Principal’s Letter

After two years, we finally get to celebrate in-person at our largest fundraiser, the St. John School Auction. This year’s Back to the Future Auction, presented by Fremont Dock Co., will be tomorrow, Friday, April 8 at Fremont Studios. Are you excited? I am! I can’t wait to see your smiling faces, creative costumes, and generous bids, which will prepare our school to face the future with confidence.

There are so many wonderful items up for Auction. Interested in a staycation? Check? Want to travel the world? Check. How about amazing dinners? Check. Get together with friends and strategize your way to winning bids! Be sure to check out the Auction Catalog for detailed information about the live event, and note that the Online Auction closes at 9pm on Sunday, April 10.

Recall that all sold and unsold Raffle Tickets must be turned into the School Office or the Parish Admin Building by April 8. There is free dress tomorrow for students of families who have returned their raffle tickets. As we prepare to party the night away, we must thank Karen Bombino, Andrea Marquez and Kristen Capka for their incredible work making the Auction happen. Thank you too to all the wonderful volunteers and generous donors; we couldn’t do this without you. Be sure to consider a gift to this year’s Fund-a-Need: a new fire system and bleachers in Egan Hall. In this spirit of safety and thankfulness, I kindly ask all Auction attendees to rapid test before arriving at Fremont Studios – proof of testing is not necessary – thank you for helping keep our community as safe as possible.

This Sunday ushers in Holy Week. We gather for Palm Sunday and throughout the week for the commemoration of Christ’s Passion. Students in grades 2-8 spent this week preparing for Easter with the sacrament of Reconciliation. All after-school activities and meetings are suspended as we observe Holy Week. I am so proud of our students this Lenten season; they are heeding Father’s call to give more generously. Take for example students and families in grade 1 who raised $2800 through their Cakes and Bakes Fundraiser for Ukraine. Matching funds brought the total to $5600.

Two housekeeping items as we head towards the Easter holidays: do continue to read the COVID updates to keep current of St. John’s COVID guidelines and do check Lost and Found (lower west hallway). Once we dismiss at noon on Friday, April 15, all items – there are lots of nice jackets and water bottles – will be gathered and donated to charity. Please check in with Mrs. Q. at the front office before heading to Lost and Found.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Bernadette O’Leary