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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER                                                          NOVEMBER 13, 2017  


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Today's Buddy Day activity in chapel

THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

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) in morning carpool through Thursday. 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. Tonight from 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 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. 


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 this 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!


THANKSGIVING BREAK

School will be closed from 11:30 a.m. Friday, November 17 through Friday, November 24. Classes will resume Monday, November 27. 

 

PATCHES

If you would like to purchase an additional patch for your child's uniform, Parker has not yet received their order. We will notify parents in the newsletter when they arrive.

 

RAPTOR VISITOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Please review last Friday's letter from Mark Crotty. While the full system goes into effect when we return from Thanksgiving break, if you are on campus beginning this week, you may sign in and obtain your pass. We appreciate your cooperation as we implement this new security measure for the safety of your children.

 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM - OPTIONAL CLASSES FOR SPRING 2018

As part of the After School Program, we offer a variety of optional classes for an additional fee. See the lineup of spring classes, which will begin the week of January 29 and end after 12 sessions (unless otherwise noted). Students may attend ASP before or after their optional classes at no additional charge. For class descriptions, dates/times and instructor information, view the ASP page. To enroll your child in the ASP and/or optional classes, print, complete and return the contract to school. Payments may be made by check (checks made payable to SJES) or through ParentsWeb. Contact ASP director Lani Jones with questions.

 

PRELIMINARY 2018-19 CALENDAR

View the preliminary calendar for the 2018-19 school year. The preliminary calendar includes major holidays and the beginning and end of the school year.

 

COMING UP

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD OPEN HOUSE

St. John's is excited to host another open house for early childhood Wednesday, November 29, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Please invite your friends who are interested in St. John's for their pre-k or kindergarten child next fall. See open house details and R.S.V.P.

 

EIGHTH GRADE BABYSITTING SERVICE

Not enough hours in the day to wrap up your shopping before Christmas? Need a little mid-day break for some R&R? Members of St. John's eighth grade class will host a babysitting service Saturday, December 2, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at St. John's. The cost is $25 for the first child (ages pre-k through fourth grade) and $10 for additional children. Kids will enjoy a fun afternoon of supervised activities including movies, crafts, snack, and playtime in Owen Gym. Proceeds will fund the eighth grade class' gift to the school. Parents and school staff will also be present. Secure your spot now

AUCTION 2018

Join the Parents Association for Havana Nights, St. John's annual auction on Saturday, March 3, 2018. This will be a sizzling evening of fun and fundraising that you won't want to miss! As the biggest Parents Association fundraiser of the year, there are numerous opportunities to sponsor this event, our school and our inspiring children. Purchase your tickets and check out the sponsorships

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STUDENT NEWS

 

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHT

Nicole Curry ('12) is a sophomore at the University of Texas. She's the starting goalkeeper for the women's soccer team. This year, she has set a school record for consecutive shut out games, and is leading the team through the NCAA playoffs. Earlier in the season, she was named the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. Read her impressive bio.

BUDDY DAY

Students had their first Buddy Day chapel experience today. The younger buddies walked with their older buddies to chapel; they then sat together for a condensed service of prayer, singing and birthday blessings. The buddies had an opportunity to have a different type of interaction with each other and gain a new perspective on chapel. It was a huge success with lots of smiles and engagement between the buddies.

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THIRD GRADE WATER SHOW

Did you know that nearly 1 billion people live without clean drinking water? When the third graders heard about this, they felt moved to be a part of the solution. In the first trimester, third graders have been curating museum galleries that demonstrate their understanding of the properties of water. On Friday, December 1, parents are invited to the Lower School science lab to join students in the learning process and help make a difference. Students will share their knowledge of the unit with hands-on demonstrations. Donation boxes will be available for those who wish to give. All proceeds will go to The Water Project. Times: Mrs. Isbell 8:45-9:15; Mrs. Watterson 11:15-11:45; Mrs. Minton 12:45-1:15.

 
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ELECTION PBL

For the last few weeks, eighth graders in U.S. history class have been participating in the Political Party PBL. Eighth grade history teacher LeAnne Wyatt and Debbie Carona, Technology Integration Specialist, introduced this project last year as an election year activity. It went so well and the students enjoyed it so much, they decided to continue it this year, even though it is not a presidential election year. Based on online quizzes and personal reflections, student data was collected and analyzed to form homogeneous student teams. In class, each team has developed a political platform and commercial, print advertisements, logos, slogans and a website for their political party. The primary election was held on Friday, and the general election for the remaining two candidates will be held for all of middle school during chapel time on Thursday, November 16.

 
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VETERANS DAY ACTIVITY

As a part of the fifth grade social studies study of United States history, fifth graders learn about service to our country. On Veterans Day, fifth grade students shared stories of military service and wrote to extended family members and veteran friends to thank them for their service to our country. Letters were mailed out to veterans with the thanks of our fifth grade community.

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PARENT ORGANIZATIONS


NOMINATIONS FOR THE PA COUNCIL

The Parents Association Council Needs YOU! The newly formed Nominations Committee is excited to select the PA leadership for next year. Nominate yourself or a talented friend to serve on the 2018-19 PA Council. There are jobs that fit all skill sets, interests and schedules. View the council positions to see which job might be right for you. Please contact PA Parliamentarian Kristi Bare with questions and submissions, which are requested by Tuesday, December 5, at noon. 

 

CRUSADER CLUB CARES DAY

Save the date for the morning of Saturday, December 9. The Crusader Club invites St. John's families to spend a morning serving others. Participants will complete impactful community service projects benefiting SoupMobile, Buckner International and Gateway of Grace. Please register online to participate in this annual parent/child service event. 

 

SPORTS


Winter sports are underway. See the sports schedule and contact your child's coach with any questions. 

 

CHAPLAIN'S CORNER


Thanksgiving is coming! The familiar, traditional sights of family gatherings, turkeys and cranberry sauce (my favorite!) put us in the mood to reflect on God's blessings and give thanks. We'll be doing this in chapel on Friday – Grandparents Day!

 

But Thanksgiving can also be a time to give thanks even for our hardships. In chapel we've heard stories about women and men in the Bible who heard God's call and responded: some well, others not so well – but in all cases God brought good out of hardship. The first Thanksgiving celebration in Plymouth in 1621 celebrated much the same idea. 

 

But not all stories have happy conclusions – at least, not yet. Thanksgiving sometimes finds us in the middle of hardship, hardly daring to believe that our happiness is really on its way. This week, we'll see that the prophet Jeremiah lived a story like that (Jeremiah chapters 1, 7 and 26 if you're following along at home). God calls him and promises to protect him, but it is still Jeremiah's job to speak to those who resist the message. In the short term, this mission is a dismal failure. But taking the long view, Jeremiah's prophecies guide Israel's turnaround for centuries. In the same way, where we are now might not seem to call for thanksgiving, but we can offer thanks to God with a long view, trusting that the One who has been faithful for centuries will be faithful to us.

 

Parents, this is a good week to explore gratitude with your children, making sure the holiday is not just about food and football. Take a moment at bedtime or in carpool and ask them to list what they're thankful for. If they can't populate that list on the first try, that's OK. Gratitude is a process that takes practice and guidance. And remember, teaching gratitude works best when we model it ourselves.

 
 
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