Principal’s Letter

On Monday, students led us in prayer and lit the first Advent candle as Mrs. Tsagalakis sang, Light the Advent Candle One. This short but meaningful ceremony was live-streamed to the school. Throughout the school, there is an air of expectation as we patiently wait for Christmas. Let us not forget, however, that at its heart, Christmas is about encountering Jesus. 

This week’s Advent miracle is the birth of Mrs. Baber’s twins, Everly Lynn and Henry Burl. Babies and mom are doing well – precious gifts for the first week of Advent. Congratulations to the Baber Family!

Report cards are coming home in your children’s backpacks today. Be sure to ask for them. Read the report with your child, celebrate the good news, and together set goals for this trimester.

Speaking of goals, we have a community target that we have not yet reached: strong parent participation in the Accreditation Parent Survey. Currently, the response rate is 36%; we can do better. Parents, it bears repeating – you are all stakeholders in your children’s education. This is your opportunity to provide feedback on how St. John Parish School is achieving our collective mission. The deadline to submit the survey is tomorrow, December 3.

Construction update! The work has begun and so has the traffic build-up. Attention Parents: the sidewalk on the NW corner of 79th and Greenwood is closed. Please tell your children to mind the signs that say, “Sidewalk Closed.” Students and parents are advised to not walk on that side of the street and avoid loading into vehicles near the work zone. Encourage your child to use the staffed crosswalks in the neighborhood. As we navigate this new traffic challenge, please remember to practice patience and courtesy; let’s keep our students, families and neighbors safe.

Thank you for your cooperation with the COVID mitigation requirements and keeping us all safe. We are conscious of the omicron variant on the horizon, and we want everyone to be able to enjoy a healthy Christmas season.


Bernadette O’Leary