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Banner 33, April 23, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 23 April 2018


St. John Lutheran School

April 23, 2018 Number 33

The Principal’s Pen

Are you a writer? Is your child a writer? While we might not ask these questions directly every day, our life does interact with these questions quite often. Some examples of how these questions play out in our everyday life is in the debate about whether cursive writing should be taught in schools. Another point is the discussion of whether writing skills are decreasing as texting and typing on a tablet or phone are increasing. Additionally, some people lament the lost art of letter writing.

While the medium may be changing, the ability to put your thoughts down on paper in an organized and thoughtful way is still essential. It’s a skill that our children need to develop, even if they do so in ways that are different than we did. There are some easy ways that help our children grow in their writing abilities:

■ Read it – kids who are read to or read themselves make the jump to putting their own thoughts down on paper more easily because they have a better understanding of how language works

■ Model it – model writing to your kids by doing it (shopping lists, thank you notes, writing sown their stories)

■ Draw it – put a piece of paper in front of a young child and he will often start to draw. But, those pictures might represent a story – and the child will probably be eager to tell you the story!

■ Integrate it – you don’t have to have ‘writing time’ every week. Look for ways to build writing into other things. Did your child make a play fort? Have him write a “No Monsters’ sign for the door. Did she draw a picture? Have her write a sentence about the picture. (continued inside)

■ Journal it – give your child a journal, even a cheap notebook will do, and encourage her to write. It could be funny stories, song lyrics, poems, what happened that day, or story ideas. It doesn’t really matter what, just that she has a place to express herself.

■ Don’t do it – Have your child write certain things, even if it is sloppier or takes more time. Even little kids can write names on Valentines or add items to a paper shopping list.

I often don’t really think of myself as a writer, but when I think more about it, I am. Two parts of my childhood that help formed this ability is that I read a lot and that I made up stories to tell my younger sister. Every child is a writer! I’d love to hear how you encourage writing in your children!

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.

Food Service Director Needed

St. John is seeking a new Food Services Director. This position is responsible for managing the school breakfast and lunch program as well as the summer lunch program. St. John participates in the Federal School Hot Lunch Program. Previous experience in food services is desired but not required. Please contact Mr. Walz or the school office for more information or to apply.

St. John to Host Blood Drive

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will visit St. John on Sunday, May 6th, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. A Red Cross representative will visit our school today (Monday) to share with the kids what a blood drive is all about and how life-saving donations to a blood drive really are. Students who recruit one presenting donor will be awarded a Red Cross blanket while supplies last. We encourage you to take sign up for a specific time on the display in our building and help save a life!

Progress Reports Today

Mid-term progress reports are being sent home today. As always, if you have any questions about the progress your child is making, please be sure to contact the classroom teacher.

Open House

Help spread the news about St. John by inviting your friends and neighbors to our Open House this 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.



Owen Chambers, Joseph Erne, Katie Graber, Brock Klink, and Brenton Klopfenstein

Please pray for our librarian, Miss Taylor, who will have yet another surgery on Monday, April 30th.

St. John Students Stay in Shape This Summer

Get ready for St. John’s Summer Enrichment Program! We want our students to stay in shape over the summer and this is a great way to do it! 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 were sent home last week. We’ve changed the program a little, so please read through the packet carefully. 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. The strict deadline to order SummerBooks and receive free shipping is May 1st. After that date, you will need to order your book yourself and pay all shipping fees.

Camp Lutherhaven Time!

It’s almost time to kiss a moose! Jump in Lake Muncie! Enjoy a campfire! Make crafts! And have an awesome outdoor adventure! We are all set and ready for you to join us for a summer of FUN! What better place to experience God’s “unbreakable love” than out in His creation and alongside new friends at Camp Lutherhaven. There’s still time to register! Visit us online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 260-636-7101.

ISTEP Testing Continues

We will continue our testing this week with the following schedule:

4/23: 7/8 Math and 4/6 Science

4/24: 7/8 English Language Arts, 4/6 Science

4/25: 5/7 Social Studies

Of course, this schedule is subject to changes if we get delayed or run into further complications. Please make every effort to avoid scheduling appointments during those days so uninterrupted testing may take place.

Our fifth and sixth graders are seeking

sponsors for their car wash to be held on Saturday, May 12.

Proceeds will pay for their class trip to

Chicago on June 7.

Contact a student if you are not asked to pledge!


Graduation for the 9 members of our Class of 2018, will be held on Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30. Whether you have a graduate or not, we hope that you will plan to attend this special night in the life of the St. John family.

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.


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!!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as SHINE Students last week: Hunter Bolen, Trenton Bolen, Carter Murphy, Sadie Potts, Solana Andorfer, the Fourth Grade Class, Lukas Christian, Hunter Koehl, and Teegyn Schmidt. We give thanks to God for students who let their light shine before others.

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.

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!

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!

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, Alisha Mast, our current preschool teacher and the one we have extended a contract to for next year, has agreed to continue teaching at St. John. Sarah Koch has received the Call to be our resource room teacher and we are awaiting her answer.

The School Board will be interviewing at least 3 candidates this week for our Kindergarten and 1st Grade classrooms. Please join us in praying that our next teachers are in this group of interviews!

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.

Children’s Theatre Camp

Cedar Lake Church in Auburn is hosting a Children’s Theatre Camp the week of June 25th. Performance will be on June 30th at 7:00 p.m. The camp is open to children who will enter grades 2-9 this fall and cost is $25 per participant. Audition information is available for the asking in the office

23 – 29, 2018

Monday, April 23 - ISTEP

Progress Reports

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

6:00 – 7:00 – Beginning Band Rehearsal @ Concordia High School

Tuesday, April 24 - ISTEP

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

5:30 – Track meet @ Zollner Field, Concordia High School

Wednesday, April 25– ISTEP

8:30 – 11:30 - Fourth Grade trip to McMillen Health Center

3:30 – 6:30 – Open House

Thursday, April 26

10:00 – 11:00 – Second Grade Field Trip – Lutheran Life Villages

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, April 27

11:30 – 2:30 – Grades 1,2,3 to Cole Auditorium to see Cinderella

Saturday, April 28

Sunday, April 29 – Witness Sunday

10:00 – Unity Worship Service in Worship Center

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