Thursday, November 29, 2018

Friday, November 30th - Dollar Jean Day (to benefit the Parish Giving Tree)

Tuesday, December 4th - Reconciliation for grades 3-8

Wednesday, December 12th - 12:30 Christmas Program Rehearsal, 6:30 Christmas Program

Friday, December 14th - Panera Night 4-8 PM

Saturday, December 15th & Sunday, December 16th - Cookie Walk after all Masses

Family Prayer 

Gospel Reading for Sunday, December 2, 2018 

First Sunday in Advent  

Be Vigilant 

Questions for Family Discussion: 

  • What church season is starting? 
  • Who are we waiting for? 
  • What can we do to grow closer to Jesus while we wait? 
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.   
A Note from the Principal:  
Dear SJE Parents, 

Educators today often talk about setting goals with students. We call our daily classroom goals learning targets and we know that these are the things which create the focus for the day. When I visit a classroom, I will often ask students to explain what they are learning about. In this way, I ensure that not only has the teacher set a goal or learning target, but that the students are aware of the outcome. This practice sets our students up for success. It helps them to think critically about the materials being explored, with an eye on what they will master in the end. 

Our teachers also set professional learning goals. These annual goals help to guide them as they work to become better educators, ultimately benefiting our students. 

As we begin our new trimester, our families also have an opportunity to set goals with their children. I am asking our families to consider the following goals as we head into the second trimester of the year.  

Take time to discuss your child’s day with them.  Dinner is an excellent time to hear the stories of everyone’s day. The benefits to children from this type of sharing are countless! 

If your child is in second grade or above, check their assignment notebook every single school day.   If your child is in fifth through eighth grade, you should be checking their honor card and PowerSchool at least weekly, but a daily peek at the assignment notebook will provide valuable insight into your child’s growing organizational abilities. 

If you struggle to get your child to school before our 7:45 tardy bell, leave 10 minutes earlier . Too many of our students are late to school nearly every single day. Students who come in late, or moments before the tardy bell, are missing time to unpack and organize, review what their day will look like, and talk with friends before the work of the day begins. Arriving to school between 7:30 and 7:40 ensures a calm start to the day, helping to set the stage for success throughout the day! 
Growing in God’s Love, 
Mary Laidlaw Otto 

Advent Update 
Advent begins this weekend. Here at school, our Monday morning prayer services will take on a slightly different look. We light an Advent wreath and take a few moments before we begin our busy days to pray together. Our Fruit of the Holy Spirit for December is Joy. We will be focusing on Jesus, Others, Yourself. Each student and staff member in our school has been assigned a  prayer buddy.   We will provide activities and prompts to help students remember these buddies in prayer throughout the Advent season.   We   will place reminders of our prayers in folders in our front hallway. What a wonderful way to bring the Joy of the Advent season alive. This activity reminds us of our Advent promise to live out our school theme: “Growing in God’s Love”.   At this time of year, our greatest challenge is to take time during our busy days to pray and to enjoy the lesson in patience that Advent provides. What an amazing opportunity for growth for all members of our community! 
Cookie Walk 
Your help is needed to make our second annual SJE Home and School Cookie Walk a success. Each family is asked to donate at least one (two or three would be wonderful) batch of cookies or bars to be sold at weekend masses on December 15th and 16th.   

Thank you to all families who have already committed to bake cookies for our cookie walk.  So far, we have pledges for 900 cookies! In order to make our cookie walk a success, we need at least 1,500 cookies. Please keep those donation commitments coming! 
The more cookies you donate, the more money that will be raised by our Home and School. Cookie Walk proceeds will be used to fund family activities provided by our Home and School. 

A sign-up sheet is available in this week’s electronic folder. Please complete the sheet and return it to the school office by Monday December 10th, letting us know how many cookies or bars you will be able to provide. All cookies should be delivered to the school office on Friday morning, December 14th. 

Our little elves are busy preparing for our annual Christmas program! 
Wednesday, December 12th.  
Rehearsal 12:30 PM  
Evening performance 6:30 PM   
SJE Gymnasium  

Fitness Eagles/Moove Through Wisconsin Effort
Our state Fuel Up to Play 60 program has a contest going until Feb. 1 for schools to cover 1,000 miles running or walking. Through various event to date we have 550 miles. If you and your family walk or run, record your miles on a sheet of paper and turn in to Ms. Starks so we can include those.
November Fitness Calendars are due now!

December Fitness Calendar

The December calendar is being handed out in school today.

This month's calendar emphasis is PLAY! Please save the paper copy and record the days when anyone in your family plays for 60 minutes in a day. And don't forget to record those walks and runs in miles too! Turn in completed calendars when school resumes in January!

Snack Cart: – We are now offering a Snack Cart Card for $5.00. This card will be kept at the Snack Cart with purchases marked as used. This is good for 10 snacks with a reward of a free 11th snack! Send checks made out to SJE or cash to the office clearly marked “Snack Cart” and which student names they are for. (Psst, these make great stocking stuffer gifts! Note that on your request and we will return the card in the Thursday folder in a sealed envelope!)

Phy Ed News

Boots: On Tuesdays and Thursdays students need tennis shoes to wear during physical education. Boots worn to school are not acceptable and many times are not safe for movement in the gym.

Miller Park Concessions

Are you interested in earning tuition credits for the 2019-2020 school year? Or just looking to help support the parish by participating with other parishioners and school parents? See the flyer in today's electronic folder to sign up to work concessions during the 2019 Milwaukee Brewers Season at Miller Park. Call Gary Tveten at 414-282-1567 for more information. RSVP forms are due back by December 13th.
Calendar Raffle Reminder  
Each family at St. John the Evangelist is required to sell 7 calendar raffles.   
All money and completed raffle stubs must be turned into the school office no later than Friday, December 7th.   
Need help selling your calendar raffles? Time at the weekend mass Scrip table is still available. This is a great opportunity to sell your raffles.

Panera Bread Night
Friday, December 14th
7840 W. Layton Ave.
4:00 - 8:00 PM
Stop by Panera Bread on Friday, December 14th and a portion of sales will come back to our Home & School Association.
Just show the cashier this flyer (also available on our school website).

As always, scrip cards are available in the Parish Office during regular business hours or during SCRIP sale weekends.
Winter Snow Closing Days 
Please remember that in case of extreme weather conditions, St. John will close when the Greenfield Public Schools close.    We do not generally list St. John the Evangelist separately on television or radio.  
Please listen for the Greenfield Public Schools. Tune into any local radio or television station to check for closings or log onto any of the following:    
For even more up to date information, we also post closings on our school and parish website,   as well as our school Facebook page: 
St John the Evangelist Catholic School, Greenfield    

In addition, we send an email out to our parent list
as soon as we know school will be closing for the day.  
St. John the Evangelist School
Fax: 414-321-4450
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