APRIL 9, 2018


         Best pals enjoy the festivities at Culture Fest


CULTURE FEST- Danke! Grazie! Merci! Gracias! Thank you! 

What a great learning experience at Culture Fest 2018. This was the largest Culture Fest yet with 19 tables hosted by parents, students and one service learning group. Special thanks to families who sponsored tables so our students could learn about different countries, foods and lifestyles that make up our St. John's community and beyond. We're also grateful to our event organizers Monica Breeding, Audra Chavis and Morgan Martinez. Leo the African drummer entertained and engaged the children with his enthusiasm, songs, rhythms and drums. German entertainers demonstrated traditional clothes and dances. And students enjoyed the group dance lessons. The Animals of the World estimation winners were Scarlett Stevens (lower school) and Owen Sibley (middle school). Eighth grader Maxwell Litle won the trivia game. Check out pictures from the fun event.



We have identified a bee swarm on our playground and are working with a beekeeper to safely remove and relocate the bees if necessary. Swarming bees are still en route to a new home, meaning they have no nest and no stores of honey to defend, and tend to be at their most docile. However, we are still being cautious and at times implementing inside recess. We anticipate the bees will move on in a day or two since there have been no signs of a nest on campus.



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 parent Heather McNeill to help raise money for the trip. Please stop by and shop. Contact Heather before Thursday if you have items to donate. 



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 Shannon Cahalan if you would like to donate an item for the luncheon. 



Third through eighth graders will take the annual CTP 4 standardized tests the week of April 23. Second graders will practice test-taking strategies using CTP materials to help them prepare for taking the test in third grade. Please avoid scheduling morning appointments for your child on testing days, as opportunities for makeup testing will be limited. Make-up testing will be scheduled by the school and may include weekend testing. Help your child get plenty of rest and provide a good breakfast that includes a protein source. 



If we have documentation on file for your child that recommends the accommodation of administration in an extended-time setting, you should have received an email from learning specialist Amy Fulmer. Please reply to her with your preference for accommodations by Monday, April 9. Middle School students taking the tests with extended time will need to bring break snacks to school those days.



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.



Congratulations to Mrs. Isbell's class which collected 249 Box Tops in April and wins a free dress day! Second place went to Mrs. Fields' class. If your class has not won Box Tops yet, there is still one more chance to win. Keep clipping those Box Tops and get them ready for our final collection of the year on Tuesday, May 1. We are almost to our goal of 10,000 Box Tops collected this year, so please keep on clipping.



Kindergarten, first and third grade parents are invited to enjoy a folk dance showcase by grade level on Wednesday, May 9. We hope to have the dancing on the front lawn, weather permitting. The schedule is as follows. (Second grade date/time to be determined.)

9:15-9:30 a.m. kindergarten

9:45-10:00 a.m. first grade

10:45-11:00 third grade


Second grade students have been looking for items that could act as a personal reference for standard and metric units of measurement (inch, foot and yard) to help them when estimating length. A Hershey kiss is about an inch tall in case you were wondering.




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.



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.



Please join us on Friday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the final St. John's social of the school year, Love SJES. All guests will enjoy two hours of fun tennis play, beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by lunch at Lakewood Country Club. All proceeds from the ticket sales benefit St. John's. This social event is graciously hosted by: Kristi Bare, Lauren Christensen, Becky Clarke, Melissa Eakes, Stephanie Howells, Kerri Johnson, Amy Laczkowski, Claudia Magee, Aimee McMillan, Nicole Motley, Lane Olson, Mae Reeves, Kathy Row and Blair Wittneben. Buy your tickets and join the fun.



The seventh and eighth grade track athletes participated in the IAA track championship at Parish Episcopal School. The team competed against other area schools to capture fourth place girls overall and fifth place boys overall. We are proud of our student athletes. 


See this week's full sports schedule.


When we last checked in on the Change for Africa campaign, Team Houk, representing St. John's church, had raised more than $100 for the combined school/church mission trip to Uganda this summer; while the Team Thorpe, representing St. John's school, had raised only $22.32. We challenged the students and faculty to beat Team Houk, and they responded in a HUGE way. Thanks to their donations of pocket change, our school raised a total of $378.50! Team Houk's total? $260.11. We won!

Jim and Cindy Waits, who came to speak at our chapel services, couldn't be more delighted. "That will buy a lot of soccer balls," said Mrs. Waits. What fills my heart with gratitude is that every penny of this gift represents a conscious thought by one of our students, staff, and faculty to help someone who needs it, to show God's love to someone on the other side of the world. That's over 37,000 thoughts, prayers and moments of good will. That kind of gift is priceless. And to offer such costly love to those we've never met is an icon of God's perfect love for us, who loves us "though we were yet sinners."

We did the Change for Africa campaign during Lent because it is tradition that, as we confess our sins and celebrate God's grace, we should also do something concrete to show the change in our hearts. Now that Lent is past, and Easter has come, our part is to praise God for what He has done in Christ's resurrection, and to continue the outpouring of love to one another that Change for Africa generated in us. If we can care enough for someone across the globe to bring our spare change, then we can also care more deeply for the people around us every day. I pray that God may bless the abundant gift our community has offered, and may the Batwa children in Uganda see God's love in the gifts we send to them.

In chapel this week, we continue to hear about the Resurrection of Jesus and what he said to his disciples when they saw him alive again. These moments are key for understanding what kind of life Jesus has in store for us who follow in His steps. Thursday will be a Buddy Day breakfast: students will be served juice boxes and Nutrigrain bars, and will make "encouragement cookies," paper fortune cookies filled with encouraging messages for their buddies. 

St. John's Episcopal School is dedicated to a program of academic excellence designed to train

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


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