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Banner 30, April 5, 2017

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 05 April 2017


St. John Lutheran School

April 3, 2017 Number 30

From The Principal’s Pen

I read a blog a couple of weeks ago titled “Always Go to the Funeral”. The title caught my eye, but the blog has stuck with me. The author related how, as a child growing up, her parents would often take her and her siblings along when they went to pay their respects at a visitation or funeral of a friend or family member. The author didn’t always like going with her parents to these funerals. They made her feel awkward and uncomfortable. On the way home, her father would remind the author and her siblings to always go to the funeral. It was a way of paying respects to the deceased and supporting the family. Over the years of growing up this author attended numerous visitations and funerals and her father’s philosophy stuck.

The author still believes in her father’s philosophy, but she has expanded on it: “’Always go to the funeral’ means that I have to do the right thing when I really, really don't feel like it.” We all have things in our lives that we don’t like to do. These things make us feel awkward and uncomfortable. In the big picture of life, these things are often just inconveniences to us, but mean so much more to other people. Calling a friend we haven’t talked to in a while. Sending a card. Visiting someone in the hospital. Helping a neighbor rake her yard. Watching a friend’s kids while she runs to the store. It’s not about the battle between doing good and doing evil. It’s about the battle between doing good and doing nothing. Like the author, we need to cultivate in ourselves the attitude of doing these little things – inconveniences to us but meaningful to others. We need to “always go to the funeral”!

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.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student the week before Spring Break: Nick Rex, Jackson Deskins, Fyo Hayden, Savana Phares, Christian Heileman, Brendon Heileman, Savannah Sorg, Carter McKinley, TJ Knox, Alli Butler, Hunter Koehl, Lukas Christian, Elli Will, Rhoda Bontrager, Brock Cheesman, Gracie Newcomer, Ireland Blake, Katie Bodie, Abigail Hale, Maddison Harlan, Violet Hobart, Cooper Leininger, Trae Mossman, Danica Sattison, Bryson Shire, Mason Swogger, Elizabeth Walkup, Owen Will, Bryston Williams. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

The following staff members: Karin Nalefski, Cathy Thiem, Cheryl Young, Deb Thornton, and Jody Anglin

School Choice (Voucher) Students

Parents of students applying for a School Choice (voucher) Scholarship for the 2017-18 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 2016 tax return, unless you receive other forms of public assistance. We will have verification of that if you do.

Help Wanted

As a part of our Ash Wednesday worship, all of our students colored paper with the words “Alleluia” or “He Is Risen” or a picture of a butterfly. We then ‘buried’ these papers in a box for the remainder of Lent. It’s a practice that symbolizes getting rid of the joyful Alleluias in worship during the more somber and reflective season of Lent. These papers will be brought back for Easter Sunday as a way of proclaiming the joyous message of the risen Christ. We are looking for a couple of families to help us put these papers up on Saturday, April 15, at 2:30. If you can help, please contact the school office to let us know.

Mother/Daughter Tea

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Mother/Daughter Tea which will be held in the Gathering Area on Saturday, April 22, at 2:00 p.m. Moms, Grandmas, and special ladies in the lives of our girls (preschool through eighth grade) are welcome! Cost is $6.00 per person. Reservations must be made by April 7. Since materials are being ordered, we MUST adhere to this deadline, so don’t delay! Contact Mrs. Thiem in the office to make your reservation!

Walk For Life

Join the fun at the first annual Bixler Lake “Walk for Life” on Saturday, April 29th, at 9:00 a.m. The walk will start at Life and Family Services, 201 S. Park Avenue with a 1 mile or 2 mile walk option around Bixler Lake. Pledges per mile or flat donations will benefit Indiana Right to Life. Registration sheets are available in the office, at Life and Family Services, or by downloading at www.lfsfamilies.org.

Good Friday School and Worship

Several years ago, we decided to hold school on Good Friday. You may think, that seems strange – why would a Christian school be in session on this important day of the church year? Even public schools have Good Friday off! The reason is that we believe that we can provide students with worship experiences and learning experiences that will help them better understand what this day is all about by having them here at school instead of them being at home. We will spend most of the morning (from about 8:30 until about 11:00) experiencing 2 worship learning experiences. First, our classes will rotate through various Stations of the Cross, where they will be able to experience artifacts to help them understand Jesus’ last days. Second, our whole school will come together for a whole-school chapel in order to worship together. We believe this approach is most beneficial in helping our students understand the importance of what we call Good Friday. We do not want these school day activities to take the place of your family observation of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We hope, and encourage, you to worship together at St. John (our worship schedule can be found later in this Banner) or at your church during these days. We also welcome parents to join us for any or all of our time together on Good Friday. As always, if you have questions, please ask!

Internet Safety Night Rescheduled

Our Parenting Night on Internet Safety that was supposed to be on Monday, March 13, has been re-scheduled for Monday, May 1. The student presentations will occur in the afternoon and the parenting session will start at 6:30. We hope that everyone will plan now to attend this valuable informational session!

Summer Day Camps

Camp Lutherhaven: Have you registered for summer camp at Camp Lutherhaven yet? Now is the time! Camp Lutherhaven is a place of fun and fellowship, with great opportunities to renew old friendships or make new ones all while being strengthened in your faith. Tell all your friends and invite them to join you in an amazing summer adventure at Camp Lutherhaven! Register online at www.lutherhaven.org. Sign up today!

Oak Farm: Oak Farm is hosting a variety of summer day camps. Information and registration materials can be found at www.oakfarm.org/programs/summer-camp. April 10 is the registration deadline.

University of St. Francis: USF hosts a 2-day camp for students interested in a career in healthcare. The camp is June 6-7 and registration information can be found at http://www.sf.edu/sohs/summer-camp.

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:

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)


Friday, March 31 (during our Spring Break) was the last day to complete the online enrollment and pay the $60 fee. On Saturday, April 1, the fee automatically increased to $80.

East Noble Spring Break – No Bus Service Alert

East Noble is still on Spring Break this week – so no bus service!!


Monday, April 3 thru Friday, April 7– no bus service either way

Friday, April 14 – no bus service either way

Tuesday, May 30 – no bus service either way

Wednesday, May 31 – no bus service either way

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.

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.

April 9 - Palm Sunday

8:00 Sanctuary and 10:30 Worship Center

April 13 - Maundy Thursday

Sanctuary 7 pm with Holy Communion

April 14 - Good Friday Sanctuary 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. -

Tre Ore Service

7:00 p.m. - Tenebrae Service

April 16 - Easter Sunday

7:30 a.m. - Sunrise Service with Holy Communion in the


10:30 a.m. - Easter Festival Service with Holy Communion in

the Worship Center

Monday, April 3

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

Tuesday, April 4

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:00 – Student Council

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

Wednesday, April 5

Thursday, April 6

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, April 7

Saturday, April 8

Sunday, April 9

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

April is here and it’s time to think spring!

I’ve got some ideas of things you should bring.

The kids like small wind-up toys, or so I am told

At dollar stores everywhere you’ll find they are sold.

If a wind-up is not on your list to buy

Then check out the brochure with other items to try.

Ask God to help pick the one that’s just right

He’s already got the recipient in His sight!

Again, I ask you to help fill a shoebox

To show a child in need that OUR JESUS ROCKS!

They’ll feel your love from so far away

Your little gift will make their day!

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 Coordinator


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