March 20, 2014
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Principal's Letter
Celebrating the first day of spring at K1st Grandparents' & Friends' Day
Celebrating the beginning of spring at the K/1st Grandparents' & Friends' Day today.
Dear Parents,                                                       


It has been another exciting week at St. John School.  I am very grateful to Mr. Tim Flanagan for making our celebration of St. Patrick's Day so special! The lilt and drone of the bagpipes and the rhythm of the drumbeat lifted our spirits: 

St. Patrick's Day 2014
St. Patrick's Day 2014

Today, we had another treat as grandparents and special friends came to visit their children in Kindergarten and Grade One. The children kept us all entertained as they sang proudly!  Preschool children welcomed their visitors yesterday. 


Two weeks to the auction and excitement is building! The class auction projects have been coming in and they are fantastic. Make sure you drop by Greenwood Library this afternoon to see them unveiled! They will be on display there until the day before the auction.


Yesterday, I received a message from Fr. Rowan, Superintendent of Catholic Schools. He conveyed his sense of concern for all those impacted by the national tax fraud scam - the fear of loss of anticipated income, the inconvenience, "the weakened trust in the institutions on which we rely, and the frustration at an evil we cannot see." He hopes that the information we forward you (see link in Action Items below) and special sessions that will be scheduled will provide practical steps that we can take to regain a sense of peace and relative security.


Each morning, the teachers gather for prayer. We pray for all of you, for your health and welfare. We have been praying for those of you who have been struggling with with the IRS tax fraud. This morning, I came upon these words from the prophet, Jeremiah:


"I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord..."


We are not alone, and as Lent continues, let us spend more time in the company of Jesus. He will listen.



Bernadette O'Leary  

     Join Us TODAY!

Auction Kick-Off Party and the
Second Annual Student Art Exhibit
Greenwood Library
2:45 to 4:00pm
See the amazing class auction art projects, which will be on display until Thursday, April 3.

Grade 3 Auction Project

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



Feel free to embrace the theme and dress in your best 20's gear! 

Action Items/Dates To Note  
Please read the notice from Fr. Crispin with a link to a message from
Fr. Rowan, and the attached resource material.

Sign up for CYO Track & Field  
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Mark Your Calendar

Second Trimester Report Cards home today, March 20

School not in session (XDC open):
Friday, March 21 - Deanery Inservice
Monday, March 24 - Teacher requested conference day

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 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

Middle School Science Fair - Tuesday, March 25, Egan Hall, 7-8:30pm
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

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.  Stay all day or just part of the day.    
Complete the attached form
and return to XDC by Friday, March 31.

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 


Scrip - the EASIEST fundraising you will EVER do!   

Lisa Mendenhall
Students News

Flight to Kenya
Connor P., Grade 5 and his family were recently featured in DiscGolfer Magazine. Written by Anna Phillips, the article talks about the family's fund-raising efforts to bring disc golf to Father Crispin's village in Africa. Read how this family is making a difference. Link here.



Grade Four B-Ball News 

The fourth grade boys team at Boys & Girls Club, "The Nets" won the Ballard Boys and Girls Club playoff championship Friday evening, winning the final game 28-23 over a fifth grade team from North Beach Elementary. Congratulations to team members Kade B., Nick C., Sam L., Cullen S., Mick D., Drake O., Caiden B., Keawa B-P., and Eric M., and Coach Matt Deines!  

Volunteer Opportunities

Decorating for Palm Sunday (4/13/14)

Work Done: Saturday, April 12

Time:  10:00 am - Noon

3-4 able-bodied adult decorators (in addition to Environment Team)

Job Details: Arrange palms in 2 large, 2 medium brass containers for altar and tabernacle, also 4 white containers of palms needed for tables at front and side entrances.  Lynn has  usually decorated the Processional cross with red carnations and a few small palms.  Lynn will likely have plans for decorating the arches with fan palms, and also adding small fan palms to the altar brass containers (holding regular palms).  Red cloths and palms need to go over to Egan for the Sunday Processional of Palms to the church at 10:30AM Mass.  Contact Marguerite Young, or Suzanne Fairchild,


Decorating for Easter (4/20/14)

Work Done: Saturday, April 19

Time: 9:00 - Noon

Number of Volunteers: 4- 6 able-bodied adult decorators (in addition to Environment Team)

Job Details: Move plants from Quigley chapel to the church.  Remove pollen sacs from all the lilies.  Soak all the plants thoroughly.  Add gold cloths to plants if the plastic covers are not golden.  Arrange plants around tabernacle, statues, altar, Baptismal trough, and tables by doors,  Lynn Gough will likely have arrangements for the arches to be put in place. Contact Marguerite Young, or Suzanne Fairchild at

Youth Group

St. John Youth Group 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament 
Sunday, March 23, Egan Gym, 3:00-4:30pm

Students in Grades 6-8 - Form a 3-On-3 Team and sign up your team in the school office!  Prizes, snacks, and drinks - Sign up your team now and be in the running for amazing prizes and bragging rights!  Deadline for sign up - Friday, March 21, 1pm. 
Questions?  Group Leader Myke Folger,
Rice Bowl
For the third week of Lent, CRS Rice Bowl takes you to the Philippines, a country recently devastated by two typhoons - Bopha (December 2012) and Haiyan (November 2013). This week's Story of Hope - of how residents of one affected community sacrificed their own needs for the most vulnerable family among them - inspires us to give to others even when it seems that we have nothing.
The Philippines: Rebuilding Lives from Disaster
The Philippines: Rebuilding Lives from Disaster

Thank You Corner
Thank you to all those helping to make Grandparents' & Friends' Day so special for our Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grade One students.  Special thanks to Julie Lee for her tireless efforts, along with her wonderful crew of volunteers!  Thank you to our bakers, for the delicious treats, and thank you to Mrs. Tsagalakis for preparing the children to sing for their special guests!


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