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Banner 36; May 14, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 14 May 2018


St. John Lutheran School

May 14, 2018 Number 36

The Principal’s Pen

As summer vacation nears, one of Mindy and my thoughts as parents is how to limit screen time for our kids, (especially for our younger two). It’s not that technology is bad. Both Joshua and Caleb are doing some great programming things on the computer. But, they also spend time on other things that maybe have lesser value (how much time can one play Minecraft?!?).The concern is more about balance. Time spent on a screen means time not spent on other things (interacting with family and friends, chores, playing outside, reading, sleeping…). Our question is how can we guide our boys in making appropriate choices on how they spend their time so that they can do the things they enjoy and develop their passions in the tech world while also participating in family life and work. I think it is an important discussion to have as we head into the summer.

Teacher Jeff Neuman shared the following link that might be helpful in this discussion:


At this website you can actually enter your child’s name and then you’ll see a graph that shows all the hours of the day and different activities. The amount of sleep is already built in, although you can adjust it. You can then add minutes for various common activities (like chores, meals, family time, physical activity, personal care, school, homework). As you do, the amount of screen time decreases. I see this as a great way to have the conversation with your child about how he will spend his time each day. You can then continue on and create a Family Media Plan. In this section you can set screen-free zones, screen-free times, device curfews, balancing on-;one and off-line time, Internet safety, and more. This is a great way to discuss these issues with your kids and come up with a media plan that you can all work towards. You can also print this when you are done.

I hope that this resource will lead to some positive discussions, in your home and mine, about how we use media!

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.

Preschool/Kindergarten/First Grade Spring Program

Please join us this Wednesday, May 16, for our Preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade Spring Program. You will enjoy praise and music and lots of smiling faces! The program will begin at 6:00 in the Worship Center. Students, families, and friends are all welcome to attend.

TinCaps Reading Program

TinCap tickets are now available for pick-up in the office.

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.


PLEASE PRAY FOR these classrooms this week:

Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, and Third Grade

Awards Presentation

Our end of the year Awards Assembly is an opportunity to recognize many special accomplishments from throughout the year. It’s a great opportunity to praise God for the many talents and accomplishments of our students. Please join us at 8:15 on Thursday, May 24, in the Worship Center. We will be celebrating the many accomplishments of our students!

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

Our staffing needs for next year are being filled and we are excited about the new teachers God is providing for our school. Here is where we are at:

Preschool – Mrs. Alisha Mast will continue on!

Kindergarten – Miss Karen Koehlert has received a Call to teach at St. John and we wait for her decision

1st Grade – Mrs. Jill Furniss has accepted our contract!

Resource Room – Miss Sarah Koch has accepted the Call to be placed at St. John!

We are thankful for these new teachers and excited about the gifts they will bring to our students and school. Please pray that God will lead Miss Koehlert to accept and pray for each teacher’s transition here.

Field Day

Our Field Day activities will be incorporated into our last day of school plans. We will be walking to the park by the library to celebrate the

end of the year. Preschool students are invited to come with parents. We will have Field Day activities for all students in the morning. We will also enjoy a free lunch for everyone from the hot lunch ladies. There will

also be time to relax, play, and enjoy friends before we break for the summer. Finally, we’ll end the day with a closing chapel service in the

park starting at 2:00! Parents are welcome to join us for

any part or the entire day! If you are interested in helping with the

Field Day events please let the school office of your willingness to help.

After we finish we will return to school for dismissal. Please watch for the permission slip with additional details coming home soon.

Athletic Notice for 2018 - 2019

As we start to look towards the future, one piece of information that is needed is to get an idea of which students are interested in participating in sports for the 2018-2019 school year. All students in grades 5-8 can participate in Fall Boys Soccer, Fall Girls Volleyball, Winter Boys and Girls Basketball and Spring Track. 4th graders will be invited to participate IF there is room available on the teams. All students currently in 3rd-7th grade will be receiving an email with a link to a short survey to gather information on your interest in sports. Please complete this survey as soon as possible, but by May 23 at the very latest. We appreciate your help in helping us plan for next year’s athletic program. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact Athletic Director Mrs. Kline or Mr. Walz

Athletic Awards Night

All athletes and their parents are reminded to join us next Monday, May 23, at 6:00 for our annual Athletic Awards Night. We’ll enjoy fellowship together and each team from this year will be recognized. We look forward to a great night together and recognizing our student athletes and their accomplishments.

SHINE Student of the Week

Congratulations to the following student for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Alli Butler, Hunter Shire, Brock Klink, Brock Cheesman, Rosa Andorfer, Braxton Cheesman, Katelyn James, Andrew McKinley, Oshea Bailey, Katie White, Hadley Probst, and Bryson Shire. We give thanks to God for the students who let their light shine before others.

Bus Next School Year?

Parents of students who ride an East Noble bus this school year have received a form to complete if they wish to continue riding this fall. Please return that form IMMEDIATELY! If you don’t receive a form, and hope to have your child ride, please contact Mrs. Thiem.


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.


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.

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

Save the Date

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

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 weeks ago in print form, but if you need another copy just ask in the office.

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

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

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

Summer Bible Study – Beginning June 3rd

• Sunday School for children age 3 through grade 5

• Youth Bible study – Screwtape Letters – Grades 6 through 12

• Exploring Christ-like Servant Leadership – Cultivating Faith – a 6-session Bible study helping us to strengthen our relationship with Jesus. Each session provides practical growth steps – come when you are able! Led by DCE Paul Wendt. June 3rd through July 8th.

VBS is coming soon: July 23-27!

Here is how you can join in this important and fun expression of our love of Jesus:

Volunteer for VBS! Want to enjoy a week sharing the Gospel with children in our church, school, and community? Then set aside the evenings of the week of July 23-27 and plan to help. You will end the week revived and full of the joy that comes when you have helped children hear the Word of God and see their faith grow in a positive, fun-filled way. *You can be a tremendous help even if your schedule permits you to attend only certain days during VBS week, or only a weekend decorating workshop!

We are ready to begin creating the props, decorations, and backdrops needed for our theme: Splash Canyon. I’m looking for people to help make these. Please let me know now if you can help as our plan is to team up with some members of Immanuel Lutheran in Avilla on Saturday, May 26, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 2, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 3, Noon – 3:00 p.m. to get this accomplished.

***We need a large amount of gray and white plastic shopping bags as soon as possible! We do NOT need brown. Please place them outside the church office, labeled VBS.***

Stay tuned for registration details in the weeks ahead! You don’t want your child or grandchild to miss fun songs, crafts, games, and most importantly learning how to trust God’s promises. Whatever may toss us around on the white water of life, God is riding with us!

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to hearing from you!

Mollie Scheiber (260) 242-6212 molliescheiber@hotmail.com.

Our fifth and sixth graders will be hosting a bake sale THIS SUNDAY MORNING, May 20th, to raise needed funds for their upcoming trip to Chicago. If you would like to contribute something to be sold, or would like to support the students by buying a yummy treat, please stop on by the sale!!!


14 – 20, 2018

Monday, May 14

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

Tuesday, May 15

8:15 – Chapel

4:00 – Saxon City Girls Meet – Zollner Field, Concordia High School

Wednesday, May 16

Thursday, May 17

4:00 – Saxon City Boys Meet – Zollner Field, Concordia High School

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, May 18

Saturday, May 19

Sunday, May 20

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in Worship Center

11:45 – Annual Meeting

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