St. John Paul II Catholic School 
105 St. Paul Street
Sellersburg, IN 47172

May 1, 2024
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Parent Resource Section for quick reference at the bottom of the newsletter!
  • REMINDER: There will be NO BUS SERVICE Tuesday May, 7th
  • Doors will open at 12:55pm for the Derby Activities on Thursday, May 2nd

2: Derby Activities (EVENTPASSES WERE SENT OUT TODAY)- students may be out of uniform!!
3:Knights Friday/Spirit Wear/1hr Early Dismissal/ NO BUS!
6: First Grade Field Trip to Zoo
7:NO BUS (SCSC not in session)
7: Kindergarten Field Trip to Huber's
7:Deadline to order MS leadership shirts for Step-Up Assembly (More Info to Come)
8: White Mass (Honoring and Blessing Health Care Workers)
10: First Grade Muffins with Moms 8:30
14-16: 6th Grade Camp Retreat
16: 5th Grade Play
17: First Grade Donuts with Dads 8:30
17: Kindergarten Celebration
17: 3rd Grade Speeches
21: 8th Grade Graduation Mass (6:00pm St. Joe Campus)
21: MS Step Up Assembly
23: Last Day of School
Building God's Kingdom by growing disciples and making disciples through 
love of God and neighbor.

Building God's Kingdom by growing disciples through fostering spiritual development, academic excellence, service, and responsibility, in a safe welcoming learning environment. 
Dear Friend of JPII,
As a member of St. John Paul II Catholic Church and School community you are familiar with the following Bible verse. "I know well the plans I have for you" says the Lord, "Plans for your welfare and not your woe...Plans so as to give you a future full of hope." Jeremiah 29:11 Our parish has gone through many changes in the past few years—merging parishes, a new parish name, new school colors and mascot, building a beautiful new worship space, a renovation to add 6 new classrooms, and adding a serene new chapel in the school to name a few. This Bible verse is like a hug from God reminding us that He has amazing plans for us even in the midst of change.
I am writing about a change on the horizon that will affect the JPII School, Preschool/Daycare, and the After Care and Summer Care Programs. An upcoming Highway 31 project has led JPII to have to move the black metal fence and stone columns on the playground into the playground several feet. Unknown to anyone in current leadership at the parish or the school, the fence is over our property line. When the fence is moved back there will no longer be room for the current playground equipment along Highway 31 to remain in that space. We have plans to move that equipment along Scheller Avenue in the Building C parking lot. This project is time sensitive due to the Highway 31 project, and must be completed this summer.

Although we would not have chosen to take on this project at this time, it does give us the opportunity to move the playground equipment to an area away from the highly traveled Highway 31. We would also like to have the opportunity to install turf like the preschool playground which provides a safer surface.

This is not a project that we had anticipated having to complete, so there are not funds budgeted for it. To bring the positive results we are hoping for—a safer location for the playground equipment and a turf surface, we need your help. The total cost of the project is estimated to be just under $250,000. We are asking for donations from all friends of JPII to assure that we can complete this mandatory project in a way that creates positive results for our children.

As noted above, this project must take place this summer, so we hope to start as soon as school is out in order to not interrupt the start of school in August.

If you would like to make a donation, feel free to reach out to me, or send a check to the school noting that the funds are for the playground project.

The donation response card below will be sent home with your child today. Thanks in advance for your generosity as together we care for the St. John Paul II Catholic Parish and School and our future full of hope.

Karen Haas
Field Day is scheduled for Monday, May 13th. This year’s them is “Hawaiian Luau”. To help get in the spirit, students in grades K-5 are welcome to be out of uniform on this date if they choose. Students should wear athletic shoes and shorts/pants along with a Hawaiian or beach themed top. 
·      Monday-Friday from Noon-3:00.
·      Great hours for a parent that comes to JPII every day for pick up.
·      This is a paid position.
·      Duties include:
-Answering the “Buzzer” at the middle school door C3 when students arrive late or need to be picked up early.
-Assisting middle school teachers with copying, etc. 
·      Please contact Karen Haas ( or 812-246-3266), 
Mrs. Brock’s and Mrs. Wetzel’s Stars celebrated Earth Day by making Recycled Creatures and learning about ways to take care of God’s Creation.

The First Grade Stars also celebrated Disney Day for the A To Z Countdown!
The first graders are counting down the days of school with the alphabet! For G day, the students were Generous like God. The first graders brought in one dollar bills to donate to St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities. We are thankful that we can help and serve others in our community.
Mrs. Clark's 2nd grade worked on character traits after reading their story Horrace and Morris but Mostly Dolores. Groups got together to write character traits of the three main characters in the story, giving text evidence of what the character did or said that made them pick that trait. Some examples were:
Horris was brave because he climbed Mount Ever-Rust. Morris was willing because he went along with whatever the club said. Dolores was kind because she made a clubhouse that included everyone. These 2nd graders sure are getting ready for 3rd grade with these big ideas! 
First Communion
Mrs. Clark's 2nd graders did an art project after May Crowning Mass this morning to
"crown" Mary. 
May Crowning Mass
7th Grade enjoyed their Shadow Day at PHS where they got to experience a variety of opportunities offered in High School
Upcoming Events:

-Please note, each lunch account is a debit account, not a credit account. Any accounts with a negative balance will need to bring a sack lunch. Please refer to the JPII Student Handbook in regards to this policy.

-"If a negative balance occurs the parent/guardian will be asked to send a sack lunch for their
child." Page 38 Appendix B

-To add money to your child's lunch account, please send a check to the school office or make an online payment via EZSchoolPay. Please note, only one check per family is needed. Lunch accounts are shared amongst siblings.
Be sure to write the name(s) of your student(s) in the memo line of the check.

-Student lunches are $3.25/day or $16.25/week, per student- not including any extra entrees or milk.

Lunch Menu: