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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER                                                   JANUARY 16, 2018         

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 Fifth grade boys celebrate fellow classmate's Geo Bee victory

THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

STUCO BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Student Council invites all school families to cheer on the Middle School three-on-three student basketball tournament this Friday, January 19, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

 

SECOND AND SEVENTH GRADES 100%

Congratulations to second and seventh grades for reaching 100% participation in the 2017-18 St. John's Fund! In celebration, the students and teachers will enjoy a free dress day soon (second grade on Thursday, February 15 and seventh grade on Friday, January 19). Thank you, parents, for helping us provide the best resources for your children's education! 

 

See the graph below to track the progress of each grade. If you have not yet had an opportunity to give to our annual fundraising effort, we hope you will consider giving today. Not quite ready to make a donation? You may make a pledge to be fulfilled by May 30, 2018.

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COMING UP

SPIRIT NIGHT

We just can't hide that St. John's pride! Grab your pom poms and join the Parents Association in the main gym Monday, January 22. Be prepared to cheer on the SJES girls' basketball teams. IAA girls play at 4:30 p.m. and TAPS girls play at 5:30 p.m. Snacks will be available for purchase.

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PARENT EDUCATION SERIES

Join us next week to hear education consultant Debra Moore January 25 and January 26. She will be offering two sessions for parents with students in the third through eighth grades. We encourage parents to attend one or both sessions. Get all the details and register

  • Session 1: Clutter and Clocks: Strategies for Success - will focus on organization and time management strategies for children. Thursday, January 25, 6:00 p.m.
  • Session 2: Get Smart! Study Skills to Improve Performance - will focus on study skills and learning styles. Friday, January 26, noon.

STUDENT NEWS

GEOGRAPHY BEE WINNERS

This year's winner of the St. John's edition of the National Geographic Geography Bee is fifth grader Dylan Taylor. The runner up is eighth grader Pace Maxwell. As the result of scores on a preliminary test, 30 Middle School students competed in the bee. Dylan may be eligible to compete in the Texas state championship April 7. The state winners advance to the national championship in Washington, D.C. in May. Congratulations to all who participated in the Geo Bee and good luck, Dylan!

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KINDNESS WEEK AND BUDDY DAY
Our fourth annual Kindness Week will take place January 22 through 26, during which students will participate in activities promoting kindness. In conjunction with Kindness Week, all students will take part in a special Buddy Day on January 25 and enjoy a free dress day with a twist: each grade and its buddy grade will wear something in an assigned color. The colored item can be a piece of clothing or an accessory. (If students choose not to participate, they must wear regular uniforms.) The colors are:

Pre-k / Fourth – Red

Kindergarten / Fifth – Light blue

First / Sixth – Green

Second / Seventh – Yellow

Third / Eighth – Dark blue

 
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DART POSTER CONTEST

St. John's has been invited to participate in a citywide contest organized by Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Mrs. Brown's first through third grade art students will be taking home prepared poster boards (check your child's backpack) after spending a little time in class to discuss the contest. This is completely voluntary, but a nice opportunity for students to support the community. Get more information about the contest on the DART website.

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PARENT ORGANIZATIONS

 

JANUARY PA MEETING NEXT WEEK

The Parents Association's monthly meeting will take place Tuesday, January 23. We will be gearing up for auction! All parents are invited to Parish Hall at noon for a light lunch provided by Society Bakery.

 

SUNSHINE

There are still a few opportunities to spread some sunshine to our awesome teachers and faculty! Please take a look at the sign up and choose a teacher to spread some birthday cheer!

 

CARPOOL HELP

The Parents Association coordinates afternoon carpool helpers and is in need of additional volunteers over the next couple of months. This is an easy volunteer opportunity that does not take up too much time. It's always fun to see the kiddos and a great way to meet other parents. You may sign up to help every week or only once a month. Every little bit helps! On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays you will arrive at 2:50 p.m. and stay until about 3:45 p.m. (Wednesdays start at 2:20 p.m.) Please contact Jenny Cooper for more information or visit the SignUpGenius.

 

AUCTION

Get your HAVANA NIGHTS T-shirts and plan to wear them with a fedora and dancing shoes. Shirts are available for pre-order and will be delivered in time for HAVANA NIGHTS Spirit Day on Friday, March 2. Event tickets and raffle tickets available here.

SPORTS


See this week's full basketball schedule. Please contact your child's coach with any questions. 

CHAPLAIN'S CORNER

 

In Chapel this week, Jesus is calling his disciples. One by one, he finds the people who will become his best friends over the next three years. These are the people who will walk with him, talk with him, sleep where he sleeps, eat what he eats, learn what he teaches, experience his miracles, and pass on that teaching to others after he is gone. With so much at stake, Jesus makes his decisions carefully. But instead of picking people who are similar, he insists on choosing people who are widely different from one another. Some are wealthy while others came from poverty. Some favor the Roman occupation while others hate the Romans with a fiery passion. Some speak with a rural accent, while others come from the cream of society. Jesus' choices show that he intends his Gospel to span all social and economic divisions. God's promises are not just for one kind of person, but for everyone. Our Chapel Applied theme this month is "tenacity" – it takes tenacity to weld together a group of widely diverse people into one community. There are always bumps and bruises along the way, but diversity, centered on Christ himself, is a mark of the community of his disciples.

 

Parents, this is a good week to talk with your student about making friends. It can be hard, but choosing friends who are different from us in some significant way can be a very enriching experience. Help them explore the things they and their friends have in common and the ways they are different, and how interesting and colorful life can be when we choose friends who are different from us.

 
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