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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER                                                                OCTOBER 2, 2017
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Mrs. Benton's pre-k students learn about the five senses

THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

 

iOS 11: PLEASE DO NOT UPDATE

With the release of iOS 11, please continue to 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 child will be unable to complete assignments or access school apps. 

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STUDENT PICTURES AND RETAKES TOMORROW

Picture retakes will take place Tuesday, October 3. If your child was absent on picture day and you haven't purchased a package, visit MyLifetouch.com and use the St. John's code, LD947032Q0. If you would like to request a retake, email Marty Polk to add your child to the list. (Please note: you must return the first set of pictures/proof in order to get retakes.)


PA MEETING

The Parents Association's monthly meeting will take place Tuesday, October 3. We will be joined by the new head of lower school, Dr. Jayme Johnson. All parents are invited to Parish Hall at noon for a light lunch provided by Society Bakery.

 

BOX TOPS

Please turn in Box Tops to your homeroom class by Wednesday, October 4. The homeroom or advisory that collects the most Box Tops will win a free dress day. Visit the Box Tops website for tips on how to boost your collections.

 

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

You are invited to St. John's church's annual Blessing of the Animals. Join Fr. Houk on the playground at noon, Saturday, October 7. He will lead a brief, casual service. All creatures great and small are welcome.

FALL BREAK NEXT MONDAY

The school will be closed Monday, October 9, for fall break.  


SIBLING ADMISSION FOR 2018-19

If your child has a sibling who will apply for admission to St. John's for the 2018-19 school year, please contact admission director Nancy Jacobs.

 

HOODIES HAVE ARRIVED

Cooler weather is coming and we've received a new shipment of uniform-approved hoodies. Please visit the Crusader Shop to purchase yours.


BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS + LUNCH MENU

The October birthday blessings schedule is posted on ParentsWeb (School / Resources). See the October lunch menu. You will also find the monthly lunch menu in ParentsWeb (School / Resources), as well as under the "Current Families" tab on the school's website. 

EPISCOPAL SCHOOL SUNDAY
Thank you to Fr. Houk and all of the church members for planning a wonderful Episcopal Sunday. The church was filled with students, families and faculty. The 75+ first through third grade students gave a beautiful performance of "With One Voice," led by Mrs. Megan Clowe-Nasser. See the full length version of their performance on our Current Families page. Kindergarten teacher, Andrea Andrews, and fifth grade teacher, Thor Herrin, spoke eloquently about their experiences teaching at St. John's and the ways that God touches our students' lives on a daily basis. Thank you to everyone that attended, it truly was a great day.

 
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COMING UP

 

CONFERENCE DAY

Conference Day will be Friday, October 20. Please note that fourth through eighth grade students attend the conference with their parents. There will be no classes on Conference Day; however, After School Program staff will provide childcare for children four years old through fourth grade in Owen Gym for the duration of your child's conference. Childcare is available between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (All students must be picked up by 4:30 p.m.) The cost is $5 per child and can be paid by check or cash or billed to your ParentsWeb account. Students may not bring iPads or other electronic devices to the childcare.


HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS

See below for details about this year's Halloween celebrations, which will take place Tuesday, October 31. We invite parents to gather outside in the Lower School carpool area shortly before 2:00 p.m. if they would like to view the parade. Because of space limitations, only the designated Halloween party volunteers will be present for the classroom parties. Get all the Halloween details for Lower School.

  • Lower School: Pre-k through fourth graders will have classroom parties and participate in the costume parade. Please read the Lower School Halloween schedule and costume guidelines.  
  • Fifth Grade: Fifth graders also participate in the Halloween festivities; however, they dismiss at the regular Middle School time of 3:40 p.m. Fifth grade teachers will share the schedule with parents as the date nears.
 

STUDENT NEWS


RED HOT PEPPERS

There will be an organizational meeting/practice for the Red Hot Peppers on Wednesday, October 18, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in Owen Gym. This year our Peppers will be led by coaches Katie Specht and Morgan Martinez. To qualify for Red Hot Peppers, a student must be able to jump 10 "basic bounces" in a row without missing. (A basic bounce is a two-foot jump of the rope with no extra bounces between.) Jumpers will need to bring his or her sneakers and jump rope each time, which may be purchased at practice for $4. Practices will be in the Owen Gym Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Jumpers will be picked up from the gym or they will be checked back into aftercare. Aftercare is available at a special rate of $10 for Peppers who attend Wednesday practices. (Please notify Coach Martinez if you plan to take advantage of this opportunity, so your child can be put on the discounted fee list).

SIXTH GRADE RETREAT

The sixth grade spent three days at Camp Champions in Marble Falls. Team building activities, swimming, high ropes courses, and kayaking were all part of the adventure. Students spent their days encouraging classmates and challenging themselves. For the first time at Camp Champions, Mr. Adler led students on a pre-dawn hike to view the wildlife around the camp. Sixth graders returned to school exhausted, but exhilarated by their newfound bonds with friends and their confidence in their ability to overcome fears and challenges.

 
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EIGHTH GRADE MODEL UN LUNCH

The eighth grade Model UN students will represent Thailand and the United Kingdom at the May 2018 competition. Last week, they were treated to an authentic Thai lunch and visit from the grandparents of eighth grader Camden Reeves and sixth grader Aaron. Both medical doctors, the Kantipongs grew up in Thailand. They received their medical training there and moved to the U.S. in order to receive specialized training. The Kantipongs maintain their Thailand roots but are grateful for the opportunities and success they've obtained living in America. 

 
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DISCOVERING OUR FIVE SENSES

Pre-k students have been exploring their five senses through many experiences. Some the favorite activities have been popping popcorn with an old fashion popcorn machine, creating a "senses book" to share with their families, and making a silly senses hat. The goal is to make the children aware of using their senses to learn about the world around them. 

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PARENT ORGANIZATIONS

CARNIVAL 2017

Join us for a World of Adventure on Saturday, October 14, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Purchase your wristbands and tickets nowOn-line sales close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 9. After that, wristbands will increase by $5 each and must be purchased at the door. Please volunteer to work a shift at your class-assigned booth during the carnival. Volunteers are also needed to lend a hand with setup before the event and cleanup afterward. See the SignUpGenius and choose a shift. 

 
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BOOK FAIR

Ready, set, read! The St. John's annual Book Fair will take place Tuesday, October 17, through Friday, October 20, in the library. Many of this year's selections were chosen based on your feedback.

 

Dads and special friends - save the date for Donuts with Dad, a Book Fair favorite, on Thursday, October 19, 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Volunteer shifts are available each day during the Book Fair. Choose for a shift. We also need volunteers to help students in grades pre-k through fourth grades complete their wish lists. Sign up to help with your child's classroom's wish lists.

 
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WEEK IN SPORTS


>>See full athletics calendar. Contact your child's coach with sports-related questions.

 

CHAPLAIN'S CORNER

 

This week in chapel we hear the story of Gideon's miraculous defeat of the desert raiders from Midian (Judges, chapters 6 and 7 if you're reading along at home). Gideon doesn't feel like a hero when we first see him. He's too young, too unimportant, too afraid, and even too angry at God to be what we might think of as a hero of faith: "God has abandoned us!" Yet this unlikely hero is precisely the vessel God chooses to keep His promises to Israel. Along the way, Gideon continually wrestles with faith and needs reassurance in the form of miraculous signs, which God provides. By the end of the story, his grateful people desire to make a king of this formerly too-young, too-afraid, too-unimportant, too-reluctant leader! Gideon's story reminds us that God's promise-keeping is not subject to human conditions or conventional wisdom. God sometimes even prefers to keep His promises through the weakest and least likely people, so that it is clear to all that God has acted; and that God desires a relationship with us.

 

Gideon is a realistic Bible hero whose failings ring true to our own experiences of faith. Like us, he doubts, fails, and requires constant reassurance. But we can reach our best when we remember why courage makes sense: because God has promised, and God always keeps His promises.

 

Parents, do your children see themselves as a potential hero in God's hands? No one is ever the 'wrong kind of person' to Him. We are never too young, too insignificant, too afraid, or even too much in pain or anger to hear God's call. Whoever and wherever we are, when we respond in faith, God's radical faithfulness becomes evident. You can help your child understand that God sees beyond any qualities which we or the world might call undesirable and invests His love in the immense potential within us.

 

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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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