Dear Christian Parents,

Our St. John’s students have so many opportunities to participate in different kinds of activities during the school day and after school hours! As I mentioned at our orientation meeting, over 60 students are taking piano lessons! We also have a full day of students taking guitar lessons, some violin lessons, and then there’s the regular music classes, junior handbells, junior choir and band lessons from Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Well over half of our students participate in some sort of music activity. Another area that St. John’s students excel is athletics. This fall, we have students running cross country, playing soccer, and playing volleyball. These students compete against students from other schools around the area after school and on the weekends. This week, our Lutheran Girl Pioneers made a come-back! After being off for over a year, this group has started to meet again! And now another new group is going to be starting up soon. A group of parents has been working on starting an art club. Click here for more information about that club in the Crusader Chronicle!

We’re so thankful for all of the gifts that our students have in so many areas, and we’re so thankful that they have opportunities to use and develop those gifts at St. John’s! Some of these activities are only available to older students, but there are others that have younger students participating as well. If you’re interested, check them out! Let us know!

Grandparents’ Day

Last week I asked you to set aside Friday, October 8, for our Grandparents’ Day celebration. We have made the decision to postpone our Grandparents’ Day until later in the school year. I apologize for any confusion or difficulty that this might cause. Hopefully you haven’t made plans that are too elaborate for that day! We feel like postponing the day might give more grandparents the comfort level that they need to join us for an afternoon!

Drop-Off/Pick-Up

Our drop-off and pick-up seem to be going pretty well so far this year. Thanks for your help and patience as we get through these busy times of the day. Please remember a couple of things. For drop-off in the main parking lot, please be sure to pull ahead as far as you can to drop your children off or pick them up. There should be room for two or three cars past the stop sign. Also, please be sure to keep far enough to the right when you are dropping off or picking up so that cars are able to get by on your left. There should be two lanes of traffic across the parking lot nearest the building. Also, be patient as the two lanes merge when you get to Dewey Ave. Thanks so much for your cooperation in making this process work!

Gradelink

Overall, you’re doing great with Gradelink! Keep it up! Remember, you should check your account every so often. Parents of students in grades 1-8 will be able to track and monitor grades. Once you click on “Grades”, you can click on any class to see the grades for each assignment in that class.  If you’d like, you can receive notifications on your child’s grades when they are above or below a certain level. Just go to your account and click on “Alerts.” Also know that you can email any teacher by clicking on the subject title. In addition to seeing assignments, you’ll see information about the teacher – including the email address. This might be especially helpful for students in grades 5-8.

Also keep an eye on the “Billing” tab. When you click on it, you’ll see the balances for different accounts that apply to you. For example, you might see a lunch balance, an extended care balance and a tuition balance. It should look something like this.

Please note that a negative balance indicates that there is money in your account. A positive balance indicates that a payment is due. The family in this examlpe has a balance for lunch and tuition, and no payment is due at this time. Keep in mind that the lunch charges post daily. Extended care charges post twice a month. Tuition charges post depending on how you set them up. Most of you are making 10 payments, so the charges will post monthly. As far as seeing your payments is concerned, please be patient. It may take a week or more for them to be posted to your account.

As always, if you have questions or need help with Gradelink, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Spelling Bee

The Wisconsin Lutheran High School Principals’ Conference will hold its annual Grade School Spelling Contest on Saturday, September 25th, 2021, at 8:30 at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Our students have taken the preliminary test, and the representatives from St. John’s are being determined.

Have a great weekend!

Blessings,
Dan