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Banner #23; February 5, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 05 February 2018


St. John Lutheran School

February 5, 2018 Number 23

Principal’s Pen

Last week I shared a list of questions that you can use to engage your children in conversation and get more than 1-word answers. Here are another 20 questions that you can use:

1. Did you learn something you didn’t understand?

2. Who inspired you today?

3. What was the peak and the pit?

4. What was your least favorite part of the day?

5. Was anyone in your class gone today?

6. Did you ever feel unsafe?

7. What is something you heard that surprised you?

8. What is something you saw that made you think?

9. Who did you play with today?

10. Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.

11. What is something that challenged you?

12. How did someone fill your bucket today? Whose bucket did you fill?

13. Did you like your lunch?

14. Rate your day on a scale from 1-10.

15. Did anyone get in trouble today?

16. How were you brave today?

17. What questions did you ask at school today?

18. Tell us your top two things from the day (before you can be excused from the dinner table!).

19. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?

20. What are you reading?

Lenten Family Night

Please join us on Monday, Feb. 12, at 6:30, in the library for a Family Lenten Night. Lent begins on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and we will once again be sending home Lenten family devotional materials. This year the materials include weekly devotions, bible readings, coloring pages, and activities. We’d like to kick things off with some family coloring, fellowship, a preview of our materials, and a devotion. We’ll be done by 7:15. Please join us!

County Spelling Bee

Congratulations to sixth grader Solana Andorfer, St. John’s representative in the Noble County Spelling Bee, which was held last week! Solana won 3nd place out of the eight spellers in the Bee. We praise God for the abilities He has given to Solana and for the way she represented our school!

Installation for Paul Wendt

Director of Christian Education

In February, Paul and Chris Wendt are planning to join us…permanently…in Kendallville. We welcome them to our ministry and community! Sunday, February 11th will be a special day which will include Paul’s installation as DCE. Therefore we are scheduling a Unity Service for 10am that day in the sanctuary. There will only be one service on the 11th…no contemporary worship. After worship, we will gather in the gym for a congregational meal, for fellowship, and to welcome the Wendts aboard!

Mark your calendars for our special activities

on February 11th and join in the festivities!

No School Next Friday

There will be no school next Friday, Feb. 16. Our teachers will be participating in a professional development day with teachers from other Lutheran Schools. In addition to worshipping together, we will listen to a presentation from a licensed school counselor on working with children facing trauma and participate in grade-level round table discussions.

TinCaps Reading Program

Information on this year’s TinCap Reading Program is coming soon. All preschool through 8th grade students are eligible to participate. By meeting a reading goal (set by the teacher) each week for 4 weeks, the student can earn a free ticket to a TinCaps game along with some other prizes. Parents can buy additional tickets. Our game day is Saturday, May 19, but if you can’t make it that day you can use your ticket voucher for another game. Reading that is used for other incentive programs, like Book It, or even for classroom AR requirements can also count for this. All the information will come home on February 19. The program runs from Feb. 26 through March 26; and let’s get reading!


OSOB – One School One Book – is a great program to build reading within families, and it’s coming to St. John! The idea is simple – get everyone in the school to read the same book at the same time! We’ll provide the book (it’s a secret right now!) and a reading schedule and encourage the kids and the families to spend some time reading each night. All the details will come home at the end of February and we’ll start March 1. We’ll run OSOB during the TinCaps reading program so that your OSOB reading can also count towards the TinCaps. Why spend time reading as a family? Everyone benefits:

► Children’s attendance, achievement, oral language, vocabulary, comprehension, and general knowledge increase though family literacy!

► Parents’ reading, writing, math, and science knowledge increases through family literacy!

► Families’ attitude toward school, involvement in school, and emotional ties to each other all improve through family literacy!

Get ready for One School, One Book!

Valentine Friendship Fun!

Give your friend a gift for Valentine’s Day! Our seventh and eighth graders will be selling Eagles Spirit Bracelets for $2.00 and candy bars for $1.00 to raise funds for their Washington, D.C. trip in April. Students making a purchase can write a message to their friend and students will deliver them on February 14th!

The items will be sold after school on February 9, 12, and 13. Don’t miss the fun!!

Science Fair

It’s time to gear up for our school Science Fair! The Science Fair provides our budding scientists with the opportunity to explore an area of scientific interest. Beyond learning more about this area, working on a Science Fair project helps children grow in their planning ability, time management skills, research skills, writing, organization, creativity, and public speaking skills. Information is available from your child’s teacher or from the office. Please encourage your child to participate! Projects will be due Monday, Feb. 19, and the Science Fair Awards Night will be Friday, Feb. 23, from 6:00-7:00.

If you need a display board you can get one from the office. The boards are 32” high and 36” wide and are available first come-first served. You can make your check out to “St. John PTL”. Each board is $5.50.

Registration Timeline

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year for both our returning parents and for new parents is now open. You can re-enroll your child for the coming year by accessing the re-enrollment packet in ParentsWeb. Directions were sent home last week in print form and will come home this week in email form, but if you need another copy just ask in the office. Here are other important dates to keep in mind:

March 1 Class lists are formed for enrolled students based on established

enrollment priorities (see handbook)

March 31 Last day to register online and pay the $60 per student reg. fee

April 1 Registration fee for returning students increases to $80 per student

April 25 Open House from 3:30 – 6:30 (invite your friends and neighbors)

May 10 Preschool & Kindergarten Round Up from 6:00 – 7:00

(invite your friends and neighbors)

Parenting Education Opportunities

The following opportunities are available for our parents to loearn and grow with other parents:

Drug Awareness Seminar, Feb. 15, 6:00-7:30, Kendallville YMCA, dinner and child care provided, visit www.coleymca.com or call 260-347-9622 for more information.

Parent Café, Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00, Auburn YMCA, child care provided, email RMcComb@mhaac.com or call 260-422-6441 for more information.

Scholastic Book Fair

St. John will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Sunday, March 4 through Sunday, March 11. Huge thanks to Summer Moser for serving as chairperson once again! Plan now to visit the Book Fair and find some great new reading material for your kids, and maybe even for yourself!

Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Update

Our fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association are in full swing! We’ve only two weeks left until our Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart event! If you are having any trouble with the online registration, ST. John Lutheran School/Kendallville is a bit difficult to find. There are several schools by the same name but ours can be found on the 3rd page. We are encouraging all students to register online (www.heart.org/jump) making it easier for friends and family to donate. Classes are competing against each other for both the most money raised and the most students involved. The AHA leads the way in heart health research and education in the United States. Students here at St. John are working hard to raise money for the AHA for the next two weeks. Last year our students raised over $4700 and this year we are striving to help even more. Our 5th Annual Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart event will take place on February 15. Our gym will fill with heart pumping activity and music. If YOU would like to participate, we will need parent volunteers to twirl ropes, play basketball and to encourage the students as they jump and shoot hoops. If you are available, please call Mrs. Thiem and let her know when you’d like to help. The schedule for the day is as follows:

8:15-9:15 4th and 5th

9:15-9:30 Preschool

9:35-10:35 6th-8th

10:40-11:25 K and 1st.

12:45-1:45 2nd and 3rd

Parents of 8th Graders!!

An informational meeting for all parents of 8th graders planning to enroll in East Noble High School for next year has been set for Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 6:00 in the Cole Auditorium. A separate letter with a few more details is being sent with your student.

2017 Tax Deduction Information

Parents, as you fill out your 2017 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.

St. John Showcase 2018!!

We’re gearing up for St. John Showcase 2018!!! Slated for Friday evening, March 9th, the Showcase is a great opportunity for students to do just that – showcase their God-given talents and abilities!

St. John Showcase 2018 provides an opportunity for students to share their God-given gifts and abilities in areas such as art, music, dance, drama, etc. Last year’s event was a very positive experience for many of our students, and we are hoping to make this year’s event even better. All entries must be screened by Mrs. Wilkinson to be sure they are appropriate and polished. Please contact Mrs. Wilkinson with any questions. The deadline to return entry forms is Thursday, February 15.

These students and their families, prayed for this week: Hunter Shire, Savannah Sorg, Emma White, Hunter Bolen, and Addison Hampshire

Caydren Sams and his family upon the death of his great grandmother, Miriam Shultz

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Gracie Newcomer, Kaitlyn McKenzie, Hunter Shire, Gabi Schermerhorn, and Carys Shire

We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine

before others.

School Skating Party

Help celebrate the end of the 2nd Trimester at our school skating party on SATURDAY, MARCH 3, from 4:30 – 6:30 at the Skatin’ Station in Auburn. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss the fun!

5 – 11, 2018

Monday, February 5

6:00 – Beginning Band Rehearsal @ Concordia Lutheran High School

Tuesday, February 6

8:15 – Chapel

6:30 – Int/Adv. Band Rehearsal @ Concordia Lutheran High School

Wednesday, February 7

Thursday, February 8

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, February 9

8:15 – 6th Grade visits Lutheran Life Villages

Saturday, February 10

Sunday, February 11

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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