Thursday, December 5, 2019

Saturday, December 14th - Cookie Walk after 4:30 PM Mass

Sunday, December 15th - Cookie Walk after 8:30 & 10:30 AM Masses

Tuesday, December 17th - November and December Birthdays Out-of-Uniform

Wednesday, December 18th - Christmas Program, 12:30 PM and 6:30 PM

Thursday, December 19th - Journey to Bethlehem

December 23rd to January 3rd - Christmas Break, No School

Monday, January 6th - Classes Resume
Family Prayer 

Third Sunday of Advent

Reading I :  Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10
The desert will rejoice and bloom!
  • The prophet Isaiah encourages the Jewish people living in exile in Babylon, to believe that God has the power and the desire to save them.
  • The images in the first reading convey new life and hope. This foreshadows what Christians will see in Christ.
  • The prophet’s message brings comfort to those in need of liberation.

Reading II :  James 5:7-10
Be patient.
  • The Letter of James urges patience in awaiting the second coming of Christ.
  • Just as the farmer needs to be patient, trust God, and cooperate with the natural elements, so must the Christian.
  • We are called to wait with patience and to hasten the Kingdom through works of mercy.

Gospel :  Matthew 11:2-11
The blind recover their sight, cripples walk, lepers are cured, and deaf hear.
  • Today’s Gospel describes what kind of Messiah Jesus is.
  • By listing his works of healing and restoration in response to John’s question, Jesus shows how he fulfills the prophecies of the Old Testament regarding the Messiah, as suggested in today’s first reading.
  • Jesus identifies John as his forerunner.

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; 

Our theme for the last two weeks has been “practice makes perfect”. Our students are putting their hearts, minds, and souls into preparations for our Christmas program. We are so excited to see all of you for our celebration of this blessed season. 

Preparing for the program adds a certain sense of chaos to an already exciting time of year for our students and teachers. I am always so impressed by the way our staff handles this. They use every opportunity to engage our students in learning activities, while allowing for rehearsal, Advent activities, and even some pre-Christmas fun. We are blessed with an amazing staff here at SJE. Please keep us in your prayers as we finish up our preparations, and head into our Christmas break! 

Go forth and be a blessing. 
Mary Laidlaw Otto 

We will have a performance of our Christmas program at 12:30 PM on Wednesday. This is the perfect opportunity for grandparents and friends who do not like to drive at night. I can also guarantee you a great seat at this performance. 

All students must be at school, dressed in their Sunday best clothes by 6:20 PM next Wednesday, December 18th, for our evening Christmas performance. The doors to the gym will open promptly at 6:10. Students will sit in the bleachers by class. Parents should keep students' jackets, etc., with them in their seats.  

Donations for the cookie walk must be dropped off at the school office during the day on Friday, December 13th. We will accept donations from 7:15 AM through 3:15 PM. If you are unable to drop off your donation between these hours, please call the office at 414-321-8540 to make other arrangements. 
Christmas Program Seat Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Christmas Program Seat Raffle. They will receive preferential seating at the 6:30 PM evening performance of our annual Christmas Program December 18th.

The winners are:

Row 1 : Kurz Family & Caballero Family
Row 2 : Nguyen Family & Kowalski Family
Row 3:  Trisha Jambor Family & Kelly Family
Row 4:  Straus/Medved Family & Cannistra Family
Row 5:  Ramirez/Herrera Family & Seelen Family

Each winning family will have 6 seats reserved for them for the evening performance. Thank you all for your generosity. We raised over $400!
Thank You! 

Our Home and School Association would like to thank our amazing parents for your support in our fall and winter fundraisers.  Our recent Christmas Fundraisers: Colectivo Coffee, and Rubi Red Cranberries yielded around $1000 in profit for our school. Our Home and School provides support for our school program in many different ways.    Our Home and School funded the purchase of new Literature and Language Arts textbooks for our students in grades K4 through 4 this year. In addition, we were able to make a substantial donation toward the new flooring which will be installed in the first floor common areas over the Christmas holiday.  These purchases would not be possible without the support of our amazing families! Thank you so much!! 

During the month of January, our Home and School Association will support a number of events for our students. We can’t wait to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with our students! Please mark your calendars now for our annual Catholic Schools week Open House, to be held on Saturday, January 25 th , from 2:00 to 4:30 PM. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to check out our classrooms, join us for 4:30 mass, and of course, stay on for our Home and School spaghetti dinner. This was an extremely popular event last year, and we can’t wait to celebrate with our families again! 

Please remember – our satisfied families are our very best advertising. We ask you to invite friends to come and tour our school on January 25th. They are more than welcome to take a tour, and then join us for mass and spaghetti. We’d love to share our amazing programming with them! 
Journey to Bethlehem  
Our 7th annual Journey to Bethlehem experience will take place in our gym on Thursday, December 19. Our students will experience what Mary and Joseph may have experienced on their Journey so many years ago. Seventh and eighth grade students are provided costumes. Other students are encouraged to bring a bathrobe or large t-shirt to wear like a robe for this experience. 
Snack Cart News – A perfect Stocking Stuffer is a Snack Cart card! Cost is $5 which allows for 10 purchases and an 11 th item free! After you give the gift, we keep the card in our cash box. See Mrs. Kaminski for the cards.

Watch next week’s Thursday Folder for a special gift for each student!

Volunteer – Do you have 30 minutes before school one time a week? We would love to have our Snack Cart open on another day. 7:20-7:50 to setup, sell and put away on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. See Ms. Starks for more information!
Safe Environment Training Information  
As a reminder to our families, 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
Fax: 414-321-4450
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