Principal’s Letter

Next week, we celebrate the crowning of Mary as “Queen of the May.” Pope Francis in his book, Christ is Alive!, writes:

Mary’s mission would undoubtedly be difficult, but the challenges that lay ahead were no reason to say no. Things would get complicated of course, but not in the same way as happens when cowardice paralyzes us because things are not clear or sure in advance. Mary did not take out an insurance policy! She took the risk, and for this reason, she is strong, she is an “influencer,” the mother of God. Her “yes” and her desire to serve are stronger than any doubts or difficulties.

Each class will pray either a decade of the Rosary or a full Rosary in honor of Mary, the Mother of God.

Congratulations, Miss Tsagalakis! Our P.E. teacher, Miss Tsagalakis, was nominated to be a Kiro Radio Home Town Hero! She truly deserves the honor! She has led P.E. class in all sorts of weather throughout the entire year! Nominees will be honored at the Mariner’s Game next week. Way to go Miss T! #weloveourteachers #togetherwecan #courageouscatholicschools

Yesterday’s key indicators of COVID-19 activity in King County show that new cases and hospitalizations are increasing. We may hear early next week that we must move back to Phase 2. What does that mean for us at St. John? We anticipate making some modifications, but there will be no immediate changes to the current modality. The school did have a positive Covid-19 case in our middle school reported last Friday. As of today, there are no reports of further transmission within the class; those students remain in quarantine. I have said this many times over the course of this year:  we must be vigilant. Please take your children’s temperatures and complete the health screening each morning before you leave for school. If your child has a temperature of 100.4 or above or any COVID-like symptoms, do not bring them to school. Get vaccinated. People 16 and over are now eligible, so please get your older children vaccinated. Don’t hesitate. King County Health has received an exceptionally high number of vaccines this week. Information regarding scheduling vaccinations can be found on the Community News post. Thank you, Melissa Putman, for sharing this information with us. We will continue with mask-wearing. Last week’s Principal’s Letter included helpful guidelines on how to properly fit and wear masks. Thank you Parent Association and Katie Masiello, for sharing those with us. Together we can!

Progress reports are being mailed today. Review them with your children. The next report will be their final one for the school year. If you or your children have concerns, please let the teachers know.

The school is seeking applicants for our fundraising administrator position. This part-time paid position is vital to helping the school achieve our mission and annual fundraising goals. This person guides, assists and supports the Auction and Jog-a-thon volunteer teams throughout each annual event. The ideal candidate would provide administrative support for distributing school-wide fundraising communications, manage all facets of sponsorship, donation requests, and vendor contracts. Interested? Contact parent and current fundraising administrator Andrea Marquez ( for more information about the job.

Mother’s Day is coming up! If you need a gift for Mother’s Day, how about a virtual cooking class with Ethan Stowell? The cooking class comes with everything you need to make a delicious meal for two, and all proceeds go to St. John School. Thank you, Ethan, for your generosity! The deadline to reserve your spot is tomorrow, Friday, April 30, 9am. For details, take a look at today’s post.

Bí go maith, fan slán,

Bernadette O’Leary, Principal