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Banner 38 May 30, 2017

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 30 May 2017


St. John Lutheran School

May 30, 2017 Number 38

The Principal’s Pen

Hi, I am Grant Schermerhorn, and I am principal of the day once again. I was principal a few years ago. I got to pick where I wanted to eat and got to take a friend from school to go with me. Ethan Cope and I went to Taco Bell and got to get whatever we wanted. This year I am choosing Hunter Kline to go with me to Dairy Queen.

Today I get to experience what it is like to be a principal I get to help Mr. Walz type the Banner. We also got to help lead chapel and pass out the SHINE awards. After that we set up for the mosaic artist that is coming later to teach the classes about mosaics.

Now I am going to tell you a little bit about myself. I like to be outside riding four wheelers, playing basketball, and I love to run. In basketball I don’t play point guard anymore I play center. I have grown a lot since I was the point guard, and my team doesn’t have very many tall people. In track I run the mile, the 660, .and I also do high jump. I didn’t play baseball this year because I wanted to take a break. I also don’t do karate anymore. The biggest thing I miss about karate is not getting to see Mr. Hayden. But now I get to see him every Saturday night at youth group.

…And From Mr. Walz…

Each chapel service ends with a blessing. It’s the blessing God gave to Moses to give to Aaron to use to bless the people (see Numbers 6:24-26). God also gives us this blessing, and we share it with each other. As we close the school year, may you go into the summer with this blessing:

The Lord bless you and keep you,

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you,

The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

Fond Farewell

We pray that each and every one of you will have a terrific, restful summer. Make regular worship, prayer and Bible study a part of your time together and that time is sure to be blessed.

Please consider joining us for graduation THIS evening, May 30, at 6:30 p.m., as we launch our eighth graders into the next stage of their lives of discipleship.

This group of young men and women will always be a part of the St. John family. It’s time now for them to shine elsewhere. We will miss them.

Franklin Andorfer Wesley Potts

Aaron Bowers Jessica Schroeder

Hanne Brandgard Kasi Shire

Gavin Burtch Gabriela Stier

Domonic Campbell Mikayla Stier

Madisyn Cope Haylee Terry

Aliyah Jimenez Marcy Treesh

Ian Malone Caleb Walz

Shelby Mock Joshua Walz

Delia Norris

As You Graduate

I will never be the same again, I can never return. I’ve closed the door.

I will walk the path, I’ll run the race. And I will never be the same again.

There are higher heights, there are deeper seas.

Whatever You need to do Lord do in me.

The glory of God fills my life, And I will never be the same again.

This will be the last edition of the Banner for this school year. We hope it has been helpful in keeping you informed about the daily operations of our school. Watch your mail in early July for our summer mailing – packed full of exciting news!

The office will be staffed each day from 8:00 – 3:00.

Staffing Update

As previously announced, we are excited to welcome Mrs. Kacee Short as our new preschool teacher.

As previously announced, we are excited to announce Mrs. Lori Blackburn as our new 4th grade teacher, sharing the responsibilities with Mrs. Gerst.

Sunday, our church extended a Divine Call to Mrs. Jeffrey Neuman to be our new middle school teacher. Mr. Neuman has 7 years teaching experience and experience with both math and music. He is married and has a 4-year-old son and an almost 1-year-old daughter. The Neuman’s currently live in Niagara Falls, New York. As we believe God has led us to Mr. Neuman, please now pray that God will direct Mr. Neuman to accept our Call to be teacher.

We have interest from 5 individuals for our Kindergarten and First Grade teaching aide positions. Applications can still be submitted. Interviews and decisions will happen in June.

Ms. Dencklau has just announced that she will not be returning to St. John next year. We will miss her and the great skills and energy she has brought as our general music and keyboard teacher. She has decided that she needs more time to focus on her private students and her Music Together business in Fort Wayne. We will begin our search for another keyboard teacher. If you know of someone qualified to teach keyboard and general music, please have them contact Mr. Walz.

Final report cards for this school year are being sent home

with students TODAY.

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 8 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!?

Congratulations Caylee

Congratulations to 6th grader Caylee James who recently learned that her essay for the Elks’ Americanism Essay Contest won first place. The theme of this year’s contest was “Why It Is Important to Vote?”. Way to go Caylee!

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!

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!

Go For the Gold

It’s not too late to join in the fun of our Summer Enrichment Program! All you need to do is track the number of minutes that you spend reading this summer. You can also keep track of your minutes of physical exercise. You can also order a summer book on your own and complete that. Turn in all of your results when school starts again and join us for the reward party after school starts.

Please pray for our School Board

Members Tom Koerner (Chairman), Jeff Lehman, Tacy Potts, Beth Klink, Angie Malone, Dawn Hossinger, and Kurt Hayden

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 must be on file before a student may attend.


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.

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.

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 last Monday.

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.

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!

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.

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: Elli Will, Allison Walkup, Luke Christian, Mason Swogger, Anna Conrad, Evan Smith, and Lance Squire. 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!!

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!

2017 Track Rundown

The 2017 track season wrapped up in an amazing week. The girls finished second in the Saxon Divisional meet with our boys winning the Championship again (check out the new plaque in the trophy case!). Many personal bests and season bests were set this year, by many athletes who have not had much experience yet.

A big thank you to all athletes who came out and gave track their all! A HUGE congratulations to Baily Lash who set a record in Class C 100 yard dash with a time of 13.54 and in Class C Long Jump with a jump of 12’9”. Eighth grader Wesley Potts set three of his own in the Boys Class A division: a 5:22.5 Mile, a 16’8” Long Jump, and a time of 2:24.38 in the 880 yard run.

8th Grade: Wesley Potts, Joshua Walz, Caleb Walz, Ian Malone, Mikayla Stier, Hanne Brandgard, Delia Norris, Jessie Schroeder

7th Grade: Aiden Schumm and Coby Treesh

6th Grade: Hunter Kline, Jacob Diehm, Grant Schermerhorn, Caylee James, Aowyn Myers, Alicia Proxmire, Christian Heileman, Joshua Bailey, Baily Lash, Max Bender, Ethan Cope, and Landyn Bradley

5th Grade: Andrew Malone, Katie White, Sadie Potts, Zander Brazel, Paige Bidwell, Carter Murphy, Matthew McKinley

4th Grade: Lex Moser, Trey Warren, Cayden Hulbert, Ashlynn Myers

A special thank you to three amazing individuals who willingly gave of their time and talents to assist this group: Pam Jacobs-Stier, Dr. John Lutz, and Ethan Kessler. I couldn’t have made it without you!

Thanks for a great season and a wonderful 15 years! God’s Blessings!

Miss Melissa Monn

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.

A prayer of thanksgiving for the productive learning time God has provided for our children this school year. We ask that He be with our students and their families during the summer months. May they continue to grow in their faith in Jesus.

God Be With You ‘Till We Meet Again

So June is here, kids get a break

A few weeks away from school we take.

The sun is out and shining bright

Blessings abound within our sight.

Please take a minute in your busy day

To hold a child close and then to pray.

For kids in other parts of the earth

Who spend their days in a rubble to search.

Thru garbage dumps they look to seek

A minute treasure their own to keep.

They have no toys and not much fun

From hunger they are always on the run.

To many, if they’ve no vessel to use

For a small allotment of gruel they’re refused.

So this month let’s gather something to hold

The food that they get that, to them, is like gold.

A cup or a bowl will sure fill the bill

Make sure it is plastic and easy to fill!

A smile on their face your gift will sure make

When they get their small portion in your bowl that they take!

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

(A big THANK YOU to those of you who HAVE been placing items in the box! It makes my day to find something new tucked inside! THANK YOU!!)

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