Principal Weekly Letter

Message from the Principal - March 3, 2021

Dear Parents,  

In Sunday’s Gospel, we hear how Jesus was disruptive. Families had been coming to Jerusalem for generations and buying animals for sacrifice at a market inside the temple. It was certainly easier than bringing them from their home village. By overturning the tables and driving out the animals, Jesus was—albeit temporarily—shutting down the temple, the place where God was believed to be most fully present on earth. It was a shocking act aimed at getting people to recognize that, in Jesus, God was doing something radically new.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives in many ways. Families have lost loved ones and been unable to mourn them in the way they wish. Many of us have been working at home for a long time and those that aren’t are taking greater risks on behalf of others. Churches are worshipping outside, on the web or with limited capacity.

But like those little blades of grass that shoot up after a California wildfire, there are also signs of hope in today’s pandemic world. People are asking deep questions about the meaning and purpose of their lives; Communities are coming together in new ways to help those in need. These are reminders that, even in the midst of great disruption, God is always with us and always working to bring good out of a bad situation.

Notices and Reminders This Friday, March 5, is First Friday Mass. Grade 3 will attend mass and participate in the liturgy. Early dismissal is at 12:00 noon. All children must be picked up promptly, as the teachers will be attending our monthly Staff Meeting shortly thereafter. Thank you for your cooperation.

A $200 family tuition deposit for the 2021-22 school-year is due by April 1 (see attached form below, which is also being sent home with your child today). Parish Affiliation Forms were sent home with the children last week. If you are an active member of a parish within the Diocese of Norwich, you must complete and have your Pastor sign and return the form to our office by March 31 in order to receive the parish subsidy towards 2021-22 tuition fees. (Please note that Pre-K tuition is not eligible for a subsidy.) All outstanding Re-registration fees are now $100.

St. John School is hosting a Virtual Open House tonight at 6:30 p.m. You are our best source to help promote our school. If you know of anyone who may be interested in attending SJS for the upcoming school year, please share this information. Online registration is required on our website.

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, March 15 (Teachers’ Professional Development Day).

All Lifetouch Yearbook orders are due by March 31. The cost is $28.

This Friday, March 5, is the final day to submit FACTS Grant & Aid applications for tuition assistance. A link to the FACTS Grant & Aid application is on the SJS website under Admissions Process/Register--Tuition and Fees. Please note that you must submit all necessary documentation with your application in order to be considered and verified by FACTS.

God Bless you-

Mother Elaine

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