January 15, 2015
    Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
from Psalm 40  
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

Dear Families,

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. challenged us, just like Jesus did, to seek justice for all, to serve others and to love our neighbors.  All around me at St. John, I witness so many people who heed that call. Some are well known to all of us, others diligently and quietly serve in the background.  As we approach Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Catholic Schools Week, the students are discussing the power of solidarity and service. They will be writing letters to thank community members, helping the food bank and reaching out to those in need. One community that needs a huge amount of help is fellow Catholic school and community, St. Mary's, in Aberdeen. This school and some school families suffered damage due to flooding and landslide issues from the major storms that hit Grays Harbor County.  The school had to close for a week for clean-up.  Our 8th grade student leaders will organize a fundraiser for St. Mary's during Catholic Schools Week. They are asking students to bring in one dollar or what ever your family wishes to donate, and in turn students may wear free dress in St. Mary's colors - royal blue and white.  You will also be asked to donate a can of food for the local food bank.  Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity!


The schedule for Catholic Schools Week is below. It promises to be a great celebration of our faith, knowledge and community! Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to the 10:30am Mass, on Sunday, January 25.  Mass will be followed by the 8th Grade Cultural Fair and Open House.


The year is flying by; it is hard to believe that we are already planning for the 2015-2016 school year. Tonight, we host the Open House for Preschool and Kindergarten.   February 2, 3 and 5 are the State of the School presentations.


We send congratulations to Mrs. Merrick  Bodmer and her husband, Dave on the birth of their son, Tate Matthew Bodmer!  Tate was born yesterday at 9:15am. All are well and happy.   


Thank you for procuring your auction item! That celebration is another one that is fast approaching! See you at the Auction Underwriting Party! Tomorrow is Seahawk Friday - Go Eagles!  Support the 'Hawks! 

Bernadette O'Leary  
Dates To Note/Action Items
Preschool/Kindergarten Open House, 7pm, Egan Mezzanine 

Green Banner

Monday, January 19 - School/XDC not in session - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunday, January 25 - National Catholic Schools Week begins with Catholic School Sunday Mass, 10:30am, immediately followed by All School Open House & Gr. 8 Cultural Fair - Dress uniform or cultural garb for students, please. 
Volunteers still needed - please link here.

SCHOOL YEAR 2015/2016 START DATE:  Monday, August 31, 2015

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

Seahawk Friday!
January 16th
Let's keep the support going for the home team! 
Wear your Blue & Green!
(no hair or face paint) 
Catholic Schools Week 
Calendar of Events
  • Sunday, January 25 - All School Liturgy, 10:30am followed by All School Open House and Grade 8 Cultural Fair - Students, please wear Dress Uniform or your family's cultural garb
  • Monday, January 26 - Faith, Knowledge & Service - In Our Community
  • Tuesday, January 27 - Faith, Knowledge & Service - In Our Vocation
  • Wednesday, January 28 - Faith, Knowledge & Service - In Our Volunteers
  • Thursday, January 29 - Faith, Knowledge & Service - In Our Faculty & Staff
  • Friday, January 30 - Faith, Knowledge & Service - In Our Students
Link here for details of daily events including free dress days.
Registration 2015/2016
PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2015/2016 - Please indicate your intent to register your student for the upcoming school year by clicking here and completing the Intent To Register form if you have not already done so. 

State of the School - 7pm, Egan Hall
February 2, 3 - Returning Families
February  5 - Families new to the K-8 program

Pick up your student's registration packet and sign up for your facilitation appointment.  Families registering for Preschool ONLY (no K-8 registration), pick up your packet in the school office beginning Monday, February 2, 8:30am.

Sunday, February 8, noon-4pm
Monday, February 9, 7-9pm
Wednesday, February 11, 7-9pm

Facilitation is held in the main school building, second floor.  Come with ALL materials completed.  Your registration fee will be collected at this time.

NOTE TO ST. JOHN PARISHIONERS:  Be sure your are in compliance with the Parish office, to pledge your tuition on an in-parish contract.  If you have not already done so, submit your Sacrificial Pledge Card online here.  Contact the parish office with questions.

It's a Mad (Underwriting) Party!!
Mark your calendars and grab your tickets!
Saturday, January 31
, 7pm
Blue Ridge Clubhouse!
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.
Preschool Conferences

Preschool Conferences will be held
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, January 28, 29, and 30. 
  Preschool students do not participate in conferences. 
Preschool will not be in session on Thursday or Friday, January 29 and 30.
Student and Alumni News

Students in Grade 1 watch and listen intently as fellow classmate Nathan Paine, performs a piece on the violin.  Congratulations to Nathan, for practicing the violin each day, and sharing his gift!


I'm amazed at people's generosity in terms of Scrip.  There are so many wonderful people who give Scrip to loved ones or friends who are in need.  For instance, there is a person who sends Scrip cards to her child in another state and her elderly mother on a monthly basis.  There is another Scrip buyer who sends a Scrip card to their Uncle in another state because he has fallen on hard times.  Maybe you know someone who may need a little help buying groceries or gas?  Scrip is a great way to do so.   

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 
St. John School Enrollment  2015/2016 for Parish Members
Parish members wishing to enroll their students in St. John School and pledge tuition on an in-parish tuition contract MUST have a 2015 Sacrificial Pledge Card on file as one condition of meeting the definition of active parish membership* for school enrollment purposes. You may complete this part of your obligation online here.

*Active parish membership requires families be registered in the parish office and active in the life of the parish for at least six months: Attend Sunday mass regularly; attend the annual State of the Parish presentation (November); be supportive of or involved in one of the many ministries; contribute regularly through the Sunday envelope; annually file a stewardship pledge card with the parish office, and make a consistent effort to meet that pledge.

from St. John School, Family Handbook 2014/2015
  Students in Grades 6, 7 & 8
St. John Youth Group Meeting
Wednesday, January 28, 6:30-8pm, Egan Hall
Music & Mosaics - Be the Next J.J. Abrams!

This is your chance to make a movie with your friends and have it be seen by millions (with parental permission of course). You get to make one of your choosing:
  • Full-on 3-5 minute movie: You write a script, you get a cast, you bring costumes/make up. Using your electronic device (iPhone, iPad, iMovie), you make the movie within 1 hour. 
  • Flip-it movie: Draw your movie on paper (we'll show you how to animate it), you upload it to YouTube® and we'll screen it. Youth Group will provide paper and pencils/colored pens.
We will screen your films and eat popcorn. If time permits, we'll have an Oscar-like ceremony where you can thank God and mean it.

PS: We need parent volunteers and snacks!!!  Please contact Myke Folger at 206-612-0036 (text OK) or
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!


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



Get your child excited about packing her or his lunch online
New Club Opportunity
Girls in grades 3, 4, and 5 may take part in this running club anchored by a positive youth development program.  The curriculum teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games.  the program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event!

This 10-week program begins March 2, meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:10-4:40pm at St. John School.  The 5k will be held on Saturday, May 16.

Girls On The Run is limited to 15 participants.  Registration opens February 4.  Watch for the link in upcoming NewsViews.
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!   Registration Form 
Area Opportunities

Catholic Basketball Classic
Saturday, January 17, KeyArena


Catholic grade school families with children 6th grade and below, email for your FREE admission. If you are a Catholic school family with a 7th grade child or above and/or a CYO coach of a 7th or 8th grade team, email to be included on the NCAA required prospective student pass list for allowable FREE admission. Please include grade level(s) and school name. Doors open at 6:30pm. Game time is 7:30pm. NCAA rules and limits apply. Photo ID required.

Who's the Boss: 
Making Sense of Power Struggles

Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.
Thursday, January 22, 7-9pm, Old Town Hall, Seattle
Tickets and information here - use discount code PMAP2015

Ballard Boys & Girls Club offers teeball and machine pitch classes beginning soon.  Registration opens Friday, January 16.  Visit for more information or contact Jeff Budke, 206-783-5775,

Seattle Lutheran High School will hold Open House, Thursday, January 29,from 7-8:30pm.  Visit with faculty and students, learn about programs offered, schedule a tour.  Contact Rachel Bigliardi at 206-937-7722 for more information or visit
Thank You Corner
Preschool would like to thank Alasdair Turner, Cullen's father for presenting slides, photos, and incredible stories to the children about his photographic work adventures in Antarctica.


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

"Take the first step in faith. 
You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.