Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thursday, February 13th - Blaze Pizza Night

Friday, February 14th - No School, Teacher Inservice

Saturday, February 15th - Father/Daughter Dance

Monday, February 17th - No School, Teacher Inservice

Tuesday, February 18th - February Birthdays Out-of-Uniform Day

Thursday, February 20th - STEM Propel Challenge

Saturday, February 22nd - Small Plates Big Hearts Fundraiser

Tuesday, February 25th - Paczki with Pop, 7 AM

Wednesday, February 26th - Ash Wednesday

Family Prayer 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Human beings have free will. The Law is a gift from God.
  • Sirach was written very late in Old Testament times.
  • The author of Sirach lived in a cosmopolitan, pagan community that did not support his religious values.
  • He asserts that we are responsible for keeping God's law regardless of the prevailing culture.

Happy are they that follow the Law of the Lord.
  • God's law is contrasted to prevailing culture.
  • Following Christ in radical obedience was the true wisdom of the Christian.
  • The reward of radical obedience was beyond all human imagination.

The Law is God’s gift of life. The holiness of Jesus’ followers is a choice of life.
  • Jesus gave six examples of how to follow the Law. Four of them are read in this Sunday's Gospel.
  • He declared that the sin really begins with the decision, before the action is taken.
  • The Law is God's gift of life. The wholeness of Jesus' followers is a choice of life.
A Message from
Mrs. Laidlaw Otto
Dear SJE Families; 

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

This year, our milder winter has allowed us to come to school and participate in our activities without the interruption of unscheduled snow and cold days.  Even our students noted how much they enjoyed Catholic Schools week without snow days.  This week, though, our students are being treated to a four-day weekend. Hopefully you will be able to enjoy some family time in the snow.   

Our teachers will be hard at work on Friday and Monday. Although our teachers love spending their days surrounded by eager learners, teaching can be an isolating profession. Exemplary teachers are lifelong learners but finding time to collaborate is an ongoing challenge.  Friday and Monday are two of those days for our teachers. Tomorrow our teachers will be together. They will have the opportunity to participate in training on the interpretation of our Star testing results. We can’t wait to learn more about how to use this valuable information to plan for an increase in learning for all of our students.  

Our teachers will also spend part of their day on Friday preparing for our upcoming accreditation. Although our school is accredited annually, we host a site visit every seven years. Our next visit will be in fall of 2021.  You will hear more about the accreditation process over the next year, as we work to gather and prepare information for the team that will visit us. 

We will spend Monday in our faith training program. Our teachers look forward to this opportunity to work together to learn about their faith. It is particularly fun to meet with other educators from neighboring schools. 

By Tuesday, though, we will be ready to greet our students again, re-energized by our days away. 

Enjoy your time off! We will enjoy the opportunity to grow in our role as teachers. 

Mary Laidlaw Otto 
Calling All Babysitters! 

Occasionally the parents of our younger students ask if we know of any trained babysitters. Although we do not want to be in the business of matching sitters with families, we would love to have some names and phone numbers of families with older children who are experienced sitters.  
If you have an older child who is a trained babysitter and would like their name included on a list which we will make available to families upon request, please email the information to our school office ( ).  We will compile the list here and pass it along to families as they request it. With our Small Plates Big Hearts event coming soon we know that our families will be looking for qualified sitters. 

Paczki with Pop!

Today’s paper envelope includes an invitation to our second annual  “Paczki with Pop”  event. Our Home and School will welcome students with their dads for an early morning breakfast treat of paczki, juice, and coffee on Tuesday , February 25th, in our school cafeteria from 7:00 AM to 7:40 AM . Simply complete and send it to the office. All RSVPs should be returned to the school office no later than Friday, February 21st. Dads and Granddads will not want to miss this opportunity to share doughnuts and conversation with their students!   
Boxtops Contest

It’s time for our second boxtop collection of the year!! 

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! 

The second boxtop turn in date of the school year is quickly approaching. We are collecting boxtops through Friday, February 21st.  Please send boxtops to school in an envelope or a baggie clearly marked with your family names. All families who send in boxtops will be entered into a drawing for a $25 SCRIP card of their choice. 
Flat Mason Contest Update –

Thank-you to all who submitted a photo of Flat Mason! He spent a lot of time in your homes and I especially want to thank Anastasia (K5) and family who took Flat Mason to see the Bronze Fonz, Jordan (K5) and family who took him to Kopp’s Custard and to the Wichgers family who all gathered to be in their photo!

Students who submitted a Flat Mason photo were entered in a drawing for a variety of FUTP60 prizes including a duffle bag, knit hat, Mason Crosby Standup and some posters. The drawing was held during our Run the Halls event last Thursday and all prizes were given (did not need to be present to win).

Thanks again for your participation and thank-you to the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin for supporting our FUTP60 program!

-Ms. Starks  
Toiletry Drive Update

Thank you to the many school and parish families who have contributed items for our toiletry drive. Last week our students brought in 531 items! The 8th grade displayed their leadership skills by bringing in 229 items! They have earned an extra indoor recess that will be held later in February.

Next week we be collecting baby wipes, shaving cream, razors, and hand sanitizer. The top class will receive a Sweatshirt Day!

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, please give generously to help those in our community who are in the most need.

 - National Junior Honor Society
Athletic News

Now is the time to sign up for Futsal and Track. See the flyers for more information. Click here to be taken to the login page for Blue Sombrero. For more information, contact Trisha Jambor at
Did you buy your tickets for the Small Plates, Big Hearts night yet? We will have lots of great items to bid on, including some unique items made by our students. Look at what the 8th graders have come up with! Beautiful stepping stones for your garden or walkway. You wont want to miss out on this fun event. If you are unable to attend, you may still register to bid on auction items. See the links below to register.
Small Plates, Big Hearts!
A Night at St. John's

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Food stations from a variety of local restaurants!
Come and enjoy the food, drinks, music, raffles, and an online silent auction. Click  here  for more information. 

Tickets are now available. The presale ticket price is $25.
On the day of the event, the price will be $35

To purchase tickets online, click  here!

We are in the process of securing the restaurants for the event
so check back often.

We are now accepting auction donations for our event! As you are shopping the great after Christmas sales, look for the following items that make for a successful auction: electronics, jewelry, sports/outdoor equipment, household items, gift cards, timeshares, sporting event tickets, sports memorabilia, spa items, etc.

Questions? Email
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St. John the Evangelist School
Fax: 414-321-4450
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