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The Banner

St. John's weekly newsletter to parents, faculty and staff

Banner #36; May 10, 2012

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 10 May 2012

St. John Lutheran School


Number 36

May 10, 2012

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily

entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1

“Summer vacation! No more school! Time to sleep in! No more homework!” These shouts of joy will soon be heard. Three weeks from yesterday will be our closing service and the last day of school. There will be much rejoicing, as there should be. All the accomplishments of the school year, as well as the anticipation of summer vacation, are well worth celebrating!

But, sometimes students are tempted to stop early. They get tired and they begin to coast these last few weeks. The lure of nice weather, spring sports, and the rapidly approaching summer vacation is often hard to combat. The eighth graders often have it hardest as they not only finish out a school year, but also their careers here at St. John. But, as adults are we that different? How often have we coasted, whether it be at work or at home, and taken it easy? There’s no doubt that there are times when we need a break. But, there are also times when we need to push on.

What runner has ever won the prize after having stopped running 10 yards from the finish line? What team wins the game after walking off the court halfway through the 4th quarter? The verse above from Hebrews reminds us to run the race with perseverance. In other words, keep at it! Don’t quit now! Finish strong! Even when things get difficult, we need to keep at it. Whether it is in school, at home, at work, or in our walk as Christians, let’s keep on running and finish well!

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.

Spring Auction!

Saturday night’s School Auction was certainly one of the highlights of this school year. It was an evening filled with delicious food, enjoyable fellowship, and the opportunity to view and bid on a huge assortment of items from generous individuals and businesses in our community.

This wonderful night could not have happened without the hard work of the auction committee: Dee Slater, Janette Higgins, Terri Myers, Lisa Bender, Angie Malone, Brooke Cheesman, and Don Schroeder. They spent countless hours of work over many months all for the sake of our school and our children. Thanks also to Dean Rummel who donated his services as auctioneer and did a fantastic job in getting everyone excited to bid! Thanks to everyone else who donated items for the class baskets and other auction items and chipped in to help in any other way! Praise be to God!

The auction was certainly a financial success. While final figures have not yet been determined, we know that the total will be somewhere around $20,000. We praise God for this tremendous response and for the blessing it will be for our students.

Field Day

Please join us next Thursday, May 17, for our school field day. The format has changed as we will be staying here at St. John and competing in games and activities against ourselves. The day will still be lots of fun for our students. The 4th-8th grades will participate from 10:00-11:45 and the K-3rd grades will participate from 1:00-2:30. Parents are welcomed to join in the fun that day. If you would like to help run an event, please contact your child’s teacher. The events will take place in the parking lot and so if you come you will need to park off site. The rain date will be Thursday, May 24.

2nd Grade Teacher

Our School Board has again reviewed candidates for our 2nd grade teacher position. We looked both at candidates that were on our original list as well as some new candidates and have identified 2 candidates that we feel are well qualified and match the characteristics we were looking for. We will be interviewing both of these candidates and will be extending a Call to one of them at our Congregational Meeting on Sunday, May 20.

Position Open

Due to enrollment growth for next year in our middle school, we are looking for a part-time teacher for next year. In order to provide the quality education that our students need and deserve, we need to be able to split our 7th/8th grade class for the core subjects. We are looking for applicants who love working with middle school students, have a strength in either science or social studies, and have a passion for sharing Jesus with children. If you or someone you know has these qualities, please contact Mr. Walz.


The goal for our first annual fund campaign was to raise $50,000 and receive $50,000 in matching funds. That was a big goal, but we serve a big God! We have received just over $45,000 in donations and we can do nothing but praise God for this tremendous response! We are so close to our goal. Would you help us make it all the way? A gift to the Uplift Campaign would be a wonderful way to end the year and give God thanks for the blessings you have received this year at St. John. Every gift is helpful and appreciated and every gift is doubled through the matching gift. Thank you!

Just a Reminder that June 5 is the deadline

for those paying either one-half of next year’s tuition,

or paying that balance in full.

Annual Congregational

Voter’s Meeting

Sunday, May 20th - 12:15 p.m.

All congregation members are urged to attend this important meeting!!!

Main items of business will be the approval of a church/school budget, extending a Call for a 2nd grade teacher, and the election of congregational officers.

Memory/Yearbook Additional Chance

We have ordered a few extra memory books because it was cheaper to order in a bigger bundle, so if you missed the deadline but would still like a book, please see Mrs. Thiem. Books are $10.00. First come, first served.

Summer Scrip!!!

Think Scrip for the summer!!! Even during the summer time, you can earn Scrip profit to be used toward school expenses, such as tuition.

From 9 to 3 each day, there should always be someone in the office to help you with your needs. You’re buying gas and groceries anyway. Why not use Scrip and let area businesses help support our school!?

Eighth Graders Prepare to Graduate

Our eighth grade students, Hanna, Josh, Jacob, and Birdena will end their years at St. John at a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. EVERYONE is cordially invited to gather with them as they mark this important event in their lives. There are plenty of ways to see evidence of the impact of a St. John education. Few are more moving than graduation night has traditionally been. Even if you don’t KNOW an eighth-grader, please join us!








Go For The Gold

Don’t miss out on our Summer Enrichment Program and keep your body and mind sharp this summer. You’ll learn a little, have fun, stay in shape, and be able to join us for an awesome party in the fall! Please return your form so that we know how many students are participating. The program is open to all students entering Kindergarten through 8th grade. There was one error in the packet: For the reading program we are tracking minutes. That is what the log sheet shows, but in one place in the packet it said pages. If you need another packet, please see the office. THE FINAL DAY TO ORDER A SUMMERBOOK THROUGH THE SCHOOL WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 16. After that time, you would need to order on your own and pay shipping costs.

2012-2013 Financial Reminders

Two important deadlines for the 2012-2013 school year have now passed. The deadline for applying for tuition assistance was April 20. Completed applications have been assessed and families are now receiving notice of their tuition assistance arrangements. We will continue to monitor and assess other applications that were in process as of April 20. If you are in need of tuition assistance but didn’t meet the April 20 deadline please contact Mr. Walz to make arrangements for assistance.

The deadline to inform us of your desired arrangement for paying tuition was April 30. If you did not return the letter from Mrs. Thiem with your payment plan information please contact her right away. It is important for us to be able to get our enrolled in FACTS during May. Also, families currently receiving vouchers need to stop in the office to apply for your voucher for the new school year.

If you have any questions regarding tuition assistance or tuition payments please contact Mr. Walz or Mrs. Thiem and we will be glad to assist you.


8:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.




Please help support our 5th/6th grade trip to Chicago!

Upcoming Student Council Activities

Students in kindergarten through grade 4 are invited to attend an after-school movie on Friday, May 11th, from 3:00 – 4:30. Preschoolers are welcome to join but must be accompanied by a parent. The movie showing will be MEGAMIND.

Tickets are $1.00 and will be on sale at the end of the day on May 3rd and 4th. Students wishing to purchase tickets must bring the dollar and a signed permission slip on one of those two days. Permission slips will be coming home next week. Parents may also send in the slip and money to Mrs. Goldey and order in advance. Popcorn and drinks will be served.

Then, on Friday, May 18th, from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., Student Council will host the final dance of the year. The theme for the event is Multicultural and students will have the opportunity to taste foods from different countries. Thanks go to Kevin Walker for again serving as our DJ!

Signed permission forms and the $2.00 admission fee must be presented for admittance to the dance. No guests will be allowed. Parent chaperones are needed. Please contact Miss Monn or Mrs. Goldey if you are available and willing to help. Thank you!

Mother-Daughter Tea

All St. John girls are invited 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! Please RSVP with Mrs. Thiem.

Don’t forget to grab some scrip for the special

women in your life for Mother’s Day – Sun., May 13!

We have a great variety of restaurant certificates,

as well as many stores in the area.


Amazing Desert Journey

Mark your calendars for July 23-27 and join us for our VBS adventure: Amazing Desert Journey. Each night from 6:00-8:00 you’ll have fun learning about God’s love through songs, activities, crafts, games, and even snacks! All children from St. John Lutheran School are welcome to attend. More information and registration details will come home soon.

Spring Pictures!

Spring pictures will be sent home with students as soon as they arrive. Price sheets will be included inside the package. Simply determine how many sheets (if any) you would like to keep and return the unwanted pictures, and payment to the school office no later than Friday, May 25. Our school does not make any profit off anything you decide to purchase, but rather we are paid for each student which was photographed. Thanks!

Final Days of School

The final day of school for preschool 3-day students (both AM and PM classes) is Wednesday, May 30. The final day for the preschool 2-day students will be Tuesday, May 29. Please continue to watch the Banner and your classroom newsletters for end of the year field trips and events.

Please Return Books and Videos

Please take a look around your house for any St. John Library books and videos. Those must be returned to the library immediately, so they can be inventoried and stored for the summer. The library is now closed to check-outs.

Please pray

Our prayers next week continue for our state government officials:

State Senator Susan Glick

State Senator David Yarde

State Auditor Tim Berry

State Treasurer Richard Mourdock

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett

Operation Christmas Child

Keep those wonderful shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, and hygiene products in mind as you browse the stores this summer and pick up an item or two along the way to send to a child who has probably never before received any sort of gift. By buying an item or two here and there, you’ll probably not miss the money and the benefit to one of God’s children will be enormous!

Remember that prizes from fast food children’s meals are great box stuffers – please make sure they are new and never played with!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student: Macaulay Botteron, Abi McLeod, Landyn Bradley, Aiden Schumm, Katie Graber, Baily Lash, Lindsay Kerrigan, Taylor Murphy, Hanna Afarin, and Birdena Graber. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

May Bible Verse

The Bible verse chosen for the final month of school is taken from the book of Numbers 6:24-26:

“The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make his face shine

upon you and be gracious to you;

The Lord turn his face toward you

and give you peace.”

Special thanks to Miss Monn and her students for their work on the bulletin board in the gym.

Discount tickets to Kings Island in Cincinnati are available

in the school office.

Boys Basketball Summer Camp

Registration forms and information regarding a summer camp sponsored by the East Noble Boys basketball program is also available in the school office. The camp is open to boys entering first through eighth grade for the 2012-2013 school year.

Old Playing Cards Requested

Mrs. Goldey is requesting any old playing cards you may be willing to donate. The decks do not need to be complete. Please send those to school with your child as soon as possible. Thank you so much!

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