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Banner #28; March 9, 2015

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 09 March 2015


St. John Lutheran School

March 9, 2015

Number 28

The Principal’s Pen

Do you ever project your life on your kids? Do you ever want your kids to be interested in the things you were, or are, interested in? Do you ever get upset when your kids don’t do as well in something as you think they should? I know I am guilty of these things! If you are, too, then we might be headed down the path of Tim Elmore’s second big mistake: We project our lives on our kids.

While it’s often done with good intentions, projecting our lives, hopes, dreams, and expectations on our children can have unintended negative consequences:

● Doing so robs them of healthy behaviors for our kids to follow.

● Doing so creates stress for our kids as we lead them to become someone they are not.

● Doing so can strain our relationship with our kids.

So, what can we do to avoid making this mistake as parents? First, we need to have a healthy identity ourselves. Second, we need to expose and not impose. In other words, we need to expose our kids to different experiences they are interested in instead of imposing our interests on them. Third, we need to love them for who they are, not how they perform. Fourth, we need to help them line up their identity with their activity. In other words, once you see what your child is good at, help line up activities that align with who your child is.

This is a very brief summary of Tim Elmore’s second mistake. But, you can hear more about this mistake, and the others, on Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 P.M. at Concordia Lutheran High School. Dr. Tim Elmore will explain these mistakes and give ways to avoid making them. He’s a great speaker with great things to say. I hope you will be able to attend!

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.

Regional Science Fair This Weekend

Congratulations to Naomi Schroeder, Trey Warren, Braxton Cheesman, Caylee James, Gavin Burtch, Madisyn Cope, Lucas Diehm, Ian Malone, Wesley Potts, Mikayla Stier, Caleb Walz, Joshua Walz, and RJ Anderson – the St. John representatives to the Tri-State Regional Science Fair at Trine University in Angola this Saturday. Congratulations to Brock Klink, Lilly Moser, and Katelyn Walters who also qualified for the regional fair, but could not attend. We wish these students well as they represent our school.

Congratulations, Joshua!

Last week we learned that our school Geography Bee champion, Joshua Walz, qualified to advance to the state level. Congratulations, Joshua! Joshua will be representing St. John and competing on Friday, March 27, in Indianapolis.

St. John Logo Contest

It’s not too late to submit an entry for the St. John Logo Contest! That’s right, we’re trying to develop a logo that represents who we are as a school. Three entries have been received so far, and you have until March 27to turn yours in. Entries can be submitted by an individual student, parent, a group of friends, or a family. The winning entry(ies) will be submitted to a graphic artist to use in developing our logo. You can get an entry form with all the details from the office.

St. John Showcase 2015!

Our sixth 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 Ali Dencklau, 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 Ms. Dencklau’s terrific planning and organizational skills.

Spring Fundraiser Wraps Up

This past Friday marked the end of the frozen food fundraiser. All orders should have been turned in by now, but if you still have one, turn it in immediately!

Items will be delivered on Wednesday, March 25. The sale is conducted on a voluntary basis. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP! PLEASE CONTACT MRS. THIEM IF YOU ARE AVAILBLE TO HELP WITH THE DISTRIBUTION ON MARCH 25. THANK YOU!!!

For these staff members prayed for this week:

Brittany Butler, Whitney Holle, Angi Goldey, Darcy Barr, and Ali Dencklau

Mr. Schroeder, as he recovers from blood clots;

Mrs. Atz, recovering from eye surgery

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

Paying Too Much in Taxes?

Frustrated over having to pay state income tax? There is an easy way to improve your state tax burden for next year. Simply make a donation to The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana. Your donation will allow deserving St. John students to receive SGO scholarships and continue receiving a Christian education here. Plus, when you do your taxes next year you can eliminate 50% of your donation from the state tax you owe (for example: with a $1,000 donation your tax would be reduced by $500). Plus, your full donation qualifies for federal tax deduction. Please see Mr. Walz for more information.

Our re-enrollment and new registration season is well underway. We currently have 113 students, both returning and new, signed up for next year. Official clas lists have been made. 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.

Consider Camp Lutherhaven

Do you want an adventure this summer? Bring your friends, family, or come by yourself to Camp Lutherhaven where you can swim, hike, fish, go boating, climb Muncie Mountain, practice your archery skills, play sports and games, meet new friends, raid the canteen, and gather each night around an evening campfire. Choose from a wide variety of unique camping experiences, and get ready for some excitement! Register online today at www.lutherhaven.org or find out more information by calling (260) 636-7101. Brochures were sent home with students today.

Tincap ticket order forms are due

Monday, March 16.

Spring Break

Our Spring Break is creeping up quickly! This is one aspect where our calendar varied from East Noble’s calendar. East Noble begins their break on Monday, March 23. St. John Spring Break is March 30 – April 3(the second week of East Noble’s break). Bus riders will need to arrange for other transportation the week of March 23-27. Let us know if we can help!

Scholastic Book Fair a Huge Success!

Special thanks to Mrs. Summer Moser for serving as chairperson for our school book fair this year. Summer did a great job setting the fair up, decorating the area, running the fair, and putting everything away when it was completed. We appreciate her efforts!

Our profit from the fair was $1250, allowing each teacher to receive around $100 of books for their classroom, as well as around $125 in books for the library. What a great benefit to our students! Thank you!

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. A paper survey was sent home a couple weeks ago. If you need another, please ask. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and return it by March 13.

Teacher Effectiveness Survey

This year we are also using a teacher effectiveness survey. You will receive a copy of this survey next Monday, March 16, and will have until Friday, March 27, to return it. The teachers will receive a summary of their results and this information will be one of the things they will be able to use as they set professional goals for next year. We appreciate your participation in these surveys.

Snow Day Make up Plan

We have missed 9 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! A separate letter is coming home today with more information. We continue to desire your input and want to make this a beneficial process and experience.

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 was sent home on March 2nd in the parent folders.

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is Tuesday, March 10, (TOMORROW!)

(and each second Tuesday thereafter).


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!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Students last week: Madisyn Cope, Carter McKinley, Lukas Christian, Luke Hodge, Haylee Terry, Braylon Shire, Santiago Espinoza, Lauren Diehm, Hunter Shire, Branson Klink, and Katie White

We give thanks to God for these students who let their

light shine before others.

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 remaining Inform Forums: 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.

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!)

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.

9-15, 2015

Monday, March 9

6:30 – Inform Forum

Tuesday, March 10 – Hungry Howie’s Fundraiser all day for D.C. Trip

8:15 - Chapel

Wednesday, March 11

3:00 – 4:15 – Lego Club

Thursday, March 12

7:00 - Worship Service

7:00 – Band concert at Concordia Lutheran High School

8:00 – Inform Forum

Friday, March 13

Saturday, March 14

9:30 – Inform Forum

Sunday, March 15

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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