May's This, That & Other

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“The earth laughs in flowers.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

May Greetings

May 17, 2019

Our Spring Dream Garden Party is shaping up to be just that--a great party, and a fine magical night filled with friends, a beautiful setting and music, and a time to dream about (and continue to build) St. John Academy's mission and future! Please register and bring friends!

Last week hit several special notes, including a high finish for our Battle of the Books team, a lovely choir and band concert, and a wonderful presentation of Rats by our 3rd and 4th grades--congratulations to all our students and teachers who brought these things to life!

This coming week is no exception to the life and schedule of May's race to the finish. On Thursday is our Fine Arts Night, featuring a short version of Macbeth by our 8th grade and a special art display--the evening will feature a vast number of art works by our students, hospitable refreshments, and perhaps an artistic surprise or two besides.

On Tuesday we will have an all-school Mass, followed by a Eucharistic Procession and Benediction-- a beautiful time to gather, remember, and open ourselves to the amazing gift of Jesus in the Eucharist.

See you soon!


Jeffrey P. Presberg


Saint John Academy

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May 13-31 - Souls for Soles Shoe Collection

May 21 - 9:00 a.m. All-School Mass, followed by Eucharistic Procession and Benediction

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.

Battle of the Books

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books Team, who placed 5th in the competition!

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