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The Banner

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

Banner #25; February 19, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 19 February 2018

THE BANNER

St. John Lutheran School

February 19, 2018 - Number 25

From The Principal’s Pen

Have you ever given your child a beer and told them to enjoy? How about giving them $100 and telling them to go place a bet on their favorite NFL game? What about encouraging your child to help himself to a handful of pills from the medicine cabinet? Ridiculous, you say! What parent would ever do such harmful things to his child? We know these behaviors to be dangerous now, but also to lead to possible addictions down the road. We would never be so reckless with the well-being of our kids.

Are you aware, however, of the research that shows that technology and social media use can also be addictive? Studies have shown that the chemical dopamine (which controls the brain’s reward and pleasure centers) is released when we hear the ping of social media. We see more and more people spending more and more time using technology and social media. In short, technology, and especially social media, is:

Instant: messages are transmitted without delay

Constant: there’s no relief from the messages

Resistant: media use weakens our interpersonal skills

Insistent: we are led to think that we must reply

Research has also shown that the more time people spend on social media, the more likely they are to be depressed.

Our society has put curbs on other behaviors that can be addictive as a way of safeguarding our children, in particular. Smoking is prohibited in many buildings and cigarette sales are restricted. Alcohol can’t be purchased by people under 21. Certain drugs remain illegal while others are controlled through prescriptions. What would happen if we provided similar restrictions on media use, especially for our kids? Society may not be ready to do this, but as parents we can. Next week I’ll share 5 ideas that we can try.

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

Skating Party Time!

Our school annual Skating Party will be held on

Saturday, March 3, at the Skatin’ Station, Auburn, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. All school families are invited and entrance fees and skate rental is all covered by our Parent-Teacher League. Those wishing to rent inline skates are responsible for those costs. Plan to attend!

Directions to the Skatin’ Station: Take State Road 8 into Auburn. Turn left on Grandstaff, then right on North Street. The rink will be on your left at 544 W. North St.

TinCaps Reading Program

● TinCap Reading Program information comes home today.

● All preschool through 8th grade students are eligible to participate.

● The program runs from Feb. 26 through March 26.

● Our game day is Saturday, May 19, 7:05 PM.

OSOB

We’re getting closer to our first-ever One School, One Book project! Here are a few of the details:

► OSOB Kick-off Assembly will be Monday, February 26, at 2:15.

► Families will receive their book, a reading schedule, and an informational letter that day.

► The first reading day is Thursday, March 1 and the program will end on March 20.

► The book we will be reading (still a secret!) will appeal to all ages. Reading chapter books to young children is good – they can’t read the words but they can understand the story. Reading aloud to older kids is good – everyone enjoys a good story, even if the words are easy.

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)

ISTEP and IREAD tests coming soon

The spring standardized test season is starting soon. The ISTEP Part I Applied Skills window is from Feb. 26 through March 9. Third grade students will be testing paper/pencil. Fourth through eighth grade students will test on the computer. Our third graders will complete the IREAD test the week of March 12. A more detailed schedule will be shared next week.

It is important to help your child be prepared for these tests, while not putting undo stress on the child. It is helpful for students to be well-rested and have a healthy breakfast and lunch on testing days (and every day!). Encourage your child to read carefully, take her time, answer all the questions, and do his very best. After all, these are important skills for life, not just the ISTEP test! It is not helpful to put too much pressure on your child to do well. This test is one measure of a child’s progress. We use many other measures to determine a child’s progress through the course of the year.

Tuition Assistance

St. John Lutheran School is a ministry of St. John Lutheran Church. As such, every child’s tuition is supported through the church. St. John does not want any child to miss out on the Lutheran education we provide because of family finances. We have several avenues of tuition assistance available to families in need. Families are asked to complete an application for tuition grant and aid. The only application available for this year is online and can be accessed at www.factstuitionaid.com. Please contact the school office for questions.

Teacher Search Update

The School Board will be interviewing 3 candidates for our Kindergarten and 1st Grade classrooms on Tuesday night. The 3 candidates are all currently teaching and range from 3 years to 18 years of experience. If suitable candidates are found through these interviews, Calls or contracts will be extended. Lutheran Special Education Ministries (the group we contract with for our Resource Room teacher) has been talking with a potential candidate to replace Mrs. Antonetti. We will be brought into those discussions at the appropriate time. Please keep these processes in your prayers, that God would bring the right people to our staff, to teach and share God’s love with our children!

Suggestions/Questions

Remember that we have a Suggestion/Question box in the lobby area (with the soup label, Box Tops, pop tab and ink cartridge drop off boxes). Your feedback is welcome!

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.

NO EAST NOBLE BUS TRANSPORTATION

Monday, March 26 thru Friday, March 30– no bus service either day

Science Fair Projects Due!

The hard work is done and the Science Fair projects were due today, Monday, February 19 and will be judged on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The results will be shared at the Science Fair Awards Night on Friday, February 23, from 6:00 – 7:00. The projects will be displayed to the public on the night of our Showcase on March 9. We look forward to seeing the great projects and celebrating the hard work of our students!

Spring Fundraiser Begins!

We hope to get everyone excited about our frozen food fundraiser to raise needed funds for the work of our Parent-Teacher League.

The sale continues this week. Order forms are due back by Tuesday, February 27. The sale will be on a PREPAY basis. Items will be delivered on Wednesday, March 21. The sale is conducted on a voluntary basis. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

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. The deadline to register has now passed. Event information and the schedule of talent show acts will be sent home soon.

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!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Danica Sattison and Maddison Harlan.

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

19 - 25, 2018

Monday, February 19 – NO EAST NOBLE BUS TRANSPORTATION

Science Fair Projects Due

Tuesday, February 20

6:00 – Beginning Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

Wednesday, February 21

6:00 – Incoming Freshman Meeting @ Cole Auditorium - ENHS

Thursday, February 22

7:00 p.m. - Worship Service

Friday, February 23 – End of Second Trimester

6:00 – Science Fair Awards

Saturday, February 24

Sunday, February 25

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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