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Banner #35; May 6, 2013

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 06 May 2013

St. John Lutheran School


Number 35

May 6, 2013

‘This is the day that the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

Here in the month of May we are, once again, focusing on the R in our POWER theme. The R stands for rejoice, something that we are all doing as the school year nears the end! But there’s much more to this verse, and rejoicing, than just being excited about the end of the school year.

Let’s take a look at the first half of the verse. (Next week we’ll look at the second half.) The first half of the verse reminds us that this day, every day, is from God. God made this day just as He made the first day of creation. This day is a gift from God. He has a plan for it. This day is in His hands. I am in His hands. All that happens today is known by God.

Each morning I begin my daily prayers with this verse. Beginning my day with this verse helps me establish a framework for my day: This day is a gift from God. He knows it and controls it. Whatever happens, I know that I face it with Him and for that I can rejoice. Now, I confess to you that as I go through the rest of the day I don’t always acknowledge that the day belongs to God, nor do I always rejoice. It’s something that I need to continue to work on. I also know, however, that there have been days of rejoicing, even in difficult times, when I remembered that God was in control.

I encourage you to begin each day with God, recognizing that each day is a gift from Him!

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.

Spring Auction!

Last Saturday night’s School Auction was certainly one of the highlights of this school year. It was an evening filled with delicious food, enjoyable fellowship, and the opportunity to view and bid on a huge assortment of items from generous individuals and businesses in our community.

This wonderful night could not have happened without the hard work of the auction committee: Jenna Anderson, Jo Knox, Angie Malone, Sarah Moreland, and Terri Myers. They spent countless hours of work over many months all for the sake of our school and our children. Thanks also to Dean Rummel who donated his services as auctioneer and did a fantastic job in getting everyone excited to bid! Thanks to everyone else who donated items for the class baskets and other auction items and chipped in to help in any other way! Praise be to God!

The auction was certainly a financial success. We will have final figures to report soon. We praise God for the tremendous support of so many people and for the blessing it will be for our students.

Important 2012-2013 Updates

If you have signed up for next year, but haven’t turned in your “2012-2013 Application for Enrollment” paperwork now is a perfect time to get that done.

If you haven’t paid your registration fees they have now increased to $300 for a K-8 family and $75 for a preschool family.

If you are planning to apply for financial aid the deadline to apply was April 20. All applications that have been submitted will be reviewed and the tuition assistance grants will be reported to you after May 15. If you’ve missed the April 20 deadline, you may still submit an application and it will be reviewed.

If you know of families that would benefit from a quality, Christian education, please encourage them to contact the school office and schedule a tour. We still have room in most classes and would love to share God’s love with more students and families!

2013-2014 Financial Statements

If you have not returned your Financial designation statement for next year, please do so immediately. Thanks!

Field Day

Please join us next week Thursday, May 16, for our school field day. Like last year, we will be staying here at St. John and competing in games and activities against ourselves. The day will still be lots of fun for our students. The 4th-8th grades will participate from 10:00-11:45 and the K-3rd grades will participate from 1:00-2:30. Parents are welcomed to join in the fun that day. If you would like to help run an event, please contact your child’s teacher. The events will take place in the parking lot and so if you come you will need to park off site. The rain date will be Thursday, May 23.

Eighth Graders Prepare to Graduate

Our eighth grade students will end their years at St. John at a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. EVERYONE is cordially invited to gather with them as they mark this important event in their lives. There are plenty of ways to see evidence of the impact of the St. John education. Few are more moving than graduation night has traditionally been. Even if you don’t KNOW an eighth-grader, consider attending.

Final Days of School

The final day of school for preschool 3-day students (both AM and PM classes) is Monday, June 3. The final day for the preschool 2-day students will be Tuesday, June 4. Please continue to watch the Banner and your classroom newsletters for end of the year field trips and events.

Operation Christmas Child

Keep those wonderful shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, and hygiene products in mind as you browse the stores this summer and pick up an item or two along the way to send to a child who has probably never before received any sort of gift. By buying an item or two here and there, you’ll probably not miss the money and the benefit to one of God’s children will be enormous!

Remember that prizes from fast food children’s meals are great box stuffers – please make sure they are new and never played with!

Support our sixth graders by having your car washed THIS Saturday, May 11, between 8:30 and 2:00 p.m. at the North Fire Station! Free!! Donations accepted! Proceeds help pay for their class trip to the Creation Museum.

Spring Pictures!

Spring pictures were sent home with students last week. Price sheets are included inside the package. Simply determine how many sheets (if any) you would like to keep and return the unwanted pictures, and payment to the school office no later than Friday, May 24. Our school does not make any profit off anything you decide to purchase, but rather we are paid for each student which was photographed. Thanks!

Memory/Yearbook Additional Chance

We have ordered a few extra memory books because it was cheaper to order in a bigger bundle, so if you missed the deadline but would still like a book, please see Mrs. Thiem. Books are $10.00. First come, first served.

Summer Enrichment

St. John’s Summer Enrichment Program helps your children (entering grades K-8) stay fit in body and mind over the summer. There are 3 areas that your children can participate in: the summer skills books, summer reading, and physical activity. All the information is coming home in a packet this week. Last year’s program and the awards party at the start of next school year were a big success and we are looking forward to even more students participating this year!


Preschool/Kindergarten Spring Program

Please join us on Tuesday, May 14, for our Preschool and Kindergarten Spring Programs. You will enjoy praise and music and lots of smiling faces! The program will begin at 6:30 in the Worship Center. Students, families, and friends are all welcome to attend.

Don’t forget to grab some scrip for the special

women in your life for Mother’s Day – Sun., May 12!

We have a great variety of restaurant certificates,

as well as many stores in the area.



St. John will be in session on the following days to make up for recent snow days:

Thursday, May 30, Friday, May 31, Monday, June 3, Tuesday, June 4

“Jeopardy” Comes to St. John!

On May 22nd, our fifth through eighth grade students will perform a play in the Worship Center. The play will be called “Jeopardy”. It will be about three contestants who compete in a Biblically-themed game show. The play will be held at 7:00 p.m., with a free will donation for tickets.

A picnic-styled meal consisting of hamburgers and hot dogs with other fixings will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Meal costs are free-will donations, which will help to benefit our 7th and 8th grade 2014 Washington D.C. trip. Concessions may be purchased during the play which will benefit the St. John Youth group.

Mother-Daughter Tea

All St. John girls have received a special invitation to our third Mother-Daughter Tea that will be held on Saturday afternoon, May 18, from 2-4 p.m. This should be a special time for girls and their moms, or other special lady in their life! Don’t miss the fun! RSVP today!

Tell It On The Mountain

Tell it on the Mountain VBS will take us on an expedition to the top of five mountains and teach us more about God’s might and grace. Registration is now open for children in preschool through 6th grade who will attend VBS from July 22nd-26th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. each night. Get excited to sing fun songs, do crazy crafts, eat yummy snacks, and more. Plus, you’ll learn all about Jesus so that you can go TELL everyone about him! Can’t wait to see you there! To register, go online at www.sjlc.net and click on the VBS banner at the top of the page. If you don’t have internet access and would still like to register, please contact Mollie at 260-242-6212.

Every child needs to hear the Good News that Jesus their Savior is by their side, forgiving them and strengthening them no matter what mountains they face. At Tell It on the Mountain VBS, you will connect children with the most important message of their lifetime: the miraculous story of what Jesus did for us, what we could never do for ourselves. If you can help full or part time we have many ways to be involved to suit your schedule and interests. Please call Mollie at 260-242-6212 or email molliescheiber@hotmail.com for more information.

Kingdom Rock VBS at Immaculate Conception

Our preschoolers and kindergartners have received registration information for our neighboring church, Immaculate Conception’s, summer VBS program. Children of all faiths are being welcomed for the week-long adventure. The program is open to children ages 4-14, so if you are interested in having your child attend and did not receive the forms, please ask for the paperwork in the office.

Please pray

Sarah Myers and her family (friends of the Potts family)

who lost their baby last week;

School Board Members will be prayed for this week:

Tom Koerner, Jenni Walters, Jeff Lehman, Kurt Hayden, and Tacy Potts

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student: Wyatt Kirby, Andrew Malone, Jakob Copas, Baily Lash, Hanneliese Brandgard, and Alicia Proxmire. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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