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Banner #28; March 9, 2020

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 09 March 2020


St. John Lutheran School

March 9, 2020 Number 28

The Principal’s Pen

Discipline is one of the hardest tasks a parent faces. It’s hard to discipline consistently, it’s hard to discipline when we’re tired and stressed, and it’s hard to know what to discipline.

Sometimes our discipline involves natural consequences. When a child leaves her bike outside and it rains and becomes too rusty to ride, going without a bike can be a powerful natural consequence. Sometimes there is inconvenience or embarrassment that goes along with the consequence. In moderation, these can be a part of powerful learning lessons that comes through discipline.

Sometimes our discipline includes consequences we impose. When doing so, it is important to ask whether we are preserving our child’s dignity. One of the goals of our discipline should be to help our child learn what she should or shouldn’t do. One of the goals of our discipline should be to put the responsibility for solving or correcting the misbehavior on your child. When we unduly embarrass or publicly shame our child, we are making it difficult for the positive lessons discipline brings to get through. When our child is harshly called out in public, her defenses go up and her ability to reason goes down. If you’ve ever ’lost it’ with your kids, you know what it feels like to lose a little dignity. Your children feel that too.

As always, God gives us good advice in His word:

A soft answer turns away wrath,

but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

Our discipline is an essential part of raising our kids. Let’s do so with dignity, for both us and our kids!

Pastries with Parents

We are rescheduling our pastries with Parents for Friday, March 20. Mark your calendars and plan to attend! Please join us any time between 7:00 and 7:45 for a donut and drink, conversation with your children, and fellowship with the St. John family. Plus, as an added bonus, this is the last day of our school Book Fair and you will be able to do some shopping that morning as well!

Regional Science Fair

Good luck to the following students who will represent St. John at the Tri-State Regional Science Fair this Saturday at Trine University in Angola. Best of luck, students!

First Grade – CC Knox, Joshua Neuman

Second Grade – Mason Bond, Serenity Hayden

Fifth Grade – TJ Knox

Sixth Grade – Aiden Hoffman, Kaitlyn McKenzie, Lilly Moser

St. John Showcase 2020!

Our eleventh annual St. John Showcase was a huge success! It was great to see the kids sharing the talents with which they have been so richly blessed! All of the displays and performances were exciting to see. Special thanks to Mrs. Wilkinson, chairperson of this year’s event; Mrs. Myers, our emcee; Mrs. Pillers and her 7th grade Angry Aztecs, Mrs. Pillers and Mr. Schroeder and their 7th and 8th graders for the delicious meal, and to staff and parents who pitched in and provided their help! This year’s Showcase would not have happened without Mrs. Wilkinson’s terrific planning and organizational skills.

Spring Fundraiser Continues

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


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

Lemonade Day

Junior Achievement, along with several area partners, is promoting Lemonade Day. “Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential program that teaches youth how to start, own, and operate their very own business.” An informational flier is coming home with students today. Follow the directions to register online and then pick up your backpack kit here at St. John! This is completely voluntary and done outside of school, but it is a great idea that we wanted to promote.

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.

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.

Chapel Offering Update

Our chapel offerings for the 2nd trimester went to Lutheran World Relief, an agency that provides resources to people around the world. Our classes have been working on special goals and projects to raise money for this great cause. Once again, the St. John family has shown great generosity in sharing what we have with others! We have raised nearly $1,200 for this effort! Working together, we are able to provide: 2 sets of hens and chicks, 1 set of school supplies, 2 sets of mosquito nets, 4 goats, 1 sets of seeds, 1 set of support for a woman’s home, 1 pig, 1 set of coffee seedlings, and more! We praise God for the blessings you have provided!


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!

For these students and their families, prayed for this week: Trey Warren, Rosa Andorfer, Solana Andorfer, Oshea Bailey, and Kaeli Christian

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!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: The fourth grade class and Hugh Conrad. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Camp Lutherhaven Time!

Registration for summer camp at Lutherhaven has begun! It may not seem like it, but summer is right around the corner. Have you made plans yet? Camp Lutherhaven has something for everyone: campfires, swimming, Treetop Village, making paracord bracelets, or just spending time with friends and family. There are programs for Kindergarten all the way through High School, as well as some for the whole family! Register online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 260-636-7101.

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

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!

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.

Fitness Fact

Dynamic stretching improves range of motion. So, if you feel like you can barely bend over to tie your shoes after a long day at work, a dynamic warm-up routine can help you feel more limber.

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!

9 - 15, 2020

Monday, March 9

Tuesday, March 10

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 5:00 – Grow Tall

Wednesday, March 11

3:00 – 4:15 – Math Bowl Practice

Thursday, March 12

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, March 13

9:00 – 2:00 – Sixth grade Junior Achievement

Saturday, March 14

Regional Science Fair

Sunday, March 15

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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