St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School

Staff Newsletter

Week of January 28, 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, statewide readiness test in AM

Tuesday- Soest

Wednesday- St John, baptismal remembrance chapel, Active Shooter meeting @ Soest 3pm

Thursday- Soest

Friday- St John, St James tourney pep session

Calendar Items of Note

Jan 28- Genius PD proposals due

Jan 30- Active Shooter meeting @ Soest

Jan 31- calendar and handbooks suggestions due

Feb 5- Staff PD Day & E-Learning Day

Feb 18- Presidents Day- Parent Drive Day (make up for Jan 23)

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

Feb 27- ILEARN meeting @ Flatrock

Feb 28- teacher evals due

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: and below. Make sure to get registered.

Note that church attendance for Jan 20th will not be counted due to weather.

Kindness Week

The week of February 18th through 22nd is SJE Kindness Week. We will be pulling lesson plans, resources etc from the RandomActsofKindness website that is linked here. There is a tab for each grade with lessons etc specific for that grade. I assume we'll be pulling in faith lessons in here as well as appropriate. I look forward to doing this.

Maybe during that week, a class or classes could have a kindness project to do as a whole class as well to reinforce the lessons?

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 will likely 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. As of this week, students can do it as well without even having an account. Think of the possibilities, not just for yourself, but you could have the kids curate.

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. I'll have some Wakelet swag to give away as well.

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


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: