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Banner #26, March 4, 2019

WRITTEN BY Anonymous - 04 March 2019

THE BANNER

St. John Lutheran School

March 4, 2019 - Number 26

From the Principal’s Pen

Christmas is meaningless! Now, I’ve been accused before of being a Grinch, but don’t you jump on the bandwagon just yet! Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, and that’s important. But, if Jesus was just a good man, or a great teacher, or a wise leader, then celebrating his birthday is really no different than celebrating Lincoln’s birthday, or Martin Lutheran King, Jr.’s, or Thomas Edison’s. So, you see, Christmas really is meaningless, without Easter.

In Easter, we see why Jesus really came to Earth. His miracles were important. So were His teachings. So was how He lived His life and who He associated with. But, we see His real purpose in the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. In His suffering, death, and resurrection, the price for our sinfulness was paid and we were given the gift of eternal life in Heaven. This is why Christmas isn’t important unless it is connected to Easter.

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the time of Lent and our preparation leading up to Easter. It’s a time when we focus on our sinfulness and our need for a Savior, even as we know the outcome of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It’s an important time because observing to somber season of Lent helps the joys of Easter be even more meaningful. Whether through family devotions, personal prayer, special Lenten worship services, or regular Sunday services, I hope that you will be drawn closer to God during this time of Lent!

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.

Looking for a Rental Property

Miss Koehlert is looking for a two- or three-bedroom apartment or home to rent. She has three cats and would need a place beginning July 1st. Please contact her at kkoehlert@stjohneagles.org or by phone at (260) 341-6653. Thank you.

Please pray for:

These St. John students and their families, prayed for this week:

Ashlynn Myers, Cameryn Proxmire, Emily Schott, Naomi Schroeder, and Olivia Tibbs

Prayers for a new baby boy born to James and Kimberly Bennett and big brother Isaac

Also, please remember kindergartner Ethan Schowe during his recovery from surgery.

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 TODAY 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!

PLEASE CONTACT MRS. THIEM IF YOU ARE AVAILBLE TO HELP WITH THE DISTRIBUTION ON APRIL 10. THANK YOU!!!

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.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Cooper Leininger, Elizabeth Walkup, Bryston Williams, Serenity Hayden, and Shanda Schlatter. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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 almost done with the TinCaps Reading Program. If you haven’t started reading and keeping track of your goal, it’s not too late! But, you need to complete your 4 goals by next Monday, March 11. Those who complete their goals will bring home an order form for their free ticket plus order others at a discounted price. Our game day is 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!

OSOB

One School One Book is in full swing! A reading schedule was 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.

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!

Lenten Devotional Materials

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, the time of preparation leading up to Easter. To help our families grow closer to each other and to God, we are sending home devotional materials today. We hope that you’ll be able to use this book and that it will be a blessing to you!

Family Lenten Night March 4th

What do a rock, sand, a person, a candle, a shell, and a flower bulb have to do with Lent? 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.

New Sunday Morning Bible Studies

A new round of Sunday morning Bible studies will be starting here at St. John on Sunday, march 17. All school families are always welcome to join us for all church activities, including Sunday morning Bible studies. Sunday School is also available for children 3-years-old through high school. The classes are:

Romans: Led by Pastor Rigdon in the Worship Center, this group will study of the Book of Romans and grow in the Gospel message Paul presents.

Everyone His Witness: Led by DCE Paul Wendt in the Cafeteria, this group will grow in their ability to witness to people in simple ways.

Grace-Based Parenting: Led by Tim and Mindy Walz in the Library, this group will use materials by Dr. Tim Kimmel to help parents and grandparents grow in their ability to raise our children.

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

Earlier in the year we touched on the difference between dynamic stretching and traditional static stretching. It used to be the standard to start off every workout or practice with a series of stretches including toe touches and butterflies, but about 10 years ago dynamic stretching and its many benefits changed the way we begin (or should begin) a workout. For the next few weeks, I will highlight some of these benefits of dynamic stretching pre-workout.

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 – Not too late to join!

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.

Suggestions/Questions

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!

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.

March 4 – 10, 2019

Monday, March 4 – Book Fair Week

Report Cards Sent Home

8:30 – 2:30 – 8th grade to Finance Park

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

Tuesday, March 5 – Book Fair Week

8:10 – Chapel

Wednesday, March 6 – Book Fair Week

3:05 – 3:50 – Soccer Shots

Thursday, March 7 – Book Fair Week

800 – 10:45 – Intermediate/Advanced Band Rehearsal

3:00 – 4:00 – Math Club

7:00 – Almost Spring Band Concert @ CLHS

Friday, March 8 – Book Fair Week

Saturday, March 9

Sunday, March 10 – Final Day of Book Fair

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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