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 WEEKLY NEWSLETTER                                                         FEBRUARY 5, 2018       

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Pre-k assembled snack baggies to give to police officers.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

SEVENTH GRADE MUSICAL - TICKETS ON SALE TODAY

Join the seventh grade as they perform four shows of the musical, Annie. Enjoy the timeless tale of a little redheaded orphan determined to find her parents. Click the links below to purchase general admission tickets. There will be a minimal number of tickets available at the door and a stand-by list. 

Thursday, February 8, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 10, 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.

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FIFTH GRADE 100%

Congratulations to the fifth 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. Thank you, parents, for helping us provide the best resources for your children's education! 

 

BOX TOPS DUE TOMORROW

Please turn in Box Tops to your homeroom class by Tuesday, February 6. The homeroom or advisory who collects the most Box Tops will win a free dress day. Visit the Box Tops website for tips on how to boost your collections. Happy clipping!

 

PA WARM YOUR HEART LUNCHEON THIS WEEK

The PA still needs a few parents to provide a soup or dessert item for the annual "Warm Your Heart Luncheon" this Wednesday, February 7. Soups and desserts may be dropped off in carpool on Wednesday morning from 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. or at the front desk after 8:15 a.m.

AUCTION SHIRT SALES CLOSE WEDNESDAY

Get your HAVANA NIGHT T-shirts and plan to wear them with a fedora and dancing shoes. Wednesday, February 7 is the last day to pre-order your shirts and have and them delivered in time for auction spirit day on Friday, March 2. Purchase T-shirts, tickets and raffle tickets now.

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"SOUPER BOWL" ENDS THURSDAY

We are still collecting canned goods to benefit the White Rock Center of Hope and the North Texas Food Bank until Thursday, February 8. Your child may bring cans to school AND/OR family and friends may bring cans to the seventh grade musical, Annie on opening night. A station will be set up in the lobby of Clements Hall for the canned goods. Please help us reach our goal of collecting 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! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Thor Herrin.


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. 

 

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. Please check with a tax adviser or 529 plan operator to see if you might be eligible to take advantage of the new law. Learn more about the new law's provisions.

 

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. 

TIP OF THE WEEK

Netflix. Hulu. Amazon. Cable: There are so many ways to watch television today that it can be hard to navigate all of the choices and find the best TV shows for your family. 

All of them offer some great -- and not so great -- options for kids, so it's just a matter of getting to the good stuff. Educational content, positive messages and strong role models are good choices for any age, and knowing what potentially iffy content might come up will help you be ready for a discussion. And if your kid is super interested in the newest and hottest show, you can use Common Sense reviews to get a sense of whether it's something you want them to see before saying yes or no. Watching together is always a solid approach to catch those teachable moments, and it can also be an opportunity to relax and connect!

 
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COMING UP

SUMMER AT ST. JOHN'S CAMP BROCHURE

We have eighth week of fun planned from June 4 through July 27 with over 100 camps. We have camps for everyone--sports, fine arts, science, LEGOs, enrichment, academics, robotics, computer programming and much more! The 2018 camp brochure is now available for your viewing. Registration will open Tuesday, February 13.

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ASH WEDNESDAY

Dress uniforms are required for kindergarten through eighth graders Wednesday, February 14 for Eucharist and imposition of ashes. You indicated your preference for whether your child will receive ashes or a blessing during the service as part of our annual online enrollment process. Your child's homeroom teacher/advisor will have that information.


RE-ENROLLMENT FOR 2018-19 DUE FEBRUARY 15

St. John's 2017-18 re-enrollment for current students is now in ParentsWeb. All contracts will be due Thursday, February 15. Thank you for sharing your children with us. It is a privilege. 

 

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. 

STUDENT NEWS

MAKE! @ST. JOHN'S

On January 30, our Middle School launched a new experience for our students, MAKE! @ St. John's. A number of middle and lower school teachers, administrators and staff collaborated with students to celebrate the maker movement in our own unique St. John's way. The SMU Maker Truck and presenters from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science joined in the fun as well. After months of planning workshops, mini-workshops, group presentations, a taco bar, logos and signage, the day finally arrived. Students were buzzing throughout the school painting kindness rocks, making magnetic slime and original moss gardens. Others were creating stories, homemade paper, blackout poems, Foley art, and screen prints. The enthusiasm and energy were contagious, as this inaugural event was a huge success among the students and teachers alike. Plans are already in the works for MAKE! 2019. See pictures from MAKE!

 
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PRE-K COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

To coincide with Kindness Week, our youngest students honored the Dallas Police Department's Northeast Substation in appreciation for all they do for our community. Thanks to the generosity of pre-k families, students were able to assemble 100 "Treats before You Hit the Streets" snack baggies for the officers. The bags included non-perishable snack items, chap stick, lotion and Kleenex, and were enthusiastically delivered to our school officers. They brought a squad car. Lights were flashing, siren was blaring and kids were cheering!

 
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DUST BOWL PERFORMANCES

Last Friday, sixth grade students performed their Dust Bowl play, which was inspired by the novel "Out of the Dust." Each class created its own Dust Bowl town, and students told their characters story by reciting three free verse poems that they created. In addition to the poems, each class wrote and performed an original song and created charcoal drawings representing the era.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL HISTORY ELECTIVE

Mrs. Kathy Carroll shares with class a short snorter collection while studying World War II. A short snorter is a banknote signed by various persons traveling together or meeting up at different events. It was embraced by pilots during the war. Students were able to grasp how expansive the war was as they observed the currency collection from India, Greece, China, Japan, Morocco, United States and more.

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PARENT ORGANIZATIONS

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE LAST PA MEETING OF THE YEAR

Make plans to join the PA Tuesday, February 27 at noon for the final general Parents Association meeting of the school year. A light lunch will be provided in Parish Hall and the 2018-2019 PA Council will be announced.

SPORTS


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

CHAPLAIN'S CORNER


Our Chapel Applied theme this month is "accepting others." It seems like an easy affirmation to say we should all accept others. But in real life, mutual acceptance sometimes is difficult. In our chapel readings we will find Jesus ministering to a wide variety of people and not being satisfied until he can reach beyond the boundaries of his community. He heals the daughter of a rich and influential family and along the way, a woman whose illness would have made her "unclean" in those days. We see him feeding a crowd of over 5,000 people without asking for ID and walking on the water for all his disciples to see. While we might think these miracles would make people love Jesus, many people in these stories simply refuse to believe. Jesus accepts all people, but not all people accept Jesus. And Jesus accepts people because, in the phrase of the old hymn, "There's a wideness in God's mercy like the wideness of the sea." In the same way, we are called to show the wideness of God's mercy to all people we meet every day. Wherever they are in their lives, it is always a great place to start on a journey toward God.

 

Parents, this might be a good week to talk about the "wideness" of God's love. Love grows the more we widen it, the more people we can fit within it. It never runs out, never ceases, never gives up. St. Paul writes that "these three things last forever: faith, hope, and love: and the greatest of these is love." One of our favorite chapel choruses runs, "Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me." (Ask your child to sing this for you). Children have an instinctual grasp of this paradoxical nature of love, and they can benefit from exploring it with you.

 
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