June 12, 2014
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May the Lord
, Mighty God

Bless and keep you forever.

Grant you peace, perfect peace

Courage in every endeavor.

Lift up your eyes and see His face

And His grace forever.

May the Lord, Mighty God

Bless and keep you safe forever.   

Closing of School Prayer, sung by students to the tune of Edelweiss 

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Principal's Letter

Mrs. O'Leary & students Dear Families, 


Tomorrow, we will gather for our final prayer assembly for the year. Seventh grade students will lead us in prayer.


"Our school year is drawing to a close and we can see in ourselves so much growth! With each passing day, God worked through each person to make a new creation. Together let us thank our Creator for the many blessed memories we've shared in our time together."


We will pray for you, parents and thank you for your support and stewardship throughout the year.   We will pray for the grandparents, parishioners and neighbors who attended the various school events throughout the year. We will pray for all the students that they go forth to new adventures, cherishing the love they have shared this year and remembering that we walk in the Image of God.


We will also pray for the teachers and assistants who are leaving us to go on to new adventures. As you know, Mrs. Teschner is going back to Chicago. Students, staff and teachers have been celebrating Mrs. Teschner's time at St. John. I have always enjoyed visiting her classroom, especially on math problem solving days. Those students could be solving the nation's economic problems! I thank Mrs. Teschner for her commitment to making every child feel successful! See below for more greetings.


Mrs. Marcey Flood is also off on a new adventure, but she's not going as far! Mrs. Flood has been a very nurturing presence on our XDC and preschool programs.   When she wasn't taking care of the children here, Mrs. Flood was pursuing teaching and early education classes. Come September, she will be teaching preschool at St. George Parish School, leading her very own classroom. Congratulations, Mrs. Flood! We will miss you!   


We also say goodbye to Mrs. Shirley Briones.  She has decided to focus her great energy in more of a full-time capacity at St. Benedict School, where she also teaches.  Our intermediate students will miss her spirit, but we know they will continue to value her lessons on the importance of physical fitness.     


Following prayer tomorrow morning, we will continue our celebration of a great year with the awards assembly. We will present the Eagle Award for the third trimester to students in grades four through eight. This award goes to students who strive to live the St. John mission by demonstrating Christian Social qualities and completing all their homework. The winner of the John Wall Award will be announced. This award is presented to a seventh grade student who, in the eyes of his or her peers and teachers, has made the greatest strides toward achieving the mission of St. John School:  Exemplifying Christian leadership for the church and society; pursuit of academic excellence; upholding the dignity and freedom of all persons; and, active service to the wider community.  Math Olympiad winners will receive awards and the Mile Run certificates will be presented.    


One of our teachers will be receiving a big award, just not here. Congratulations to Mrs. Becky Kelly who has earned her Master's Degree and will be at graduation at SPU tomorrow, and congratulations to our Kindergarteners who will be graduating tonight! 


We received news of alumni success stories! Read on below!


Many of our students in the intermediate and middle school expressed their interest in the World Cup by making flags of the participating countries. These flags will be decorating the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center, where you can go and enjoy the games. See the picture below. They will be showing the games on the big screen and families are welcome!


Where in the world is Sao Paulo?   How many countries are qualified for the World Cup? The countries participating in the World Cup and the news of the games are great sources of reading material as the summer break begins.   Take the children to the library and help them locate and learn some interesting facts about the countries.


May your days be filled with the love of God. May you enjoy a safe, healthy, fun-filled summer!   Practice for the Jog-a-thon!


Bernadette O'Leary  Principal  
Dates To Note/Action Items  
Tonight, June 12, 2014
Kindergarten Graduation
7pm, Egan Hall

Medications at school:  Please retrieve student medication from the school office not later than Friday, June 20.  Medication remaining after this date must be disposed of.
Green Banner
Friday, June 13 - Closing of School, Prayer Service at 9am, Egan Hall, 10:30 dismissal
Week of July 7 - Summer Packet link sent via email
Tuesday, July 14 - Dennis Uniform Sale, 3pm, Egan Hall
Thursday, August 28 - Opening of School, noon dismissal
Farewell, Mrs. Teschner
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Hope everyone is excited for the 2nd Annual St. John Jog-a-thon! Mark your calendars and save the date - September 12. The school day will again include fun, running, music, crazy hair, prizes, incentives, and excitement. That same evening we will celebrate with an ALL SCHOOL WELCOME BACK PARTY (formerly the St. John Tailgate), complete with food trucks, carnival, and more.


A few things we are looking forward to:


PRIZES: Free dress days, prize drawings for Scrip, and of course the ever-popular Silly String Showdown!


THEME SONG: Classes will once again compete for a chance to pick the THEME SONG for the Jog-a-thon!


KICKOFF ASSEMBLY: Friday, August 29 with surprises and fun announcements! Save the date.


ONLINE MONEY COLLECTION! New this year, all fund collection will be available ONLINE! More details to follow.


SPONSORS: A fantastic opportunity to have a company name or logo featured on the Jog-a-thon tee shirt and a banner up at the event, which will become the all school event in the evening - giving you an even larger audience! Contact Seņor Pablo for more information pkelley@stjohnsea.org.


THANK YOU TO: Tupper|Mack|WellsPLLC and FINISHING EDGE for your sponsorship commitments.


Congratulations to Kristin F., Grade 6 who designed the logo for the 2014 Jog-a-thon, to be unveiled SOON!


Watch our Jog-a-thon page on the St. John website for more information throughout the Summer.


Add MyScripWallet to your Home Screen!  

MyScripWallet™, ShopWithScrip'sŪ new mobile website, is online, and we've already received lots of great feedback from families using it to order on the go! Did you know you can add a shortcut to your Android or iPhone home screen so it launches just like an app? Watch this video to see how:  

Add MyScripWallet to Your Home Screen!

Scrip - Summer Delivery Options


Scrip doesn't stop in the summer time. It's a fundraising program that runs year round!! St. John still needs your support during this time. We have many options for pick up. Pick the location that works best for you! Don't see an option that works. Contact Scrip at scrip@stjohnsea.org and we'll see what we can do.


Scrip works the same way during the summer as during the school year. Standing order checks are due into the Parish office on Wednesday with your order being ready for pick up on Friday. Please remember that Scrip is always available. In addition to sales every Sunday at Coffee & Donuts, you can e-mail an order to scrip@stjohnsea.org. In most cases we will have what you want in stock and can arrange a time and place to pick up.


If you do not use Auto-Pay through your bank or Presto Pay through www.shopwithscrip.com, please send in post dated checks for the summer by Friday, June 6th. Checks will be held in the safe and deposited on the Wednesday before your order is ready to be picked up or delivered.

 For more information on Summer Orders, link here


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

Be sure to check the Google School Calendar for updates
throughout the school year. 
You can link to the calendar through the school website.
Volunteer at St. John School!
Volunteer Thank You   Sign Up to Volunteer for 2014-15 School Year
We are able to accomplish so much.  Parents, grandparents, parishioners, alumni--and even alumni parents--help St. John School in so many ways.  We invite you to take a look and sign up for a volunteer opportunity or three--there's no limit.  Follow this link to see how you can help.  There's something for everyone. And, volunteering is part of your Fair Share obligation to St. John School.
Link Here!
Alumni News

Patrick J. Miranda One True Brave Award

Nominated and selected by the faculty at Bishop Blanchet High School, the One True Brave Award recognizes a senior who most demonstrates compassion, consideration, and respect for self and others in the community. This year's award went to senior Kedus Getanah, St. John School Class of 2010.

Bishop Blanchet High School, Ed Thenell Scholar Athlete Award
Congratulations to the six 2014 finalists for the Ed Thenell Scholar Athlete Award. They were honored at the Metro League Scholar Athlete Luncheon at the Washington Athletic Club. Among those awarded is Joseph Osborne, Class of 2010 (second from left).

The Bishop Blanchet High School, Braves Men's Golf team
, led by Head Coach Sean Gaskill and Asst. Coach Anna Comfort, placed 2nd in State! This is the highest placement in Bishop Blanchet history. TJ Gilbrough, far right, graduated St. John School with Class of 2010.

Women Golfers Maria Biondi and Truly Dorland, St. John Class of 2012 qualified to compete at the State Championships.

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.

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


  The 7/8th grade St. Al/John Eagles finished their season 8-2, and took 2nd place in the end of season play-off tournament in the National Division.  The championship game was a hard fought defensive battle that saw great defensive plays and great pitching from both sides.  The Eagles managed to hit the ball hard, but it was one of those days when the ball always seemed to find the glove a defender. The game was sent into extra innings after the Eagles fended off a bases loaded 1, out threat in the bottom half of the 7th inning.  It was a valiant effort, but in the end the Eagles lost 1-0 in a 10 inning affair.  Despite the loss, the players had a great season, and the coaches would like to thank the parish and player's families for their great support.  Michael Porter  



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


8th grade wants to thank our wonderful 7th grade parents for all of their help at the Parent Tea and Graduation! We could not have done it without you. Special thanks to Ms. Sue Kelly and Mrs. Soheila Beberness for their time in organizing these events.


Mrs. Crockett would like to thank families for their thoughtfulness at year's end, and for their support throughout the school year!  I look forward to working with you again.


Christine Craig would like to thank all who participated with Parent Association, especially Page Harader for co-chairing PA over the past two years!  Also, thank you to those who were Grade Parents this year.  We are looking for Grade Parents for the 2014/2015 school year -  sign up here!     


Lisa Mendenhall would like to give a special thank you to Amy Morris, Lisa McKenny, and Chrissy Hilt for their assistance with the scrip program over the years.  This program could not have been so successful without your help.  Thank you for your time and efforts.  I truly appreciate it.


St. John School extends a heartfelt thank you to Lisa Mendenhall for her years of heading up scrip, during which time upwards of $300,000 supplemented St. John School's programs. Thank you Lisa!  Lisa will pass the lead torch to Karen Bombino.

Mrs. Skokan wants to thank my amazing volunteers, especially Jen Bergman, Ida Hendrickson, Cindy Tramountanous.

Mrs. Q. would like to thank Nancy Alton for helping with tardy slips on manic Mondays, and mail carrier students, especially Leo R. and Michael M., Grade 8. 

Mrs. Tsagalakis would like to thank
our wonderful sound / tech crew Cooper L.C. and Brian S., Grade 7 for helping with the Kindergarten Graduation program and all of our musical performances this year.  You are the BEST! 

St. John School Administration thanks all families and volunteers who further support the mission of the school.


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

Student Activities
The St. John Auction Item - Dance Party 2014 was a huge success last Friday at the Ballard Elks Club.  Thank you to the 180 St. Johns attendees for participating in the fun and for your donation to this year's auction. Thank you to our host families: Budelsky, Burckhardt, Butler, Cogar, Fairchild, McCallum, McHugh-Olney, Thenell, Towne and Zeisner.

Students' artistic gifts bloom under the direction of Mrs. Jody Desclos.  This piece is done by Keawa B-P, Grade 4 inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh.

A great day for Field Day, an annual celebration for students in grades three, four and five.  Students participated in many events at Sandel Park.


Benjamin B., Gr. 7 was a Gold Award winner at the recent BBHS Science Fair.  Among Ben's other accomplishments: He placed 7th in the Washington State Middle School Chess Open this past April.  His USCF (United States Chess Federation) official rating is over 1900 which puts him in the top 100 players in his age group in the United States. Ben is pictured here in 2007, as a Kindergartener.





During the last week of Music class, Mrs. Tsagalakis' music students share their many gifts and talents during "Performance Day."  We encourage you to continue singing and dancing with your children throughout the summer.







Student artwork, World Cup Soccer display at Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center 

"Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... 
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape 
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."  
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow