June's This, That & Other

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“The earth laughs in flowers.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

May Greetings

May 24, 2019

I hope you're enjoying your Memorial Day weekend--a beautiful weekend of gratitude and memory...and to prepare for the lively week ahead!

Please see the special notes regarding our Color Days Challenges this week, and looking forward to celebrating a Spring Dream Garden Party!

Warm regards,


Jeffrey P. Presberg


Saint John Academy


Congrats to Ms Zwisler and the 8th grade for a great little production!
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The Nation Makers by Howard Pyle


May 29, 30, 31 - Color Days: Challenges for the Cup!

May 31 - Spring Dream! Sign up and bring friends for this special night.

Reminder for this upcoming week!

As the end of our school year quickly approaches, we will be celebrating our SJA academic year with Color Days this coming week, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, May 29, 30, and 31.

We will be competing in fun games and a poetry recital contest. Every student, faculty, and staff has been assigned a color and a point system has been devised to designate winners for each event. The winning color team (orange, blue, green, or red) will be announced on Friday.

We will close our celebration with an all school lunch on Friday. To that end, we are requesting your help in providing a few items for the lunch. Kindly click on the link below to sign up:


We have ordered t-shirts in the appropriate colors for everyone. We hope to distribute the t-shirts on Tuesday, May 28th. However, if the t-shirts arrive after dismissal, we will distribute them on the morning of the 29th.


  • Wednesday, May 29 - Grade 3 and grade 6 please wear your uniforms for Mass and bring a change of clothes for the games. Everyone else (and 3 & 6 after Mass), wear your team color t-shirt (if we didn't send the t-shirt home the day before, wear another t-shirt in your team color and we will distribute your team t-shirt as soon as they arrive) and either shorts or jeans (no holes please) and sneakers for the games.

  • Thursday, May 30 - Dress out in your color. Wear a polo shirt or t-shirt in your team color (this gives the students a chance to wash their team t-shirts from the day before :) with either shorts or jeans (no holes) and sneakers for the games.

  • Friday, May 31 - Grades 8 and 1 please wear your uniforms for Mass and a change of clothes for the games. Everyone else (and 8 & 1 after Mass), wear your team t-shirt with either shorts or jeans (no holes) and sneakers for the games.

LUNCH ON FRIDAY: Pizza from Listrani's

Since Friday's are PIZZA FRIDAYs, students who ordered pizza will receive their regular pizza order.

IF YOUR student DOES NOT GET PIZZA and you would like to order pizza, please email Mrs. Escudero at gescudero@stjohnacademy.org by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28th and send in $2.00/slice of pizza of your student's choice (please specify cheese or pepperoni and quantity per student).

IF YOUR student DOES NOT LIKE PIZZA, please send in a bag lunch with him/her.

A Spring Dream Garden Party finishes the week--see you there!

A Musings

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Death Be Not Proud


Death, be not proud, though some have called thee

Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow

Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,

Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,

And soonest our best men with thee do go,

Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.

Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,

And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,

And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well

And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?

One short sleep past, we wake eternally

And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

Concord Hymn


Sung at the Completion of the Battle Monument, July 4, 1837

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,

Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,

Here once the embattled farmers stood

And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;

Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;

And Time the ruined bridge has swept

Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,

We set today a votive stone;

That memory may their deed redeem,

When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare

To die, and leave their children free,

Bid Time and Nature gently spare

The shaft we raise to them and thee.

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goest out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.”

― Cicero
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New Uniform Information for 2019-2020

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Saint John Academy's school code is 11970719

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Top Paintings: Orchard in Bloom by Vincent van Gogh

Middle Paintings: Boquet of Flowers on a Ledge by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, The Nation Makers by Howard Pyle

Bottom Paintings: The Weaver, Landscape at Twilight by van Gogh

Be still and know that I am God...

- Psalm 46