January 8, 2015
    You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
from Isaiah 12:2-3  
January Saints:  Grs. PK-2 - St. Francis of Assisi; Grs. 3-5 - St. Julie Billiart; Grs. 6-8 - St. Josemaria Escriva 
January Virtue:  Gratitude - Seeing everything as a gift and being thankful    
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Principal's Letter
Happy New Year!



Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity at Christmas. The faculty and I appreciated the prayers, gifts and kind thoughts you bestowed upon us.


The children must have made resolutions around being focused learners - they have settled in well. These long dark evenings are great for curling up with good books and reading with your children.   Talk about key details in the stories, discuss connections between key characters, events or ideas in the stories, compare and contrast stories on a similar topic or theme, explore new vocabulary, have fun with books.   By having conversations with your children around what you all read either in the newspapers, magazines or in books or watch on television, you are diving into some of the Core Standards and supporting their learning in school and for life!


I am looking forward to hearing Liliana Lengua's presentation next week at our PA meeting.   Her topic, Nature and Nurturing: Parenting With Your Child's Temperament in Mind will be meaningful and helpful for me both as parent/grandparent and as an educator. The presentation takes place in Egan Hall at 7pm on Tuesday, January 13.


On Wednesday, January 14 we will have the Pre-K and K Open House at 7pm. That meeting will begin on the Mezzanine. If you know of friends or acquaintances who have young children and are interested in learning about St. John School, please advise them about this opportunity to learn about our programs.


Remember that Catholic Schools Week opens with 10:30 am Mass on January 25. We ask that all parish families attend that mass, so I am letting you know now to mark it on your calendar! Mass will be followed by the Cultural Fair in Egan Hall. Children are asked to wear formal school uniform or their ethnic dress to Mass.


See you at the Auction Underwriting Event on January 31, where you can purchase wine with the classiest label in town (see below)! And all for a great cause!

Bernadette O'Leary  
Dates To Note/Action Items
Tuesday, January 13
Parent Association Meeting, 7pm, Egan Mezzanine
featuring guest Speaker Liliana Lengua, Ph.D.

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Thursday, January 15 - Preschool/Kindergarten Open House, 7pm, Egan Hall

Be sure to check the online calendar - updated regularly - for changes to the draft calendar distributed in July.  
Seahawk Day
Seahawk Friday!
January 9th

Wear your Blue & Green!
(no hair or face paint) 

Parent Association Speaker Series

  Nature & Nurturing:  

Parenting with Your Child's Temperament in Mind

Tuesday, January 13, 7pm, Egan Hall 


Liliana Lengua, Ph.D. will share her research on children's temperament, how it leads children to respond differently to parents, draws different behaviors from parents, and what parents can do to navigate their children's temperament more effectively.   Dr. Lengua is a St. John parent and parish member, and is currently on faculty at the University of Washington, Department of Psychology.  

Open House Events

Preschool & Kindergarten Open House

January 15, at 7pm beginning on the mezzanine  


All School Open House

January 25 at noon

Tell your friends and neighbors!  Classes will be open, teachers available for questions.  Visit your child's classroom, visit other grades to see the future!  Student guides will also be available for tours. 

St. John School Library News
As many of you already know, baby Bodmer is almost here and beginning next week, I'll be on maternity leave until April 13. I'm happy to introduce you all to
Ms. Diana Marker, who will be teaching Library while I'm gone. Ms. Marker is a friendly, capable and talented teacher and I know she will do a great job in my place! She spent the entire first part of the year teaching middle school math in place of Mrs. Brumback, who was on maternity leave, so many of you may already be familiar with her. Ms. Marker may be reached at should you have any Library needs during this time. See you in April! 


Mrs. Merrick Bodmer, Librarian


It's a Mad (Underwriting) Party!!
Mark your calendars and grab your tickets! This year's Auction Underwriting Party is
Saturday, January 31
, 7pm
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.

St. John custom label wine is back and "madder than ever."  You are invited to pre-order wine as part of this year's auction fund raising:  Introducing "St. John Mad Red" and new this year, "St. John Rose' Madness".




St. John Mad Red is a full bodied red wine, Hence Cellars' Cultivar from Walla, Walla, WA.  You can purchase a case of Mad Red for $240. This purchase counts as $100 dollars towards your $200 procurement commitment.  Individual bottles are available for purchase at $25 each.







St. John Rose' Madness, Hence Cellars' Rose' is a fresh, light wine from Walla, Walla, WA.  You can purchase a case for $180.  This purchase counts as $100 dollars towards your $200 procurement commitment.  Individual bottles are available for purchase at $20 each.






If you care to mix it up, you can purchase mixed cases for $210 (6 bottles of Rose'/

6 bottles of Cultivar).  This purchase counts as $100 dollars towards your $200 procurement.


You can pre-order your wine two ways:

  1. Send an email to Katie Burckhardt with what type of wine you want and quantity:
  2. You can also pre-order at the Jan. 31st "Mad Party" auction underwriting cocktail event.
Middle School MathCounts Contest

Register now for the Middle School, MathCounts Contest to be held at the University of Washington, Smith Hall on Saturday, February 7.

Register here!   Questions?  Contact Mrs. Brumback,   Note:  Space is limited!
Student and Alumni News

Sixth graders enjoy a day of ice skating at Seattle Center
over the Christmas holidays.

Elena Sandoval, Grade 8 will appear in Broadway Bound's production, The Wizard of Oz
Elena will perform on:
1/10, 5pm
1/11, 2pm
1/23, 7pm
1/24, noon
Click the pic for ticket information. 
During the Christmas Scrip gift card rush, I would ask the people buying Amazon gift cards if they were using AmazonSmile?  Unfortunately, most people said, "No, what is it?"  I'm not trying to market for them, but if you buy items off their site, please use:  When you do, 0.5% comes back to St. John when you choose St. John the Evangelist as your non-profit to support.  As Amazon says itself, "AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know.  Same products, same prices, same service."
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 
Baptism and Sacraments of Initiation for Children Seven Years and Older - Sessions begin in January!
Children 7 years or older who are not baptized or are baptized in another faith tradition, with parental support can become Catholics and receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Communion and Confirmation at Easter Vigil. For more information about this process for children, contact, Anne Merklin, 206-782-2810,
10:30 Nursery reopens Sunday, January 11th
Annual Italian Dinner

Sunday, January 25, 2015

5pm, Egan Hall 


Join the Knights of Columbus and Boy Scout Troop 121 for the  

11th Annual Italian Dinner!


There will be door prizes, plenty of authentic Italian food and wine for the adults.


RSVP by 1/18  - return this form


Questions?  Bethany King, 206-789-7119,  

  Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 121 programs!
Volunteer Opportunities
Open House Volunteers Needed     Volunteers and bakers are needed for both the PK & Kindergarten Open House on January 15, 7pm and the All School Open House on January 25 beginning at noon. Greatest need is the All School Open House, with setting up treats for our guests, and closing up after the event. Follow this link to volunteer.  Link here to volunteer your time or your talent! 

Church Un-Decorating Volunteers Needed     Help is needed from 12-3pm on Sunday, January 11, to un-decorate the Church!  Adults and children can help in the fun, and Middle School students will earn service hours.  We have poinsettia plants that can be taken home after Mass.  Even an hour is a big help! 
Let's lead your child in a good direction!  Coming together is a beginning - keeping together is a progress - working together is a success!

How do we get the kids to eat more fruits? 



Did you know that we slice up organic apples and pack them in  ECO friendly containers, so it is easier for the kids to eat?



Get your child excited about packing her or his lunch online
CYO Sports
CYO Volleyball Registration: Now Open

Sign up now! Registration for 2014-15 St. Al/John CYO Volleyball is now open for families with players in grades 4 through 8. Practices begin in early February, and the season is scheduled to run until the end of March.
Contact John Fletcher (, or Pat Daly ( if you have any questions.  Looking forward to seeing you all above the net!
Thank You Corner
Thank You Noel House volunteers for November and December. If you are interested in volunteering for the St john Women's shelter please contact me at  Betsy Rivera, Chris Sayers, Laura Fraioli, Rosemary Curran, Doug Smith, Ida Henricksen, Krisitn Kent, Joan Collins, Rachel Douglas, Ann Foley Finnan, Chris Pierard, Lisette Nenninger, Ann Amort, Tony Perucca, Betty Ericksen, Colleen O'Leary, Rosalinda Aguirre, Chris Butler, Mary Ellen Talley, Rachel Berryessa, Willow Berryessa, Kira Cha, Kathy Collins, Heather Varvaro, Elena Sandoval, Nicole Hardie, Karen O'Connor, Molly Martinez, Bridget Sevigny, Matt Haskins, Allison Pham, Kathy Shimada, Kiri, Tanya, Melissa Meier, Shelly Kay Pfeiffer, Anne Mathieu.

Thank you to all the families for the generous gifts over the holidays! Gifts of Scrip, delightful home made goodies, and other thoughtful gifts were so appreciated!
St. John Faculty and Staff



Want to thank someone publicly?  Send your "thanks" to Diane Crockett at for publication in NewsViews.
 "I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields,
that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug,
you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says
"Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again."