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Eagle Connection 11.19.2020 all-school newsletter

Dear Families, With a period of distance learning ahead of us this next week, I wanted to make you aware of a few things! What happens in two days of distance learning next week will not be completely indicative of how it may need to work during a longer period of distance learning.  While we have been practicing and working with K-8th students in Google Classroom since the start of [...]

November 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection 11.12.2020 all school newsletter

Dear Families, In sharing about each component of Eagle Community Building (ECB), today we focus on SHARING as part of the process.  As laid out in The Morning Meeting Book by Roxann Kriete, there are three main categories of sharing: Around-the-circle: Everyone shares on a topic Partner: Students pair up for a short conversation Dialogue: A few students share and the rest of the class responds with questions or comments [...]

November 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection 11.05. 2020 all school newsletter

Dear Families, As I mentioned last week, I will be sharing about each component of Eagle Community Building (ECB) in the next few newsletters.  Today, we focus on the GREETING as part of the process.  As laid out in The Morning Meeting Book by Roxann Kriete, there are several purposes for greetings: Set a positive tone for the classroom and the day Provide a sense of recognition and belonging Help [...]

November 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection 10.29.2020 all school newsletter

Dear Families, Know what it feels like to have one of those glorious days when things click into place, your vision for something is fulfilled, and the world around you feels like a happy place in which to be?  For me, that happened last Friday in our school building!  With a focus on the steady building of a positive school culture and the social emotional well-being of our students, we’ve [...]

October 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection 10.22.2020 all school newsletter

Dear Families, Our school has chosen the theme shared by many other LCMS schools - Sent to Serve.  Our synod supports the use of the theme in schools with “Chapel Talks”.  Here is this coming week’s message for LCMS schools as a reminder of our freedoms and our service to others: Martin Luther heard many “I have to...” messages. From his father, Martin heard, “You have to go to school [...]

October 22nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection 10.15.2020 all school newsletter

Dear Families, From our beloved Love & Logic guru, Charles Fay, comes this advice about effective consequences: Have you ever been at a complete loss for an effective consequence? One of the most common requests we get is: “Can you give us a list of consequences?” The reason you won’t find this in any of our materials is that effective discipline involves far more than simply picking the right consequence. [...]

October 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection 10.08.2020 all school newsletter

Dear Families, It’s that time of year again when we get to intentionally talk about each child’s start to the school year during parent/teacher conferences.  The teachers are preparing data for the conferences and taking the necessary time to individually consider your child as a whole person when you sit down together.  The following is a list of potential questions you may wish to ask your child’s teacher to ensure [...]

October 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection 10.01.2020 all school newsletter

Dear Families, As we address the daily circumstances unfolding within school due to COVID-19, I want to clarify a few things that have become apparent relative to absences and distance learning. The faculty is constantly evaluating the needs of students at this time and how we meet those needs across a wide spectrum of ages and grades when students are absent.  The “Teaching and Learning” section of our COVID Preparedness [...]

October 1st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection 9.24.20 all school newsletter

Dear Families, Check out this helpful article about empathy from Dr. Charles Fay with Love and Logic (our discipline model at St. John’s): “Those who understand Love and Logic know that sincere empathy is the cornerstone upon which the entire house is built. It’s the gift that allows our children to learn wisdom from life’s trials and tribulations, rather than developing discouragement and resentment.  Empathy demonstrates love. Love provides hope.  [...]

September 24th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection 9.17.2020 All School Newsletter

Dear Families, Everyone needs a little fun in a year when things are all but normal!  Yesterday, Mrs. Kalk and I gathered our upper grade students together for a quick check-in.  In our little chat, we shared some of the things they could expect at St. John’s in a “normal “year.  Because so many of our typical activities are “on hold” for awhile, we are mixing it up here at [...]

September 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection 9.10.2020 all-school newsletter

Dear Parents, I am excited to announce our plan this year for chapel offerings!  Please read this letter entirely as we embark on a joint effort between school and home.  We need your help! Our school theme this year is “Sent to Serve” which presents us with a beautiful reminder of God’s purpose for each of us.  While we are not yet able to gather physically as an entire school [...]

September 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection all-school newsletter 9.03.20

Dear Parents, Faculty, Pastors, Staff, and Students, May I take a moment to say thank you?! Parents, you have stepped up to ask good questions, support your children, learn new procedures, give generous dollars towards needs and wishes, and offer encouragement.  You are amazing, strong, and supportive! Teachers, you have invested countless hours to ready your classrooms, open your hearts to our students and their families, develop creative ways to [...]

September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection all-school newsletter 8.28.20

Hope in the Lord A message from Mrs. Dolan, Administrator Dear Parents, Enjoy the final weekend before school starts on MONDAY! If you haven’t received the email that I sent on August 25 entitled “A Must-Read Message from St. John’s”, please let the school office know as it contains important messaging about the school year and our approach. Thank you for engaging in “Tell the Teacher More” time with your [...]

August 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection all-school newsletter 8.21.20

Dear Parents, As children return to school, we are working hard to ensure that their transition back to in-person learning is as supported as possible! The faculty met together for several days this week to share in God’s word, prepare for teaching, understand our COVID Preparedness Plan, discuss operational changes, and engage in professional development around solid social-emotional support of our students. As part of this focus on the whole [...]

August 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection Back-To-School 2020 Newsletter

Dear St. John's Eagles, Amidst the madness of planning...and adjusting...and more planning, I'm so touched by your many generous notes of joy, thankfulness, and support regarding our plans for this upcoming school year!  Your words lift my heart and are a reminder that we are doing all of this for our children - one of God's greatest gifts. We join with Lutheran schools across the nation who will share our [...]

August 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

School Planning Update

This information was sent via email on 7.8.20... Dear St. John’s Families, I pray that the sunshine and warm summer months are offering you some rest and relaxation!  Thank you to so many parents for your survey responses so that we can fully understand a variety of perspectives.  Thank you for your commitment to St. John’s as we move forward.  Thanks, too, for your patience as we wait for those yearbooks to arrive! [...]

July 8th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Eagle Connection all-school newsletter 5.21.20

Click here to read the Eagle Connection all-school newsletter for 5.21.20 This is our last all-school newsletter of the school year.  It includes: How to Sum Up This Year: Blessed – a letter from Mrs. Dolan Material Drop-Off – sign up for a spot on May 27-28 Grade-Specific Checklist – review for all the things that need to be returned to school Drive-In Graduation details We Love Our 8th Grade [...]

May 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

How to Sum Up This Year: Blessed

Dear Families, It is bittersweet that we must wrap up our year without getting to be in the presence of one another fully!  It is a relief for all of us that distance learning is drawing to a close and we may catch a glimpse of someone during the drop-off of materials next week, but we’ll miss our closing service, school picnic on a sunny day, good-bye hugs, and after-parties.  [...]

May 21st, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

Changes in Tech Time That Might Make Them Feel Better

Dear Families, This week I share an article recently written by physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston on screenagersmovie.com.  Although the article is long, I think it includes valuable information about how some changes in tech time could help our children (and us) feel better.  She writes… “Understandably most young people are on screens a ton right now. Thank goodness there are all sorts of great things made possible via screen [...]

May 14th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|

Eagle Connection all-school newsletter 5.7.20

Click here to read the Eagle Connection all-school newsletter for 5.7.20 It includes: Small Choices Around Schoolwork - a message from Mrs. Dolan Save the Date for "Drive-In" Graduation Tuition Assistance Applications due June 15th PTL Board Nominations due by May 31st Learn.Pray.Grow. for next week and more    

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Small Choices Around School Work

Dear Families, This week, we turn to expert Dr. Charles Fay from the Love and Logic Institute to provide some parenting tips.  He recently wrote… “Now that schools have closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, how can parents best help their children learn and complete work while avoiding counterproductive power struggles? Much of the answer involves sharing control within the boundaries of firm yet loving limits. It’s an old concept [...]

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|
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