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Banner #34; April 27, 2015

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 27 April 2015


St. John Lutheran School

April 27, 2015

Number 34

The Principal’s Pen

Technology is a part of our world, and there is a lot of good that comes with technology. But, there can also be a lot of bad. Being able to regulate technology and media exposure is an important life skill. Research in education, business, and child development is finding more and more that our bodies, minds, and relationships need breaks from technology.

Here are 10 Commandments for Using Modern Media, written by Susan Maushart. I share them (along with a few comments from me in parentheses) for your reflection.

1. Thou shalt not fear boredom. (Don’t think that you have to fix your child’s ‘boredom’. Empower him to create something to do.)

2. Thou shalt not ‘multitask’ – not until thy kingdom come, thy homework be done. (Don’t let your child convince you that doing homework while watching TV is OK.)

3. Thou shalt not WILF – WILF describes the ‘What Was I Looking For’ phenomenon of using Google to look for one thing and then burning two hours hunting down random and unimportant facts.

4. Thou shalt not text and drive – or talk, or sleep. (continued inside)

5. Thou shalt keep the Sabbath a screen-free day.

6. Thou shalt keep thy bedroom a media-free zone. (Screens in the bedroom is a potential recipe for trouble in so many ways!)

7. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s upgrade.

8. Thou shalt set thy accounts to ‘Private’.

9. Thou shalt bring no media to thy dinner.

10. Thou shalt bring no dinner to thy media.

What do you think? Which one of these commandments is most meaningful for you and your family? Which one applies the least? Which one do you disagree with? I’d love to hear your feedback in person or at twalz@stjohneagles.org.

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.

Students To Be Confirmed

Three St. John Lutheran School students will become members of our congregation through the Rite of Confirmation this Sunday. They will confess their faith in Jesus Christ and proclaim their desire to follow Him all the days of their lives. We pray for God’s continued guidance in their lives. They are:

Andrew Schroeder

Emma Schroeder

Colin Stephan-Lenahan

Please Join Us!

Our Building Committee and Capital Campaign Committee have both been working very hard in providing for the needs of the school and church. The school will benefit tremendously from this new expansion. As a way of saying thank you our students are scheduled to sing at both services on Sunday, May 10. Students will meet by 8:30 in the gym to sing near the end of the 8:00 service. Student will need to meet in the gym by 10:15 to sing near the beginning of the 10:30 service. This is also a wonderful way to show the congregation how meaningful the school ministry is to you. We hope many of you will join us in representing the school! Watch for the separate note that was given to the students today and return the bottom portion to let us know how you will be participating!

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.

► Recently, our congregation unanimously approved the construction bids and gave final approval for the project. We will now work towards starting construction the day after school lets out. You may already notice preparation work being done on our site.

► Our building plans are at the engineer for final revisions and will then be sent to the state for approval.

► At long last, we have received great news from The Lutheran Foundation. They have approved our grant request of $300,000 for our building project! Praise God for this significant funding!

► We have received $425,000 in pledges from our Impact Donors and our Church Leadership. This is tremendous support from our leaders! This coupled with the $300,000 from the Lutheran Foundation puts us at well over half of the $1.3 million total cost. We praise God for this tremendous beginning to this campaign.

► The congregation at large will have opportunity to pledge their support on May 17.

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

Progress Reports Today

Mid-term progress reports are being sent home today. As always, if you have any questions about the progress your child is making, please be sure to contact the classroom teacher.

Finding a New Teacher

With the news that Mr. Buuck has accepted a new Call to teach at Emmanuel/St. Michael Lutheran School (which takes effect for the coming school year), Mr. Walz and the School Board have begun the process of finding a new 3rd grade teacher. As God has a new plan for Mr. Buuck, God also has a new plan for St. John. We pray and ask for God to direct us to the candidate that He desires to join us in ministry. Mr. Walz has already begun the process of searching for teacher candidates within the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod system. Members of our church and school are welcome to submit names of qualified candidates for consideration.

Awesome Teachers!

Do you know an awesome teacher? One who has made a significant impact on your life? If so, please consider nominating one of our teachers for the “LEAP Ahead for Education Award”. There will be new names drawn each month and each winner will receive a book and a framed certificate. Please go to http://www.leapcarraffle.com/leap-ahead-award.html for all the details.


Our second eLearning day was this past Saturday, April 25. Students will be able to stay after school on Monday, Tuesday , and Wednesday, from 3:15-4:15 to work on their assignments. All work is to be done and turned in by Friday, May 1. Our 3rd eLearning day is scheduled for Saturday, May 9.

Open House

Help spread the news about St. John by inviting your friends and neighbors to our Open House on Wednesday, April 29, from 3:30-7:00. We’d love your help in bringing new students to St. John by sharing your experience with friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, and others you come in contact with.



our eighth grade students: Mason Goddard, Noah Jank, Asher Jannuzzello, Ethan Kessler, and Connor LeRoy

Katelyn Lipscomb’s mom, Sarah Holbrook,

suffering from back problems

Josh Jank, whose health is in God’s hands,

and the whole Jank family

Athletics News

As we start to look toward the end of the year, some changes will be happening with our Athletic Program. For the first time ever there will be an Athletic Banquet to celebrate the hard work our athletes have put in this year. If you would like to give some input to assist this celebration, contact Athletic Director Melissa Monn via FastDirect or email mmonn@stjohneagles.org.

The next and probably biggest change, is that students will need to "register" whether they are planning to participate in a sport this spring, instead of the usual August sign-ups. This will help with the fall sports program, and allow us to get practice and game schedules set up this summer. Below you will find a link to a website where the sign-up form can be found. Any questions can be directed to Athletic Director, Melissa Monn. goo.gl/forms/2jU8mdLoJu

St. John Students Stay in Shape This Summer

Get ready for St. John’s Summer Enrichment Program! We want our students to stay in shape over the summer and this is a great way to do it! Students can participate by tracking reading minutes, physical activity minutes, and skills workbook pages. Students will be able to purchase summer workbooks from the Summerbook Company. All the details are being sent home today. FORMS TO ORDER FROM THE SUMMERBOOK COMPANY MUST BE RETURNED BY THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY ON FRIDAY, MAY 8. We will place one large order and receive free shipping. So, do not add shipping charges to your payment total! All the students who participate in this summer program will be able to participate in the special recognition party once school begins in the fall.

ISTEP Testing Window Has Arrived

The next round of ISTEP testing for students in grades 3-8 will be done on-line beginning this week. We will begin testing on Friday, May 1, and are scheduled to complete testing on Wednesday, May 13. Each class will experience about 5 hours of testing. Please encourage your child to work hard, do his or her best, and persevere through these long days. Please make every effort to avoid scheduling appointments during those days so uninterrupted testing may take place.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as SHINE Students last week: Josh Schilling, Bethy Stewart, Hanne Brandgard, Max Bender, Bailey Murphy, Aliyah Jimenez, Hunter Shire, Briggs Cheesman, Emma White, and Santiago Espinoza.

We give thanks to God for these students who let their

light shine before others.

Voucher Students

Parents of voucher students need to come in to the office to complete your application for next year. The process takes about 10 minutes with Mrs. Thiem. You will need a copy of your 2014 tax return (unless you receive other forms of public assistance. If so, we can access what we need from that) and you will need to know which sports and music program your child wants to participate.

Consider Camp Lutherhaven

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer! The green trees, lush grass, and flowers popping up, bring back summer camp memories of jumping in the lake, enjoying friends around a campfire, playing new games, and more. There’s so much to do at Camp Lutherhaven, and it will mean so much more with YOU being there! Summer Camp is just around the corner, and there’s still time to sign up. Register online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 260-636-7101.

Our re-enrollment and new registration season is well underway. We currently have 149 students, both returning and new, signed up for next year. Official class 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 has now increased from $40 per student to $80.

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)

Welcome letters for each family, which include your financial obligations for the next school year, have been sent home. 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!

The final Hungry Howie’s Day

will be Tuesday, May 12.

Sylvan Cellars Event Center

Rome City

Friday, May 8

Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.

The Spring Auction committee has been hard at work securing donations and sponsors for the event. In addition, the committee has refined the evening's schedule of events.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8 at Sylvan Cellars Event Center in Rome City. Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m., with the silent auction set to close at 7:45 p.m. The live auction will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Here are some of the new items that will be up for bid:

• Pottery Experience with Midtown Potter

• Gift Certificates to Black Canyon Rest. and Main Street Martini Lounge in FW

• Girls' Craft Party with Dee Slater

• Sweet Tooth Chocolates' Fountain Rental

• Black Coach Purse

• One week at Camp Lutherhaven, and a week at Camp Potawotami

• Certificate for Individual tax service from Scott Frick, CPA

• Grasshopper Mower Blades from Vangorder Sales

• Strider from Hayden Honda

• ATV Riding Package for Two

Reservations are filling quickly, and may be limited as we approach maximum capacity at Sylvan Cellars. Reservations 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 (beer, wine or soda).

The church youth group (SOL) will be providing child care at St. John throughout the auction.

To help us offset the costs of the auction, a Dining to Donate event at Applebee's in Kendallville has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 28. A second flyer, which contains the voucher you must present at the restaurant, will be sent home with your child a few days before the event. Fifteen percent of your bill for lunch or dinner will be donated back to the school, plus you will receive a $5 off coupon to use at your next visit.

Preschool/Kindergarten Spring Program

Please join us on Thursday, May 21, for our Preschool and Kindergarten Spring Program. You will enjoy praise and music and lots of smiling faces! The program will begin at 6:30 in the Worship Center. Students, families, and friends are all welcome to attend.

Our fifth and sixth graders are seeking

sponsors for their car wash to be held on Saturday, May 9.

Proceeds will pay for their class trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky on May 29.

Contact a student if you are not asked to pledge!


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!


With the change to our end of the year calendar, we are also making one adjustment to our Graduation date. Graduation for the 13 members of our Class of 2015, will be held on Tuesday, June 2. Whether you have a graduate or not, we hope that you will plan to attend this special night in the life of the St. John family.

April 27 – May 3, 2015

Monday, April 27

Progress Reports sent home

4:00 – 6:30 – Track Meet at Concordia Seminary

6:00 – 7:00 – Beginning Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

Tuesday, April 28

8:15 – Chapel

11:15 – 1:15 – 8th graders with East Noble High School

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

Wednesday, April 29

11:45 – 3:00 – K-5 visit McMillan Health Center

3:30 – 7:00 – School Open House

3:00 – 4:15 – Lego Club

Thursday, April 30

3:15 – 4:45 – Track Practice

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, May 1 – ISTEP Testing

4:00 – 7:00 – LSAA Relays at Concordia Lutheran High School

Saturday, May 2

Sunday, May 3- Confirmation Sunday

10:00 – Unity Worship Service in the Sanctuary

Don’t forget to grab some scrip for the special

women in your life for Mother’s Day – Sun., May 10!

We have a great variety of restaurant certificates,

as well as many stores in the area.


‘Tis May, the month of blooming things

Of budding trees, the bird that sings.

Our lawns will brighten with colorful cheer

To tell us all that summer’s near.

But some must live in a world that’s dark

Their colors are drab; no flowers, no park.

They yearn for something to brighten their day

So in their isolated darkness their world does not stay.

This month I am asking for anything bright

A pretty washcloth, a ball, or flashlight.

Send it in with a hope and a prayer

That some child will love it ----- somewhere.

The world that they live in is foreign to us

Anything we send them, they will make a fuss!

The smiles on their faces as they open with joy,

Their shoeboxes filled with our love and a toy.

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, Operation Christmas Child Relay Center Coordinator

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