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Banner #27; March 11, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 11 March 2019


St. John Lutheran School

March 11, 2019 Number 27

The Principal’s Pen

One of the greatest challenges of parenting is and giving consequences for misbehavior. It’s something parents face daily and it’s so easy to get it wrong. It’s hard to know what consequences to give, it’s tough to be consistent, kids are great at trying to get out of consequences, each child is different, and, honestly, sometimes it’s easier to just give in to our kids! Yet, all kids need consequences for misbehavior, and it’s an essential skill in raising healthy, well-adjusted kids.

Here are three tips from Dr. Tim Kimmel on giving meaningful consequences when disciplining your kids:

Timing: The younger the child the more immediate the consequence needs to be. Toddlers live in the here and now and their consequences need to be immediate. Old students can understand consequences that are delayed a reasonable length of time from the misbehavior.

Proportional: The consequence should fit the misbehavior. A small offense should have a small consequence. But, a larger offense, one that causes greater damage, or potential harm, requires a greater consequence. Giving too harsh a consequence for a small offense will damage your relationship with your child.

Value: The consequence must ‘speak’ to your child. Parents of more than one child know that what works for one child doesn’t automatically work for the other. A time-out may not work for an introverted child because he won’t mind the time alone. It’s important to know your kids well enough to match the consequence to the personality and nature of the child.

These three tips just scratch the surface of disciplining and consequences. If you’d like to read more on these tips, or get other great parenting resources, check out:


Spring Break – No Bus Service Alert

Our Spring Break is a few weeks away. This is one aspect where our calendar varies from East Noble’s calendar. East Noble will take two weeks for Spring Break, and we will only take one. Therefore, there will be no bus service the week of April 1st. St. John Spring Break is March 25-29 (the first week of East Noble’s break).


Monday, April 1 thru Friday, April 5– no bus service either day

Please pray for these students and their families:

Trey Warren, Rosa Andorfer, Solana Andorfer, Oshea Bailey, and Anna Bodie

Also for Addison Hampshire and her family upon the sudden death of her grandfather

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Isaac Bennett, Dallas Dean, Aubrey Kammerer, Zaylei Gerber, Corinne Murphy, Mollie Forbes, Teegyn Schmidt, Lydia Hulbert, Cierra Croy, Joshua Neuman, Lilly Evers, Kali Spaw, Timothy Reed, Abel Karst, Aubrey Kammerer, Mataya Justice, Browning Cheesman, Barrett Klink, Olivia Tibbs, and Ali Nord. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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.

Regional Science Fair

Good luck to the following students who will represent St. John at the Tri-State Regional Science Fair this Saturday at Trine University in Angola. Best of luck, students!

Serenity Hayden – First Grade

Fyo Hayden – Third Grade

Lillian Smoot – Third Grade

TJ Knox – Fourth Grade

Andrew McKinley – Fourth Grade

Lex Moser – Sixth Grade

Trey Warren – Sixth Grade

Matthew McKinley – Seventh Grade

GaGa Ball Challenge

Our Student Council has issued a two-week GaGa Ball Challenge to see which classroom can collect the most donations to help construct the GaGa Ball cage on our property. The winning class will receive a fantastic pizza party at lunchtime! Go GaGa for GaGa Ball!

Spring Fundraiser In Full Swing

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 began last week 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!



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!

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.

TinCaps Reading Program

Our TinCaps Reading Program ends today and tomorrow is the last day to turn in your goals sheets. Congratulations to all the students who met all four goals and earned a free TinCaps ticket! Ticket order forms are due back to St. John by April 5. Our game day is Saturday, May 18. Way to go readers!


We’re now about halfway through our One School One Book reading of Brambleheart. Even if you haven’t started or haven’t been able to keep up with the daily readings, we encourage you to spend some time together reading the book or listening to the audio recordings emailed out each day.

Brambleheart Family Night

We invite all families (whether you’ve kept up with the readings or not) to join us on Friday, March 22, at 6:00 for fun family activities relating to Brambleheart. We’ve got some prizes to give away, we’ll have a snack, and we’ll enjoy activities like:

• Hawks and Twigs Tag • Knot Tying

• Metal Crafting Wire Art • Illustrations

• Haiku Writing • Boat Making

RSVPs are appreciated, but now required. Please let the office or your child’s teacher know if you are planning to attend. We are also looking for parents or grandparents to help with this event, either with preparations ahead of time or supervising a station for a portion of the evening. Let the office or Mr. Walz know if you are willing to help.

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.

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.

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 Kate’s Kart, a service that provides new books to hospitalized kids throughout Northeast Indiana.

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 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

Dynamic stretching activates muscles you will use during your workout. For example, a lunge with a twist is a dynamic stretching exercise that engages your hips, legs, and core muscles. Whether you are doing weighted lunges in the gym, or lunging for a soccer ball, the muscles involved have already been engaged during your warm-up.

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.

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.

Congratulations to students in grades 4 through 8 who have earned a place on the 1st Trimester honor roll.

Fourth Grade –All A’s – Rhoda Bonrager, TJ Knox, Nathan Potts, Jack Slater, and Allison Walkup

A’s & B’s - Lukas Christian, Melissa Heileman, Carter

McKinley, Grace Newcomer, and Alex Ormiston

Fifth Grade – All A’s – Taryn Haines, Aiden Hoffman, Lilly Moser, and

Ben Reed

A’s & B’s - Briggs Cheesman, Lauren Diehm, Santiago Espinoza, Branson Klink, Kaitlyn McKenzie,

Braylon Shire, and Emma White

Sixth Grade – High Honors – Addison Hampshire, Lex Moser, Ashlynn Myers,

Naomi Schroeder, Olivia Tibbs, and Trey Warren

Honors - Alan Jimenez

Seventh Grade – High Honors Andrew Malone and Sadie Potts

Honors - Solana Andorfer, Bethany Murphy, and

Katie White

Eighth Grade – High Honors Christian Heileman, Aowyn Myers, Alicia

Proxmire, and Shanda Schlatter

Honors – Kyle McKenzie

11 - 17, 2019

Monday, March 11

Tuesday, March 12

8:10 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

Wednesday, March 13

3:05 – 3:50 – Soccer Shots

Thursday, March 14 – Group Picture Day

3:00 – 4:30 – Grow Tall

3:00 – 4:00 – Math Club

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, March 15

Saturday, March 16 – Regional Science Fair

Sunday, March 17

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

May God bless your week!

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