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Banner #24; February 17, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 17 February 2014


St. John Lutheran School

February 17, 2014

Number 24

Principal’s Pen

Is it the journey or the prize? That is, what’s most important: winning the prize, or the lessons learned in getting to that point? Now, I like winning the prize as much as the next person, but I think it is still a question worth asking.

We’re in the midst of the Olympics and the games are on often at our house. But, whether it’s the Olympics, or basketball, baseball, or dance, the question is the same. Maybe it’s not sports. Maybe it is learning to play an instrument, or solving a math problem, or finishing a science fair project, or learning a hobby. The question is still what’s more important, the journey or the prize?

It’s great to earn prizes and accomplish goals, and I believe that we need to encourage our kids to strive for excellence in whatever interests them. But, I also believe that the more lasting lessons are learned in the journey and not in the prize. As our kids work toward a goal, they are learning things like the value of hard work. They’re learning the value of persistence. They’re learning that failure almost always comes before success. They’re learning to win, and lose, graciously. They’re learning to accept criticism and guidance from others. All of these lessons will last longer than any physical prizes won. These character lessons will shape our kids in positive ways and lead to greater success later in life.

So go ahead and celebrate the prizes your kids receive. They are important, and we should celebrate them. But, be sure to give equal praise to the life lessons learned in the journey!

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.

Re-enrollment News

It’s time to re-enroll for the 2014-2015 school year! Please ask in the office if you didn’t get your informational packet. Please return your Intent to Re-enroll Form or your Registration Form to be placed on the list for next year. Here are the other important dates:

March 3 Class lists are set based on students who have enrolled

March 31 Last day to turn in paperwork and $100 (or $25) registration fee

April 1 Registration fee increases to $75 (preschool) or $300 (K-8)

April 20 Deadline to submit application to FACTS for tuition assistance

Snow Day Make Up Plan

Our snow day make up plan begins next week Monday, Feb. 24, along with the East Noble Schools. We will dismiss 1 hour later each day. Buses will run at 3:45 and we will dismiss at 3:45/55. The complete plan was mailed home along with other important information last Friday.

2014-2015 Calendar Correction

The 2014-2015 calendar mailed home last Friday contained one error. Our first day of school next year will be on Monday, but the date is August 11.

Principal Effectiveness Survey

One of the items in the mailing sent home last Friday was a Principal Effectiveness Survey. Please read the details contained there and help our School Board in completing this survey. You may also complete the survey online at:


Skating Party Time!

Our school annual Skating Party will be held on

Saturday, February 22, at the Skatin’ Station, Auburn, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. All school families are invited and entrance fees and skate rental is all covered by our Parent-Teacher League. Those wishing to rent inline skates are responsible for those costs. Plan to attend!

Directions to the Skatin’ Station: Take State Road 8 into Auburn. Turn left on Grandstaff, then right on North Street. The rink will be on your left at 544 W. North St.

Congratulations, Sahil!

Congratulations to eighth grader Sahil Patel, St. John’s representative in the Noble County Spelling Bee, which was held last week! Sahil won 2nd place and is the runner-up for the Regional Spelling Bee. Sahil and the eventual champion battled back and forth for 67 rounds (almost 2 hours!), before Sahil misspelled the word “huckster”. We praise God for the abilities He has given to Sahil and for the way he represents our school!

LEGO Club Begins

The LEGO Club is starting up again for all interested students in grades 3 through 8. We will meet on Fridays from 3:00-4:30, starting this Friday, Feb. 21. All interested students are welcome to get more information from Mr. Walz and join us.

St. John Showcase 2014!!

We’re gearing up for St. John Showcase 2014!!! Slated for Friday evening, March 7th, the Showcase is a great opportunity for students to do just that – showcase their God-given talents and abilities!

St. John Showcase 2014 provides an opportunity for students to share their God-given gifts and abilities in areas such as art, music, dance, drama, etc. Last year’s event was a very positive experience for many of our students, and we are hoping to make this year’s event even better. Please contact Mrs. Meyer with any questions.

Now is the time to turn in your entry form: The deadline is Friday, February 21. All entries must be screened by the classroom teacher or Mrs. Meyer to be sure they are appropriate and polished.

These school families, prayed for this week:

Dereck Handshoe; Roy and Shelly Williams; Zach Wolf; Kara Workman; and Patrick and DeeAnn Erne

Josh Jank, whose health is in God’s hands, and for the whole Jank family;

Mrs. Anglin, as she recovers from foot surgery

The St. John Spring Auction will be here before you know it. Please mark your calendar for Saturday, May 3, and plan to attend. Child care will be available at the school provided by our St. John youth group. Please also be thinking of whom you would like to ask to join you. This fun evening includes an excellent dinner, awesome silent auction items, and a lively live auction.

The auction is a major fundraiser for our school. It requires a great deal of work to make it a success. This year’s auction committee is co-chaired by Jenna Anderson and Sarah Moreland. Working with them is Angie Malone, a veteran of several auctions. More help is needed. If you would like to join these ladies for the work, and the fun, please contact the school office.

2013 Tax Deduction Information

Parents, as you fill out your 2013 Tax Return, you should be aware that you may be eligible for a $1,000 tax deduction per dependent child that is enrolled in a nonpublic school such as St. John. Your tuition payments would qualify you for this deduction. In order to claim this deduction, you need to know that St. John’s school code is C985. The deduction code is 626. If you have questions, please check with your tax preparer or your tax preparation software.

Youth group is open to all 6th-12th grade, join us. Get to know us, involve yourself in service, and come to follow Christ more closely. We meet Saturday nights, 7-9pm, at Zach Hayden’s house (518 S. Main St, Kendallville). On Sunday mornings, we have a video group/Bible study in Mrs. Goldey’s room off the gym, 9:15-10:15.

We base the youth ministry off the Endeavor Movement, which is grounded in two basic principles. One, that youth can make the same commitment to Christ as adults. Two, that adults should not do for youth anything they can learn to do for themselves.

Son of God Movie

Son of god is a new movie set to be released on Feb. 28. But, you can see it first here in Kendallville on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7:00. The Strand has been reserved for a private showing of this movie which portrays the life of Jesus from birth through resurrection. Tickets are available in the school office. Plan on attending and inviting a friend!

St. John Men: Get Ready for Fight Club

Wanted: Men who are ready to make a stand: for God, their families, and their communities. St. John Lutheran Church is forming a group and we are looking for interested men. Check out www.fightclub414.com for more information and prayerfully consider whether you want to be a part of this great group. The local group’s information site is sjlc.net/fightclub. The kick off for our group will be Friday, Feb. 28, at 12:00 midnight.

Special Prayers For The Moreland Family

Please include the Moreland family in your prayers as they experienced a fire in their basement on Friday morning. We thank God that they were all able to get out of their house without injury, but know that challenges are ahead of them as they won’t be in their house for several months. As the St. John family, we have the opportunities to reach out to the Morelands with prayers and actions. Please ask in the office for specific ways you can help.

The St. John promotional video that we filmed last fall is ready to go! If you’re a Facebook friend you’ve seen the video there. It’s also on our website. Now, we want your help in spreading the good news about St. John. Please go to the following link to see the video. Then, you can click the “Share This Video” button to email the video to a relative, friend, neighbor, or co-worker. You can also click the Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter buttons to add it to your social media feeds. It’s easy, and what better way to let someone know about St. John than through this great video!


TinCaps Reading Program

In addition to getting physically fit with the Mad Ants, our students can also get brain fit with the TinCaps Reading Program. This popular program is back again this year. By reaching their goals our students can make their way around the bases and hit a home run, earning a free ticket to the TinCaps game on April 6. Your child should have received information last week and the program runs the month of February


This the last week for the Mad Ants Get Fit Challenge. Congratulations to the students and staff members who have been active for 30 minutes a day for the last 28 days. Thursday is the final day to turn in log sheets. Everyone who turns in a completed log sheet will earn a free ticket to the Mad Ants game on Saturday, March 1.

Lutheran Night at the MAD ANTS

Join in on the fun at the Mad Ants game on Saturday, March 1 (the same night as our Get Fit Challenge winners). This night is geared toward Lutheran organizations, with all the fun of a Mad Ants game. Tickets are available in the school office for $8.

Kids Against Hunger

Have you ever gone to bed hungry? No, I mean really hungry? Around the world, 1 in 7 people go to bed starving each night. One in six children worldwide die before they turn 5 from malnutrition and other related conditions. Our chapel offering for the 2nd Trimester will support Kids Against Hunger (www.kah-fortwayne.org) in bringing highly nutritious meals to needy children all over the world. Plus, our children will take part in an event in April to actually pack these meals. Your child has already received materials to help them collect money at home for their chapel offering.

If you notice our faculty and staff wearing their comfy jeans and sweatshirts on Fridays, it is for a good cause. They will be paying to wear their comfy clothes to support our chapel offering Kids Against Hunger. Stay tuned for special announcements where the kids can pay to wear their favorite things to help this worthwhile cause.

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SERVANT student last week: Macaulay Botteron and Olivia Rummel. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is

Tuesday, March 11,

(and each second Tuesday thereafter).

Help Wanted…

Dear friends in Christ, Bethesda Lutheran Communities is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is, “to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ.” Bethesda has a rich history of providing exceptional services for over 100 years and is now actively expanding in the northern counties of Indiana. We are currently hiring direct support staff for openings in the Kendallville and surrounding areas. Qualifications we are seeking include: a passion for serving individuals with disabilities, to be a high school graduate or equivalent, to have a good driving record, proof of auto insurance, and access to dependable transportation. Hours and shifts vary by location. If you or someone you know that maybe interested, please apply online at BethesdaLutheranCommunities.org or apply within our office located at 1615 Vance Ave. Fort Wayne IN 46805. For Phone inquiries please contact us at 260-471-1304.

Life and Family Services, located in Kendallville, is in search of an Executive Director who has a passion for ministry, upholds the sanctity of life, has experience in leadership skills, marketing and public relations, possesses excellent communication skills and has competence in working with a Board of Directors. A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree is required. Please submit your cover letter and resume or inquiries to jen.blackman@yahoo.com by Friday, March 14th.

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