The Joys of Kindergarten “When you teach kindergarten, you never have to grow up.” I was told this by my cooperating teacher while I was student teaching a couple years ago, and it has stuck with me since. The minds of these five and six-year-olds help me to slow down and take in each day as a Kindergartener. As adults, we get caught up in all our responsibilities and what’s happening on the weeknights and weekends, even worrying about all the things coming in the distant future. I find that I remind myself quite often to take a breath and enjoy [...]
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STJ Goes to LEA Last week your St. John’s faculty had the wonderful opportunity to attend the national Lutheran Education Association (LEA) convocation in Milwaukee, WI. For three days, over 3,000 Lutheran educators and administrators came together to learn and worship, laugh and brainstorm, encourage and support one another. Tori: It was AMAZING, and the Together theme was perfect for such an uplifting and fulfilling experience. However, as phenomenal as the actual convocation was, and as empowering as it was to be among 3,000+ fellow Lutherans, the absolute best part of the entire event was experiencing it with my friends and [...]
Fun Times this Fall Our school year is off to a FUN start for the students with a myriad of activities and field trips! Our 5th-7th graders enjoyed learning and memory-making at Osprey Wilds this month. The 3rd/4th graders headed to River Rendezvous last week. Mrs. Kuehne and I were invited to the 2nd grade Apple Party this week. Plus, we will sit as family groups tomorrow for our second All-School Chapel and later gather in the gym for our first Family Group activity of the year where students will engage in a Minute-to-Win-It showdown with their classmates! Does it get [...]
IMPORTANT FACTS PAYMENT COMMUNICATION Now that we have worked with the FACTS billing system for a bit, we want to clarify how incidental items and accounts will be billed at St. John’s. Please become familiar with your financial account via FACTS. You can log into your FACTS Family Portal at any time to see your financial account via the Financial tab. The following is the schedule for billing: Tuition Billing: Tuition billing follows the schedule you created at time of enrollment or reenrollment during back-to-school. Incidental Billing: Lunch and ESP charges will be posted to your account once a week [...]
A Very Special Chapel Offering Project Dear Parents, We have made the decision as a school that all of our chapel offering dollars for the 2022-23 academic year will be given to support the Loeslie family. Please read their story on the next page, and talk with your child about our plan to share our gifts with another family in need of our help. Our support plan is three-pronged for each trimester this year: Term 1 – give toward a GoFundMe campaign set up to secure housing for the family, Term 2 – support the family and children for various holidays, [...]
A Love & Logic Article by Dr. Charles Fay How can we make sure that our kids are doing their fair share of the thinking? How can we keep ourselves from getting pulled into working harder on their lives than they are? How can we help them prepare for a world full of decisions and consequences? One simple technique is to replace statements with questions. Some of the most powerful moments come when we empower kids by asking them what they plan to do about various situations, instead of telling them what they need to do. The implied message we send [...]
A Note About Beanstack from Mrs. Cadie Koosman We are very excited to be trying out a new reading program this school year! After working with AR last year and seeing how frustrated many students would get when the books they wanted to read were not on the site, I suggested that we consider making a change. We ultimately want students to be intrinsically motivated to read, so I spent several weeks trying out different tracking programs before landing on Beanstack. Beanstack allows all of our students at St. John’s to select books that are both interesting and appropriate for their [...]
Dear Families, Welcome to the 2022-23 academic year at St. John’s! It has been a joy to have kids in the building all summer for ESP, and we are excited to have all of our students in the building soon. We are hard at work this month to prepare for the start of the year. Communication is key, and there are many things to relay to you in this newsletter that will help to make the return to school as seamless as possible. Please read all of the information carefully. Did you know that St. John’s is part of the Lutheran [...]
The Close of Another Year Dear Families, As we come to the end of another school year, I’d like to thank you for all of the prayers & support, volunteer hours, and dollars that you have invested in St. John’s Lutheran School. Your commitment to creating new experiences, honoring traditions, and engaging our children is amazing! We know that it takes the gifts and passion of many people to make our school excellent. We thank you and praise the Lord for so many helpers to do His work in this place. May your summer months be rejuvenating and full of fun. [...]