Principal’s Letter

Happy Thanksgiving! The second-floor hallway is lined with food donations which will be taken to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry for our neighbors. Mrs. Oines delivered over 30 boxes of gently used clothes to Ella Baker Elementary clothing bank, and students are bringing in dollars and quarters for their Unbound classmates. Our community is leading the way as Jesus did, caring for our friends and neighbors, here and across the world.

Thank you for your support of these ‘giving’ programs and your support to the school. With over $25K in donations, we are making great progress towards our Endowment goal of $50K. Your generous support helps our school thrive now and in the future!

We are also so grateful for your gift of time. A huge shout out to our recess and lunch monitor teams! Your volunteerism gives our teachers the precious gift of time to eat lunch, recharge and prepare for afternoon classes. We are still in need of more lunchroom monitors. Please volunteer if you are able; volunteer for one shift or seven – no long-term commitment needed. Fr. Crispin, the admin team and faculty would also like to thank the Parent Association and School Commission for their gifts of time and talent as together we plan not just for our current school life but for the future of St. John.

You all have a role to play as we plan for the future. As you know, we launched an in-depth self-study of our programs. Part of this self-examination is a survey of all stakeholders. Parents, you are all stakeholders in your child’s education at St. John School. This survey is your opportunity to provide feedback on how St. John Parish School is achieving our collective mission. Please submit the survey by Friday, December 3.

You also have a role in keeping our community safe and healthy. Thank you to families who have already submitted the Certificate of Immunization (CIS) form or notified Mrs. Q. of updates. If you haven’t done so, please submit a current, state-mandated CIS form to Mrs. Q. Thank you also to families who have followed DOH guidance, keeping students home if they are feeling ill. As we head towards the Thanksgiving holiday with celebrations and travel, please do remember that St. John School adheres to the CDC guidance regarding large celebrations and travel. Please see the Travel Guidance post for information. We understand some of our students may be in quarantine following holiday travel.

We will celebrate Thanksgiving Mass on Monday at 9am. It will be live-streamed on the Parish Facebook page. Students will be in dress uniform. (Students who are having picture re-takes may dress in attire appropriate for portraiture.) Do note that NewsViews will not be published during the Thanksgiving holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving to all,

Bernadette O’Leary