January 22, 2015
    The Lord is my light and my salvation.
from Psalm 27   
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




January 25 through 30, 2015





Sunday, January 25          Liturgy, 10:30am, St. John Church

The celebration begins with the 10:30 liturgy. All families are invited.

Dress uniforms or dress reflecting student's cultural history, student participation, joyous singing!


All School Open House, Noon-1:30pm
All families invited, all classrooms open, tours available

Grade 8 Cultural Fair in Egan Hall immediately following Mass



Monday, January 26     "Faith, Knowledge and Service" - In Our Community

Students, families and educators convey the value of Catholic education to government, civic, and local leaders. And here's some good news: both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House have passed resolutions recognizing CSW and honoring the valuable contributions of Catholic schools in the United States (S. Res. 334 and H. Res. 461). St. Mary School of Aberdeen recently suffered great loss due to flooding.   Students are asked to donate $1.00 to benefit St. Mary School. Students may have free dress for their participation, and are asked to consider wearing St. Mary's colors of royal blue and white in support.


Today's Prayer - Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas, Patron Saint of Catholic Schools

(Making the sign of the cross) In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you.

We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.



Tuesday, January 27     "Faith, Knowledge and Service" - In Our Vocation

Students will create and display family Crests, showing how faith, family, and school develop a relationship with God, honoring family history. Classes will tour to see the Crests. Students will be visited by adults who will speak about their vocations and how they were called by God to share their gifts in their careers.


Today's Prayer

(Making the sign of the cross) In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

God, thank you for loving me. In Baptism you called me by name to live as your child. Help all

your people to know their call in life. For your greater glory, raise up generous leaders to serve as priests, deacons, sisters and brothers. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen.



Wednesday, January 28     "Faith, Knowledge and Service" - In Our Volunteers

Our volunteers will be honored this day, with thank you posters displayed to our parent community at drop off, and tokens of appreciation handed out to parents. Eighth grade students will lead a canned food drive for Volunteers of America. Students will enjoy Pizza for Kenya, where pizza lunch volunteers will enjoy songs by Primary students under the direction of Mrs. Tsagalakis during Primary lunch.


Today's Prayer

(Making the sign of the cross) In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Loving Father, we are so happy to be members of this school community, able to worship with our friends and teachers. Open our ears to hear your word so that we can be better friends with your son, Jesus. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.



Thursday, January 29     "Faith, Knowledge and Service" - In Our Faculty and Staff

Students are invited to bring one flower for their teachers today, in appreciation of their service. Families of students in Grade 4 will prepare luncheon for faculty and staff.


Today's Prayer

(Making the sign of the cross) In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord Jesus, when you lived and worked and talked amongst the people, they called you Teacher.

Help me to remember the greatness of the work, which has been given to me to do. Help me always to remember that I work with the most precious material in the world, the mind of a child. Help me always to remember that I am making marks upon that mind that time will never rub out. Help me to help these children, not only to store things in their memories, but also to be able to use their minds and to think for themselves. And amidst the worries and the irritations and the frustrations of my vocation, help me to remember that the future of the church, the nation and the world is in my hands. This I ask for your love's sake. We make this prayer in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.



Friday, January 30     "Faith, Knowledge and Service" - In Our Students

Turkey Dog Appreciation Lunch. Free for all students. Purple and Gold Day - students may dress in purple and gold clothing, dress code appropriate. Homecoming events will be held in Egan Gym beginning at 1pm.


Today's Prayer

(Making the sign of the cross) In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Lord, may all that we do this day, from morning until night, begin with your inspiration, and continue with your powerful help. May our work this day be rooted in love and mercy, that we might love you, and love our neighbors, as perfectly as you love us. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Dates To Note/Action Items
Catholic Schools Sunday, January 25, 2015
Liturgy, 10:30am followed by All School Open House
Students are asked to wear Dress Uniform or Family Cultural Heritage garb

Green Banner

  • PIZZA FOR KENYA! Wednesday, January 28    Link here for an order form - return by tomorrow, Friday, January 23! 
  • State of the School
    • Monday, February 2, 7pm, Egan Hall - returning St. John families
    • Tuesday, February 3, 7pm, Egan Hall - returning St. John families
    • Thursday, February 5, 7pm, Egan Hall - families new to St. John
  • Facilitation
    • Sunday, February 8, noon-4pm
    • Monday, February 9, 7-9pm
    • Wednesday, February 11, 7-9pm
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.  
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 Cocktail Party!!
Your Auction Cocktail Party is almost here and you don't want to miss it!
This year's Cocktail Party is more than just wine tasting...
  • Help choose the Signature Cocktail for the 2015 Live Auction & Gala Dinner: Manhattan, Vodka Gimlet, or Mai Tai? You taste and decide.
  • Fabulous Mad Men/Mid-Century inspired food from fellow St. John parent & chef Michael Strimban (including a chocolate fondue dessert bar!)
  • Tasting the 2015 St. John Private Label Wines from Hence Cellars (see below)
  • Beer & Wine
A Great Night Out with the St. John Community!

Please join us JANUARY 31, 7:00 pm at the Blue Ridge Clubhouse
Tickets are $75 per person and help underwrite the cost of our school's largest fundraiser, the Auction!
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:
Send an email to Katie Burckhardt with what type of wine you want and quantity:
You can also pre-order at the Jan. 31st "Mad Party" auction underwriting cocktail event. 
Enrichment Opportunities

Reading Under the Sea (current K-2)

Led by Miss Molly Feeney, Mrs. Kerri McCarthy, Miss Caitlin Schifferman

June 15-19, 9-11am 

Read with me under the sea! During the week of June 15th students will enhance their reading through targeted review and practice of skills, including sound awareness, word decoding, fluency, and comprehension. Summer practice materials included in cost. Limited to students currently participating in the St. John Reading Intervention Program (Limited to 25 students).


Cruising the USA (current K-2)

Led by Ms. Sarah Gudaitis, Mrs. Blanca DenAdel, Mrs. Abby Mansfield

June 15-19, noon-2pm

Racing around the math track!  During the week of June 15th students will enhance their math through targeted review and practice of skills, including number sense, place value, and basic math fact mastery. Summer Solutions workbook included in cost. (Limited to 25 students).


Road Trip to Success (current 3-5)

Led by Ms. Sarah Gudaitis, Mrs. Adrey Ocampo, and Mrs. Hazel Brumback

June 15-19, 9-11am 

Buckle up and enjoy the ride! During the week of June 15th students will enhance their math through targeted review and practice of skills, including problem solving, place value, and math facts mastery. Summer Solutions workbook included in cost. (Limited to 25 students).


Registration opens at 7pm on February 4, first come, first served.  Successful registrations  will receive a formal registration form via email to be turned in to the school office with payment. 

Price for each camp: $150.00 (includes take home materials), NONREFUNDABLE

Supervised lunch hour available for students attending both morning and afternoon sessions.


 Link Here to Register or visit >Parents>Extracurricular>Summer School 


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.  Students must participate in the 5k will be held on Saturday, May 16, and attend all practices.

Girls On The Run is limited to 15 participants.  Registration opens February 4.  Link Here
Parent Association
Nature & Nurturing:   
Parenting with Your Child's Temperament in Mind
Thank you to Dr. Liliana Lengua for presenting at our recent Parent Association meeting.  Dr. Lengua has graciously made available the presentation in a pdf format, for those in the community unable to attend.  Link here for presentation.
Looking ahead:  Parents in Preschool through Grade 3 - Scrip Wine & Cheese party at Karen's house!  This event is a 'get to know us' event!  March 12 - watch for more details!

We just delivered a check to St. John School, for  
This represents your purchases for November & December! 
Way to go, St. John!!! 

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  

Thank you for turning in your Box Tops for Education labels!  We just deposited a check in the amount of $591.90!!

Your efforts really do make a difference in a big way - funds received go to the playground for balls, jump ropes, etc. 
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

Be the Next Famous Movie Director!

This is your chance to make a movie with your friends! 

Bring ideas, costumes and make-up.

.  NOTE:  Must bring signed Permission slip to "star" in the movies (see attached)!

We will screen your films at youth group and eat popcorn.  If time permits, we'll have an Oscar-like ceremony where you can thank God and mean it! 

Calling all Parents! We need you to chaperone.

Please contact Myke Folger at: 206-612-0036 (text OK) or  

Prayer Made Flesh
Praying With Our Bodies
An evening for young adults led by Marilyn Nash
Thursday, February 12,7-9pm
St. Joseph Parish Center
We all pray with our bodies.  Whether we are moving or still, contemplative or exuberant...Connecting with and communicating with God using our physical selves happens every day.  Join us as Marilyn Nash guides us through an evening focusing on the body's integral relationship to our spirituality.
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
Area Opportunities
The Opposite of Spoiled:
Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous & Smart About Money
Ron Lieber, February 9, 2015, 7-9pm
FREE Event. Registration is required.Register today!
The Evergreen School is proud to welcome author and New York Times financial expert, Ron Lieber. Since 2008, Ron has been the "Your Money" columnist for The New York Times, where his columns about student loans won the 2011 Loeb Award, business journalism's highest honor. In his talk, Ron will discuss his new book, The Opposite of Spoiled, which is a practical guidebook for parents to talk to their kids about money.
Thank You Corner

Julie Lee & Emily Truong would like to thank  the following volunteers for assisting them in taking photos for the upcoming Auction.  Katie Clair, Lisa Longton,  Kara Dacquisto,  Amy Morris, Colleen Douglas,  Monica Overby, Sue Kelly, Emily Hallman, Christina Urrutia, Teresa Campbell, Jen Bergman, Brandi Dagg, Melissa Meier, Antonella Bartel &  Anna McCarthy.


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



"Catholic schools prepare every student to meet the challenges of their future by developing their mind, yes, but also their body and their soul and spirit."

David Vitter