Auction News 10/30/2019

What School are St. John Parents True to?
Besides St. John, of course!  Vote here and let’s see if Huskies, Cougs or maybe the Ducks rule the school.

Free Dress Auction Item
Did you buy “Free Dress for Two Fridays” at last year’s Auction? Auction Free Dress days will be November 22 and January 10.  If you did not have a chance to purchase the Free Dress days but would like to, you may do so here.

Auction Guidebooks
Auction guidebooks were sent home on October 30 with your family’s youngest student.  This guidebook will have important Auction dates, helpful hints for procurement, and auction forms. Please visit the Auction FAQ’s page for additional information.

Auction Ask Us Anything Hour
There is nothing the Auction Team loves more than talking about the Auction!  Join us on Monday, November 4 at 7:00 pm in the Administration Building.  Come ask all of your pressing auction questions, have some wine and cheese, maybe meet a new friend. Auction liaisons and families new to St. John School are encouraged to attend.

St. Al’s Auction Swap
Volunteer at St. Al’s Auction on Saturday, November 16th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Our volunteers helping at their auction means they help at ours in April.  Sign up here!

Remember to save the date, April 3, 2020, and prepare your school spirit! Will you wear purple and gold? Crimson and gray? Blue and red? We’re looking forward to another amazing year.

Lauren Exnicios & Kristen Capka

Questions? Contact or or

Save the Date!

This year’s school auction, Be True to Your School, will be on Friday, April 3, 2020 at Fremont Studios.  Here are a few dates to look out for.  More details to follow in the coming weeks!

  • October 30th – Auction Guidebooks will be sent home with the youngest child in your family.
  • November 20th –   First procurement drop-off date.  Look for volunteers with pom poms at morning drop-off and they will happily take your items and procurement forms and transfer them to the Auction office.  Don’t worry, we will have additional drop-off dates, but all families turning in items on this day will be entered into a drawing for 2 Auction tickets!
  • December 20th – Early sponsorship deadline.  Sponsors who sign up by December 20th may receive a 10% discount.  
  • January 10th – BINGO Night…It’s back! This fun, adults only event helps underwrite Auction costs.

Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to be part of the action? Be a part of the greatest Auction team in Seattle!

  • Auction Swap! Volunteer at St. Al’s Auction on Saturday, November 16th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Our volunteers helping at their auction means they help at ours in April.  Sign up here!

Save the date, April 3, 2020, and prepare your school spirit! Will you wear purple and gold? Crimson and gray? Blue and red? We’re looking forward to another amazing year!

Lauren Exnicios & Kristen Capka

Questions? Contact or or


Thank You

No Na Keiki ‘O St. John (For the Children of St. John) 

Hawaiian Fun Fact...
Mahalo nui loa means “thank you very much”

Thank you very much St. John community; collectively you raised a gross amount of over $490,000 for our school! As Bernadette O’Leary said in NewsViews last week….”you did an incredible job of helping us ensure that next year, we can offer a just and fair salary to our teachers. The Auction proceeds are such a huge part of the operating budget, comprising about eight percent of the revenue, revenue that is used to pay those salaries and benefits, purchase instructional programs, keep the lights on, etc.  This year’s Auction grossed $490,346 – almost $100,000 more than 2018.  Fund-a-Need exceeded $148,000 including two large matching gifts totaling $45,000.  Corporate matching has not yet been reported, so this total is expected to increase.  Over $50,000 came in through sponsorship and cash donations which allows us to not only hold the event at Fremont Studios, but to direct more of the evening’s proceeds into the school operating budget.”

Thank you, St. John community, for an incredible Auction year!

Sign-Up Parties
These sign-up parties still have availability.  Please email if you would still like to sign up or for more information!

  • Fourth Grade Movie, Pizza & Games – May 23rd, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
  • Third Grade Breakfast – May 31st, 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
  • Skipping School for Sundaes – June 5th, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
  • Free Dress! Two Fridays during the 2019/2020 school year.  Dates to be determined.

Thank you, sponsors
A special thank you to our Auction sponsors! Their sponsorship helped underwrite a large portion of our Auction costs. We are grateful for your sponsorship!

Karen Bombino ( (no “n” in Karen), Kristen Capka ( or Auction (




It’s Auction Week!

Na Keiki ‘O St. John (For the Children) Event Logistics

We cannot wait to see you on Friday night! Do you have your Hawaiian inspired outfits?  Remember, you can complete your outfit with leis for sale at the door.

  • Free parking for Auction attendees is available in the U-Park parking lots after 5:30 pm located around Fremont Studios. Please do not leave anything valuable in your cars. Uber/Lyft is always a great option.
  • No Silly String, please. It has been banned from Fremont Studios.
  • Remember to stop by Guest Services as you leave the Auction to collect any physical items that you won. Thank you.

Auction Week Schedule
Monday, April 1st – Thursday, April 4th

  • Online auction will open Monday at 8:00 am!  Make sure you are registered on Bidding for Good! Your credit card must be registered in order to bid on any online, spotlight, or Live event items.
  • Hawaii Raffle tickets and Upgraded Wine Sales will be sold outside of the school office after school at 3:00 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.)
  • Art projects on view at Greenwood Library until Friday morning

Friday, April 5th – Auction Day!

  • Students show your support!  Students are encouraged to wear leis or other beach accessories with their uniforms on Friday.
  • Auction time! Doors open at 5:00 pm, dinner and live Auction at 7:00 pm.
  • Please make sure you have registered on Bidding for Good prior to the event! This will save you time at the check-in desk.

Sunday, April 7th

  • Online Auction closes at 10:00 pm. Items will be available for pick up on Tuesday, April 9th.

Return Your Raffle Tickets!
Tickets for the $2,500 raffle must be returned to the school office no later than Friday, April 5th to ensure your winning ticket makes it into the raffle drum! All tickets sold or unsold must be returned.

St. John Candid Photos
Candid photos of your children are back again this year and it’s easier than ever to order your prints! A link to all of the photos are available for view and purchase on our St. John Auction web page. Please use password “STJ2019′ to enter the site.  Thank you to Emily Ann Photography for your time and talent in taking these wonderful photos!

Awesome Group Items
We have some incredible group items to bid on during our Live, Spotlight and Online auctions. Text, email or talk to a group of friends and plan your group bid!
Live Auction Items

  • Olympic Manor Christmas Lights Tour & Dinner for 12
  • Outdoor Cinema Night for 12 Students (and Parents)
  • Girls Night Out in Seattle
  • Dinner, Wine & Class for 14 at the Pantry
  • Woodinville Wine Tour for Ten
  • Dinner with Chef Michael with wine pairings for 10
  • Canlis Dinner for Eight
  • Rhein Haus Party for 25
  • Cocktail Class & Dinner for 12 at Staple & Fancy
  • Spoil Your Teacher
  • Dinner for Ten at the Metropolitan Grill
  • Walla Walla Wine Weekend for Four
  • Kansas City Style Smoked BBQ for 30

Spotlight Items

  • “Get Your Pie On” Pie Night Party for Eight on Phinney Ridge
  • Ten Person Tasting Dinner and Wine Pairing with Chef Erik Rivera
  • Paella Dinner for 15 from Paella de Gloria
  • Style Night for Six at Domino Beauty Boutique
  • Sunset Cruise of Elliot Bay for Six

Online Items

  • Wine & Cheese Tasting Party for Six at Robert Ramsay Cellars
  • Private Tasting for 8-10 at Tempus Cellars in Walla Walla
  • Kangaroo & Kiwi Pub Party
  • Wine Tasting for 20 at Total Wine
  • Private Dinner for 14 at Tango Restaurant
  • The Woodhouse Wine Estates Tasting for Ten

Please note, the 5th Grade Party listed in the catalog will occur on Wednesday, May, 15th, not Thursday as it says in the book.  Our apologies and thank you.

Visit Bidding for Good for more information on all of these items!

Karen Gunther Bombino ( No “n” in Karen
Kristen Capka (



Auction Update 3/26/2019

Hawaii Fun Fact…..(

    • There are no snakes or billboards in Hawaii.

We Need Volunteers  

  • St. John Auction: We are in desperate need of adult food servers .A volunteer food server saves the Auction $100 per server!  We also need high school volunteers from 6-11pm for our Silent and Live Auction support and clean up.  Please sign up!  2019 Auction Volunteer Sign Up.
  • Dessert Dash: We have 29 cakes as of this morning, but we need 40. Thank you to those of you who have signed up!  You can bake or buy…up to you! Please sign up here:  Dessert Sign Up.
  • Thank you Ben Howe, Franco Wambua, and Kristen Capka for volunteering at the North Beach School Auction last Saturday!

Physical Auction Items
If you turned in a procurement form, but have not yet turned in the physical item(s) that go with it, please do so by this Friday, March 29th.  Thank you.

Raffle Tickets
Remember to sell your raffle tickets and return them to the school office or the administration building.  Every ticket, sold and unsold, must be returned by no later than April 5th.  The drawing for the $2,500 cash prize will be held on the night of the Auction.  Thank you for your support of St. John School!

Classroom Art
Classroom art projects are on display at the Greenwood Library from now through Thursday, April 4th. Your kids worked hard on these projects and they turned out wonderful!  Take a few minutes and go check them out. (Note: due to size, shape, and other factors, Ms. Kelley’s 5th Grade “Rock Guitar” and Mrs. Edwards 3rd Grade “Chess/Checkers Board” are not on display).

Auction Sneak Peek
This week’s highlighted items are…

Ms. Kelley’s 5th Grade – “Rock Guitar”
Ms. Kelley’s 5th grade class blended this year’s Auction and school theme to design some inspirational art on the Silvertone electric guitar.  Don’t miss your chance to own an original work of art.  It’s the perfect gift for the rock star in your family!

Ten Person Tasting Dinner and Wine Pairing with Chef Eric Rivera
You and your guests will enjoy a ten-course tasting menu with wine pairing at addo: incubator located in the heart of Ballard. Recently voted “Best Chef of the Year” by the 2018 Eater Awards, Chef Eric Rivera will take you and your friends on a culinary journey catering to any dietary needs, but tailoring an unforgettable food experience for your group.

Leis for Sale
The Auction will be selling a limited number of authentic Hawaiian leis pictured here.  Leis may be purchased for $20 each on the night of the Auction.  Thank you, Maw Family, for donating!

Last Call for Auction Tickets
Auction tickets will continue to be available for purchase on-line through Thursday, March 28th.  You may buy your tickets by visiting Bidding for Good. 

Karen Bombino ( (no “n” in Karen), Kristen Capka ( or Auction (