May's This, That & Other

St John Academy

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“The earth laughs in flowers.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

May Greetings

May 13, 2019

The signs are all around: May is in full swing and Summer is in sight! Well, it will be a full race 'til then--and a good race, worth winning!

Please make a note of the various events ahead, not to forget the beautiful events just past--such as a beautiful May Crowning and First Holy Communion.

Of course, one important and fun evening ahead is our Spring Dream Garden Party. It will be a beautiful night of music and friendship, and foundation building for the next phases of our school. Our co-chairs, Debra Lindsay and Broke Stanton, have done amazing work. We hope you and your friends can join us!

Below, you will find a variety of works--from art by Dutch masters, to poetry, and an inspiring Catholic architect who left quite a handful (or life-full) impressions in Great Britain: Augustus Welby Pugin. We recently had a fantastic presentation on Pugin by one of his relatives and parishioner: Mr. James Thunder.



Jeffrey P. Presberg


Saint John Academy

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May 14 - Battle of the Books competition

May 17 - 7:00 p.m. Evening Spring Band and Choir Concert

May 13-31 - Souls for Soles Shoe Collection

May 23 - Macbeth production by the 8th grade and Evening with the Arts

May 24 - 11:30 dismissal

May 27 - Memorial Day - no school

May 30, 31 - Color Days: Challenges for the Cup...morning competitions

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

Please keep our Battle of the Books team in your prayers during the final stages of their preparation for the Diocesan-wide Competition on May 14th. The 5th and 6th Graders who will be representing St. John Academy are:

Ava Yun, Captain

Barbara Presberg, Secretary

Francesca Bayer

Skyler Legg

Scott Nugent

Evan Balint and Olivia Martin are alternates. Mrs. Barbara Gray and Mrs. Annie Isacco are very impressed with the students' effort and accomplishments thus far - reading 15 books across seven different genres above and beyond an already rigorous workload is a phenomenal achievement!

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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Saint John Academy's school code is 11970719

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Top Paintings: Orchard in Bloom, Landscape at Twilight by Vincent van Gogh

Middle Painting: Boquet of Flowers on a Ledge by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder

Bottom Painting: The Weaver by van Gogh

Be still and know that I am God...

- Psalm 46