Thursday, October 31, 2019

Friday, November 1st - VIP Day

Wednesday, November 6th - Field Trip to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, grades K4-2

Thursday, November 7th - Turkey Trot (Fuel Up Event) 2:45-4:30 PM

Friday, November 8th - Grades 3 & 4 Trio to Our Lady of the Angels

Saturday, November 9th - Craft & Vendor Fair, 9 AM to 4 PM

Tuesday, November 12th - Zupas Fundraiser

Friday, November 15th - No School, Teacher Inservice

Friday, November 15th - Parish Fish Fry

Monday, November 18th - End of Trimester 1

Family Prayer 

 Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I :  Wisdom 11:22-12:2
To God, the universe is a drop of morning dew.
  • Wisdom literature in the Bible is a rich source of spirituality.
  • In this passage, we are assured that God will have mercy on us always.
  • We are reminded that God created all that is, and loves all that he created!

Reading II :  2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
We pray for you always.
  • Paul prays that the community in Thessalonica may be faithful to the message preached about Jesus Christ.
  • He addresses the rumor in the community that Christ would be returning soon, a common belief in the early years of the Faith.
  • He urges them not to be agitated by this rumor, but to go on living their lives faithfully.

Gospel :  Luke 19:1-10
Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus.
  • Here we see Jesus' compassion and sense of justice reach a peak.
  • He demonstrates his love of the sinner by eating with them, something that would have been seen by his detractors as very out-of-place for a rabbi such as Jesus.
  • But as usual, he persists and teaches a valuable lesson: take in the outcast and sinner first and they will later be healed.

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; 

Last Friday we celebrated Halloween with our Trunk or Treat event. Tomorrow we will celebrate VIP day, honoring all of the people who help our children to grow and prosper.  
With all of that in mind, I’d like to take time today to thank the unsung heroes of every single event – our amazing volunteers! Our parent and grandparent volunteers make sure that our family events are special for our children and our families.    

I am so grateful for everyone who responds when we send out a sign-up genius document. Your selfless donation of time, talent, and treasure supports our school community in so many ways. I wonder, though, if most of our families are aware of what goes into the preparations for an event like VIP day. Not only will our parents help in the kitchen, but they will plan ahead. Every table decoration, every dessert item, and most of the extras served to our guests were planned for and purchased by our Home and School Association volunteer team. The Halloween music playing at the Trunk and Treat event was there because a parent brought and set up the sound equipment. Someone priced out apple slices at various stores, and then went and purchased them. This amazing team worries about whether treats contain nuts, who needs gluten free food, and (of course) if the decorations are “just so”, so that we can all enjoy our events.   

So, today’s note is a shout out to our fabulous volunteers. Thank you! It is also a request for those of you who might not think you have time to volunteer to reconsider.  Our children need you. Whether it is supporting us at events, or working behind the scenes, every volunteer is important to us.      

Go forth and be a blessing. 

Mary Laidlaw Otto 
Peanut and Butter Drive
November 4th-21st

We will hold a Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Please help fill Thanksgiving baskets for families in need. Once again this year, St. John's families are being asked to put their faith into action and help those in need. Please place jars of peanut butter and jelly in the box in your classroom by November 21st.

Thank you.
Soccer Playoffs

Here are the new dates and times for the rescheduled soccer playoff games:

Grades 5 & 6 will play in the championship at 7:00 PM Friday, November 1st. Grades 7 & 8 will play for 3rd place at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 2nd. All games will be played at Augustine Prep, 2607 S 5th St. Please come out and support our SJE Athletes!
Turkey Trot – Cancelled

The year's Turkey Trot has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts with Fuel Up To Play 60 planning team members. The FUTP60 Team will meet on November 7th to plan a special in-school event on November 14th.

Questions? Contact Ms. Starks,
Boxtops For Education Update 
Each year our school earns more than $1000 simply because our families and friends clip and save Boxtops for us. These little Boxtops, available on a variety of food items, are worth 10 cents each. They really add up! 

This fall, the Boxtops program is going paperless. Although we will continue to collect Boxtops for at least the next two years, many of the products you shop for will now have paperless Boxtops.    
It’s easy to redeem paperless Boxtops. Do you have a smartphone? Simply download the Boxtops for Education app, set up an account, and choose St. John the Evangelist as the recipient of your boxtop credits. 
No smartphone? You can still send in the receipts from Boxtop eligible items to our school office. We will go ahead and scan them for you.    
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. 
St. John the Evangelist School
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