Panther Paw News
Friday, September 8, 2023
In This Issue

Abi's Announcements
Watch D.O.G.S
Golf Tournament
Sponsorship Opportunities
ELC Picture Days
Parenting Safe Children
Women's Conference
Save the Date - ABC
Job Opportunities
Staff Snack Sign Up
Important Dates
PTO Sign Up
Children's Church
Lunch and Snack Menu
Parenting Safe Children
Join us for the Parenting Safe Children workshop, hosted at St. John's on September 30th. The Parenting Safe Children Workshop mission is to educate adults to keep children safe from sex abuse by minimizing risk in their environments. That's daunting to think about, but the workshop tells us that it's up to us as adults, not children, to keep them safe. The first part of the workshop is an overview of how sex abuse happens with a deep dive around grooming, as well as an explanation of age appropriate sex behavior. Part two covers body safety rules. The third part is about accountability and developing a prevention team; this involves practice.

This workshop will provide all of us who attend a language we can collectively use in play dates and at school, helping us create an even stronger and safer school community. Because of a generous grant, St. John's is able to offer this workshop at a fraction of the regular cost. You can register for just $20 per person (for the first 45 tickets), and the school will offer complimentary onsite childcare and lunch.

Saturday, September 30, 2023
8:30am to 2:00pm
St. John's Community Room

You can find more information about the workshop at If you have questions about this or would like to speak with parents who have participated in the past, please contact:

Katie Payer, 303.520.0928,
Becky Newquist, 303.656.3320,

We look forward to tackling this challenging but vital conversation together.
Updated Parent Handbook
We just published the new ELC Parent Handbook for the 23/24 school year. Since the one you agreed to when you enrolled last winter/spring is now outdated, we will need to have all families sign for the new handbook. Please fill out and sign the attached signature page and return to the ELC office, to your child's teacher, or email to daisy.farhat@sjdenver.orgOnly one form is needed per family!
"Nothing is wasted when it is shared with Me. I can bring beauty out of the ashes of lost dreams. I can glean Joy out of sorrow. Peace out of adversity."
-Isaiah 61:3

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We are kicking off the school year with the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Send to grandparents too!
Thank you for serving! 

The purpose of WatchDOGS at St John's School is:
  1. To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
  2. To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and increase student welfare.
  3. To help fathers get an inside peek at our school and their child's education.

Want more info?
ELC Picture Days
All ELC students will take individual pictures on September 20 (M-F and M/W/F students) & September 21 (T/Th students). Pictures will be taken by a professional photographer and ordering will be online. We will send you an online link when pictures are ready to be ordered.
September 30, 2023
9:00am to 2:00pm
Over the past several months, St. John's has 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 can attend this via Zoom at home, or together via Zoom at St. John's. Lunch and childcare will be provided for those who attend in-person.

We will learn: what makes children vulnerable, body-safety rules, and 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
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 $19.50 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

September 18 - St. John's Annual Golf Tournament

September 20 & 21 - ELC Picture Days

September 25-26 - Panthers Dine-Out at Chook

September 30 - Parenting Safe Children Workshop

October 6 - No School - Teacher In-Service Day

October 20 - Fall Festival - Close at 4:30 pm
Join Us For Children's Church

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

Preschool/Kinder: CopyCat
1st-4th: Time Machine

Lunch and Snack Menu
Sept 11 - Sept 15

Monday Lunch:
Refried Beans
6" WW Tortilla
Shredded Cheddar
Grilled Bell Peppers
Cold Corn Salad
Snack: Animal Crackers and String Cheese

Tuesday Lunch:
White Chicken Chili
WW Cornbread
Sweet Potatoes
Par Steamed Broccoli
Snack: WW Graham Crackers and Sliced Peaches

Wednesday Lunch:
BBQ Chicken
WW Roll
Baked Potato
Southern Coleslaw
Mustard Vinaigrette
Snack: Pearled Couscous and Sliced Ham

Thursday Lunch:
Beef Goulash
WW Pasta
Par Steamed Cauliflower
Garden Salad
Ranch Dressing
Snack: WW Lemon Poppy Seed Bread and Pineapple

Friday Lunch:
Sliced Turkey
WW Pita
Diced Beets
Four Bean Salad
Snack: WW Soft Pretzel Bites and Sliced Peaches
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