APRIL 23, 2018


         Fifth graders gather with Minnie and Bill Caruth



Dallas philanthropist W. W. ("Bill") Caruth and his wife Minnie came for their annual visit to St. John's. This year Mr. and Mrs. Caruth shared photographs and stories about the images featured in the "Magnificent Landscapes" exhibit. They met with our curious and welcoming fifth graders who presented their learnings on their studies of cliff dwellers (the subject in several of Caruth's pieces). They concluded with a question and answer session and a reception in the Caruths' honor.



Third through eighth graders will take the annual CTP 4 standardized tests this week. Please avoid scheduling morning appointments for your child on testing days, as opportunities for makeup testing will be limited. Help your child get plenty of rest and provide a good breakfast that includes a protein source. Middle School students who will take their tests with extended time should bring a break snack from home on testing days. Eighth graders should bring their copy of To Kill a Mockingbird and all other Middle School students should bring a book of their choosing (not an ebook) to read after they finish their tests. See the Lower School schedule. See the Middle School schedule.


The Blackland Prairie Service Learning Group will be participating in a service project which involves the pulling of invasive Queen Anne's Lace plants on Thursday, April 26, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Participants will meet at the corner of Northcliff and West Lake Highlands and look for the St. John's table. Snacks, water, gloves and temporary boots will be provided for all who attend. (Please bring your own boots if available.) Students who stay for two hours will receive service credit from For the Love of the Lake or National Junior Honor Society. All families are invited to come join this fun time on the prairie.



Due to CTP4 testing, Eucharist will take place Friday of this week (Games Day) instead of the typical Wednesday. Students will not need to be in full-dress uniforms on Wednesday and will wear their Games Day clothes to Eucharist on Friday.



The May list of birthday blessings and May lunch menu are posted in ParentsWeb. You may also find the menus on the Current Families page.  



Our annual Games Day will be this Friday, April 27. We will celebrate Eucharist in the morning and students should wear their Games Day attire to school. You may find your child's team assignment in RenWeb under Resources/Documents. Go blue! Go gold!

  • Attire: On Games Day, students wear a T-shirt in their team color with jeans/shorts/athletic pants and tennis shoes. They may wear a St. John's T-shirt or any blue or gold shirt. All attire must meet free-dress guidelines. If you need to purchase a new shirt for your child, please place your order by noon Wednesday, April 25 to have it delivered to your child in time for Games Day. (Note: for all spirit orders, including Games Day T-shirts, please place all orders on-line through the Crusader Shop and items will be delivered within 24 hours to the youngest child's backpack or locker/cubby if no backpack.) 
  • Morning Carpool: This Friday morning, the Middle School parking spaces will be closed for Games Day setup. However, students may still be dropped off at both the Lower School and Middle School carpool donuts.
  • No Middle School Break: While there will not be a scheduled Middle School break Friday, Middle School students are encouraged to bring a snack and will be allowed to eat it in their second period class.
  • Lunch: Crusader Club volunteers will grill hot dogs for a hot-dog-and-chips lunch. Veggie dogs will also be available. We will not have cafeteria service; however, your child may bring a sack lunch if he or she prefers.
  • No ASP / Homework Club: Please note that there will be NO After School Program or Homework Club on Games Day. All students will be dismissed at regular times.
  • Volunteers: Parents, please sign up to help with setup April 26 or to provide assistance at the April 27 event. Cheer for students while lending a hand to help this school-wide, fun event run smoothly.


Since technology moves at the speed of light, it's helpful to know a bit about the products your kids know and will ask about -- and the risks and benefits. There are some really cool ways apps use augmented reality (AR) to help kids visualize all kinds of things and virtual reality (VR) is an even more immersive experience. Research shows that 60% of parents are worried about how VR impacts health, but the bottom line is: Used in balance with other activities, there's no inherent harm, and there are some potentially cool learning opportunities with both trends.



Our annual teacher appreciation luncheon will be held Wednesday, May 2 in Parish Hall. This year our theme will be movies! The 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 through Friday, April 27. 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. Please contact Shannon Cahalan if you would like to donate an item for the luncheon.



Kindergarten through third grade parents are invited to enjoy a folk dance showcase. Kindergarten, first and third grade will perform by grade level on Wednesday, May 9 in Owen Gym (please note change of venue from previous announcements). Second grade will participate, but their date will be Thursday, May 10 to coincide with the second grade poetry readings. The schedule is as follows: 

Wednesday, May 9

  • Kindergarten: 9:15-9:30 a.m.
  • First grade: 9:45-10:00 a.m. 
  • Third grade: 10:45-11:00 a.m. 

Thursday, May 10

  • Barrera: 8:45-9:25 a.m. poetry, 9:30-9:45 a.m. folk dance 
  • Specht: 10:45-11:25 a.m. poetry, 11:30-11:45 a.m. folk dance
  • May: 12:45-1:25 p.m.  poetry, 1:30-1:45 p.m. folk dance


This year's theme is Splash Canyon: God's Promise on Life's Wild Ride! Life is full of thrills and spills. We may not know what's around the bend, but God does! At Splash Canyon, kids discover that when life is a wild ride, Jesus is by our side. VBS is for children ages 4 to 12, who will enjoy many fun things to do including sing-a-longs, crafts, games and snacks. Registration fee of $20.00 per child. Register now or for more information, please contact Jenee Echard.




Last week, seventh grade students had an educational adventure in Galveston. On the way, the group, enjoyed a picnic lunch at Brazos Bend State Park. The afternoon's activities included a visit to the George Observatory, where students navigated a trip to space in a hands-on launch simulation. On Thursday, students headed to the Battleship Texas, which took part in some of the most significant Naval battles of both world wars. Following a tour of the ship, students visited the San Jacinto Battleground, where Texas won its independence in 1836. The group spent the afternoon at Galveston Island State Park, where they ventured into the salt marsh, learning about the intertwining of species within the bay ecosystems. They spent the last day at Texas A&M Galveston, where they heard a presentation about the anatomy of sharks and their role in ocean life. This was followed by a shark dissection, which coincides with the students' learning in science class.



Fifth graders wrapped up their PBL on the American Revolution with presentations of their musical. With the guidance of social studies teacher Mrs. Granello, students undertook extensive research on a person who figured prominently in the birth of our nation. Using this work as the beginning point for their creativity, students focused on major events during the American Revolution, developing a script to highlight their hero's work and struggles. Each social studies class worked together to weave these vignettes into a script that outlined this part of our history. They incorporated original songs written with the help of Mrs. Haynes and brought their work to life with the assistance of Mr. Parr in wonderful plays enjoyed by parents and St. John's students alike. See more pictures of our fifth grade heroes.

Second grade took a field trip to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science to attend a class on insects. This hands-on experience enriched their insect life cycles unit in science. Students learned more about insects and were able to see many insects up close. Touching the exoskeleton of the African Hissing Cockroach, and seeing the scorpions react to the black light were highlights of their experience. 



The last collection of the year will take place Tuesday, May 1. Students in the homeroom or advisory that collects the most Box Tops will win a free-dress day! In addition, we will award a free-dress day to the homeroom or advisory that has collected the most box tops for the entire year. Two chances to win! 


Save the date for the 17th annual golf tournament Friday, May 11 at Stevens Park Golf Club. Find details and registration and sign your team up today. Plan to spend a morning on the links with friends in support of St. John's. If your family or business is interested in supporting the tournament, the Crusader Club's largest effort in support of the school, check out the sponsorship levels and benefits.



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. Buy your tickets and join the fun.



This week in chapel, the Refugee Service Learning Group spoke today, and Mr. Crotty will speak on Wednesday. Due to CTP testing, Eucharist has been moved to Friday.

As we continue through St. Paul's second letter to the Christians at Corinth, we see some new metaphors this week. Paul uses broken clay jars, light bulbs (or the first century equivalent), and tents as images to show God's glory. This glory he plans for us, far outshines any glory we have here on earth. Our earthly bodies, he says, are like tents: temporary dwellings which will someday be taken down so that we can be housed in something greater. And imagine the most beautiful fashion model or the most powerful strongman: if earthly bodies are capable of beauty and power, how much more will our heavenly selves, raised from death by the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, carry the beauty and power of God? And although we have God's very life within us, we carry this treasure in bodies that are fragile and subject to brokenness, like clay pottery that breaks easily. For Christians each of these images points us to the glory of God that is stored up for us in heaven because of Jesus' death and resurrection.

Parents, this is a good week to talk with your children about the importance of bodily health. With Games Day coming on Friday, everyone wants to be able to compete or help out. Healthy bodies are connected to healthy minds and healthy emotions, but our inner selves also point to a deeper promise that when the body begins to wear out, a better existence waits for us in Christ.

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


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