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

Banner #27; March 7, 2016

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 07 March 2016


St. John Lutheran School

March 7, 2016 Number 27

The Principal’s Pen

This Friday night, many of us will have the opportunity to see our kids shine at our SHOWCASE 2016 event. Whether it is during the talent show portion of the night or during the displays and other presentations, we will have the opportunity to see our kids use their God-given gifts. That makes for a great night!

I know that I am guilty of over-parenting in times like this. Maybe you can relate. Whether it is in athletics, music, or even homework projects, I have tried to influence my kids to perform the way I would have when I was younger, or sometimes even how I would do it now. This kind of pressure can backfire, both now and down the road.

So, how should we approach our kids' performances? Dr. Tim Elmore suggests that kids need to hear 3 statements before they perform: 1. Have fun. 2. Play hard. 3. I love you. After the performance there are 3 more statements our kids need to hear: 1. Did you have fun? 2. I'm proud of you. 3. I love you. That's it. Those simple statements can provide powerful encouragement and reinforcement for our kids. In fact, Dr. Elmore simplifies it even more by condensing it to just 6 words. Through his work with college athletes and students, Dr. Elmore and others conclude that these are the 6 words that student athletes want and need to hear most:

"I love to watch you play (perform)."

These 6 words pack a powerful punch in showing love, encouragement, and support for our kids. These words show unconditional love based on who our children are and not on their performance. (You can read Dr. Elmore's entire blog on this subject at http://growingleaders.com/blog/what-parents-should-say-as-their-kids-perform/)

Whether it's at SHOWCASE, on the athletic court or field, on the stage, or in their homework, let's let our kids know the joy we have in watching them!

THIS Friday night, March 11th!

Students who will use accompaniment music must deliver that to Ms. Dencklau 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 11, 2016

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 $4.50

Your choice of Chicken or Hamburger, Chips,

Lettuce, Tomato, Olives, Onions, Salsa,

Sour Cream, Nacho or Shredded Cheese

Hot Dogs $ 1.50

Chips $ .75

Chocolate Chip Cookie $ .50

Lemonade or Coffee $ .50

Pop or water (from vending machine) $ .75

Water $ 1.00

Spring Break – No Bus Service Alert

Our Spring Break is three weeks away. This is one aspect where our calendar varied from East Noble’s calendar. St. John Spring Break is March 28 – April 1(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. East Noble will also be out on Friday, March 25, so there will be no bus service that day as well. Let us know if we can help!


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!

eLearning Time

Our first eLearning make-up day was last Saturday and all eLEarning work must be completed and turned in by Wednesday morning at 8:00. Our second elearning day is this Saturday, March 12. Our 3rd eLearning day, to make up for Wednesday, Mar. 2, will be on Saturday, March 19. Hopefully these will be the only eLearning days we have to use! We are interested in your feedback on how these days go for your family. Please use the survey sent home as a part of the eLearning packet or share your thoughts with your teacher or Mr. Walz.

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 will soon be unveiling their online application and enrollment process (to replace our paper application and forms).

Please pray for:

Brad and Angie Murphy, Brian and Robin Anderson, Kelly and Rhea Kammerer, Jeremy and Braden McKinley, and Charity Hall.

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

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

Thanks to everyone who ordered from our frozen food fundraiser. Items will be delivered on Wednesday, March 23, and help with that distribution is still needed. Please let Mrs. Thiem know if you are available to help! Thank you!


SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Mikayla Bolinger, Jordan Patton, Ethan Cope, Baily Lash, Bailey Murphy, Brock Klink, Destiny Oiler, Gabby Stier, Clay Schenkel, Elli Will, TJ Knox, Carter McKinley, Hunter Koehl, Allison Walkup, Morgan Ditton, Melissa Heileman, and Spencer Arington. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

ISTEP and IREAD tests coming soon

We will be finishing up our ISTEP tests the early part of this week. Third grade students will have a few day of break before their IREAD test. They will take the IREAD tests next week.

It continues to be important to talk with your kids and encourage 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 mark your calendar now and plan to attend the St. John Auction on Friday evening, May 6. 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 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)

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.

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!

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!

Our seventh and eighth graders are selling delicious Yoder Popcorn to help raise needed funds for their D.C. trip next month. There are loose kernels, already popped caramel corn, popcorn seasonings, and microwave popcorn available to purchase. Orders may be placed with any seventh or eighth grade student, or with Mr. Schroeder or Miss Monn. Final day to order is next Monday, March 14th. A table will be set up in the gym after school on Thursday and Friday of this week to take your order as well. Thanks for your help!!

7 – 13, 2016

Monday, March 7

Tuesday, March 8

8:15 - Chapel

Wednesday, March 9

Thursday, March 10

7:00 - Worship Service

7:00 – Band Concert at Concordia Lutheran High School

Friday, March 11

5:00 – Food served for Showcase 2016

6:30 – Showcase 2016 Talent Acts begin

Saturday, March 12

9:00 – 12:00 – E-learning Day

Sunday, March 13

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!)

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