Box of Joy deadline has been extended. We have one more week to hand in our boxes. If you still have your box at home please consider supporting this wonderful outreach program to supply needy families in Haiti with a Christmas box of gifts. Please have all your boxes at St. John Academy by November 13th at the latest. We have gotten great feedback from parents and teachers about how much their kids are enjoying shopping for and packing the boxes! So thank you all who have already contributed.

St. John Academy will celebrate all Veterans and active duty personnel with an assembly on Friday, November 9th, at 10:15 a.m. Please invite your family and friends! We will provide light refreshments prior to the program. Our program will include patriotic songs, poetry, and a special guest speaker. We will also present a slideshow of photos of your favorite Veteran/Active Duty Personnel. Please send any photos (with name and rank) at your earliest convenience to Mrs. Maleski: jmaleski@stjohnacademy.org.

We hope to see you all there!

Veteran’s Day Flag Sales will take place this year beginning on November 5th. Flags will be $5.00 a piece. You may choose to take a flag or have the flag staked on our school/parish grounds to honor our veterans. 8th grade students will be available at dismissal to sell the flags or you may send an envelope to school with your donation and name and we will make sure a flag is sent home. Anyone choosing to have a flag staked may ask for the veteran’s name to be acknowledged on the flag. You may send your loved ones name in an envelope or to ktessier@stjohnacademy.org. The 8th grade will be placing the flags on the grounds beginning November 8th.

So Others Might Eat (SOME): Thank you so much for your wonderful generosity with the Thanksgiving Basket drive sign-up that was sent out on Monday. In only a few days four of our classes filled an entire basket with the items for a needy family to have a Thanksgiving meal, including the donation of a turkey! We even had to open up a second sign-up to create a second basket due to parent requests! If you haven’t had a chance to donate yet, or you haven’t received a sign-up genius, please contact Mrs. Escudero at gescudero@stjohnacademy.org. SOME (some.org/turkeydrive) also provides the ability to contribute to buying a turkey for a family. If you would like to donate in addition to your designated item(s) please send cash or a check made out to SOME in the amount of $15.00 and we will deliver it to the organization. We are asking that items be brought in by Friday, November 9th. If you would like to volunteer to drive the items to SOME, please contact ktessier@stjohnacademy.org.

VIRTUS Session to be held at SJA on Saturday, November 17th at 9:00 a.m. Please sign up for the session at www.virtus.org space is LIMITED. Any parent who wishes to chaperone a field trip or volunteer in the classroom MUST attend a VIRTUS session. In addition parents need to also complete a package of forms from the Office of Child Protection. Please contact Mrs. Escudero with any questions or concerns at gescudero@stjohnacademy.org.