May 15, 2014
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Principal's Letter

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Dear Parents,

Summer is in the air!   We are all so grateful for the sunshine but none more than our sixth graders who are at Environmental Science Camp this week.  They have been blessed with great weather for their hikes, field studies and outdoor fun. Next week, the eighth graders fly off to the other Washington, Washington, DC. Let us pray for safe travels and fine weather as they explore our nation's capital.


At this time of the school year I find myself looking backwards and forwards. I am evaluating the past school year (and the two years before this one!) and planning for next year.  Through individual discussions with the teachers, evaluations and surveys among them about teaching, standards, curriculum, faith formation and professional development, we look at how well we are doing, where improvement is needed and the goals and plans set for next year.  Here are some of our achievements over the past three years. We have

  • aligned curriculum and implemented the Common Core State Standards
  • updated assessments - we moved to the new ITBS norms and teachers rewrote end-of-year finals, and added a pre and post writing assessment
  • opened up the Next Generation Science Standards
  • deployed PowerSchool to the parents
  • introduced and use iPads in the classroom
  • helped students improve executive functioning through the use of the Habits of Mind
  • taught an updated version of Second Step to help students improve social and emotional skills and we integrated the teachings with our Gospel Values
  • early intervention is imperative so Mrs. McCarthy took on kindergarten students and we added more assistant time and assistants in the primary grades
  • we formed a faith formation committee
  • we pray together every morning and we added all school prayer services

Improving student achievement also means that you, the parents are involved. The quality of our program depends in large part on you doing your fair share. This year, the auction, scrip, and the Jog-a-Thon all met budget. The Parent Association had great speakers and celebrations. Our dedicated and talented faculty continued to go above and beyond for our children in all areas - thank you!  These successes are the result of your participation. Now we are planning for next year and WE NEED YOU! Think about where your talents are and how much time you can dedicate and commit to the success of St. John School, and call us! We will find you a spot!


Onwards and Upwards! Thank you for all you do,


Bernadette O'Leary  Principal  
Dates To Note/Action Items  
Parent Association Meeting
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Final meeting for the 2013/2014 school year!
Egan Mezzanine
Green Banner
Monday, May 19 - Grade 5 to Pacific Science Center
Friday, May 23 - Grade 3 to Woodland Park Zoo
Monday, May 26 - Memorial Day - school and XDC not in session
Wednesday, May 28 - Pizza for Kenya - final Pizza Fundraiser Lunch
PreSchool Survey
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If you have not yet participated in our preschool survey, please follow the link below.  We are looking for feedback from families with an opinion about preschool.  You could have current students, former students, or have never had a student-we still want to know what you think! 
Play Date Hosts Needed

We are looking for parents to host a Play Date in the Park this summer.  We usually hold about 5 or 6 play dates at area parks over the summer.    Contact Katie Clair at if you want to help out!



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!
Jog-a-Thon for Peru and The Eagles' Nest 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 Se˝or Pablo personally or through the front office BY MAY 30.

Watch for information on sponsorship opportunities next week!  

 Scrip just got even EASIER!
You can be out shopping at a participating store and pay with your smartphone now! No need for plastic cards and no need to plan where you are going and remember to get a card!   It's all at your fingertips!!

Welcome to MyScripWallet! 
Welcome to MyScripWallet!

Login to and you'll be able to easily order ScripNow« eCards, reload existing plastic cards, pay for these products using your PrestoPay™ account, and redeem them directly from your smart phone.


And the best part? It uses your existing ShopWithScrip« and PrestoPay account, so you have access to more than 250 of your favorite brands available in ScripNow eCards, and over 75 brands that can be reloaded. MyScripWallet offers the widest selection of electronically delivered products and the highest rebates available anywhere, and all of your orders will be tracked on your ShopWithScrip account. MyScripWallet is currently supported on iPhone and Android devices.


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

Questions?  Lisa Mendenhall
St. John School raised over $7,200 during the Seattle Foundation's GIVEBIG promotion.  This amount does not include the "stretch dollars" that will be contributed by the Seattle Foundation, nor does it include any additional matching funds yet to come in.  Thank you for all who participated!

Garden Classroom Flower Sale    
The 'dollar a stem' flower sale to benefit the Garden Classroom, raised $229.00!  That's a lot of seed!  
St. John Middle School Youth Group

Middle School Youth Group is having a Super Soaker Extravaganza on Sunday, May 18, from 3-4:30pm in the St. John parking lot.  Bring your swimsuit, towel and water squirting toy, and join your friends for an afternoon of water fun.  Current Middle School students (grades 6, 7, 8) - as well as current 5th graders - are invited!   


5th graders - come see what you have to look forward to next fall!  

Youth Group will provide the water and snacks!

  Questions? Contact, Youth Leader, Myke Folger, at  
Traffic Safety
Traffic JamParents and students have been experiencing the frustration of near-gridlock traffic conditions on westbound 80th  for the last 2 weeks.  Vehicles needing to re-enter 80th after dropping off students are sitting through long waits to be back on their way. It's not clear what is causing this (construction on Holman Road? Light changes at 80th and Greenwood?). We have 2 crossing guards at 80th and 1st N. most days, and we are hard pressed to manage all the extra vehicles while getting pedestrians safely across.  The highest volumes tend to run between 8 am - 8:30 and 3:00 - 3:15.


Whatever the cause, it may help everyone get to school on time and reduce parental stress if they are able to:

  • give yourself an extra 10 minutes in the morning to negotiate the  westbound backups
  • park away from the school and walk with your students
  • be careful crossing - wait for the crossing guard to give you the go-ahead

A little extra time may pay big dividends.

Margaret Kineman, St. John School Crossing Guard 

Thank You Corner

Mrs. Tsagalakis would like to thank Mrs. Ida Hendricksen for volunteering to teach Salsa dancing to our first grade students.   During our Spring concert we witnessed first hand the enthusiasm and joy that she brings to our school and students.   

Muchas Gracias!!


Thank you to everyone who helped out at April Noel House shelter:  Kristin Jensen, Taylor Jensen, Kira Cha, Jim Russell, Doug Smith , Emily Hallman, Ann Richardson, Rosalinda Aguirre, Bridget Sevigny, Anne Mathieu, Kristin Kent, Tony Perucca, Ida Henricksen, Tara Cannava, Betty Ericksen, Matt Haskins, Karen O'Conner, Kathy Collins, Colleen O'Leary, Isabella Perucca, Ann Amort, Molly Martinez and Ben Howe. Also, thank you, Hannah McDonald  and Annie Martin for doing the wash and Nancy Alton and her lunch people. We are closing down for the Summer but reopen Labor Day weekend. If you would like to be trained to join us please let me know at


Thank you to the Kindergarten families for providing a beautiful luncheon for faculty and staff today - the final appreciation luncheon of the 2013/2014 school year!  Wonderful soups, salads, fruits and desserts were enjoyed by all!    


Thank you to the following parents for helping at the Kindergarten Welcome event: Monica Overby, Christine Sourov, Christine Westby, Geeta McCormack, Karen Bombino and Denise Scofield.



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

Neighborhood Bites
LaCrosseLooking for something to do this Saturday? Come out and see the fastest growing sport in the Northwest - girls Lacrosse!  Support our St. John 3rd graders as they face off against area teams. More information at
Eagle animated 
"We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."

Native American Proverb