Friday, August 26, 2016

26 Aug

Dear Parents and Community Members,

I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday morning! Here is a prayer for you to utilize on the first day of school and throughout the year as your children leave for school in the morning:

“Dear Lord, As my children leave for school, I pray that you will keep them in your care.  Send your Spirit to open their minds to all that is true and beautiful and good.  Help them to see the gifts and talents you have given them and to use them well.  Help them to grow in knowledge and wisdom.  Help them to be kind to others and lead others to be kind to them.  Give their teachers patience and understanding and help them teach what is just and true.  Send your angels to guide and guard my children and to keep them from all harm.  Open their young hearts to your presence and enfold them in your peace and protection.  Hold them in the palm of your hand and bring them home safely at day’s end.  Amen.”

I’m very happy to report the letter explaining how to set up an account for our OneView Parent Portal and the letter explaining how to utilize payforit.net in order to pay for your child’s lunch online have been sent.  You should receive those letters in the mail either tomorrow or Monday I would suspect.  Please set up your OneView account for your children as soon as possible and complete the online forms.  This information is essential in helping your child have a safe and successful school year.  Please be patient and let us know if you have any questions or feedback as we implement this new system in order to make this process as convenient as possible.

As a reminder, I have copied the following from the school handbook in regards to our school uniform: The official uniform shorts may be worn during the months of August, September, May, June and until the Children’s Festival in October.  I’m sure the students will want to use this option as the forecast is rather warm for next week!

During the first week of school your child will receive a box of church envelopes to help them be able to participate in the Sunday and Holy Day Masses throughout the Liturgical Year.  I encourage you to remind your child to use their envelope each weekend and Holy Day as you help them learn to make an offering to God each week.  They are welcome to put a donation in the envelope or they can write a prayer and place that in the envelope as an offering.  It is important to teach our students to be faithful stewards as they grow in their Catholic Faith.

I have included the YouTube video from last week in this newsletter, in case you haven’t had a chance to view it, or you cannot find it and have questions about online forms, arrival/dismissal, or Latchkey. https://youtu.be/ZFpR0ZPs2cs

I pray that you are able to help your children get to bed on time Monday night, wake up early and eat a healthy breakfast on Tuesday morning, and have a smooth transition back into the school routine! Let’s make the 2016-17 school year the best year ever as we learn together every day to “Become a Dragon Slayer (Saint)”.  Have a great weekend and Peace Be With You! -Nate S.

Blue Jay Invitational Elementary Fun Run

The Blue Jay Cross Country Invitational is tomorrow, and prior to the high school and junior high races there will be an Elementary Fun Run for students in Grades K-6.  The Registration form for the Elementary Run is attached below.

SunnyD Lables

Please collect the UPC from SunnyD and turn them in at school, so we can get free books for the teachers through SunnyD’s Book Spree program.

Shoe Carnival event for St. John’s families

Shoe Carnival is excited to announce another Shopping Event for just Delphos St. John’s on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 930am-930pm.  I have attached the flyer. You can show the flyer in person, on your phone or just mention the shopping party in order to get the discount.

Vancrest 5K

Vancrest would like to invite you to help kick off their Grandparents Day festivities with a 5K on Sunday, September 11, 2016.  This is a great way to bring some smiles to the resident’s faces.  Please see attachment for registration and details.

OneView Parent Letter

Instructions for Creating an Account in OneView

Lunch Account Letter

5K flyer for VanCrest Grandparents day

Shoe Carnival back to school special

Blue Jay Invite Elementary Run

Sunny D Free Books flyer

Friday, August 19, 2016

19 Aug

Dear Parents and Community Members,

It is time to get serious about coming back to school, as the First Day of School is less than two weeks away.  St. John’s Elementary Back to School Open House is Tuesday, August 23 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. for Grades K-6.  There is a Kindergarten Parent Orientation Meeting on August 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Little Theater at the Elementary School. The Open House is a traditional Open House format for students and parents to drop off school supplies, meet their teachers and pick up information packets anytime between 6:30-8:00 p.m.  I look forward to seeing you this coming Tuesday!

I’ve attached a school supply list, an updated school calendar for this year, and a new feature I’m trying for the first time, a Screencastify and YouTube video message with back to school admin updates.  It is a short 7 minute video briefly explaining a few changes to administrative procedures for the school year.  This replaces the meeting that we’ve sometimes held in the gym on the Back to School Open House night.  It also becomes an efficient way to share information with you, as I look forward to using it more often if people find it helpful.  The administrative updates include information about the new online payment option for school lunch, a new online parent portal to complete registration forms and other school forms online, arrival and dismissal procedures, and the changes to the after school latchkey program.

A couple of name changes have occurred on our staff over the past month that I want you to be aware of as we start the year.  The former Miss Heitmeyer was married to Ben McIntyre at the end of July and is now Mrs. McIntyre.  The former Miss Manninen was married to Keith Davis during this month, and is now Mrs. Davis! Congratulations to both of them and we wish them both very happy, healthy and long marriages!

Some other staff news to share with you heading into the new school year: Mrs. Chris Miller will be substitute teaching at the beginning of the school year for Mrs. Fischer in First Grade. You may recall Mrs. Fischer, formerly Mrs. Kemper, was married at the beginning of last school year.  She recently had a healthy baby boy, Henry, and will begin the school year on maternity leave.  Congratulations to Mrs. Fischer and her family! Also, we welcome to St. John’s for the first time Sr. Mary Margaret Foos. Sr. Mary Margaret will be aiding students and teachers each day mainly in the fourth grade.  We are eternally grateful for the Sisters of Notre Dame’s service to St. John’s for so many years, and we are very happy to have Sr. Margaret become a Blue Jay this year! Mrs. Gerow has accepted the position as High School Study Hall Monitor and will also be our Grant Writer for St. John’s Parish and School, so she will no longer be serving as the Library Aide in the school library.  Mrs. Mueller will be handling those responsibilities with the assistance of high school students and other volunteers.

Good luck to all students competing in the upcoming County Fairs, and congrats to those who competed in the Putnam County Fair earlier in the summer.  Have a great weekend, peace be with you and go Blue Jays! –Nate S.

Blue Jay Invitational Elementary Fun Run

The Blue Jay Cross Country Invitational is fast approaching, and prior to the high school and junior high races there will be an Elementary Fun Run for students in Grades K-6.  The Registration form for the Elementary Run is attached below.

 

Shoe Carnival event for St. John’s families

Shoe Carnival is excited to announce another Shopping Event for just Delphos St. John’s on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 930am-930pm.  I have attached the flyer. You can show the flyer in person, on your phone or just mention the shopping party in order to get the discount.

Blue Jay Football Tickets

Blue Jay football fans can purchase a season ticket to watch their favorite football team play during the 2016 season. Cost of reserved seat is $35 for five games, starting with the season opener Aug 26 vs. Bath. Several reserved seats are still available, call the high school office 419-692-5371 ext.1137 or stop at the high school office to reserve your seat. If you already have reserved seats and have not picked up your tickets, please pick them up in the high school office.

2016-2017 Yearly School Calendar

School supply list

Blue Jay Invite Elementary Run

Shoe Carnival back to school special

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

17 Aug

Last Friday’s Newsletter:

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Happy August! We are back in the office during regular school hours to help answer any questions and to prepare for the fast approaching 2016-17 school year.  I will be sending a weekly newsletter every Friday beginning today in order to help you stay informed about upcoming events as well as highlighting some of the achievements of our students.  The Back to School Open House will be Tuesday, August 23, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and will be a traditional Open House format for you to bring your children’s school supplies, meet their new teachers, and pick up other important information the teachers may have for you before the first day of school.  The Kindergarten Parent Orientation will take place at 6:00 p.m on August 23 in the Little Theater (downstairs in the Elementary School).  I especially welcome all of our new Kindergarten parents and new families to the Weekly Newsletter and the New School Year!

This is also the first newsletter since we’ve welcomed Mr. Mark Gerker to our St. John’s Faculty. Mr. Gerker is teaching Third Grade this year and joins an excellent team with Mrs. Osting and Mrs. Myers.  He comes to us with more than 12 years of teaching experience in Catholic Schools, and he also is the father of three children currently attending St. John’s.  It’s also Mr. Gerker’s birthday today on his first Elementary Newsletter mention! Welcome and Happy Birthday Mr. Gerker!!!

In the very near future you will be receiving a letter explaining our new OneView Parent Portal. OneView is where you will find the school’s annual registration forms that previously would have been turned in on paper. We hope this process is more convenient and less time consuming for our families and gives you an opportunity to have access to a user-friendly, online portal, where you can make any changes necessary and gather other information that you may need throughout the year. Please stay tuned for more detailed information regarding OneView. We look forward to simplifying the registration process for you by consolidating many forms for you through an online platform.

There have been some updates to the Elementary School calendar, so I have included the online link for you to check it out:  http://delphosstjohns.org/gs-calendar/.  Also, I know many of you are interested in our High School sports teams as they begin their fall seasons, so I have included the link to the St. John’s Athletic Calendar:  http://delphosstjohns.org/sports-calendar/.  Go Blue Jays!

Continue to read daily with your child, and dig those Math flashcards out, as well as take some valuable prayer time together as we wrap up the last 17 days of summer break! The work you do now to prepare for the school year with your children will help them have the best start possible to a new school year.  I also hope you have the chance to spend some extra quality family time during these last days leading up to the school year.  It has been fun seeing many of you out at the soccer fields as our children begin their fall extracurricular schedules! It reminds us to work on bedtimes, wake up times and meal times as we approach the school year schedule! Good luck to all of the students competing in soccer, football, volleyball, dance, and all other extracurricular activities that take place during the fall!

Have a great weekend and Peace Be With You! -Nate S

Friday, June 24, 2016

24 Jun

Dear Parents and Community Members,

It’s hard to believe, but this time next Friday, we will be in the month of July.  July is another opportunity for families who have a child coming into Kindergarten through Third Grade who qualify via family income status, to apply for the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship from the Ohio Department of Education.  EdChoice pays 100% of your tuition for St. John’s, and the following is the chart showing how a family qualifies.  For those who’ve already applied before April 29, you should be receiving your Award Letters in the mail within the next couple of weeks I would think.  There will then be a limited number of scholarships remaining for families to apply during the month of July.  I’ve attached the application and income verification forms for any interested families.  There are still enrollment openings in Grades K-3, so feel free to share with any coworkers or neighbors who may be eligible and considering taking a look into St. John’s!

Household Size Income
2 $32,040
3 $40,320
4 $48,600
5 $56,880
6 $65,160
7 $73,460
8 $81,780
For Each Additional add $8,320

July also means St. John’s Vacation Bible School is coming, and that is always a great time for children to come together in the summer, have fun together and praise God together! Bible School is at St. John’s Church Monday, July 11-Thursday, July 14, from 6-8:30 p.m., and this year’s theme is “CaveQuest: Following Jesus the Light of the World”. https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/DSJVBS is a link to print a registration form for St. John’s Vacation Bible School.

If you have not picked up your child’s Report Card for the 2015-16 school year, please do so as soon as possible in the Elementary School Office.  The Report Card also includes the information of who your child’s teacher is for 2016-17.  The Elementary Office is open next week from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., closed the week of July 4, and then open from 8:00-Noon Monday-Thursday, closed on Fridays the remainder of July.

Have a great weekend, a great month of July and Peace Be With You! -Nate S.

St. John’s Tuition Assistance

Attached below are the instructions for our new tuition assistance process, above and beyond the Parish and Community Scholarship that you have already applied for.  We have moved from Private School Aid Services to the Smart Aid Program.  Smart Aid ties directly into our Smart Tuition Program.  We ask that all requests be submitted by June 30.  If you have any question, please contact Ted Hanf at the Ministry Center.

Smart Aid – 2016-2017 Instructions

2016_2017_ECRequestForm

2016-2017_ECIncomeVerForm

2016 VBS Participant Registration Form

Friday, June 10, 2016

10 Jun

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Thank you for being part of an excellent school year; one we had themed, “It’s Day One; Mercy’s New”! I hope your child had a successful school year, and most importantly was able to grow in their Faith and belief in God’s love and mercy, while also learning their academic content.  I enjoyed the 2015-16 school year very much, and I’m very proud of the students’ accomplishments in the classroom, in their extracurricular activities and especially in the many acts of service they carried out! Thank you for choosing Delphos St. John’s for a Catholic Education!

I encourage you to incentivize continued learning over the summer with your child as much as possible.  Students can make great gains, maintain what they’ve learned, or lose some academic skills over summer break; it ultimately comes down to the time each person spends reading and problem solving.  There are so many learning tools/resources at our fingertips in today’s world, and still many good “old fashion” books and materials that do the trick as well.  Your child has access to Dreambox Math if they’ve already been enrolled at St. John’s this past year, and one other highly recommended free Math site to try out is the Khan Academy, www.khanacademy.org.  I hope you have had a chance to sign up for the Delphos Public Library’s Summer Reading program, and if not, there’s still time.  Miss Rachel does a great job encouraging students to read as much as possible, and our local Library is great at helping students find books they are interested in, even if they have to get them from other libraries.

Please remember this coming week, Monday, June 13 – Friday, June 17 is Report Card Pick Up week in the Elementary School Office.  We will be open 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday this coming week.  You will receive your child’s Report Card, Annual MAP Report, next year’s School Supply List, next year’s Calendar and find out who your child’s teacher is for the 2016-17 school year! Please make sure all tuition and fees for 2015-16 has been paid. 

If you are interested in a summer tutor at all for your child to help move forward or maintain academic knowledge, then please contact the Elementary Office to ask about any of the following options:

Mrs. Chris Elwer is offering Early Reading Tutoring at St. John’s Elementary School during the month of June.  She plans to help students from incoming Kindergarten to Third Grade develop their Reading Skills.  The cost will be $25 per hour, and will be available between 7:30 a.m. and Noon Monday through Friday in June.  Please contact the Elementary School Office at 419-692-8561 to sign your student up, and Mrs. Elwer will contact you directly to set up your child’s schedule.  This will be limited in order to keep the size small, so you will need to call ahead to be put on the schedule.

Also, Mrs. Jaime Elwer, our certified Intervention Specialist, will begin offering summer tutoring on June 20, Monday-Thursday from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and continue for the remainder of the summer.  Please call school and ask for Mrs. Jaime Elwer to contact you if you are interested in her potential service in any subject area.

We have also gathered a list of over 15 St. John’s High School students willing to tutor younger students over the summer.  If this is something you are interested in please call the Elementary School Office at 419-692-8561, and let Mrs. Suever know the specific areas you would like to have your son or daughter tutored in.  We will also be able to provide a room here at school for your child to work with the Tutor.  We are suggesting a $15/hour fee for this tutoring, but you can also negotiate your own rate.

I will send another summer update in a couple of weeks! In the meantime, I hope the first week of Summer Break has been a pleasant one for your family! Please continue to participate weekly in Mass with your children over the summer, and Happy Father’s Day to all dads coming up on June 19! Peace be with you! -Nate S.

THANK YOU TO THE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS FROM SISTER SUSAN
You made the celebration of my Golden Jubilee very, very special!!!  Thanks to the second graders for all of the extras you did so beautifully at Mass.  Thanks to each and every one of you for your prayers, cards, and wishes spoken throughout the day!!!
I feel especially lucky to be celebrating while in Delphos.  Since I was in Delphos some thirty years ago, I have a special place in my heart for some of your moms, dads, aunts, and uncles who were second graders during those years.  Thanks for all the friendliness that you, the students of today, share with me and others EVERY DAY just because FRIENDLY AND GOOD is who you are!!!
See you in the fall for sure – and hopefully during the rest of the summer.
Sr. Susan

St. John’s Vacation Bible School

https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/DSJVBS is a link to print a registration form for St. John’s Vacation Bible School.  I’ve also attached the registration form.  The week is July 11-14, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  This is an excellent middle of the summer experience for students 4 years old to entering 4th grade to be with peers, learn about Jesus and praise God together!

St. John’s Tuition Assistance

Attached below are the instructions for our new tuition assistance process, above and beyond the Parish and Community Scholarship that you have already applied for.  We have moved from Private School Aid Services to the Smart Aid Program.  Smart Aid ties directly into our Smart Tuition Program.  We ask that all requests be submitted by June 30.  If you have any question, please contact Ted Hanf at the Ministry Center.

Sunny D Lables for Books

SunnyD has a program where we can send in 20 SunnyD UPCs and receive 20 books for a classroom.  Over the summer, please save the UPCs and send to school at the beginning of the year.  Over the last 2 years, our school has received 540 free books from SunnyD Labels.

Exploration Garden Help

Last school year we planted an Exploration Garden.  Throughout the summer, we need volunteers to take care of the garden.  This would consist of dead-heading, weeding and watering the garden.  Thank you to those families that have volunteered to help!  We still have more weeks available if anyone else would like to volunteer.  The weeks available are:  June 12-18, 19-25; July 3-9, 17-23, 24-30; July 31- August 6; August 7-13, 14-20.  If you are able to volunteer, please email Mrs. Gerow at gerow@delphosstjohns.org or you can call or text at 419-516-2442.  Thank you!

Delphos D.A.R.E. Camp

Tuesday June 21 – Thursday June 23 at Franklin Elementary School from 8:30am – 3:00pm.  Kids in the 4th thru 8th grade can attend the camp. For only $20.00, you will receive a camp shirt, lunch and many activities such as bowling, swimming and a day at Kangaroo Cave. There will be Cedar Point, Kings Island tickets, bicycles and many other prizes given away. You can find all the details on our website: www.sheriffallencounty.com and click on the D.A.R.E. Program. High School kids are needed as Youth Leaders.

Smart Aid – 2016-2017 Instructions

2016 VBS Participant Registration Form

Friday, May 27, 2016

27 May

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Philippians 3:13-14 says, “I do not consider that I have already attained this. Instead, I do one thing: forgetting those things that are behind, and extending myself toward those things that are ahead, I pursue the destination, the prize of the heavenly calling of God in Christ Jesus.” We are excited we have finished so many school days this school year, but we must press on and work hard to pursue the destination that is now three days away for the students.  Please, continue to encourage your children to do their best in school the final three days, and continue to press on towards our heavenly reward every day of our lives by sharing our Faith in God with them as well! Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, and then a regular school day (in uniform) on Tuesday, our School Picnic Day on Wednesday (Out of Uniform/Wear Blue and Gold please), and the Last Day of School on Thursday (uniform day and 1:30 p.m. dismissal).  We will have our last School Mass on the last day of school at 8:00 a.m. in Church, please consider joining us, as the students show so much love for God during our School Liturgies with their readings, participating and praising God.  Please continue to foster this love for Christ by attending Sunday Mass with your children throughout the Memorial Day weekend and all summer long!

Some important end of the year administrative reminders: Please, check to make sure your child’s lunch account is paid up, as any remaining balance will be rolled over to next school year.  Any tuition owed, or other school fees/fines still owed will put a hold on your child’s end of the year Report Card.  Report Card pick up week for the Elementary School is June 13-17; the office will be open from 7:30-3:00 p.m. during that week.  The next newsletter will go out on June 10 to remind you; we will also list your child’s teacher for the 2016-17 school year on their Report Card.  The end of the year MAP Report will accompany your child’s Report Card as well.  I have attached a preliminary 2016-17 School Year Calendar for you to begin planning ahead for the next school year!

We are continuing to work hard on both summer opportunities and improvements for next year as we continue to challenge the students during the conclusion of this school year.  Thank you for all of the feedback that many of you offered in the survey from the past couple of weeks.  I will send a composite of the results as part of one of my summer newsletters, which will not be weekly but periodically sent throughout the summer.  Following Report Card Pick up week, we will have summer hours 7:30-3:30 Monday through Thursday and 7:30-Noon on Fridays.  The School will be closed during the week of July 4.  Please take a look at the Summer Tutoring information below, as it has been updated again since last week!

Have a Happy Last Week of School with your children and Peace Be With You! -Nate S.

St. John’s Tuition Assistance

Attached below are the instructions for our new tuition assistance process, above and beyond the Parish and Community Scholarship that you have already applied for.  We have moved from Private School Aid Services to the Smart Aid Program.  Smart Aid ties directly into our Smart Tuition Program.  We ask that all requests be submitted by June 30.  If you have any question, please contact Ted Hanf at the Ministry Center.

Summer Tutoring at St. John’s

Mrs. Chris Elwer is offering Early Reading Tutoring at St. John’s Elementary School during the month of June.  She plans to help students from incoming Kindergarten to Third Grade develop their Reading Skills.  The cost will be $25 per hour, and will be available between 7:30 a.m. and Noon Monday through Friday in June.  Please contact the Elementary School Office at 419-692-8561 to sign your student up, and Mrs. Elwer will contact you directly to set up your child’s schedule.  This will be limited in order to keep the size small, so you will need to call ahead to be put on the schedule.

Also, Mrs. Jaime Elwer, our certified Intervention Specialist, will begin offering summer tutoring on June 20, Monday-Thursday from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and continue for the remainder of the summer.  Please call school and ask for Mrs. Jaime Elwer to contact you if you are interested in her potential service in any subject area.

If your child needs further tutoring help over the summer to retain the knowledge they have learned, or to even grow in further knowledge, we have gathered a list of over 15 St. John’s High School students willing to tutor younger students over the summer.  If this is something you are interested in please call the Elementary School Office at 419-692-8561, and let Mrs. Suever know the specific areas you would like to have your son or daughter tutored in.  Mrs. Haehn will then match him or her up with the appropriate High School student and have that Tutor call you to make a summer schedule to assist your child.  We will also be able to provide a room here at school for your child to work with the Tutor.  We are suggesting a $15/hour fee for this tutoring, but you can also negotiate your own rate.

St. John’s Vacation Bible School

https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/DSJVBS is a link to print a registration form for St. John’s Vacation Bible School.  I’ve also attached the registration form.  The week is July 11-14, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  This is an excellent middle of the summer experience for students 4 years old to entering 4th grade to be with peers, learn about Jesus and praise God together!

St. John’s Exploration Garden

Last school year we planted an Exploration Garden.  Throughout the summer, we need volunteers to take care of the garden.  This would consist of dead-heading, weeding and watering the garden.  More information will be sent home to those who have volunteered.  We are asking for a week commitment.  Below are the weeks we need volunteers.  June 5-11; June 12-18; June 19-25; June 26-July 2; July 3-9; July 10-16; July 17-23; July 24-30; July 31- August 6; August 7-13; August 14-20.

Please complete attached form and return to school by May 27.

Cross Country Informational Meeting

Our cross country coach Steve Hellman will be holding an informational meeting for those students that will be in junior high or high school next fall that are interested in running cross country in the fall.  This meeting is for the runners and their parents to go over the summer running program.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday June 1st at 7:00PM at the shelter house at Stadium Park.  If you have any questions you can contact Coach Hellman at 419-233-1870 or email smhellman92@watchtv.net

2016-2017 Yearly School Calendar

Smart Aid – 2016-2017 Instructions

Exploration Garden Volunteer Form.docx

2016 VBS Participant Registration Form

Friday, May 20, 2016

20 May

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Congratulations to the St. John’s Class of 2016; today was their last “school” day! This is one goal all of our Elementary students are striving for: to Graduate as a Blue Jay! Sometimes, it seems so far away and like it will never come for the students.  By reflecting on these upcoming graduates, I believe it keeps our roles as parents and educators in perspective, to help each of our students to do their very best and find God’s call for their life!

The next two weeks will be very busy and exciting in the Elementary School, as we continue to help our students stay focused on being their best! I’m going to highlight the upcoming events in this paragraph, as well as explain the dress code for each remaining day.  Monday, May 23 is a regular schedule and school uniform day.  Tuesday, May 24 is WE Step Up day in the afternoon, as the 6th graders will be hosting an afternoon of games for the Elementary School, and collecting donations for Family Promise.  It is also an Out of Uniform day students may wear shorts or jeans.  Wednesday, May 25 is the day we are raising funds and awareness for the Relay for Life, and it is an Out of Uniform day for students to wear shorts or jeans with a Hands in Hands Against Cancer shirt or blue/gold shirt.  We will release our butterflies on this day, walk laps in the St. John’s Cemetery and enjoy a Slush in the afternoon! Thursday, May 26 is a regular schedule and school uniform day.  Friday, May 27 is a regular schedule and school uniform day.  Tuesday, May 31 is a regular schedule and school uniform day.  Wednesday, June 1 is the Elementary School Picnic Day, students must pack their lunch, and it is an Out of Uniform day to wear shorts or jeans and blue/gold shirt.  Thursday, June 2 is the Last Day of School, our last School Mass, a 1:30 p.m. dismissal and a school uniform day.

We just finished a very eventful week as well, concluding with our Elementary School Music Concert today, which was a wonderful concert and great worship to God! Thank you Mrs. Slawinski and Kindergarten through Third Graders for filling the school with the Holy Spirit today! I gave away 7 Dragon Slayer awards this week to cover two weeks, as we’ve had several students following in the footsteps of the Saints.  Lola Hershey and Jaycee Klinger were Dragon Slayers by nominating two other students to be Dragon Slayers.  Trevor Lirot and Carolyn Mueller were Dragon Slayers by helping Lola and Jayce clean up a mess that was made.  Mya Kill was a Dragon Slayer by being very helpful in the classroom this week helping a new student feel welcome.  Drake Fittro was a Dragon Slayer by playing very nicely with our new student during recess.  Elijah Stant was a Dragon Slayer by helping carry things to teachers’ rooms before school on several mornings without being asked.  Thank you to all of our Dragon Slayers who continue to spread God’s love and mercy every day.

Thank you to the 45 people who’ve responded to the short 10 question survey I sent a couple of weeks ago in the newsletter.  We’d like to hear from more of you if you have a few minutes to give us some feedback about this school year and haven’t had the chance to complete this online survey.  We continue to be blessed with prospective families coming to tour and shadow at St. John’s, and I know this is because the positive message you spread about our Catholic School out in your places of work and neighborhoods.  Here is the link for current parents to give your feedback:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DSJElemParentSurvey

Have a great weekend and Peace Be With You! -Nate S.

Summer Tutoring at St. John’s

Mrs. Chris Elwer is offering Early Reading Tutoring at St. John’s Elementary School during the month of June.  She plans to help students from incoming Kindergarten to Third Grade develop their Reading Skills.  The cost will be $25 per hour, and will be available between 7:30 a.m. and Noon Monday through Friday in June.  Please contact the Elementary School Office at 419-692-8561 to sign your student up, and Mrs. Elwer will contact you directly to set up your child’s schedule.  This will be limited in order to keep the size small, so you will need to call ahead to be put on the schedule.

Another Tutoring option is available at St. John’s this summer as well.  If your child needs further tutoring help over the summer to retain the knowledge they have learned, or to even grow in further knowledge, we have gathered a list of over 15 St. John’s High School students willing to tutor younger students over the summer.  If this is something you are interested in please call the Elementary School Office at 419-692-8561, and let Mrs. Suever know the specific areas you would like to have your son or daughter tutored in.  Mrs. Haehn will then match him or her up with the appropriate High School student and have that Tutor call you to make a summer schedule to assist your child.  We will also be able to provide a room here at school for your child to work with the Tutor.  We are suggesting a $15/hour fee for this tutoring, but you can also negotiate your own rate..

The Sylvan Learning Center will continue to operate a tutoring site here at Delphos St. John’s throughout the summer as well, and you can contact Sylvan at 419-331-7323.

Important 2016-17 Tuition Information

If you have not submitted any application for a Scholarship for the 2016-17 school year, please do so as soon as possible.  The Parish/Community Member Scholarship Application is attached below.  All families who have submitted a Parish or Community Member Scholarship so far have received an Award Letter and Tuition Worksheet from the Parish Office.  Many families still need to submit their Tuition Worksheet, to select your payment plan and to accept your award.  Once you return this information you will then receive a Tuition Statement from SMART Tuition showing your Tuition Bill for the 2016-17 school year.  If you have questions about what you need to submit, please call the Parish Ministry Center, 419-695-4050, the Elementary School Office, 419-692-8561, or the Junior High/High School Office, 419-692-5371, and we will be glad to assist you.

Cross Country Informational Meeting

Our cross country coach Steve Hellman will be holding an informational meeting for those students that will be in junior high or high school next fall that are interested in running cross country in the fall.  This meeting is for the runners and their parents to go over the summer running program.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday June 1st at 7:00PM at the shelter house at Stadium Park.  If you have any questions you can contact Coach Hellman at 419-233-1870 or email smhellman92@watchtv.net

St. John’s Vacation Bible School

https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/DSJVBS is a link to print a registration form for St. John’s Vacation Bible School.  I’ve also attached the registration form.  The week is July 11-14, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  This is an excellent middle of the summer experience for students 4 years old to entering 4th grade to be with peers, learn about Jesus and praise God together!

St. John’s Exploration Garden

Last school year we planted an Exploration Garden.  Throughout the summer, we need volunteers to take care of the garden.  This would consist of dead-heading, weeding and watering the garden.  More information will be sent home to those who have volunteered.  We are asking for a week commitment.  Below are the weeks we need volunteers.  June 5-11; June 12-18; June 19-25; June 26-July 2; July 3-9; July 10-16; July 17-23; July 24-30; July 31- August 6; August 7-13; August 14-20.

Please complete attached form and return to school by May 27.

St. John’s Volleyball Camp

I’ve attached the St. John’s summer volleyball camp registration form this week.

2016 VBS Participant Registration Form

St. John’s Volleyball Camp

Exploration Garden Volunteer Form.docx

Parish Scholarship Application

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