June 5, 2014
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Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the
name of the Lord.
1 Samuel 20:42 - Class of 2014 Motto  
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Principal's Letter


Dear Parents,


Congratulations Class of 2014! Tonight at 7:00 we will have the Commencement Exercises for the graduating eighth graders.


We are so proud of their accomplishments. Many of our students received academic, merit and stewardship scholarships to the Catholic High Schools.   For some of our students, deciding on which high school to attend was made more difficult as they received awards at more than one school!   The class also had a number of winners in math and science competitions - see below.    


I am looking forward to hearing about their successes as alumni!  Last week, I received an email about graduates Michael Lambert, Caroline Lambert, Davis Pessner, and Elijah Pasco who recently  received Ignatian Awards from Seattle Prep. At Holy Names, Colleen Martinez and Nikki Cullen received Religion Service Awards. See below for more alumni success stories!  Please inform us if you know of a graduate who is following the St. John mission to lead lives based on Gospel values, committing to academic excellence and service to others.


Speaking of service, it was a joy to attend the Parent Association meeting and hear about so many new and returning volunteers for next year. At this time of the year, when we are evaluating programs, discussing achievement and purchasing curriculum, I am acutely aware of the need for fundraising and the power of your stewardship. Your fundraising goes directly to the operating budget. The operating budget covers salaries, instructional needs, utilities, technology, etc. - the annual cost to run the school. This year's auction, jog-a-thon and scrip together raised approximately $400,000 for the school's operating budget! We can add a new assistant for the third grade, we will purchase new reading books for the primary, and students in grades 3 - 5 and the geometry class get new math books! Your Fair Share commitment and your stewardship is an investment in the children and they reap the benefits!  Thank you to all of you and especially to Michelle Sorrick, Lynette Muenzberg, Karen Schuler, Lisa Mendenhall, Christine Craig, Page Harader and the many volunteers who help make St. John successful.


We have new team leaders among you:

  • Nancy Alton and Barbara Folger will 'intern' with Christine Craig in Parent Association next year.
  • Team Scrip: Alec Strigen, Charlotte Dimock, Anne Mathieu, Julia Rudden, Karen Bombino.
  • Team auction will be led by Julie Skinner, Fundraising Administrator. The auction team is expanding to include more committees and they have BIG plans for next year! Look out for some exciting news!

These groups are forging ahead to ensure that St. John is the best it can be.



Bernadette O'Leary  Principal  
Dates To Note/Action Items  
Tonight, June 5, 2014
Grade 8 Commencement
7pm, St. John Church followed by Reception in Egan Hall
Green Banner
Tuesday, June 10 - Grades 3, 4 and 5 - Field Day at Sandel Park
Wednesday, June 11 - Preschool, final day of class
Thursday, June 12 - Preschool picnic at Sandel Park, noon
Thursday, June 12 - Kindergarten Graduation, 7pm, Egan Hall
Friday, June 13 - Closing of School, 10:30 dismissal (report cards given)
Graduate Farewell
Eighth grade students performed for their parents at the annual Parent Tea, at which students express their appreciation for a St. John School education. 

St. John School 8th Grade Tea 2014
St. John School 8th Grade Tea 2014
Tuition 2014/2015
Tuition payments for the 2014/2015 school year begin in July.


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 Se˝or 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.   

Jog-A-Thon Logo Design Contest

Thank you for the many wonderful designs submitted for the Logo Design Contest. 

Congratulations to Kristin Folger, Grade 7.
Kristin's logo design will be featured on the Jog-A-Thon tee shirts.

Congratulations to Logan Shea (Grade 2) and Caroline Shea (Grade 4) who teamed up to create the logo design that will be featured on the Prizes.

Thank you again, for all your wonderful designs!  You made the decision difficult!  

New Retailer Available


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Put together your summer playlist with Pandora« Media ScripNow«! $20 Pandora ScripNow eCards are now available, with a 12% non-profit contribution.  


Pandora One is completely free of any sort of advertising. No audio ads, no visual ads. It's just you and your music. Pandora One offers you a longer listening time without having to interact with the product. Click here to order Pandora scrip!


It's easy to get your Pandora ScripNow:

  • Order your $20 Pandora ScripNow.
  • Pay with PrestoPay™ to print your ScripNow in minutes.
  • Or, pay by check to have your coordinator release your order.
  • Receive an email when your eCard is available on your ShopWithScrip.com account.
  • Click on View ScripNow from your Family Home page to view and print your eCard.  


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 DRAFT calendar already has an important change.  Our Auction for school year 2014/2015 will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015. Save the date!  See attached.
Alumni News
  • Hailey Yeager, '04 is heading to Georgia Tech to coach Freshman Girls Crew
  • Laura Thornquist, '04 will begin UW Medical School this fall
  • Reland Tuomi, '07 has been named Editor in Chief at The Mooring Mast, Pacific Lutheran's campus newspaper
Competition Results

Jack Dingfield, Gr. 8 placed first in the recent Geography Bee.  Will Austin, Gr. 8 placed second; Juan Hillon, Gr. 7 placed third.  Congratulations! 


The following students received Gold Awards at the North Deanery Science Fair

Emily Cary, Brian Spear, Margo Farmer, Finn Burke, Luke Gaskill, Eric Mueser, Elizabeth Franklin, Molly Olney, Cooper LeComp, Sophie Butler, Cosette Ellis, Leo Rivera, Emma Flood, Brendan Nenninger, Louisa Yardley, William King, Ana Melder, Emma Craig, and Irene Maye.  


Irene Maye was awarded a First Place at the Washington State Science Fair


At the annual Math Competition at Blanchet High School, Brendan Nenninger took first place and Kiera Rudden-Flanagan took second place in 8th grade. Seventh graders Cameron Lambert and Juan Hillon took first and second place, respectively. In addition, St. John School won First Place as a team in that event. 

Boy Scout Troop #121

St. John Parish's chartered Boy Scout Troop #121 will have a Joining Night tonight, Thursday, June 5, 6:30pm, at Greenwood Elementary School. All boys currently in grades Kindergarten through Five are invited.

"Join Cub Scouts now!"


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 (thomas.j.brush@boeing.com) or Pat Daly (tpatrickdaly@hotmail.com) about CYO Soccer, and Mike Spear (mikespear21@outlook.com) or Pat Daly (tpatrickdaly@hotmail.com) about CYO Cross Country.

  CYO Track & Field

6th Grade Boys Champions!

7th Grade Girls Champions!

8th Grade Girls Champions!

Overall Girls Team Champions!!!

3rd Place Overall Team!



Thank you to all of the parents who have trusted their children in the care of the St. Al/John coaching staff.  Special thank you to Marcey Flood and Luci Bakker for serving as team administrators, Tiffany Davis for reliable and wonderful label printing, Kari Lanser for her support and for organizing the team party, Coaches Arny Stonkus and Sam Lipscomb for their hard work and dedication, Mike Martinez for being official timekeeper at all of the meets, and all of the parents who have chipped in at practices or served as volunteers at meets.  To have a successful season, the track and field team needs a core community dedicated to keeping the program running (so to speak), and we've been fortunate to have a strong core this season.  




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 (tpatrickdaly@hotmail.com
/ 206-919-7905) directly if you have any questions or would like any additional information. 
 Registration Form


Fall Sports (Soccer/Cross Country) Registration 
Attached Registration form
Return your form to the school office.
During summer please mail:  St. John School Athletics, 120 North 79th Street, Seattle, WA 98103


St. John Parish, Vacation Bible School
St. John Parish hosts
Catholic Kidz Camp 
open to ALL children enrolled for Kindergarten through fourth grade for fall 2014/2015. 
The Camp will be taught by St. John School teachers, Miss Molly Feeney and Mrs. Vanessa Castillo

Contact Mrs. Mary Wiseman in the parish office at 206-782-2810 or mwiseman@stjohnsea.org.
  See the attached for more information, and to register. Financial aid available.
Thank You Corner
In anticipation of summer fun around the corner ( and lots of reading!), I first have an amazing and stalwart crew of volunteers to thank. Without their dedication to their duty and cheerful help guiding your children, keeping the playground a safe and positive place to play and grow would be very difficult. Please join me in heartfelt thanks to: Rita Annen, Jennifer Bergman, Lisa Boucher, Julie Clark, Sawsan Clark, Talia Gonzalez Correa, Colleen Douglas, Rachel Douglas, Eva and Mike Fletcher, Laura Fraioli, Venetia Halsey, Marilyn Hanley, Ida Henricksen, Laura Herzog, Kim James, Cathy Knauerhase, Christine Lewis, Shannon Manley, Ann Martin, Ann Mathieu, Glorilyn Maw, Geeta McCormack, Erin Murphy, Paula Pessner, Milana Richardson, Roland Russnak, Ana Santos, Karen Schuler, Nelle Steele. My hat is off to you all!!!  If you would like to be a part of this amazing group next year, please contact me over the summer at floribunda51@ yahoo.com. Catherine Dahlgren, Our Lady of Perpetual Asphalt




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

Student Activities

Mrs. Teschner joined her 2nd grade girls at their recent baseball game!

Students in Gr. 4 had a great visit at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma
Neighborhood Bites


Summer spots still available for
Dragonfly ART Camp !!  

Beginning to advanced projects are ready for your family artist to create.

Information and registration can be found on the website. 




Ballard Boys & Girls Club, Summer Basketball Camp
For: Boys and Girls Grades 2nd - 8th


More information, David Gerig, davegerig88@gmail.com


Fighting Irish Basketball Camp - Boys in grades 4 - 8.  Coached by O'Dea coaches, players and former players.  Contact Monte Kohler, odad@odea.org or Gabi Botello, gbotello@odea.org.  



2013/2014 School Year Theme
In His Image
Genesis 1:26