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

Banner #25; February 17, 2020

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 17 February 2020


St. John Lutheran School

February 17, 2020 - Number 25

From the Principal’s Pen

One of the resources we shared at last Wednesday night’s showing of the Screenagers documentary is the Tech Talk Tuesday blog. It’s by Dr. Delaney Ruston, the producer of Screenagers. You can find it at www.screenagersmovie.com, and then click on Tech Talk Tuesday.

In one of her recent blogs, she writes about how she uses her values to keep her grounded during the difficult times of parenting. As Christians, our values are grounded in the Bible and our identity as God’s redeemed children. That provides tremendous strength! Parenting is hard and there are many ups and downs. We need Godly values to help keep us focused on the long-term objectives of parenting. Here are 3 of Dr. Ruston’s values:

1. Creativity: A majority of the time kids spend on tech is consuming content (watching videos, playing games) instead of creating content (music, art, writing). Kids have an advantage over adults in that they are often more creative. A goal for us as parents is to increase the amount of time our kids, whether on screens or not, are being creative.

2. Competency: A key to success in life, both now and in adulthood, is feeling competent at various tasks. Can your kids cook, clean the bathroom, add air to a tire, mow the lawn, and change a lightbulb? A goal for us as parents is to teach and train our kids in a variety of skills so that they will be able and ready to use those skills as they grow older.

3. Connection: Kids, and adults, often tend to seek out others that are similar to them. But, we grow as we are exposed to people who are different than us. A goal for us as parents is to expose your kids to people of different backgrounds, ethnicity, and religions to help them grow.

What are some of your values as parents? How do you work to instill those values in your kids?

Two Retirements

It is with both sadness and joy that I announce that both Mr. Scheiber and Mrs. Pillers have made the decision to retire at the end of this school year. We give thanks to God for the more than 50 years of service between these two faithful teachers. We are happy for them as they prepare to enter this new stage of life, but they will certainly be missed! We have already begun the process of looking for new teachers and will share updates as we make progress. We will also share additional information in the coming weeks about opportunities to recognize these two teachers for their ministry here. Please keep both Mrs. Pillers and Mr. Scheiber, as well as our search for new teachers, in your prayers.

Science Fair Winners Announced

Thank you to all of the students who participated in the Science Fair. We had 16 projects submitted! We had many excellent projects on a great variety of topics. We’re proud of every student who completed a project and for their hard work. Congratulations to the following students who were our school winners and can represent St. John at the Regional Science Fair at Trine University:

First Grade – CC Knox, Barrett Klink, Joshua Neuman

Second Grade – Mason Bond, Serenity Hayden

Fifth Grade – TJ Knox

Sixth Grade – Aiden Hoffman, Kaitlyn McKenzie, Lilly Moser

Congratulations also to these additional students for

completing a project for this year’s Science Fair: Lincoln Moser, Piper Arnold, Alaina Andrews, Savannah Sorg, Santiago Espinoza, Landon Kintz, Branson Klink, Ben Reed, and Brayden Schott.

Pastries With Parents!

Please join us Friday morning, February 28 for a little treat and some quality time with your children before school! Arrive anytime between 7:00 and 7:45 for a donut, juice, milk, and coffee. It’s a small way we say thank you to our parents and students and celebrate the end of the 2nd Trimester. We look forward to seeing

you on then!

Kids Heart Challenge Final Update!

We set 3 goals for our fundraising efforts this year:

1) To raise $4,200 for the American Heart Association

2) To have 57 students register online to fundraise

3) To grow in compassion for others with heart issues.

I am very pleased to report that St. John Lutheran School families hit it out of the park! Goal #1) Instead of raising $4,200, families raised $6,208.44 for the AHA.

Goal #2) Instead of 57 students, 60 students registered online.

Goal #3) This goal is less tangible, but is clearly met based on the response to

goals 1 and 2.

Thank you for all that you did to help the AHA this year!!

Family Lenten Night February 24 – 6:30 p.m.

Join us to take part in a family activity to carry out during Lent. Lent begins Wednesday, February 26th. A time to focus on the sacrifice Jesus carried out for all of us, so that we might be forgiven, receive new life in Jesus and live eternally in heaven.

Spring Fundraiser Begins!

We hope to get everyone excited about our frozen food fundraiser to raise needed funds for the work of our Parent-Teacher League.

The sale begins Monday, March 2, and will run for two weeks. Order forms are due back by Monday, March 16. The sale will be on a PREPAY basis. Items will be delivered on Wednesday, April 8. The sale is conducted on a voluntary basis. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Skating Party Time!

Our school annual Skating Party will be held on

Saturday, February 29, at the Skatin’ Station, Auburn, from noon – 2:00 p.m. All school families are invited and entrance fees and skate rental is all covered by our Parent-Teacher League. Those wishing to rent inline skates are responsible for those costs. Plan to attend!

Directions to the Skatin’ Station: Take State Road 8 into Auburn. Turn left on Grandstaff, then right on North Street. The rink will be on your left at 544 W. North St.

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. Mrs. Wilkinson can be reached at (260) 854-4262 or twilkinson@stjohneagles.org if you have questions.

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.

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!

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.

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: Joshua Neuman, Leah Downam, Lilly Evers, Caydren Sams, Teegyn Schmidt, Chase Ryan, Evan Huelsenbeck, Mason Wysong, Abby Hale, Matthew McKinley, Fyo Hayden, and Lydia Hulbert.

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!

TinCaps Reading Program

We’re now halfway through the TinCaps Reading Program. If you haven’t started reading and keeping track of your goal, it’s not too late! As long as you complete all 4 base goals by Saturday, February 29, you can still earn your free ticket for our game on Sunday, May 3. Let’s get reading!

Fitness Fact

Last week we discussed the many reasons for making a good night’s sleep a priority, but how do we accomplish it? Ideally we should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you are having trouble sleeping, try one or more of these tips:

• Since stress interferes with quality sleep, add some stress-relieving exercise to each day – it can be as simple as walking!

• Plug your phone and other electronic devices in AWAY from your bed. It helps to eliminate the temptation to continue scrolling or squeeze in a bit more work. In addition, bright blue screens may inhibit melatonin production which can keep you awake longer.

• Start your day with a healthy habit like a walk or a gratitude moment to help you get out of bed without a snooze alarm. Snooze alarms leave us feeling more groggy than if we get up at a consistent time.

• Avoid trying to “catch up” on sleep. It is a myth and does more harm than good by sabotaging your weekly sleep cycle.

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 announced soon.


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

These students and their families, prayed for this

week: Landon Kintz, Branson Klink, Kaitlyn McKenzie, Lilly Moser, and Ben Reed

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.

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.

Operation Christmas Child

The collection box for Operation Christmas Child 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!

17 – 23, 2020

Monday, February 17 – President’s Day – No EN Bus Service

3:00 – 4:00 – Student Council

Tuesday, February 18

8:10 – Chapel

Wednesday, February 19

Thursday, February 20

7:00 p.m. - Worship Service

Friday, February 21

Saturday, February 22

Sunday, February 23

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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