Summer Letter 2019

Dear Partners in Education,

Summer is moving quickly; it’s difficult to believe that we are only a month away from the start of another academic year. The entire team here at St. John’s is excited to welcome you and your student(s) to another year filled with spiritual, academic, and socioemotional growth. We look forward to another year of partnership as we continue to strive to build community and an authentic culture of care and academic success.

Our theme for the 2019-2020 school year comes from Isaiah 60:1, it’s one simple word, “Angaza”. This was inspired by and is the new name for St. John’s partner school in Tanzania. In Swahili the word Angaza means to illuminate or shine and this continues to be our goal. We strive toward and pray that the St. John’s faculty, students, and families shine God’s light to drive out darkness, cruelty, and meanness that has become so prevalent in the world around us.

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1.

We have had a few staffing changes of note that will take place this upcoming academic year.

First, Mrs. Scanlon has moved on. As we bid her God’s blessings and farewell, we know she will be missed and will be an asset to her next employer. It is then my great pleasure to share with you her successor. Mrs. Serenity Destefani has returned to the St. John’s team serving as our Librarian and Geometry instructor.

Additionally, after a year of discussion and prayer, we have decided to switch Mr. Weiss from the Junior High team to grade 5 and Mr. Hoffman from grade 5 to the Junior High team. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us.

Finally, Mr. Brent Williams joins our team as the Communications Director for St. John’s and as another strong addition to our school band and music program. Mr. Williams is a talented trumpet educator and performer that comes to us from Stockdale Christian.

Some items to note over the next few weeks:

The school office will be closed July 29-August 2. Because of this, the August tuition due date has been extended to August 5.

The Dennis Uniform sale is Saturday, July 20, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Event Center.

Class supply lists as well as other information and forms are available on our school website The office staff is available to answer any questions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM throughout the summer.

Families with students new to St. John’s should have received tuition billing information for the school year. Please contact Mrs. Sara Kinsey in the office if you have any questions.

Our staff will report Thursday, August 1 to begin preparing for the new school year. I ask you to keep them in prayer as we begin the process of welcoming our students on Wednesday, August 14. On the afternoon of Monday August 5th, our teachers will be emailing families via Sycamore to inform them of each student’s class placement. The staff has given careful and prayerful consideration to this, taking into account all factors in order to place our students in the quality learning environment we all desire.

Kindergarten students and students new to SJLS in grades 1-6 will be contacted by their teacher to receive a home visit to introduce them to our school culture. All students in grades 1-8 will have an opportunity to sign up online beginning August 4 to schedule a time to drop off their school materials on Monday, August 12. To access that, please use the following link and click on General – All Classes

New families to SJLS were sent a separate email from Sycamore, our school information system, which includes login credentials. It is best to do this initial set-up with your home computer, rather than your cell phone. If you did not receive the invitation email, please check your spam folder.

The Parent Orientation Evening is scheduled for Monday, August 12 at 6:00 PM in the Worship Center. The Junior High Parent Orientation will immediately follow. Please plan to attend these important meetings to learn about the 2019-2020 school year.


Many Blessings,

Evan Anwy

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