St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School

Staff Newsletter

Week of January 7, 2019

"Sharing Christ Through Academic Excellence"

18-19 Theme Verse: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" Psalm 46:1

My Schedule

Monday- St John

Tuesday- Soest

Wednesday- St John, staff mtg @ Soest (Active Shooter training) 2:45pm

Thursday- Soest

Friday- St John, EACS Title I, II and III meeting 10am

Calendar Items of Note

Jan 9- Active Shooter training @ 3pm

Jan 18- Faculty/Staff and School Board Christmas party 7-9pm

Jan 23- ILEARN Statewide Readiness test for grades 3-8

Feb 5- Staff PD Day & E-Learning Day

Feb 15- makeup day for Nov 15th via e-learning

Active Shooter Training

I have contacted Nic Hoffman, an Indiana State Trooper and member at Soest. Ron Galaviz contacted me and we scheduled Wednesday, January 9th at 3pm as the training day. ALL faculty and staff need to be at this meeting please.

Once training is done, I'd like to discuss and decide how we at SJE will do those drills and then practice at least once after Christmas and again later in the year.

Faculty/Staff Christmas Party

The annual Faculty/Staff Christmas party is coming up on Friday, Jan 18th from 7-9pm at the HAAA Pavilion in Hoagland. Dinner to be catered by Nine Mile. Hope to see you all there!!!

February Staff PD Day

The 2nd semester staff PD day (and e-learning day) is Tuesday, Feb. 5th. The day will run from 8:30-11:30am. As has been done in the past, I'm offering you an opportunity to plan your own learning.

I will need to have your learning plan to me by Monday, January 28th. That plan needs to include what you intend to research/learn, how it will be or how you see it being used to enhance the learning in your classroom and anything you may need to implement what you have learned.

3rd Quarter Chapel Offering

Next quarter we are donating our chapel offerings to Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM). All Lutheran schools in Ft Wayne are participating in this joint offering. In conjunction with that, there are virtual field trips that will make great classroom level connections for the kids. The link to those can be found here.

This year's trip is to Peru and that is where the money will go. There will also be a week's worth of print and video resources available, making it perfect for Lutheran School Week. We can talk about it more later. I want to get this to you earlier so some planning can be done in advance of that. It is our intent to focus on this more during Lutheran Schools Week.

The Pursuit of Excellence

We are trying a very new and different approach to attracting families to SJE. David's daughter Kayla, with David's help, created a website etc we will begin using now through the end of the school year. I would encourage you to check it out. Here is the website address. Just click on the link:

There will be about 50 yard signs posted all over various targeted areas in Hoagland and Monroeville with the website on it but nothing more. It is designed to create interest. Once there, the site will refer people to the school website. Check it out as you have time so you know what it's about.

TLSP Challenge Cup

The schools in TLSP are invited to join the 2019 TLSP Cup Challenge. This year, schools will be invited to submit their average number of service hours performed per student during the month of January 2019 to compete for the TLSP Challenge Cup. Let’s show our Lutheran spirit by serving others!


  • Service hours must be performed during the month of January 2019.

  • Service hours must be performed at school or as a school. For simplicity of tracking, service completed by students outside of school will not be counted toward this project.

  • Hours should be tracked to the nearest ½ hour.

  • The total number of hours completed by the school must be divided by the total number of students in the school to get a per student average.

  • The school with the highest per student average of service hours will win the TLSP Challenge Cup traveling trophy and an all school ice cream party.

  • Totals must be submitted to Alicia Levitt at TLSP by Feb. 8, and the winning school will be announced at the TLSP Winter Professional Development on February 15, 2019.

Schools are encouraged to have a champion for this project who will track service hours for the school. A sample tracking form for teachers may be found here.

Interested in doing a project that requires some funding? Check out these resources:

  • Thrivent Action Teams: Thrivent members are eligible for 2-$250 Action Teams/year.

  • GenerationOn: Register at GenerationOn to be eligible for their $250 mini-grants. They have a link to other grants, as well.

Ideas and lesson plans for service learning projects are available here:

TLSP Open House and ECE Open House

This year we will be participating in the TLSP Open House set for January 27th. I hope to have the FACTS application page for 19-20 ready to go by then. We will also be doing an ECE Open House in the spring with a date to be determined by Soest faculty. The sooner I get that date, the sooner I'll advertise that open house as well.

Folks it is key that we do all we can to get behind these events and support them. At a minimum, we need to maintain current enrollment numbers and at best we need to grow. If not, cuts will need to happen. We are at the break even point with enrollment and needed faculty and staff. Please do all you can to help.

TLSP PD Day Info

Below are location and initial schedule for our TLSP PD Day.

Location: Ascension Lutheran School


Registration 8:00-8:30

Worship 8:30-9:00 Rev. Zimmerman

Keynote 9:15-10:15 Ruth Ayres

Fellowship 10:15-10:40 Light breakfast/snacks

Breakout 1 10:45-11:30

Breakout 2 11:35-12:20

Closing 12:20 PGP/Prizes

Happy New Year!!!

ILEARN/IREAD Required Training is Here Now!

School personnel planning to administer the ILEARN and/or IREAD-3 assessments this year must first complete the required Test Administrator Certification Course. This online training is approximately 30 minutes in length and has been posted to the Indiana Assessment Portal.

Look for the icon that looks like the one on the right. Please let me know when you're done with it so I know all have done it. Deadline to have completed is January 4th.