Education Night: Domestic Violence, New Beginnings

This was our first Parent Education Night of ’20-’21, featuring Rachelle Nesta, the Director of Development for New Beginnings. Thank you to the group of moms who helped put this together. As discussed in the video, domestic violence is one of the few problems we can sizably prevent by simply talking about it within our communities. Hopefully in the future, we’ll be able to partner with an organization like New Beginnings to meaningfully help survivors of domestic violence too.


PA Meeting – 12/3/20

As always, thank you all for your thoughtfulness and dedication. We surprisingly covered a lot of ground at this meeting, despite all the uncertainty surrounding us. If you want to skip through topics, the time stamps below go from beginning to end.

Recent response to Covid exposure at St. John
Covid notes from Principal O’Leary after meeting with county officials
Holiday travel, community considerations
Auction update from Lauren Exnicios
Scrip update from Tricia
Check-in with Hospitality and Appreciation Project
Considerations when gifting outside of Hospitality
Unbound Christmas giving
Continued discussion for Appreciation Project, creative measures

St. John administration, faculty and staff are so very grateful for our community.  Your partnership, generosity and support inspire us, especially during these uncertain times – thank you.

During the holidays, families may want to show teachers their appreciation outside of or in addition to class gifts and scrip.*  To keep our community safe and healthy, we ask that, at this time, you follow these guidelines:

Drop Off:  Cards and/or gifts may be dropped off in the Parish vestibule on the following days (look for a box marked “Faculty and Staff”):

        • Monday, 12/14, 10-2pm
        • Wednesday, 12/16, 10-2pm
        • Thursday, 12/17, 10-2pm

If you would prefer to mail a card, please address it to your teacher, c/o St. John School, 120 N. 79th St., Seattle, WA 98103

  • On-Campus Learners may deliver cards and/or gifts directly to teachers.Homemade Baked Goods:  While we love your cooking, the school kindly asks, for this holiday, that you do not gift homemade baked goods.  Though there is currently no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 through food, to minimize risks, we cannot accept food made in private kitchens at this time.
  • Historically most grades have gifted Scrip credit as Christmas gifts to faculty and staff.  The hospitality chair(s) typically coordinate and collect donations from parents to create a larger pool of funds, which is distributed to faculty and staff as Scrip gift.  If you are unsure if your grade is doing this, please check with your room parent.

PA Meeting – 11/5/20

This was our third PA meeting of ’20-’21, and this was a special one. We were fortunate to have Mrs. Abby Mansfield and Ms. Chloe Shaw in attendance to discuss Social Justice. As you can see in the video above, it was an uplifting and informative conversation. Normal PA business follows. Please accept this recording in lieu of our classic meeting notes.

Some links:
Antiracism Resources

Please skip to 43:21 for our discussion regarding our ongoing Monthly Recognition of faculty, specialists, and staff.

A quick update from Principal O’Leary on our school’s reaction to the rising Covid numbers is at 1:01:15.

This wasn’t covered during the meeting, but we were asked to remind everyone about Traffic Safety.

If you have any questions or feedback, please email Tricia or me. Thank you all for your continued and bountiful support.

K-2 Return Quick Guide

Sign Up for SchoolMessenger Text Messaging service
Opt-in to receive text messages from the school, including emergency notifications.

Health Screening QR
Answer and submit the Health Screening questions every day.  Upon completion, follow the instructions on the confirmation page.

How to Add the Health Screening Survey to Your Phone Like an App

Principal’s Letter – 9/24/20
“Please do not send your children to school if they have runny noses, sore throats, congestion, or any one of the symptoms on the list.  Students who stay home because they have symptoms can still access instruction through our remote learning channels.  If your children have runny noses or teary eyes due to allergies, we will need a note from your pediatrician; otherwise, we will send them home.”

If a Member of Your Family is Ill
King County’s checklist regarding your child’s ability to return to school following exposure to Covid-19 or presenting with cold or flu-like symptoms.

St. John School’s Reopening Plan

King County Covid Response Toolkit

K-2 Town Hall – 9/17/20
Time-stamped discussion about returning to school and continued remote learning for families who opt out of in-person learning.

St. John Parent Association

Welcome Parents! The St. John School Parent Association (PA) looks to you – our vibrant parent community – to come together to support activities, events, and service opportunities at our school. Your support is more vital than ever this year. Get involved and join us!

All St. John Parents are members of the Parent Association. Learn more about PA-sponsored events and how you can be involved by using the navigation links on the left side of the page. Monthly PA meeting dates are currently being held by Zoom and will be published on both the PA and the school calendars – all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Questions? Contact your PA co-chairs, Tricia Kane-Yi and Allan Quiaoit

Town Hall – 6-8 Curriculum

To finish our Fall 2020 curriculum series, we hosted a town hall featuring all teachers, specialists, and staff educating and supporting St. John’s middle schoolers.

Here are some time stamps to help you navigate quickly:

0:00 – “Together We Can,” sung by Ms. Tsagalakis
5:04 – Vice Principal Kelley, Covid and Remote Learning topics
9:24 – Principal O’Leary on Re-Opening
16:56 – Community Building
20:57 – Teachers begin
31:45 – Overview of Mr. Tice’s PowerSchool scoring
36:10 – Ms. Mansfield opens up regarding the distinct opportunity to educate through these unprecedented times
41:26 – Mr. Thomas briefly touches on support for high school applications
44:59 – Specialists begin
1:02:07 – How will tests be handled?
1:05:11 – What about science experiments?
1:06:46 – Discussion regarding the Buddy Program, Mentorship
1:08:19 – Deeper conversation regarding the philosophy of at-home testing, trust
1:10:22 – Embracing remote learning format, Social Justice, and “Brave Space”

Town Hall – 3-5 Curriculum

As part of our curricular department series, on September 22, 2020, we hosted a town hall featuring all teachers and support staff for St. John’s intermediate grades 3 through 5.

We’d like to highlight these moments:

6:30 – Vice Principal Kelley opening comments, school mission
7:58 – 3-5 Re-Opening Plan, click here for detailed PDF
12:26 – Community Building
16:39 – Teacher Introductions begin
22:44 – Assistant Introductions begin
25:14 – Specialist Introductions begin
40:28 – Thank You to Staff, Q&A begins
42:33 – What else can we do as parents?
44:37 – Return date for grades 3-5?
46:48 – Will city keep 1st Ave closed in front of school?
48:17 – Send pictures to Jonna Skokan
49:00 – New surveys will go out to parents if 3-5 can return
49:49 – Tips for finding the right balance between helping and hovering?
53:11 – Broaching the topic of Social Justice
54:58 – Remarks regarding logistics for families who have some portion of the family returning to school, but another portion that isn’t

Town Hall – K-2 Curriculum

In place of a traditional curriculum night, we hosted a virtual town hall, featuring all teachers, assistant teachers, and specialists tasked with educating St. John School’s Kindergarten through 2nd Grade. Unfortunately, we missed recording the first 5 minutes of the meeting, but Mrs. Tsagalakis singing our school song can be found here. Also in attendance were Principal O’Leary and Vice Principal Kelley, who announced a tentative reopening date for these grades. None of this is possible without our immensely supportive community – thank you, everyone, for always showing up (and wearing masks).

Here are some time-stamped moments we’d like to highlight:

0:40 – Tentative K-2 Reopening Date Announced, October 5th. More details here.
7:19 – Community: Backpack Blessing, Jog-a-thon, Curbside Lunch, and more.
11:24 – Teachers, Assistant Teachers, and Specialists.
34:06 – Thank You to Faculty/Staff, Q&A starts
35:04 – If we reopen, what will happen to lunch?
36:35 – Covid Protocols
39:58 – Remote Learning Plan for families who opt out of in-school instruction.
42:19 – Vice Principal Kelley remarks on at-home assessment testing.
44:38 – Reading Specialist and other small group scheduling.
47:35 – Update on Preschool’s reopening and lessons learned.

Town Hall – Preschool

This was a smaller town hall on August 27th to introduce our new preschool teachers, Allie Baber and Tasha Boldon, as well as discuss in-person instruction for preschool students. Also in attendance: Principal Bernadette O’Leary, Vice Principal Paul Kelley, Development Director Jonna Skokan, Parent Association Co-Chairs Tricia Kane-Yi and Allan Quiaoit, and teachers and staff members Vanessa Castillo, Roisin Halley, and Rachelle Overby. Unfortunately, we only have audio for this one, but we’ll make sure to capture video for the next one.

Here are some moments to highlight:

00:00 – Welcome, Remembering Mrs. Flood
04:02 – Introduce New Teachers, Ms. Boldon and Ms. Baber
05:56 – Begin Discussion Re: New Protocols and Covid
15:02 – Begin Questions
16:53 – Requests to Change AM/PM/XDC
17:26 – Cohorts, Separation, Use of Space
18:30 – Snack and Lunch
19:55 – Mask Wearing
21:48 – Screenings, Day-to-Day Logistics
25:32 – Protocols in the Case of Suspected Covid Infection, Checklist
30:04 – Orientation
32:18 – Keeping Each Other Healthy
35:05 – STEAM, Class Plans
39:52 – Remote Learning
41:12 – Chef Michael’s Hot Lunch
43:14 – Curriculum, AM vs PM
45:51 – Drop-off, Pick-up
48:52 – Preliminary Teacher Assignments

Once again, thank you for all of your thoughtful questions. If we didn’t get to them, our staff has certainly read them and is considering them with the same weight as if they were asked in our live session. And as always, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Tricia Kane-Yi and Allan Quiaoit, PA Co-Chairs