301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #37; May 24, 2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 24 May 2021


St. John Lutheran School

May 24, 2021 Number 37

The Principal’s Pen

Addison Hampshire Cayden Hulbert

Alexander Moser Ashlynn Myers

Cameryn Proxmire Naomi Schroeder

Olivia Tibbs Robert Warren III

Congratulations to our graduates, the Class of 2021! Tonight, these 8 students will formally complete their education here at St. John (although they still have to return for the last 2 days of school!). We know they have been well prepared for high school and will do well in this next stage just as they have done here at St. John. What stands out in my mind about this class?

This class has a long history together. Addison, Cayden, Lex, Camryn, Naomi, and Olivia all began their St. John journey in preschool. Ashlynn joined them in Kindergarten. Trey is the newcomer, joining the class back in 1st grade. Being together for that long has bonded them together like a family (and sometimes they act like brothers and sisters)!

They have a great sense of humor. I can’t tell you the number of times I would stop in their classroom at break or between classes, hear their chatter, they would see me, stop, and break out in laughter. There was always some inside joke going on.

They are academic leaders. The students have excelled in their studies here and in the outside recognition of various contests and programs. They have pushed themselves, and each other, hard.

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They are Christian leaders. They have grown in their faith here at St. John and in how they live their faith. They have led the way in groups like Bright Lights, Grow Tall, and in a student-led Bible study. They readily share Christ through their words and actions.

The Class of 2021 will be missed. They are a great testament to a St. John education. While they soon will leave St. John (they better come back and visit!), we know that Christ goes with them and will continue to be their foundation in high school. God’s blessings, Class of 2021!

May God richly bless your summer!

This will be the last edition of the Banner for this school year. We hope it has been helpful in keeping you informed about the daily operations of our school.

Watch your emails for regular updates and your mail in early July for our summer mailing – packed full of exciting news!

Eighth Grade Graduation

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.





Report Cards Mailed Home on Friday

To allow teachers the opportunity to collect and grade final assignments and projects as well as calculate final grades, Report Cards will be mailed from the office this Friday. Please watch for them to arrive in your mailbox on Saturday or early next week.


We are starting to receive preliminary ILEARN scores from our recent testing. If we have all of the scores returned to us by this Friday, we will mail them home with the Report Cards. If not, we will send them separately. These scores are preliminary as parents will have the opportunity to request that open-ended questions by rescored. This process will be explained in a letter sent home with the scores. The state is advising that, due to the disruption and changes in education over the last 16 months, scores across the state are low. We know that our teachers and students have worked hard this year and are thankful that we were able to provide in-person education throughout this year. Even so, we anticipate lower scores this year compared to the past.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Trevor Conrad, Maddox Wysong, Ryden Justice, Carson Hoon, Tyson Kintz, Tyler Matthews, Andrew Stahl, Max Harlan, Hadley Buwalda, Zaylei Gerber, Chase Ryan, Katie Bodie, Mason Bond, Holden Buwalda, Hugh Conrad, Olivia Hastings, Juliette Gonzalez, Serenity Hayden, Jon Slater, Lillian Parks, Zadyn Hughes, and Ireland Blake. We give thanks to God for the students who let their light shine before others.

Summer Tutoring

If your child is in grades Kindergarten through Third and in need of a summer tutor, Miss Grimes will be offering tutoring in the afternoons this summer. Whether your child is struggling in math, reading, writing, or if you just want them to stay sharp and engaged over break, please call or text 260-318-3466 or email rgrimes@stjohneagles.org.

Please pray

Our prayers this week go to our staff, students, and families, to enjoy a safe and wonderful summer!


Remember that we have a Suggestion/Question box in the lobby area (with the soup label, Box Tops, pop tab and ink cartridge drop off boxes). Your feedback is welcome!

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!


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!!

Senior Walk!

Ask your student about last week’s Senior Walk in which some of our graduates and former students returned to St. John for a walk through in their cap and gown! We enjoyed seeing Kasi Shire, Wesley Potts, Ian Malone, Delia Norris, Aliyah Jimenez, Daniel Malone, and Lucas Diehm.

We were thrilled to have them and wish them all God’s Blessings on the next leg of their journey!

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. Prepaid orders can be submitted at: http://schr.io/chicken

Welcome Mrs. Carrie Tibbs

We are excited to welcome Mrs. Carrie Tibbs as our new office manager. Carrie and husband Matt are parents of 8th grader Olivia and are St. John church members. Matt teaches English at Westview High School and is a member of the School Board. Mrs. Tibbs will begin on June 14 and we are excited for what she will bring to the office. Mrs. Thiem will take on the Office Assistant position during this time of transition.

Mr. Neuman Accepts Call

Mr. Neuman announced last Thursday that he has accepted the Call to teach at Ascension Lutheran School, Fort Wayne. We are thankful for the 4 years of service that Mr. Neuman has had here and wish him God’s blessings as he continues his ministry at Ascension.

Staffing Changes

Last week’s special letter, sent home in paper and email last Wednesday, dealt with a number of staffing changes. The greatest priorities right now for Mr. Walz and the School Board are working with Lutheran Special Education Ministries to find our next Resource teacher and to finalize our staffing plan for grades 5-8, in light of Mr. Neuman’s departure. We will share additional details in letter and/or email, as soon as the plan is finalized.

New Technology and Other Enhancements

The 2nd special letter and email cshared 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.

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.

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! Questions?

Talk to DCE Wendt, Diana Probst or Tina Bowen

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

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.

24–30, 2021

Monday, May 24

6:30 – Graduation of 8th graders (15 guests for each graduate)

Tuesday, May 25

8:15 – Awards for grades K-3(2 guests per student)

9:30 – Awards for grades 4-8 (2 guests per student)

Wednesday, May 26 – Final Day of School

Field Day at Bixler Lake Park

2:00 – Closing Chapel Service

Thursday, May 27

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, May 28

Saturday, May 29

Sunday, May 30

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Bible Study and Sunday School

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

Thank a Veteran for their service to our country!

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301 South Oak St.
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