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

Banner 37, May 21, 2018

WRITTEN BY Anonymous - 21 May 2018


St. John Lutheran School

May 21, 2018 Number 37

The Principal’s Pen


Mrs. Thiem asked me this question today. Because she’s cooler than me she was aware of this Internet craze where I was not. If you’re not familiar with the question, there is an audio clip that, when played, some people hear the word ‘laurel’ while others hear the word ‘yanny’. You can Google it to find the audio.

While it’s fun to find out which word you hear, this can be a reminder of a much more significant lesson. In life, it is important to consider both what we hear and who it is coming from. We are inundated with messages throughout each day. They come from TV, teachers, the Internet, phones, books, movies, friends, family members, and more. At the most basic level, these messages can do one of two things: they can draw us closer to God or further from Him. That’s because, at the most basic level, these messages come from God or from the Devil. Everything we hear is the Devil’s attempt to lead us away from God or God’s attempt to bring us closer to Him.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

John 10:27

For the record, both Mrs. Thiem and I heard the word ‘laurel’ (so that must be the right answer!). More importantly, is what, and Who, we hear day in and day out. My prayer for you, as this year ends, is that you will remain connected to God this summer. In worship, Bible reading and devotions, Christian music, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, I pray that you will continue to hear God’s voice and walk with Him!

May God richly bless your summer!

Eighth Grade Graduation

ALL Students and Families Are Invited….

Wednesday, May 23 - 6:30 P.M.

Worship Center

Please join us in recognizing and celebrating

our 8th grade graduates:

Spencer Arington, Owen Chambers, Joseph Erne,

Katie Graber, Brock Klink, Brenton Klopfenstein,

Bailey Murphy, Aiden Schumm, and Coby Treesh

There are plenty of ways to see evidence of the impact of a St. John education. Few are more moving than graduation night has traditionally been. Even if you don’t KNOW an eighth-grader, please join us!

Thank you to everyone who helped support our 5th/6th grade trip to Chicago. The 5th and 6th graders worked hard last Saturday and washed around 30 cars and each other! They raised over $300 for their trip. Then, on Sunday, our Bake Sale garnered around $335. Thanks to all who helped in any way!

The $coop On $crip

Remember that scrip will be available in the church or school office all summer!! Don’t get out of the habit of buying with scrip in support of our school and your family’s tuition! If you’ve never tried scrip, the less hectic days of summer might be a great chance to give it a try! See Mrs. Thiem for details!

From 9 to 3 each day, there should always be someone in the office to help you with your needs. You’re buying gas and groceries anyway. Why not use Scrip and let area businesses help support our school!?




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.

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!

Staffing Update

Our staffing needs for next year are now 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 accepted our Call to teach at St. John! She is planning to visit June 2-4.

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 for each teacher’s transition here.

Guardians of the Galaxy

A Field Day of Galactic Proportions!!!...

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 ask your child for the permission slip with additional details sent home last Thursday

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 received 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

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

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.

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.

Help Promote St. John

This summer St. John Lutheran Church and School will participate in 2 community events:

• Noble County Fair, Monday, July 16-Saturday, July 21

• Kid City, Saturday, August 4, 10:00-3:00

We will have a booth at each event sharing information about our school and church. We would love to have help from our church and school families at these booths. If that sounds interesting to you, call the school office to be added to the list!

Fundraising Appeal Update

For the past two weeks we have made a fundraising appeal in place of our school auction. An added bonus is that these gifts are matched by grants from The Dekko Foundation and The Lutheran Foundation. We have been greatly blessed in the response we have had! We have received donations from 20 individuals and area businesses. We have received over $14,000 for our endowment fund (which provides tuition assistance and operating funds) and over $6,000 for our UPLIFT annual fund (which provides operating funds). With other donations we have received during the year we are very close to reaching our goal of $25,000 for each fund! This means we are very close to receiving $75,000 in matching funds through the two grant foundations. Donations are still be accepted to help us reach our goals. We praise God for His wonderful blessings!

End of the Year Reminders

Don’t forget all of these important end-of-the-year reminders:

 Please return all library books or videos immediately.

 Check the Lost and Found cabinet and/or tables. Unclaimed items will be given to Goodwill.

 Pay your Extended Care and Hot Lunch Bills. All outstanding balances need to be paid by the last day of school. Paying these outstanding bills allows Mrs. Thiem to concentrate on other tasks this summer in preparation for next year.

 If you intend to pay next year’s tuition in full or in two payments, your payment is due by June 1.

 Please continue to save the following items over the summer:

• Empty Ink jet cartridges

• Box Tops for Education (We receive 10 cents for each Box Top submitted!)

Just a Reminder that June 1 is the deadline

for those paying either one-half of next year’s tuition,

or paying that balance in full.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Seventh Grade Class, Eighth Grade Class, and Taryn Haines. 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. Our understanding in talking with the East Noble Transportation director is that our students will be dropped off at the new middle school in the mornings, gathered there, and then put on a bus and brought to St. John. In the afternoon, our children will take a bus from St. John to the new middle school where they will then catch their bus home. Final details are still being worked out and we will communicate additional news as we receive it over the summer.

Please pray

Our prayers this week go out to these classrooms: Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, Sixth Grade, Seventh Grade, and on our last day of school well wishes and prayers to our departing Eighth Grade class!


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!

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!!

Alumni Accomplishments

Congratulations to St. John graduates, Sahil Patel and Kyra Warren, who have gone on to do amazing things at East Noble High School and will graduate this spring.

Sahil received the most prestigious Eli Lilly Foundation Scholarship which covers his entire college tuition (so no need to apply for others), and also the Mediacom World Class Scholarship. He was recognized as one of the top 10 academic performers of the class of 2018 graduating with High Honors (3.5 GPA or above). Congratulations, Sahil!

Kyra was also recognized as one of the Class of 2018’s Top 10 students, graduating with High Honors (3.5 GPA or above). She received the following scholarships: Noble REMC Scholarship, Richard Bentz Leadership Scholarship, Richard Stonebraker Memorial Scholarship, Alpha Associate Chapter of Tri Kappa Scholarship, Gamma Xi Chapter Tri Kappa 4-Year Academic Scholarship, Noble County Memorial Scholarship, Jonah W. Slater Memorial Scholarship, P.U.L.S.E. Endowment in Memory of Dave Knopp Scholarship, Josh Stahl Scholarship, Chester A. and Bessie C. Throp Scholarship, and Noble County Community Foundation Top Honors. Way to go, Kyra!

Special congratulations to 2017 co-salutatorian, Michael Lehman, who was an Academic Wall of Fame Inductee. Congratulations, Michael!!

Senior Walk!

Ask your student about last week’s Senior Walk in which some of our graduates and former students returned to St. John for a walk through in their cap and gown! We enjoyed seeing Brooklyn Schumm, Kyra Warren, Kara Kline, Lydia Platt, Lucas Platt, Sahil Patel, Sydney Williams, Griffen Dafforn-Koebler, Drew Devers, and Macaulay Botteron!

Not all these students actually graduated their 8th grade year from here, but when asked, they said that St. John is where their fondest memories were! We were thrilled to have them and wish them all God’s Blessings on the next leg of their journey!!

Lutheran Night at the Fort Wayne Tin Caps

Monday, August 6, is Lutheran Night at the Tin Caps, a way to celebrate Lutheran schools and organizations from around the Fort Wayne area. Game time is 7:05 p.m. You won’t want to miss the fireworks, Family Feast Night in which hot dogs, pizza slices, popcorn, and regular soft drinks are all $1, and more!

There will be an order deadline to receive the Lutheran Night discount offer. We will on more information during the summer as we receive it. Don’t miss the fun!

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.

Thank a Veteran for their service to our country!

21–27, 2018

Monday, May 21

6:00 – Athletic Celebration and Awards

Tuesday, May 22

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

Wednesday, May 23

6:30 – Eighth Grade Graduation

Thursday, May 24

8:15 School Awards Assembly

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, May 25 – Final Day of School

Field Day at Bixler Lake Park

2:15 – Closing Chapel Service at the Park

Saturday, May 26

Sunday, May 27

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Bible Study and 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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