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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER   

  FEBRUARY 26, 2018

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THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

HAVANA NIGHTS

Join the PA at auction this Saturday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are selling quickly and will not be available for purchase at the door. Tickets are on sale for $150; purchase yours today.

 

Raffle tickets for free tuition are going quickly. Individual tickets are $125 or five tickets for $500. The raffle will be drawn following the live auction.

 

Check backpacks tomorrow for your pre-ordered auction T-shirts. Send your kiddos to school Havana style for auction spirit day on Friday, March 2.

 

Silent auction pre-sales and Fund-a-Need open Wednesday, February 28. Look for details and link on Wednesday. Learn more about this year's Fund-a-Need.

 

Here are some highlights of the amazing auction packages that can only be found at HAVANA NIGHTS: Mission Impossible movie premier in London; luxury Napa experience at the Auberge Calistoga Ranch; Headmaster for the Day; EZGO four-seater golf cart; and so much more!

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, during which the 2018-19 PA Council will be announced and last-minute auction details will be shared. Attendees will also have an opportunity to preview the art projects that will be featured at auction. All parents are invited to Parish Hall to enjoy an art show and light lunch provided by Society Bakery.

 

ART SHOW

You are invited to preview the Havana Nights grade-level art projects on Tuesday, February 27, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. These beautiful, student-created pieces will be on display during the PA meeting, which starts at noon, or bring your child for a punch and cookies reception during afternoon carpool.


READING WEEK
This week is Celebrate Reading Week for Lower School. We'll have daily dress-up activities and celebration cupcakes Wednesday in the library. Plus, on Thursday, during Chapel Applied time, we'll have 15 minutes of "DEAR" (Drop Everything and Read). See the dress-up themes.

HAVANA NIGHTS SPIRIT DAY

Auction spirit day is Friday, March 2. Students may wear this year's official auction T-shirt (or any St. John's or blue or gold shirt) with jeans, athletic pants or shorts. Free dress guidelines apply.

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART

All packets and donations are due this Friday, March 2. This year's jumping has been wildly successful and we look forward to one last week of participation. Students will attend a rally on March 9, during which all members of the fundraising "Scare Squad" will be recognized for their participation, and the Red Hot Peppers jump rope team will perform to get everyone in the mood to celebrate another successful Jump Rope for Heart. Questions may be directed to Devin Darnell.

 
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MARCH BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS AND MENU

You may find the list of March birthday blessings in RenWeb. The March lunch menu is now posted in RenWeb and on the Current Families page of our website. 

COMMON SENSE TIP OF THE WEEK

With so many headlines screaming, "Pick me! I'm important!," it's difficult for adults to sift through the noise. So it's not hard to imagine how tough it can be for children to make sense of the news-related stuff they hear, see and read. What's real? What's fake? What does it all mean? 
With little kids, you can start with the idea of fact vs. opinion and talk about asking the five W's and one H (who, what, when, where, why and how) to see whether the story covers all the basic information. Encourage them to play detective and find out as much as they can from different sources so they can start to build solid news literacy skills. Older kids can talk about the idea of objective vs. subjective and identifying the type of news they're looking at (journalism, a blog, opinion pieces). Encourage kids to look at least a couple of sources to go beyond the headline, get more of the story -- and to think carefully before sharing.

 
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FROM THE CHURCH

ST. JOHN'S CHURCH: SPIRITUALITY ON THE GO

St. John's Episcopal Church invites families to listen in on the weekly podcast, which can be found on the church website and iTunes. It's great way to think and pray during your commute, workout, or during the few quiet moments you get each day.

CHANGE FOR AFRICA

Once again, St. John's Episcopal Church and School are teaming up during Lent to provide "Change for Africa." In July, a team of 16 youth and adults from the church and school communities will travel to Uganda for a mission trip. One of their projects is building a banda, a multi-purpose pavilion used for worship services and community events. Our team is trying to raise $10,000 for the materials to build the banda. Your spare change can add up in affecting lasting, positive change in the lives of our African brothers and sisters. Look for the "Change for Africa" collection boxes around the church and school and please give as you are able.

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LENTEN FRIDAYS AT ST. JOHN'S CHURCH

Your family is invited to participate in Lenten Fridays with St. John's Church. The evenings will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a Lenten meal, followed by Stations of the Cross and guest speakers for adults and youth (sixth grade and above). Kindergarten through fifth grade children will meet in the Undercroft for Bible stories and crafts. This year's theme is the provocative question we sing in the great African American spiritual, Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Below find this year's schedule of speakers, who will help us get to know ourselves and the Lord.

 

March 2: Fr. Thomas Kincaid, Vicar of Incarnation, Dallas

March 9: Fr. Ryan Pollock, Curate at St. Matthew's Cathedral

March 16: Fr. Perry Mullins, Rector of St. Peter's, McKinney

March 23: Fr. Bob Corley, Rector of St. Mark's, Irving

 
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STUDENT NEWS

SERVICE LEARNING KICKOFF

Today, eighth graders embarked on meaningful, trimester-long projects that blend many of the best elements of a St. John's education: servant leadership, collaboration, meaningful and relevant learning, and a unique experience to create a fitting "capstone" to the students' last year with us. Students will work in small groups to research community issues, volunteer to address a need, reflect on their experiences, and present the results. We will provide updates as the trimester progresses and the St. John's community will be invited to hear the student presentations in May.

 
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PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD

The second grade Play with Your Food project began with each child sketching a fictional character to use as the main character in an original short story. Students then created a character profile and a story map to guide their plot development. The stories went through the writing process and were eventually published. The second graders were anxiously waiting the opportunity to bring their main character to life by creating it out of real fruits and vegetables. The parents joined us for an author sharing and the chance to see all the "food characters." 

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PRE-K FIELD TRIP

Last week, pre-k students ventured to the Dallas Museum of Art for a special field trip. They learned how paintings tell stories, and about how every story has characters, settings and plots. Back at school, they made their own stories and pictures.

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SPORTS


BASEBALL

Baseball tryouts for seventh and eighth grade boys will take place Tuesday, February 27 and Thursday, March 1, 3:45 - 5:30 p.m.


TENNIS

Tennis begins this week for all fifth through eighth grade boys and girls. The first practice will take place at Fair Oaks on Friday, March 2, 3:45 – 5:30 p.m.


BASKETBALL RECAP: TAPS BOYS GOLD AND TAPS GIRLS TAKE CHAMPIONSHIP

Congratulations to the TAPS girls basketball team (below left) and Coach Herrin for winning the championship in a fourth-quarter comeback against Providence, 23-19. The TAPS boys gold team, under the direction of Coach Walker, had a 9-2 season. Four of the five regular starters will return next year, and the players hope to repeat as champions.

 

St. John's fielded ten basketball teams this year, and all coaches and players should be proud of their hard work, skills development and team spirit. Get the full recap from the coaches of each basketball team. Way to go, all student athletes!

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CHAPLAIN'S CORNER


In chapel, as we celebrate the season of Lent, we are also looking toward Holy Week – the week before Easter when Christians celebrate Jesus' death and resurrection. For our chapel theme, "God always keeps his promises," this will be the moment when all God's promises are kept for all time. Jesus has this future firmly in mind in our readings this week, but his disciples are stuck in the past. Their models for a savior include only methods that have worked before: political revolution, military might and religious renewal. The last thing they expect is a cross and a tomb. So Jesus says, "In a little while, you will no longer see me." That phrase, "in a little while…" points to the future but hints that the way we respond to God in this present moment still matters. Jesus wants simple responses: love God and one another, stay with God, believe in him, and follow his commandments. These uncomplicated concepts can be enacted in the present, so that we walk hand-in-hand with God into the future.

Parents, your childen probably think of the future in the same terms that Jesus uses: "in a little while" means more to them than what might happen in five or ten years. Far from being a hindrance, this perspective is great for thinking about the ethics of loving God and loving one another. If we show love to one another now, what effect is likely "in a little while"? These cause-and-effect questions can build into a chain of related effects that can impact the wider world.
 
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