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Banner #23; February 2, 2015

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 03 February 2015


St. John Lutheran School

February 2, 2015

Number 23

Principal’s Pen

Wow! 61 students and 8 parents participated in my Principal’s Essay Contest, responding to the prompt “I’m glad my parents chose St. John because…”. While all of the responses were sweet, there were some that were very personal and heartfelt. Reading through them encouraged me in knowing the impact St. John is having in your lives. Allow me to share brief excerpts from a few responses:

“I like to be at school to talk about God.” – preschooler

“I like Bible stories.” – Kindergartener

“…I consider St. John a second home…St. John offers multiple things other schools don’t such as an amazing music program, caring teachers, and a wonderful Christian atmosphere.” – 8th grader

“We have nice staff members. We learn about Jesus.” – 2nd grader

“It is a Jesus school.” – 1st grader

“I also like that she has smaller classes so she gets more one on one interaction with the teacher.” – parent

“It is an amazing school, with a character building environment.” 5th grader

“This is our second year at St. John and I couldn’t be more joyful! Everyone is amazing; from the staff, the students, and the families.” – parent

“Because it teaches the Gospel.” 1st grader

“I am lucky to go to St. John Lutheran School because I am allowed to praise and pray to God.” 2nd grader

“This school changed me and my family…Thank you mommy and daddy, for sending me to St. John.” 6th grader

That’s only half way through my pile of essays. I only wish I could share more! Thank you, students and parents, for writing about how St. John has blessed you!

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.

Welcome, Kamarien

We welcome a new 2nd grader, Kamarien Bell to our school. Kamerian is moving here from Texas. We’re glad to have you here, Kamarien!

Geography Bee February 3

On Tuesday, February 3, don’t miss our school’s Geography Bee where students in grades 4-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the national Geography Bee. The Bee will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

G-O-O-D L-U-C-K, A-N-D-R-E-W!

Best wishes to Andrew Schroeder, winner of this year’s

school Spelling Bee, who will face other school Spelling Bee winners next Monday evening, Feb. 9, at the Noble County Spelling Bee. The Bee commences at 6:30 p.m. at West Noble Middle School. Good luck, Andrew, as you represent St. John!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Please mark February 26 & 27, on your calendar for Parent-Teacher Conferences. We’d like every family to participate as we seek to make the rest of the school year as beneficial to students as possible. As we did in the fall, school will dismiss at 1:55 (bus riders can wait until 2:45 to catch their buses) and conferences will be held from 2:15-7:00. Sign-ups for this important event are being sent home with students (PS-8) today. Please respond by the deadline – this Friday, February 6 – or a conference will be scheduled at our discretion.

St. John Showcase 2015!!

We’re gearing up for St. John Showcase 2015!!! Slated for Friday evening, March 7th, the Showcase is a great opportunity for students to do just that – showcase their God-given talents and abilities!

St. John Showcase 2015 provides an opportunity for students to share their God-given gifts and abilities in areas such as art, music, dance, drama, etc. Last year’s event was a very positive experience for many of our students, and we are hoping to make this year’s event even better. All entries must be screened by Ms. Dencklau or Mr. Buuck to be sure they are appropriate and polished. Please contact Ms. Dencklau or Mr. Buuck with any questions. The deadline to return entry forms is Friday, February 20.

Where will you be on Friday evening, May 8? At the St. John Spring Auction? Please mark your calendar now and plan to attend. Please also be thinking of whom you would like to ask to join you. This fun evening includes an excellent dinner, awesome silent auction items, and a lively live auction, all held in the beautiful surroundings of Sylvan Cellars Event Center in Rome City.

The auction is a major fundraiser for our school. It requires a great deal of work to make it a success. This year’s auction committee is co-chaired by Jenna Anderson and Megan Stites. Working with them is Angie Malone, a veteran of several auctions. More help is needed. If you would like to join these ladies for the work, and the fun, please contact the school office.

2014 Tax Deduction Information

Parents, as you fill out your 2014 Tax Return, you should be aware that you may be eligible for a $1,000 tax deduction per dependent child that is enrolled in a nonpublic school such as St. John. Your tuition payments would qualify you for this deduction. In order to claim this deduction, you need to know that St. John’s school code is C985. The deduction code is 626. If you have questions, please check with your tax preparer or your tax preparation software.

These school families, prayed for this week: Tim & Mindy Walz; Nate & Carrie Wappes and Scott Spencer; Nick & Karen Warren; Brandon & Tina White; and David & Suzette White

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

Re-enrollment News

Re-enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year has now begun! Re-enrollment packets have been sent home. Please ask about it if you didn’t see it! Starting this week we will also begin taking names of prospective new students to add to our class lists after our current students are re-enrolled. If you know of someone who would be interested in and benefit from the excellent Lutheran education that we offer, please encourage them to contact the school office.

Registration Timeline

Enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year for both our returning parents and for new parents is now open. You can place your child on our list by returning the ‘2015-2016 Application for Enrollment’ form. Here are the important dates to keep in mind:

January 26 Enrollment of new students begins:

Return your ‘2015-2016 Application for Enrollment’ form

and your registration fee to be placed on our enrollment list

March 2 Class lists are set based on students who have enrolled

March 31 Last day to turn in paperwork and $40 per student registration fee

April 1 Registration fee increases to $80 per student

April 20 Deadline to submit application to FACTS for tuition assistance

April 29 Open House from 3:30-7:00 (invite your friends and neighbors)

May 13 Preschool & Kindergarten Round Up from 6:00-7:00 (invite your

friends and neighbors)

Scholastic Fair

St. John will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Sunday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, March 1. Plan now to visit the Book Fair and find some great new reading material for your kids, and maybe even for yourself!

School Skating Party

Help celebrate the end of the 2nd Trimester at our school skating party on SATURDAY, MARCH 7, from 4:30 – 6:30 at the Skatin’ Station in Auburn. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss the fun!

Second Trimester Chapel Offerings

Our chapel offering for this trimester is going for Phil’s Friends, an organization who helps provide comfort for people going through cancer treatments. Mr. Walz has agreed, in honor of these cancer patients, to shave his head if we raise $650.00 in offerings. He has also agreed to keep his head shaved for one additional week for each additional $50 we raise up to one month! Please remember to bring your offerings in support of the families and Phil’s Friends, and also keep this wonderful ministry in your daily prayers.

A large part of the Phil’s Friends ministry is sending out care packages and cards to cancer patients. When Phil Zielke was here for Chapel we learned that over 4,000 cards are sent each week! Amazing! If you know of someone battling cancer you can sign them up to receive a care package at www.philsfriends.org.

Science Fair Approaching!

It’s time to think about starting a Science Fair project! The teachers have the information packets or you can get them in the office. This is a great opportunity for your child to explore an area of interest and learn new things! If you have questions see Mr. Schroeder. He will also be available after school until 4:30 on Tuesdays for any student wanting to stay and work on their project. The Science Fair projects will be due on Monday, February 16 and will be judged during that week. The projects will be displayed to the public on the night of our Showcase on March 6.

If you need a display board you can get one from the office. The boards are 32” high and 36” wide and are available first come-first served. You can make your check out to “St. John PTL”. Each board is $5.50.

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is

Tuesday, February 10,

(and each second Tuesday thereafter).

TinCaps Reading Program Starts This Week

Once again, St. John will be participating in the TinCaps Reading Program! The program materials came home with your students last week. Our program begins today and runs through March 2. Get ready, get set, read!

School Resource Officer

Officer Scare of the Kendallville Police Department has begun stopping in at St. John. He does this at random times, depending on his patrol schedule for the day. His main goal is to develop relationships between the police department and students so that students see the police as people there to help them. Officer Scare doesn’t enter the classrooms unless invited b the teacher so as to not disrupt the learning environment. However, when asked by the teacher he is able to talk with the class or a student on a variety of topics. He also interacts with students in the hall, the gym, at lunch and at recess.

Cross Connections

St. John is blessed in our partnership with Cross Connections Christian Counseling. Every other week, your child (1st-8th grade) receives instruction in conflict resolution or other topics, from Mrs. Lisa Lessing, a trained and licensed counselor. Sometimes, students, or families, need some additional help for a short while. Mrs. Lessing can also help with that. She is available during school hours and also after school, to meet with students individually. She can also meet with parents. If your child is struggling with an issue and you feel some additional help would be needed, please contact Mr. Walz.

Parents of 8th Graders!!

An informational meeting for all parents of 8th graders planning to enroll in East Noble High School for next year has been set for Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 in the Cole Auditorium. A separate letter with a few more details went home with your child.

Building Program Update

Our building program continues to progress with work being done on our funding and on the building plans. Work on the building plans and on the capital campaign will both be getting into full action now. Here are a few updates.

► Please continue to pray for this project as we prepare for the construction and the capital campaign.

► Our grant proposal to The Dekko Foundation has been accepted! We will be receiving $25,000 of support from them to help cover the costs of our capital campaign.

► Our grant proposal to The Lutheran Foundation has been submitted. It may take until March until we have a response from them on our funding request.

► Our building plans have been submitted to local contractors and we are waiting to receive their bids. Once we have those bids we will report to the congregation and seek approval on specific cost and construction timing.

► Pastor Galik has begun his training of the Leadership Team. The Leadership Team is tasked with leading our capital campaign to raise the funds needed for this project

If you would like more information on these or any other aspects of the building program, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Walz.


Remember that we have a Suggestion/Question box in the lobby area (with the soup label, Box Tops, pop tab and ink cartridge drop off boxes). Your feedback is welcome!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following student for being recognized as a SHINE Students last week: Kasi Shire, Mikayla Stier, Kyle McKenzie, Samantha Schroeder, Hunter Bolen, Olivia Tibbs, Lex Moser, and Trey Warren.

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

2 - 8, 2015

Monday, February 2

Tuesday, February 3

8:15 – Chapel

1:00 – Geography Bee

Wednesday, February 4

6:30 – Incoming Freshman meeting at East Noble High School

Thursday, February 5

1:30 – Kids on the Block – Grade 3

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, February 6

Saturday, February 7

Sunday, February 8

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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