December 18, 2014
    Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord. 
from Psalm 96 
December Saints:  PK-2, St. Nicholas; Grs. 3-5, St. Mary Magdalene; Grs. 6-8, St. Maximilian Kolbe 
Decenber Virtue:  Generosity - Giving without counting the cost    
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Principal's Letter

Dear Families,

"Twas the day before Christmas break, when all through the school,

Not a creature was quiet, despite the indoor-voice rule!

The concerts were over, the carols all sung

The teachers called out, home lights must be hung!



The air is bristling with excitement! With the daily prayer, reconciliation and the many acts of kindness and generosity through the various service projects, the teachers have guided the children through a very meaningful Advent. The Christmas Programs certainly blessed us with the spirit of the season. I am so grateful to you, parents and to the teachers for your support of and participation in all these activities.


You are welcome to attend the Awards ceremonies tomorrow. The primary department will present first trimester awards at 10:00 in the portable buildings. The intermediate and middle school departments will present awards in Egan Hall at 10:45. The primary students will join them for the first 15 minutes for prayer and Jog-A-Thon awards.


On behalf of the faculty and students, I thank all volunteers, especially the Scrip team, and wish you an abundance of blessings. May the love of Jesus fill your life with hope and your Christmas season with joy!

Bernadette O'Leary  
Dates To Note/Action Items
Friday, December 19
Prayer Service/Awards Assembly, 10:45am, Egan Hall
Dismissal for Christmas Holidays - noon

Green Banner

Monday, January 5, 2015 - School resumes regular schedule

All items in the Lost & Found (lower west hallway) will be donated
to St. Vincent de Paul on Friday, December 19. 

Be sure to check the online calendar - updated regularly - for changes to the draft calendar distributed in July.  
Christmas Mass Schedule


Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve

4pm- Children's Mass

6pm - Children's Mass

9pm - Vigil Mass


Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day

9am - Morning Mass


Thursday, January 1, New Year's Day

9am - Morning Mass


It's a Mad (Underwriting) Party!!

Mark your calendars and grab your tickets! This year's Auction Underwriting Party is January 10, 7pm at the

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online:
This party helps underwrite some of the costs associated with putting on our school's largest annual fundraiser, the Auction. It's a great way to help St. John and have a fun night out with friends.  If you cannot attend yourself, please consider sponsoring a ticket for our fabulous teaching staff.

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Student and Alumni News

Wednesday, our Schola Choir spread Christmas cheer
as they shared a wonderful musical Christmas performance for the Ida Culver residents. Thanks to Principal O'Leary and Liliana Lengua for chaperoning our field trip.  Our appreciation to Seņor Pablo for help with transporting our risers and sound equipment.  Thank you to Mrs. Pat Tsagalakis, Music/Schola Director
Ben Brusniak

Benjamin Brusniak, Gr. 8
attended the Washington Class Championships chess tournament receiving a first place award in the Expert Class (all ages) section, currently among the top 100 chess players in the nation in his age group as announced by the United State Chess Federation with his 1900+ rating.

Congratulations to Hannah Brown, St. John Class of 2011
Hannah just received her acceptance to Columbia University!  Congratulations, Hannah and family! 

Regina Fletcher, St. John Class of 2006
helped begin Project Helping Hands in Bellingham, an extension of the program that originated in Seattle through the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. John Church in 2002.  The project distributes "helping hands" in the form of bus passes, where to get a meal, and a certificate for local food.  Your donation goes a long way!

We will be selling before and after school through December 19 outside XDC. 
 Final sales for 2014:  After mass on 12/25.

Thank you to the many people involved with selling, delivering, and organizing Scrip during this busy Christmas season.   

Thank you to Matt Wells, Anne Mathieu, Julia Rudden, Amy Morris, Paula Pessner, Teresa Campbell, Lisa Mendenhall, Heather Bellerud, Emily Truong, DeAnn Feeman, Michelle Vierra, Chrissy Hilt and Lisa McKenny.

  Merry Christmas everyone!


Karen Gunther Bombino, Scrip Team Coordinator



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

Questions? Contact Karen Gunther Bombino and the Scrip Team at  
From the Parish 

Adult Confirmation-Begins January 14th!

Are you an adult, 18 or older, who has never received Confirmation?  Would you like to be confirmed and receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit through Confirmation?   Adult Confirmation sessions begin Wed. January 14th at 7-9PM in Quigley, Chapel room.  For more information, contact Anne Merklin at or at 206-782-2810.


Baptism and Sacraments of Initiation for Children Seven Years and Older

Children 7 years or older, who are unbaptized or baptized in another faith tradition, with parental support, can become Catholics and receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Communion and Confirmation at Easter Vigil.  Sessions begin in January. 

Anne Merklin, at 206-782-2810 or


10:30 Nursery is OPEN!

St. John Nursery is FREE.  Come to the Quigley Building (Parish office building) and ring the bell marked "Nursery" on the door facing the parking lot or across from the Preschool door. Children ages 6 months to 3 years are welcome!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to assist with Open Houses in the new year (January).

Please link here to Volunteer Spot, and sign up.  Volunteering at one of the Open Houses is a fun way to meet your Fair Share volunteer commitment. 
Let's lead your child in a good direction!  Coming together is a beginning - keeping together is a progress - working together is a success!

Now it is time to place your E=AT bag order for 2015 to save money!
Order between December 11th and December 19th and save 10% on your whole order. You are welcome to plan ahead for the rest of the year, to take          advantage of this offer.
Use discount code " 2015" when you check out


Get your child excited about packing her or his lunch online
Neighborhood Bites
Greenwood Library Winter Break Bingo - BINGO form
Play Winter Break BINGO and receive a FREE book!  Download the form and return to Greenwood Library between December 20 and January 3, one per person grades 5 and under.

See the attached calendar of upcoming events for lots of fun for the whole family!  

Jennifer Bisson, Youth  Services Librarian, The Seattle Public Library, Greenwood Library, 206-684-9234

Thank You Corner

Mrs. Tsagalakis would like to thank
our magnificent student sound crew,  Cooper LeComp and Mich Coles for doing a terrific job for the evening Primary Christmas program.   A very special thanks to Mrs. Abby Mansfield and all the primary teachers for their support and encouragement during our rehearsals and performances.





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

"There is no better gift at Christmas, than to have everything you want  before
you open the gifts."
Anonymous, Grade 6