5849 Buckwheat Rd., Milford, OH 45150 (513) 575-3354 stmarksmilford@hotmail.com

St. Mark's Messenger

February 21, 2020

Principal Tim Kollmorgen




 23 – Worship: 8:00am; 10:30am; 6:00pm

 24 – Musical Auditions 3:30 – 4:30pm

 25 – Musical Auditions 3:30 – 4:30pm

         Science Olympiad – 4:30pm

         It’s Skyline Time!

 26 – Ash Wednesday Chapel: Mr. Postenrieder

         Musical Auditions 3:30 – 4:30pm

 27 – Science Olympiad – 4:30pm


   1 – K – 8th sing @ 10:30am Service

         Lutheran Schools Week begins!

Spring Musical Auditions!

Look further in this Messenger for information on how to audition for “Captain Noah and the One & Only Zoo Cruise for Twos”!

It’s Time!      

Come and eat at Skyline THIS Tuesday, February 25, to support St Marks 7/8 grade class trip.  Between the hours of 11:00am – 10:00pm –dine in, carry out, or drive thru – just be sure to mention St Marks or show the flyer (available on the entry table) and we will receive 15% of the total sales!  This is the Mulberry Skyline located at 1055 OH 28, Milford, OH 45150.  Come and eat!

K-8 Singing in Church

On Sunday, March 1st, St. Mark’s K-8th grades will sing and ring for the 10:30am service.

All students should meet in the balcony by 10:20am.

This service will kick-off our Lutheran Schools Week celebration – and is a big Thank You to St. Mark’s congregation!  We appreciate all of their support for our school!


Enrollment for returning students is open NOW!  Here is your link to our online form:


The 4 year old class, Pre-K, K, and grades 1, 2, and 3 are in real danger of filling to capacity – enroll early to your reserve your spot(s)!  Community enrollment is now open.

All enrollments must be secured with the proper fee in order to guarantee the seat!


Hearings are still being held at the committee level in the Statehouse at this very moment. If you would be willing to call your representative or testify in person, let me know and I can get you there!

EdChoice is Ohio’s “school voucher” system.  There are actually two EdChoice Scholarships – EdChoice, and EdChoice Expansion.  Regular EdChoice provides scholarships based on a student being assigned to or attending a failing school.  EdChoice Expansion is purely based on a family’s income.

EdChoice Expansion is NOT AFFECTED at this time.  The application window is open and it is business as usual – except that now all students in K – 12th grade are now eligible!  Do your family a favor and check the guidelines (attached to email) to see if you qualify at the 200% of Poverty level – if you do, your St. Mark’s tuition is completely paid for!

Collecting for Prince of Peace.  

St. Mark’s youth group is collecting items to help Prince of Peace.  Please bring in your donations by March 1st and place in a bin marked for Prince of Peace (just outside the office).  Thank you!  Items needed include:

  • Coffee                                    
  • 8oz styrofoam cups                          
  • Pancake mix (complete)
  • Pancake syrup                                                   
  • Gallon bottles of vinegar
  • Gallon bottles of bleach     
  • Rolls of paper towels                   
  • Spray cleaner (Lysol preferably)
  • Back packs   
  • Powdered coffee creamer
  • 5 lb bags of sugar  
  • 9 inch styrofoam plates                   
  • Blankets
  • Napkins   

School Closing Info.

WCPO channel 9 is the one to watch – or check on their website www.wcpo.com.  As a general rule – we follow Milford Schools.

Box Top$!

The third quarter Box Top$ contest continues with Kindergarten in first place. Grades 1&2 are in second with grades 7&8 in third. The quarter ends March 12th. Keep those Box Top$ coming!  Please be sure to get the Box Top$ app on your smartphones and scan your receipts from stores that sell items with the Box Top$ logo and give the credit to St Mark’s. Soon there will be no Box Top$ to clip and only will be the scan your receipt process left. Box Tops has add Pillsbury products.  So if you buy any of their items you can have points on your receipt. Thanks for collecting!  Gil and Judi Schepmann

It’s Yearbook Time!

Our online yearbook store is now open. You may order your student’s yearbook, personalize it, add loveliness, and even add an advertisement for your company – all on this website! Deadline is May 1, 2020.   https://stmarksmilford2019-2020.picaboo.com/st-marks-19-20-yearbook  

You are also invited to contribute pictures to the Yearbook using the following URL:


Viruses Everywhere?

While federal health officials have said that the coronavirus is potentially a serious public health threat, most Americans, at this point, are not at risk. However, we should be cautious and follow the CDC’s guidelines for preventing the spread of viruses:

  • Thoroughly wash hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer when washing hands with soap and water is not available
  • Disinfect all surfaces
  • Cover noses and mouths with a tissue or cloth when sneezing
  • Stay away from sick people, and staying home if you, yourself, are sick.

“As you know, this is the annual influenza season, so the usual prevention methods are recommended by the CDC,”  By Arianna Prothero

Classroom Happenings

Mrs. Newell (Pre-School 3)       

This week the 3s learned about letter J. We made jellyfish with our handprint and we did counting and sorting with jelly beans. For Bible story we learned about the Good Samaritan. It was a fun and delicious learning week!

Mrs. Rehmer (Pre-School 4)     

Preschool was excited to “gear” up for a week of fun with our health and wellness week.  We learned about our 5 senses, what happens when we go to a doctor, and what are some healthy eating choices.  We also worked on our letter of the week Xx for x-ray and fox.  In our play time we got to pretend to be doctors, nurses and other health workers.  During Jesus time we read the story about the 10 men who had Leprosy and how they asked Jesus to “Have mercy on them”, Jesus was kind and healed all 10 but only one returned to give thanks. We learned that even when we forget to give Thanks God always loves us and is there for us.  (The children decided that it is always a good idea to give God thanks and praise!)

Mrs. Reynolds (Pre-K)    

This week Pre-K started a science unit on weather. First we looked at how clouds form and discussed the different types of clouds there are. We also conducted a cloud in a jar experiment to show us how clouds form. We learned about Joseph and his coat of many colors. We discussed what it means to be jealous of someone.  We learned the sight word “is” and the letter “U”.  We practiced counting to 100 through exercises. 

Mrs. Sherman (K)

We heard of Jesus healing the 10 lepers at Bible time. We talked about remembering all that God does for us each day and having a heart of gratitude! In reading, our literature focused on hiking and outdoor activities. We retold stories in the sequence of events and identified cause and effect. We explored and sorted 2-D and 3-D shapes for math. In health, we conducted experiments to see how unhealthy (sometimes foods) affect our teeth. We read some fun stories about teeth and learned what other cultures do when they lose a tooth!

Mrs. Boerboom (1-2)

This week, the 1st and 2nd graders learned about more miracles of Jesus, specifically the miraculous catch of fish with Peter, James, and John. 1st grade learned more about comparing sizes, and 2nd grade worked on subtractions stories and gathering data for their graphs.  Both grades also read “How Chipmunk Got His Stripes” and worked on verb endings, characters, and writing directions.  We also learned about families and how different families have different activities based on their environment, and drew both our families and our environment!

Miss Rhonemus (3-4)

This week the flu struck the third and fourth grade room. Despite having several students absent, we still learned about quite a bit. In math, third graders are being to dive into more complex multiplication while fourth graders worked with fractions and probability. In science we are discussing health and how our bodies use nutrients. For literature we continued figurative language and also read more of Snow Treasure. Since Snow Treasure takes place during WWII, we also learned about Gertrude Simon, a Lutheran missionary who served in China during the Japanese invasion. For writing we are learning how to structure essays while writing about real life hero.

Mr. Postenrieder (5-6)

In our Bible time we continued our study of Daniel, and Daniel’s friends. In 5th grade math we reviewed Unit 7 and took our test. In Literature, we continued reading Summer of the Monkeys. In Social Studies we presented our power points on Mexico and Central America and began our study of the Caribbean. In 5th – 8th grade PE we had a week of fitness training.

Mr. Kollmorgen and Mr. Hoffmann (7-8)

In Religion, we are still talking about the Holy Spirit and discovering our Spiritual Gifts.  In Math, Course 3 and Algebra 1 are graphing equations on the cartesian coordinate system.  In History, the Revolutionary War is beginning.  In 7 & 8th grade Literature, students will explore the question, “How do you find your purpose?” in an Isaac Asimov short story. They will also start the editing process of their argumentative paper and move towards completion.

Spring Musical Information

2020 Spring Musical Auditions

“Captain Noah and the One & Only Zoo Cruise for Twos”

Friday, May 8, 2020

Questions you may have…

When are the auditions?  Auditions will be held after school on these days….

Monday, Feb. 24th 3:30-4:30

Tuesday, Feb. 25th 3:30-4:30

Wednesday, Feb. 26th 3:30-4:30

Why do I have to audition? 

Having to audition gives you a little taste of what it will be like on stage. 

Who can audition for a part? 

Any student in 3rd – 8th grade may audition for a speaking part or a solo.

What parts are available? 

Noah and his family are the main parts; we also have some parts with small speaking parts.

Can I pick which part I want to audition for? 

Everyone uses the same script to audition; the audition judges will choose which part will best fit you.

How do I prepare for the audition? 

Fill out the audition sheet and read through the script and work on expression and projection. 

I want to sing a solo, how do I audition for that?

Come prepared to sing a song that you are comfortable singing.  It could be “Jesus Loves Me” or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.

2020 Spring Musical

Audition Sheet



Grade ______

Are you auditioning for a speaking part?        Yes        No

Are you auditioning for a solo?     Yes       No 

How big of a part are you hoping to receive? 

big part                          medium part                           small part

After school rehearsal will begin in March and continue through April, do you have days that you cannot rehearse after school because of sports or lessons?    Yes     No

If yes, what days are you not available after school and why? 


Sign up for a time to audition today!

Excited to work with you,

Mrs. Kollmorgen