Thursday, March 7, 2019
Friday, March 8th - Dollar Jean Day to benefit Water To Thrive

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 13th - Chess Club

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

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

Gospel Reading for Sunday, March 10th, 2019 

First Sunday of Lent  

Strength from Scripture 

  • Why do we give things up for Lent? 
  • How does this help us to keep God central in our lives? 
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, 

Yesterday marked Ash Wednesday – the beginning of the Lenten season. 

Here at school, we began our Lenten journey with Ash Wednesday mass. This liturgy sets the tone for our Lenten season. Our students ended the day with a prayer pod reflection on how they will prepare for Easter with Prayer, Almsgiving, and Fasting.  

As you know, we have been focusing on a different fruit of the Holy Spirit each month this school year. During March we are working on patience. It is our school goal to “stay the course” this Lent; working together to patiently fulfill our Lenten intentions. As you enter our building, you will see footprints on display. These footprints visualize the journey of our students and staff members as we  Grow in God’s  Love toward Easter.   

Of course, our students will also be working in their homerooms to fulfill these Lenten promises on a daily basis. You can support your child in their learning during the season of Lent by asking them about their classroom projects. This is a great way to extend our classroom learning into your family. 

Lenten Blessings, 


Mary Laidlaw Otto 

Tardiness has become a significant problem in our school community. On an average morning between 8 and 10 students come into school after our second bell has rung at 7:45. These students are lacking sufficient time to unpack, place lunch orders, and complete tasks necessary to be ready to start their day at school. In addition, Wisconsin state law considers students who are habitually tardy to be truant from school. In an effort to combat tardiness in our building, families who have been tardy to school more than five days in the second trimester are receiving truancy notices in their report card envelopes today. If your family receives one of these notes I am asking that you consider leaving home ten or fifteen minutes earlier each morning. Breaking this habit of tardiness will positively impact your child's day, making the transition from home to school a stress free experience.
St. Joseph's Table 

On March 19th, it has been our tradition to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph with a “Saint Joseph’s Day" Table. This is a tradition the people in Italy started in the middle ages. The story goes that there was a great drought and the people prayed for St Joseph to intervene.  They promised, if rain came, they would prepare a big feast in his honor. Their prayers were answered. In gratitude, huge banquet tables were set up in public and poor people were invited to come and eat as much as they wanted. Since then many nations share with the poor and needy on March 19th, St. Joseph’s Feast Day.   

On Tuesday, March 19th, we will be filling our own “St. Joseph’s Table” with a student bake sale. All the proceeds from this bake sale will support our Water to Thrive Well project, helping to bring clean water to villages in Africa.   

This year, we are excited to anchor our St. Joseph’s Table with a Saint Joseph Altar, providing a wonderful opportunity for our students to explore the faith traditions that support this event.  

In order to make this bake sale a success, each family is asked to donate homemade baked goods of their choice. For example, a dozen of one of the following: cookies, cupcakes, brownies, bars. Because some of our students gave up sweets for Lent, we also welcome muffins or banana bread, small bags of popcorn, etc.      
 
Your donation can be dropped off at the school office on Tuesday morning, March 19th.  It should be packaged in individual plastic baggies  to make it easy for our students to transport their purchases to their rooms. Please label any items with nuts or peanut butter. With your help our students can enjoy treats and honor St. Joseph’s memory with a generous donation for those who do not have easy access to clean water. 

Water to Thrive

Each year, our students tackle a service project during Lent. Over the last several years, we have participated in the “Jump Rope for Heart” fundraiser. With the dissolution of that program we have chosen to work on supporting the installation of wells in Africa. During the season of Lent we will be educating our students about water consumption and access to water throughout the world. Next week’s Thursday communication will include details about our plans for this service project, including links to a donation website and plans for our students to experience what it is like to live in a nation with an underdeveloped water supply system. 
Forward Exam Update  
 
Our third through eighth graders are exploring the Forward exam through the practice test tools. They are discovering that this test will challenge not only their knowledge, but also their ability to read and follow directions in new and different ways. You can help by providing time for your student to practice for the Forward Exam at home.   

Family Fuel Up Contest – Thank-you to the Maier, Felske, Pitcher, Cibaric, Ricard, Ramirez, Wichgers and Kelly families for sharing photos of how they Fuel Up in healthy ways! Five prize packages were awarded on Tuesday and participation Fuel Up bracelets were awarded to all entrants. 

Mooving Through Wisconsin Contest – St. John’s was a runner-up in the statewide contest encouraging schools to Moove at least 1,000 miles. We received a Mason Crosby autographed football! Watch for news about how that will be awarded later this spring. 

Health Related Phone Apps – Two free apps that can help in an emergency: 
To find the nearest AED to your location use the Pulsepoint app. You can also add AED locations if they are not already a part of the app. Our Greenfield Fire Department had a part in promoting this app’s beginnings 8 years ago. 
Red Cross First Aid app – shares what to do in many emergency situations and also provides advice in how to prepare for emergencies. 
Yearbook Order Forms 
Last week's paper envelope contained 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. 
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
Athletic Association News
Sports Banquet

Our Athletic Association Banquet will be held on Sunday, March 24th in the gym. Check in begins at 3:30 PM. All Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Futsal and Track Teams will be recognized. Team presentation and awards will be at 4:15 PM, followed by dinner at 5:0 PM. Cost is $5.00 per family. Click here for the flyer to RSVP by Wednesday, March 20th.
St. John the Evangelist School
414-321-8540
Fax: 414-321-4450
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