Thursday, February 28, 2019
Friday, March 1st - Grades 3 & 4 visit to Our Lady of the Angels

Friday, March 1st - First Friday Family Holy Hour

Monday, March 4th - End of Trimester 2

Tuesday, March 5th - Paczki's with Pop, 7:00 AM

Wednesday, March 6th - Ash Wednesday

Thursday, March 7th - Report Cards, Grades 1-8

Friday, March 8th - Stations of the Cross, 2:00 PM

Friday, March 8th - Fish Fry 4:00 - 7:00 PJ

Tuesday, March 12th - Junior Achievement Jr. Biz Town Field Trip, Grades 4-6

Thursday, March 14th - Fuel Up to Play 60 meeting

Friday, March 15th - No School, Teacher Inservice
Family Prayer 

Gospel Reading for Sunday, March 3rd, 2019  

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time  

Living the Life 


  • Have you ever stumbled over something at night when the lights are out? How do you think it would feel to be blind? 
  • Have you ever had some grains of sand or an eyelash in your eye? How did it feel? 
  • What is the message Jesus wants us to learn from the parables in today’s gospel? 
 
Please consider reading the upcoming Sunday gospel together as a family. The questions above are good conversation starters as you prepare your children for weekly mass.  
Our primary students are celebrating Dr. Seuss Week. Here are our K5 students with their crazy socks.
A Note from the Principal:  
Standards-based Grading
 
Dear SJE Parents, 

At St. John the Evangelist, it is our mission to educate your children in emotionally, academically and spiritually. Measuring the progress of our students academically is one of our greatest challenges. We encourage all our students, even our very youngest learners to take their own learning seriously.   

Our Archdiocesan Schools Office supports us in our endeavors in all of these areas. Recently, best practices in evaluating and communicating progress to families has been a key focus. As a result of this research, St. John the Evangelist, along with all other Archdiocesan schools, has been mandated to adopt a method of grading that is a more accurate and honest way of communicating information about what your children are expected to learn and how they are progressing along their learning path. This method, called standards-based grading (SBG), allows each parent a better understanding of concepts and skills being taught. It provides clear information about how individual children are progressing in learning those concepts and skills.  

Our teachers have already been grading the standards that you see underneath each subject achievement grade on our current report card. They already possess a clear understanding of how to grade students on standards. They will be challenged to work with updates to PowerSchool and plans to communicate this information clearly to our students and you, our families.   

Over the upcoming weeks, our newsletter will include information regarding standards-based grading. I will be providing an explanation of the measurements used and the expectations for students at each different level. In addition, I will be addressing our preparation of our upper grade students for high school, as well as our practices to recognize exemplary students.   

We do not yet have access to a new format report card. As soon as this document becomes available, I will share it with you. 

I understand that parents may have questions about standards-based grading. I am asking that you take time to review the information which will be shared via this newsletter over the next few weeks. Once clear information has been provided to us regarding the new report card, I will schedule a parent meeting to share information and answer questions you may have. 

In the meantime, I ask two things of you:   
1. Please continue to watch our weekly newsletter for updates regarding SBG. 
2. Please feel free to contact me with questions regarding how we grade, the transition to SBG, or any other aspect of our measurement of student learning. 

Growing in God’s love,

Mary Laidlaw Otto 

Internet safety 

Some of our older students have been talking about highly inappropriate videos circulating online. These video clips are appearing on many social media sites and YouTube including “YouTube Kids”. 

A video starts innocently like the start of a “Peppa Pig” episode, or a “Fortnite” video, but quickly turn into altered versions that have violence and offensive language in them. 

Another video clip is going by the name “Momo” which shows a deformed and deranged white masked character encouraging viewers (generally children) to do dangerous tasks without telling their parents. Examples included asking the children to turn the gas on their stove on or find pills or medicine in the house and take them. 

We encourage you to be vigilant when your child is using any device or watching any clips. Our students have very limited access to internet sites on our school equipment. We utilize a powerful firewall to block access to inappropriate information. However, we also encourage all parents to remind children to alert a staff member if they see something disturbing on an electronic device at school or at school events. 

Please take time to read the article below for additional information regarding children, the internet, and the Momo challenge. It provides insight for parents of children of all ages.    
 
Yearbook Order Forms 
Today’s paper envelope contains a yearbook order form. Although the form states that all orders are due back on Friday, March 1 st , we have extended the deadline to Friday, March 8 th .   

Thank you for your prompt reply. 

Marriage & Family Matters
Friday, March 1, 2019
6:00 P.M. in Church
followed by open gym at 7:00 P.M.

Everyone is invited for an Hour of Prayer as we strengthen our families and community. Adoration is simply to show our love for Jesus and to adore Him in the Eucharist and allow Him to love us.

The purpose of a family adoration hour is to welcome families and to help children learn to adore Christ present in the Eucharist. Children, as well as all present, are lead through the adoration by a priest, deacon, or lay person. Please join us.

Calling all Dads!! 

Last Call for Paczkis with Pop 
 
Today’s paper envelope includes an invitation to our first annual  “Paczkis with Pop”  event. Our Home and School will welcome students with their dads for an early morning breakfast treat of paczkis, juice, and coffee on Tuesday , March 5th, in our school cafeteria from 7:00 AM to 7:40 AM . Simply complete and send it to the office. All RSVPs must be returned to the school office no later than Monday, March 4th. Dads and Granddads will not w ant to miss this opportunity to share doughnuts and conversation with their students!   
   
Enrollment Update  
Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is well underway.   THANK YOU  to all of the families who have already returned their paperwork. Families who have not yet responded are asked to complete and return paperwork for next year as soon as possible. Your quick response helps us as we plan for next year! 
Our faculty will be enjoying a special lunch on Wednesday, March 13th. Since all teachers will be eating together, we need extra lunch supervisors for our students. If you are able to help out between 11:00 and 12:20, please let Mrs. Kaminski know, either by calling the school office at 414-321-8540 or by email: mkaminski@sje.k12.wi.us
Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rally  

Today’s paper envelope includes a permission slip for the Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rally. This day is a wonderful opportunity for our sixth, seventh and eighth graders to collaborate in activity and prayer with Catholic youth from around the state. Our parish is sponsoring a group who will attend under the supervision of Austin Rahill, our parish Director of Religious Education. For more information, click here or to sign up for the trip, please reach out to Austin at  arahill@stjohns-grfd.org  or 414-321-8922. 
Students practiced hands only CPR today in health class.
Athletic Association News
Futsal and Track Registration Open

Registration is now open for Futsal (K5-Grade 4) and Track (Grades 5-8). Please sign up at Blue Sombrero . The deadline for signups is March 1st. Please see the flyers on the Thursday Folder page. If you have any questions, please contact Trisha Jambor at AssistantAD@sje.k12.wi.us .

Save the date for SJE night with the Milwaukee Wave - Sunday, March 31st, 1:05pm game. If we lock in with 100+ tickets, seats are only $10 each. More details to come out soon.  
St. John the Evangelist School
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Fax: 414-321-4450
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