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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER   

  May 7, 2018

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Eighth graders receive special Sheepfold blessing in chapel today

THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS

TABLESCAPES LUNCHEON

The St. John's faculty were treated to an exceptional luncheon last week, compliments of the Parents Association. This year's theme was MOVIES. The event included elaborate table d├ęcor, delicious lunches, generous prizes, and fun for all in attendance.

 

Special thanks go to event chairs Shannon Cahalan, Sarah McCallum and Alison Silliman, and to the family donors, table hosts, and team of volunteers who helped serve lunch and class-sit during the luncheon. The event is highly anticipated each year, and the teachers feel very appreciated. Planning is already underway for next year's event. The theme will be EPIC ERAS, and anyone who is interested in serving as a table host or in another capacity may contact event co-chairs Amy Laczkowski, Erin Carter and Stephanie Howells.

 
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GAMES DAY PICTURES

Please see the photos from this year's Games Day. A great time was had by all!

 

NJHS INDUCTION TONIGHT

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

 

FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL

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. Second grade will participate, but their date will be Thursday, May 10 to coincide with the second grade poetry readings. Please meet first in Clements Hall for the poetry. 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

 

NEW PARENT DINNER

St. John's will welcome parents whose children will be new students next year. The dinner will take place Wednesday, May 9, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at The LOT.

 

CRUSADER CLUB GOLF CLASSIC

You may still register for or sponsor the golf tournament. Get the details and plan to spend a beautiful day on the links with friends this Friday, May 11, tee off at 10:00 a.m. Sponsorships processed by midnight tonight will be represented with a golf ball sign on the course at the tournament.


"LOVE SJES" SOCIAL

Join the PA on Friday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the final social of the year, LOVE SJES. All guests will enjoy two hours of tennis, followed by lunch at Lakewood Country Club. All proceeds from the ticket sales benefit St. John's. Last chance! Spaces still available but sales close tonight at midnight. Buy tickets.

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.   

COMING UP

SERVICE LEARNING PRESENTATIONS

Class of 2018

Service Learning Presentations

Monday, May 14

6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Clements Hall

 

View a student-created video in Clements Hall highlighting this year's capstone projects and learn

from each project's participants about their service learning journeys. Then walk to assigned

classrooms to learn from each.

 

We offer special thanks to the community partners that helped make this meaningful experience a success:

Episcopal Foundation of Dallas

National Association of Episcopal Schools

Bonton Farms

City of Dallas, Parks and Recreation

Educational First Steps

Gateway of Grace

Reinhardt Elementary

Hexter Elementary

Leigh Ann Ellis - Regional Blackland Prairie Organization

Brett Johnson - City of Dallas Urban Biologist

Becky Rader - City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Board Member

STUDENT NEWS

VISITNG AUTHOR
Arranged by librarian Jennifer Powers, New York Times bestselling author Aaron Reynolds visited Lower School last Thursday. His energy with the kids was infectious! He gave three fantastic presentations highlighting his books, writing process, and common questions he is asked. He also read and performed his newest book, Dude!, and signed over 200 books for students that will be treasured reminders of his visit.
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STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS

The Middle School Student Council election process for 2018-19 has begun. Students interested in running for Student Council representative have turned in signed candidacy sheets. They must submit their speeches to sponsors Mr. Adler or Mrs. Polk by the end of the school day on Friday, May 11. Elections for Student Council representatives will take place Tuesday, May 15. Once elected, representatives who have previously served on Student Council may choose to run for officer positions. The officer election will take place Tuesday, May 22.

STUCO FUNDRAISER
Student Council sponsored a fundraiser for Assist the Officer Foundation as a response to recent police shootings. They raised more than $2,000, which includes $800 donated by StuCo from funds raised throughout the school year. The StuCo officers give thanks to everyone who contributed. 

 

STUCO PURCHASES NEW GRILL FOR SCHOOL 

In other StuCo news, throughout the year, Student Council holds fundraisers throughout the school year to support internal and community needs. Before Games Day, they purchased a new grill, which was used by St. John's dads to cook hundreds of hot dogs and will benefit students for years to come. 

 
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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.


BOX TOPS WINNERS

Congratulations to our final Box Tops winners for the year! Mrs. Watterson's class collected 408 Box Tops in May and wins a free dress day. Mr. Telzrow's class also wins a free dress day for being the class that collected the most Box Tops this year - a whopping 1,046 Box Tops. Thanks to all classes for pulling together this year. Those Box Tops really add up, and you all contributed a grand total of 10,496 Box Tops, meaning more than $1,000 for our school. Special thanks to parent volunteer Tanya Sze for her enthusiastic coordination of Box Tops and other parent fundraising this year. 

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

 

TEACHER GIFTS

Many of you may be considering a year-end gift to your child's teacher. As you may know, due to potential conflicts of interest and issues of fairness and morale, St. John's employees are not permitted to accept gifts that are estimated to be worth in excess of $25. In the spirit of fairness, we ask that parents not pool resources to purchase a more expensive gift.

 

If you would like to recognize your child's teacher with a gift, please consider a donation to the Teacher Endowment Fund. Designed to provide ongoing funds to attract and retain the best faculty, the endowment supports the school's greatest asset -- our teachers. A gift to the fund shows your gratitude for the impact teachers have on our students' lives and continues a wonderful legacy of teaching. Your teacher will be notified by the school that a gift has been made in his or her honor.

 

LIBRARY CHECKOUT AND DUE DATES 

Lower School will check out for the last time this school year on Thursday, May 10, and must return all their library books by Wednesday, May 16. Middle School will be able to check out until Monday, May 14, but must return all their library books by Friday, May 18. The very last day to return library books is Friday, May 18.

 

BACCALAUREATE

We will celebrate a Baccalaureate service honoring the Class of 2018 Sunday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. in the church.

 

GRADUATION

We will graduate members of the Class of 2018 Tuesday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the church. Each student's family will receive seven graduation invitations, and the doors to the church will open at 6:00 p.m. A reception in Parish Hall will follow the ceremony.

 

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Jayme

The school year will conclude Friday, May 25, at regular grade level carpool times. There will be no ASP that afternoon or Homework Club.

CHAPLAIN'S CORNER


Chapel this week began with two annual traditions: the Alpha Omega recognition and the Sheepfold ceremony. Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Among the early Christians, those two letters came to symbolize God's eternal power, forever the first and the last, the beginning and the end. We give a medal bearing these two letters to teachers at St. John's who reach significant milestones in service to our school. The medal reminds us that our schoolwork is God's work. The Sheepfold ceremony is the beginning of saying good-bye to our eighth grade class. Their advisors and teachers will gather around them and pray for them as they begin their transition to high school. We send them off not only with good wishes, but with our prayers for God's grace to be as strong in their futures as it has been at St. John's.

On Tuesday one of our Service Learning teams will present on their work at Bonton Farms, an exciting urban farming project transforming a food desert community in South Dallas. On Wednesday we will hear how the risen Jesus ascended into heaven after promising that his disciples would receive "power from on high" to be his witnesses throughout the world. Our community at St. John's is a part of this legacy, because those first disciples passed the message and the Spirit on to the next generation, who passed it down across centuries until it has come even to us. Jesus' gift of the Holy Spirit still empowers us to share the message in our world. Thursday is Chapel Applied, and on Friday we will hear how God's faithful promises call us to live a life of openness and love for one another.

Parents, there is so much going on in chapel this week – ask your children what each day's lesson has been!
 
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