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Banner #23; February 3, 2020

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 03 February 2020


St. John Lutheran School

February 3, 2020 Number 23

Principal’s Pen

Do you talk too much? This is a valuable question to consider, whether you are a principal, a teacher, or a parent. Within the classroom, some studies have shown that teachers talk up to 89% of the time. While the teachers may be delivering important information, the children are often engaged in limited ways, at best, or daydreaming, at worst. The results might be similar if we look at home life.

An important shift, in teaching and parenting, considers this topic. Teachers have important information to share. Kids need this information, but even more so, they need to wrestle with what the information means and how they can incorporate it into their lives. In order for that to happen, kids need to participate, they need to talk, to question, and to process. In order for that to happen, teachers need to be quiet. In giving up some of that control, they will discover deeper insights into their students, what they know, and how they think. As this applies to the classroom, it also applies to the home.

Here are two things that can help in both settings: First, use pictures. People respond differently to pictures than words. Brain research now actually shows that! Using a picture is a great way to draw kids into a discussion! Second, use open-ended questions. We’ve all gotten the response “fine” to the question “How was your day?” Why not try “What made you sad, or happy, today?” or “How did you help someone today?” or ‘Why do you think so-and-so did or said that?” Open-ended questions invite kids to go deeper than just repeating factual information.

As parents and teachers, we tend to think that we know it all, or at least a lot. And we do know more, generally, than our children and students. But, in helping them learn and grow, we would be wise to consider talking less and listening more!

Doctor’s Orders!

One of our school parents who is also a doctor has asked us to share that the flu is rampant in Kendallville and if your child has a cough and/or fever, please keep them home. By doing so, you are not only attending to your child’s best interests, but you are also considering the wellbeing of every other person in our building. Thank you!

Science Fair

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

Re-enrollment for 2020-2021

Re-enrollment for 2020-2021 has begun! You should have received 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 in order to save your spot for next year and help in our planning process.

Now Hiring – Food Services Director & Kitchen Workers

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.

We are also seeking applicants to fill open positions in our kitchen preparing and serving meals. Applications are available in the office.

Dress Up Clothes, Anyone? Games, Puzzles, Legos?

If anyone has dress up clothes that would be suitable for preschoolers, they would love them! Talk with Mrs. Anglin.

Also, our Extended Care program could use your unwanted board games, puzzles, Legos, etc. Again talk with Mrs. Anglin and she will determine what they can make use of. Thank you!

Family Fitness Night at St. John

Feb. 4 from 6:30-8:00PM

Ready to have some family fun? We are! The kids are excited and plans are coming together for this year’s Family Fitness Night! It will feature 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! Adults, don’t worry, you participate only in the activities in which you feel at ease. Hope to see you on Feb. 4th!

G-O-O-D L-U-C-K, B-E-N !!!

Best of luck to Ben Reed who will represent our school in the Noble County Spelling Bee on Tuesday, February 11. The Bee starts at 6:00 and will be held in the Charger Hall at West Noble Middle School. Good luck, Ben!!

No School NEXT Friday – eLearning Day

There will be no school next Friday, Feb. 14. Our teachers will be participating in a professional development day with teachers from other Lutheran Schools in the Fort Wayne area. In addition to worshipping together, we will listen to presentations from two speakers on providing for the social and emotional needs of our students.

National Geography Bee Winners Announced

Congratulations to Ben Reed, winner of this year’s National Geography Bee!!! Oshea Bailey finished as runner-up and Lex Moser was our third-place finisher.

Other students competing in the bee were Nathaniel Bontrager, Brody Workman, Jack Slater, Rhoda Bontrager, Aiden Hoffman, Trey Warren, and Matthew McKinley.

Ben now completes a written test in hopes of qualifying for the state-level of competition. Congratulations to all of our competitors and good luck, Ben!!

Candy-Grams This Week!

Plan now to share your love and buy a Candy-Gram from one of our seventh or eighth grade students. Candy-Grams will be sold after school on February 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, and 12. Candy-Grams will cost $1 and will include a candy bar and a Valentine greeting. They’re great for a friend, a favorite teacher or staff member, a Chapel buddy, and more!! All the profits will go toward the 7/8 grade trip to Washington D.C. this spring.

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.

Screenagers - 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. We will have a random drawing to give away 2 Home Circle Plus wifi management devices.

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! Please contact Haley Arnold at 260-343-8028 or the school office to be a part of the team!

St. John Showcase 2020!!

We are gearing up for St. John Showcase 2020!!! Slated for Friday evening, March 6th, the Showcase is a great opportunity for students to do just that – showcase their God-given talents and abilities! The evening contains a dinner; displays of student-created artwork, projects, and displays (both from school and at home); and a talent show. It’s a night you won’t want to miss!

St. John Showcase 2020 provides an opportunity for students to share their God-given gifts and abilities in areas such as art, music, dance, drama, etc. Last year’s event was a very positive experience for many of our students, and we are hoping to make this year’s event even better. Please contact Mrs. Wilkinson now if you are willing to help. An informational letter and entry form for the talent show is coming home today. Mrs. Wilkinson can be reached at (260) 854-4262 or twilkinson@stjohneagles.org if you have questions.

TinCaps Reading Has Started!

Last week, information on this year’s TinCap Reading Program was sent home. The program runs from Feb. 1 through Feb. 29. Students who complete their 4 goals will receive a ticket to a TinCaps game on May 3.

2019 Tax Deduction Information

Parents, as you fill out your 2019 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 couple years 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.


Someone You Know Needs to Hear This

On Saturday, Feb. 29, from 8:00-12:30, Messiah Lutheran Church in Wolcottville, will host a presentation on depression. Dr. Bev Yahnke (some teachers heard her speak at the fall Teachers Conference and she is excellent!) will explore the features and causes of depression and equip participants to examine their own well-being and talk with others who are struggling. There is no cost and you can get additional information by contacting Pastor Reed at 260-854-3129.

These students and their families, prayed for this week: Hunter Koehl, Andrew McKinley, Alex Ormiston, Nathan Potts, and Olivia Schott

Pastries with Parents

Please now to spend a little quality time with your children before sending them to the classrooms on Friday, Feb. 28, from 7:00-7:50. Parents and kids can enjoy a donut and drink while spending some time together. Please mark your calendar and join us!

School Skating Party

Help celebrate the end of the 2nd Trimester at our school skating party on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, from NOON UNTIL 2:00 pm at the Skatin’ Station in Auburn. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss the fun!

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.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Naomi Gaff and Andrew McKinley.

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

Fitness Fact

Exercising consistently will strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility, and improve your overall performance. Your muscles will work much more efficiently and you’ll gain a greater sense of endurance. In addition, your reaction time and balance will improve. (Atkinson and Bryant webmd.com)

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 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!

Kroger Community Rewards Check Received

Rewards from the last quarter of 2019 have been received in the amount of $358.03. If you are registered for this easy program, THANK YOU! If not, won’t you consider taking just a moment to make that happen? Then, every time you shop and use your Kroger card, rewards will be headed to St. John. It costs you nothing and does NOT affect your fuel points!

To enroll your Kroger card in the Community Rewards program, simply call 1-800-576-4377. Choose option 6. St. John’s Organization Number is VX580. Thanks!

3-9, 2020

Monday, February 3

Tuesday, February 4

8:15 – Chapel

6:30 – 8:00 – Family Fitness Night

Wednesday, February 5

3:00 – 4:15 – Math Bowl Practice

Thursday, February 6

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, February 7

6:00 – 7:00 – Science Fair

Saturday, February 8

Sunday, February 9

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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