Thursday, March 5, 2020

Friday, March 6th - Grades 3 & 4 Visit to Our Lady of the Angels

Friday, March 6th - Dollar Jean Day (Spirit Day) - proceeds to Water To Thrive Well Project

Monday, March 9th - Chess Club

Tuesday, March 10th - Reconciliation for grades 3-8

Wednesday, March 11th - Outdoor Ed Parents Meeting

Friday, March 13th - Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rally, Grades 6-8

Monday, March 16th - No School, Teacher Inservice

Tuesday, March 17th - March Birthdays Out-of-Uniform

Thursday, March 19th - St. Joseph Table and Bake Sale
Family Prayer 

Second Sunday of Lent

Reading I :  Genesis 12:1-4a

I will make of you a great nation.
  • In the first reading, Abraham is obedient to God’s call.
  • Abraham is blessed by God. Ultimately, blessing is a sharing in the life of God, a sharing in God’s power to bring life and to sustain it.
  • Because of Abraham’s obedience, the inexorable progress of sin and separation is reversed and God’s blessing begins to fill the world.

Reading II :  2 Timothy 1:8b-10

God has called us to a holy life.
  • In 2 Timothy the point is made that through obedience, followers of Jesus will share in the sufferings of Jesus and then come to share forever in his glory.
  • Through his death on the cross, Jesus has conquered death.
  • The final goal of God’s blessing is new life.

Gospel :  Matthew 17:1-9
Get up! Do not be afraid!
  • In the Gospel story Jesus leads Peter, James, and John up a high mountain, a favorite place in the Gospel of Matthew for revelation.
  • There, the presence of God shines through Jesus and he is transformed.
  • Moses and Elijah, representatives of the Law and the prophets, appear with Jesus.
A Message from
Mrs. Laidlaw Otto
Dear SJE Families; 

Lent seems like it should be a quiet time, with plenty of space for prayer and fasting. Here at school, though, preparing to celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead keeps us busy. There are so many lessons to be taught to our students, and so much for all of us to learn.   

While this is going on, late winter/early spring is also a time of planning for us. We are looking ahead to the upcoming school year, planning calendars, class lists, and of course, staffing for our school.  In light of this, I’d like to share some changes coming for next year. 

It’s never easy to say goodbye to teachers who have devoted so much time to our students. This year is especially challenging, as we have three staff members retiring. With the end of our school year we will say goodbye to Jane Ehrmann, our longtime upper grade teacher. Ms. Ehrmann has been at SJE since 1997. During that time she has taught both literacy and social studies and was our eighth-grade homeroom teacher prior to her move to part time two years ago. Her leadership and special skills in preparing our students for high school will be sorely missed. In addition, Ms. Ehrmann has taken on the role of master gardener here. If you have ever visited our school garden in the summer, you have probably also visited with Ms. Ehrmann.

Ms. Mary Skalecki has been our music teacher for more than 20 years. Starting at SJE in 1997, she has provided us with exemplary instruction in general music, while planning and executing amazing Christmas programs each year. Ms. Skalecki has been a champion in providing our students experiences in the fine arts, and a huge supporter as we work to provide the best all-around education to all of our students. 

Ms. Julie Starks has been with us since 2013. Ms. Starks has provided our students with so much more than instruction in physical education and health.  Her dedication to the Fuel Up to Play 60 program has provided countless after school activities, lessons in healthy eating, balanced lifestyles, and leadership lessons that will stay with our students throughout their lives.   

I could go on and on about these amazing women who have provided so many life lessons to our students! I know you joining me in wishing them well in their retirement journeys. The search for replacements will be a tough one and will begin immediately. I will update you along the way. 

Go Forth and be a Blessing, 

Mary Laidlaw Otto 
Water to Thrive Lenten Focus

Our efforts to provide a well for a community in Africa continues during this Lenten season. Last year we began our efforts and raised $2,904 so we are over halfway towards our goal of $5,000!
Included in today’s Thursday folder is a flyer with a water pump on it. Your family is encouraged to decorate this pump, include your names and return the pump with a donation towards our community well campaign. You may donate directly online using this link:

Or you may send a check made out to St. John the Evangelist with “Water to Thrive” in the memo section. Please share this information with family and friends who may donate to our campaign. We have more wells to decorate and post on our wall!

On Monday, March 9, we will kick-off our Lenten focus with the students after Monday morning prayer. Throughout March we will be sharing prayers, videos and challenges to help them understand the importance of clean, safe water for everyone. And that having easy access to clean and safe water is not a given in many places in the world.

On Thursday, March 26 we will hold a “Jump, Shoot and Give” day. In the morning our K4-3rd grade will participate in jump rope stations in the gym. In the afternoon our 4th – 8th graders will participate in a 3 on 3 half court basketball tournament. We are asking students to seek pledges from friends and family as a part of this event (though not required to participate). Our Fuel Up to Play 60 Team and our 8th graders have each pledged to raise $100 ($200 total) as a leadership effort to get us moving.

Asante sana (many thanks) for your support of our Lenten focus of giving clean water to a community in Africa! Ms. Starks will gladly answer any questions you have!
Handwriting Contest

Recently our students took part in our first annual handwriting contest. This contest was sponsored by our parent group, Under Mary’s Mantle. Our students were provided with prayers and asked to copy them in their very best handwriting. The winners from each homeroom received a prize.  Students’ efforts are on display outside of our classrooms.   
Congratulations to: 
Amy Z. (K4) 
Anastasia L. (K5) 
Alaina P. (Gr.1) 
Justine C. (Gr.2) 
Caleb L. (Gr.3) 
Rose P. (Gr.4) 
Nicholas B. (Gr.5) 
Christina K. (Gr.6/7) 
Claire B. (Gr.8) 

We are so excited to be holding a St. Joseph Day Bake Sale on Thursday, March 19th.
Please be sure to check out the flyer for details.
Congratulations to Tyler J., grade 7, our first Fuel Up to Play 60 ambassador for the 2019-2020 school year. Tyler works hard as a member of our school Fuel Up Team, encouraging our students to eat healthy and engage in physical activity here at school.  
After School Care Assistant Needed

St. John the Evangelist is in need of help in our after school care program. This is the perfect position for a recent high school grad, a college student, or even a recently retired grandparent. Please help us by reaching out to your friends and family with this opportunity.  

The after-school helper supports the director of the program in providing a safe, fun program for our students each school day from 2:30 PM until approximately 6:00 PM. Employees must be willing to supervise students outdoors as well as engage in indoor activities such as board games.  

To apply, or for more information, please call the school office at 414-321-8540.  
Toiletry Drive Update

We are so proud of the work that our SJE students and families have done over the last 5 weeks to help provide very needed toiletry items for those less fortunate than ourselves in the Milwaukee area. As a school, we collected 2,646 items throughout our drive! When we add this to the thousands of items that the parish families contributed, we were able to fill a large van with boxes full of donations.

The 8th grade students stepped up again to show their leadership in their collection efforts last week. They have earned an Out-of-Uniform day for their class for their tremendous spirit in donating an average of 19 dental health related items per student.

Thank you for the incredible response to the call to help St. Ben's and the House of Peace fill their pantry with these most needed products.

 - National Junior Honor Society
Basketball Update

Our SJE athletes have had a very exciting season. Special recognition goes to our 8th grade teams, as both the boys and girls teams have been invited to play in the Padre Serra Tournament. Here is the link for more information on the Padre Serra Tournament. (Our teams are combined with St. Mary's Hales Corners, so look for St. Mary's when you are looking at the schedule of games.)

In addition, our 6th grade boys team finished the season as division champs with a win-loss record of 11-1. The 6th grade girls took second place in their division with a record of 10-2.

Here is how our teams fared in tournaments:
6th Grade Boys: 3rd place St. Mary's Menomonee Falls Tournament
6th Grade Girls: Consolation Champs in St. Joseph Tournament and 3rd place in St. Matthias Tournament
7th Grade Girls: 3rd place in Holy Trinity Tournament and 2nd place in St. Jerome Tournament
8th Grade Boys: 2nd place in St. Mary Hales Corners Tournament
8th Grade Girls: 2nd place St. Agnes Tournament "Mayhem at the Mural"

Congratulations to all players and coaches!

St. John the Evangelist School
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