - June 23-26   The Eagleclaw/Coerver Summer Camp is a a fun, 4-day camp specifically designed for the young soccer player who loves the game and wants to learn essential skills and techniques in a fun and joyful environment.  Players will receive instruction from the training staff of Coerver Coaching NW using the Coerver Method, the World's No. 1 Soccer Skills Teaching Method.  The camp will be held at Starfire Sports starting June 23-June 26 and is open to children ages 4-16.   Register Here
ChievoVerona Summer Camp 2014    ChievoVerona is a professional soccer club playing in the Serie A, Italy's top professional league.  The training staff of ChievoVerona's International Academy will be in Seattle for a special three day camp.  This is a fun and instructional articipants will train using the same techniques taught at the ChievoVerona Academy in Italy.  The camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-14.  Players excelling at this camp will be invited to the ChievoVerona National Residential Camp.  June 30-July 2.  Register Here
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