February 27, 2014
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Principal's Letter

Gary Stroutsos, Flautist, well known for his interpretation of Native American music,  
visited the fourth grade today enriching their study of Native American arts and history.
Dear Parents,                                                       


Our single most important fundraiser is right around the corner - the Auction.  We are well on our way, having raised $10,000 for the auction expenses.  Thank you, Sue Kelly, Kimberly Butler, and Katie Burckhardt.  The auction helps us fund teaching assistants, current technologies, enrichment opportunities and specialists. What I hear from you is that you want the teaching assistants and even more assistants! And as the age-old saying goes - your actions will speak louder than your words. It takes the entire community to pull off a successful auction; every parent is involved. Here is how you get involved:

  1. If you have not procured your items yet, please do so immediately or send in your check for $200 to meet your obligation.
  2. It is imperative that you volunteer. Help is needed in so many areas.
  3. Attend and bring your checkbooks! 

This venture is like the barn-raising of long ago - we all come and help one another. We are community; your children benefit!  Please follow this link - your school needs you! 


Lent begins with Mass at 9am on Ash Wednesday, March 5. At school we will pray more frequently, and reach out in service both locally and globally. At home, with your families try to find opportunities to pray each day, fast, and give alms. School and parish have many opportunities for your family to experience a fulfilling Lenten season. Check out the classroom websites and newsletters and the parish development website.


In addition, March Mathness begins next week! Miss Gudaitis and Mrs. Brumback have planned a fun, math-filled month for you and your children! See below.




Bernadette O'Leary  


 Auction Procurement Deadline is Friday, February 28   

We are just over halfway to our goal.   

If you haven't turned in your auction procurement forms yet, there is still time.   

The deadline is Friday, February 28. 


Forms can be emailed to the auction office, dropped off in the school office,
or entered directly into the BidPal system at
Only the form is needed now, although we will accept items at any time.


Not sure what to donate?   

Here is a Wish List of items the auction team is looking for:

  • Host a Group Dinner   
  • Host an Adult Sign-Up Party (i.e., Margarita Madness, Flip-Flop Lemon Drop, Bunco, etc.)  
  • A Dad's Night Out (poker tournament, cigar night, etc.) 
  • A group to host a food and wine pairing with wine donated from a local winery (please contact the auction office for more details) 
  • A vacation getaway to Seabrook    

The auction needs your time! It's time to volunteer! With the auction almost a full month earlier, the children need us to sign up ASAP. Make this year's Roarin' Twenties the bees knees by simply offering your assistance to help complete one of the many tasks: decorations, Friday night helpers, Saturday set-up, Sunday clean-up, to name a few. Sign-up here: http://auction.st-johnschool.org/.



Questions?  Contact the auction office at auction@stjohnsea.org.
Lenten Five Minutes of Silence
Fridays in Lent St. John School observes five minutes of silence, a time to pray and reflect on the sacrifices of Jesus, the love our Father has for each of us. 

Please join us in silence if you are in the building or on the property, from 8:35 to 8:40am each Friday beginning March 7.  It is quite inspiring, to "hear" 549 students in silent prayer.

Action Items/Dates To Note  
Ash Wednesday - March 5, 2014
9am, St. John Church
Green Banner
Mark Your Calendar

March 3/Monday - Spelling, 1pm, Egan Hall
March 6, 8, 9/Thursday, Saturday, Sunday - Middle School Musical
March 7/Friday - Stations of the Cross, 2:30pm, St. John Church
March 7/Friday - Soup Supper, Friday, 6pm, Egan Hall - followed by
Stations of the Cross in the Church

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! 

Students In The News

CONGRATULATIONS to Madison B., Grade 8!  Madison won the recent 2014 Charity Choice Competition in Tacoma, and will compete at the 2014 Charity Choice Nastia Luikin Cup in Greensboro, NC!  The event takes place tomorrow, February 28, and may be followed online at 7:30pm here.
 See Madison's event bio here.   
BlanchetWe received congratulations this week from Bishop Blanchet High School for our graduates who have demonstrated academic excellence and earned First or Second Honors for the first semester grading period. The letter states: "We are very proud of these students and know that you will be as well. The accomplishments of your graduates reaffirm the excellent preparation and foundation that you have provided for them."  A list of BBHS students receiving honors can be found here.


March Mathness

Parents, look for your student's March Mathness Stamp Card! This is your child's ticket to an awesome raffle prize! If your child works on his or her math facts for 10 minutes 3 times a week, initial the card each week. At the end of March, your child's teacher will collect the cards and enter them in our school math raffle. Watch for a game to play each week that will also help students earn that signature!  
Middle School Science Fair

Science Fair  

The St. John School, Middle School Science Fair will be held at St. John School on Tuesday, March 25; the Regional Science Fair will be held at Bishop Blanchet High School on Thursday, March 27.  

Mr. Tice, Middle School Science teacher and faculty advisor for the Science Fair is looking for volunteer judges.  Judges can be St. John parents or any interested individuals from the community. 

To volunteer for the St. John Middle School Science Fair, click here.

To volunteer for the North Seattle Deanery Science Fair, click here.

Our students need your help!  Training provided!
Thanks to you honoring your  
commitment to 
Fair Share Stewardship 
we just deposited a check for $12,822.48!
  This represents earnings for the months of December and January
on $229,460.24 in total sales!

Your participation in Scrip helps to fund vital programs for our students. 

Need a standing order?  Want to get started?  Interested in working with the Scrip Team? Give us a call in the school office or email us at scrip@stjohnsea.org.  
Scrip - the EASIEST fundraising you will EVER do!
Lisa Mendenhall
Kay's After School Art Club
Art project 1 Art classes will be offered for students in grades 3, 4, and 5 after school on Thursdays for 11 sessions, March 13 through May 29 (no class on April 24). Space is limited to 12 students. The cost per student is $275 for 11 lessons and includes materials fees. The art instructor is 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 the Mezzanine of Egan Hall.

Electronic registrations will be accepted through the school website beginning Tuesday, March 4, 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.

Students will present their work at an Art Show on May 29, 5-6pm.  More details at a later date.
Photographs Wanted

If you would like to submit a picture for consideration to be included in the 2013-14 yearbook, please email any digital photographs (.jpg format) to Sr. Pablo. Images should be of high quality, good light, and in focus. Images showing active learning, field trips, and service projects are much encouraged.
Kindergarten/Grade 1
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
flower bouquet
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.


Pope Francis has spoken of the need for reconciliation over the past year, and encourages the frequent reception of the mercy and grace offered through this Sacrament.  He spoke of this as recently as at last week's general audience.  The parishes of the Archdiocese of Seattle wish to make this Sacrament more available to you by offering Reconciliation each Friday evening during Lent, from 6-7pm.  You can find resources to prepare for Reconciliation on the Archdiocesan website

Living the BEATITUDES In Our Daily Lives

Thursday, March 13, 7-8:30pm, St. John Church

Free Admission


Presented by Mark Shea

Popular Writer, Speaker and Columnist on Catholicism

Mark has written several books on Prayer, the Scriptures and Mary, and Salt and Light: The Commandments, the Beatitudes, and A Joyful Life. He gives Workshops, Retreats and Presentations in Seattle and throughout the United States.


  • Learn how the Beatitudes can help us in our daily lives.
  • Discover how the Beatitudes help you fulfill the mission God has for your life, using the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  • Experience a lively and engaging talk with applications to your life.

Information: 206-782-2810 or amerklin@stjohnsea.org.

Thank You Corner
Mrs. Pat Tsagalakis and the first grade music students would like to thank Seņora Ida Henricksen for volunteering to teach Salsa dancing.  Ida brings such joy and enthusiasm to our music classroom.

Thank you to all of our wonderful Science Club parent volunteers!!  We couldn't hold Science Club without help from the many moms and dads who volunteered once, twice or every week.  The children had fun learning because of you.  We appreciate your help!!  Thank you!!  A special thanks to Lili Lengua and Besty Rivera, parent coordinators!


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

Music Recital Performers Wanted!

Saturday, March 1, Greenwood Library Meeting Room, 1-4pm  

Greenwood Library will host an "open mic" for students of St. John School and Parish who would like to share their musical talent.  Please feel free to bring your instrument(s) and play a favorite piece or two and share your talent, or just come and enjoy the performances of your fellow students! Cookies and cupcakes will be served.  


Enrollment is Open - Spring 2014 Youth Conservatory Classes at Stone Soup Theatre!  

Creative Drama (Mondays 4pm-5pm, ages 5-7), James & The Giant Peach (Tuesdays 4pm-6pm, ages 7-11) or Shakespeare's Mid-Winter Nightmare (Wednesdays 4pm-6pm, ages 12-16). Or, audition for our Youth Conservatory musical production of Annie KIDS, directed by Buddy Todd. Don't miss out, go to http://www.stonesouptheatre.org/education/classes-and-workshops/!  Also, join us for SummerStage 2014, featuring a new South Seattle location: Mt. Baker Community Club and brand new STEAM camps! Info at http://www.stonesouptheatre.org/summerstage/camps-offered/ or 206-633-1883