Thursday, October 3, 2019

Friday, October 4th - Dollar Jean Day

Wednesday, October 9th - Fire Safety Day

Thursday, October 10th - Field Trip to Green Meadows Farm, Grades K4-2

Thursday, October 10th - St. Ben's Meal Program (4:00-7:00 PM)

Friday, October 11th - No School, Teacher Inservice

Thursday, October 17th - 11:00 Dismissal, Parent/ Teacher/Student Conferences

Thursday, October 17th - Cousins Subs Day

Friday, October 18th - No School

Saturday, October 19th - Soles for Catholic Soles Walk

Monday, October 21st - Red Robin Restaurant Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 22nd - October Birthdays Out-of-Uniform Day

Friday, October 25th - Trunk or Treat
Family Prayer 

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 

The just one lives by faithfulness. 

  • The prophet Habakkuk, a contemporary of Jeremiah, preached during a time of great turmoil. 
  • Habakkuk questions why God tolerates violence against the innocent. 
  • God told the prophet that the faithful person must be patient and wait for God’s promises. 

Stir into flame the gift of God. 

  • The passage from the Second Letter of Paul to Timothy was an exhortation to Christian ministers to be faithful. 
  • When one accepts the call to ministry, one is gifted by the Spirit of God. 
  • The function of the Holy Spirit is to give strength and perseverance in a difficult job, which is a theme that points to the hardships that must be endured in the ministries of Paul and Timothy and their successors. 

Increase our faith. 

  • Today’s Gospel passage is from a collection of Jesus’ sayings on discipleship. 
  • The disciples ask Jesus for an increase of faith. With the exaggerated image of a mustard seed, Jesus casts doubt on their possession of any faith. 
  • In the second saying about workers, Jesus warns his followers against thinking that they deserve or can earn a special reward because of their service.  

Please consider reading the upcoming Sunday readings together as a family. These conversation starters will help to prepare your children for weekly mass.  
A Message from
Mrs. Laidlaw Otto
Dear SJE Families; 

I am excited to tell you that we will be implementing STAR testing for our students in grades K5 through 8 this fall. It has been a goal of mine to implement this for the last several years. Star testing will provide us with a quick, easy method of measuring a student baseline of competency each fall and allow us to see and communicate growth both to our students and their families throughout the year.   

For more information about Start testing, please follow the link below. 

Go forth and be a blessing, 
Mary Laidlaw Otto 
Standards-Based Teaching, Learning, and Grading Update 
Over the last three weeks, I have shared the way we integrate our curriculum standards into our daily lessons. One common concern about standards-based teaching, learning, and grading is that students, lacking the motivation provided by earning achievement grades (A, B, C, etc.) will not work hard. The next logical assumption is that students will not get as much as they can from their lessons. Our experience as educators is quite different. We know that students perform better in the classroom when they have a clear understanding of the goal of the lesson. Our goal in implementing standards-based teaching, learning, and grading is to help our students to understand what they need to learn in order to be successful at school. We will push our students to master new skills, and then to use these skills in new ways.    

Tomorrow morning, Friday, October 4th, from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM will be our first opportunity to sit down and discuss our change to Standards-Based teaching, learning, and grading. The second opportunity will be on Tuesday, October 15th, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. These meetings are geared for parents of students in grades four through eight, but all are welcome to attend. In order to ensure that there are enough handouts available, please RSVP for the meeting you will attend to .    
Art To Remember 

Our students have been working really hard on a special art project at 
school, and we can’t wait to show it to you!
We have teamed up with Art to Remember, and they can transfer your child’s artwork onto keepsake products like mugs, phone cases, and necklaces. 
Today your students will be bringing home an individualized order form with their artwork printed on the cover. You can order from over 50 products. The keepsakes also make great gifts for family and friends. 

Plus, every purchase helps raise money for St. John the Evangelist School! 

If your child wishes, he or she can create art at home, and you can order products online. First, create artwork on 8.5 x 11 white paper. (Colorful art works best!) Go to . On the top of the page click on “add art”. You will then be prompted to take a picture of your child’s artwork with your phone. Click “upload”. You can then browse all the products and place your order. Orders can be shipped to school for free! 

All orders will be due October 14th. 

If you have any questions please contact Tracey Ganas at 414-840-2565.  
Conferences Are Coming 
Our mid-trimester conferences are quickly approaching. Last week, you received a slip requesting times you are available.   All families with students enrolled in grades one through eight are required to complete and return the conference slip by Monday, October 7 th .   We will then schedule our conferences, and inform you of your time next week.

Conferences are mandatory for families of students in grades one through eight on Thursday, October 17 th , from noon until 8:00 PM.  

Please note that students will be dismissed on Thursday, October 17 th   at 11 AM, and that there will be no school on Friday, October 18 th .     

Students in K4 and K5 will receive their first narrative report card in January, and will have conferences along with our other students at that time.   
Trunk or Treat is Coming!! 
Our popular Halloween Trunk and Treat will return to SJE on Friday, October 25th.  
You won’t want to miss this fun, not-so-spooky event. 
Today’s electronic communication includes sign-up information both to decorate your trunk and to attend this event. 
All sign-up sheets must be returned to the school office no later than Friday, October 18th. 
Shorts Season has ended! Beginning next week, our students will not be permitted to wear shorts to school.
Tomorrow is Dollar Jean Day!
For just $1.00, your child may choose to be out-of-uniform.
Snack Cart News!
Our Snack Cart is open Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30-7:45. We offer yogurt, cheese sticks, applesauce, Belvita Breakfast bars, carrots and dip and crunchy cereal. All items are 50 cents!

Students can purchase a Snack Card for $5.00 (see Mrs. Kaminski) and we will keep the card on our cart so students can purchase as they would like to! Help support this wonderful resource at our school with snack purchases!
Growing Gardeners Program

Here are a few pictures of our students planting herb seeds for their home garden. Have you planted yours yet? Please send pictures of your progress to Ms. Ehrmann at
A Public Square Fatima Rosary Rally, in conjunction with over 21,145 other Public Rosary Rallies across America sponsored by America Needs Fatima, will be held on Saturday, October 12th, from noon to 1:00 PM. Please mark your calendar to join us to pray a public Rosary on the sidewalk on 84th Street by the SJE driveway alongside the soccer field. Bring along a lawn chair if you prefer to sit during the Rosary. Bring your family and friends! Your continuing prayers for our country are desperately needed.
Schoenstatt Girls

It's not too late for your girls to sign up for The Schoenstatt Girls' Group. Meetings will be at SJE School on the second Wednesday of each month, from 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm. For more information contact the school office or Sr. Maria Jose at 262-522-4300 or
The Soles for Catholic Education Walk will be held at Mount Mary College on Saturday, October 19 th . Families are invited to sign up for the walk by following this link:     
St. John the Evangelist School
Fax: 414-321-4450
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