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Banner #25; February 16, 2015

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 16 February 2015

THE BANNER

St. John Lutheran School

February 16, 2015

Number 25

From The Principal’s Pen

Last Saturday was Valentine’s Day, and, hopefully, everyone was able to shower their loved ones with a little something nice. Last week my Principal’s Pen shared some thoughts on love based on 1 Corinthians 13. This week I’d like to continue with some additional thoughts on love.

It is universally accepted that kids need love, and we see too often examples from our world of what happens when kids don’t receive the love they need from their parents. But, what kind of love do our kids really need and how best do we show them this love?

For many kids, love = time. But, many parents think love = stuff. Spending time with your kids, and giving them your undivided attention, is a great way to show them your love.

Kids also need the adults in their lives to be adults. Many parents try to be their kids’ friends, but kids really need, and want, their parents to be adults. That’s not to say that we can’t have fun with our kids. But, they also need us to be the grown-ups.

Another way we can show kids love is by letting them fail. That’s right! So often, we try to rescue our kids and ‘protect’ them from any hardships and consequences. But, as adults we all know that life includes failure, hardships, and consequences. Helping our kids navigate the challenges of life, and grow through them, is a way of showing our love.

The greatest example of love that we have is God’s love for us. May each of us be blessed to grow in our ability to show our kids God’s love by how we show them our love!

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.

Congratulations to seventh grader Andrew Schroeder, St. John’s representative in the Noble County Spelling Bee, which was held last week! Andrew won 2nd place and is the runner-up for the Regional Spelling Bee. We praise God for the abilities He has given to Andrew and for the way he represents our school!

Way to Go St. John Students!!

Our St. John students have stepped forward in a big way! They were challenged to raise over $650 for Phil’s Friends during the 2nd trimester. If they reached that goal then Mr. Walz would shave his head. Additional money raised would lengthen the time that Mr. Walz would keep his head shaved, up to a month.

Not only did our students reach their goal, not only did they top the goal enough for Mr. Walz to keep his head shaved for a month, but they shattered the goal, raising $1,278.06. With tomorrow’s offering we will raise over $1,300, more than doubling the goal!

Last Thursday afternoon the students were treated to watching Mr. Walz get his head shaved (thanks to Aimee Campbell for doing the honors!). Way to go, St. John students, for showing God’s love in an awesome way!

Parent-Teacher Conferences and Report Cards Next Week

This Friday marks the end of our Second Trimester. Report Cards will be given to students at Parent-Teacher Conferences next Thursday and Friday, February 26 & 27. Parents should have received a notification of their scheduled time to meet with their child’s teacher(s) last week. Please be on time for your conference, and please respect the 15 minute time limit as other parents will be waiting to meet the teacher after you have completed your visit. If a longer conference is needed, please arrange another time with the teacher. Thanks!

First LEGO League Team

Students in grades 3-7 are invited to join the St. John Lutheran School’s First LEGO League Training Team this spring. The First LEGO League focuses on LEGO Robotics and problem solving. Students on the FLL Training Team may have the opportunity to advance to the FLL Competition Team in the fall. Any student interested in LEGO Robotics is welcome to join the training team, whether or not they want to continue to the competition level.

The training team works on the challenges of robot building, the use of sensors and completing missions. We will meet on Wednesdays (February 25th through April 29th) from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. in the St. John Lutheran School Library.

We may also plan some field trips in conjunction with the competition team, perhaps to train with a championship FLL team, or to gather research for the Fall 2015 FLL Challenge.

Information was sent home with students a couple weeks ago. For more information, contact coach Jenna Anderson at 260-445-3369 or jennalanderson76@gmail.com.

Previous Competition Team members received a personal invitation and meeting schedule last week, as well.

Skating Party Time!

Our school annual Skating Party will be held on

Saturday, March 7, at the Skatin’ Station, Auburn, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. All school families are invited and entrance fees and skate rental is all covered by our Parent-Teacher League. Those wishing to rent inline skates are responsible for those costs. Plan to attend!

Directions to the Skatin’ Station: Take State Road 8 into Auburn. Turn left on Grandstaff, then right on North Street. The rink will be on your left at 544 W. North St.

ISTEP and IREAD tests coming soon

The spring standardized test season is starting soon. Students in grades 3-8 will begin taking the applied skills paper and pencil portion of the ISTEP test the week of March 2. Our 3rd grade students will take the IREAD test the week of March 16. There has been much talk in the news lately about these tests and how they are different from previous years. We have been preparing our students for the new types of questions and longer formats of these tests. The state may announce changes, and we will implement them as they come. However, these tests can still provide you with valuable information on how your child is performing in school and growing from year to year. These tests can still provide St. John with important information on areas of strength and weakness. For these reasons, it is important that students take these tests seriously and do their best. Please talk with your child in the next two weeks about the importance of working hard, reading the test items carefully, not rushing, and trying to do his or her best. While it is important to not make your child nervous or stressed out over these tests, it is also important that you share your high expectations for your child. A good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast can also go a long way in preparing your child to do well. If you have any questions about these tests please contact Mr. Walz or your child’s teacher.

Spring Fundraiser BEGINS NEXT WEEK!

We hope to get everyone excited about our frozen food fundraiser to raise needed funds for the work of our Parent-Teacher League.

The sale begins next Monday, February 23, and will run for two weeks. The sale will be on a PREPAY basis. Items will be delivered on Wednesday, March 25. The sale is conducted on a voluntary basis. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Principal Effectiveness Survey

It is almost the time of the year when the School Board asks parents to fill out a survey indicating at what level Mr. Walz is performing his duties. This survey provides important information to the School Board in evaluating our principal, and important information to Mr. Walz which he can use in establishing goals for the coming year. Please watch for a paper survey to come home on Monday, March 2.

Snow Day Make up Plan

We have missed 8 days this year due to snow and ice. We had 2 days built in to our calendar, which means we have 6 days to add to the end of our calendar. We will add May 29, June 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, making Friday, June 5, our last day of school. However, please read the next notice for information that may impact this plan.

eLearning

The teachers and School Board have begun talking about the possibility of eLearning here at St. John. If we apply to the state, and are approved, this is something that we could still use this year to make up some of our missed days. The only way we would use eLearning this year is for a pre-arranged situation. There is much work to do still in making this decision. Our first step is to get parent feedback regarding this method of instruction. Please watch for a survey to come home next Monday, and return it (or fill it out during Parent/Teacher Conferences). We look forward to receiving important feedback from all our parents on this important topic!

Coming Soon: Jump Rope for Heart

We are very pleased to announce that St. John will be holding a Jump Rope for Heart event on Thursday, March 19, 2014. Sadly, we have all been touched in some way by heart disease and we are excited that we as a school community will have an opportunity to help fight this disease. Students will be encouraged to raise money for the American Heart Association and will be jumping rope and shooting hoops during the event to show their support. More information on how to donate and how to earn prizes will be sent home on March 2nd in the parent folders.

The next

Hungry Howie’s Day is

Tuesday, March 10,

(and each second Tuesday thereafter).

Please pray for:

These school families, prayed for this week: Lipscomb/Holbrook, Hodge, and Bell. Also, St. John Pastor Robert Shriner, and Principal Tim Walz

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

Tuition Assistance

St. John Lutheran School is a ministry of St. John Lutheran Church. As such, every child’s tuition is supported through the church. St. John does not want any child to miss out on the Lutheran education we provide because of family finances. We have several avenues of tuition assistance available to families in need. Families are asked to complete an application for tuition grant and aid. The only application available for this year is online and can be accessed at www.factstuitionaid.com. Please contact the school office for questions.

St. John Showcase 2015!!

Showcase 2015 is less than 3 weeks away!! Slated for Friday evening, March 6th, 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. Students can display projects done at school, like their Science Fair project, or projects or collections they have from home. 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.

A note will soon be coming home with each performing entrant listing specifics regarding their performance. Ms. Dencklau will then be meeting with each act to ensure it is polished and appropriate for Showcase performance. Please contact Ms. Dencklau with any questions. The deadline to return entry forms is this Friday, February 20.

Scholastic Book 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!

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 are Summer Moser, Terra Ditton, and Jo Knox. More help is needed. If you would like to join these ladies for the work, and the fun, please contact the school office or one of them and plan to join them at their next meeting on Friday, Feb. 13, at 4:00.

Get Ready to Bid…..

Get ready to bid on the following items already secured for our auction:

► Private tour for 12 at DeBrands Chocolate with free samples!

► Dinner for 2 at Casa Restaurants!

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.

TinCaps Reading Program

Our program is in full swing and our students are reading their way around the bases on their way to earning a free ticket. It’s not too late to start keeping track of your reading. Just check in with your teacher for the details. The program ends on March 2.

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! We are also now 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.

In order to secure your spot for next year, just fill out and return 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)

Late-Breaking Enrollment Update!

We already have 84 students enrolled for next year! This is almost 20 more students than last year at this time! We’ve had a great response from both our current families and new families. If you haven’t yet re-enrolled for next year, please do so right away!

Suggestions/Questions

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!

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.

► Our capital campaign is in the ‘INFORM’ phase, where all of the details of the project will be explained. Several Inform Forums will be held during the first week in March for this purpose.

► Bids for our construction project have been received and are being reviewed.

► Our grant proposal to The Lutheran Foundation is looking positive, but it will take until March until we have a response from them.

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

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Students last week: Savana Phares, Ethan Kessler, Hunter Bolen, Trey Warren, Cameryn Proxmire, Lex Moser, Branson Klink, Briggs Cheesman, Mercedes Koorsen, Emma White, Maddie Burtch, Alaina Watson, Braylon Shire, Santiago Espinoza, Marcy Treesh, Gabby Stier, Luke Hodge, Allison Butler, Luke Christian, Jack Slater, and Kamarien Bell.

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

16 - 22, 2015

Monday, February 16 – Science Fair Projects Due TODAY!

Tuesday, February 17

Wednesday, February 18

2:00 – Ash Wednesday Chapel

Thursday, February 19

1:30 – Kids on the Block – Grade 3

No 7:00 p.m. Worship Service

Friday, February 20 – End of Second Trimester

Saturday, February 21

Sunday, February 22 – Book Fair Begins

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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