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

Banner #20; January 11, 2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 11 January 2021


St. John Lutheran School

January 11, 2021 Number 20

Principal’s Pen

The past year has provided us with some incredibly challenging and complicated events. We are 10 months in to a global pandemic. We have seen peaceful protests and violent protests. There were movements to defund the police. We experienced extreme racial tensions. We had violent wildfires and hurricanes. And, just last week, we witnessed our nation’s capital forcibly entered. Many of the pictures and video sickened me.

The main point of this article is not to dive deep into these events. As parents and educators, though, we are challenged by how to discuss these events with our kids. First, in same cases, we may shield our kids from such events. That is an appropriate response at times. We must consider the age and maturity level of our children. Young kids, especially, do not need to know about some events. Second, we must be careful about the images our kids are exposed to. Images last longer and evoke a different response than just hearing about an event. We need to monitor how much our kids see about these news events. Third, we must respond in age-appropriate ways. A discussion about any of these events with an 8th grader will look very different than with a 1st grader. No matter the age, it is important to be truthful and direct. It is also important to give just enough information to answer the questions. Many times, a child will be satisfied and not need to go deeper into the situation. Finally, children have more access to news and information now than ever. In many cases, they don’t need us to give them the information. They do need us to help them understand it and put it into context. They especially need us to interpret the news from a Christian perspective. What does God say about this? What does the Bible say about how we should respond? This is one of the main ways we can help our children through these difficult events.

The following links (shortened for space considerations) are from 2 sources I trust. While the initial focus is on the events of last week, some of what is discussed and some of the additional links embedded in the articles, are relevant to any situation. I share them for your consideration:

https://bit.ly/35oaYbd and https://bit.ly/35ui3H7

Free Lunches Continue

St. John has been approved to continue providing free breakfasts and lunches to all students for the remainder of this school year. Extra milks for breakfast or lunch and Extended Care snacks are not eligible for this program and will be billed to the families.

School Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the following students for placing in the top 3 in their classroom Spelling Bees: Anna Conrad, Fyo Hayden, Brody Workman, Lukas Christian, Andrew McKinley, Alex Ormiston, Landon Kintz, Lilly Moser, Ben Reed, Addison Hampshire, Olivia Tibbs, and Trey Warren. These students will represent their classes at the School Spelling Bee on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 11:30. We will be livestreaming this event for parents and others to view and will email the link to parents by 11:25.

Science Fair

Inquiry, investigation, problem solving, research, time management, public speaking: all of these skills and more can be built through working on a Science Fair project! This is a great opportunity for children to explore an area that they are interested in. Information on the St. John Science Fair has been made available to students in grades K-8. Your questions can be answered by your teacher or by our Science Fair chairperson, Don Schroeder. The projects will be due on Monday, February 1 and the Science Fair Night will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, at 6:00. Details regarding the Science Fair Night being live or virtual will be made closer to the date based on current COVID conditions. We encourage all students to participate in this worthwhile event!

Re-enrollment for 2021-2022

It will soon be time to re-enroll for the 2021-2022 school year. Information for re-enrollment will come home on Monday, Jan. 18. We encourage all of our families to begin the re-enrollment process promptly as applications for new students will begin to be accepted on Monday, Feb. 1.

St. John Open House

Normally, we kick off our new enrollment season with an Open House near the end of January. With COVID restrictions and precautions in place we will not be doing that. However, we are preparing some virtual options for prospective parents.

Although we will not be holding traditional Open Houses right now, we still need your help in promoting St. John to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and relatives. Word of mouth is consistently our best advertising. Please help spread the news about St. John and encourage others to contact the school office for more information.

National Lutheran Schools Week

St. John, along with other Lutheran Schools around the country, will be celebrated the week of Jan. 24-30. Special events are being planned for that week to help our students recognize the blessings we have at St. John. Students are voting on the different dress up days early this week and then we will send home all of the details!

Parent-Teacher Conferences and Progress Reports Coming

To allow a little more time between our return from Christmas Break and Parent/Teacher Conferences, we are adjusting our schedule for conferences from our previously published calendar. Here are the specifics:

● Conferences will once again be virtual over Zoom. Sign-up information was emailed home last Thursday. Additional emails with the same information will be sent out this week.

● Conferences will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 2:15-7:00, and on Thursday Jan. 21, from 3:15-6:00, on 15-minute intervals.

● Additional child care will be available on Wednesday, Jan. 20 for students who cannot be picked up right at 1:55. Students will be separated by cohorts until normal levels of students are reached.

● Progress reports will be sent home with all students on Monday, Jan. 18.

We encourage all parents to participate in these conferences as they are valuable opportunities to discuss your child’s growth with his/her teachers!

Fitness Fact

If you, like many, made a resolution to increase your amount of exercise, you might be feeling a little sore. If you are, don’t stop now. Movement itself helps to flush the lactic acid buildup which can cause that soreness. You should also increase your water intake which aides in flushing out the acid and helps your body in numerous other ways. If you continue exercising consistently and the soreness does not diminish, you might need to consider decreasing the intensity of your workouts until your body adjusts.

You may have been noticing the fitness calendars coming home each month. Hopefully they encourage us all to be more active, especially during these cold winter months. If your child completes the challenge for 15 or more days out of the month, their name is entered into a raffle for a prize, (along with the many benefits that come with taking care of our bodies). Let’s build a better Push-Up this January!

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 support Ascension Lutheran School in Gary, IN. Ascension is a new school, started in 2017, that is providing a vital ministry in the heart of Gary.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following student for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Krista Hamann

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


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

These students and their families will be prayed for this week:

Violet Hobart, Lydia Reed, Danica Sattison, Bryston Williams, and Miguel Bonilla

Do You Have a 529?

A 529 account is a popular way to save for college. But, did you know that 529s can now be used to pay for K-12 private education? Indiana’s 529 plan (https://www.collegechoicedirect.com/home.html) is one of the best in the nation! There may be some advantages to using your 529 to pay for St. John tuition. If you have questions or want to learn more, see Mr. Walz or ask your tax professional.

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 January – soap and washcloths

For February – toothbrush, dental floss, NO TOOTHPASTE

For March – Winter hats, gloves, baseball hat, bandanas, scarves

Of course, anything can be placed in the box at any time, these are merely suggestions!

See me if you have any questions!!

Mrs. Thiem

SCRIP: New Year, New Habit

Would you like free money? Do you shop at any of the following stores?

Walmart Arby’s Dairy Queen Pizza Forum

BP Starbucks Walgreens CVS

Applebees Home Depot Wendy’s Taco Bell

These are just a few of the retailers for which we stock scrip. When you purchase a SCRIP card a percentage of the face value is credited back to you. It really is that simple!

As we begin a new year, why not start forming a new habit of using SCRIP? All you have to do is stop in the office any time, purchase your SCRIP cards, and start saving money. The more you use SCRIP, the more you’ll save.

For those of you who have been using SCRIP, your balances for the last half of 2020 will be credited very soon if they have not been already!

11 – 17, 2021

Monday, January 11

3:15 – 5:15 – Boys Varsity Basketball Practice

Tuesday, January 12

8:15 – Chapel

11:30 – School Spelling Bee

6:30 – Home Basketball Game vs. SPE

7:00 – School Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 13

3:15 – 5:15 – Boys Varsity Basketball Practice

Thursday, January 14

6:30 – Home Varsity Basketball Game vs. SJE

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, January 15

Saturday, January 16

10:30 – Boys Varsity Basketball Game @ HC

Sunday, January 17

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 –Worship Service in the Worship Center

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