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

Banner #33; April 22, 2013

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 22 April 2013

St. John Lutheran School


Number 33

April 22, 2013

Last week I shared three strategies that can help us be better parents. It’s a tough job, and none of us do it perfectly. But, trying these strategies can give us some new tools in our parenting toolbox. Here are four more.

Get involved in your kid’s school and other activities: Take advantage of opportunities to connect face-to-face with your child’s teachers at conferences or at other school events. If it’s hard to make these events try to reach out through phone calls and emails. They can also be effective in checking in and getting information. Another good way to get involved is with school activities: drive for a field trip, help at a school function, attend a parent night, or help with a fundraiser. Being involved helps you know what is happening at school and helps your children know that tier school is important to you.

Empower your kids to contribute: Your kids need to know they are valued, and valuable. One way to do this is to give your kids age-appropriate responsibility. Give your children responsibilities around the house. As they get older give them more. Help them also to branch out and serve their school, church, or community.

Keep your child safe: Kids need physical safety and emotional safety. One way to build emotional safety is by using these strategies. Kids that have supportive, involved families with open communication take to make safer choices. It is also important to take physical safety measures like baby-proofing the house, or setting limits as to when a child can be out of the house and with whom, or setting limits regarding driving privileges.

Next week I’ll share the final three strategies. I hope you’ll give some of these strategies a try and see what a positive impact they can have on your kids and family. God bless!

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.

Important 2012-2013 Updates

If you have signed up for next year, but haven’t turned in your “2012-2013 Application for Enrollment” paperwork now is a perfect time to get that done.

If you haven’t paid your registration fees they have now increased to $300 for a K-8 family and $75 for a preschool family.

If you are planning to apply for financial aid the deadline to apply was April 20. All applications that have been submitted will be reviewed and the tuition assistance grants will be reported to you after May 15. If you’ve missed the April 20 deadline, you may still submit an application and it will be reviewed.

If you know of families that would benefit from a quality, Christian education, please encourage them to contact the school office and schedule a tour. We still have room in most classes and would love to share God’s love with more students and families!

Congratulations, Nathan!

Congratulations to seventh-grader Nathan Walz. Nathan’s essay was awarded First Place in the 7th grade division in the state of Indiana for the Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest. Nathan’s essay will now advance to the regional competition.

Summer Enrichment

St. John’s Summer Enrichment Program helps your children (entering grades K-8) stay fit in body and mind over the summer. There are 3 areas that your children can participate in: the summer skills books, summer reading, and physical activity. All the information is coming home in a packet this week. Last year’s program and the awards party at the start of next school year were a big success and we are looking forward to even more students participating this year!

Energy Assistance Program

Do you need some extra help with your heating and cooling bills? The Energy Assistance Program may be just what you need. But hurry, the deadline to apply is May 1. You can find out more by picking up an informational page in the school office or by calling Kristi Stanley at Lutheran Social Services of Indiana at 260-426-3347 or by calling the CANI office at 260-423-3546.

10. I can’t wait to find out what unique item Dean Rummel is going to auction off next!

9. It’s the hottest ticket in town – where else can I see my school, church, and community friends all in one place!

8. I need a chocolate fix and the 3rd Grade Chocolate Basket is the only thing to satisfy my craving! (All of the other great class baskets will be back as well. Don’t miss them!)

7. It’s for the kids!

6. In addition to the class baskets, I can also bid on teacher treats: bowling, movies, Principal for the day, piano lessons, Ft. Wayne Zoo, and more – all done with your favorite teacher!

5. My kids will be cared for by the youth group, which means I get a night out!

4. It’s for the kids!

3. Dads – it’s an easy date: just buy the tickets and the whole night is taken care of!

2. Moms – it’s one night you don’t have to cook!

1. It’s for the kids!

Even if you can only afford the $25 per person cost of the dinner, please join us for the great fellowship of this event. It’s a great night for a great cause! The auction provides essential funding for our school. These funds are directed to tuition assistance, technology, and curriculum enhancements. A successful auction means more opportunities for our students to learn more about God and the world around us.

Other Important Auction Details

1. Individual tickets and tables are still available. Call the school office today to purchase yours.

2. The youth group will provide babysitting from 5:00-10:00 at the school. A free-will donation will help support their mission trip this summer.

3. PLAY It Forward is a special appeal during the auction to help expand our playground. We are especially looking to provide play equipment for our preschool and Kindergarten students. If you can’t attend the auction but would like to make a special donation to this fund, please contact the school office.

Hot NEW Auction Items!

Here are a few more of the great items available this year:

DQ Cakes Flowing Tree and Mulch

Necklace and Earring Sets String Trimmer

Baby Boy Basket Baby Girl Basket

Wine Basket Lawn Mower

Leaf Blower Rain Barrel

Progress Reports Next Week Tuesday

Mid-term progress reports will be issued next week Tuesday. As always, if you have any questions about the progress your child is making, please be sure to contact the classroom teacher.

Albright’s Grocery Store is changing to a new credit card swipe system and, as of May1st, will no longer be able to accept the GOLD AND BROWN gift cards that we sold through our scrip program in 2012. If you have any of the old cards, please make sure to use them up before the first of May.

The new cards are silver and they are not affected by the change.

Miss Holle Says Yes

We received word last week that Miss Whitney Holle has been led to accept the Call we have extended her to be our preschool teacher. In her acceptance letter she writes: “It is with great joy that I am writing you to inform you of the official acceptance of the call to St. John Lutheran School to serve as preschool teacher. I am confident that St. John is the place that God wants me to begin my ministry with the help of you. I am very excited to begin this new journey and to be doing it in such a wonderful place." We look forward to Whitney’s arrival here this summer and having her join our ministry team!

Preschool/Kindergarten Spring Program

Please join us on Tuesday, May 14, for our Preschool and Kindergarten Spring Programs. You will enjoy praise and music and lots of smiling faces! The program will begin at 6:30 in the Worship Center. Students, families, and friends are all welcome to attend.

Eighth Graders Set to Graduate

Plan to join us as our fourteen eighth graders graduate from St. John. That service has been set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4. Mark your calendars now!

Extra Band and Strings Practices

We have scheduled some extra practice days for the band and strings students to make up for some days that Mr. Eiler was sick. These extra sessions will occur on Monday, April 22, 29, and May 6. All groups will meet in the afternoons, not at their regular morning time. A separate note will be coming home with these students. Please mark your calendars to help remember your instruments on these Mondays.

2013-2014 Financial Statements

Financial statements for the 2013-2014 school year were sent home with students two weeks ago. If you haven’t seen yours please ask your child. Please return these forms by April 30, indicating which payment plan you would like for next year.

ISTEP Testing Window Approaches

The next round of ISTEP testing for students in grades 3-8 will be done online from April 29 through May 8. Please make every effort to avoid scheduling appointments during those days so uninterrupted testing may take place. These tests are important indicators of the progress your children have made this year, and of how we have done as a school. Please help your children understand that it is important for them to try their hardest and do their best. We want to see how successful they have been this year!

Save the Date!

Practices begin this week for the fifth – eighth grade school play, which will be held on Wednesday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. More information will be forthcoming, but, for now, just save the date so you don’t miss out on the fun!!

Mother-Daughter Tea

All St. John girls will be receiving a special invitation to our third Mother-Daughter Tea that will be held on Saturday afternoon, May 18, from 2-4 p.m. This should be a special time for girls and their moms, or other special lady in their life! Watch soon for your invitation!

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!

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 http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2345.htm.

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 expenses

when they traveled to the

Creation Museum last week.

Contact a student if you are not asked to pledge!


St. John will be in session on the following days to make up for recent snow days:

Thursday, May 30

Friday, May 31

Monday, June 3

Tuesday, June 4

These St. John staff members this week: Jody Anglin, Darla Meyer, Ken Rolofson, Randy Thornton, and Melissa Murphy

Olivia Tibbs and her family upon the death of her grandmother, Jeri Tibbs, last week

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student: Ethan Pfeiffer, Alexys Antal, RJ Anderson, Christian Stephan, Jaden DiGirolamo, Bethany Murphy, and Baily Lash. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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301 South Oak St.
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