St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School

Staff Newsletter

Week of August 27th

"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, Soest in AM in preschool

Tues- Soest

Wednesday-St John, Baptismal Remembrance, CPR training 3-6pm

Thursday- Soest

Friday- St John

CPR Training on August 29th from 3-6pm

Calendar Items of Note

Aug 29- CPR training from 3-6pm at Flatrock

Aug 30- Vision screenings

Sept 5- Picture day K-3rd and 4 yr olds

Sept 6-Picture day 4th-8th and 3 yr olds

Sept 5- Faculty meeting at Soest 2:45pm

Sept 7- Favorite Jersey Day

Wellness Committee Meeting

We need to have our bi-annual Wellness Committee meeting next month. I would like a teacher from each campus. Adam or David from Flatrock and someone from Soest. Please let me know this week so I can get meeting scheduled ASAP.

Tech Integration

Teachers: Until I can get the internet is a little more reliable, I am dialing back my expectation for tech integration mostly for the Flatrock staff due to internet there.

For now, fixed are all the printing issues at both campuses. Soest teachers are now on just the St John network both upstairs and downstairs and all teachers there should be able to print to copier and at least one other printer. Students are able to print form the Chromebooks. The WIFI connection should be stronger now in Kindergarten and 1st grade.

At Flatrock there was an issue with students printing to the copier in the copy room. The only way to fix that right now with the Chromebooks was to take off the password. They are now able to print selecting the Sharp copier icon with the blue icon on it. Please make sure that black and white is default and color only as necessary and decided by you.

I am working with Watch Communication, the internet provider at Flatrock to see what can be done to make internet bandwidth better there. As soon as I have something, I'll share that as well.

SJE Tiger Minute

I have an idea I'd like to try that is similar to Concordia's Maroon Minute. Ours would tentatively be called SJE Tiger Minute" unless someone has a better name. My intent is to "interview one or more students each week and post on school's Facebook page. I thought I would start with the young kids and end with 8th graders at end of year as they graduate. To have visitors to our Facebook page hear from our kids about their school could be pretty cool. I'm thinking it should be done on the same day of the week every week.

I'm open to other ideas as well if you have them. May we could start this by October 1st. I want to make sure to do it right. Would appreciate any input.

Greeting Kids at the Door

Thanks to all who are taking the time to greet kids at their door this year. You are making a difference by building relationships with your kids. If you are not, this is a reminder that as I said at our opening meeting, it is an expectation that you will put your morning work aside and greet kids as they come into your classroom. No exceptions!

Take Note

  • Sept 11th is our first PD E-Learning Day. Alicia from the TLSP will be here from 8:30-11:30 updating all on the new curriculum mapping info and support those that need it.
  • November 8th- JROTC will be coming to do their exhibition again this year at 9am at Flatrock. We'll need bus and get invites out to the veterans to attend.
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INPEC 2018 Conference

This year's INPEC Teacher's conference is going to be awesome. Keynote speakers Rick Wormeli and George Couros along with Kim Strobel and many others make this a conference where we will walk away with a ton of learning and new ideas. They have some new "ignite" sessions (10 minutes) for quick learning and extended "focus" sessions (30 minutes) as well. Make sure to download the Attendify app for your device and get the schedule etc. You can also go the the website by clicking here for conference brochure and more.

Speaking of schedules, the Indiana District is recognizing Jon Mielke at the conference and will be hosting a reception prior to the dinner hour. We'll want to take that into account as we decide our own dinner plans. I am looking forward to having dinner as a faculty that night. It is one of the highlights for me at least.

Hotel and registration are already taken care of for this conference. One person in each hotel room will need to pay for their room. EACS will not reimburse the school for these, only individuals. Keep detailed receipts for food etc and track your mileage (paid @ .38/mile this year) if you are the one driving. I'll get you the needed paperwork and info in October.

How many of the 4 C's are happening in your classroom?

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