Thursday, April 30, 2020
Family Prayer 

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Reading I :  Acts 2:14a, 36-41
You must reform and be baptized.
  • In today’s first reading, Peter poses some important questions about the meaning of life to the Jews assembled in Jerusalem.
  • From Peter’s perspective, those who had yet to recognize that “Jesus was both Lord and Christ” were a corrupt generation.
  • In asking the Jews to believe that Jesus was “Lord and Christ,” Peter was really saying that Jesus is God and Messiah.

Reading II :  1 Peter 2:20b-25
By his wounds you were healed.
  • The reference to Isaiah’s Suffering Servant in today’s first reading, points to the example of Christ.
  • Jesus Christ was truly innocent and when he suffered, he did not oppose with force.
  • This message was important for the Christians who were suffering persecution at the time for living as followers of Jesus.

Gospel :  John 10:1-10
I am the gate.
  • The Gospel today portrays Jesus as the gateway through which we enter the Church.
  • Besides drawing on a common image from everyday life at the time of Jesus, today’s Gospel evokes several passages from the Hebrew Scriptures.
  • In Ezekiel 34, the prophet reveals that God is the shepherd of the sheep. The author of today’s Gospel understands that God has become the shepherd in Jesus.
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, 

This week our upper grade teachers and I had the opportunity to celebrate our eighth graders. We spent Tuesday afternoon dropping off lawn signs and letters to each of our twelve graduates.  As you already know, our families travel from all over the Milwaukee area to come to our school.  In the end, we traveled more than 60 miles to visit the homes of each of our eighth graders. What a joy it was to see our students and their families! We are so grateful to have been on the receiving end of smiles and thank yous (and maybe even a few virtual hugs).   

It’s tough to remain patient as we bypass scheduled dates for our Outdoor Education field trip, First Communion, and events honoring our graduates.  However, our March value – perseverance – keeps popping into my mind.  Our students are learning some lessons that will serve them well as they meet challenges of life. We can’t wait to see our students in August, healthy and ready to learn.  In the meantime, we will persevere, pursuing learning from a distance with strength and grace.     

Mary Laidlaw Otto  
Assessment and Grading Update 

Today’s electronic communication includes a letter regarding our third trimester grading guidelines. Please carefully review this letter regarding our grading scales for the third trimester.  Although teachers held off on entering grades in PowerSchool early in our distance learning experience, they are now entering grades. Parents can and should be checking their child’s progress on PowerSchool on a regular basis. Because our teachers are not able to send home weekly updates and completed work, this is an important tool to review your child’s progress in our distance learning environment. Please email your child’s teacher(s) with any questions regarding progress and grading.   

Questions/problems with PowerSchool logins should be sent to Mrs. Kaminski via email: 
Junior Prayer Chain   

This week’s communication contains a message from Jessica Schein, the faculty advisor for our Junior Prayer Chain. All families are invited to take time on Friday afternoon at 2:45 and join in praying for this week’s intentions. 
2020-2021 School Year

Thanks to all who have already returned their tuition and intent contracts.  This paperwork was sent home to families and can be returned in the self-addressed envelope included in the mailing. Questions or concerns about the 2020-2021 school year? Please email  to set up a phone conference. 

SJE School Garden

Gardening season will be here before we know it! Watch your email for a sign up genius to help out with our garden this summer.  

Sock Toss Challenge

Did you send in a video clip for our Sock Toss Challenge? Here is the preliminary version of the video, put together by Ms. Starks:

We WANT YOU in the final version of this video, to be posted to FaceBook and Instagram! Here's how:
  1. White socks rolled into a ball
  2. Video 1 person receiving the ball from the right, loop it to the left
  3. Creativity is encouraged!
  4. e-mail clip to

More Physical Ed Information

Our students are staying active at home using PE lessons and their own favorite activities to stay healthy! Please share a photo or short video of what your family is doing with Ms. Starks,  to be included in the next video!

We’re All In this Together Wednesdays  
Please join us in celebrating our students and our SJE families with spirit Wednesdays!  Tag us on Facebook or Instagram or email your photos to! 

May 6 - Christmas in May Day  - wear red or green or show off your favorite ugly Christmas sweater! 
May 13 - Favorite character Day - dress like your favorite book character 
May 20 - Superhero Day -dress as your favorite superhero, or show off your superpower 
May 27 - Patriotic Day  – show us your red, white and blue 
June 3 - Our Future's so Bright Day - honor our eighth graders by wearing your favorite sunglasses 
June 10 - SJE Spirit Day  – show off your SJE spiritwear   
See how crazy some of our students went for Pattern Day!
Check out the St. John the Evangelist YouTube Channel for messages from Fr. Michael, as well as live streamed masses and adoration: SJE YouTube . Please subscribe so that you can stay in touch.
During this time when many of us are spending more time at home, consider the following as a way to continue the practice of the faith:

  • Spend time praying the Rosary with your family.

  • Read/Pray over the Mass readings for the day (in “The Word Among Us” or “Magnificat” or on the USCCB website).

  • Pray for all of those affected by the Coronavirus as well as those who care for them.

We rely on our faith when faced with challenging times like this. We place our trust in our merciful Father who never fails to take care of us.
Looking for a way to help in our local community? Clement Manor welcomes cards, letters and artwork to share with their residents. You can mail your contributions to:  

Activity Team 
Clement Manor 
3939 S 92nd St 
Greenfield, WI 53228 
St. John the Evangelist School
Fax: 414-321-4450
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