The Apostles had the extraordinary privilege of learning directly from Jesus Christ. As we all know, learning at the foot of Jesus was only the beginning of their work. The teachings of Christ, His passion and resurrection, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost necessarily sent them forth to proclaim the Good News and love as He loved. So too, the learning and prayer that takes place at our Parish school sends students forth to share Christ and serve those in our community.
All K-8 classes at St. John the Baptist School completed a service project this year. All totaled, our students gave 730 hours of service to the community. Students sang songs and visited with residents at Cardinal Ridge Nursing Home, collected food and helped to organize it at The Giving Tree, packed meals for Feed My Starving Children, and many projects around the St. John the Baptist Parish campus.
Our parents put in many service hours to help raise funds for our school. Parents organized our Annual Auction, the Fall Harvest, and many more events and fundraisers. Our school relies on money raised from these events to contribute to our annual budget, in effect, keeping tuition affordable and supporting efforts to provide the best resources for our students to learn. In total his year, parents donated 3153 hours which directly supported our school community.
All this volunteering is part of the “learn, then serve” model put forth in our Parish Mission Plan. Everything the school community does brings to life the mission Jesus set for us, His disciples, namely love God and serve Him in serving our neighbor. Together, the parish, school, and all ministries of our parish make a difference in our community.
One of the most rewarding extra-curricular opportunities St. John’s offers our students is the Queen of Peace Prayer Group. Prayer Group is offered to the third through eighth grade students and gives them an opportunity to learn about their faith, pray together, and visit Catholic sites in our diocese. This week, the third and fourth grade Prayer Group members took a field trip to Schoenstatt Wayside Shrine in Freedom. They had an amazing time together!
The Walk to Mary is a simple walking pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. This shrine is the location of the only approved Marian apparition in the USA. There are routes that range in distance from 2 miles to 20 miles. Please consider joining our school on the pilgrimage on 5/4/19. More Information
Last year, St. John the Baptist School piloted a new program under the direction of the Walk to Mary staff. We organized and brought a large contingent of students and adults to the Walk to Mary. The process included receiving pledges, prayer requests, and encouraging the community to join us on the walk. The success of this program was noticed by Walk to Mary leadership and it is now being replicated across the country by other Catholic schools.
Many thanks to Carrie Tedtman and Kay Vandersteen for their initiative and leadership in developing this new idea.
As part of our Lenten giving, the students and families of St. John the Baptist School collected food for the Giving Tree in Howard. The middle school student council organized the drive, the entire school participated, then the fourth and fifth graders went to the Giving Tree to deliver and sort the food. Our students generously donated over 1200 pounds of food! It will all be used here in the Howard area to help those in need.
Thank you for supporting the SJB auction! The evening was a great success thanks to your help!
Success in the Numbers!
213 Baskets and Stand Alone Items
$1,920 Raised with Class Plates
$4,550 Cash Donations
$10,816 Raised Towards New School Sinks
$22,825 Raised in the Oral Auction
$80,000 Total Profit
Dear SJB Supporters, Family, and Friends,
SJB has a rich tradition of faith, strong academics, and a family-like community. Thank you for coming together to put on a successful school auction. Working together to ensure the best for our children, is truly a hallmark of our great community. Thank you for supporting our school!
Each GRACE school has a fundraising goal. Dollars raised towards this goal help to keep tuition affordable, update and improve academic curriculum and technology while supporting the financial needs of each school. Our annual goal this year is $98,000. Funds raised in excess of this goal are invested directly in our students and teachers. Thanks to the previous fundraisers this year, combined with the outstanding success of the auction, we have met and exceeded this year’s goal.
Thank you for your generous support of the St. John the Baptist School Annual Auction and for supporting our school at large. I look forward to seeing you next year as we come together as a community to support our children.
Andrew Mulloy, Principal
Robyn Wright, Auction Chair
Eric Guzowski, SAC President
Our second grade students went on a First Communion Retreat at Camp Tekawitha! We started the day with Mass and spent the rest of the day doing activities that helped us learn about Jesus as the Bread of Life!