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A Fresh Start at St. John School
By Julianne Nornberg

The summer light is fading. The pools are closing. We dust off school bags and pencil boxes and load them up with notebooks and binders, markers and pencils. In the evenings, we begin to get the children to bed sooner in preparation for early school mornings.
The new school year is upon us.
Here it is, a fresh start amid bright classrooms, friendly teachers, perhaps new classmates. It is a season of new beginnings, of hope for the future.
And why do we return to St. John School?
Because it is a place our children can grow not only in academics but in our beautiful Catholic faith. Because it is a place of nurturing and challenge, growth and expectation. Because it is a place that helps our children widen their skills socially, developmentally, spiritually.
Because – as a second home to our children — it is a place they can begin to know Jesus.
In the ins and outs of every day at St. John School, Jesus is there. Not only can the children visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament at the church and receive Him at Mass once a week, but He is prevalent in the way the staff treats the students and the way the children are taught to respect each other.
And the children notice.
“Mom, (a classmate) was crying at recess so I went over and asked him to play with me,” one of my children told me one day last year, noticing that he could apply his Catholic faith even on the playground.
“I can’t imagine not being able to learn about God in school,” another one of my children said.
Besides at home, where else can their Catholic faith be fostered, day in and day out, in the classrooms and hallways, lunchroom and playground?
St. John School is a special place, a good school, a second family. That is why we return each year: to give our children a head start in life, a good foundation in academics, and a place to learn about and live out our Catholic faith.
On the brink of a new school year, we are thankful our children can consider St. John School a second home.

Julianne and Mark Nornberg have four children attending St. John School.

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