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Banner #34; May 6, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 06 May 2019


St. John Lutheran School

May 6, 2019 Number 34

The Principal’s Pen

One week into the ILEARN test and everything, for the most part, is going well. The technology is working, the schedule is working, and the kids are working. One topic that has come up in conversation with the teachers is persistence. How long is a student willing and able to work at a problem? While the question came up through ILEARN, I believe it is true for every student in every classroom, as well as our children at home. How long will our children work when faced with a problem or difficult situation? Persistence, determination, tenacity, grit; they are all synonyms for the same core quality.

How can we build persistence in our kids?

1. Be persistent: Persistence isn’t built over night. We need to keep at it, building it bit by bit.

2. Start small: Begin when your kids are small with small problems. How long do you make your kids work at picking up their toys, or tying their shoes, or dressing themselves? Don’t rescue them the first time they face a challenge.

3. Start small, again: Begin with tasks that your children will accomplish after small amounts of persistence. Small successes will lead to larger successes.

4. Recognize persistence: Too often we applaud outcomes instead of effort. When your children work hard at a task, be sure to recognize that (even if the outcome wasn’t what you wanted). Praise them for working hard and sticking with a task.

Much of my personal world is now in the high school and college years. I see countless examples of successful kids who have learned the art of persistence. Let’s help our children experience success now, and set them up for greater success in the future, by helping them grow in persistence.


Preschool through Grade 1 Spring Program

Everyone is invited on Monday, May 6th to share some springtime joy with our younger students. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center.

Students Confirmed

Anna Elaine Bodie, Brendon Michael Heileman, Christian Conner Heileman, Andrew David Malone, Matthew James McKinley, and Sadie Rae Potts are six of the eight who became members of our congregation through the Rite of Confirmation this past Sunday. They confessed their faith in Jesus Christ and proclaimed their desire to follow Him all the days of their lives. We pray for God’s continued guidance in their lives. God’s richest blessings, Anna, Brendon, Christian, Andrew, Matthew, and Sadie!

Athletic Awards Night

Our Athletic Awards Night has been set for Thursday, May 16, at 5:30, in the gym. This night recognizes all of our student athletes from the entire year. We look forward to recognizing your accomplishments and celebrating your efforts at this event!

Ga Ga Ball’s a GO!!!

Thanks to the team effort of our students raising the money to construct a Ga Ga Ball Pit on our parking lot, and St. John parent Tyler Moser who completed the construction, the game is ready for student play as of today!! We hope there will be lots of good exercise, fun, and memories created in this new space! Thanks everyone!!!

Kleimann Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders for participating in the Kleimann Writing Contest, sponsored by the Kendallville Public Library. This year’s winners included:

4th Grade: Poetry: 3rd Place Gracie Newcomer

2nd Place Jack Slater

1st Place Allison Walkup

Non-Fiction: 3rd Place Rhoda Bontrager

Fiction: 3rd Place Alex Ormiston

5th Grade: Art: Lilly Moser

Fiction: 3rd Place Branson Klink

2nd Place Kaitlyn McKenzie

1st Place Lauren Diehm

6th Grade: Art: Cameryn Proxmire

Poetry: 3rd Place Cayden Hulbert

2nd Place Lex Moser

1st Place Trey Warren

Non-Fiction: 2nd Place Addison Hampshire (tie)

2nd Place Hunter Bolen (tie)

1st Place Olivia Tibbs

Fiction: 3rd Place Ashlynn Myers

Graphic Novel: 1st Place Naomi Schroeder

Wacky Awards: Brayden Koehl

Alaina Andrews

Savannah Sorg

Aiden Hoffman



Lydia Reed, Ben Reed

School Board Chairman Tom Koerner, and

School Board members Kurt Hayden and Beth Klink

Mrs. Thiem’s husband, David, who is scheduled for kidney surgery this Friday

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as SHINE Students last week: Evan Huelsenbeck, Chase Ryan, Baily Lash, Fyo Hayden, Shanda Schlatter, and Elizabeth Stewart. We give thanks to God for these students who let his light shine before others.

Final Library Days

The week of May 6-10 will be the final week to check out books from our school library. Focus on getting all books returned to the week of May 13 so we can head into the summer with all books returned to their proper shelves, please! Thank you!


Any youth in 6th – 12th grade is invited to join the St. John Youth Group – School of Life. If you have any questions, contact Nick Hayden @ 260-343-0561 or stuartlem@hotmail.com. Join the Fun!!

Don’t forget to grab some scrip for the special

women in your life for Mother’s Day – Sun., May 12!

We have a great variety of restaurant certificates,

as well as many stores in the area.


Congratulations 8th Graders!

Four of our 8th grade students: Aowyn Myers, Shanda Schlatter, Kyle McKenzie, and Christian Heileman, were recognized last Friday at The Lutheran Schools Partnership’s Honors Breakfast. Each Lutheran school in the Fort Wayne area is able to nominate up to 4 top students for this recognition. Congratulations, students! We’re proud of you!

Our fifth and sixth graders are seeking

sponsors for their car wash to be held THIS Saturday, May 11.

Proceeds will pay for their class trip to

The Ark in Kentucky on May 9.

Contact a student if you are not asked to pledge!


Graduation for the 10 members of our Class of 2019, will be held on Wednesday, May 22, at 6:30. Whether you have a graduate or not, we hope that you will plan to attend this special night in the life of the St. John family.

E-Mail Update

If you have changed your e-mail address since the beginning of this school year, please be sure we have the corrected address. We keep an ongoing list of this vital way to contact parents! Thanks!

Save the Date

Please mark your calendars and save the dates for the following important end-of-the-year events:

Monday, May 6, 6:30 – Preschool/Kindergarten/1st Grade Spring Program

Saturday, May 11, 2:00 – Mother/Daughter Tea

Tuesday, May 14, 6:00 – Bright Lights Princess Party

Thursday, May 16, 5:30 – Athletic Awards Night

Friday, May 17 – 6:30 – 8:30 – Middle School Dance

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 – 8th Grade Graduation Service

Thursday, May 23, 8:15 – Awards Assembly

Friday, May 24, 2:00 – Closing Chapel held at Bixler Lake Park

St. John Students Stay in Shape This Summer

Get ready for St. John’s Summer Enrichment Program! Students can participate by tracking reading minutes, physical activity minutes, and skills workbook pages. It is now too late to order a Summerbook through the school and save shipping fees, but you are still able to order on your own. All the students who participate in this summer program will be able to participate in the special recognition party once school begins in the fall.

21st Century Scholar Program

Parents, especially of 7th and 8th graders, need to explore this state program that provides college funding for eligible Indiana students. Income eligibility requirements exist, but the application process and other requirements are fairly simple. Scholarships for both Indiana public and private colleges are available. Applications must be made during the student’s 7th or 8th grade year. You can find all the details at www.in.gov/ssaci/2345.htm

Remember that in addition to the Box Tops for Education, we also collect points from Aunt Millie’s and Tyson products. Please place them in the collection bin on the wall of the church lobby. Thanks!

Vacation Bible School!

Join us at St. John this summer as we blast off for an out-of-this-world adventure! Children ages 3 through entering 6th grade will learn about God’s plan of salvation from creation to the cross.

We’ll enjoy Bible stories, game, snacks, arts and crafts, music, and more!

TO REGISTER: Please pre-register online at vbsmate.com/sjk

Please feel free to contact Mollie Scheiber with any questions at molliescheiber@hotmail.com or (260) 242-6212.

School Choice (Voucher) Students

Parents of students applying for a School Choice (voucher) Scholarship for the 2019-20 school year need to come in to the office to complete your application for next year. The process takes about 10 minutes with Mrs. Thiem. You will need a copy of your 2018 tax return, unless you receive other forms of public assistance. We will have verification of that if you do.

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.

Track Practice and the Parking Lot

Our track team, open to students in 4th-8th grades, is in full swing! 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!

Camp Lutherhaven Time!

Which do you think is greater – swimming or boating? How about archery or crafts? What about getting up early for Polar Bear or staying up for late night s’mores? No matter what your preference is, you will be sure to experience a ton of fun at Camp Lutherhaven this summer! With youth programs for K-12, family programs, and Servant Events for grades 8-12, you can come and enjoy all that Lutherhaven offers. Visit us online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 260-636-7101.

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.

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:

June 1 Parents can enroll 4-year-old preschool students in the other

session if they desire a full-day program

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.

ILEARN State Tests

The ISTEP test has been replaced with the ILEARN test for all 3rd through 8th graders. The ILEARN test window (when we are required to give this assessment) is April 22 through May 17. We began testing last week and will finish on Tuesday, May 14. Our plan is to test on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Parents, please avoid scheduling appointments during these testing weeks so that we can limit the number of make-up tests we need to give. A full testing schedule was emailed to 3rd-8th grade parents last week. A new part of the ILEARN test is a listening segment. Therefore, all students will need some type of headphones for the testing. It does not matter if it is the earbud style or the over-the-ear style. Hopefully you have a set at home that can be used. These do not need to be anything fancy! We will have a limited supply at school for students who forget or whose own pair breaks.

Kroger Community Rewards

Thanks to the help of over 100 of our church and school families, our school will receive $375.31 for profits from the Kroger Community Rewards program from the first quarter of 2019. If you have not yet registered your Kroger card, please see Mrs. Thiem as to how to go about that. All you then have to do is SHOP at Kroger and show your card.

The collection box 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 May – Flip flops, water shoes, sunglasses, rain ponchos, sewing kits, measuring tape, children’s plastic cups, plastic straws, plastic eating utensils (nicer ones)

For June – Small notebooks, note pads, writing pads, journals, small coloring books, stickers, post-it notes

For July – School supplies – pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, colored pencils, colored markers, pencil cases, erasers, crayons, small rulers, safety scissors, chalk.

Of course, anything can be placed in the box at any time, these are merely suggestions!

See me if you have any questions!!

Mrs. Thiem

May 6 – May 12, 2019

Monday, May 6

6:30 – Preschool – Kindergarten – First Grade Spring Program

Tuesday, May 7 – ILEARN Testing

8:15 – Chapel

5:30 – 6:15 – Beginning Strings Rehearsal @ CLHS

5:30 – Track meet @ Zollner CLHS

6:15 – 7:15 – Intermediate Strings Rehearsal @ CLHS

7:15 – 8:15 – Advanced Strings Rehearsal @ CLHS

Wednesday, May 8 – ILEARN Testing

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

7:00 – Strings Concert @ CLHS

Thursday, May 9 – ILEARN Testing

6:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. – 5/6 grade trip to The Ark in Kentucky

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, May 10

8:00 – 2:30 – Kindergarten Field Trip

4:00 – JV Track Meet @ Zollner CLHS

Saturday, May 11

9:00 – 2:00 – 5/6 grade car wash at North Fire Station

2:00 – Mother/Daughter Tea for those pre-registered

Sunday, May 12 – Mother’s Day

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