Thursday, April 2, 2020
Family Prayer 

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth. (Procession with palms) | The Lord God is my help.
  • The reading from Isaiah is part of the third Servant Song.
  • The song communicates the servant’s belief that, no matter how cruel or indifferent people are, God’s justice will prevail.
  • Suffering is never an end in itself.

Reading II :  Philippians 2:6-11

Your attitude must be Christ’s.
  • Paul’s letter to the Philippians was written while Paul was in prison in Rome.
  • Despite being imprisoned, Paul expresses confidence and joy in the Lord.
  • Paul stresses that our salvation is Jesus’ kenosis, the Greek word for Jesus’ “emptying” of himself from glory.

The passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The Passion Narrative is among the earliest traditions to be handed down in written form.
  • In Matthew’s passion account, all the events proceed according to God’s will as revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures.
  • Jesus, the servant and Son of God, has poured himself out to overcome humanity's separation from God.
Here is a prayer we can recite at home for  
 the times we will not be able to receive the Eucharist.  
An Act of Spiritual Communion  
My Jesus, 
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
I embrace You as if You were already there 
 and unite myself wholly to You.  
Never permit me to be separated from You. 
A Message from
Mrs. Laidlaw Otto
Dear SJE Families, 

We are completing our second full week of distance learning today. Each week brings us new challenges, successes, and insights into who we are as teachers and learners.   At this point, we know that schools in the State of Wisconsin are closed until further notice.   Of course, we will communicate to you as soon as we have a firm re-opening date.  In the meantime, however, our staff continues to plan and execute the best online learning experience possible.  
During the upcoming week, our students in grades five through eight will begin participating in weekly virtual class meetings. Parents are encouraged to “look over the shoulder” of their students as they participate in these meetings.  I will be visiting as many of these meetings as possible as well. 

Distance learning for our students means increased screen time for all our learners. As we become more comfortable with this process and begin to explore different platforms for our students, I want to provide a few reminders for our parents regarding the use of technology at home.   

Our students are all assigned email addresses through school. These email addresses, ending with, are controlled by our web administrator.  Students may not send or receive emails from outside of this system using this email address. This is the address that our teachers use if they need to send information to students via email. Students in grades five through eight also use these addresses to log into our SJE system and access Microsoft Teams. Students can email each other with their SJE addresses. We recommend that, while we are learning at home, you check your child’s email daily.   

Our firewall at school allows extremely limited access to the internet. Even with this in place, we have to remain endlessly vigilant about where our students access information.   However this firewall only works when students are using our SJE Wi-Fi. Please make sure that you are reviewing your child’s internet searches on a regular basis. Remember, just as our firewall is not completely foolproof, neither are parental settings on your devices or home network. The only way to ensure safety for our students is through parent supervision. 

Several of our families also checked out Chromebooks from the school office. Please remember that the firewall does not protect these devices in your home either. They should only be used for schoolwork, and parents should be supervising access on whatever device your student is using for school. 

As always, we welcome your feedback on our distance learning.  
Mary Laidlaw Otto 
Easter Break
Next week is Holy Week. You will receive an abbreviated newsletter containing critical updates.  Our scheduled Easter break will go on as planned. In distance learning, this means that students will not receive instruction or new assignments beginning on Good Friday, April 10th, through Sunday, April 19th. Teachers will check their email once each weekday throughout this break, so if you or your students have questions or concerns, you may reach out to us.  There will be no school newsletter on Thursday, April 16th. 
A message from Fr. Michael

Our pastor, Fr. Michael Merkt, appears in this YouTube video. Please note that the video was made prior to the archdiocese announcing that palms will NOT be passed out. Also, note that confessions will be heard on Sunday, April 5th, from 9:00 - 11:00 near the St. Francis shrine, weather permitting (not Saturday).
Please see the letter below from Futura Language Professionals, our Spanish instruction provider: 
Dear St. John the Evangelist families and staff,   

I hope that are doing well and staying healthy. We would like to share some updates for Spanish virtual learning for the remainder of the school year. Next week instruction will be cultural lessons and wrapping up current topics. After Easter break, we will not be resuming Spanish instruction. It will remain ungraded for the last trimester to ease the stress of students.   

We would also like to thank Andrea Diaz for her excellent dedication to the SJE students this year. Unfortunately for family reasons, Andrea will not be able to finish out the school year. She will be missed and we wish her the best! Kailey Taebel, a fellow Futura Spanish teacher, will be helping during this transition starting Thursday and through Easter break. She will be sharing information via your child’s homeroom teacher.   

We look forward to resuming Spanish again as usual in the fall.   

These are challenging times, and we thank you for your kind support and continuation of language learning!    

Best Regards,  
Lindsey Stapel  
Futura Language Professionals  

  Holy Week Resources 

As we head into Holy Week, our teachers are working to provide our students with resources for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Here are some online resources for you to use at home: 

Remember, our parish is blessed to have 24-hour perpetual adoration. Come visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We simply ask that persons coming to church observe the "safe social distance" of 6 feet. St. John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Looking for a way to help in our local community? Clement Manor welcomes cards, letters and artwork to share with their residents. You can mail your contributions to:  

Activity Team 
Clement Manor 
3939 S 92nd St 
Greenfield, WI 53228 

Cancelled Events: 

First Communion Retreat, Saturday, April 4th 
Outdoor Education Field Trip, Wednesday, April 22 – Friday, April 24 
Spring Open House, Wednesday, April 29th
First Communion Rehearsal and First Communion Mass postponed until further notice.

*Please take note that all events scheduled to take place at St. John the Evangelist through April 30th  have been cancelled. Rescheduled event dates will be communicated as they become available.   
There is still time to submit pictures for the yearbook. Deadline is Tuesday, April 7th. Please send pictures of your students to Ms. Dunning, Thanks!
St. John the Evangelist School
Fax: 414-321-4450
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