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The Banner

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

Banner #36; May 13, 2013

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 13 May 2013

PSt. John Lutheran School

THE BANNER

Number 36

May 13, 2013

The Principal’s Pen

This is the day that the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

Our focus for the month of May is Rejoice and the verse that was chosen is Psalm 118:24. Last week I looked at the first half of the verse; that each day is a gift from God and everything that happens during the day is known by God. This week I would like to look at the second half of the verse and what it means for us.

What makes you happy? Spending time with your family. Eating your favorite foods. Watching your favorite sports team win. Seeing a beautiful sunset. Watching a great movie. The list goes on. Happiness, I believe, comes much more from outside of me. The people and things around me, what I have, and what is happening all affect my happiness. Joy is different. Joy, I believe, comes from within. It is deeper than the emotion of happiness. It is more solid and longer lasting.

As a Christian, my joy comes from knowing Jesus as my Savior. Good things will not always happen to me. I won’t always be happy. Even with troubles and hardships, though, I can rejoice. I can rejoice because I know that each day is the Lord’s. He knows it and controls it. My present is in His care. Even more so, my future is in His care. This knowledge produces a deeper sense of joy, peace, contentment, and the assurance that all will be well.

As we live our lives, I pray that you can know that each day is the Lord’s, and as He holds the day in His hand He also holds you in His hand. In that, you can rejoice!

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.

Auction Totals In

St. John Spring Auction was a great success. Many positive comments have been received about the great food, how smoothly the night went, the good fellowship, and the fun of the auction. We praise God for the financial blessings received for the school through the auction. This year we raised over $22,000 for the school. These funds help support athletics, special events, classroom learning materials, field trips, and more. Of the amount raised, $3,200 was designated for our “Play It Forward” Campaign to enhance our playground, especially for our younger students. If you would like to be a part of this endeavor, either with a donation of money, material, or labor, please contact Mr. Walz. We thank everyone who played a part in making this year’s auction such a success!

Learn to Skate or Play Hockey

One of the items at our auction was purchased and then returned to the school. We have a certificate for an 8-week session of either ‘Learn to Skate’ or ‘Hockey Fundamentals’ from the Lutheran Health Sports Center in Ft. Wayne. If you are interested in this opportunity, please have your child write a paragraph explaining why this would be a great experience. We will have a random drawing from the entries we receive.

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.

Field Day

Please join us this Thursday, May 16, for our school field day. Like last year, we will be staying here at St. John and competing in games and activities against ourselves. The day will still be lots of fun for our students. The 4th-8th grades will participate from 10:00-11:45 and the K-3rd grades will participate from 1:00-2:30. Parents are welcomed to join in the fun that day. If you would like to help run an event, please contact your child’s teacher. The events will take place in the parking lot and so if you come you will need to park off site. The rain date will be Thursday, May 23.

THIS. IS. JEOPARDY!!!

“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.

Rough Drafts: An Original Production

The St. John Youth Group will be presenting two shows of Rough Drafts, an original production directed and produced by the youth themselves. With only three days to perfect a "Life of Jesus" TV Special for some no-name cable TV station, producer Lilian MacArthur (Dezaray Barr) recruits stage manager Stu Bilijig (Michael Lehman) to help. But between a writer who keeps changing the script and the personalities of the cast, it'll take a miracle to pull it off.

Shows are at 7:00 pm, May 18, and 5:00pm, May 19. Concessions will be available. Cast includes Dezaray Barr, Marissa Deetz, Brianna Lehman, Michael Lehman, Lucas Preston, Birdena Graber, Jared Prince, Jacob Campbell, Jaden DiGirolamo, Ryan Goldey, and Reilly Childers.

Admission is free with freewill donations afterward to support the Youth Ministry Mission Fund.

Music Survey

We will soon be sending out a survey to our 1st-7th grade parents asking for input on what music class you plan to have your child in next year. We know that many of you will continue with the class you are in this year, but some may be interested in making a change. Your response on the survey will not lock you in to that class for next year, but it will help us in making the necessary plans and scheduling decisions that we need to make. Please watch for the survey and return it when it comes out.

Tell It On The Mountain

Tell it on the Mountain VBS will take us on an expedition to the top of five mountains and teach us more about God’s might and grace. Registration is now open for children in preschool through 6th grade who will attend VBS from July 22nd-26th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. each night. Get excited to sing fun songs, do crazy crafts, eat yummy snacks, and more. Plus, you’ll learn all about Jesus so that you can go TELL everyone about him! Can’t wait to see you there! To register, go online at www.sjlc.net and click on the VBS banner at the top of the page. If you don’t have internet access and would still like to register, please contact Mollie at 260-242-6212.

Every child needs to hear the Good News that Jesus their Savior is by their side, forgiving them and strengthening them no matter what mountains they face. At Tell It on the Mountain VBS, you will connect children with the most important message of their lifetime: the miraculous story of what Jesus did for us, what we could never do for ourselves. If you can help full or part time we have many ways to be involved to suit your schedule and interests. Please call Mollie at 260-242-6212 or email molliescheiber@hotmail.com for more information.

Just a Reminder that June 1 is the deadline

for those paying either one-half of next year’s tuition,

or paying that balance in full.

Annual Congregational

Voter’s Meeting

Sunday, June 2nd - 11:45 a.m.

All congregation members are urged to attend this important meeting!!!

Summer Scrip!!!

Think Scrip for the summer!!! Even during the summer time, you can earn Scrip profit to be used toward school expenses, such as tuition.

From 9 to 3 each day, there should always be someone in the office to help you with your needs. You’re buying gas and groceries anyway. Why not use Scrip and let area businesses help support our school!?

Operation Christmas Child

Keep those wonderful shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, and hygiene products in mind as you browse the stores this summer and pick up an item or two along the way to send to a child who has probably never before received any sort of gift. By buying an item or two here and there, you’ll probably not miss the money and the benefit to one of God’s children will be enormous!

Remember that prizes from fast food children’s meals are great box stuffers – please make sure they are new and never played with!

Important 2013-2014 Updates

If you have signed up for next year, but haven’t turned in your “2013-2014 Application for Enrollment” paperwork now is a perfect time to get that done.

If you have not returned your Financial designation statement for next year, please do so immediately. Thanks!

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!

Please Return Books and Videos

Please take a look around your house for any St. John Library books and videos. Those must be returned to the library, so they can be inventoried and stored for the summer. This will be the last week that materials may be checked out from the library.

Eighth Graders Prepare to Graduate

Our eighth grade students will end their years at St. John at a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. EVERYONE is cordially invited to gather with them as they mark this important event in their lives. There are plenty of ways to see evidence of the impact of the St. John education. Few are more moving than graduation night has traditionally been. Even if you don’t KNOW an eighth-grader, consider attending.

Final Days of School

The final day of school for preschool 3-day students (both AM and PM classes) is Monday, June 3. The final day for the preschool 2-day students will be Tuesday, June 4. Please continue to watch the Banner and your classroom newsletters for end of the year field trips and events.

Last Day Special Events

All school parents and friends are welcome to join on the last day of school for 2 special events. At 8:15, we will gather in the Worship Center for our Awards Assembly. Please join us in honor many of the accomplishments of our students! Then, at 2:00, we will meet again for our closing Chapel service. We invite you to join us as we close our school year as we began, in worshipping God.

Spring Pictures!

Spring pictures were sent home with students a couple weeks ago. Price sheets are included inside the package. Simply determine how many sheets (if any) you would like to keep and return the unwanted pictures, and payment to the school office no later than Friday, May 24. Our school does not make any profit off anything you decide to purchase, but rather we are paid for each student which was photographed. Thanks!

Memory/Yearbook Additional Chance

We have ordered a few extra memory books because it was cheaper to order in a bigger bundle, so if you missed the deadline but would still like a book, please see Mrs. Thiem. Books are $10.00. First come, first served.

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 came 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!

IF YOU DID NOT ORDER A SUMMERBOOK, BUT WOULD STILL LIKE TO, YOU WOULD NEED TO PLACE THAT ORDER YOURSELF. YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SHIPPING CHARGES.

NO SCHOOL

MONDAY, MAY 27

IN OBSERVANCE OF

MEMORIAL DAY

Help Wanted

The Trustees of our congregation are taking applications for part-time custodial help. Hours are Monday-Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Hours can vary some due to church/school activities. Applications are available in the office. Please return them to the office. If you have questions, please contact Trustee Kevin Wengert at 260-318-0243.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student: Kaeli Christian, Katie White, Lane Logan, and Braxton Cheesman. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Please pray

Our weekly prayers this week are for School Board members Beth Klink, and Dawn Hossinger, and then our 8th graders Lief Brandgard, Jaden DiGirolamo, and Ryan Goldey.

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