301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

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

Banner #32; April 19, 2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 19 April 2021


St. John Lutheran School

April 19, 2021 Number 32

The Principal’s Pen

I spent time out in the yard last week. So did Mindy and the boys. Mowing the lawn for the first time this season. Weeding and cleaning up from the winter. Putting down weed killer. Planting the raised beds. With the weather finally turning nice, I’m sure we weren’t the only ones tending to our yards!

All the work outside made me think of my faith life. It needs tending, too, you know. Just as our yards can get out of control very easily, so, too, can our faith life. There are a few pretty easy things we can do to help our faith life get growing again:

Worship: It’s encouraging to join together with others in worship. In worship we praise God and learn more about Him and how to live as His children. You’re always welcome to join us here at St. John at 8:00 or 10:30.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another. Hebrews 10:24-25

Bible Reading: Some people refer to the Bible as our Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. I think that is a pretty accurate description. The Bible tells us what we should do, and what we shouldn’t do, and gives us promises for what God will do for us.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

Prayer: Prayer is simply talking with God. We can use prepared prayers, make up our own, or even pray verses from the Bible.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

Just as our yards and gardens will soon be growing because of what God provides and our care, so, too, can this spring be a time of growth for our faith!

Seeking to reach all with Christ, St. John Lutheran School partners with families to provide a Christ-centered education which nurtures faith in Christ,

promotes discipleship, develops God-given abilities and skills,

and encourages academic excellence.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Timothy Reed, Kali Spaw, and Jackson McKinley. We give thanks to God for students who let their light shine before others.

Vacation Bible School

Join us July 19-23 from 6-8 p.m. this summer as we learn how our God can make the impossible possible. We'll enjoy Bible stories, games, snacks, crafts, music, and more! Children ages 3 through entering 6th grade are welcome to attend. Please pre-register online at www.vbsmate.com/SJK

Contact Mollie Scheiber with any questions at (260) 242-6212



For these staff members: Mrs. Arnold, Ms. Crystal Weber,

Mr. Thornton, Mr. Dietrich, and Mrs. Getts

Retirements and Position Opening

It is with sadness for us and thanksgiving to God that we announce the retirements of Cathy Thiem as Office Manager and Cheryl Young as Office Assistant at the end of this school year. Cathy has served faithfully in the office for 33 years and Cheryl has served faithfully for 8 years. They have been a blessing to countless students, families, and church members! Details on opportunities to recognize both of these ladies will be forthcoming.

We are now accepting applications for the Office Manager position. To aide in the transition, Cathy will fill the Office Assistant position for a period of time as the new Office Manager becomes established. Job descriptions and applications are available through the office. Questions can be directed to Pastor Rigdon, Paul Wendt, or Tim Walz.

E-Mail Update

If you have changed your e-mail address since the beginning of this school year, please be sure we have the corrected address. We keep an ongoing list of this vital way to contact parents! Thanks

St. John Students Stay in Shape This Summer

Get ready for St. John’s Summer Enrichment Program! Students can participate by accomplishing reading challenges, physical activity challenges, and/or skills workbook pages. Students will be able to purchase summer workbooks from the Summerbook Company. All the details were sent home last week. STRICT deadline to order on our school order (and receive free shipping!) is April 23rd. All the students who participate in this summer program will be able to participate in the special recognition party once school begins in the fall.

21st Century Scholar Program

Parents, especially of 7th and 8th graders, need to explore this state program that provides college funding for eligible Indiana students. Income eligibility requirements exist, but the application process and other requirements are fairly simple. Scholarships for both Indiana public and private colleges are available. Applications must be made during the student’s 7th or 8th grade year. You can find all the details at www.in.gov/ssaci/2345.htm

Camp Lutherhaven Time!

Which do you think is greater – swimming or boating? How about archery or crafts? What about getting up early for Polar Bear or staying up for late night s’mores? No matter what your preference is, you will be sure to experience a ton of fun at Camp Lutherhaven this summer! With youth programs for K-12, family programs, and Servant Events for grades 8-12, you can come and enjoy all that Lutherhaven offers. Visit us online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 260-636-7101.

School Choice (Voucher) Students

Parents – We’re ready now!!

Parents of students applying for a School Choice (voucher) Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year need to come in to the office to complete your application for next year. The process takes about 10 minutes with Mrs. Thiem. You will need a copy of your 2020 tax return, unless you receive certain other forms of public assistance. We will have verification of that if you do.

Track Practice and the Parking Lot

Our track team, open to students in 5th-8th grades, has begun practicing! Practice days vary from week to week, but the team usually practices 3 days a week. The team can often be found practicing in the parking lot and alley. If you arrive after 3:15 to pick up your child from Extended Care or another activity, please drive with extra caution in the parking lot!

Frozen Food Fundraiser Wraps Up

It’s time to wrap up this spring’s annual frozen food fundraiser. Brochures are due back to the office by TODAY - Monday, April 19, and must include payment with the order. Delivery will be Wednesday, May 12 at the end of the school day. If you have yet to return your order form, please do so immediately. Thanks for your help!

Composting is Coming

Congratulations to Mrs. Moser who submitted a grant application to the Noble REMC EnviroWatts program and received the great news that her proposal was accepted! Mrs. Moser will be starting a composting program here at St. John that will turn food waste into compost/soil that will be used around our property and (possibly) made available to church and school families. Along the way, the students will learn all about the composting process and the benefits it provides. Congratulations, Mrs. Moser, and we’re excited to start generating compost next year!

SJK Running Club

First meeting was this past Saturday, but it’s not too late to join the fun! 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. For questions or more information, contact Mr. Walz.

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

May 5 - 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

PPG – Family Medicine - 402 Sawyer Rd. - Kendallville

April 20 - 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

PPG – Family Medicine - 1464 Lincolnway South - Ligonier

April 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.

Camp Lutherhaven Time!

Which do you think is greater – swimming or boating? How about archery or crafts? What about getting up early for Polar Bear or staying up for late night s’mores? No matter what your preference is, you will be sure to experience a ton of fun at Camp Lutherhaven this summer! With youth programs for K-12, family programs, and Servant Events for grades 8-12, you can come and enjoy all that Lutherhaven offers. Visit us online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 260-636-7101.

ILEARN State Test is Coming

The ILEARN state test covers reading, math, science (grades 4 and 6 only), and social studies (grade 5 only) and is given to all 3rd-8th grade students. The test window (when we are required to give this assessment) is April 19 through May 14. Our testing will begin April 27 and conclude May 11 (pending delays and make-up tests). We do ask parents to do their best to avoid scheduling appointments during the test window so that we can limit the number of make-up tests we need to give. A full testing schedule and additional details will be sent home this week.

St. John Showcase 2021 – WELL DONE!!

Thank you to all our performers on Friday night! It was wonderful to be together at SHOWCASE 2021 and see your talents! You all did a fantastic job! Thank you also to Clayton Christlieb, Ryden Justice, and Mataya Justice for sharing your displays with us and the 3rd graders for sharing your art. Thank you to Mr. Eiler for preparing the band and strings groups and to Pastor Mike for preparing the advanced guitars. Thanks to Mrs. Wilkinson for preparing the choir and especially for organizing the whole event!

Fitness Fact

This month we began our end of the year fitness testing. This test goes by a couple of different names Presidential Youth Fitness Program or Fitnessgram. It has some similarities to the Presidential Physical Fitness Test we all grew up with, but actually more differences. The test no longer pits students against other students, but instead has an established Healthy Fitness Zone for students to pursue. In addition the test is now very focused on actual areas related to fitness such as: flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance and body composition. Since fitness is something we can all pursue and attain (with effort) it is much more appropriate than testing pure athletic ability as did the former test.

Creation Museum Explore Summer Camps

Summer camps for children to explore science…with real scientists…run by the Creation Museum just south of Cincinnati, OH. Age 11 or up. All of the following take place at the Creation Museum:

June 14-18 or July 12-16 – 5-Day Camps. One topic per day including: Earth Science, Physical Science, Forensic Science, Zoology, Astronomy.

June – July 2 – A 3-Day Camp to explore Forensic Science.

July 21-23 – A 3-Day Camp to explore Teach Me Automation [STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics]

Details at CreationMuseum.org/explore.

Explore an Authentic Dinosaur Dig

Run by the Creation Museum. Age 12 and up. Takes place in Glendive, Montana.

July 26-July 30 – A 5-Day, once in a lifetime excursion!

Details at CreationMuseum.org/explore.

19 – 25, 2021

Monday, April 19

3:00 – 4:30 – Track Practice

Tuesday, April 20

8:15 – Chapel

5:00 – Track Meet at CLHS vs. St. Paul

Wednesday, April 21

3:00 – 4:30 – Track Practice

Thursday, April 22

3:00 – 4:30 – Track Practice

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, April 23

Saturday, April 24

Sunday, April 25

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in Worship Center

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