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

Banner #25; February 24, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 24 February 2014


St. John Lutheran School

February 24, 2014

Number 25

From The Principal’s Pen

Everybody loves a good gift, and loving parents love to give good gifts to their children. But, sometimes we get caught up in the trap that a good gift needs to cost a lot of money. Here are 5 good gifts that don’t cost a penny that will bless your children:

The gift of LISTENING: Spend some time truly listening to your kids. Don’t interrupt. Don’t daydream. Don’t plan your response.

The gift of AFFECTION: Give a pat on the back, a hug, or a high-five. These small acts of affection go a long way in showing your love for your kids.

The gift of LAUGHTER: Share a joke, a cartoon, something funny that happened during your day, or something funny from your childhood. And, don’t take yourself so seriously that you can’t laugh at yourself.

The gift of a WRITTEN NOTE: A short note on a piece of paper, a post-it note on the bathroom mirror, or on a napkin in a lunchbox is s simple, but meaningful, way to share your love.

The gift of a COMPLEMENT: A simple “You look really nice today,” You worked really hard on that,” or “I really like your smile” can make your child’s day.

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that mean the most. Not only are these 5 gifts free, they don’t take much time to plan or to do. Yet, these simple acts might make the world of difference for your kids.

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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences and Report Cards This Week

Last Friday marked the end of our Second Trimester. Report Cards will be given to students at Parent-Teacher Conferences this Thursday and Friday, February 27 & 28. Parents should have received a notification of their scheduled time to meet with their child’s teacher(s) last week. Please be on time for your conference, and please respect the 15 minute time limit as other parents will be waiting to meet the teacher after you have completed your visit. If a longer conference is needed, please arrange another time with the teacher. Thanks!

ISTEP and IREAD tests coming soon

The spring standardized test season is starting soon. Students in grades 3-8 will begin taking the applied skills portion of the ISTEP test the week of March 10. Our 3rd grade students will take the IREAD test the week of March 17. These tests provide you with valuable information on how your child is performing in school and growing from year to year. These tests provide St. John with important information on areas of strength and weakness. For these reasons, it is important that students take these tests seriously and do their best. Please talk with your child in the next two weeks about the importance of working hard, reading the test items carefully, not rushing, and trying to do his or her best. While it is important to not make your child nervous or stressed out over these tests, it is also important that you share your high expectations for your child. A good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast can also go a long way in preparing your child to do well. If you have any questions about these tests please contact Mr. Walz or your child’s teacher.

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 assistanc

Science Fair Winners Announced

Thank you to all of the students who participated in the Science Fair. We had 40 projects submitted! We had many excellent projects on a great variety of topics. We’re proud of every student who completed a project and for their hard work. Congratulations to the following students who received the highest score in their grade level. Winning projects are now eligible for the Tri-State Regional Science Fair to be held at Tri-State University in Angola on Saturday, March 15.

Kindergarten – Lilly Moser

First Grade – Lex Moser

Second Grade – Sadie Potts

Third Grade – Caylee James

Fourth Grade – Brett Christian

Fifth Grade – Caleb and Joshua Walz

Sixth Grade – Emma Schroeder

Seventh Grade – RJ Anderson

Eighth Grade – Nathan Walz

Congratulations also to the following students who

completed a project for this year’s Science Fair:: Naomi Schroeder, Alexys Antal, Owen Chambers, Joseph Erne, Libby Goldey, Katie Graber, Brock Klink, Brenton Klopfenstein, Lane Logan, Bailey Murphy, Destiny Oiler, Alex Padilla, Ethan Pfeiffer, Aiden Schumm, Riley Spencer, Coby Treesh, Wesley Potts, Justice Alwine, Haley Bloom, Cole Christian, Jakob Copas, Jared DiGirolamo, Leah Kline, Olivia Rummel, Clayton Schenkel, Andrew Schroeder, Colin Stephan, Sara Williams, Nevaeh Wolf, Kyra Warren.

Projects will be displayed during the SHOWCASE on March 7. A big thank you to judges from East Noble High School and to Don Schroeder, chairperson of this year’s fair. Thanks also to parents for their encouragement and support. Everyone was a winner!

Spring Fundraiser BEGINS NEXT WEEK!

We hope to get everyone excited about our frozen food fundraiser to raise needed funds for the work of our Parent-Teacher League.

The sale begins next Friday, March 7, and will run for two weeks. The sale will be on a PREPAY basis. Items will be delivered on Friday, April 11.

The sale is conducted on a voluntary basis. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Snow Day Make Up Plan

Our snow day make up plan began today, 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 week.

2014-2015 Calendar Correction

The 2014-2015 calendar mailed home last week 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 week 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:


LEGO Club Begins

The LEGO Club began last Friday for all interested students in grades 3 through 8. If you missed last week but are still interested, join us this Friday. We’ll meet from 2:00-3:30 this week (due to Parent/Teacher Conferences). The following Fridays we’ll meet from 4:00-5:30 (due to our extended day schedule).

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 men interested in making a 12-week commitment to fun, fellowship, and growth through weekly challenges. 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. Anyone interested in getting more information should attend the kick off for our group on 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!


Special Dance Day

Today our students experienced special dance sessions presented by Melli Hoppe from Young Audiences Indiana Arts for Learning program. She worked with all students in grades K-8th in this hands-on learning experience. Be sure to ask your kids what they learned and experienced in their session. This program was the first of 3 special sessions as a part of our Dekko Art Grant this year.

TinCaps Reading Program

This is the ;last week to complete your reading goals for the TinCaps Reading Challenge. Any student who completes all 4 goals can make a home run and earn a free ticket to the TinCaps game. Be sure to turn in your reading logs by this Friday.

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SERVANT student last week: Abi McLeod, Max Bender, Joshua Bailey, Eury Ernsberger, Kyle McKenzie, Macaulay Botteron, Shelby Mock, Haylee Terry, Isaac Blaskie, Lex Moser, Kaitlyn McKenzie, Lilly Moser, Lauren Diehm, Taryn Haines, and Emma White. 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).

Please pray for:

These school families, prayed for this week: Scott Squire; Caleb and Tricia Parks; Dave and Chris Schoenefeld; Brad and Tonya Rummel; and Clifton Schenkel

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.

Tuition Assistance

St. John Lutheran School is a ministry of St. John Lutheran Church. As such, every child’s tuition is supported through the church. St. John does not want any child to miss out on the Lutheran education we provide because of family finances. We have several avenues of tuition assistance available to families in need. Families are asked to complete an application for tuition grant and aid. The only application available for this year is online and can be accessed at www.factstuitionaid.com. Please contact the school office for questions.

St. John Showcase 2014!!

Showcase 2014 is less than 2 weeks away!! 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. Students can display projects done at school, like their Science Fair project, or projects or collections they have from home. 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.

A note will soon be coming home with each performing entrant listing specifics regarding their performance. Mrs. Meyer will then be meeting with each act to ensure it is polished and appropriate for Showcase performance. Please contact Mrs. Meyer with any questions. The deadline to return entry forms has now passed.

Spring Auction

It’s time to mark your calendars and plan to attend the St. John Spring Auction on Saturday, May 3. Please also be thinking of whom you would like to ask to attend. This fun evening includes an excellent dinner, awesome silent auction items, and a lively live auction.

Many people are required to make this event a success.. If you are looking for a way to get involved and would like to be a part of this great team, contact the school office.

Book Fair is Coming

St. John will be hosting a Book Fair from Summer’s Stories in Kendallville! This is a great opportunity to encourage the joy of reading in your children. The Book Fair will kick off on Friday, March 7 at the Showcase 2014 event. The Fair will continue through Sunday, March 16. Please plan now to shop and help spread the love of reading to your kids!

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.

Next Monday, March 3, is

McTeacher Night at McDonald’s.

Plan to join us –

don’t forget your brown flyer!

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