St. John Paul II Catholic School 
105 St. Paul Street
Sellersburg, IN 47172

September 27, 2023
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  • Parent Resource Section for quick reference at the bottom of the newsletter!
  • Please read important reminders regarding drop off/dismissal.
  • JPII Parent Group Spirit Day Fundraiser at Tumbleweed TONIGHT 9/27
  • See Knight Cafe Announcement regarding additional lunch option/ October Menu
  • Holiday Party Room Parent SignUp will close at midnight tonight
  • Please see info below about signing up for Coffee with the Counselor
Walk-A-Thon 2023 was a success!! Thank you for your continued support!


3-5: Parent/Teacher Conferences
5: Coffee with Counselor (See Info Below)
5: Knights "Friday": Spirit Wear/1Hr Early Dismissal/No Bus
6:13- Fall Break (NO SCHOOL)
19: Living Rosary
31: Halloween Parade and Parties

1: All Saints Mass 8:30am/ 3rd Grade Grandparents Day
1: 8th Grade Reconciliation
2: JPII Science Fair
3: KNIGHTS Friday: Spirit Wear/ 1 hour Early Dismissal/No Bus
5: Providence (PHS) Open House
5-11: Vocations Week
8: Veteran's Mass/ 7th Grade Reconciliation
9: Deanery Science Fair (PHS)
15: 6th Grade Reconciliation
17-19: Middle School Musical "The Wizard of Oz"
22-24:Thanksgiving Break (No School)
29: 5th Grade Reconciliation
29: K-2 Christmas Program
30: 3-5 Christmas Program

Building God's Kingdom by growing disciples and making disciples through 
love of God and neighbor.

Building God's Kingdom by growing disciples through fostering spiritual development, academic excellence, service, and responsibility, in a safe welcoming learning environment. 
"How can I help?" is a question that I am often asked. Several families have reached out over the course of the past two years asking how they can help the school financially. They have been prompted to ask this due to the fact that since the expansion of the Indiana Choice Scholarship program the amount they are paying in tuition has greatly decreased.

Our school is blessed to be in a financial position where our families are not overburdened with fundraisers. The fundraisers we do have go to daily operations and to offset the cost of tuition. The school leadership made the conscience effort many years ago to be intentional about what fundraisers we have, and to eliminate the students selling anything. The fundraisers that we kept were the Walk-A-Thon (fun for all ages) and the Saturday Knight Live event (fun for the adults)! Your generous donations helped us raise over $17,000 this year!

Planning is well underway for Saturday Knight Live which we will host at Hubers on Saturday, February 10, 2024. We encourage all of our families to mark the calendar and secure your babysitter ASAP. (The good ones get booked quickly for that night!) The theme this year is a decades theme. 100% Poly will be providing the music from the 70s, 80s, and today. So come join us at SATURDAY KNIGHT LIVE:THE ERAS EVENT. (Sorry T Swift. We couldn't resist.)

Please take a moment below to see some of the tasks/areas that we could use your help for this fun event. If you would like to share your time and talent in one of the following ways, please come to our SKL Planning Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 27th!

-Silent Auction Team: Persons to make phone calls to follow up on those that donated to silent auction previously, help with silent auction display frames, etc. Persons to pick up silent auction items that are donated.
-Sponsor Team: Persons to mail, email, call, and "in person" contact previous and NEW sponsors for their commitment, logos, etc. 
-Live Auction Team: Persons responsible for generating ideas and securing donations for 6-8 Live Auction items and securing the items
-Raffle Team: Persons responsible for generating ideas and securing donations for two raffles valued at $2000-$2500 each
-Media Team: Persons to create flyers, social media posts/videos, QR Codes, etc. to generate excitement. Persons to design donation request letters, invitations, programs, and thank you notes.
-Decor Team: Photo Booth Props, Small Table Items, Framed Photos, Give-Aways, etc. 
-VIP Table Team: Generate Ideas and Secure donations for the lucky 8 persons that will be top bidder on the VIP Table

If you have questions about any of the tasks/positions above, please feel free to email me and I can give you more information. Grab a friend, find an area to help, and come get involved in this fun event!

Karen Haas
New to the JPII Family!
Ms. Melissa Vasquez
I am Melissa Vasquez and I am happy to be part of the JPII family as the Middle School Receptionist/ Assistant.

I am a proud Mom of a 19 year old son Francisco, who plans to join the Marines next year; and a 14 year daughter, Natalia, who is in 8th grade at JPII.

I am from Guatemala and moved to the USA 15 years ago. I think the USA was meant to be a part of my life, since I was born on July 4th! We live in Charlestown and we are very thankful God led us to JPII. We found an awesome community, school, Parish and friends.

God bless you all.

Ms. Catherine Sellmer
My name is Catherine Sellmer! I am a 2023 IUPUI psychology graduate and an incoming Master of Social Work Student at the UofL Kent School of Social Work, with a focus in Mental Health Social Work. I am a graduate of St John Paul II, and had a goal of giving back to current students since my teachers made such a positive impact on me. I am looking forward to starting this new adventure as a middle school classroom assistant.
Please pull forward to make room for cars behind you.

DISMISSAL: Please pass on to anyone that picks up your child/chirdren.
The parking lot for Building C (the former church) can be used as a waiting area for
drivers that arrive before 2:25 and want to park in the playground/parking lot once it is
open. Once the playground/parking lot is open (at 2:25) cars can move into that area.
The parking lot at Building A (the gym building) can also be used for this purpose.
Please do not park or line up on the street waiting to enter the playground/parking lot
prior to 2:25.
Parking after 2:25 in the lot by Building C is reserved for families that have middle
school students. If your family does not have a middle school student, please park in the
Building A lot and walk over, or park in the playground/parking lot. The
playground/parking lot entrance is open from 2:25-2:38.
Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

First Quarter Conferences are October 3, 4, and 5. Conferences are fifteen minute sessions to discuss the progress of each child and answer any questions parents/guardians may have. All students are required to attend their conference with their parent/guardian. 

We will be sending the link to sign up for conferences via School Messenger email on Thursday, September 7. Please make sure to pick a different conference time for each of your children. There will be 2 links sent: One link is for K-5 and the other is for Middle School. For Middle School, you do not need to sign up to visit every teacher for every subject; you only need to sign up for the teacher/subject you would like to conference about.  

Sign Ups will close on September 14th. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at conferences!
To become part of the JPII Family!!

Please see below, for opportunities to join our staff! If you are interested in being a substitute teacher or substitute teacher's assistant, please send your resume to Principal Karen Haas!
Be Ready for School Closing and Delay Announcements
JPII School Closing and Delays are announced on WDRB. Please look for St. John Paul II, Sellersburg on the WDRB news channel or website.
WDRB will send you a text message announcing the closing if you sign up for this free service at  
Please note: Link has been fixed and should take you to WDRB to sign up!

Mrs. Brock and Mrs. Wetzel’s class had a blast learning about Johnny Appleseed, eating apples, comparing and contrasting and making hats! It was a fun day!
From practicing the Sign of the Cross with cross necklaces, practicing our ordinal numbers with candy, to eating caramel apples in honor of Johnny Appleseed…Mrs. Bruggeman’s first graders have been busy learning and having fun!
Mrs. Barber’s class has been working on sums of 10 by playing a game with cards. They work with their classmates to find a missing addend that will equal 10.
3rd Grade enjoyed a Sports Sampler with Coach Miller and Providence High School athletes.
3rd Grade Stars of the Week
Congratulations Reiss and Bryson!
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$ 585.96
Total Donations

Greetings from the cafeteria! We have an exciting announcement - beginning next week on Monday, October 2, students will have another option for a daily entre! In addition to having the option of the main menu item or a chicken sandwich, students will now be able to order an Uncrustable peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich as one of the daily choices. We hope students enjoy this new option!

-Please note, each lunch account is a debit account, not a credit account. Any accounts in arrears of $20 or more will need to bring a sack lunch. Please refer to the JPII Student Handbook in regards to this policy.

-"If a negative balance occurs the parent/guardian will be asked to send a sack lunch for their
child." Page 38 Appendix B

-To add money to your child's lunch account, please send a check to the school office. Please note, only one check per family is needed. Lunch accounts are shared amongst siblings. Be sure to write the name(s) of your student(s) in the memo line of the check.

-Each lunch account is required to maintain a $20 balance. Student lunches are $3.25/day or $16.25/week, per student- not including any extra entrees or milk.

Please register your student on the EZSchoolPay App for balance information!

Lunch Menu:

School Counselor Correspondence
Bulletin Board of the Week!