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Banner #19; January 9, 2017

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 09 January 2017


St. John Lutheran School

January 9, 2017 Number 19

Principal’s Pen

As you might expect, with the New Year comes the opportunity to make New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve seen and heard a number of people speak and write on this topic over the past 2 weeks. It does seem natural, I guess, at the start of the year, to take stock of where your life is at and what changes you would like to see.

Can I be bold enough to ask, as you consider your spiritual life, how are you doing? As a child of God (see John 1:12), do spend much time with Him? As His friend, do you hang out together (see James 2:23)? As with our earthly relationships, we need to work on and cultivate our relationship with God. If we’re all honest with ourselves, I think we all would say that we could improve our spiritual life. So, allow me to suggest the following New Year’s Resolutions:

I resolve to spend more time in prayer. Start out with a prepared prayer, such as the Lord’s Prayer. Or, read one of the Psalms as a prayer. As you grow more comfortable you can add your own needs and desires to these prayers.

I resolve to spend more time in personal or family devotions. There is no shortage of devotional books, apps, websites, and emails that you can use to have a devotional thought for you or your family ready at any moment. What time works best for you: first thing in the morning, last thing at night, right after you get to work, right when you get home from work, during dinner, or after dinner? Picking a time that works well for you increases your chance of success!

I resolve to join with other believers in worship. Lots of spiritual growth can happen one-on-one between you and God. But, there is no denying that a different kind of growth happens when you connect with other believers. Joining with others can lead to encouragement, accountability, and friendship.

As with any change, these resolutions begin with the first step. Try one of them out for a day, then another day, and then another day. A few days will blend into weeks and before you know it, you’ll have a new habit! May God bless your growth in 2017!

Welcome, Holden!

Last Wednesday, we welcomed Holden Buwalda to our afternoon preschool class. Welcome, Holden! We hope you and your family soon a very welcome part of our family here at St. John!

National Lutheran Schools Week

St. John, along with other Lutheran Schools around the country, will be celebrated the week of Jan. 22-28. Special events are being planned for that week to help our students recognize the blessings we have at St. John. Watch for all the details to come home soon!

Progress Reports

We are nearing the halfway point of the 2nd Trimester. We will be sending home Progress Reports with the students on Monday, Jan. 16.

Help Needed!

Experience the ISTEP Test

St. John is required to participate in a Statewide Readiness Test as a part of our preparations for the Spring ISTEP test. This test occurs on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 10:00. We are looking for some parents to assist us with this. In addition to helping us out, you will also get to experience what the ISTEP test is like. Fortunately, none of us will be scored on whether we give the right answers! Please let the office know if you can help. We’ll need you from 9:45 – 11:15. Thanks!

These school families, prayed for this week:

Tylor & Aimee Parr & Jeff Campbell; Carmen Patton; Russell & Teresa Phares; Matthew & Tacy Potts, and Doug & Tiffany Kimmell

St. John Open House

St. John will be hosting an Open House for the 2017-2018 school year on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. Who can you invite? Word of mouth is consistently our best advertising. We are asking all families to invite a friend, neighbor, relative, or co-worker to visit St. John and learn more about our school. Invitation postcards came home with last week’s Banner and are available in the office.

Re-enrollment for 2017-2018

It will soon be time to re-enroll for the 2017-2018 school year. Information for re-enrollment will come home on Monday, Jan. 16. We encourage all of our families to begin the re-enrollment process promptly as applications for new students will begin to be accepted on Monday, Jan. 23, following our first Open House.

Teaching Positions Open for 2017-2018

Miss Melissa Monn is engaged to be married this summer (congratulations!) and will be moving to South Bend where her fiancée lives. Mrs. Cayleigh McBee’s husband will complete his pastoral training work at the Seminary this spring and will receive a Call to pastor a church. Therefore, she will not be returning as our preschool teacher. The School Board is now seeking names of qualified candidates for preschool teacher and middle school teacher (with strengths in math and language arts). Our preferred candidates would be trained through our Concordia University System (or be willing to obtain such training), profess and live a strong Christian faith, hold a valid Indiana teaching license (or work toward obtaining one), love children, and be equipped to perform the duties of a classroom teacher with excellence. If you meet these qualifications, or know someone who does, please contact Tom Koerner or Tim Walz.

Financial Peace University

Coming soon to St. John, a Financial Peace University class starting on Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:30. Specific details and registration information will be shared via email and in next week's Banner.

SCRIP: New Year, New Habit

Would you like free money? Do you shop at any of the following stores?

Walmart Arby’s Dairy Queen Pizza Forum

BP Dietrich’s Walgreens CVS

Applebees Home Depot Joanna’s Peachey’s

These are just a few of the retailers for which we stock scrip. When you purchase a SCRIP card a percentage of the face value is credited back to you. It really is that simple!

As we begin a new year, why not start forming a new habit of using SCRIP? All you have to do is stop in the office any time, purchase your SCRIP cards, and start saving money. The more you use SCRIP, the more you’ll save.

For those of you who have been using SCRIP, your balances for the last half of 2015 will soon be applied to the account of your choice.

Science Fair

It’s time to gear up for our school Science Fair! The Science Fair provides our budding scientists with the opportunity to explore an area of scientific interest. Beyond learning more about this area, working on a Science Fair project helps children grow in their planning ability, time management skills, research skills, writing, organization, creativity, and public speaking skills. Information was given to interested students before Christmas. If you have seen it, you can get a copy in the office or through your child’s teacher. Please encourage your child to participate!

Spelling Bee January 10

On Tuesday, January 10, don’t miss our school’s Spelling Bee where students in grades 5-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the county Spelling Bee. The Bee will begin at 1:15 p.m. in the Worship Center. We wish the following class representatives good luck: 5th grade Andrew Malone, Sadie Potts, Katie White; 6th grade Brendon Heileman, Christian Heileman, Aowyn Myers; 7th grade Joseph Erne, Aiden Schumm; and 8th grade Hanne Brandgard, Caleb Walz, and Joshua Walz. Parents, please join us!

Geography Bee January 26

On Thursday, January 26, don’t miss our school’s Geography Bee where students in grades 4-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the national Geography Bee. The Bee will begin at 1:15 p.m.in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

Bunco Night

Plan now to attend another St. John Parent Social on Monday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 for Bunco. Bunco is a fun game that requires little skill. Enjoy an evening with other St. John parents! Child care will be provided. Please RSVP to the school office, especially if you will need child care, so that we can plan appropriately

Save the Dates

Please mark the following dates on your 2017 calendar and plan to attend these Parent Nights:

Monday, Jan. 23, 6:30: Bunco Night

Monday, Feb. 13, 6:30: Family Fitness Games, presented by Mrs. Barr

Monday, Mar. 13, 6:30: Internet Safety Presentation

Christmas Thanks….

Here is a note of thanks that was received from our Christmas Giving Tree:

I want to take the time to thank St. John family for their generosity and kindness. I thank God for the people that are so giving. During this time of year it got really bad financially for me and my family. I had told my kids I was not going to be able to buy gifts and that we were just going to thank God for giving us a home and good health. I was surprised when I opened the gifts St. John had given us. We were able to have a nice dinner thanks to God and St. John. I don’t have enough words to thank St. John for all their generosity. May God Bless St. John’s family. Thank you!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Gracie Newcomer, Brayden Koehl, Elli Will, Ali Butler, Melissa Heileman, Lukas Christian, Brock Cheesman, Rhoda Bontrager, Oshea Bailey, Isaac Bennett, Dallas Dean, Caylee James, Savana Phares, Alaina Andrews, Abi McLeod, Grace Palmer, Kylie Parks, Carys Shire, and Brody Workman.

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


We have now used through our two built-in snow days. Therefore, any additional missed days of school will need to be made up through eLearning or adding additional days to the end of the school year.

Here is our current plan for implementing an eLearning day: We hold eLearning days on a Saturday close to the day that was missed. Assignments will be posted on our eLearning wiki (http://sjkelearning.pbworks.com/w/page/93697442/St%20John%20Lutheran%20School) by 9:00 A.M. on Saturday morning. The school will be open and staffed from 9:00-12:00 on Saturday morning for students who need Internet access and/or assistance. Students will also be able to stay after school the following week on Monday and Tuesday until 4:00 for the same reasons. Teachers will also be available during these times for students to contact them with questions. All work will be due Wednesday morning when school starts. The teachers will teach students how to access and navigate the wiki and will provide some work in paper form. It will be important for parents to communicate with us the issues they face so that we can continue to refine this process as needed. All of these directions will be sent home again should we reach the need for an eLearning day.

We are also discussing how we might be able to implement an eLearning day on the day school is canceled. More information will come home if that is an option that we are prepared to implement.

Principal’s Writing Contest

Once again, as a part of our Lutheran Schools Week (the last week of January) celebration, Principal Walz is inviting students and parents to write about why they are glad that they are at St. John. Entries are due by 3:00 on Friday, Jan. 20. The basic question to answer is;”Why I’m glad I’m at St. John?” (from a child’s perspective) and “Why I’m glad my kids are at St. John?” (from a parent’s perspective).

Box Tops for Education

Please keep saving those Box Tops for Education! We recently received a check in the amount of $476.60 for those little scraps of cardboard we saved from the landfill! Special thanks to Miss Young, who tackles the tedious job of clipping, sorting, and counting, as she has spare moments in her office! Keep saving please!


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!

9 – 15, 2017

Monday, January 9

1:15 – 1:45 – Kleiman Presentation

4:15 – VGBB @ HC

Tuesday, January 10

8:15 – Chapel

1:15 – School Spelling Bee

3:00 – 4:00 – Student Council

4:15 – VGBB (home) vs. LSUS

Wednesday, January 11

4:30 – 6:00 - -6 VGBB practice

Thursday, January 12

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, January 13

3:00 – 4:30 – VGBB practice

Saturday, January 14

Sunday, January 15

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Contemporary Worship Service in the Worship Center

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