Monday
Jul312017

Water lead test - July 2017

July 26, 2017

St. John’s Lutheran School Chicago, IL 60641
Dear St. John’s Lutheran School Community:
Our school is committed to protecting student, teacher, and staff health. To protect our community, St. John’s Lutheran School tests our schools’ drinking water for lead. Our test results were received July 26, 2017.
Why Test School Drinking Water for Lead? High levels of lead in drinking water can cause health problems. Lead is most dangerous for pregnant women, infants, and children under 6 years old. Exposure to high levels of lead during pregnancy contributes to low birth weight and developmental delays in infants. In young children, lead exposure can lower IQ levels, affect hearing, reduce attention span, and hurt school performance. At very high levels, lead can even cause brain damage.
To protect public health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that schools and day care facilities test their drinking water for lead. If lead is found at any water outlet at levels above 20 micrograms per Liter (µg/L), EPA recommends taking action to reduce the lead. However the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) as mandated by Public Act 99-0922 requires taking action to reduce the lead at 5 µg/L and requires posting on our web page above 2 µg/L.
Is Our School’s Drinking Water Safe? Yes, our school’s water is safe. St. John’s Lutheran School tested our drinking water for lead. Of the 108 water samples we tested, only 17 showed lead levels above the 5 µg/L mark. In other words, 91% of the water outlets tested did not have any lead problems.
The outlets with high lead levels were the kitchen sinks. The initial test was over 5 µg/L when they were first turned on but went down to zero µg/L after running the water for 30 seconds. The bathroom sinks by the Fellowship Room and on the second floor showed initial levels of 2.15 µg/L through 5.98 µg/L and zero µg/L after 30 seconds. However the gym kitchen coffee urn continued to have readings above 5 µg/L and will be disconnected.

  1. The immediate remedy suggested by the EPA for these sinks is to have the custodian run each of these faucets for one minute before school starts which, since after 30 seconds the reading goes down to 0 µg/L.
  2. The EPA also recommends replacing the aerators which do collect mineral deposits and have signs posted at these locations to not drink from the sink.
  3. And the EPA recommends a review and inventory of water pipes to determine if pipes are part of the issue and need to be replaced.
The drinking fountain by second grade was 5.14 µg/L when it was first turned on but went down to zero µg/L after running the fountain for 30 seconds. This fountain will be removed and replaced with a filtered fountain.
The Good News is that all the locations not listed have been tested and lead was Not Detected.
How Can I Learn More? You can see a copy of all of our water testing results at the school office, which is open Monday to Friday from (9:00 am to 4:00 pm) and on our Web site at www. StJohnsChicago.org. For more information about water quality in our schools, please contact Doug Markworth at St. John’s Lutheran School, 773-736- 1196. For information about water quality and sampling for lead at homes in Chicago, call 311 and request a free sampling of your water.
Sincerely,
Douglas Markworth,
Principal
Suburban Laboratories, Inc. Analytical Method: EPA 200.8  
Samples Taken:7/15/2017 Data Rcvd: 7/26/2017    
NOTE: There are two readings for each location. 
The first reading is from water sitting overnight.
 The second is from water run after thirty seconds.
Green means lead levels were Not Detected
Yellow means lead levels were between 2.0 - 4.9 µg/L.                  This level is posted on the website.
Red means the levels were above 5 µg/L. This information was sent to parents via e-mail within two days after receiving the data. 
Sample Location Description Fixture Type Sample Volume (mL) Concen-tration  (µg/L)
Parlor Girls Bathroom Right sink 250 0
Parlor Girls Bathroom Right sink 250 0
Parlor   Refridgerated Drinking Fountain 250 0
Parlor Refridgerated Drinking Fountain 250 0
Kindergarten - Bathroom sink 250 0
Kindergarten - Bathroom sink 250 0
Kindergarten Drinking Fountain 250 0
Kindergarten Drinking Fountain 250 0
Kindergarten sink 250 0
Kindergarten sink 250 0
Pre-K (4) - Bathroom sink 250 0
Pre-K (4) - Bathroom sink 250 0
Pre-K (4) Drinking Fountain 250 0
Pre-K (4) Drinking Fountain 250 0
Pre-K (4) sink 250 0
Pre-K (4) sink 250 0
Pre-S (3) - Bathroom sink 250 0
Pre-S (3) - Bathroom sink 250 0
Pre-S (3) Drinking Fountain 250 0
Pre-S (3) Drinking Fountain 250 0
Pre-S (3) sink 250 0
Pre-S (3) sink 250 0
Outside Office Refridgerated Drinking Fountain 250 0
Outside Office Refridgerated Drinking Fountain 250 0
Office bathroom sink 250 0
Office bathroom sink 250 0
AD Bathroom sink 250 0
AD Bathroom sink 250 0
Boys Locker Room Left sink 250 0
Boys Locker Room Left sink 250 0
Boys Locker Room Right sink 250 0
Boys Locker Room Right sink 250 0
Girls Locker Room Left sink 250 0
Girls Locker Room Left sink 250 0
Girls Locker Room Right sink 250 2.18
Girls Locker Room Right sink 250 0
Kitchen Ice Machine 250 0
Kitchen Ice Machine 250 0
Kitchen Kitchen Coffee Urn 250 21.1
Kitchen Kitchen Coffee Urn 250 3.57
Kitchen sink - 3 Bay 250 16.6
Kitchen sink - 3 Bay 250 0
Kitchen sink - Handwashing 250 13.6
Kitchen sink - Handwashing 250 0
Kitchen sink - Alcove 250 43.6
Kitchen sink - Alcove 250 0
Kitchen -  Bathroom sink 250 15.7
Kitchen -  Bathroom sink 250 0
Sacristry sink 250 0
Sacristry sink 250 0
Fellowship Kitchenette sink 250 0
Fellowship Kitchenette sink 250 0
2nd Floor Boys Bathroom Left sink 250 2.15
2nd Floor Boys Bathroom Left sink 250 0
2nd Floor Boys Bathroom Right sink 250 12.6
2nd Floor Boys Bathroom Right sink 250 0
2nd Floor Girls Bathroom Left sink 250 5.97
2nd Floor Girls Bathroom Left sink 250 0
2nd Floor Girls Bathroom Middle sink 250 4.23
2nd Floor Girls Bathroom Middle sink 250 0
2nd Floor Girls Bathroom Right sink 250 2.67
2nd Floor Girls Bathroom Right sink 250 0
First Grade sink 250 0
First Grade sink 250 0
First Grade Drinking Fountain 250 0
First Grade Drinking Fountain 250 0
Fellowship  Refridgerated Drinking Fountain 250 0
Fellowship  Refridgerated Drinking Fountain 250 0
Fellowship Boys Bathroom Left sink 250 5.98
Fellowship Boys Bathroom Left sink 250 0
Fellowship Boys Bathroom Right sink 250 3.67
Fellowship Boys Bathroom Right sink 250 0
Fellowship Girls Bathroom Left sink 250 0
Fellowship Girls Bathroom Left sink 250 0
Fellowship Girls Bathroom Right sink 250 0
Fellowship Girls Bathroom Right sink 250 0
Boys Bathroom Outside Bowling Alley sink 250 0
Boys Bathroom Outside Bowling Alley sink 250 0
Girls Bathroom Outside Bowling Alley sink 250 0
Girls Bathroom Outside Bowling Alley sink 250 0
Outside Bowling Alley Refridgerated Drinking Fountain 250 0
Outside Bowling Alley Refridgerated Drinking Fountain 250 0
Parlor Boys Bathroom sink 250 0
Parlor Boys Bathroom sink 250 0
Parlor Girls Bathroom sink 250 0
Parlor Girls Bathroom sink 250 0
2nd Floor Between  Bathrooms Refridgerated Drinking Fountain 250 5.14
2nd Floor Between  Bathrooms Refridgerated Drinking Fountain 250 0
Staff Restrooms - Male sink 250 2.73
Staff Restrooms - Male sink 250 0
Staff Restrooms - Female sink 250 2.48
Staff Restrooms - Female sink 250 0
Staff Sink sink 250 0
Staff Sink sink 250 0
Science/Art Room sink 250 0
Science/Art Room sink 250 0
3rd Floor Boys Bathroom Left sink 250 0
3rd Floor Boys Bathroom Left sink 250 0
3rd Floor Boys Bathroom Right sink 250 0
3rd Floor Boys Bathroom Right sink 250 0
3rd Floor Girls Bathroom Left sink 250 0
3rd Floor Girls Bathroom Left sink 250 0
3rd Floor Girls Bathroom Right sink 250 0
3rd Floor Girls Bathroom Right sink 250 0
3rd Floor Outside Bathrooms Refridgerated Drinking Fountain 250 0
3rd Floor Outside Bathrooms Refridgerated Drinking Fountain 250 0
Extended Care - Kitchenette sink 250 0
Extended Care - Kitchenette sink 250 0
Friday
May222015

Leaving us...

Congratulations to Mrs. Cowie as she will be retiring as our librarian after 25 years, and as Dr. Fiedler’s youngest child is graduating, she will not be returning to teach German, science, etc. at St. John’s.  God’s blessings to both, and many, many thanks for sharing your talents and love with our children.


Friday
May222015

Library News

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


To the Members and Families of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School,


For the past two years I have been blessed to be the 7th grade homeroom teacher and 6-8
grade Language Arts teacher (English and Reading). Thank you for letting me work with your
students. I have thoroughly enjoyed every single day and appreciate how much I have been
welcomed into the St. John’s family.


This year, God has blessed my husband and me with a new addition to our family. While
we will not officially welcome our little one into this world until August, we have been making
many preparations and spending the last few months discussing plans for the future of our own
family.


Solomon wrote in Proverbs, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his
steps” (Proverbs 16:9) and in Romans Paul writes, “We know that for those who love God all
things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans
8:28). We knew that God would lead us to the best way for me to devote my focus to both this
place as well as to my family.


I am very excited to announce that I will be stepping into a new role here at St. John’s for
the upcoming school year. With Mrs. Cowie’s retirement, God has provided an opportunity for
me to step into the position of librarian, allowing me to continue working with the students and
teachers I have come to love while also being able to focus on raising my own child. Mrs. Cowie
has been a loved member of the St. John’s family and she will be greatly missed. God truly does
work all things together for good. He knew it was the right time for both of us to step into
vocations which will be best for ourselves and our families.


In April of this year I received my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a
focus on Reading from Concordia University Portland. My intentions for pursuing that degree
were to one day be able to help expand the reading program of a school and help strengthen the
reading skills of the students at that school. God’s plans have also made this desire a reality. As
part of the library position, I will be a Literacy Coach for St. John’s. I have many ideas which I
hope will benefit St. Johns’ reading curriculum and help the students grow in their skills and
enthusiasm for reading. I’m also looking forward to providing events and activities for students
like Book Clubs, contests, and a Winter Reading Program with prizes and other incentives for
encouraging reading.


My prayer now is for this to become a great opportunity for St. John’s. I ask for your
prayers and thank you for your continued support of the school and the staff. If it were not for
your prayers and support none of us would be able to do what we do. Thank you for making St.
John’s the blessing and the family that it is.


In Christ’s Love,


Tana Uffenbeck

Friday
May222015

7th grade teacher position has been filled

Mr. Jeremy Benedict will once again be part of St. John's faculty, filling the vacancy in our High School Prep program (7th Grade homeroom) created when Tana Uffenbeck agreed to become our Librarian/Literacy Coach.


Mr. Benedict's acceptance note:

Sent: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 3:57 PM

Subject: Call Acceptance

To: St. John's Congregation and School

After prayerful consideration, Rachel and I, with God's great guidance, would like to accept the Call/Contract to St. John's Lutheran School Chicago.  It was a difficult decision, that quite frankly took a lot longer than we thought it would. It came down to two very simple things.  One, our family's spiritual life and two, our family ministry.  We feel that those two things are best served at St. John's.  Excitement would not begin to describe our feelings towards coming back "home" to Chicago.  We look forward to using our God-given talents for the ministry of St. John's.

God's Richest Blessings!

Jeremy and Rachel Benedict

(And Gabriella--and Baby #2)