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Banner #37

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 22 May 2017


St. John Lutheran School

May 22, 2017 Number 37

The Principal’s Pen

What are you looking forward to most about summer vacation? Your answer as a parent is probably different than mine as principal. In some ways, summer vacation might be harder on parents as you have to juggle taxiing kids to different activities, providing for childcare when you are at work, preparing lunches, and extra cleaning with kids at home. (Now, I hope there are lots of benefits in having the kids at home, too!)

One of the things I’m looking forward to, and I’m sure the teachers would agree, is some time of rest. I know you parents can relate. During the school year, the days are often long, the pace is often frantic, and the sheer number of activities and amount of information is staggering. While the summer schedule is still full, the pace is different. It’s good to have some times of rest. It’s also easy to feel guilty about resting. We shouldn’t! God knew something about rest (check out Genesis 2:2-3). Jesus also knew something about rest. He frequently took time away to rest and reconnect with God (check out Mark 6:31, Mark 6:46, and John 6:15). If God and Jesus took time for rest, shouldn’t we? One of the promises Jesus gives us is “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29. This rest is much more than just physical rest. It is a spiritual rest, one that reaches to the depths of our being.

My prayer is that each of you, each of the teachers and staff members, and I find rest this summer. True rest – of body, soul, and spirit. May God bless you this summer!

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 $17,000 for the school. These funds will help with technology upgrades and other educational expenses. Many thanks again to our auction committee of Summer Moser, Haley Arnold, Jeremy Bontrager, Carrie Maxwell, and all the others whose hard work made this event possible. 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!

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 30, in the Worship Center. We will be celebrating the many accomplishments of our students!

Eighth Grade Graduation

ALL Students and Families Are Invited….

Tuesday, May 30 - 6:30 P.M.

Worship Center

Please join us in recognizing and celebrating

our 8th grade graduates:

Franklin Andorfer, Aaron Bowers, Hanne Brandgard, Gavin Burtch, Dominic Campbell, Madisyn Cope, Aliyah Jimenez, Ian Malone, Shelby Mock, Delia Norris, Wesley Potts, Jessica Schroeder,

Kasi Shire, Gabriela Stier, Mikayla Stier, Haylee Terry,

Marcy Treesh, Caleb Walz, and Joshua Walz

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 The Ark Encounter in upper Kentucky. 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 30 and Wednesday,

May 31.

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!?

Final Days of School

The final day of school for preschool 4-year old classes (both AM and PM) is Friday, May 26. The final day for the preschool 3-year old class will be Tuesday, May 30. Mrs. McBee will send home information about preschoolers participating in the end-of-the-year picnic on Wednesday, May 31. Kindergarten through eighth grade’s last day will be Wednesday, May 31. Please continue to watch your classroom newsletters for end of the year field trips and events.

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. A permission slip with all details came home today.


Vacation Bible School week is July 17-21!!

VBS 2017 is a victory celebration! At Mighty Fortress VBS, your children learn that in Jesus, the victory is won! Registration is now open for children in preschool (at least age 3 by July) through entering 6th grade who will attend VBS July 17th – 21st from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. each night. Come along with us as we sing fun songs, do themed crafts, each yummy snacks, and more! To register, go online at www.vbsmate.com/SJK, pick up a form outside the church office, or contact Mollie at the information listed below.

***HELP WANTED*** We are in need of many volunteers! You can be a tremendous help even if your schedule permits you to only attend certain evenings during VBS week, assist with preparatory tasks, or come to a weekend decorating workshop. Upcoming decorating days at Immanuel Avilla are Sunday, May 28 and Saturday, June 4. Please call Mollie at (260) 242-6212 or e-mail molliescheiber@hotmail.com for more information.

Camp Lutherhaven Time!

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer! The green trees, lush grass, and flowers popping up, bring back memories of summer camp and jumping in the lake, enjoying friends around a campfire, playing games, and more. There’s so much to do at Camp Lutherhaven! Summer Camp is just around the corner, and its not too late to sign up. Register online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at (260) 636-7101.

End of the Year Special Events

As the year nears completion, there are many 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 30: Awards Assembly, 8:15

Tuesday, May 30: Graduation Service, 6:30

Wednesday, May 31: Field Day, picnic lunch, and closing chapel, 8:00 until 2:55

A permission slip with all details came home today.

Incoming East Noble Freshmen

8th grade parents who are moving on to East Noble High School – please note that the 9th Grade Summer Orientation Day has been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 2. More information will hopefully come directly to you from the high school. If not, please contact the high school for the details.

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.

Free Office Furniture

Is your home or office in need of some furniture? Mr. Walz has 2 arm chairs, a low coffee table, and a large desk that are available. A free-will donation is appreciated. Contact the school office if you are interested.

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 Promote St. John

This summer St. John Lutheran Church and School will participate in 2 community events:

• Noble County Fair, Sunday, July 10-Saturday, July 15

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

We will have a booth at each event sharing information about our school and church. We would love to have help from our church and school families at these booths. If that sounds interesting to you, call the school office to be added to the list!

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:

• Empty Ink jet cartridges

• Pop can tabs

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

• Campbell’s Soup labels

Athletic Notice for 2017 - 18

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 2017-2018 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 currently in 3rd-7th grade will be receiving an email with a link to a short survey to gather information on your interest in sports. Please complete this survey as soon as possible, but by May 23 at the very latest. We appreciate your help in helping us plan for next year’s athletic program. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact Athletic Director Melissa Monn or Mr. Walz

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.

SHINE Student of the Week

Congratulations to the following student for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Jackson Deskins, Isaac Bennett, Katelyn James, Fyo Hayden, Nathaniel Bontrager, Evan Kilburn, Kylie Parks, Grace Palmer, Alex Padilla, Carter Murphy, and Abi McLeod. We give thanks to God for the students who let their light shine before others.

Bus Next School Year?

Parents of students who ride an East Noble bus this school year have received a form 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.

Please pray

Our prayers this week go out to eighth graders Mikayla Stier, Haylee Terry, Marcy Treesh, Caleb Walz, and Joshua Walz


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!

SHINE Student of the Week

Congratulations to the following student for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Katelyn James, Anna Conrad, Lillian Smoot, Brody Workman, Gabi Schermerhorn, and Lauren Diehm. 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!!

Alumni Accomplishments

Congratulations to St. John graduates, Michael Lehman and Emilea Herkel, who have gone on to do amazing things at East Noble High School and will graduate this spring.

Michael was recognized as one of the Top Ten in the Class of 2017! He also received a Noble REMC Scholarship; Beta Associate Chapter of Tri Kappa English award; Bargain Shoppe of the First Christian Church Scholarship; Alpha Associate Chapter of Tri Kappa Scholarship; Benjamin B. and Kathleen June Earley Memorial Scholarship; Noble County Memorial Scholarship in Memory of Kenneth Forker, Chester Dekko, Howard Heckner, John Hogan, Dorothy Mossman, Dave Knopp, Loretta & Christine Noe, Sandra Shepherd and Sylvan Springs; Noble County Community Foundation Top Honors; and was an East Noble High Honor Student (3.5 GPA or above). Way to go, Michael!

Emi received a Noble County Extension Homemakers Scholarship; Professional & Business Women’s Association of Kendallville; Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship; Gamma Xi Chapter Tri Kappa Merit Scholarship; Olive B. Cole Foundation Scholarship; and was also an East Noble High Honor Student (3.5 GPA or above). Congratulations, Emi!

Lutheran Night at the Fort Wayne Tin Caps

Monday, July 31, is Lutheran Night at the Tin Caps. Game time is 7:05 p.m. You won’t want to miss the fireworks, Jake the Diamond Dog, Family Feast Night in which hot dogs, pizza slices, popcorn, regular soft drinks, and buffalo chicken sticks are all $1, and more! This season, the Tin Caps will be donating $1 from each ticket sold in advance to fund scholarships for students attending Lutheran South Unity School in Southeast Fort Wayne.

Only ticket orders received prior to Monday, July 17th will receive the Lutheran Night discount offer. Flyers with all the information are available for the asking in the school office, or let your child’s teacher know and one will be sent home. Don’t miss the fun!

East Noble Football Information

Information is available in the office for incoming first through eighth graders regarding the Youth Football Camp to be held at East Noble High School. The camp runs from June 5-8 from 9:00 – noon.

Gaslight Playhouse

Registration forms for this year’s Gaslight Playhouse Children’s Theatre Workshop are available in the office. The workshop is for those going into second –eighth grades. Registration is limited and the deadline is June 1st.





Thank a Veteran for their service to our country!

22–28, 2017

Monday, May 22

Tuesday, May 23

8:15 – Chapel

6:00 – Athletic Celebration and Awards

Wednesday, May 24

All Day – Grade 5/6 trip to The Ark Encounter

Thursday, May 25

9:00 – 12:30 – 1st grade to Moose Lake

All Day – Grade 7/8 trip to Cedar Point

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, May 26

Saturday, May 27

Sunday, May 28

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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