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Banner #25, Feb. 20, 2017

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 20 February 2017


St. John Lutheran School

February 20, 2017 - Number 25

From The Principal’s Pen

This article is not meant to be political! Although the thoughts generating this article come from the political news, I’m not really writing about politics. I am amazed at the hate-filled speech that I hear and read about a variety of political figures. I can’t believe that people think it is OK to write and say such profane, hateful, and violent things about other people! I’m not suggesting that we take away people’s freedom of speech or their right to their own viewpoint. But, disagreeing or having a different political viewpoint doesn’t give a person the right to spew profanity and hatred.

I’m worried about how this growing trend might affect our kids. Kids learn from what they see and hear, and it is hard these days to not see and hear the hateful speech of others. I’m worried that our kids will learn that if they disagree with someone it’s OK to call them profane names. It’s OK to speak violent threats against them. It’s OK to spout off whatever comes into your head without giving any thought to it. I’m worried that our kids will think that this response to disagreements is normal.

God’s word makes it clear how our language should be:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

Parents, would you join me in helping this to be the message that our kids hear? Let’s help our kids hear messages that reflect what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable. Help those themes to be what they hear from us. And help them be the messages that come from their lips, as well.

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.

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, March 2 & 3. Parents should have received a notification of their scheduled time to meet with their child’s teacher(s) today. 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. Middle School Parents – please remember that you may come to the Worship Center at any to meet with any or all of the middle school teachers. Thanks!

Skating Party Time!

Our school annual Skating Party will be held on

Saturday, March 4, 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 6-8 will take the applied skills paper and pencil portion of the ISTEP test the week of February 27. Students in grades 3-5 will take the applied skills paper and pencil portion of the ISTEP test the week of March 6. Our 3rd grade students will take the IREAD test the week of March 13. While the state continues to debate how best to assess our students, we must carry on with this system. However you might feel about these tests, it is important that as you talk with your kids you are encouraging them to work hard and do their best. Encourage them to read the directions and test items carefully and to take their time in answering the questions. After all, those are important life skills that go beyond just the ISTEP test! Help your child to get adequate rest and a good breakfast and try to keep a normal routine. If you have any questions about these tests please contact Mr. Walz or your child’s teacher.

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.


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!

East Noble Two-Hour Delays on Feb. 24 and March 20


You may be starting to hear that East Noble has three, planned 2-Hour delay days coming up. Those dates are Friday, February 24, Monday, March 20, and Monday, April 17. We will be starting at NORMAL TIME the first two dates. That means that if your child rides the bus to school, you will need to find alternate transportation if at all possible. The third date, April 17, is Easter Monday and we are not in session at all that day.


Monday, February 20 – no bus service either way

Friday, February 24 – no morning bus service

Monday, March 20 – no morning bus service

Monday, April 3 thru Friday, April 7– no bus service either day

Friday, April 14 – no bus service either way

Tuesday, May 30 – no bus service either way

Wednesday, May 31 – no bus service either way

Please pray for:

These school families, prayed for this week:

Kristen Stork, Matt & Lisa Swogger, Matthew & Carrie Tibbs, Carlie & Aimee Tuttle, and Kory & Jacquelyn Walkup

Science Fair Projects Due!

The hard work is done and the Science Fair projects were due today, Monday, February 20 and will be judged on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The results will be shared on Friday. The projects will be displayed to the public on the night of our Showcase on March 10. We look forward to seeing the great projects and celebrating the hard work of our students!

Spring Fundraiser Begins!

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 continues this week. Order forms are due back by Monday, February 27. The sale will be on a PREPAY basis. Items will be delivered on Wednesday, March 22. The sale is conducted on a voluntary basis. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

2016 Tax Deduction Information

Parents, as you fill out your 2016 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.

St. John Showcase 2017!!

We’re gearing up for St. John Showcase 2017!!! Slated for Friday evening, March 10th, the Showcase is a great opportunity for students to do just that – showcase their God-given talents and abilities!

St. John Showcase 2017 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 to be sure they are appropriate and polished. Please contact Ms. Dencklau with any questions. The deadline to return entry forms is Friday, February 17.

TinCaps Reading Program

Information on this year’s TinCap Reading Program was sent home last week. All preschool through 8th grade students are eligible to participate. By meeting a reading goal (set by the teacher) each week for 4 weeks, the student can earn a free ticket to a TinCaps game along with some other prizes. Parents can by our additional tickets. Our game day is Saturday, April 29, but if you can’t make it that day you can use your ticket voucher for another game. Reading that is used for other incentive programs, like Book It, or even for classroom AR requirements can also count for this. Watch for the information coming home. The program runs from Feb. 13 through March 13; and let’s get reading!

We have a good supply of bumper stickers advertising our school and would like to distribute them to interested parents. If you would like to show your support of our school in this way, please contact Mrs. Thiem for your free sticker!

Scholastic Book Fair

St. John will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Sunday, March 5 through Sunday, March 12. Huge thanks to Summer Moser for serving as chairperson once again! Plan now to visit the Book Fair and find some great new reading material for your kids, and maybe even for yourself!

St. John Endowment Needs You!

Many of our school families have received the blessing of tuition assistance from a variety of sources. One of those sources is the St. John Endowment Fund. This fund provides around $30,000 of tuition assistance each year. These funds come from the interest income and not the principal balance so that the Endowment will continue to be a blessing long into the future. The Lutheran Foundation offers to St. John a grant that matches donations to our Endowment Fund. St. John can receive almost $25,000 each year if we have that amount donated to our Endowment Fund. Plus, The Lutheran Foundation will allow us to use the interest on another $25,000 each year. In other words, your gift to the St. John Endowment Fund is more than doubled! This provides a tremendous blessing for our school and students. Would you consider making a donation to the St. John Endowment Fund?

Registration Timeline

Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year for both our returning students and for new students is now open. You can re-enroll your child for the coming year by accessing the re-enrollment packet in ParentsWeb. Directions have been sent home, but if you need another copy just ask in the office. Here are other important dates to keep in mind:

March 1 Class lists are set based on students who have enrolled

March 31 Last day to re-enroll and pay the $60 per student enrollment fee

April 1 Enrollment fee increases to $80 per student

April 20 First deadline to apply to FACTS for tuition assistance

April 26 Open House from 3:30-7:00 (invite your friends and neighbors)

May 10 Preschool & Kindergarten Round Up from 6:00-7:00 (invite your

friends and neighbors)

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Please save the date: Friday, May 5, at beautiful Sylvan Cellars in Rome City.

2. If you have made a donation in the past, we hope you will support us again! Please contact the school office to let us know about your donation.

3. The biggest need right now is help in securing other donations. If you are able to help, please let the office know. We can give you a list of area businesses and what they have donated in the past. We can even match you up with businesses you frequent or have a connection with.

4. Pre-Auction Special: We will be offering select auction items for silent bid before our May 5 auction. These items will be class projects and teacher treats (special outings/events that your child can do with a favorite teacher). These items are usually huge hits for parents and grandparents to bid on and we want to open them up to all families. These items will be displayed and open for bidding from March 2 (the first night of Parent-Teacher Conferences) through the SHOWCASE night on March 10. Bidding on these items closes at 9:00 PM on Friday, March 10. Don’t miss out on these special auction items!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Fyo Hayden, Evan Smith, Jackson Deskins, Wesley Potts, Ian Malone, Joseph Erne, Alicia Proxmire, Baily Lash, Ethan Cope, Gabi Schermerhorn, Isaac Bennett, Luke Hodge, Emma White, Briggs Cheesman, Taryn Haines, Hunter Shire, Santiago Espinoza, Lilly Moser, Brayden Schott, Brayden Koehl, Melissa Heileman, Abi McLeod, and Braylon Shire.

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

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. 22, at 6:00 in the Cole Auditorium. A separate letter with a few more details was sent with your student last week.

Custodial Help Needed

We are looking for some volunteers to help clean our building in the absence of one of our custodians, Randy Thornton. Mr. Thornton had knee surgery several weeks ago and we are having some difficulty keeping up on the tasks at hand. If you would be available on a one-time (or more!) basis, please speak with Mrs. Thiem in the office. Thanks!

New in ParentsWeb

In addition to being able to re-enroll for next year, we have added another feature to ParentsWeb. You are now able to pay hot lunch and extended care bills online using a credit card!

• Log in to your ParentsWeb account. https://logins2.renweb.com/logins/ParentsWeb-Login.aspx

• Click on the Family Information link on the left.

• In the Family Billing box you will see your Hot Lunch and Extended Care balances (remember that a negative balance means you have money in that account and a positive balance shows what you owe).

• Click on the Pay Now link and follow the prompts to make a payment.

East Noble Food Service Seeking Applicants

Looking for something to do when the kids go back to school? Want something where you can be home when they are? Want something with no weekends? East Noble Food Service is hiring for their on-call positions. You may fill out an application on line or pick up a paper application at the Corporation office. Call EN Food Service @ 347-2502 for more information.

20 - 26, 2017


Science Fair Projects Due

Tuesday, February 21

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

6:00 – 7:00 – Beginning Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

Wednesday, February 22

6:00 – East Noble Incoming Freshman Meeting @ Cole Auditorium

Thursday, February 23

7:00 p.m. - Worship Service

Friday, February 24– End of 2nd Trimester


Saturday, February 25

Sunday, February 26

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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