Newsletter - May 10, 2013
Sunday – 8:00 am & 10:45 am
Wednesday –7:15 pm
9:30 am -10:30 am
Age 2-High School
Friday, May 10
“Peter Rabbit” 10:15
Friday, May 10
Field Day for 2, 3, 4
11:10 – 2:00
Tuesday, May 14
Spring Concert 6:30
Wednesday, May 15
Parent Meeting 3:30
Friday, May 17
Little Lamb Family
Picnic 5:30 – 7:00
Friday, May 24
Bike Hike for 3, 4, 5
Wednesday, May 29
Friday, May 31
Last Day of School
Early Dismissal 10:30
Friday, May 31
8th Grade Graduation
Update from the School Board
Greetings from the St. John Lutheran School Board. I wanted to provide an update regarding recent activity on the board and express my thanks to our parents and staff for their patience as we prepare for the forthcoming school year.
We are thrilled to share that at a recent voter’s assembly, Joel Burgener, a St. John member and current Centennial High School science teacher, was approved overwhelmingly by our congregation to serve as our new principal in the coming academic year. Joel is a one-time student of the Lutheran School Association in Decatur. His wife and three children are members at St. John. We’ll soon be announcing some events where you will have the chance to meet Joel in person.
As a board we also wanted to convey our heartfelt thanks to our staff who are departing us this year. After serving our school faithfully for many years, we extend our gratitude to Dan Yagow and Randy Niemann for their tireless dedication. We also want to thank Ralph Leffler for his seven years of service as principal for his grace, professionalism and for all he has done for our school as he (again) retires. We love you all and are grateful for all you have done for St. John.
In our effort to fill these very large shoes, the board has been meeting to review candidates that we have received from the district office as well as names submitted by congregation members. We hope to interview our top prospects by phone next week and to soon bring a recommendation to our voters shortly thereafter at a special voter’s meeting. We recognize the urgency of finding highly qualified staff.
No other changes in staff responsibilities are planned at this time. We will review the skill sets of our teachers and work with them to find the best ways to utilize their talents as we bring on additional staff.
One question that was addressed to the board at Tuesday’s meeting was whether we were looking to consolidate classrooms. This is not our plan and has not been discussed as a topic by the board prior to this question being raised.
Thanks for your patience with us as we look to bring on talented new staff. Please let us know any further questions or concerns that you may have.
Steve Ruhlig, School Board Chair
Happy Baptism Birthdays!
We would like to acknowledge our students whose Baptism Birthdays were celebrated in Chapel this week. Happy Baptism Birthday to Noah L.!
2013-2014 School Registration
If you have not yet registered your child for the 2013-2014 school year, please do so as soon as possible. We will soon be ordering textbooks and supplies for next year, and we need to have accurate enrollment numbers to ensure that we have enough for all students.
The tuition payment schedule for the 2013-2014 school year begins with the first payment due May 15. If you have signed up for automatic debit, your first withdrawal will be posted on May 15. Little Lamb parents will begin their payments on August 15. If you pay by check, please drop your payment off in the school office. If you need to talk about an alternative payment schedule, please contact Mr. Leffler.
Spring Concert May 14th
The Spring Concert is 6:30, Tuesday, May 14. The Intermediate Choir (grades 3, 4, & 5) will sing and students will play their recorders. Both the Beginning Fifth Grade Band and the Junior High Band will play.
Last Day of School
The last day of school is Friday, May 31, with Chapel at 8:25, Awards Ceremony at 9:00, and dismissal at 10:30 a.m.
- Last Day for Little Lamb 3—Tuesday, May 28
- Last Day for Little Lamb 4—Wednesday, May 29
- Last Day for Kindergarten – Wednesday, May 29
- Kindergarten Graduation – 6:00, Wednesday, May 29 in the Gym
- Eighth Grade Graduation – 6:30, Friday, May 31 in the Sanctuary
Tea and Conversation
Our last Tea and Conversation meeting will be Wednesday, May 15, from 2 to 3pm in room 4C. This meeting is for our international families to come together and have conversations. If you have questions, please contact Faith Block at
Do You Need F.A.I.T.H. Hours?
Information in the F.A.I.T.H. Binder will be tallied soon. There are a few families who have not yet fulfilled their 20 hours. Please take a look at the binder and update it if you have not recorded all of your hours. If you are in need of hours, watch the newsletter, ask your child’s teacher, or stop by the school office and we will see if we have any jobs that need to be done. (Don’t forget the car wash on Saturday.)
Get Ready For A Mountaintop Experience!
Got Tell It on the Mountain
Where Jesus christ is Lord
At VBS this summer, children will gather their gear and set out on an expedition to learn about our one true God. Shout it from the peak’s summit – with Him, it’s possible to scale any mountain that’s ahead.
VBS is open to all children age 3 through completed 5th grade. Registration forms will be sent home with students next week. Additional forms are available on the Narthex table by the sanctuary.
Completed forms can be returned to school office or put in the box on the Narthex table.
Volunteers are needed to make VBS a success. Youth who have completed 6th –12th grade may sign up for their preferred area.
Please see the bulletin board by the Fellowship Hall for more information.
If you have any questions please contact:
Logo Wear Blow Out!!
$5 each or 3 for $12
*vintage designs *various styles
*quantity limited *sizes - child S to adult 3XL
**All inventory is on the table outside the school office.
Tees and Hoodies in current design are still available!
All Tees - $10 All Hoodies - $22!
Drawstring Bags and Seat Cushion 3 for $12!
For our service project this year, the kindergarten class at St. John Lutheran School will be working with the United Way to collect new underwear. Donations will be used by the United Way to help people in Champaign County. We request new underwear still in the packaging. Packages range from 2-12 pair per package. You can donate boys’, girls’, men’s, or women’s underwear. There is a need for all sizes, but especially adult sizes. Donations can be brought to the box outside the school office at 509 South Mattis from Monday, May 13th to Friday, May 24th, 2013. Last year we collected 483 pair of new underwear and came very close to achieving our goal. This year we hope to reach 500. Please consider making a donation for a worthwhile cause.
Help us collect 500 pair before the start of the Indy 500!
St. John Athletics
Track & Field Awards Night will be held at 6:00,
Thursday, May 16th in the gym.
Please bring along your uniforms to return.
PLEASE LOOK FOR YOUR BASKETBALL UNIFORMS. THERE ARE STILL SOME WHO HAVE NOT RETURNED THEIRS.
PTF Car Wash
VOLUNTEERS, CARS, and PLEDGES NEEDED!!!!
Two available times to help out-- 9:15-12, 12-2:30
Can't make it to help? Donate some food or drinks to keep our car washers going.
Fun opportunity to get some F.A.I.T.H. hours.
Help make this car wash a success and raise money for the computer lab.
THIS Saturday - May 11, 2013
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
To volunteer contact:
Don’t Forget MOM!
Mother’s Day is Sunday.
Get the mothers in your life a Danville Gardens $10 Gift Card.
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
May 6-10, 2013
Thank you to the parents for their support of Teacher Appreciation week. Also thank you to Rainstorm Car Wash, The Stephens Family YMCA, & Triple T Carwash for donations.
PTF would also like to thank Laurie Stephens and Stephanie Merkle for their hard work organizing the events of the week. Thank you!
Calling all Golfers…
Save the date: September 14, 2013
PTF Golf Outing and Auction
Orders Due: Friday, May 24 by 3:30 pm or place an order on-line at www.marketday.com until 11pm that night (We are account #6527.)
Pick Up: Wednesday, May 29th, Fellowship Hall
Time: Between 3 and 4pm
Promotions this Month
1) FREE Quick ‘n’ Crispy Shoestring French Fries with your $40 purchase
2) FREE 4-Pack of ¼ lb Beef Patties with $90 online purchase and enter promo code: MAYBONUS
3) Free-Quent Buyer – If you made two $40 purchases between February and April, you are eligible to receive 3 FREE Eco Bags with your $40 purchase this month.
Are you new to Market Day? Spend $25 or more on-line and enter promo code: NEWFIVE and receive $5 off your first order.
Summer Sales --- We will be holding 2 sales during the summer, so you can continue to enjoy these great products. Due dates and pick up times are as follows:
Orders Due Pick Up date Pick up Time
June 14 Wednesday, June 19 2:30-3:30pm
August 13 Saturday, August 17 9-10am
Spring Ram Rebate Order Dates
Monday, May 20
(last one before summer break)
Orders need to be dropped off in the school office, or the lock box outside the office, with payment made payable to St. John PTF by3pm, Monday, May 20 and will be available for pick up in the office the following Friday. Contact Leah Seten at 202-1626 if you have questions.
If you would like to place your order on-line at www.shopwithscrip.com you will need to enter our St. John enrollment code: 84L8EEE115569. You may also sign up for Presto Pay (electronic funds transfer) but will need to allow 4-5 business days in order to complete the registration process. Order forms can be found in the school office or you can print off the attached order form and turn it in if you don’t place an on-line order.
Walmart Gift Card Announcement
You can save $.10 per gallon on gas purchases made at Walmart using a Walmart gift card now through July 7, 2013. --- That’s a savings of $.07 more than usual on gas purchases made with a gift card.
This offer is good locally at the Champaign, Savoy, and Urbana Walmart stores. You can purchase cards in the school office or place an order on the due dates.
Teacher Appreciation Week is here!!
Now through May 24, or while supplies last, you can get the following cards in these denominations:
Barnes & Noble -- $5 cards
Panera ---- $5 cards
Target --- $10 cards
Walmart --- $10 cards
To get these cards, order on-line at www.shopwithscrip.com or just write the card/denomination amount on the paper order form you print out or pick up in the office.