October's This, That & Other

St John Academy

"You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones."

~ Saint Augustine of Hippo

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Friday Greetings

I hope this note finds you well.

Here is a sundry assortment of things--liberal arts and otherwise--in a newsletter format that we'll offer each month.

Each week we will update the "What's Up...Next Week" section. And, well, other sorts of interesting things--a touch of philosophy, a note of music, nature or history, etc.--may also find their way into the monthly mix.

In addition to the update, we are pleased to announce our 2018-2019 PTO Executive Board: President--Bill Kuker, Vice President--Carlo Singson, Treasurer--Mike Watson, Secretary--Nicolas Mason. I'm excited to have this talented team in place--more information and activity to follow!

Enjoy your weekend!

Warm regards,


Jeffrey P. Presberg


Saint John Academy

What's Up...Next Week and so

  • Our Powerschool Portal is OPEN for Grades 6, 7, and 8.
  • Saint John Academy will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 9:30-11:00. If you have questions regarding our October Open House please contact the school office at (703) 356-7554 or email Mrs. Sutton at esutton@stjohnacademy.org.
  • Our Fall Portraits will take place THIS COMING Friday, October 19, 2018.
  • There is NO SCHOOL for students on Friday, October 26, 2018.
  • We have an 11:30 a.m. DISMISSAL on October 31st.

Any questions, please call Mrs. Escudero at 703-356-7554 or gescudero@stjohnacademy.org.

Open House on October 17th, 9:30 - 11 am. Spread the Word!

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Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.

~ Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

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Time Out: A Fistful of Poetry...

I’m Nobody! Who are you?

Emily Dickinson

I’m Nobody! Who are you?

Are you – Nobody – too?

Then there’s a pair of us!

Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!

How public – like a Frog –

To tell one’s name – the livelong June –

To an admiring Bog!

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As Kingfishers Catch Fire


As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;

As tumbled over rim in roundy wells

Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's

Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;

Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:

Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;

Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,

Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.

I say móre: the just man justices;

Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;

Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is —

Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,

Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his

To the Father through the features of men's faces.

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The Peace of Wild Things


When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

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Top painting: Sycamore in Autumn Orange County Park by Edgar Payne