October 23, 2014
    I love you, Lord, my strength.  
from Psalm 18

October  Saints:  PK-2, St. Hyacinth; Grs. 3-5, St. Tarcisius; Grs. 6-8, St. Margaret Clitherow 
October Virtue:  Reverence - Showing your deepest respect for things of God   
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Principal's Letter

First grade students delight in Silly String Showdown, Jog-A-Thon reward, with Faculty.

Dear Families,

Fr. Crispin was so delighted with the students yesterday as they sang out and responded enthusiastically at Mass. We had a beautiful celebration in honor of Mary, Undoer of Knots. Anne Merklin, the homilist, reminded us that we can pray to Mary and ask her to intercede for us whenever we have a knot, a problem, that is overwhelming us. When Kidouse, a second grader, sang the penitential rite we all felt the angels around us! Eighth graders led the responsorial psalm, lifting their sweet voices in praise, making our prayer all the more beautiful. I am quite sure that Mary, Mother of God, was listening and that she was thrilled with the readers, the choir and all the students.


We are very blessed with the gifts of Mrs. Tsagalakis and Miss Pepin who direct our choirs and encourage our students to lead us in song at Mass. Schola, the middle school choir sang yesterday. I know many of you were at Mass last Sunday to hear the intermediate choir, Cantionis. They sang beautifully and helped us raise our voices in prayer. I was also delighted to see that one of our very own fourth graders, Lucy, was an usher. Thank you, choir members and volunteers for coming out and giving of your time to help us with the celebration of Mass.


Next week, school will not be in session Wednesday through Friday for Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences. Check the SignUpGenius (link given last week in NewsViews) to make your appointment if you have not already done so. Prepare your questions and thoughts for the meeting. Do you know what the expectations and standards are for your child? Have you been looking at the homework? Chat with your child before the meeting to find out if he or she has any concerns. This is the time for you to learn about your child's progress in school and for the teachers to learn more about the children and their skills, interests, needs and even their dreams. The teachers are looking forward to the conferences and to meeting with you.


Seņor Pablo and Seņora Blanca left for Peru yesterday and should be arriving at the school orphanage, La Inmaculada today. They will send us pictures soon. Please keep them and their venture in your prayers. Thank you for purchasing pizza and supporting our sister school and parish.


Congratulations St. John graduates!
The following St. John graduates are currently members of the Bishop Blanchet High School chapter of the National Honor Society:


Nebiyu Getaneh
Sara Griffin
Ariana Hussing
Taylor Jensen
Laura Marty
Carissa Osborne
Serena Skidmore
Emma Wells


The National Honor Society is more than just an honor roll. The National Honor Society establishes rules for membership that are based upon a student's outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These criteria for selection are the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built. 


We are proud of our former and our current students!




Bernadette O'Leary  

Dates To Note/Action Items
Tuesday, October 28 - Dress in Pink Day

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences, school not in session

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, October 29, 30, 31
(XDC will be open)

Rain in the forecast!  Send students with proper outerwear!

Green Banner


 Friday, October 31 - Gr. 6 Halloween Party, Egan Hall, 1-3pm

Saturday, November 1 - All Saints Day Mass, Church, 5:30pm Cantionis will sing

Monday, November 3 - Fulcrum & Smart Tuition Aid for 2015/2016 opens  


Be sure to check the online calendar - updated regularly - for changes to the draft calendar distributed in July.  
From the Parish

Seņor de los Milagros, Sunday, October 26, 10:30

Our Lord of the Miracles has a long history of devotion in Peru and around the world. Join us for Mass followed by a traditional procession.

Advent Faith Sharing Groups
Beginning soon! Do something for yourself! If you have never been part of a faith sharing group, join one now and see what you have been missing!  Groups meet weekly for 5-6 weeks.  Come learn about growing in your faith or learn more about the Mass.  If you would like to lead your own group, we can help you get started. To sign up for a group or to lead a group, please contact Anne Merklin at  or 206-782-2810.

St. John Parish's 10:30 Nursery is now OPEN!  The Nursery is held in the Quigley building (Parish offices). Just ring the bell marked "Nursery."  Children ages 1-3 years old are welcome. Nursery is free!     

Veterans' Day Mass, Tuesday, November 11, at 7pm, St. John Church

Come celebrate Veterans' Day to honor our living and deceased friends and relatives who were, or are serving in our armed forces. Everyone is encouraged to attend this special liturgy and to pray for peace around the world.

Parent Association Meeting Scheduled
Tuesday, November 4, 7pm, Egan Hall

St. John School
Parent Association
Speaker Series

Terrie Johnston of the Seattle Police Department presents

What Parents Need to Know
Tuition Assistance 2015/2016
Applications for Fulcrum/Hossfeld grants and
St. John School Out of Parish financial aid available November 3.

Fulcrum Foundation
Fulcrum Foundation Hossfeld Tuition Assistance Grant
It is the mission of the Fulcrum Foundation to make Catholic schools accessible for families in need of financial assistance. For parish families, this grant helps to bridge the difference between Fair Share pledges and the actual cost to educate; for out of parish families, the grant reduces the amount of tuition owed.


Please visit the Foundation's website for more information about this grant, and to apply for the 2015/2016 school year. Applications are being accepted beginning November 3. The school office must receive a hard copy of your application, along with the required financial documents. Contact Diane Crockett in the school office, with questions. Deadline: January 5, 2015.  


SMart Tuition AidSt. John School, Out Of Parish Financial Aid    
A limited amount of aid is available to out of parish families through St. John School's financial aid program. Aid is based on need, and families must also apply for a Fulcrum Grant to be considered for St. John School Financial Aid. Submit your application to Smart Tuition Aid. Return the attached request form and all required Fulcrum Grant application documentation to the school office, attention Diane Crockett by the deadline date. Contact Mrs. Crockett in the school office, with questions. Deadline: January 5, 2015.   
Halloween Fun Grades PK-3
Halloween Carnival Tomorrow Night! 
School/Parish for Students in Preschool Through Grade 3
Friday, October 24, 5:30-8pm, Egan Hall, FREE
Wear your costume!

Lots of games, face painting, tattoos, and a haunted house (age appropriate)!  Parish Middle School Youth Group joined with St. John School 7th and 8th graders, to create this fun event for younger children. Parents should plan for 45 to 60 minutes for their child to experience the Carnival and Haunted House. This is NOT a drop off event - you can choose to experience the Carnival and Haunted House with your child or enlist the support of a middle school student to walk your child around. We are asking parents to remain on campus. Students and parents are encouraged to come in costume. Plan on a Booo-lightful evening!
Student/Alumni News

Sophie Brusniak, St. John School Class of 2012 received a music scholarship from Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. The scholarship is supporting part of her Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra tuition this year. Sophie was also appointed as principal trumpet player of the CYSO for the 14/15 season.  Sophie is a Sophomore at Holy Names Academy.  


St. John School Math Team showed well in the recent tournament at Seattle Preparatory School.  Thank you to Mr. Sven Tice for coaching and mentoring. Pictured, Ben. B., Will A., and Cameron L. with Mr. Tice.



It may only be fall but your auction team is already hard at work planning next spring's big event. Here's a brief run down of this week's auction related news:

  • Mark Your Calendars!
    Wednesday, November 12, at 7pm is this year's Auction Kick Off Party! Come get to know your auction team and learn more about the many ways you can help make this year's auction a success.
  • Like Pizza?
    We are excited to announce that Patxi's Pizza in Ballard will be helping us raise money as part of their 52 Weeks of Giving program. On Monday, November 17, Patxi's will donate 10% of the day's total sales, to St. John School so be sure to go out and have a slice - it's sure to be the tastiest procurement you've ever done!
  • Procurement Donation Drop Off Day #1 - Thursday, November 20
    Volunteers will be available to take your procurement items and forms at morning drop off.
  • Volunteers Wanted!
    The auction is a big event and we need your help! We are currently looking for a Volunteer Coordinator, an Art Coordinator, Class Liaisons, and Procurement Team Volunteers (to assist with things like donation drop off days, canvasing neighborhood businesses, and contacting various business via email).
  • A very large Thank you!
    Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to lead Class Art Projects for the auction. Your willingness to help is so appreciated! We are still looking for Art Leads for the following classes: 3 Day Preschool, PM 5 Day Preschool, Mrs. Kelly's 3rd Grade, and both 4th Grade classes.
  • Procurement Tip of the Week 
    Now that procurement packets have gone home, start thinking about your network of friends, family, and neighbors. Does anyone in that circle work for an employer that might provide us with something fun and fabulous to bid on at the auction? For example, do you know someone at Amazon who could secure a Kindle donation? Or what about someone at Microsoft - could you get an XBox or XBox games donated? These are just two examples, but there are many others, so start brainstorming.




WOW- we not only met our goal but we SURPASSED it by over $10,000!! Thank you for all of your support, enthusiasm and donations.





Most Donations by Class

Silly String Showdown reward:  1st Grade!


Most Laps Run by Class

(Popcorn and movie party reward, date tbd)

  • Primary: TIE! Mrs. Oines' and Mrs. Hendrickson's 2nd graders
  • Intermediate: Mrs. Castillo's 3rd graders
  • Middle School: Ms. Gudiatis' 6th graders

Most Laps Run by a Student

Emily C., Grade 8 - Emily ran 12 laps!  That's nearly 4 miles!


Top Fundraisers

1st place- Evelyn C.

2nd place- Hannah C.

3rd place- Maia and Ava O. (tie)


Other Fun Stats 

  • The entire school miles exceeded last year by more than 20 miles!
  • 134 students qualified for CASH GRABBIN' GECKO
  • Final amount raised was $57,098.76!!



Volunteer News

As part of each family's Fair Share, volunteering in some capacity is vital to keeping our community vibrant and costs down.  No accounting is kept of your volunteer hours, but your participation is expected at whatever level you are able.  The level of volunteering will change as life's circumstances change.  Speak to your child's teacher, the school and development office, or the parish office to find what works for you, respond to the call sent via email when it comes! Find something fun at our Volunteer Sign Up here

Grandparents' Day 2012
Grandparents' & Friends' Day for Grades 2 thru 5 is
Thursday, November 20.
Invitations to your guests are being mailed November 1st.   We especially need volunteers to help for about 2 hours the night before (Wednesday 11/19) as well as a few more bakers.  Thanks!


Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is a progress,
working together is a success!

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Get your child excited about packing her or his lunch online

 What?! You need candy for the hoard of trick or treater's coming to your door next week?   


We have Safeway, Fred Meyer, whatever you need to satisfy those munchkins' sweet tooths (and those bigger ones, too!)


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  
Neighborhood Bites
Ballard High School Varsity Cheer Squad offers Lil' Beavers Cheer Camp for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade on Saturday, November 8, from 9am to noon at Ballard High School. St. John alums, Chloe LeComp and Ariana Marvin, along with the rest of the squad will teach the campers cheers, chants, and dances. Each camper will receive poms and a photo with the squad! Questions? Email

Bishop Blanchet High School Select Music Offerings 

Bishop Blanchet High School is once again offering the Select Music Workshop (formerly called the Honor Music Program) to all interested and capable 6th - 8th grade choir, orchestra and jazz band students throughout the Seattle area beginning in November. Each program offers nine rehearsal sessions and culminates in a showcase performance.  More information:


Mr. Schell at or 206-527-3961 (Choir)

Mr. Glennie at or 206-527-3952 (Orchestra)

Mr. Dugdale at or 206-527-7729 (Band)   


The 35th Annual St. Brendan School Holiday Craft Fair is November 8, 9am-5pm and November 9, noon-4pm 2014. In addition to 110 craft vendor booths throughout our 2 story building, we have a Holiday Gift Raffle, Refreshments, Baked Goods, and a Guest Appearance by Santa! Admission is FREE.

Temp Job by Nancy Alton
All week I played Mrs. Q., the school receptionist, while 
I wrote my article on "Preventing Teen Suicide" 
I watched the younger children play 
retrieved ice from the school fridge 
called my husband's college girlfriend 
and told her quickly then slowly that  
her fifth grade son was hit by 
a car while riding his bike to school 
whoosh, "What?" she said, the calm woman 
turned slightly frantic 
as I said, "He's right in front of me, he's really OK." 
And he was, just like the girl with 
the possible concussion, who was followed 
two days later by the boy with 
the possible concussion and 
there was blood 
in this run-on sentence 
spilled by the girl who 
hit another girl's head while she 
plied the ever-popular monkey 
bars, Oh! We are all monkeys  
and I was Mrs. Q. for the week, band-aid  
giver, conversation maker, handing Kleenex  
and easy wisdom, how if I didn't have two girls  
of my own, I would have thought, no-big-deal- 
but I know, I'm a mother, I'm a woman who shoves 
my career in the corners, writing about the most desperate ones,  
the ones who idealize suicide while I watch 
my daughters on the playground and imagine them 
so distraught and me trying to pick up their discarded 
pieces until I realize my third grader reading her book for relief  
from recess is not idealizing suicide and 
I'm not the real school receptionist  
I'm a mom who is a writer who hopes to save  
the world a tiny bit when all I can really do is 
lie with my children every night 
as the darkness deepens and hear 
the words they choose to share with me 
while staying warm and dry after 
I played Mrs. Q. all day long with the deep 
knowledge that her job is as vital as Mr. Obama's 
even as we pretend she just answers phones 
and hands out a single ice cube in a sealed baggie 
to one child after another who is not dying.
Thank You Corner
Thank you to Nancy Alton and Michelle Sorrick for filling in for Mrs. Q in the school office last week.  Your presence was so needed and appreciated!  Mrs. Crockett would not have survived without your help!

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


"When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween." 
Author Unknown