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Banner #39; March 21, 2016

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 21 March 2016


St. John Lutheran School

March 21, 2016 Number 29

From The Principal’s Pen

It’s March, and many in our country are focused on an important journey, a road to the finals. Thousands, if not millions, are focused on this journey. The crowds have their favorites. Critics readily make their opinions known. The favorites do what favorites do, but upsets always happen as well. It’s a classic story of victory and defeat.

Think I’m talking about the NCAA basketball championship and the Road to the Final Four? No, I’m focused on Jesus’ journey to the cross that we observe this week. Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday as the crowd favorite. He was hailed as the Savior, the One who would lead the people against the Roman enemies. As the week went on His critics, the religious leaders of Jerusalem, made their opinions known more and more forcefully. They wanted Jesus defeated, and were willing to do almost anything to achieve that goal. All of this led up to the epic battle between God and Satan as played out as Jesus hung on the cross. Satan appeared to be the victor as Jesus died and was laid in the tomb. But, the greatest comeback of all times occurred on Sunday morning as Jesus rose from the dead, defeating Satan once and for all.

While the basketball comparison is not perfect, it is true that this week we observe the greatest event of all history. Jesus went to the cross because He loved you and me. His death was the punishment that you and I deserved for our sin. His resurrection gives us the victory over sin, death, and the devil. Praise God for the gift we have in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection! May God bless your Easter celebration!

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.

East Noble Schools are NOT in session this Friday, March 25 nor April 4-8, therefore there will be

NO bus transportation those days.


Spring is here and it is time to freshen up our building with some spring cleaning! Also, our school accreditation visit will be on April 11-13, and we want our building looking great for that. Please join us for a church and school work day on Saturday, April 9, from 9:00-11:00. Many hands will make the work light and will add to the fun. Please bring buckets and rags for washing, dusters for dusting, gloves, and other cleaning equipment. Please join us for as much of the two hours as you are able! Thanks!!

Mr. Walz Gets Wet

Our chapel offering project for the 2nd Trimester was Water Good. This group not only provides clean-water wells to remote villages in Africa, they also train the villagers to maintain the wells and provide additional benefits to the community. Like always, our kids responded from their hearts in collecting $863.84 for this great effort! The past few weeks have included a challenge that whichever class collected the most money would get to dump buckets of water on Mr. Walz. The winning class raised over $150 – CONGRATULATIONS THIRD GRADERS! Please join the fun as Mr. Walz gets wet this Thursday, March 24, at 11:15.

Good Friday Worship

Two years ago we used Good Friday as a snow day make up and we learned that we liked the benefit of worshiping together on this important Christian holiday. This Friday, our students will first experience Good Friday in a new way by rotating through 9 experience station. We will then join together as a school for a Good Friday chapel service in the sanctuary at 10:30. Parents, please feel free to join us for worship at 10:30! We look forward to a meaningful observance of Good Friday together as a school.

Hearing Screens

Students in kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, and seventh grade will be undergoing hearing screenings on Thursday, April 7th, during the school day. Students in other grades may also be screened by teacher recommendation. Parents, you are welcome to request that your child also be screened. Just let Mrs. Thiem know and they will be placed on the list.

On March 25, Good Friday, the youth will be participating in our annual Crosswalk. Starting from Hayden Honda, the youth carry wooden crosses down US 6 and Main Street to symbolically “pick up our crosses and follow Jesus.” It is also a reminder to passersby of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

This year the CrossWalk will begin at 5pm at Hayden Honda and end at St. John Lutheran Church, where there will be a time for reflection and discussion. If you are interested in joining us, contact Nick at 260-343-0561 or at stuartlem@hotmail.com.

Have You Moved?

If your child is enrolled for next school year, please make sure Mrs. Thiem has your correct address so you are sure to receive the summer mailing, which will be packed full of useful information. We appreciate having updated phone numbers, addresses and email address any time it’s relevant.

Fundraiser Food Delivery Reminder

Items will be delivered THIS Wednesday, March 23 and will be available for pick-up from 2:30 – 5:30. PLEASE CONTACT MRS. THIEM IF YOU ARE AVAILBLE TO HELP WITH THE DISTRIBUTION ON WEDNESDAY. THANK YOU!!!

For teachers Melissa Monn, Don Schroeder, LouAnne Pillers, Vernie Scheiber, and Michele Gerst

Cameron Patton, father of three St. John students, battling colon cancer

George Berger, father of Mrs. Linda Atz, recovering from a stroke

Pastor Shriner’s wife, Marcia, for healing of her broken leg

TinCaps Reading Program Ready to Begin

Once again, St. John will be participating in the TinCaps Reading Program! The program materials were sent home with your student last week. Tuesday, March 22, is the official start of the program. Students who reach their reading goal each week for 4 weeks will earn a free ticket to the TinCaps game on June 5, along with a prize for each base. Our program runs through April 19. Be sure to keep track of your reading over Spring Break! Get ready, get set, read!

Scholastic Book Fair a Great Success!

Special thanks to Mrs. Summer Moser for serving as chairperson for our school book fair this year. Summer did a great job setting the fair up, decorating the area, and running the fair. We appreciate her efforts!

Our profit from the fair was $1300, allowing each teacher to receive around $50 of books for their classroom, as well as around $800 in books for the library. What a great benefit to our students! Thank you!

Kindergarten Teacher Update

The members of St. John have extended a Divine Call to Mrs. Gretyl Bader to become our new Kindergarten teacher starting next year. This means that we feel led by God to ask Mrs. Bader to join us in ministry here. Gretyl was raised in Grand Island, Nebraska. She graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska, in December of 2014. This school year she has been working at Bright Beginnings Child Development Center. She is married to AJ Bader. Now it is up to Gretyl to prayerfully consider our Call and determine if it is God’s will for her to accept our Call and come and teach here. Please keep Gretyl in your prayers as she determines if God is leading her to accept our Call and join us in ministry.

Spring Break – No Bus Service Alert

Our Spring Break is two weeks away. This is one aspect where our calendar varied from East Noble’s calendar. St. John Spring Break is March 28 – April 1(the first week of East Noble’s break). We will then return to school while East Noble takes a second week of Spring Break. Bus riders will need to arrange for other transportation. East Noble will also be out on Friday, March 25, so there will be no bus service that day as well. Let us know if we can help!

Paying Too Much in Taxes?

Frustrated over having to pay state income tax? There is an easy way to improve your state tax burden for next year. Simply make a donation to The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana. Your donation will allow deserving St. John students to receive SGO scholarships and continue receiving a Christian education here. Plus, when you do your taxes next year you can eliminate 50% of your donation from the state tax you owe (for example: with a $1,000 donation your tax would be reduced by $500). Plus, your full donation qualifies for federal tax deduction. Please see Mr. Walz for more information.

eLearning Time

Our third eLearning make-up day was last Saturday and all eLearning work must be completed and turned in by Wednesday morning at 8:00. We are interested in your feedback on how these days go for your family. Please use the survey sent home as a part of the eLearning packet or share your thoughts with your teacher or Mr. Walz.

Our re-enrollment and new registration season is well underway. We currently have 162 students, both returning and new, signed up for next year! Thank you to our current parents for the great re-enrollment response! Official class lists have been made. If you are planning to return for next year, and haven’t let us know that yet, please turn in your 2016-2017 Intent to Re-enroll form right away. Our online application (for new students) and enrollment (for returning students) is almost completed. When it is completed we will send home directions on how to complete your official registration.

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


May 11 Preschool & Kindergarten Round Up from 6:00-7:00

(invite your friends and neighbors)

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!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Gracie Newcomer, Luke Hodge, Zack Isaac, Jaxon Kitchen, Katelyn James, Lance Squire, Lexy Kammerer, Dallas Dean, Chloe Blaskie, and Max Bender. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Accreditation Time is Here

This is the year we go through our reaccreditation process. Our Steering Team (made up of Jo Knox, Heidi Ludwig, Angie Malone, Rose Rickey, Vernie Scheiber, Kim Schroeder, and Matt Tibbs), the teachers, and groups of parents have worked hard throughout the year in preparing our self study and our school action plan. Now we are ready for the final part in the process, our site visit! On Monday, April 11, through Wednesday, April 13 a team of educators will be in our building observing, studying, reviewing, and writing their report, all of which will make St. John an even better school. We will be forming a representative group of parents for this team to interview along with a representative group of students for them to talk with. We are thankful for all the hard work that has brought us this far in the process and look forward to the growth for our school that will come from this process!

RenWeb is coming

We are beginning a transition from Fast Direct to RenWeb (www.renweb.com) as our school information system. We will go full-scale with RenWeb next school year and you will see the many benefits of this transition. Right now we are using their Parent Alert system (to replace School Messenger) and will soon be unveiling their online application and enrollment process (to replace our paper application and forms).

Please mark your calendar now and plan to attend the St. John Auction on Friday evening, May 6. Just call the school office to RSVP! Please also be thinking of whom you would like to ask to join you. We are also looking for people to step forth to give their time or talent to be auctioned off! Anything goes! Offer yourself!! 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 chaired by Jo Knox. Summer Moser, Sarah Burtch, Michelle Bailey, Staci Owen, and Lisa Swogger have all been helping in various ways. There is room for you to help as well! Contact Jo or the school office to find out what is needed and how that will match up with your interests and available time.

Camp Lutherhaven Time!

Have you registered for summer camp at Camp Lutherhaven yet? Now is the time! Camp offers great opportunities to renew old friendships or make new ones all while being strengthened in your faith. Call, text, or message your friends today and invite them to have some great fun this summer! Be sure to register by April 1at www.lutherhaven.org to receive the Early Bird Discount!

Music Together

Join us for the Tambourine Song Collection this Spring! You’ll learn twenty-five new beloved Music Together songs and activities you can recreate at home. Your children will experience the contrast between galloping, slowing, sleeping, then jumping up with delight to gallop again in “See the Pony Galloping.” The whole class will treasure the opportunity to see one of the daddies’ best monkey impressions during “One Little Owl.” In addition to imaginative and engaging weekly classes, your tuition includes materials for you to use at home, online access to the curriculum and support materials through the new Music Together app, and a family newsletter full of resources and music-making ideas. Call for a FREE demo class today with Ms. Dencklau on Friday, April 1st or Friday, April 8th, at 11:00 – mixed ages (birth-five). (319) 939-7755 playhappykeys.com facebook.com/playhappykeys

I’m trying to get you to start looking out

For items for shoeboxes to shout about!

I’ve made a fancy collection box

For toothbrushes, crayons, for toys and for socks

Each month I will give a suggestion or two

Of what you could bring – but it must be new!

For March, how about a toothbrush or paste

Any you give will not go to waste!

Just bring your donation with you to school

It will be used, by God, as a tool

To convey His love to kids in dire need

And you’ll feel great for this loving deed!

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

(Your Operation Christmas Child Coordinator!)

March 20 - Palm Sunday

8:00 Sanctuary and 10:30 Worship Center

March 24 - Maundy Thursday

Sanctuary 7 pm with Holy Communion

March 25 - Good Friday Sanctuary 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. -

Tre Ore Service

7:00 p.m. - Tenebrae Service

March 27 - Easter Sunday

7:00 a.m. - Sunrise Service with Holy Communion in the


8:45-9:00. - Easter Breakfast with a free-will offering

received for the youth group and the DC trip

10:30 a.m. - Easter Festival Service with Holy Communion in

the Worship Center

21 - 27, 2016

Monday, March 21

3:00 – 4:45 Track practice

Tuesday, March 22

8:15 – Chapel

9:30 – 10:00 – Third grade concert

3:00 – 4:45 Track practice

3:!5 – 4:15 – Student Council meeting

Wednesday, March 23

Thursday, March 24 – Maundy Thursday

3:00 – 4:45 Track practice

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, March 25 – Good Friday

1:00 – 3:00 – Worship Service

7:00 – Good Friday Worship

Saturday, March 26

Sunday, March 27 – Easter Sunday – HE IS RISEN!!!

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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