Thursday, September 19, 2019

Friday, September 20th - Out-of-Uniform Day (dress for exercize)

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 4-7 Field Trip to Madison

Monday, September 30th - Catholic Memorial High School Visit, Grades 6-8

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

Wednesday, October 9th - Fire Safety Day

Friday, October 11th - No School, Teacher Inservice
Family Prayer 

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Don't trample on the needy! 

  • The prophet Amos preached during an era when Israel had forgotten the ways of justice and mercy that were at the heart of the covenant. 
  • At the time of his preaching the division between the wealthy merchant class and the poorer rural class had increased and merchants sold poor-quality merchandise and figuratively enslaved the poor for the price of a pair of sandals. 
  • Amos proclaimed that, because the rich had neglected the poor, God would come in judgment and destroy the land. 

Pray for all, especially those in authority. 

  • The passage from 1 Timothy is the beginning of a long exhortation on “household duties” for the whole church. 
  • Today’s reading called for God’s faithful people to pray for all in need, Christians and non-Christians alike, as well as for those in authority to be good leaders. 
  • Lifting of the hands with palms open and up is a gesture of prayer used by Jews and Christians. 

No one can serve two masters. 

  • Today’s gospel passage is addressed to the disciples of Jesus. It is meant to speak a positive message. 
  • Landowners in Jesus' time had agents (stewards) who acted on their behalf. It was common practice for a steward to loan money to the debtor at a high interest rate and receive a commission. In the parable the steward gives up his own commission when he has the debtors rewrite the note. Because the steward found a clever solution to his problem, the landowner praises him. 
  • All parables tell something about the kingdom. In this parable Jesus makes an appeal for his followers to be as enterprising in their pursuit of the kingdom as this steward was in trying to make a place for himself in this world. 

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; 

Tomorrow we will celebrate one of our most popular events of the year – our Fun Run and Tailgate Party. If you have not yet signed up for these events, it’s not too late! Once students will have the opportunity to “show us what they’ve got” on our half mile oval, families will enjoy a tailgate treat!  

Our families are beginning to sign up for the Soles for Catholic Education walk. I hope all of you will consider joining us. Families MUST sign up no later than next Wednesday, September 25th, in order to receive free t-shirts. Last year we had more than 50 participants. Students who sign up will receive will also be recognized with a cool pair of SJE shades. Details and a link to the sign up are included below.    

And, of course, mark your calendars for our Trunk or Treat. This year it will be held on Friday, October 25th. It's not too early to begin planning for your trunk decorations. I know I am nearly ready!! 

All of these events help to make our community a great place to learn and grow. Please consider joining us for one or all!  

Go forth and be a blessing, 
Mary Laidlaw Otto 
The Soles for Catholic Education Walk will be held at Mount Mary College on Saturday, October 19 th . Families are invited to sign up for the walk by following this link:     
Standards-Based Teaching, Learning, and Grading Update 
Last week, I spoke about learner goals, based in our curriculum standards and provided in each class at the beginning of each lesson. Using these learner goals to frame the lesson is easy for our upper grade students, who are generally taking notes when a new lesson or concept is introduced. It can be a challenge for the teachers at the primary level to put the goal into “student friendly” language, but that is an important component of lesson planning.  Helping students to identify and understand the focus of their learning is a first step in promoting student responsibility for learning and academic growth. It is also the first step in Standards-Based teaching, learning, and grading. How did your student do when you asked them about lesson goals (or learner outcomes, as they are sometimes called)?  Were they able to provide you with insight into what they were learning? 
School Picture Retakes

Pictures have arrived at school, and were sent home earlier this week. If your child was absent for picture day, or if you are not satisfied with your child’s picture and would like to have it retaken, the retake day is Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

  • If your child was absent for picture day, you should fill out and complete a new order form/payment envelope. Call the school office if you need one.
  • If your child had his/her picture taken, but you would like the picture retaken, send your original packet with your child on retake day. The photographer will collect the old package, and retake your child’s picture.

If you have any questions, please call the school office.
Chess Club Signups

Our chess club is open to students in Grades 4-8 and will meet on alternating Mondays, from 2:45-3:45 PM. See the flyer in your paper envelope today for more information. Complete the form and return it to the school office if you are interested. Chess club will meet for the first time on Monday, October 4th.
Growing Gardeners Program
This is a program to encourage our students to become gardeners at home! Once a month we will be sending home seeds to each family. The first packet of seeds is in your paper envelope today.

Gardening has so many benefits for children:
·          Helps children appreciate God’s gift of nature
·          Engages all the senses and creates environmental stewards
·          Enhances fine motor development and self confidence
·          Encourages healthy eating and relieves stress
·          Introduces scientific and mathematical concepts
·          Fosters family bonding and positively impacts mood
·          Teaches responsibility and patience and improves focus
·          Provides moderate exercise outdoors

Thank you to Thrivent Financial, Steins, Milaeger’s and Target (New Berlin) for their help with this new program!
A Public Square Fatima Rosary Rally, in conjunction with over 21,145 other Public Rosary Rallies across America sponsored by America Needs Fatima, will be held on Saturday, October 12th, from noon to 1:00 PM. Please mark your calendar to join us to pray a public Rosary on the sidewalk on 84th Street by the SJE driveway alongside the soccer field. Bring along a lawn chair if you prefer to sit during the Rosary. Bring your family and friends! Your continuing prayers for our country are desperately needed.
Schoenstatt Girls

It's not too late for your girls to sign up for The Schoenstatt Girls' Group. Meetings will be at SJE School on the second Wednesday of each month, from 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm. For more information contact the school office or Sr. Maria Jose at 262-522-4300 or
Don't forget - Tonight is Portillo's Night. Stop in between 5:00 and 8:00 and show them this flyer:
St. John the Evangelist School
Fax: 414-321-4450
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