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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER                                                             JANUARY 29, 2018   

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Second and seventh grade buddies working on kindness project.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

SPIRIT NIGHT TONIGHT!
We just can't hide that St. John pride! Grab your pom poms and join the Parents Association in the main gym this evening, January 29. Be prepared to cheer on the SJES Boys TAPS Basketball teams. Gold team plays at 4:30 p.m. and Blue team plays at 5:30 p.m. Snacks will be available for sale, and all proceeds benefit the eighth grade gift of gratitude.

 

FOURTH GRADE REACHES 100% PARTICIPATION

Congratulations to the fourth grade 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. The fourth grade joins kindergarten, second and seventh grades in reaching this marvelous participation goal. Thank you, parents, for helping us provide the best resources for your children's education! 

 

RE-ENROLLMENT FOR 2018-19 OPENS THURSDAY
St. John's 2018-19 re-enrollment for current students will open in ParentsWeb Thursday, February 1. All contracts will be due Thursday, February 15. Thank you for the privilege of continuing your child's education with us.

 

"SOUPER BOWL"

Please support our canned food drive, "Souper Bowl," benefiting the White Rock Center of Hope and the North Texas Food Bank. We encourage every student to bring at least two canned soups until Thursday, February 8. Our goal is to collect more than 2000 cans of soup. One grade from Lower School and one grade from Middle School with the most donated cans will both win a free dress day! Have your child drop off the cans at the NJHS station near the entrance of lower school or to their homeroom teacher or advisor. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Thor Herrin.

 

USE OF SECTION 529 PLANS FOR TUITION

The tax reform package that passed before the holidays contains a provision that allows use of Section 529 savings to pay for private K-12 education up to $10,000 per year, per child starting in 2018. See your investment advisor and accountant for more information.

 

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. 

 

EMAIL'S FROM GWCTD EMAIL 
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner requests families to check spam filters for emails regarding your child's lunch account. To ensure you receive emails from them, add guesswhoscomingtodinnercaterers.com to your contacts or email client's safe-senders list. If you use a work email address, you may need to ask your IT department to whitelist guesswhoscomingtodinnercaterers.com.

TIP OF THE WEEK
Books, Movies, and Games that Promote Tolerance and Diversity

For kids to understand the world around them and truly know their potential, they not only need to learn about people with different characteristics, backgrounds, and experiences, but they also need to see themselves in the media they use. But we're not talking only about information or representation. Ultimately, the depictions of people that kids absorb can inform how they feel and think about others -- and themselves. 

No matter their age, kids can read, watch, and play an assortment of media that presents people in a well-informed, complex way. And while most creators are making efforts to be more representative and avoid stereotypes, some choices are definitely better than others. Check out some of our recommended media to find our top picks for media that celebrates diversity.

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COMING UP

SEVENTH GRADE MUSICAL

This year's musical production will be Annie. Seventh grade students will perform 4 shows from February 8 - 10. Tickets will be available for sale in the Monday, February 5 newsletter.

 

CAMP REGISTRATION
Say hello to summer by spending it with us! We have eight weeks of fun planned from June 4 through July 27 with over 100 camps. Registration for Summer 2018 camps will open Tuesday, February 13.

 

VALENTINE'S DAY PARTIES

Valentine's Day parties will take place Thursday, February 15 due to Ash Wednesday falling on February 14. All Valentines treats sent to school must meet our nut-sensitive guidelines. 

 

WINTER BREAK

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

 

STUDENT NEWS

MAKE! @ST. JOHN'S

Middle school students will participate in a full-day maker's event called Make! @St. John's tomorrow, January 30. The day will include:

  • Grade-level science presentations (fifth presenting to sixth; sixth to fifth; seventh to eighth; eighth to seventh)
  • Workshop
  • Mini workshops
  • Group maker's project
  • Maker's lunch – we're providing a make-your-own-taco bar
  • Perot presentation, Fire & Ice

The purpose of this event is to encourage and inspire creativity, imagination and innovation through inquiry, resourcefulness and problem solving. 

 
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BUDDY DAY

During Buddy Day, students paired together and discussed what it meant to be kind. They traced one another's hand on a sheet of paper and cut it out. On one side, buddies wrote or illustrated acts of kindness they could do, or have experienced. On the other side, students colored their hands brightly with any design. The hands will be arranged and hung near the cafeteria, where all the students can see and remember ways to be kind. 

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PARENT ORGANIZATIONS

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As you purchase your tickets for Havana Nights, please consider sponsoring a faculty member. We want our teachers and their guests to join us March 3 for a night of fun with the St. John's community. A $125 or $250 donation will help make this possible. Family sponsorships are also available. 

 

CRUSADER CLUB DADS & KIDS BREAKFAST
Start your day with the Crusader Club and enjoy some extra time with your child. Kids love this event so make plans to attend. Join us in Parish Hall, Friday, February 9, 7:15 to 8:00 a.m. for the annual Dads & Kids Breakfast. Students of all ages are welcome to attend with a parent. Dad not available? No worries -- feel free to send Mom or a special friend. Please park on the green space in front of the school.

SPORTS


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

CHAPLAIN'S CORNER

 

This week in chapel we see Jesus kick it up a notch. Miracles come fast and frequently, and only the most amazing make it into the narrative. Jesus calms a storm, conquers evil spirits, and heals hundreds of sick people. It's clear that he has power over every area of life in which normal humans are powerless. Where human ability ends, God's ability begins. But at the end of our chapel week, we see Jesus frustrated and unable to do miracles in – of all places! – his quiet little hometown of Nazareth. Ironically, the people who were most familiar with Jesus were least able to accept his help. When our religious practice still today becomes too familiar, too predictable, too comfortable, it is easy to forget that the One whom we worship day in and day out is the One who can calm storms, conquer evil, and heal the sick with a word. Familiarity can hide the beauty of the Divine in our lives, but quiet, daily experiences of grace ought never to obscure the absolutely unlimited power and possibility of God's love.

 

Parents, this would be a good week to look at old pictures with your children. Pull up that "pictures" folder on your computer or device, and take some time to look through those favorite snapshots from several years ago. Let your children know how much you can see that they have grown and matured. This can be a great way for children to gain a healthy perspective on their own development. Sharing your long view can help them maintain a healthy conceptual balance between the day-to-day norms of school and the exciting, unpredictable nature of life.

 
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