November 6, 2014
    Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.  
from Psalm 24

November  Saints:  PK-2, St. Elizabeth of Hungary; Grs. 3-5, Bl. Fra Angelico; Grs. 6-8, St. Joseph Moscati  
November Virtue:  Stewardship - Returning to God the first fruits of your time, talent, and treasure     
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Principal's Letter
Congratulations to the St. John Middle School Math Team for taking 1st place over all and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the individual competition at Bishop Blanchet High School over the weekend.

Dear Families,

Living our Faith: Today we received news that one of our students, John Tramountanas, in fifth grade, has been selected as the elementary school winner in the Northwest Catholic (Magazine) Student Essay Contest. Read John's delightful essay about how he sees Christ at St. John School.


How I See Christ at St. John School

Christ is everywhere at St. John. If you don't believe me, I will prove it to you. Christ is in the teachers. I see Him in Mrs. Ocampo's smile. Christ is also in my friends. I see Him whenever I have a good time with them. Sometimes I see Christ in the funniest places. Our vice principal, Seņor Pablo, has a very large beard. Our school's fundraiser this year used his beard as the theme. It was called "Fear the Beard." His beard helped our school raise lots of money. I never thought I would see Christ in a beard, but there He was!


Christ is always there for you, especially at St. John School. Sometimes, when I'm sad at school, I notice Christ and it makes me feel better. When I get hurt at recess, Christ is in the kindness of the people who help me. If I get angry, Christ helps me calm down. I also see Him at Mass, and I always see Christ when I pray, which I do every day.


These are some of the ways that you can see Christ at St. John School, but there are many more. If you come to St. John, you may see Him where you least expect it. If you don't believe me, just look in Seņor Pablo's beard!


John's essay describes finding Christlike virtues at St. John. Stewardship is the virtue that we are practicing this month. Stewardship means returning to God the first fruits of our time, talent and treasure. It means helping others, tithing, volunteering, alms-giving, praying for those in need, practicing social justice, living in the image of God. Nancy Alton, parent of two students, presented on Sunday last a very stirring account how she has been impacted by this virtue. Come to Mass on Sunday to hear more about the many opportunities for stewardship. Parish families, remember that you are required to be at the State of the Parish presentation at Mass this weekend. Non-parish families, you are very welcome to attend and celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist with us.


November is also the time to recall with gratitude those who have passed away and whose memory is dear to us. We remember family and friends. While we may have sadness in our hearts that they are no longer with us, we trust that we can hand our dear ones over to the eternal Father in whose loving presence they will live forever.


The Intermediate grades remembered their former friends and relatives in a very special way at their Dia de los Muertos celebration. It was also a lovely way to lead into Veterans' Day as so many students spoke about their relatives who served in the Armed Forces. This week the students learn about Veterans' Day and they will pray for all veterans.


A reminder that on Tuesday, November 11, school will not be in session in observance of Veterans' Day.


The teachers report that they had almost full attendance at conferences and that they were very beneficial. If you were unable to attend and haven't done so already, please make an appointment with your child's teacher as soon as possible. Thank you.


Miss Katie Corr is the new part-time preschool assistant. She will be in the morning program in Quigley every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Miss Corr brings with her a love of children and a fine arts background. Today, I watched as children gleefully patted their hands into thick orange colored textured 'gooey stuff' and painted with their hands!   Some of the children didn't want to get 'messy,' but most loved it and were thrilled to introduce me to their new teacher!


See you at Mass,


Bernadette O'Leary  

Dates To Note/Action Items
Tuesday, November 11
Veterans' Day - school, XDC not in session
Cantionis at Veterans' Day Mass, 7pm, Church

Trick or Treat for UNICEF:  Please return your boxes!

Green Banner

State of the Parish

Attendance at one of the presentations required of all in-parish school families;  

all others are most welcome to attend. 

Saturday, November 8, 5pm, Church

Sunday, November 9, 8:30am and 10:30am, Church

Thursday, November 13, 7pm, Church 


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

Veterans' Day Mass, Tuesday, November 11, 7pm, Churc


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.




It's that time of year - yes, decorating the church for Advent and Christmas!  Help is needed with this task - a FUN task at that!  Middle School students can earn service hours.  Contact Suzanne Fairchild to volunteer. 

Holiday Food Drive


The sixth grade class kicks off the annual November Food Drive this week. Please send in non-perishable items for our neighbors in need.  Bring items now through Tuesday, November 25.



Please - NO glass containers for safety reasons. Great choices:  Peanut butter & jelly or jam; cereal; canned fruits and vegetables; canned meats, tuna, chili, soups, stew; pasta and pasta sauces; Macaroni and Cheese; other boxed meals; all paper products; dried pudding, Jell-O; nuts, dried fruit; powdered milk; Baby Wipes

Magazines Magazines make great holiday gifts for children and adults alike.  St. John School, while not actively soliciting subscriptions through a traditional fund raising event, continues to benefit from your purchase or renewal of magazines.  When considering magazines as holiday gifts this year, please consider visiting Great American Opportunities, and enter St. John School Wide code 2529881.
Amigos de Peru

Seņor Pablo and Seņora Blanca returned from Peru late last week. During their seven-day visit to Peru they connected with new leadership at both San Miguel Parish and La Inmaculada School and Orphanage. The communities in Peru send their prayers of thanksgiving and appreciation for the many ways we support their ministries and missions.
Middle School Robotics Team - STEM Enrichment 
Middle School Robotics Team is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathmatics) enrichment pilot program, and will be limited to 12 students at this time.  The team will meet during lunch and lunch recess Tuesdays and Thursdays and will participate in the spring Catholic Schools Robotics Extravaganza.  There is no fee for this activity. For more information and to apply, link to the Robotics Team Webpage on the school website.
Student/Alumni News

Students raised $1,192.33 for Breast Cancer Awareness.  Funds will be used to provide comfort and assistance.  Thank you for your participation!

Serena Skidmore
, St. John School Class of 2011, and the BBHS Girls Varsity are playing in the Metro Championship game November 6.
Rosie McDonagh, St. John School Class of 2011 and Colleen Martinez, Class of 2012, athletes at Holy Names Academy are heading to State this weekend for the Girls Cross Country Championship.  The team was also recognized as State Academic Champion with a team collective GPA of 4.00.

Did you know the St. John Auction has a Facebook Group? Join the "St. John Auction" group to discover all the latest auction news and events.


The Auction Team would like to thank Page Harader for volunteering to be this year's Art Coordinator for the class projects. We can't wait to see all the amazing art projects she and all the Parent Art Leads will be helping our students with over the next few months!


If you are interested in being part of the madness this year (in a role big or small), we invite you to join us Wednesday, November 12, at 7pm for our Auction Kick Off Party! Learn about all the exciting changes coming to the auction and how you can be a part of supporting St. John in the year's largest fundraiser. The party will held at the Sawicki House (7334 12th Ave NW).


Volunteers Needed! We are still in need of Class Liaisons for many grades as well as a Volunteer Coordinator (or two). You can see all of the current volunteer needs on Sign Up Genius here


Procurement Tip of the Week: What is procurement? It is important to remember that procurement is about generating, not purchasing items that can later be sold to raise funds for the school. Ask businesses you regularly patronize if they would be willing to donate and don't be afraid to ask for a large item. Better to start big - the worst they can do is say no or offer something smaller.


Calendar reminder: On Monday, November 17, Paxti's Pizza in Ballard will donate 10% of their entire day's sales to St. John as part of their 52 Weeks of Giving program. Please support us by dining in or placing a to-go or delivery order on our fundraising day.   


Middle School Youth Group
Middle School Youth Group would like to thank all the students who contributed their time, effort and creativity to what was an amazingly successful Haunted House. Without their enthusiasm and passion, the house would not have been built.  A special thank you to parents Rachel Berryessa and Lael McAuliffe for their carpentry skills and help in buying lights and haunted decorations. Thank you also to Mari Halley, Joe Thomas, Diane Crockett and Sheila Marty for their support and help in getting the word out. And a special, special thank you to John Pasco whose patience and organizational skills in building the house was not lost on the students. His efforts, particularly with carpentry and the projection system put the H in haunted.
Myke Folger, MSYG Leader
Volunteer News

Volunteer Thank You  



Find something fun at our
Volunteer Sign Up here



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Do you want to spruce up your house before the holidays arrive?  We have cards from many popular stores such as Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Home Depot, Lowes, and ACE Hardware to help you with that task.   

Email us and we will get the order filled.   


Speaking of email, St. John Scrip has a new email address!   

Our new email address is   

Our old email address no longer works.    


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

Questions? Contact Karen Bombino and the Scrip Team at  
Neighborhood Bites
Open House at Bishop Blanchet High School is tonight Thursday, November 6, from 5:30 - 8pm. All interested families are invited to attend and tour the school. This is a great opportunity to interact with teachers and students, learn more about the curriculum and co-curricular programs, and see all the great facilities.


Need a little help with technology? Tech Help is a personalized 1-hour session with Greenwood Library staff. Build skills in computer basics, internet basics, email, downloadable books, and more. Thursdays at noon and 1pm, November 6 and 20, December 4 and 18*REGISTRATION REQUIRED*

Thank You Corner
Thank you to Viden Nedialkov of Units Moving & Portable Storage. His generous donation of a portable storage unit allowed us to build new storage for our school musical closet in Egan Hall.


Scrip would like to thank the following people for selling Scrip after Masses:  DeAnn Feeman, Matt Wells, Dawn Thornburg, Lisa Mendenhall, Lisa McKenny, Rachel Berryessa, Jeanne Portelance, and Michelle Vierra.  We appreciate all of our Scrip volunteers!

Thank you to all the folks who came out to shovel and spread the wood chips in the garden on October 18.  We had the whole load shoveled, spread and swept up in under an hour!  Jacqueline Erbe, Eric Brown, Harry Sellers, Jason Robertson, Brian Berryessa, Kari Hetcher-Aguila, Ryan Brunette (Class of 2013), and students William S.-Gr. 6, Sam B.-Gr. 5, and John S.-Gr. 6, Noel E-L-PK and sister.



The Noel House overflow shelter would like to thank all of our September and October volunteers. Please contact me at if you are interested in volunteering. Kristin Kent, Anne Mathieu, Matt Haskins, Kathy Collins, Emily Hallman, Nicole Hardie, Sharon Fowler, Elena Fowler, Melissa Meier, Molly Martinez, Colleen Martinez, Ann Amort, Doug Smith, Tony Perucca, Rosalinda Aguirre, Rachel Douglas, Tara Cannava, Bridget Sevigny, Mary Ellen Talley, Ken Talley, Kathy Gorney, Lisette Nenninger, Chris Butler, Maureen Sloan, Mike Sloan, Colleen Mounsey, Kira Cha, Betty Ericksen, Heather Varvaro, Elena Sandoval, Caroline Lambert, Rosemary Curran, Cathy Shan, Joan Collins, Joe Kearney and  Colleen O'Leary.



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


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not about elevation to power."
Gordon Tootoosis