Thursday, May 28, 2020

Friday, June 5th - Book/Chromebook Return & material pickup - see signup genius for your family's time

Family Prayer 

Pentecost Sunday

Reading I :  Acts 2:1-11
All were filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • The Pentecost mystery reverses the Tower of Babel.
  • In today’s first reading, the many visitors to Jerusalem are foreigners, thus they are hampered by the diversity of their languages and regional dialects.
  • Rather than being confused by the different languages, each person hears God’s deeds proclaimed by the disciples, in his or her own language.

There are different gifts, but the same Spirit.
  • Today’s second reading underlines the necessity of unity in the Holy Spirit.
  • The gifts of the Spirit are for the building up of the Church.
  • However different the gifts, when members of the Church use their gifts to complement the gifts of others, they form the one Body of Christ.

Gospel :  John 20:19-23
As the Father sent me, so I send you.
  • In today’s Gospel, the disciples pass from a state of fear to joy.
  • Jesus breathes his Spirit on them and he commissions the disciples to continue his mission on earth.
  • Enlivened by the Spirit, the disciples are empowered to make the presence of God known throughout the world.
A Message from Mrs. Laidlaw Otto
Dear SJE Families, 

This week marks the end of new instruction for our students. Our teachers will be focusing on year end wrap up – assessments and social communication with students next week. Most of our students will even receive a request for a virtual meeting with their homeroom teacher for fall.
Even as we are closing down this unusual chapter here at SJE, our teachers are working to prepare to return to school in August. There is so much information circulating regarding our return to traditional education. At this point all that information is simply conjecture – a combination of guesses and preliminary planning on the part of state and federal government officials, peppered with whatever spin the media adds in when reporting to us. It’s easy to fall prey to the stress of worrying about what will come.   

I wish that I could provide you with concrete plans, including visual images, schedules and lists of new social distancing protocols for our students. That’s just not the case right now. What I do want you to know is that our staff is planning, training, and working together to ensure that we will offer your children the safe, inviting environment that brought you to SJE in the first place. Our plans include community building, work on school culture, prayer and faith opportunities, both in our building and virtually.  Please be assured that we have scheduled our book and supply drop off and picture day for Monday, August 31st, and our parent night for Thursday, September 3rd, and fully anticipate a return to traditional learning in August.    

The last couple of months have been full of challenges, anxiety, and fear.  Our community has faced all these struggles without the ability to receive the Eucharist. As we celebrate Pentecost this weekend, our parishes are beginning to reopen, allowing us to finally reconnect.    We have every reason to be filled with faith, and hopeful for our return to school in August. 
I know you join me in praying, “Come Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of the Faithful”. 

Mary Laidlaw Otto  
If you have not yet signed up for a time for our Pickup Day, June 5th, please click here to access the Signup Genius.
Mark your calendars to join us for our end of the year school mass on Wednesday, June 3rd, at 10:00 AM. This live streamed mass will be available on the St. John YouTube channel.
Gardening Help

Our school garden has been planted and is soaking up the summer-like weather. Would you and your family would like to volunteer to tend it for a week during the summer months? If so, please use this Signup Genius link. There are still a few weeks available. Thanks to those who have already signed up.
Final Report Cards

Report cards will be sent out in the United States Postal Service on Wednesday, June 10th. You should have them by June 12th.
We’re All In this Together Wednesdays  
We have only a couple more Spirit Wednesdays!  Tag us on Facebook or Instagram or email your photos to! 
June 3 - Our Future's so Bright Day - honor our eighth graders by wearing your favorite sunglasses 
June 10 - SJE Spirit Day  – show off your SJE spiritwear   
Here are pictures of a few of our students from yesterday's
Patriot Day!
Are you interested in knowing about our church's new icon of St. John the Evangelist? Wondering what it will be like to be back in church for Mass this weekend? Fr. Michael's weekly message here addresses each of these topics, and more. Be sure to check it out.
St. John the Evangelist School
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