St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School

Staff Newsletter

Week of December 3, 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 7-11am, Flatrock 11-1pm, Soest 1-2:30pm

Wednesday- St John

Thursday- Soest

Friday- St John

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.

Child Abuse/Body Safety Info

Here is info for you in advance of what will be taught to the kids on Tuesday for Child Abuse and Body Safety. I have made these available for parents as well. The website link for the curriculum being used is and the rest is below. The video is for K-5 and the quiz for middle school. Thank you for your cooperation.
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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.