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

Banner #32; April 21, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 21 April 2014

THE BANNER

St. John Lutheran School

April 21, 2014

Number 32

The Principal’s Pen

What is the most important part of St. John Lutheran School? We could answer in many ways. Science class? Important. Math class? Important. Reading, English, phonics, social studies? Important, important, important, important. All our music options? Important. Art? That’s important, too. Sports? They’re important. How about chapel, devotions, prayer, and service opportunities? Important, absolutely. ISTEP tests? Yes, they are important, too. Could I go on? Of course, but you get the point. All of these things are important, but they’re not the most important.

We have just experienced the most important part of St. John. What was it, you ask? The answer is simply Easter! Everything we do pales in comparison to the message of Easter. Our Good Friday chapel focused on our sins and how Jesus dealt with them. Simply put, my sins, your sins, our sins, nailed Jesus to the cross. If that’s where it ended we would be in big trouble. Lost. Dead to our sins (read Romans 6:23). But, that’s not where it ended! This morning we completed our worship. Easter came! Jesus rose! He lives! The tomb is empty! His victory is our victory! Sin, death, and the Devil have been defeated! This simple message is the most important part of the year!

What’s just as great is that Easter doesn’t have to be (and shouldn’t be) a one-day event. Let Easter live in your life today. And tomorrow. And the next. And every day. Jesus’ victory is yours – every day! He is risen! Alleluia!

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.

We're now just a few weeks away from the St. John Lutheran School Spring Auction. If you have not purchased your seats, there is still time. The cost is $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight. The committee is accepting reservations after school on Thursdays and between church services on Sundays. Or, stop by the school office any time.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 22, is the Dining to Donate event which benefits St. John. All you need is the Dining to Donate flyer and your appetite. Print the flyer from this article, or find it on the school's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stjohnlutheranschool. We'll be sending home a copy with your child, too, so look for that. Dine at the Kendallville Applebee's on Tuesday, present the flyer to your server, and 15% of your total bill will be donated to St. John. Plus, you'll receive a $5 off coupon for your next visit!

Here are a few more of the items that will be up for auction (see photos and more items online at https://www.facebook.com/stjohnlutheranschool):

From Lynnie's Lures:

The fish will definitely be biting when you use these lures! Lynnie's Lures in Wolcottville has donated 14 handmade lures to draw the fish to your pole. Whether you catch and release or fry 'em up, you'll have fun trolling the shoreline with this bait.

From Kevin Wengert:

Birds will flock to your home to snack from this unique bird feeder. The bowls in this feeder are easy to refill and easy for birds to access. It includes a little wood bird buddy to draw other feathered friends to your home.

From Scentsy Representative Angela Bailey:

Great scents will fill your home with a Scentsy burner and bar. This method of melting wax is beautiful and safe because there are no flames. http://scentsy.com/

Best Little Hair House:

You need one of these every couple months...so why not try out the Best Little Hair House in Kendallville? This downtown Kendallville salon has donated a gift certificate for a haircut. Pick it up for yourself and give the stylists a try! https://www.facebook.com/besthairkville

Retail Value: $11.00

Home Sweet Home:

Don't get the surprise of flowers often? Take matters into your own hands! With this gift, you can give yourself a bouquet from Home Sweet Home each month for one year. Beautiful! www.homesweethomefloral.com

From Science Central:

Sure, Science Central a fun place to bring the kids when the weather is rotten. But at its core, Science Central is much, much more than just a place to play. Science Central is a catalyst for learning, and it’s a catalyst for learning the most important subjects that employers will need our kids to know to perform work in the future – science, technology, engineering and math. Entertain and educate your whole family with a pass for 4 to Science Central. http://sciencecentral.org/

Retail Value: $32.00

From Black Pine Animal Sanctuary:

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion provides refuge to nearly 90 displaced, captive-raised exotic animals for the REST of their lives. It offers a variety of educational programs to enhance people's knowledge of exotic and endangered species, and to encourage responsible pet ownership.

Animal residents include big and small cats, canines, bears, primates, birds, reptiles, and more. It's a great experience for the whole family, and you have the chance to bid on a pass for a family of 4. http://blackpine.org/

Retail Value: $32.00

From Carol Matthews:

Quilting is a time consuming and intricate task. But the results are beautiful! That's evident in this handmade quilt created by Carol Matthews. It's a lap quilt measuring 50"x78", and it can be yours if you are the highest bidder!

From Carol Matthews:

Who wants to serve dinner at a boring old naked table? You don't have to! This handmade table runner from Carol Matthews will dress up any dinner table. It's sized just right to fit even the smallest table, but won't be lost on a larger dining surface, either.

From Scott Frick, CPA:

Whew! We've survived another tax season, but it's never too early to plan for the next. Scott Frick, CPA, has donated a certificate for up to $250 worth of tax preparation. Be sure to hang on to your auction receipts! You can write off any amount you donate over the retail value of an item. www.scottfrickcpa.com

Retail Value: $250

From S & S Travel:

Get out of town with a $50 Gift Certificate from S & S Travel. You can spend that money on a travel package to any number of places...just check the company's website at http://www.s-stravel.com for the travel schedule. Head to a casino, the Columbus Zoo, a stage show or even the American Girl store in Chicago!

Retail Value: $50

From The Woods Too:

Savor daily dinner specials, homemade soups, seafood, steaks and more with this $25 Gift Certificate from The Woods Too and Lighthouse Lounge in Hudson. http://thewoodstoo.net/

Retail Value: $25

From Sarah Moreland:

St. John parent Sarah Moreland is auctioning off her party planning services (supplies not included). She can take an idea and turn it into a reality, as she has done for numerous parties that included a race theme and a Dr. Seuss theme. Sarah says, "I will plan and set up everything and depending on your theme and needs I will also make decorations, props and favors. Let's make your child's dream party happen!"

Please pray for these staff members this week: Carol Huelsenbeck, Laura Moreland, Kathy Strycker, Jody Anglin, Jenny Kline

Josh Jank, whose health is in God’s hands, and the whole Jank family

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.

God’s Blessings, Lawrence!

God’s richest blessings to seventh grader Lawrence Dietrich who was baptized here at St. John this past Tuesday evening. May God always hold you close, Lawrence!

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.

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.

Middle School Dance/Lock-In

The middle school dance and lock-in is coming up on May 9th and 10th from 8:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. promptly. The cost is $2.00 to attend the dance only. Pizza and snacks and drinks will be provided. Permission forms and requirements will be distributed in the coming days.

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.

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. Information was passed out at the Washington, DC meeting two weeks ago, but you can find all the details at www.in.gov/ssaci/2345.htm.

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 this week. 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

What’s your thing? Basketball? Drama? Horses? Nature? Crafts? Games? Camp Lutherhaven offers a wide variety of summer programs for grades K-12 and Servant Events for grades 8-12. With the ever popular full and half week camps, you are sure to have a BLAST at camp this summer, all while strengthening your walk in faith with our almighty God! Register online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 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. We have rescheduled our packing event for Thursday, May 8, in the morning. More details will come, but you can save that date, and let your child’s teacher know if you are available to help!

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.

Graduation

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.

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.

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.

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.

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SERVANT student last week: Isaac Blaskie, Savana Phares, Destiny Oiler, Noah Jank, Brenton Klopfenstein, Alex Padilla, Olivia Tibbs, and Delia Norris

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

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