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The Banner

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

Banner #37, May 23, 2016

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 23 May 2016


St. John Lutheran School

May 23, 2016 Number 37

The Principal’s Pen

The LORD bless you and keep you;

the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

This is one of my favorite Bible verses. It is a blessing God taught Moses and Aaron to share with the Israelite people as they wandered through the wilderness on their 40-year journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Through this blessing the Israelites were reminded that God chose them and was developing a special relationship with them. They were His people!

Today, this blessing is often shared at the end of worship services as a blessing that God gives to us and that we give to each other. We even use it at the end of our Chapel services. In these verses, we see several elements of blessing: God will keep us – he watches over us, protects us, and provides for us. God's face shines on us – with acceptance and favor. His grace is with us. God turns His face toward us – He wants to see us, be with us, and relate to us. God gives us peace – not the absence of fighting, but true, deep, incomprehensible peace. Just as with the Israelites, God uses these words to draw us into a special relationship with Him. As we come near to the close of the 2015-2016 school year, take this blessing with you. Draw strength and encouragement from it. Know God's presence from these words. May the Lord bless you and your family every day of the summer ahead!

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.

Auction Totals In

St. John Spring Auction was a great success. Many positive comments have been received about the great food, how smoothly the night went, the good fellowship, and the fun of the auction. We praise God for the financial blessings received for the school through the auction. This year we raised around $29,000 for the school. These funds will help with technology upgrades and other educational expenses. Many thanks again to our auction committee of Jo Knox, Summer Moser, Sarah Burtch, Michelle Bailey, Staci Owen, Lisa Swogger, Melissa Kammerer, Charis Koehl, Brittany Sams, and Zach Hayden. Thanks also to Nate & Rachel Schermerhorn and their team for the use of their beautiful Sylvan Cellars. Many thanks also to all who donated items and attended this year’s auction!

Mr. Walz’s Call

After prayerful consideration and deliberation on the ministry opportunity in Tinley Park and the ministry opportunity here at St. John and for his family, Mr. Walz announced last week that he would be declining the Call to Trinity Lutheran School in Tinley Park, IL, and remaining at St. John. He thanks you for your prayers!

Eighth Grade Graduation

ALL Students and Families Are Invited….

Tuesday, May 31

6:30 P.M.

Worship Center

Please join us in recognizing and celebrating

our 8th grade graduates:

Haley Bloom, Cole Christian, Jared DiGirolamo, ZZ Flynn, Kate Lipscomb, Clay Schenkel, Andrew Schroeder, Emma Schroeder, Colin Stephan, and Nicholas White

There are plenty of ways to see evidence of the impact of a St. John education. Few are more moving than graduation night has traditionally been. Even if you don’t KNOW an eighth-grader, please join us!

Thank you to everyone who helped support our 5th/6th grade trip to Chicago. The 5th and 6th graders worked hard last Saturday and washed around 50 cars and each other! They raised over $500 for their trip.

NO East Noble Buses

East Noble bus service will not be available for

our students on Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday,

June 1.

The $coop On $crip

Remember that scrip will be available in the church or school office all summer!! Don’t get out of the habit of buying with scrip in support of our school and your family’s tuition! If you’ve never tried scrip, the less hectic days of summer might be a great chance to give it a try! See Mrs. Thiem for details!

From 9 to 3 each day, there should always be someone in the office to help you with your needs. You’re buying gas and groceries anyway. Why not use Scrip and let area businesses help support our school!?

Help Promote St. John

This summer St. John Lutheran Church and School will participate in 3 community events”

• Noble County All-IN Block Party, Saturday, June 25, 10:00-3:00

• Noble County Fair, Sunday, July 10-Saturday, July 16, 2:00-10:0

• Kid City, Saturday, August 6, 10:00-3:00

We will have a booth at each event sharing information about of school and church. We would love to have help from our church and school families at these booths. Gather a group of family members or friends and call the office to get signed up to help cover a time slot. It will be fun, and a great way to help share St. John with more people!

End of the Year Reminders

Don’t forget all of these important end-of-the-year reminders:

 Please return all library books or videos immediately.

 Check the Lost and Found cabinet and/or tables. Unclaimed items will be given to Goodwill.

 Pay your Extended Care and Hot Lunch Bills. All outstanding balances need to be paid by the last day of school. Paying these outstanding bills allows Mrs. Thiem to concentrate on other tasks this summer in preparation for next year.

 If you intend to pay next year’s tuition in full or in two payments, your payment is due by June 1.

 Please continue to save the following items over the summer:

• Campbell’s Soup labels and related items

• Empty Ink jet cartridges

• Pop can tabs

• Box Tops for Education (We receive 10 cents for each Box Top submitted!)

Just a Reminder that June 1 is the deadline

for those paying either one-half of next year’s tuition,

or paying that balance in full.

Please pray

Our prayers this week go out to eighth graders Colin Stephan and Nicholas White and then on to School Board Members, Thomas Koerner, Kurt Hayden, Jeff Lehman, Tacy Potts, Beth Klink, Dawn Hossinger, and Angie Malone.

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

George Berger, father of Mrs. Linda Atz, recovering from surgery

Pastor Shriner’s wife, Marcia, who is regaining strength in her legs and has MS

Sara Taylor, recovering from an appendectomy

Jim Corry, father of Mrs. Goldey, recovering from surgery

Staffing Changes

While we are excited to welcome Mrs. Gretyl Bader as our new Kindergarten teacher, we have several additional staff changes to announce. Miss Holle (Preschool) has accepted the Call to teach at St. John’s Lutheran School in Alma, Kansas; Mrs. Goldey (Resource Room) has accepted a teaching position at Holy Cross in Fort Wayne; Miss Klaehn (2nd grade) and Mrs. Strycker (Kindergarten aide) have decided not to return for the coming school year. It is difficult to say good-bye to these faithful servants as they have been important parts of our ministry here at St. John. But, as God has led each of them to new places and opportunities for ministry we also trust that He will led us to the right people to join us in ministry here. Please join us between services on Sunday, June 12, to recognize these teachers and staff member and wish them God’s blessings on their new endeavors. If you would like to contribute to a gift for them, please send that to the school office or bring it that Sunday.

The School Board and Mr. Walz are already hard at work in identifying candidates for these open positions. If you, or someone you know, are interested in any of these openings, please contact Mr. Walz or Dr. Koerner. Please keep this process in your prayers as we work to identify those individuals that God already knows will be joining us in ministry.

Principal Effectiveness Survey

For the past several years, the School Board has sent home a Principal Effectiveness Survey as a part of Mr. Walz's professional growth plan. That survey was sent home last week. Please fill it out and return it to the school office. Your input helps create goals for Mr. Walz for the coming year and is most appreciated.


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!

E-Mail Update

If you have changed your e-mail address since the beginning of this school year, please be sure we have the corrected address. We keep an ongoing list of this vital way to contact parents! Thanks!

End of the Year Special Events

As the year nears completion, there are some special events that take place. We hope you will mark your calendars and plan to join us for some or all of the following events to close down this school year.

Tuesday, May 31: Awards Assembly, 8:15

Tuesday, May 31: Graduation Service, 6:30

Wednesday, June 1: Field Day, picnic lunch, and closing chapel, 9:00 until 2:30

VBS 2016 is “farm-tastic!”

At Barnyard Roundup VBS, your children learn that Jesus gathers us together! Registration is now open for children in preschool (at least age 3 by July) through entering 6th grade who will attend VBS July 18th-22nd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. each night. Come along with us as we sing fun songs, do themed crafts, eat yummy snacks, and more! To register, go lonline at www.vbsmate.com/SJK, pick up a form outside the church office, or contact Mollie at the information listed below.

HELP NEEDED!!! We are in need of many volunteers! If you can help full or part time, we have many ways to be involved to suit your schedule and interests. Even if you can’t help during the week in July, we have many preparatory tasks that need assistance too. We still need a few people to help make the props and decorations on select weekends in May and in early June. Please call Mollie at 260-242-6212 or email molliescheiber@hotmail.com for more information.

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. It is now past the deadline to order Summerbooks from school. You may order on your own, but shipping charges will apply. 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.

Eagle Artwork Contest

There is a LOT going on at St. John!

• We are newly accredited.

• We have a new addition to our building.

• We even have a new school logo for our newsletter.

We also have great students and staff that proudly wear the name Eagles. Because of that, our gymnasium has been dubbed as the Eagles Nest. We think it’s time to add some artwork to that title and that’s where you come in. Up until May 25th, we are welcoming designs that represent the fierce and majestic eagle. One design will eventually be used for a mural in the gym. This contest is open to all St. John students and their families, so send your entries (any format-no larger than 11x14 please) into the school office. Please include your name and a contact number to participate. Go Eagles!

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.

Athletic Notice for 2016 - 17

As we start to look towards the future, one piece of information that is needed is to get an idea of which students are interested in participating in sports for the 2016-2017 school year. All students in grades 5-8 can participate in Fall Boys Soccer, Fall Girls Volleyball, Winter Boys and Girls Basketball and Spring Track. 4th graders will be invited to participate IF there is room available on the teams. All students interested in potentially participating next year are asked to fill out the following athletic participation form: goo.gl/forms/i5lD7KRujg. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact Athletic Director Melissa Monn.

School Choice (Voucher) Students

Parents of students applying for a School Choice (voucher) Scholarship for the 2016-17 school year 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 2015 tax return, unless you receive other forms of public assistance. We will have verification of that if you do.

Our re-enrollment and new registration season is well underway. We currently have 181 students, both returning and new, signed up for next year! Thank you to our current parents for the great re-enrollment response! Official class lists have been made. If you are planning to return for next year, and haven’t let us know that yet, please turn in your 2016-2017 Intent to Re-enroll form right away. Our online registration for returning students has been tested. You will receive instructions today for completing the registration process.

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!

SHINE Student of the Week

Congratulations to the following student for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Max Bender, Shanda Schlatter, Alicia Proxmire, Isaac Blaskie, and Addison Hampshire. We give thanks to God for the students who let their light shine before others.


Any youth in 6th – 12th grade is invited to join the St. John Youth Group – School of Life. If you have any questions, contact Nick Hayden @ 260-343-0561 or stuartlem@hotmail.com. Join the Fun!!

Have you booked your chance to free yourself from the youth’s new Escape Room? Contact Zach or Nick to join the fun! Only $15 per person with all proceeds going to help our youth attend this summer’s fantastic Momentum Conference! Don’t miss out!

Final Days of School

The final day of school for preschool 4-year old classes (both AM and PM) is Friday, May 27. The final day for the preschool 3-year old class will be Tuesday, May 31. Miss Holle will send home information about preschoolers participating in the end-of-the-year picnic on Wednesday, June 1. Kindergarten through eighth grade’s last day will be Wednesday, June 1. Please continue to watch the Banner and your classroom newsletters for end of the year field trips and events.

Kendallville Day Care Center Summer Program

Looking for summer child care? Contact Brooke Hastings at Kendallville Day Care Center at 342 East Lisle Street in Kendallville to find out more about the program being planned entitled READY – COLLEGE – CAREER – LIFE. They’ll explore different colleges across the state and country that specialize in your child’s field of interest; as well as careers and the education and training involved to obtain such occupations. The camp is open to children ages 6-12. Brooke can be reached by calling 347-1210 or by emailing east@kendallvilledaycare.org.

Awards Presentation

Our end of the year Awards Assembly is an opportunity to recognize many special accomplishments from throughout the year. It’s a great opportunity to praise God for the many talents and accomplishments of our students. Please join us at 8:15 on Tuesday, May 31, in the Worship Center. We will be celebrating the many accomplishments of our students!

Bus Next School Year?

Parents of students who ride an East Noble bus this school year were given a a form last week to complete if they wish to continue riding this fall. Please return that form IMMEDIATELY! If you don’t receive a form, and hope to have your child ride, please contact Mrs. Thiem.

Field Day

Our Field Day activities will be incorporated into our last day of school plans. We will be walking to the park by the library to celebrate the

end of the year. Preschool students are invited to come with parents. We will have Field Day activities for all students in the morning. We will also enjoy a free lunch for everyone from the hot lunch ladies. There will also be time to relax, play, and enjoy friends before we break for the summer. Finally, we’ll end the day with a closing chapel service in the park starting at 2:00! Parents are welcome to join us for

any part or the entire day! If you are interested in helping with the

Field Day events please let the school office of your willingness to help.

After we finish we will return to school for dismissal. Please watch for the permission slip with additional details coming home soon.

Planting Healthy Seeds: The Power of Family

Wednesday, June 15th - 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Raising a happy, healthy family starts with a rich soil, the right amount of nourishment and a good dose of warm sunlight. During this event, families will be served dinner and engage in a healthy cooking demonstration, participate in planting activities, and learn ways to create healthy meals that the whole family will enjoy.

Hosted by the Center for Healthy Living, Parkview Noble Hospital, the event will held at 402 Sawyer Road in Kendallville. Call 260-347-8125 to RSVP.





Thank a Veteran for their service to our country!

23 – 29, 2016

Monday, May 23

3:30 – Boys Divisional Track Meet

Tuesday, May 24

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, May 25

6:30 – Athletic Awards Night

Thursday, May 26

5th/6th Grade trip to Chicago

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, May 27

Last Day for band and strings

10:00 – 1:30 – Mrs. Piller’s Readers’ Shopping Trip

12:00 – 2:30 – Kindergarten to Bixler Lake Park

Saturday, May 28

Sunday, May 29

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Bible Study and Sunday School

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

‘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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