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Banner #27; March 2, 2015

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 02 March 2015


St. John Lutheran School

March 2, 2015

Number 27

The Principal’s Pen

Last week I introduced 12 mistakes parents often make. I’ve found myself guilty of most, if not all, of these mistakes. The good news is that we don’t have to make these mistakes! The list comes from the work of Dr. Tim Elmore. You can hear him speak at Concordia Lutheran High School, on Thursday, March 19, at 7:30. I encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to grow as a parent! (You can also learn more about Dr. Elmore’s work at www.growingleaders.com.)

Albeit briefly, let me share a little more about the first mistake on Dr. Elmore’s list: “We Won’t Let Them Fail”.

Often as parents (teachers, principal, coaches…) we want our kids to be happy, to feel special, and to have high self-esteem. Unfortunately, sometimes we transfer these desires into not letting our kids fail. We believe that if our kids fail, they won’t have these other good things we desire for them.

When we refuse to let our kids fail, we introduce two negative outcomes. First, our kids actually begin to develop a fear of failure later in life as adults. By not having experienced failure (and living through it!) as a kid, they become afraid to fail as an adult. Second, removing the possibility of failure dilutes the motivation to excel. Taking away the option of failure actually takes away the drive to work hard!

So, how do we help kids to fail well? Here are 2 ideas:

1. Create a safe place to fail – make the environment one where it is OK to fail.

2. See the benefits of failing – help kids see the growth that comes from failing.

Obviously, this is a brief summary. Join me March 19 for more great ideas on raising our kids well!

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.

THIS Friday night, March 6th!

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!

Friday, March 6, 2015

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

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

(benefits the 7th/8th Grade trip to Washington, D.C. in spring 2016)

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 $ .75

Lemonade or Coffee $ .50

Pop or water (from vending machine) $ .75

Water $ 1.00

Tincap ticket order forms are due

Monday, March 16.

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 6 and is on a PREPAY basis. Items will be delivered on Wednesday, March 25. 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 MARCH 25. THANK YOU!!!

ISTEP+ Testing Week

This week begins the Applied Skills portion of ISTEP+, the state’s standardized test for students in grades 3-8. The state has reduced the length of this portion of the test, and most students will encounter about 3 hours of testing. We began with the math portion of the test today and we should be able to complete the testing by Friday. The applied skills portion is a paper and pencil test in the areas of math and language arts for all students, and science for grades 4 and 6.

Our 3rd grade students will take the IREAD test the week of March 16.

Then, from April 27 through May 15 students in grades 3-8 will take the

online multiple choice portion of the test.

There has been much talk in the news lately about these tests and how they are different from previous years. We have been preparing our students for the new types of questions and longer formats of these tests. Despite the controversy and the changes, these tests can still provide you with valuable information on how your child is performing in school and growing from year to year. These tests can still 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.

Please pray for…

These staff members, prayed for this week: Mr. Scheiber, Mrs. Schroeder, Mr. Buuck, Miss Stites, and Mrs. Atz

Mr. Schroeder who remains hospitalized with blood clots;

Mrs. Atz, who continues to heal from her eye surgery

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

Science Fair Winners Announced

Thank you to all of the students who participated in the Science Fair. We had 22 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:

Kindergarten – TJ Knox

First Grade – Lilly Moser

Second Grade – Trey Warren

Third Grade – Braxton Cheesman

Fourth Grade – Caylee James

Fifth Grade – Brock Klink

Sixth Grade – Wesley Potts

Eighth Grade – RJ Anderson

Congratulations also to the following students who

completed a project for this year’s Science Fair:: Branson Klink, Lex Moser, Naomi Schroeder, Haylee Terry, Daniel Malone, Aliyah Jimenez, Kasi Shire, Delia Norris, Jessie Schroeder, Hanne Brandgard, Gabby Stier, Marcy Treesh, Madisyn Cope, Lucas Diehm, Ian Malone, Mikayla Stier, Gavin Burtch, Katelyn Walters, Joshua Walz, and Caleb Walz. The underlined names are the students who qualified for (although not all are able to attend) the Tri-State Regional Science Fair to be held at Trine University in Angola on Saturday, March 14.

Projects will be displayed and awards given during the SHOWCASE on March 6. A big thank you to our judges Mrs. Kline and Miss Scheiber and to Don Schroeder, chairperson of this year’s fair. Thanks also to parents for their encouragement and support. Everyone was a winner!

Help us design a school logo to be used to represent St. John! We’ve never had a school logo before and it’s time to change that! An informational form with all the details went home today with the children, and more are available in the office. This contest is open to students and parents, working alone or in groups. Entries need to be turned in to the office by March 27. Thank you for participating and we are looking forward to seeing your great ideas!

Our re-enrollment and new registration season is well underway. We currently have 100 students, both returning and new, signed up for next year. We will be making the official class lists today. If you are planning to return for next year please turn in your 2015-2016 Application right away. The registration fee increases from $40 per student to $80 on April 1.

If you know of other families that might be interested in coming to St. John, please have them contact the school office. Or, you could pick up a packet and give it to them. We find that referrals from current families are often the most successful marketing that we do. We also find that families that visit are able to see more clearly how our school is different. Please let interested families know about two additional Open Houses:

April 29 Open House from 3:30-7:00 (invite your friends and


May 13 Preschool & Kindergarten Round Up from 6:00-7:00

(invite your friends and neighbors)

We will be preparing letters for each family with your financial obligations for the next school year. When you receive this you will need to indicate your preferred payment method and sign and return the form. Of course, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please keep in mind that St. John has several; avenues to work with families in need of financial assistance. In addition to our own Endowment Scholarships we also have the state SGO Scholarships and the Indiana Choice Scholarships (vouchers). 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. If you have financial needs please talk with Mr. Walz so that we can help provide for your children’s Christian education. We will do our best to not let finances stand in the way of your child’s Christian education!

2015-2016 Calendar

We have worked through several different possibilities for the calendar for next year. However, we have not received East Noble’s calendar for next year and do not want to finalize our calendar until we can compare with theirs. We will send out next year’s calendar as soon as this happens, hopefully by the middle of March.

Spring Break

Our Spring Break is one month away. This is one aspect where our calendar varied from East Noble’s calendar. St. John Spring Break is March 30 – April 3(the first week of East Noble’s break). We will then return to school while East Noble takes a second week of Spring Break. Bus riders will need to arrange for other transportation. Let us know if we can help!

Skating Party Time!

Our annual school Skating Party will be held on

Saturday, March 7, 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.

Principal Effectiveness Survey

It is the time of the year when the School Board asks parents to fill out a survey indicating at what level Mr. Walz is performing his duties. This survey provides important information to the School Board in evaluating our principal, and important information to Mr. Walz which he can use in establishing personal goals for the coming year. Please watch for a paper survey to come home on Monday, March 2. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and return in by March 13.

Snow Day Make up Plan

We have missed 8 days this year due to snow and ice. We had 2 days built in to our calendar, which means we have 6 days to add to the end of our calendar. We will add May 29, June 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, making Friday, June 5, our last day of school. However, please read the next notice for information that may impact this plan.


Thank you to all who returned the eLearning survey! If this slipped past you, please still fill it out – we want your input! We will be looking at the survey results to help us determine whether we move forward with implementing eLearning. Please stay tuned for further developments.

Coming Soon: Jump Rope for Heart

We are very pleased to announce that St. John will be holding a Jump Rope for Heart event on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Sadly, we have all been touched in some way by heart disease and we are excited that we as a school community will have an opportunity to help fight this disease. Students will be encouraged to raise money for the American Heart Association and will be jumping rope and shooting hoops during the event to show their support. More information on how to donate and how to earn prizes will be sent home on March 2nd in the parent folders.

The next

Hungry Howie’s Day is

Tuesday, March 10,

(and each second Tuesday thereafter).

2014 Tax Deduction Information

Parents, as you fill out your 2014 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.


Remember that we have a Suggestion/Question box in the lobby area (with the soup label, Box Tops, pop tab and ink cartridge drop off boxes). Your feedback is welcome!

Building Program Update

Our building program continues to progress with work being done on our funding and on the

building plans. Here are a few updates.

► Our capital campaign is in the ‘INFORM’ phase, where all of the details of the project will be explained, including final costs and building plans. We invite all school parents to join us at any of the following Inform Forums: Sunday, March 8, 9:15 A.M., Monday, March 9, 6:30 P.M., Thursday, March 12, 8:00 P.M., and Saturday, March 14, 9:30 A.M.

► Our grant proposal to The Lutheran Foundation is looking positive, but it will take until March for us to receive a response from them.

If you would like more information on these or any other aspects of the building program, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Walz.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Students last week: Braxton Cheesman, Wesley Potts, Joseph Erne, Josh Schilling, Libby Goldey, Bethy Stewart, Baily Lash, Hunter Kline, Ethan Cope, Adrianna White, TJ Knox, Nathan Potts, Elli Will, Allison Butler, and Evan Kilburn.

We give thanks to God for these students who let their

light shine before others.

Sylvan Cellars Event Center, Rome City

Friday, May 8

Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.

This year's Spring Auction will be like no other. New venue...new auction items...new auctioneer...but don't worry, we will still have the same food you've come to love from Classic Catering.

New Features:

• New Venue: Sylvan Cellars Event Center, Rome City. Find it online at www.sylvancellars.com.

• New Day: Friday, May 8. Relax after work with this fun event, and then still have the entire weekend ahead to enjoy as you please!

• New Auctioneer: Jerry Ehle of Schrader Real Estate and Auction

New auction items this year:

• Trip for two to the American Girl Store in Chicago

• Trip for four to Walt Disney World Resort

• Family portrait package from Red Chair Photography

• Reclaimed wood furniture created by your child's class

Auction favorites:

• Pizza for a year from Pizza Hut

• 6 month family membership to the Cole Center Family YMCA

• Cake from Cathy Thiem

• Krehl's Blueberry Patch gift certificate

Reservations are now open and can be made at St. John or by calling the school at 260-347-2444. The cost to attend the event is $35 per person or $60 per couple. Tables of 8 are available at a discounted rate of $200. One drink ticket per person is included in all pricing.

Interested in making a donation now? The committee is happy to accept cash donations to offset auction costs, or donations of items or services to include in the auction. Contact Megan Stites at 347-2444 or mstites@stjohneagles.org or Jenna Anderson at 445-3369 or jennalanderson76@gmail.com.

March 2-8, 2015

Monday, March 2

Tuesday, March 3

8:15 - Chapel

Wednesday, March 4

3:00 – 4:15 – Lego Club

3:00 – 4:00 – Student Council

Thursday, March 5

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, March 6

5:00 – Food served for Showcase 2015

6:30 – Showcase 2015 Talent Acts begin

Saturday, March 7

4:30 – 6:30 – School Skating Party at the Skatin’ Station in Auburn

Sunday, March 8

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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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