Dear St. John School Families,

My family is new to the parish, having moved here in June. It was important to my wife and to me that we enroll our son, Evan, at St. John School prior to our move, and he commuted with me from Leavenworth to Lawrence for all of the 2015-2016 school year. Needless to say, we did not imagine it would take the entire year to sell and purchase a new home!

Every family has its own story for “Why St. John.” There are other education choices in our community, but all of us choose to send our children to St. John. For our family, we chose St. John because faith is an integral part of the experience, the school has a reputation for strong academics and small class sizes, and there is a real sense of community. As you consider your parish pledge for the new year, I encourage you to reflect upon your St. John Story. What has St. John meant for you and your family? What can you do to ensure our school’s future success?

Mike McDonald, Member, St. John School Council

Christmas Outreach Project

Marty Indian School, Yankton Sioux Reservation
We still need help us with our Christmas outreach project. We are adopting Marty Indian School, a small school with seventy students on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. To donate, go to http://signup.com/go/utfGVz. All donations are due Friday, Dec. 9. Once we have the toys, our student council will match the toys with the children’s names, wrap the gifts, and Monica Olivera will drive the donations to the Marty Indian School.

Advent Wreath Sales

St. John Middle School STUCO (Student Council) is selling Advent wreaths and candles. The sets which include a wreath, four candles, and daily Advent prayers are $15. Replacement candles (pack of 4) are $6. Proceeds will help fund the seventh grade trip to Denver and the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C. To reserve a wreath or candles, email Mrs. Linda Alexander in the school office alexander@saint-johns.net. These items may be billed to your account. Advent begins November 27.

Virtue of the Month: Charity

Charity is the act of helping others. You are quick to help others when needed and never expect something in return. You thank God for all the blessings you have received in your own life and you choose to help other children of God in their needs. By being charitable, God sees the love we have for Him, his creation, and each other.

“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