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Banner #34; April 29, 2013

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 29 April 2013

St. John Lutheran School


Number 34

April 29, 2013

From the Pen of the Principal

Over the past two weeks I’ve shared 6 strategies to help us grow in our parenting skills. While no strategy is effective for every parent and every situation, the strategies shared here have been shown to be effective most of the time. Making these small changes can make a big difference for your family! Here are the last three strategies:

Set boundaries and high expectations: No one likes being the parent who is saying no when everyone else is saying yes, but sometimes that is what good parenting requires! When setting boundaries it is important to be clear, consistent, reasonable, and evolutionary (in other words, it’s important to be able to change as your child changes). As you set boundaries and expectations it is important to reward positive behavior and limit opportunities for negative behavior.

Get to know your kid’s friends: Talk with their kids about school, friends, activities, and interests. Talk with your kid’s friends and get to know them. Get to know their parents, too. While your kids might think it is a little strange at first, they will come to appreciate the interest you have in them and their friends.

Be a positive role model: Be the kind of person you want your kid to be. While that’s easy to say, it is harder to do. Stand firm in your belief about what is right and wrong. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Cut yourself some slack when you fail, and give yourself credit for trying new strategies for raising healthy kids.

All of the strategies I’ve shared have come from a website called Parent Further. You can read more about these 9 strategies and other parenting topics at: www.parentfurther.com.

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.

Students To Be Confirmed

Two St. John Lutheran School students will become members of our congregation through the Rite of Confirmation this Sunday. They will confess their faith in Jesus Christ and proclaim their desire to follow Him all the days of their lives. We pray for God’s continued guidance in their lives. They are:

Brooklyn Schumm

Nathan Walz

ISTEP Testing Window Approaches

This week and next week our 3rd-8th grade students will be taking their ISTEP tests. These are multiple choice tests in Math and English/Language Arts. The 4th-7th grade students also take a test over either science or social studies. Please help your children understand the importance of these tests and help them to be prepared with a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast. We look forward to seeing their growth and how our school is doing./

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!

St. John Spring Auction – THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of you who contributed to the success of our auction by contributing to the classroom gift, donating another item for the auction, or attended the auction. We enjoyed a good night of fellowship with friends from school, church, and the community. We will report on the final income from the auction in the next week or two after all the accounting has been completing. The evening would not have happened with the many hours of hard work of the ladies in our auction committee:

Jenna Anderson Jo Knox Angie Malone

Terri Myers Sarah Moreland

Kleiman Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the students in grades 4-6 who recently entered the Kleiman Creative Writing contest sponsored by our local libraries. Those who entered the contest were: RJ Anderson, Lars Brandgard, Mason Goddard, Asher Jannuzzello, Rhett Norris, Jordan Schumm, and Katie Walker, Justice Alwine, Haley Bloom, Cole Christian, Jakob Copas, Jared DiGirolamo, Leah Kline, Olivia Rummel, Andrew Schroeder, Emma Schroeder, Colin Stephan, Nicholas White, Sara Williams, Nevaeh Wolf, Hanneliese Brandgard, Gavin Burtch, Dominic Campbell-Moreno, Madisyn Cope, Aliyah Jimenez, William Kirby, Daniel Malone, Ian Malone, Delia Norris, Wesley Potts, Jessica Schroeder, Kasi Shire, Haylee Terry, Marcy Treesh, Katelyn Walters, Caleb Walz, and Joshua Walz.

Special congratulations to these students for their winning entries:

• JOSHUA WALZ – First place in the Fourth Grade Poetry category for his Haiku “Whoo hoo – Haiku”

• CALEB WALZ – Second place in the Fourth Grade Fiction category for “The War of Powers”

• HALEY BLOOM – First place finish in the Fifth Grade Poetry category for “A Spark of Magic”

• ANDREW SCHROEDER – First place in the Fifth Grade Fiction category for “A Month in the Life of a Lego Person”

• COLE CHRISTIAN – Second place finisher in the Fifth Grade Fiction category for “The Tiger Who Loved Bananas”

• EMMA SCHROEDER – Who finished in third place in the Fifth Grade Fiction category for “How I Came to Be”

• RJ ANDERSON – Third place in the Sixth Grade Fiction category for “The Hungry Man”

St. John has the ‘Write’ Stuff!

Recently, our 7th and 8th grade students entered poems in the Indiana State Manningham Youth Contest. We learned last week that 4 of our students won awards! Congratulations to these students for having their writing skills recognized:

• KYRA WARREN – 7th Runner Up for her poem “ode to Sleep”

• LIEF BRANDGARD – 4th Runner Up for his poem “The Musician”

• NATHAN WALZ – 2nd place for his poem “Medieval Kingdoms, Epic Duels & Chicken Knights

• MICHAEL LEHMAN – 1st place for his poem “Fire & Ice”

NE Center Presents “Little Bear”

This Friday, May 2, our K-3rd grade classes will see a performance of “Little Bear” from the Northeastern Center. The play teaches about sexual abuse in a non-threatening and age-appropriate way. The teachers will conduct follow-up discussions using materials provided by the Northeastern Center. Additional materials are going home with the students this week. Parents are welcome to join us for the performance. It begins at 10:00 this Friday in the 2nd grade classroom.

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!

Support our sixth graders by having your car washed on Saturday, May 11, between 8:30 and 2:00 p.m. at the North Fire Station! Free!! Donations accepted! Proceeds help pay for their class trip to the Creation Museum.

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.

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!


National Day of Prayer

This Thursday, May 2, is the National Day of Prayer. While prayer is needed every day, this day is set apart to focus specifically on prayer. I hope you will take the opportunity to spend some time praying for your family, your church, your school, and the community and world around us. You can learn more about the National Day of Prayer at www.nationaldayof prayer.org.

Please pray

St. John Staff: Valerie Murphy, Tina Brown, Tisha Campbell, Deb Thornton, and Sara Taylor

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student: Jared DiGirolamo, Kyle McKenzie, Jaxson Campbell, Jaxon Copas, Katie White, Sara Williams, and Olivia Rummel. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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!

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.

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.

Don’t forget to grab some scrip for the special

women in your life for Mother’s Day – Sun., May 12!

We have a great variety of restaurant certificates,

as well as many stores in the area.


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 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

Please return your 2013-14 Financial forms by April 30, indicating which payment plan you would like for next year.


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

“Jeopardy” Comes to St. John!

On May 22nd, our fifth through eighth grade students will perform a play in the Worship Center. The play will be called “Jeopardy”. It will be about three contestants who compete in a Biblically-themed game show. The play will be held at 7:00 p.m., with a free will donation for tickets.

A picnic-styled meal consisting of hamburgers and hot dogs with other fixings will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Meal costs are free-will donations, which will help to benefit our 7th and 8th grade 2014 Washington D.C. trip. Concessions may be purchased during the play which will benefit the St. John Youth group.

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!

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.

Kingdom Rock VCS at Immaculate Conception

Our preschoolers and kindergartners are receiving registration information for our neighboring church, Immaculate Conception’s, summer VBS program. Children of all faiths are being welcomed for the week-long adventure. The program is open to children ages 4-14, so if you are interested in having your child attend and did not receive the forms, please ask for the paperwork in the office.

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