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

Banner #26; March 1, 2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 01 March 2021


St. John Lutheran School

March 1, 2021 - Number 26

From the Principal’s Pen

What does this mean?….It’s a question Lutherans often ask, modeled after the question Martin Luther frequently asked in his Catechism. Whether you are deeply connected to the Lutheran faith or another form of Christianity, we can all learn and grow in faith. This fifth installment of a new monthly feature serves to share one of the distinctive beliefs that we as Lutherans hold, for the purpose of building us all up in the faith.

The Apostle’s Creed is a written statement of what we believe. It is used by many Christian churches. Early versions of what we now call the Apostle’s Creed can be traced back to the 300s AD. The Apostle’s Creed offers a clear statement of what we believe. It is divided into 3 parts, or articles. The first focuses on God the Father, the second on God the Son, and the third on God the Holy Spirit. While written by men, every part of the Apostle’s Creed can be supported by verses from the Bible.

As we focus on the third part, we are directed to the work of the Holy Spirit, who brings us to faith and helps us to live as God’s children. In a sense, the 3rd Article is all about how we live in relationship to others. On our own, we are dead to sin and can’t do good. As God’s children, we have the life that He gives us and have the power to do the good that God has planned for us. What are some practical ways that we live together as God’s children?

► We love because Jesus loves us ► We forgive each other

► We encourage each other ► We lovingly speak the law when needed

► We speak the Gospel all the time ►We pray for each other

► We worship together

The Apostles Creed gives us a beautiful blueprint for what we believe. Luther’s Small Catechism is a great tool to use as it contains questions, answers, and Bible references for the Apostle’s Creed (and the 10 Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, and more). Please let us know if you’d like a copy!

Thank You, Teachers and Aides!

Last Friday we had the honor of recognizing our teachers and aides for their dedicated and self-less service this year! First, it was special because we were all together as a school for the first time this year (spread out in the gym and balcony, with masks). Second, it was special because of who we were honoring! Through the efforts of many in the greater Fort Wayne area, all teachers and aides in all of the Lutheran schools in the area, were recognized with gift bags. A special video was also created. You can view it here: https://vimeo.com/505303118/4fb2cfaf1c?scrlybrkr=05ad9f94 You can also see the video on the school Facebook page along with pictures from our celebration.

Welcome, Zadyn!

Last Tuesday, Zadyn Hughes joined our fourth grade class. We are excited to have him aboard and hope he soon feels a welcome part of the St. John family!

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.

Please pray for:

These St. John students and their families, prayed for this week:

Abel Warner, Olivia Warner

And then these staff members: Pastor Rigon, Mr. Walz, and

Mr. Wendt

Luke Christian upon the death of his grandfather;

Mrs. Mast upon the death of her grandmother

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!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Lukas Christian, Brody Workman, Tyler Matthews, Emmy Bond, Shaylee Herendeen, Carson Hoon, Naomi Gaff, Mason Wysong, Teegyn Schmidt, Kinze Huelsenbeck, Hunter Prshall, Piper Arnold, Mataya Justice, and Cierra Croy. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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!

Fitness Fact

Earlier in the year we touched on the difference between dynamic stretching and traditional static stretching. It used to be the standard to start off every workout or practice with a series of stretches including toe touches and butterflies, but about 10 years ago dynamic stretching and its many benefits changed the way we begin (or should begin) a workout. For the next few weeks, I will highlight some of these benefits of dynamic stretching pre-workout.

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 60 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.

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

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.

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.

March 1 - 7, 2021

Monday, March 1

Tuesday, March 2

Wednesday, March 3

Thursday, March 4

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, March 5

Saturday, March 6

Sunday, March 7

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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