eParare Pope John XXIII HS
 October 22, 2012
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Open House
Family Commitment
School Lunch
Campus Ministry
Rice Harvest Festival
Roar Store
Autumn Harvest Market
Senior News
Katy Gift Market
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Important Events  


October 23, 2012
House Science Competition

October 24, 2012
8:00 AM
Sophomore Retreat

October 26, 2012
7:30 AM
Junior Class Ring Orders Due

October 27, 2012
7:30 AM
Annual Autumn Harvest Market

October 30, 2012
6:00 PM
Open House for Prospective Students

Athletic Events  


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The Weekly e-Bulletin will be sent out every Monday.  Announcements must be submitted by Friday at noon to be included in the next week's bulletin.   All announcements are approved by Tim Petersen prior to publication.
Prayer Line
At Pope John, our school community lifts each other up in prayer during times of need. If you have a prayer request, or to join the prayer line, please email atm8789@sbcglobal.net.
Our raffle is underway and we've gotten off to a great start! We have updated the information form with more parish sale dates and contacts. Don't forget to get your five books of tickets sold by November 6 so you can earn your first raffle holiday (Wednesday, November 21). Our next raffle ticket collection day is tomorrow, October 23, during lunch! Don't forget your sold tickets and money. For more information, email Julie Koch at koch8654@gmail.com.

If you were unable to attend Back to School night, please email Gillian Kruse at gkruse@pj23.org to arrange for the pickup of your 2012-2013 Student Directory.


Below are your announcements for the week of October 22, 2012. 

1. Open House
We are asking for the help of our families to make this year's Open House the best ever! If you would like to donate refreshments for the evening, please bring them to the school on October 30. We have divided up the refreshments by house:

Aquinas - Fruit for fruit trays
Borromeo - Veggie sticks
Lisieux - Bottled water and/or canned soft drinks
Loreto - Cheese (boys) and crackers (girls)
Neri - Desserts

If you have any questions or would like to help in a more substantial way, please email Gillian Kruse, Ann Justus, or Brenda Nitsch.
2. Counselor's News



Please touch base with Mr. Tesone to see which teachers have already turned your teacher recommendation letter in to him and which are still outstanding.  Teachers may not always know that you are planning to apply early so polite requests and gentle reminders from you will be much greater appreciated now as compared to the finals days leading up to November 1st.


If you have not talked to teachers about letters yet AND you are planning on applying early, you must do so ASAP in order to ensure that the letters will be completed in a reasonable amount of time.  Please see Mr. Tesone with any questions or concerns pertaining to this matter.


 HARN (Houston Area Recruiter's Network) Mini College Fair - Thursday October 25 during lunch in the New Gym


The Houston Area Recruiter's Network (HARN), which is a community of professional college and university representatives from both two (2) and four (4) year academic institutions, will be holding a mini college fair on our campus.  The fair will provide students and any parents that wish to come an excellent opportunity to interact with college and university admissions counselors.  They can meet one-on-one with admissions reps at their table to discuss entrance requirements, campus life, application deadlines and majors. Representatives will have brochures, catalogs and other literature to describe their institutions.


The following schools will be represented at the fair:

Texas State University  

Mississippi State University

Lamar University                                        

HCC - NorthWest

UT Dallas                                                        

Texas Christian University

Texas A&M University                              

University of Tulsa

University of Houston                              

University of St. Thomas

Texas Tech University                             

UT San Antonio

Stephen F. Austin State University    

University of Alabama

University of North Texas

This is the third year that Pope John XXIII will be sending students to the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership conference, and it is a great opportunity for students to continue to develop their leadership skills. This year the conference takes place May 31 through June 2 and Texas A&M at Galveston. Applications will be available after Mr. Stuck's presentation and are due back no later than October 26. Please contact Mr. Stuck at cstuck@pj23.org for more information.

3. Family Commitment
The next opportunity for you to help take care of your family commitment is here! We will be producing another sports program for our winter sports (basketball, swimming, and soccer), and you may pay off your family commitment by soliciting advertisements in the program. Advertising information is due Friday, October 26, so make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to raise money towards your family commitment!

We are also accepting kudos for the back of the program, though kudos will not count towards your family commitment. Honor your favorite swimmer or soccer or basketball player with a kudo in the winter sports program!
4. School Lunch
Please go to your lunch account at www.myschoolaccount.com and update your account status. Many accounts are currently overdrawn and need to have more funds placed in them. To avoid this issue in the future, you can update your settings so the service will automatically email you when your account is low on funds. Overdrawn accounts hold up the lunch lines for everyone as they require special administrative permissions to receive their lunches. Please make sure you maintain a positive balance in your account to stop this from happening in the future!

The menus for lunches will be posted on the school's website soon.
5. Campus Ministry News

ATTN Sophomores: This Wednesday is your Sophomore Retreat. Please plan to arrive at Epiphany of the Lord at 8:00 AM. You are responsible for your own transportation. Students may wear jeans and a spirit tee. We are also accepting donations of baked goods for dessert & snacks. Please bring those with you on Wednesday.


It's almost Kairos time!! For all those who will be attending our Kairos V retreat in January, we will have a mandatory parent meeting Thursday, November 1 at 6:45PM. If you are unable to attend, you must contact Ms. DeMois as soon as possible.


Campus Ministry would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who donated to the "40 Days for Life" diaper drive. We delivered 4 huge SUV's full of diapers & wipes to the Pregnancy Help Center in Katy. They expressed their gratitude for your generosity!


We are pleased to announce that Sister Damien Marie from the Franciscan Sisters will be speaking to our young ladies about vocations tomorrow after school. Please join us in the library at 3:15PM.


Pope John XXIII is very blessed have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament a couple times per month, usually on the first and third Fridays. Parent volunteers are needed to sign up to adore Christ in the Eucharist for hour time slots, allowing the students to come and go to adoration as fits their schedules. Volunteers sign up as fits their schedules throughout the year. If you would like to be on the email list of volunteers for adoration, please email Becky Neeson at atm8789@sbcglobal.net    

6. Electronics Recycling
Don't toss out those old phones, computers, or ink cartridges! This year, Pope John is collecting used electronics, ink cartridges, and jewelry for recycling and will receive fundraising dollars for the technology department for every item donated. Bring your items to the business office and drop them off in the marked box! Every little bit helps both the school and the environment. Contact Gillian Kruse at gkruse@pj23.org for more information.
7. Katy Rice Harvest Festival

Katy Rice Festival-THANK YOU! THANK YOU!


Thank you to the many parents and students who volunteered last weekend to work the Katy Rice Festival gate and booth to raise funds for the entire senior class.


Allen & Mary Ann Hajovsky

Chris & Margaret Manfre

Willie, Catherine & Will Reinhard

Janet & Fred Ramundo

Tommy, Gretchen & Dylan Stockberger

Laura & Cory Snyder

Michael & Terry Klobosits

Kristine & Brian Perilla

Chris & Arturo Bigalbal

Keith, JK & Brandon Herbsleb

Christina & Shawn Ryan

Mary Ann & Abby Glueck

Janet, Mark & Robert Stasney

Susan, Joe & Ben Maxwell

Claudia, Rafael & Andres Garcia

Kim, Brian & Joe Linder

Angie Harris

Carmen Posey & Mary Murphy

Tracy & Vanessa Van Reet

Ashley Wall

Julie and Stephen Koch


A Huge Thanks to Ms. O'Donnell and many art students and parents who came out and helped to decorate the gate too!


Norma Noonan

Brenda Cheong

Abby Glueck

Delia Weber

Margaret Manfre

Mrs. Shelly England

Mrs. Chris Manfre

Mrs. Siobhan Weber

8. Roar Store News
New school spirit items are being developed and should be available in the next couple of weeks. The Roar Store also offers a limited selection of school supplies such as composition and spiral notebooks, index cards, pens and pencils, binder and graph paper, as well as microwavable lunch items, snacks and drinks. Stop by and check out the Roar Store. The store is open every day before school and during lunch.
9. Autumn Harvest Market
1st Annual Autumn Harvest Market Saturday, October 27, 2012 Arts, Crafts, and Boutique Items 8:00am - 1:00pm in the school gym. For more information, contact Jackie Sitton at jdsbill@sbcglobal.net.

10. Senior News
Attention all bakers and creative decorators.   Our Halloween bake sale will be October 25 during lunch.  Any senior parent who can contribute a Halloween themed treat to sell, please contact Kristine Perilla.  
11. Swimming Team

The PJ23 swim team kicks off the 2012-2013 season Saturday Oct 27 at the Lamar Consolidated Private School Invitational  in Rosenberg.  The girls team took second place at this event last year and is looking to improve on that this year.


The swim team has been practicing since late September, and is progressing well, according to Coach Abbott.  "We have the largest swim team we have ever had at Pope John, and perhaps the strongest." With the girls team ready to defend last year's State Championship and looking even stronger, and the boys team looking good as well, it should be another great year for Lion swimming.

12. Chick-fil-a Breakfasts
Starting Tuesday, August 21, the senior class will be selling chicken breakfast biscuits from Chick-fil-a before school on Tuesdays. Make sure to support the class of 2013!
13. Katy Gift Market Fundraiser
The Lion Pride Band is selling tickets to the ever popular Home For The Holidays Gift Market, which will be held at the the Merrell Center in Katy November 16th - 18th. Tickets cost $6.00 each and proceeds will go towards purchasing new instruments for the band. So grab your friends and plan to shop til you drop! Contact Patti Smith at pattismith@consolidated.net.
14. Volleyball News

The Lady Lions fought valiantly and placed 4th at the district tournament, earning a spot in the playoffs! Their first playoff game will be at Sacred Heart in Halletsville at 6:30 PM tomorrow, and they will face off against TMI of San Antonio. Let's go Lady Lions!

15. Cross Country News

The cross country team competed this weekend in TAPPS 4A State Meet in Waco, TX.  The Lady Lion runners finished 5th overall with Maria Gonzales and Emily Yoder finishing in the top 20.  The Pope John Men had strong finishes with a few runners setting new personal records.  The cross country team now begins training for the San Antonio Rock and Roll Half Marathon in November.

The end of the cross country season marks the end of their high school cross country career for our five seniors, Maria Gonzales, Nicholas Knez, Connor McColl, Jadzi Roopchand and Bethany Vuyk.

16. Volunteers Needed
We are in need of two parents to help with ticket sales at the home football game on Friday, November 2 against Northland Christian. We also need three parents who could work the chains along the sideline. These volunteer hours can be counted towards any work-study requirements your family may have. To volunteer, or for more information, please email Don Lupton at dlupton@pj23.org or Coach Mills at smills@pj23.org.