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The Banner

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

Banner #37, May 16, 2012

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 17 May 2012

PSt. John Lutheran School


Number 37

May 16, 2012

I got the day off on Monday as 1st Grader Jacob Diehm was “Principal for the Day”. This was a part of the auction and bidders could bid on having their child spend the day with the principal. (I hope this was seen as a good thing and not a punishment!)

Principal Jacob was able to find out a little bit about what my day is like. He helped me greet students at the start of the day and announced the birthday students after morning devotions. He made a stop in every classroom to check on how the teachers were teaching and how the students were learning. He saw students reading quietly, eating their snack, listening to a story, and even watching a “Magic School Bus” video about color (we won’t tell which grade was watching the video!). Finally, Jacob got to sound the alarm for the fire drill.

On the fun side, Principal Jacob still got to enjoy recess with his class, and even got to declare extra recess for his classmates. He got to take a friend with him to lunch at DQ (eating lunch at DQ

isn’t part of the regular principal’s

routine – but, hey, this as a special day!). He also got to declare Tuesday to be mismatch day and announce it to the whole school over the intercom and then announce it to the parents with a SchoolReach call.

Jacob has been a student here at St. John since preschool. His favorite subjects are math and art. He says that Mrs. Atz is a great teacher because she is fun. He says St. John is a great school because it teaches a lot of things. One of Jacob’s favorite things from the year was being in the school play. He was a hare in “Tortoise and the Hare” and the king’s aide in “Rhodopis and her Golden Sandals.”

Principal Jacob did an outstanding job on Monday. Who knows, maybe one day he’ll be sitting in the principal’s chair full time!

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 Pictures!

Unwanted spring pictures and/or payment for those pictures should be returned by next Friday, May 25, to the school office. If you still have not done so, please do so by that date! Thank you!

Awards Presentation

Plan to join us on Wednesday, May 30th, for our annual awards presentation beginning at 8:15 a.m. Students in first through eighth grade will be receiving academic awards, outstanding and perfect attendance and church/Sunday School attendance certificates, as well as Physical Fitness awards, Honor Roll achievement certificates, and various other awards. Join us and celebrate all of the accomplishments of our kids!

Closing Chapel

Plan to join us on Wednesday, May 30th, for our closing chapel of the school year. As we began the year together praising God and asking for His blessings on this year, we will end the year by thanking God for His many blessings in our closing Chapel service. Our closing Chapel service will be gin at 2:00 on May 30. Dismissal for summer vacation will follow the service.

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

Go to Camp FREE!

One of the items donated to our school auction was a week at Camp Potawotami for free. The person who bid on this item then donated it to the school to give to a student. Camp Potawotami offers camp experiences for students ages 6 on up. You can learn more about the camp and what it offers at www.fwycamp.org. If you are interested in sending your child to Camp Potawotami (a YMCA Camp in South Milford) this summer all you need to do is write a few sentences explaining why your child would benefit from a week at camp. Turn in your sentences to the school office by Wednesday, May 30, and we will randomly select a winner of this gift certificate (value $500). We thank God for the YMCA for donating the week at camp and for the bidder who then returned it to the school to use.

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.

Our School Board conducted interviews last week with two well-qualified candidates. Through prayerful consideration and seeing how God is working through the process, the School Board will be recommending that the voters extend a Divine Call to Mrs. Amy Buuck (no relation to our own Mr. and Mrs. Buuck!) at the congregation meeting this Sunday. Mrs. Buuck graduated from Concordia University Chicago in 2010 with a degree in Elementary Education and Concentrations in Spanish and Special Education. After graduating she spent 4 months living in a group home for adults with mental handicaps (a part of her husband’s Master’s Program). Their daughter, Phoebe, was born in June 2011. Mrs. Buuck is now ready to put her degree and training to use and begin teaching. Please keep Mrs. Buuck in your prayers as she looks for God’s guidance on this Call to teach here.

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.


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!

Eighth Grade Graduation

ALL Students and Families Are Invited….

Wednesday, May 30

6:30 P.M.

Worship Center

Please join us in recognizing and celebrating

our 8th grade graduates:

Hanna Afarin, Josh Brown,

Jacob Campbell, Birdena Graber.

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

It’s not too late to join in the fun of our Summer Enrichment Program! You can still turn in your form indicating which events you want to participate in. You can join in one, two, or all three! Even if you don’t turn in the form and you decide that you want to participate, just keep track of your minutes and turn in your log sheets when school starts in August. 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. THE FINAL DAY TO ORDER A SUMMERBOOK THROUGH THE SCHOOL HAS PASSED. IF YOU WOULD STILL LIKE TO ORDER A BOOK, YOU MUST DO SO ON YOUR OWN AND PAY NECESSARY SHIPPING CHARGES.

End of the Year Reminders

Don’t forget all of these important end-of-the-year reminders:

 Please return all library books immediately.

 Check the Lost and Found tables. Unclaimed items will be given to goodwill in July.

 Pay your Extended Care and Hot Lunch Bills. All outstanding balances need to be paid by May 30. Paying these outstanding bills allows Mrs. Thiem to concentrate on other tasks this summer in preparation for next year.

 If you intend to pay next year’s tuition in full or in two payments, your payment is due by June 5.

 Please continue to save the following items over the summer:

• Campbell’s Soup labels and related items

• Empty Ink jet cartridges

• Pop can tabs

• Box Tops for Education (We receive 10 cents for each box top submitted!)

Mark this date on your calendar:


Saturday, August 4

At the Noble County Fairgrounds

More details available on the bright orange flyer coming home next week!

2012 Track Rundown

The 2012 track season wrapped up with a great end to what started out as a pretty wet and wild beginning. The boys and girls both placed very well at both the LSAA Relays and the Saxon School Championship Meets. Many personal bests, season bests and school records were broken this year, by many athletes who have not had much experience yet. (Please see the record cases at the end of the gym for the new school records.)

A big thank you to all athletes who came out and gave track their best!

8th Grade: Birdena Graber, Josh Brown, Jacob Campbell

7th Grade: Lindsay Kerrigan, Emi Herkel

6th Grade: Drew Devers

5th Grade: Katie Walker, Josh Deetz, Tanner Murphy, Grace Kline, Lauren Kerrigan

A special thank you to three amazing individuals who willingly gave of their time and talents to assist this group: Marissa Deetz, Dezaray Barr, and Lucas Preston. I couldn’t have made it without you! Thanks!

I would love to see everyone back next year, so we truly can grow and develop all the God-given talent that sprang forth this year.

Thanks for a great season!

Miss Melissa Monn

The $coop On $crip

Remember that scrip will be available in the church or school office all summer!! Don’t get out of the habit of buying with scrip in support of our school and your family’s tuition! If you’ve never tried scrip, the less hectic days of summer might be a great chance to give it a try! See Mrs. Thiem for details!

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!?

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.





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.

Thank you to everyone who helped support our 5th/6th grade trip to Chicago! The 5th and 6th graders worked hard last Saturday and washed around 70 cars and each other! They raised just over $500 for their trip.


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!

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!

Volleyball Camp Offered

Applications for this year’s Volleyball Camp at East Noble High School are available in the school office. The camp runs from June 4-7 and is open to girls entering grades 3-8 this fall. Cost is $30.

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. Registration forms are coming home this week.

Please pray

Our prayers next week continue for our national government officials:

President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden

US Senator Dan Coats

US Senator Richard Lugar

US Representative Marlin Stutzman

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student: Cole Christian, Justice Robertson, Spencer Shortridge, Josh Brown, Leah Kline, Sara Williams, Gideon Gerber, Aiden Schumm, and Riley Spencer. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.


Plans are being finalized for the Gaslight Playhouse Children’s Theater Workshop to be held this summer. The workshop begins with auctions on May 30 and May 31st from 6-7:30 p.m. at Cole Auditorium. The production, “Enchanted Sleeping Beauty”, is scheduled for June 29th and 30th at Cole Auditorium.

Students who will be in grades 2-8 during the 2012-13 school year are eligible to participate.

There is a limited enrollment, and the deadline for registration is May 23rd. Jo Drudge, director, will be at the Kendallville Pizza Hut from 5-6 p.m. on May 17th for those wishing to enroll, or the enrollment form can be mailed to her. Those interested can pick up registration forms at the school office or from the gaslight playhous75.com website.

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301 South Oak St.
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