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October 2013

Dear St. John School Families,

How can a month with 31 days feel so very short?  When you think of all we’ve accomplished together, it’s no wonder it feels as if October flew by.

Our fantastic PTL had a banner month for sure.  Lisa Friebel’s organizational acumen was just the right touch for orchestrating the delivery of more than $27,000 worth of frozen pizzas and desserts.  Meredith Wanamaker sorted through more than 8,000 box tops.  Gala Oates coordinated the availability of samples, order forms and volunteers to sell a fresh selection of Cougar wear.  Sarah Borchelt, along with several volunteers, made an expanded Scholastic Book Fair possible so teachers’ and students’ reading wish lists could be filled.  The profits from the Book Fair will be used to purchase new books for the library.  Lynne Edwards put together a tremendously fun Trunk or Treat event.  We had lovely fall weather and a great turnout for this time of “frightful” family fellowship.  A whole team of talented and creative room parents decorated doors throughout the school in a tremendous show of appreciation for teachers and staff.  Another team of volunteers is working on enhancements to our Christian environment such as solving the technical glitches to provide music throughout the school during morning arrival and painting scripture on the walls.  Awesome is the word that comes to mind when I think of what a hugely positive impact these dedicated people’s efforts have on our school community.  I pray they have been blessed by using their time and talents for such good.  We are grateful.

October brought the dedication of our new gymnasium bleachers and our first ever Alumni Night.  The evening included time for former student-athletes to peruse old yearbooks and team photos as they socialized.  We did an official ribbon cutting and dedication of the bleachers as the alums prayed proactively for all students, parents, grandparents, athletes and coaches who will sit on those bleachers in the years to come.  Pastor Hower also dedicated the cross made of the wood from the old bleachers.  Our Annual Fund campaign commenced on that same evening, October 5, allowing the alums the first opportunity to pay it forward, connecting past to future by being a blessing to St. John students of today and tomorrow.

We knew we wanted the Annual Fund campaign to have a distinct starting date coinciding with our alumni event.  If you recall, the 100/100/100 concept emphasizes accomplishing the bulk of the fund raising for the Annual Fund within a relatively narrow window of time:  100 days.  What amazed me was when I counted forward on the calendar 100 days from October 5; the 100-day window closes on the weekend of my 50th birthday in mid January.  Please know that I would consider it the best birthday gift ever if we were to meet or exceed our financial goal so that we can come close to covering our budgeted operational costs for the year.  We need each family to participate to make that happen.  The 100% participation aspect of the goal is aimed at having everyone feel proud of and literally invested in the culmination of this campaign.  Even the kiddos are in eager anticipation of some benchmark celebrations.  They are watching the orange paw prints being added to the progress tracker in the lobby.  As we reach 25% of the goal, we will schedule a carnival-style lunch celebration.  As we reach 50% of the goal, we will have a fun teacher swap, a super popular celebration we tried for the first time last year.  At 75% of the goal, we’ll have a movie assembly, saving the original teacher theatrical skit creation for the finish line.  You can track our progress on the school website.  Don’t underestimate the value of your contribution so let’s be all in.  I made my donation, as have several others on the staff.  Together we will get there. 

The middle school staff’s efforts to implement a new program of student portfolio compilation and student-led conferences is further evidence of what we can accomplish when we work together.  With aims of having students improve their ability to set goals, reflect and self assess along the way to deepening ownership of students’ learning, the 5-8 teachers collaborated to realize such outcomes. The portfolios are substantive archives of student work and the first-quarter student progress conferences were opportunities to review and revel in that work.  Any time you try something new, it is bound to need a few tweaks here and there.  We greatly appreciate the input from parents who chose to fill out the post-conference survey.  Your suggestions will help us further shape and refine a format that was overwhelmingly well received as being in the best interest of students.  As the student-focused conference format does represent a culture shift, please know that we want you to contact any teacher with your questions as they arise; parent-teacher dialog, clarification and partnership should not wait until conferences.

We have also heard your desire for some parent training regarding digital citizenship so you can better calibrate your role in helping your child navigate the information age.  For your convenience, Rob Jacklin is offering two parent sessions, one at 8:30 on the morning of November 12 and the other at 7:00 on the evening of November 13.  These sessions will generally be geared to middle school families, so I strongly encourage anyone with a middle school child or a child soon to be in middle school to attend one of these.  Please look for specific communication to come from Rob and the other middle school teachers.

As we look ahead to November, we are preparing for our first of two Admissions Open Houses.  On the evening of November 21, we will host prospective families who want to hear about our school.  Student ambassadors will be on hand to give tours, and various teachers and staff will be available to answer questions.   Here’s where you come in.  You, our current families, are the best marketing tactic.  When you speak with such passion about the place where your child is not only getting a top-notch education but is daily reminded of the love Jesus has for him or her, you leave no doubt that this is a special learning community.  Please invite someone to attend the Open House at 7:00pm on November 21.  We will make it worth your while, as we are looking to increase the tuition rebate for documented referrals.  Help us expand enrollment by being invitational.  We are in a competitive market place, and we believe our school is one of the very best options around.  Spread the word!

If your child is part of our current 6th grade class, that November Open House will also include an opportunity for you to interact with the 7th and 8th grade team.  We not only want to invite new families to join us, we want your child to finish strong.  So, instead of waiting until January when the current 4th graders will learn about “stepping up” into the transition year that is the 5th grade experience, we invite you and your 6th grader to join us on November 21 to hear what we have in store for you.  More information will be coming soon.

God bless you and your busy family.  The bustle of the holidays will soon be upon us so remember to take time each day to deepen your relationship with our gracious Lord and Savior, the Light of the world.

Living in the Light!

Heidi Hays

Principal, St. John School









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Sharing Christ With All People

You might know him best these days as the baseball cap-wearing spokesman for the Ford commercials. But his résumé is one of the most diverse in his industry.

I first took note of Mike Rowe as the host of the Discovery Channel’s, “Dirty Jobs” show. Rowe was filmed processing smelly seafood in a fish factory, collecting bat guano for prized fertilizer and cleaning septic tanks. Mike originally concocted a list of a dozen jobs to be featured in the three episodes that served as the show's pilot, and within days, viewers flooded Discovery Channel with e-mails and videos featuring their own dirty jobs, a tradition that kept the show in production for more than 100 episodes.

Mike began his career doing a local TV segment called, “Someone’s Gotta Do It,” in San Francisco. After filming a graphic piece on artificial insemination of cows, Rowe was inundated with letters expressing "shock, horror, fascination, disbelief, and wonder". An opportunist, Rowe sent the tape to numerous networks, including Comedy Central, who replied saying "At this time, our fall schedule does not allow for a talk show that takes place inside a septic tank.” He has since narrated numerous popular shows including; Deadliest Catch, American Chopper, Wicked Tuna, and Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week.

But what intrigues me most is Mike Rowe’s decision to provide $15,000 scholarships for students to attend a Technical Institute in preparation for what he describes as, “The 3 million jobs in America that no one wants.”

To attain the scholarship applicants must record a video explaining why they should be considered, along with a 500 word essay, and agree to sign the “Sweat Pledge” (see below) that is essential to success in his opinion.

  1. I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.
  2. I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” are not the same thing.
  3. I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.” I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them.
  4. I do not “follow my passion.” I bring it with me. I believe that any job can be done with passion and enthusiasm.
  5. I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it. I would rather live in a tent and eat beans than borrow money to pay for a lifestyle I can’t afford.
  6. I believe that my safety is my responsibility. I understand that being in “compliance” does not necessarily mean I’m out of danger.
  7. I believe the best way to distinguish myself at work is to show up early, stay late, and cheerfully volunteer for every crappy task there is.
  8. I believe the most annoying sounds in the world are whining and complaining. I will never make them. If I am unhappy in my work, I will either find a new job, or find a way to be happy.
  9. I believe that my education is my responsibility, and absolutely critical to my success. I am resolved to learn as much as I can from whatever source is available to me. I will never stop learning, and understand that library cards are free.
  10. I believe that I am a product of my choices – not my circumstances. I will never blame anyone for my shortcomings or the challenges I face. And I will never accept the credit for something I didn’t do.
  11. I understand the world is not fair, and I’m OK with that. I do not resent the success of others.
  12. I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off.

Call me old fashioned, out-of-touch, or red-necked, but I’m a fan of Mike’s values. I thought of him when I considered Jesus’ call to make disciples of ALL PEOPLE. It’s messy business. It’s demeaning business. It can require, otherwise respectable, upstanding, highly sophisticated Christians to “lower” themselves to embrace the dregs of society for the purpose of sharing Christ. Jesus was often criticized by the Church-culture of His day for hanging out with the wrong people. Not much has changed.

If you intend to be Christ-like, there are no persons too lost, too dirty, and too messed-up to be unworthy of your time and attention.

Would you take Mike’s pledge? Would you take Christ’s pledge to, “Go and make disciples of all people… all people?” Really?

See you Sunday.

The Scripture

“Many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

  • Who do you know that is socially awkward or an outcast from the church crowd?
  • How might your friendship make a difference?
  • Why is it that after a few years, most Christians only hang with other Christians? Do you think that is more helpful or hurtful to the mission?


What word best describes how you feel when talking to people that hold different values, faith or social status than you:

A. Awkward
B. Intrigued
C. Stimulated
D. I tend to avoid those situations.

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A Prayer

Honesty. Honesty about who I am and how I perceive others is the first step towards a more Christ-like attitude I suppose. Help me Lord. Help me be honest about my reticence to engage in conversation and life with those whose life-experience, values and faith are different from my own. Give me greater courage to engage the outcasts of society. Decrease my sensitivity towards other’s past mistakes and help me demonstrate a more gracious spirit towards those who expect only judgment and rejection from Christians. I know Your ways O Lord are best and divergence from truth is not the best way to be helpful. But teach me to mirror Your example of compassion towards sinners while loving them into a closer relationship with You. I have a lot to learn Lord. Teach me Your ways. I offer my prayer in a sincere and grateful understanding of how low you reached to recue me; Amen.

Brief Notes

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Stephen Hower, Pastor

Challenging the status quo to awaken an appreciation for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Phil. 3:13,14
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