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As you may have heard, Governor Reynolds has decided to keep Iowa schools closed for the remainder of the year. I imagine that you have several questions in regards to how the remainder of the year will be handled, will there be summer school, will we begin early next year, etc. 

I have been in constant communication with the Iowa Dept. of Ed. and the Archdiocese Office of Catholic Schools throughout the current shutdown. Much of how we have handled distance/continuous learning thus far is based on their direction. Now that a final determination has been made concerning the remainder of the year, I am certain that more direction will follow in the next week or so. I will update you as decisions are made.

The St. John school board meets on May 7. The last day of school, summer school and next year's calendar will be on the agenda. If you have questions that you'd like the school board to answer, please forward them to my email at and I will present them during our meeting. 

I thank you for your support, and ask for your continued patience while we continue to navigate these uncharted waters.


This week's Fitness Challenges:
1.) Go for a 30 minute walk at least twice during the week.
2.) Think of a movement activity you can do either inside or outside. 30 minutes for 2 days of the week.
                 a. Shoot baskets
                 b. Jump Rope
                 c. Pass a volleyball with a sibling or parent. (A wall with no windows outside would work too!)
                  * Younger students can use a beach ball/balloon.
                 d. Play 4-Square
3.) Ride your bicycle outside on safe areas. 30 minutes for at least 2 days of the week.
4.) Pick a series of exercises to do inside your home.
                a. Push-Ups 10 per set/2 sets
                b. Crunches  50 per set/2 sets
                c. Planks (regular or push-up Planks)  45 seconds/2 sets.
                d. Deep Knee Squats   10 Squats/2 sets
                 * Older students can add 5 pound dumb bells if available.
5.) Make up your favorite dance and record it, to send to family members who are self-isolated away from your family

                                                             Stay safe everyone!
                                                                   Mr. Schmitz

Our scrip coordinator, Maggie McGarvey, has obtained McDonald's gift certificates. They are now available in $10 & $25 denominations. Scrip is still available at the parish office.
Interpretive Nature Center
Interpretive Nature Cen

Upcoming Events Calendar

Easter Sunday, Apr. 19
No service at St. John

Monday, Apr. 20

No School 

Tuesday, Apr. 21
No School 

Wednesday, Apr. 22
No School 

Thursday, Apr. 23
No School 

Friday, Apr. 24
No School 

Saturday, Apr. 25


Upcoming Dates 

Mar. 16 - Apr. 30: No School

May 4: Art Show
- 3:30 - 6:30pm
May 16: Spring Fling
TBD: Last day of School

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