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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER   

  APRIL 3, 2018

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     Pre-k students enjoy a school-wide Easter egg hunt

THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

 

CULTURE FEST 

Culture Fest is back this week, Friday, April 6. The event will take place during the school day so every student will have the opportunity to enjoy Culture Fest. They will learn about different cultures and sample foods from around the world. Parents are invited to attend with their child's grade level, see below.

12:00 to 12:45 - first and second grades

12:55 to 1:23 - seventh and eighth grades
1:25 to 1:50 - fifth and sixth grades 

2:00 to 2:40 - pre-k and kindergarten

2:45 to 3:25 - third and fourth grades

 
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CRUSADER CLUB BREAKFAST 

Join the Crusader Club for breakfast Friday, April 6, 7:30 a.m. in Parish Hall (changed from Owen Gym). Come for a Barbec's breakfast and learn about the upcoming golf tournament. Please note: this is a business meeting (not appropriate for students).

 

SWEATERS/BLAZERS AT EUCHARIST 
Sweaters and blazers will not be required at Eucharist for the remainder of the school year. (Ties are still required.) However, if a student chooses to wear something over his or her shirt to Eucharist on Wednesdays, it must be a sweater or blazer. Eighth graders: Please note that you will still need your blazers for graduation-related activities. Do not discard them yet.

 

LUNCH MENU + BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS

See the April lunch menu, which can also be found in ParentsWeb under Resource Documents. Likewise, the April list of birthday blessings is posted in ParentsWeb.

COMING UP

CHURCH GARAGE SALE

St. John's Church is excited to send a team of 16 youth and adults to Uganda this summer for a mission trip through the Kellerman Foundation. On Saturday, April 14, the church will host a garage sale at the home of St. John's parent Heather McNeill to help raise money for the trip. Please consider donating gently used sports equipment, clothing, household items, books and board games. Items may be dropped off in the breezeway at the McNeills' home until April 12. Please contact Heather if you have items that need to be picked up. 

 
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CARUTH EXHIBITION 

Each spring, Dallas philanthropist W. W. ("Bill") Caruth, III visits St. John's, bringing photographs and tales of his extensive travels. This year's exhibition is a series of majestic landscapes. All families are invited to meet him and attend the opening reception in his honor Thursday, April 19, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. See the invitation. At right, Queenstown, New Zealand.

 
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GAMES DAY: VOLUNTEERS, ASP AND T-SHIRTS 

Our annual Games Day will be Friday, April 27. On Games Day, blue and gold teams compete in a series of challenges to earn the coveted awards for most points and most spirit. Students are assigned to either a blue or gold team; once assigned to a team, a student remains on that team in subsequent years (i.e., if your child was on the blue team last year, he will be on the blue team again this year). 

T-shirts: On Games Day, students will wear a T-shirt in their team color. They may wear a St. John's T-shirt or any blue or gold shirt that meets free-dress guidelines. If you need to purchase a shirt, please place your order through the Crusader Shop by Wednesday, April 25. If you have questions about your order, please contact Eve Stephens

Volunteers: If you'd like to volunteer to help with setup Thursday, April 26 or to provide assistance at the event on Friday, April 27, please sign up. Cheer for students while lending a hand to help this school-wide, fun event run smoothly.

ASP: Please note that there will be NO After School Program on Games Day. All students will be dismissed at regular times.

STUDENT NEWS

PROJECT BASED LEARNING TEAM

St. John's teachers Monica Breeding, Katie Specht, and Debbie Carona hosted its second annual Project Based Learning (PBL) networking meeting for ISAS lower school faculty. Teachers from around the city came to learn how to plan and implement PBL into their classrooms. St. John's has earned the reputation of being a leader in teaching through PBL. Individual teachers began planning the PBL and then gained support and ideas by sharing their plans with the other attendees. Research shows that students learning through PBL retain content longer and have a deeper understanding of what they are learning.

FIFTH GRADE POETRY PARADE

Fifth grade enjoyed its tenth annual Poetry Parade last week, led by Mr. Herrin. Students "paraded" to other classrooms and performed a few poems as small, one-act plays. Poetry Parade is about creative thoughts, engaging students to experience poetry.  

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PARENT ORGANIZATIONS


CRUSADER CLUB CARPOOL

Dads are invited to assist with morning carpool April 23 - 27, 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. This is a fun, quick way to support the school by helping the little ones out of the cars. Choose a shift.


TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

Lights, Camera, Action! Our Annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon is in Production. We are excited to announce the theme of this year's teacher and staff appreciation luncheon, to be held Wednesday, May 2 in Parish Hall. This year our theme will be... movies! This fun luncheon is to thank our wonderful faculty for all they do for our children throughout the year. Interested in donating? We are seeking raffle items as prizes for the teachers and staff. Examples include spa gift certificates, sports tickets and NorthPark gold. Our talented team will package items together, so even if you think an item may not be enough, it can be! Your gift is greatly appreciated by one of our guests and a meaningful way of saying thank you. Please contact Alison Silliman if you would like to donate an item for the luncheon. 

 

CRUSADER CLUB GOLF CLASSIC

Save the date for the 17th annual golf tournament Friday, May 11 at Stevens Park Golf Club. Registration is now open - sign your team up today. Plan to spend a morning on the links with friends in support of St. John's.

CHAPLAIN'S CORNER


"Alleluia! Christ is Risen!" These ancient words have echoed from Christians' mouths for centuries as they celebrate Jesus' resurrection. Today we also use other symbols to celebrate the day, such as the Easter bunny and Easter eggs. But these symbols have surprising Christian origins. Rabbits were associated with the Virgin Mary in the Middle Ages. If you think of the shell of an egg as a tomb, the chick coming out of it represents resurrection. Christian immigrants to the U.S. brought with them this traditional link between bunnies, eggs, candy and the religious meaning of Easter. Hiding and finding Easter eggs is a great way to celebrate Easter, but the core of the holiday is still the church's ancient and victorious cry, "Christ is risen," and the almost unbelievable insistence that Jesus of Nazareth is not dead. Instead – more than 2,000 years later – still lives.

In chapel today we had the "Flowering of the Cross." Flowers are a symbol of resurrection because a seed must first be 'buried' in the ground before new life can spring up (John 12:24). This ceremony is an annual tradition at St. John's. For the rest of the week we will hear the story of the resurrection and Jesus' appearances to his disciples.

Parents, you can use the Easter symbols with your children this week to discuss the idea that good sometimes comes out of something that seems bad. Flowers come from seeds; prizes can be found in plastic eggs; growth can come from difficulty; learning follows challenge. The Easter message is that evil can be overcome by good, and that life follows death – a glorious, victorious life that can never die again.
 
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