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The Eagle Eye

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

Banner #29; March 22, 2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 22 March 2021


St. John Lutheran School

March 22, 2021 Number 29

From The Principal’s Pen

While our focus next week is on a much-needed, much-anticipated Spring Break, we must also remember that it is Holy Week. Holy Week brings us to the end of Lent as we observe the last days of Jesus’ life before His death and resurrection. In this week we see many responses to who Jesus was:

The cheering crowds as Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, thinking they were welcoming their king.

The disciples, still not understanding Jesus’s real mission.

The jealousy of the Chief Priests and Pharisees, looking for a way to get rid of this threat to their way of life.

The crowds, cheering for Jesus as king on Sunday and then turning against Him and cheering for His death on Thursday night.

The Roman soldiers, mocking, beating torturing Jesus.

The criminals on Jesus’s right and left, one taunting Jesus and the other calling to Him for mercy.

The disciples, hiding, fearful for their lives after Jesus died.

The ladies, faithful in attending to Jesus even in the tomb and the first witnesses of His resurrection!

We can see ourselves in so many of these responses. We, too, don’t understand Jesus. We see Him as a threat to our way of life. We flip-fop from following Jesus to turning against Him. We hide, not wanting to live our faith publicly.

While enjoying a break from school, I encourage you to participate in your church’s Holy Week and Easter services. As we do, we see the full expression of God’s love for us in the life, death, and resurrection of His dear Son for us.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Holy Week Worship Opportunities

If you don’t have a church home, we’d love to invite you to worship at St. John. We have many opportunities during Holy Week to worship. Our services are:

Sunday, Mar.28: Palm Sunday, 8:00 and 10:30

Thursday, Apr. 1: Maundy Thursday, 7:00

Friday, Apr. 2: Good Friday, 7:00

Sunday, Apr. 4: Easter, 7:30, 9:00, and 10:30

Good Friday Stations of the Cross

When we are at school on Good Friday we usually spend time worshipping and learning more about Jesus’ death through the Stations of the Cross. These 7 stations help us focus on the tremendous pain and suffering of Jesus as He paid the price of our sins. We also get a glimpse of the blessed gift of forgiveness we have in Jesus. This year, we will provide the video experience that was created last year during COVID lockdown so that families can experience the Stations of the Cross together at home. Watch your email inbox this week for the link to the slides and videos.

Pastries with Parents - Take Home

One of the events we were not able to hold this year is Pastries with Parents. While we would much rather welcome all of our parents into the building for a special treat before school starts, this year we'll be sending the treats home. This Friday we'll send home with each family some pre-packaged treats and other goodies for you to enjoy at home. We hope you will enjoy some family time Friday night or Saturday morning!

St. John Showcase 2021 – POSTPONED

Last Friday we sent home an announcement that we are postponing our SHOWCASE 2021 event. We had made plans for a video premiere on Friday, March 5. Now, based on current COVID levels in the community, we believe we will be able to hold an in-person event later in the spring. So, we are rescheduling for Friday, April 16. This will also allow additional acts to sign up. Please refer to the letter that came home on Friday as well as the email version coming home today for more details. We look forward to the opportunity to host this event live and in person!

ILEARN State Tests

The test window for the 3rd-8th grade required ILEARN test is April 19-May 14. More details regarding this test and our testing schedule will be shared after Spring Break.

Congratulations to students in grades 4 through 8 who have earned a place on the 2nd Trimester honor roll.

Fourth Grade –All A’s – Violet Hobart

A’s & B’s - Danica Sattison, Maddison Harlan, Bryston

Williams, and Lydia Reed

Fifth Grade – All A’s – Fyo Hayden

A’s & B’s - Brody Workman, Anna Conrad, and Kylie Parks

Sixth Grade – Honors – Lukas Christian

Seventh Grade – High Honors Lilly Moser and Ben Reed

Honors - Alaina Andrews

Eighth Grade – High Honors Naomi Schroeder, Lex Moser, Olivia Tibbs,

Ashlynn Myers, Addison Hampshire, and

Trey Warren

East Noble Youth Football Camp

2021 Knights Youth Football Camp for athletes entering grades 1-6

June 7-10th from 10AM-12AM at EN Middle School.

Info for Middle School Football Camp will be coming soon.

Info and Registration


Spring Fundraiser Announced

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 begins as soon as we return from Spring Break – Tuesday, April 6. Order forms are due back by Monday, pril 19. The sale is on a PREPAY basis. Items will be delivered on Wednesday, May 12. The sale is conducted on a voluntary basis. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!


Camp Lutherhaven Time!

Registration for summer camp at Lutherhaven has begun! It may not seem like it, but summer is right around the corner. Have you made plans yet? Camp Lutherhaven has something for everyone: campfires, swimming, Treetop Village, making paracord bracelets, or just spending time with friends and family. There are programs for Kindergarten all the way through High School, as well as some for the whole family! Register online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 260-636-7101.

For these staff members, prayed for this week: Mrs. Neuman, Mrs. Myers, Mrs. Barr, Mrs. Wilkinson, and Pastor DeSanto

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following student for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Timothy Reed, Jaxson Moran, and Lincoln Moser. We give thanks to God for these students who let their lights shine before others.


Tuesday, April 6 thru Friday, April 9 – no bus service either way

Fitness Fact

Dynamic stretches improve body awareness. If you don’t warm-up and hop into a soccer game, it may take a while for your body to perform optimally. Moving as you stretch challenges your balance and coordination; skills that could help your performance.

Run Hard Rest Well

Are you weary, worn, winded, or wounded? In life we RUN HARD with demands at home, work, church, and community. We struggle to REST WELL. Please join us on Sunday, March 28, from 9:15-10:15, in the Worship Center, to learn more about the 4 Biblical rhythms of resting well: Sabbath, Sleep, Stillness, and Solitude. Brenda Jank, founder of Run Hard Rest Well, will give us an introduction to these rhythms and how they can reconnect us relationally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Please join us!

SJK Running Club

Please join us for the first meeting of the SJK Running Club! The purpose of this group is simply to get together and run. Whether you run fast, run slow, or walk, you are welcome to join us! This group is open to all so invite your friends. We’ll meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 9:30 at the Fishing Line Trail parking lot on N 600 E (about1/4 mile north of Highway 6). The plan is to run/walk for 45 minutes, but you can go longer or shorter as needed. Our first meeting will be on Saturday, April 17. For questions or more information, contact Mr. Walz.

COVID Reminders

We are thankful that January and February have been relatively calm months at St. John and in our greater community concerning our COVID numbers. However, we want to continue with the protocols that we have been following so that we do not see another spike in cases. So, a few reminders:

• Masks are still required entering and exiting the building, when moving through the hallways, and when moving in the classrooms and working in small groups.

• Hand-washing and hand-sanitizing frequently are still expected.

• Social distancing is still in place.

• Treats for birthdays and special events need to be store purchased and individually


Thank you for your continued help in keeping our students and staff healthy and safe!

COVID Changes

We have 2 changes to our COVID protocols to announce:

• Parents will now be allowed to enter the building to conduct office business. Parents will be restricted to the office area and must be masked, but will be able to come into the office to drop things off, buy SCRIP, or handle other office matters.

• In coordination with the Noble County Health Department, and in consideration of announcements from the CDC and the Indiana Department of Health, a shorter quarantine is now an option if all of the following conditions are met:

• No symptoms shown from exposure through Day 11

• Receive a nasal swab test on Day 5 or 6 with a negative result

• Continued close monitoring for no symptoms through Day 14

• Mandatory mask wearing at school at all times (except when eating) through

Day 14

By meeting the above conditions, a student can return on Day 11 instead of Day 14.

Free COVID Vaccines

The Noble County Health Department is trying to spread the word about free COVID vaccines. Currently, those 50 years old or older are eligible. The vaccine clinic is at the Noble County Public Library in Albion. Register to get your shot at www.OurShot.in.gov.

2020 Tax Deduction Information

Parents, as you fill out your 2020 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.

Tax Reform and St. John Tuition

One of the provisions in the Tax Reform Act passed a couple years 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.


Remember that we have a Suggestion/Question box in the lobby area (with the Box Tops, pop tab and ink cartridge drop off boxes). Your feedback is welcome!

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Wellness Event

March 2 and May 5 - 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

PPG – Family Medicine - 402 Sawyer Rd. - Kendallville

March 18, 31, and April 20 - 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

PPG – Family Medicine - 1464 Lincolnway South - Ligonier

April 6 and 29 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

PPG - Family Medicine - 817 Trail Ridge Road - Albion

Appointments are required for all services. Walk-ins will be assisted to schedule an appointment for later time slot or on a different day. To make an appointment for the Care Mobile, call 1-877-774-8632.

Available services include: wellness visits, flu shots, immunizations, screenings (hearing, vision, developmental), point of care testing (lead, strep, urine), childhood health and safety education, and free oral hygiene kits! All services are available for children 0-18 years.

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile delivers no-charge services to families without medical insurance. Families with medical insurance are also welcome.

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.

22 - 28, 2021

Monday, March 22

Tuesday, March 23

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, March 24

Thursday, March 25

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, March 26

Saturday, March 27

Sunday, March 28

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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