Thursday, September 5, 2019

Friday, September 6th - Grades 5-8 Field Trip to Hunger Task Force Farm

Friday, September 13th - Dollar Jean Day (out-of-uniform)

Friday, September 20th - Out-of-Uniform Day

Friday, September 20th - Chesterton Academy Visit for Grades 6-8

Friday, September 20th - Fun Run & Tailgate Party

Tuesday, September 24th - Picture Retakes

Friday, September 27th - Grades 3-7 Field Trip to Madison

Monday, September 30th - Celebration of the Feast of the Archangels, 1:30 pm
Family Prayer 

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time  


How can we know God, unless God's gives us wisdom? 
  • The first reading from the Book of Wisdom is a set of reflections from Solomon's prayer. 
  • The questions do not look for answers; they serve as an act of praise. 
  • In today's passage, God's wisdom offers understanding on how to live. 

Receive another, not as a slave, but as a very dear brother or sister. 
  • Paul's letter to Philemon provides a good example of how Paul could encourage a member of one of his communities to act in a responsible, Christian way. 
  • Treating a slave as a brother was unthinkable in the social context of the era. 
  • Paul's short letter to Philemon illustrates living by God's wisdom rather than human wisdom. 

Whoever does not renounce possessions cannot be my disciple. 
  • In the New Testament, Jesus is the incarnation of God's wisdom, the teacher who taught humans how to live. 
  • Jesus uses examples from human experience to illustrate messages with deeper meanings. 
  • In today's Gospel Jesus uses the example of a wise builder to stress that discipleship is an all-consuming vocation. 

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; 

As I have shared with you, schools in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee have been mandated to implement Standards-Based grading. Our report cards have included standards in addition to traditional achievement grades for many years. However, in a truly standards-based learning environment, learning feedback is provided to both students and parents solely via information about mastery of standards. Standards- based grading eliminates achievement grades, also eliminating the need for averaging together a series of grades based on a 100 point scale over a series of lessons. Instead, a  standards - based grading  system measures a student's mastery of grade-level  standards  by prioritizing the most recent, consistent level of performance. 

Our teachers have been discussing this transition over the last year. The first priority which we identified was to educate our students in the vocabulary and standards-based models. For students in grades four through eight, there are four levels of proficiency: 
 
   Grades 4-8 Proficiency Scale  
Advanced (4)   Students who perform at an advanced level demonstrate understanding of concepts and skills extending beyond grade level standards.  These students can independently complete self-directed studies.                 
Proficient (3)  Students who perform at a proficient level demonstrate consistent understanding and application of concepts and skills aligned with grade level standards.  Student can complete assigned tasks independently. These are students who have mastered the concepts taught and are ready to move onto the next set of standards. 
Developing (2)    Students who are developing demonstrate partial understanding of grade level standards. These students can sometimes complete learning tasks without assistance, have not yet reached mastery. They will benefit from reteaching and additional practice. 
Emerging (1)    Students who are emergent need more time to develop understanding of grade level standards.  These students can complete learning activities with assistance. 
 
Students in grades one through three will receive a similar report card containing only three proficiency levels: 

Grades 1-3 Proficiency Scale
Proficient (3)  Students who perform at a proficient level demonstrate consistent understanding and application of concepts and skills aligned with grade level standards.  Student can complete assigned tasks independently. These are students who have mastered the concepts taught and are ready to move onto the next set of standards. 
Developing (2)    Students who are developing demonstrate partial understanding of grade level standards. These students can sometimes complete learning tasks without assistance, have not yet reached mastery. They will benefit from reteaching and additional practice. 
Emerging (1)    Students who are emergent need more time to develop understanding of grade level standards.  These students can complete learning activities with assistance. 
 
This week, I am asking parents to discuss these proficiency levels with your students. Because this is new to our students, we expect varying levels of understanding. The more our students discuss these different expectations, the better their understanding will be. Your conversations are an important piece in helping our students to embrace these changes. 
 
Go forth and be a blessing, 
 
Mary Laidlaw Otto 


Mark your calendars for our annual Fun Run and Tailgate Party  
 to be held on   
Friday, September 20th.  
 
Our students and parents alike look forward to this event. Beginning at 5 PM, students and parents will have the opportunity to walk or run around our 1/2 mile track up to 6 times! Parent and teacher cheerleaders will be on hand to provide encouragement. Please note that all walkers and runners need to complete a hold harmless agreement, which is being sent home with your child today. 
 
Following the run, families will be treated to a tailgate party. Food will be provided. Our playground will be open for children. Parents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs if the weather is nice, so that they can spend time socializing. This is the perfect opportunity for our new families to spend some time getting to know our community. 
 
Many volunteers are needed to make this event a success. The Sign-Up Genius email for this event will emailed to families next week. Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity for fellowship and fun!  


Soles for Catholic Education Walk  

Registration is now open for the 2019 Soles for Catholic Education Walk. On Saturday, October 19th, students and families will gather at Mount Mary University to celebrate Catholic Education at the annual Soles for Catholic Education Walk. 

All students and families are encouraged to join us for this important fundraiser! Our school goal this year is 50% student participation and $1,000 in funds raised for our school. This year, proceeds from this popular event will support bus transportation for school field trips. 
Registration is easy and free through September 25th. Just follow the link below to register your family. 

Students who register before September 25th will receive not only a free walk t shirt, but also a pair of SJE sunglasses! 
  
Safe Environment Training Information  
 
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 find a class or sign up go to  www.archmil.org .   

On the opening page, scroll down to this link: 
 
Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal  
 
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is committed to helping victims/survivors of sexual abuse and to protecting children.  Visit the links below for more information or to register for an upcoming Safe Environment Education session. 
 
Click on this link: 
Safe Environment Education sessions and resources. 
 
This will take you to the sign up page for Safeguarding classes. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kaminski in the school office.
St. John the Evangelist School
414-321-8540
Fax: 414-321-4450
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