St. John School
September 25, 2014
Remember your mercies, O Lord
from Psalm 25

October  Saints:  PK-2, St. Martha; Grs. 3-5, St. Jerome; Grs. 6-8, St. Augustine 
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Principal's Letter

Be sure to bring all pledges in! We're ALMOST there!

Dear Families, 

As you read this I am on retreat with all the principals of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Besides the lessons of the retreat - in this case, cultivating sacramental imagination - this time provides a wonderful opportunity to network and learn best practices from each other. We will also bid farewell to our outgoing Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Fr. Stephen Rowan and meet our new  Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Haggerty.  


Friday evening, I will be back to meet you at the Purple and Gold Dinner! This will be a grand event at which we celebrate the current successes at St. John School and pave the way for future generations. We will be honoring Mrs. Jody Desclos.  It looks like it will be a very well-attended event! Thank you, Endowment team for your contributions to this event. 


Your children want a free dress day, so don't forget to get your Jog-A-Thon donations in to us!  We have beaten our 'laps run' record - we ran a school combined 1,012.3 miles! We are close to our dollar goal, but waiting for all of you to get your money in! The final due date is October 1.


We are in the thick of soccer and cross country season. Woodland Park becomes a sea of purple at the weekend! My dog and I get plenty of exercise going from game to game and we enjoy the excitement, the sense of camaraderie and community, and watching the children develop sportsmanship and healthy habits. Go Eagles! 




Bernadette O'Leary  
Total Miles Run by School - 1,012.3 miles
Most Miles Run by Homeroom - Grade 3: Mrs. Castillo - 66.9 miles;
Mrs. Kelly - 62.7 miles
Total Raised to Date - $34,175.00

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

Mrs. Tsagalakis and students share this musical presentation:


Dates To Note/Action Items
Tomorrow - Friday, September 26 - Vision/Hearing Screening, Grades K, 2, 4, 6
Friday, September 26 - Purple & Gold Endowment Dinner, Fremont Studio

Green Banner


Thursday, October 2 - Mass of the Guardian Angels, Church, 7pm,  

in remembrance of children lost. 

Friday, October 3 - Archdiocesan Teacher Inservice Day, school not in session 


    Save the Date: Friday, October 24

Halloween Carnival and Haunted House. Time is TBA.    


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


Volunteers Needed!  Vision/Hearing Screening
Students in grades Kindergarten, Two, Four, and Six will be screened tomorrow, Friday, September 26. 

We still need a few more adults to assist our staff. 
This is an easy task but so very important for identifying potential problems early.

Please - consider giving a couple hours. AM & PM spots available. 
Sign up here!  Thank you!
Student News

Students in Grade 7 enjoyed a day of spiritual reflection and team building activities with their teachers on Tuesday, at Camp Don Bosco in Carnation.  Seen above, students explore their teamwork skills in an exercise called The Marshmallow Challenge.
Show Your Spirit!
Umbrella Soccer season is here!  Now's the time to get your supplies for the sidelines!

Logo Umbrellas - $25.00
Logo Mugs for hot coffee or cocoa - $10.00
Logo Scarves to keep your neck cozy! - $15.00

See us in the school office.


Did you know you can get additional Spirit Wear items from School Crush ?  Check out the offerings - a Dennis Uniform store (note - clothing from School Crush not necessarily uniform code compliant, but still a great way for parents and students to show school spirit outside of school hours)!
Virtues In Practice
Virtues in Practice comes to  us from the Dominican Sisters, and is a program to help  children in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight grow closer to Jesus by imitating His life and virtues. It is set up in such a way that a whole school studies the same virtue each month, to provide a whole-school (and at home, whole-family) focus. The program covers 27 virtues over a three-year cycle, with 81 saints held up as models of the virtues.

Parents are encouraged to visit the website and learn as a family, augmenting the lessons children receive in the classroom.  Here you will find student workbooks as well as parent guides.

We will highlight the saints of the month, and the virtue in our newsletter monthly.

October Virtue:  Faith - Believing in God and all He has revealed.
Grs. PK-2 Saint:  St. Martha
Grs. 3-5 Saint:  St. Jerome
Grs. 6-8 Saint:  St. Augustine
Parent FUN!raiser Volleyball Tournament
Join St. John School Faculty on the court!
BUMP, SET, SPIKE...or something close to it!  

This is our Annual FUN!raiser Tournament 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.  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) @  Return the Registration Form to the school office. 

Middle School Youth Group
       Students in Grades 6, 7, & 8
Be part of Middle School Youth Group and get ready for fun...Positively!

Join us for the first meeting of 2014/2015! 
Parents and students are encouraged to come learn about the program.

Wednesday, October 1, 6:30-8pm, Egan Hall

Among other topics, we will discuss making the Haunted House for the Annual School Halloween Carnival planned for Friday, October 24.

Contact Myke Folger at 206-612-0036 or with questions.

See you there! 
Like us on Facebook or start following us on Twitter
and we will enter your name into a drawing to:

Win one full week of lunches including your choice of
Sandwiches, Wraps, Salads, Spring Rolls, Snacks, Fruits and Drinks
from our new EAT School Bag Lunches.

If you Like us on Facebook and start following us on Twitter
you will be entered twice:-)
Click the link below to register or login

A Day in the Life of Scrip....


Scrip is an easy fundraiser for St. John School. You buy what you need with a St. John Scrip gift card and part of the purchase price comes right back to St. John.  

You are fundraising while you shop!  


Let's say you needed coffee, gas, groceries and wanted to eat out, here's St. John's "return:"



It doesn't take much for St. John School to benefit greatly from your own family's shopping!


Please ask questions or 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
Help Wanted
Full Time and Part Time Maintenance Jobs Available
St. John is looking to fill two positions in our Maintenance Department.  See the links below for more information.


Extended Day Care Opportunity 
XDC has an opportunity for a part time position:  One hour per day, 7:30-8:30am, Monday through Friday while school is in session.  Interested?  Contact Mrs. Roach, or Mrs. Overby,, 206-782-9915.
Neighborhood Bites
Students in Grades 4 and 5
After School Sewing Club beginning October 8

Just because school is back in session doesn't mean we can't still have fun sewing! Join us for our after school sewing club for sewing shenanigans and fun projects. Each class we will make everything from designing and creating a monster to zipper pouches, pillows, PJ bottoms, and messenger bag...the list of sewing fun goes on and on! No experience is necessary and all supplies are provided. Students are picked up at Mrs. Ocampo's class room (29) and walked to Made Sewing Studio on Greenwood. Visit Made Sewing here. Email 

Thank You Corner

I am sending a huge thank you to St. John Parish for the donations to the Broadview Thomson K-8 Food Program. Your Blessings in a Backpack event brought in over 480 lbs. of food (valued at $770 dollars)! Any size of donation is amazing, but it is worth noting this is close to double the donation of last year (at 250 lbs).


Since receiving your donation we have distributed, weekly, to 20 children in need across North Seattle via our program. The children and their caregivers can and do depend on the program for consistent food which gives some piece of mind in trying times.


Your donations also has the byproduct of making me feel appreciative and proud of our community and its capacity to give. Opening the pantry doors and seeing all this food feels like Christmas and Birthdays all wrapped into one. Thank you for your kindness, compassion and generosity!


Sincerely, Samantha Woogerd, Food Program Coordinator




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

"Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
from Matthew 18