Blue Jay Flyer
August 19, 2020
From the Principal's Desk...
“But who do you say that I am?”
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have been gathering as a faculty and staff both on Zoom and in person to continue to prepare for our reopening. We have engaged in prayer, reflection, discussion and focused professional development. Our entire faculty and staff have been using these additional days to do everything possible to be ready to safely welcome your daughters and sons back to St. John the Baptist School.
Next week we will continue our professional development by looking at the ways in which we will help students know, understand and be able to engage in this “new normal” of school. We have been and will continue to work with our consultants regarding health and safety, in person and distance learning and the social and emotional adjustments of returning to school. There’s a great deal to do.
Today you will be receiving a revised DRAFT of our school calendar. At this point, there are only a few minor changes (the end of the first trimester has been extended by one week, and November 6 will be a regular in person class day). As you all know, everything is subject to change. On Friday, you will be receiving our modified Open House schedule for Monday, August 31, 2020. This will also include information regarding the orientation and pick up of computers for grades 4-8.
I have found over the last several weeks that I can easily get stuck in the many, many details some of which I am unable to know. This Sunday’s Gospel (MT 16:13-20) reminds us of the big picture. It calls us to answer the most important question of Faith. “Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus’ disciples were His students. He is holding class for them, and He wants to know if they have understood all that He has been teaching and demonstrating for them. As we prepare to have our students return to school, how will we work together to pay attention to what is most important. We are a school that is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even in the midst of this pandemic, Jesus is asking us this Essential Question, “But who do you say that I am?”
Calendar of Events
Revised 2020-21 School Calendar
Due to the large size of our seventh grade class this year and social distancing protocols, our two seventh grade homeroom classrooms have been relocated to larger spaces. The old computer lab will become Ms. Dreyer/Mr. Acito's new classroom. Mrs. Molulon's classroom has been moved upstairs to a larger classroom on the first floor.
Mrs. Kahny gave her new face shield a thumbs up! Teachers will be permitted to wear a face shield only when they are at least six feet away from students wearing masks.
Mrs. Green is ready to keep her 8th graders safe and healthy with her desks spaced further apart this year.
Congratulations First Communicants
May they always know the peace of Jesus, the light of His love, and the joy of His life within them.
Daily Home Screening for Students
Please use the document attached below as a tool to help you decide if you should keep your child home from school. If you have any concerns and aren't sure it is always best to err on the side of caution and keep your child home.
PLEASE NOTE; the tool states the temp at 100.4 - we are using 100 degrees even.
*** If the student/parent/caregiver answers YES to any question in Section 1 but NO to any questions in Section 2, the student would be excused from school in accordance with existing school illness management policy - 48 hours symptom and fever free without fever reducing medications.
*** If the student/parent/caregiver answers YES to any question in Section 1 and YES to any question in Section 2, the student should be referred for evaluation by their healthcare provider and possible testing.
School Supply Lists 2020-21
Blue Jay Masks
Click here to print an order form: Blue Jay Mask Order Form
Please e-mail order forms to Laura Heidorn @firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off at the school office.
SJB Athletic Boosters
Girls Volleyball Sign Ups Open
St. John's Girls Volleyball Sign-ups will be held from August 15th through September 7th.
Please click here to register your daughter Girls Volleyball Sign Ups.
We will be sending out information on clinics and tryout dates in the near future to those who sign up or express interest in playing volleyball this season. If you have any questions please contact the volleyball coordinators at email@example.com.
At this point the GWAC has not released any guidelines for the upcoming season. However, they have discussed limiting the number of spectators, requiring masks for all spectators and clearing and cleaning the gym and equipment between each game. Rules will be discussed and voted on in September and we will keep everyone posted about the expectations.
If we are unable to have a season money will be refunded for registration costs. However, if the season starts and we are forced to shut down the season early, parents will be refunded a prorated amount. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
St. John's Volleyball Coordinators