301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Eagle Eye

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

Banner #34; May 5, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 05 May 2014


St. John Lutheran School

Number 34

May 5, 2014

There will be no Principal’s article this week due to the death of Mr. Walz’ father in Chicago on Sunday. Our heartfelt sympathies to Tim and Mindy and their sons, Nathan, Joshua, and Caleb.

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, Angie Malone, Sarah Moreland, and Nancy Schenkel. 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.

Support our fifth and sixth graders by having your car washed THIS Saturday, May 10, between 9:00 and 1:30 p.m. at the North Fire Station! Free!! Donations accepted! Proceeds help pay for their class trip to the Chicago.

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, starting at 8:45. We will need people to help set up (starting at 7:30), help with the event, and help clean up. Please let Mr. Walz or the classroom teacher know if you can commit to this event. You will be blessed as we are a blessing to those we pack meals for!

Don’t forget to grab some scrip for the special

women in your life for Mother’s Day – Sun., May 11!

We have a great variety of restaurant certificates,

as well as many stores in the area.


Preschool/Kindergarten Spring Program

Please join us on Tuesday, May 13, for our Preschool and Kindergarten Spring Program. 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.

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.

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 were sent home last week. FORMS TO ORDER FROM THE SUMMERBOOK COMPANY MUST BE RETURNED BY THE END OF TH E SCHOOL DAY ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 7. We will place one large order and receive free shipping. So, do not add shipping charges to your payment total! Checks should be made payable to Summerbook Company. 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. NEW: Information will soon be shared for our returning preschool students to be able to participate!

Consider Camp Lutherhaven

Winter is over (finally!) It’s time to kiss a moose! Jump in Lake Muncie! Enjoy a campfire! Make crafts! And have an awesome outdoor experience! We are all set and ready for you to join us during our 65th year of summer FUN! God love us all, and what better way to experience that love than out in nature and in the great fellowship and community that Camp Lutherhaven offers. There’s still time to register! Visit us online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 360-636-7101.

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!

Please pray

The Walz Family, upon the death of Mr. Walz’ Father

St. John Staff: Valerie Murphy, Debbie Thornton, Randy Thornton, Jeff Lehman, and School Board Chairperson Tom Koerner

Joshua Jank, whose health is in God’s hands, and the whole Jank Family

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. 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 for our ten 8th grade students 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.

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

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: Joshua Walz, Shelby Mock, Brock Klink, and Marcy Treesh.

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

‘Tis May, the month of blooming things

Of budding trees, the bird that sings.

Our lawns will brighten with colorful cheer

To tell us all that summer’s near.

But some must live in a world that’s dark

Their colors are drab; no flowers, no park.

They yearn for something to brighten their day

So in their isolated darkness their world does not stay.

This month I am asking for anything bright

A pretty washcloth, a ball, or flashlight.

Send it in with a hope and a prayer

That some child will love it ----- somewhere.

The world that they live in is foreign to us

Anything we send them, they will make a fuss!

The smiles on their faces as they open with joy,

Their shoeboxes filled with our love and a toy.

Anything else that you think fits the bill

Can be placed in the collection box each month as well.

In the lobby you’ll find it upon the floor

Just lift its lid and fill it galore!!

Cathy Thiem

Operation Christmas Child

Relay Center Coordinator

(A big THANK YOU to those of you who HAVE been placing items in the box! It makes my day to find something new tucked inside! THANK YOU!!)

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