St. John School
September 18, 2014
The Lord is near to all who call on Him.
from Psalm 145   
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Principal's Letter

Dear Families, 


Yesterday, we celebrated our first all-school Mass. The children participated and responded so well. We were very proud of them. I hope they told you all about Fr. Crispin's homily. He asked the children how we show our faith throughout the day and spontaneously invited volunteers to the altar to share their answers. A kindergarten student told us to be grateful! Young students reminded us to share, to treat one another kindly, to do chores. We were so proud of your children!


St. John displayed its celebrated community spirit last week! Thank you so much for your support of the Jog-A-Thon and the Welcome Back Carnival last week! It was delightful to see so many of you throughout the day. You added to the cheerfulness generated by the children's smiles as they jogged and skipped around both tracks.  We also had fun at the carnival. I applaud the seventh grade students and you, parent volunteers, for all the assistance you provided.  A huge shout-out to Seņor Pablo and his team! We all enjoyed a great day!  You received the Jog-Alert - be sure to get your donations in!


Next week, on September 26, parents get to have a night out!  There are still some tickets available to the Purple & Gold Dinner at which we celebrate our beloved teacher, Mrs. Jody Desclos.   Join us at Fremont Studios to continue building the St. John community!


Thank you for your attention to the health alerts and also, begin sending sweaters and coats! The weather is changing!




Bernadette O'Leary  

We are hoping to reach our ALL SCHOOL goal of $45,000 for a free dress day prize!
Donate here.

We are getting closer!  All pledges must be turned in by October 1 to reach our
All School Goal and claim the free dress day prize!  Encourage your supporters to get their pledges in!

Dates To Note/Action Items
Tuesday, Sept. 23 - Grade 7 - Retreat at Camp Don Bosco
Bus leaves at 8:00am - students must be on time!


Green Banner

Wednesday, Sept. 24 - No hot lunch service - Pizza for WA, DC

Thursday, Sept. 25 - Parent Association, Grade Parent Meeting, 8:30am, Q13

Friday, Sept. 26 - Purple & Gold Endowment Dinner


Calendar Update:  November 10 - school IN session

November 11 - school NOT in session

October 29 - school NOT in session (full day) 

Please be sure to check the online calendar - updated regularly - for changes to the draft copy distributed earlier.  

Please Complete These Tasks!
  All families are asked to sign the following forms.  
Student Photograph Release Form - we request you complete this form
Privacy Statement & Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement - REQUIRED FORM if you wish to volunteer

These beginning-of-the-year tasks take you only a few minutes.
Please save Mrs. Q the time required to follow up with families who have not completed these tasks.


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.   


Tickets are $90 and include the welcome drink, dinner, table wine, and the after party with DJ and dessert buffet. We have several teachers who would love to go, and you can sponsor them!


Reservations taken through Saturday, September 20.


We will be honoring Jody Desclos with the Eagle Award.  

Student News
Eighth grade students are preparing to complete the final batch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless shelter at St. Martin de Porres, that they pledged in 2011.  Mr. Thomas led this group as fourth graders, setting the goal for themselves of 3,000 sandwiches by the time they graduated in 2015.  St. John School received the portrait, Adriana in exchange for this service.  You can view the painting in the west end of the second floor hallway.

Students in Grade 8 enjoyed a day of spiritual reflection and fun bonding activities at the Opening Retreat at CYO's Camp Don Bosco in Carnation. 
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,
From The Playground

To maintain a safely monitored recess for your children, it is necessary to recruit adults who can commit to a regular time slot through the school year.  I currently have openings to fill from 11:15 to 12:45 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Your younger children are welcome, provided they will not keep your attention from the school children.   

Please sign up for Playground Volunteer on Sign Up Genius.


Thank you !!  Catherine Dahlgren, Our Lady of Perpetual Asphalt




We at NoJunk Inc. know a lot about healthy food, but we were shocked after watching the new documentary movie FED UP. After viewing this documentary we decided to be even healthier.  


We have removed all of the sweet drinks that contains more than 16 grams ( 4 teaspoons) of sugar from our website. All drinks on our website will have a description of how much sugar each drink contains. (One can of coke contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar.)


On average, each American consumes 130 pounds of sugar every year.

This equals 875 extra calories just in sugar per day, which equals 2 healthy meals per day.


Men shouldn't have more than 9 teaspoons daily, while women shouldn't have more than 6. 

Children ages 4 to 8 who average 1,600 calories per day should limit added sugar to about 3 teaspoons (12 grams) per day. Most teenagers should limit consumption to 32 to 40 grams of sugar, equivalent to 8 teaspoons.


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

Our homemade bread rolls for our sandwiches do not contain any processed sugar, just a little bit of raw natural honey.


The Scrip Team is happy to announce, we are adding  

two more local vendors to our inventory!   


We are selling Brown Bear Car Wash tickets for $6 each.  For $6, you can get a Basic Brown Bear Car Wash at any tunnel location.  If you wish to upgrade the car wash, you can simply pay the difference.  The best part, St. John School gets $4.50 back for each ticket sold.  No, that's not a typo!   


The second vendor is University Village.  With the gift card, you can go to all of the stores and restaurants located within University Village.  We are currently selling $50 denominations with a 5% rebate back to St. John School.


Please place your orders at


Cheers, Karen


Using Scrip is part of your Fair Share Commitment to St. John School!   



Questions? Contact Karen Bombino and the Scrip Team at
Lost & Found

LOST:  Seattle Sounders Zip-up Windbreaker with hood     

Gray with three green stripes down the sleeves, green Adidas logo on back. Size small (7-8). Name written on inside of the front of the jacket, on left and right side near mesh lining "W. Pessner".  REWARD of $10 for safe return of jacket to Pessner family.  Return to the school office or call 206-349-7700.  Thank you!

Pizza Lunch Orders
Turn in your ANNUAL Pizza Lunch orders by Friday, September 19 - tomorrow!  Remember, all proceeds to go great causes.  Order your ANNUAL today and save time tomorrow! 
Help Wanted
Nursery Coordinator Needed 
St. John Parish needs a Nursery Coordinator to lead the Sunday, 10:30 Mass Nursery.
This is a PAID position.

The Coordinator will be responsible for supervising children 1 to 3+ years old while parents attend Mass, and will recruit and supervise parent volunteers.  Experience working with children age 1-3 years preferred - parenting qualifies!  Contact Anne Merklin at: or at 206-782-2810.
Bump It Up!


Parent FUN!raiser Volleyball Tournament


BUMP, SET, SPIKE...or something close to it! This is our Annual FUNraiserTournament for St. John/St. Al Athletics!

Moms, Dads, Grads & Teachers, grab some knee pads or not, and join the upcoming BUMP IT UP! Volleyball Tournament coming in October. Watch future editions of NewsViews to find a registration form as well as a list of Captains for your grade. It's a great way to meet other parents and learn some volleyball. Playing times for your team will be for 1 hour, twice a week during the evening hours (6:15 or 7:15 or 8:15) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during October.  Support St. John/St. Al Athletics, by coming out and playing! Any questions, please contact Tony Olney @ or John Fletcher (Volleyball Coordinator) @  

Thank You Corner
Thank you to everyone who made our Jog-A-Thon and Back To School Carnival a huge success!  Special thanks to Jen Bergman, Patti Coats, Brandi Dagg, Julie Skinner, Liz Overland, Christina Urrutia, Barb Folger, Nancy Alton, Christine Craig, Lael McAuliffe, Jeri Jarvie, Ann Christiansen.


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

"The soul is healed by being with children."