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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER                                                          NOVEMBER 27, 2017  


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Fifth grade students visit  Mi Escuelita before Thankssgiving

THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

 

GRANDPARENTS DAY

It was wonderful to have so many enthusiastic grandparents and friends on campus before the Thanksgiving break. Throughout the school halls students, accompanied by their grandparents, were found performing songs, making crafts, conducting interviews, playing trivia, sharing and enjoying each other. We offer thanks to all our volunteers who helped make it happen and to our guests who attended. See pictures from the day.

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NEW LEARNING SPECIALIST

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Leighanne Scheuermann (pronounced "sherman") as a part-time Learning Specialist. Mrs. Scheuermann earned her Master of Arts with a reading specialization from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a Master's in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing and English from Baylor University. She has worked as the Interim Assistant Director at Preston Hollow Presbyterian School and as a Learning and Reading Specialist at Marymount School in New York. Previous work also includes supervising reading specialists at Bronx Charter School for the Arts and Teachers College, Columbia University. Mrs. Scheuermann will fill Mrs. Allen's position, and she and Mrs. Fulmer will work closely together to support our students' learning needs.

 
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EARLY CHILDHOOD ADMISSION COFFEE

St. John's is excited to host our last admission coffee 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 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 break? 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, snacks 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

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S FREE SELF DEFENSE WORKSHOP

One of the St. John's ASP class providers, Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense, is offering a women's self defense workshop at their Lakewood location this Saturday, December 2, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Middle School girls accompanied by their mothers are welcome as well. (Please note, some of the topics touched upon during the workshop may be sensitive or somewhat frightening, and they encourage parents to consider the maturity of their daughter.) In conjunction with the workshop, they will conduct a free "stranger danger" session for boys and girls ages four through pre-teen. Participants will leave with greater awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies and physical techniques to help prevent, escape, resist and survive assaults. Get all the details and register.

 

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 or through ParentsWeb. Contact ASP director Lani Jones with questions.


DECEMBER MENU AND BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS

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

 

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS DUE DECEMBER 5

Financial aid applications for the 2018-19 school year are due Tuesday, December 5. Financial aid grants will be included in the re-enrollment contract for the 2018-19 school year. Get the details. Please contact Linda Wilson with questions.

 

NEW STUDENT APPLICATIONS

The deadline for new student applications is Friday, December 15. Please go online and complete the application so we can schedule your child's evaluation time. Teacher evaluations for pre-k and kindergarten students are due by January 15, 2018. For all other grades, teacher evaluations, report cards and test scores are due by January 15.

 

STUDENT NEWS

 

THIRD GRADE WATER SHOW

Third graders have been curating museum galleries that demonstrate their understanding of the properties of water. This 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.

FIFTH GRADE SERVICE

Fifth grade students shared a morning of activities with the pre-school children at Mi Escuelita School in East Dallas. Students donated picture books to each pre-school child, and also donated books for the classroom libraries at Mi Escuelita. Fifth graders also prepared and taught the children a Thanksgiving craft while explaining process of leaf color change occurring every autumn. The fifth grade has served the children at Mi Escuelita several times each year for the past 20 years. This long-standing service to the East Dallas community is a hallmark of the fifth grade service learning curriculum. View photos of the project

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SIXTH GRADE VOLUNTEERS AT BONTON FARMS

As a pre-Thanksgiving treat, the sixth grade class traveled to Bonton Farms, an urban farm in south Dallas. Students spent the morning hauling mulch to the vegetable garden, feeding pigs, collecting eggs, and taking an active role in life on a working farm, which was established to provide healthy food options at affordable prices for surrounding neighborhoods. Learn more about Bonton Farms and the ongoing relationship with St. John's.

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CHURCH HAPPENINGS

ADVENT WEDNESDAYS AT ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Anticipate, Prepare, and Rejoice: Reflections of the Hymns of Advent

The church invites families to its series of Advent Wednesdays December 6, 13 and 20 (see times below). After each of our Wednesday Advent services in December, our organist, Benjamin Kolodziej, will present a study that will engage with many of the hymns celebrated and sung during Advent, delving into their histories, the stories of their writers or composers, and how they have edified Christians throughout the centuries.

--5:45 p.m. Evening Prayer/Eucharist (Church)
--6:30 p.m. Potluck Dinner (Parish Hall)
--7:00 p.m. Advent Program (Parish Hall for adults, Undercroft for children)

 
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LESSONS AND CAROLS 

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Join the church Sunday, December 10, 5:00 p.m. (4:30 for pre-service recital) in the hymns and carols of the season in response to scripture. Enjoy the St. John's Cantate Deo adult choir, joined by the new Jubilate Children's Choir, and supplemented by various instrumentalists as they lead the congregation in song. A pre-service recital will begin at 4:30 p.m. featuring harpist Karen Abrahamson Thomas, and violinist Catherine Price Allain, performing music of the season.

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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.

 

BOX TOPS

The next Box Tops collection will take place Wednesday, December 6


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. 

 

SPREAD SOME SUNSHINE!

We have a few openings left this year for parents to sign up to spread sunshine by bringing a teacher or staff member lunch on his/her birthday. Visit the SignUpGenius.

 

PA HOLIDAY FACULTY GIFT FUND

Considering a holiday gift for your child's teacher? In lieu of a personal gift, the Parents Association encourages you to contribute to the Faculty Christmas Gift Fund, which is now open. Donations are neither required nor expected. The fund serves as an inclusive, easy way for parents to show their appreciation - and for all teachers to feel parents' gratitude. Donations, which have no monetary limit, received by Friday, December 8, will be divided and distributed before Christmas. You may use the link above or drop a check off at the front desk. When you contribute to the fund, you will receive a printable certificate for your child to share with their teacher, letting them know about the donation.

 

HOLIDAY BASKETBALL CAMP

The Crusader Club is offering a basketball skills clinic December 27-29, coached by Greg Lewis of Blade Basketball for second through eighth grade boys and girls. Get the details and register.

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 sponsorship options.

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SPORTS


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

 

CHAPLAIN'S CORNER


This week in chapel we celebrate courage. Monday and Friday will see us award the Middle School Penguin Awards: the image we invoke is of a group of penguins about to jump from the ice to the water, but none wants to be the first penguin in. Then one brave penguin takes the plunge and the others can follow. In the same way, our Penguin Awards honor students who take the plunge into new challenges with enthusiasm and courage. Our Bible story for the week carries the same theme: God's call to Esther happens through forces she doesn't control, but when the King looks for a new queen, Esther has a chance to take the plunge and jump into her new role with enthusiasm. Then, as a threat to her and to the whole Jewish people emerges, Esther must summon all her courage to confront the wrongdoer and protect her people. Thanks to her response of courage and willingness to take a risk, she is in just the right place to make a difference as God's instrument for keeping His promises. We aim to instill the same courage of conviction in St. John's students as they grow.

 

Parents, this is a good week to connect school and courage in your conversations with your children. School is the perfect instrument to train students in courage because each new year, each new unit of study, each new assignment starts with familiar skills and builds toward unfamiliar challenges. Most students don't take naturally to new challenges (nor, to be honest, do we adults!), so this penguin-like enthusiasm is a skill they and we can learn and continue to practice throughout our lives.

 
 
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