Weekly newsletter

 WEEKLY NEWSLETTER                                                         AUGUST 28, 2017

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All students will be photographed in full dress uniforms (including sweaters/blazers) for Picture Day, which will be tomorrow, August 29. Please note: send your child sweater or blazer as-is (with old logo patch or no patch).  The school will also have patches, blazers and sweaters on hand as needed. Get more information about the patches. To purchase packages, visit MyLifetouch.com and use the St. John's code, LD947032Q0. See the flyer

Join the Parents Association Tuesday, August 29 at noon for its first meeting of the year. Gather in Parish Hall, where a light lunch will be provided by Society Bakery. 

Fifth through eighth grade parents are invited to Middle School Open House Thursday, August 31, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Look for an email from Mrs. Jordan later this week; it will include the evening's schedule and instructions on where each grade will begin the evening. This event provides parents an overview of the year ahead in each of their children's classes. (Students do not attend Open House.)

The After School Program (ASP) provides optional after-school classes in a variety of educational and instructive areas. Optional classes begin the week of September 5. Learn more about the ASP optional classes and fees. 

The birthday blessing schedule is posted on ParentsWeb (School / Resources). We will celebrate Eucharist on Wednesdays beginning August 30. Dress uniforms (without sweaters/blazers until November) are required for Eucharist. You will also find the monthly lunch menu in ParentsWeb (School / Resources), as well as under the Current Families tab of the new website. See the August - September menu

The St. John's Child Development Center has a full-time opening for a three year old child. Licensed by the state, accredited by ISAS, and located in the church building, our CDC provides age-appropriate early childhood care for infants through four-year-olds. It offers a small staff-to-child ratio in a nurturing learning environment. $900 per month. For additional information, please contact Olga Cervantes

Please reminder to return the Release of Liability for your student(s) to participate in activities on our new climbing wall. Releases were sent home Thursday with each child. Get the form

The Parents Association coordinates afternoon carpool helpers and is in need of additional volunteers, especially on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This is an easy volunteer opportunity that does not take up too much time. It's always fun to see the kiddos and a great way to meet other parents. You may sign up to help every week or only once a month. Every little bit helps! On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays you will arrive at 2:50 p.m. and stay until about 3:45 p.m. (Wednesdays start at 2:20 p.m.) Please contact Jenny Cooper for more information or visit the SignUpGenius

Each household receives one complimentary printed directory/ handbook. Most were distributed during last week's Meet the Teacher event. If you were unable to attend, please check your youngest child's backpack for your copy. Please note that the most up-to-date source of contact information is the directory on ParentsWeb. Likewise, our most current policies and handbook are on the ParentsWeb Resource Documents page. 



Here's a summary of where to go for information, as well as a list of the regular emails you'll receive from St. John's. To ensure email delivery, please add the following domains to your safe-senders list: stjohnsschool.org, renweb.comconstantcontact.com and noreply@stjohnsschool.org.myenotice.com.


ParentsWeb is our one-stop shop for school and classroom news. Add the free RenWeb Home app to your iOS or Android device and get into the habit of checking ParentsWeb daily -- in the same way you check your email. In the School Information section of ParentsWeb, you'll find the school's master calendar, birthday blessings calendar, lunch menu, announcements, newsletter archive and more. In the Student section, you can find daily homework assignments, class schedules, grades, etc.


Parent Resources

Bookmark the Current Families page of our new website, where we maintain a repository of information to help you manage school life. Find details about uniforms, carpool, lunch accounts, birthday blessings, iPad resources and more.


Weekly Newsletter
The weekly newsletter (what you're reading now) is emailed after 4:30 p.m. on the first school day of the week. You'll find standard links (see bottom), this week's features, student news when applicable, and the week's chapel plans.   

Parent Organization Features 

The Parents Association and Crusader Club send periodic emails with information specific to Book Fair, Carnival, Auction, the Golf Tournament and other activities sponsored by these two important organizations. 


Head's Notes

Mark Crotty's emails to the entire parent body are sent as Head's Notes. When you see those telltale words in the email subject line, you'll know it's from Mark.


Board Briefs

Similarly, messages from Board of Trustees President Mike Androvett arrive with an email subject line of "Board Brief."




Student Council is leading a project to help the men, women and children impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The goal is to raise at least $1,000 in cash and then match up to $1,000 with StuCo funds, in addition to collected supplies. The collections will be given to disaster relief organization, Trusted World.


Donations will be accepted at the Lower School carpool desk and in the cafeteria throughout the next two weeks. Please make checks payable to St. John's Episcopal School.


Requested supplies include the following:

• new underwear/socks

• warm-ups for men, women, children and infants

• toiletries/hygiene products

• baby formula, baby wipes, bottles, diapers

• Pack 'n Play-type baby beds


The first Parents Association event of the year, Uniform Resale, raised money for the Dorothy Patterson Scholarship Fund. Big thanks to dedicated co-chairs Deidre Bacala and Dani Bowen and all the volunteers (and shoppers!) who helped make the sale a huge success in support of our school. 

The first Box Tops collection of the year will take place Wednesday, September 6. The class that collects the highest number of Box Tops will win a free dress day. Get more information about Box Tops and parent fundraising. Please submit to your child's homeroom teacher or advisor. We will announce the winners on the following Monday. Good luck!

Meet fellow dads and learn about the Crusader Club activities for the year. Meeting will take place Friday, September 8, 7:30 a.m. in Owen Gym; breakfast from Barbec's will be served. 

Pre-k and kindergarten parents are invited to a come-and-go social (adults only). Mix and mingle at Times Ten Too on Friday, September 8, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Cash bar; appetizers will be provided. Look for an Evite to be sent soon.


The Crusader Club invites all dads for drinks, food and fellowship Thursday, September 21, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Bowlounge. This annual social event will feature bowling and a taco buffet compliments of the Crusader Club, and cash bar. Bowlounge is located in the Dallas Design District at 167 Turtle Creek Blvd. Please R.S.V.P. for the festivities.

Limited edition spirit gear is now available to order from the Crusader Shop! Your whole family can show their school spirit and support St John's by wearing our new range of jackets, tees, shorts, caps, uniform-approved socks, headbands, ribbons and more. Last day for ordering will be Monday, September 4, and orders will be delivered via kidmail early October. Don't miss out - order now!





Monday, August 28

- Soccer tryouts for all fifth through eighth grade boys and girls, 3:45 – 5:30 p.m.

- Flag football for fifth and sixth grade boys, 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.

- Volleyball for all fifth through eighth grade girls, 3:45 – 5:30 p.m.


Tuesday, August 29

- Soccer tryouts for all fifth through eighth grade boys and girls, 3:45 – 5:30 p.m.

- Flag football for all fifth and sixth grade boys, 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.

- Volleyball for fifth through eighth grade girls, 3:45 – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 30

- No sports


Thursday, August 31

- TAPS, IAA and MAL volleyball practice, 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.

- Soccer tryouts for all fifth through eighth grade boys and girls, 3:45 – 5:30 p.m.

- Flag football practice, 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.


Friday, September 1

- No sports



- Volleyball teams will be posted on RenWeb by end of day Monday, August 28

- For soccer tryouts, students will need PE shorts, PE shirts, soccer cleats and shin guards

- For flag football, students will need PE shorts, PE shirts and cleats. Receiver's gloves are optional.

- Beginning September 5, students may wear any shorts and T-shirt to soccer and flag football practices.




Hooray! School is back! One of the things I love about St. John's is that students (teachers, too!) seem delighted and enthusiastic to return to school after summer vacation. It's not that school isn't hard sometimes – we all know it can be. Every student and teacher is a realist that way. And we know we're going to get stretched and pushed to do more than we've done before. But we still love to come back because we know St. John's is a good place that helps us become our best in the company of supportive friends and teachers.


Chapel is a part of that, and I love it. It's comfortable and routine, but it also challenges and gives scope for students to grow in leadership and in spirit. We start this week talking about worship – what it is, why we do it, how we do it, and what effect worship has on our lives. Throughout the fall we'll be hearing some of the most exciting stories in the Bible: Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and Esau, Gideon, Deborah, Ruth, and more – each of them a normal person who had an adventure with God that changed their lives forever. We'll see how God calls people just like us to be His own, and when we respond with faith, God acts in powerful ways.


We're going to have a great time in chapel this year. Parents, as always, please feel free to come. Of course it's good to be there for your child's birthday blessing, but feel free to come any other time, also. You are a huge part of this school community and chapel is for you, too. Come and share our excitement!



St. John's Episcopal School is dedicated to a program of academic excellence designed to train

the mind, strengthen the character and enrich the spirit of each student in a Christian environment.

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