Principal Letter – September 13, 2018
September 13, 2018
Thank you to all the students, families (and staff) who took part in or watched Winfield’s Good Old Days parade. It was wonderful to see so many turn out for this community event. St. John’s was definitely well represented! Students who participated in the parade received a dress down pass for Thursday, October 4th.
As many of you may have noticed, the playground rehabilitation project started today. Weather permitting; it should be completed by Monday. Our hope is that our students will make full use of the playground on Monday and prove that the wait was worth it.
Tomorrow is picture day. It is always one of my favorite days of the school year. I love seeing children in their (and your) chosen outfits. Please don’t forget to either order pictures on-line or complete and send in an order form with cash/check for your child. Pictures are taken by homeroom and will begin right away in the morning.
Don’t forget that next week is designated as the beginning of Iowa testing. Our faculty will use the results from the testing to make informed decisions to help us focus our efforts and formulate goals as well as make plans to address student needs and find academic successes. You can be a big help during testing week by having your children attend school regularly and being punctual; by seeing that they have the proper rest each night; and by helping to reduce test stress and anxiety. Please make ensure your child has an ample, healthy breakfast during this time as well. Together, let’s encourage our children to do their best and let them know that we believe in them.
A special dress down day will be held next Friday. In celebration of the Feast Day of St. Matthew, we will have a dress down day (black and white attire) on Friday, September 21st, 2018.
Mark your calendars for Undy Sunday, October 13th and 14th, the annual event sponsored by Catholic Charities to provide new socks and underwear to children and adults who they serve. In addition to the aforementioned items, Catholic Charities is also asking for diapers, wipes, and children’s pajamas. Please see the attachment to this letter for more information.
Lastly, Catechetical Sunday is this Sunday, September 16th and catechists, or teachers, will be recognized at the 9:30 Mass. Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the third Sunday in September as “Catechetical Sunday.” It is a day on which to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people. This year’s theme is “Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ.” Please know that as catechists we are responding to the call to share the gift of faith with others. It surely is a gift. I am truly thankful for the gifts of faith that our teachers share on a daily basis with the students of St. John the Baptist and rejoice in the gifts that you, your child’s first teachers, also share with them. I hope to see you at the 9:30 Mass this Sunday.