I greet you as the new principal at St. John’s Lutheran School here in Sleepy Eye. My name is Dan Rick. I am teaching grades 5-8 and I am also the athletic director and athletics coach of the school.

Welcome to the beginning of another school year! I am sure many teachers around the country have spoken those words in the past couple of weeks. Greeting each other in such a positive way at the beginning of the year reflects and sets a good tone for you and your children for the upcoming school year. We should be happy for a new year to begin! I greet you as the new principal at St. John’s Lutheran School here in Sleepy Eye. My name is Dan Rick. I am teaching grades 5-8 and I am also the athletic director and athletics coach of the school.

Our school theme for this year is “Strength, Song, Salvation.” These words echo exactly what each of the students should be doing each day. This theme summarizes the gifts the Lord gives us; it also expresses our dependence on Him; it also indicates ways in which we can serve Him. In so doing, we also bring glory to our Father in Heaven.

St. John’s Lutheran School has experienced many new changes over the summer. We have also been blessed with the number of helping hands and volunteers that have helped prepare our school for the beginning of the school year. Here is a list of new or important events and people for St. John’s:

New preschool and kindergarten teacher

Installation of a multi-thousand dollar sprinkler system

New English curriculum for grades 5-8

New reading curriculum for preschool and kindergarten

Installation of a Smartboard in the preschool and kindergarten classroom

New director of school music

New computers teacher

New preschool assistant teacher

Adding band as an extracurricular

Celebrating 30 years of teaching for Mrs. Laurie Halvorson

Free breakfast

New lunch program

Higher enrollment

Higher participation in fall sports

There are also many things that have continued to be a strong focus for the school in the last years:

Athletics for soccer, cross country, basketball, cheerleading and track & field

Busing within School District #84

High participation in VBS

Smartboards in every classroom

Low students-teacher ratio

Vocabulary and spelling curriculum for children with dyslexia

5 day, full day kindergarten

After-school care

The 2013-2014 school year has started with great success and everyone involved has seen the blessings from God. St. John’s Lutheran School is committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ by assisting parents in the Christian training of their children for Christian lives and for eternity.

St. John’s Lutheran School offers Preschool through Grade 8. St. John’s Lutheran Church also conducts a Sunday School on Sunday mornings beginning at 10:15 a.m. and ending around 11 a.m. Worship services are also conducted at 9 a.m. by Pastor Robert Hellmann.