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The Banner

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Banner #27; March 2, 2020

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 02 March 2020

THE BANNER

St. John Lutheran School

March 2, 2020 Number 27

The Principal’s Pen

As long as there have been people on earth, they have compared themselves to others. Cain and Abel got into some big trouble by comparing their offerings! Brothers and sisters often struggle as one is compared to another in academics, athletics, music, looks, or other areas. Students also are compared, by teachers, staff members, and each other. While some comparisons can be accurate and helpful, many times these comparisons are not accurate and can cause problems. The rise of social media (especially likes and shares) over the past 10 years have taken comparisons to a whole new level!

Making comparisons is natural, but can be harmful. Here are 5 ways to keep the balance:

Talk about the ordinary: Every time we see or hear of the glamorous part of someone else’s life, it’s important to remember the ordinary. Famous people, as well as our friends, still have ordinary lives. Not everything is flashy and fantastic. Help your kids not to lose sight of the fact that everyone has ordinary moments.

Focus on your strengths: When you find your kids falling into the comparison trap, remind them of their unique strengths. They may not be the best basketball player on the team, but they might be the best at art or being compassionate. Help your kids not to lose sight of what makes them unique.

Focus on the majors: Many times, the things that are compared: looks, clothes, hairstyles, are truly not that important. These things are fleeting. Of more value is focusing on activities and qualities: kindness, compassion, serving others, that are truly important and lasting. Help your kids to focus on things that are more important and meaningful.

The world is full of comparisons. Let’s take the pressure off our kids and help them focus a little less on unhealthy comparisons with others!

St. John Showcase 2020!!

THIS Friday, March 6

Make plans to come out and enjoy a fun filled evening THIS Friday, March 6! The evening begins at 5pm with amazing food and student displays to admire. Also available is an opportunity to take a tour and learn about the Angry Aztecs. Then, starting at 6:30pm the talent show will begin! We hope that our families will come and support the many talents of our student body. A variety of displays, as well as many forms of performance, can be enjoyed by the whole family. There will also be a few final tours of the Angry Aztecs provided after the Talent Show. Mark your calendar and come enjoy the fun!

(benefits the 7th/8th Grade trip to Washington, D.C. in April)

Taco Salad Bar Meal Deal $5.00

Your choice of Chicken or Hamburger, Chips,

Lettuce, Tomato, Olives, Onions, Salsa,

Sour Cream, Nacho or Shredded Cheese

Choice of Chips or Cookie and a bottle of water

Hot Dog Meal Deal $ 3.00

Hot dog sandwich, chips, cookie, water

Chips $ .50

Cookie $ .50

Pop or water (from vending machine) $ .75

Coffee (free)

Spring Break – No Bus Service Alert

Our Spring Break is a few weeks away. This is one aspect where our calendar varies from East Noble’s calendar. East Noble will take two weeks for Spring Break, and we will only take one. Therefore, there will be no bus service the week of March 23rd. St. John Spring Break is the week of March 30th (the second week of East Noble’s break).

Financial Peace University Class Beginning

Dave Ramsey is a trusted financial planner whose Bible-based methods have helped thousands of people get debt-free, stay debt-free, and become financially stable. St. John member Rick Ludwig is starting a Financial Peace University class at St. John. The class begins this Sunday, March 8, at 7:00 P.M., and will conclude by the end of the school year. The class is open to school families, church families, and community members, so feel free to invite others! This course is highly recommended and St. John school families will receive a discount after successfully completing this course. Learn more and register at: https://bit.ly/382vkoY

A Night Of Hope

This year’s Night of Hope (sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Athletes) will feature New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees! The event is on Monday, May 18, 7:00, at the Fort Wayne Coliseum. The event is free, but you must have a ticket. You can get tickets in the school office.

Let’s Get Reading!

St. John is participating in another reading challenge. The Lutheran Schools Partnership is sponsoring a one-week challenge for all of the Lutheran schools in the Fort Wayne area. The challenge is simple: to log how many minutes each student spends reading, either at school or at home. In addition to the prizes that TLSP is offering, St. John is awarding some of our own prizes! An informational sheet and log sheet is coming home today.

Please pray for these students and their families:

Ashlynn Myers, Cameryn Proxmire, Emily Schott, Naomi Schroeder, and Olivia Tibbs

Get your children ready to have the Best Summer Ever by enrolling them in Safety Around Water. This five day course will teach them fundamental water safety skills and concepts like “jump, push, turn, grab,” which they can use if they find themselves in water unexpectedly.

Visit http://www.coleymca.net/youth-children-swimming-programs.php to register. Contact Sarah Treager at aquaticscoordinator@coleymca.net or by calling (260) 347-9622 for more information.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Lucas Christian, Andrew McKinley, Lex Moser, Axel Harper, Lincoln Moser, Trey Warren, Elijah Lash, and Kinlee Frey. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Staffing Update

Mr. Walz and the School Board are beginning to review identified candidates for our 5th and 6th grade classrooms. We have received names of potential teachers who are currently serving in other Lutheran schools as well as local candidates who have submitted their names for consideration. Our goal is to narrow this list of candidates down to those we want to interview and then schedule those interviews. Your prayers are appreciated in this process!

End of Trimester 2

Last Friday marked the end of the 2nd Trimester. Report Cards will be sent home with the students next Monday, March 9. While we do not have another round of Parent/Teacher Conferences scheduled, you are always welcome to schedule a time to meet with a teacher to discuss your child’s progress!

Spring Fundraiser In Full Swing

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 today – 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!

PLEASE CONTACT MRS. THIEM IF YOU ARE AVAILBLE TO HELP WITH THE DISTRIBUTION ON APRIL 8. THANK YOU!!!

Suggestions/Questions

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!

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.

TinCaps Reading Program

Our TinCaps Reading Program ended this past Saturday. Congratulations to all the students who met all four goals and earned a free TinCaps ticket! Ticket order forms are due back to St. John by Friday, March 20. Our game day is Sunday, May 3. Way to go readers!

Fitness Fact

Dynamic stretching activates muscles you will use during your workout. For example, a lunge with a twist is a dynamic stretching exercise that engages your hips, legs, and core muscles. Whether you are doing weighted lunges in the gym, or lunging for a soccer ball, the muscles involved have already been engaged during your warm-up.

IREAD and ILEARN State Tests

The test window for the 3rd grade required IREAD test is March 16-27. This test is given on the computer and is usually given over a two-day span for 1-1.5 hours per day. It is a pretty good indicator of a child’s reading ability. The 3rd graders will begin doing some practice tests to help them get familiar with the test software, especially as this is their first experience with state testing. More information and the specific test schedule will be communicated with the 3rd grade students and parents.

The test window for the 3rd-8th grade required ILEARN test is April 20-May 15. More details regarding this test will be shared in the coming weeks.

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!

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!

2 – 8, 2020

Monday, March 2

6:00 – 7:00 – Beginning Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

Tuesday, March 3

8:10 – Chapel

Wednesday, March 4

8:30 – 2:30 – Eighth Grade trip to Junior Achievement

3:00 – 4:15 – Math Bowl Practice

Thursday, March 5

8:00 – 10:45 – Intermediate/Advanced Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

7:00 - Worship Service

7:00 – Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Band Concert @ CLHS

Friday, March 6

9:00 – 1:00 – Second Grade trip to Maple Syrup Farm

5:00 – Showcase Food

6:30 – Showcase acts begin

Saturday, March 7

Sunday, March 8 – Daylight Saving Time starts

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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