School News: April 11, 2017

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

     My father took us to church every Sunday while I was growing up. I sat on the aisle seat with my dad next to me, probably to keep me away from my three sisters and much younger brother on the other side of mom. He never really talked out loud about his faith. I guess he was part of a generation that acknowledged their Savior, but kept it to themselves. Still, his faith was evident in how he lived his life, how he raised his kids, and that faithful trip to church every week. I did not take a straight path to ministry. My young life took a lot of twists and turns. I believe, however, that the influence of my father and mother made it easier for the Lord to get through my self-centeredness when He changed my career path and brought me into the Christian school system.

     I thought of my Heavenly Father the last time I read Colossians 2, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (v6-7). I realize that everything not underlined is something that was given to me out of love. In love, God brought me to faith, rooted and established me in that faith, and taught me through His Holy Spirit. He did all the work. Because of that love, I pray that I am able to walk in Him and that my life will abound in thanksgiving. I pray the same for all of us.

PATRIOTS’ PEN ESSAY

Congratulations to Sukhpreet G. for winning First Place in the annual Patriots Pen Essay Contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). This is the second year in a row that she has placed first in this area competition. Great work, Sukhpreet!

 

WALK-A-THON

We will walk on Wednesday, May 3 right after chapel, weather permitting. Students will walk 25 times around the Hunter Road parking lot, or for 60 minutes, whichever comes first. We appreciate the support we have received from sponsors so far, and encourage all families to continue to gather support for this important event. The project includes an option to send your sponsor letters through email with a video to share as well: http://stjohnindy.org/walkathon-video/

 

ISTEP

ISTEP Part 2, the online portion of ISTEP will begin for students in grades 3-8 on Tuesday, April 18 and could continue through Friday, May 5.

Teachers will share their individual grade level testing schedule with families once it is finalized. Parents, please be sure your children can be in school during all testing times shared by your child’s teacher. Students in grades 3 and 8 will take seven tests and students in grades 4, 5, 6, and 7 will take nine tests.

 

GRADES 1-4 SPELLING BEE

Students in grades 1 - 4 represent their classes in the Spelling Bee this Wednesday evening, April 19 at 6:30 PM. in the Dwelling Place. Please use the Hunter Road parking lot entrance or the main door to the Dwelling Place. The main school doors by the office will not be unlocked.

 

HOLY WEEK WORSHIP SCHEDULE

  • Maundy Thursday: April 13, 4:30  and 7:00 PM - Sanctuary

  • Good Friday: April 14, 12:30 & 7:00 PM. in the Dwelling Place

  • No Saturday evening service on April 15

  • Easter Sunday: April 16, 7:00 AM Traditional in the Sanctuary, 9:00 AM Traditional & 10:45 AM Contemporary in the Dwelling Place.

 

NO SCHOOL MONDAY, APRIL 17

This is Easter Monday and was scheduled as a day off when the calendar was developed.

 

TUITION OPTIONS FOR 2017-18

Parents, please check your Fast Direct messages regarding tuition options for 2017-18. If you choose to pay in full prior to July 3rd, you’ll receive a 3% discount. No credit cards accepted for discounts. Use this link to pay. If you would like to enroll with SMART Tuition making monthly payments, please go to our website, scroll to the bottom of the page and click SMART Tuition to enroll.

Please notify Lori Reno Howard if your tuition arrangements are changing.

 

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

As we move toward the end of the school year, families are reminded of your responsibility to pay all tuition and fees, registration, lunch and extended care charges, band, and class trip balances by the end of May. In accordance with Indiana state law, no records or report cards will be released in any form or transcripts forwarded to new schools until your financial obligations have been met.