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

Banner #35; May 7, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 07 May 2018


St. John Lutheran School

May 7, 2018 Number 35

The Principal’s Pen

As the 2017-2018 school year rapidly comes to a close, it is natural for us to look back at the year while also look forward to what’s ahead. This is, perhaps, the most true for our 8th grade graduates and their families. But, I think it holds true for all of us to one extent or another.

The question to consider is, are you a windshield or a rearview mirror? Think about when you drive. Both the windshield and the rearview mirror are important. But, you gaze out of the windshield while you glance out of the rearview mirror. Your focused attention is on what is ahead while your momentary glance is on what is behind.

What about in life? Is your focus on what is behind? Are you concentrating on the past? I’m not saying to get rid of all momentos and memories of this past year. Our friends and the experiences we had with them are great. They shape who we are. But, is our energy focused on our memories or our dreams? As we look forward to what is ahead, consider the following ideas:

● Replace comfort with curiosity: Always work to keep learning and being exposed to new ideas.

● Reject being a victim of your circumstances: You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond.

● Embrace opportunities: Meet new people and try new things that will challenge and stretch you.

● Let go of the past and create new memories: Your awards and accomplishments from this year were great. Now go out and earn some new ones!

God has blessed us in many ways this school year. We pray that He will continue to bless us. As this year winds down, let’s glance from the rearview mirror at what’s behind, but gaze out the windshield at what’s ahead!

Kleiman Creative Writing Contest – St. John Winners

Congratulations to the students in grades 4-6 who recently entered the Kleiman Creative Writing contest sponsored by our local libraries. Around 290 students in Noble and LaGrange Counties entered books for the contest in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry. Each book was judged, bound, and returned to the students as a keepsake. Special congratulations to these students for their winning entries:

Fourth Grade Poetry – First Place - POET-TREE by Emma White

Fourth Grade Wacky Writing Award – Mysterious Award: The Legend of the Mysterious Spidacorns by Lilly Moser

Fifth Grade Non-Fiction – First Place - Just Another Way of Life: A Story of a Girl Living in the Great Dperession by Olivia Tibbs

Fifth Grade Non-Fiction – Second Place – Facts About Reagan by Trey Warren

Fifth Grade Non-Fiction – Third Place – Nature’s Wild Foxes by Cameryn Proxmire

Fifth Grade Fiction – First Place – The Super Amazing Animal Play by Ashlynn Myers

Fifth Grade Poetry – First Place - Chicken-ku by Naomi Schroeder

Fifth Grade Art – Honorable Mention – The First World War by Hunter Bolen

Sixth Grade Non-Fiction – First Place – Horse Facts by Kaeli Christian

Sixth Grade Non-Fiction – Second Place – The Runner from Kendallville: Amy Yoder Begley by Paige Bidwell

Sixth Grade Fiction – Second Place – Squish by Bethany Murphy

Sixth Grade Poetry - First Place – The Sights and Smells and Colors of Feelings by Sadie Potts

Sixth Grade Poetry – Second Place – Free Verses by Katie White

Sixth Grade Poetry – Third Place – Greek God and Goddess Haikus by Andrew Malone

Sixth Grade Wacky Awards – Most Obvious Name – Mechanical Pencil by Rosa Andorfer

Sixth Grade Wacky Award – Moo Award – Marshmallow Man by Trenton Bolen

Sixth Grade Wacky Award – Gangster Award – Eggster the Gangster by Jaxson Campbell

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.


Landyn Bradley, upon the death of her grandmother

Coby Treesh, upon the death of his grandfather

Journey Speakman, upon the death of a special uncle

Please pray for student Ava DeCamp Atz, followed by our School Board, Pastor Shriner, Principal Walz, and Teachers and School Staff

Open House

Thank you to those who have been spreading the news about St. John! We have a Preschool/Kindergarten Round-up scheduled for May 10, from 6:00-7:00. This night is for both current families entering preschool or Kindergarten and for families just checking us out. If you know of someone with preschool/Kindergarten age children, please invite them to join us!

Recognition of Our Staff For Years of Service

On Sunday, May 20th, at 9:00 a.m. following the first service, we will recognize 7 staff members with a combined total of 75 years of service to the ministry here at St. John. Please join us for refreshments and to honor the following:

Cathy Thiem (office) 30 years

Pastor Bob Shriner 20 years

Darcy Barr (PE teacher) 5 years

LouAnne Pillers (6th grade teacher) 5 years

Cheryl Young (office) 5 years

Randy Thornton (custodian) 5 years

Jeff Lehman (custodian) 5 years

Staffing Update

The School Board recently interviewed 4 candidates for our Kindergarten and First Grade teaching positions. After reviewing these candidates the School Board believes we have 2 excellent candidates. We are in the process of extending a contract to Jill Furniss to teach First Grade. Jill grew up in Kendallville and has 12 years teaching experience in Fort Wayne Community Schools. Math instruction is one of her strengths and she has been involved in multiple after school activities. This Sunday, the School Board will ask the congregation to extend a Divine Call to Karen Koehlert to teach First Grade. (A reminder that Calls are extended to teachers with specific Lutheran teacher training and contracts are extended to teachers with traditional teacher training.) Karen is currently teaching in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has also taught at schools in Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana. One of her strengths is including all students in a lesson.

Please include these teachers in your prayers that God would lead them to accept our offers and join us in ministry here at St. John!

Fundraising Letter Coming Home

We recently mailed a letter to individuals and businesses that have supported St. John in recent auctions. This year we decided to not hold an auction, but we are still seeking support. The added bonus is that gifts made to St. John will be matched by both The Dekko Foundation and The Lutheran Foundation. We want our school families and church members (many who also attended our auction in the past) to also have the opportunity to support the school in this way. The letter will be coming home with students today.

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!

Christ-like Servant Leadership – A Lifetime Perspective

A 2-hour Experience

Explore how Jesus influenced people – and still does today!

• Jesus served out of unconditional love and calls us to use His grace to do the same.

• A simple way to look at our personal lives – and see God’s hand in our history!

• Often participants discover God’s incredible grace in Jesus in personal ways!

Wednesday, May 9th – 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. – St. John School Library

Led by DCE Paul Wendt

Open to everyone. All supplies provided.

Registration not required, but DCE Wendt would appreciate knowing you are coming.


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!


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.

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!


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!!

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. Banks were sent home that the students and families can collect offering in. The banks should be returned for chapel on May 8. Our goal is to have every bank returned full of your spare change. Classes that return 90% of their banks with money in them will receive a special prize. In addition, coming home today are bag tags that we received for students in grades Ps – 8th.

Another Reading Program

Coming home with students today is a card with information on another summer reading program. This one is run by Concordia Publishing House, the company that publishes our religion curriculum. Feel free to check it out and participate! You can also find the information at www.cph.org/reads

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

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.

Watch Out For Our Track Team, Please!

The track team can often be found practicing in the parking lot and alley after school. 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)

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following student for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Danica Sattison, Cooper Leininger, Elizabeth Walkup, Trae Mossman, and the entire First Grade Class. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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.

Fiercely Fit!

Congratulations to all of the Fiercely Fit Students!

These students pursued and achieved a higher level of fitness including: 25 slow push-ups (just ask them!), a 3:00 minute plank, and 35 pacers. Any students achieving this standard has already received an invitation to the Classic City Center (Home of a really cool ninja training arena!) for this Friday, May 11th. Food will not be available there, so students are welcome to bring a packed meal. If your student is riding the bus, we will leave the school at 4:30 p.m. and will be back to the school at 9:00 p.m.

Fiercely Fit Students are: Dallas Dean, Fyo Hayden, TJ Knox, Nathan Potts, Jack Slater, Lilly Moser, Briggs Cheesman, Evan Cope, Lauren Diehm, Taryn Haines, Emma White, Addison Hampshire, Jaxon Kitchen, Lex Moser, Ashlynn Myers, Trey Warren, Cameryn Proxmire, Alan Jimenez, Naomi Schroeder, Katie White, Paige Bidwell, Jaxson Campbell, Caylee James, Aowyn Myers, Sadie Potts, Alicia Proxmire, Owen Chambers, Coby Treesh, Brendon Heileman, Christian Heileman, Baily Lash, Kyle McKenzie, Zander Brazel, Andrew Malone, Matthew McKinley, Josh Bailey, and Carter Murphy

Final Days of School

The final day of school for preschool 4-year old classes (both AM and PM) is Wednesday, May 23. The final day for the preschool 3-year old class will be Thursday, May 24. Mrs. Mast will send home information about preschoolers participating in the end-of-the-year picnic on Friday, May 25. Kindergarten through eighth grade’s last day will be Friday, May 25. Please continue to watch the Banner and your classroom newsletters for end of the year field trips and events.

Annual Congregational

Voter’s Meeting

Sunday, May 20th - 11:45 a.m.

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

7-13, 2018

Monday, May 7

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

6:00 – 7:00 – Beginning Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

Tuesday, May 8

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

5:30 – Beginning Strings Rehearsal @ CLHS

6:15 – Intermediate Strings Rehearsal @ CLHS

7:15 – 8:15 – Advanced Strings Rehearsal @CLHS

Wednesday, May 9

7:00 – End of year Strings Concert @ CLHS

Thursday, May 10

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice GIRLS ONLY

6:00 – 7:00 – PS/K Open House

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, May 11

Saturday, May 12

9:00 – 2:00 – 5th/6th Grade Carwash @ North Fire Station

2:00 – 4:00 – Mother/Daughter Tea for those pre-registered

5:00 – End of year Band Concert @ CLHS

Sunday, May 13

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Bible Study & Sunday School

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

‘Tis May, the month of blooming things

Of budding trees, the bird that sings.

Our lawns will brighten with colorful cheer

To tell us all that summer’s near.

But some must live in a world that’s dark

Their colors are drab; no flowers, no park.

They yearn for something to brighten their day

So in their isolated darkness their world does not stay.

This month I am asking for anything bright

A pretty washcloth, a ball, or flashlight.

Send it in with a hope and a prayer

That some child will love it ----- somewhere.

The world that they live in is foreign to us

Anything we send them, they will make a fuss!

The smiles on their faces as they open with joy,

Their shoeboxes filled with our love and a toy.

Anything else that you think fits the bill

Can be placed in the collection box each month as well.

In the lobby you’ll find it upon the floor

Just lift its lid and fill it galore!!

Cathy Thiem, Operation Christmas Child Relay Center Coordinator

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