'Notes from the Office' ~ 22 March, 2013

posted Mar 22, 2013, 2:20 PM by rthompson@stjohnsacademysf.org
May God Bless our children!

This has been a blessed first week of Great Lent. The annual procession to Holy Week has begun and the children have done well. As a school family, we have embraced the Fast with gusto. Our students attended and actively participated in the four day reading of the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete. These beautiful services bring us to a state of reflection and contrition. For our school to attend such moving services puts it on another plain from all other schools and makes this school a unique treasure. The school thanks all of you parents for taking the added effort to bring your children to these services. It is also good to see that many parents chose to attend as well. This helps to build the spiritual symphony between Church, School and Home.

Just as we entered Great Lent attending the divine services together, we also go through Lent fasting together. As we are in Great Lent, the menu at the school has become completely vegan. These meals are balanced and provide all the nutritional needs of the children. It is the school's policy not to allow children to bring food with them to school unless they have special medical needs for such. We share a common meal as one school family. However, we are finding that some students have brought food into the school and even none lenten foods. This causes much temptation for the other students. Therefore please do not send food with your children.

Thank you all for your support during this year's Spell Check fund raiser. Many students collected more funds than what they had expected. Some of them went the extra mile. Most of the students have already handing these donations. However, there are a few students who have not yet submitted the pledged donations. The school wants to wrap up this fund raiser by asking that all outstanding donations be collected over the three day weekend. (Remember there will be no school on Monday, March 25th.) Spell Check donations should be turned in on Tuesday. Awards will be announced next week for individuals and the Great House that collected the most pledges.

This Sunday is the Feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. We commemorate the victory of the purity of the Faith at the Seventh Ecumenical Council over false influences which were attempted to usurp the true teachings of the Church. On this day we celebrate a special service called the Rite of Orthodoxy, which calls us to be loyal to the saving teachings of our Faith and to reject the false teachings which tear us away from the Church. At the Holy Virgin 'Joy of All Who Sorrow' Cathedral this service is preformed in full while elsewhere it is truncated. You can experience this special service by staying a short extra thirty minutes after the conclusion of the 9:30am Sunday Liturgy.

The middle school is taking the opportunity to take a Pilgrimage this weekend to an Orthodox Convent. We ask that they pray for all of us during this pilgrimage and that they have a safe journey.