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Banner 34-April 30

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 30 April 2018


St. John Lutheran School

April 30, 2018 Number 34

The Principal’s Pen

Did you know that today is National Bugs Bunny Day? Well, it is. It’s also National Honesty Day, National Oatmeal Cookie Day, National Raisin Day, and National Mr. Potato Head Day (all celebrated on April 30)!

When you look into it a little, you can find all kinds of special observances on any given day. Some are serious and some are silly. Some are well-known and some are barely known. Some are deserving of special recognition and some are, well, not. (Dog Farting Awareness Day – April 8)

This Thursday is the National Day of Prayer. I think it’s great that our Nation has set aside the first Thursday in May for this special and important purpose. It’s been that way since 1952. But, I don’t think that the first Thursday of May should be our only day of prayer. Shouldn’t every day be a day of prayer?!?

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

God doesn’t need our prayers – He knows everything already. But, He desires our prayers. In prayer, we give to God our praise, needs, fears, worries, joys, and sorrows. In prayer, we show our reliance on God and our recognition that He provides everything we need.

We will be observing the National Day of Prayer this Thursday with a special assembly of prayer and song at 2:15 in the Worship Center. Parents are most welcome to join us!

Student To Be Confirmed

Caylee Nicole James is one of five who 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. God’s richest blessings, Caylee!!

Food Service Director Needed

St. John is seeking a new Food Services Director. This position is responsible for managing the school breakfast and lunch program as well as the summer lunch program. St. John participates in the Federal School Hot Lunch Program. Previous experience in food services is desired but not required. Please contact Mr. Walz or the school office for more information or to apply.

St. John to Host Blood Drive

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will visit St. John on Sunday, May 6th, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. A Red Cross representative visited our school last week and shared with the kids what a blood drive is all about and how life-saving donations to a blood drive really are. Students who recruit one presenting donor will be awarded a Red Cross blanket while supplies last. We encourage you to take sign up for a specific time on the display in our building and help save a life!



Eighth graders Bailey Murphy, Aiden Schumm, and Coby Treesh and newer students Tenley Mast and Will Schowe

Librarian Sara Taylor as she undergoes surgery today

St. John Students Stay in Shape This Summer

Get ready for St. John’s Summer Enrichment Program! We want our students to stay in shape over the summer and this is a great way to do it! Students can participate by tracking reading minutes, physical activity minutes, and skills workbook pages. Students will be able to purchase summer workbooks from the Summerbook Company. All the details were sent home a couple weeks ago. We’ve changed the program a little, so please read through the packet carefully. TOMORROW (MAY 1st) IS THE DEADLINE TO ORDER A SUMMERBOOK AND RECEIVE FREE SHIPPING. Books may still be ordered, but you must do so on your own and pay the shipping costs. All the students who participate in this summer program will be able to participate in the special recognition party once school begins in the fall.

Our fifth and sixth graders are seeking

sponsors for their car wash to be held on Saturday, May 12.

Proceeds will pay for their class trip to

Chicago on June 7.

Contact a student if you are not asked to pledge!


Graduation for the 9 members of our Class of 2018, will be held on Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30. Whether you have a graduate or not, we hope that you will plan to attend this special night in the life of the St. John family.


Any youth in 6th – 12th grade is invited to join the St. John Youth Group – School of Life. If you have any questions, contact Nick Hayden @ 260-343-0561 or stuartlem@hotmail.com. Join the Fun!!

Camp Lutherhaven Time!

It’s almost time to kiss a moose! Jump in Lake Muncie! Enjoy a campfire! Make crafts! And have an awesome outdoor adventure! We are all set and ready for you to join us for a summer of FUN! What better place to experience God’s “unbreakable love” than out in His creation and alongside new friends at Camp Lutherhaven. There’s still time to register! Visit us online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at 260-636-7101.


Last fall our middle school students completed an essay from several choices. One of those choices was the Elks Americanism Essay. Three of our students placed in this competition! We congratulate Aowyn Myers, 1st place winner in the 7th/8th grade division; Kyle McKenzie, 3rd place winner in the 7th/8th grade division; and Zander Brazel, 2nd place winner in the 5th/6th grade division. Each of these students win a certificate and cash prize for their efforts. Congratulations!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as SHINE Students last week: The Seventh Grade Class and the Eighth Grade Class for their outstanding behavior on their trip to Washington, D.C. We give thanks to God for these students who let his light shine before others.

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

Don’t forget to grab some scrip for the special

women in your life for Mother’s Day – Sun., May 13!

We have a great variety of restaurant certificates,

as well as many stores in the area.


2018 – 2019 School Calendar Highlights

August 7 – First Day of School

September 3 – Labor Day – No School

September 28 – Planned eLearning – No School

October 8-12 – Fall Break – No School

October 29-30 – Teacher Conference – No School

November 21-23 – Thanksgiving Break – No School

December 20-January 2 – No School

February 15 – Planned eLearning – No School

March 25-29 – Spring Break – No School

April 22 – Easter Monday – No School

May 24 – Last Day of School

East Noble Golf Outing

Contact Mrs. Thiem if you are interested in learning more about an East Noble Basketball Golf Outing which benefits both boys’ and girls’ basketball teams at ENHS. Date is June 9th at Cobblestone. They are also looking for sponsors for teams and holes.

Chapel Offering for Cambodia Mission Work

Our chapel offering for this 3rd Trimester is going to support mission work in Cambodia. This is a continuation of the online mission trip we took during Lutheran Schools Week. During that week we learned that over 95% of Cambodians are Buddhists. There is a great need to share the Christian message. Before Spring Break the students created witness postcards that will be mailed to Cambodia. Last week, banks were sent home that the students and families can collect offering in for the next 4 weeks. The banks should be returned for chapel on May 8. Our goal is to have every bank returned full of your spare change collected over the next 4 weeks. Classes that return 90% of their banks with money in them will receive a special prize.

Save the Date

Please mark your calendars and save the dates for the following important end-of-the-year events:

Saturday, May 12, 2:00 – Mother/Daughter Tea

Monday, May 14, 6:00 – Bright Lights Princess Party

Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 – Preschool/Kindergarten/1st Grade Spring Program

Monday, May 21, 6:00 – Athletic Awards Night

Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 – 8th Grade Graduation Service

Thursday, May 24, 8:15 – Awards Assembly

Friday, May 25, 2:00 – Closing Chapel held at Bixler Lake Park

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!

School Choice (Voucher) Students

Parents of students applying for a School Choice (voucher) Scholarship for the 2018-19 school year need to come in to the office to complete your application for next year. The process takes about 10 minutes with Mrs. Thiem. You will need a copy of your 2017 tax return, unless you receive other forms of public assistance. We will have verification of that if you do.

Track Has Begun

Our track team, open to students in 4th-8th grades, has begun practicing! Practices are generally held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The team can often be found practicing in the parking lot and alley. If you arrive after 3:15 to pick up your child from Extended Care or another activity, please drive with extra caution in the parking lot!

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 with questions.

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:

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

(invite your friends and neighbors)

Teacher Search Update

The School Board Interviewed 3 candidates last Thursday for our Kindergarten and 1st Grade classrooms. We have one additional interview scheduled for tonight. All 4 candidates have teaching degrees and state certifications and 3 are currently teaching. Following tonight’s interview we will complete our reference checks and be ready to offer Calls or contracts. Please join us in praying that God will direct us to our next teachers!

Walk For Life

Join the fun at the second annual Bixler Lake “Walk for Life” on Saturday, May 12th, at 9:00 a.m. The walk will start at Life and Family Services, 201 S. Park Avenue with a 1 mile or 2 mile walk option around Bixler Lake. Pledges per mile or flat donations will benefit Indiana Right to Life. Registration sheets are available in the office, at Life and Family Services, or by contacting Korynn Wible-Freels at korynnfreels@gmail.com.

April 30 – May 6, 2018

Monday, April 30

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

Tuesday, May 1

8:15 – Chapel

5:30 – Track Meet @ Zollner Field, Concordia High School

Wednesday, May 2

9:30 – 2:30 – Fourth Grade trip to Gene Stratton Porter

Thursday, May 3

2:15 – National Day of Prayer Service in Worship Center

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

7:00 - Worship Service

7:00 – 8:30 – Intermediate/Advanced Band Rehearsal

Friday, May 4

4:00 – LSAA Relay Meet @ Zollner Field, Concordia High School

Saturday, May 5

Sunday, May 6

10:00 – Confirmation Service in the Sanctuary – Unity Service

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