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The Banner

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

Banner #22: Jan. 25, 2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 25 January 2021

THE BANNER

St. John Lutheran School

January 25, 2021 - Number 22

PRINCIPAL’S PEN

Why should I send my kids to a Lutheran school? It’s a question we all have asked ourselves. After all, there are other good schools, public and private, in the area. What is it about Lutheran schools, and St. John specifically, that makes it worthwhile to send my kids here?

My wife and I have 25 years between us in attending Lutheran schools. We have 42 years between us as teachers and principal in Lutheran schools. Our 3 boys have 45 years between them in attending Lutheran schools. Why did we make the commitment to a Lutheran education as parents? Three reasons stand out:

Growing in Faith: This is, for us, the most important reason. We know that the most important gift we can give our boys is a strong faith secure in knowing Jesus as their Savior. That’s a priority for us at home, and that priority has been magnified through the influence of Godly teachers in Lutheran schools.

Growing in Knowledge and Wisdom: Our boys have been challenges academically over their careers at 3 different Lutheran schools (St. John included). They have been pushed to learn new things at higher and higher levels. More importantly, they have grown in wisdom and the ability to analyze and process what they know in God-pleasing ways. They look at the world through a Christian perspective. Knowledge can be gained at any school. A Christian perspective can only be achieved through Godly teachers infusing the curriculum with a Biblical foundation.

Growing as a Whole Child: While growth in faith and academics are our 2 greatest priorities, we know that there are other interests to be developed. Our 3 boys participated in sports, academic competitions, technology, and music both during the school day and outside of the school day. These interests were nourished in their Lutheran schools until they became passions which allow our boys to glorify God through these pursuits.

As a principal, of course I am biased about the value of a Lutheran education. As a parent, though, my wife and I would not have made any other choice for the education of our sons. Thank you for making the same choice!

Did you know that St. John is one of almost 2,000 Lutheran preschool, elementary, high schools, universities, and seminaries across the nation and around the world? Did you know that these schools contain around 250,000 students? Did you know that the Lutheran schools are the second largest parochial school system in the United States (only the Catholic system is larger)? We have much to be thankful for as a part of this school system!

This week we will celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week and the blessings of our wonderful Lutheran School.

The week’s fun activities are:

MONDAY – Crazy Hair Day (fix your hair in a colorful

crazy way)

TUESDAY – Professions Day (dress like what you

want to be)

WEDNESDAY – Book Character Day (dress like a

character from a favorite book)

WEDNESDAY – One School One Book Kick-Off

THURSDAY – Spirit Day (wear your Jesus is Greater

theme shirt)

THURSDAY – Kids Heart Challenge

FRIDAY – Disney Day (dress like a character from a Disney movie or show)

SUNDAY – 5th-8th grade choir sings at both 8:00 and 10:30 services

In addition, we will have a Door Decorating Contest centered on the theme Sent to Serve with popcorn and a show for the winning classes. The winners will be announced today!

We are also collecting school supplies for Ascension Lutheran School in Gary (the school our chapel offerings are supporting this Trimester). During Lutheran Schools Week, send in paper, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue, glue sticks, scissors, and dry erase markers. Our goal as a school is to collect 100 pounds of supplies!

Science Fair

Your Science Fair projects should be progressing nicely. 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 look forward to seeing the projects our young scientists are working on. Display boards can be purchased in the office for $6.00.

Run Hard Rest Well Retreat

Do you RUN HARD? Between work, home, family, friends, community, and church, is your To-Do list never done? Are you worn, weary, and wounded?

Do you REST WELL? Do you know that rest is Biblical and true rest refreshes you to run hard once again?

Please join us on Saturday, Feb. 13, for a Run Hard Rest Well Retreat (www.runhardrestwell.org) at St. John from 9:00-12:00. In this retreat, you will learn about and experience the 4 rhythms of Biblical rest: sleep, sabbath, stillness, and solitude. You will be uplifted. You will be connected – to God and others. You will be refreshed. Feel free to bring a friend and enjoy this time together! Please call the church office at 260-347-2158 to register.

Re-enrollment for 2021-2022

Information on re-enrolling your children was sent home last week, both on paper and by email. 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 scheduling individual tours outside of school hours and have 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.

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.

Kids Heart Challenge Continues!

What a great first week we have had! As of Friday, after only 4 days of fundraising, St. John families have raised over $2408.63, over halfway to our goal of $4,500. Yay!! So far 37 students have become involved; have you joined in to help? As we keep our eyes on the finish line of February 1st, I thought it would be good to share with you another honor that has come our way from the American Heart Association. Our top fundraiser for the past 5 years, Anna Bodie, has been recognized for her efforts and named a part of the exclusive, Midwest All Stars! Enjoy this excerpt from the AHA article sent out this past year:

Anna attends the Central Noble School District. She has been recognized as one of our Midwest All Stars for being a top fundraiser in Northern Indiana. Anna’s favorite part of the heart challenge is the Heart Heroes and what they remind children to do and not to do. She also loves that all donations are going to fight heart disease. In her free time, she likes to do Taekwondo, flag football, Unified track, walking & raising money for the AHA. Anna has participated for 5 years through St. John Lutheran School. She has been the top fundraiser there every year. Each year she likes to challenge herself & raise her goal higher. Fundraising makes her feel good, and she knows the money is going to a good cause. Last year she was number one in the school raising $1,072!! Thank you Anna!

Our Kids Heart Challenge event will take place this Thursday in the gym, with students and staff jumping, shooting, dancing and playing to celebrate the AHA’s work, and to show some of the many ways to keep our hearts, minds and bodies healthy. Check out the St. John Facebook page later this week to see highlights of the event. If you would like to become involved, but aren’t sure how, please contact Mrs. Barr. Thank you for all that you are doing to help the AHA!

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.

Fitness Fact

Many people begin an exercise program to lose weight rather than for the many other benefits that come from exercise. While exercise will aid in weight loss, weight loss is 80% food consumption and only 20% exercise. So making weight loss your primary goal may lead to frustration. But even if you never lost a pound, (which you definitely will if your eating stays the same and your exercise increase) there are so many other benefits to staying fit, that it is worth the effort!

Tax Reform and St. John Tuition

One of the provisions in the tax Reform Act passed a year 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. We will share more details as they become available.

Lutheran Schools Share Christ… On their bumpers!!!

We have a good supply of bumper stickers advertising our school and would like to distribute them to interested parents. If you would like to show your support of our school in this way, please contact Mrs. Thiem for your free sticker!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Kinlee Frey, Grace Hulbert, Jaxson Moran, Hadley Buwalda, Teegyn Schmidt, Danica Sattison, Maddi Harlan, Karson Butler, Aiden Treager, and Georgia Sexton.

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

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Brody Workman, Andrew McKinley, Melissa Heileman,

Paisley Hicks, and Allison Butler

Monday, January 25

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

Tuesday, January 26

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, January 27

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

Thursday, January 28

Kids Heart Challenge – All Day

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, January 29

Saturday, January 30

Sunday, January 31

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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