Howse's Hello


December 2015 Principal's Newsletter

This is the time of year where we often reflect on our past year and our future goals for the next year. Mrs. Howse and I were able to learn, from very wise counsel, many years ago, to take this time and reflect on how we spent our time this last year and how we want to spend our time the following year. Time is just one example of a way we reflect but as we merge into the new year at school I thought it would be good to discuss our time this past month.

As I think about time at John Weldon in the month of December, I think about serving others. Our families spend so much time giving and contributing in our community. Our kids get to see first hand from our families how to serve by giving old furniture to local sharing sheds, food to operation food search, collecting toys for families in need, food to families in need and mostly their time. I am so proud of our students, staff and parents at John Weldon. I think if you want to see what truly defines someone you can simply look at where they spend their time and it will give you a pretty clear picture.

Often throughout the summer while coaching High School boys in baseball I see them start to focus on their stats, successes and failures too much. They get wrapped up in the here and now and tilt towards self. With self comes pressure and the things we can't control. My solution is to always get those players to think about others on the team and then get them out to serve as soon as possible. With serving comes less focus on self and more appreciation of where they are in life.

It's good to work and provide for our families, but in the end it will be the time you spend with your famiiles that define them. All of our time is limited so I hope you take this Christmas Break to enjoy time with your family and maybe even take the time to see someone you haven't seen in a while. Let this be a permission slip to skip something you have to do and do something you ought to do. It's my wish to you this season that you put down the technology and soak it all in because you all have amazing children.

Have a safe break and see you in 2016.

For Kids!

Mr. Howse

Get to know Mr. John Kroll - PE Teacher

Mr. Kroll was a 5th gr teacher at Fairmount then a 5th grade teacher at John Weldon for a year before becoming a PE Teacher at John Weldon for the last 14 years.

Favorite Memories at JW - listening to the radio in my 5th gr. classroom on 9-11-01 when the twin towers collapsed. He remembers the many coversations he had with students that day. He also loves running into former PE students who have gone on to play college sports; one was drafted by the Cardinals as a pitcher.

Favortie Leisure Activities - golfing, spending time at our cabin on Lake of the Woods, MN, fishing, boating, reading and chores keep me busy. Walking the Katy Trail or Forest Park on the weekends.

Favorite Restaurants - Southwest Diner, Fratelli's, Sugar Fire and Brass Rail.

Special Accomplishments - I played most sports but enjoyed soccer the most. I was fortunante enough to play on some great teams with great players. I played at Rosary High School and won state in 1971. I played for UMSL in 1973, and we won the NCAA National Championship for Division II. The players on that team were recently inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame this year. They were reconginzed at the Opening Ambush game. It was great to see the guys again. Congrats Mr. Kroll.

Winter Break Ends January 6th

Winter Break ends January 6th. Students should return to school. It will be an "A" day. Be sure to have your children dress warm and bring coats, gloves and hat. We may finally have some cold winter weather!

Read, Right, Run Marathon!

Saturday, April 9th 2016 at 8am

Forest Park Visitors Center, St. Louis, MO, United States

We challenge you to join us as we participate in Read, Right, Run! The program's goal is to develop reading-proficient, community-minded and physically fit children in grades K-5 by challenging them to READ 26 books, RIGHT the community with 26 good deeds and RUN 26.2 miles over the next few months. The program culminates with a 1.2 mile run in Forest Park on April 9th.

Don't delay - registration ends on January 8th!

Our team name is "John Weldon" and the password is "JohnWeldon". We hope to see you there! Let's make it the biggest team yet!


As a principal, I want to hear from you. We need your ideas, but we also need your support at school. We are always looking for volunteers to get involved through our PTO and by contacting your classroom teacher. Please let me know how I can better serve you.