St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School

Staff Newsletter

Week of January 21, 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

Tuesday- Soest, fire drill @ Soest

Wednesday- St John, statewide readiness test between 10-11am, staff meeting 2:45 at Soest

Thursday- Soest

Friday- St John, 11am meeting at CLHS

Calendar Items of Note

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

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.

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.

3rd Quarter Chapel Offering

This 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


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: