301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #4 - September 10

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 10 September 2012

P St. John Lutheran School


Number 4

September 10, 2012

The Principal’s Pen

My command is this:

Love each other as I have loved you.

John 15:12

As we enter September, our focus is on the O in POWER, which stands for obey. John 15:12 is the verse that is in the gym and will be our focus for the POWER UP times on Mondays.

Obedience is not a new issue for us. Children obey parents. Students obey teachers. Adults obey bosses and city, state, and federal governments. Even dogs learn to obey. God made it very clear from the beginning that obedience is part of our relationship with Him. God gave Adam and Eve rules to obey in the Garden. God gave Moses the 10 Commandments for the Israelite people to follow. God continued with many other laws and rules that set His people apart as different from others. From Adam and Eve forward we’ve had trouble following God’s laws. We can’t do it and that’s why we need Someone that can. That Someone is Jesus.

Jesus summed up all of the Old Testament laws in this one command: Love each other as I have loved you. When you think about it, if we love others in the same way that Jesus loves us we won’t have any trouble with other laws that God gives us. And just how does God love us? Here are 3 of the ways:

For Everyone: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Lasts Forever: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136: 1 (and the entire Psalm)

Bigger than Anything: And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. Ephesians 3:17-18

May God’s love fill you and overflow from you to those you encounter each day!


Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7

It won’t be long until the fresh aroma of hot apple fritters is floating through the air at the Noble County Fairgrounds! But, in order to accomplish that we need lots of willing workers!

Again this year, we have also reserved a space at the Main Street Village in downtown Kendallville, where we will prepare and sell our delicious fritters. WE EXPECT AT LEAST ONE PERSON PER FAMILY TO HELP IN SOME WAY WITH OUR APPLE FESTIVAL PROJECT. Sign up sheets have been sent home the last two weeks. If you have not yet returned a sheet, another is being sent your way. PLEASE RESPOND NOW!!! If you are not sure what this is all about, please discuss the topic with Mrs. Thiem in the school office. Costumes are available at each booth! A PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE WILL BE COMING HOME SOON!

Again, we are asking for voluntary monetary donations to purchase necessary ingredients to make the fritters. Monetary donations should be made payable to “ST. JOHN PTL”. (Last year’s expenses amounted to just over $3,000.) As you can see this is no small operation!

Various other tasks will need to be done before the Festival. We appreciate your help before and during the Festival!

Principal’s Coffee and Chat

Thank you to the parents who attended the first Principal’s Coffee and Chat last Thursday. We had great discussion with lots of feedback and ideas shared on topics like the registration process, the Open Classroom and Back to School Nights, technology, PTL, and building needs. Hopefully you can attend the next session scheduled for Oct. 10, at 1:30.

Morning Arrival Procedures

For the safety and security of all our students and staff, we have established the following procedures for morning arrival time.

• The only door open for morning extended care is door #5 at the back parking lot. All drop-offs should happen there.

• Please do not park in the lot to the south of our building. This is the lot for Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and we want to be good neighbors.

• Preschool parents walking their children into the building in the morning should park on northbound Oak Street from the preschool door (door #3) back to the south.

• Student drop-offs should occur on northbound Oak Street from the preschool doors forward to the north. Students should enter the building at door #1.

• Students are asked not to open doors for other students or parents at any time during the day.

Thank you for helping us provide a safe environment by following these procedures, and helping your children to do so, too.

Library News

Welcome back to our librarian Sara Taylor!!! Sara is a church member who has 16 years of experience at the Limberlost Library. Sara is also being assisted this year by Sue Kratzman and Sarah Buuck. We are thankful for Sara’s service as librarian and for Sue and Sarah’s help.

Students from kindergarten on up have one session per week in the library where they may check out titles for the week. Lower grade students also have story time.


SCRIP can save you money! Please stop in the office any time and purchase some SCRIP cards. The percentage that the school receives back from your purchases helps provide for the education of your children. Plus, St. John credits half of that percentage back to the account of your choosing back at St. John. The school wins and you win!

Great News! Walmart is offering a savings of 10 cents a gallon on gas purchases made when using a Walmart gift card from now until December 23rd. Pick up your Walmart card in the school office and start saving!

Eighth grader Emilea Herkel

who will soon undergo foot surgery;

These school families, prayed for this week:

Douglas and Lisa Bender, Kristin Benson, Darby Blake,

Todd and Christina Blaskie, and Jeff and Michelle Bloom

If you have specific prayer needs that you would like the staff to pray for, whether you are one of these families or not, please share them with your classroom teacher or the office.

Emergency Contact Information

Remember to keep us up-to-date on how to reach you during the day. If any information changes, please call Mrs. Thiem as soon as possible.

Recycle, Please!

Now that school is back in session, I want to remind you to recycle the empty ink jet cartridges as well as any cell phones, MP3 Players, I-PODS, and Laptop computers. Some cell phones and Blackberrys can earn up to $100.00. You can give them to Angi Goldey if they are large items, or put them in the wooden collection box in the church lobby. Thanks for helping to

keep our world clean and making money for your school!

Student Directory Coming Home

Parents are receiving a new purple student/parent directory. This is a valuable publication which contains class lists, teacher credentials, family addresses and phone numbers, and directions to area schools (for sporting events, etc.). Every attempt has been made to provide correct information, but if you should spot an error, please bring it to Mrs. Thiem’s attention so a correction can be printed in the Banner.

School Pictures

School pictures have been scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, and Wednesday, September 19. Mark your calendars now! All students in our school will be pictured during their normal class time. Pictures will be on a pre-pay, money-back guarantee basis.

Ordering information will be sent home soon. Please make checks payable to “Ken Rolofson Photography.” and send order form with payment to school as soon as possible. Students without money on picture day will not be allowed to purchase pictures. Checks can be written with the assurance they will not be cashed before picture day. The more envelopes that are received early, the easier the task of organizing everything when the photographer arrives.

If you did not receive an order form, please contact Mrs. Thiem or your child’s teacher.

A big thank you to Beth Klink and Angel Diehm for offering to help on Picture Day.

Sports Update

Our soccer and volleyball teams have both gotten off to a great start this year. Even though both teams are still looking for their first win, they have been playing hard and improving with each game. We appreciate the enthusiasm and effort of the kids and the hard work of the coaches working with them. Come and cheer on the Eagles at the following games:

Volleyball: TODAY, Sep. 10, at 4:15

Volleyball: Monday, Sep. 17, at 4:15

Soccer: Monday, Sep. 17, at 4:15


HomeConnect, ( https://Hosted319.renlearn.com/120671/HomeConnect), is a terrific part of our new Accelerated Reader program. Each 2nd grade through 8th grade parent should have received e a personalized letter last week. Letters for 1st graders will come home as they are ready to begin the program. These letters inform you on how to log on to HomeConnect. Through HomeConnect you have a powerful way to keep track of what your child is reading through the Accelerated Reader program and how he or she is doing. If you have questions, please see Mr. Walz or your child’s teacher. As of last Friday, parents 11 students have signed up for this service We strongly encourage all parents to take advantage of this great tool to monitor your child’s reading and encourage their growth!

Family, Fun, and Fitness

St. John families have 2 opportunities coming up for fun and fitness. On Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2:00 at Bixler Lake, Common Grace Ministries will be hosting their 1 Mile/5K Love Run. St. John is supporting Common Grace with our chapel offerings for the first trimester and we are looking for additional ways to partner with them. There is no entry fee for this race, but a free will donation is appreciated. On Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2:00 at Bixler Lake Lutheran Life Villages will be hosting their Tot Trot/2K/5K. St. John students receive $5 off on their registration fees. Registration forms are available in the school office. Both of these events are great opportunities to support local charities and have some family fun and fitness.

East Noble Annual Consultation

East Noble School Corporation will be holding its annual consultation meeting for nonpublic schools on Tuesday, Sep. 11, at 9:30 AM at the school corporation offices. This is a required meeting to inform the school of the services and funding they provide and the process for obtaining services. Parents of students receiving services from East Noble are invited, but not required, to attend. If you are interested in attending or have questions you can contact Mr. Walz for details.

SHINE Student of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Michael Lehman, Lucas Gurtner, Macaulay Botteron, Lief Brandgard, Jaden DiGirolamo, Ryan Goldey, Grant Schermerhorn, Taylor Murphy, Michael Deetz, Brock Klink, Dylan Krehl, and Austin White. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Elementary Spell Bowl

Mrs. Summer Moser will again coach our Elementary Spell Bowl team. Students in grades 4 and 5 are encouraged to get involved! Their practices will be on Wednesdays beginning this Wednesday, September 12. Practices will run from 3:00 – 4:00.

The competition at the Elementary level will be in mid-November. Students who are interested should make every effort to attend the first practice. For more information, please call Mrs. Moser at 349-8217.

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