Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! As I write this letter, textbooks and materials are arriving and teachers are meeting to plan the new year. I am so excited about the future of St. John School.
Last year, during the 2015 School Auction, we raised $34,850 in one single auction bid item. This auction item was the Annual School Improvement Item. Our goal was to raise money to fix up the students’ bathrooms, install new carpeting in several classrooms, and complete various other improvements around the school.
That work is being completed this week. John Callewaert and Dave Schneweis, two wonderful volunteers, removed about 50 coats of paints on the stairwell handrails so that we could start over with a new super coat of finish. Lynn Electric installed new lighting in all the bathrooms. Tom Reznicek, another great volunteer, painted all the restroom walls, and soon new stalls will be installed. Today, the bathrooms are getting new epoxy floors. The remainder of the funds will let us install new carpeting in Ms. Fewins kindergarten room, Senora Olea’s Spanish classroom, and Megan Fairchild’s room. My hope is that this year’s auction will provide funds for more needed carpeting and improvements.
Overseeing all this work is Nicole and Dan Sabatini. They organized the entire project. I am so grateful for their work!
As you can see, we are getting a lot done with $34,850. In our world, that is a lot of money and makes a big difference in the life of the school. This would not be possible unless parents support the auction. You will soon hear from our auction chairs. I ask that you “jump in” and make the auction on November 5, the biggest yet!
All families need to complete the enrollment process by attending Back to School Open House on August 19, any time from 9am-11am in the gym. The Open House provides you and your child an opportunity to return important forms, update your contact and emergency information, and purchase new uniform items. This is a great opportunity for students to see their classrooms and meet their new teachers. Monday, August 22, is the first full day of school. School hours for K-8th grades are 8:15-3:30pm.
This has been summer full of unexpected tragedies and challenges. Life is hard and I have no doubt that many of you have also experienced hardships. Please join me in praying for all of our school community.
“Above all, the teaching of the faith and assurance of Jesus’ love is the most important part of St. John School.
It is a privilege for us as staff to share our faith, pray, sing songs of praise, celebrate the liturgical seasons of the year, and attend school Mass with our students.
This is who we are.”
— Pat Newton, Principal