Thursday, October 17, 2019

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, 4-8 PM

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

Thursday, October 24th - Living Rosary, 2 PM

Friday, October 25th - Out-of-Uniform - Wear Fall Colors

Friday, October 25th - Trunk or Treat

Friday, November 1st - VIP Day
Family Prayer 

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

God is with us, even when the going is tough. 
  • The Exodus story is part of the wilderness narrative. The Israelites had recently left Egypt and were on the way to Sinai through the desert wilderness. 
  • One of the difficulties they encountered was conflict with the Amalekites, a nomadic people who warred against anyone who encroached on their territory. 
  • As long as Moses prayed, Israel won the battle. With the help of the community, Moses was able to persevere in prayer. 

Be faithful to what you have learned. 
  • The reading from the Second Letter of Paul to Timothy confirms Timothy's commission to leadership in the Church. 
  • The responsibilities are wide-ranging and the author warns Timothy of the difficulties of this job. 
  • Timothy's greatest hardship is dealing with the opponents who are seen as rejecting all law and order in the Church while others seem to be set on binding the Church with rigorous laws and practices. 

Pray always and never lose heart. 
  • The point of today's parable is perseverance in prayer. 
  • The story is aimed to bring comfort to the disciples as they await the coming of the Son of Man. 
  • The final sentence connects the delay of an answer to prayer to the delay of the coming of the Son of Man. Only those who continue to have faith will be able to persevere to the end. 

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; 

Yesterday we held our first lockdown drill of the school year. Our students and teachers had plenty of advance notice and practiced ahead of time. This practice is important, as it helps to calm the nerves of our younger students. Although we wish we didn’t need to practice locking down our building, this is an important part of our school safety plan. Just like fire drills, we know that the more we practice with our students, the more prepared we will be should we ever need to lockdown. We will practice other drills throughout the year, including a “soft lockdown” where students and teachers continue on with their classes, while staying securely in their classrooms, and evacuation drills.   

Actual lockdown situations happen for a variety of reasons, most often because of an event happening in a nearby neighborhood or busy area. Our children talk about this as well, in an effort to help them understand that a lockdown does not mean immediate danger. You can help us out at home by discussing the need for lockdowns with your students. Are you wondering how to talk to your child about lockdown drills? Click on the link below for some starting points. 

Go forth and be a blessing, 
Mary Laidlaw Otto 
National Junior Honor Society  

During today’s parent-teacher conferences, nine 7th and 8th grade students will receive invitations to apply for our SJE chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. After several months of planning, we are very excited to offer this option to our high achieving students.
Students are invited to apply for NJHS based on their academic performance. Those who choose to apply will complete a rigorous process, ending with and interview with our faculty team.

Our NJHS members support our school, acting as leaders in our all school activities, organizing and running our service projects and leading spirit and faith formation activities for our students. In addition, membership will be an asset to students as they head to high school. Students who attend Catholic high school will be able to use this as part of their application resume.  
Regardless of where they go to high school, these students will be identified as the leaders of our school, ready to take on the challenges of acting as positive role models. 
Because this is our first year in the program, we will have two invitation periods. Seventh and eighth graders are being invited to apply now. In spring, our current sixth graders and any seventh and eighth graders who become eligible based on their grades for the current school year will be invited to apply. Moving forward, we will have one application period each spring. 

Spanish Update  
We are sad to announce that our Spanish teacher, Ms. Janet Perez will be leaving us next week. Ms. Perez will be replaced by Andrea Diaz. Janet and Andrea will be here together on Tuesday, and Andrea will begin working with our students on Thursday. We look forward to welcoming Andrea to our SJE family. 

Growing Gardeners Program

Have you planted your herb seeds? Is anything sprouting yet? Please send us a picture of your children and/or their seedlings to be entered into October's contest. Please send photos to Ms. Ehrmann at by October 24th.

Thank you to Thrivent Financial, Steins, Milaeger's and Target for their help with this program!
Cousins Sub Day - Today!
Thursday, October 17

Grab a quick bite to eat before or after your conferences. Cousins Subs, 7495 W. Layton Ave., will donate a portion of all sales to SJE School today, October 17. Support our school and an amazing community partner by stopping in for lunch or dinner.

Cousins Scrip cards are available in the Parish Office during regular business hours.
On Monday, October 21st, Red Robin will host a fundraiser for the benefit of our school. Just present this flyer to your server:
Trunk or Treat
October 25th
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. 
We have extended the deadline to Monday, October 21st. Here is the flyer .
Safe Environment Training Information  
As we begin to plan for class parties, holiday celebrations, and upcoming field trips, we want to remind our families that all volunteers in our building, even field trip chaperones, must complete the following: 
  • A national criminal background check 
  • Completion of Safeguarding All God’s Family Class 
  • Read and sign the Code of Ethical Standards for employees and volunteers 
To sign up for a Safeguarding class simply follow this link: 
This will take you to the sign up page for Safeguarding classes. 

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:     
Marquette University High School  
Open House  
Sunday, October 27, 2019  
Mass 9 a.m. (optional); Open House 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.   
Boys in grades 6-8 and their families are invited to learn how Marquette High's Catholic, Jesuit education is both formational and foundational during our Open House on  Sunday, Oct. 27 . Discover the school's skill-based curriculum that teaches problem solving, critical thinking, time management and leadership. Current students will lead tours and faculty will be available to speak more in depth about life in the classroom as well as the benefits of a Jesuit education and an all-boys school. Attendees will also have the opportunity to speak with administration, club moderators, coaches and parents. Register online at    
Important Information for Current 8th Grade Boys (Class of 2024):  
Admissions Applications for Fall 2020 are due Nov. 1, 2019  
Entrance Exam Nov. 8 or Nov. 9; 8 a.m. - Noon   
All applicants are required to take the Entrance Exam. Registration for the exam is completed by choosing the preferred date on the application.  

Campus Visit  
It's truly the best way to experience what it is really like to be a student at Marquette High. Students will sit in on classes, eat lunch with current students, meet faculty and take a tour of the building. Fall dates are for 8th grade boys only. (Seventh grade boys will be able to visit during the spring semester.) Schedule a visit today:  Campus Visit Program  
For questions, contact the MUHS Admissions Office at  or 414-933-7220. 
St. John the Evangelist School
Fax: 414-321-4450
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