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

Banner #21; January 20, 2020

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 20 January 2020


St. John Lutheran School

January 20, 2020 - Number 21

Principal’s Pen

The final formative five skill, as discussed in the book The Formative Five, by Thomas Hoerr, is grit. Grit is defined as sticking with something, despite failures and setbacks, until it appears that we can do it effortlessly. So often our kids see success, whether it be in athletics, music, or academics, and they think that they should be able to perform at that same level immediately. They don’t see the years of hard work, frustration, and effort that went into reaching that level of success.

As with our other formative skills (empathy, self-control, integrity, and embracing diversity), there are things we can do to help build grit in our children.

Celebrate Failure: Our tendency is to see failure as, well, failure. But, everyone fails, and the key is how we learn and grow from our failures. Help kids analyze their failures and determine to use it a s a way to learn and grow.

Ban the Comfort Zone: All of us enjoy what is comfortable. Sometimes we need to ban the comfort zone and push our kids into what might be uncomfortable. For small kids, that might be ordering when you go out to eat. For an older child, that might be joining a team or club that is new.

Recognize grit: Praise your children for their hard work and determination. Recognize when they stick with a task for a long time. Highlight the achievements of others (book and movie characters and real-life examples) that took grit.

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

Did you know that St. John is one of almost 2,100 Lutheran preschool, elementary, and high schools across the nation? Did you know that these schools contain around 250,000 students? Did you know that the Lutheran schools are the second largest parochial school system in the United States (only the Catholic system is larger)? We have much to be thankful for as a part of this school system!

Next week we will celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week and the blessings of our wonderful Lutheran School.

The week’s fun activities are:

MONDAY - School Spirit Day/ Blue & White Day (wear

St. John colors or t-shirts)

TUESDAY – Decades Day

WEDNESDAY – Disney Day

THURSDAY – Mismatch/Crazy Hair Day

FRIDAY – Pajama Day (wear your pajamas and bring slippers, blankets, stuffed animals – per teacher’s instructions)

In addition, we will also start each day (except Tuesday which is Chapel), with Power Up. On Friday afternoon we will enjoy the first-ever Eagle Games, a series of games and challenges that students will complete with their Chapel Buddies!

Geography Bee January 29

On Wednesday, January 29, don’t miss our school’s Geography Bee where students in grades 4-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the National Geography Bee. The Bee will begin at 1:15 p.m.in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

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 this week. You will receive a letter from the principal, directions for re-enrolling (completed online through FACTS Family Portal), 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.

Now Hiring – Food Services Director

Deedra Parks, our Food Services Director, has informed us that she is not returning after her maternity leave. We are thankful for her work over the past year and a half and wish her well as she focuses on her family. St. John is now accepting applications for this position. For more information, or to fill out an application, please contact the office.

Parent-Teacher Conferences and Progress Reports This Week

Progress Reports will be given to parents at our second round of Parent-Teacher Conferences this Tuesday, January 21. School will dismiss at 1:55 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!

Jump, Laugh, Play!

Family Fitness Night at St. John

February 4, 2020

Brrrrr, It’s cold outside, but get ready to have some fun with your family indoors. No matter what your age or fitness level, there is something for you! This year we are featuring an indoor Gaga pit, a super hero workout zone, a Mini Ninja Warrior training area, and a scooter game you don’t want to miss! (Don’t worry, the kids are on the scooters J.)

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.


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!

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.

Reading Enrichment Coming Soon!

Next Monday, Jan. 27, will be the day we send home information on this year’s TinCap Reading Program. The program will run from Feb. 1 through Feb. 29. Students who complete their 4 goals will receive a ticket to a TinCaps game on May 3.

Update Your Kroger Community Rewards

Remember that your designation of St. John as the recipient of your Kroger Community Rewards must be renewed annually. Check the bottom of your receipt to see if your status is current. It should clearly state that St. John is receiving your rewards. If not, PLEASE visit krogercommunityrewards.com to re-enroll in the program. You will not receive notification that your designation has expired, so please check!

St. John’s NPO number is 10129.

Proceeds from the final quarter of 2019 amounts to just over $380, which we should receive very soon. We need your help to continue receiving this blessing!!! Thank you!!

C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S, B-E-N!!

Congratulations to Ben Reed, winner of this year’s Spelling Bee!! Ben correctly spelled the word - accelerates to win the bee in the 16th round. Second place finisher was Rosa Andorfer followed by Olivia Tibbs in third place.

Other contestants were Rhoda Bontrager, TJ Knox, Nathan Potts. Aiden Hoffman, Landon Kintz, Addison Hampshire, Trey Warren, Solana Andorfer, and Kaeli Christian.

Ben will represent our school in the Noble County Spelling Bee on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at West Noble Middle School. Congratulations to all for a job well done!

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 is available in the office. Your questions can be answered by your teacher or by our Science Fair chairperson, Don Schroeder. The projects will be due February 3 and the full schedule is available in the packet. We encourage all students to participate in this worthwhile event!

Projects are due on Monday, Feb. 3, and the Science Fair Night will be Friday, Feb. 7, from 6:00-7:00.

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

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.

Fitness Fact

Since exercise builds more muscle and muscle burns more calories, exercise allows you to eat more calories, right? While this is true, it can open the door to trouble if we aren’t careful. While muscle does burn more fat, it is a smaller amount that adds up over time. Most of us over-estimate our calories burned and underestimate our calorie intake.

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’!

Kids Heart Challenge

It’s that time again, and I am so excited for the possibilities! You should have received information on Thursday or Friday with all the details on our plan to help the American Heart Association again this year. Our school wide event will be held, Thursday, January 30th in the gym. Between now and that date, it is our goal to raise $4,200. If your child registers online (kidsheartchallenge.heart.org), your donors can easily give electronically and can even use a check by sending it in a picture. Also online your child will find great information for taking care of their health, ways to make their “sticker heart” come to life, and challenges to take that earn more hearts. If 50% of our student body registers online, the AHA also gives a donation back to St. John to purchase additional P.E. equipment to keep our kids in great shape. They also have a great interactive app that you can download for donations as well. Contact me (Mrs. Barr) if you have any questions, or would like to donate.

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.

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.

Lutheran Schools Share Christ… On their bumpers!!!

We have a good supply of bumper stickers advertising our school and would like to distribute them to interested parents. If you would like to show your support of our school in this way, please contact Mrs. Thiem for your free sticker!

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Kylie Parks, Carys Shire, Jaxon Hire, Brody Workman, and Rhoda Bontrager

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Joshua Neuman, 4th Grade Class, Jackson McKinley, Elijah Lash, Andrew Stahl, and Carson Hoon.

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

Operation Christmas Child

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, other items can be placed in the box at any time, these are merely suggestions!

See me if you have any questions!

Mrs. Thiem

Monday, January 20

3:00 – 4:00 – Student Council

Tuesday, January 21

8:15 – Chapel

1:55 – School dismisses for P/T Conferences

Wednesday, January 22

3:00 – 4:15 – Math Bowl Practice

Thursday, January 23

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, January 24

Saturday, January 25

Sunday, January 26

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

St. John Choir sings

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

12:00 – 3:00 – Open House

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