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May 27, 2020

From the Principal's Desk...


“Peace be with you.”


Dear Parents and Guardians,


I want to thank you for your amazing support, encouragement and prayers during these past months. I also want to thank you for expressing your concerns. I believe that we continued to honestly work at getting better. Many of you raised issues which needed to be addressed.


We are nearly finished with collecting books and returning your daughters and sons items which were left behind when the building was closed. Our faculty and staff have been working these last few days to help make this process go smoothly.


Last week, after extensive review and consultation, Fr. Kyle, Fr. Pete and I, in conversation with our school board, decided to have an in person graduation for our 8th grade students. This graduation will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church. The Mass, ceremony and attendance are very limited and structured to keep everyone as safe as possible. Please pray for our graduates and their families.


This coming Sunday, as churches everywhere begin to reopen, the Church celebrates the Feast of Pentecost. It is interesting that the disciples are locked in an upper room (the first century version of “shelter in place.”). They are afraid of what is going on in the world around them, and they fear for their lives. The Resurrected Jesus appears to them coming through the locked door. This Sunday’s Gospel reminds us, “Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” (JN 20:19-23)


We have all been through a great deal together this school year. We, like the disciples, have had our moments of fear and doubt. As you begin your summer break, may you hear and recognize the Resurrected Jesus who is always with us when He says to you, “Peace be with you.”


Have a wonderful, safe and restful summer.


Peace,

Dan Minelli

End of Year Drive Thru Parade

Happy Summer everyone!


After more than two months of not seeing our students in person, we were so happy to see many of your smiling faces at the parade last Thursday night. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it despite the rainy weather.


To view more parade photos, please visit our End of Year Parade Facebook Album.

Textbook Drop Off Instructions

Tomorrow, Thursday May 28th, is the last of the scheduled sessions to return textbooks and retrieve items that were left in classrooms. Please see files below for a list of what needs to be returned and the procedure for dropping off text books.


LIBRARY BOOKS should also be returned along with your child's textbooks.

Cafeteria Fees Due by June 5th

Cafeteria Facility Fees of $50 per student for the 2020-21 school year are due by June 5th. If not paid by this date, the fees will be added to your FACTS account and automatically withdrawn with your tuition payments.

Report Cards on Option C

Option C will be unavailable to view grades until report cards are released. We will be sending an e-mail when report cards are posted and Option C is open again. For grades K-3, you will be contacted regarding logging in to your parent account.

LAST CALL TO ORDER YEARBOOKS

Don't miss out on all the memories!


1) Order your yearbook online at ybpay.lifetouch.com and use Yearbook ID Code: 12651120


Yearbooks will be distributed at the beginning of next school year.

Yard SIgns for Class of 2020

A big thank you to our PTO for providing personalized yard signs for our 44 graduating eighth graders. Last Friday, a team of faculty, staff, and parent volunteers delivered the yard signs to students along with graduation gowns, and candles/flowers for our Virtual Candle Ceremony.

Library Volunteers Needed for 2020-21 School Year

The library is losing several very dedicated volunteers this year and we are in extreme need of new volunteers to replace them. Many hands light work, they say, and that can remain true for the library if we have enough people to make operations run smoothly. Why not consider giving of your time next school year to help out?


There are multiple ways of helping and we appreciate any time you can offer. Training for all library opportunities will hopefully be provided during the summer, depending on the social distancing guidelines.


Please contact Linda Stentz at librarian@stjohnsdrschool.org or call her at 324-6182 if you have questions and/or would like to volunteer.

Preschool Openings

We still have some openings in our preschool program (3's, 4's, PreK). Please contact the school office for more information. Registration forms can be found on our school website at stjohnsdrschool.org

Girl Scout Online Enrichment Programs

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio are continuing to offer virtual enrichment with two free online activities each day for girls of all ages and their families.


As we head into the summer months, they are striving to keep girls’ skills strong by continuing their virtual enrichment—with a special focus on girls who are entering kindergarten this fall. From now through July 31, they are offering “Lift-off to Kindergarten,” a series of fun activities to help Pre-K girls get excited about school, as well as tips for parents and caregivers.


For families of Pre-K girls: www.gswo.org/liftoff (special activities to prepare for school)

For families with K-12 girls: www.gswo.org/athome (a variety of age-specific online adventures)


They also have a Facebook page that parents can join to engage their soon to be Kindergartener in Girl Scout Activities: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DaisyLaunch/


If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Woods, the Community Development Manager for St. John's service unit at kristenwoods@gswo.org.

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First Grade Animal Habitats

Mrs. Sander's first graders recently created animal habitats and wrote five page reports to show what they learned about their animals and where they live.

2019-2020 School Year Memories

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Kindergarten 2019-2020
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Third Grade 2019-2020
Fourth Grade 2019-2020
5th Grade

6th and 7th grade Memory Videos

Please look for our 6th and 7th grade memory videos to be posted on social media later this week and also in next week's newsletter.

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