St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School

"Sharing Christ through Academic Excellence"

January 1, 2018

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School Calendar of Events

Jan 1- Happy New Year

Jan 4- Students return to school

Jan 5- ACNPSA Night at the Mad Ants


Jan 17- Honors Luncheon 11:30 at Flatrock

Jan 16- School Board meeting at Flatrock @ 7pm

Jan 21- Open House Noon to 3pm @ Soest

Jan 21-27- National Lutheran Schools Week

Feb 2-4 St James tourney

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It's hard to believe that it's almost time to think about next school year. SJE is having its open house on Sunday Jan. 21st from noon to 3pm at the Soest campus. This will be a great opportunity for new and existing families to check out the school. Watch for more info to come. In the meantime, if you want more information, please contact Axel Gruen at 260-639-0123 or email to

Accreditation Help Needed!

SJE is in midst of its accreditation process and is in the process of setting up subcommittees to do some of the work. These subcommittees will meet one time only on Saturday Feb 10th from 8am to noon. We are looking for church members with no children in the school at this time. The subcommittees that need members consist of: Relationships, Leadership, Professional Personnel, Student Services and Facilities. If you are interested, please contact Axel Gruen at 260-639-0123 or email to

3rd Quarter Chapel Offering Project

Our 3rd quarter chapel offering project starts next week. We are going to be working on Personal Care Kits through Lutheran World Relief. The details aren't final yet but I want to share a link to the site so you can begin thinking and planning about it. Here is the link: Lutheran World Relief.

"School to School" Project

SJE has chosen to adopt Memorial Lutheran School in Houston Texas as part of the LCMS School to School project. This has significance as this is the school our 5th grade teacher Mrs. Muehl's daughter teaches at. Look for a special offering project at the end of January for National Lutheran Schools Week.

SGO Credits Almost Gone for 2017!

This year our SGO donations are off to a great start! The school's need this year is about $18,000, of which we already have over $12,000. We have over 30 students who benefit from this scholarship annually.

If you do not know what an SGO is, it is a scholarship fund solely dependent on individuals, businesses and farmers who donate to the fund and direct it to the school(s) of their choice. Donors receive a 50% Indiana state income tax credit and if the donation is larger than your tax in a given year, you can roll it over for up to 9 years. This year the tax credits were increased from $9 million to $12.5 million. Last year the money was gone before the end of the calendar year and considering the pace it started at this year, it is likely to be gone even sooner.

There are so many way to give. Make sure you take advantage of your opportunity to receive not only a tax credit but a great feeling that your gift helps students continue to receive a Christian education.

Please tell others about this great opportunity and consider giving yourself. Go to www.lutheransgo,org to find out more and donate to SJE.

SJE Endowment

The SJE endowment fund has been around for some time. It is finally at a point that the school can begin using it. That means more now than ever before. contributions made to this fund, make a difference. Also, at the beginning of this school year, the Lutheran Foundation ties grant funds the school receives to donations made to our endowment. In other words, every dollar donated to the SJE endowment is, one, matched into our endowment and, second is a dollar available for the school via the day school grant. In the past that amount has averaged $23,000 each school year. The funds were used for technology upgrades as well as any other classroom or school needs.

This grant, and the endowment fund have become very valuable to the school. So, please consider giving to our endowment fund so that the school has money to apply for to be used in an upcoming school year and long term from our endowment fund. If you have any questions about the endowment, please contact Axel Gruen in the school office at 260-639-0123 or email to