Welcome Back!

Greetings to all new and returning families! We are fast approaching opening day. Welcome to the first NewsViews of the 2019-2020 school year. This is our weekly newsletter, your path to ‘knowledge’ about St. John School! You will receive it every Thursday. It contains the Principal’s Letter and attached articles, which outline all the events and news. Reading it will help you schedule those important events and it will bring you up to date on all that is happening here at school.

While you were gone, much has been accomplished here on campus.  We have a beautifully repaved courtyard, thank you to Salinas Construction and the family! The maintenance team has been painting, cleaning, pressure washing, polishing and doing so much more as they prepare for the arrival of the students. The portables are being prepped for new use. The teachers have been in worskshops and conferences and are now gearing up for the new school year, preparing rooms and planning.

I encourage you to visit the school webpage often and stay apprised of school events. Subscribe to the school calendar now. Enjoy your last days of summer vacation. Don’t forget to encourage your child/Superhero to complete their summer reading and math challenges!

Faculty News  

Please join me in welcoming the new teachers and specialists to St. John:

  • Anna Williamson, Kindergarten
  • Megan Costa, 1st Grade
  • Campbell Traywick, 3rd Grade,
  • Ava Jones, Music, Intermediate Grades
  • Chloe Shaw, Counselor


  • Class Placements     Homeroom assignments will be live in PowerSchool beginning Friday, August 23, after 4pm. Please access your family account to confirm your child’s homeroom teacher.
  • Hot Lunch Portal     The Hot Lunch Portal will open Friday, August 23, after 4pm. Hot lunch service will begin on Monday, September 9. All September orders must be received by Friday, September 6.
    • Existing Users:   Go to https://benchlio.com/#/login     Login with existing user email and password, reset password if necessary, update your existing students with 2018-19 teacher assignments, add any new students and begin your order.
    • New Users: Sign up here https://benchlio.com/#/signup     Add the students you wish to order for and follow instructions to order and enter payment information.
    • For more information about the hot lunch program please visit Hot Lunch at St. John School.
  • Welcome Events (Preschool, Kindergarten, Back to School BBQ)

    • Tuesday, September 3, 3-4pm This is not a supply drop off day for returning students
      • Kindergarten Open House
      • New Student Drop In for Grades K-8
      • Preschool Parent Social, 6:30-8pm,
    • Wednesday, September 4, First Day of School – Tardy bell rings at 8:20am
      • Coffee in the Courtyard for all parents
    • Friday, September 13, 5:30pm, Back to School BBQ (food, games, and fun for the family)


Please ensure that your child has the necessary immunizations to start school.  Note that the requirements for MMR (measles) have changed in that

  • No personal or philosophical exemptions are allowed
  • No grandfathering of previous exemptions are allowed

There are many resources regarding immunizations at www.doh.wa.gov

Thank you,

See you soon and in the meantime, God Bless,

Bernadette O’Leary