301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #22, January 30, 2017

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 30 January 2017

THE BANNER

St. John Lutheran School

January 30, 2017 - Number 22

PRINCIPAL’S PEN

Why We’re Glad We Chose St. John…

• Because we learn about God (6th grader)

• Special friends, Teachers rule, Joyful Jesus, Open Love, Holy House, Noble Eagles, all of these things represent St. John, this is why I love St. John (4th grader)

• Because St. John is a school where we can learn about God (2nd grader)

• Because I am learning Jesus loves me (preschooler)

• Because I love it. I’m glad I got to it, I love it. Because I love it. (preschooler)

• Because I have so many friends. I like my teacher, Mrs. Atz, way too much. I like St. John school because it is a really nice school (1st grader)

• Because I met new friends on my first day (preschooler)

• Because I get to learn about Jesus, and we get to have pajama days. Those are fun. I’m blessed because I have great teachers to help me at St. John (5th grader)

• Because the Christian values taught and the education (parent)

• Because of the strong Christian teachings in the small classroom settings which also enhances the sense of community within our lives (parent)

• Because everyone at St. John is concerned with the relationship of our children with God, the importance of fellowship with other Christians, and the need for a Christ-centered education (parent)

• Because it feels like home (parent)

• Because I remember how quickly St. John staff picked up on my granddaughter’s learning difficulties and had her tested and gave her individual help. I have seen such a change in her confidence and wanting to learn (grandparent)

• Because the education at St. John has been superb. My oldest child was well prepared academically to move into high school and thrive (parent)

Thank you to all those who submitted responses to why you are glad your chose St. John!

National Geography Bee Winners Announced

Congratulations to Joshua Walz, winner of this year’s National Geography Bee!!! Caleb Walz finished as runner-up and Owen Chambers was our third place finisher.

Other students competing in the bee were Andrew Malone, Katie Graber, Hunter Bolen, Grant Schermerhorn, Abi McLeod, Joshua Bailey, and Alan Jimenez.

Joshua now completes a written test in hopes of qualifying for the state-level of competition. Congratulations to all of our competitors and good luck, Joshua!!

G-O-O-D L-U-C-K, J-O-S-H-U-A !!!

Best of luck to Joshua Walz who will represent our school in the Noble County Spelling Bee this Wednesday, February 1st. The Bee starts at 6:00 and will be held in the auditorium at Central Noble Jr./Sr. High School. Good luck, Joshua!!

Registration Timeline

Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year for both our returning students and for new students is now open. You can re-enroll your child for the coming year by accessing the re-enrollment packet in ParentsWeb. Directions were sent home last week in both print and email form, but if you need another copy just ask in the office. Here are other important dates to keep in mind:

March 1 Class lists are set based on students who have enrolled

March 31 Last day to re-enroll and pay the $60 per student enrollment fee

April 1 Enrollment fee increases to $80 per student

April 20 First deadline to apply to FACTS for tuition assistance

April 26 Open House from 3:30-7:00 (invite your friends and neighbors)

May 10 Preschool & Kindergarten Round Up from 6:00-7:00 (invite your

friends and neighbors)

Jump Rope for Heart Volunteers Needed

For the next two weeks, students will be seeking donations for the American Heart Association. The AHA leads the way in heart health research and education in the United States. St. John's 3rd Annual Jump Rope for Heart event will take place on February 16. Last year our students raised over $4500 for the AHA and this year we are striving to help even more. Our goal this year is $6000. If every student raises $10 more than last year, we can easily reach our goal. Directions for setting up an online donation network (easy and effective!) and collection envelopes were sent home last week. The envelopes will need to be returned on or before Feb. 16th. Our gym fills with heart pumping activity and music on that day, and if you would like to participate too, we will need parent volunteers to twirl ropes, play basketball and to encourage the students as they jump and shoot hoops. If you are available, please call Mrs. Thiem and let her know when you'd like to help. The schedule for the day is as follows:

8:15-9:15. 4th and 5th

8:55 – 9:15 T/Th Preschool

9:15-10:15. 6th-8th

10:15-11:00. K and 1st

1:15-2:15 2nd and 3rd

Thank you for your help and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to call the school.

Science Fair - - Monday, February 20

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. Science Fair materials have been made available to students and are available in the office.

If you need a display board you can get one from the office. The boards are 32” high and 36” wide and are available first come-first served. You can make your check out to “St. John PTL”. Each board is $5.50.

Scholastic Book Fair

St. John will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Sunday, March 5 through Sunday, March 12. Huge thanks to Summer Moser for serving as chairperson once again! Plan now to visit the Book Fair and find some great new reading material for your kids, and maybe even for yourself!

Do You Love Kids?

Do you love kids? Do you love to learn? Do you love to work on a team? Do you love to solve problems? If the answer is yes, then we want you to consider helping coach our Lego Robotics Team. Mrs. Anderson has ‘retired’ and we are in need of a new coach. We would really like to have 2 or 3 people share this opportunity. Mrs. Anderson is willing to do some training and you can learn the Lego and robot parts. If you answered yes to the questions above, you will do great in this role, and we would love to have you consider it! Contact the office for more information or if you are interested.

New Small Group Beginning and YOU are Invited!!

Every summer, the St. John Youth Group takes around twenty 6-12th graders to the Momentum Youth Conference. There they hear powerful speakers that challenge and strengthen their faith. If, as a parent, you are interested to know what the Momentum Youth Conference is like or are just looking to be challenged in your own faith, there’s a new small group starting up in February. Former school parent Bambee Lehman will be hosting “Momentum Rewind,” a series of videos and study guides that relive the 2016 Momentum Youth Conference.

The group will begin February 9, and will meet every other Thursday from 7-8:30pm in the new library. Please contact Bambee (347-5282) or Nick Hayden, the youth leader, (343-0561) so we can know who’s coming.

Parents’ Night Out

On Saturday, February 11, drop off your kids ages 2 and older at St. John and have a Valentine weekend night out! Older kids are encouraged to bring Nerf weapons. The St. John Youth Group will be running the Parents’ Night Out as a fundraiser for this summer’s Momentum Youth Conference.

When? Saturday, February 11, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Cost? Freewill donation

These school families, prayed for this week: Joe & Kim Schroeder, John & Sarah Schwarz, Dustin & Tiffany Shire, Mark & Kam Shire, Matt & Stephanie Shire

Pastor Shriner and his family upon the death of his father-in-law

Financial Peace University

Coming soon to St. John: a Financial Peace University class starting on Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:30. This 9-week class provides valuable and practical financial advice for individuals, couples, and families. The class is open to those who haven’t taken the class before and for those who have! A special offer for St. John School families: You will receive a voucher for $40 off your St. John tuition if you sign up for and complete this course. Eight church and school families have already registered and the course will be full soon. If you have been thinking about doing this, don’t delay any longer. Register at https://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1035628.

Spring Auction

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Please save the date: Friday, May 5, at beautiful Sylvan Cellars.

2. If you have made a donation in the past, we hope you will support us again! Please contact the school office to let us know about your donation

3. The biggest need right now is help in securing other donations. If you are able to help please let the office know. We can give you a list of area businesses and what they have donated in the past. We can even match you up with businesses you frequent or have a connection with.

Don’t Miss It!

Save these dates and plan to attend:

Monday, Feb. 13, 6:30: Family Fitness Games, presented by Mrs. Barr and her 7th/8th grade students. These games have been created by our 7th and 8th graders in their PE class and will be taught by the students.

Monday, Mar. 13, 6:30: Internet Safety Presentation, presented by the Indiana State Police Crimes Against Children Task Force. This material will be presented to the 3rd-8th grade students earlier in the day and will inform you of the many dangers the Internet can present to our children.

Parents of 8th Graders!!

An informational meeting for all parents of 8th graders planning to enroll in East Noble High School for next year has been set for Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6:00 in the Cole Auditorium. A separate letter with a few more details is being sent with your student.

St. John Showcase 2017!!

We are gearing up for St. John Showcase 2017!!! Slated for Friday evening, March 10th, the Showcase is a great opportunity for students to do just that – showcase their God-given talents and abilities! The evening contains a dinner; displays of student-created artwork, projects, and displays (both from school and at home); and a talent show. It’s a night you won’t want to miss!

St. John Showcase 2017 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. Please contact Ms. Dencklau now if you are willing to help. An informational letter and entry form for the talent show will be sent home this week. Mrs. Dencklau can be reached at (319) 939-7755 or chopinali@yahoo.com if you have questions.

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: Lance Squire, Gabi Schermerhorn, Branson Klink, Kaeli Christian, Naomi Schroeder, Kylie Parks, and Bryson Shire.

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

New in ParentsWeb

In addition to being able to re-enroll for next year, we have added another feature to ParentsWeb. You are now able to pay hot lunch and extended care bills online using a credit card!

• Log in to your ParentsWeb account. https://logins2.renweb.com/logins/ParentsWeb-Login.aspx

• Click on the Family Information link on the left.

• In the Family Billing box you will see your Hot Lunch and Extended Care balances (remember that a negative balance means you have money in that account and a positive balance shows what you owe).

• Click on the Pay Now link and follow the prompts to make a payment.

School Skating Party

Help celebrate the end of the 2nd Trimester at our school skating party on SATURDAY, MARCH 4, from 4:30 – 6:30 at the Skatin’ Station in Auburn. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss the fun!

Kroger Proceeds Received

THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE REGISTERED THEIR KROGER CARD! We just received a check in the amount of $640.15! If you have not yet registered your card, call Cathy or Chery in the office to see how you can get on board! It’s easy and helps our church raise funds!

Monday, January 30

Tuesday, January 31

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, February 1

6:00 – Noble County Spelling Bee

Thursday, February 2

9:00 – 9:30 – Officer Phil Safety Program

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, February 3

Saturday, February 4

Sunday, February 5

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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