Shelley Smith teaches 7th and 8th grade. She is married to Chuck and they live on 11 acres with their 2 dogs. Her 27 year old twins are both married and live in the area with a 3 year old granddaughter. She has been teaching elementary for the past 30 years and is looking forward to a different age group of students.

Robbin Davis is pleased to be teaching fourth grade at St. John's Lutheran School. She taught 6th and 7th grade Learning Disabilities at Hannibal Middle School for 25 years. She retired in 2015 and is returning back to continue her teaching career. She received her B.S.E. degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities Certification K-12. and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been married for 33 years and has two daughters. Teri is a senior at Westminster College and a graduate of St. John's. Karah is currently in 6th grade and attended St. John's preschool and Kindergarten. She is happy to be a member or the St. John's family.

Mrs. Thomas lives in Hannibal and is a mom of 4 active kids. She is a passionate, faith-filled woman that deeply cares for God, her family, and students. She is looking forward to teaching in a creative and positive environment. She is happy to be a part of a Christian school where she can help our students grow in their faith. She is excited to be a part of the St. John's family!

Hi, my name is JoAnne Conoyer.  I am married and have two sons, a daughter-in law, and a grand puppy. I was raised in Palmyra and graduated from Palmyra High School.   I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hannibal-LaGrange College and Masters in Education degree from Quincy University.  This will be my third year at St. John’s and eighth year as an educator.

The new school year brings much excitement.  I look forward to spending time with your child and getting to know each family.   I am blessed to be part of the St. John's family.

Dear parents,
Happy Friday! It’s hard to believe that next week is the last week of school. This school year has gone by fast. It has been a pleasure having your child in my classroom this past year.

Next week will be a busy week. On Monday, May 14, we will be having our dress rehearsal for “Go, Go Jonah!” at 9:30 a.m. The musical will be Tuesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join us for this event. Students have put a lot of time into this performance. On Wednesday, May 16, will be field day. If you are able to help with this event, please let us know. Thursday, May 17, we will visit Luther Manor. We will leave school at approximately 8:30. If you are available to drive, it would be greatly appreciated. Friday, May 18, is our last day of school. We will have our awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m.. School will dismiss at 12:00.

Next week students will be cleaning out their desks and taking their school supplies home. Your child may want to bring a plastic bag to school along with their backpacks.

We are also taking registration for our summer program. For more information, you can call the school office. The summer program will begin Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

God Bless,
Mrs. Conoyer

May 11th News and Notes Friday May 11, 2018 12:00 pm By Kristie Bradshaw
Upcoming Events Next Week:

Monday, May 14th – Go, Go Jonah! Dress Rehearsal – 9:30

Tuesday, May 15th – Go, Go Jonah! Musical – 6:30 – Kids meet in the classroom at 6:10

Wednesday, May 16th – Field Day
Please send your child to school with clothing suitable for exercise and tennis shoes. Students may bring a water bottle marked clearly with their name. I have sunscreen for them, but a hat might be helpful to shield from the sun.

Thursday, May 17th – Packing Up Supplies/Luther Manor Visit
Please send your child with their book bag and a couple of extra grocery bags in case their supplies fill up their bookbag! Also, please leave their carseat for transport to Luther Manor.

Friday, May 18th – Last Day of School/ Dismissal at 12:00
Kids will not need their book bags. They will be bringing home their pizza box. Awards Assembly starts in the gym at 10:30. Please note the change in dismissal time – we will be serving lunch.

Happy Mother’s Day!
We hope that all of our classroom mothers and grandmothers have a great day on Sunday!

Field Day – Wednesday, May 16th
We are searching for some parents that might be able to help out with all or part of Field Day this year. Please let me know on Monday if you can help us!

Library Books
All library books must be returned to school before your student can receive their report card. Please check with your child to be sure that this has been taken care of. Thanks!

Religion
There will be no memory work assignments for next week.

Reading/Spelling
There will not be a formal reading story or spelling test next week. We will try to have a Spelling Bee consisting of all spelling words from the year on Thursday. You can help your child prepare by studying spelling words from all blog posts this year. Spelling City would be a great resource as well!

Thanks for all that you do! Have a nice weekend and week ahead!
Love and Blessings,
Mrs. Bradshaw
kbradshaw@stjohnshannibal.org

Sticky

On October 31, 1517, in Wittenberg, Germany, Martin Luther posted his thoughts about some theological topics and the practices of the Church. That simple action began the Reformation — a movement that changed Western society.

One man stood against the corruption of the establishment. Luther’s fight was, of course, one of theology. But it was still one man, a monk, against the massive Holy Roman Empire. Luther was threatened, exiled, condemned and labeled a heretic. But his teaching grew in popularity throughout his life.

Those who follow Luther’s teachings number in the millions. Most Protestant churches today trace their lineage, in some part, to the teachings of Luther. The German language exists as it does today in large part due to Luther’s translation of the New Testament.

Luther’s writings on the freedom of the Christian to serve the government, and the role of the government to establish justice and to protect citizens, have greatly influenced our view of authority. Though he was a theologian, Luther wrote and thought about all of life. He was concerned for the children in his town. He was involved in the politics of his day. He was an academic. He was a family man. He was a revolutionary. He was involved in the lives of the poor and the common man.

Yet this Reformation anniversary is not a celebration of Luther. Even the Lutheran church does not celebrate Luther. Lutheran does not mean a follower of Luther, but of his theological teachings.

Luther and the other Reformation theologians believed that all mankind is sinful, that everyone is guilty of error in God’s sight. They also believed that God will punish those who do what He forbids. The problem is not only that everyone sins, but that mankind’s sinful condition means there is no way to do enough good things to earn God’s love.

The Reformation proclaimed that the solution to the problem is not in man, but in God. Luther and his followers taught that the Bible teaches salvation by God’s grace, through faith, because of Jesus. The message of the Reformation is that the Scriptures teach that God has grace on sinners. He gives forgiveness freely to all who believe in Him. This forgiveness is given through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. All who believe in Jesus as their Savior receive forgiveness and eternal life. All of this is a free gift from a loving God.

Luther’s teaching, and that of the Reformation, is often summarized in three “solas.” Sola gratia, sola fide and sola scriptura — by faith alone, by grace alone and by Scripture alone. The key to Reformation theology is found in God’s love for people.

By grace alone means that God gives His love freely. People can’t earn God’s love. People can’t earn forgiveness. God’s love is not gained by human efforts, but given freely by God’s grace.

By faith alone means that those who believe in Jesus as God’s Savior for all of mankind receive forgiveness and eternal life. Faith is something God gives to people through His Holy Spirit, working in the Word of God and the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. People do nothing to earn God’s love, but receive it by grace through faith.

By Scripture alone means that God has revealed His truth through the Holy Bible. Scripture is the one trustworthy source for the truth about God. The Scriptures are properly read in light of Jesus as the Son of God in the flesh. The Bible teaches that His death and resurrection is the key event in all of history, because there, Jesus died to gain the forgiveness of everyone’s sins. This does not mean that Christians should only read the Bible. Sola scriptura means that the Bible is the only trustworthy source for doctrine and life.

The three solas, by grace alone, by faith alone and by Scripture alone, are all summarized in one more phrase from the Reformation, solus Christus — through Christ alone.

This is really the focus of the Reformation. God’s grace, our faith and the Scriptures are all focused on Jesus Christ. The Reformation moved the focus from the Church to Jesus. Luther and the reformers taught that Jesus is how God relates to us and how we relate to Him. The reformers taught that Jesus is our salvation, that Jesus is the way that God loves.

When Martin Luther understood Jesus as the center of all of Scripture and man’s relationship to God, he saw everything in light of this relationship between God and man. This moved him to teach about the Christian’s role in society, the role of the government, and how individual Christians live out their faith.

Luther cared for the people in his town and worked to provide materials for them, writing the Small Catechism to teach the basics of the faith, and translating the Bible into German so that everyone could read the Word of God.

Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany, 500 years ago. Much has changed since then. Many things we encounter daily were influenced by the Reformation. The heart of the Reformation was theology. It was a return to God as the source of mankind’s salvation. It was a focus on God’s love. 500 years later, Lutherans still teach this theology, and rejoice in God’s love.

My name is Marilyn Sublette, and I’ll be teaching the three year old class at St. John’s. Three year olds are such an adorable age. The children are excited to learn and they soak up everything we do from shapes and colors to songs and Bible verses. As we are learning our ABC’s, numbers, Bible stories, and a multitude of other things, we try to make it fun through acting the parts of stories, dressing up, visualizing, hearing the lessons read aloud, and much more. 

I have my Bachelor of Science and my Masters in Education. I have taught almost every age from pre-school through fifth grade. Each child and each age has been delightfully different and amazing. This will be my fourth year to teach at St. John’s and I am thrilled about the new year.

Hi my name is Madi Tucker. I am honored to be a member of the St. John’s Lutheran School staff starting year number two. I received my Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree from MACC in 2016. Upon graduation, I started my journey at St. John’s in the 5 year old room. This year however, I will be teaching in the 2 year old room. I am blessed that God had provided this new opportunity in my life and look forward to helping our young people grow in a faith based educational system. I am looking forward to a fun, memorable year. God Bless.

Cindy Harrison-4 Year Olds-Lions 

My name is Cindy Harrison. I am a mother of four wonderful children, of those twins with autism. My twins are the reason I believe that I received my calling to work with children. Working with my boys on reaching their goals in life started me thinking about how I can help other young children. I have been with St. John’s Lutheran School for eight years. I have been blessed through these eight years working with the preschoolers. It gives me so much joy teaching them and filling their sponge like brains with knowledge of numbers, shapes, matching, the word of God, and so much more! This year I am so excited to be our four year old part time Lions teacher. I have so many great and wonderful things planned for our class!