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  WEEKLY NEWSLETTER                                                    SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
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Fifth graders march across a bridge for fishing fun

THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

   

THANK YOU, ST. JOHN'S!

Your generosity on North Texas Giving Day 2017 helped St. John's raise $160,398 through 342 gifts. And thanks to you, we will receive additional bonus dollars from the Communities Foundation of Texas. Your support enriches the experience of every St. John's student! 


iOS 11: PLEASE DO NOT UPDATE

With the anticipated release of iOS 11 tomorrow, please refrain from upgrading your child's iPad until you receive an all-clear email from us. Upgrading before we complete our tests may mean your student will be unable to complete assignments or access school apps. 


FAIR TICKETS

Fair tickets were distributed to homeroom teachers and advisors today. Please look in your child's backpack. Tickets may be used any week day for the duration of the fair. 

 

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. 

 

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. in the Lower School science lab. 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. You will leave 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.

 

CARNIVAL T-SHIRT ORDER DEADLINE WEDNESDAY

Purchase this year's carnival T-shirt and show your school spirit on Friday, October 13 (Carnival Spirit Day). These commemorative shirts are pre-order only; orders must be placed by Wednesday, September 20. Order now (scroll down to bottom of page). Don't miss this opportunity - shirts will not be available for purchase after the pre-order closes. 

 

SUDS 'N BUDS DADS' SOCIAL
The Crusader Club invites all dads for fun, 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.

  

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

Beginning Sunday, 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.

GIVING BACK

On Saturday, several St. John's faculty members participated in a service opportunity benefiting Trusted World. Organized by sixth grade teacher Tony Adler, the team sorted clothing donations that were collected for people affected by Hurricane Harvey. As part of the faculty Wellness Team's efforts, additional staff service projects will take place throughout the year.

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COMING UP

 

VISION AND HEARING TESTS

Students in grades pre-k, kinder, first, third, fifth and seventh, and students who are new to St. John's will have vision and hearing screenings Monday, September 25 or Tuesday, September 26. Please note that these are only screenings and do not determine if there is a vision or hearing problem, but rather a need for a closer look by a medical professional. You will only be notified of results if further evaluation is needed. Contact the school nurse, Amy Johns, with questions.

 

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 has been sent home to pre-k through first grade parents. 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.

 

EPISCOPAL SCHOOLS SUNDAY

Join us in the church for this annual celebration Sunday, October 1, 10:30 a.m. Hear from teachers who advance the spiritual and educational mission of the school, along with student readers and the first through third grades choir under the direction of Megan Clowe-Nasser. (See below in Student News if your child is in first through third grade.) A reception will follow in Parish Hall. 

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 purchases for wristbands, tickets and T-shirts now available.

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STUDENT NEWS

 

RECRUITING STUDENTS FOR EPISCOPAL SCHOOLS SUNDAY

First, second and third grade parents, please mark your calendars for Episcopal Schools Sunday. You and your child are invited to participate in worship at St. John's church on the morning of Sunday, October 1. Students will warm-up in the music room at 10:00 a.m., and the service begins in the sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. The children will represent SJES and have a special part in the service, as leaders of a choral anthem. They will perform "With One Voice." For more information, contact lower school music teacher Megan Clowe-Nasser.

 

LOWER SCHOOL TWITTER CHALLENGE

During teacher in-service week, Head of Lower School Jayme Johnson challenged teachers to post classroom highlights on twitter using the hashtag #SJESdallas in an effort to allow others to see the creative, active learning that happens each day. Some amazing "fly on the wall" classroom moments are being captured and shared. View all posts with the #SJESdallas hashtag and check back often as new items are posted regularly.

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FIFTH GRADE RETREAT

Fifth graders traveled north last week and spent two days on Lake Texoma, both at Camp JOLT and exploring Eisenhower State Park. With a focus on sportsmanship, resilience and developing new skills, students hiked, canoed, swam, fished, and practiced archery and survival skills. View photos.

FIDGET SPINNERS - YAY OR NAY?

Fourth graders were inspired by a Storyworks magazine article detailing how the majority of schools across America have banned fidget spinners. They were motivated by this controversy and wished to share their diverse opinions. To open up the conversation, Mr. Telzrow invited students to use the video sharing app called Flipgrid. Students were encouraged to share a video in which they introduce themselves, pick a stance and defend it with facts and opinions. Mr. Crotty, Mrs. Jordan and Dr. Johnson got in on the debate as well! Participants could respond to each other's videos, which kept activity dynamic. Follow the conversation and see all the videos.

 

Mr. Telzrow added, "I love how this use of technology can both extend the lesson beyond the classroom and increase community engagement. It also helps foster digital citizenship as students learn to interact in positive, constructive ways online." He plans on using Flipgrid throughout the year as a way for students to continue this engagement and to improve their presentation skills.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CLINIC

 

It is great to have all our students back in school, but unfortunately when we are all back together, the germs will spread! Since the start of school, I have seen an increase in illness among students. In addition, there have been some cases of strep throat reported. (See more info on strep throat.) If your student gets a diagnosis of any contagious illness, let me know so I can keep track of what is going around at school.

 

Please keep in mind our illness policy:  

Students should be free of fever (temperature of 100 or greater) or other contagious symptoms (diarrhea/ vomiting with or without fever) for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication before returning to school after illness. This gives the student time to fully recover and helps stop the spread of the illness to other students and staff. Also, If a student is coughing continuously and/or producing a lot of respiratory secretions without fever, consider keeping him or her home until these symptoms have lessened, as this can be disruptive to the class and uncomfortable for the student.

 

Encourage your student to stay healthy by washing hands frequently, coughing into their elbow - not their hands, and not sharing food/drinks or eating utensils.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Amy Johns, R.N.

 

WEEK IN SPORTS

 

 >>See the full athletics calendar.

 

CHAPLAIN'S CORNER

 

In chapel we have begun our series of bible stories that show us how God calls, we respond, and God keeps his promises.  Abraham and Sarah were our first example: now we move to their grandson, Jacob. From the womb, Jacob is constantly in conflict with his twin brother, Esau. As they grow up, their differences and their parents' favoritism lead them to dislike one another intensely. When Jacob steals Esau's place as future leader of the family, Esau even promises to kill Jacob.

 

To be honest, it's hard to find a good guy in this story. Neither boy is a good example, and both they and their parents are at fault. This is one very messy family. But as Jacob grows, we find in the story of Jacob's Ladder that God still has a plan for him. And when Jacob responds to God in faith, God keeps his promises in a big way. When the two boys meet again after decades apart, they embrace and forgive each other, and the family is whole again.

 

Family conflict can be difficult. Forgiveness is vital if we are to keep our families strong. But even in our messiest, angriest, terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad days, God calls us and always keeps his promises. Through Christ, He offers forgiveness before we deserve it, love before we know we need it, and the promise that all things work together for good when we follow Him.

 

Parents, students sometimes need help steering through family conflict. They may need help distinguishing big problems from little ones, and matching the size of their reactions to the size of the problem. They may let little conflicts pile up into bigger ones. You can help them deal with conflicts before they pile up, learning the daily self-discipline of forgiveness. Think of a way to illustrate the need for daily forgiveness to keep anger from getting in the way of familial love.

 
 
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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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