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

Banner #24; February 10, 2020

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 11 February 2020


St. John Lutheran School

February 10, 2020 Number 24

Principal’s Pen

Did you know that you can speak another language? I’m not talking about Spanish, German, or French, although some of you may speak these languages. No, I’m talking about your love language. That’s right, each of us has a love language, a way that we most commonly feel loved. Our kids also have love languages. It’s important to know and understand our kids’ love languages so that we can show them love according to how they most want to feel loved.

The five love languages are:

Words of Affirmation: People with this love language feel loved when people use words to build them up. Do your kids beam when you encourage them?

Acts of Service: People with this love language feel loved when people do things for them. Do your kids beam when you do something nice for them?

Receiving Gifts: People with this love language feel loved when people give them gifts. Do your kids beam when you give them a gift?

Quality Time: People with this love language feel loved when people spend time with them. Do your kids beam when you spend time with them?

Physical Touch: People with this love language feel loved when people touch them appropriately. Do your kids beam when you hug or cuddle them?

It’s common for us to show love in the way that is our love language. If my love language is Words of Affirmation then that is how I often show love to others. It is important, however, to understand the love languages of others so that I can try to show love in the way that is most meaningful to them. It’s fun determining the love languages of your kids (they are quite possibly different) and responding to them accordingly!

These love languages were developed by Dr. Gary Chapman. You can learn more at www.5lovelanguages.com, including quizzes that you can take to determine your love language.

No School THIS Friday – eLearning Day

There will be no school this 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.

No Bus Service on Monday

East Noble schools will not be in session on Monday, February 17, so there will be NO bus service that day.

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!

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!

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 tomorrow night - 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!!

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 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 came home last week and must be returned by this Thursday, Feb. 13. Mrs. Wilkinson can be reached at (260) 854-4262 or twilkinson@stjohneagles.org if you have questions.

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!

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.

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: Cierra Croy, Isaac Bennett, Lydia Reed, Lyric Hirschy, Paige Ormiston, Aiden Treager, Chase Ryan, Teegyn Schmidt, Karson Butler, Caydren Sams, Evan Huelsenbeck, and Mason Wysong.

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

before others.

Follett Book Fair

St. John will be hosting a Follett Book Fair from Sunday, March 15 through Friday, March 20. Huge thanks to Summer Moser for serving as chairperson once again! Plan now to visit the Book Fair and find some great new reading material for your kids, and maybe even for yourself!


We will have a Pancake and Sausage breakfast on Sunday, February 16th at 9:15 a.m. to celebrate being debt-free! Worship will take place at 8:00 and 10:30, our normal times. So stay after or come late and celebrate! Bible study, youth Bible study and Sunday School will not meet that morning so all can join the celebration!

Fitness Fact

Are you getting enough sleep? Not getting enough quality sleep each night can increase your risk of obesity, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease and overall cardiovascular disease. It can also affect your job, interaction with your family and your overall health. (AHA)

These students and their families, prayed for this

week: Jack Slater, Alaina Andrews, Santiago

Espinoza, and Aiden Hoffman

Parents of 8th Graders!!

An informational meeting for all parents of 8th graders planning to enroll in East Noble High School for next year has been set for Monday, February 24, at 6:00 in the Cole Auditorium. A separate letter with a few more details was sent with your student last week.

February 10 – 16, 2020

Monday, February 10

Tuesday, February 11

8:15 – Chapel

1:00 – 2:30 – Screenagers – 6th-8th grades, parents welcome

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 5:00 – Grow Tall

6:00 – Noble County Spelling Bee @ West Noble Middle School

Wednesday, February 12

3:00 – 4:15 – Math Bowl Practice

6:45 – 8:30 - Screenagers

Thursday, February 13

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, February 14 – No School – Elearning Day

Saturday, February 15

Sunday, February 16

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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