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

Banner #26, March 3, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 03 March 2014


St. John Lutheran School

March 3, 2014

Number 26

From the Principal’s Pen

As a continuation of last week’s column, here are 5 more ideas for absolutely free gifts that you can give your children (or others!).

The gift of a FAVOR: Little things do make a difference. How can you go out of your way today to do something kind for your kids?

The gift of SOLITUDE: (OK, I know some of you are saying, ‘Hey, I’d like my kids to give me the gift of solitude!’) Even kids like to be alone sometimes. Be sensitive to the times when your child needs some time to him or herself.

The gift of a CHEERFUL ATTITUDE: The easiest way to feel good is to say or do something good. It’s not that hard to share a smile, say ‘hello’ or ‘thank you’.

The gift of SAYING ‘THANKS’: How many times during the day does someone do something for you? How many times do say ‘thanks’? Consciously show your gratitude to everyone who does something for you, whether big or small.

The gift of PRAYER: A simple prayer can change someone’s day. Pray with your kids, pray for your kids, and let them know that you are praying for them. Write a short prayer down and give it to your kids or leave it where they will find it.

Don’t give in to the temptation that gifts are only good if they are big and expensive. Sometimes the simplest things are the most treasured. These five gifts (along with the five from last week) are simple gestures that don’t take much time or effort. But, you may find that they make the world of difference to you children!

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

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

Mrs. Thiem will now begin to send out statements with tuition balances and information on payment options through FACTS. Watch for these letters and return them promptly (April 30 is the deadline).

Our fourth annual St. John Showcase (formerly Learning Expo) is scheduled for THIS Friday night, March 7th! SHOWCASE provides an opportunity for students in grades PS-8 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 if you have any questions.

Students who will use accompaniment music must deliver that to Mr. Buuck by 3:00 p.m. performance day. Displays must be given to the child’s teacher by 3:00 that day.

This is also a great night to showcase our school to your friends who might be interested in joining us here at St. John next year. Please invite a friend!

Please see below for all the details on the evening’s schedule and the menu for the night, which benefits the 7th/8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C. next month.

Friday, March 7, 2014

5:00 p.m. Doors open; food available; view student work

6:30 p.m. Talent Show begins in Worship Center


Taco Salad Bar $4.00

Your choice of Shredded Chicken, Chips,

Lettuce, Tomato, Olives, Onions, Salsa,

Sour Cream, Nacho or Shredded Cheese

Hot Dogs $ 1.50

Chips $ .75

Chocolate Chip Cookie $ .50

Lemonade or Coffee $ .50

Pop (from vending machine) $ .75

Water $ 1.00

Ash Wednesday

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, a time when we focus on Jesus’ trip to the cross to pay the penalty of our sins. We will be having a special chapel service on Wednesday instead of Tuesday. We will worship in the sanctuary at 10:15. Parents are always welcome to join us.

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 THIS 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!

Prayers for Pastor Frincke Please

Our Interim Pastor, Karl Frincke, had a heart attack Sunday, February 23rd after church. He's going to be okay but will need your prayers and God's grace to regain his health and strength! Please pray for Karl and his wife Susan! Since Karl is going to need some time to mend, we are defaulting to the unity schedule for what will hopefully be a short season. Worship at 8 a.m. will be in the sanctuary and 10:30 in the worship center until further notice.

Spring Fundraiser BEGINS THIS 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 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!

Please pray for:

Nathan and Rachel Schermerhorn, Don and Peggy Schroeder, Nick and Lisa Deskins, and Angela Williams

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

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.

Snow Day Make Up Plan

We are continuing with our 1-hour extended day in order to make up for missed snow days. Dismissal now occurs at 3:45/55. Buses will run at 3:45. We are holding off on making additional plans for the snow day on Feb. 18 and the extra hour we will need to add for our 2-hour delays last Thursday and Friday until we know if we will end up missing any more days in March.

2014-2015 Calendar Correction

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

Principal Effectiveness Survey

This is the last week to complete the Principal Effectiveness Survey. Please help our School Board evaluate Mr. Walz by completing this survey. A paper copy was mailed home a few weeks ago and you can get another copy in the school office or you may also complete the survey online at:


LEGO Club Underway!

The LEGO Club is in full swing for all interested students in grades 3 through 8. If you haven’t come but are still interested, join us this Friday. We’ll meet from 4:00-5:30 (due to our extended day schedule).

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SERVANT student last week: Nathan Walz, Cayden Hulbert, Bailey Murphy, Abi McLeod, and Coby Treesh. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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.

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is

NEXT Tuesday, March 11,

(and each second Tuesday thereafter).

TONIGHT Monday, March 3, is

McTeacher Night at McDonald’s.

Plan to join us anytime between

4:00 and 7:00 –

don’t forget your brown flyer!

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.

The St. John Lutheran School Spring Auction is coming up fast! We are now accepting reservations for the event on Saturday, May 3 in Baker Hall at the Windmill Museum. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations can be made by calling the school at 347-2444. Seats are $25 per person, or you can reserve a table of 8 for a discounted rate of $175. Child care will be provided by the St. John Youth Group the evening of the event.

The committee is seeking donated items from businesses or individuals that can be part of the silent auction or the live auction. Handmade items are welcome. Some of the items that will be up for auction include:

From Hayden Rental & Power Equipment:

The STIHL FS 38 Grass Trimmer is ideal for homeowners looking for a great value. High cutting speeds and a 15" cutting width trim time off landscaping chores by providing excellent cutting performance. Its lightweight design - just 9.3 pounds! - along with an ergonomic loop handle, curved shaft and low vibration provide operator comfort as well as exceptional handling and maneuverability around landscaping obstacles.

DSRP: $129.95

From Hayden Rental & Power Equipment:

With a 3-in-1 mowing system, the Toro Recycler 22 in. 6.75 ft-lb gross torque, 149cc Kohler® OHV w/Auto Choke, Variable Speed, Self-Propelled Walk-Behind Power Mower offers bagging, mulching and side discharge capabilities for flexible performance in all mowing conditions. The Recycler's 149cc Overhead Valve engine provides great power while the self-propel front-wheel drive system makes mowing easy. Backed by Toro's 3-Year Guaranteed-to-Start promise and 2-Year Full warranty.


From Nelson and Joy LeCount:

A delicious bottle of Strawberry Table Wine, crafted at Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard. The strawberries used to make this wine came from LeCount Farms in Wawaka, Indiana.

Retail Value: $14.95

From DeBrand Fine Chocolates:

A private tour for 12 of DeBrand Fine Chocolates' beautiful corporate headquarters on Auburn Road in Fort Wayne. You’ll enjoy a short video on the history of DeBrand and view the chocolate making kitchens where you’ll see the artisan process involved in making DeBrand's coveted chocolates. DeBrand Tours are a great way for people of all ages to add a little fun and chocolate to their day!

Retail Value: $60...Time spent with Family and Friends at DeBrand: Priceless

To assist in the Spring Auction planning or to make a donation, contact auction co-chair Jenna Anderson at 260-445-3369 or janderson@kendallvillelibrary.org.

Please plan to attend this year’s

Auction and support the work

the committee has done!

It’s a lot of fun, too!

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.

I’m trying to get you to start looking out

For items for shoeboxes to shout about!

I’ve made a fancy collection box

For toothbrushes, crayons, for toys and for socks

Each month I will give a suggestion or two

Of what you could bring – but it must be new!

For March, how about a toothbrush or paste

Any you give will not go to waste!

Just bring your donation with you to school

It will be used, by God, as a tool

To convey His love to kids in dire need

And you’ll feel great for this loving deed!

Anything else that you think fits the bill

Can be placed in the collection box each month as well

In the lobby you’ll find it upon the floor

Just lift its lid and fill it galore!

Cathy Thiem

(Your Operation Christmas Child Coordinator!)

Following is an excerpt from Franklin Graham’s book entitled “Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts” in regards to the shoebox project.

People sometimes wonder if these gifts given with such love really get to those who need them. We received a letter about two boys in a cancer ward in Manila, Philippines, where a distribution took place. One boy had his right leg amputated. The team was sad because when he opened his box it contained a pair of shoes. They prayed and asked the Lord to please help the boy deal with the realization that he would never again wear a “pair” of shoes.

When they learned the boy in the next bed had his left leg amputated, they cringed as he opened his box. He pulled out a pair of socks. The moment was tense for those watching. Then the boys began to laugh. These two brave souls traded one sock for one shoe, and together they found humor and satisfaction in seeing their individual needs met.

We may not see the purpose in something, but God had overseen the delivery of two boxes that were just right for these boys who needed a glimmer of hope, a bond of friendship, and a lesson in finding joy.

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