November 20, 2014
    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. 
from Psalm 23

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

Students in grades two, three, four, and five welcomed special guests at today's Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day event.

Dear Families,


Peanut butter, beans, pasta, canned fruit and vegetables are stacking up on one side of the hallway and boxes of coats and blankets are on the other side, ready to be distributed to families in need. Platters of cookies are overflowing the counters in the front office for the Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day. Volunteers are preparing the tables for the luncheon. The Auction team is on the sidewalk, welcoming procurement items! Our students are gathered around the new Scrip bulletin board, thinking about gifts! Ms. Gudaitis informed me that Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF raised a total of $241.76. That can buy 10 emergency first aid kits! In a short five-minute trip around the school this morning, these examples of stewardship and community leapt out! When we consider those of you who assist in the classrooms, on the playground, at coffee and donuts on Sundays, usher, lector, on field trips, at the Jog-A-Thon, the Endowment Dinner, the Scrip program, and the Auction, the Parent Association, the School Commission, parish and school celebrations, Mass and liturgies, and so much more, we realize how your good stewardship affects every single person on our community. Thank you!


Being a Grandparent is awesome and I watch with delight the joy that permeates Egan Hall when our students welcome their grandparents and special friends to St. John School.   It is such a treat for us grandparents to be able to experience some time at school and a thrill for the children to perform for their guests. Thank you, Michele Thornquist, Julie Lee, and your team for putting this day together.


Even though it is formal dress uniform today, I see students wearing crazy socks and hats because their family brought in their procurement items. Look out for notice of a free dress day reward or how about the coveted boot day reward! Chat with your friends and discuss how you can put your resources together to create fabulous auction items.


Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated at 9am on Tuesday, November 25. School will be closed Wednesday through Friday in observance of the holiday. When we return it will be Advent. We will begin our week with a short prayer service in church at 8:30 on December 1. Please be on time!



Bernadette O'Leary  

Dates To Note/Action Items
DRESS UNIFORM - Thanksgiving Liturgy, Tuesday, November 25, 9am

Thanksgiving Holidays
- November 26, 27, 28 - School not in session
XDC open November 26; not in session November 27, 28

Green Banner

 Monday, December 1 - Second Trimester begins

Tuesday, December 2 - Taproot Theatre Performance - FREE family fun 

Thursday, December 4 - First Trimester reports home with students  

Thursday, December 4 - Student Art Show,  Egan Hall, 5pm 

Be sure to check the online calendar - updated regularly - for changes to the draft calendar distributed in July.  
Message From Vice Principal Seņor Pablo
I had a nice conversation with a neighbor who respectfully requested that parents and staff refrain from blocking her driveway on 79th Street.  Please note the yellow curbs.

Student Art Show
                                          Claire S., Grade 3                                                               Madeline S., Grade 2
 Students participating in Kay's After School Art Club will present their work in the end-of-session Art Show.

Thursday, December 4, 5pm, Egan Hall

Everyone is welcome!  Refreshments will be served! 
Come and see what students have been creating!

From the Parish
St. John the Evangelist will again host a wonderful holiday play for the entire family.


Tuesday, December 2nd, 7-8pm, In Egan Hall
Reservations required - reserve your seat here!

"Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Bar Jonah Inn! Close to all the Bethlehem action, serving all your Bethlehem needs!" Except, of course, for that one very unusual night. As innkeepers Jacob and Miriam whiz about accommodating strange requests and stranger guests with their trademark humor and wit, a desperate plea to use their stable makes them pause; if this is the advent of God's Child, what kind of family is He creating? The Innkeeper's Christmas re-frames the first Christmas, drawing laughter and insight from the unexpected ways God alters expectations.

 Questions? Contact Anne Merklin at

Advent Wreath Making Event 
Sunday, November 30, 11:30am-1pm, Egan Hall 
Create a treasure for the season.   

St. John Parish will provide all the supplies to make a wreath for your family. We will have cookies, hot cider and Christmas music to warm you up, and a few small craft activities to entertain  younger children.  
A $10 good will donation will help cover our costs. 
Register Here

Would you like to help with the event?  Click here for opportunities.

Stop by the Ministry Fair after Mass this weekend and get involved!  We all have gifts from God - meet and speak with members from all the  different parish ministries, and find the perfect fit for your gift!  St. John Parish needs you, and you will gain so much from participating in one of the many ministries.

November 22 and 23 after all Masses
There will be wine and cheese after Saturday 5pm Mass;
extra treats at coffee and donuts after Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 Masses.
You may have noticed - or heard from your children - that we have experienced some issues with the boilers serving the school, church and gym. Steps are being taken to resolve and repair the existing boilers that heat the church, school, and Egan Hall. We have been able to maintain temperature in the classrooms with much effort by our maintenance crew - thank you!! The plant's biggest heating challenge has been maintaining a comfortable temperature in the church.

Please know that we are working diligently to get these repaired as quickly as possible:
  • The school boiler has been repaired and is keeping the school warm, even toasty!
  • The boiler that serves the church is in need of a new pump. We are waiting for parts to arrive and hoping the installation will take place in the coming days.
  • We are scheduling the Egan Hall boiler repair during the Thanksgiving break, since there will be no heat to the whole Egan building while it is being repaired.
Thank you for your patience! Should you have further questions, please feel free to call Dani D'Amelio at the parish office, 206-782-2810 ext. 313.

A huge thank you to everyone who has stepped up this week to volunteer for the auction. We are happy to report that there are too many of you to thank individually this week but know that we are so grateful you have joined the team!

A Mad Party!     Did you know that tickets for the auction's Cocktail (Underwriting) Party will be going on sale soon? It's true. Be on the look out for the official announcement and mark your calendars for January 10 - it's going to be a fab night out!

Donation Drop Offs     Thank you to everyone who turned in procurement forms as part of the first donation drop off today! Our next drop off is December 10.

Planning a Sign Up Party?     If you are planning a sign up party as part of your auction donation, or in conjunction with your student's class and you have questions, please contact Heather Bellerud. Heather has graciously volunteered to be our Sign Up Party Coordinator this year.

Procurement Tip of the Week     Does your employer offer matching funds for charitable donations? If so, your $100-200 auction donation could easily become $200-400!
Christmas Wreath Sale

Students in Grade 8 are taking orders now through December 3, for beautiful Christmas wreaths from Pacific Mountain Products out of Bremerton.  Three wreaths to choose from starting at $25.  Proceeds of $7.00 from each order will benefit the financial aid fund for students traveling to Washington, D.C. in the spring.  Wreaths will be available for pick up the weekend of December 6 and 7 in the parking lot.  Look for students at Mass, contact the school office, or ask an eighth grader to place your order.

Holiday Food Drive


Students in Grade 6 are heading up the annual Holiday Food Drive for our neighbors in need.

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
Parent Association

Save the Date!
Parent Association Christmas Parties!
Wednesday, December 10
8:30am AND 7pm, Egan Mezzanine
Crafts for sale - do some Christmas shopping!

Children welcome at the morning event; adults only in the evening.
Contact Christine Craig if you would like to set up a sale table.


I hope you all have  

a wonderful Thanksgiving next week.   


For those of you who are traveling, please be safe.  For those who are staying here with family and friends, enjoy your time together.   


If you plan to venture out to the stores or online after Turkey Day, please think about using Scrip gift cards.  Buy your Scrip cards now, so that when you shop after Thanksgiving, both your gift recipients and St. John School will benefit!   


Have a very happy and restful Thanksgiving!   
St. John Scrip's email has changed -  Thank you.  



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

Questions? Contact Karen Bombino and the Scrip Team at  
Elementary Science Club - Grades 3-5
Science ClubElementary Science Club will meet after school on Tuesdays for 6 weeks beginning January 13, 2015 (January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10 and 24 from 3:15pm - 4:15pm). The Elementary Science Club teachers and activities will be provided by the
Pacific Science Centerʼs ʻScience on Wheels!ʼ program.  The faculty advisor is Seņor Pablo (Assistant Principal). The parent organizers are Lili Lengua and Betsy Roletto-Rivera.
Due to classroom size and the availability of Pacific Science Center teachers, group size is limited to 24 students per section with one section for each grade (3rd -5th). Electronic registration will be available through the school website beginning Tuesday, December 9, at 7pm. Participants will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Successfully registered participants will be notified, and permission forms distributed via email; forms and payment will be due by Friday, December 19. 
Four parent volunteers per grade are needed to help each week from 3:00pm to 4:25pm.
The cost per student is $55.  Scholarships are available.  Please contact Seņor Pablo to request more information.
Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear has a new logo available for 2015!  Luke G., Gr. 8 submitted the winning logo in a recent logo competition on School Crush!
Orders placed this weekend through School Crush will receive FREE shipping!
Visit St. John Catholic School store today!  Items make great holiday gifts!
Student/Alumni News
Students collected a total of $241.76 for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!  This amount is enough to fund 10 emergency first aid kits in areas of need!

Students in Grade 7 enjoyed a day at Experience Music Project, led by Mrs. Tsagalakis.

Let's lead your child in a good direction!  Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is a progress, working together is a success!

New items on the Menu:
Cream Cheese & Jelly Sandwich - $3.95
Cheese Pizza Pinwheel - $3.95
Pepperoni & Cheese Pinwheel - $4.25

Get your child excited about packing her or his lunch online
Neighborhood Bites
Seattle Preparatory School welcomes parents of teens and pre-teens to an evening with Ty Sells: Making Connections that Count, December 9, 7pm, Healy Chapel & Theater.  Motivational speaker, Ty Sells, from Youth to Youth International, will be visiting Seattle Prep to bring his message, "Creating Connections that Count" to the parents of teens.  Free admission - please RSVP.
Thank You Corner
Thank you to all who volunteered to help with the recent 7th and 8th grade dance!  St. John students and their guests from around the North Deanery had a great time!

Thank you to the following volunteers for another successful Grandparent's & Friends' Day: Jenny Walker for the flowers; Diva Espresso for the coffee; volunteers that worked the event:  Becky Masters, Erin Murphy, Geraldine Stone, Heather Aman, Julie Sylvester, Carolyn Sherman, Carlene Merlino, Debbie Oximana, Christine Craig, Brandi Dagg, Cheryl Pinsoneault, Vija Merrill, Emily Troung, Amy Morris, Paula Pessner, Colleen Douglas, Rachel Oximana, Lisa Mendenhall, Heather Bellerud,  Susan McLaughlin, Glorilyn Maw, Patrick & Kathleen Owens;  all the people that baked; for assistance on the sound system, Brian Spears and Cooper LeComp.


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