A Season of Hope

Posted by Todd Pehlke, Principal on

We all have a favorite Christmas carol. The carol that sparks memories of your childhood. The carol where you cannot help but sing along. Or perhaps the carol where you just sit back and listen. As one who loves the Christmas season, I do have many Christmas carols that I am partial to, but...

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Easter is the Beginning!

Posted by Todd Pehlke, Principal on

The feeling of completing something typically gives a sense of being fruitful. Completing a project that has taken more time than originally planned gives a sense of pride. Completing the daily tasks that we have checked off our list gives a sense of being productive.   Thinking of...

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Tags: easter

Thank you!

Posted by Todd Pehlke, Principal on

I find in many cases there are a few words many people have a hard time saying: I’m sorry, I need help, and thank you.     Saying, ‘I’m sorry,’ means you are at fault.  It is not ever easy admitting fault and then apologize for one’s own...

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Tags: thanksgiving, thank you, i'm sorry, i need help

Hope

Posted by Todd Pehlke, Principal on

Although I am getting older, I still find myself looking forward to things, anticipating what is coming up, or saying to myself, "I can’t wait for (insert fun item!)." In some avenues, I can be like a child looking forward to opening presents on Christmas Day. I look forward each year to...

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"There is a Time for Everything..."

Posted by Todd Pehlke, Principal on

Dear Parents,   Wow have things changed in the last week, we all know this.  For me, I am no longer working 50 hours a week.  I am no longer coaching basketball or softball.  I am no longer playing taxi driver for my children, I am no longer watching my son...

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Tags: family time, principal, remote learning

Finding Real Joy

Posted by Todd Pehlke, Principal on

Recently I had some challenges. The campus renovation program is moving quickly. The teacher candidate selection for Early Childhood/Preschool is narrowing as we make sure to get the right candidate (we know God has the person already in mind, but sometimes the wait is difficult). ...

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Yesterday, Today and Forever

Posted by Todd Pehlke, Principal on

Why do parents choose St. John Lutheran School for their child’s education? I have heard all kinds of answers to this question. I have heard, “I attended St. John when I was a student”, “it is a safe environment”, “it is a family environment with parents...

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Waiting in Faith

Posted by Todd Pehlke, Principal on

This past Saturday morning I was driving to church for orchestra and choir practice in preparation for Lessons and Carols. There was a very small layer of snow on the roads and cars were going fifteen to twenty miles under the speed limit. I began waiting impatiently for opportunities to make a...

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Attitude

Posted by Todd Pehlke, Principal on

This past week I had the privilege of being a dad. That is an interesting statement, so let me explain. This past week I was able to go with my son on his Washington, D.C. 8th grade trip. That trip was only the second time that I was able to go on a field trip with my children. It was a very...

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Tags: attitude

Building Strong Roots...In God's Word

Posted by Todd Pehlke, Principal on

Three years ago when my family and I bought our house, we noticed that some weeds in the backyard were beginning to choke and kill some of our trees. After one summer of slowly ripping the weeds away from the trees, all the way to the ground, the trees began to thrive again. Last summer...

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