301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Eagle Eye

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

Banner #34; May 3, 2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 03 May 2021


St. John Lutheran School

May 3, 2021 Number 34

The Principal’s Pen

I love to cook, but I don’t consider myself a chef. To me, a cook follows recipes while a chef creates. I have followed recipes for years, but only recently have I started to make my own dishes. The change from cook to chef takes time, effort, and a willingness to try, fail, and try again.

What about you? Do you have a skill or hobby that didn’t come easily at first but as you stuck with it you improved? This idea is often called ‘Growth Mindset’ and can be summed up with the word ‘YET”.

“I’m not good at tying my shoes, YET.”

“I’m not good at multiplying, YET.”

“I’m not good at writing an essay, YET.”

YET recognizes that learning is a process and that we can grow and learn new things through hard work and persistence. It’s the difference between giving up on a challenge and believing that you can conquer it, you just haven’t done so, YET. It’s believing we have the capability of doing hard things, if we stick with it and keep trying. This idea is an important one for us and for our kids. How hard do your kids work when faced with a challenge? Do they believe that they can conquer a difficult situation, whether it be physical, mental, emotional or social? Are they willing to keep at it for minutes, or hours, or even days?

One simple way that we can help instill a Growth Mindset in our kids is by praising process instead of product. Try not to praise your kids for being smart, or pretty, or fast. These are products that are subjective and, in some cases, not lasting. Instead, praise the process: “You sure worked hard on that.” “You really stuck with it.” “You really managed your time well.” Using this type of praise recognizes your child’s hard work, effort, and persistence. These are qualities that can last a lifetime and serve your child well.

Perhaps this week can be a ‘not yet’ week. Let’s work on our mindset, and in helping our kids to also develop their YET!


Kindergarten through Grade 2 Spring Program

Our Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Spring Program has been set for THIS Friday, May 7, at 6:30 PM. We look forward to joining together as our students perform various musical selections they have been working on this year. The usual COVID protocols of masks and distancing will apply. We look forward to being together and giving God glory for the abilities of our students!


The families of Shelby McClellan and Olivia Warner as they grieve their loss;

School Board Chairman Tom Koerner, and Board members Kurt Hayden, Matt Tibbs, Angie Malone, and Dawn Hossinger

Students Confirmed

Aiden Thayer Hoffman, Lilly Lynn Moser, and Hunter Matthew Shire are the three who became members of our congregation through the Rite of Confirmation this past Sunday. They confessed their faith in Jesus Christ and proclaimed their desire to follow Him all the days of their lives. We pray for God’s continued guidance in their lives. God’s richest blessings, Aiden, Lilly, and Hunter!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as SHINE Students last week: Caydren Sams, Evan Huelsenbeck, Naomi Gaff, Andrew McKinley, Bryson Shire, Abbi Hale, Shaylee Herendeen, Terryn Bowman, Hadley Buwalda, Andrew Stahl, Silas Gaff, Lincoln Moser, Jonah Slater, and the entire fourth grade class. We give thanks to God for these students who let his light shine before others.

Absences and Tardies

In order to make sure that all of our students are accounted for, it is important that all parents call the office when students are going to be late or absent. Thank you for your partnership in helping us to know why students aren’t at school.

Don’t forget to grab some scrip for the special

women in your life for Mother’s Day – Sun., May 9!

We have a great variety of restaurant certificates,

as well as many stores in the area.


Congratulations 8th Graders!

Four of our 8th grade students: Lex Moser, Ashlynn Myers, Naomi Schroeder, and Olivia Tibbs, will be recognized this Friday at The Lutheran Schools Partnership’s Honors Recognition. Each Lutheran school in the Fort Wayne area is able to nominate up to 4 top students for this recognition. Congratulations, students, for your accomplishments and character! We’re proud of you!

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!

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.

Kroger Community Rewards

Thanks to the help of 126 of our church and school families, our school will receive $314.41 for profits from the Kroger Community Rewards program from the first quarter of 2021. 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.

Vacation Bible School

Join us July 19-23 from 6-8 p.m. this summer as we learn how our God can make the impossible possible. We'll enjoy Bible stories, games, snacks, crafts, music, and more! Children ages 3 through entering 6th grade are welcome to attend. Please pre-register online at www.vbsmate.com/SJK Contact Mollie Scheiber with any questions at (260) 242-6212 or molliescheiber10@gmail.com

School Choice (Voucher) Students & Parents

Due to new legislation just passed, the CHOICE Scholarship Program is expanding. This is great news for both current and new families. Initial details are being shared in a separate letter and email going home today. Please watch for this letter/email and read it carefully. Due to these changes we are holding off on completing most CHOICE applications for the time being. This is to avoid needing to redo applications based on the new guidelines. If you have received a full CHOICE Scholarship in the past and your income has not changed much, you should be safe in completing your application. You may contact Mrs. Thiem to schedule an appointment.

Retirements and Position Opening

It is with sadness for us and thanksgiving to God that we announce the retirements of Cathy Thiem as Office Manager and Cheryl Young as Office Assistant at the end of this school year. Cathy has served faithfully in the office for 33 years and Cheryl has served faithfully for 8 years. They have been a blessing to countless students, families, and church members! Details on opportunities to recognize both of these ladies will be forthcoming.

We are now accepting applications for the Office Manager position. To aide in the transition, Cathy will fill the Office Assistant position for a period of time as the new Office Manager becomes established. Job descriptions and applications are available through the office. Questions can be directed to Pastor Rigdon, Paul Wendt, or Tim Walz.

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.

Track Practice and the Parking Lot

Our track team, open to students in 5th-8th grades, has begun practicing! 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!

Composting is Coming

Congratulations to Mrs. Moser who submitted a grant application to the Noble REMC EnviroWatts program and received the great news that her proposal was accepted! Mrs. Moser will be starting a composting program here at St. John that will turn food waste into compost/soil that will be used around our property and (possibly) made available to church and school families. Along the way, the students will learn all about the composting process and the benefits it provides. Congratulations, Mrs. Moser, and we’re excited to start generating compost next year!

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Wellness Event

May 5 - 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

PPG – Family Medicine - 402 Sawyer Rd. - Kendallville

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.


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!!

ILEARN State Test

The ILEARN state test covers reading and math (grades 3-8), science (grades 4 and 6 only), and social studies (grade 5 only). Our testing should conclude May 11 (pending delays and make-up tests). We do ask parents to do their best to avoid scheduling appointments during the test window so that we can limit the number of make-up tests we need to give.

SJK Running Club

Saturday, May 15

9:30 AM

Fishing Line Trail

Parking lot on N 600 E

(1/4 mile north of Hwy. 6)

Whether you walk or run, please join us for some fitness and fellowship!

Fundraiser Food Delivery Reminder

Items will be delivered Wednesday, May 12 and will be brought to your car when picking up your child(ren) whenever possible. . PLEASE CONTACT MRS. THIEM IF YOU ARE AVAILBLE TO HELP WITH THE DISTRIBUTION ON WEDNESDAY. THANK YOU!!!


Graduation for the 8 members of our Class of 2021, will be held on Monday, May 24, at 6:30. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates and sending them off with God’s blessings. Additional information will be shared regarding the COVID protocols for this event.

May 3 – May 9, 2021

Monday, May 3

3:00 – 4:30 – Track Practice

6:00 – 6:50 – Beginning Strings Rehearsal @ CLHS

Tuesday, May 4 – ILEARN Testing

8:15 – Chapel

6:00 – 6:50 – Intermediate Strings Rehearsal @ CLHS

7:00 – 7:50 – Advanced Strings Rehearsal @ CLHS

Wednesday, May 5 – ILEARN Testing

3:00 – 4:30 – Track Practice

7:00 – Strings Concert @ CLHS

Thursday, May 6 – ILEARN Testing

5:00 – Track Meet @ Zollner Field, CLHS

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, May 7 – ILEARN Testing

4:00 – Track Relay Meet @ Zollner Field, CLHS

6:30 –Kindergarten – Second Grade Spring Program

Saturday, May 8

Sunday, May 9 – Mother’s Day

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Bible Study and Sunday School

10:30 – Worship Service in Worship Center

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