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

Banner #35; May 10, 2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 10 May 2021


St. John Lutheran School

May 10, 2021 Number 35

The Principal’s Pen

Is it OK to be just OK? Does your child have to be the best or is it alright to be good? Is it better to focus completely on one area or try to excel at many things?

As we near the end of the school year we have opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of our students. We host athletic award night, awards assemblies, graduation, and special programs. A part of all of these are recognizing the accomplishments of our students/children. That’s a good thing, right? As parents, don’t we want our children to succeed? Don’t we want them to accomplish great things and develop and use their talents to the best of their abilities? Isn’t our goal for our children to be better than everyone else?

I am a strong proponent in giving kids opportunities to grow and pushing kids to succeed. After all, God has a plan for your child, and to ignore that plan is a rejection of how God has created your child. Your child’s successes are one of the greatest ways they can give glory to God! But, I am also a strong proponent of nurturing the tender child. When we push our kids too hard, whether in ultra-focusing on one specific area, or extending into too many areas, we risk significant harm. Mental, physical, emotional, relation, and even spiritual harm can come when we push too hard.

What’s the solution? I believe it is balance. Yes, we need to encourage our kids to use their God-given abilities to their fullest, and support them in doing so. But, we need to avoid placing unrealistic expectations to be the best at everything or be hyper-focused on only one area. Kids need balance – the time to push hard and the time to relax. Helping them do so is one of the tough parts of parenting! Seeing it play out in the lives of your kids is one of the greatest joys!

Fitness Fact

There are 5 components of physical fitness, and they are listed below with their definition. Next week, in our final installment, we will look at how the Fitnessgram Test (which students in Grades 2-8 just completed) assesses each of these components.

Flexibility: Since it refers to being limber and bending easily, this component helps keep

us from injury.

Muscular strength: This component refers to how much force can be exerted on an object

one time.

Muscular Endurance: Moving a lighter object again and again over a period of time.

Cardiorespiratory Endurance: The ability of the heart and lungs to easily supply oxygen

during an extended workout.

Body Composition: The percentages of fat, muscle, bone and water in our bodies.


Please pray for School Board Member Jeff Lehman, and Eighth Grade Students Addison Hampshire, Cayden Hulbert, Lex Moser, and Ashlynn Myers

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following student for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Paige Ormiston, Grace Hulbert, Clayton Christlieb, Piper Arnold, Lucas McKinley, Nola Prest, Ryden Justice, Mataya Justice, Arianna Wright, Georgia Sexton, Olivia Tibbs, Addison Hampshire, Maddison Harlan, Abby Hale, and Danice Sattison. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Beware of PE Classes, Please!

Caution: PE classes will often be in the parking lot on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays until the end of the year. Please wait until after 2:35 to park to pick up your child. We are playing softball and you and your car might be in danger if you arrive sooner.

Annual Congregational

Voter’s Meeting

Sunday, May 16th

at the end of each service.

All congregation members are urged to attend this important meeting!!!

Remote Control Truck, Anyone?

Mrs. Barr is in need of a remote control truck for Field Day. It would be operated by an 8th grader during the morning stations. Contact Mrs. Barr if you have one that you’d be willing to share.

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!

Athletic Awards Night

Our Athletic Awards Night has been set for Friday, May 21, at 5:30, in the Worship Center. This night recognizes all of our student athletes from the entire year. We look forward to recognizing your accomplishments and celebrating your efforts at this event! Masks will be required and each athlete will be able to invite up to 5 guests.


Graduation for the 8 members of our Class of 2021, will be held on Monday, May 24, at 6:30. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates and sending them off with God’s blessings. Masks will be required and each graduate will be able to invite up to 15 guests.

Awards Assembly

One of our end-of-the-year traditions is our Awards Assembly where we recognize many student accomplishments from throughout the school year. This year we will be splitting our Awards Assembly into two cohorts:

Tuesday, May 25

Worship Center

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade: 8:15

4th Grade – 8th Grade: 9:30

Each student will be able to have up to 2 guests present. We will also live stream each assembly. Masks will be required. We look forward to being able to host these in-person events to recognize our students and celebrate the end of the year.

Last Days of School - Preschool

The last day of school for the 3-year-old preschool class is Tuesday, May 25. The last day for the 4-year-old preschool class will be Wednesday, May 26. Please continue to watch the Banner and your classroom newsletters for end of the year field trips and events.

Last Day of School K-8th

The last day of school for K-8th is Wednesday, May 26. This will be our traditional Field Day and Closer Chapel at Bixler Lake Park. Parents are welcome to join us at around 1:45 for our closing chapel service of the year. Parents present may take their children home from the park. Other children will return to school for normal dismissal procedures. Please continue to watch the Banner and your classroom newsletters for end of the year field trips and events.

Preschool Closing Program

Our preschool classes will celebrate the end of their school year with a special program and fellowship time on Wednesday, May 26, at 6:00. We look forward to watching our preschool students present some of what they learned this year as well as having some fellowship and connection time. Masks will be required. Each preschool student will be able to invite up to 7 guests. Additional information will be coming.


Any youth in 6th – 12th grade is invited to join the St. John Youth Group – School of Life. If you have any questions, contact Nick Hayden @ 260-343-0561 or stuartlem@hotmail.com. Join the Fun!!

St. John Students Stay in Shape This Summer

Get ready for St. John’s Summer Enrichment Program! Students can participate by tracking reading minutes, physical activity minutes, and skills workbook pages. It is now too late to order a Summerbook through the school and save shipping fees, but you are still able to order on your own. 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.

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 or molliescheiber10@gmail.com

School Choice (Voucher) Students & Parents

Due to new legislation just passed, the CHOICE Scholarship Program is expanding. This is great news for both current and new families. Initial details were shared in a separate letter and email sent home last Monday. Please watch for further communication on this topic as many of our families will now be eligible to receive a CHOICE Scholarship for next year or the year after. Due to these changes, we are holding off on completing most CHOICE applications for the time being. This is to avoid needing to redo applications based on the new guidelines. If you have received a full CHOICE Scholarship in the past and your income has not changed much, you should be safe in completing your application. You may contact Mrs. Thiem to schedule an appointment.

New Technology and Other Enhancements

The 2nd special letter and email is coming home today with information on our plans to roll out student Chromebooks for next school year. Along with the Chromebooks we are purchasing related hardware and software to enhance our use of technology as well as other services to help our students continue to learn and make up any COVID-related learning loss. All of this is possible through the use of EANS funds (Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools. These federal funds are being made available to schools now through an application with the state of Indiana. Please watch for more details in the letter coming home today.

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

Saturday, May 15

9:30 AM

Fishing Line Trail

Parking lot on N 600 E

(1/4 mile north of Hwy. 6)

Whether you walk or run, please join us for some fitness and fellowship!

Fundraiser Food Delivery Reminder

Items will be delivered THIS Wednesday, May 12 and will be brought to your car when picking up your child(ren) whenever possible. . THANK YOU, DAPHNE GAFF, FOR YOUR OFFER TO HELP WITH THE DISTRIBUTION!!

10 - 16, 2021

Monday, May 10 – Ilearn

3:00 – 4:30 – Track Practice

Tuesday, May 11 - ILearn

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, May 12 – Ilearn

2:45 – Frozen Food Delivery

3:00 – 4:30 – Track Practice

Thursday, May 13

5:00 – Track Meet @ Concordia Seminary

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, May 14

Saturday, May 15

Sunday, May 16

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Bible Study & Sunday School

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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