March 6, 2014
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Principal's Letter

Dear Parents,                                                       


It's show-time!   The Little Mermaid, Jr. opens today for the school audience and tonight for all of you. Even though I am so excited to see the performance, I was delighted to experience the energy and to see students sewing, putting on make-up, doing the sound and the lighting under the leadership of parents. And just wait until you see the set they built and painted! Egan Hall is filled with busy bees each afternoon; so many students have a role to play. Thank you, Mrs. Katie Franklin and parents. We wish the cast and production team all the best for the weekend! Tickets are still available at the door. 


Yesterday, at Mass, Fr. Crispin and Mrs. Kelly asked us to think about how we are going to make this Lenten season special. Fr. Crispin reminded us that the ashes mean that we repent, we are sorry for our wrong-doings. Mrs. Kelly spoke about how we can give of ourselves, reach out and help others.  We will make more time for prayer and Jesus. Each Friday, at 2:30pm, we will follow the Stations of the Cross in church. On Friday mornings, we will observe five minutes of silent meditation. The children have their Rice Bowls. Yesterday, a student told me that she is giving up gum and putting the gum money into the Rice Bowl, helping children around the world. She understands! What will you do?


Many of you have asked how you can help your child with math!  We have the answer. We are hosting Family Math Night on March 27, at 7pm in Egan Hall. Come, play games with your children, and have fun. The math will be the secret ingredient! See more below.  


Scroll down and you will also see the link to Celebrate St. John auction registration! I registered yesterday and I was also able to register my card information for the evenings' purchases! It is such a smooth process. Thank you, Lynnette and Karen. I am ready; let the bidding begin!


See you at the Musical, at Family Math Night, at Mass and at the Auction!




Bernadette O'Leary  

Step back to the beginning of the modern age: Buy your dinner tickets online today and start planning your Roarin' Twenties auction weekend.

Friday night is free to everyone; doors open at 5:30. Wonderful items will be up for bids on the silent auction as well as the mini-live auction. Food trucks will be available for your dining pleasure, and carnival games will be available for the children! Children are welcome until 7pm. Childcare is available by reservation - watch for a sign up link in next week's NewsViews!



Saturday night is by reservation and includes a mini-silent auction, major live auction, and a sit-down dinner catered by City Catering. Ticket includes the After Party - a Casino Night event in Egan Gym! Buy your tickets here!  Feel free to embrace the theme and dress in your best 20's gear! 





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:
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  
Middle School Musical
Tickets available at the door!
Thursday, March 6, 7pm
Saturday, March 8, 7pm
Sunday, March 9, 2pm
Egan Hall 
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Mark Your Calendar

Stations of the Cross, 2:30pm, St. John Church - each Friday during Lent
(Good Friday Stations at 2pm)

Soup Suppers, 6pm, Egan Hall - each Friday during Lent followed by Stations
March 7 - Soup Supper hosted by Grades 3 & 6
March 14 - Soup Supper hosted by Preschool & Grade 4
March 21 - Soup Supper hosted by Grades 1 and 8
March 28 - Soup Supper hosted by Grades 2 and 5
April 11 - Soup Supper hosted by Kindergarten & Grade 7

Saturday, March 8 - Cantionis at 5pm Liturgy
Thursday, March 13 - Jump Rope for Heart, Egan Gym, 12:30pm
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. 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


Tickets available at the door!
Zeno Family Math Night

Unleash the math power in your family!

 Family Math Night, powered by Zeno Math
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Egan Hall, 7-8:30pm

Families with students in grades Kindergarten through 5 - Come and enjoy a "math"nificent night of fun and games!  Zeno Math will join St. John School on Thursday, March 27, in Egan Hall to help celebrate March Mathness!

Parents, join your children and come learn some games that you can play as a family to enhance your children's math sense. Come and get your game on!

Summer Camp at St. John Extended Day Care
children  Join the fun with fellow students this summer!  Eight weeks of themed activities, including field trips, arts and crafts, games, and more.  Explore more deeply the things you know and make new discoveries.  We'll put our gifts together and celebrate the summer!

Summer hours are 7am-6:30pm.  Complete the attached form
and return to XDC by Friday, March 14.

June 16-20           DaVince - Design & Create 
June 23-27           What's In The Garden? 
June 30-July 3      The Performing Arts 
July 7-11               Kids In The Kitchen 
July 14-18             Hunters & Gatherers 
July 21-25             Dr. Seuss 
July 28-August 1  Earth, Wind & Fire 
August 4-8            The Circus Comes To Town 
From the Playground

girl on playground

Please remember the playground as you tackle spring cleaning in your garages and basements. We happily accept gently used but no longer played with basketballs or soccer balls. Please drop them off in the school office or send them with your child. Thank you for your generosity. Catherine Dahlgren, Our Lady of Perpetual Asphalt
Chess Club Returns!

  Chess Club will be offered after school (3:15-4:15pm) on Wednesdays, beginning March 19, 2014. Club instructors and activities will be provided by Chess4Life. The cost per student is $50 for grades 3-6; $30 for K-2. Cost includes 9 sessions of instruction, interactive curriculum, and snack.


The Club will meet on the following Wednesdays: 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, and 5/21. Meetings will be from 3:15 to 4:15pm.

Class sizes will be limited, with one section of 20 for primary (K-2) and two sections of 16 each for intermediate (3-6).
The Chess Club instructors and activities for the primary group will be provided and facilitated by St. John parent volunteers. Open registration period will begin on Tuesday, March 11, at 7pm via the school website. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Again, space is limited. Once open registration is completed, parents will be contacted via email to confirm acceptance.
Spring is coming!  You can see sprouts all over!

Get on top of all your garden projects with Scrip!  Home Depot, Lowes, Fred Meyer (of course!) and many other project/garden vendors.  Don't forget Scrip for the pizza to reward your crew with!

Make Scrip part of your family's Lenten Service Project this year.  Scrip makes a great donation to shelters, food banks, and others supporting those less fortunate.

Scrip - the EASIEST fundraising you will EVER do!

Lisa Mendenhall
Students News
Grade 2

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

  • 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.

More information: 206-782-2810 or

Thank You Corner
Huge thanks for all the Box Tops you've turned in-I just sent off over $300 in Box Tops on March 1st!! Please keep turning them in! Check out the Box Tops website for more ways to earn $$ for our school:  Thank you! Julia Rudden, Box Tops Coordinator

Thank you so much Noel House Shelter volunteers for February:  Kate Bronson, Chrissy Hilt, Mary Ellen Talley, Rosalinda Aguirre, Melissa Meier, Kathy Gorney, Cherri Rewolinski, Ann Amort, Jim Russell, Ann Richardson, Betsy Rivera, Chris Sayers, Laura Fraioli, Kathy Collins, Betty Ericksen, Sonja Campion, Ida Henricksen, Ben Howe, Doug Smith, Lisette Nenninger, Nan Houston and Kristin Kent. I would also like to mention how grateful we are to Suzie Burke and her behind the scenes job of washing all the towels. Also a special thanks to Kathy Collins for obtaining pillows for the guests to use. If you are interested in helping with this ministry please contact me at We need both drivers and women overnight chaperones.


Want to thank someone publicly?  Send your "thanks" to Diane Crockett at for publication in NewsViews.
Neighborhood Bites
University of Washington
Monthly Math Hour

Each spring, Seattle-area middle and junior high school students are invited to participate in the Monthly Math Hour on the University of Washington's beautiful campus. The Monthly Math Hour at the UW is a series of talks that will take place from 1-2pm on Sunday afternoons to introduce students to the beautiful and exciting world of mathematics (and a possible future at the UW!). The lectures are given completely free of charge! Well-behaved parents and teachers are also welcome to attend with the permission of their children. Siblings are free to join in, too. There will be time for questions and further discussion after the talk. Visit the UW Site for more information!  


Soccer Ball Peter Fewing Spring Break Soccer Camp, April 21 - 25, at Seattle University     We are offering half-day and all-day sessions! Your students would also have a peek at their local catholic university!  We donate $7 back to CYO for every camper.   We have been running camps in the greater Seattle area for 34 years.  We are offering an early special rate plus camp sweatshirt until April 1st!  In addition, every camper receives a soccer ball and camp t-shirt at camp plus great coaching from coaches who play college soccer and higher.  Registration and more information here! 


Dr. Rob Lehman and Julie Metzger, RN, MN, co-founders of Great Conversations, are offering their popular parent talks again this month! All previous talks have sold out, so register now to reserve your seat. Click here for a flyer with details about the parent talks. Tell your friends, and join the fun at Seattle Children's Hospital from 7-8:30pm in the Wright Auditorium.


Crucial Tools + Advice for Raising Healthy, Successful Teens!
Howard Behar + Sarina Behar Natkin, LICSW
Life Skills for Leaders: A Talk for Teens + Parents
Tuesday, March 11, 7pm at UW Kane Hall - Former Starbucks president Howard Behar and his daughter, GROW Parenting cofounder Sarina Behar Natkin, will help you and your teen navigate the transition to adulthood. More details. Tickets: $20 - FREE teen ticket per adult ticket purchase. DISCOUNT CODE: FRIENDS for $3 off! Co-presenter: University of Washington Alumni Association Lecture sponsor: Jewish Family Service
"Whoever wishes to be my follower must deny his very self, take up his cross each day, and follow in my steps."
Luke 9:23