301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

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

Banner #28; March 15, 2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 15 March 2021


St. John Lutheran School

March 15, 2021 Number 28

The Principal’s Pen

Feeling a little bleary-eyed this morning? Spring Forward can leave us a little tired as our bodies adjust to losing an hour of sleep. But, what is even more tiring is the pace at which we live our lives. The demands of work, family, church, and community leave us worn, weary, and wounded. There never seems to be enough time in the day and our busy-ness takes a toll on us physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.

The ministry of Run Hard Rest Well can help. It focuses on the 4 Biblical rhythms of sleep, Sabbath, solitude, and stillness. Look for the announcement later in the Banner for a 1-hour introduction to these rhythms on Sunday, March 28. In the meantime, even short retreats (breaks, pauses) can make a difference for you. Here are five ideas that only take 5-minutes:

☼ Get outside! Researchers at the University of Essex found that even 5 minutes outside can boost mood and self-esteem and reduce anxiety and depression. So, take a walk around the block, sit in the grass, stare at the clouds, or hug a tree!

☼ Stretch! The simple act of stretching can relax and destress your body. www.fitnessblender.com is one of my favorite sites for easy-to-follow videos for stretching (and many other workouts).

☼Listen! Sit down outside or inside, set a timer, close your eyes, and just listen. Five minutes will sooth your frazzled nerves.

☼ Car Sit! When you arrive at work, or after you drop the kids off at school or at an activity, or when you get home at night, sit in your car for 5 minutes. Breathe, relax, think of things that you are thankful for.

☼Listen to a Song! Find a favorite song or two and lose yourself in your music.

You can also combine several of these into one 5-minute retreat. Here’s to some moments of calm and restoration!

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 April 5. St. John Spring Break is the week of March 29th (the first week of East Noble’s break).

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!

Spring Fundraiser Announced

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 begins as soon as we return from Spring Break – Tuesday, April 6. Order forms are due back by Monday, pril 19. The sale is on a PREPAY basis. Items will be delivered on Wednesday, May 12. The sale is conducted on a voluntary basis. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!


East Noble Youth Football Camp

2021 Knights Youth Football Camp for athletes entering grades 1-6

June 7-10th from 10AM-12AM at EN Middle School.

Info for Middle School Football Camp will be coming soon.

Info and Registration


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 50 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.

Run Hard Rest Well

Are you weary, worn, winded, or wounded? In life we RUN HARD with demands at home, work, church, and community. We struggle to REST WELL. Please join us on Sunday, March 28, from 9:15-10:15, in the Worship Center, to learn more about the 4 Biblical rhythms of resting well: Sabbath, Sleep, Stillness, and Solitude. Brenda Jank, founder of Run Hard Rest Well, will give us an introduction to these rhythms and how they can reconnect us relationally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Please join us!

SJK Running Club

Please join us for the first meeting of the SJK Running Club! The purpose of this group is simply to get together and run. Whether you run fast, run slow, or walk, you are welcome to join us! This group is open to all so invite your friends. We’ll meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 9:30 at the Fishing Line Trail parking lot on N 600 E (about1/4 mile north of Highway 6). The plan is to run/walk for 45 minutes, but you can go longer or shorter as needed. Our first meeting will be on Saturday, April 17.

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.


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!

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Wellness Event

March 2 and May 5 - 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

PPG – Family Medicine - 402 Sawyer Rd. - Kendallville

March 18, 31, and April 20 - 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

PPG – Family Medicine - 1464 Lincolnway South - Ligonier

April 6 and 29 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

PPG - Family Medicine - 817 Trail Ridge Road - Albion

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.

For these staff members, prayed for this week: Mrs. Blackburn, Mrs. Schroeder, Mrs. Kline, Miss Grimes, and Mrs. Mast

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Jaxson Moran, Georgia Sexton, Arianna Wright, Alli Butler, Melissa Heileman, Ryden Justice, Kinze Huelsenbeck, Bayleigh Gibson, Luke Hobart, 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.

ILEARN State Tests

The test window for the 3rd-8th grade required ILEARN test is April 19-May 14. More details regarding this test and our testing schedule will be shared after Spring Break.

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.

Tree Seedlings Available

The Kendallville Tree Commission is asking for student’s help in keeping trees over our heads in Kendallville for the next hundred years. Today, every tree counts, to provide shade, oxygen and beauty for you and your own children and grandchildren. You can help mow in keeping Earth cooler and shadier.

Kendallville students and adults may claim a free tree seedling for planting in your property at home.

Students who live in Kendallville may pick up a three-year old seedling at Sunset Park on Saturday, March 20, from 9:30 – 11:30. You will receive a 12-18” seedling with instructions on how to plant it successfully at your own place. You may choose and dig your own if you want, or helpers can dig it for you. It will only take a few minutes. There is no cost…it’s totally free.

Come early. There are just seventy seedlings to give away at Sunset Park. Parents may park cars near the corner of Rush and Weston Streets, on Rush Street, or in the baseball parking lot off Rush Street – Saturday, March 20.

15 - 21, 2021

Monday, March 15

Tuesday, March 16

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, March 17

Thursday, March 18

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, March 19

Saturday, March 20

Sunday, March 21

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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