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Banner #26; February 29, 2016

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 29 February 2016

THE BANNER

St. John Lutheran School

February 29, 2016 - Number 26

From the Principal’s Pen

Happy Leap Day! Once every 4 years we can celebrate the gift of an extra day on the calendar. I recently read an article that included suggestions on how we could observe this special day. One of the suggestions was to find and read every chapter 2 verse 29 in the Bible. (Hint, there are 16 books that have a chapter 2 and a verse 29.)

So, that’s what I’ve done and would like to share one of the verses that stood out to me.

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.”

Luke 2:29

First, a little context. These words were spoken by Simeon, an Old Testament believer in God. The rest of what he said is in verses 30-32. God had made a promise to Simeon that he would not die before he saw the Messiah. Shortly after Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph took him to the temple in Jerusalem to be dedicated. Simeon was there, and when he saw the baby Jesus he took Him in his arms and spoke these words.

Simeon had been waiting years for this day. In faith, he knew the importance of this baby. This is the moment he had been waiting for. He could now die in peace.

That makes me wonder. What am I waiting for? What am I working for? What am I living for? What matters to me? What matters the most to me? What could happen in my life that would make me say, ‘That’s it. I’ve done it all. I’ve seen it all. I can die in peace.’?

The answer for me, and you, I hope, is the same as for Simeon: Jesus. When we peel away the hectic clutter of the day, I hope we’re left with Jesus as the person we long for the most to see!

Due to the snow days, our Book Fair will remain open a few extra days! Check it out!!

Science Fair Winners Announced

Thank you to all of the students who participated in the Science Fair. We had 16 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:

First Grade – TJ Knox

Second Grade – Lilly Moser

Third Grade – Lex Moser

Sixth Grade – Brett Christian

Seventh Grade - Aliyah Jimenez

Congratulations also to the following students who

completed a project for this year’s Science Fair:: Brock Klink, Destiny Oiler, Katie Graber, Spencer Arington, Owen Chambers, Libby Goldey, Zack Isaac, Brenton Klopfenstein, Bailey Murphy, Alex Padilla, Aiden Schumm, Coby Treesh, Trey Warren, and Branson Klink.

Projects will be displayed and awards given during the SHOWCASE on March 11. A big thank you to our judges Harold Sollenberger, Mollie Scheiber, Darcy Barr, and David and Amy Buuck and to Don Schroeder, chairperson of this year’s fair. Thanks also to parents for their encouragement and support. Everyone was a winner!

eLearning Time

In one fell swoop, we’ve gone from having 1 extra day still in our calendar to needing to make up 2 days. As we instituted last year, we will use eLearning make up days soon after any lost days. So, Saturday, March 5, and Saturday, March 12, will be make up days for the 2 days lost last week. Kindergarten through 8th graders will have lessons to complete on Saturday through Tuesday of the following week. All eLearning work will be due the Wednesday following the Saturday eLearning day at 8:00 A.M. Watch this week for separate communication giving you all of the information you need to know for a successful eLearning experience.

Parent-Teacher Conferences and Report Cards THIS Week

Last Friday marked the end of our Second Trimester and report cards will be given out at Parent-Teacher Conferences this Thursday and Friday, March 3 & 4. Parents should have received a notification of their scheduled time to meet with their child’s teacher(s). 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!

Please remember that school will dismiss at 1:55 both Thursday and Friday of this week. Bus riders will be able to stay until 2:45 without charge before riding their bus home as usual. Extended care will be available immediately after the early dismissal for parents unable to accommodate an early pick-up.

Skating Party Time!

Our annual school Skating Party will be held THIS

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).

Please pray for:

Wesley & Angie Oburn, Nick & Karen Warren, David & Suzette White, Matt & Jen Will, and Angela Williams

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

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

Mrs. Atz upon the death of her father-in-law on Sunday

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

School Of Life (Youth Group) Parents Night Out

Do you need a night away with your spouse or friends? St. John's Youth has a solution for you! On Friday March 18th beginning at 6:00PM and running till 10:00PM we will watch your children for $5 a child! Your child will enjoy time playing with their friends, watching a movie, popcorn, and a drink. All proceeds will go towards helping these youth go to Momentum, a youth conference to set them on fire for our Lord. If your child plans to attend please text 785-268-0078 or e-mail wholle@stjohneagles.org. Miss Holle will also be in attendance to help watch your children.

Spring Fundraiser Wraps Up

Last Wednesday 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 23. PLEASE CONTACT MRS. THIEM IF YOU ARE AVAILBLE TO HELP WITH THE DISTRIBUTION ON MARCH 23. THANK YOU!!!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Jackson Deskins, Katelyn James, Chloe Blaskie, and Jaxon Kitchen. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others

ISTEP and IREAD tests coming soon

The spring standardized test season is starting. 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.

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. We are also looking for people to step forth to give their time or talent to be auctioned off! Anything goes! Offer yourself!! 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!

. 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.

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.

St. John Showcase 2016!!

Showcase 2016 is less than 2 weeks away!! 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. Students can display projects done at school, like their Science Fair project, or projects or collections they have from home. 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.

A note will soon be coming home with each performing entrant listing specifics regarding their performance. Ms. Dencklau will then be meeting with each act to ensure it is polished and appropriate for Showcase performance. Please contact Ms. Dencklau with any questions. The deadline to return entry forms has now passed.

Our fifth and sixth graders are selling heavy-duty colorful trash bags to raise funds for their class trip to Chicago in may. Orders will be taken until March 15 with delivery of the bags just before spring break. See a student or mrs. Pillers or mr. scheiber to place your order!

– March 6, 2016

Monday, February 29

Yoder Popcorn sale begins to benefit Washington D.C. trip

Tuesday, March 1

8:15 - Chapel

Wednesday, March 2

Thursday, March 3

1:55 – Early Dismissal

2:15 – 7:00 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, March 4

1:55 – Early Dismissal

2:15 – 6:00 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Saturday, March 5

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

Sunday, March 6

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

May God bless your week!

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