Policies

ADMISSION POLICY

Upon enrolling your child in St. John's Lutheran School, you indicate that you subscribe to the policies stated in this handbook. If there are any questions regarding any of the admission policies that are part of the St. John's Lutheran School Constitution and are stated herein, you are encouraged to bring your questions to the principal, any faculty member, or any member of the Board of Education (hereafter referred to as the "Board"). Please see the listing of faculty and board members in the front of the handbook. Our earnest desire is that this handbook will set forth the policies of our school clearly, and will lead to a greater mutual understanding and cooperation between parents and teachers as we work together to give each child a sound, well-rounded, Christian education.

  1. In accordance with our stated purpose, admission to this school is limited to children whose parent(s) or guardian(s) are members of a Joint School congregation, a WELS congregation, a congregation of a church body in doctrinal fellowship with WELS, or other children who have at least one parent or guardian who is attending doctrinal instruction classes at a congregation of the WELS or of a church body in doctrinal fellowship with the WELS.

The Board shall have the authority to waive the above requirement for admission in individual cases where, as determined by the Board, special circumstances exist in which admission to the school will benefit the child and serve the purposes of the school and the Lord's Kingdom.

  1. Procedures for admission to St. John's Lutheran School shall be as follows:
    1. St. John's members' children shall be admitted under the name of their congregation upon completion of application form.
    2. Children from churches in fellowship with the WELS shall be admitted upon completion and submission of the application forms by the parent(s) or guardian(s) to the Board with a letter of recommendation from their pastor. Approval by the Board is required.
    3. Admission of children whose parent(s) or guardian(s) are receiving doctrinal instruction as noted above shall follow the same admission requirements as specified in paragraph B, 2, above.
    4. Admission of other children requires approval of the Board upon written application of the parent(s) or guardian(s). The Board shall review the request and make a recommendation concerning the application. The Board may give approval, if it determines that the interests and Christian purposes of the School shall be met through the requested admission. Such admissions shall be subject to annual review by the Board. At least one parent or guardian must receive informational instructions from a WELS congregation pastor in the Lutheran doctrines taught in the School.
    5. The Board may waive the above requirements for admissions in individual cases where, as determined by the Board, special circumstances exist where admission to the school will benefit the child(ren) and serve the purposes of the school and the Lord's Kingdom.
  2. Children with educational requirements, for which the school has neither the capability nor program to provide, shall not be admitted.
  3. In the event enrollment must be limited, applicants will be accepted on the basis of the following priorities:
    1. Applicants from member congregations
    2. Applicants from other congregations in fellowship
    3. All others as provided for

NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY

St. John's Lutheran School may select students on the basis of membership in our congregations because membership in our congregations is open to all on a racially non-discriminatory basis. St. John's Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, nationality and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin in its educational policies or admissions policies.

HOME AND SCHOOL: A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

Whose children are they? Of course, they are God's ("Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him" Psalm 127:3). And God clearly informs all the parents of their responsibility regarding their children ("Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; ... Teach them to your children, talking about them when you walk along the road, when you lie down, and when you get up" Deuteronomy 11:18-19). The important responsibility of teaching children the ways of God, however, is also given to the church (" ... teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" Matt. 28:20). So our school, as a ministry of the church, exists to assist parents in the God-given joy of bringing children up " to make children "wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus," (2 Timothy 4:2).

Obviously, then, parents and teachers are expected by God to join hands in this work so that nothing may rob our children of the crown of glory laid up for them in heaven.

HOW YOU, AS A PARENT, CAN HELP YOUR CHILD

  1. By letting the Word of God be the guide in all phases of daily living.
  2. By having regular family devotions and table prayers.
  3. By praying for your school and staff.
  4. By attending church regularly with your children.
  5. By encouraging your children to respect their teachers.
  6. By discouraging them from bringing distracting items to school.
  7. By seeing that your children are regular and prompt in their attendance.
  8. By refraining from being critical of school procedures and policies in the presence of your children.
  9. By providing an appropriate and consistent schedule of nutrition and rest.

CONCERNS

As long as we live on earth, we will make decisions and take actions, which are imperfect. Fortunately, God has provided a procedure for dealing with tensions that may occur. Concerns should not be discussed with other parents or members of the congregation. In keeping with Matthew 18:15-18, first take the concern directly to the person or persons involved. Present your concern in a spirit of cooperation and understanding.

If, in the opinion of the complainant, no satisfaction has been obtained after proceeding as outlined above, the matter should be taken first to the Principal. Then, if there is still no resolution, before the Board of Education in a regularly scheduled meeting. The Board shall discuss the matter and attempt to arrive at a Godpleasing solution to the problem.

Let us remember that we are all sinful human beings. All problems should be approached with prayer and Christian love, allowing God's Word to lead to a peaceful and proper solution.

CURRICULUM

A school curriculum consists of all the experiences which come to a child through the school. Our curriculum strives to provide a balanced menu for growth in all aspects of the child's life - the mental, physical, social, emotional areas, as well as the spiritual aspect.

The recognized and standard courses required by the government and found in any elementary school are part of the St. John's curriculum - with a profound difference. God's Holy Word shines its light on all areas of conduct and course materials. Our course of study includes art, language, math, music, penmanship, physical education, reading, science, social studies, spelling, and writing.

RELIGION

The Word of God is taught to bring the student into a closer relationship with the Savior. It provides the means whereby the child is assured of his/her eternal salvation and motivates the child to live a Christian life while here on earth. Our studies in the Scripture include Bible history, church history, daily devotions, hymn study, Luther's Catechism, and the liturgy of worship. In grades seven and eight an intensive study of Luther's Small Catechism leads to the rite of confirmation and a knowledgeable and committed Lutheran laity.

MEMORY WORK

Memory work is part of our religion curriculum. The children memorize Bible passages and hymns that strengthen faith and can be recalled during life situations. Memory work is explained at school and must be studied at home.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Kindergarten
Children who are five years old by September 1 are eligible for enrollment. Eligible students may be tested before enrollment.

First Grade
Children who are six years old by September 1 are eligible for enrollment. Those children who have not previously attended kindergarten may be required to be tested before enrollment.

Other Grades
Children seeking admission of Grades 2-8 must present either a transfer from their former school or a report card showing their prior year's standing.

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Worship Schedule

Pastor
Rev. Daniel Garbow

Sunday Worship
10:00 am

Sunday Bible Class
8:45 am
(September thru May)

Tuesday Morning Bible Class
10:30 am - 11:30 am
(September thru May)

Special Wednesday
Lenten Worship Services

1:30 pm and 7:00 pm

School Contact

Principal
Ken Peterson
Ph: 989-245-4364