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

Banner #10; October 22, 2012

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 22 October 2012

St. John Lutheran School


Number 10

October 22, 2012

The Principal’s Pen

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

The teachers spent last Thursday and Friday in Indianapolis attending a conference sponsored by the Indiana Non-Public Education Association. We joined with almost 3,000 other educators from across the state under the conference title “Embracing a Changing Landscape”.

Education certainly has changed in recent years. Google, SKYPE, blogs, webinars, tablets, Facebook, Twitter, and thumb drives were all non-existent just 20 short years ago when I began my teaching career. Even with our best predictions it is impossible to know exactly where education will be 20 years from now, or even just 5 years. The conference was very worthwhile, though, in equipping each of us with new tools to use in our teaching. The teachers are returning with new ideas and resources to incorporate into their teaching, enabling us to continue to grow in this ever-changing landscape.

It dawned on me, though, that while there is much that is uncertain about how the education landscape is changing, there is one thing that is the same as when I started teaching and will continue to be the same for years to come. Each of the students in our school continues to need to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. Each of us are sinners, and each one of us needs forgiveness. These truths are why our school exists and these truths are what will give our children a firm foundation for their futures, including for all eternity.

So, it is important for all of us at St. John to continue to seek out ways to learn and grow, updating our skills, and developing new techniques. But, when it comes to helping children, and families, grow in their faith in Jesus, our purpose will never change!

Seeking to reach all with Christ, St. John Lutheran School partners with families to provide a Christ-centered education which nurtures faith in Christ,

promotes discipleship, develops God-given abilities and skills,

and encourages academic excellence.

Apple Festival Final Tally!

Fairgrounds Sales + 18,552.68

Downtown Sales + 3,856.00

Expenses - 5,728.43

Fairgrounds Fee - 2,069.71

Downtown Fee - 288.22

TOTAL PROFIT $ 14,322.32

(Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is also providing a $1,600 match on top of the above figure! Thank YOU for your help!)


There are still a few coolers left from the Apple Festival. THANK YOU for lending them to us. They are ready for pick-up. Next week, they will be moved from the gym to the basement storage area.

School Pictures

We have received the school pictures back from the photographer. They will be sent home with the students this week. Please watch the Banner and classroom newsletters for a retake day in early November.

Grandparent’s Day – Thursday, October 25

This Thursday is the day for your child’s grandparents to join them for a special afternoon of activities with their St. John grandchild! Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will be involved, and really appreciate having someone join them. Substitute grandparents are welcome. Grandparents are welcome to arrive between 12:45 and 1:00 for an afternoon of special activities. Grandparents should enter by the Worship Center and sign in. A special chapel service will begin at 1:15. Following the chapel service light refreshments will be served and grandparents and grandchildren will be able to spend time together doing special activities. We look forward to spending time with our special guests on Thursday.

Little Saint’s Night

Little Saint’s Night will be here before you know it and now is the time to begin gearing up. Plan now to attend this fun night of costumes, games, candy, food, hayride, and more. In fact, plan now to invite your friends to join you on Oct. 27, from 5:00 – 7:00. Contact the school office or Angel Diehm to volunteer to help. Lots of helpers are needed to run the games and other events. Also, we need each family to provide 2 bags of candy so that we have plenty of prizes to give to all our Little Saints!

Academic Festival

Students in grades 1-8 have received information regarding this year’s Academic Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Academic Festival is a half-day event of academic competitions between St. John students and students from 3 other private schools. The sign up sheet is due back by Friday, Oct. 26, with the events your child is interested in participating in. Help from many parents is also needed in order to make this event a reality. This is a great way for our students to shine in their academic abilities. We encourage parents to sign their children up to participate. A schedule will then be formulated and you will be notified of your child’s events the week before the festival.

ATTENTION ALUMNI!!! We would gladly accept help at this year’s Academic Festival from former students and their parents! We know there are St. John graduates who enjoyed the Festival as students and now they can experience it on the other side of the table!! Contact us at 347-2444 to offer your help!!

McWashington D.C. McThank You!

A huge thank-you to all the families who came and purchased food at McDonald's and to the students for doing the work for McTeacher's Night a few weeks ago. Our profit from that event was over $400! Thanks again for the support.

Miss Melissa Monn

Your Next Opportunity to Support The Trip…

The next fundraiser for the Washington D.C. trip is just around the corner. It’s delicious Nelson’s BBQ Chicken! The chicken will be sold at lunch at this year’s Academic Festival and will also be available in the Walgreen’s parking lot. Place your advance order so you are sure to get some! Simply complete the form below, return it to the school office, and your tickets will be returned to you. THANK YOU!!

Nelson’s Chicken Order Form: Pick-Up only!

Support St. John’s 7th/8th

Washington D.C. Trip (spring 2014)

Saturday November 10th 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

(St. John Lutheran School-301 S. Oak Street or

Walgreen’s parking lot- corner of Main St. and H.W. 6)

(pre-pay via cash or check – St. John PTL)

Name Phone # # of Half Chickens @ $6.00 Ticket #

Traffic Reminders

For the safety of our students and for the ease of drop-off time it is important for parents to observe the procedures we have in place:

• Oak Street: Oak Street is for student drop offs. Students should walk to door 1 and enter there. No parents should park on Oak Street. (The only exception is for preschool and Kindergarten parents who park near door 3 and enter there.)

• Parking Lot: The parking lot is for parents who park and walk their children into the building, either through door 4 or door 5. There should not be any students dropped off in the back lot.

Thank you for working hard to observe these procedures. With everyone working together we can have a safe and smooth drop-off procedure.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student: Daniel Malone, Destiny Oiler, Landyn Bradley, Noah Jank, Kaeli Christian, Braxton Cheesman, Rhett Norris, Tanner Murphy, Ben Kline, and Emma Schroeder. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

These school families, prayed for this week: Ray and Lillian Ernsberger, Salvador and Dunia Espinoza, Sagan Evans, Richard and Stephanie Frye, and Russell and Rochelle Gerber


Do you work in a place that would allow you to put a box in a prominent place to collect used printer cartridges? If so, we’d appreciate your help in doing so! Mrs. Goldey is in charge of the collection here at St. John and her students benefit! Thanks for your help in keeping a bit of trash out of our landfill and helping our school earn money as well! See Mrs. Goldey if you have any questions! THANK YOU!!

Lost and Found

Lots and lots of items have accumulated in our lost and found cabinet located just outside the library in the gym. Please take a moment to browse through the items soon. Remaining items will be given to Goodwill very soon!

Soccer Season Ends

Our soccer team this year was composed of 4th – 8th graders who fought hard throughout our season. Our soccer team has come a long way from our first practice back in August. The highlight of the season was our win against Ascension Lutheran School. Each game was a team effort that offered many life lessons, plenty of exercise and an opportunity to use God’s gifts.

Our team finished off its season with 2 very close games against Ascension and Emmaus Lutheran Schools.

Our team players were:

Lucas Diehm Will Kirby Wesley Potts

Caleb Walz Joshua Walz Ian Malone

Justice Alwine Andrew Schroeder Nicholas White

Laine Anderson Jared DiGirolamo Cole Christian

RJ Anderson Tanner Murphy Christian Stephan

Grissom Neumann Nathan Walz Keaton Neumann

Also, huge thanks to Mr. Schroeder, Mr. Potts, and Mr. Albertin for coaching the team and to all the parents who helped with transportation!

Congratulations team! You’ve made us proud!

The $coop On $crip!

What is Generic Scrip?

We’d like to let you know about what we call “Generic Scrip.” Generic Scrip is like a universal gift card you can purchase that can be redeemed or exchanged for any scrip card. It can be purchased for any quantity. It can be redeemed only here at St. John. Generic Scrip is most often used between St. John School or Church families and is a popular pastor or teacher gift. You are welcome to give Generic Scrip to those outside of the St. John family, but it is important that you inform anyone you give it to that they must bring it to St. John for redemption before they shop. Also, you may wish to provide them with an order form so they can be aware of what type of cards they can use it for.

Giving the gift of Generic Scrip may also be a good way for you to introduce Scrip to your family and friends and encourage them to continue buying it on your behalf.

FluMist Time

Students who have returned their completed permission form will receive the FluMist vaccine on Thursday, November 1, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Preschool students will need to be brought to school at 1:30 that day to receive the vaccine. All other students will be pulled from class to receive the mist.

Butter Braids Sale Continues

The sale will end next Tuesday, October 30, with delivery of frozen loaves on November 15. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and plan now to support our school!

No East Noble Bus

Parents of students who ride an East Noble bus should take note of the time

below when there is no bus service:

Friday, October 26 No bus either way – EN schools not in session

Operation Christmas Child

Please consider putting together a shoebox full of toys and school supplies for a needy child in another part of the world! This is a great way for you to teach your child the joy of giving! Don't forget to include a letter and even a picture if you'd like. All boxes should be delivered to the school office no later than noon on Sunday, November 18th. Unfortunately, any boxes delivered after that time will NOT be delivered as we have a strict deadline to meet. The child receiving your gift will be blessed with toys, but more importantly shown the love of Jesus through you!

All students will soon be receiving a brochure which gives specific guidelines about the project. Students in selected grades may use this program as their classroom Christmas project in lieu of a gift exchange between students. Stay tuned for instructions from your child’s teacher.

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