Dear Parents and Community Members,
Thank you again to all who gave so much time, energy and financial donations to the St. John’s Fall Festival last weekend! We had a very nice turnout and I’ll be sure to share totals when I receive them. Our third-sixth graders sold 350 more dinner tickets than last year; thank you parents for helping them!
We have one full week in the First Quarter of the school year left. It’s always hard to believe how fast time goes by when you reach the end of a period of time. Your child has nearly completed one quarter of the school year, and very soon we will be giving you a Report Card, MAP Progress Report and a STAR Reading report to help you analyze how your child has done during this period of time. One of the most important things to remember as a Parent of a child in a Catholic School, as well as a teacher and administrator in a Catholic School, is no matter how well or how poorly our child did during one quarter of time, we must continue to challenge and help motivate them to be the best version of themselves and use the talents God has given them to do their best. When we work in a school, or have multiple children, it often becomes a challenge to hold each child to their own individual standard of doing their very best, and not get caught comparing one child to a sibling or peer. Our children face so many things, growing up in today’s society, they certainly need us as educators and parents to be their advocates, supporters and positive role models. I look forward to sharing positive communication to continue to help each student be his/her very best!
The First Quarter ends on November 1, Report Cards will be sent home with students on November 9, and Parent Teacher Conferences will be November 9 and 10. It is the expectation of St. John’s Elementary School that each child’s parents sign up and attend a Conference with their child’s teacher. We believe personal communication is key in assisting you in the Catholic Education of your children! You will have the opportunity to sign up for Conferences beginning October 29 after the weekend Masses, and during regular school hours until November 7. Beginning the 29th, following the 4:30 p.m. Mass, there will be sign-up sheets outside the Elementary Office for you to sign up. A parent/adult must sign up for the Parent-Teacher conferences, students will not be permitted to sign the sheets. It is my continued belief that you should have ongoing positive communication with your child’s teacher, and while we will never agree on 100% of things, part of what makes St. John’s a strong Catholic School is the ongoing positive communication between our staff and parents. Thank you for the continued support!
I had the opportunity this week to be with other Catholic School Principals from throughout the Toledo Diocese, and one of the main presentations was about the Catholic Identity of our Schools. During the session, it was made very clear to me that our community at Delphos St. John’s has maintained the strong Catholic Identity of our School for over 100 years. Our mission to “encourage all to learn and live a Christ-centered life” continues to drive everything we do at St. John’s!
This week Sister Susan passed out four Dragon Slayer awards for me on Thursday while I was at the Principals’ meeting. Melanie Gerdeman is a sixth grader who received a Dragon Slayer Award for being a very prayerful person at her young age. Elijah Stant is a second grader who received one for giving away a classroom reward to another student who had not won anything. Ava Wiltsie and Emma Haehn are the first two Kindergarten Dragon Slayer Award winners this year, and they received their’s for helping a classmate who was feeling shy, feel comfortable by giving him a hug and helping him sing and have fun in Music class! We focused on carrying The Sword (the Word of God) and having the weapon of Prayer to defeat Dragons this week!
This Sunday the Sixth Graders will be recognized during the 9:15 a.m. Mass. They will have a reserved section in the front of Church for them and their families to sit during this Mass. Have a blessed weekend, peace be with you and Go Blue Jays! -Nate S.
Shop With Your Heart
The St. John’s 7th grade Lego Robotics team would like some input for their project on Farm Animal Welfare. Can you please take this quick 3 question survey? Thanks for your participation.
Red Ribbon Skating Party
Allen County D.A.R.E. program is hosting a Skating parting to promote drug-free activities on Tuesday, October 25, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Edgewood Skate Arena. Admission is $2.50 and $1.50 Skate Rental for Students. Parents Come in and skate FREE. Wear lots of red….Get a free soft drink.
Bingo Concessions Volunteers Google Form Sign up
This is a Google Form to sign up a group to work the Bingo Concessions. The form uses what is called Choice eliminator. Once someone picks a date from the form it will be removed from the form automatically. The form will also send a confirmation email to the contact email provided. When you sign up, you should have a group of 3 or more people to help on that evening. https://docs.google.com/a/delphosstjohns.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZR3uP__UghRm3_4pbRu3G0ZUWVyVu7AccsBsvHzq73BoYpA/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link
Weekly Bingo Volunteers
There is another very important fundraiser that is ongoing at Delphos St. John’s, and 100% of the money made through this ongoing fundraiser goes to the school which directly correlates again into the lowest possible net tuition we are able to offer. That ongoing fundraiser is Wednesday and Saturday Bingo that takes place downstairs in the Cafeteria/Little Theater area. Each year Bingo raises about $80,000 for the school. We are in serious need of new volunteers to help work both the Concessions and the Bingo Hall in order to continue having this important ongoing fundraiser for Delphos St. John’s. Without Bingo, tuition would have to be raised at least $150 per student to cover that difference. Please consider organizing a group of friends to join a regular schedule of volunteering to work Bingo on either Wednesday and/or Saturday nights. Once you are ready to commit to volunteer as much time as you’re able to helping with Bingo, please call the Ministry Center at 419-695-4050 to sign up.