September 11, 2014
Do not forget the works of the Lord!
from Psalm 78  
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Principal's Letter

Emily and Margaret, Grade 8 memorize and recite Mr. Lincoln's, Gettysburg Address!

Dear Families, 


Today we prayed, Lord we look for you everywhere: in the miracles and mysteries of life, death and suffering, in the kindness of strangers and the courage of the heroic, in daybreak and in sunset, in the beauties of heaven and earth. We search for you and we find you, but never fully and never enough and so in faith, we seek you still.


It's Jog-A-Thon and party time! Bring your running shoes and come exercise with us, because later you will eat a delicious dinner!  We will set the scene on the playground with an all school prayer and cheer at 8:25. Throughout the day, classes will take turns to complete their laps. Our goal is 800 miles in total and building healthy bodies. At 5pm, come back for the Welcome Back Party and Carnival.  Don't forget your tickets! Then, over the weekend, it's your turn to run around and collect all the pledges! Our goal is $45,000 and healthy school programs!  We rely on your donations to provide for the many programs and support staff that enrich the lives of your children. We are counting on you! If we don't bring in that amount, we leave our budget short. Then we may have to implement or resurrect other fundraisers. FEAR THE BEARD - get your donations in!


Remember, you can go to your friends and relatives for Jog-A-Thon donations! Then you can invite them to the Purple and Gold Dinner and treat them to a delicious meal and a fun night out! Thank you in advance, for your commitment to community and to our ministry at St. John!  


The teachers also thank you for your time at Curriculum Night. You are now familiar with the procedures and standards. You also know the drop-off and pick-up procedures!   If you need any further information, check the handbook and if you don't find the answers there, contact us.




Bernadette O'Leary  
September 12,
is Jog-A-Thon Day!

Come join us as we run in the sun all day! We'll be handing out prizes, playing music, eating snacks and counting laps.

 Don't forget that it's
Crazy Dress Day!

Students wear Jog-A-Thon shirts that were brought home yesterday along with athletic wear...crazy socks and hair encouraged!

AND: Mrs. Castillo's 3rd graders chose the THEME SONG "Boom Boom Pow" by the Black Eyed Peas! It will be on heavy rotation all day.

Congrats to our daily drawing winners for the families this week who reached the $150 pledge mark. Don't stop collecting! Families that TURN IN at least $250 by October 1st will enter the Cash Grabbin' Gecko game. Class winners will also be totaled after the final turn in date, and don't forget we're trying to reach our ALL SCHOOL goal of $45,000 for a free dress day prize! Donate here.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Carter Subaru, and all of our sponsors and donors! Now, RUN YOUR SOCKS OFF!

Want to know when your student will be jogging?
Gather at 8:25 for Prayer
9:00-9:30 - Kindergarten and Grade 4
9:30-10:00 - Grades 1 and 5
10:00-10:30 - Grade 2
10:30-11:00 - Preschool
1:00-1:30 - Preschool, Grades 6, 7, and 8
1:30-2:00 - Grades 3, 6, 7, and 8
2:00-2:30 - Grades 6, 7, and 8 


Thanks for supporting the St. John School Jog-A-Thon!
Jog-A-Thon Pledge Form/Information
Food Truck Menu - Back To School Party!
Donate Now!  


Dates To Note/Action Items  

Green Banner

  • Tuesday, September 16 - Gr. 8 Retreat at Camp Don Bosco
  • Wednesday, September 17 - Liturgy - Dress Uniform
Family Handbook 2014/2015

The 2014/2015 Family Handbook
Please read this document with your student.  When you have completed it, sign the following electronic forms:


Welcome Back Party & Carnival 

Friday, September 12, 5-8pm 



This fall we've combined two great events to create a  giant school celebration: last year's fun kid's carnival from the Friday night auction and the tailgate picnic. Here's a primer on tomorrow's Welcome Back Party & Carnival. Let's celebrate the start of a new school year and the success of our Jog-A-Thon:



Where: 79th Street (5 Food Trucks & 1 Free Dessert Truck), school parking lot (bring blankets and chairs like you did for the Tailgate) & portables (Carnival Games)




There will be five food trucks with $5 Kid Meals and $10 Adult Meals. All meals include a non-alcoholic drink. You may buy them on-site from our ticket table or send in the form tomorrow morning to pre-order and pick up at will call (see above). Know that lines will move faster than last year since we will have more food trucks and we will be using tickets to pay. Parent Association is providing dessert for free at the Six Strawberries truck; they'll be serving dairy free ice pops.



Carnival: Children can play games for free at the carnival in the portables. The games and prizes will be similar to last year, and our seventh and eighth grade students will be running the games again. Please remember you'll need to monitor your children at the games.



*The Welcome Back party is a no-alcohol event. 


Don't forget to register for the Purple & Gold Dinner coming up on September 26th.  All proceeds benefit the school endowment.  The celebration begins at 6:00pm at Fremont Studios with a complimentary cocktail, wine or beer.   


New this year - a wine grab during the social hour.  Take a chance and grab an extra bottle of wine for your table.   


You can also sponsor a teacher.  Tickets are $90 and include the welcome drink, dinner, table wine, and the after party with DJ and dessert buffet.   


We will be honoring Jody Desclos with the Eagle Award.  

Farewell and Thank You, Steve Berlage

Steve in one of his many roles at St. John the Evangelist Parish and School. 


Please join us in thanking Steve Berlage for 30 years of service to our St. John Community.  Steve has been a dedicated and valuable part of our St. John family always giving generously of his time and his many gifts.  Steve wishes to be available now, to support his father and family, who are greatly appreciative of all the prayers of support from the community. 


As a beloved member of our St. John family, we understand that many of you will want to reach out to Steve during this difficult time.  Feel free to forward cards for Steve to the parish office. A farewell gathering will be planned, date to be announced later.  

Join St. John School Band! 
Students in grades five through eight will be taught by Alex Dugdale, Bishop Blanchet Band Instructor twice each week during the lunch hour recess.  Students provide their own instruments or explore and pick one up to rent at

Instrument Rental Night 
Bishop Blanchet High School 
Wednesday, September 24, 6:30pm, Haggerty Hall 
8200 Wallingford Avenue North

Students receive professional instruction, many moving right into high school band (jazz, marching, etc.) after 8th grade graduation.  Students march in the Annual Seattle St. Patrick's Day Parade! 
Make music, friends, have fun...and SO MUCH MORE!

REGISTRATION FORM - Download and return to the School Office.

Families will be billed $50.00 monthly, October through June. 
Questions?  Alex Dugdale,
Alumni News

Dan Sherman, St. John School Class of 1969, Principal of St. Madeleine Sophie School in Bellevue, has received the Edward M. Shaughnessy III Serving All God's Children Award for Inclusion. He was honored July 12 at the NCEA Law Symposium in Louisville, KY. St. Madeleine Sophie opened in 2005 with a mission to welcome children representing a diverse economic, ethnic and academic population. The school's Inclusion Program, which includes over 40 percent of the school's students, offers individualized support for students with learning differences ranging from children with profound intellectual and physical challenges to highly capable


Get your child excited about packing her/his lunch online at:

What is Scrip?   

We are asked that question a lot!


As part of your Fair Share Commitment to St. John School,  

you earn money for St. John School by shopping with Scrip gift cards for everyday purchases like food, gas, clothing,  

and entertainment.   


Each Scrip gift card you buy earns a rebate for St. John.   

It is a powerful, no-selling fundraiser!   


For example, you can buy a $100 gift card at a grocery store and between 3 - 5% goes to St. John School.





You can buy Scrip gift cards many different ways:

  1. Standing Orders:  You can have a standing order that comes every week, month, etc.
  2.  Regular Orders:  You also can buy Scrip gift cards when you need them by sending your order form along with a check into the school office and you will receive your Scrip the following Friday.  The Scrip gift card order form can be found here
  3. Scrip Online:  You can also buy Scrip online. Go to and look for the green "Family Sign Up!" box on the left hand side of the screen and click on "create account". Be sure to enter St. John School as your non-profit. Our enrollment code is 82C77BFB3521. When you sign up for PrestoPay, you will be given an "approval code" that you must provide to the school's scrip coordinator in order to complete your enrollment.  Please send your code to the Scrip Team at
  4. Live Sales:  We sell Scrip at Sunday Masses and school events.

Come visit us at the Back to School Carnival on Friday evening!



Questions? Contact Karen Bombino and the Scrip Team at
Parent Association

First Meeting of 2014/2015!

Tuesday, September 16, 7pm, Egan Mezzanine 


Welcome new and returning families! We hope everyone had a great Summer!


We look forward to a wonderful year full of learning for students and parents alike - and lots of fun!  We have opportunities for parents to get involved as Grade Parents - visit our SignUp Genius page and sign up! We will have an informational meeting the morning of September 25 for Grade Parents - location TBD.


Visit our school web page
for contacts and more information!   


Greenwood Library News
  • Artistic, like to read, write, make short videos, and/or interested in helping at library programs
  • Interested in earning 3-8 service learning credit hours per month
  • Self-directed, and dependable
  • Want a practical and impressive service learning position on your resume, scholarship, or college, application?
  • Can make a school yearlong commitment (Oct 2014-June 2015)
  • Able to get the Greenwood Library once or twice per month

Bring applications to The Greenwood Library

c/o Teen Librarian

8016 Greenwood Ave N.


For a digital application send an email to 


We will have meetings most months, and you do at least one self-directed task. You can write book reviews, blog or vlog, help with programming, create displays, and more.


If you have any questions, if I can be of service in any way, please contact Jennifer Bisson, Youth  Services Librarian at 206-684-9234.


Volunteer for the Purple & Gold Dinner    September 26th

Volunteers are needed to help PRIOR TO as well as the NIGHT OF for the Purple & Gold Dinner.  We need people to set the tables, take coats, check in/register, and more.  Follow this link to see how you can help: 



Pizza Lunch!  We need Volunteers!  Why should the children have all the fun? Join us on the Pizza Team and serve up some slices! Pizza volunteers are needed on the Wednesdays listed below from 10:45am to 12:30pm in Egan Hall. The jobs include directing the children to their pizza line, serving water and juice, and of course, flinging pizza! It is a very busy couple of hours, but it is great fun for good causes. Contact Jane Blaylock ( if you are interested in helping us. We are looking for someone who can commit to all seven Wednesday fundraisers!


These are the dates (all Wednesdays): September 24,  October 22, November 19, January 28,

February 25 , March 25, May 27

Safe Environment
Safe Environment Thank you for your work through volunteering here at St. John the Evangelist Parish and St. John School.  We are glad you are here in our community and we are blessed by your time and talent!  You do realize the concept of Fair Share Stewardship!
All volunteers and ministers are asked to complete the Safe Environment Program.  This includes the initial class or online update, background check and Personnel Agreement form.  You will need to complete this program before volunteering in the school.  Visit the Safe Environment page on our website for more information on how to get started and for links to all the forms and sign-ups. 
St. John the Evangelist is required to be in compliance for Safe Environment with the Archdiocese of Seattle, who in turn, is required to stay in compliance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  St. John the Evangelist Parish and School fully support the Archdiocese as stated in this letter from Father Crispin.  St. John will be offering the initial class on Tuesday, October 21st at 7:00 pm in Egan Hall.
Contact Sheila Marty at or 206-782-2810 with any questions.
Help Wanted


Nursery Coordinator Needed


St. John Parish needs a Nursery Coordinator to lead the 10:30 Mass Nursery. This is a Stipend position. The Coordinator will be responsible for supervising children 1 to 3+ years old while parents attend Mass.  Nursery Coordinator will be responsible for recruiting and supervising parent volunteers  and/or other paid staff.  Experience working with children age 1-3 years preferred.  Contact Anne Merklin at: or at 206-782-2810.
  If you purchase on Amazon, why not use AmazonSmile?
A portion of your purchase will come back to St. John School!  Prices are not above those at the regular Amazon site, so there's no reason not to! 
Link Here


Look for the Labels for Education pics on Campbell's products, cut them off the packaging and send to the school office.  Labels are turned in for CASH funding playground equipment for our children!
For more information on the program, click here
CROSSING WORDS from your Crossing Guard

Crossing Guard School is back in session. St John students and parents are doing a great job crossing safely.



Here are some important reminders as we head into fall weather.


  • Mornings will be getting a little darker making it harder for drivers to see children.
  • Stay behind the flag or behind the line on the sidewalk. Don't get too close to the edge.
  • Always wait for the crossing guard to stop traffic and then give you the okay to cross. Walk your bike across the street.
  • Cars must yield to pedestrians, including cars waiting to make turns onto 80th. If the crossing guard is in the intersection, please wait until they are clear before completing your turn.

Thank you all for making our school safer. I look forward to seeing you at the corner!

Thank You Corner
Señora Blanca wishes to thank Cindy Tramountanas for her help with covering the new middle school Spanish textbooks.
Mrs. Halley and Mrs. Edwins would like to thank Cindy for making Sacred Story Reflection Books for the 7th and 8th grade students.

Ms. O'Leary and Señor Pablo extend special thanks to the Jog-A-Thon team and Parent Association, and all the volunteers assisting in putting together the Jog-A-Thon and Welcome Back Party & Carnival! 


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

Because you are alive, everything is possible. 
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