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

Banner #25; February 22, 2016

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 22 February 2016


St. John Lutheran School

February 22, 2016 - Number 25

From The Principal’s Pen

Do you know the power of words? I’m not referring to the power of positive words to build a person up and the power of negative words to tear a person down. No, I’m talking about the powerful advantage you’ll give your kids just by speaking to them! Recent studies have confirmed that when parents speak to young children it helps build their vocabulary and that helps prepare them for academic success. What you talk about isn’t necessarily the key, it’s just that you’re talking. You can check out the following link for an article on the topic: http://www.education.com/magazine/article/30000_words/

Based on this study, the goal is 30,000 words a day for the first 3 years of life. That comes out to around 30 million words. What does 30,000 words a day look like? It’s about like reading The Cat in the Hat 18 times. How can we reach that goal?

● Narrate your activities: If you’re making dinner, talk about what you’re doing. If you’re driving in the car, talk about what you see. If you’re taking a walk, talk about what you see and hear in nature.

● Read books: As long as your child can sit or be held, you can read to her. Even ‘reading’ picture books by talking about the pictures can help. (SPECIAL BONUS: Our Book Fair is this week and is a great opportunity to pick up some books for your kids!)

● Play: Screen time has become an easy way to entertain even the youngest of kids. But, the words from the screen don’t replace the importance of our words. So, get on the floor and play with your kids. As you do so, talk with them about what they are doing and what you are doing.

● Ditch your screen: As I just said, screen time has become an easy way to entertain our kids. But, it has also become a major distraction for us adults. Think about it – when you’re on your phone are you interacting with your kids? So, put down your phone and talk with your kids.

30,000 words might seem like a lot. But it can be done. It’s worth it: now in the relationship you will build with your child and later in the academic success you are preparing him for. So, go ahead, get talking!

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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences and Report Cards Next Week

This Friday marks the end of our Second Trimester. Report Cards will be given to students at Parent-Teacher Conferences next Thursday and Friday, March 3 & 4. Parents should have received a notification of their scheduled time to meet with their child’s teacher(s) last week. Please be on time for your conference, and please respect the 15 minute time limit as other parents will be waiting to meet the teacher after you have completed your visit. If a longer conference is needed, please arrange another time with the teacher. Thanks!

Skating Party Time!

Our school annual Skating Party will be held on

Saturday, March 5, 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.

RenWeb is coming

We are beginning a transition from Fast Direct to RenWeb (www.renweb.com) as our school information system. We will go full-scale with RenWeb next school year and you will see the many benefits of this transition. Right now we are using their Parent Alert system (to replace School Messenger) and their inline application and enrollment process (to replace our paper application and forms). We are making the change from Parent Alert this week!

You will receive a test call from Parent Alert on Tuesday night at 6:00 P.M. to test this system. After that, any delays, cancellations, or other broadcast messages will come through the Parent Alert system. Please let us know if you do not receive the call on Tuesday night or need to be notified through another number.

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 paper and pencil portion of the ISTEP test the week of February 29. Our 3rd grade students will take the IREAD test the week of March 14. These are the first tests from the state’s new vendor, Pearson. Although the vendor is new, the structure, format and test standards are much the same as last year. While the state continues to debate how best to assess our students, we must carry on with this system. However you might feel about these tests, it is important that as you talk with your kids you are encouraging them to work hard and do their best. Encourage them to read the directions and test items carefully and to take their time in answering the questions. After all, those are important life skills that go beyond just the ISTEP test! Help your child to get adequate rest and a good breakfast and try to keep a normal routine. If you have any questions about these tests please contact Mr. Walz or your child’s teacher.

Please pray for:

These school families, prayed for this week: Matthew & Carrie Tibbs, Carlie & Amy Tuttle, Kory & Jacquelyn Walkup, and Tim and Mindy Walz

Cameron Patton, father of three St. John students, battling colon cancer

George Berger, father of Mrs. Linda Atz, recovering from a stroke

Pastor Shriner’s wife, Marcia, for healing of her broken leg

Jody Anglin, as she recovers from emergency gall bladder surgery over Christmas break

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.

Book Fair is Here!

St. John is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair this week. This is a great opportunity to encourage the joy of reading in your children. The Fair will continue through Sunday, Feb. 28. Please plan now to shop and help spread the love of reading to your kids!


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!

2015 Tax Deduction Information

Parents, as you fill out your 2015 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.

St. John Showcase 2016!!

We’re gearing up for St. John Showcase 2016!!! Slated for Friday evening, March 11th, the Showcase is a great opportunity for students to do just that – showcase their God-given talents and abilities!

St. John Showcase 2016 provides an opportunity for students 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.

The deadline to be entered in the talent show portion of the evening has past. We look forward to having many of you join us for this great night. Remember, you can start the evening with dinner provided by the 7th and 8th grade students before looking through the displays and enjoying the talent show!

Where will you be on Friday evening, May 6? At the St. John Spring Auction! Please mark your calendar now and plan to attend. Invitations have been mailed, but if you didn’t get one you are still welcome! Just call the school office to RSVP! Please also be thinking of whom you would like to ask to join you. This fun evening includes an excellent dinner, awesome silent auction items, and a lively live auction, all held in the beautiful surroundings of Sylvan Cellars Event Center in Rome City.

The auction is a major fundraiser for our school. It requires a great deal of work to make it a success. This year’s auction committee is chaired by Jo Knox. Summer Moser, Sarah Burtch, Michelle Bailey, Staci Owen, and Lisa Swogger have all been helping in various ways. There is room for you to help as well! Contact Jo or the school office to find out what is needed and how that will match up with your interests and available time.

Registration Timeline

Enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year for both our returning parents and for new parents is now open. You can place your child on our list by returning the “Intent to Re-enroll Form”. We are making a transition to an online registration system and when that is ready we will send out directions on how to complete your registration online. Until then, here are the important dates to keep in mind:

March 1 Class lists are set based on students who have enrolled – so be sure

to notify us of your intent to re-enroll by then!

March 31 Last day to turn in paperwork and $40 per student registration fee

April 1 Registration fee increases to $80 per student

April 20 Deadline to submit application to FACTS for tuition assistance

April 27 Open House from 3:30-7:00 (invite your friends and neighbors)

May 11 Preschool & Kindergarten Round Up from 6:00-7:00 (invite your

friends and neighbors)

Arrival/Dismissal Update

As we continue to settle into our new arrival and dismissal procedures, we’d like to share a couple of reminders. We understand that there is a back-up onto Rush Street at times and we want to address that. Please share other questions, concerns, or ideas you have.

• If you are dropping off a child in the morning, please pull forward as far as you can, all the way up to the Worship Center.

• If there are cars along the building leading up to door 5, you can pull past them in the alley and then pull to the side after door 5.

• Please say your good-byes and encourage your kids to exit the car quickly so that you can pull out and the next car can pull in.

Again, thank you for working with us on these changes to help improve the safety within our building, and please continue to share your feedback on these new procedures!

We have a good supply of bumper stickers advertising our school and would like to distribute them to interested parents. If you would like to show your support of our school in this way, please contact Mrs. Thiem for your free sticker!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Andrew McKinley, Bethany Murphy, Brett Christian, Nick Rex, and Allison Walkup.

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

Thank you very much for the wonderful response to our request for bottle caps to recycle into benches in memory of Beth Sexton for our playground! We have enough for two benches now, so we are no longer a drop-off site for the caps. Max Platt Ford is a drop-off site – so caps could be taken there.

2016 Knights Youth Football Camp

Information is available in the school office regarding the East Noble Youth Football Camp which will be held June 13-16. Registration is taking place now with a June 1st deadline. The camp is open to students entering grades 1-8 next year and cost is $45 for the first child, $20 for 2nd, and free for the 2rd.

Jump Rope For Heart Wrap-Up

Thank you to all who participated in some way in this year's Jump Rope for Heart Event! $4559 was raised for the American Heart Association, over $2000 more than last year! Our AHA representative was astounded that a school of our size could raise that much. Well done!

22 - 28, 2016

Monday, February 22 – Scholastic Book Fair All Week

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

Tuesday, February 23

8:00 – 10:45 – Intermediate & Advanced Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

1:00 – Grade 5 to Lutheran Life Villages

Wednesday, February 24 – end of frozen food fundraiser – please turn in orders!

Thursday, February 25

7:00 p.m. - Worship Service

Friday, February 26 – End of 2nd Trimester

Saturday, February 27

Sunday, February 28

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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