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

Banner #21; January 28, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 28 January 2019


St. John Lutheran School

January 28, 2019 - Number 21

Principal’s Pen

I am a Lutheran school principal. I plan meetings, I lead meetings, I attend meetings. I plan budgets, I monitor budgets, I adjust budgets. I write grants. I evaluate curriculum. I evaluate teachers. I talk with teachers. I pray with teachers. I solve problems. I cause problems.

I am a Lutheran school principal. I greet students and parents before and after school. I attend sporting events. I put on Band-Aids. I visit classrooms. I visit the lunchroom. I discipline kids. I send discipline notes home to parents. I talk with students. I pray with students. I talk with parents. I pray with parents.

I am a Lutheran school principal. I put the caution chain out. I take the caution chain in. I move tables and chairs. I set up tables and chairs. I take down tables and chairs. I plunge clogged toilets. I do minor repairs. I unjam the copier. I clean up after sick kids.

I am a Lutheran school principal. All of these things, and more, are part of my days and weeks. They are what I do. But, they’re not who I am or why I do what I do. My greatest role, responsibility, joy, and blessing is to help children know Jesus as their Savior and grow in their faith. That’s what Lutheran schools do, that’s what our teachers do, and that’s what I do. While all the other parts of our school ministry are important, and we work to do them the best we can, the heart of Lutheran schools is connecting kids to Jesus. In the classroom and out of the classroom, that is our priority. We worship together, we learn together, we pray together, we serve together.

As we celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week this week, I am thankful for my Lutheran school upbringing. I am thankful that God has called me to this work and empowers me to serve Him. I am thankful for each of you and our partnership together here. May God bless St. John Lutheran School and all Lutheran schools!

Did you know that St. John is one of almost 2,100 Lutheran preschool, elementary, and high schools across the nation? Did you know that these schools contain around 250,000 students? Did you know that the Lutheran schools are the second largest parochial school system in the United States (only the Catholic system is larger)? We have much to be thankful for as a part of this school system!

This week we are celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week and the blessings of our wonderful Lutheran School.

The week’s fun activities are:

MONDAY - School Spirit Day/ Blue & White Day (wear

St. John colors or t-shirts)

TUESDAY – Disney Day

WEDNESDAY – Mismatch/Crazy Hair Day


FRIDAY – Pajama Day (wear your pajamas and bring slippers, blankets, stuffed animals – per teacher’s instructions)

SUNDAY (Feb. 3) – Choir sings at both 8:00 and 10:30 services

Open House

Thank you to everyone who helped promote our Open House and invited people to come and check us out. We welcomed 10 families with 12 students to the Open House. We are ready to meet with families and give individual tours at any time, so please continue to share about St. John with your friends.

Financial Peace University

St. John is, once again, offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. This course helps families learn and out into practice sound, Biblical financial management strategies. The course will be led by Rick and Heidi Ludwig and Paul Wendt. The sessions will meet in the library on Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:30, beginning Feb. 17 and ending on May 5 (with a few weeks off for Spring Break and Easter). If you have taken this course at any time in the past you may attend this course free as a refresher! Otherwise, the course costs $109. But, St. John School families can receive a coupon for $50 off of school tuition after successfully completing this course. You can find more information and sign up for the course here: https://www.financialpeace.com/groups/1084440?c=ccf

Reading Enrichment Coming Soon!

‣ Next Monday, Feb. 4, will be the day we send home information on this year’s TinCap Reading Program. The program will run from Feb. 11 through March 11. Students who complete their 4 goals will receive a ticket to a TinCaps game on May 18.

‣ One School One Book is also coming! Every family will receive a copy of the same book with the encouragement to all read the same amount each night. A kick-off assembly will be announced soon and more specific information will be coming soon.

Registration Timeline

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 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:

January 21 Re-enrollment of returning students began through your FACTS (formerly called RenWeb) ParentsWeb account

January 28 Enrollment of new students begins

March 1 Class lists are formed for enrolled students based on established

enrollment priorities (see handbook)

March 31 Last day to register online and pay the $60 per student reg. fee

April 1 Registration fee for returning students increases to $80 per student

April 20 First deadline to submit application to FACTS for tuition assistance

June 1 Parents can enroll 4-year-old preschool students in the other

session if they desire a full-day program

Soccer Shots Coming to St. John!

Soccer Shots (www.soccershots.org/fortwayne) seeks to positively impact kids’ lives by provide age-appropriate soccer instruction. They have worked with many northern Indiana schools and day cares, including several area Lutheran schools. We are excited to welcome Soccer Shots to St. John for a 6-week session for Kindergarten-2nd graders. There will be a free preview day on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 3:00-3:30. The session will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 13, and run through March 20. Sessions will be from 3:05-3:50. Informational fliers have been sent home this week with all the details. We hope you’ll consider joining in this new after-school activity!

Update Your Kroger Community Rewards

Remember that your designation of St. John as the recipient of your Kroger Community Rewards must be renewed annually. Check the bottom of your receipt to see if your status is current. It should clearly state that St. John is receiving your rewards. If not, PLEASE visit krogercommunityrewards.com to re-enroll in the program. You will not receive notification that your designation has expired, so please check!

St. John’s NPO number is 10129.

Proceeds from the final quarter of 2017 amounts to $380.11, which we should receive very soon. We need your help to continue receiving this blessing!!! Thank you!!

National Geography Bee Winners Announced

Congratulations to Ben Reed, winner of this year’s National Geography Bee!!! Brendon Heileman finished as runner-up and Trey Warren was our third-place finisher.

Other students competing in the bee were Jonah Slater, Rhoda Bontrager, Aiden Hoffman, Lex Moser, Matthew McKinley, and Oshea Bailey.

Ben now completes a written test in hopes of qualifying for the state-level of competition. Congratulations to all of our competitors and good luck, Ben!!

G-O-O-D L-U-C-K, C-H-R-S-T-I-A-N !!!

Best of luck to Christian Heileman who will represent our school in the Noble County Spelling Bee tonight Monday, January 28th The Bee starts at 6:00 and will be held in the Charger Hall at West Noble Middle School. Good luck, Christian!!

Science Fair

Inquiry, investigation, problem solving, research, time management,

public speaking: all of these skills and more can be built through working

on a Science Fair project! This is a great opportunity for children to explore

an area that they are interested in. Information on the St. John Science Fair has been made available to students in grades 1-8. Your questions can be answered by your teacher or by our Science Fair chairperson, Don Schroeder. The projects will be due in February and the full schedule is available in the packet. We encourage all students to participate in this worthwhile event!

Projects are due on Monday, Feb. 11, and the Science Fair Night will be Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 6:00-7:00.

If you need a display board you can get one from the office. The boards are 32” high and 36” wide and are available first come-first served. You can make your check out to “St. John PTL”. Each board is $5.50.

Did You Know?

It takes between 500 and 600 hours and up to six months to spin, dye, and weave a traditional Peruvian poncho. Peruvians generally receive one poncho upon becoming an adult and it is expected to last a lifetime. Nearly every weaving technique known today was invented by Peruvians – and all of them were invented by 3000 B.C.. Our chapel offerings for the 2nd Trimester will support mission work in Peru. We encourage all students to show their thankfulness to God by bringing in Chapel offering on Tuesdays!

Track Helpers Needed

Even though we are in the midst of winter weather, we are thinking spring and the start of track season! Practices will begin early to mid-March and run through most of May. Mr. Wendt will be leading the team again, but we are looking for some additional helpers. No experience is needed and training will be provided. Please contact Mrs. Kline, Athletic Director, for more information. jkline@stjohneagles.org or 349-2395.

Fitness Fact

Since exercise builds more muscle and muscle burns more calories, exercise allows you to eat more calories, right? While this is true, it can open the door to trouble if we aren’t careful. While muscle does burn more fat, it is a smaller amount that adds up over time. Most of us over-estimate our calories burned and underestimate our calorie intake.

Tax Reform and St. John Tuition

One of the provisions in the tax Reform Act passed a year ago is that families can use their 529 accounts to pay for K-12 education and not just college education. This could be great news for those of you who already have a 529 account started. It’s also another great reason to start one of these accounts if you haven’t. We will share more details as they become available.

Morning Drop-off Reminders

In order to have a smooth morning drop-off procedure, as well as a safe one for parents and students, we offer these reminders:

⁎ If you are parking and walking your child in, please park in the lot. Please do not park next to the building to bring your child in.

⁎ The exception to this is cars with handicap tags and they may park along the building, but should avoid parking right by the Worship Center doors.

⁎ If you are dropping off your child, please pull up next to the building and let him/her off. Do not stop in the alley as it blocks traffic from exiting the lot.

Thank you for your help in keeping our kids safe!

Apple Festival Help Needed

What???? Apple Festival? Apple Festival is in October!! Yes, we know, but we are getting a jump on two items:

1) We have lost our staple gun which is critical for the construction of our booth. Before we purchase another, we thought we’d inquire if someone has one laying around that they’d like to just be rid of. See Mrs. Thiem if you are that someone!

2) We will be raising our fritter price to $4.00 each. Therefore, all our signage needs to be updated. If you would like to take on that project, or would like more information about doing so, see Mrs. Thiem.

A message from Mrs. Thiem

Weird as this is, the second day after I came back from the month I was out of the office for Dave’s “heart adventure”, I received an envelope in the mail here at church/school from Parkview Heart Institute. It promotes the HeartSmart CT ($50) and a Total Vascular Screening ($79). Either of these screenings may have saved Dave significant issues, which he will deal with the remainder of his days.

I think it’s really odd that Parkview would send this information to a church, but the written sentiment on the letter says “May your congregation be full of health in 2019.” I am taking the receipt of this information as a sign that God wants someone in our midst to have this easy test. Maybe it’s YOU. And maybe it will save your life. See me and I will gladly share a copy of the information!

Items Up For Grabs

It is the hope to clear out the old youth area (upper side balcony of the sanctuary). It is, for some time, become an area where things were left to pile up and it’s time to move ‘em on out!! BEFORE February 1st, if you have any interest in the following, please let Kevin Wengert, or Cathy Thiem know:

2 couches – one is a teal color and seems to be in good shape, the other is a green brocade and looks to be quite old, but is in good shape none-the-less.

Lutheran Schools Share Christ… On their bumpers!!!

We have a good supply of bumper stickers advertising our school and would like to distribute them to interested parents. If you would like to show your support of our school in this way, please contact Mrs. Thiem for your free sticker!

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Olivia Schott, Jack Slater, Allison Walkup,

Alaina Andrews, and Briggs Cheesman

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Cooper Leininger, Onyx Leedy, Teegyn Schmidt, Caydren Sams, Krista Hamann, Evan Huelsenbeck, Nicole Kammerer, Mason Wysong, and Isaac Bennett.

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

Showcase Registration Sent Home

Be on the lookout for the form to register your student to participate in Showcase 2019 sent home last week. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to showcase your child’s talent at this fun show!

Operation Christmas Child

Well, Christmas has passed for another year, but just because the tree is down and all those cookies have been consumed, doesn’t mean it’s time to forget about Operation Christmas Child – the shoebox project! Don’t forget to watch for those after-Christmas sales and pick up some items for your box(es). November’s collection week will roll around quicker than we think!

The collection box remains in the Gathering Area and I am passing along suggestions of what to put in the box each month. Perhaps you would rather just donate an item here and there rather than assemble an entire box.

For January – soap and washcloths

For February – toothbrush, dental floss, NO TOOTHPASTE

For March – Winter hats, gloves, baseball hat, bandanas, scarves

Of course, other items can be placed in the box at any time, these are merely suggestions!

See me if you have any questions!

Mrs. Thiem

28– February 3, 2019

Monday, January 28

1:00 – 2:00 - LLV

Tuesday, January 29

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

Wednesday, January 30

3:00 – 4:15 – Math Bowl

Thursday, January 31

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, February 1

Saturday, February 2

Sunday, February 3

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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