St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School

Staff Newsletter

Week of January 14, 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, Tech person to setup ILEARN on Chromebooks 8:30-10:30 (both campuses)

Tuesday- Soest, Admin council 8:30-1pm, school board 7pm @ Flatrock

Wednesday- St John, Honor's lunch 11:30-noon

Thursday- Soest

Friday- St John, ILEARN webinar 9am-noon

Calendar Items of Note

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

Chosenlan will be in Monday morning to get Chromebooks setup for ILEARN testing. I told them that they may need to work around some usage that morning. Hopefully a little flexibility make it go smoothly.


This needs to be done early enough so you and kids can get access practice prior to both statewide readiness test and eventually ILEARN.


Note: Alicia sent to the TLSP Times newsletter today and it contains the link to register for the Feb15th PD day. The link is also here: https://goo.gl/AT3uNz and below. Make sure to get registered.

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!!!

Child Abuse and Neglect Training

Below is a PDF of the information all faculty and staff need to read and be aware of regarding child abuse and neglect recognition and reporting. Deadline to complete is Tuesday, February 5th. On that day I'll have a sheet for you to sign indicating you have completed this training.

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.


The learning plan document is in your box now. 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.


I may do a short little Wakelet presentation to start the day. I know not all of you will use it (and there is no pressure to do so) however it is a very cool tool for curating digital content of virtually any kind. I use it personally all the time. Heidi and Cathy use it right now with the middle school kids in very different ways. I'm hoping they will share as well.


In order to spice it up a bit, I'll have some Wakelet swag to give away.

Instructional Strategies Website

Below is a link to a website that was shared with me from someone I follow om Twitter. If you're looking to freshen up some of your instructional strategies, here is a list of over 100 of them. They can be downloaded and printed (works best on Chrome browser). Here is the link: Instructional Strategies

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.

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. The link to register is at the bottom below the schedule.

Location: Ascension Lutheran School

Schedule:


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


Registration link: https://goo.gl/AT3uNz