February 27th Newsletter


Dear Parent(s)/Guardians(s) and Students:

Good Morning.

From all of us here at St. John’s to all of you, we hope you had a relaxing, productive, and refreshing weekend.  It is hard to believe, but March is right around the corner, and by around the corner, March begins Wednesday.  As will Lent with Wednesday marking Ash Wednesday.

We hope that all of you have a productive and meaningful week ahead and if there is anything you need from us here at St. John’s, please let us know.

Congratulations to Brett Vonderwell and Evyn Pohlman on winning their respective weight class divisions in the Sectional Tournament held this weekend at LCC.  Justin Wieging and Andrew Shawhan took fifth place and qualify as alternates for Districts held at Troy this coming weekend.  Good luck men, bring home another Blue Jay victory.

Congratulations to Coach Elwer, his Staff, and the Boys Basketball Team on a great regular season, finishing 16-4.  Good luck as the tournament begins this Friday at Ottawa-Glandorf.

Congratulations to Coach Grothouse, his Staff, and the Lady Jays Basketball Team, on a great season.  Though it ended this week, these young women represented St. John’s in an exemplary manner.  Thank you Seniors, Madilynn Schulte and Jessica Geise for your leadership and hard work throughout the season and off-season.

Congratulations to Chase Martin who earned 1st place at the Junior High Districts Championship at Vandalia Butler.  Chase qualified to wrestle at the Junior High State Championships in Youngstown Ohio on March 18th.  Gage Stemen, BJ Armstrong, Tyler Herron, and Clay Padubney also wrestled well but did not place.  Congratulations to all these young men.

Thank you again to Carleigh Ankerman and all the students and staff who helped to make our Change Stall to benefit Hope Hollow such a success.  Your generosity will go a long way in helping families that otherwise would struggle to pay for food, gas, and lodging, to stay with their loved ones as they undergo medical treatment.

A few of the items below include the Weekly Calendar and Schedule Reminders, New Website, Prom Guidelines, Little Angles Music, Yearbook Orders, Kindergarten Screening, Stations of the Cross, Christ Renews His Parish, ACT Bootcamp, Band Plant Sale, Bottle Caps, Ed Choice Program, Couples Night Out, Run Your Ashes Off, and the Northwest Ohio Scholarship.

Weekly Calendar
Please refer to http://www.delphosstjohns.org/JuniorHighHighSchoolCalendar.aspx 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://www.delphosstjohns.org/AthleticCalendar.aspx

For Lunch please follow this link http://www.delphosstjohns.org/LunchMenu.aspx

February 27, 8th Grade/Next Year’s Freshman (Class of 2021) Scheduling Orientation Meeting at 6:30 PM in the Robert A

March 1, Ash Wednesday – Band Plant Sale Kick-Off – Mulch Sale Begins

March 3 and 4, OMEA Band/Choir Contest

March 5, The Youth Group will be meeting on Sunday, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Robert Arnzen gymnasium.  Come join us for a game day!  Games will include hide and seek, dodgeball and many more.  Any student grades 7 through 12 are invited to attend!  Hope to see you Sunday!

March 7, The Alpha Program Begins – http://www.delphosstjohnparish.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=50UUAB&dasi=4GA00

March 9, Lenten Penance Service at 9:45 AM

March 11, High School Recycle and Club Volleyball Tournament

New Website
With the transfer to our new website, the St. John’s App that you may have downloaded to your smartphone, will no longer be working.  The new website is designed to be user-friendly with your handheld device.

To place a shortcut on your phone for our new site, please use the following website as a guide.  This new website is mobile friendly and will convert to a more manageable view when you are using your phone.


Family Stations of the Cross

During the Lenten Season, Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Wednesday at 7:30 PM in church.  On Wednesday, March 22nd the Stations of the Cross will be led by 15 families in the parish.  Each family will be assigned a station where the parent(s) and child(ren) read how the station relates to family life.  If your family would like to help this year, please contact Lynn Bockey at 419-235-1083.

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP)
Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) retreat for women is around the corner!  CRHP is a spiritual renewal weekend designed to help individuals grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with others in their faith community.  This retreat weekend for women is scheduled for March 25 to the 26.  Please plan to attend this weekend of spiritual growth.  Limited space is available.  Registration forms are located in the back of church.  Deadline to register is March 10th.  If you have questions, please contact Mary Lou Rode at 419-604-0137.

ACT Bootcamp
Delphos St. John’s will be offering an ACT Boot Camp for our Sophomore and Junior students on March 15th.  The program is geared toward both content and testing strategies to help increase their scoring potential.  Attached is a registration form with more information.  The program has a cost of $30 per student.  If your son or daughter is interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, payment and form need to be returned by Wednesday, March 1st.

ACT Boot Camp Letter to Parents

Band Plant Sale
The annual Band Plant Sale starts Wednesday, March 1st and will run until March 20th.  Please contact any Band Member to place your order or go to dsjband.com to check it out.  If you have any questions contact Chairperson Sue Vonderwell at 419-236-5400.  Thank you for supporting our Delphos St John’s Band Program!!

Bottle Caps
We need your help.  In cooperation with the Optimists and the Kiwanis, Mrs. May’s Fourth Grade students are collecting bottle caps and other items for benches to be put at the splash pad.  The benches are made from recycled plastic caps.

The fourth graders have been collecting plastic caps for two years.  However, in order for this to be successful by the time summer rolls around, we need more plastic caps.  Caps can be turned into the Elementary Office, Mrs. May’s Classroom, or through any fourth-grade student.

More information is attached below.

Bottle Caps

Prom Guidelines
Attached below are the Guidelines that we will be instituting for this year’s Prom, hosted at St. John’s High School.  These guidelines must be looked over and followed to 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.

Reminder – All Dresses must be submitted for approval, to gain access to Prom.  Please refer to the guidelines on how to complete this process.

It can feel good to be looked at, but remember do they really see the true you.  In dressing modest young women can be known for who they are and not what they wear.  Humility is the sentiment and modesty is how we live our lives so that God can bless us.

Prom Guidelines

Little Angles Music
Little Angels by Making Music Praying Twice will start again on Monday, February 20th at 6:30 PM in the school basement.  Visit http://www.makingmusicprayingtwice.com for more information or call Lynn Bockey at 419-235-1083.

Registration forms are attached and available at Church and the Ministry Center.

Little Angels Sign-Up

Yearbook Orders
The Delphos St. John’s Yearbook is available for sale! This year’s theme is jOURney!  The price is currently $58.00 and will remain at $58.00 until March 2nd.  At that time the price will increase to the final price of $65.00.  Order early to save!  The yearbook staff is working hard to capture the journey of all students. Your son or daughter’s selfie won’t be around in 30 years, but their yearbook will!

Yearbook Order Form

Kindergarten Screening
St. John’s Elementary Kindergarten Screening and Registration for 2017-18 will be on Tuesday, March 7, Thursday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 14 in the Robert A. Arnzen Gym at St. John’s Elementary and High School.  Children who turn 5 before September 30, 2017, are eligible for this year’s Kindergarten Screening.  Appointments are available on those dates between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM, and you can sign up for an appointment by calling St. John’s Elementary between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM at 419-692-8561.  If you’re unable to call during those times, please e-mail stant@delphosstjohns.org or suever@delphosstjohns.org, with a preferred date and time and we will reply with a confirmation for you.

EdChoice Expansion Scholarship News for 2017-18
The application window to apply for the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year is now open for new and renewal applications, and remain open until April 28.  The applications are available for you to begin filling out, and attached below.  You can go to the following link to read more information about the poverty guidelines and eligibility requirements for the EdChoice Income based Scholarship:  http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Scholarships/EdChoice-Scholarship-Program.  The EdChoice Expansion is available to students going into Grades K-4 in 2017-18 and have a household income that falls below 200% of the poverty line.  For example, a family of five would need to be below $57,650 to qualify.

Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund
Even though we are only halfway through this school year, it is never too early to begin thinking a little about the 2017-18 school year.  Please follow the link below for information about a scholarship opportunity your children may be eligible for through the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund.

It never hurts to try.


Married Couples/Couple’s Night Out
Attention young, married couples!  What makes marriage work?  According to For Your Marriage.org it’s communication, commitment, and faith.  Our parish is offering support to young parents in their vocations as married couples and parents. The Couple’s Night Out program provides childcare services to families and children ages 3 months to 6th grade.  Families are able to leave their child (ren) at the Annex one evening per month from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  Each family pays $3 per child, per night to cover costs.  Each couple is required to volunteer one Friday, complete the Virtus online training and background checks.  For more information contact Mikie Ricker at 419-863-0249 or mikiericker@yahoo.com.

Run Your Ashes Off
Ash Wednesday and Lent are right around the corner, and with that comes our Annual Run Your Ashes Off 5K.

Run Your Ashes Off

Attached below is more information.

Have a great week.

Go Jays and God Bless,


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