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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER                                                             NOVEMBER 6, 2017


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The eighth grade cast of Willy Wonka

THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS

Financial aid applications for the 2018-19 school year are now available. The deadline for application completion is December 5. Financial aid grants will be included in the re-enrollment contract for the 2018-19 school year. Get the details

 

PA MEETING

The Parents Association's monthly meeting will take place Tuesday, November 7. Hear Head of Middle School Pam Jordan discuss the high school process at St. John's. 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!


BASKETBALL TRYOUTS

Placement tryouts for seventh and eighth grade boys and girls will take place November 6 and 7, 3:45 - 5:30 p.m. If you have questions, please contact John Walker.

 

TURNING CHAPEL UPSIDE DOWN

Dr. Bloom and Fr. Thorpe represented St. John's at the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES) conference in Houston last week. In an interactive presentation, they discussed the Chapel Applied program and how it gets students more engaged with values. They explored the re-energized approach to character education, keeping it integrated with chapel and also disseminating into the classroom.


NJHS POINSETTIA SALES

Thank you to all who purchased poinsettias from the National Junior Honor Society on Conference Day. If you haven't paid for your plants, please send a check via kid mail to Ms. Powers (made out to St. John's).  Plants are $13 each. We will be delivering them during carpool on Tuesday, December 5.

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. 

 

COMING UP


CRUSADER CLUB CARPOOL DUTY + COAT DRIVE

Dads are invited to assist with morning carpool November 13-16, 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. This is a fun, quick way to support the school by helping the little ones safely out of the cars. Choose a shift. In conjunction, 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 13-16. A collection box will also be placed in the front reception area.


TEENS ADDICTED TO THE INTERNET

The Dallas Children's Theater invites parents and students ages 12+ to hear experts talk about the

timely, relevant topics affecting teens in our screen-crazed world. In February, the theater will present Screen Play exploring the blurry lines between real life and life online, and our seventh graders will see it as a field trip. On Monday, November 13, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, DCT will host a reading of the play, panel discussion and Q&A. Learn more and R.S.V.P.

 

GRANDPARENTS DAY

We look forward to seeing our students' grandparents and friends the morning of Friday, November 17. See the invitation. If your child's guests didn't receive their invitation, please contact Andrea Tierney. Parents - if you would like to assist with Grandparents Day, please help us welcome our guests. View the sign-up to choose a shift. Please note: Grandparents Day concludes at 10:30 a.m. for Lower School and 11:00 a.m. for Middle School. Students not leaving with their grandparents must be picked up by 11:30 a.m. There will be no ASP. 

 

THANKSGIVING BREAK

School will be closed from 12:00 p.m. Friday, November 17 through Friday, November 24. Classes will resume Monday, November 27. 

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

WILLY WONKA

Students, parents and families at five sold-out shows were treated to the eighth grade performance of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory over the weekend. See pictures. Under the direction of Tom Parr, music direction of Jean Haynes, set design of Donna Knox and costume design of Kristin Parr, Clements Hall was transformed into a candy paradise for this musical featuring a record 45 students. See the program with list of cast members. Many thanks to the parents and volunteers who brought snacks, decorated the lobby, helped build, helped paint, coordinated, supported and attended!

 
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BIRTHDAY BOOKS

All Birthday Book recipients from this year's Book Fair will be invited to have birthday cake in the library the afternoon of Tuesday, November 7. Please contact librarian Jennifer Powers with questions.

HALLOWEEN PHOTOS

See the pictures from last week's school Halloween festivities.

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ALUMNI VISIT

St. John's alum Carter Elliot (class of 2014), who is a senior at Booker T. Washington for the Performing Arts, gave a talk on the history of the blues. This was part of the sixth grade "All that Jazz" unit. At the end of his presentation, he performed Stevie Ray Vaughan's classic, Pride and Joy. Watch his performance.

 




ALUMNI DOING GOOD WORK

Congratulations to former students PJ Rasmussen ('14), Jack Carroll ('16) and Carter Walters ('16) – all of whom now attend Jesuit – who were chosen to attend the 20th annual Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice in Washington, D.C. Of the 20 students chosen, three were St. John's graduates. The conference helped strengthen their knowledge and advocacy skills in order to promote social justice in their home cities. They will also visit elected officials to advocate for the plight of immigrants.

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KINDergarten KINDNESS

Last week, kindergarten students "kindness bombed" the Lower School. It was the morning after Halloween, and students were perhaps a bit tired and grumpy after a late night. So they cheered themselves up by spreading love and gratitude. Students wrote "thankful for you" on cut-out hearts and placed them in the cubbies of other Lower School grades. What a great way to kick-off November! 

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PARENT ORGANIZATIONS

 

CRUSADER SHOP STOCKING STUFFER PRE-ORDER
Limited edition spirit gear and stocking stuffers are now available to order from the Crusader Shop! The last day for ordering will be Friday, November 17, and orders will be delivered via kidmail before the Christmas break. Don't want to ruin the surprise? Email Sarah Donahue and your items will be held for pick-up. Don't miss out - order now!

 

BOX TOPS

Congratulations to our winners in Mrs. Watterson's class who collected 161 Box Tops and get a free dress day! Second place went to Mrs. Crabtree with 84 Box Tops collected.

 

CHAPLAIN'S CORNER


Often we think the story of Jonah is all about the whale - and I have to admit, the whale is pretty spectacular. But it's really important in this story because of what happens inside. In chapel this week we will see how God's call came to Jonah. Jonah rejected it, but God hunts Jonah down. His storms rock the boat. His determined call pursues the prophet and brings the whale to create a "between place," a moment when Jonah can reflect on his choices. The whale is important because that's where Jonah changes his response to God's call. This 180-degree shift is what the story of Jonah is really about. Jonah changes, his target audience in Nineveh changes, the king city changes, and that's how God keeps His promise in this story. But the book has a strange, incomplete ending. It's as if the reader is also being invited to change. Will we hold on to hatred and offense? Or will we be compassionate as God is compassionate?

 

Parents, this is a good week to talk about mindfulness with your children. Jonah is forced to be aware of the impact of his choices. Taking a moment of silent reflection with your children can help them be more aware of their feelings, the people around them, and how their choices impact the world. Take a moment, even in carpool, to turn off the radio and practice silent reflection.

 
 
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