March 7th Newsletter

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

Good Morning.

The beginning of Lent kicked-offed last week with Ash Wednesday.  As we continue with Lent we will be participating in our Lenten Penance Service this Thursday, while working to make the time for prayer and sacrifices as a school, student body, and faculty throughout this time.  To build and strengthen our relationship with Christ.  Thank you again for your support of our Catholic School and the ability to move beyond the classroom and academics, in offering an education unique for our students.

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 on qualifying for the State Wrestling Tournament for a third consecutive year.  Congratulations to Evyn Pohlman and Andrew Shawhan on great seasons, that ended at Districts.  Good luck Brett, third time is a charm.

Congratulations to Coach Elwer, his Staff, and the Boys Basketball Team on their Sectional Championship at Ottawa-Glandorf, this past Friday.  And good luck to them as they take on Continental tonight at 8:00 in Elida.

A few of the items below include the Weekly Calendar and Schedule Reminders, Prom Guidelines, Yearbook Orders, Kindergarten Screening, Stations of the Cross, Christ Renews His Parish, Band Plant Sale, Bottle Caps, Ed Choice Program, Couples Night Out, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, Church Camp, Mulch Sale, and the Northwest Ohio Scholarship.

Weekly Calendar
Please refer to 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

For Lunch please follow this link

March 7, The Alpha Program Begins –

March 9, Lenten Penance Service at 9:45 AM
March 9 to 11, State Wrestling Tournament
March 11, High School Recycle and Club Volleyball Tournament
March 13, Two-Hour for Staff In-Service and Junior Retreat at the K of C
March 15, ACT Boot Camp (For Those That Signed Up)
March 17, Confirmation Retreat
March 19, Confirmation
March 20, Band Plant Orders Due
March 21, Juniors Taking the ACT
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.

PTO Information

Attached below you will find the PTO Newsletter for March.  With that, you will also find a PTO Nomination Form and information about the PTO Quarter Auction.

Thank you to the PTO for all they do for our school and teachers.  If you are interested in supporting or becoming a member of the PTO, please check out the attachments below.

PTO Newsletter for March

PTO Nomination Form

Quarter Auction for PTO

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.

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 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

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 or, 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:  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 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

Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction

Students from the Franciscan University of Steubenville will be leading a Scriptural Rosary and reflection on the importance of Adoration during this season of Lent.  Please bring a rosary, a Bible and family and friends.  The date is Monday, March 13th at 7:00 PM in church.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Church Camp
Attached below are Registration Forms for Students and Counselors, for Church Camp, at Camp Palmer.

Should you have any other questions please feel free to contact Brenda Miller or Sue Hempfling.

Church Camp Counselor Registration Form 2017

Church Camp Registration Form 2017

Mulch Sale
Delphos St. John’s High School Junior Class is selling mulch to help fund their Post-Prom event.

Triple cut premium black hardwood mulch and double cut red cypress mulch are $5.50 per bag. One bag covers two cubic feet.  Mulch is available for pick up at DSJ on Saturday, April 29 from 8:00 to 11:00 AM or delivery is free with the purchase of 10 bags or more within a ten-mile radius.

Orders must be received by March 29.  Please contact any DSJ Junior or call Amie Buettner at 567-204-0553 or Lynn Odenweller at 419-303-1917.

Thank you for supporting the Junior Class.

Delphos Optimist Club
On March 19 the Delphos Optimist Club will be bringing the Danger Circus to Delphos.

Please check out the attachment below for more details.

Proceeds of this event will help support local children events, supported/hosted by the Delphos Optimists.

Thank you for your support.

Danger Circus

Have a great week.

Go Jays and God Bless,


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