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Banner #32; April 12, 2012

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 11 April 2012

St. John Lutheran School


Number 32

April 12, 2012

Have you ever had a setback? Silly question, right? Whether it is failing a test, being rejected by a friend, facing a major illness, losing a job, or having marriage problems, every one of us has faced setbacks in life.

Good Friday was a major setback! Jesus’ disciples and His other followers watched as their friend, teacher, and companion for the past 3 years died on the cross. Talk about setbacks; it doesn’t get much worse than that. Imagine the loss they felt! I’m sure they were filled with despair, hopelessness, and even fear. On Easter Sunday the ladies on the way to the tomb were expecting more setbacks. Would the guards even let them near the body? How would they roll the stone away? Their outlook was backward – they were expecting a setback!

What they found was just the opposite! The guards were gone and the stone was rolled away. In fact, when they entered the tomb they found that Jesus was gone. The angel announced, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen!” God had turned their setback into a setup for a comeback! The ladies, the disciples, the followers of Jesus were transformed from despair, hopelessness, and fear into joy, hopefulness, and courage. Instead of hiding in fear they became powerful witnesses for the risen Jesus!

God will do the same for you! He wants nothing more than to turn your setback into a setup for a comeback. It doesn’t happen overnight, and life won’t automatically become easy. But, God can turn whatever setback you are facing into a comeback.

That’s the message of Easter, and that’s a message we can celebrate every day!

Seeking to reach all with Christ, St. John Lutheran School partners with families to provide a Christ-centered education which nurtures faith in Christ,

promotes discipleship, develops God-given abilities and skills,

and encourages academic excellence.

Please join us for our school play, “Folk Tales for Fun”. Performances will be held on Thursday, April 12, at 6:30, and on Friday, April 13, at 9:30, in the Worship Center. We encourage families and friends to attend and join us for the fun!

Our special thanks go to Jo Drudge for directing our performers and to Paul Buuck, Darla Meyer, and Sara Taylor for helping her. Thanks also go to Mary Smith for supplying costumes. We also appreciate all the parents, teens, and students who helped with props and scenery. We could not have put on the show without all of these leaders!

We also want to recognize all of our student actors for their hard work in memorizing lines and actions. You’ve worked hard and it will all pay off! Here is a list of students and the story they are a part of:

Narrators: Hanna Afarin, Jocilynn Wolf

Navigator: Asher Jannuzzello

I Don’t Know: Jaden DiGirolamo

Decipher: Leif Brandgard

The Bremen Town Musicians: Andrew Schroeder, Olivia Rummel, Aliyah

Jimenez, Riley Spencer, Daniel Malone, Caleb Walz, Samuel Tuttle, Ian Malone

The Snake: Gavin Burtch, Madisyn Cope, Haylee Terry, Katie Walker, Sahil

Patel, Katelyn Walters, Drew Devers, Daniel Tuttle

Rhodopis and Her Golden Sandals: Emilea Herkel, Emma Schroeder, Mason

Goddard, Ethan Kessler, Jacob Diehm, Libby Goldey

The Three Hares: Savanah Lagemann, Jared DiGirolamo, Michael Deetz, Ethan

Pfeiffer, Grant Schermerhorn, Nathan Walz

Why Bears Have Stumpy Tales: Cole Christian, Josh Deetz

How Tortoise Tricked Leopard: Michael Lehman, Joshua Walz, Sahil Patel

How the Little Dipper Came to Be: Bailey Murphy, Hanneliese Brandgard, Abi

Owens, Katie Graber, Libby Goldey, Brett Christian, Alexys Antal

Important 2012-2013 Updates

If you have signed up for next year, but haven’t turned in your “2012-2013 Application for Enrollment” paperwork now is a perfect time to get that done.

If you haven’t paid your registration fees they have now increased to $300 for a K-8 family and $75 for a preschool family.

If you are planning to apply for financial aid the deadline to apply is April 20. Please complete your FACTS application and submit it with your tax return. Families who have applied for financial aid by the April 20 deadline will hear back from the tuition assistance committee by May 1 with the results of their request.

If you know of families that would benefit from a strong, Christian education, please encourage them to contact the school office and schedule a tour. We still have room in most classes and would love to share God’s love with more students and families!


God continues to bless the efforts of our annual fund campaign. We have received just over $42,000 in pledges and donations. If you have made a donation to this effort, THANK YOU! Your gift as made a significant difference in the education of our students. If you have made a pledge but have not sent in the donation we encourage you to do that now. If you haven’t contributed but have thought about doing so you still can. We would love to reach our goal of $50,000 in donations and all gifts are still being matched 1:1 by the Dekko Foundation. Thank you again for supporting the school’s ministry in this way and may God bless the efforts of this campaign!

Memory/Yearbook Order

Order forms for the 2011-2012 yearbook have been sent home and are available in the office. If you would like to place an order, please send the $10.00 per booklet along with the bright purple order form back to the school office. Orders MUST reach us by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. NO ORDERS CAN BE TAKEN AFTER THAT TIME.

Mother-Daughter Tea

All St. John girls will be receiving a special invitation to our second Mother-Daughter Tea that will be held on Saturday afternoon, May 19, from 2-4 p.m. This should be a special time for girls and their moms, or other special lady in their life! Watch soon for your invitation!

Spring Pictures!

On Tuesday, May 1, Lifetouch School Portrait Company will have a photographer in our building to picture each of our students in a more informal setting. Portrait packages are then printed and sent home with the child. Parents may choose to purchase part or the entire package or simply return it to school.

The school does NOT make more profit if you choose to make a purchase – even though the flyer may state otherwise. Rather, we are paid $2.00 per student photographed. When all of our students are photographed, we earn around $300. Parents of two-day preschool students are asked to bring their child to school that day to be photographed.

Special thanks to Beth Klink for offer of assistance with Spring Pictures!!

Eighth Graders Set to Graduate

Plan to join us as our four eighth graders graduate from St. John. That service has been set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30. Mark your calendars now!

ISTEP Testing Window Approaches

The next round of ISTEP testing for students in grades 3-8 will be done online from April 30 through May 9. Please make every effort to avoid scheduling appointments during those days so uninterrupted testing may take place.

Please pray for our three new students and their families: Abi McLeod, Rhett and Delia Norris; and for Community Leaders Mayor Suzanne Handshoe, Police Chief Rob Wiley and the entire police force, and Fire Chief Mike Riehm and his firemen

Please also pray for our 7th and 8th grade students who will be in Washington, D.C. next week

Save the Date!!

St. John Dinner & Auction

Saturday, May 5th 2012

Kendallville Windmill Museum 5:30 pm

$25.00 per person

$175.00 table of 8

All invited, please spread the word to friends and family.

St. John Dinner & Auction

The countdown has begun and we are now less than 1 month away from our dinner and auction. Don’t miss all the fun at this year’s auction. You’ll be treated to dinner, silent auction tables, and live auction items. Invite your friends, coworkers, and neighbors! Contact the school office to purchase tickets. This is a major fundraiser for our school and the proceeds will go to technology and curriculum enhancements that will help St. John to be an even better place for kids to learn and grow.

In addition to the class baskets, this year we are also introducing “Teacher Treat” Packages. These packages allow the student (and sometimes friends) to participate in a special activity with a teacher. The following “Teacher Treats” will be available:

Mr. Walz: Principal for the Day

Mrs. Hunter: Fishing in Hunter’s Pond

Mrs. Buuck: Get Crafty!

Mrs. Atz: Let's Go To The Movies!

Mrs. Griebel: Flower Gardening

Mr. Buuck: Horseback Riding

Mr. Scheiber: Indiana Pacer Game (2012-2013 season)

Mr. Albertin: Game Night in the Gym

Miss Monn: Blanket Making

Mrs. Schroeder and Mrs. Goldey: Candy Making

Mrs. Meyer: 1 free month of piano lessons (SJ student in grade 2-8)

Auction Babysitting Available

The St. John Youth Group will be providing babysitting for parents attending this year’s Auction. They will use any proceeds for their mission trip to Appalachia this summer. While there, the youth will help at a soup kitchen. They will also be taking a few weekends to work in Indianapolis this summer.

Theme for the evening will be “Star Wars” because it is the day after May 4th (“May the fourth be with you”!) Children should bring light sabers or any other Star Wars items. The youth will play games with the children and will watch a Star Wars movie.

April’s Bible Verse

The Bible verse chosen for April is taken

from Psalm 119, verse 105.

Thanks to Mrs. Griebel for creating the

bulletin board in the gym to depict the


SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student: Aiden Schumm, Marcy Treesh, Will Kirby, Ethan Parr, Brendon Heileman, Eury Ernsberger, Kyle McKenzie, and Noah Jank. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Our fifth and sixth graders are seeking sponsors

for their car wash to be held on Saturday, May 12.

Proceeds will pay for their class trip expenses

when they travel to Chicago this spring.

Contact a student if you are not asked to pledge!

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