St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School

Staff Newsletter

Week of November 26, 2018

"Sharing Christ Through Academic Excellence"

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

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My Schedule

Monday- St John

Tuesday- Soest

Wednesday- St John, regular chapel

Thursday- Soest

Friday- St John

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Calendar Items of Note

Nov 28- Regular chapel

Jan 9- Active Shooter training @ 3pm

Staff Christmas Party

Thank you to those of you who responded, the annual staff Christmas party is planned for Friday, January 18th from 7-9pm. The location will likely be the HAAA Pavilion in Hoagland. If that date is not available, the backup date is January 11th. More details to follow. In the meantime put that date on your calendar.

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.


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.

Basketball Season Attendance

Please be aware that basketball season has begun and is a great opportunity for us all to be visible and attend games (home or away). The schedule is on the calendar page of the website. There are 16 total games, about 8 of which are at home. I received positive feedback that those of you who have attended games, it is being positively noticed by parents. Please keep it up! The rest, please make an attempt to attend at least one game if not two games. This goes a long way to continuing to build relationships with parents and kids. We need that if we are going to maintain/build enrollment.


That said, it is an expectation of mine that all faculty and staff attend a minimum of one game this season that fits your schedule. Two or more would be even better. Please make an effort. The schedule is easy to find. Thank you!

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.

Take Note

As busy as this time of year gets, I am not planning any staff meetings until after the new year unless something comes up that needs our immediate attention. Only 4 more weeks until Christmas break and the end of another quarter. Man this year is flying by quickly.

Don't forget to setup your AIR account for ILEARN so you can take required TA test

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.

ILEARN & IREAD website with resources for teachers.

ILEARN ELA Performance Task Rubrics Now Available

The five ELA Performance Task rubrics for grades 3-8 are now posted on the ILEARN Sample Items and Scoring page of our website. These rubrics are accompanied by an instructional video intended to help educators understand each rubric. Please contact our office with any questions.