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Banner #29, March 19, 2018

WRITTEN BY Anonymous - 19 March 2018


St. John Lutheran School

March 19, 2018 Number 29

From The Principal’s Pen

All glory, laud, and honor To You Redeemer King,

To whom the lips of children Made sweet hosannas ring.

You are the King of Israel

And David’s royal Son,

Now in the Lord’s name coming,

Our King and Blessed One. (All Glory Laud and Honor, LSB#442)

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and marks the beginning of Holy Week and the end of our Lenten journey. For 6 weeks now we have been building to this week and the observances of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and, of course, Easter Sunday! This week is what it is all about for us as Christians!

On Palm Sunday Jesus was celebrated as a king, entering Jerusalem with a parade of cheering people praising him. People waved palm branches, they laid their cloaks on the ground, and they shouted alleluia. By Friday He was dying the worst type of death possible, death on a cross.

Today, people respond to Jesus the same way. They praise Him as king. They crucify Him. They claim to be Christians and live their life showing God’s leadership. They deny the existence of God or any control He has over them. We have the same opportunities to respond to who Jesus really is.

We’ve been on a journey and we’re nearing the end. Please join us if you don’t have a church home as we complete the journey in Holy Week and Easter! (Service opportunities and times are listed elsewhere in The Banner.)

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.

Holy Week Worship at St. John

There are many worship opportunities at St. John during Holy Week and we invite you to join us for any and all of these worship services:

Sunday, Mar. 25, Palm Sunday: 8:00 traditional service and 10:30 contemporary service

Thursday, Mar. 29, Maundy Thursday: 7:00 traditional service with communion

Friday, Mar. 30, Good Friday: 8:30 Stations of the Cross with the school children

1:00-1:30 Tre Ore Service (20 minute segments, you are free to come and go)

3:00 Cross Walk with middle and high school youth

7:00 traditional service

Sunday, Apr. 1: Easter Sunday: 8:00 traditional service with communion

9:15 Intergenerational Family Activity

10:30 contemporary with communion

Please join us!

Regional Science Fair

Congratulations to Lexy Kammerer, TJ Knox, Lilly Moser, Olivia Tibbs, Trey Warren, Kaeli Christian, Matthew McKinley, Sadie Potts, and Katie White who represented St. John at the Tri-State Regional Science Fair held at Trine University on Saturday, March 17. Earning special recognitions are:

• TJ Knox – Second Place in the Grade 3 Division

• Lilly Moser – Second Place in the Grade 4 Division

• Sadie Potts – Honorable Mention Junior Behavioral and Social Sciences Div.

• Katie White – Honorable Mention Junior Behavioral & Social Sciences Div.

• Lilly Moser – Northeastern Center Award-Elementary Division-Second

• Lilly Moser – Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair Award-Grades 4-8

• Lilly Moser – Qualifier for the State Science Fair

We’re proud of these students and all of our Science Fair participants

I Scream, You Scream…

During Lutheran Schools Week, St. John participated in an offering challenge with other Lutheran schools to raise money for hurricane relief. You may recall that St. John raised over $2,000 (one-fifth of the total raised by all schools) and averaged over $12 per student. What an awesome outpouring of God’s love! You may also recall that we won an ice cream party as a result of our generosity. The party will talk place this Friday at 2:00 when all students will be treated to ice cream sundaes served by the staff of The Lutheran Schools Partnership. Way to go, St. John!!

Hearing Screens

Students in kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, and seventh grade will be undergoing hearing screenings on Wednesday, April 11, 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.

Fundraiser Food Delivery Reminder

Items will be delivered THIS Wednesday, March 21 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 these students and their families, prayed for this week: Bethany Murphy, Carter Murphy, Sadie Potts, Riann Ramer, and Journey Speakman

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following student for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Danica Sattison. Apologies to Teegyn Schmidt whose name was inadvertently omitted on last week’s list. We give thanks to God for Danica and Teegyn who let their lights shine before others.

2018 Knights Youth FB Camp

Camp is for boys entering grades 1-8.

Date: June 4th -7th

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Place: East Noble HS Varsity FB Field

Who: Boys Entering 1st-8th Grades

Lunch is provided from 12-12:45

Campers may choose to stay for lunch or leave at 12:00

Please register online (www.eastnoblefootball.com) or request a form from our office.

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.

Breakfast Price Change

After a recent inspection and review by a Federal Hot Lunch Representative we were told that we needed to raise our breakfast price. We tried to see if we could avoid doing this, but we do not have a choice. We were told to raise our price by 55 cents. However, in order to avoid passing such a large increase on to our parents, we are going to subsidize some of that. Effective on Wednesday, March 14, the breakfast price will increase to $1.45.

Student Council Sponsors “Spring Fling”!

All students in grades K-4 are being invited to a Spring Fling hosted by the St. John Student Council. The event takes place on Monday, March 26 from 3:00 -5:00 p.m. Activities included will be Disney trivia, cookie craft, Nim’s obstacle course, animal relays, board games, a craft, and some popcorn! Cost will be $2.00. Registration forms were sent home last week. Don’t miss the fun! Deadline to register: March 22

Camp Lutherhaven Time!

Have you registered for summer camp at Camp Lutherhaven yet? Now is the time! Invite your friends to have an outdoor adventure this summer! Camp offers great opportunities to renew old friendship or make new friends, all while being strengthened in your faith journey. If you register before April 1st, you can receive an Early Bird Discount! Register online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 260-636-7101. Camp Lutherhaven will be leading our chapel on Tuesday, March 27, and camp information will come home then if not before.


This is the week for the exciting conclusion to our One School, One Book project of reading Nim’s Island. Some kids have told me they have read ahead and others have said that they are reluctantly reading just one chapter a night (because they are so interested in what will happen next). Even if you haven’t started or been able to keep up, you can start now! Join in the family fun, encourage reading, and enjoy a great story! The final reading assignments are:

Monday, Mar. 19: Chapter 14

Tuesday, Mar. 13: Chapters 15-16

All families re welcome to join us this Friday, March 23, at 6:30, in the Worship Cneter for a family Movie Night showing of Nim’s Island. We’ll have popcorn and you are welcome to bring water to drink, since we’re in the Worship Center.

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

April 1 Reg. 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)

Please note that there is basically only a week left to register at the $60 registration fee. On April 1 the fee increases to $80. The time is now to finish up your re-enrollment process!

TinCaps Reading Program

All preschool through 8th grade students are eligible to participate in the TinCaps Reading Program. 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 through March 26.

Teacher Search Update

Yesterday, St. John congregation issued a Divine Call to one of our teacher candidates and was informed of other actions taken by the School Board for other staffing openings. Here are the actions taken in securing teachers for next year:

Divine Call to Miss Christina Warnier to be our next Kindergarten teacher.

Contract offered to Miss Ashley Ort to be our next 1st Grade teacher.

Contract offered to Mrs. Alisha Mast to continue as our Preschool teacher.

Recommendation to Lutheran Special Education Ministries to issue a Divine Call to

Miss Sarah Koch to be our next Resource Room teacher.

Please pray that God would direct each of these individuals and lead them to accept our offers and join us.

A separate page with bios of each of these candidates was sent home with all students today.

Feeling Anxious?

Anxiety is something that we all experience from time to time. But, for some, it can be debilitating. Crosswinds (a Christian counseling service that a few of our families have partnered with) is hosting a seminar on anxiety at the Cole Center Family YMCA. The seminar, “Living with Anxiety” will be on Tuesday, April 10, from 6:00-8:00. Please consider attending this informative meeting.

Great Parenting Resource

Have your kids ever wanted to read a book, watch a movie, or play a video game and you weren’t sure whether it was appropriate for them? Did you ever give in to their pressure even though you weren’t sure? We all do, but there is help for you! Mrs. Schroeder recently shared an online resource with her parents that would be good for all of us to explore. The website is www.commonsensemedia.org. The site reviews books, video games, apps, websites, and movies and gives information on educational value, positive messages, positive role models, violence, sex, language, and consumerism, drinking, and drugs. The site is a great help to being an informed parent!

Additionally, another good website that gives similar reviews from a Christian perspective is www.pluggedin.com.

Spring Break – No Bus Service Alert

Our Spring Break is two weeks away. This is one aspect where our calendar varies from East Noble’s calendar. East Noble will take two weeks for Spring Break, and we will only take one. Therefore, there will be no bus service the week of March 26th. St. John Spring Break is April 2-6 (the second week of East Noble’s break).


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


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!)

19 - 25, 2018

Monday, March 19

8:30 – 2:30 – 8th grade to Junior Achievement, Ft. Wayne

Tuesday, March 20

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, March 21

2:30 – 5:30 – Frozen Food Pick-Up

Thursday, March 22

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, March 23

2:00 – Whole-School Ice Cream Party for winning the

Lutheran Schools Challenge Cup

6:30 – Family Movie Night – Nim’s Island

Saturday, March 24

Sunday, March 25 – Palm Sunday

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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