Grade 3 Shares the Harvest

On Ash Wednesday some of the third graders at St. John School in the North End took a brisk walk over to St. Anthony Shrine to deliver the freshly harvested tower garden produce grown at St. John’s for the Franciscan Food Center, while there, they received ashes and took time to say special Lenten prayers.  Third grade students always enjoy looking at the dolls of different Congregations of religious sisters in the lobby.  On this day, Brother John Jaskowiak, who spent his spare time for several decades sewing traditional habits for the dolls, spoke with our students about this labor of love and explained the history of several of the dolls.  Principal Karen McLaughlin is especially grateful to Brother John for the time he spent with the students.

Partners in Green Learning

A team of seven Suffolk University students and their professor worked with two second grade classes and their teachers at St. John School in the North End.

This visit was part of a service learning project supported by the Campuses for Environmental Stewardship (CES) program and Suffolk University’s Center for Urban Ecology & Sustainability (CUES). During the fall semester, the Suffolk students produced activities, coloring books, a reading book, and a wooden puzzle all centered on the ideas of a healthy and happy environment. The college students brought four of these activities to the one-hour session at St. John School.  Suffolk CUES looks forward to more opportunities to work with St. John School and their wonderful students! 

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Sounds of the Season

Our third graders are learning to make beautiful music.  Here, they join in sweet harmony while playing the ukulele.  We are proud of their accomplishments!   

Joy to the World

Forming the Future:  A Rich Harvest at St. John School

St. John's urban farming initiative, Growing Up, is a featured article in The Pilot this month.  Read about it here.


It's a new year of Immersive Ed (iED) classes!  Students are happily involved in planning, creating, and programming throughout the halls of St. John's!  Our youngest students are working with the graphics tools and programming characters in Scratch Jr.  In Scratch 3.0, students work with graphics, logic, costumes, and communication.    With Minecraft, students recreate the sites of Boston's Freedom Trail in digital format.  We anticipate another great year of coding!