Friday, September 23, 2016

23 Sep

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.

Nurse’s Note

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.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

16 Sep

Dear Parents and Community Members,

It’s an exciting weekend in Delphos with Canal Days and an exciting weekend at St. John’s as well.  Today began the Gospel Weeklies portion of our Religion Curriculum.  Each Friday our students will learn their Catholic Faith by previewing the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday liturgy.  We hope this helps spark an interest and life-long commitment to reading and living the Gospels and Bible.  Also, this weekend will be the first opportunity for children in Kindergarten-Second Grade to attend a unique Children’s Liturgy during the 9:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday.  Please read more about this later in the newsletter.  At Sunday’s 11:30 a.m. Mass, the fourth grade class will be recognized and also have reserved seating for them and their families in the front of Church.  We are so grateful to be part of a wonderful Parish Community!

This coming Monday, September 19 is a Two-hour delay for the Delphos City and Delphos St. John’s Elementary and High Schools.  The busses will run on a two-hour delay schedule, as the faculty and staff has in-service during that time.  The St. John’s Preschool has a regular start time of 8:00 a.m. on Monday.

The Kindergarten students enjoyed a field trip this morning to Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District’s Allen County Farm Park to learn about the way of life of John Chapman “Johnny Applesseed”.  The Kindergarten students were excited when they returned today from their outdoor learning experience! In the coming weeks, the First Graders will go to Operation Band Aid at St. Rita’s Medical Center, and the Sixth Graders will go to Camp Willson for their overnight camp experience as a class. It is nice to have some field trip experiences to supplement the academics we are working on in the school!

This week’s Dragon Slayer awards for students being caught trying to Become A Saint (Dragon Slayer), went to Gavin Holdgreve and Kaili Gillespie for doing great service to others in the Elementary School at Crossing Guard Duty and Recess Duty, and also to Aidan Swick for being so kind to others, especially during recess time! I look forward to summarizing the weekend’s Gospel as well as discussing the Spiritual Armor to become a dragon slayer with the students this coming Monday after the two-hour delay, in our Monday Morning Assembly!

Some encouraging words revolving around Assessments and Grades… I read something this week that Mrs. May shared with me, and it really hit home about our philosophy of education at St. John’s.  I’m not going to repeat it all, but I want to summarize and share the message with you.  We do grade our students, we do give them tests, and we work on students being their very best academically every day; however, the most important thing we do is teach them to find what God is calling them to do in their lives.  A low test score, or a bad grade on the report card may need addressed, but the most important thing you can do in those circumstances is remind your child that you love them and God has called them to do something great in their life that probably doesn’t involve an A or 100% on a test!

Have a great weekend celebrating Delphos, Go Blue Jays and Peace Be With You! -Nate S.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

St. John’s is intent on providing a richly liturgical experience through Liturgy of the Word for Children.  It is not a child-care program, nor is it an arts and crafts session intended to keep them busy.  It is an authentic and concurrent celebration of the same, yet adapted, Liturgy of the Word that the adult community experiences.

The primary beneficiaries of the Liturgy of the Word for Children are the children.  They are given an increased opportunity to come to a full, active and conscious participation in the Liturgy of the Word according to their spiritual capacity.  Because of the adaptations of the Liturgy of the Word for Children, children are then able to celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist with more focused attention. The adult community benefits in being able to focus more attentively to the Scriptures proclaimed and to the exhortations shared during the homily for their spiritual lives.

This service to the parish will begin to be offered this coming 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.

Van Wert YMCA Marlins Swim Team

There is a flyer attached inviting you to a parents’ information meeting at the VW YMCA on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.

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.

OSU Lima STEAM event for Families

Attached you will find a flyer with details regarding an upcoming free, family event we have occurring on the Ohio State-Lima campus on Saturday, September 24th. The event is STEAM on the Quad and will engage students K-12 with hands on activities in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.

Little Caesar’s Fundraiser

Little Caesar Pizza orders for the St. John’s Little Caesar fundraiser are due next Friday, September 23.  The pick-up day for the orders is Saturday, October 1, from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

9 Sep

Dear Parents and Community Members,

The United States Catholic Bishops declared today a National Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities, as we approach the 15th anniversary of the 9/11/01 attacks on our nation.  While we were not able to observe this as a School family today with our cancellation, I thought I would take the time to ask you to pray with your family today at some point for peace in our communities. http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/prayer-of-the-faithful-day-of-prayer-for-peace-in-our-communities.cfm

We were able to celebrate Mary’s birthday yesterday, on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary by singing happy birthday after church and presenting Mary with some balloons! I did give out two Dragon Slayer awards this week recognizing students who were caught in the act of Becoming a Dragon Slayer (Saint).  Logan Duncan is a second grader who made it a point to stop and pray in the hallway during our all school Morning Prayer on the morning announcements; this was a great demonstration of using the Shield of Faith.  Melanie Mueller is a sixth grade student who was excellent helping the younger students in the cafeteria during her sixth-grade service job this week; this was a great demonstration of using the Breastplate of Righteousness.  The Shield of Faith and Breastplate of Righteousness are two parts of the spiritual armor that help students become Dragon Slayers.

We have received about 2/3 of the students’ back to school forms, which include the Student Demographic Form, Mom’s Room form and Transportation form, through the new online Parent Portal called Oneview.  If you are one of the parents of the other 1/3, please set up an account, link your children to your account, and complete those forms as soon as possible.  Also, if you’ve been looking for the Free and Reduced Lunch Application to fill out, you can download that form and print it off in your Oneview account.  If you are having any trouble getting set up in Oneview please let us know and we will help you through the process.  There have been some minor glitches, but for most it has been a smooth process.  The instructions are attached to this e-mail once again.

With the school cancellation today for fog, it reminds me to remind you to be set up for the text alerts that we send out for important school announcements.  The website to sign up for the text alerts is, ohioalerts.org.  Once on the website, click on Delphos St. John’s to sign up for our school alerts.

Even with the school cancelation today, most of our second graders were able to experience a half day of Ag Safety Day at the Stadium Park hosted by Bunge and Crop Production Services.  Many local agricultural businesses and Delphos FFA students gave their time to teach local second graders about being safe on farms and while around any type of machinery, including lawn mowers and boats.  I was overly impressed with the dedication of St. John’s families once again, as 38 of our 48 second graders showed up on a cancelled day of school, as well as our three second grade teachers!!! We are blessed to have such a committed school family!

This weekend does mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11/01, and also includes a home football game “band night”, the Chili Cook-off after 11:30 a.m. Mass, and the Vancrest Grandparents Day festivities.  We’ll look forward to a full week of school next week and then Canal Days weekend after that! Peace Be With You and Go Blue Jays! -Nate S.

PTO Mum Sale Pickup TOMORROW

Anyone who ordered mums from PTO will need to pick them up this Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m. on the St. John’s playground (corner of 2nd & Pierce).  Also, there will be extra mums for purchase that day if anyone forgot or needs more.

OSU Lima STEAM event for Families

Attached you will find a flyer with details regarding an upcoming free, family event we have occurring on the Ohio State-Lima campus on Saturday, September 24th. The event is STEAM on the Quad and will engage students K-12 with hands on activities in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.

DSJ Children’s Choir

Children’s Choir will have practice Tuesday at 7:30 am in the old music room below Mrs. Scherger’s classroom.

OneView Parent Letter

Instructions for Creating an Account in OneView

Children’s Choir Signup form

5K flyer for VanCrest Grandparents day

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Friday, September 2, 2016

2 Sep

Dear Parents and Community Members,

We were blessed with a very nice first week of school! The weather even cooperated the last two days, and the students and teachers were able to learn in a comfortable building.  I hope you are able to enjoy the long Labor Day Weekend with your family and friends.  There are several updates listed below about administrative, spiritual and academic programs.

If you have already set up your OneView Parent Portal and completed your child’s back to school forms online, thank you! If you still need to, please click on the attached directions and do so as soon as possible.  We have had a couple hiccups here and there, but for the most part, it has been pretty smooth for the many of you who’ve completed this task! Please, let us know if you have questions about the process or the forms.

During this first week of school, we introduced our theme for the year: to become a Dragon Slayer! Dragon Slayer is a saint, and a saint is a follower of Christ.  I taught the students a new saying to help us all remember this each day: I say, “Become a Saint” and the students reply, “Today”. I hope this simple saying reminds us of our true mission at St. John’s, to encourage all to learn and live a Christ-centered life.  So, if your children come home talking about dragons and slaying dragons and wearing spiritual armor, they’re probably not kidding! Many of our students were very kind this week, especially welcoming our 13 new students in grades 1-6, as well as all of our Kindergarten students.  I will continue to share with you some of the times I catch students in the act of becoming a Dragon Slayer!

This coming week our Elementary Students will begin their fall MAP testing. The MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress, and these tests determine your child’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year to year in the areas of Math and Reading for all students in grades K-6, as well as Language Arts and Science for students in grades 3-6.  Fall results will be shared with you in November at Parent Teacher Conferences, while the scores will help drive the teachers’ instruction of each individual child.  MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive tests your child takes on a computer. That means that the test becomes more difficult the more questions your child answers correctly. When your child incorrectly answers a question, the test becomes easier. Therefore, your child takes a test specifically created for his or her learning level.  Please encourage them to do their very best in order to give them, you and the teachers the most accurate picture possible of their individual ability.

Another academic program we are excited to roll out this year, is the Renaissance Learning, Accelerated Reader and STAR Assessment program.  This will be a supplemental Reading program that each student will have access to. Our teachers are learning more about Accelerated Reader and STAR and will begin to slowly roll this out during the first semester as they complete the training.  We will be working on this as a staff during the September 19 in-service two-hour delay.  Another supplemental program each child has access to, is Dreambox Math, and this is a program each student has their own login for, and can access at home and in school.  In the past, we have had about a 20% participation rate in this program, while it is a proven research based Math program that drives individual improvement.  If you want your child to excel to their fullest potential in Math, practice their Math facts often, and give them regular time on Dreambox to advance in their skills.  It will challenge them at times, so they will need to be motivated to work hard!

Mother Theresa is being canonized a Saint in the Catholic Church by Pope Francis this Sunday.  This is something we are able to discuss and learn from in a Catholic School, following in the footsteps of a Saint! I hope you take time to participate in Mass this weekend with your family, no matter where you may be spending the Labor Day weekend! Peace Be With You, and Go Blue Jays….beat T-birds! -Nate S.

JCDA needs a Leader

St. John’s uniquely offers a Junior Catholic Daughters of America after school program to students in grades 2-6.  This is an opportunity for girls to practice their Faith after school hours by meeting together monthly in order to serve others and learn more about following Christ.  It is a very fun time for the girls! The boys have the JCSA as well.

JCDA is in need of a new leader.  If you are interested in leading this after school organization for our girls, please contact Allisha Ostendorf at 419-303-6583.

St. John’s Children’s Choir Signups

Mrs. Lynn Bockey would like to invite boys and girls in grades 4th-6th to join The Children’s Choir which sings at Sunday Masses.  There is a sign-up sheet attached for those who are interested.

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.

Instructions for Creating an Account in OneView

OneView Parent Letter

5K flyer for VanCrest Grandparents day

Children’s Choir Signup form

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