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

Banner #21; Jan. 18, 2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 18 January 2021


St. John Lutheran School

January 18, 2021 - Number 21

Principal’s Pen

How do you measure up? This week we send home Progress Reports and have Parent/Teacher Conferences. Both of these things are designed to show how your children are doing in school. We’re halfway through the school year and it’s important to take stock along the way to see where your children are doing well and where they need to apply a little more effort. This communication between parent and teacher is an important part of our partnering together in the education of your children. We want them to grow academically as well as physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

While the focus this week is on your children, how about you? How do you measure up? I’m sure you can think of -parts of your life where you’re doing pretty well. And, I imagine, you can think of some areas where you could do better.

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. Isaiah 64:6

This verse paints a different picture: Our ‘righteous deeds’, all the good things we do, are like ‘polluted garments’ before God. The best things we do in a day, our greatest accomplishments, are filthy compared to God. It’s a good thing that that’s not the end of the story.

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness

Isaiah 61:10

Here we are reminded that God has given us a robe of righteousness. He has made us right with Him. He sees not our polluted garments but our robe of righteousness. I hope that you see and hear evidence of your children’s progress and growth this week. I hope, also, that you know that God doesn’t judge you in the same way and sees you as His righteous child!

Did you know that St. John is one of almost 2,000 Lutheran preschool, elementary, high schools, universities, and seminaries across the nation and around the world? Did you know that these schools contain around 250,000 students? Did you know that the Lutheran schools are the second largest parochial school system in the United States (only the Catholic system is larger)? We have much to be thankful for as a part of this school system!

Next week we will celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week and the blessings of our wonderful Lutheran School.

The week’s fun activities are:

SUNDAY – 2nd Grade Puppeteers ‘sing’ at 10:30 service

MONDAY – Crazy Hair Day (fix your hair in a colorful crazy way)

TUESDAY – Professions Day (dress like what you want to be)

WEDNESDAY – Book Character Day (dress like a character from a favorite book)

WEDNESDAY – One School One Book Kick-Off

THURSDAY – Spirit Day (wear your Jesus is Greater theme shirt)

THURSDAY – Kids Heart Challenge

FRIDAY – Disney Day (dress like a character from a Disney movie or show)

In addition, we will have a Door Decorating Contest centered on the theme Sent to Serve with popcorn and a show for the winning classes. We are also collecting school supplies for Ascension Lutheran School in Gary (the school our chapel offerings are supporting this Trimester). During Lutheran Schools Week, send in paper, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue, glue sticks, scissors, and dry erase markers. Our goal as a school is to collect 100 pounds of supplies!

C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S, B-E-N!!

Congratulations to Ben Reed, winner of this year’s Spelling Bee!! Ben correctly spelled the word snare to win the bee in the 18th round. Second place finisher was Lilly Moser followed by Addison Hampshire and Anna Conrad (tie) in third place.

Other contestants were Fyo Hayden, Brody Workman, Lukas Christian, Andrew McKinley, Alex Ormiston, Landon Kintz, Olivia Tibbs, and Trey Warren.

Ben will represent our school in the LaGrange and Noble Counties Spelling Bee on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at Prairie Heights High School. Congratulations to all for a job well done!

Science Fair

Your Science Fair projects should be progressing nicely. The projects will be due on Monday, February 1 and the Science Fair Night will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, at 6:00. Details regarding the Science Fair Night being live or virtual will be made closer to the date based on current COVID conditions. We look forward to seeing the projects our young scientists are working on. Display boards can be purchased in the office for $6.00.

Re-enrollment for 2021-2022

Information on re-enrolling your children will come home today, Monday, Jan. 18. We will also email the information home. We encourage all of our families to begin the re-enrollment process promptly as applications for new students will begin to be accepted on Monday, Feb. 1.

St. John Open House

Normally, we kick off our new enrollment season with an Open House near the end of January. With COVID restrictions and precautions in place we will not be doing that. However, we are scheduling individual tours outside of school hours and have some virtual options for prospective parents.

Although we will not be holding traditional Open Houses right now, we still need your help in promoting St. John to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and relatives. Word of mouth is consistently our best advertising. Please help spread the news about St. John and encourage others to contact the school office for more information.

It’s Kids Heart Challenge time again, and I am so excited for the possibilities this year! Information was sent home today with the details of our plan to help the American Heart Association again. Last year we set a goal of $4,200, and the St. John families crushed that goal, then raised an additional $2000 for a grand total of $6.208.44, which placed our school in the Top 25 Fundraising Schools of Northern Indiana. Wowwwww, way to help others! This year’s school wide event will be held, Thursday, January 28th, but our final date for fundraising will be Monday, Feb. 1st. If your child registers online, your donors can easily give electronically and can even donate by check through the site. AHA also provides a great interactive app for KHC that you might find useful. Using either method, your child will find great information for taking care of his/her health, a chance to meet this year’s heroes, and fun games with Agent KHC to cement that valuable knowledge. Let the fundraising and the games begin!


Register and create a Web page and YOU will raise more life-saving donations! Here's how to get started…

Step 1: Log in to your HeadQuarters Web page by visiting www.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge.

Step 2: Find your school and sign up.

Step 3: When you find your school, click Join Team.

Step 4: Create your login.

• If you participated last year, click Yes under Option 1.

• If you did not participate last year, fill in the information under Option 2. Choose a username and password that you can remember. Select and answer a security question.

Step 5: Complete your profile.

Step 6: Set your goal. How much do you think you can raise? Add your own donation amount in the Be the First One section.

Step 7: Review the Waiver/Agreement with your parents and click I Agree to accept it.

You are registered! Click Continue to go to your HeadQuarters where you can personalize your Webpage, send emails and use social media.

Progress Reports and Parent/Teacher Conferences This Week

Progress Reports will be sent home with all students today in preparation for our Parent/Teacher Conferences on Wednesday and Thursday.

If you haven’t already scheduled you conference, you can do so by contacting your teacher directly.

The teachers will send out the Zoom links for these conferences.

Our prayer is that these conferences are productive communication about the progress your children are making in the classroom.

Free Lunches Continue

St. John has been approved to continue providing free breakfasts and lunches to all students for the remainder of this school year. Extra milks for breakfast or lunch and Extended Care snacks are not eligible for this program and will be billed to the families.

1:55 Dismissal on Wednesday

To allow a little more time for Parent/Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, we will dismiss school at 1:55. Additional child care will be available on Wednesday, Jan. 20 for students who cannot be picked up right at 1:55. Students will be separated by cohorts until normal levels of students are reached. Bus riders will still board the shuttle to ENMS at 2:40.

Fitness Fact

Since exercise builds more muscle and muscle burns more calories, exercise allows you to eat more calories, right? While this is true, it can open the door to trouble if we aren’t careful. While muscle does burn more fat, it is a smaller amount that adds up over time. Most of us over-estimate our calories burned and underestimate our calorie intake.

Chapel Offerings

Chapel worship is every Tuesday and our students have the opportunity to bring in an offering in Thankfulness to God for His many blessings. This trimester our offerings go to support Ascension Lutheran School in Gary, IN. Ascension is a new school, started in 2017, that is providing a vital ministry in the heart of Gary.

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.

Lutheran Schools Share Christ… On their bumpers!!!

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!

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Anna Conrad, Michael Ryman, Fyo Hayden, Kylie Parks, and Carys Shire.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: CC Knox, Kali Spaw, Ariana Wright, Maddox Wysong, Kinze Huelsenbeck, Serenity Hayden, Jonah Slater, Holden Buwalda, Mason Bond, and Lydia Hulbert.

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

Operation Christmas Child

Well, Christmas has passed for another year, but just because the tree is down and all those cookies have been consumed, doesn’t mean it’s time to forget about Operation Christmas Child – the shoebox project! Don’t forget to watch for those after-Christmas sales and pick up some items for your box(es). November’s collection week will roll around quicker than we think!

The collection box remains in the Gathering Area and I am passing along suggestions of what to put in the box each month. Perhaps you would rather just donate an item here and there rather than assemble an entire box.

For January – soap and washcloths

For February – toothbrush, dental floss, NO TOOTHPASTE

For March – Winter hats, gloves, baseball hat, bandanas, scarves

Of course, other items can be placed in the box at any time, these are merely suggestions!

See me if you have any questions!

Mrs. Thiem

Monday, January 18

3:15 – 5:15 – Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, January 19

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, January 20

1:55 – Early Dismissal for P/T Conferences

2:15 – 7:00 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

3:15 – 5:15 – Boys Basketball Practice

Thursday, January 21

3:15 – 6:00 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, January 22

Saturday, January 23

Sunday, January 24

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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