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Banner #25; February 25, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 25 February 2019


St. John Lutheran School

February 25, 2019 - Number 25

From the Principal’s Pen

I can remember many trips as a young boy to the Helen Plum Library. I can remember as an elementary student walking out of there with as many books as my arms could hold. The Hardy Boys was one of my favorite series. I also loved reading biographies and can remember reading about people like Thomas Edison, Alan Pinkerton, and John Deere.

As a middle school teacher, I took time to read to my students. (Contrary to popular belief, ‘story time’ isn’t just for young children!) “The Boy Who Owned the School’, by Gary Paulsen, and ‘The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle’, by Avi, were two of my favorite read-alouds.

As a father, my wife and I both instilled the love of reading in our three boys. Trips to the Bedford Library, when we lived in Texas, were a regular thing starting even before the boys were in preschool. Once they could read, they, too, would walk out of the library with a bag full of books. They would often check out the same book, and read it over and over again. When I received the Call to be principal at St. John and we came to visit, the only thing they wanted to see besides the church and school, was the library. Once we entered the Kendallville Public Library, they were ready to move!

I still love to read. I’m currently reading ‘The Book Thief’, by Markus Zusak. It’s a book my sons read in high school and intrigued me.


There are many benefits to reading: build vocabulary, knowledge, and creativity and improve memory, writing, and communication. All of these are valuable reasons to encourage your children to read. But, there is also simply the love of reading! Nowadays, with regular books, e-books, and audio books, plus the ability to carry them around with us on our phones or tablets, we have more access to books and reading than ever before!

Right now, your child has two more weeks to complete the TinCaps reading goals set out by the classroom teacher and earn a free ticket to a TinCaps game. Today, we start One School One Book, another incentive to read by coming together as a family and sharing a book. I hope that you will join us in both of these programs and encourage your children to read, for the benefits to your children, but also simply for the love of reading!

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

Congratulations Math Bowl Team!

Congratulations to our Elementary Math Bowl Team for capturing 1st Place in the Red Division and for being tied for the highest score overall! Team members include Rhoda Bontrager, Lukas Christian, Melissa Heileman, Hunter Koehl, TJ Knox, Cater McKinley, Nathan Potts, Jack Slater, Allison Walkup, Santiago Espinoza, Aiden Hoffman, and Lilly Moser. Special thanks to Mrs. Blackburn for coaching the team. In addition to competing well, the team’s behavior was exemplary and a great witness for St. John and God. Way to go Eagles!

Spring Fundraiser Begins!

We hope to get everyone excited about our frozen food fundraiser to raise needed funds for the work of our Parent-Teacher League.

The sale begins Monday, March 4, and will run for two weeks. Order forms are due back by Wednesday, March 20. The sale will be on a PREPAY basis. Items will be delivered on Wednesday, April 10. The sale is conducted on a voluntary basis. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Science Fair Winners Announced

Thank you to all of the students who participated in the Science Fair. We had 23 projects submitted! We had many excellent projects on a great variety of topics. We’re proud of every student who completed a project and for their hard work. Congratulations to the following students who were our school winners and will represent St. John at the Regional Science Fair at Trine University:

First Grade – Serenity Hayden

Third Grade – Fyo Hayden

Fourth Grade – TJ Knox

Sixth Grade – Trey Warren

Seventh Grade – Matthew McKinley

Congratulations also to the following students who

completed a project for this year’s Science Fair: Lincoln Moser, Lilliana Parks, Lexy Kammerer, Grace Palmer, Lillian Smoot, Andrew McKinley, Hunter Bolen, Addison Hampshire, Cayden Hulbert, Alan Jimenez, Evan Kilburn, Jaxon Kitchen, Lex Moser, Ashlynn Myers, Cameryn Proxmire, Naomi Schroeder, Emily Schott, and Olivia Tibbs.

Skating Party Time!

Our school annual Skating Party will be held on

Saturday, March 2, at the Skatin’ Station, Auburn, from noon – 2:00 p.m. NOTICE THE TIME CHANGE!! All school families are invited and entrance fees and skate rental is all covered by our Parent-Teacher League. Those wishing to rent inline skates are responsible for those costs. Plan to attend!

Directions to the Skatin’ Station: Take State Road 8 into Auburn. Turn left on Grandstaff, then right on North Street. The rink will be on your left at 544 W. North St.

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 (done) Saturday, March 9

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

TinCaps Reading Program

We’re now halfway through the TinCaps Reading Program. If you haven’t started reading and keeping track of your goal, it’s not too late! As long as you complete all 4 base goals by Monday, March 11, you can still earn your free ticket for our game on Saturday, May 18. Your reading for TinCaps can also include the reading you do for classroom goals, Book It, and OSOB. Let’s get reading!


One School One Book starts today! Some of the book characters – a chipmunk, a hawk, a dragon - will introduce the book at our assembly today at 2:00. Students will bring home their copy of the book and the reading starts that night. A reading schedule will be included with the book. Weekends are left open so that families can catch up during the week. We hope all families will join together for some quality time while enjoying our book!

New this year: Teachers and staff members have been recorded reading one of the chapters. Each day we will send out an email with the audio recording. Can you guess who’s reading? Families can listen in each day or just once in a while. We’ll also send home the trivia questions for the previous day’s reading.

St. John Showcase 2019!!

THIS Friday, March 1

Make plans to come out and enjoy a fun filled evening THIS Friday, March 1! The evening begins at 5pm with amazing food and student displays to admire. Also available is an opportunity to take a tour and learn about the Ancient World. Then, starting at 6:30pm the talent show will begin! We hope that our families will come and support the many talents of our student body. A variety of displays, as well as many forms of performance, can be enjoyed by the whole family. There will also be a few final tours of the Ancient World provided after the Talent Show. Mark your calendar and come enjoy the fun!

(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)

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.

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!

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.

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. If you need another copy of the directions, please ask in the office or email Mr. Walz. 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

Last week we discussed the many reasons for making a good night’s sleep a priority, but how do we accomplish it? Ideally we should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you are having trouble sleeping, try one or more of these tips:

• Since stress interferes with quality sleep, add some stress-relieving exercise to each day – it can be as simple as walking!

• Plug your phone and other electronic devices in AWAY from your bed. It helps to eliminate the temptation to continue scrolling or squeeze in a bit more work. In addition, bright blue screens may inhibit melatonin production which can keep you awake longer.

• Start your day with a healthy habit like a walk or a gratitude moment to help you get out of bed without a snooze alarm. Snooze alarms leave us feeling more groggy than if we get up at a consistent time.

• Avoid trying to “catch up” on sleep. It is a myth and does more harm than good by sabotaging your weekly sleep cycle.

Chapel Offerings

We encourage all students to show their thankfulness to God by bringing in Chapel offering on Tuesdays! Our 3rd Trimester offering project will be announced soon.

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

Amazing Robots

First Robotics Competition robots built by High School teams will be playing the 2019 FRC Game: DESTINATION DEEP SPACE at the 1st Indiana District FRC Event on Saturday, March 9that Penn High School in Mishawaka. The event is free to the public, including free parking! DCE Wendt along with others is hoping to take members of our First Lego League Team to the event. All are welcome to attend. Event begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues all day. To view the 2019 game animation go to:https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/game-and-season

It is an amazing event to see!

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.


Remember that we have a Suggestion/Question box in the lobby area (with the Box Tops, pop tab and ink cartridge drop off boxes). Your feedback is welcome!

These students and their families, prayed for this

week: Cayden Hulbert, Alan Jimenez, Evan

Kilburn, Jaxon Kitchen, and Lex Moser

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.

IREAD and ILEARN State Tests

The required state testing landscape is undergoing significant changes this year. The biggest change is that ISTEP is being replaced with ILEARN. The biggest change with ILEARN is that instead of 2 test windows there is only one. ILEARN will be administered from the middle of April through the middle of May. More information about that will be coming. The 3rd grade class is still required to take IREAD and that test window is the end of March. So, our 3rd graders will soon be practicing that test and taking it the week of March 18. Information and details will be shared with 3rd graders and parents soon.

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 for questions.

Operation Christmas Child

The collection box for Operation Christmas Child 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!

25 – March 3, 2019

Monday, February 25

2:00 – One School One Book Assembly

6:00 – 7:00 – Beginning Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

Tuesday, February 26

8:10 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

6:30 – 8:00 – Intermediate/Advanced Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

Wednesday, February 27

3:05 – 3:50 – Soccer Shots

Thursday, February 28

3:00 – 4:00 – Math Club

7:00 p.m. - Worship Service

Friday, March 1

All Day – Sixth Grade Trip to Biztown

8:15 – 1:45 – Field Trip – Grade 2

5:00 – Showcase Meal followed by Showcase

Saturday, March 2

Noon – 2:00 – Skating Party at Skatin’ Station in Auburn

Sunday, March 3 – Book Fair

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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