St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School

Staff Newsletter

Week of December 10, 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

My Schedule

Monday- St John

Tuesday- Soest

Wednesday- St John, fire drill @ Flatrock, Soest Christmas service 7pm

Thursday- Soest, 1pm tour

Friday- St John

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Calendar Items of Note

Dec 21- closure makeup day

Jan 9- Active Shooter training @ 3pm

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

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.

CPS Health Care Plan

The new health care plan goes into effect the first of next month. My goal here is to make you are of the information you should have received already and where you can get more if you need it. I understand some needs lots information and yet others prefer to read on their own and pursue more information as needed. Please let me know if you need more information, please let myself or Maureen, our account rep know that.

By now you should have received from CPS a packet of information regarding the new healthcare plan SJE is offering as well as information on your new Further HSA account. I know that I received both and have found them helpful at this point. There is a bunch of information in both packets to digest.

If that is not enough, I strongly encourage you to contact Maureen Schneider, our account rep should you have more questions. The plan we are offering is in many ways better than what we have had and it is being offered at no cost for 2019. Her contact information is as follows: by phone: (314) 885-6721 and email:

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 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:

School Commercial Contest

To celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week January 27-February 2, 2019, let’s show off what makes our schools amazing and showcase our student creativity. Last year, we gathered some amazing brain break videos. This year, we want to hear from what your students love about their school.

We invite students in classes or school groups (3rd grade, student council, robotics team, etc.) to create and submit a marketing video or commercial for their school. We encourage videos that can be used by your school on your website, for your auction or other special events, or to share with potential families.

Contest rules

  1. Videos must be submitted electronically by Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at 4pm, EST.

  2. Contest entries must be original.

  3. Teachers may support and help as required. However, as much as possible, this should be a student-focused learning activity.

  4. Your school is responsible for obtaining a video release form for each student shown in the video. You do NOT have to submit those forms.

  5. Please abide by copyright laws.

  6. All video submissions must be between 30 seconds and 3 minutes in length.


  1. Originality 25

  2. Video Quality (smooth transitions, sound quality, picture quality) 25

  3. Inclusion of multiple aspects of school

(academics, music, sports, community, church, etc.) 25

  1. Faith Focus 25


Up to 10 bonus points may be given for use of the TLSP marketing theme “Catch the Lutheran Spirit”

Prizes: $25 Meijer gift card for each of 4 honorable mention groups

$150 Amazon gift card for the grand prize winning group


All videos must be uploaded by Jan. 18, 2019, at 4pm EST. Use this form to submit

Winners will be announced during National Lutheran Schools Week.

No videos will be posted publicly without permission of the submitting school.

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.

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.