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

Banner #31; April 9, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 09 April 2018


St. John Lutheran School

April 9, 2018 Number 31

The Principal’s Pen


He is risen!

He is risen indeed!

It’s a week after Easter Sunday, but can we ever grow tired of hearing or proclaiming these words? These words echo the words spoken by the angel to the women who came to the tomb early on that first Easter Sunday morning:

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”

These words, simple as they are, pack a powerful message. Jesus is not here. The tomb is empty. Jesus really did conquer sin, death, and the Devil. Hell could not hold Him. This is not just a fact from 2,000 years ago. This is a present reality for you and for me. Jesus’ victory is our victory. Sin, death, and the Devil may have momentary victories in our lives, but the battle is won and Jesus has defeated them!

How do we respond to this great news? The angel told the women two things:

Come and see the place where he lay. Go quickly and tell.”

Our response can be the same. Come and see – continue to see the risen Christ in worship and fellowship at church. Go and tell – let others know what Christ has done for you.


He is risen!

He is risen indeed!

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.

TinCaps Ticket Order Deadline – Friday, April 13

If your student earned a free ticket through the TinCaps reading program, please remember that the ticket order form must be returned by this Friday, April 13 in order to attend the game on May 19 and sit with the St. John group. Students who earn a free ticket but can’t attend the game on May 19 can select a ticket for another game. We will help arrange transportation to the game for students who want to attend but don’t have family members attending.

Chapel Offering for Cambodia Mission Work

Our chapel offering for this 3rd Trimester is going to support mission work in Cambodia. This is a continuation of the online mission trip we took during Lutheran Schools Week. During that week we learned that over 95% of Cambodians are Buddhists. There is a great need to share the Christian message. Before Spring Break the students created witness postcards that will be mailed to Cambodia. Coming home today are banks that the students and families can collect offering in for the next 4 weeks. The banks should be returned for chapel on May 8. Our goal is to have every banks returned full of your spare change collected over the next 4 weeks. More information is coming home with the banks!

Mother/Daughter Tea

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Mother/Daughter Tea which will be held in the Gathering Area on Saturday, May 12, 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 13. 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!

Piano Recital

Nathan Walz (oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Walz) has been composing a piano piece for his senior project at Concordia Lutheran High School. The piece is based on several familiar hymns and focuses on the passion and resurrection of Jesus. He will be performing the piece here at St. John in the Worship Center on Wednesday, April 18, at 7:00. All school and church families are invited to attend.

Walk For Life

Join the fun at the second annual Bixler Lake “Walk for Life” on Saturday, May 12th, 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 contacting Korynn Wible-Freels at korynnfreels@gmail.com.

Save the Date

Please mark your calendars and save the dates for the following important end-of-the-year events:

Saturday, May 12, 2:00 – Mother/Daughter Tea

Monday, May 14, 6:00 – Bright Lights Princess Party

Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 – Preschool/Kindergarten/1st Grade Spring Program

Monday, May 21, 6:00 – Athletic Awards Night

Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 – 8th Grade Graduation Service

Thursday, May 24, 8:15 – Awards Assembly

Friday, May 25, 2:00 – Closing Chapel held at Bixler Lake Park

Yearbook Order Forms Coming Home

Forms to order your 2017-18 St. John yearbook have been sent home with students. Books are $15 each and the deadline to order is April 20. If you are interested in a yearbook, please don’t delay because the deadline is strict in order to get the books printed and returned by the end of the school year.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Andrew McKinley, Abby Hale, Cooper Leininger, Violet Hobart, Elizabeth Walkup, Nathan Potts, Jack Slater, Melissa Heileman, Olivia Schott, Brayden Koehl, Hunter Koehl, Lukas Christian, Ava DeCamp-Atz, Addison Hampshire, Kylie Parks, and Mikayla Bolinger.

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

Open House

Help spread the news about St. John by inviting your friends and neighbors to our Open House on Wednesday, April 25, from 3:30-6:30. We’d love your help in bringing new students to St. John by sharing your experience with friend, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, and others you come in contact with.


Please pray for these students and their families this week:

Christian Heileman, Caylee James, Baily Lash, Kyle McKenzie, and Aowyn Myers

21st Century Scholar Program

Parents, especially of 7th and 8th graders, need to explore this state program that provides college funding for eligible Indiana students. Income eligibility requirements exist, but the application process and other requirements are fairly simple. Scholarships for both Indiana public and private colleges are available. Applications must be made during the student’s 7th or 8th grade year. You can find all the details at www.in.gov/ssaci/2345.htm

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!

ISTEP Testing Window Approaches

The testing window for the next round of ISTEP testing for students in grades 3-8 is from April 16 through May 4. Our testing schedule is April 16-19 and April 23-25. We plan to test 3rd-4th graders together, 5th-6th graders together, and 7th-8th graders together. This arrangement will limit the amount of time any class will have to spend away from regular class time. Please make every effort to avoid scheduling appointments during those days so uninterrupted testing may take place.

School Choice (Voucher) Students

Parents of students applying for a School Choice (voucher) Scholarship for the 2018-19 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 2017 tax return, unless you receive other forms of public assistance. We will have verification of that if you do.

Track Has Begun

Our track team, open to students in 4th-8th grades, has begun practicing! Practices are generally held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The team can often be found practicing in the parking lot and alley. If you arrive after 3:15 to pick up your child from Extended Care or another activity, please drive with extra caution in the parking lot!

Hearing Screens

Students in kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, and seventh grade will be undergoing hearing screenings on Wednesday, April 11, during the school day. Students in other grades may also be screened by teacher recommendation. Parents, you are welcome to request that your child also be screened. Just let Mrs. Thiem know and they will be placed on the list.

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 with questions.

Registration Timeline

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year for both our returning parents and for new parents 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 print form and will come home this week in email form, but if you need another copy just ask in the office. Here are other important dates to keep in mind:

April 25 Open House from 3:30 – 6:30 (invite your friends and neighbors)

May 10 Preschool & Kindergarten Round Up from 6:00 – 7:00

(invite your friends and neighbors)

Teacher Search Update

St. John congregation recently issued a Divine Call to one of our teacher candidates and was informed of other actions taken by the School Board for other staffing openings. Here are the actions taken in securing teachers for next year:

Divine Call to Miss Christina Warnier to be our next Kindergarten teacher. Miss Christina Warnier will be visiting on April 7-9. She will be at school on April 9 as we return from Spring Break. Please talk the opportunity to say hi and welcome her!

Contract offered to Miss Ashley Ort to be our next 1st Grade teacher.

Contract offered to Mrs. Alisha Mast to continue as our Preschool teacher.

Recommendation to Lutheran Special Education Ministries to issue a Divine Call to

Miss Sarah Koch to be our next Resource Room teacher.

Please pray that God would direct each of these individuals and lead them to accept our offers and join us.

Camp Lutherhaven

God never lets us down! This summer we’ll explore God’s Unbreakable promises grounded in His Love – including the greatest promise of all – Eternal Life. Camp Lutherhaven offers a wide variety of summer programs for grades K-12 and Servant Events for grades 8-12. With the ever popular full and half week camps, we “promise” you’ll have an adventure at Camp this summer, all while strengthening your walk in faith. Register online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 260-636-7101.

Hidden Falls Summer Camp Opportunity

Common Grace Ministries is responsible for managing the Red Kettle Campaign and overseeing the spending of the funds raised within Noble County. Under Salvation Army guidelines, they are able to assist schools with Tools for Schools and camp opportunities. They are reaching out to school systems who actively participated in the bell ringing for the year with camp opportunities. Because over $40,000 was raised in 2017, they have the capability of sending 20 students from Noble County to the Salvation Army Camp near Bedford, Indiana.

Common Grace pays the camp fee for each student (nearly $500 per student). The family is responsible for the application fee and transportation to and from the camp. If you are interested in this opportunity, please see Mrs. Thiem for an application.

Feeling Anxious?

Anxiety is something that we all experience from time to time. But, for some, it can be debilitating. Crosswinds (a Christian counseling service that a few of our families have partnered with) is hosting a seminar on anxiety at the Cole Center Family YMCA. The seminar, “Living with Anxiety” will be on Tuesday, April 10, from 6:00-8:00. Please consider attending this informative meeting.

Another Summer Camp Opportunity

Oak Farm Montessori School also runs a summer camp program. Information can be found at www.oakfarm.org/programs/summer-camp. A few brochures are also available in the office.

Fort Wayne Children’s Choir

Auditions will be held on Monday, May 21 through Thursday, May 24, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the IPFW Rhinehart Music Center, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. in Ft. Wayne. Auditions must be scheduled by calling 260-481-0481 or email fwcchoir@fwcchoir.org. Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 – 5:00 p.m. Mrs. Thiem has additional information about the choir. Additional audition dates are offered June 4-7 for those unable to schedule during the May dates.

9-15, 2018

Monday, April 9

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

Tuesday, April 10

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

7:00 – Meeting for Parents & Students going on Washington DC trip

Wednesday, April 11

9:00 – Hearing Screenings

Thursday, April 12

8:45 – 2:15 – 4th Grade trip to History Center & Allen County Courthouse

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

Friday, April 13

9:00- 2:00 – 6th Grade field trip – JA Biztown

Saturday, April 14

Sunday, April 15

7:30 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in Worship Center

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