School Vouchers - Parent Applications - Feb. 1-April 30

St. John Lutheran has applied to participate in the state-wide WI Parental Choice Program (WPCP) for 2021-2022.   

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 30 2021.  If applying before 2020 taxes are filed, 2019 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 2020, 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 (2020) 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 (2020) income information.  If 2020 information is not available, DOR will check records from 2019. 

  • Dept of Public Instruction method:  If the family chooses to use the DPI method to verify income, they must provide proof of their 2020 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 2021-22
Family Size Yearly Income Must Exceed
1 $28,072
2 $37,928
3 $47,784
4 $57,640
5 $67,496
6 $77,352
For each additional member add $9,856.


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 Access.gov 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 2021-22 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 address@email.com
      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 PrivateSchoolChoice@dpi.wi.gov 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 Outlook.com).
      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 re-enter 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. 
2020-2021 Chapel Offerings 

This year's Chapel offerings will be given to Mr. and Mrs. Huebschman to help with their expenses.


Besides our monetary support through Chapel offerings, please continue to keep the Huebschman's in your prayers.

Winter Sports (8th Grade) Parent Night - February 22 & 25

Parents of 8th grade students will be recognized for their love, patience, encouragement, and support of the teams during the basketball games these evenings.  Parents of 8th grade students will be announced at the beginning of each basketball game. 


Please help us congratulate 8th graders:


Boys (February 22):  Cayden Becker, Nicholas Farr, Kole Klapperich, Jack MacGillis, Macklyn Moore and Austin Thill


Girls (February 25):  Delaney Schuh and Desirae Thuemmler


If you have any questions, please contact AD Brad Steinhardt or Principal Jay Lindsey.

VIRTUAL Parent Teacher Conferences - February 2 & 4

We will be conducting parent-teacher conferences following the conclusion of the second quarter.  The conferences will be ENTIRELY VIRTUAL and held on the Zoom platform in the same manner  as last fall.  

  • Please use the SignUp Genius (please click below) to schedule your appointment time.  The sign up is open and will close on Friday 1/29.
  • The conferences will be Tuesday, February 2nd from 3:00-5:00pm and Thursday, February 4th from 3:00-7:00pm.
  • The time slots will be 10 minutes in length for all grade levels.
  • As there are fewer slots then the fall, parents are encouraged to only schedule conferences if necessary.
  • Instructions on how to schedule your appointment will be coming soon.
  • Your child's teacher(s) will send you a Zoom link that you will use when the time comes for your appointment.
  • Upon clicking the link, you will be placed in a virtual waiting room until the teacher is ready for you, so it okay to log in a few minutes early.
  • Time limits will be politely but firmly enforced to better respect everyone’s time.
  • Report cards and MAP testing results will be mailed home ahead of conferences.

 We are saddened that we cannot yet meet with you in person and we pray that things continue to improve.


Please contact your child's teacher or Mr. Lindsey if you have any questions or concerns.


Grades 4K-4

Grades 5-8

No School - Friday, February 19

Reminder - Friday, February 19th is Pizza Making Day.  School will not be in session on Friday.

Sheboygan LHS Honor Roll

Congratulations to St. John Lutheran Congregation students who were named to the first semester Honor Roll at Lutheran High for the 2020-21 school year.

High Honor Roll (4.0-3.75 GPA) by Grade

Megan Lindsey (12)

Elizabeth Montaba (12)

Rose Hahn (11)

Everett Poth (11)

Jaidyn Poth (11)

Hailey Schimberg (11)

Jacob Schuh (11)

Sonja Abel (10)

Matthew Jaeger (10)

Honor Roll (3.74-3.5 GPA) by Grade

Adam Grosskreutz (12)

Andrew Meador (12)

Ethan Rasmussen (11)

Matthew Stephany (11)

Benjamin Leonhard (10)

Athena Poth (9)

Molly Schultz (9)

Thriving in Love and Money - January 28 - FREE

Thanks to Thrivent Financial, we get the special treat of having authors and NATIONAL speakers, Shaunti & Jeff Feldhahn with us on Thursday, 1/28 at 6:30pm for a LIVE Zoom Webinar.  This is a FREE event, open to anyone who wants to join in.

Description:  Over 90 percent of couples experience some level of tension around money!  Many resources try to fix the surface problems, such as how to budget and what to prioritize when it comes to finances, but the issues go much deeper than just a simple spreadsheet.  Thriving in Love and Money is based on original research conducted to get to the heart of these issues.  Let this presentation deepen your understanding of each other, leading to clear communication, peace as a couple, and better financial decision-making.

  • Location:  Online (Zoom Webinar) - The link will be emailed after registration
  • Cost:  FREE
  • Speakers:  Shaunti & Jeff Feldhahn
  • Event sponsored by Thrivent Financial—You do NOT need to be a Thrivent member to register!
  • Register at: https://www.great-marriages.org/events
Middle School Spelling Bee

Congratulations to all of our SJL student champions who participated in the SALSA Spelling Bee!  Brianna Klahn finished in 8th place overall!  We look forward to cheering on Macie Abraham in the Sheboygan County (Out-of-City) Regional Spelling Bee, which will take place in an online format at the end of this month.

Twenty-second SALSA Music Festival - February 22
The Twenty-second SALSA Music Festival will take place Monday, February 22, 2021.

This year, the SALSA Music Festival will take place at Sheboygan Lutheran High School.  Choirs and bands will not participate to help reduce the number of students gathered in one place, but the usual solos and small ensembles from grades 5-8 will be able to enter.  Applications are due by Wednesday, January 27.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Schuh or Mr. Huebschman.  You may download the registration form from Sycamore here:
2020-2021/2021 SALSA Music Festival Form.jpg
Baseball & Softball Online Registration


Grade 1-4 Spelling Bee-Livestreamed-January 27
The Grade 1-4 Spelling Bee will be livestreamed on Wednesday, January 27 at 12:45 PM.
You are invited to the scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Elementary Spelling Bee
Time: Jan 27, 2021 12:45 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Pizza Sale Information 2021

Mark your calendar. . .Important Pizza Sale 2021 date to remember:

Saturday, February 20, 2021 - Pizza Pick up 9:00 am - 11:00 am, in the Cafeteria

Any questions, please feel free to contact the committee members:

Michelle Anhalt - Cell - 920-980-5594 or michelleanhalt@hotmail.com


Cathy Austin - Cell - 920-980-5593 or choneyager@gmail.com



Ash Wednesday

February 17th the season of Lent begins as the Church throughout the world observes Ash Wednesday.  Lent is a season of repentance and preparation for the celebration of the Holy Week and Easter.  One of the customs that comes to us from the ancient Church in connection with Ash Wednesday is the imposition of ashes.  Ashes serve as a visual sign of the dust-to-dustness of sinful human beings and remind worshipers of the need for cleansing, scrubbing and purifying.


Our worship practice here at St. John has included this ancient ritual as part of our chapel service as well as our regular worship services on Ash Wednesday.  Even the youngest of students among us need to be reminded that we are sinners in need of repentance.  To that end, we will be imposing ashes again this year.  If you have any questions regarding this practice, please feel free to contact Pastor Meador directly.


Also, Lent can serve as a wonderful time of family devotion and worship as well.  Please plan on joining us for worship every Wednesday at 3:00 PM and 6:30 PM.  


Ways to Support St. John Lutheran School


Gingerbread Houses Voted as Favorite!
The Kohler Foundation has tallied the votes to determine the winners of the 24th Annual Gingerbread Festival.  Congratulations!  Several of SJLs entries placed in their respective categories.  The entries were virtually displayed and viewed by more than 1,500 fans. 
Prizes, based on tallied votes, are being awarded in seven categories. 
The first-place winners in each category were awarded $500.  They include:
Pre-school:  St. John Lutheran School Plymouth (Linda Christian’s class) “The Gingerbread Baby”
Grades K-2: St. John Lutheran School Plymouth (Ashley Scheele’s class) “The Sweet Shop”
Grades 3-5: St. John Lutheran School Plymouth  (Julie Konz’s class) “The Candy Express”
Grades 6-8:  Oostburg Public School (Ashley TeBeest’s Special Education Deptment) “Three Little Pigs”
Grades 9-12: Grafton High School (Brenda Stielow’s Class) “Hallmark Enchanted Country Cottage”
Community Groups: New Life Community Church (Carol Williams Advisor) “A trip to the Zoo at Christmas Time”
Open: The TeBeest Family (Ashley TeBeest and sons) “Santa’s Wonderland”
Second-place winners earned a $250 cash prize.  They include:
Grades K-2: Kohler Public School (Ryan Hill) “Christmas Tree Forest” 
Grades 3-5:  St. John Lutheran School Plymouth (Kristin Hermanson’s class) “Santa’s Vacay Spot”
Grades 6-8:  St. John Lutheran School Plymouth (Libby MacGillis) “Christmas Up House”
Grades 9-12: Cedar Grove Belgium High School (Rita Urness’s Class) “Country Christmas”
Community Groups: Girl Scout Troop 8969 (Courtney Roland, Advisor) “Welcome to Whoville”
Open: Kohler Public School (Dedering Family) “Minecraft Candy World”
Third place honorees and recipients of a $100 award are:
Grades K-2:  Kohler Public School (Dylan Price & Juniper Majerus of Mrs. Bittner’s class) “The Snowy Day”
Grades 3-5:   Naomi Anderson “The Tree House”
Grades 6-8:   St. John Lutheran School Plymouth (Libby MacGillis) “Christmas in the Woods”
Grades 9-12: Cedar Grove Belgium High School – (Lily Meyer in Ms. Urness’s Class) “Winter Farm”
Open: Fresh Meals on Wheels (Coleen Schleinz) “Childhood Memories”
To learn about next year’s competition, visit our website at KohlerFoundation.org.

PHS Trap Team


First Communion - April 11
We are excited to receive the gifts of God for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. 
  • Each year, St. John Lutheran formally invites the 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders (students participating in our Confirmation Program) to attend the First Communion Classes. 
  • We recognize that there may be children and families who desire to receive the Lord’s Supper prior to 6th Grade.  If your child desires to receive the Lord’s Supper and your family believes that they are ready to receive this precious gift, please speak with one of the pastors (prior to your attendance in the First Communion Classes). 
  • Both parents and students should attend together.
  • These classes will be held for 4 weeks in the School Library on the following Sundays - February 28th, March 7th, 14th, and 21st from 9:30 - 10:15AM. 
  • The Rite of First Communion will be Sunday, April 11th at the 8:00 and 10:30 services.
For More Information:  Pick up a Handout on the Welcome Desk
To Register:  office@sjlplymouth.com or 920-893-3071
First Communion - Letter to Parents - 2021.pdf
Family Resource Center - Jan.-Mar., 2021


Kwik Trip Rebate @ 21% - limited offer
For a limited time, we will have Kwik Trip stock at 21% rebate.  In order to ensure that as many families as possible will be able to take advantage of this opportunity, we will limit each family to a max purchase of $500 through February 5.  Starting on February 8th, stock will be available  to all families as long as supplies last.  The sale will begin on Monday, January 18th.
Please keep in mind that Kwik Trip cards will begin to lose value at 12 months after purchase.  (The date that the program purchased the cards from Kwik Trip).  The fee is $2 per month, every month, until the value is zero.  Rebates accumulated can be utilized at SJL, Lutheran High School or Concordia.
Any questions, please contact Liza (920-229-4456) or Mary (920-207-4655), or email us at scripoffice@sjlplymouth.com
Coin Wars


Lutheran Schools Week - January 24-30, 2021

Please see the flyer below with our Lutheran Schools Week (January 24-30) activities.










Annual LHS Citrus Sale - LHS Music Dept. Spring Concert Tour

Annual LHS Citrus Sale to benefit the LHS Music Dept. Spring Concert Tour:  Orders for fresh Florida grapefruit and delicious California oranges (10#-quarter case $15, 20#-half case $25, and 40#-full case $45) will be taken through Friday, Jan. 29.  Contact any LHS student or call the school office 920-452-3323 to place your order through Jan. 29.  Fruit must be picked up and paid for on Saturday, February 20 at Lutheran High School between 8:30 a.m. and Noon.  You can also download the order blank from the LHS website at www.lutheranhigh.com.  Thank you for your support!




Our next (Starting Point) new member class is on Saturday, February 6 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 pastor, 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 smohs@sjlplymouth.com).


Help Need - Pizza Sale

The Annual SJL PTO Pizza Sale is right around the corner and will be held on Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need your help to make it another great success!


Please join us for SJL's annual pizza making.  There is no school on February 19th, and unfortunately, childcare will NOT be available this year.  

Masks will be required to be worn at all times in the kitchen and cafeteria.  If you are unable or unwilling to do so, we understand and look forward to your help during the 2022 Pizza Making event.


We are using sign-up genius this year to coordinate our volunteers.  Please click the following link to sign up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D49AEAB2FA7F58-sjlpto1


If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Anhalt at (920) 980-5594 or Cathy Austin at (920) 980-5593.

Pizza Sale Update
As a reminder pizza sale forms are due January 18th.  
Please either return the Order Summary Form OR go to the link below and enter the amount of each pizza sold.
SJLS School Bd. Meeting

Board members, advocates and School Choice parents are invited to the meeting on January 14, 2021 @ 6:00 PM or February 11, 2021 @ 6:00 PM in the Library.

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 2020 income tax return.

If you need a receipt for 2020, please contact Mrs. Adams @ dadams@sjlplymouth.com and one will be sent to you.

2020 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, 2020, will qualify for the deduction.  Note:  The subtraction is not allowed for amounts paid for private school tuition which were withdrawn from an Edvest or Tomorrow's Scholar college savings account.  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. 


Only the person who claims the child as a dependent can use the deduction.  For example, grandparents who pay tuition cannot take the deduction (unless of course they claim the child as a dependent). 
For further information, please check out the link to the FAQ’s on the DOR Website.  This supports and provides some more guidance or another place you can go if they have further questions:  https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/ise-privscht.aspx#privscht1
2021-2022 School Year Calendar

The 2021-2022 School Year Calendar is now available.  Please note that school begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 2:35 PM daily.  

COVID 19 Recurring Community Testing Events--> March


Pizza Sale 2020-2021
The annual Pizza Sale is right around the corner.  This year’s pizza making dates are Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, 2021.  Please keep that Friday and/or Saturday available to help out.  We are sending the order form home now, before the holidays, so you will have a chance to get orders during the vacation break.  The Order Summary Form will be due back at school Monday, January 18, 2021 or for your convenience please submit your totals to the electronic form that will be sent out in the next couple weeks.
If you are new to St. John’s, this is an annual fundraiser for the school.  We hand make the pizza right here, making this a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and a time for fellowship.  Anyone 14 years old or older are welcomed to help.  We will be making pizza on both Friday and Saturday this year.  There is no school that Friday.

Covid-19 has brought changes to our everyday life and will also bring some changes to this fund raiser.  The biggest change is that there will not be childcare.  Sorry for any inconvenience that may cause.

This year the proceeds will generally benefit the school.  Our school has even more financial demands then before and during COVID the needs seem to change on a weekly basis.  So please take the time to sell so that our school can continue to excel!

Any family selling greater than 100 pizzas will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Scrip of your choice.  

We greatly appreciate all your help in both selling and making of these pizzas.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the committee members.
Michelle Anhalt - Cell - 920-980-5594 or michelleanhalt@hotmail.com
Cathy Austin - Cell - 920-980-5593 or choneyager@gmail.com
Thank you for taking the time so OUR school can succeed!  If you cannot make the whole shift that’s ok!  Every little bit helps.