ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH
(The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod)
Alma, Kansas
A family united by faith in Christ gathering around God's Word and Sacraments.
To reach out in Christ-like concern and Christ-borne love to each other and to those without Christ!
FROM THE PRINCIPAL:
Summer Break Update
School is back!!!  There will be students learning and playing, teachers teaching, homework being assigned, and most importantly God’s Word woven throughout in all.  The first day back is Tuesday August 18th.  It will end up being the longest break in history (5 months as of Aug. 6) and it’s time to get to work!
The Kansas State Board of Education laid out a reopening plan for schools to follow.  The largest part of their thousand page plan detailed the guidelines for instructional standards in case distance-learning is need in the future.  The plan also laid out suggestions for keeping our students safe and avoiding the spread of COVID.  Our reopening plan is based on these recommendations. Students will social distance in the classroom and throughout the building while following best practices in personal hygiene – frequent hand washing/sanitizing, coughing in their elbow, wipe down desks and other surfaces before use.  We are limiting inter-classroom contact following the guidelines to make pods.  Masks will not be required in grades K through 6th.  (The KSBOE recommends masks for grades 7-12 when social distancing cannot be maintained.) Teachers will lead by example and insure that student work areas are as sanitary as possible.  The goal is to make school as normal and safe as possible while challenging and pushing students to reach their God-given potential.  There will be many discussions and likely some changes as the plan is implemented.  Please pray with us as God gives us the opportunity and challenge to nurture our students and reach out into our community. 
                                                                                                                                  In His Grace,
                                                                                                                                  Mr. Butler

PTL HAPPENINGS
The School Year will soon be in full swing, and so will the happenings of the PTL!  We are excited as we have lots of great events planned to start this school year that we would like to share with you all:

Back to School Picnic & Pool Party: Please Save the Date for Sunday, August 16th at 6 p.m. at the Alma City Park for our annual BTS Picnic & Pool Party.  Foil-wrapped hot dogs, chips, pre-packaged cookies and bottled drinks will be provided.  Please bring your swimming suits and towels.  We are looking forward to kicking off another great school year at St. John Lutheran School!  

Amazon Smile: The PTL is signed up with AmazonSmile, which is perfect for Back to School shopping and all year through!  This link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/48-0554347 will take you directly to smile.amazon.com in support of St. John Lutheran School.  When you shop using this link, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible smile.amazon.com purchases to SJLS.  Thank you so much for your support!

Dillon’s Community Rewards: We encourage anyone who is a Dillon’s PLUS card shopper to please take a couple of minutes to sign up for the rewards program.  This is a program offered by Dillon’s to give back to local schools.  Each time you make a purchase using your PLUS card, a percentage of your sales is donated back to SJLS in the form of cash.  There is no extra charge to you, it is simply a donation by the Dillon’s company.  Please use the following link to add your PLUS card to the rewards program: www.dillons.com/communityrewards and use the code AU093 to support SJLS.  For the quarter ended 6/30/2020, our 42 household supporters had contributed $158.40 in donations to SJLS!  Thank you for your support!    
Grand for Grade Schools: Back to School shopping at Manhattan Town Center this year?  If so, please take your receipts from any mall store, restaurant or AMC IMAX between August 1st and August 31st to Francesca’s for a chance for St. John Lutheran School to win $$$ for their classrooms!!! Details are on the flyer below, or ask any of the PTL Officers about any questions you may have.  Thank you so much in advance for your support!

Box Tops: Box Tops is changing to fit today’s families!  Scan your receipt in the new and improved Box Top mobile app.  The app will instantly find participating products and add the earnings to our SJLS account.  No more cutting, sorting and counting Box Tops.  Scan any receipt from Dillons, HyVee, Aldi’s, Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, etc.  Simple, easy money for our school.  Box Tops for Education helps teachers purchase supplies for their classrooms, art/music/science/PE supplies and much more! 
  Get the app today and start scanning!  Encourage neighbors, family and friends to get the app as well.  Let any of the PTL Officers know if you have any questions or need help!  We will continue to take paper Box Tops so please keep saving them too.  You can continue to drop your paper Box Tops off at the school, or contact a St. John PTL member and we would be happy to pick them up from you.  Or you may give them to your favorite SJLS student to bring to school.  Thank you for your support! 

Officers: If you would like more information on the PTL, activities we are planning for this year, or how to become involved in this great organization that supports our school, it students, and teachers, please don’t hesitate to contact one of this year’s officers:

Ashley Seematter, President, whs_cheer_chic@hotmail.com
Erin Debler, Vice President, randallanderin@hotmail.com
Jami Mayer, Secretary, jamino42@yahoo.com   
Debbie Burch, Treasurer, burchacres@gmail.com
Rachael Manor, Member-at-Large, rachael.manor@live.com














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