Spring Break

Reminder Spring Break is

Friday, March 20 (Dismissal at 11:35) through March 27.

School resumes on Monday, March 30.


Elkhart Lake Glenbeulah Athletic Association (ELGAA) has open registration for interested baseball and softball players of all ages.  Go to WWW.ELGAA.COM for more information and to register.  For questions, or interest on being an umpire or coach, feel free to contact Wendy at softball@elgaa.com or Todd at baseball@elgaa.com.


On Tuesday, March 17, the Sheboygan Lutheran High School Music Department will present its biennial Sacred Concert at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at Trinity Lutheran Church (824 Wisconsin Avenue) in Sheboygan.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is free and open to the public.  A freewill offering will be taken to help support the music department at LHS.

While it is not uncommon for the performing groups of LHS to sing or play sacred music, this concert will specifically feature only sacred music, or music with a central biblical theme.  Each group is preparing beautifully-written music that will be inspiring, uplifting, and recognizable which will make for a memorable evening of praise through music.  Of special note this year, the Konzertchor will be performing the world premier of a breathtaking new work, "Te Deum", by composer Michael John Trotta, featuring brass and organ.  Please consider attending what promises to be a wonderful night of music praise!

Concordia Theological Seminary Kantorei - March 1

On Sunday, March 1 at 6:00 PM, St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth, WI, will host a service of music led by the Kantorei (kan-to-rye’), a men’s chorus from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The public is welcome, and there will be a free will offering.  The choir is touring through Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois, presenting Lenten worship services with choir, organ music, and congregational singing.  The members of the choir are students studying to become members of the Lutheran clergy.

Grandparents' - VIP Day - March 20, 2020

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 20, 2020

Time: 8:30-11:35 AM (we have early release this day)

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.  Chapel will begin at 8:45 AM

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 7:30 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.

Transportation Home - Grandparents'-VIP Day
March 20 is Grandparent's/VIP Day.  Regular transportation will be provided for the morning routes.  Dismissal will be at 11:35 AM this day.  If you need bus transportation home for your child, you must contact the bus company (by March 16) 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. 
Yearbook Orders

2020-21 SJL Yearbooks can now be ordered.
Books will be delivered before the last day of school.

The yearbook is $12.00.  

Ordering information:
Order envelopes will be sent home with students this week.
Pay by cash or check payable to Harmann Studios.
There is NOT an option to order and pay online.

Deadline to order:  Tuesday, March 3.

Pizza Sale Update/Thank You

A big thank you to all teachers, parents, congregation members and students who helped with our annual pizza sale.  It was a very busy day and everyone's help was greatly appreciated.  Without the volunteers this event is not possible. 


A special thank you to:

*The numerous volunteers who work 8+ hours

*Sargento Foods for the delivery and use of a refrigerated trailer

*Damian Anhalt for all his hard work loading and unloading product and pizzas

*Masters Gallery Foods for donating gloves, hair nets and aprons

*Antoinette’s for offering a discount on the food for lunch



Proceeds from this year's sale will be used to update technology.


Congratulations to the Grebe family.  They were the winners of the "100 +" pizza sale raffle and have won $100 Scrip gift card of their choice.  

Me and My Guy Dance - March 28

       Me and My Guy Dance

     Young ladies are invited to attend the 6th annual “Me and My Guy” dance.  The dance will be held on Saturday, March 28th, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the St. John Lutheran School Gym.

     Music/DJ will be provided by Traveling T-Bird Productions from Oostburg.  Professional photos will be taken by Irish Studios of Sheboygan.  Refreshments will be available in the St. John School Cafeteria.

     The cost is $10.00 per family – payable at the door.  Girls are welcome to attend with dads, grandpas, uncles, cousins.  Dress in your Sunday best.

     If you have any questions, please email Nancy Lefeber @ nancy.lefeber@wi.rr.com.

Pack the Gym Night - February 27
Please come and cheer on the girls and boys basketball teams Thursday (February 27) night for Pack the Gym Night!     

Game Schedule 
• 5:00 Girls "B" Team Game

• 6:00 Boys "B" Team Game

• 7:00 Boys "A" Team Game

The Junior Eagle Cheerleaders to cheer and perform their dance during half time of the Boys B Team game.

Come and have fun with your school body! 

Blue & White Day/Pack-the Gym - February 27

Thursday (February 27).  Show your support for the basketball teams and the school by wearing blue and white to school during the day and cheering on the basketball teams in the evening, as we "Pack the Gym".  All students & staff are encouraged to wear blue and white clothing to show your school spirit!


Game Schedule

· Girls B team vs. Trinity at 5:00

· 6th Boys B team vs. Trinity at 6:00

· Boys A team vs. Trinity at 7:00


There will be a short intermission between the girls B team and boys b team games to cheer on all little Eagles fans while they participate in a short and fun game on the court! 


The Junior Eagle Cheerleaders to cheer and perform their dance at half time of the boys b team game.


Bring the whole family to watch our athletes compete in the great game of basketball.

Thank you
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered to help make this year's Lock In a success.
Your time was much appreciated! 
Sarah Wegner

Resolve to lower your out of pocket tuition costs by participating in our Scrip program. Please reach out if you have any questions on how to get started.  Available in February, Kwik Trip is again offering a rebate of 10%. If you are ordering a large amount, please be prepared to place a special order no later than February 25th. Thank you. Liza (920-229-4456) or Mary (920-207-4655), scripoffice@sjlplymouth.com

Bible Class at LHS

Everyone is invited to the next Bible class at LHS led by Mr. Rick Zeuner.  The 4-week session entitled, “For such a Time as This” will focus on the Book of Esther.  Class will be in Room #102 from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, 9, 16 & 30.  All materials will be provided.  No need to register in advance!

Trinity Lutheran Glow Dance - March 13

Save the Date - Trinity Lutheran Glow Dance!  Friday, March 13th, 7:00-9:00 pm, Trinity Gym.  All SALSA 7th and 8th Graders invited.  Permission slips will be required.  $3 per student.  Hosted and chaperoned by Trinity Parent Teacher League (PTL).  Refreshments provided. 

Lenten Services / Holy Week & Easter Service Times

Join us in worship!

Lenten services will be held as follows:


Palm Sunday - Saturday, April 4th - 4:30 PM

                        Sunday, April 5th - 8:00, 10:30 AM,

                        Monday, April 6th - 6:30 PM

Maundy Thursday - Thursday - April 9th - 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Good Friday - Friday, April 10th - 12:30 PM & 7:00 PM

Easter Sunday - Sunday, April 12th - 6:00 AM, 7:45 AM, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM



Great Marriages Activities

Creating a Healthy Step Family - Saturday, March 14, 10:00am-12:00 pm - What are your unique family dynamics?  Losing a spouse or divorcing, then remarrying, creates different dynamics than a first marriage.  If one or both of you have children, you have probably already experienced the stress that can come along with trying to “blend” a family together.  What about finances, holidays, joint custody, step-parenting, etc?  Creating a healthy step-family can be done!  Join us to learn some first steps to understanding your unique situation and how to adapt to the challenges of step-family living.  Location:  Great Marriages Office.  Speaker:  Jocelyn Medrek.  Cost:  $10/person (includes books and snacks).  Register at www.great-marriages.org/events

on March 7-9  to sing, learn and celebrate.  They will sing for services at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Eastern Heights Lutheran Church, and Concordia University, St. Paul.  It will cost about $4,800 to send the 16 member choir on this tour, almost all of which comes from fundraisers and donations.  If you would like to make a donation, simply leave a check in any amount at the school office.  Please also look for our fundraisers and remember to pray for safe travels and for the spiritual growth of the students.

Our next (Starting Point) new member class is on Saturday, April 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 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).


2020 AUCTION Event Tickets & Opportunity Tickets

Event Tickets:  Our biannual auction will take place at 5 pm on March 14, 2020 at The Osthoff Resort.  It will be emceed by Mark Baden.  New this year will be mobile bidding for the silent auction and a buffet style dinner guaranteed to satisfy your appetite.  Immediately following dinner will be the Dessert and Live Auction events.  The cost is $50 per person ($20 is tax deductible).  Also new this year is the option to buy a corporate table.  $1000 per table gets you 10 tickets to the event and 3 bottles of wine as well as recognition on stage and in the auction booklet.  The auction committee is working very hard to ensure that you will have an enjoyable evening in fellowship, coming together to support the needs of our school.  We hope that you have it in your hearts to join us.  Please go to www.sjlplymouth.com and click on the Auction tab to register for the event.  You may also purchase event tickets at the school office during normal office hours.  We look forward to serving you.  Contact Sheila Kaufman (920) 838-6016 with questions.

Opportunity Tickets:  NEW this year, you are able to purchase opportunity tickets for the top prize of the evening ONLINE.  Win a trip for two to the destination of your choice ($5000 value) donated by Sargento Foods Inc.  Second place  $500 and Third is $250.  You do NOT need to be present to win.  Go to www.sjlplymouth.com , click on the Auction tab, Opportunity Tickets.  Your ticket stubs will be filled out and automatically entered into the drawing.  You may also purchase opportunity tickets at the school office during normal office hours.  Thank you for supporting this event.  Contact Sheila Kaufman (920)838-6016 with questions.


Scholastic Book Fair Volunteers Needed
SJL Book Fair is coming and we need your help!  The book fair will be open the following dates and times:  Sneak peek for teachers and classes will be anytime teachers can bring their students on Monday, March 30, and we will open the doors to sell books Monday, March 30 after school and before and after church on Monday.
We will also be open on
Tuesday, March 31 7:00-7:45 am and 2:15-3:00 pm,
Wednesday April 1, 2:15-3:00 pm and 3:45-6:30 pm,
Thursday, April 2 7:00-7:45am and 2:15-3:00 pm,
Friday April 3 7:00-7:45am and 2:15-3:00 pm,
Saturday April 4 4:00-4:30 pm and after church until 6:00 pm, and
Sunday, Aprul 5 before and after the church services. 
If you are interested in helping, please sign up on the link below or you can call Tracy at 207-4692.  Thank you!
Please click here (coming soon)  to volunteer.
Pep Rally - February 27

There will be a Pep Rally Thursday, February 27 at 2:00 PM, to wish our Boys and Girls Basketball Teams and Cheerleaders well in that evening's games vs. Trinity.

Go Eagles!

Ash Wednesday

February 26th 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 or Pastor Schultz 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.  Various groups from our congregation will also be serving Lenten dinners between the services. This gives busy families an easy way to nourish both their bodies AND their souls.


Enrollment/Re-enrollment for 2020-21

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 (2020-21) 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 28. 


It always remains possible that a grade level can become full making wait lists 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 www.sjlseagles.com.


Tuition rates for the 2020-2021 school year have been set.  Rates are:

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

3K/MWF -    Member = $1,410   Non-member = $1,410

4K -               Member = $1,600   Non-member = $1,700

Grades K-8 - Member = $2,000   Non-member = $2,650


Any questions regarding tuition, please contact the school office. 

School Vouchers - Parent Applications - 2/3/20-4/16/20

St. John Lutheran has applied to participate in the state-wide WI Parental Choice Program (WPCP) for 2020-2021.   

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. 3 - April 16, 2020.  If applying before 2019 taxes are filed, 2018 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 2019, 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 (2019) 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 (2019) income information.  If 2019 information is not available, DOR will check records from 2018. 

  • Dept of Public Instruction method:  If the family chooses to use the DPI method to verify income, they must provide proof of their 2019 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 2020-21
Family Size Maximum Yearly Income*
1 $27,478
2 $37,202
3 $46,926
4 $56,650
5 $66,374
6 $76,098
For each additional member add $9,724


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 2020-21 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. 

Board members, advocates and School Choice parents are invited to the meeting on November 14, 2019 @ 6:00 PM or February 20, 2020 @ 6:00 PM in the 6th Grade (Science) Room.

Seeking New School Board Members
The SJL School Board has immediate openings for two new members.  Members serve a renewable 2-year term.  Any interested SJL member may apply.  Board meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm in the Spanish room.
SJL School Board members... 
...set an example that reflects positively on the school and should be good models of Christian behavior. 
...are supportive of the school, its staff, and its principal.
...are involved in the life of the congregation and the school and attend worship regularly. 
...support every decision made even if they don't agree with the decision.
...set aside their personal agenda to serve the best interests of the school. 
...love the school and the children it serves and support the doctrines and practices of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. 
Please contact Mr. Jay Lindsey (principal@sjlplymouth.com or 893-5114) or Ms. Jean Handrow (sbmhandrow@sjlplymouth.com) if you are interested in applying or have any questions.  There is a brief application that needs to be completed in order to be considered for membership on the school board.  This application can be obtained from Mr. Lindsey.
Twenty-first SALSA Music Festival - March 2
SALSA Music Festival applications are due by Wednesday, February 5, for students in grades 5 through 8 who take music lessons and wish to participate.  The Music Festival is Monday, March 2, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Sheboygan.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Schuh or Mr. Huebschman.  You may download the registration form from Sycamore here: 
2020-2021 School Year Calendar

The 2020-2021 School Year Calendar is now available.  Please note that school begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 2:35 PM daily.  

Jr. Eagle Cheer Camp - February 26


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 2019 income tax return.

If you need a receipt for 2019, please contact Mrs. Adams @ dadams@sjlplymouth.com and one will be sent to you.

2019 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, 2019, 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. 


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).