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

Banner #31; April 14, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 14 April 2014


St. John Lutheran School

April 14, 2014

Number 31

The Principal’s Pen

When my phone rang at 5:30 AM last Friday and I learned of our 2-hour delay, my heart sank. Then came the questions: After months of raising funds and hours of planning, were our kids not going to be able to pack the meals? How else could I move over 170 people to Ft. Wayne and back? Who could I get a hold of at 5:45 to work out other arrangements? If I could work out other arrangements, would it even be safe by 8:00 to drive to Ft. Wayne?

There’s no doubt that others felt disappointed that we were missing out on such a great experience after so much hard work. It made start thinking about disappointment. As much as we might like to shelter our

kids from the disappointments of life, we can’t, and we really shouldn’t. The more important question is how we handle it. Here are four approaches that came to mind:

1. Acknowledge the disappointment: “I know how much you were looking forward to _____ and how disappointed you are that it can’t happen. It’s OK to feel that way.” Validating the feeling is important in helping your child know that he is not wrong for feeling disappointed.

2. Share: “I can remember when I was really disappointed over _____.” Go on to talk about your experience, how you dealt with it, and what you learned from it. In doing so, you’ll be modeling for your child how she can walk through her disappointment.

3. Look to the future: “I know you’re upset now, but things will get better and you’ll feel differently about it in the future.” Disappointments are real, but they are almost never so devastating that a brighter day doesn’t come along. Pointing to the future gives your child hope that things will get better.

4. Pray: “Dear God, please help us work through this disappointment. Help us to see the good that comes from this disappointment.” God holds each day, and He can, and will, turn this disappointment around.

Disappointments are a real part of life. Your child’s ability (as well as yours and mine) to deal with life’s disappointments are a great factor in successfully navigating life. Thank God that He gives us the strength for the good days and the bad days!

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.

Increasing Our Visibility

We believe that St. John offers a great educational experience and that most of the time, our parents and families, feel the same way. We also believe that there are more people in our community that would benefit from what we offer, but don’t know about us. Because of these two beliefs, St. John has entered into a partnership with Next Ad Agency (a company connected to the company that made our video in the fall) to increase our visibility in the community by improving our visibility on the Web. The first step in this process is already visible on our website. Check it out! The second step in this process involves surveying our parents. You will receive a phone call in the next few weeks from a representative of Next Ad Agency. We have been assured that these phone calls are brief. We do not want to intrude unnecessarily on your home time! We hope you will take a minute or two to answer a few questions which will be used to form referrals that will build our web presence. Stay tuned for more details, and feel free to contact Mr. Walz with questions.

Holy Week

The past 6 weeks have been the time period called Lent, a time to reflect on our sins and our need for a Savior. This week is Holy Week, when we focus on the suffering and death of the Savior that God sent us: Jesus. Want to know more? Here’s a short video that gives a great introduction:


If you are looking for a church home to celebrate Holy Week and Easter, we would love to have you join us at St. John. You can join us for Chapel on Friday at 10:15, or join us for these worship services:

April 17 - Maundy Thursday

Sanctuary 7 pm with Holy Communion

April 18 - Good Friday

Sanctuary 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. -

Tre Ore Service

7:00 p.m. - Tenebrae Service

April 20 - Easter Sunday

7:30 a.m. - Sunrise Service with Holy Communion in the


9:00 a.m. - Easter Breakfast with a free-will offering received

for the youth group and the 2014 D.C. Trip

10:30 a.m. - Easter Festival Service with Holy Communion in

the Worship Center

Want to keep up with the items that will be featured in the Spring Auction on Saturday, May 3? Look no further than Facebook. On our school's page at https://www.facebook.com/stjohnlutheranschool, you will find a link to our 2014 Spring Auction video, featuring photos from the last year's event. Plus, we've started a photo album so you can see the items that will be up for auction. Not on Facebook? No worries. You can view the album and the video even if you don't have a Facebook account yourself.

Now that tax season is upon us, you're probably thinking of deductions for 2014. Did you know that if you pay more for an item at the auction than its retail value, you can deduct the difference on your taxes? That's why we're including retail values in the description of all our auction items. When you pay a little extra it's a benefit for you, and a benefit for St. John.

Your invitations will be coming in the mail soon, but you don't have to wait to reserve your spot. Just call the school at 347-2444. Seats are $25 per person, or you can reserve a table of 8 for a discounted rate of $175. This is an event for adults, but don't worry! Child care will be provided by the St. John Youth Group. They will be at the school from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. A free will donation is requested.

Here are some of the items that will be up for auction.

From Exotic Aquatics: What pet is easier to take care of than a fish (pet rocks don't count). That job is made even easier with a Beta Bowl from Exotic Aquatics in downtown Kendallville. It comes with a plant, gravel, food samples and enough room for two! http://www.exoticaquaticsandpets.com/

Retail Value: $9.99

From Zumba Instructor Kellie Malone: Get movin'! Zumba is not only a great calorie burner, but it's fun, too. With these two certificates for one session of Zumba each, you can give it a try at Flipz and Stix...and take a friend with you. http://flipzandstix.org/zumba/

From WBCL: This great gift bag from WBCL has something for everyone. It includes not one, but two water bottles, each stocked with a bumper sticker, pen and pad of paper. It also has two family friendly frisbees, a CD by Aaron Shust called This is What We Believe, a CD from Building 429 called Listen to the Sound, a self-titled CD from Kerrie Roberts, and two books:Tthe Power of Praying Together by Stormie Omartian and What a Son Needs from His Mom by Cheri Fuller. http://www.wbcl.org/

Parking Lot Reminders

For the safety of our students, and parents, a couple of parking lot reminders are in order:

● When exiting the parking lot, especially during drop off and pick up times, it is best and safest to exit south onto Diamond Street. When cars exit north onto Rush Street it becomes dangerous for cars entering the parking lot from that direction.

● When dropping students off, we ask that you pull forward into the small lot past the school entrance. As you do so, please pull forward so that cars don’t back up into the alley. This allows the students a safe sidewalk to walk back on to the school entrance. Please do not drop off by the portable or along the building.

Thank you for adjusting to these gentle reminders for orderliness in the parking lot and safety for our students.

Congratulations to Libby Goldey whose name was inadvertently omitted from the list of Tin Caps reading program participants!! Sorry, Libby!

Open House

Help spread the news about St. John by inviting your friends and neighbors to our Open House on Wednesday, April 30, from 4:00-7:00. We’d love your help in bringing new students to St. John by sharing your experience with friend, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, and others you come in contact with. Don’t forget, you can also receive up to $200 as a referral incentive for new students that come to St. John through your efforts.



Whitney Holle, Destiny Renkenberger, Carol Huelsenbeck,

Laura Moreland, and Kathy Strycker

Josh Jank, whose health is in God’s hands,

and the whole Jank family

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!

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. Inforamtion was passed out at the Washington, DC meeting last week, but you can find all the details at www.in.gov/ssaci/2345.htm.

Registration News

Registration for the 2014-2015 school year continues for both returning and new students. Please share with your friends and neighbors and have them come in for a tour and more information. Or, you can pick up an information packet at the school office to give to them.

If you haven’t paid your registration fee, these fees have now increased to $300 (K-8) and $75 (PS).

St. John has several avenues to work with families in need of financial assistance. FACTS applications for tuition assistance can be completed online at www.factstuitionaid.com. These applications should be completed and tax documents uploaded by April 20. Mr. Walz is glad to talk with you about this process or the state voucher and SGO scholarship programs. These programs may apply for all Kindergarten families and any other family new to St. John. If you have financial needs please talk with Mr. Walz so that we can continue to provide for your children’s Christian education.

St. John Students Stay in Shape This Summer

Get ready for St. John’s Summer Enrichment Program! We want our students to stay in shape over the summer and this is a great way to do it! Students can participate by tracking reading minutes, physical activity minutes, and skills workbook pages. Students will be able to purchase summer workbooks from Carson-Dellosa Publishing or the Summerbook Company. All the details will be coming home soon. 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.

Consider Camp Lutherhaven

Do you want an adventure this summer? Bring your friends, family, or come by yourself to Camp Lutherhaven where you can swim, hike, fish, go boating, climb Muncie Mountain, practice your archery skills, play sports and games, meet new friends, raid the canteen, and gather each night around an evening campfire. Choose from a wide variety of unique camping experiences, and get ready for some excitement! Register online today at www.lutherhaven.org or find out more information by calling (260) 636-7101

Mother-Daughter Tea

All St. John girls will be receiving a special invitation to our fourth Mother-Daughter Tea that will be held on Saturday afternoon, May 24, from 2-4 p.m. This should be a special time for girls and their moms, or other special lady in their life! Watch soon for your invitation!

Kids Against Hunger

Our students are to be commended for their hard work in raising money for Kids Against Hunger. We’ve raised over $4,200 of our $5,800 commitment. This is a huge undertaking and we’re proud of the great effort from our students and their families. As great as that is, the true benefit was going to be the hands-on packing of the meals. That is the blessing that we were going to be sharing with the world. So, we are working toward rescheduling that event, hopefully here at St. John, in the near future. Our students can still look forward to packing the meals and sharing God’s love with children around the world!

ISTEP Testing Window Approaches

The next round of ISTEP testing for students in grades 3-8 will be done on-line from April 28 through May 13. Please make every effort to avoid scheduling appointments during those days so uninterrupted testing may take place.

Snow Day Make Up Plan

The School Board has adopted a plan to cover the remaining 2 days and 1 hour that we need to make up. We will be making up the 1 hour on Friday, May 2. This will be the last day of our extended day schedule. On Monday, May 5 we will resume the normal day schedule, dismissing at 2:45/55 (with bus service from East Noble). The final 2 days will be made up on Monday, June 2, and Tuesday, June 3. Our end of the year events, like the awards assembly and end of the year chapel will be adjusted and new dates will be communicated soon. As always, thanks to the parents who shared their input as we evaluated our options in making this decision.


With the change to our end of the year calendar, one thing that is not changing is our graduation date. St. John will still hold graduation on Thursday, May 29. Whether you have a graduate or not, we hope that you will plan attend this special night in the life of the St. John family.

Paying Too Much in Taxes?

Frustrated over having to pay state income tax? There is an easy way to improve your state tax burden for next year. Simply make a donation to The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana. Your donation will allow deserving St. John students to receive SGO scholarships and continue receiving a Christian education here. Plus, when you do your taxes next year you can eliminate 50% of your donation from the state tax you owe (for example: with a $1,000 donation your tax would be reduced by $500). Plus, your full donation qualifies for federal tax deduction. Please see Mr. Walz for more information.

Voucher Students

Parents of voucher students 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 2013 tax return.

Young Investors

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), is an agency of our LCMS church body that focuses on stewardship and also provides assistance and loans to congregations and schools for building programs or other special projects to advance the mission of the church. LCEF is introducing a new program to help teach stewardship principles for children and young people (from birth through age 18) called the Y.I. (Young Investors) Club. Parents and grandparents can enroll their (grand)children in the program with a minimum investment of $25, and further additions to the account can be made as the young investor earns money or receives monetary gifts. Special features, in addition to the 3.5% interest rate available for the first $1000 invested, include the opportunity to earn extra credit (up to $25 yearly) for good grades and for 10 or more hours of service. Please go to www.lcef.org or see Mr. Walz for more information and prayerfully consider using the LCEF Y.I. Club as a means of teaching your (grand)children about saving (perhaps for college), stewardship, and mission. Enrollment forms to open a Steward Account are available from Cathy Thiem in the school office.

The next (and FINAL) Hungry Howie’s Day is Tuesday, May 13.

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SERVANT student last week: Macaulay Botteron, Joshua Walz, Caleb Walz, Haley Bloom, and Nevaeh Wolf.

We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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