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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER   

  APRIL 30, 2018

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         And the blue crowd goes wild at the Games Day assembly

THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

GAMES DAY

Thank you to all who volunteered to help at Games Day. In particular, we appreciate the efforts of the fabulous PA Games Day coordinators Nicole Motley and Shea Ometz, the dads who spent the morning cooking hot dogs, school coordinator Devin Darnell, and the many volunteers who staffed game stations. You helped the event run smoothly. More pictures from this fun-packed event coming soon. 

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NOTES FROM THE NURSE: Immunization updates

If your child has received any immunizations over the course of this school year, the school records may need updating. Please send any updates by drop-off, by fax (214-320-0205) or by email to the school nurse, Amy Johns. All students will need to be compliant with state immunization requirements prior to the start of school in the fall. Immunization delinquency notices will be sent via RenWeb over the summer. 


Note that incoming seventh graders will need to have Tetanus booster (Tdap), Meningitis (MCV) and the second Varicella vaccine (VAR or Chicken Pox) before the start of school. If you have a current sixth grade student, please check his or her records to make sure they are have had these shots. Most pediatricians give these at age 11, so it is likely that your child has had the shots, but we may need a record of them for the school. 


STUCO FUNDRAISER

Student Council is sponsoring a fundraiser for Assist the Officer Foundation as a response to last week's police shootings. See email for more information. StuCo has donated $1,350 from funds raised throughout the school year, and has set up donation stations at morning carpool and at lunch through Friday, May 4. Students may also hand deliver donations to Mr. Adler or Mrs. Polk. Checks may be made out to St. John's.

BOX TOPS - FINAL COLLECTION TOMORROW

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! 

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VISITING AUTHOR

Each year, St. John's welcomes a visiting author, alternating between Lower School and Middle School student interests. Authors engage the children in activities, role-playing and workshops. New York Times bestselling author Aaron Reynolds will be on campus Thursday, May 3. He will entertain pre-k through fourth grade students. For students who purchased or brought books, they will be signed and returned to cubbies/lockers. Library checkout day for Lower School will be Friday, May 4 this week.

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CINCO DE MAYO AT ST. JOHN'S CHURCH

Join the church at their Cinco de Mayo dinner and auction Saturday, May 5, 6:30 p.m. A feast will be provided by the delicioso El Vecino, along with entertainment and auction. It all benefits the July mission trip to Uganda. Together, we can fund the building project and our travelers. Please come and support our parishioners and friends. Tickets are $10, and $5 for children 5 and under. R.S.V.P today.

 
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BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS + LUNCH MENU

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.  

TIP OF THE WEEK

In celebration of the final day of National Poetry Month…

For some a poem is a scary thing 
Even though songs are just poems we sing. 
They can feel hard to read and understand 
Or maybe too serious, fancy and grand. 
But there are great poems for kids and tweens
And even more for your eye-rolling teens
Check out these lists and pick out a book 
So your kids can give poems a second look.

 
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COMING UP

ALPHA AND OMEGA CEREMONY AND EIGHTH GRADE SHEEPFOLD

We will recognize our eighth graders with a special chapel ceremony Monday, May 7, 8:00 a.m. in the church. Parents are welcome to attend.


Also during chapel Monday, May 7, we will have our annual Alpha and Omega ceremony, which recognizes faculty members who have completed 10- and 25-year milestones in their service to the school. Congratulations to pre-k teacher Monica Breeding, who is completing her 10th year. Many of this year's graduating eighth graders were in her first pre-k class at St. John's.

 

NJHS INDUCTION

Twenty seventh graders and two eighth graders will be inducted into the National Junior Honor Society Monday, May 7, 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will take place in Clements Hall, followed by a reception in the foyer.

SUMMER AT ST. JOHN'S

Would your child like to see and experience some of the great things that Dallas has to offer? Would you like to avoid the lines, weekend crowds, and scheduling hassles that often go along? Sign up for our "field trip" camps at Summer at St. John's, where a different adventure awaits daily. Openings are still available for the weeks of June 11, June 18 and June 25. Have your child grab a friend, jump on the bus and have a blast! See the brochure.

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

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.

 
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STUDENT NEWS

DUKE UNIVERSITY TALENT IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) identifies high-ability students and invites them to take college entrance exams during seventh grade. Earlier this year, 26 seventh graders (accounting for 65% of the grade) qualified to take the ACT or SAT as part of Duke TIP. Of those, 12 students participated, and the following six students received state-level recognition based on their test scores: Oliver Brown, Claire Chesnut, Parker Forde, Grace Hall, Weston Okamoto and Christopher Row.

 

Receiving Duke TIP state-level recognition as a seventh grader means that on at least one of the sub-tests, a student ranked in approximately the 50th percentile or better when compared to the national percentile rankings for high school juniors and seniors taking the ACT and SAT. Congratulations to all of our seventh graders who were invited, chose to participate or received recognition!

STOCK MARKET GAME

Sixth grade math teacher David Laffiteau, along with Mark Cooker, Ryan Gilzean and Aidan Stubbings received recognition by the Texas Council for Economic Education (TCEE) for earning second place in the regional competition of the Texas SIFMA Stock Market Game last fall. This tool connects students to the global economy with virtual investing and real-world learning. Each of them will receive a check for $50 and certificates and will be recognized at a year-end reception May 8. The other two St. John's teams in the fall session finished fourth and 50th out of more than 270 teams.

 

Meanwhile, the spring session of the Stock Market Game elective is now final. St. John's had 48 students comprising 13 teams. In all, North Texas fielded 300 teams during this most recent game. Based on their performance, our sixth grade students beat the Standard and Poor's 500 Index. Congratulations, students, and thank you, Mr. Laffiteau, for sharing this experience with your students!

 
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EARTH DAY ACTIVITY
Pre-k celebrated Earth Day by planting spring flowers in pots near the early childhood playground. They also observed and released ladybugs and worms! 
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PARENT ORGANIZATIONS


BAKED GOODS NEEDED FOR GRADUATION

Calling all parent bakers! Help celebrate the Class of 2018 by providing cookies or bars for the graduation reception. Baked goods can be dropped off in morning or afternoon carpool on Tuesday, May 22. Please remember that all items must be nut-free! Sign up now. Questions can be directed to Carol Graham.

CRUSADER CLUB GOLF CLASSIC

The sponsors' golf ball signs will go up next week, lining the school driveway, in preparation for the tournament Friday, May 11. 

Sponsorships are still available. If you purchase a sponsorship by tomorrow, Tuesday, May 1, your family or business name will be displayed on a sign at school. (Due to print turnaround, those purchased after May 1 will be displayed on the golf course during the tournament.) Find details and registration and sign your team up today. 

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"LOVE SJES" SOCIAL

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.

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CHAPLAIN'S CORNER


Age has its charms. An old house can evoke great memories. Watching students age, grow up, and discover who they are meant to be is the treasure of parenting and teaching. Clearly, there is something heavenly about endurance and development over time. Yet age can pose problems for us, too. Human bodies become more vulnerable as they age; old houses require more upkeep. Parents may miss some of the charm of childhood as their children become more mature. Clearly the changes that come to us as we age beckon us to a better world, a heavenly one, "where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting."

In our chapel readings this week, St. Paul optimistically roots our development right now in the coming glory of Christ. He exclaims, "The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" This new life is always growing, always developing, always pushing into the perfect, eternal future that God has planned, and which is guaranteed to His people because of Jesus' own resurrection from the dead. Christianity is all about progress, in this sense: when we follow Christ, we always step toward the Kingdom of God and away from the sinful, fallen state of our current world. In chapel this week we will be exploring the new life that Jesus' resurrection calls us to.

Parents, try a little nostalgia with your children this week. They don't have to be old to reminisce about the "good old days." Connecting with our roots in the past can help us keep perspective on the present and gives us emotional tools to launch safely into the future. As students prepare for end-of-year transitions and make plans for a great summer, you can help root them firmly in the knowledge of how far they've come.
 
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