April 17, 2014
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Lent 3
This is the day the Lord has made;  
let us rejoice and be  glad. 
from Psalm 118 
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Principal's Letter

Dear Parents,                                                       

I walked through the Arboretum with my family last Sunday. All around us, signs of new life adorned the trails. Budding and blossoming trees and shrubs washed away the grey of winter. We watch in awe each year as the daffodils poke through the earth and the grass begins to grow again. And so it is with the Paschal Mystery. We are watching with Jesus and reliving His Passion. Tomorrow we will pray as we listen to the Stations of the Cross. We will leave school quietly, meditating as Jesus is taken down from the Cross and placed in the dark tomb. We will watch in vigil during Holy Saturday and then on Sunday, we will celebrate with joy His glorious resurrection as He bestows new life on us. Easter Sunday is a day of great hope for us - an eternal spring!


I wish you a prayerful Triduum and a glorious Easter.


God Bless,


Bernadette O'Leary  
Dates To Note/Action Items  
This year to remember Jesus' sacrifice and death on the Cross, we will dismiss in silence tomorrow, Good Friday.  Please be reverent as you pick up your child at 3pm, and join us in silent meditation, as a gesture of faith and love, our way to prayerfully remember Jesus.  Once students have left the school buildings, the playground and the sidewalk immediately in front of the school, they may resume their conversations.  Note that the play pit will not be open tomorrow.

Easter Triduum 2014

Holy Thursday, Evening Celebration of the Lord's Supper, April 17 

Mass - 7pm 

Adoration until 11pm in the Reservation Chapel

Good Friday of the Passion of our Lord, April 18   

Stations of the Cross at 2pm 

 Liturgy - 7pm

Holy Saturday, The Easter Vigil, April 19 

Mass - 9pm


  Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord, April 20 

Mass - 8:30am & 10:30am   

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Easter Holidays
April 21 through 25, 2014
School not in session
Tuesday, April 29
School Class Photos - DRESS UNIFORM
Thursday, May 1
Rosary, Crowning of Mary, 9:30am, St. John Church
Students are asked to bring one flower to be placed at the statue of Mary.
2014/2015 Dates of Note

Watch for a complete 2014/2015 calendar to come home after Easter Holidays.

First Day of School      August 28, 2014 - noon dismissal 
Curriculum Night, Grades 6, 7, 8      September 4, 2014 
Curriculum Night, Grades K-5      September 9, 2014 
Jog-A-Thon (during school day) and      
PA Tailgate BBQ (evening)      
September 12, 2014

    Endowment Dinner        September 26, 2014 
 Archdiocesan Teacher Excellence Day     
(school not in session)       
October 3, 2014 
 Thanksgiving Holidays       November 26, 27, 28, 2014 
Christmas Holidays       
December 22, 2014 through January 2, 2015 (noon dismissal 12/19/14) 
 Last Day of School     
June 12, 2015 
Happy Easter from the scrip team!  During Easter Holidays we will be taking time off to spend with our families.  Scrip will not be sold Easter Sunday or during the week of Easter Holidays.  The next available day to purchase scrip will be on Sunday, April 27.

Join the Scrip Team!
Looking for a way to fulfill your volunteer pledge next year? 
Think about becoming part of the Scrip Team and make a real difference!  Many opportunities exist - "it takes a village."  Email Lisa to learn more about the fun and vital opportunities available.

As part of your Fair Share pledge commitment to St. John School, Scrip is...    
the EASIEST fundraising you will EVER do!

Lisa Mendenhall
New Volunteer Check In System
Lobby TrackŪ, our new volunteer check in system is up and running in the school office!  Instead of "signing" the check in book, you will login on the Lobby TrackŪ computer located in the school office.  It's a touch screen computer and instructions are on a card in the lower left hand corner of the screen. The Lobby TrackŪ system will verify your compliance with Safe Environment requirements and print you a dated badge with your name.  When finished with your visit, please do return to the school office and check out. Mrs. Q and Mrs. Crockett are happy to guide you if needed.  Contact Sheila Marty in the Parish Office with any questions on Safe Environment compliance at 206-782-2810 ext. 358 or smarty@stjohnsea.org.
Student News
Matthew S., Lylah M., David S. and Miss Schifferman celebrate Grade One's annual Habitat Day.  Students in Grade One learn about different habitats, then research and construct a habitat presenting their creations to the student body.   f,

Rice Bowl

If your child has not already done so, please have him or her bring your family's Rice Bowl to school tomorrow, or bring it to Easter Mass on Sunday as a family.  Your Lenten offering to the CRS Rice Bowl makes a real difference.

Thank you for your sacrifices through CRS Rice Bowl. 

Loving God,

We thank you for the many gifts you have given us.

Bless our prayers and sacrifices this Lent.

May these gifts from our table bring hope and life to our sisters and brothers who suffer with hunger each day.

Unite us through Christ with the poor worldwide, and bless our efforts to bring relief to those in need.


NoJunk News - Brown Bag It!
NoJunk NoJunk is offering school bag lunches that you can order for any day, not just for "no hot lunch" days.  See the attached for information of this great new offering by our provider dedicated to healthy lunches for your children!
CYO Track & Field 
Track & FieldRegister now!  Registration for 2014 St. Al/John CYO Track & Field is open for students in grades 4-8. The season is scheduled to run into late May so get on board and have fun in our Spring weather with your classmates. Email Gordon Lanser, gordon@basicbs.com or Pat Daly, tpatrickdaly@hotmail.com if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you all display your athletic prowess!  Download and return the CYO Track & Field registration form  to the school office.
Thank You Corner
Thank you to Shane Pierard who coordinated the Rice Bowl Soup Supper
again this year!  Her dedication to this Lenten tradition at St. John has kept it going and enlivened it.  Thank you to all the school parents and students for supplying the wonderful soup, bread and crackers for the meals.   


Thank you to Jim Russell for coordinating the Lectors for Stations: Suzanna and Paul Litwin, Terry O'Neil and Jim Russell, Michael Brimmer and Gard Francisco; who lead three of the Friday Stations of the Cross.  And thank you to the Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul and the RCIA group for leading the other three Stations of the Cross. Your dedication to this Lenten tradition of prayer is greatly appreciated.


Thank you to the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) Team for Adults & Children!

Thank you to Marilyn Witten,urt, Chris Pierard, Pat Merklin, Sheila Connelly, and Cheryl Harlick for your dedication and hard work helping the adults in our parish prepare for Baptism and Reception into the Church at Easter Vigil.  A special thanks to Jenny McGovern for coordinating and leading the Children's RCIA process in which six children were prepared this year.

Thank you Noel House March volunteers:  Heather Varvaro, Elena Sandoval, Matt Haskins, Betty Ericksen, Kathy Collins, Rosalinda Aguirre, Ann Richardson, Ann Amort, Mary Fichtenberg, Steve Reich, Kristin Kent , Emily Hallman, Sharon Fowler, Elena Fowler, Chris Butler, Annie Martin, Ben Howe, Colleen O'Leary, Lisette Nenninger, Isabella Perucca, Maureen Sloan, Nicole Hardie, Doug Smith, Kate Bronson, Chrissy Hilt, Mary Ellen Talley, Tony Perucca and Joe Kearney. Also, thank you to Hannah McDonald and Annie Martin for volunteering to wash linens while Suzie Burke is on vacation, and to Nancy Alton and her lunch crew.  If you are interested in volunteering as a driver or chaperone please contact me at marytkearney@comcast.net



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

Neighborhood Bites
St. Matthew School Sport Camp registration is now open.  For information go to http://www.stmattschool.org/summer-sport-camps.html or contact Mary Segle at 206-200-1296 or at seglemm@comcast.net .  Camp registration is limited so register now.
"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."  

Pope John Paul II