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The Eagle Eye

St. John's weekly newsletter to parents, faculty and staff

Banner #33; April 29, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 29 April 2019


St. John Lutheran School

April 29, 2019 Number 33

The Principal’s Pen

Despite the weather this past Saturday, summer is coming. And with summer comes summer vacation. Talk around the Walz house has turned to summer plans. For my three boys, plans involve an exchange program trip to Germany, a summer internship, music, sleeping in, relaxing, and work around the house (thanks, mom and dad!). For a principal (me), summer involves professional development and plenty of work in preparing for the new year. For a high-school English teacher (my wife), summer involves professional development and planning for the next year. But, we are also talking about house projects, gardening, and some family time together.

What about you? Are your summer plans taking shape? For many of you, summer includes continuing a normal work schedule. It may involve finding child-care or camps or other activities for your kids as they are home from school but you’re still working. Hopefully, summer also include opportunities with family and friends outside of the normal routine. May I offer a few suggestions for your summer:

Fun: Play catch in the yard, ride bikes, take a walk. Go swimming. Create with play-doh. Make play-doh. Grow some vegetables or flowers. Take a day trip to another city or county and explore. Visit a museum, a courthouse, a park. Watch a movie together. Read a book together. Take a vacation.

Learn: Continuing to learn doesn’t mean sitting in front of a math book for 3 hours a day (in fact, I would strongly argue against that!) Go to the library and find a book about something your child is interested in. Watch You-Tube videos to learn about something new. Take a walk and look for unique plants and animals. Read together. Try a new craft. Go back to a favorite museum. Go to a new museum. Try a new food.

Faith: Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we need to take a vacation from growing in our faith. Attend worship. Pray together. Read a devotion. Listen to Christian music. Watch Christian videos. Talk about how God created all of the unique things we enjoy about summer.

Summer vacation will be here before we know it! I hope that your summer includes God’s blessings in everything you plan and do!

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.

Fitness Fact

“The Pacer” is the test used to evaluate cardio-respiratory endurance, or aerobic capacity. It is more compact and easier to administer than the 1 mile run and gives results that are just as accurate. Students run continuous lengths of the gym following a given cadence. This cadence gets faster every time 7 lengths are completed. *My personal opinion: I believe that it also tests grit—if a student can learn to push themselves in running, that perseverance will open many more doors for him in the future. Some students choose to stop running long before they are “out of gas” while others use up every bit of energy they have.



Kinlee Frey, Julis Downam, Allison Nord, Collin Rhodes, and Timothy Reed

Our fifth and sixth graders are seeking

sponsors for their car wash to be held on Saturday, May 11.

Proceeds will pay for their class trip to

The Ark in Kentucky on May 9.

Contact a student if you are not asked to pledge!


Graduation for the 10 members of our Class of 2019, will be held on Wednesday, May 22, at 6:30. Whether you have a graduate or not, we hope that you will plan to attend this special night in the life of the St. John family.

Congratulations 8th Graders!

Four of our 8th grade students: Aowyn Myers, Shanda Schlatter, Kyle McKenzie, and Christian Heileman, will be recognized this Friday at The Lutheran Schools Partnership’s Honors Breakfast. Each Lutheran school in the Fort Wayne area is able to nominate up to 4 top students for this recognition. Congratulations, students! We’re proud of you!

Final Library Days

The week of May 6-10 will be the final week to check out books from our school library. Focus on getting all books returned to the week of May 13 so we can head into the summer with all books returned to their proper shelves, please! Thank you!


Any youth in 6th – 12th grade is invited to join the St. John Youth Group – School of Life. If you have any questions, contact Nick Hayden @ 260-343-0561 or stuartlem@hotmail.com. Join the Fun!!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as SHINE Students last week: Karson Butler, Joshua Neuman, Carson Hoon, Cooper Leininger, and Trae Mossman. We give thanks to God for students who let their light shine before others.

E-Mail Update

If you have changed your e-mail address since the beginning of this school year, please be sure we have the corrected address. We keep an ongoing list of this vital way to contact parents! Thanks!

Save the Date

Please mark your calendars and save the dates for the following important end-of-the-year events:

Monday, May 6, 6:30 – Preschool/Kindergarten/1st Grade Spring Program

Saturday, May 11, 2:00 – Mother/Daughter Tea

Tuesday, May 14, 6:00 – Bright Lights Princess Party

Friday, May 17 – 6:30 – 8:30 – Middle School Dance

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 – 8th Grade Graduation Service

Thursday, May 23, 8:15 – Awards Assembly

Friday, May 24, 2:00 – Closing Chapel held at Bixler Lake Park

St. John Students Stay in Shape This Summer

Get ready for St. John’s Summer Enrichment Program! Students can participate by tracking reading minutes, physical activity minutes, and skills workbook pages. It is now too late to order a Summerbook through the school and save shipping fees, but you are still able to order on your own. 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.

21st Century Scholar Program

Parents, especially of 7th and 8th graders, need to explore this state program that provides college funding for eligible Indiana students. Income eligibility requirements exist, but the application process and other requirements are fairly simple. Scholarships for both Indiana public and private colleges are available. Applications must be made during the student’s 7th or 8th grade year. You can find all the details at www.in.gov/ssaci/2345.htm

Preschool through Grade 1 Spring Program

Everyone is invited on Monday, May 6th to share some springtime joy with our younger students. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center.

Remember that in addition to the Box Tops for Education, we also collect points from Aunt Millie’s and Tyson products. Please place them in the collection bin on the wall of the church lobby. Thanks!

Vacation Bible School!

Join us at St. John this summer as we blast off for an out-of-this-world adventure! Children ages 3 through entering 6th grade will learn about God’s plan of salvation from creation to the cross.

We’ll enjoy Bible stories, game, snacks, arts and crafts, music, and more!

TO REGISTER: Please pre-register online at vbsmate.com/sjk

Please feel free to contact Mollie Scheiber with any questions at molliescheiber@hotmail.com or (260) 242-6212.

School Choice (Voucher) Students

Parents of students applying for a School Choice (voucher) Scholarship for the 2019-20 school year 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 2018 tax return, unless you receive other forms of public assistance. We will have verification of that if you do.

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.

Track Practice and the Parking Lot

Our track team, open to students in 4th-8th grades, is in full swing! Practice days vary from week to week, but the team usually practices 3 days a week. The team can often be found practicing in the parking lot and alley. If you arrive after 3:15 to pick up your child from Extended Care or another activity, please drive with extra caution in the parking lot!

Camp Lutherhaven Time!

Which do you think is greater – swimming or boating? How about archery or crafts? What about getting up early for Polar Bear or staying up for late night s’mores? No matter what your preference is, you will be sure to experience a ton of fun at Camp Lutherhaven this summer! With youth programs for K-12, family programs, and Servant Events for grades 8-12, you can come and enjoy all that Lutherhaven offers. Visit us online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 260-636-7101.

Tax Reform and St. John Tuition

One of the provisions in the tax Reform Act passed a year ago is that families can use their 529 accounts to pay for K-12 education and not just college education. This could be great news for those of you who already have a 529 account started. It’s also another great reason to start one of these accounts if you haven’t. We will share more details as they become available.

Registration Timeline

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 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. If you need another copy of the directions, please ask in the office or email Mr. Walz. Here are other important dates to keep in mind:

June 1 Parents can enroll 4-year-old preschool students in the other

session if they desire a full-day program

Chapel Offerings

We encourage all students to show their thankfulness to God by bringing in Chapel offering on Tuesdays! Our 3rd Trimester offering project will be Kate’s Kart, a service that provides new books to hospitalized kids throughout Northeast Indiana.

ILEARN State Tests

The ISTEP test has been replaced with the ILEARN test for all 3rd through 8th graders. The ILEARN test window (when we are required to give this assessment) is April 22 through May 17. We will begin testing on Tuesday, April 30, and will finish on Tuesday, May 14. Our plan is to test on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Parents, please avoid scheduling appointments during these testing weeks so that we can limit the number of make-up tests we need to give. A full testing schedule was emailed to 3rd-8th grade parents last week. A new part of the ILEARN test is a listening segment. Therefore, all students will need some type of headphones for the testing. It does not matter if it is the earbud style or the over-the-ear style. Hopefully you have a set at home that can be used. These do not need to be anything fancy! We will have a limited supply at school for students who forget or whose own pair breaks.

Kroger Community Rewards

Thanks to the help of over 100 of our church and school families, our school will receive $375.31 for profits from the Kroger Community Rewards program from the first quarter of 2019. If you have not yet registered your Kroger card, please see Mrs. Thiem as to how to go about that. All you then have to do is SHOP at Kroger and show your card!

29 – May 5, 2019

Monday, April 29

5:30 – Track meet @ Zollner CLHS

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

Tuesday, April 30 - ILEARN

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, May 1 – I LEARN

3:00 – 4:30 – Grow Tall

Thursday, May 2 – ILEARN

3:00 – 4:45 – Track practice

5:30 – 8:30 – Kleiman Dinner

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, May 3

7:30 – 9:00 – 8th Grade Honors Breakfast

8:30 – 2:30 – Fourth Grade Field Trip

4:00 – 7:00 – Track relay meet @ Zollner CLHS

Saturday, May 4

Sunday, May 5

8:00 - Worship in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Bible Classes and Sunday School

10:30 – Worship in the Worship Center

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