May 8, 2014
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Proverbs 31:10 

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Principal's Letter

Dear Parents,

This picture of the Crowning of Mary, Mother of God, is fitting as I wish all you moms a very happy Mother's Day! We recognize that many of you are also 'mothers' to our community here at St. John! You nourish us monthly, you support us in the classroom and in our fundraisers, you bake cookies and give us hugs. You pray with us. We appreciate you, Moms.



It is with a heavy heart that I announce the departure of two faculty members from the Primary Department. Mrs. Lisa Teschner and Mrs. Samantha Phillips are both moving from Seattle. Mrs. Teschner is moving back to Illinois. She has been teaching second grade here since 2010.   I have always enjoyed visiting Mrs. Teschner's classroom and I know I speak for many of you when I say that I will miss her positive friendly spirit. Mrs. Phillips, Kindergarten Assistant in Miss Barry's classroom is moving to Minnesota at the end of this month.  Mrs. Phillips has offered tremendous support, not only in the classroom, but also in the lunchroom, at recess and beyond. She has touched the lives of many students and teachers and we will all be sad to see her and Mrs. Teschner leave. On a brighter note, Flat Stanley will have new places to visit!


Yesterday, about 135 students and their parents rode their bikes for Bike to School day! Fr. Crispin, assisted by preschoolers and 8th graders, blessed the bikes. We encourage you to continue cycling to school!  Seņor Pablo challenges the students to bike to school throughout the month of May!


Students in the intermediate and middle grades have been studying the Family Life program and learning about making moral, ethical choices. Our primary grades and seventh grade students learn about Talking about Touching and Safe Environment. These are lifelong lessons and we ask you to follow up at home. Remind your children both about stranger danger and to talk to you if someone they know does or says something that makes them uncomfortable. As the weather grows warmer and sunnier, encourage the children to stay alert on the streets and in the parks and not to engage in conversations with strangers.


This evening we have the Spring Concert for students in grades 3 through 5. On Friday afternoon the 4th graders will have the kickball party for those students who purchased it at the auction, and later on at 5:00 the Middle School auction dodge ball party will take place.      


God Bless,


Bernadette O'Leary  Principal  
Dates To Note/Action Items  

Parents of students in grades 3 through 8:  Please review your child's Progress Report with them, sign and return to school.

Green Banner 

Thursday, May 8    Progress Reports home with students, Grs. 3-8
                                  Grades 3, 4, 5 Spring Concert, 7pm, Egan

Monday, May 12    Kindergarten Welcome, 6:30pm, Portables 44/45 - incoming K in 14/15, last name beginning M-Z

Tuesday, May 13    Grade 6 departs for Environmental Education Camp
                                  Grade 8, Retreat at Camp Don Bosco
                                  Grades 1 and 2 Spring Concert, 7pm, Egan

Wednesday, May 14   Due to a funeral and reception in Egan Hall, students will have lunch in classrooms.  Sack lunches will be substituted for hot lunches ordered.  Contact NoJunk to make changes to your order, or to order the sack lunch option.
PreSchool Survey
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How are we doing?  What suggestions do you have? 
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Tuition and Fees 2013/2014
All tuition and all miscellaneous fees (XDC, AFS, books, band, etc.)
must be paid in full by Friday, May 30, 2014. 

Please contact Mrs. Crockett (206-783-0337, in the school office if you have questions about outstanding fees.
Save the Date!  JOG-A-THON!
Friday, September 12, St. John students will be participating in our annual fall Jog-A-Thon fundraiser. The school day will be filled with exercise, music, costumes, food and fun, all to support St. John School. That same evening the parent community will come together to celebrate a new school year and the efforts of our student runners. This new twist on the annual back-to-school tailgate will include food trucks, carnival games for the kids, and more. Stay tuned for more details.

Opportunity for student artists. The Jog-A-Thon committee is now accepting student produced art to use for next year's logo. The winning submission will be used on the t-shirts, for informational flyers, and be included in signage for the event.

  • Must be a student enrolled at St. John in the upcoming 2014-2015 year
  • We would like to see a mascot or logo design, incorporating St. John and the fun event that is the Jog-A-Thon
  • Contest starts now 
  • Art can be a simple drawing, submitted in one color ink, on a piece of copy paper. It can also be a computer generated graphic so long as the art is original.
  • Submit to Seņor Pablo personally or through the front office BY MAY 30
Save the Date!  Purple & Gold Dinner 2014
The Purple & Gold Dinner, to benefit the St. John School Endowment will be a little early this year - Friday, September 26.  Once again, we will be celebrating at
Fremont Studios and enjoying a sit-down meal prepared by Kaspars

Our theme is Leave a Mark and we will recognize one of our St. John faculty who has definitely left her mark - Mrs. Jody Desclos.  For many years, Mrs. Desclos taught 8th grade at St. John School.  In recent  years, she has enjoyed a modified retirement teaching Art two days per week (see a short bio here).  We will recognize Mrs. Desclos with the Eagle Award for the mark she has left on St. John School and on generations of St. John graduates. 

So save the date and spread the word-current parents, graduates, friends, and alumni parents are all welcome to attend.

Mothers, fathers, picnics, camping, beach many opportunities coming up to enjoy with Scrip! 

Don't forget, Scrip spends just like cash, is dollar for dollar equivalent, and St. John School reaps the rewards from vendors, not from your wallet.             

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

Lisa Mendenhall
Box Tops for Education     Yes, it really is worth clipping those box tops and sending them to the school office.  We just received a check for $309.20!  Proceeds purchase playground equipment - balls, Hula Hoops, chalk, more.  Thank you! 
St. John Middle School Youth Group
Join us for the next Youth Group Sunday, May 18, 3-4:30pm in the Mezzanine!  Youth in grades 6 through 8 are invited to come, have fun and plan for the last meeting (June 1) with Pizza and a special project for pets!  Questions? Contact, Youth Leader, Myke Folger, at  
Spring Concerts, Grades Kindergarten through Five
Spring Concert, Grs. 3, 4, 5
Thursday, May 8, 7pm, Egan Hall
Don't miss our Intermediate students usher in Spring with song and movement performance under the direction of Mrs. Becky Kelly.  Cantionis Choir and Band will perform.  Everyone welcome! 

Spring Concert, Grs. 1 & 2
Tuesday, May 13, 7pm, Egan Hall 
Under the direction of Mrs. Pat Tsagalakis, students will present a delightful Spring Concert full of charm.  Students have prepared well to perform for you!  Do join us.

Thank You Corner
A Special Thank you to the First Communion Team, especially Nan Houston who coordinated the program.   Lead Catechists: Shawna Calhoun, Laura Pelfrey and their assistants Carolyn Sherman, Mary Beth Gilbrough, Diana Grusczynski,  Marilyn Porter, Bridget Sevigny and Shane Pierard for the great job they did with preparing the children.  A special thank you to Joanne Jepson, who coordinates our bread making session each year.
Thank you to all the Parents of the First Communicants, for all their support and cooperation that helped to make the program so successful for their children.
Thank you the St. John School second grade teachers, Mrs. Pat Hendrickson and Mrs. Lisa Teschner and their assistants Mrs. Kim Miller and Mrs. Abby Mansfield, for all their help and support throughout the program. Thank you to all those who helped with the reception: Karen Ewing, Molly Martinez,  Antonella and Martina Bartel,  Rachel Berryessa, Miss Molly Feeney,  Christina Kettman and Seann Colgan.



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   "She broke her bread into two fragments and gave them to the children,
who ate with avidity.

'She hath kept none for herself,' grumbled the Sergeant.
'Because she is not hungry,' said a soldier.
'Because she is a mother,' said the Sergeant."
Victor Hugo, Les Miserables