Dear Parents and Community Members,
Somebody told me yesterday was the first day of fall; it wasn’t any of the students or teachers working here! They’ve endured another week of summer in the building and look forward to a cool down next week. We have completed, except for a few makeups, the fall MAP testing. Again, this testing window is designed to give us, the teachers, parents, administration and students, a snapshot of where each student is ‘ready to learn’ for the remainder of the school year. The teachers have begun to utilize the scores along with their scores and observations in the classroom, in order to give each child the help and challenge they need.
This coming week, the students will receive a reward for enduring the testing period during one of the hottest months we’ve ever had in the school. Delphos St. John’s Alum, class of 1998, world traveling Illusionist, Krendl, will be here on Tuesday to give each grade level their own mini-Magic Show! Krendl has been travelling around the world this year performing with the world’s largest most successful magic production company, “The Illusionists live from Broadway and The Illusionists 1903”, and he’s going to spend a morning here with us on Tuesday! He will also be doing two shows on October 2 for the public at the Jefferson Middle School Auditorium, and I have attached a flyer about those shows.
I was able to give three Dragon Slayer Awards this week after our Thursday Mass. Kierstin Jackson received the award for providing comfort and care to a classmate who was feeling lonely during library time. Greyson Rode received a Dragon Slayer award for a small act of kindness during his soccer game I saw him playing on Tuesday evening; he stopped when an opponent was hit in the face with a ball to make sure that player was ok, rather than continuing on towards the soccer goal. Trevor Lirot received his recognition for cleaning up trash one morning off the blacktop on his way into school. A special thank you to Ed and Michelle Ezzelle, the owners of Pat’s Donuts and Cream, for donating Dragon Slayer Cards for a free donut or ice cream scoop from Pat’s that I’m able to award along with the Dragon Slayer certificates! The official sponsor of the Dragon Slayer Awards this year is Pat’s Donuts and Cream!!! Become a Saint, and get to eat a donut!!!
A reminder that your child should be bringing home with them every Friday, their lesson from their Gospel’s Weekly Religion curriculum. There are some great family activities and discussion questions to help you lead a discussion centered on God’s Word. This is a great blessing to me as a dad; it’s hard to discuss faith with a second grader sometimes and to have a resource come home every week to help is wonderful! I love Catholic School!
Please pray for our sixth graders this upcoming week as they will be leaving on Wednesday for a three day, two night trip to Camp Willson, where they will have great outdoor learning opportunities! Thank you to Mrs. Weber, Mrs. Neidert, Ronnie Grothaus, and all of the parent chaperones attending camp with our students!
Thank you for choosing to be a Blue Jay! Peace be with you! -Nate S.
By Jean Gemmer, RN, BS-C, Nurse for DSJ
Just a reminder that the policy for DSJ is that students may return from an illness after they have been 24 hours free of vomiting, diarrhea, or elevated temperature. Please keep this in mind before sending your child back to school. We have had several cases of gastroenteritis which includes vomiting and diarrhea. If they return too soon, reoccurrence of symptoms and increase risk of spread of the virus through the school occurs. We ask you please make sure your children are recovered completely before returning them to school.
Football Game Non-Perishable Food Item Collection
The Basement Doctor will be at Saturday night’s game to offer students and fans the opportunity to donate non-perishable food items or a monetary donation to the West Ohio Food Bank.
St. John’s High School Mission Society Fundraiser
The Mission Society is selling shirts as a fundraiser for the service projects they do throughout the school year. The order form is attached.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
This service to the parish is offered every Sunday at the 9:15 Mass. Children in Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 will be invited – after the Opening Prayer – to come to the front of church for a blessing before being dismissed as they follow the leader to the sacristy. The children will return to their parents during the Offertory Procession.
Special Celebration of the Feast of Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
Mass of the Solemnity of Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary will be celebrated on Friday, October 7. This coincides with the conclusion of the 33 Day Consecration to Jesus through Mary. The Rosary and Consecration Prayer will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Mass will begin at 7:00 p.m. with Bishop Daniel E. Thomas presiding. A reception hosted by the World Meeting of Families Pilgrims will follow. Please consider attending and encourage your families, teachers, and students to join in the celebration of our Diocesan feast day.
Meeting for Families with Questions about Special Education
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the State Support Team 6 office in Wapak, 1045 Dearbaugh Avenue, Suite #1, Wapak, 45895.
The State Support Team 6 staff will discuss Ohio Department of Education information and updates related to Special Education.