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The Banner

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

Banner #25; Feb. 22, 2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 22 February 2021


St. John Lutheran School

February 22, 2021 - Number 25

From the Principal’s Pen

“Why do you have that cross on your forehead? What’s it made of? Is that ash?” Perhaps you’ve been asked these questions before. Perhaps you’ve asked them.

Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the start of the 40-day journey to Easter Sunday. During Lent we focus on our sinfulness and our need for a Savior. It’s not that we mope around and never smile or do anything fun, but we do place a greater focus on our sin and our need for a Savior. Lent is the period of time from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. Just like Advent prepares us for Christmas, Lent prepares us for Easter. We had special chapel services planned for that day, one for each cohort of students. We would have ‘buried’ colorful papers that say Alleluia, He is Risen, or have a butterfly (a symbol of new life). Although we didn’t have our services, we are still collecting these papers. We’ll put them away until Easter Sunday. Another part of Ash Wednesday service is usually using ashes to make a cross on the students’ foreheads. This serves as a reminder that it was Jesus’s death on the cross (and His resurrection) that won our forgiveness of sins.

For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Genesis 3:19

This verse is a part of the curse God placed on Adam after the first sin. It reminds us of the curse we are under because of sin. Our bodies will decay and return to the earth. Thanks be to God that, because of Jesus’s perfect life, death, and resurrection, we are forgiven and have new life in Him!

PS – To help you on your Lent journey, we will sent home devotional books with each family. We hope that you will take a few moments each day to use these devotions as you journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter!

Science Fair Winners Announced

Thank you to all of the students who participated in the Science Fair. We had 19 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 (Virtual) Regional Science Fair organized by Trine University:

First Grade – Lincoln Moser, Andrew Stahl, Kinlee Frey,

Third Grade – Serenity Hayden, Holden Buwalda

Fifth Grade – Brody Workman, Carys Shire, Fyo


Sixth Grade – Lukas Christian, Melissa Heileman,

Ali Butler

Congratulations also to these additional students for

completing a project for this year’s Science Fair: Mercy Hayden, Piper Arnold, Tyler Matthews, Anna Conrad, Kylie Parks, Andrew McKinley, Paige Gibson, Alex Ormiston

Parents of 8th Graders!!

An informational meeting for all parents of 8th graders planning to enroll in East Noble High School for next year will be held on Monday, March 8, at 6:00 in the Cole Auditorium. An informational letter was given to the 8th grade students.

St. John Showcase 2021 – POSTPONED

Last Friday we sent home an announcement that we are postponing our SHOWCASE 2021 event. We had made plans for a video premiere on Friday, March 5. Now, based on current COVID levels in the community, we believe we will be able to hold an in-person event later in the spring. So, we are rescheduling for Friday, April 16. This will also allow additional acts to sign up. Please refer to the letter that came home on Friday as well as the email version coming home today for more details. We look forward to the opportunity to host this event live and in person!

COVID Reminders

We are thankful that January and February have been relatively calm months at St. John and in our greater community concerning our COVID numbers. However, we want to continue with the protocols that we have been following so that we do not see another spike in cases. So, a few reminders:

• Masks are still required entering and exiting the building, when moving through the hallways, and when moving in the classrooms and working in small groups.

• Hand-washing and hand-sanitizing frequently are still expected.

• Social distancing is still in place.

• Treats for birthdays and special events need to be store purchased and individually


Thank you for your continued help in keeping our students and staff healthy and safe!

COVID Changes

We have 2 changes to our COVID protocols to announce:

• Parents will now be allowed to enter the building to conduct office business. Parents will be restricted to the office area and must be masked, but will be able to come into the office to drop things off, buy SCRIP, or handle other office matters.

• In coordination with the Noble County Health Department, and in consideration of announcements from the CDC and the Indiana Department of Health, a shorter quarantine is now an option if all of the following conditions are met:

• No symptoms shown from exposure through Day 11

• Receive a nasal swab test on Day 5 or 6 with a negative result

• Continued close monitoring for no symptoms through Day 14

• Mandatory mask wearing at school at all times (except when eating) through

Day 14

By meeting the above conditions, a student can return on Day 11 instead of Day 14.

Free COVID Vaccines

The Noble County Health Department is trying to spread the word about free COVID vaccines. Currently, those 65 years old or older are eligible. The vaccine clinic is at the Noble County Public Library in Albion. Register to get your shot at www.OurShot.in.gov.

Door 3 Arrival and Dismissal

Parents who drop off and pick up at Door 3 are well aware of the challenges presented by the snow piles, narrow street, and parked cars. Thank you for your patience and understanding! For dismissal, we are trying to use the 4 walkways to keep kids out of the snow as much as possible. Please watch for the cones and pull up to those locations when possible. For arrival, please feel free to pull up to any of the walkways to drop off your children. The safety of our children, and their parents, is our chief concern. Continued patience and watchfulness will go a long way in providing for this safety!

2020 Tax Deduction Information

Parents, as you fill out your 2020 Tax Return, you should be aware that you may be eligible for a $1,000 tax deduction per dependent child that is enrolled in a nonpublic school such as St. John. Your tuition payments would qualify you for this deduction. In order to claim this deduction, you need to know that St. John’s school code is C985. The deduction code is 626. If you have questions, please check with your tax preparer or your tax preparation software.

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.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Wellness Event

February 18 and March 24 - 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

PPG – Family Medicine - 402 Sawyer Rd. - Kendallville

Appointments are required for all services. Walk-ins will be assisted to schedule an appointment for later time slot or on a different day. To make an appointment for the Care Mobile, call 1-877-774-8632.

Available services include: wellness visits, flu shots, immunizations, screenings (hearing, vision, developmental), point of care testing (lead, strep, urine), childhood health and safety education, and free oral hygiene kits! All services are available for children 0-18 years.

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile delivers no-charge services to families without medical insurance. Families with medical insurance are also welcome.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Chase Ryan, Teegyn Schmidt, Caydren Sams, Axel Harper, Reece Acker, Lucas McKinley, Paige Gibson, Anna Conrad, Fyo Hayden, Lilliana Parks, and Katie Bodie.

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

before others.

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.

Re-enrollment for 2021-2022

Information on re-enrolling your children has been sent home and email reminders are going out weekly. We encourage all of our families to complete the re-enrollment process promptly. Applications for new students are now being accepted.

Filling the Empty Seat

We have an empty seat for your friend, neighbor, or relative. Who do you know that would benefit from a Lutheran Christian education at St. John? Who do you know that could be blessed in the same way your kids are? You are our best advertising!

Please tell others about St. John and encourage them to contact Mr. Walz (260-347-2444 or twalz@stjohneagles.org) to learn more about the school or to schedule a personal tour.

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.

At Home Faith Activity

Parents! Grandparents! Anyone who cares for a young child! Beginning Sunday, February 7th, the St. John Board of Christian Education will begin providing “Growing Faith Bags” to any family that would like one. What’s in the “Growing Faith Bag”?

• A full set of instructions for a 20-30 minute growth in faith time for parents or grandparents and young children. Instructions will include how to:

• Access an online video “Faith Talk”.

• Access an online sing-along song based on that month’s theme.

• Complete a family craft activity. Most required craft items will be in the

Bag. (We won’t include things like scissors or common household items.)

• Additional ideas to explore the theme for the month.

• Information about how your child or children is growing in faith and maturity.

We are beginning with a focus on young children (In or near the age 3-6 range).

Bags can be sent home with your child, or picked up at St. John Church office during the week or on Sunday morning. We will also cheerfully deliver the bag to your home if that is preferred.

Currently we intend to produce two bags each month based on a theme for that month.

Questions? Please contact DCE Paul Wendt (pwendt@stjohneagles.org, 260-347-2158) or Mr. Vernie Scheiber (vscheiber@stjohneagles.org). If you’d like to help in producing this resource, please contact us as well!

Follett Book Fair

St. John will be hosting an online Follett Book Fair from Sunday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, March 7. One of the benefits of an online Book Fair is that family and friends all over the country can buy books for your child! Huge thanks to Summer Moser for serving as chairperson once again! Coming home today is a flyer that displays

A FEW of the books available by using the online link also provided with the flyer today.

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 last

week: Lex Moser, Ashlynn Myers, Cameryn Proxmire, Naomi Schroeder, and Olivia Tibbs; and on our prayer list THIS week is Trey Warren, Elizabeth Hullinger, Rosie Sexton, Georgia Sexton, and Arianna Wright

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.

Indiana Middle School Bowling

5th-8th grade students are invited to join the Indiana Middle School Bowling program. There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, March 4, at 4:30 at Garrett Bowl. For more information, contact Chad Griffith at 260-357-0140 or Christa Griffith at 260-409-4163.

22 – 28, 2021

Monday, February 22

Tuesday, February 23

8:10 – Chapel

Wednesday, February 24

Thursday, February 25

Friday, February 26

Saturday, February 27

Sunday, February 28

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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