March 18, 2019
SJL Lock-In - 3K-Grade 4 - Additional Info

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March 18, 2019
Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is coming to Plymouth

Strengthening Families 10-14 (meaning it for parents and kids ages 10-14/4th grade through 9th).    

     The program will be held at St. Vincent de Paul, 2225 Eastern Avenue, Plymouth, Thursdays, 5:30-8:00, April 4-May 9, 2019.

     The registration deadline is March  26, 2018.  

     The facilitation team includes Robin Hoopman, Jeane Sager and Therese Unger.  They are experienced, certified facilitators who have been trained through UW-Extension Family Living in this evidence-based family skill building program.  Families learn and grow together through interactive, hands on activities. 

     Sarah Tarjeson, 4-H Youth Development Educator will once again coordinate child care with certified 4-H Adult & Youth Volunteers.  Meals will be provided by community organizations.

     Please see the state UW-Extension Family Living SFP 10-14 website for additional information on the research/evaluation and content of this drug and alcohol prevention program at:  


March 18, 2019
SJL Lock-In - Grades 5-8 - April 6

     All SJL students in grades 5-8 are invited to a Lock-In, sponsored by the SJL Student Council and SJL PTO.  The Lock-In will be held Saturday, April 6 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the SJL gym and cafeteria.  The night will be filled with group games, open gym time, food (pizza, soda, juice, chips, and dessert) and other fun activities!  The cost is $5 per child and payment can be given to Mrs. MacGillis any time from now until the night of the Lock-In.

     Students should arrive no earlier than 5:30 pm and should be picked up promptly at 7:30 pm.

     I need at least 3 parents to sign up to help me for this activity to go on.  Please consider helping out and supervising.

     Contact Mrs. MacGillis with any questions.  Come and join the fun!

Use this link to sign up!



March 18, 2019
No School - Easter Break

Reminder - Easter Break is 

Friday, April 19 (Good Friday) and Monday, April 22 (Easter Monday).

School resumes on Tuesday, April 23.

March 18, 2019
Winter Clothing

Attention Parents:  Over Spring Break the winter clothing classroom racks will be put away for the season.  Please be certain that your student brings home their winter clothes (jackets, snow pants, boots, hats, mittens, etc.).


Any items left at Spring Break will be donated.

March 13, 2019
PSD Summer School 2019


March 13, 2019
Help sell Seroogy's chocolates


Please sign up to help sell chocolates that raise funds to help the PTO fund school trips.

We will be selling 7 oz. Chocolate Fudge Eggs for $5, and 4 oz. Milk Chocolate Easter Lambs for $4.

There will be a poster and instructions in the fellowship hall kitchen for you to pick up at the beginning of your shift.  The chocolate itself will also be stored in the kitchen.


If you have any questions please call Steven Jaeger at 920-227-3826.


Location: Fellowship Hall



March 13, 2019
SJL Lock-In - 3K-Grade 4 - April 5

Please see information below regarding the April 5 (3K-Grade 4) Lock-In.

Flyers and information will be sent home.  Please be sure to watch for it.


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March 13, 2019
St. John Lutheran PTO - Lock In Volunteers


Mark your calendars for the 2019 Lock In!

A night of fun for SJL students 3K-4th grade!
Friday, April 5th from 5:30-7:30 pm
We are looking for volunteers to help with the 3K-4th grade April 5th lock in for our younger school children.  Below is the sign up per sign up genius.  Please consider volunteering for this short evening (less than 2 hours of your time)! 
March 08, 2019
Camp Anokijig

Camp Anokijig is a not-for-profit residential camp serving youth and groups from all over the state of Wisconsin with outdoor education and recreation programming.  

Camp Anokijig is run by the Friends of Camp Anokijig Inc., a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.  They serve children from the ages of 7-17 and feature outrageously fun programs that emphasize positive values learned through interaction with good role models.  The camp setting provides a unique opportunity for children to learn a variety of skills that go far beyond learning to paddle a canoe or ride a horse - they also provide positive social interactions that allow children to learn respect for themselves, others, and the world around them.

In addition to their summer camp program, Anokijig offers spring and fall outdoor education opportunities, group rentals, horseback riding and group lessons.  Check out their website at 

Please click below to view their 2019 brochure.   

2019 Camp Anokijig Camp Information

March 06, 2019
Plymouth Youth Baseball and Softball


February 28, 2019
Grandparents' - VIP Day - March 22, 2019

You are invited to VIP Day at St. John Lutheran School

Who: All Grandparents and VIP Family/Friends of Students in 3K-8th Grade

When: March 22, 2019

Time: 8:30-11:38 AM (we have early release this day) 

(Please note:  the length of the day may change if further weather closures are needed).

What:  Enjoy a day of learning, activities, and chapel with your grandchild/friend.

Note:  A light snack will be served for all attending.  

Grandparents-VIPs arrive at 8:30 AM and can go right to the Fellowship Hall

and check-in with a teacher. 

All VIP's should enter through the Church doors.

Their grandchildren/friend will meet them in Church at this time.

Students and VIP's will attend Church together.

Please RSVP by clicking here.

All attending must RSVP ahead of time to be properly checked in that day.  

Students should attend class at the normal school start time

(K-8 at 7:27 AM) (3K & 4K at 8:30 AM).

No lunch will be served.

Please enter by the Fellowship Hall/Church entrance at 8:30 AM.

The children of SJL will meet you in the church.

February 28, 2019
Transportation Home - Grandparents'-VIP Day
March 22 is Grandparent's/VIP Day.  Regular transportation will be provided for the morning routes.  Dismissal will be at 11:38 AM this day.  If you need bus transportation home for your child, you must contact the bus company (by March 18) to indicate transportation is needed for your child.  THIS INCLUDES ALL STUDENTS (4K-Grade 8).  Early dismissal routes will not be created unless you indicate you need transportation that day. 
February 27, 2019

Our next (Starting Point) new member class is on Saturday, May 4 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  This is a one day class (lunch and snacks are provided).  All are welcome to attend.  Invite your friends and family.  Members are encouraged to attend as a refresher on what it means to be a Lutheran Christian.  Together, we will meet the pastors, learn about St. John Lutheran and discover our generous God who provides for us each day.  For more information or to register, please contact Sharon at the Church Office (920-893-3071 or


February 27, 2019
PTO Seroogy's Chocolate Fudge Egg Sale-March 17-April 17

Easter Chocolate sale to benefit St. John School PTO Events.  Chocolate fudge eggs will be sold for $5, and milk chocolate lambs will be sold for $3.25.  The sale will run between Church services from March 17th thru April 17th.  Please check them out in fellowship hall and enjoy some delicious Seroogy’s chocolate.


February 22, 2019
Spring Break

Reminder Spring Break is

Friday, March 22 (Dismissal at 11:38) through March 29.

School resumes on Monday, April 1.

February 20, 2019
We continue to carry inventory at a higher percentage than the regular 5%.  Thank you to all the families that placed special orders to allow us to maximize the stock purchased at the higher rebate percentage.  Mary (920 207-4655) and Liza (920-229-4456)
February 19, 2019
SJL Trivia Night - April 5


February 18, 2019
Coordinator Needed!

The SJL Annual Pizza Sale is looking for someone to take over, beginning in 2020.  Anyone interested should contact Principal Lindsey ( or 893-5114).  Any questions regarding the coordinating of this event can be directed to Jenny Ochs @ 352-239-0976.

January 29, 2019
Enrollment/Re-enrollment for 2019-20

General/Apply Online.jpgEnrollment/Re-enrollment for returning families is now open.  Please complete the on-line re-enrollment process as described.  


Enrollment is now open for new 3K to 8th grade for next (2019-20) school year. 


Returning families using the online version, should only need to verify and update contact information (BE SURE TO CLICK RE-ENROLL AS A RETURNING FAMILY).  Logging on to Sycamore and completing from there should automatically fill in your user name/password (toward the bottom go to My School | Enrollment | On-line form).  If you have a new student to register within your family, you can do this during your re-enrollment process as well.  Paper forms are available by request only in the school office.  


To help our planning, we ask families to register by February 27. 


It always remains possible that a grade level can become full making waitlists necessary.  Please understand that in order to reserve a spot for your child in a particular class, proper registration information must be submitted AND the $100 registration fee must be paid in order to consider a spot reserved.


CLICK HERE or through the link on the homepage


Tuition rates for the 2019-2020 school year have been set.  Rates are:

3K/TT -         Member = $1,100   Non-member = $1,100 

3K/MWF -    Member = $1,425   Non-member = $1,425

4K -               Member = $1,525   Non-member = $1,700

Grades K-8 - Member = $1,835   Non-member = $2,650


Any questions regarding tuition, please contact the school office. 

January 28, 2019
School Vouchers - Parent Applications - 2/1/19-4/20/19



St. John Lutheran has applied to participate in the state-wide WI Parental Choice Program (WPCP) for 2019-2020.   

WHO should apply?  A family must have an income at or below 220% of the federal poverty limit and live in WI.

WHEN to apply?   Feb. 1 - April 20, 2019.   If applying before 2018 taxes are filed, 2017 income will be used.  CLICK HERE to apply.

HOW to apply?  Parents complete the online application each year and provide schools with proof of residency and, if using the DPI method, proof of income.  If they applied in 2018, they should log on using the same email address and password that they used last year.  Please also present a birth certificate for your child to the school office.  Copies are not needed and the original will be returned to you.

HOW to qualify?    Income eligibility for the WPCP is based on the parent’s prior year (2018) income.

      •   Dept. of Revenue method (DOR):  Schools enter the parent’s social security number into the online application system and perform the DOR check to import income data.  DOR will first check for prior year (2018) income information.  If 2018 information is not available, DOR will check records from 2017. 

  • Dept of Public Instruction method:  If the family chooses to use the DPI method to verify income, they must provide proof of their 2018 income.

WPCP Program Brochure - CLICK HERE
WPCP Frequently Asked Questions - CLICK HERE

Family income includes the income of the child’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) that reside in the same household as the student applicant.
The following are NOT included in the family income calculation:

  • Public assistance programs such as Wisconsin Works (W2) cash benefits and FoodShare (food stamps), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Caretaker Supplement.
  • Child support payments.  Alimony payments are considered taxable income and would be included in family income.
  • Social security benefits.
  • Supplemental Security Income “SSI” benefits are not included in total income.
  • Amounts received under W2 (Wisconsin Works) by an individual for job access loans, health care coverage, child care subsidies, and transportation assistance.  Amounts received under W2 for trial jobs are considered taxable wages and would be included in family income. 
  • Tax credits such as the federal earned income credit, the federal child tax credit, the Wisconsin earned income credit and the Wisconsin homestead credit.

Family size includes parents/guardians and their children by birth, marriage or adoption that reside in the same household as the student applicant.   Foster children and children in the kinship care program are counted as a family of one (1) because they are still supported by the state or county.  Therefore, the income of parents/guardians is not counted when determining eligibility for the Choice program.  The parent/guardian should indicate that the pupil is in kinship care or foster care on the online parent application. 


220% of the Federal Poverty Level for 2019-20
Family Size Maximum Yearly Income*
1      $26,708
2      $36,212
3      $45,716
4      $55,220
5      $64,724
6      $74,228
For each additional member add $9,504


RESIDENCY VERIFICATION  All applicants must submit current residency documentation (within 90 days) directly to the school during the application period.  Acceptable proof of residency:

    1. Wage statement or W2 year-end earnings statement that is in the name of one of the parents/guardians at the address on the student application and dated within 3 months of when the application is received.
    2. Water, gas, electric, cable, satellite, or landline phone bill in the name of one of the parents/guardians at the address on the student application and dated within 3 months of when the application is received.  Cell phone bills are not acceptable.
    3. Lease agreement with a term that includes the date the parent applies to the school that is in the name of one of the parents/guardians at the address on the student application.  Expired leases are not acceptable.  
    4. Governmental correspondence that is in the name of one of the parents/guardians at the address on the student application and dated within 3 months of when the application is received. Examples include a property tax bill, Supplemental Security Income “SSI”, Wisconsin Works “W2” Cash Benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families “TANF,” Food Share “Food Stamps,” or Housing Assistance letter with the address listed and the name of the parent/guardian. Printed statements from can be used as residency support if the statement includes a date that is within 3 months of when the application is received. 

SECURITY E-MAIL VERIFICATION  A security feature will be included in the online parent application to help ensure application related emails are sent to a parent’s correct email address. This feature will send an email to the parent’s email account after the parent logs into the online parent application and will ask the parent to verify the email address.

     Parents applying to the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program will verify their email address when they log into the system to apply for the 2019-20 school year.  Once an email address is verified, it will not need to be verified in the future.
     Please remember only parents may use the online parent application. Email addresses used to apply must be the parent’s address and passwords may not be shared. Schools can answer questions and have computers available for parents to use.
How the process works:
      1. The parent or guardian logs into the online parent application.
      2. Once logged in, the application will take the parent to an instruction page on how to verify the email address. The parent’s instructions read as follows:
      1. You need to verify your email address for the Private School Choice Program Online Application.
      2. Go to the inbox for your email account for: “email
      3. Click the "Confirm Email Address" link in the email to confirm your email address.
      1. Once the parent clicks the “Confirm Email Address” link in the email, the link will take the parent to the email verification confirmation page where it notifies the parent that their email address has been verified.
      2. On the email verification confirmation page, the parent will be instructed to click on a link to return to the online parent application log-in page where the parent will need to enter his or her email and password to continue the application process.
 Please note the following regarding the email verification process:
      1. Parent does not receive verification email: Please note that it may take 5 minutes to 24 hours for the email to arrive. The parent should check his or her spam or junk folders for an email from with a subject of "Verify your School Choice Program Email Address".
      2. Parent must have a valid email: If the parent does not have a valid email, the parent will need to create an email using any email provider (such as Gmail, Yahoo, or
      3. Parent does not remember the password to their email account: The parent must use the email provider password recovery service or create a new email address to use in the online parent application.
      4. Email address is incorrect or the parent no longer has access to the email account: The parent must create a new Choice application account using a new email address. The only impact that the parent will have when using a new email address is that the parent will need to reenter data. The system remembers and recognizes continuing students by their first and last names with date of birth.
      5. Need a new verification email sent: If a parent has not verified his or her email address, the parent may go to the login page for the online parent application and enter their email and password again and a new verification email will be generated.
January 23, 2019
2019-2020 School Year Calendar

The 2019-2020 School Year Calendar is now available.  Please note that school begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 2:35 PM daily.

December 18, 2018
Tax Deductions

Remember, tuition payments made before December 31 can be used for the State of Wisconsin tuition tax deduction for private school families on your 2018 income tax return.

If you need a receipt for 2018, please contact Mrs. Adams @ and one will be sent to you.

2018 Private School Tuition Tax Deduction

The State of Wisconsin, (started in 2014 tax year), is going to allow parents to deduct private school tuition.  Parent of private school students in Wisconsin could receive an income tax deduction of up to $4,000 for tuition paid for each kindergarten through eighth grade student and up to $10,000 per high school student.  Only the amount paid after January 1, 2018, will qualify for the deduction.  We highly recommend that families work with their tax advisor to determine benefits.

How can parents claim the deduction?  There is a separate schedule that needs to be filled out by the student's parents.  This schedule can be obtained by from the Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue website.

How will tuition be defined?  Tuition includes any amount paid by the claimant for a pupil's tuition to attend an eligible institution and mandatory book fees paid to the institution.

Tuition does not include amounts paid with a voucher or any amounts paid as a separate charge for items such as:  supplies, rentals of equipment, meals, transportation, personal use items such as uniforms or gym clothes, before or after school child care, extracurricular activities such as musical or athletic activity fees.

How is tuition defined for students attending 8th and 9th grade in a single tax year?  For both an elementary pupil and a secondary pupil (grades 8 and 9), parent includes the amount paid for tuition during the taxable year for the period when the student was an elementary pupil (but not more than $4,000) plus the amount the parent paid for the period when the student was a secondary pupil.  If the total is more than $10,000, the parent includes the maximum $10,000.