Giving Thanks Together: Thanksgiving Feast
Whether through bringing in and chopping vegetables, creating beautiful centerpieces for the tables, cooking the soup, attending chapel, or eventually enjoying the feast, we do so together as a community. What better way to celebrate and give thanks, then by being together?
Children begin preparations for the feast by creating centerpieces to be used on the tables...
Families donate vegetables and family members work with children to chop vegetables for the soup:
Soup Day! Parent volunteers cook the soup with help from the children who take turns stirring the soup:
Classrooms and family volunteers set up Blake Hall for the festivities...
...including, of course, the beautiful and carefully prepared centerpieces:
Let the celebrations begin: Thanksgiving Chapel!
Let us Feast on Soup and Muffins!
Finishing our time together with a sing-along!
Thank you to everyone who took part in making this tradition wonderful again this year!
All Gathered Together
It was cold out but the temperature inside was warm so many from our St. Johns community gathered together for our annual holiday chapel and sing along. The warmth was almost palpable and the singing was a joy! It was also our last day all together before we entered into the new decade of 2020! With that, here is to a Happy New Year!
Saying Goodbye to Apostolou Family
While there were a lot of half-hearted smiles knowing that we would very much miss Alexandra and the Apostolou family, there were also a lot of love and wishing them well. All the best to Apostolos, Christine, Elena, and Alexandra in their new home in Frankfurt, Germany!
Lots of Love and Laughter
This year's Book Fair was fun and festive. Lots of current and alumni families gathered on this beautiful autumn day. The children enjoyed face-painting and crafts, while parents reconnected over hot dogs, hamburgers, vegetarian chili, baked treats, and of course good books. Thanks to all of the parent volunteers who made this year's book fair a success, and thanks to Victor and the St. John's children for making all of the beautiful kites!
This year's Book Fair Preview Party was a HUGE success! Thank you to everyone who attended in support of our school. A big thanks to the planners, Lizanne and Mandy, and the hosts, Eliza and Addison. The Silent Auction of teacher experiences raised $6000! Additionally, many items were purchased from the Wish Tree. It was a fantastic start to the Book Fair weekend. Thank you again for your support!
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From the bottom of our hearts, thanks for your participation! Whether you blew the yolk out of eggs or hardboiled them, set up materials, or brought your children to the event, we appreciate our wonderful community! With 98 friends and 444 eggs it was a busy and exciting event!
We invited our Alumni and current friends at St. John's back to help contribute to the design of a new logo for the school. We had 37 children and families turn out for this unprecedented event! In true St. John's fashion, there were many different languages to choose from: painting, drawing, collage, watercolor, technology and more. Here are some photos from the afternoon.
Yesterday we celebrated St. John's 22nd birthday! We had decorations, a birthday card, a beautiful centerpiece and of course, birthday cake! The whole school pitched in to make it a wonderful birthday party!
Parents and Caregivers are welcome to participate in our upcoming Early Childhood Educator Series (ECES) in January upon our return to school! Through ECES we seek to form a bridge to the wider educational community. Many educators from our area and beyond join us monthly for observation, discussion, presentations and workshops. On Thursday, January 10, our very own, Jen Azzariti will be presenting on the many ways that you can use wire with children. Come participate for the entire day or just Jen's presentation and workshop. See the details below. Please RSVP to Molly or Jessica if you plan to attend.
Here are some photos from previous ECES Visiting Days...
Every year when Thanksgiving comes, families at St. Johns come together to prepare vegetables, make soup, attend chapel, and enjoy a feast together. Here we'll take a look at the processes of getting ready for the big feast day.
Children Making Centerpieces, then Displaying them on Tables in Blake Hall...
Stirring the Soup...
And finally... Eating the Soup! Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks to everyone who helped make the day so special.