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

Banner #27; March 10, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 10 March 2014


St. John Lutheran School

March 10, 2014

Number 27

The Principal’s Pen

How do you like to travel? I used to be much more focused on getting there as quickly as possible. Stops, if I needed to stop at all, were quick and efficient. But, my wife and family have changed me. Now, I am much more comfortable enjoying the journey (at least most of the time!). I enjoy getting off the interstate, stopping at interesting attractions, and seeing the uniqueness of the area we are travelling through, whether far or near home. I also enjoy taking different routes (sometimes to the frustration of my wife!). It’s interesting to see new things or try new routes. I must also admit I get a kick out of hearing the GPS say ‘recalculating’!

I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior. Isaiah 43:11

Some people think there is more than one way to follow God and go to heaven. They try their own path. They explore different routes. They get sidetracked. Another word for these detours is sin. Our sins separate us from our destination – spending eternity with God. This verse from Isaiah makes it clear – there is only one way to heaven, and that is through Jesus. That’s what Lent is all about. It’s a time to remind ourselves of our sins. But, it’s also a time to remember that Jesus is the one true path to life with God and life in heaven.

I’m thankful for this journey, through Lent and through life. I’m thankful that when I sin, God is there through Jesus to ‘recalculate’ my life and keep me on the one, true path!

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.

ISTEP+ Returns

This week begins the Applied Skills portion of ISTEP+, the state’s standardized test for students in grades 3-8. We will these tests on Tuesday and complete them on Friday. The applied skills portion is a paper and pencil test in the areas of math, language arts, social studies, and science.

Then, from April 28 through May 9 students in grades 3-8 will take the

on-line multiple choice portion of the test.

As usual, please be sure your child has good sleep and nutrition, and encourage

him or her to relax during testing, taking time to answer every question as well as possible.

St. John Showcase 2014!

Our fifth annual St. John Showcase was a huge success last Friday evening! It was great to see the kids sharing the talents with which they have been so richly blessed! All of the displays and performances were exciting to see. Special thanks to Darla Meyer, chairperson of this year’s event, and to staff and parents who pitched in and provided their help! This year’s Showcase would not have happened without Mrs. Meyer’s terrific planning and organizational skills.

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 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 has sent out statements with tuition balances and information on payment options through FACTS. Look for these letters and return them promptly (April 30 is the deadline).

Registration News

Last Monday was the day that class lists for the 2014-2015 school year were set. We have been working on tuition statements for all our families and will be seeking to establish how payments are to be set up for next year. We currently have 115 students signed up for next year! If you haven’t indicated your intent to return yet, please do so soon so that we can place your children on the class lists. If you have questions about next year please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Walz. If you haven’t paid your family registration fee now is the time to do that. Fees increase to $300 for a K-8 family and $75 for a preschool family on April 1.

St. John has several avenues to work with families in need of financial assistance. FACTS applications for tuition assistance can be completed online at www.factstuitionaid.com. These applications should be completed and tax documents uploaded by April 20. Mr. Walz is glad to talk with you about this process or the state voucher and SGO scholarship programs. These programs may apply for all Kindergarten families and any other family new to St. John. If you have financial needs please talk with Mr. Walz so that we can help provide for your children’s Christian education.

Book Fair Week!

St. John is 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 continue through Sunday, March 16. Please plan now to shop and help spread the love of reading to your kids! In addition to purchasing books for your children, this is a great opportunity to purchase gifts for upcoming birthdays or even Christmas! Teacher wishlists are also available if you would be interested in making a purchase for the classroom library.

Second Trimester Honor Roll

Congratulations to students in grades 4 through 8 who have earned a place on the second trimester honor roll. Fourth and fifth graders who earn all A’s or all A’s and B’s are noted below. Grade point averages are determined for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Those who have earned 10.0 and above receive “High Honors”, and students with 8.0 up to 9.9 receive “Honors”. Grade point averages are determined using the following point scale: A+ 12; A 11; A- 10; B+ 9; B 8; B- 7; C+ 6; C 5; C- 4; D+ 3; D 2; D- 1; F 0.

Fourth Grade –All A’s & B’s - Alexys Antal, Owen Chambers, Joseph Erne, Katie Graber, Brett Christian, Brock Klink, Bailey Murphy, Riley Spencer, Aiden Schumm

Fifth Grade – All A’s – Katelyn Walters, Caleb Walz, Joshua Walz

A’s & B’s – Hanne Brandgard, Gavin Burtch, Aliyah Jimenez, Daniel Malone, Delia Norris, Wesley Potts, Jessie Schroeder

Sixth Grade – High Honors - Andrew Schroeder, Emma Schroeder, Haley Bloom,

Olivia Rummel, Cole Christian, Nevaeh Wolf

Honors - Leah Kline, Sara Williams, Jakob Copas, Justice Alwine

Seventh Grade - High Honors - Lars Brandgard, Mason Goddard, Rhett Norris

Honors - RJ Anderson, Emma Erne, Noah Jank, Asher Jannuzzello, Ethan Kessler, Connor LeRoy, Jordan Schumm, Christian Stephan, Katie Walker

Eighth Grade – High Honors - Sahil Patel, Nathan Walz, Kyra Warren,

Sydney Williams

Preschool & Kindergarten Round-Up

Do you know families with preschool or Kindergarten age kids who might be interested in learning more about St. John? Please invite them to come on Friday, March 14, from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. to learn more about our programs. It’s a great way for others to see and hear first-hand the blessings of a St. John education.

The Spring Auction on Saturday, May 3 at the Windmill Museum will be a lively one, and not just because of the live auction at the event. We're happy to announce that Steve "Tiny" Michaels will be the DJ that night. You may have heard Tiny on WAWK in the morning (he did a great interview with Mr. Walz and Jenna Anderson on Behind the Mic a couple weeks ago). Tiny owns Tiny Tunes Mobile Music and Tiny Bubbles Bubble Parties, and he is graciously providing entertainment at the auction for a huge discount.

Invitations to the auction will be going out next week, but you don't have to wait for an invitation. Call the school at 347-2444 to reserve your spot now. Seats are $25 per person, or you can reserve a table of 8 for a discounted rate of $175. This is an event for adults, but don't worry! Child care will be provided by the St. John Youth Group. They will be at the school from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. A free will donation is requested.

Donations are rolling in, but the committee continues to seek items from businesses or individuals who would like to be part of the auction. Handmade items are welcome. To make a donation, contact Principal Tim Walz.

Here are just a few of the items that will be up for auction:

From Pizza Hut of Kendallville:

Stuff yourself with some of the best pizza around from Pizza Hut of Kendallville. You'll receive pizza for a year (one pizza each month for 12 months). So many pizzas to choose from! https://order.pizzahut.com/home

Retail Value: $120 and up

Alum-Elec Structures: Who wants four Brickyard tickets? The seats, donated by Alum-Elec Structures, Inc., are in the front stretch of the Tower Terrace (Section 57, Row LL, Seats 9, 10, 11 & 12) in front of Pit Row. The seats are one row from the top and - best of all - in the shade during the race. http://www.alumelec.com/

Retail Value: Approx. $400

Camp Lutherhaven: Camp Lutherhaven is a year-round outdoor ministry center that is dedicated to creating adventurous, faith-building experiences for children, youth, adults, and families. Camp Lutherhaven's program includes recreation, God's Word, group activities, Christian fellowship, worship, personal growth, and tons of fun. You can bid on a week of summer camp and create an unforgettable experience. http://www.lutherhaven.org/

Retail Value: Approx. $300 +

From Hayden's ATA: Your child will have a kickin' good time at an ATA Strong Birthday Party. If you're the lucky high bidder, your child's karate party will include personal invitations for each guest, a class with games and fun, pizza for all and the chance to break a board. https://www.facebook.com/haydensata

Retail Value: $149

Principal’s Coffee and Chat

Mark your calendar, drop off the kids, and head to Joanna’s for a cup of coffee and treat. Mr. Walz will be there from 8:15 – 9:15 to share and hear ideas with parents. Please join in for this opportunity to connect with our principal.

Spring Fundraiser Continues

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 runs until Friday, March 21 and is 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 CONTACT MRS. THIEM IF YOU ARE AVAILBLE TO HELP WITH THE DISTRIBUTION ON APRIL 11. THANK YOU!!!

Please pray for…

These school families (missed during some of our cancelled days): Brett and Lena Slone; Mark and Amber Pfeiffer; Nate and Carrie Wappes; Scott Spencer

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

Movie Night!

Movie night is once again coming up for grades K-5. We will be showing Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Thursday, March 20th, from 4:15 – 6:00. Popcorn and a drink will be provided. The cost is $2.00 to attend. Tickets will go on sale March 10th. All permission slips and money are due by Monday, March 17th.

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.

Snow Day Adjustment

East Noble has made an adjustment to their snow day make-up plan that we will be following. On Monday, March 17, and Monday, March 24, we will eliminate our 30 minute delayed start for Collaboration time. Classes will begin at 8:00 on these 2 Mondays. East Noble buses will run at their normal morning times.

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

Thank you to the parents who completed the paper or online version of the principal effectiveness survey. The teachers and support staff are now completing a similar survey. The School Board appreciates the support in helping to evaluate Mr. Walz.

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SERVANT student last week: Landyn Bradley, Bethy Stewart, Joshua Walz, Caleb Walz, Andrew Schroeder, Joshua Bailey, Lucas Diehm, Ethan Pfeiffer, Lane Logan, Alaina Watson, Branson Klink, Samuel Burgh, Hunter Shire, Bailey Murphy, Brock Klink.

We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is

THIS Tuesday, March 11,

(and each second Tuesday thereafter).

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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