February 6th Newsletter

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

Another amazing week in Northwest Ohio, but a week that ended in a wonderful way. The week began with a cancellation, followed by three two-hour delays, however it culminated in the reason we are here, as a Catholic School, practicing our Faith. Trying something new, we as a Junior High/High School celebrated our weekly Mass at 2:00 PM today, rather than at 8:00 AM. It is different, but something we hope, that every once in a while, allows the students to be a little more awake to encourage the student participation in Mass in a different light and energy.

A few of the things that are happening here in the future are outlined in the newsletter below. Including, Senior Class Trip, Run Your Ashes Off, our New Director of Communications and Public Relations, Tuition Assistance, College Financial Aid, Family Stations, 4H Youth Meeting, Our New School App, Prom Information, Total School, Dan Schutte Visiting, Blizzard Bags, and purchasing a Yearbook. If any of these interest you, and I hope they do, please keep reading for more information.

Weekly Calendar
Please refer to http://delphosstjohns.org/hs-calendar/ for the most up-to-date information about the happenings taking place in the Junior High and High School.

For Athletic Information please follow this link http://delphosstjohns.org/sports-calendar/

Senior Class Trip
Attention Seniors Parents, The Senior Class Trip to New York City will be taking place, tentatively May 1st through the 4th, further details need to be established before a final confirmation is confirmed, including lodging, transportation, and activities. Please be patient with us as we outline this process. If your son or daughter are planning on going on the Class Trip we will require a non-refundable deposit of $50.00 by Friday, February 13th. This is the absolute final day to sign up, so that we can begin planning the trip based on the number of students interested in going.

Tuition Assistance Scholarship
Over the past two years, Ohio Catholic has awarded $45,000 in Catholic education scholarships to families throughout the state of Ohio to assist in paying for a Catholic grade or high school tuition. They are proud to support the value of a Catholic school education and look forward to increasing their contributions for the 2015-2016 school year. Follow the link here to apply for the scholarship: http://ohiocatholicfcu.com/about-ohio-catholic-federal-credit-union/catholic-education-scholarships/

Run Your Ashes Off
Lent begins on February 18th-Ash Wednesday, a season of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving for Christians. Join us as together we will pray, run, and offer money to the needy at the Run Your Ashes Off 5K Walk/Run. Details are attached below.

Total School
Do I need healing? What makes you think that I need healing? These questions are the focus of our Total School effort for January and February. Over the next two months Total School will examine some of the everyday questions in our lives, and give us the tools necessary to help begin the healing process. I encourage you to join us as we participate in this event at Mass over the next two months. For further information please visit the following link http://www.delphosstjohnparish.org/ministries/total-school/total-school-newsletter.

Prom Information
Attached below are the Guidelines that we will be instituting for this year’s Prom, hosted at St. John’s High School. Please take an opportunity to look them over and help support our position of creating an atmosphere that lives up to the Catholic Values and Beliefs we try to instill in our students on a daily basis. If you have any questions regarding the Policy please let me know. These will also be going home with your son or daughter’s grade card if they are a Junior or Senior.

College Financial Aid Information
The webcast link below was designed to inform students and parents about the financial aid process and programs, and includes an overview for completing the online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2015-2016 academic year.

http://www.bluffton.edu/admission/webcast/

4H Livestock Club Meeting
Would you please be so kind to put in your announcements and or newsletter that the Delphos Livestock 4 H Club will hold their first meeting Sunday Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Annex. If you have any questions please contact Todd Gable at 419 204 2974.

Delphos Pathfinder’s 4-H is starting their 2015 season at the Delphos Recreation center at 3:30 on Feb 15. If interested in joining please call Sue Hempfling at 419-236-6429.

Family Stations
On Wednesday, March 18th at 7:30 pm in church, we will have Family Stations. It is a family-centered Way of the Cross. Fifteen families will each have a special part, but all parishioners and families are invited to pray with us. If your family would like to help read a station, please contact Lynn Bockey at lbockey@delphosstjohns.org or 419-235-1083.

New and Exciting School App
Delphos St. John’s now has a School App, which allows students, families and staff mobile access to important school information such as calendars, events, and reminders. Attached below is a flyer with a few details.

●Get instant alerts on everything from grade cards to weather delays
●Stay current with school calendar of events
●Take and share photos from school events
●Connect with resources in one click
●Reach staff members easily via Staff Contacts
●And so much more!

IT’S FREE. IT’S SIMPLE. From your smartphone or tablet, visit the App Store or Google Play. Then search for “Delphos St. John’s”.

Blizzard Bags
Monday was our first Blizzard Bag of the 2014-15 School Year. As a result, this will not be a day needed to be made up, as long as the students, by February 17th, complete their Blizzard Bag assignment and turn it into their teachers. At this time we have two Blizzard Bags remaining for the school year that we can use to make up two more calamity days.

New Director of Communications and Public Relations
We are excited to welcome Victoria Recker as our new Director of Communications and Public Relations. Victoria will begin this coming Monday, February 9, in this full time position to help share the good news going on at St. John’s every day. We look forward to welcoming Victoria home and to our staff at St. John’s!

Dan Schutte
Experience a Concert and Retreat with Dan Schutte at Delphos St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Dan Schutte has been composing music for worship for more than 40 years. On Friday, February 13 at 7pm in Church, Schutte will give a concert where a free will offering will be collected. On Saturday, February 14 at 9am-1:30pm, Schutte will lead a retreat at the All Saints Building. The retreat, “Walking the Sacred Path” is $20 and includes lunch. For registration and more information visit http://www.delphosstjohnparish.org or contact Lynn Bockey at 419-695-4050.

Yearbook Sales
Final Sale of Yearbooks: May 1st
Yearbooks are available for order until May 1, 2015 for $65.00. This is your final chance to guarantee a yearbook. Although we may have a limited number of extra yearbooks, those will be available on a first come first serve basis. To guarantee your son or daughter a yearbook, please order before this date. Personalization options are available at an additional cost.

The order form is attached. Please make checks payable to Delphos St. John’s. Turn in order forms with payment to the office or to Mrs. Stiffey.

Good luck to all the St. John Students, that are competing this weekend in one way or another, bring home a win, as we are, Blue Jays.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Go Jays and God Bless,

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