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

Banner #22; February 4, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 03 February 2019


St. John Lutheran School

February 4, 2019 - Number 22


Feb. 7-14 is National Marriage Week. Let me start off by saying that I know that some of our parents are not married and some have encountered painful separations and divorces. God can provide healing and growth even in those difficult situations! For those who are married, none of us has a perfect marriage. All of us can benefit from growth. Here are “10 Commandments for Healthy Marital Communication” (taken from https://www.lcms.org/life-ministry/library/marriage)

1. Adopt a learner’s posture: Consider every disagreement as a way to learn more about your spouse.

2. Avoid ‘kitchen sink’ conversations: Stick to one topic and don’t add everything in the kitchen sink to each discussion.

3. Communicate rather than criticize: Use I messages (I feel…) to communicate instead of You messages (You never…) which may be true but sound like criticism.

4. Never nag: Nagging belittles the sender and the receiver. State your need clearly and specifically.

5. Examine your conscience: Are my motives marriage-centered or me-centered?

6. Think before you speak: Your words can heal or hurt – so choose them carefully!

7. Remove the ‘weeds’ from your relationship: Face painful issues when they are small or else they will get bigger.

8. Practice the art of compromise: Back off, cool off, and then look for ways to compromise.

9. Apply the therapy of laughter: Looking for humor, even in a difficult situation, can help diffuse some of the emotion and stress involved.

10. Be an active, engaged listener: Listen with all your senses to the words and feelings being expressed.

May God bless our use of these tips in our marriages or in any relationships!

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. 10) – Choir sings at both 8:00 and 10:30 services

Candy-Grams Coming

Plan now to share your love and buy a Candy-Gram from the Student Council. Candy-Grams will be sold after school on Friday, Feb. 8, Monday, Feb. 11, and Tuesday, Feb. 12. Candy-Grams will cost $1 and will include a candy bar and a Valentine greeting. They’re great for a friend, a favorite teacher or staff member, a Chapel buddy, and more! All the profits will go toward bringing a Ga-Ga Ball Pit to St. John! This is a project the Student Council has been working on since the beginning of the year. Go Ga-Ga for Ga-Ga Ball and Valentine’s Day!

Scholastic Book Fair

St. John will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Sunday, March 3 through Sunday, March 10. Huge thanks to Summer Moser for serving as chairperson once again! Plan now to visit the Book Fair and find some great new reading material for your kids, and maybe even for yourself!

St. John Showcase 2019!!

We are gearing up for St. John Showcase 2019!!! Slated for Friday evening, March 1st, the Showcase is a great opportunity for students to do just that – showcase their God-given talents and abilities! The evening contains a dinner; displays of student-created artwork, projects, and displays (both from school and at home); and a talent show. It’s a night you won’t want to miss!

St. John Showcase 2019 provides an opportunity for students to share their God-given gifts and abilities in areas such as art, music, dance, drama, etc. Last year’s event was a very positive experience for many of our students, and we are hoping to make this year’s event even better. Please contact Mrs. Wilkinson now if you are willing to help. An informational letter and entry form for the talent show was sent home two weeks ago. Mrs. Wilkinson can be reached at (260) 854-4262 or twilkinson@stjohneagles.org if you have questions.

School Skating Party

Help celebrate the end of the 2nd Trimester at our school skating party on SATURDAY, MARCH 2, from NOON UNTIL 2:00 pm (NOTE TIME CHANGE) at the Skatin’ Station in Auburn. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss the fun!

eLearning Make-Up Saturdays

In order to make up for the cancelled days of Jan. 30, Jan. 31, and Feb. 1, we will hold eLearning Make-Up Saturdays on:

Saturday, Feb. 9 Saturday, Feb. 23 Saturday, March 9

Assignments will be posted by Friday at 6:00 and will be due the following Monday.

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. 24 (note change in the start date) 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!

Today - 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. Our kick-off assembly and the first day of reading will be on Monday, Feb. 25. The books and the reading schedule will come home that day!

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!

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 this week 9rescheduled from last week). 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?

The highest sand dune in the world, Cerro Blanco, can be found in Peru. It is located in the Sechura Desert and stands 3,860 feet from base to summit. The deepest canyon in the world, Cotahuasi Canyon, is also found in Peru. At 11,004 feet deep, it is almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. 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

Many people begin an exercise program to lose weight rather than for the many other benefits that come from exercise. While exercise will aid in weight loss, weight loss is 80% food consumption and only 20% exercise. So making weight loss your primary goal may lead to frustration. But even if you never lost a pound, (which you definitely will if your eating stays the same and your exercise increase) there are so many other benefits to staying fit, that it is worth the effort!

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 (carried over from last week):

Olivia Schott, Jack Slater, Allison Walkup,

Alaina Andrews, and Briggs Cheesman

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Evan Cope, Lauren Diehm, Santiago Espinoza,

Taryn Haines, and Aiden Hoffman

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.

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!

Monday, February 4

Tuesday, February 5

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, February 6

3:00 – 4:15 – Math Bowl Practice

3:00-3:30 – Soccer Shots Preview (K-2nd)

Thursday, February 7

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, February 8

Saturday, February 9

Make-Up E-Learning day

Sunday, February 10

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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