April 7th Newsletter

Dear Parent(s)/Guardians(s) and Students:
Good Afternoon.
On Sunday, we celebrate the first joy of the season, as we celebrate Our Lord’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by crowds worshiping him and laying down palm leaves before him.  It also marks the beginning of Holy Week, with the greatest tragedy and sorrow of the year.  Come join our celebrations throughout the week.
Tenebrae at 7:30 PM on Wednesday
Holy Thursday at 7:30 PM
Good Friday at 1:45 PM and 7:30 PM
Easter Vigil at 8:30 PM
It is wonderful to celebrate our students’ accomplishments but when we can celebrate our teachers, it is just as special.  Today we received some great news in regards to one of our teachers being awarded the Golden Apple from the Toledo Diocese.  We would like to congratulate Jaime Elwer on being chosen as one of the nine Golden Apple Award winners this year.  Mrs. Elwer is an outstanding teacher and deserving of this award for all of her hard work and dedication, especially to those students with special needs.  Mrs. Elwer’s accomplishments during her time at St. John’s include leading the Child First Team, starting the Susan Barton Reading program for students with dyslexia, and giving many hours outside of the regular school day to help individuals who need extra help.  Thank you to those who nominated Mrs. Elwer and congratulations to Mrs. Elwer for being selected as a Golden Apple Award winner.
A few of the items below include the Weekly Calendar and Schedule Reminders, State Testing, Calamity Days, Prom Guidelines, Yearbook Orders, Ed Choice Program, 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
April 8, Recycle
April 9 to 12, Mission Society Appalachia Mission Trip
April 9 to 15, Holy Week
April 10, School Musical Tickets Go On Sale
April 14 to the 17, Easter Break
April 18, Blood Drive – 8th Grade to the Van Wert County Jail
April 19, Juniors Taking the ACT
April 21, Seniors Taking CPR and Academic Luncheon
April 24, Two-Hour Delay for In-Service
April 25, Biology End of Course Exam
April 26, American History End of Course Exam
April 28, Seniors Leaving for Class Trip to New York City and 7th Grade Retreat to Toledo
April 26 to 28, School Musical
April 29, Benefit Auction
State Testing
State Testing began this week, with our Sophomores and Freshman taking their End of Course Exams in English.  This testing will continue after Easter, where students currently enrolled in Biology, American History and Government, Algebra, and Geometry will complete their State mandated requirement for graduation.
We will be running a two-hour delay schedule during all the tests, but English.  Therefore, any students that do not have to take an exam will need to report on a two-hour delay schedule, on these days.  If students require transportation to school before this time, teachers will be here to help supervise those students that may need to ride the bus and come to school at the regular time, who are not taking the test.  Only students who need to take an exam on the assigned day will need to report at regular time.
If you have any questions please let us know.
Calamity Day Information
Please take the time, to read the attachment titled “Calamity Letter” to see our plan if we have any more cancellation days due to weather.  Let us pray we do not have to worry about missing any more school due to bad weather, but if we do, please refer to the attached plan for the remainder of the school year.
Bingo Help Needed
There is a great opportunity available to you to help your child pay for their senior class trip and/or the trip to Washington for the March for Life.  Not only would you earn money for your child’s trip(s), you would also help keep a very vital program going strong.  Every Wednesday and Saturday evening, we are in need of help in the bingo concessions.  These concessions are a very big part of the bingo program itself.  If we do not have concessions, our attendance at bingo will suffer and so will the income we make from this program.  We cannot afford to lose 10’s of thousands of dollars a year because we did not have the people to work the concessions.
Each night pays out a total of $50.00 that would be applied to your child’s trip.  If 2 students work, it can be divided between them.  It takes 4 people, and at least 1 adult to run the concessions.  Your work starts at 4:30 PM and you are done by 9:00 PM.  You get the food ready, sell it and clean up when finished.
Please call Jo or Ted at the Ministry Center, 419-695-4050, for more details.
Yearbook Sales
The deadline for purchasing a 2016-2017 yearbook is approaching.  The final opportunity to guarantee a yearbook is May 19th.  The final cost is $65.00.  Any extra books will be available on a first come, first sold basis.  Your son or daughter’s selfie won’t be around in 30 years, but their yearbook will!  Order today!
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.  Must be submitted by May 1st.
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.
Bottle Caps
All bottle caps need to be turned into Mrs. May by April 13th.  We will no longer be accepting bottle caps after this time.
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.
Shoe Carnival Coupon
Attached below is a friends and family event coming up this weekend, April 7th to the 9th.  In store customers will be able to receive 25% off their total purchase on regular, sale, and clearance-priced merchandise.
Have a great weekend.
Go Jays and God Bless,

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