Panther Paw News
Friday, August 25, 2023
In This Issue

Abi's Announcements
Launch Night
PTO Info
Golf Tournament
Parenting Safe Children
Women's Conference
Save the Date - ABC
Job Opportunities
Staff Snack Sign Up
Important Dates
SJ Kidz
Lunch and Snack Menu
Key Card Reminder
Just a reminder that your key cards will only work during our ELC drop-off and pick-up times. That is 7:30-8:45am and 3:15-5:30pm. These are programed electronically, and the time does not change. Your key cards will get you into the front school doors, the ELC entry doors, and the K-8 school hallway doors (afternoon only). To get into the front doors of the building, simply tap your key card on the black keypad to the right of the doors. The keypad should beep and flash green and the door should be unlocked for you. To get into the ELC entry doors and the K-8 hallway doors, simply tap your key card to the black sensor below the keypad. The keypad should beep three times and flash green and the door should be unlocked for you. I have made copies of each of the Key Card Policy Agreements you signed, and will be returning the original copies to your child's teacher next week. You must have a key card to get into the building. There will not always be someone in the office to let you in, if you do not have it. Thank you for your cooperation with keeping our school secure.

Visitor Policy
We are implementing a new Visitor Policy here at St. John's. If you or someone else is coming to visit during the day, outside of drop-off and pick-up times, you are required to come to the ELC office to sign-in on our Visitor Log. After signing in on the Visitor Log, you will receive a yellow lanyard with the words, "St. John's Visitor," that you will be required to wear throughout your visit. This is just another way we are working to improve our security. At the end of your visit, please come back to the main office and return your yellow lanyard. Again, we appreciate your support to keep our facility secure.
"And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
-Hebrews 12:1-2
St. John's Annual Launch Night

Wednesday, August 30th
6:00 - 7:00 pm

 On this special night, we will take time to reflect on our values, our faith-based education, and the unique mission that guides our school's vision. We will share about our goals for the upcoming academic year, the heart behind our theme for the year, and what we hope to be able to build together in the exciting years before us. 

This is exclusively a parent-focussed evening, and we encourage parents to find alternate care for younger children. We will be meeting in the Worship Center. Please let us know if you have any questions.
PTO Kick-Off Meeting

September 5th at 8:15 am in the Community Room

We would love to see you at our kick-off meeting for the 2023-2024 school year. All St. John's parents are part of the PTO and we are so grateful for the wonderful community it creates for our teachers, students, and parents alike. If you are unable to make it to the meeting, you can still check out the following sign-up to see the many opportunities for getting connected and serving here at St. John's. The sign-up includes 13 tabs with numerous options to choose where and how you would like to get involved. We are so excited for another great year!
September 30, 2023
9:00am to 2:00pm

For more information visit

Over the past several months, the St. John's K-8 and ELC communities have been offered a variety of ways to learn more about keeping our children safe. We now have the opportunity to come together as a community to learn more about how we can collectively work to keep all our children safe.

This is a must-attend workshop for people with children of all ages! 

You will learn:
  • What makes children vulnerable?
  • Body-safety rules you can teach your children to keep them safe.
  • How you can talk about your child's body safety with teachers, coaches, nannies, family members, faith leaders and other parents. 
Registration is $59 with a discounted early bird price of $20 for the first 45 registrants.

You can attend this via Zoom at home, or together via Zoom at St. John's. 

Lunch & Childcare will be provided for those who attend in-person.
We are excited to invite you to St. John's/Renewal's annual women's conference featuring author and speaker Elyse Fitzpatrick! Elyse is the head of Women Helping Women Ministries and holds an MA in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored more than two dozen books, including Because He Loves Me, Give them Grace, and Counsel from the Cross.
Save the Date
Advent By Candlelight
Monday December 4th

In the ELC, we are hiring Assistant Teachers/Staff Aides, who will be responsible for assisting in the supervision of children ages 18 months to 5 years old. Applicants must be 18+ years of age. We are hiring both full-time and part-time positions. Shift hours could be any time between 6:30am and 5:30pm, Monday-Friday. Pay starts at $18.85 per hour, and can increase based on education and experience.
Additionally, we are seeking a full-time Early Childhood Teacher, who will be responsible for leading and supervising one of our Pre-K classrooms. Applicants must be 21+ years of age, with current Early Childhood Teacher Credentials. Shift hours could be any time between 6:30am and 5:30pm, Monday-Friday. This is a salaried position and pay varies based on education and experience.

Please send your resume and references for either position to Abi Newell if interested. Job descriptions are included below.
St. John's is also looking to hire a full-time Day Porter who is adept at learning new skills, is able to follow a schedule, and has strong communication skills. This person will be working for the Church, School, and ELC. Please send your resume and availability to interview to Christy Hitchcock.
Sign Up for ELC Staff Snacks
The PTO would like to have volunteers bring the teachers snacks and cool drinks every other Friday morning. We will put the snacks and drinks out for the teachers, if you will bring them at drop-off or pick-up.

Please, no snacks containing nuts, as we want to be cautious of allergies in the ELC. If you bring individually packaged items, it makes it easier for the teachers to grab snacks and go back to their classrooms.

Please see the link below to sign-up for upcoming dates. Thank you all so very much for bringing special treats! It is so appreciated!

Important Dates to Remember

August 29 - Panthers Dine-Out at Birdcall

August 30 - St. John's Annual Launch Night

September 4 - CLOSED - Labor Day

September 5 - PTO Kick-Off Meeting

September 18 - St. John's Annual Golf Tournament

September 25-26 - Panthers Dine-Out at Chook

September 30 - Parenting Safe Children Workshop

October 6 - No School - Teacher In-Service Day
Join Us For Children's Church

St. John's Church
Sundays at 8:00 am or 9:45 am

Preschool/Kinder: Busy Bible Builders
1st-4th: Zoom

Lunch and Snack Menu
Aug 28 - Sept 1

Monday Lunch:
Baked WW Chicken Mac N Cheese
Steamed Peas
Par Steamed Carrots
Snack: WW Cornbread and Sliced Pears

Tuesday Lunch:
Beef w/ Mushrooms
Diced Beets
Green Bean Salad
Snack: Brown Rice Cake and String Cheese

Wednesday Lunch:
Refried Beans
Shredded Cheddar
6" WW Tortilla
Steamed Corn
Sliced Bell Peppers
Snack: WW Graham Crackers and Sliced Turkey

Thursday Lunch:
Curry Chicken w/ Veggies
Brown Rice
Edamame Coleslaw
Snack: Barley Salad and Cinnamon Apples

Friday Lunch:
Sliced Ham
Sliced Provolone
WW Pita
Cucumber Salad
Par Steamed Cauliflower
Snack: WW Zucchini Bread and Applesauce
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