St. John School
October 2, 2014
The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.
from Psalm 80

October  Saints:  PK-2, St. Martha; Grs. 3-5, St. Jerome; Grs. 6-8, St. Augustine 
October Virtue:  Faith - Believing in God and all He has revealed.  
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Principal's Letter

Ms. O'Leary presents the Eagle Award to Mrs. Jody Desclos

Dear Families,

St. John School is indeed a Christ centered community and it clearly shows in the spirit in which you come out to support the events, which in turn support the school. September ended with huge successes for current and future families. Both the Jog-A-Thon and the Endowment Dinner made their projected financial goals! Both events brought together volunteers, supporters, benefactors and friends of St. John. It was a treat to meet the young alumni at the Endowment Dinner last week and to witness their appreciation of Jody Desclos and St. John! Congratulations to Jody. A huge thank you to Michele Thornquist and her hard-working team. See more of her report below.


You all feared the beard! Señor Pablo has a report below on the Jog-A-Thon and it looks as though you parents matched the students' laps - you beat last year's record in donations! Thank you so much. I extend another huge thank you to Señor Pablo and his team. In just a few short weeks, you pulled off a mammoth fundraising event! Congratulations!


If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, consider the auction! Katie Sawicki is chair of the auction this year and she and Julie Skinner are coordinating teams right now for the March, Mad Men themed Mad for St. John auction. We will be back at Fremont Studios for another grand night to benefit our students.  Watch for notices of volunteer opportunities.  


It's not just all about partying here at St. John! Your children are learning! I have been visiting classrooms and I learned about long and short 'o' sounds in the first grade! Kindergarten students shared their knowledge of their sight words and I listened to second and third graders as they read enthusiastically to one another. The eighth graders were analyzing critical thinking questions on a short story by Guy de Maupassant and the sixth graders shared stories about their families, values and traditions. I missed Mr. Tice's class as they tested their rockets! I heard that one rocket flew 58 meters!   Fr. Crispin was very impressed by the fifth graders' participation in his homily at Mass yesterday!  Next week, I will take some math lessons!


Thank you for all you do!


Bernadette O'Leary  

Dates To Note/Action Items
Tonight, Thursday, October 2 - Mass of the Guardian Angels, 7pm, Church

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

Green Banner


Tuesday, October 7 - Individual Portrait Day - Dressy or Uniform

Wednesday, October 8 - Gr. 5 to School of Acrobatics!

Thursday, October 9 - Coffee with the Principal, for families of children in PK through Gr. 2, 8:30am, Quigley House (parish offices), Room 13  

Friday, October 10 - Jog-A-Thon Reward - FREE DRESS DAY



Be sure to check the online calendar - updated regularly - for changes to the draft calendar distributed in July.  
Thank you, donors!
Total Raised to Date - $51,410
Let's celebrate!  FREE DRESS DAY Friday, October 10

Let your supporters know, if they have not done so they can still donate!
Individual Student Picture Day
photogTuesday, October 7
Dressy clothing or uniform

Students will have individual photos taken.  Finished product will be back in time for holiday gift giving.  Students must bring their photo ordering envelopes (sent home on Tuesday) with them, to be kept with the home room teacher.  Dressy clothing or school uniform appropriate for school photos.
Endowment News
Another Successful Endowment Dinner

Hundreds of St. John supporters turned out for the Purple & Gold Dinner to benefit the school endowment last Friday night.  The theme, Leave Your Mark, perfectly expresses the intent of the event - to leave something for future generations - as well the impact of Eagle Award recipient Jody Desclos.  Recent graduates Zane and Marley Suarez emceed the evening, Cantionis  entertained us, and Kaspars once again provided a fabulous meal.  Early estimates suggest that we will be able to add $50,000 to our endowment of $727,000 bringing us closer to our initial goal of $1 million.  If you would like to donate, you can send a check to the school office or follow this link to donate online.  Be sure to indicate your gift is for the school endowment.

2014 Eagle Award Winner Jody Desclos
2014 Eagle Award Winner Jody Desclos

Follow this link for photos from the evening's festivities.

Event sponsors included HomeStreet Bank who provided the underwriting for the event space.  Thank you to Fremont Studios for providing such a fabulous venue at a significant discount.  Additional sponsors included Theo Chocolate, UPark, Ballard Blossom, Ballard Market, Mischief Distillery, and Fremont Brewing Company.  Please support these local businesses-they have been truly generous.  

Matt & Anne Haskins once again provided the wine and Ali Feary coordinated a decadent dessert buffet.  None of it would have come together without the amazing endowment team:  Anna Brunette (catering, décor), Gary Burckhardt (video), Jen Bergman (program script, emcee coordinator), Katie Franklin (Cantionis directed by Ellen Pepin), Anne Haskins (centerpieces, wine grab), Rob McMurtrie (photography), Lisa Mendenhall (bank), Amy Morris, (bank), Shoshanna Osterfeld (event sponsorship), and Emily Truong (graphic design, video wall).
Additional volunteers included:  Maggie Adam, Rachel Berryessa, Michelle Branley, Alison Budelsky, Sawsan Clark, Gladys Cuellar, Kara Dacquisto, Dani D'Amelio, Susan Denning, Rachel Douglas, Diana Grusczynski, Norah Halley, Emily Hallman, Erin Healey, Jo Hulme, Kelly Kennedy, Maggie Kineman, Adrienne Kortas, Monica Lenoci, Michael Manley, Shannon Manley, Glorilyn Maw, Lael McAuliffe, Crystal McCants, Jenny McGovern, Lisa McKenny, Vince McGovern, Melissa Meier, Erin Murphy, Jeff Ocampo, Csilla Paisz-Kis, Jeanne Portelance, John Roach, Elizabeth Senzek, Susie Slonecker, Tracy Smith, Al Souza, Nelle Steele, Geraldine Stone, Alec Strigen, Mary Wiseman, Debbie Woolsey. 
Volunteer Opportunities
NOEL HOUSE WOMEN'S OVERFLOW SHELTER     Are you looking for a new volunteer opportunity? Please consider volunteering for the Noel House Women's Overflow Shelter held every weekend at St. John School. Come to our volunteer wine party Sunday, October 5, at 5pm, hear from current volunteers and learn more about the volunteer opportunities to help support the shelter. Sign up here, no obligation and bring a friend. Contact Mary Kearney with questions at

PLAYGROUND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED     Only a few spots to fill!  Please visit the sign up page here and have fun monitoring students at play!   
High School Regional Night
High School Regional Night for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, and their families will be held at Assumption-St. Bridget School on Monday, October 6, 7-9pm.  This evening will give a snapshot of Seattle area Catholic high schools.  Representatives from each school will be on hand, give presentations about the schools they represent, and answer questions.  Schools represented:  Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School, Bishop Blanchet High School, Eastside Catholic School, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Holy Names Academy, John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, O'Dea High School, and Seattle Preparatory School.  Assumption-St. Bridget School is located at 6220 32nd Avenue NE in Seattle.
Student News
Mrs. Tsagalakis is excited to have BBHS student volunteer, Ethan Beberness working with our primary music classes. This week he shared the guitar with our first grade students.

Eighth grade CYO Cross Country completed a 1.6 mile course Sunday, and will compete in the Championship Meet on October 12.
Show Your Spirit!
Logo Umbrellas - $25.00
Logo Mugs for hot coffee or cocoa - $15.00
Logo Scarves to keep your neck cozy! - $15.00

See us in the school office, or contact Rachel Lambert and Emily Hallman at

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)!
From The Playground


"Raindrops keep falling on my head..."  The season is changing and more wet, cold, blustery days are ahead. Please send your children (of ALL ages) to school prepared to be outside for recess. We will be outside, rain or shine, more often than we are inside. Outside play is very important to your child's academic and social progress.  Be sure your child has a warm, weather resistant coat, hood or hat, and sturdy shoes. Rain boots are welcome on the playground, not in the classrooms, and please, no umbrellas. Teachers are not in the classrooms to monitor ill-prepared children and the library is not always available as a sanctuary.



Catherine Dahlgren, Our Lady of Perpetual Asphalt


Benefits of using our new E=AT program:
  • Online ordering - Plan a week or a month ahead so you don't have to order each day. You can cancel at any time or move your order to another date if something comes up.
  • 35% Less Expensive than our competitors
  • 100% Organic fruits & vegetables, 100% Natural Meats

That all of our desserts at our Snack Menu are fresh baked in our kitchen? Our banana bread is made with organic bananas and nut free?
Get your child excited about packing her/his lunch online  

I want to thank just a few of our local vendors for supporting the St. John Scrip program.  They are friendly, kind, and want to help our school, so I want to make sure that I thank them publicly. 

Thank you Anthony's, Brown Bear Car Wash, Diva Coffee, Ken's Market, Majestic Bay, Makada Coffee, PCC, Phinney Market Pub, Taco Time, University Village, and Wing Dome.  Your support of St. John Scrip goes right back into the local economy!

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

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
  •  Tuesday, October 7th @ 6-7 p.m. - Family Science Night: Fall Party (all ages) -  Join us for a night of fall crafts, spooky fun, and much more!
  • Wednesday, October 8th @ 3:30-5:30 - After School S.T.E.A.M. Games (Kindergarten and up) - Have fun with science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
  • Friday, October 10th @ 4-5:30 p.m. - Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls - Learn how to make delicious and beautiful sugar skulls.
  • Saturday, October 11th @ 2-4 p.m. - Family S.T.E.A.M. Game Day (all ages) - Fun and games for the whole family.

GIRLS' NIGHT OUT at Seattle Prep!

Seattle Prep Panthers Volleyball vs. Lakeside Lions, Monday, October 13, 7pm, McHugh Gymnasium (2400 11th Ave. East, Seattle)  Girls in grades 3 through 8 are invited to come FREE of charge!  Accompanying parents and siblings are free as well!  Wear your school logo gear or your CYO team uniform or anything else that represents your school or team.  All sports welcome!  Spirit door prizes and raffles!  

Thank You Corner

Colleen Mounsey and Jane Blaylock would like to thank our new recruits and returning veterans on the Pizza Lunch crew on September 24: Page Harader, Sue Kelly, Julie Lee, Shannon Manley, Betsy Roletto-Rivera, Geraldine Stone, Marianne Wells. Thanks to the team for a successful first Pizza Lunch of the year! 

Ed. Note:  Thank YOU, Colleen and Jane for your continued dedication to this valuable and fun fundraiser.


Thank you to alumnae parent Joanie Williamson for heading the vision/hearing screening team. Thanks to the team:  Emily Hallman, Shannon Manley, Glorilyn Maw, Jessica Kelley, Julie Skinner, Anne Paine, Milana Richardson, Colleen Douglas, Monica Lenoci, Judith Corkum, Marilis Mediavilla, Kelly Kasper, and Sawsan Clark. 




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

"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."
Warren Buffett