Dear SJB Families,
I once again spent time in teachers' classrooms this week and saw many wonderful things. I wish I could speak to all of them, but I'll just pick a couple. Mrs. Welling's class had an intriguing discussion about the Bill or Rights. Mrs. Welling had them listing the Bills in order of which they thought was the most important. It was interesting to see the differences throughout the class. When Mrs. Welling asked what unalienable rights were and students were having trouble defining them, they triggered their memory by doing a choral rendition of the Declaration of Independence. Awesome!
Mrs. VanFossen's 7th grade ELA was finishing a novel called Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. They had wonderful discussion and vocabulary work, but my favorite moment was when the novel ended. One student cried out, "That's it! That is so unsatisfying." Other students joined in with things like, "That all.", "What happens to them?","I want a chapter that happens about a year later.", etc. When we fall in love with characters, we just want to be part of their lives for a little longer. The students in that class wanted more! How beautiful is that?
Fr. Bill Sullivan gave the homily at the All School Mass yesterday and said he would be the priest for next week's All School Mass! Of course next week is Thanksgiving, but he was inviting all students to make sure we give thanks in the best way possible - and that is participating in Holy Mass. St. John's will offer mass at 9AM on Thanksgiving day. If you haven't attended mass on Thanksgiving before, give it a try. I will be there and hope to see you there as well!
The picture below is from last week's staff prayer. We gather every Friday morning and pray as a group led by one of our teachers. Please know we are always praying for our school families and ask that you pray for us!