Thursday, March 26, 2020
Family Prayer 

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Reading I :  Ezekiel 37:12-14
I will put my spirit in you.
  • The reading from Ezekiel is part of a longer vision of the movement from death to new life.
  • Ezekiel was preaching to the exiles in Babylon who were convinced that as a people, they were dead.
  • Ezekiel understood that the power of life belonged to God alone.

Reading II :  Romans 8:8-11
You are in the Spirit.
  • In the second reading, Paul stresses that life in the Spirit is the true life that Jesus came to bring.
  • The death of Jesus led to the gift of everlasting life for those who believe in him.
  • The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, dwells in believers and will also bring their death-bound bodies to life.

Gospel :  John 11:1-45
I am the resurrection and the life.
  • The story of Lazarus is a drama that plays between two understandings of life and death.
  • Jesus announces that he himself is the Resurrection. Lazarus, though raised, will die again. This is different from the Resurrection of Christ.
  • Lazarus rises again to this present earthly life. This miracle is a sign of the greatest miracle of all, resurrection.
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; 

Yesterday our state began the implementation of Governor Evers’ Safer At Home Order. This order continues through Friday, April 24th.   This means that our school will officially continue distance learning through Friday, April 24th.  

Today we are officially one week into our distance learning.  Our volunteer tech coordinator emailed me yesterday to let me know that we have had nearly 3000 interactions on Microsoft Teams. This number represents learning interactions for our students in grades five through eight. Wow!   

When we entered distance learning with zero experience and virtually no guidance, I knew I could count on our teaching staff to give their very best effort.    I was worried about our students. A change to distance learning can be so isolating. I am extremely impressed by the efforts of our students along with you, our parents, to take responsibility for remaining engaged.  As we move out of emergency mode and into a stable plan for the coming weeks, our teachers will continue to plan and deliver daily information to our students. They will work to guide learning through online resources, chat and video conferences, and email. 
Thank you so much to our parents who are checking in with teachers daily, providing quiet work areas, and following up on learning plans.  I know that many of you are also either working remotely or heading out to work each day. Do you need our help or support? Please reach out to your child’s teachers. We are in this for the long haul and we know that we need to work together to keep the learning going. I cannot possibly express our gratitude to you for your support. Do you need something from us? Please let us know!! 
Prayers to you as we all work to stay safe.   

Mary Laidlaw Otto 

Our students and teachers are accustomed to being held accountable for their attendance, engagement, and effort.  So, as we work from home, the question of accountability is at the forefront.  Because this is an unprecedented situation, we are traveling uncharted territory in this area.   

In order to track the engagement of our students, we have decided to keep a daily attendance record. We are not tracking attendance on PowerSchool at this time,  but our teachers are keeping track of those students who interact with them each day. We understand that your schedules vary. Families are sharing devices, working from home, and spending days with grandparents or at day care. That is fine!!  Any time of the day will work!! Parents in grades 5 through 8 – your students should be checking in with at least one teacher per day on Teams. Grades 3 and 4 – thanks for doing a fabulous job with Google classroom! Younger grades – thanks to all who have responded to their teachers, interacted with videos, and worked so hard to stay engaged!!   If we haven’t heard from you yet, now is the time!! Your dedication is a gift to your children (and our teachers!)   

If you need help with technology, please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher or to Mrs. Laidlaw Otto: .  
Easter Break 

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.    
2020-2021 Update  
Even in the midst of our closure, we are hard at work planning for the upcoming school year. The calendar for 2020-2021 will be published in the next few days. Watch the US mail for a letter from us containing tuition contract information, tuition assistance information, and other important paperwork to complete your enrollment for next year.  Letters contain a stamped, self-addressed envelope for easy return of these important documents. You can help us in the planning process by completing and returning the paperwork as soon as possible. 
As we navigate these uncharted waters with our children, it can be difficult to find the right words to answer their many questions. The links below might be helpful to you. 
And, of course, whether mass is available to us or not, the power of prayer is certainly important to us at this time.   
Here are some ideas for you: 


Remember, our parish 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.
Cancelled Events: 

Parish Lenten Retreat, Sunday, March 29 - Wednesday, April 1, 2020 
First Communion Retreat, Saturday, April 4th 
Outdoor Education Field Trip, Wednesday, April 22 – Friday, April 24 

*Please take note that all events scheduled to take place at St. John the Evangelist through April 24th  have been cancelled. Rescheduled event dates will be communicated as they become available.   
Has anyone had any luck with their seeds that were given out last week? Check out Ms. Ehrmann's brussel sprouts, eggplants, and such. We are all patiently waiting for the time when we will be able to put our plants outside in the garden. In the meantime, please send us pictures of your seedlings.
While you are home during this time, why not take a few pictures of your students while engaging in distance learning. Ms. Dunning will include a few in the yearbook. Just send your pictures her way: Thanks!
St. John the Evangelist School
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