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

Banner #23; Feb. 11, 2019

WRITTEN BY Anonymous - 11 February 2019


St. John Lutheran School

February 11, 2019                                               Number  23

Principal’s Pen

            If you go back to any studying you did in the area of psychology, you know that one of the basic needs of all humans is love. All people, kids included, need to feel loved, cared for, accepted, and that they belong. When kids are filled with this love and belonging, they are able to regulate themselves and focus their energy on learning and growing.

            If you’re a parent of more than one child, though, you know first hand that every child is different. While all kids need love, how a child prefers to be loved is different. You, too, have a preferred way of being loved and, most likely, you express love most often in ways that you like to receive love. That may or may not be the way your child likes to receive love.

            Dr. Gary Chapman focuses on 5 love languages. Here’s a brief description:

            Physical Touch: “I know that I’m loved when you give me hugs, kisses, cuddles, and high-fives.

            Words of Affirmation: “I know that I’m loved when you tell me I’m special and that I did a good job.”

            Acts of Service: “I know that I’m loved when you do things for me like help me with chores, or my school work, or take me places.”

            Gifts: “I know that I’m loved when you give me small gifts and surprises.”

            Quality Time: “I know that I’m loved when you do things with me like play a game, read a book, watch T.V., or take me places.”

            Perhaps in reading those short descriptions you immediately recognized your child’s love language. If not, or if you want to go a little deeper, here is a website where you can work through a “quiz” with your child and learn his or her love language.


County Spelling Bee

Congratulations to eighth grader Christian Heileman, St. John’s representative in the Noble County Spelling Bee, which was held last week! Christian placed in a tie for 2nd place out of the five spellers in the Bee.  We praise God for the abilities He has given to Christian and for the way he represented our school!

No School THIS Friday – eLearning Day

There will be no school this Friday, Feb. 15. Our teachers will be participating in a professional development day with teachers from other Lutheran Schools in the Fort Wayne area. In addition to worshipping together, we will listen to presentations from various speakers on literacy, rigor, and writing, and participate in grade-level round table discussions.

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 today - 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!

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 (done)                    Saturday, Feb. 23                  Saturday, March 9

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

TinCaps Reading Program

Information on this year’s TinCap Reading Program was sent home last week. All preschool through 8th grade students are eligible to participate. By meeting a reading goal (set by the teacher) each week for 4 weeks, the student can earn a free ticket to a TinCaps game along with some other prizes. Parents can buy additional tickets. Our game day is Saturday, May 18, but if you can’t make it that day you can use your ticket voucher for another game. Reading that is used for other incentive programs, like Book It, or even for classroom AR requirements can also count for this. The program begins today and runs from Feb. 11 through March 11.  Let’s get reading!


            OSOB – One School One Book – is a great program to build reading within families, and it’s coming to St. John for the second year! The idea is simple – get everyone in the school to read the same book at the same time! We’ll provide the book (it’s a secret right now, but, HINT – it’s a story that will appeal to young students and older students, it’s about friendship, individuality, creativity, and adventure!) and a reading schedule and encourage the kids and the families to spend some time reading each night. We’ll have a kick-off assembly on Monday, Feb. 25, the books will come home with the students that day, and the reading begins that night. Since OSOB starts during the TinCaps reading program, your OSOB reading can also count towards the TinCaps. Why spend time reading as a family? Everyone benefits:

            ► Children’s attendance, achievement, oral language, vocabulary, comprehension, and general knowledge increase though family literacy!

            ► Parents’ reading, writing, math, and science knowledge increases through family literacy!

            ► Families’ attitude toward school, involvement in school, and emotional ties to each other all improve through family literacy!

            Get ready for One School, One Book!

Parents of 8th Graders!!

            An informational meeting for all parents of 8th graders planning to enroll in East Noble High School for next year has been set for this Wednesday, February 13, at 6:00 in the Cole Auditorium. A separate letter with a few more details was sent with your student last week.

2018 Tax Deduction Information

            Parents, as you fill out your 2018 Tax Return, you should be aware that you may be eligible for a $1,000 tax deduction per dependent child that is enrolled in a nonpublic school such as St. John. Your tuition payments would qualify you for this deduction. In order to claim this deduction, you need to know that St. John’s school code is C985. The deduction code is 626. If you have questions, please check with your tax preparer or your tax preparation software.

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.

These students and their families, prayed for this week:   Branson Klink, Kaitlyn McKenzie, Lilly Moser, and Brayden Schott

Also, please remember kindergartner Ethan Schowe during his recovery from surgery, and St. John alums Dom Campbell with heart problems and Franklin Andorfer recovering from heart surgery.



SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week:  Karson Butler, Emma White, Addison Hampshire, Sadie Potts, Journey Speakman, Cayden Hulbert, and Kaeli Christian

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

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 a few 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!

Science Fair

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

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

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. The session will begin THIS Wednesday, Feb. 13, and run through March 20. Sessions will be from 3:05-3:50. You can register online at www.soccershots.org/fortwayne Informational fliers were sent home with all the details, but if you need another, please ask. We hope you’ll consider joining in this new after-school activity!

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:

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

Fitness Fact

            Exercising consistently will strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility, and improve your overall performance.  Your muscles will work much more efficiently and you’ll gain a greater sense of endurance.  In addition, your reaction time and balance will improve.  (Atkinson and Bryant webmd.com)

Did You Know?

The potato originated in Peru and today, there are over 3,000 varieties grown in the country. Peruvians like to say “Soy mas Peruano que la papa” which means “I am more Peruvian than the potato.” 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.

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! 

11 – 17, 2019


Monday, February 11



Tuesday, February 12

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights


Wednesday, February 13

3:00 – 4:15 – Math Bowl Practice

3:00 – 3:50 – Soccer Shots

6:00 – Science Fair Night


Thursday, February 14 – Happy Valentine’s Day!

3:00-4:00 – Math Club (1st-2nd graders)

3:00 – 4:30 – Grow Tall

7:00 – Worship Service


Friday, February 15 – No School – Elearning for students;

                                   Professional Development for Teachers


Saturday, February 16


Sunday, February 17

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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