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  WEEKLY NEWSLETTER                                                SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

Aladdin Jr. Musical

Pre-k Birthday Club mixing up their special treats

 

THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY

Increase the value of your donation this Thursday!

 

Message from Monica and Jonathan Blacker, 2017-18 St. John's Fund chairs:

 

As proud parents of a sixth grader and graduate, we have been at St. John's for 13 years. Our love for the school is stronger today than it was when we toured as hopeful parents.

 

The benefits provided through the St. John's Fund, our annual giving effort, are the extra resources that distinguish a St. John's education. These dollars allow us to provide the most innovative technology, exceptional teachers and learning spaces for our students. We are excited to introduce the 110% Club this year. With a 10% increase over last year's gift, you will help grow our annual giving revenues and have a greater impact on the programs and environment that your children enjoy every day. 

 

A new addition this year is the ability to schedule your donation in advance. If you'd like to mark it off your list, you may go to the St. John's North Texas Giving Day page to set up your gift between now and Thursday at midnight. 

 

Please check out the video to the right and join us this week in support of our school. We appreciate your participation in the St. John's Fund. 

 

 
 
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SCOUTING OPPORTUNITIES - PARENT MEETING TOMORROW

Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts representatives will be on campus tomorrow morning, September 12, to talk with first graders about scouting opportunities. Information meetings for parents will be held tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts District Executive Giovanni Angon will be available to answer questions in the cafeteria, and Girl Scouts recruiter Emily Krizan-Lopez will be in the library. St. John's parents with students in all grades are welcome to attend the parent meetings to learn more. You can also learn more on the Pack 55 website or the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas website.

 

MODEL UN

Sixth grade social studies teacher Clay Buckley recently sent a survey to parents, trying to gauge student/parent interest in Model UN. In particular, he's trying to recruit two parent volunteers to support the fourth grade program this year. Learn more about Model UN at St. John's.

 

RALLY DAY AT ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

It's the first day of Sunday School as the parish rallies for a new year of Christian Education for all ages. All students are invited to come to Parish Hall Sunday, September 17 at 9:00 a.m. for a fun time of food and fellowship, with some games and prizes, and find out about the opportunities for spiritual growth in the year ahead.

CHILL OUT WITH ST. JOHN'S CHURCH 

Join the youth at St. John's Episcopal Church for a fall ice cream social Thursday, September 14, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. All students in grades sixth through eighth, along with their families, are invited to come enjoy ice cream and hear about the coming year of youth Sunday school and youth group activities.

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COMING UP

 

PARENT EDUCATION: UNDERSTANDING THE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF CHILDREN

Please join the Student Support Team for the first speaker series event Wednesday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. Dr. Brad Schwall and Dr. Carrie Davidson with the Pastoral Counseling Center will help parents understand the impact that issues such as ADHD, anger, depression and anxiety can have on children and teens. They will share the differences between just nervousness and anxiety, a quiet temperament and depression, and high-energy verses ADHD. You will leave the talk with the latest research on social and emotional well-being, best practices for helping your child succeed at school, strategies for engaging cooperation and building strong relationships at home, and tools for helping your child develop skills for managing feelings and having confidence. Please R.S.V.P.

 

SPEECH SCREENING

Speech-language pathologists from Advanced Speech and Language will be on campus Wednesday, September 27 to conduct speech screenings. The informational letter and consent form will go home to all pre-k through first grade parents this week. To have your child screened, please return the consent form and a check payable to Advanced Speech and Language for $30 by Wednesday, September 20. If you would like to have a child in second grade or above screened, contact your child's teacher or advisor for a consent form.

 

NEW CHILDREN'S CHIOR AT ST. JOHN'S CHURCH

Beginning September 24, Benjamin Kolodziej, the church's new organist-choirmaster, is beginning rehearsals for a children's choir on Sunday mornings from 9:00 - 9:35 a.m. Children will learn vocal techniques, music reading skills, and sacred music by some of history's greatest composers. A 2009 survey by Chorus America found that children involved in choirs were more likely to excel academically, display greater self-confidence, and exhibit more developed social skills than those not participating in music. In addition to musical and personal growth, the new choir will also connect children to the liturgy of the Episcopal Church. If you are interested in more information or to register your child, please contact Benjamin Kolodziej.

ALUMNI VISUAL ART SERIES

View work of St. John's 2014 graduates Connor Chase, Lily Edwards and Lily Keith in the Judd foyer through October 12 as part of our annual alumni art exhibition. Join us for the artists' reception Tuesday, September 19, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Learn more about the Alumni Visual Art Series and see the invitation. At right, "Squares," pen and colored pencil on paper, by Connor Chase.

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STUDENT NEWS


STUDENT COUNCIL HURRICANE EFFORT

After two weeks of hard work, StuCo President Tate Laczkowski announced that the St. John's community raised more than $11,400 in support of hurricane relief! Many different student-led efforts took place on campus: student representatives hosted a table to collect monetary donations during open house events; over 500 pounds of desperately-needed material goods were accepted and distributed; donated clean-up supplies were delivered by a parent volunteer to Houston; and the school offered students and faculty a "free dress day" in exchange for a $5 donation. Off campus, a group of second graders hosted a lemonade and cookie stand on Labor Day. They raised more than $700 cash, which will be matched by the employer of one of the parents. These funds contributed to the St. John's overall total. Watch the CBS news clip. Many other students and parents participated in significant efforts benefiting various relief organizations. Mark Crotty said he is "so very proud of our students and families. It perfectly captures our emphasis on service and gratitude." Once again, thank you, St. John's! 

 

BIRTHDAY TREATS

Each month pre-k will celebrate birthdays with their monthly Birthday Club. Parents, alongside students whose birthdays take place that month, will make rice krispy treats to share with their class after lunch. See the first pre-k Birthday Club of the year above in the banner picture. 

WISH POEMS

Second graders recently read I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld and wrote their own "wish poems" for the new school year. The book begins with, "I wish you more ups than downs," followed by "I wish you more give than take." See some of the lovely poems written by the children. Photo provided by Laura May, who posted the activity (and many more) on Twitter. Follow #SJESdallas to be inspired by teachers and students at all grade levels.

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PARENT ORGANIZATIONS

SUDS 'N BUDS DADS' SOCIAL
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 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.

BOX TOPS WINNER
Congratulations to Mr. Adler's class which collected 850 Box Tops and will receive a free dress day! Second place goes to Mr. Telzrow's class with 399 Box Tops. Thank you to everyone who participated. Please keep saving for next month!

CARNIVAL 2017

Grab your passports and book your travel to a World of Adventure. St. John's carnival will take place Saturday, October 14, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Online purchase for wristbands, tickets and T-shirts now available. (T-shirts will be available through pre-order only. Deadline is Wednesday, September 20, at 5:00 p.m.) Get yours today

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WEEK IN SPORTS


 >>See full athletic calendar.

 

CHAPLAIN'S CORNER

 

Who doesn't love a good story? Stories are a central method for teaching and learning. Your family's story carries your child's history and identity: stories can tell us who we are and who we should become. Thus far in chapel, we have spent all our time on worship: what we do and why, and how worship affects us. But this week we turn to the first in a series of Bible stories that will take us all the way to Christmas. In each story, we'll see a pattern: 1.) God calls. 2.) People respond. 3.) God keeps His promises. Your children will learn these three points by heart in chapel as they become the framework for all our chapel talks this year.

 

We start our series of Bible stories with the saga of Abraham and Sarah. Most of our stories will have a strong female character. The female characters in the Bible can sometimes get lost in the narrative, but we're going to make sure they are visible, and that we're learning lessons from their actions and words. We'll hear the stories of Deborah, Ruth, Esther and other godly women, as well as the stories of the men who were judges and prophets.

 

The story of Abraham and Sarah is a particularly good example of our Bible pattern. God calls them from their home in Ur, which is now Iraq, and they respond in faith, moving their whole family and all their possessions to a new place. There God keeps His promises to them and they miraculously have a son in their old age.

 

Parents, this is a good week to see if your students know their own story, and their story begins with your story. Do they know where you came from, how you may have followed God or courageously launched off into the unknown like Abraham and Sarah, and how God has kept His promises to your family? Help them fit their own lived experience into the biblical pattern.

 
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