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Banner #24; February 18, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 18 February 2019


St. John Lutheran School

February 18, 2019 Number 24

Principal’s Pen

How many times a day do you discipline a child? As a parent, a teacher, and a principal, discipline is something I do daily. A book that I read recently talked about the A, B, Cs of discipline. I found it a helpful way to think about discipline:

A: Antecedent – what happened before the behavior that got the child in trouble? What was the child thinking or feeling? What did another child say or do to him? What led up to the wrong action? This could be in the minutes, hours, or even days before the wrong action.

B: Behavior – the action that was wrong. This is self-explanatory.

C: Consequence – the result of the wrong action. Consequences can be natural (a direct result of the misbehavior) or imposed (given by someone in authority). Both can be effective in addressing the wrong action.

When disciplining a child, it is common to focus on the behavior and address it with a consequence. We often skip over the antecedent – what happened before. When we take time to talk with the child, we often learn that there were factors that led to his misbehavior. There were circumstances that were a part of the cause for his acting out. It is still important to address the behavior, and that includes consequences. But, knowing the antecedent can help present a more complete picture of the child and the misbehavior.

This idea was re-enforced by one of the speakers at our in-service last Friday. Ruth Ayres said,

What if we look at the heart, instead of trying to tackle behaviors?

Discipline is tricky. But, I fully believe that in most cases there is more going on than just the misbehavior. Children need us to look at the heart, at all that came before, as we deal with the behavior and assign consequences.

School Cancellation on Monday - NOTES

• Tuesday’s Menu will be served on Tuesday (February 19) –

so, no change there

• Science Fair (scheduled for Monday evening) will be on Tuesday, February 19 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Math Bowl Time!

After more than 3 months of practice, it is time for our Math Bowl team to take on their competitors! The competition is this Thursday, February 21, at 5:00 at North Side Elementary School here in Kendallville. Best wishes to our team members Rhoda Bontrager, Lukas Christian, Melissa Heileman, Hunter Koehl, TJ Knox, Carter McKinley, Nathan Potts, Jack Slater, Allison Walkup, Santiago Espinoza, Aiden Hoffman, and Lilly Moser! Nathaniel Bontrager, Fyo Hayden, and Katelyn James are also a part of the team but are not qualified to participate because they are only in third grade. Go Eagles!

Pastries With Parents!

Please join us this Friday morning for a little treat and some quality time with your children before school! Arrive anytime between 7:00 and 7:45 for a donut, juice, milk, and coffee. It’s a small way we say thank you to our parents and students and celebrate the end of the 2nd Trimester. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

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

You should have already received information on this year’s TinCap Reading Program. 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 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!

Family Lenten Night March 4th

Join us on Monday, March 4th, for a Family Lenten Night activity. Make a “Lent in a Bag” devotional with objects and devotional thoughts to use throughout Lent as we prepare for our Savior’s suffering, death, and resurrection.

Monday, March 4th – 6:30 p.m. – St. John Library.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week:

Caydren Sams, Chase Ryan, Lydia Hulbert, Zaylei Gerber, Karson Butler, Jonah Slater, Kaitlyn McKenzie, Maddison Harlan, and Danica Sattison

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

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.

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.

(benefits the 7th/8th Grade trip to Washington, D.C. in 2020)

Taco Salad Bar Meal Deal $5.00

Your choice of Chicken or Hamburger, Chips,

Lettuce, Tomato, Olives, Onions, Salsa,

Sour Cream, Nacho or Shredded Cheese

Choice of Chips or Cookie and a bottle of water

Hot Dog Meal Deal $ 3.00

Hot dog sandwich, chips, cookie, water

Chips $ .50

Cookie $ .50

Pop or water (from vending machine) $ .75

Coffee (free)

Candy Gram Success!

Our Student Council sold 270 candy grams to brighten people’s day on Valentine’s Day last week! Thank you to everyone who helped with this endeavor. They still have 160 candy bars left and will be selling those after school on Fridays until they are depleted. All proceeds will go to help fund the construction of a GaGa Ball pit on our playground. Thanks for your help!

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!

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

Are you getting enough sleep? Not getting enough quality sleep each night can increase your risk of obesity, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease and overall cardiovascular disease. It can also affect your job, interaction with your family and your overall health. (AHA)

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

Did You Know?Peruvians celebrate New Year’s by gifting one another yellow underpants on New Year’s Eve to bring good luck in the coming year. It is tradition to wear them inside out (underneath clothing) until midnight, then flip them around at the stroke of midnight. 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.

These students and their families, prayed for this

week: Braylon Shire, Hunter Shire, Savannah

Sorg, Emma White, and Addison Hampshire

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.

February 18 – 24, 2019

Monday, February 18 – President’s Day


Tuesday, February 19

8:15 – Chapel

6:00 – 7:00 – Science Fair Night

Wednesday, February 20

3:00 – 4:15 – Math Bowl

3:05 – 3:50 – Soccer Shots

Thursday, February 21

10:30 – 11:00 – Officer Phil

3:00 – 4:00 – Math Club

5:00 – Elementary Math Bowl

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, February 22

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. – Pastries with Parents

Saturday, February 23 – Make-Up eLearning Day

Sunday, February 24

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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