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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER   

  May 21, 2018

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Departing eighth graders representing their high schools

CLASS OF 2018

 

AND THEY'RE OFF! 

For graduating eighth graders, Friday began with a fun prank focused on their next adventures; the day ended with the dedication of their class gift and a screening of their parent-created video. We bid godspeed and congratulations to the Class of 2018. See more pictures from their last day on Facebook.

 

We are extremely proud of the 58 members of our graduating class. Our graduates embody a passion for learning and life and are well prepared to succeed in their high school careers. Collectively, our eighth graders received 137 acceptances from 13 excellent high schools, and they accepted offers at 11 of those schools. Members of the Class of 2018 will be attending:

 

Bishop Lynch High School

Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts – Art and Music Clusters

The Episcopal School of Dallas

Greenhill School

The Hockaday School

Jesuit College Preparatory School

Lakehill Preparatory School

Richardson High School – Communications Magnet

St. Mark's School of Texas

Woodrow Wilson High School – The International Baccalaureate Program

Ursuline Academy of Dallas

EIGHTH GRADE GIFT OF GRATITUDE
As part of their end-of-school activities, the eighth grade class, along with Fr. Houk, Fr. Thorpe, Mrs. Jordan and many parents, dedicated a new site-specific seating installation at the Middle School donut as their Gift of Gratitude to St. John's. This unique gift was designed and constructed by St. John's alumni parent Henrik Lykke. Students raised the funds for this addition by providing babysitting services to the St. John's community at a special December event and selling snacks during Spirit Nights in January. We greatly appreciate the teamwork and dedication this terrific class exhibited in providing such a meaningful and useful gift to the school, which will be enjoyed by St. John's students for many years to come.
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BACCALAUREATE

The Class of 2018, along with their parents, attended a special church service at the culmination of their time at St. John's. Hear Fr. Houk's sermon. Attendees heard from two eighth graders, Jet Beck and Dylan Stalcup, as they reflected on the value of an Episcopal education and spoke about their spiritual growth during their St. John's years. Students who began their St. John's career in kindergarten or earlier have attended more than 1,300 chapel services by the time they graduate. Baccalaureate brings the school and church together as one worshiping community, in appreciation of the school's mission. We offer thanks for the church for hosting this meaningful service. See some pictures.

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THIS WEEK'S NEWS AND EVENTS


THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!

Thank you to all who have volunteered and supported the school throughout the year. Very special thanks to PA president Christi Stevens, the 2017-18 PA Council members, and Crusader Club president Chuck Sharpe. Your contributions to our community make us a better school. Thank you for a great year!


BAKED GOODS NEEDED FOR GRADUATION

Help celebrate the Class of 2018 by providing cookies or bars for the graduation reception. Purchased items are welcome. Baked goods may be dropped off in morning or afternoon carpool tomorrow. Please remember that all items must be nut-free! Sign up now

 

GRADUATION TOMORROW

Tomorrow evening, we will recognize the 58 members of the Class of 2018 in their graduation ceremony. 


LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

The school year will conclude Friday, May 25, at regular grade level carpool times. There will be no ASP or Homework Club on the last day of school.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL ATTIRE ON LAST DAY

Friday, May 25, Middle School students will be participating in outdoor activities such as a kickball tournament (5th grade), rooftop garden maintenance (6th grade) and lake cleanup (7th grade). They may wear a St. John's T-shirt, shorts and athletic shoes. Free-dress guidelines apply; however, we do not recommend yoga pants given that temperatures will likely be in the 90s (higher on the rooftop garden).

 

WHERE TO FIND INFO THIS SUMMER

Bookmark our Current Families page and use it as your go-to resource for back-to-school info this summer. As details are finalized, you will find information about summer reading lists, textbook purchasing, back-to-school events, uniform changes, lunch account setup and more.

 

TEACHER GIFTS 

Many of you may be considering a year-end gift to your child's teacher. 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. Your teacher will be notified by the school that a gift has been made in his or her honor.

 

RETIREMENT OF MARTY POLK

This year Marty Polk is retiring after teaching for 50 years of teaching, 42 of them at St. John's. During her early years at St. John's, Marty spent time as a PE teacher and transitioned to computer and typing teacher. Eventually she taught the yearbook elective and has sponsored the Student Council for many years. Most recently, Mrs. Polk has coordinated "outside education," including organizing (and attending) field trips and class trips for students, as well as continuing as the StuCo sponsor. We bid farewell to Marty, the longest tenured faculty member in the history of St. John's.

 

TECHNOLOGY TIP FOR THE SUMMER

Sometimes you need to come at learning from a new direction. If your kids are bored by the more obvious educational apps, try one or two of these unconventional apps that can help kids learn. Also, lots of casual games -- especially puzzlers and problem-solving-centered apps -- are great for critical thinking and executive function skills. And if you're watching or playing with them you can capitalize on all the potential teachable moments that may be very specific to your child.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CLINIC

Student medications will be sent home with them Friday, with the exception of controlled substances (many ADHD stimulant meds), which must be picked up by an adult.


If your child has received shots recently or receives any immunizations over the summer, please send an updated shot record to nurse Amy Johns. She will be sending email notifications over the summer to parents of all students with incomplete immunizations. In addition, be aware that all students entering the seventh grade will need their meningococcal immunization (MCV), second Varicella (chicken pox) and the diphtheria/tetanus booster (Tdap) before school starts. Make sure your rising seventh graders have received all of these shots before they return to school in August.

COMING UP

SUMMER AT ST. JOHN'S

Hello, summer! It isn't too late. We still have many great camps available June 5 through July 28. Treat your child to a week of fun, enrichment and a chance to explore new interests. Register now or email Lynn Granello for help finding the perfect camps for your child.

 

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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 four 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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SUMMER BASKETBALL CLINIC

The Crusader Club is offering a basketball skills clinic August 13-16, coached by Greg Lewis of Blade Basketball, for second through eighth grade boys and girls. Get details and register.

STUDENT NEWS

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS HONORED WITH PENGUIN AWARD

At St. John's, we guide students to discover a passion for learning and for life, teaching compassion, creativity, exploration and collaboration. We are dedicated to supporting the growth of our students throughout their time with us. Growth is often the result of trying something new, giving extraordinary effort, and acting with an attitude of discovery. The recipients have shown they are willing to plunge into a new project, topic, subject, assignment or area of study. Through their actions, they have been an inspiration to others, and they have demonstrated qualities we value in our graduates, such as tenacity, resiliency, optimism and genuine curiosity. We congratulate Milam Olson and Henry Roden (fifth grade), Wil Carroll and Riley Breedlove (sixth grade) and Jasmine Ikemba and Van Alex Ramey (seventh grade). 

 
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THE ART OF GREEN

Art Integration Specialist Donna Knox facilitated an elective class for seventh and eighth graders, "The Art of Green." Students researched and studied the negative effect plastic has on the earth. Along with Mr. Parr's film class, they created a video they shared with Mr. Crotty in a meeting as they proposed several initiatives to help reduce the use of plastic on campus. They will also present to the St. John's faculty during in-service.

 
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SUMMER READING LISTS

Students entering the first and second grades have suggested summer reading. Rising third through eighth graders have required summer reading, which must be completed by the first day of school. Those students must also bring their signed reading logs to school on the first day. Get the Middle School reading log. Please see the reading lists by grade level below. 

--Rising first grade reading suggestions

--Rising second grade reading suggestions

--Rising third grade reading requirement

--Rising fourth grade reading requirement

--Rising fifth grade reading requirement

--Rising sixth grade reading requirement

--Rising seventh grade reading requirement

--Rising eighth grade reading requirement

PARENT ORGANIZATIONS


2018-19 PARENT VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

The St. John's Parents Association organizes hundreds of volunteers and many wonderful community-building events throughout the year, touching virtually every part of the school. In addition, the Crusader Club gives dads a direct way to support the students and school. You are automatically a member of both organizations. To really share in the life of the school and enjoy one of St. John's greatest assets - its community spirit - we encourage you to sign up to volunteer during the upcoming school year. You should have received an email on May 15 (subject line "2018-2019 St. John's PA Volunteer Registration") containing your unique login information. If not, please contact Sarah Donahue.

 

UNIFORM RESALE 

As the school year comes to an end, Uniform Resale needs gently used uniforms for the back-to-school Uniform Resale. Please drop off gently used items at the Lower School entrance (baskets provided). Save the date for Saturday, August 18, 9:00 a.m. - noon. 

CHAPLAIN'S CORNER


We've made it! Thirty-five school weeks ago, we started a journey not only into academic excellence, but into spiritual formation through chapel and Chapel Applied. It's exciting to look back on what we've accomplished in chapel this year: in the fall, we read a variety of Old Testament stories, each of which showed us how God calls us, how we have a chance to respond, and how (ask your students to quote this) God ALWAYS KEEPS HIS PROMISES. In Advent, we found that all of God's promises are wrapped up in the babe in the Christmas manger. When we came back from Christmas break, we read in the Gospel of Mark how Jesus was the fulfillment of all God's promises. And during Lent, we found that God's faithfulness calls forth a response of faithfulness in us. We spent three weeks before Easter studying the story of Jesus' death on the cross, and after Easter we read St. Paul's vivid metaphors of 2nd Corinthians that show how powerful God's promises are for us. We've had a lot of fun in chapel along the way, but I'm most proud of how much our students have matured and how much they have learned.

Parents, don't let the maturing and learning stop! Many of you are planning special learning opportunities, camps and experiences for your students this summer. In the midst of all these amazing opportunities, remember to look after their spiritual formation. Attending church regularly is a great way to do that: if you don't have a church home, please consider St. John's – it will be very familiar to your child, and you'll get to share some of their experience of chapel. Many churches offer Vacation Bible School opportunities in the summer. But the number one most effective way to tend to your child's spiritual formation is to take time out of your day to pray with him or her and read the Bible. We have AMAZING parents at St. John's. Have a safe and blessed summer!
 
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