May 29, 2014
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Principal's Letter

  Fifth Grade Colonial Gentlemen 

Dear Parents,


At drop-off this morning we witnessed a very colorful parade of students eager for their special events today! The fifth graders celebrated Colonial Days and took us all on a historical journey with their colorful costumes!  The first and eighth grade buddies came ready for their Reading Rodeo, dressed in western style and very excited to spend time together over many books. School is so much fun - bet you all wish you could have my job!


We ask for your prayers for the Class of 2014, as they head out on the next leg of their adventure. Their commencement events begin with the Parent Tea tomorrow. On Sunday, at 10:30 we will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation will take place on June 5th.   


May the Lord bless them and keep them,

May He grant them hope and courage in every endeavor,

May He hold them in the palm of His hands forever.  


As we continue our efforts to meet the needs of all students I am pleased to announce that we will have an assistant shared between the third grades next year.  Mrs. Kim Miller will assist both Mrs. Castillo and Mrs. Kelly.  Look out for news of the kindergarten and second grade teaching assistants!


Summer vacation is around the corner and the excitement is pulsating!  The children are ready for adventures in the sunshine.  Summer is also a great time for relaxing reading and fun math games. Your teachers have great suggestions for you.  Next week, a guest speaker from Seattle Public Library will share the Summer Reading Program with students in grades K - 5.  Let there be no summer academic lag in your home!  In the meantime, see below for the various events and activities as we round out the year. 



Bernadette O'Leary  Principal  
Dates To Note/Action Items  
Jog-A-Thon Art Contest Deadline, TOMORROW, May 30 - Turn artwork in to the school office or directly to Seņor Pablo, by 3pm!
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Thursday, May 29 - Kay's Art Club, Art Show, Egan Mezzanine, 5-6pm
Friday, May 30 - Gr. 3 to Moore Theatre, BBHS "Shrek"
                              Jog-A-Thon Art Contest Deadline
                              Grade 8, Parent Tea, Egan Hall, 1pm - lunch in classes
Sunday, June 1 - Baccalaureate Mass, 10:30, Church
Tuesday, June 3 - Final Parent Association Meeting, 7pm, Egan Mezzanine
Wednesday, June 4 - Grade 4 to Washington State History Museum
Thursday, June 5 - Grade 8 Graduation, 7pm, St. John Church followed by reception in Egan Hall
Reading Rodeo and Colonial Days
Fun Thursday with Reading Rodeo (Grades 1 and 8) and Colonial Days (Grade 5)
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 or need assistance.


Do you own a business or have contacts within a business organization that would be willing to sponsor the St. John School Jog-a-thon on September 12, 2014?


Business sponsorship is an effective, tax-deductible way to highlight your business to the families and friends of 325+ St. John families. Sponsors can be law firms, financial services, insurance, retail, medical & dental, real estate, building, health & beauty, family & child services, restaurants, more.  See the attached form and return to Seņor Pablo.


This is a great community event and we are counting on the fantastic St. John community to make this memorable! Lace up your running shoes and we'll see you on September 12!  Be sure to watch the Jog-A-thon page for more information.  

Check out the list of merchants you can purchase Scrip for! 

  (Click the Pic above to go to MyScripWallet™)    


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

Questions?  Lisa Mendenhall
Calendar 2014/2015

The long awaited calendar for school year 2014/2015 is available.  Note that certain dates may change.  School holidays will not change.
Farewell, Mrs. Teschner

Mrs. Teschner's class surprised her with a farewell party. The students presented her with a book of letters and drawings from the entire class to take with her when she moves from Seattle. She will be missed!

Student Art Show
Egan Mezzanine, 5pm-6pm
Everyone is welcome to come and view the exciting pieces students have created with Kyoungmi Jang over this eleven-week course. 
         "Wonder" by Trason C., Gr. 2                         "Tocan" by Samantha D., Gr. 2                            "Starry City" by Ryen B., Gr. 2                      
After School Bake Sale for Kenya Children   Thank you for your support!  The bake sale brought in $555.78!  All proceeds benefit the children in Kenya needing medical assistance.  Great effort, Grade Five!  
Middle School Youth Group
Middle School Youth Group had a "splash of a day" last Sunday, with a refreshing, old fashioned water fight! 

Thanks to Myke Folger, Youth Group Leader for organizing this fun event!  
Watch for more fun Middle School Youth Group activities - all middle schoolers welcome! 
CYO Soccer/Cross Country 14/15 Registration Opens
Sign up now to play CYO Soccer and run Cross Country for St. John!
For soccer, practices begin in mid-to-late August and the season ends late October or early November. Cross Country practices start in late August or early September and the season concludes in October.

Please try to register as soon as possible, forms and fees are due by Friday, June 13, 2014 to avoid a $10 late fee.

Please contact Tom Brush ( or Pat Daly ( about CYO Soccer, and Mike Spear ( or Pat Daly ( about CYO Cross Country.
Harry & Myrtle Olsen, International Organ Festival
David di Fiore, St. John Parish Pastoral Assistant for Music
invites all to this extraordinary event, to be held Sunday, June 1.

Morning Worship at 10:30 will feature choral works; the Barn Burners and Carillons Concert at 3pm will feature U Temple's handbell choir directed by Laura Baumgartner, and music for organ, organ  brass and tympani directed and arranged by David di Fiore. For more, link here. Invite your friends.

Thank You Corner
Colleen Mounsey and Jane Blaylock with to send a BIG thank you to their steadfast pizza fundraiser team:  Laura Herzog, Geraldine Stone, Maryanne Wells, Sue Kelly, Chris Mounsey, Shannon Manley and Page Harader.  Editor's Note:  On behalf of our sister parish and school in Peru, Kenya Orphans, Catholic Relief Services (Syrian and Oso assistance) and 8th grade financial aid recipients for the Washington, D.C. trip, thank you all, especially our amazing coordinators Colleen Mounsey and Jane Blaylock!  Thousands of dollars could not be passed to these worthy causes without your efforts!

Maia Hascall, GM at Domino's Crown Hill wishes to thank Colleen Mounsey:  "Dear Colleen, I just wanted to say thank you for choosing us as your pizza providers again this year!  We really appreciate your business and I hope our team's effort to provide outstanding and consistent service has paid off.  Have a great summer!  See you next school year."



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

Lost & Found

Lost and Found items will be donated to a charitable organization on June 13.  Start looking now!  Lost and Found is in the lower west hallway of the main school building.
Neighborhood Bites
BlanchetBishop Blanchet Youth Boys and Girls Cross-Country

Participants will learn about basic running technique, racing strategies, nutrition, and injury prevention. Students will come to appreciate the benefits of running as a lifelong activity through an age-appropriate introduction. All activities will take place at Green Lake and Lower Woodland, and will be led by BBHS cross country coaches John O'Leary (men), Becca Salzman (women) and special guest athletes and/or local coaches.  Registration form and more information, attached.   


It's time for Mama Maria Clinics to build a new clinic - so we're celebrating with our first benefit auction in four and a half years. Saturday, June 7, 2014, promises to be a night like no other.


Our newest clinic will be in Bar Kowino, Kenya, and you can help us build it. The Share the Health Benefit Auction is your chance to help provide Bar Kowino's rural poor critically needed accessible, affordable - and sustainable - healthcare for thousands in need. And have an amazing time.


Our goal is to raise $120,000. This money will build and stock the Bar Kowino clinic, as well as support our staff and services for one year - as we ramp up our programs and ease the fledgling clinic into self-sustainability.   Tickets Available Here 



St. John School BASKETBALL CAMP, Monday, 
June 23 through Thursday, June 26

This camp will be conducted by coach Greg Turcott, who has coached at Shoreline Community College, Archbishop Murphy High School, Kamiak High School, and Bishop Blanchet High School, and is currently the director of the Elite One Basketball Academy. The camp will be open to all basketball players who are going to be in grades 1-8 in 2014-15. Please contact Pat Daly (

/ 206-919-7905) directly if you have any questions or would like any additional information. 
Brave Pride Junior Football & Cheer - Experience full contact football in a safe, fun and positive environment.  Ages 6-14.  Email
or call 206-368-5524.  Website: