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

Banner #28; March 18, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 18 March 2019


St. John Lutheran School

March 18, 2019 Number 28

The Principal’s Pen

Last week I wrote about discipline and consequences. I shared 3 tips to effective consequences: the timing of the consequence, keeping it in proportion, and making sure the consequence has value for your child. When children misbehave and are given consequences, an essential next step as Christian parents is to offer forgiveness. Forgiveness can bring healing to a broken relationship and give comfort to a hurting heart. The forgiveness we share is modeled after the forgiveness God gives us. Here are 4 important steps to seeking forgiveness:

Admit wrongdoing without excuses – “I’m sorry, but…” isn’t really an


Say you are sorry and mean it – be specific and sincere in apologizing for

what you did wrong.

Ask for their forgiveness – after saying you’re sorry, take the next step and

ask for their forgiveness.

Commit to changing this behavior – a true apology then leads to working

to not repeat the same sinful action in the future.

Here, then, are 4 important steps to giving forgiveness:

Seek God’s help – forgiveness is unnatural to us and so we need God’s

help in forgiving someone.

Listen and accept their repentance – it takes courage to admit wrongdoing

so accept it when someone repents to you.

Be generous and gracious – God has forgiven the multitude of your sin

and so we can share that same forgiveness with others.

Take the opportunity to forgive someone even if they haven’t asked – even

if the person hasn’t come to you, you can still forgive.

Regional Science Fair

Congratulations to Serenity Hayden, Fyo Hayden, Lillian Smoot, TJ Knox, Andrew McKinley, Lex Moser, Trey Warren, and Matthew McKinley who represented St. John at the Tri-State Regional Science Fair held at Trine University on Saturday, March 16. Earning special recognitions are:

• Serenity Hayden – Honorable Mention Grade 1

• Matthew McKinley – Honorable Mention Junior Engineering Mechanics Gr. 7

• Lex Moser – Third Place Junior Physics and Astronomy Grade 6

• Trey Warren – First Place Junior Materials Science; Broadcom Masters Middle School Competition; Chi Epsilon Junior Division; United States Naval Research Junior; Third Place Junior Division; Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair Grades Four to Eight; Grade 6

We’re proud of these students and all of our Science Fair participants

Hearing Screens

Students in kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, and seventh grade will be undergoing hearing screenings our first day back from Spring Break – Monday, April 1, during the school day. Students in other grades may also be screened by teacher recommendation. Parents, you are welcome to request that your child also be screened. Just let Mrs. Thiem know and they will be placed on the list.

For Addison Hampshire and her family upon the death of her grandfather;

For these students and their families, prayed for this week: Braxton Cheesman, Kaeli Christian, Andrew Malone, Matthew McKinley, and Bethany Murphy

Spring Fundraiser Wraps Up

Thanks to everyone who ordered from our frozen food fundraiser. Orders MUST be returned to school no later than THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20. Items will be delivered on Wednesday, April 10, and help with that distribution is still needed. Please let Mrs. Thiem know if you are available to help! Thank you!

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt: St. John will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for children in Preschool through 4th grade on Saturday April 13th at 10am. School, church, and community members are welcomed to this event. To help us prepare, we are looking for donations of wrapped candy as well as plastic eggs. Donation boxes will be in the gym. Thank you for your support of this event and we look forward to seeing you there!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Carys Shire, Fyo Hayden, Will Schowe, Bryston Williams, Kali Spaw, and Luci Dalrymple. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Track Practice and the Parking Lot

Our track team, open to students in 4th-8th grades, has begun practicing! Practice days vary from week to week, but the team usually practices 3 days a week. The team can often be found practicing in the parking lot and alley. If you arrive after 3:15 to pick up your child from Extended Care or another activity, please drive with extra caution in the parking lot!

Student Teacher Joins Preschool

We welcome Ms. Taylor Malcolm to our preschool classes. Ms. Malcolm is a student at Purdue Fort Wayne studying Elementary Education with an Early Childhood endorsement. We welcome Ms. Malcolm and look forward to having her here for the next 6 weeks.

Camp Lutherhaven Time!

Have you registered for summer camp at Camp Lutherhaven yet? Now is the time! Invite your friends to have an outdoor adventure this summer! Camp offers great opportunities to renew old friendship or make new friends, all while being strengthened in your faith journey. If you register before April 1st, you can receive an Early Bird Discount! Register online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 260-636-7101. Camp flyers are coming home today.

Spring Break – No Bus Service Alert

Our Spring Break is next week. 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 way

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!

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.


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.


If you’ve been reading Brambleheart you know we’re in our last week. It’s been great seeing the excitement of the kids when answering questions or guessing who the reader was. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading, or listening to, the story! This Thursday will be the last reading. We invite all families, whether you’ve kept up with the readings or not, to join us for the Brambleheart Family Night – more information below. Whether you’ve kept up with the reading or not, the book is yours to keep!

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 not 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.

Soccer Shots Spring Season

With the positive first season of Soccer Shots coming to a close, we will offer an Spring Season as well. This time the sessions will be on Mondays and the season will run 6 weeks. Registration information will be coming home and the season starts on Monday, April 1.

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 started 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 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 improves range of motion. So if you feel like you can barely bend over to tie your shoes after a long day at work, a dynamic warm-up routine can help you feel more limber.

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.

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. Our 3rd grade students will take the 3 segments of IREAD on Tuesday and Wednesday.

TinCaps Reading Program

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!

18 – 24, 2019

Monday, March 18

3rd Grade IREAD Testing

3:00 – 4:00 – Soccer Shots

3:00 – 4:30 – Student Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 19

3rd Grade IREAD Testing

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, March 20

3rd Grade IREAD Testing

3:05 – 3:50 – Soccer Shots

Thursday, March 21

3rd Grade IREAD Testing

3:00 – 4:30 – Grow Tall

3:00 – 4:00 – Math Club

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, March 22

3rd Grade IREAD Testing

6:00 – 7:30 – Brambleheart Family Party

Saturday, March 23

Sunday, March 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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