May 1st Newsletter

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

It is hard to believe, but it is May, which means the end of the year is right around the corner. This month is packed with events taking place for students, from Junior High to High School. If you have any questions about anything taking place, please do not hesitate to ask, call, email, or stop in, as I want to make sure everyone is aware and in the know of what will be taking place.

Our Seniors will be departing for New York City, on their Senior Class Trip this evening. We pray for safe travels and wish them a fun and exciting trip. For many this may be the first, last, and only opportunity for each of them to visit New York, and we hope they all enjoy at least one activity they will be participating in over the weekend. Whether that be the Empire State Building, the Blue Man Group, the 9/11 Memorial, or simply Central Park. This will be one of the last opportunities for them to experience something as a class, as graduation is right around the corner.

A huge thank you to everyone for donating and/or participating in the St. John’s Benefit Auction. The Auction raised over $50,000 for St. John’s, which bettered last year’s number. Without your generous contributions of time and monetary support, St. John’s would not be able to provide the superior Catholic Education your child receives each and every day.

A few of the things that are happening here in the future are outlined in the newsletter below. Including, Personnel Changes, Mulch Delivery, Mock Car Crash (Tentative), Dr. Scherger Presentation, Spring Band Concert, and Yearbook Orders. 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/

Reminder – Two Hour Delay on Wednesday, May 6th for a Staff In-Service.

Personnel Changes
I personally wanted to let you know about a few positions in the Junior High and High School that will be changing for next year.

Jan Hare, Band Director, will not be returning next year, as she will be pursuing opportunities to spend more time with her family and her second passion in writing and developing software. We wish Jan the best and thank her for her 22 years of service to St. John’s. She has done an amazing job as our Band Director and in our Music Department, she will be missed, but will always be part of the Blue Jay Family.

Karen Schaffner, French/Speech Instructor, will not returning next year as the number of students electing to take French as progressively gotten smaller. Karen has been with us for 16 years, and has stepped to the plate in the numerous roles that she has been asked to undertake, from French to English to Speech. We thank her for her dedication to her craft and wish her the best. She again will always be a part of the Blue Family.

Lisa Kreinbrink, Social Studies Instructor, will not be returning next year, as she will be pursuing opportunities to spend more time with her family. We wish Lisa the best and thank her for her 20 years of service to St. John’s. She has been an outstanding educator for our students, helping produce productive and responsible students for our community. She will be missed, but will always be part of the Blue Jay Family.

Our last change in personnel, is Judy Clark. Judy will be retiring at the end of this school year, and I think I speak for the Junior High and High School, when I say I think we will be lost without her. Judy has been the rock in our office for 14 years and she will be greatly missed. Her smile, personality, and dedication to St. John’s is unmatched, and finding someone with the same passion will be monumental task. We all wish her the best and hope she enjoys her retirement and is able to spend time with her 11 grandchildren.

With the subtraction of French as a course option, Mr. Unterbrink has spoken with all of the students that had signed up to take French next year, and informed them of the change and that if they would like to take a Foreign Language next year, their option would be Spanish. At this time, we are looking into other electives that our students may be interested in, filling the void left with the subtraction of French. These include Computer/Technology Courses, College Level Courses, Engineering Courses, and others that can benefit our students in their next stage of life.

However, if any of these or any other students still wish to take French, there is an online option available, at the student’s expense, to take a French Course, that would result in school credit. However, I would highly recommend taking the course that is offered here at school, to not only avoid any extra fees, but to have the teacher present to ask questions and gain feedback if the course does become challenging or the student finds it engaging and interesting, and would like to learn more.

Again, we would like to extend our thanks to each and every one of these staff members, as in one way or another they have touched the lives of our students here at St. John’s.

Mulch Delivery
Delivery dates are Friday, May 1 at 6 PM and Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 AM.

Mock Car Crash (Tentative)
On May 7th we MAY have a Mock Car Crash here at St. John’s reminding the students of the importance in making wise decisions during the Prom and Graduation Season. Whether it is the student that chooses to drink and drive or the student who decides to be a passenger in the vehicle, we want nothing more then to ensure the safety of all students as the end of the year and summer quickly approach.

Dr. Scherger Presentation to Juniors and Seniors
Every Junior and Senior will attend this presentation on Friday afternoon. We believe in chastity as taught by the Catholic Church, and we want our High School students to understand the challenges that our society presents. Dr. Scherger’s presentation is a very informative way to accomplish this mission. The presentation includes information regarding Sexually Transmitted Diseases and other statistics and images to encourage our teenagers to abstain from sex until marriage. I know it can be very uncomfortable, but the rewards of talking about these topics with your child, far out way the results of our children making poor, uninformed decisions as teenagers. Especially with Prom right around the corner.

Spring Band Concert
May 7th, beginning at 7:00 our very talented and accomplished Band Students will be performing their Spring Band Concert, in the Robert A. If you have the time, please come out to support them, and all of their hard work this year, as it will be a very enjoyable and memorable concert.

Final Yearbook Orders
April 30th is the final day to guarantee a yearbook for your son or daughter. The price is $65.00. All order forms and payment must be turned in April 30th. Extra books might be available but those will sold on a first come, first serve basis for $70. The order form is included as an attachment. Please make checks payable to Delphos St. John’s.

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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