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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER                                                             OCTOBER 30, 2017
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Mrs. Benton's pre-k classroom is full of busy learners!

THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

LOWER SCHOOL HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS

This year's Halloween celebrations will take place Tuesday, October 31. We invite parents to gather outside in the Lower School carpool area shortly before 1:30 p.m. (please note time correction for the parade) 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.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

Student Council is sponsoring a Middle School Halloween costume fundraiser. Middle School students who purchased a wristband for $5 may wear a Halloween costume Tuesday, October 31. Because Middle School students won't go to chapel tomorrow, they may wear their costumes to school. Please follow free-dress guidelines on page 43 of the school handbook. Also, no masks, weapons or costumes considered inappropriate for Lower School students to see.

 

BOX TOPS COLLECTION

Please turn in Box Tops to your homeroom class by Wednesday, November 1. The homeroom or advisory that collects the most Box Tops will win a free dress day. We will announce the winners the following Monday. Visit the Box Tops website for tips on how to boost your collections. Good luck!

 

BLAZERS AND SWEATERS REQUIRED FOR EUCHARIST

Starting this week, students will need to wear their full-dress blazers or sweaters to Eucharist on Wednesdays. They may wear them as-is (old patch, no patch, new patch) until after Thanksgiving. Starting Wednesday, November 29, they will need to have the new patch affixed. New logo patches will be mailed this week. See last week's email regarding new patches.

 

BASKETBALL TRYOUTS

Placement tryouts for fifth and sixth grade boys and girls will take place Wednesday, November 1, 3:15 - 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 23:45 - 5:30 p.m in the main gym. Seventh and eighth graders will try out November 6 and 7, 3:45 - 5:30 p.m. If you have questions, please contact John Walker.


CRUSADER CLUB BREAKFAST

Join the Crusader Club at this dads' breakfast this Friday, November 3, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in Owen Gym. Please enter the building through the main doors. Attendees will enjoy a Barbec's breakfast. 

EIGHTH GRADE MUSICAL THIS WEEK

Great Oompah Loompah! All five performances of the eighth grade musical have sold out. There will be a minimal number of tickets available at the door. Show times are: Thursday 7:00 p.m., Friday 7:00 p.m., Saturday 1:00 and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. We hope the actors "break a leg" and have a wonderful experience as they perform their last musical at St. John's!

 
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CALENDAR ACCESS

For your convenience, we have linked the all-school calendar at the bottom of the newsletter in the "Quick Links" section. 


NOVEMBER MENU AND BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS

The November birthday blessings schedule is posted on ParentsWeb (School / Resources). See the November 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. 

GRANDPARENTS DAY

We look forward to seeing our students' grandparents and friends the morning of Friday, November 17. Invitations were mailed to them last week. If they didn't receive their invitation, please contact Andrea Tierney to confirm the address and make sure they get one. See the invitation. Parents - if you would like to assist with Grandparents Day, please help us welcome our guests. View the sign-up to choose a shift

 

COMING UP

 

PA MEETING

The Parents Association's monthly meeting will take place Tuesday, November 7. All parents are invited to Parish Hall at noon for a light lunch provided by Society Bakery.

 

ST. JOHN'S NIGHT AT RAISING CANE'S

Join Raising Cane's in raising money for St. John's students. Plan to get dinner at Raising Cane's Greenville Avenue location Tuesday, November 7. Dine in, pick up or drive thru between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m., and 15% of sales will be donated to the school (Please mention St. John's when you place your order.) Volunteers are needed to greet customers and remind them to mention St. John's when they order. Choose a shift and bring the kids!

ZEBRA "PHEST" WALK

Join Team Emma for the 11th Annual North Texas Zebra PHest on Saturday, November 11. The fun includes a 5K race, 1 mile walk, a free 100-yard dash for kids, face painting, raffle, silent auction, vendor booths, music, pitching booth, photo booth and a picnic. You can even be a virtual runner in support of Emma! Zebra PHest supports the Pulmonary Hypertension ("PH") Association. PH is high blood pressure in the lungs, a serious, debilitating and progressive condition.

 
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STUDENT NEWS

ALL THAT JAZZ PBL

Mr. Adler's sixth grade English students began a four-week, cross-curricular project based learning (PBL) unit. They will trace the history of jazz and blues from their west Africa origins, while integrating music, history, writing and even math skills. After completing individual research papers, students will divide into groups of four and will dig into sub-genres and artists. The unit is expected to culminate with each group producing a multimedia presentation and radio segment. At right, Mr. Delabano introduces students to the blues genre. Stay tuned for more on this PBL.

 
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PRE-K VISITS PUMPKIN PATCH

Pre-k students are learning about the pumpkin life cycle and what's inside a pumpkin. Last week they took a field trip to the Arboretum to see the many types of pumpkins - sizes, shapes and colors. They finished the fun visit with a picnic lunch. 

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PARENT ORGANIZATIONS

 

PA NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

The PA needs YOU! The Parents Association is starting the nominations process for the 2018-19 school year! We are currently forming the nominating committee, which is the committee that helps identify volunteers to serve on the PA Council each year. Consider nominating one fellow parent (or self-nominate) from Lower School and one for Middle School to serve on the nominations committee. (Nominees will be contacted to confirm they have time and would like to serve if elected.) Please e-mail Kristi Bare with your nominees' names by November 3. Voting for the nominations committee will take place at our next PA meeting on November 7. 


CRUSADER CLUB CARPOOL DUTY + COAT DRIVE

Dads are invited to assist with morning carpool November 13-17, 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. This is a fun, quick way to support the school by helping the little ones out of the cars. Choose a shift. In conjunction with this, the Crusader Club is once again hosting a coat drive. Please drop off new or gently used coats (infant through adult sizes) with one of the dads November 13-17. A collection box will also be placed in the front reception area.

FAMILY CHRISTMAS SOCIAL

Join the PA at this very popular family social Friday, December 8, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Enjoy the holiday lights while progressing to several houses on Avalon Avenue with surprises at each stop, including festive snacks and drinks, an outdoor movie, crafts, a carriage ride and pictures with Santa. Generously hosted by the Bare, Berg, Burnett, Campbell, Carter, DeGroote, Hardin, Johnson, Lamont, Leake, Methvin, Miller, Stevens, Stuart and Wylie families. Get your family's tickets.

 
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CHAPLAIN'S CORNER


If you've never seen a St. John's Halloween parade, you've gotta see one! The cuteness factor alone is worth it, but there's also something profound represented there in the impulse to put on a costume and pretend, just for a moment, to be someone or something else. Costuming is a natural way to play. It helps children find a sense by imagining themselves as different characters or scenarios. Daydreaming is an essential part of adult decision-making, too.

 

It is in daydreaming that we find in the story of Solomon, our Bible focus in chapel this week (1 Kings, chapters 3-10). Solomon feels very uncomfortable following the great King David. He feels young, inexperienced and dis-empowered, as if he were in someone else's royal clothes. But he can imagine what it would look like to rule well. When God appears to him and offers to empower him, the nature of Solomon's daydreaming is evident: he asks for wisdom, so that his rule might be a reign of justice and good order. God is greatly pleased by this.

 

Parents, this is a good week to talk with your children about what their costumes mean to them. What is it about this character that they admire? Where do they see themselves as different from this alter-ego? If they could have one power or characteristic from this person, what would it be? Even monsters have something to teach about our desires for ourselves. Share one of your daydreams with them, too, and let them know that kind of imagination is important.

 
 
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