Be Kind, Be Courageous, Be Just

Be kind.  This simple statement means so much more than just to be nice.  Our theme is taken from Hebrews 10:24: “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love, kindness, and good deeds.”  For us at St. John, love, kindness, and good deeds inspire us to be more than nice.  Our theme directs us to be courageous and empathetic.  It encourages us to be honorable and to honor each person.  It calls on us to act with justice.  Be kind, be courageous, be just.

October came upon us so quickly!  MAP testing is progressing well, and the teachers will discuss the results with you at Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences.  In the meantime, look for progress reports for students in grades 3 – 8, which will be sent home on October 17.

Thank you for your love, kindness and good deeds – your local and global acts of service will make a profound impact.  You supported the Jog-a-thon, and you are supporting the Endowment and Unbound.  You have turned out in true St. John style!  According to the Unbound representatives, the response from St. John was overwhelming.  Here is a message from Kristen Kent from the parish:  “St. John’s collaboration with Unbound this past weekend was a major, heart-warming success.  The school classrooms and special teachers are supporting 10 children, and many more faculty are sponsoring a person (or 2!) on their own.  School and parish combined, we are sponsoring more than 80 children and elders, stretching our community and our love outward and across borders.  Enjoy your journey with your new friend!”

As of today, we are so close to our Jog-a-thon goal of $80,000.  Only $300 to go!  Thank you all so very much.  These dollars go directly to the operating budget to cover salaries and programming.  The operating budget also benefits from the success of the Endowment, so thank you for your support of this endeavor.

The Endowment helps this generation of students and is also an investment in future St. John generations.  Let us leave the students of tomorrow a grand legacy!  See you Sunday evening at Cortina.  Thank you, Ethan Stowell and the Endowment Team.

God bless,

Bernadette O’Leary