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Banner #36; May 19, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 19 May 2014


St. John Lutheran School

Number 36

May 19, 2014

The Principal’s Pen

It’s the end of the year, and what skill is needed from students, teaches, and administrators alike? The answer is perseverance! It’s easy at this time of year to skip that homework assignment (or grading papers or writing a report). It’s also a time when we see just how important perseverance (the ability to stick with a task until we complete it) is to success.

I recently read about a study designed to study perseverance. The study gave 3rd grade students in Singapore math problems that were too hard for them. On average, these students worked for over an hour at the problems, until they actually had to be forced to stop working. American students, on the other hand, gave up after just 34 seconds! Why the staggering difference and what can we do to build perseverance in our kids?

The why is answered when we realize that we have made life convenient for our kids. We have taken the struggle out of life, often rescuing our kids when the going gets tough. Our kids also readily see success (think musicians, actors, and athletes) without seeing the hours, months, and years of hard work that lead to this success.

Here are 2 suggestions of how to build perseverence.

1. Talk about persistence. Explain to your kids what it is. Give an example of persistence from your life. Help them understand that sticking with something is a great factor in their success. Praise your kids when you see them working hard.

2. Turn the problem into a picture or puzzle. Kids can often relate better to pictures than words. Plus, using words and pictures help engage both sides of the brain.

These are just 2 of the ways we can begin to build perseverance in our children. Stay tuned for more ideas next week.

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.

Auction Totals In

St. John Spring Auction was a great success. Many positive comments have been received about the great food, how smoothly the night went, the good fellowship, and the fun of the auction. We praise God for the financial blessings received for the school through the auction. This year we raised over $17,500 for the school. These funds help support athletics, special events, classroom learning materials, field trips, and more. Many thanks again to our auction committee of Jenna Anderson, Sarah Moreland, Angie Malone, and Nancy Schenkel. They have already met and have started planning for next year’s auction. Many thanks also to all who donated items and attended this year’s auction!

Awards Assembly

Our end of the year Awards Assembly is an opportunity to recognize many special accomplishments from throughout the year. It’s a great opportunity to praise God for the many talents and accomplishments of our students. Our assembly will be held Monday, June 2, at 8:45 (immediately following our opening school devotion). Parents are encouraged and welcome to join us. We will begin with K-8th grade awards and finish with a grouping of just 4th-8th grade awards.

Field Day

Our Field Day activities will be incorporated into our last day of school plans. We will be walking to the park by the library to celebrate the end of the year. Preschool students are invited to come with parents. We will have Field Day activities for all students in the morning. There will also be time to relax, play, and enjoy friends before we break for the summer. We will all enjoy a special picnic lunch from our hot lunch ladies. Finally, we’ll end the day with a closing chapel service in the park! After we finish we will return to school for dismissal. Please watch for the permission slip with additional details coming home soon.

Final Days of School

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

Music Survey

This week your child (1st-7th grade) received a survey asking for input on what music class you plan to have your child in next year. We know that many of you will continue with the class you are in this year, but some may be interested in making a change. Your response on the survey will not lock you in to that class for next year, but it will help us in making the necessary plans and scheduling decisions that we need to make. Please watch for the survey and return it when it promptly.

Just a Reminder that June 1 is the deadline

for those paying either one-half

of next year’s tuition,

or paying that balance in full.

Annual Congregational

Voter’s Meeting

Sunday, June 8th - 11:45 a.m.

All congregation members are urged to attend this important meeting!!!

2014 Track Rundown

The 2014 track season wrapped up with a great end to what started out as a pretty wet and cold beginning. The boys and girls both placed very well at both the LSAA Relays and the Saxon School Championship Meets. Many personal bests and season bests were set this year, by many athletes who have not had much experience yet.

A big thank you to all athletes who came out and gave track their all! A HUGE congratulations to Noah Jank who set a school record in the Class B Long Jump, with a jump of 14’ 1 ½”!!

8th Grade: Kyra Warren, Nathan Walz

7th Grade: Mason Goddard, Katie Walker, Emma Erne, RJ Anderson, Noah Jank

6th Grade: Andrew Schroeder, Justice Alwine, Clay Schenkel

5th Grade: Aliyah Jimenez, Madisyn Cope, Hanne Brandgard, Delia Norris,

Ian Malone, Mikayla Stier, Gabby Stier, Wesley Potts, Joshua Walz, Caleb Walz

4th Grade: Libby Goldey, Owen Chambers, Coby Treesh, Brett Christian, Brenton


A special thank you to six amazing individuals who willingly gave of their time and talents to assist this group: Marissa Deetz, Birdena Graber, Brady Walker, Jacob Campbell, Dr. John Lutz, and Joshua Brown. I couldn’t have made it without you! Thanks!

I would love to see everyone back next year, so we truly can grow and develop all the God-given talent that sprang forth this year.

Thanks for a great season!

Miss Melissa Monn

Please Return Books and Videos

Please take a look around your house for any St. John Library books and videos. Those must be returned to the library, so they can be inventoried and stored for the summer.

Thank you to everyone who helped support our 5th/6th grade trip to Chicago. The 5th and 6th graders worked hard last Saturday and washed around 55 cars and each other! They raised just over $500 for their trip.

Eighth Graders Prepare to Graduate

Our eighth grade students will end their years at St. John at a graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 29, 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.

Please pray

Our weekly prayers this week are for School Board member Dawn Hossinger, and then our 8th graders Isaiah Alwine, Jack Blundell, Macaulay Botteron, and Emily Brayton.

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





Thank You

Mr. Walz would like to thank all of you for the thoughts, prayers, cards, and words of encouragement during the illness and death of his father. We grieve that we are no longer together here on earth, but rejoice knowing that he is well and that we will see him again. We are blessed in the support of our St. John 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.

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! All students, preschool through 8th grade, can participate by tracking reading minutes, physical activity minutes, and skills workbook pages. The Summerbook order has now been placed. If you would still like to order, you must do that on your own and pay all applicable shipping charges. If you would still like to participate you can get all the information from the school office. 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

Are you ready? Get set…GO! Summer camp is almost here! It’s not too late to register and there are many great programs for grades kindergarten through high school! Camp Lutherhaven is a place where you can experience how awesome God is while enjoying his creation, fun, and fellowship! Experience what it means to “take up (our) cross daily and follow (Him).” Register online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 260-636-7101.

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: Marcy Treesh, Gavin Burtch, Jared DiGirolamo, Daniel Malone, Lucas Diehm, Emma White, Hunter shire, Lilly Moser, and Evan Cope.

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

Wayne Center One Room Schoolhouse Summer Camp

Step back into time and experience school as it was in 1885. Enjoy 19th century activities, games, and crafts, and cook over an open fire. The summer camp will be held the week of June 23rd – 27th at the One Room Schoolhouse, located on Schoolhouse Road adjacent to Wayne Center United Methodist Church. The camp will run from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9:00 to noon on Friday. Students who have just completed grades 1 through 5 are invited to attend. Cost of the week is $35.00. Space is limited. To register, call Mrs. Pillers at 347-1625.

Future Knights Boys Basketball Summer Camp

Information is available in the office regarding a boys basketball summer camp opportunity. The camp is open to boys in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Pick up a form in the office if you are interested in learning more.

‘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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