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Update January 2021

A message from Principal Katie Gundell...

Welcome to Epiphany.  What a blessing it is to know Jesus as our Savior who SHINES through the darkness.  God's goodness, in sending His Son to this world, overcomes the sin of the world.  His light lives in us as forgiven and loved children of God.    

Did you know?

  • St. John has three Open Houses coming up in the next few months:  January 26, February 9, and March 30.  6-7:30 PM.  St. John school and church members are our best advertisement.  Please share the information with family and friends and help our school grow!
  • We are celebrating Lutheran Schools Week at the end of the month.  Each day we will have fun activities and special clothing to wear.  The themes of each day are centered around our school year theme, "Sent to Serve."

With all the craziness in this world and uncertainties, the words from Psalm 46:10 bring such peace, "Be still, and know that I am God."  Try reading it like this...

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know that I

Be still and know

Be still 


The impact that this passage brings is that our Sovereign God IS in control of all things.  He loves us.  In His presence we can just... BE.  

God bless our church, school and community.


Update December 2020

A message from Principal Katie Gundell...

Greetings!  What a wonderful time this Advent season is!  Our 8th graders and Mrs. Werth led Chapel this week.  They reminded all students of St. John about what Advent means and what the Advent wreath displays:  the circular shape – God’s never ending love for us; the candles – hope, peace, joy, and love; the light on the candles – Jesus came to bring light to the world.  It is His light that we can share with others.  I love to hear our students proclaim the Gospel and share their faith. 

Did you know?

  • Accreditation is an evaluation and improvement process that addresses the whole school; purpose, relationships, leadership, professional personnel, teaching and learning, student services, and facilities.  This is a significant undertaking and requires careful reflection.  This five-year process leads to positive changes and ongoing evaluation.      Please keep our committees in your prayers as we highlight the wonderful work that takes place at St. John.  The site visit team will come in April!!
  • Over 65 big boxes of food were delivered to local families in North Tonawanda through our Chapel mission, Box of Hope.  Along with that, several other miscellaneous food items were collected to be given to them as well.  The generosity of families is so appreciated.

In third grade, the students learned about several Christmas and Easter connections.  Christmas and Easter are part of the same story – the story of God’s plan of salvation.  How does a tree, an angel, and spices remind you of both Christmas and Easter?  From 1 Corinthians 15:57, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”


Update November 2020

A message from Principal Katie Gundell...

St. John Lutheran School currently has 164 students enrolled in our PreK-8th grade program.  We are celebrating our 175th school year!  Offering a Christ-centered, rigorous educational program enables our students to proclaim the Gospel confidently and serve God and others in the community, blessed with a variety of skills and abilities.  

Did you know?

  • St. John had over 40 students participate on our co-ed JV and Varsity soccer teams this fall.  It was exciting to see the fellowship of players and families at the games, using our new soccer goals which were donated by the Bryan and Nicole Argo Foundation.
  • Two after school clubs are underway at St. John, the school Newspaper Club and the Crochet Club.  The students are thrilled to explore these new opportunities.

Each school year, we celebrate a new theme based on Scripture.  As we gather for Chapel each week, the theme is shared through many different passages of the Bible.  Our theme this year is "Sent to Serve... with Gladness!" Psalm 100:2  Last Wednesday our students learned about the parable in Matthew 21:28-32.  Jesus teaches about serving faithfully.  As we listen to Jesus' words about serving in the vineyard (His creation), we find ourselves in His story, as chosen children of God, encouraged to proclaim our faith in our risen Savior.  How do we answer Jesus when he says, "Go and work in the vineyard."