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Banner #20; January 13, 2020

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 13 January 2020


St. John Lutheran School

January 13, 2020 Number 20

Principal’s Pen

The fourth formative skill is embracing diversity. The first three covered in the book The Formative Five, by Thomas Hoerr, were empathy, self-control, and integrity. The formative sills are skills that every person should develop, both for success in school and in adult life. Embracing diversity is defined as understanding, valuing, appreciating, and accepting those who are different.

As Christians, we know that God loves all people and desires all people to be saved. We also know that we are to love all people. To me, this includes understanding, valuing, appreciating, and accepting those who are different than us. I believe that we can love and accept the person, even when we might hold different beliefs and lifestyles.

Like the other formative skills, there are things we can do to help our children grow in embracing diversity:

Explore: Explore other cultures with your kids. This could include eating at a restaurant that serves foods from another culture, or visiting an ethnic neighborhood when traveling to a large city. It could include learning how other cultures celebrate a holiday. It could include learning some common words in a foreign language.

Discuss: When reading books or watching movies, look for characters that are different. Discuss how they are treated? Discuss whether they are stereotyped? Discuss how those stereotypes might affect how we see people that are different. Older cartoons and animations often contain stereotyped characters that are tremendously not politically correct in today’s world.

Teach: Teach your kids about events and times from the past where differences were used to divide and hurt people. Talk about current events where prejudice and discrimination focus on differences being bad instead of good.

With some rather small steps, we can begin to help our children embrace diversity. When we do so, we help prepare them for success, now and in the future!

Welcome, Preschoolers!

Last week we welcomed three new preschool students! Lawrence Pankop and Hannah Mast both joined our 2-day class, and Jaxon Hire joined both the morning and afternoon 3-day class. Welcome, Lawrence, Hannah, and Jaxon! We hope you and your families will soon feel a very welcome part of everything here at St. John!

St. John Open House

St. John will be hosting an Open House for the 2020-2021 school year on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. We are asking all families to invite a friend, neighbor, relative, or co-worker to visit St. John and learn more about our school. Invitation fliers are coming home today. It is true that word of mouth advertising is our best form of advertising and we appreciate your help in spreading the word about St. John!

Also, we are looking for some additional help in promoting our Open House. We have posters available. If you have a business or frequent a business that would be willing to put up a poster advertising our Open House, please ask in the office for one Or, if you would be willing to deliver posters to a few area businesses for us, please let us know in the office.

Re-enrollment for 2020-2021

Re-enrollment for 2020-2021 begins next week. You will receive a letter from the principal, directions for re-enrolling (completed online through ParentsWeb), and a 2020-2021 calendar. We look forward to re-enrolling our current students for another great year and welcoming new students into our family! We encourage all of our families to begin the re-enrollment process promptly as applications for new students will begin to be accepted on Monday, Jan. 27, following our first Open House.

Parent-Teacher Conferences and Progress Reports This Week

Progress Reports will be given to parents at Parent-Teacher Conferences this Wednesday, Jan. 15 or next Tuesday, January 21. School will dismiss at 1:55 both days to allow a little extra time for conferences. Bus riders will be able to stay after school and ride the bus as normal. Parents should have received a notification of their scheduled time to meet with their child’s teacher(s). Please be on time for your conference, and please respect the 15-minute time limit as other parents will be waiting to meet the teacher after you have completed your visit. If a longer conference is needed, please arrange another time with the teacher. As we did during the 1st Trimester conferences, we also invite parents to stop at one of the tables around the building after their conferences to fill our short surveys for the teacher and Principal Walz. We appreciate this feedback and the opportunity to grow. Thanks!

Save the Date! #1

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6:30, and plan to attend the St. John Jump, Laugh, Play Family Fitness Night. Hope to see you and your family there!


Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:45

St. John will be showing Screenagers: “An award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world.” Anyone parenting a teen, tween, or even older elementary student needs to see this movie and be equipped with the information presented to have important conversations with their children about these topics. This event is open to the community, so please invite your friends.

Save the Date! #2

Mark your calendars for Friday, April 24, and plan to attend the St. John Spring Gala! This event will be a highlight for our St. John family in providing support for our school through silent and live auction items and more. Plan now to attend and invite your friends! If you would like to be a part of the planning team, please contact Haley Arnold at 260-343-8028.

National Lutheran Schools Week

St. John, along with other Lutheran Schools around the country, will be celebrated the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 2. Special events are being planned for that week to help our students recognize the blessings we have at St. John. So that you can start planning your outfits, our dress up days are as follows:

Monday: School Spirit Day Tuesday: Decades Day

Wednesday: Disney Day Thursday: Mismatch and Crazy Hair Day

Friday: PJ Day

Watch for the full details to come home soon!

Chapel Offerings

Chapel worship is every Tuesday and our students have the opportunity to bring in an offering in Thankfulness to God for His many blessings. This trimester our offerings go to the work of Lutheran World Relief.

Science Fair

Inquiry, investigation, problem solving, research, time management, public speaking: all of these skills and more can be built through working on a Science Fair project! This is a great opportunity for children to explore an area that they are interested in. Information on the St. John Science Fair has been made available to students in grades 1-8. Your questions can be answered by your teacher or by our Science Fair chairperson, Don Schroeder. The projects will be due on February 3 and the Science Fair Night will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, at 6:00. We encourage all students to participate in this worthwhile event!

If you need a display board you can get one from the office. The boards are 32” high and 36” wide and are available first come-first served. You can make your check out to “St. John PTL”. Each board is $5.50.

Fitness Fact

If you, like many, made a resolution to increase your amount of exercise, you might be feeling a little sore. If you are, don’t stop now. Movement itself helps to flush the lactic acid buildup which can cause that soreness. You should also increase your water intake which aides in flushing out the acid and helps your body in numerous other ways. If you continue exercising consistently and the soreness does not diminish, you might need to consider decreasing the intensity of your workouts until your body adjusts.

You may have been noticing the fitness calendars coming home each month. Hopefully they encourage us all to be more active, especially during these cold winter months. If your child completes the challenge for 15 or more days out of the month, their name is entered into a raffle for a prize, (along with the many benefits that come with taking care of our bodies). Let’s all ‘Roll Into January’!

SCRIP: New Year, New Habit

Would you like free money? Do you shop at any of the following stores?

Walmart Arby’s Dairy Queen Pizza Forum

BP Dietrich’s Walgreens CVS

Applebees Home Depot Wendy’s Peachey’s

These are just a few of the retailers for which we stock scrip. When you purchase a SCRIP card a percentage of the face value is credited back to you. It really is that simple!

As we begin a new year, why not start forming a new habit of using SCRIP? All you have to do is stop in the office any time, purchase your SCRIP cards, and start saving money. The more you use SCRIP, the more you’ll save.

For those of you who have been using SCRIP, your balances for the last half of 2018 have been applied to the account of your choice.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Aiden Hoffman, Naomi Gaff, Lilli Parks, and Karson Butler

We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.


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

These students and their families will be prayed for this week:

Mikayla Bolinger, Lillian Smoot, Nathaniel Bontrager, Anna Conrad, Dallas Dean, and Fyodor Hayden

Track Helpers Needed

Even though we are in the midst of winter weather, we are thinking spring and the start of track season! Track is our biggest sports team and requires several coaches due to all of the activities involved. Practices will begin early to mid-March and run through most of May. If you are interested in helping, please contact Mrs. Kline, Athletic Director, for more information. jkline@stjohneagles.org or 349-2395. No experience is needed (although it would be helpful) and training will be provided.

Do You Have a 529?

A 529 account is a popular way to save for college. But, did you know that 529s can now be used to pay for K-12 private education? There may be some advantages to using your 529 to pay for St. John tuition. If you have questions or want to learn more, see Mr. Walz or ask your tax professional.

Grace-Based Parenting Class Offered

Tim and Mindy Walz will be leading a Bible-based parenting course during Sunday morning Bible study hour. The course is Grace-Based Parenting: Building Character by Dr. Tim and Darcy Kimmel. Each week will include video instruction from the Kimmels and discussion and application led by Tim and Mindy. The course meets on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 and school families are welcome to join us!

Guitar Lessons Offered

Our Advanced Guitar instructor, Pastor Mike DiSanto (associate pastor at First Christian Church) is offering guitar lessons to students at St. John. Lessons will be given here at St. John at a very reasonable price! Contact Pastor Mike at 440-773-8879 for more information or to schedule lessons.

Well, Christmas has passed for another year, but just because the tree is down and all those cookies have been consumed, doesn’t mean it’s time to forget about Operation Christmas Child – the shoebox project! Don’t forget to watch for those after-Christmas sales and pick up some items for your box(es). November’s collection week will roll around quicker than we think!

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 January – soap and washcloths

For February – toothbrush, dental floss, NO TOOTHPASTE

For March – Winter hats, gloves, baseball hat, bandanas, scarves

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

13 – 19, 2020

Monday, January 13

5:30 – JV Boys Basketball Game @ St. Peter

Tuesday, January 14

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 5:00 – Grow Tall

4:00 – 5:30 – JV Boys Basketball Practice

7:00 – Board of Elders Meeting

7:00 – School Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 15 – Parent Teacher Conferences; dismissal 1:55

Thursday, January 16

2:15 – Kids Heart Challenge Kickoff

4:00 – 5:30 – JV Boys Basketball Practice

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, January 17

Saturday, January 18

Sunday, January 19

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 –Worship Service in the Worship Center

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