Thursday, January 16, 2020

Friday, January 17th - Packer Day, out-of-uniform GO! PACK! GO!

Tuesday, January 21st - First Reconciliation and Communion Parent Meeting, 6:00 PM

Thursday, January 23rd - 11:00 Dismissal, Parent/ Teacher/Student Conferences

Thursday, January 23rd - Cousins Subs Day

Friday, January 24th - No School

Saturday, January 25th - Open House & Spaghetti Dinner

Wednesday, January 29th - MSO Field Trip, Grades 3-8

Friday, January 31st - No School
Family Prayer 

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I :  Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
I will make you a light to the nations. To the ends of the earth.
  • The first reading from Isaiah is one of a set of songs which portray a “servant of the Lord,” who was commissioned by God to bring salvation and whose suffering would redeem God’s people.
  • In today’s passage the servant is called from the womb and commissioned to bring salvation to the nations.
  • The Evangelists of the New Testament use the figure of the servant to explain the mission of Jesus.

Reading II :  1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The second reading begins Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, which will be read for the next several weeks.
  • Paul describes himself as an Apostle, that is, “one who is sent.”
  • Together Paul and the Corinthians form a people “called,” or ecclesia, which we translate as Church.

Gospel :  John 1:29-34
Now I have seen for myself.
  • The Gospel reading is part of a series of testimonies about the identity of Jesus.
  • In today’s reading, John the Baptist identifies Jesus as the Lamb of God and as the Son of God, God’s chosen one.
  • The image of the lamb is rooted in the Passover, the deliverance from Egyptian slavery by God’s saving power, during which the Jews sacrificed a lamb and put the blood on the door to commemorate the blood that saved their firstborn from the tenth plague.
A Message from
Mrs. Laidlaw Otto
Dear SJE Families; 

One week from today we will hold our second set of conferences. Today’s paper envelope contains your scheduled conference times . January through March is the toughest time of the year for our students. The days are short, dark, and frequently bleak. Even our students, who love to play in the snow, seem to tire of dragging their wet clothes on and off a couple of times a day.  
This is the time of year when students are most likely to come home complaining that school is boring, too hard, and just plain awful. Holding conferences at the middle of the trimester is one way to combat this. Our teachers are working hard to prepare for these conferences. They will be setting goals for the remainder of the trimester for students and will be ready to review Star Testing results with you. Our teachers can’t wait to meet you! 

The week of January 27th through the 31st will be filled with Catholic Schools Week activities! I can’t think of a better way to cure the winter blues than with a fun-filled week of spirit-building activities. Our National Junior Honor Society members have been working hard to bring back some old favorites including our indoor picnic and teacher switch day. They have been planning some wonderful new activities, including a buddy stem challenge to get us all working together! 

Mary Laidlaw Otto 
We are in need of the following items for our Catholic Schools Week activities: 
Bubble wrap 
Corrugated cardboard 
Packing tape 
2 – 3 Large plastic dropcloths 

Items can be dropped off at the school office or sent to school with your child. Thank you!

Tomorrow, Friday, will be a Packer Day. Wear your Green and Gold and let's cheer the Packers as they go for the NFC Championship!
Health Education News and Resources

Grades 5-8 are learning about Over the Counter Medication safety in the next few weeks. The following link provides resources for families to use at home including an interactive Hidden Home Hazards learning activity.

Flat Mason Bonus Pics – Share a photo of Flat Mason at your Packer watch party for an extra entry into our contest! Print this image of Flat Mason and use at your party (or practice or shopping or anything else fun you are doing this weekend!) Send your new image to Ms. Starks
It's time to order your full color yearbook! Order forms are being included in this week's Thursday envelope. Please fill out one form for each child. The cost is $8.00 per book. Make checks payable to St. John the Evangelist School. (One check per family is fine.)

Have you taken any good pictures of events happening around SJE School this year? Please send them to Ms. Dunning either on a flash drive or email them to her at for inclusion in the yearbook. Thank you!
Cousins Sub Day
Thursday, January 23rd

Grab a quick bite to eat before or after your child's conference. Cousins Subs, 7495 W. Layton Ave., will donate a portion of all sales to SJE School next Thursday, January 23rd. Support our school and an amazing community partner by stopping in for lunch or dinner. While you're there, thank them for their generous support of SJE School.

Cousins Scrip cards are available in the Parish Office during regular business hours.
Athletic News

Now is the time to sign up for Futsal and Track. See the flyers for more information. Click here to be taken to the login page for Blue Sombrero. For more information, contact Trisha Jambor at
Catholic Schools Week 
Open House 
All students and families are invited to join us on Saturday afternoon, January 25th, from 2:00 – 4:30 PM. Our classrooms will be open, and our teachers and students will be on hand to share their learning with you. What a great opportunity to grab a glimpse into your child’s school day. Following the Open House, families are invited to stay for 4:30 mass, followed by a spaghetti dinner hosted by our Home and School Committee.  

You won’t want to miss this opportunity for fellowship with our other school families (not to mention an amazing meal!) Our Home and School is funding this event. All you need to do is complete and return the flier enclosed in this week’s paper envelope so that we can get a count of guests.  
We will begin to enroll families for the 2020-2021 school year during Catholic Schools Week. Our current parents are the best advocates for our school. This year, each family is invited to bring a guest family to our Open House, and to our spaghetti dinner. Please consider inviting your friends to find out about our exemplary school.   

Our school has so much to offer, however we are only as strong as our families. I am asking that each of our current families join us for both of our two upcoming events, and that you share the good news with friends and relatives.  Your support is crucial to our success. 
Our Book Fair is Coming!  
Our second annual Rainbow Children’s Books fair will offer a wide selection of books to meet the growing interests of our students. Our extremely successful "book only” event, will have something to pique the interest of all of our readers - fiction, non-fiction, and even a few adult selections.   

Students will have the opportunity to visit the book fair at school on Tuesday, January 21st. They will create a “wish list” of books, which they will bring home to you. Opportunities to actually purchase books will be available on Thursday morning, January 23rd. Simply send cash or a check made out to St. John the Evangelist, along with the wish list to school with your child on Thursday morning. Classroom teachers will bring students to the book fair to make their purchases.
In addition, the book fair will be open throughout parent teacher conferences on Thursday. Please consider stopping by before or after your conferences to check out our amazing selection. We will accept cash, checks, or credit card payments during conferences.   
One last opportunity to purchase from our book fair will be available on Saturday, January 25th, during our Open House.   

Do you have a special book that you are dying to read? Don’t see what you are looking for at the book fair? Special orders of both children’s and adult books will be available. All we need is a title and the name of the author.            
Small Plates, Big Hearts!
A Night at St. John's

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Food stations from a variety of local restaurants!
Come and enjoy the food, drinks, music, raffles, and an online silent auction. Click  here  for more information. 

Tickets are now available. The presale ticket price is $25.
On the day of the event, the price will be $35

To purchase tickets online, click  here!

We are in the process of securing the restaurants for the event
so check back often.

We are now accepting auction donations for our event! As you are shopping the great after Christmas sales, look for the following items that make for a successful auction: electronics, jewelry, sports/outdoor equipment, household items, gift cards, timeshares, sporting event tickets, sports memorabilia, spa items, etc.

Questions? Email
St. John the Evangelist School
Fax: 414-321-4450
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