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Banner #3; April 20, 2015

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 20 April 2015


St. John Lutheran School

April 20, 2015

Number 33

The Principal’s Pen

What is NLSA? It’s the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation! This is the agency that provides our accreditation. Next school year is when we go through the accreditation process, but the work begins now. I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to this time-consuming, but extremely worthwhile, process.

NLSA accreditation involves 3 aspects:

• Self-study: The Self-Study helps us evaluate ourselves against hundreds of standards in 7 different areas. Groups of teachers, School Board members, parents, church members, and community members work together to evaluate how well we measure up against the standards. All of this information is consolidated into our Self-Study report.

• School Action Plan: Written from the findings of the Self-Study, the School Action Plan provides us with measurable goals and action steps for the next 5 years. These goals will help us improve in the areas of the Self-Study where we scored lower.

• Site Visit: At some point in late winter or early spring 2016, our school will be visited by a team of 5-7 people over 3 days. The purpose of this site visit is to verify everything we wrote in our Self-Study. This is the last part of the accreditation process.

This is a process that requires input from many people. Please begin to prayerfully consider being a part of one of the committees that will drive this process forward. It’s hard work, but also very rewarding, especially since it is all designed to help our school become even better! I am now in the process of forming the Steering Team, the group that will oversee the self study process. The only qualifications are a love of St. John, the

ability to work on a team, and the ability to speak up and share your input and insights. Please contact me if you would like more information or would be interested in serving on the Leadership Team or one of the subcommittees.

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.

Finding a New Teacher

With the news that Mr. Buuck has accepted a new Call to teach at Emmanuel/St. Michael Lutheran School (which takes effect for the coming school year), Mr. Walz and the School Board have begun the process of finding a new 3rd grade teacher. As God has a new plan for Mr. Buuck, God also has a new plan for St. John. We pray and ask for God to direct us to the candidate that He desires to join us in ministry. Mr. Walz has already begun the process of searching for teacher candidates within the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod system. Members of our church and school are welcome to submit names of qualified candidates for consideration.


Our second eLearning day is set for this Saturday, April 25. Like our first eLearning day, yellow folders will come home with students on Friday. Asignments will be posted on Friday afternoon (and yes, you can start working Friday afternoon) and school will be open on Saturday from 9:00-12:00. As this article is written we are still analyzing the results from the first eLearning day. Minor changes may be made, but we feel that our overall structure and approach worked well.

Open House

Help spread the news about St. John by inviting your friends and neighbors to our Open House on Wednesday, April 29, from 3:30-7:00. 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.



Then our eighth grade students: RJ Anderson,

Lars Brandgard, Lawrence Dietrich, and Emma Erne

Josh Jank, whose health is in God’s hands,

and the whole Jank family

Athletics News

As we start to look toward the end of the year, some changes will be happening with our Athletic Program. For the first time even there will be an Athletic Banquet to celebrate the hard work our athletes have put in this year. If you would like to give some input to assist this celebration, contact Athletic Director Melissa Monn via FastDirect or email mmonn@stjohneagles.org.

The next and probably biggest change, is that students will need to "register" whether they are planning to participate in a sport this spring, instead of the usual August sign-ups. This will help with the fall sports program, and allow us to get practice and game schedules set up this summer. Below you will find a link to a website where the sign-up form can be found. Any questions can be directed to Athletic Director, Melissa Monn.


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 the Summerbook Company. All the details will be coming home soon. 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.

ISTEP Testing Window Approaches

The next round of ISTEP testing for students in grades 3-8 will be done on-line from April 27 through May 15. Please make every effort to avoid scheduling appointments during those days so uninterrupted testing may take place.


This winter our 6th and 7th graders participated in a writing contest sponsored by the Kendallville Elks. The theme of this contest was “What the Pledge of Allegiance Means to Me?” We are proud to announce that three of our students were selected as state award winners in this contest! In the 5th/6th grade division, 6th grader Jessica Schroeder won 3rd place. In the 7th/8th grade division, 7th grader Haley Bloom was awarded 3rd place, while 7th grader Emma Schroeder won 2nd place! Congratulations to all 3 students for sharing your love of our country through your writing!

Awesome Teachers!

Do you know an awesome teacher? One who has made a significant impact on your life? If so, please consider nominating one of our teachers for the “LEAP Ahead fro Education Award”. There will be new names drawn each month and each winner will receive a book and a framed certificate. Please go to http://www.leapcarraffle.com/leap-ahead-award.html for all the details.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as SHINE Students last week: Lawrence Dietrich, Haylee Terry, Gabby Stier, Shelby Mock, Jessie Schroeder, Ian Malone, Wesley Potts, Briggs Cheesman, Camryn Proxmire, Nathan Potts, Allison Walkup, Morgan Ditton, Carter McKinley, and Lukas Christian.

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

Information for the 2015 KNIGHTS Youth Football Camp is available in the school office. Deadline to apply is June 3rd.

A shocking pink 2015-2016 calendar is being sent home

with students today. Please be sure to look for it!

Voucher Students

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 2014 tax return (unless you receive other forms of public assistance. If so, we can access what we need from that) and you will need to know which sports and music program your child wants to participate.

Our re-enrollment and new registration season is well underway. We currently have 142 students, both returning and new, signed up for next year. Official class lists have been made. If you are planning to return for next year please turn in your 2015-2016 Application right away. The registration fee has now increased from $40 per student to $80.

If you know of other families that might be interested in coming to St. John, please have them contact the school office. Or, you could pick up a packet and give it to them. We find that referrals from current families are often the most successful marketing that we do. We also find that families that visit are able to see more clearly how our school is different. Please let interested families know about two additional Open Houses:

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


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

(invite your friends and neighbors)

Welcome letters for each family, which include your financial obligations for the next school year, have been sent home. When you receive this you will need to indicate your preferred payment method and sign and return the form. Of course, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please keep in mind that St. John has several avenues to work with families in need of financial assistance. In addition to our own Endowment Scholarships we also have the state SGO Scholarships and the Indiana Choice Scholarships (vouchers). 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. If you have financial needs please talk with Mr. Walz so that we can help provide for your children’s Christian education. We will do our best to not let finances stand in the way of your child’s Christian education!

Consider Camp Lutherhaven

You’re sure to have a BLAST at Camp Lutherhaven this summer; Come explore the love that God has shown us as you study God’s Word through the theme “Picture This!” based on Hebrews 12:12. There are a wide variety of summer programs including 6 day, 3 day, and 1 day camps. Some of the specialty programs offered are: KinderCamp, Basketball, Fine Arts, Horse, Servant Events and many more. Register online today at www.lutherhaven.org. or call for more information at 260-636-7101.

The final Hungry Howie’s Day will be Tuesday, May 12.

Building Program Update

Our building program continues to progress with work being done on our funding and on the building plans. Here are a few updates.

► Yesterday, our congregation unanimously approved the construction bids and gave final approval for the project. We will now work towards starting construction the day after school lets out.

► Our building plans are at the engineer for final revisions and will then be sent to the state for approval.

► At long last, we have received great news from The Lutheran Foundation. They have approved our grant request of $300,000 for our building project! Praise God for this significant funding!

► We have received $425,000 in pledges from our Impact Donors and our Church Leadership. This is tremendous support from our leaders! This coupled with the $300,000 from the Lutheran Foundation puts us at well over half of the $1.3 million total cost. We praise God for this tremendous beginning to this campaign.

► The congregation at large will have opportunity to pledge their support in May.

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

Sylvan Cellars Event Center,

Rome City

Friday, May 8

Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.

The Spring Auction committee has been hard at work securing donations and sponsors for the event. In addition, the committee has refined the evening's schedule of events.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8 at Sylvan Cellars Event Center in Rome City. Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m., with the silent auction set to close at 7:45 p.m. The live auction will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Here are some of the new items that will be up for bid:

• Pottery Experience with Midtown Potter

• Gift Certificates to Black Canyon Rest. and Main Street Martini Lounge in FW

• Girls' Craft Party with Dee Slater

• Sweet Tooth Chocolates' Fountain Rental

• Black Coach Purse

• One week at Camp Lutherhaven, and a week at Camp Potawotami

• Certificate for Individual tax service from Scott Frick, CPA

• Grasshopper Mower Blades from Vangorder Sales

• Strider from Hayden Honda

• ATV Riding Package for Two

Reservations are filling quickly, and may be limited as we approach maximum capacity at Sylvan Cellars. Reservations can be made at St. John or by calling the school at 260-347-2444. The cost to attend the event is $35 per person or $60 per couple. Tables of 8 are available at a discounted rate of $200. One drink ticket per person is included in all pricing (beer, wine or soda).

The church youth group (SOL) will be providing child care at St. John throughout the auction.

To help us offset the costs of the auction, a Dining to Donate event at Applebee's in Kendallville has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 28. A second flyer, which contains the voucher you must present at the restaurant, will be sent home with your child a few days before the event. Fifteen percent of your bill for lunch or dinner will be donated back to the school, plus you will receive a $5 off coupon to use at your next visit.

Preschool/Kindergarten Spring Program

Please join us on Thursday, May 21, 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.

Our fifth and sixth graders are seeking

sponsors for their car wash to be held on Saturday, May 9.

Proceeds will pay for their class trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky on May 29.

Contact a student if you are not asked to pledge!


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!


With the change to our end of the year calendar, we are also making one adjustment to our Graduation date. Graduation for the 13 members of our Class of 2015, will be held on Tuesday, June 2. 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.

20-26, 2015

Monday, April 20

4:00 – 6:30 – Track Meet at Concordia Seminary

Tuesday, April 21

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Advanced Band Rehearsal @ Concordia High School

Wednesday, April 22

3:00 – 4:15 – Lego Club

After school – Drug Free program for grades 4 & 5

Thursday, April 23

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, April 24

Saturday, April 25

Sunday, April 26 – Confirmands’ Witness Sunday

10:00 – Unity Worship Service in the Worship Center

April is here and it’s time to think spring!

I’ve got some ideas of things you should bring.

The kids like small wind-up toys, or so I am told

At dollar stores everywhere you’ll find they are sold.

If a wind-up is not on your list to buy

Then check out the brochure with other items to try.

Ask God to help pick the one that’s just right

He’s already got the recipient in His sight!

Again, I ask you to help fill a shoebox

To show a child in need that OUR JESUS ROCKS!

They’ll feel your love from so far away

Your little gift will make their day!

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 Coordinator

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