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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 22, 2018

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Stu-Co three-on-three basketball tournament.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

KINDNESS WEEK AND BUDDY DAY
This is our fourth annual Kindness Week. Throughout the week, students will participate in activities that promote 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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JANUARY PA MEETING TUESDAY

The Parents Association's monthly meeting will take place tomorrow, 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.

 

PARENT EDUCATION SERIES

Education consultant Debra Moore will be offering two sessions this Thursday and Friday on strategies to help your child improve his or her organization and study skills. The sessions are for parents with students in the third through eighth grades, however, it is open to anyone who would like to attend. We encourage parents to join us for one or both sessions. Get all the details and reserve your seat

Thursday, January 25, 6:00 p.m.

Clutter and Clocks: Strategies for Success - will focus on organization and time management strategies for children.

Friday, January 26, noon

Get Smart! Study Skills to Improve Performance - will focus on study skills and learning styles. 

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS AND MENU
The February birthday blessings (and August half birthdays) schedule is now posted on ParentsWeb (School / Resources). See the February lunch menu. You will also find the monthly lunch menu in ParentsWeb (School / Resources), as well as under the "Current Families" page on the school's website.

 

UNIFORM UPDATE

Over the next couple of weeks, we will meet with different uniform companies and choose a supplier that can best meet the needs of our St. John's community. The St. John's plaid and uniform style will remain the same and will not be impacted by a change in a new uniform company.

 

SAFETY: CELL PHONES

Please be mindful of our carpool policy and remain off of your phone while driving through carpool. We appreciate your cooperation. 

TIP OF THE WEEK

Every week, a technology tip will be included in the weekly newsletters. Let us know what you think.

 

Parenting, Media, and Everything In Between

Reposted from Common Sense Media

 

Son won't turn off his video game? Daughter obsessed with "likes" on Instagram? It may not be entirely their fault. Like the high-octane sugar in a pint of Ben & Jerry's and that irresistible chemical spice in Flamin' Hot Cheetos, the ingredients in social media, video games, apps, and other digital products are carefully engineered to keep you coming back for more. The first step toward resisting the pull of digital products like Snapchat, Instagram, and Netflix is recognizing the tricks they use to keep you hooked.

 

Read Common Sense Media's latest blog post The Sneaky Science Behind Your Kid's Tech Obsessions to learn about some of the key features designed to keep their grips on you. The post also includes some ideas you and your kids can use to resist temptation.

 
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COMING UP

SEVENTH GRADE MUSICAL

We are very excited to announce the production for this year's seventh grade musical is Annie! Students will perform four shows beginning Thursday, February 8 through Saturday, February 10. Tickets will be available to purchase through the Monday, Feb 5 newsletter. 

 

WINTER BREAK

Winter break will be Friday, February 16 through Monday, February 19, and there will be no classes.

STUDENT NEWS

PRE-K SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT

Pre-k kicked off Kindness Week with a new service learning project. The students will honor the Dallas Police Department's Northeast Substation by collecting non- perishable food snack items and putting together "Treats Before You Hit the Streets" snack baggies for the officers. Pre-k will collect items all this week to deliver to officers the following week.

MAKE!@ST. JOHN'S

A new all-day workshop called Make!@ St. John's debuts for Middle School on January 30. This increasingly popular national and international movement's purpose is to encourage and inspire creativity, imagination and innovation through inquiry, resourcefulness and problem solving. Students will participate in science demonstrations and presentations, full and mini workshops, and a "make" your own taco lunch to continue the theme. The main presentation will feature Fire and Ice from the Perot Museum. The SMU maker bus will also be present to introduce our new partnership with the SMU Maker Program.

 
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PARENT ORGANIZATIONS

 

AUCTION

Get your HAVANA NIGHT T-shirts and plan to wear them with a fedora or your dancing shoes. Shirts are available for pre-order until February 7in time for HAVANA NIGHTS Spirit Day on Friday, March 2. Auction and raffle tickets available here.

 

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!  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ea4a82cabfd0-facultystaff

 

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.

SPORTS


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

CHAPLAIN'S CORNER

 

One of our favorite running gags in chapel is the "miracle stick" (pictured below). This is a stick which is, itself, an honest-to-goodness miracle… but that's a story for another day. We use it in chapel to think about why God does miracles for people in the bible stories. Usually what we find is that God does miracles not to amaze us or entertain us or even to meet our daily needs – God does miracles simply to show us that He loves us and always keeps His promises.  This week in chapel we will see Jesus begin to do miracles in his ministry. Water will turn into wine, sickness and paralysis will be healed, and a withered hand will become whole: and people will respond to Jesus with amazement.  But there's a message behind the spectacle: God has kept all His promises to His people by sending Jesus Christ to become one of us and redeem us from sin and evil. God's love in Christ is the greatest miracle.

 

This week is also Kindness Week!  All week, and throughout the school, we will be celebrating and practicing kindness.  This includes our Buddy Day on Thursday. Parents, you can take advantage of this week's emphasis to help your students think about kindness outside of school, as well.  Ask them what they are learning about kindness, and use the same language to talk about kindness at home or out and about. We hope this week's activities reinforce the great work you are already doing at home.

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the mind, strengthen the character and enrich the spirit of each student in a Christian environment.

 

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