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Banner #23, Feburary 6, 2017

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 06 February 2017


St. John Lutheran School

February 6, 2017 Number 23

Principal’s Pen

I came across an article on “10 Keys to Raising Great Kids Who Love Jesus’. I thought it had some great ideas that were worth sharing.

Walk the Talk: You’ve probably heard the saying, “Your kids can’t hear what you are saying, because what you are doing is speaking so loudly.” Isn’t that true? Parents who raise kids that love Jesus don’t live a double life. This doesn’t mean they are perfect, but it does mean they follow Jesus every day of the week. They practice what they preach. They lead by example.

Affirm the Gift: They see the gifts that God has placed in their child and they affirm those gifts. The words “I believe in you” echo in their child’s ears. They move beyond calling their child “out” to calling their child “up” to be all that God intended them to be. Kids who don’t receive affirmation often go looking for it in all the wrong places.

Read the Word: Kids who grow up to love Jesus have parents whose Bibles are worn out, and it’s not from sitting in the hot sun on the car dashboard all week, waiting to be grabbed next Sunday upon arriving at church. It’s from being read each day, in front of the kids and with the kids.

Eat the Meal: Research shows that children who have dinner with their parents are less likely to drink, smoke, do drugs, get pregnant, become depressed or develop eating disorders. They also do better socially and academically and, I believe, spiritually. Why? Because a family meal is much more than eating. It’s a time to pray, communicate, connect, mentor and disciple.

Serve the People: When a child sees his or her parents serving others, it makes a huge impact spiritually in the child’s life. Serving is a key component of discipleship and kids who grow up to love Jesus have families that serve. Kids’ faith becomes animated as they watch their parents serve and begin serving themselves. One of the best things parents can do for their kids spiritually is to get them serving others.

I’ll share another 5 next week!

Congratulations to eighth grader Joshua Walz, St. John’s representative in the Noble County Spelling Bee, which was held last week! Joshua won 3nd place out of the eight spellers in the Bee. We praise God for the abilities He has given to Joshua and for the way he represented our school!

No School Next Friday

There will be no school next Friday, Feb. 17. Our teachers will be participating in a professional development day with teachers from other Lutheran Schools. They will gain experience with a variety of technology tools and participate in discussions with grade-level teachers to gain new ideas, resources, and best practices.

TinCaps Reading Program

Information on this year’s TinCap Reading Program is coming home today. All preschool through 8th grade students are eligible to participate. By meeting a reading goal (set by the teacher) each week for 4 weeks, the student can earn a free ticket to a TinCaps game along with some other prizes. Parents can by our additional tickets. Our game day is Saturday, April 29, but if you can’t make it that day you can use your ticket voucher for another game. Reading that is used for other inventive programs, like Book It, or even for classroom AR requirements can also count for this. Watch for the information coming home. The program runs from Feb. 13 through March 13; and let’s get reading!

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!

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 have been sent home, 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)

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Please mark March 2 & 3, on your calendar for Parent-Teacher Conferences. We’d like every family to participate as we seek to make the rest of the school year as beneficial to students as possible. As we did in the fall, school will dismiss at 1:55 (bus riders can wait until 2:45 to catch their buses) and conferences will be held from 2:15-6:45 on Thursday, and from 2:15 – 5:45 on Friday. Sign-ups for this important event are being sent home with students (PS-5) today. Please respond by the deadline – next Thursday, February 16 as conferences will be scheduled over the weekend. Middle school parents will have no specific time for their conference, rather they should visit the teachers in the Worship Center between the times listed above.

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.

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.

2016 Tax Deduction Information

Parents, as you fill out your 2016 Tax Return, you should be aware that you may be eligible for a $1,000 tax deduction per dependent child that is enrolled in a nonpublic school such as St. John. Your tuition payments would qualify you for this deduction. In order to claim this deduction, you need to know that St. John’s school code is C985. The deduction code is 626. If you have questions, please check with your tax preparer or your tax preparation software.

St. John Showcase 2017!!

We’re 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!

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. All entries must be screened by Ms. Dencklau to be sure they are appropriate and polished. Please contact Ms. Dencklau with any questions. The deadline to return entry forms is Friday, February 17.

Here’s what you need to know:

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

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.

These school families, prayed for this week: Austin & Holly Slater, Lori Smith and Randy Smith, Ryan & Kara Smith, Justin & Phyllis Smoot, and Sara & Jordan Spaw

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.

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

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.

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.

Family Fitness Games

Don’t Miss Out! Next Monday, Feb. 13, at 6:30, our PE teacher and her 7th and 8th grade students will present fun, family, fitness games created by the students. Come and join in the fun and learn some ways to stay fit as a family!

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 was sent with your student last week.

Custodial Help Needed

We are looking for some volunteers to help clean our building in the absence of one of our custodians, Randy Thornton. Mr. Thornton had knee surgery several weeks ago and we are having some difficulty keeping up on the tasks at hand. If you would be available on a one-time (or more!) basis, please speak with Mrs. Thiem in the office. Thanks!

Bumper Stickers Available

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: Nathaniel Bontrager, Jackson Deskins, Nick Rex, Ali Butler, Melissa Heileman, Allison Walkup, and Dallas Dean.

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!

6 – 12, 2017

Monday, February 6

6:00 – Beginning Band Concert

Tuesday, February 7

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

6:30 – 8:00 – Int. and Adv. Band Rehearsal

Wednesday, February 8

3:00 – 4:00 – Student Council

7:00 – Worship Service

Thursday, February 9

Friday, February 10

Saturday, February 11

Sunday, February 12

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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