301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

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

Banner #36; May 17, 2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 17 May 2021


St. John Lutheran School

May 17, 2021 Number 36

The Principal’s Pen

Here’s a riddle for you: When is the beginning also the end? The answer is: quite often! The beginning of the school year is also the end of the summer vacation. The end of the school year is also the beginning of summer vacation. Most of the time, the ending of one event or time is also the beginning of another event or time.

For the month of May, our Bible verse is Revelation 22:13

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

We encourage families to learn verse this together, just as many of our students are learning it in their classrooms. The obvious connection with this verse is to the ending of our school year. As this year come to a close, we know that summer vacation is also starting. We are excited for the end of the year and a break from the challenges that this year brought. We are excited about the coming summer break. Whether we have trips planned or will be staying closer to home, we are excited for a change of pace and schedule. The ending and the beginning are both exciting events!

More importantly, however, is the fact that Jesus is in it all. Revelation 22:13 reminds us that Jesus is the beginning and the end. This is certainly true of this school year as we began the year with opening chapel and will close next week with a closing chapel service. Jesus was present as the year began, He will be present as the year ends, and He has been present for every moment in between.

As this year comes to an end, and as the summer vacation begins, may we be encouraged and strengthened in knowing that Jesus will continue to be with us as He has always been!

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.

East Noble Seniors Shine!

Congratulations to these St. John grads who received awards at the East Noble High School Awards Night this past week!

Kasandra Shire - Bargain Shoppe of The First Christian Church Scholarship

Olive B. Cole Foundation Scholarship

Honor Student Recognition (3.2 to 3.49 GPA)

Four Year Perfect Attendance

Wesley Potts - Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Scholarship

High Honor Student Recognition (3.5 or above GPA)

Senior Department Award – Science

Distinguished Athlete Award

Alijah Jimenez - High Honor Student Recognition (3.5 or above GPA)

Congratulations Kleiman Winners

Each year our 4th-6th grade students compete in the Kleiman Creative Writing Contest, sponsored by the Kendallville Public Library. Each student writes and illustrates a fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or graphic novel book. The entries are judged and winners are chosen. Congratulations to these St. John students for winning this year!

Violet Hobart: 4th Grade Wacky Award, Most Magical Squirrel

Fyo Hayden: 5th Grade Graphic Novel, First Place

Carys Shire: 5th Grade Wacky Writing Award

Alex Ormiston: 6th Grade Wacky Writing Award, Most Clever Writing


PLEASE PRAY FOR eighth grade students Cameryn Proxmire, Naomi Schroeder, Olivia Tibbs, and Trey Warren and also for fourth grader Zadyn Hughes

SHINE Student of the Week

Congratulations to the following student for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Caydren Sams, Timothy Reed, Kinlee Frey, Jaxson Moran, Luke Hobart, Shaylee Herendeen, Bayleigh Gibson, Emmy Bond, and Terryn Bowman. We give thanks to God for the 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.

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!

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.

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.

Nelson’s Chicken!

St. John will be hosting a Nelson’s Chicken Sale on Saturday, June 5, at the Southwest corner of US 6 and Hwy 3 North. Please contact the office to sign up to help.


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!!

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. 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. Students who received a full CHOICE Scholarship in the past and whose family income has not changed much are able to complete the application process in the office. You may contact Mrs. Thiem to schedule an appointment. All other applications will need to wait until after July 1.

New Technology and Other Enhancements

The 2nd special letter and email came home last week 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. Additional information will be shared as new developments are finalized.

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

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, June 5

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!


A place to begin the journey from mourning to joy!

Through the medium of video:

• Find hope as we hear from people who have journeyed through grief – what helped in the journey.

• Receive helpful ideas from grief counselors, Christian authors, and pastors; many of whom share their own experiences of journeying through grief.

• Be encouraged to travel through your unique journey from mourning to joy – moving at your own pace.

Through small group conversation:

• Experience support and care with others through:

o listening to one another;

o discussing the video presentations; and

o mutual acceptance without ‘pressure’ to heal.

Through a workbook completed at home:

• Real stories of people journeying through grief and what they found helpful.

• Appropriate Scripture passages that apply to the topic.

Grief work is hard work. Join us for 2 or 3 sessions. See if GriefShare proves helpful to you.

In-person or online!

Begins Wednesday, June 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

Through Wednesday, September 1st.

St. John Library or Online – sessions 90-105 minutes.

Begin at any time! Please come!


Talk to DCE Wendt, Diana Probst or Tina Bowen

Group contact link: https://www.griefshare.org/groups/134028


Go to GriefShare.org

Click on “Find a Group”

Put the Kendallville zip code: 46755 in the search field. St. John’s group will be in the list.

17 – 23, 2021

Monday, May 17

3:00 – 4:30 – Track Practice

Tuesday, May 18

8:15 – Chapel

5:00 – Track Meet @ Concordia Seminary Track

Wednesday, May 19

3:00 – 4:30 – Track Practice

Thursday, May 20

3:00 – 4:30 – Track Practice

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, May 21

5:30 – Athletic Awards Night

Saturday, May 22

Sunday, May 23

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in Worship Center

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