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Banner #32 April 16, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 16 April 2018


St. John Lutheran School

April 16, 2018 Number 32

The Principal’s Pen

The teachers and I spent last Thursday after school in a faculty meeting. Now, remember, last Thursday was the first nice, sunny, warm day we have had in quite a while. So, it should come as no surprise that several of the teachers were pushing for being able to go outside instead of the meeting! It’s probably exactly what they heard from their students earlier in the day! Mrs. Barr even threw in some statistics about how important play and fresh air is for our minds, thinking, and learning.

Mrs. Barr is right on, you know. More and more research is confirming the importance of physical activity to our brain health and growth. There really is a connection between play and learning! Here are just a few of the benefits:

☼ Play helps build ‘executive functioning’, the ability to be goal-driven and focused.

☼ Play helps improve ‘working memory’, the short-term memory we use when working on a task.

☼ Play with others helps build ‘social brains’, the ability for kids to interact with others and problem-solve.

☼ Play increases several brain chemicals (dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine) that all improve and stabilize mood.

This list is a brief introduction to the benefits of play for academic, physical, and social well-being. As more research is done, the connections between brain health and physical activity grow stronger and stronger. The benefits aren’t only for kids, either! Even adult brains can benefit from play.

By the way, I did give the teachers 10 minutes outside! Now you get out there and play!

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 student for being recognized as a SHINE Student the week before Spring Break: Katelyn James We give thanks to God for students who let their light shine before others.

St. John Students Stay in Shape This Summer

Get ready for St. John’s Summer Enrichment Program! We are making some changes to this program, but it will still involve opportunities for you to stay active physically and mentally! Students can participate by tracking reading minutes, physical activity minutes, and skills workbook pages. Students will be able to purchase summer workbooks from the Summerbook Company. All the details are coming home later this week. STRICT deadline to order on our school order (and receive free shipping!) is May 1st. All the students who participate in this summer program will be able to participate in the special recognition party once school begins in the fall.


Please pray for our seventh and eighth graders, their teachers, and parent chaperones as they enjoy their trip to Washington, D.C. this week;


Alicia Proxmire, Samantha Schroeder, Elizabeth Stewart, Daniel Tuttle, and Spencer Arington

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.

Yearbook Order Forms

Forms to order your 2017-18 St. John yearbook were sent home with students last week. 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.

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. Last week, banks were sent home 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 bank returned full of your spare change collected over the next 4 weeks. Classes that return 90% of their banks with money in them will receive a special prize.

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.

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

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!

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

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!

7th/8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.

Our 7th and 8th graders, along with Mrs. Pillers and Mr. Schroeder and several parent chaperones, will be leaving on Tuesday night for 3 days in Washington, D.C. Once again we are joining with Resurrection Lutheran Academy in South Bend for the trip. This trip is one of the highlights for these students. We pray for safety and God’s blessings on this trip!

Vision Screens

Students in kindergarten, first grade, third, fifth and eighth grade will be undergoing vision screenings on Wednesday, April 25, 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

After prayerful consideration, Ashley Ort has decided to decline our contract to teach 1st Grade at St. John. Ashley expressed a great desire to teach at St. John but determined that the timing was not right with her plans for marriage and family. Christina Warnier, after visiting this past weekend, has also informed us that she is declining our Call to teach Kindergarten. Christina decided that it was not God’s will for her to take a new position at this time. Alisha Mast, our current preschool teacher and the one we have extended a contract to for next year, is still prayerfully weighing family needs and finalizing her decision. The process with Lutheran Special Education Ministries in extending a Call to Sarah Koch to be our resource room teacher is still moving forward as planned. Mr. Walz and the School Board have already begun the process of seeking new candidates for these positions and will be interviewing soon. We continue to pray for God’s guidance as we fill these school staffing positions.

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.

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.

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.

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 Coordinato

16-22, 2018

Monday, April 16 – ISTEP

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

Tuesday, April 17 - ISTEP

8:15 – Chapel

5:30 – Track meet @ Concordia Lutheran High School

6:45 – D.C. Trip departure from St. John parking lot

Wednesday, April 18 – ISTEP

Thursday, April 19 – ISTEP

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, April 20 – ISTEP

Saturday, April 21

Sunday, April 22

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in Worship Center

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