Thursday, February 27, 2020

Friday, February 28th - Stations of the Cross, 2 PM

Friday, February 28th - Parish Fish Fry, 4-7 PM

Monday, March 2nd - End of Trimester 2

Thursday, March 5th - Report Cards, Grades 1-8

Friday, March 6th - Grades 3 & 4 Visit to Our Lady of the Angels

Tuesday, March 10th - Reconciliation for grades 3-8

Wednesday, March 11th - Outdoor Ed Parents Meeting

Friday, March 13th - Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rally

Monday, March 16th - No School, Teacher Inservice
Family Prayer 

First Sunday of Lent

God formed us from the clay.
  • The first thing God forms from the dust of the earth is a human. God does not form an individual named Adam; rather, "the Human" represents all of humanity.
  • God creates a garden with two trees, the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
  • Serpents were frequent symbols in Canaanite fertility cults. These cults were a source of temptation for the people of the time. In the story, the serpent is not Satan, but a clever creature of God who tempts the two humans.

A single righteous act has saved us!
  • The reading from Paul's Letter to the Romans shows the development of thought about the creation story.
  • As a consequence of the first sin, humans became subject to sin and have evil in the world.
  • But, just as sin and death came to all through Adam, life and justification come to all through Christ.

Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit.
  • The story of Jesus' temptation is always the Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Lent.
  • The three temptations attack the three human faculties with which one is commanded to love God: heart, soul and strength. The rabbis interpreted the heart as the human appetite toward good or evil, the soul as life, and might as one's wealth.
  • The Gospel reading makes clear the difference between Jesus and Adam, the reason that Adam's act brought death and Jesus' act brought life.

A Message from
Mrs. Laidlaw Otto
Dear SJE Families; 

We began our preparations for Lent with a prayer pod activity on Tuesday. Our students set goals of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving (we call it giving up, praying, and giving for our little ones). Our classroom doors feature purple crosses decorated with these Lenten promises. These promises will be the basis for classroom conversations throughout Lent.
Are you looking for some ideas for ways to grow as a family during Lent? The links below contain activities for families who wish to explore our Catholic faith during the season. Whether you choose to learn about the saints or take advantage of a few minutes of quiet prayer time each day, Lent is best explored as a family. 

We will be gathering to pray the Stations of the Cross as a school each Friday afternoon during Lent. Please consider joining us this Friday, February 28th, at 2:00 PM, as the eighth graders join us in walking the way of the cross with Jesus. 

Lenten Blessings, 

Mary Laidlaw Otto 
After School Care Assistant Needed

St. John the Evangelist is in need of help in our after school care program. This is the perfect position for a recent high school grad, a college student, or even a recently retired grandparent. Please help us by reaching out to your friends and family with this opportunity.  

The after-school helper supports the director of the program in providing a safe, fun program for our students each school day from 2:30 PM until approximately 6:00 PM. Employees must be willing to supervise students outdoors as well as engage in indoor activities such as board games.  

To apply, or for more information, please call the school office at 414-321-8540.  
Boxtops Contest

Thanks to all families who sent in their paper boxtops for our spring collection.  Our Home and School Association will be receiving a check for $189. Don’t forget to download the boxtop app on your cell phone and scan receipts to take advantage of the new paperless boxtop collection as well.  
Congratulations to the Pitcher Family! They are the winners of our spring boxtop drawing. the Pitchers are receiving a $25 Scrip gift certificate. 
Toiletry Drive Update

The National Junior Honor Society would like to thank everyone for the great support we have had for this year's toiletry drive for St. Ben's and the House of Peace. Tomorrow is the last day to contribute all things dental health related - toothbrushes, tooth paste, and dental floss. The class who shows the most spirit in donating these items will receive an Out-of-Uniform Pass for a future date!

Last week, Ms. Schein's K5 students worked hard to earn a special Sweatshirt Day. They brought in the most items helping our school collect 497 total items. Ms. Schein will provide more details on this reward to the parents of these students.

Next week we will have the Final Totals for all items donated by the students and their families. These totals do not include the numerous donations from the SJE Parish community. We will certainly fill up a cargo-size van with our generous donations to help those in need. Once again, thank you!

 - National Junior Honor Society
St. John the Evangelist School
Fax: 414-321-4450
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