301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #38, May 24, 2012

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 24 May 2012

Pas St. John Lutheran School


Number 38

May 24, 2012

Tuesday was another great day as Lucas Diehm served as “Principal for the Day”. Lucas got to forget life as a 3rd grader for most of the day and see a little bit of what it is like to be principal.

Lucas’ day started with greeting students as they came in the door. He also got to help give out a lot of SHINE awards after chapel (we gave out almost 40 that morning!). Principal Lucas visited every classroom to find out whether the teachers were teaching and the students learning. He saw good things in every room. Lucas got to give the 3rd grade class some extra recess time, which made him extra-popular with his classmates. DQ was again the fast food restaurant of choice as Lucas and a friend enjoyed lunch and ice cream out. Lucas also ran a tornado drill, making sure all of the students made it to the safe locations in a quick and orderly fashion. Finally, Lucas announced to the whole school that the next day would be “Hobby Day” and that the students could dress according to something they like to do.

Lucas has been a student at St. John since Kindergarten. He is 9 years old and likes to play basketball and shoot guns. He likes being in 3rd grade because Mr. Buuck is nice and fun. Lucas’ favorite subject is math. He has learned multiplication, division, and fractions this year. He loves snow days and wishes that we had more of them this year.

Lucas did a fantastic job in all his duties and I enjoyed spending the day with him. Maybe someday he can take over for me here at St. John and be “Principal for the Day” 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.

Last Day of School Plans

Here’s the plan for our last day of school – Wednesday, May 30 – read closely as this is a different schedule from previous years.

Our awards presentation will begin at 8:15. 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. Parents and special guests are encouraged to attend and help us recognize our students for all their special accomplishments!

After the awards presentation ends (probably around 9:15) the students will return to their classroom for activities with their teacher. Lunch will follow the regular schedule.

We will end the day and the school year together in a Closing Chapel Service. Parents are also welcome to join us. We will begin this service at 2:00. After the chapel ends the students will return to their classrooms. Parents that are present can then take their children. Others will continue with regular dismissal.

This will be the last edition of the Banner for this school year. We hope it has been helpful in keeping you informed about the daily operations of our school.

Watch your mail in early July for our summer mailing – packed full of exciting news!

Fond Farewell

We pray that each and every one of you will have a terrific, restful summer. Make regular worship, prayer and Bible study a part of your time together and that time is sure to be blessed.

Please consider joining us for graduation next Wednesday evening, May 30, at 6:30 p.m., as we launch our four eighth graders into the next stage of their lives of discipleship.

This group of young men and women will always be a part of the St. John family. It’s time now for them to shine elsewhere. We will miss them.

Hanna Nichole Afarin

Joshua David Brown

Jacob Michael Campbell

Birdena Ann Graber

As You Graduate

I will never be the same again, I can never return. I’ve closed the door.

I will walk the path, I’ll run the race. And I will never be the same again.

There are higher heights, there are deeper seas.

Whatever You need to do Lord do in me.

The glory of God fills my life, And I will never be the same again.

Mrs. Griebel’s Retirement

Help us give thanks to God for Mrs. Griebel’s ministry here and wish her well in her retirement. We will recognize Mrs. Griebel at the end of the Closing Chapel Service on Wednesday. As a church we will also recognize Mrs. Griebel on Sunday, June 10, at 9:15. Parents and families are welcome to join us for one or both of these recognitions. Please feel free to share your appreciation for Mrs. Griebel through a card or note. They can be dropped off at the school or church office.

ISTEP Results Released

The ISTEP scores for students in grades 3-8 will be released this weekend through the Indiana Parent Network website. Parents will receive a page together with your child’s report card that will explain how to access your child’s scores and give you your specific invitation code. In addition to finding your child’s scores, this site also provides access to different learning activities that might be beneficial to your child. Finally, there is information on submitting a rescore request. It is really worth your time to check out your child’s scores. If you have trouble accessing the information or have questions about your child’s scores please contact your child’s teacher or the school office.

Important East Noble Bus Information

Students currently registered to ride the East Noble buses received a special note today about transportation for the 2012-2013 school year. In short we need to get emergency contact information (student full name, address, grade level, date of birth, primary and secondary emergency phone contacts, and allergy and medical assistance information) from you in the next week and submit it to the East Noble transportation director. If you did not use EN buses this year but know that you will next year we will need the same information from you.

Bus routes will be formed the end of July and you will be notified by the bus driver after Aug. 3. Please do not call the bus garage during the summer. They will not respond to parents. All transportation requests must be made through the school. Please help us give EN accurate information by returning the form your child received promptly.

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.

Our congregation was not able to extend a Call to Mrs. Amy Buuck last Sunday due to not having enough members present. We will issue the Call this Sunday at the end of each service instead of in a special meeting.


Mrs. Buuck will be visiting our school on Friday morning. Please stop and say hi as you drop off your children. She will spend the morning visiting the classroom and meeting with several people and will leave after lunch. She will be back again on Sunday in order to worship with us. Please keep Mrs. Buuck in your prayers as she looks for God’s guidance on this Call to teach here.

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.

Report Cards

Final report cards for this school year will be distributed on our final day of school, Wednesday, May 30.

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!)

Alumni Accomplishments

Congratulations to St. John graduate, Leland Rolofson, who graduates from East Noble this spring as a High Honor Student (3.5 GPA or above).

Also, congratulations are in order to two St. John grads who were inducted into the Academic Wall of Fame at East Noble High School last Friday evening. They are Sydney Byerley and Laura Liechty.

To God be the glory!

Memory/Yearbooks Have Arrived!

Our Memory/Yearbooks have arrived and were given to the students who ordered them today. If you would like a yearbook but missed the order we have a few extras in the office (because it was cheaper to increase our order to the next quantity level). Books are available in the office for $10, first come, first served.

Spring Pictures!

Unwanted spring pictures and/or payment for those pictures should be returned immediately! Thanks for your help and cooperation!


EXTENDED CARE BILLS & LUNCH/MILK BILLS should be paid by the final day of school. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

Parents, if you have outstanding bills, please, please, please, see to it they are paid. By doing so, you free Mrs. Thiem to tackle much greater tasks

over the summer months.

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.

Summer Office Hours

The office will be staffed each day from 9:00 – 3:00.

Help Us Spread the Word!

If you know of a family who might be interested in our school, please make us aware of that name and contact information. Tell them about our Preschool and classes up through eighth grade! Give them our phone number (347-2444)! Together we can reach more families for the important work that is done here at St. John!

E-Mail Update

If you have changed your e-mail address since the beginning of this school year, please be sure we have the corrected address. We keep an ongoing list of this vital way to contact parents! Thanks!

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!

Mark this date on your calendar:


Saturday, August 4

At the Noble County Fairgrounds

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!?





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 again this week.

Please pray

That all of our St. John family – students, families, teachers, and staff would have a safe, enjoyable, fun, and restful summer!

Celebrate an old-fashioned Independence Day

at the Wayne Center One Room Schoolhouse!

A one-day 4th of July celebration will be held on Tuesday, July 3 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the old Wayne Center One Room Schoolhouse located on Schoolhouse road. Enjoy school in Noble County as it was in 1885 with a patriotic flavor. There will be games, crafts, outdoor cooking, and homemade ice cream and lemonade. This is open to all elementary students. Cost is $10.00 and space is limited, so register soon by calling 347-5447.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student: Olivia Rummel, Sara Williams, Sadie Potts, Jaxson Campbell, Nathan Walz, Aowyn Myers, Noah Jank, Andrew Malone, Braxton Cheesman, Kyle McKenzie, Hunter Kline, Lucas Diehm, Jacob Diehm, Brooklyn Schumm, Drew Devers, Sahil Patel, Jordan Schumm, Libby Goldey, Bailey Murphy, Lief Brandgard, Jaden DiGirolamo, Ryan Goldey, Lucas Gurtner, Emilea Herkel, Lindsay Kerrigan, Ben Kline, Lucas Leffel, Michael Lehman, Taylor Murphy, Payton Pfeiffer, Justice Robertson, Spencer Shortridge, Hanna Afarin, Joshua Brown, Jacob Campbell, and Birdena Graber. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

A prayer of thanksgiving for the productive learning time God has provided for our children this school year. We ask that He be with our students and their families during the summer months. May they continue to grow in their faith in Jesus.

God Be With You ‘Till We Meet Again

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301 South Oak St.
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