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Banner #26, Feb. 26, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 26 February 2018

THE BANNER

St. John Lutheran School

February 26, 2018 - Number 26

From the Principal’s Pen

Last week I reported on some of the dangers of technology use and especially social media use. Researchers have found that social media use can actually become an addictive behavior. Just as society has instituted curbs on some other potentially addictive behaviors, some people are now calling for similar curbs on technology use. More importantly than that, God has put certain restrictions in place to keep us from addictive behaviors. Here are 5 curbs that we could consider for our kids, and maybe even for ourselves!

1. Establish clear boundaries: When can technology be used? Where can it be used? For how long? Establish these boundaries for everyone in the family to follow.

2. Think substitutes: Just as smokers might substitute gum for cigarettes, what can you substitute for technology? Perhaps reading, playing a game, taking a walk, working a puzzle, or starting a hobby would be good alternatives for some media time.

3. Teach moderation: Depending on your personal beliefs, there might be some potentially addictive behaviors that are OK in moderation. So, what can you be doing now to help your kids learn how to moderate their activity online?

4. Equip them for face-to-face relationships: Have you ever complained about the people next to you at a restaurant that are so focused on their phones that they completely ignore the people around them? (Be honest, have you ever done that?!?) The more we get wrapped up in our virtual relationships, the more we ignore the people around us.

Technology and connectedness have so many benefits. But, too much of something, even a good thing, can become a bad thing. It is important for us as parents to help our children learn the correct balance of technology use.

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, St. John!

St. John students and families really stepped up during Lutheran Schools Week for our Jar Wars for hurricane relief! God’s generosity flowed through you in a big way, raising over $2,000 in one week! In addition to our own competition (Congrats, again, 8th graders!), we were a part of a competition with other area Lutheran Schools. When the teachers were at their Professional Development Day a week ago this past Friday we learned that over $10,000 had been raised by all the schools combined. We also learned that the winning school averaged over $12 per student. And, we learned that the winning school is St. John! Praise God for your generosity! For the next year we will be the proud owners of the Chapel Offering Challenge Cup trophy, and we will be treated to a whole-school ice cream party!

Please pray for:

These St. John students and their families, prayed for this week:

Olivia Tibbs, Trey Warren, Rosa Andorfer, Solana Andorfer, and Oshea Bailey

Spring Fundraiser Wraps Up

Tomorrow (Tuesday, February 27) marks the end of the frozen food fundraiser. All orders should have been turned in by now, but if you still have one, turn it in immediately!

Items will be delivered on Wednesday, March 21. PLEASE CONTACT MRS. THIEM IF YOU ARE AVAILBLE TO HELP WITH THE DISTRIBUTION ON MARCH 21. THANK YOU!!!

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.

TinCaps Reading Program

Information on this year’s TinCaps 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 buy additional tickets. Our game day is Saturday, May 19, 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. The program runs from Feb. 26 through March 26; and let’s get reading!

Skating Party Time!

Our school annual Skating Party will be held on

Saturday, March 3, 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.

OSOB

We’re getting closer to our first-ever One School, One Book project! Here are a few of the details:

► OSOB Kick-off Assembly will be today at 2:15.

► Families will receive their book, a reading schedule, and an informational letter that day.

► The first reading day is Thursday, March 1 and the program will end on March 20.

► The book we will be reading (revealed at today’s assembly!) will appeal to all ages. Reading chapter books to young children is good – they can’t read the words but they can understand the story. Reading aloud to older kids is good – everyone enjoys a good story, even if the words are easy.

Registration Timeline

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year for both our returning parents and for new parents is now open. You can re-enroll your child for the coming year by accessing the re-enrollment packet in ParentsWeb. Directions were sent home last week in print form and will come home this week in email form, 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 formed for enrolled students based on established

enrollment priorities (see handbook)

March 31 Last day to register online and pay the $60 per student reg. fee

April 1 Registration fee for returning students increases to $80 per student

April 25 Open House from 3:30 – 6:30 (invite your friends and neighbors)

May 10 Preschool & Kindergarten Round Up from 6:00 – 7:00

(invite your friends and neighbors)

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.

ISTEP and IREAD tests coming soon

The spring standardized test season is starting soon. The ISTEP Part I Applied Skills window is from Feb. 26 through March 9. Third grade students will be testing paper/pencil and will test this week. Fourth through eighth grade students will test on the computer and will test next week. Our third graders will complete the IREAD test the week of March 12. A more detailed schedule will be shared next week.

It is important to help your child be prepared for these tests, while not putting undo stress on the child. It is helpful for students to be well-rested and have a healthy breakfast and lunch on testing days (and every day!). Encourage your child to read carefully, take her time, answer all the questions, and do his very best. After all, these are important skills for life, not just the ISTEP test! It is not helpful to put too much pressure on your child to do well. This test is one measure of a child’s progress. We use many other measures to determine a child’s progress through the course of the year.

Teacher Search Update

Due to Mr. Walz’s illness, interviews for our Kindergarten and 1st Grade classrooms did not happen last week. These interviews will be rescheduled for as soon as possible. The 3 candidates are all currently teaching and range from 3 years to 18 years of experience. If suitable candidates are found through these interviews, Calls or contracts will be extended. The potential Resource Room teacher that Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM - the group we contract with for our Resource Room teacher) has been talking with visited St. John today. We will continue in the interview process with her and LSEM. Please keep these processes in your prayers, that God would bring the right people to our staff, to teach and share God’s love with our children!

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!

2017 Tax Deduction Information

Parents, as you fill out your 2017 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.

NO EAST NOBLE BUS TRANSPORTATION

Monday, March 26 thru Friday, March 30– no bus service either day

St. John Showcase 2018!!

We’re gearing up for St. John Showcase 2018!!! Slated for Friday evening, March 9th, the Showcase is a great opportunity for students to do just that – showcase their God-given talents and abilities!

St. John Showcase 2018 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. The deadline to register has now passed. Event information and the schedule of talent show acts will be sent home soon.

Scholastic Book Fair

St. John will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Sunday, March 4 through Sunday, March 11. 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!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Cooper Leininger, Trae Mossman, Taryn Haines, Lilly Moser, and Lauren Diehm. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others

Feb. 26 – March 4, 2018

Monday, February 26 – ISTEP TESTING WEEK

2:15 – One School One Book Assembly

3:00 – 4:00 – Student Council Meeting

Tuesday, February 27

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

Wednesday, February 28

Thursday, March 1

Friday, March 2

9:00 – 1:00 – Grade 2 trip to LaGrange Maple Syrup Farm

Saturday, March 3

4:30 – 6:30 – School Skating Party at Skatin’ Station in Auburn

Sunday, March 4

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

May God bless your week!

Following is an excerpt from Franklin Graham’s book entitled “Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts” in regards to the shoebox project.

People sometimes wonder if these gifts given with such love really get to those who need them. We received a letter about two boys in a cancer ward in Manila, Philippines, where a distribution took place. One boy had his right leg amputated. The team was sad because when he opened his box it contained a pair of shoes. They prayed and asked the Lord to please help the boy deal with the realization that he would never again wear a “pair” of shoes.

When they learned the boy in the next bed had his left leg amputated, they cringed as he opened his box. He pulled out a pair of socks. The moment was tense for those watching. Then the boys began to laugh. These two brave souls traded one sock for one shoe, and together they found humor and satisfaction in seeing their individual needs met.

We may not see the purpose in something, but God had overseen the delivery of two boxes that were just right for these boys who needed a glimmer of hope, a bond of friendship, and a lesson in finding joy.

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