We will use this space to provide the T-SJ community with updates on COVID-19 data and for making notifications regarding new cases. Please know that we are in regular communication with the Washington County Health Department and use their guidance to help us make decisions. As a reminder, the Illinois Department of Public Health defines "close contact" as someone who is within 6 feet of you for 15 cumulative minutes. This information will always be used when administration conducts contact tracing after the confirmation of a positive case. This page will be updated regularly as data changes or when additional notifications are needed.
Here is the data that pertains to individuals affiliated with T-SJ:
TOTAL ACTIVE CONFIRMED POSITIVE TESTS: 1
TOTAL STAFF/STUDENTS CURRENTLY ON QUARANTINE ORDERS: 18
(This number includes individuals affiliated with TSJ who are on quarantine orders for both school-related and non-school related COVID-19 contact. It does not include those who are quarantined after testing positive.)
TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED POSITIVE TESTS SINCE AUGUST 12: 4
Our overall goal is to maintain in-person learning for five days per week as long as it is safe to do so. We are committed to keeping our families and staff safe. We are working closely with the Washington Country Health Department, closely monitoring our data, and making decisions that focus on everyone's safety.
If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 issues here at school, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mrs. Kurtz, Principal 618-327-8561 email@example.com
Due to Nashville high school and public grade school bus schedules T-SJ will be dismissing Kindergarten- Eighth grade students at 2:00 p.m. each day. All day PreK students have the option of staying until 2:55 p.m. Please communicate with Mrs. Mueller if you would like your child to stay until 2:55 p.m. or if they will be going home at 2 p.m.
Due to the shortened day grades 5-8 will not have their regularly scheduled Art, Music and Study Hall times.
We do look forward to offering K-8 students extra assistance and/ or study time from 2:00 - 2:55 p.m on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week, if they would like it. Of course, teachers are available until 3:15 all days if a student or parent has a question. If your student needs to stay after school until 2:55, you would need to sign them up and let their teacher know that they will be staying. Then, the student would go to the teacher on duty's classroom for study time and additional help after dismissal. Social distancing and masks will be required. Students would be picked up at the normal car line area at 2:55 p.m. Details on how to sign up will be provided after school begins.
Currently the schedule is:
K-4 after school study room:
Monday, Mrs. Backs
Tuesday, Mrs. Eubanks
Thursday, Mrs. J. Lange
5-8 after school study room:
Tuesday, Mrs. Wesseln
Thursday, Mr. Renth
Mrs. Deb Lange will be unable to be in the classroom with us this year. We will miss her greatly and are extremely thankful that she will still be able to be our Technology and Yearbook Coordinator. I get the honor of teaching Second Grade Language Arts and Math in addition to being Principal and teaching 7th grade Math. I am excited to get to be in the classroom in the mornings and look forward to another wonderful year at T-SJ!
We welcome Michele Boester to TSJ as our new custodian. Michele is a member of St. John's New Minden and also works as the cook at Trinity Hoyleton. Also joining our staff as teacher aids are: Mrs. Dana Haertling and Mrs. Lindsey Langenfeld. I am very excited to have each of these wonderful ladies as part of our TSJ family!
Please join us virtually on Sunday August 9th at 3p.m. for our Back to School Celebration Service! The service will be shared on T-SJ's Facebook page at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Monday, August 10th, grades 1-8 will have parent meetings. One parent from each household should attend. Meetings will be held in their student's classroom. Grades 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 have two meetings to choose from to help families with more than one child. Grade 3 will meet at 6 and Grade 4 meets at 7 p.m.
Grades 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 will meet at 6 p.m.
Grades 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 will meet at 7 p.m.
Our first day of school will be Wednesday August 12th from 8-2p.m. We are so excited to see each of our students. Parents of students in grades 1-8 are not allowed to walk in the school building. Students will need to walk to their classrooms on their own and should enter through the gym doors. Students in PreK and Kindergarten may have a parent or caregiver walk them to their classroom door, however they should enter through the glass doors on the North side of the building. Anyone entering the building will have their temperature taken and will not be allowed to enter if they have a fever of 100.4 or higher.
Our school opens at 7:30 a.m. each day and students will go directly to their classrooms after having their temperature taken and washing their hands. There will be no walk and talk offered at this time.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 327- 8561 if you have any questions or concerns.
We are so grateful to be able to be together again this fall! I know that many things will look different and our experiences will be different. Our mission will not change. We are partners in Christ, instructing for life and equipping for eternity. Our goal of sharing God's love with our students and families is the same. I am so grateful to be partners with you, our TSJ families and friends.
As of July 1, 2020 the following plan is what we are presently planning to do as we re-open school. This plan follows the CDC and Illinois Department of Education guidelines. We all know that this situation is fluid and our plan may change as guidelines change.
As August 12th gets closer, I encourage you to talk to you child in a positive way about the changes: wearing a mask, social distancing when possible, taking temperatures, etc. We will do everything we can to help you and your children be comfortable.
We are praying for our TSJ family and look forward to seeing you all in August.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, there are some unknowns as we plan to begin another school year. We currently have a team of teachers and Mrs. Kurtz working on developing plans for a) in person learning b) a combination of in-person and remote learning c) remote learning and d) beginning with in person learning and having to move to remote learning during the school year. We all want to be together in the classroom this fall. Illinois State Board of Education will release guidelines for us to follow as we get closer to August. Please check our website and look for emails from Mrs. Kurtz with updates.
Governor JB Pritzker announced Friday, April 17th, that Remote Learning Days will continue through the end of the school year. Even though I suspected it was coming, my heart sank to think that we will not be able to be together in our classrooms this spring. I know that this is the right decision as it will save lives. We are prepared to do whatever is necessary to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19.
We will continue with our Remote Learning Plan through the end of the school year, May 19th. Teachers, students and parents are working hard to ensure that learning continues, however we do not expect that Remote Learning replicates the learning experiences that would have happened in the classroom.
I am extremely impressed with the efforts of our teachers to continue to provide creative and engaging lessons for their students. Classes are doing science experiments, meeting on Zoom, listening to their teachers read books, creating art projects, and so much more. We will continue to grow together academically, socially and spiritually. Our teaching and learning looks different during this pandemic and so will our grading. The fourth quarter grades will appear as Pass or Incomplete on 1st-8th grade report cards. We know that families may be experiencing additional stress during this time and do not want anyone to be worried about A's, B's or GPA. We want students to feel loved and have the opportunity to learn. They should continue to work through their lessons and participate in any on-line classroom activities as they are able.
Will students return to in-person instruction fully caught up? We are not expecting them to. All our efforts are geared toward meeting our students where they are and giving them the tools and supports they need for success. These efforts will not end even when the pandemic ends.
I pray your families are growing together in God's Word and are able to worship together as well. We will continue to have virtual chapel services each Wednesday at 2:20 PM on our school Facebook page. If you cannot join us at 2:20, you are able to watch it at any time that is convenient to you. We will be sending home the chapel booklets in the learning packets this week, so you can follow along!
We will continue to have packet pickup and drop off each Monday from 8AM- 6PM. Grab and Go Breakfasts and Lunches will be available on Mondays from 8:30-9:15 and from 11:45-12:30 as well as Tuesday through Friday from 11:45-12:30. Due to a lack of response at breakfast time we will pass out both breakfasts and lunches at lunch time Tuesday through Friday.
We are making plans to gather student supplies and belongings from their classrooms and will have those items available in the coming weeks. This is a big task and will likely be spread out, thank you for being patient with us.
We are presently planning creative ways to end our school year, honor our 8th grade graduates and so on. We do not know exactly what events like graduation and confirmation will look like, but we will keep you updated as we are able to prepare and plan for these events. We continue to pray for each of you and will keep you updated on school related news.
Joyfully serving Jesus,
Mrs. Amy Kurtz
Governor Pritzker has extended the "Shelter in Place" order and school closure (in person instruction) through April 30th. We will continue with our remote instruction and plan to have another packet pick up and drop off on Monday April 13th, from 8AM-6PM.
We will be observing Thursday and Friday, April 9th and 10th, as our Easter break. There will be no remote instruction on those days.
I pray that we will be able to be back in the classroom on May 1st, however if we cannot resume learning in the classroom on May 1st, we will be in contact with you.
We are missing all of our students and know that this is not the spring semester that we all planned or wanted. We will continue to look for the joy in every day and practice social distancing to keep everyone healthy.
Blessings, Mrs. Kurtz
The goal of remote learning is to be able to provide a continuous learning experience for T-SJ students when access to the brick and mortar school and face to face access to teachers (in the traditional sense) is not possible. Students will use chromebooks or their own device for remote learning, as well as textbooks and other materials that were sent home Monday March 16th. An additional packet pick up will be held on Monday March 30th, 8AM- 6PM and Tuesday March 31st, 8AM- 3PM, for families to get the next two weeks of lessons and any additional materials students may need.
Teachers will use multiple learning websites and tools to help students to continue learning from home. T-SJ is committed to making remote learning participation available to all of our students. If you do not have reliable internet access and need paper and pencil resources, please email or call your child’s teacher, so they may provide an alternative solution.
We are “Partners in Christ” and I truly treasure the T-SJ family that we are all a part of. I miss seeing everyone and giving high fives in the morning. Many classes have held virtual meetings using “Zoom” and I know the teachers and students have loved getting to see each other this way. PreK, 1st grade and 4th grade have created Facebook groups as a place to stay in touch and share ideas. Of course, we also have the T-SJ Facebook page as a place to communicate as well.
We are praying for each of you as you continue to work your daily jobs, some from home and some having to leave home each day and then come home to take an active role in your child’s learning in addition to your family responsibilities. As the first educators of your children, we know you are more than capable, and we plan to do all we can to remotely support you and your students through this period of separation! We are jumping into an unknown situation, but we do know that God has this under control. You can be confident that God used all of His power, all of His love, and His life to save you from sin. His love for you cannot be doubted. He will work this out for His glory and our good. Our God is holding us all in His care.
Your children may be confused by all of the recent changes. I encourage you to discuss all these changes to our routines, reminding them that God is using these changes to protect us and keep us safe. Keep in mind that children need your guidance and care in ensuring they get enough sleep, healthy food, physical activity, family devotion and prayer time and time together with you. Dr. Kim Marxhausen has written a blog post with more guidance on these topics; I encourage you to give it a read: http://faithparent.marxhausen.net/
Teachers will be available to you virtually Monday- Friday from 8- 3. E-mail, phone calls, texts, and google classroom are all great ways to contact your child’s teacher. Please use the preferred method that each teacher has shared with you. I am available through email (email@example.com) as well as phone or text (901-237-7759).
Teachers in grades K-4 will take attendance through a daily check in, either on a paper included in your packet, or an email. Individual teachers will communicate how they plan to take attendance. Students in grades 5-8 are expected to check in by answering their homeroom teachers daily question on Google Classroom. 5th graders will answer the question in their Science classroom, 6th graders will answer the question in their Language Arts classroom and 7th and 8th graders will answer the question in their Social Studies classroom. Teachers will reach out to you if a student is not attending or checking in. Please contact your teacher if you are unable to access the Google Classroom daily, to arrange an alternate way of attending class.
Daily Work and Assignments
Classroom teachers will use e-mail or Google Classroom in addition to the paper packets to communicate daily assignments. Teachers that are using Google Classroom with post new assignments by 8:30AM each day. There may not be a new post each day, if you are concerned that you may have missed something please contact your child’s teacher. Some activities may stretch over multiple days; in that instance a due date will be indicated.
Daily work will total three hours or less depending on grade level. PreK through 4th grade students should expect to spend 15-30 minutes per subject and 5th-8th grade students should expect to spend approximately 30 minutes per subject each day. Setting up a routine will help students remain engaged with academic coursework. Identify a time and place in your home where your child will focus on and complete remote learning. Take breaks as you need them: take a walk, play a game, have a nutritious snack or do a Go Noodle dance! Physical activity and breaks from looking at a screen are necessary and highly recommended.
Teachers will provide feedback about work completed on a regular basis, either through comments on Google Classroom, e-mail or another form of communication. This will vary depending on the tools each class is utilizing.
Grades will be taken for assignments. They will be recorded as “Pass” or “Incomplete”. Incomplete work will need to be re-done (if the grade was a 65 or below) or completed if not turned in. Pay attention to due dates and the method that your child’s teacher requires homework to be turned in. Encourage students to do their best as our main goal is that they continue to learn. Teachers are available to help and answer questions, we do not expect students to learn alone nor do we expect parents to have all the answers.
All students in grades 5-8 are utilizing Google Classroom for Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies in addition to paper resources. Other classes may be using it based on teacher preference. Parents should receive an invitation to their child’s google classroom from the teachers. This would give you access so you can see lessons that are posted. If you did not receive an invite, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
“Come and go with me to my Father’s house.” Join us on Facebook at Trinity-St. John Lutheran School each Wednesday at 2:20p.m. for a virtual chapel service.
T-SJ will continue to be a pick up spot for grab and go breakfasts and lunches Monday through Friday during the school closure. District 49 provides these meals for all PreK-12th grade students in the community. Breakfast is available from 8:30-9:15. Lunch is available from 11:45-12:30.
Tuition will continue to be collected during this time. If your family is experiencing hardship due to COVID 19, please contact me, Mrs. Kurtz, at (901-237-7759) so we can work together.
The requirements for standardized testing have been suspended for this school year. We will not do the ITBS tests in April as we had planned before COVID-19. The 7th and 8th graders will continue their study of the Illinois Constitution, however the formal testing requirement has been lifted at this time. The 8th graders may expect to take the test as high schoolers.
Return to the Classroom
What a joyful day it will be when the “Shelter in Place” is lifted and we are eventually able to have school in our school building again. We will continue to provide remote learning until that time. Currently, we plan to resume school in our building on April 8th, and will inform you of any changes that are made to that date. When the time comes, we plan to assist students with the transition from home learning to school learning. Teachers will assess student progress after we return to the classroom to determine student learning needs. We recognize that our normal timeline and curriculum will need to be adjusted for this spring.
Thank you for your patience, cooperation and communication during this time. It is very important that we all communicate openly with each other. Reach out to your teachers and myself to share your struggles and successes. We want this experience to be successful and depend on your feedback so we can learn and grow through this also.
I pray for each of your health and safety daily. Please let me know of any specific prayer requests you may have during this time as we will include it in our own prayers. Please pray for all of us as we work through the challenges that COVID-19 brings.
Mrs. Amy Kurtz