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

St. Mark's Messenger

March 6, 2020

Principal Tim Kollmorgen




   8 – Worship: 8:00am, 10:30am, 6:00pm

 10 – Science Olympiad – 4:30pm

 11 – Chapel: Mr. Kollmorgen

 12 – No Preschool or Pre-Kindergarten

         End of 3rd Quarter – Free Dressdown

         Noon Dismissal – No Aftercare

 13 – No School

 15 – Worship: 8:00am, 10:30am, 6:00pm

 16 – Flower Sale Kickoff!

 17 – NO SCHOOL – Election @ St Mark’s

No School Primary Day

March 17th is the Presidential primary election in Ohio.  We will be taking that day off due to the anticipated high number of people in the building to vote.   

Teachers will report for an inservice day to begin preparation for our next accreditation cycle next year.

Lutheran Schools Week!

What a wonderful week and what a great way to celebrate our Lutheran School!  The children really enhanced the worship when they sang on March 1 – great job!  The spelling bee was good fun with Jackson Graves winning the overall champion award.  In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the winning word had to be a Dr. Seuss word!.  Thursday, we made blankets for cancer patients that will become part of a care package from Phil’s Friends.  Friday we enjoyed a concert by Isaiah (Postenrieder) playing flute, and Janna playing harp.  The music was very beautiful and we learned a lot about the harp!  Throughout the week, we also enjoyed devotions each morning, a movie and popcorn, and a play by the Children’s Theater.  Overall – a fantastic week!  Praise God for our Lutheran Schools.

Flower Sale Begins 3/16

March 16 is the official start date for this year’s flower sale through Fortmeyer nursery.  Order information will come home on that day – I am hearing from many people who are excited to get some quality plants!


Enrollment is open NOW!  Enroll before the fee increases March 15! If you have already enrolled – but haven’t paid the fee – it will increase on March 15th!

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!


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 (the income based one) is open and it is business as usual – except that now all students in K – 12th grade are 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!

“Regular” EdChoice particulars are still being debated in the Ohio Statehouse. 

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$!

One and a half weeks remain in the third quarter Box Top$ contest. Kindergarten leads the pack with grades 3&4 and grades 5&6 close behind. Preschool 4s follows in fourth place. Keep those clipped Box Top$ coming in and be sure to download the new app so you can start scanning your receipts. Buy some Pillsbury rolls and biscuits to earn extra points when you purchase more than one item. Thanks for helping the school!  They received a check for about $300.00 this year and will get another check before the school year ends.  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?

We are still closely monitoring this situation but nothing substantial has changed.  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 3 class learned about the letter W. We also did a lot of fun Dr. Seuss crafts and reading for Dr. Seuss’s birthday. It was a great week! 

Mrs. Rehmer (Pre-School 4)     

What a fun week we had in preschool.  Not only did we celebrate National Lutherans Schools week, we also celebrated Dr. Seuss’ Birthday.  Some of our celebrations included reading lots of fun Dr. Seuss books, making Cat in the Hat hats, decorating hot air balloons letting everyone know what we want to be when we grow up, and learning lots of rhyming words.  

Not only did we go to Chapel every morning but we heard and acted out the story of Jesus’ journey to the cross this week by riding into Jerusalem and seeing what makes Him such a wonderful king.  Luke 19:28-38 Bible words: “Hosanna in the Highest!” Matthew 21:9

Mrs. Reynolds (Pre-K)    

Pre-K had a lot of fun dressing up for National Lutheran Schools week! We also enjoyed all the devotions and special activities. We read a lot of Dr. Seuss books this week and brushed up on our rhyming skills. We tested our ability to follow directions by doing a step by step drawing of “The Cat in the Hat”. We continued our weather unit by talking about storms and trying to predict the weather for the week. Our letter this week was “W” we are nearly to the end of the alaphabet!

Mrs. Sherman (K)

We worshiped and praised the Lord at school wide devotions this week as we celebrated National Lutheran Schools Week. We also participated in service projects, dress up days and fun activities with our chapel families. We spent time in a cross curricular author study. We read books by Eric Carle, made predictions, identified problems and solutions, tallied the flips of a click beetle and added and subtracted roosters companions as he travelled the world. We used Eric Carle’s illustration techniques to create our own Mister Seahorse.

Mrs. Boerboom (1-2)

This week, we celebrated National Lutheran Schools Week in style! In the spirit of the celebration on Pajama Day, 2nd grade wrote a story about not wanting to go to bed, and 1st grade read a story about how a leopard got it’s spots. 2nd grade made Green Eggs and Ham on Dr. Seuss Character Day, and 1st grade learned some more ways to solve math problems. We loved making blankets for Phil’s Friends and had a great time watching the Duke Energy presentation about energy and electricity! Our entire class had a blast dressing up and celebrating how awesome our Lutheran school is! 

Miss Rhonemus (3-4)

This week was National Lutheran Schools week and the third and fourth graders loved dressing up for a different theme each day. Students also completed a service project of tying blankets for an organization called Phil’s Friends which puts together care packages for cancer patients free of charge. Since it was Dr. Suess’s birthday we read a lot of his books and completed related writing activities. We also had school wide devotions every morning. 

Mr. Postenrieder (5-6)

In our Bible time we joined the rest of the student body for devotions in the sanctuary. In 5th grade math we multiplied fractions. In Literature, we finished reading Summer of the Monkeys. In Social Studies we studied music of the Caribbean. Students are going to share some short fiction stories they’ve written, and peers will help them with grammar mistakes and story elements.  In 5th – 8th grade PE, we continued jumping rope.

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

In Religion, we are trying to be Christ-like and empathize with others.  In Math, Course 3 and Algebra 1 are solving problems with negative exponents.  In History, we are getting into the battles and progress (or lack thereof) in the war.  The seventh and eighth graders are just about ready to turn in their argumentative papers. First, they will discuss what plagiarism is, and how to publish their work in MLA format. We will also read two eyewitness accounts on natural disasters – the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and Hurricane Katrina. In these nonfiction articles, students will compare and contrast their reasons for reading nonfiction and how to consider what they have just read.