September 4, 2014
If today you hear His voice,
harden not your hearts. 
from Psalm 95 
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Principal's Letter
Living their Faith - Owen Moriarty, Gr. 5 & cousin pedal across Hood Canal
to benefit African water well construction, raising over $4000!


Dear Families, 


We have enjoyed a very successful first week of school. Classes have already earned extra recess for following the procedures and expectations and most of our students wore free dress yesterday as their families and friends supported them for our Jog-A-Thon. We are indeed Living Our Faith as Children of God - respecting our classmates and serving others by raising funds for the entire community. We can celebrate our faith on Sunday at the 10:30 Mass, where Fr. Crispin will bless the backpacks. You can also serve the needy in our parish by filling the backpacks with non-perishable items for Broadview Thomson K-8 program.


September is a busy month. Tonight, middle school parents will gather for Curriculum Night. Parents of students in grades Kindergarten through five will meet next Tuesday, September 9. On the 12th we run the Jog-A-Thon! And we party into the evening to celebrate being back together again. In the meantime, keep those Jog-A-Thon donations coming!  


On September 26, join us for the annual Purple & Gold Dinner to benefit the school endowment.  Beloved St. John teacher Jody Desclos, who lives her faith every day, will be recognized as the St. John School 2014 Eagle Award recipient for her vision, leadership, and extraordinary commitment to the mission of St. John School.  Mrs. Desclos is known for weaving contemporary events and popular culture into her lesson plans, as a creative and gifted art teacher, and for her unique gift to recognize the Holy Spirit in each and every student.  Mrs. Desclos has clearly left her mark on the St. John School community through her skilled and compassionate teaching relationship with students, faculty, and parents.  Live your faith and leave your mark on future generations of St. John students by supporting our endowment and attending on September 26, at Fremont Studios.  Tickets include a welcome cocktail, dinner, wine, and after party.  Reduced pricing for friends and alumni under age 30.  Follow this link to register.   Questions?  Contact Michele Thornquist at or 206/783-0337 ext. 323.


Live your faith at drop-off and pick-up!  I have already received a complaint about a driver who was on a cell-phone and almost ran over one of our neighbors! Please be aware of your surroundings, respectful to other drivers and our neighbors, and follow the directions in the attached handbook for drop-off and pick-up. Safety and courtesy are priorities!




Bernadette O'Leary  

St. John School Jog-a-Thon
Friday, September 12

This is a fun event for the students,  

and adults are welcome!

Come dressed in your craziest running gear, rain or shine, ready to run!   

We will be running all day!




Important dates to remember:

  • Monday, September 8 we will begin collecting raffle cards for those families who have secured more than $150 in pledges. One student per day will be drawn out of the raffle to receive a $10 scrip card of their choice. Please sign and send a raffle card with your student(s). 
    • Not sure if you're student(s) qualifies for the raffle and prizes?  Make your best estimate based on verbal pledges and commitments from family and friends. Then submit those coupons!

  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 - Jog-a-Thon!
  • Tuesday, September 30 - all pledge money due
  • Due to preparations for the evening Welcome Back Party running will conclude at the end of the school day.


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  
Curriculum Night, Grs. 6/7/8
TONIGHT - Thursday, September 4, 6:45pm, Egan Hall

Blessing of the Back Packs - 10:30 Mass, Sunday, September 7
Students - bring your backpacks for Fr. Crispin to bless - fill them with non-perishable food items for Broadview Thomson K-8 program, if you wish.

Green Banner

  • Tuesday, September 9 - Curriculum Night, Grades Kindergarten - Five
  • Friday, September 12 - JOG-A-THON! & WELCOME BACK PARTY/CARNIVAL
  • 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 next Friday'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. Read about your options, pre-buy $5 food tickets by filling out the form in the Jog-A-Thon packet and dropping it in the school office and we will get tickets to you via your child's backpack or we will have them at will call if you pre-buy them next Thursday or Friday. You may also buy them on-site from our ticket table. 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.  

 Follow this link to sign up.    

Join St. John School Band! 
Students in grades five through eight will be taught by Alex Dugdale, Bishop Blanchet Band Instructor twice each week.  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 will march in the Annual Seattle St. Patrick's Day Parade!
Make music, friends, have fun...and SO MUCH MORE!

Families will be billed $50.00 monthly, October through May.
Questions?  Alex Dugdale,

That all our bread rolls for our bag lunch program E=at are made in our kitchen and fresh baked each morning? And there is no HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP added in any of our products.

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

To order HOT LUNCH please go to
Part of your Fair Share pledge commitment to St. John School is to use Scrip,
 fundraising you will EVER do!

Use the attached order form, return to the school office with your payment and receive your scrip through your student.  Or, use escrip!  If you prefer to pick it up just let the scrip team know!   

Questions? Contact Karen Bombino,


We post a lot of photos on Facebook-and we frequently give quick updates about what's going on.  You can find us here

If you are a parent of a graduate, we also have a Facebook page just for graduates.  You can find news about St. John alumni students and parents here

Student Enrichment Opportunities

Registration for Cantionis is open on the school web site -
Register Here

There is no fee for Cantionis.


"Living Our Faith As Children of God!"

  Sing Alleluia!

Join St. John School SCHOLA CHOIR


Schola Choir is open to all 7th and 8th grade singers. We gather together to rehearse on Mondays from 2:55 - 3:30 p.m. We lead music for school liturgies and special assemblies. Schola Choir is a great opportunity to share your musical gifts! Our first rehearsal will be Monday, September 8th. Auditioning is easy! You will be asked to sing a song we practice together (in groups of three). No preparation is needed. Just show up and SING! Our first school liturgy is Wednesday, September 17th.  There is no fee for Schola Choir. Questions - Mrs. Tsagalakis, 


Registration for the following Fall Clubs (this excludes Science Club) will take place on Wednesday, September 10, through the school website.   
Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  Once the open enrollment period concludes an email confirmation will be sent to registered participants.

Art Club

Art classes will be offered for students in grades 2-5 after school on Thursdays, beginning on September 25 and ending December 4. Space is limited to 12 students per session. The cost per student is $225 for 9 sessions and includes material fees. The art instructor is Kay Jang. Kay has a Masters Degree in Art Education, many years of teaching experience, and a passion for teaching children of all ages. All classes will be held in the Mezzanine. Electronic Registrations will be accepted through the school website beginning on Wednesday, September 10, at 7:00pm. Participants will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Once the open enrollment period has concluded, a confirmation email will be sent, along with a registration form, to registered participants. Completed registration forms and payment will be accepted in the school office. 


Coding With Kids - A (Grs. 2/3) & B (Grs. 4/5) 

Want to become a coding ace and write your own computer games? Join Coding with Kids' computer programming class! Students learn and practice key programming concepts (variables, functions, conditionals, etc.) and create games and interactive stories. Lessons include short lectures and lots of practice. Students also learn how to debug their code and later how to properly architect their programs. The programming environment used is Scratch, developed by MIT ( ). All participants and their parents will be able to access class projects online. Laptops will be provided. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15pm beginning September 23 for 13 weeks (no class 11/11, 12/23, 12/30).  Cost $247.00.  Registration opens Wednesday, September 10, at 7:00pm through the school website.    




Two opportunities available from Play-Well Teknologies: 

REGISTRATION OPENS Wednesday, September 10, at 7:00pm through the school website


LEGO Pre-Engineering (Grs. K/1) Maximum enrollment 16 

Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGOŽ! Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design! Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGOŽ building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. This is an ideal way to prepare young builders for the challenge of Engineering FUNdamentals. Cost $150.00


LEGO Robotics (Grs. 3-5) Maximum enrollment 14 

Build and program robots using the new LEGOŽ Mindstorms EV3 system! Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Work in small groups, program and build your robot, and rise to the challenge. Control the robot to avoid obstacles, pick up and carry objects, and play sounds. Projects are structured so that students work in an open-ended, investigative environment while having fun. Cost $230.00    

Greenwood Library News
St. John School students benefit from our educational partnership with Greenwood Public Library.  Below is a taste of some of the free upcoming programs. See the attached newsletter for more details and programs.
  • We have a few spots open for our Teen Advisory board. Earn service learning credit while helping your library and community! See the attached description and application for more details.
  • Family Science Night first Tuesday of the month @ 6 - 7 p.m.
  • LEGO Mania is back! (all ages) Saturday, September 14 @ 2 - 4 p.m.Build your wildest creation! LEGOs and Duplos will be provided.
  • NEW: After-school S.T.E.A.M. Games 1st Wednesday of the month!  (Kindergarten+) Wednesday, October 8 @ 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Have fun with science, technology, engineering, art, and math board games and activities.
  • Database of the Month: The Seattle Public Library purchases access to tons of databases, many of them specifically helpful for students. With your library card and PIN number (call us if you need to update either), you can access all the databases for free 24/7. Databases are as authoritative and accurate as books, so you can trust these sources for homework. We have databases that are great for both children and teens. You will know you are using a database and not a website if you have to type in your library card and PIN.

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: 




Noel House
Looking for a volunteer opportunity for the upcoming year! Noel House overflow shelter held every weekend at St John School Mezzanine, needs you!. This ministry is great for working families to fulfill those volunteer hours on a weekend. We are in need of women volunteers to spend the night every Saturday and Sunday to chaperone our guests from Noel House homeless shelter. If your daughter needs service hours she is welcome to come with you overnight. Volunteer 2 to 3 times between September and June. We also need volunteers (dads welcome) to drive the St. John bus to pick up and return  the guests from the downtown shelter.  Four shifts available - about a 45 minute commitment.  Please contact Mary Kearney for more information at or come to our shelter wine and appetizer party on Sunday, October 5, at 5pm at Egan Mezzanine. Come and learn more about the shelter, meet some new people and bring a friend.
Box Tops LogoAnother year at our wonderful St. John School has begun; another year of Box Tops for Education! Back in June, I shipped off close to $600 in Box Tops. Think of how much playground equipment that can buy for our children!

Please keep turning in your Box Tops. The next submission date is October 31
, and I'd love to have a nice big package to send.
Our goal this school year is $1000; we can do it!


Check out the Box Tops website for more ways to earn $$ for our school:  Local grocery stores (Safeway for one) have Box Tops promotions-see the link for more details.


Thank you!

Julia Rudden, Box Tops Coordinator

Thank You Corner
Thank you to Lisa Mendenhall for help in the school office last week, while Mrs. Q was away! 

Michele Thornquist would like to thank all those who helped with the opening, back to school events.  Also, thank you to all of our buddy families for making the transition to a new school smoother for families new to St. John School!



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

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. 
Rabindranath Tagore