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

Banner #12; November 5, 2012

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 05 November 2012

St. John Lutheran School


Number 12

November 5, 2012

The Principal’s Pen

For all the saints who from their labors rest,

All who by faith before the world confessed,

Your name, O Jesus, be forever blest.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,

Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:

Alleluia! Alleluia!

This classic hymn, “For All the Saints”, is often sung on All Saints Day, which the Christian church celebrated on Nov. 1. It is a day set aside to remember all those who have died in the faith. The hymn gives tribute to those who have lived the faithful life and now enjoy the riches of life with Christ in heaven. The hymn also serves as an encouragement for us who are still living here on earth with our daily struggles against sin, death, and the devil.

While the hymn focuses on the saints, those who have died before us, we can expand our thoughts. Who has been a saint to you? Who has been a spiritual mentor for you? Who has showed you, in word or action, what it means to live a Christian life? For some the answer might be your parents. For others it could be a pastor or teacher. Some of you might have been influenced by a family friend or other relative. Each of us can probably name someone who has shaped your spiritual formation.

To go a step further, each of us also has the opportunity to shape the life of someone else. As parents, the greatest responsibility we have is to shape the faith of our children. One of the great blessings we have at St. John is that we get to share that responsibility with you. Together, we can help teach and train our children to live lives faithful to God. One day, we will be able to celebrate together with all the saints in heaven! Alleluia!

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.

Academic Festival

On Saturday, November 12, we will hold the 21ST Annual Academic Festival. This is an excellent way for our students to use the academic abilities that God has blesses them with. We will be competing against students from Trinity, Sturgis, St. Paul, Bremen, and St. Mary’s, Avilla. Students who are participating will receive a schedule and list of events by Tuesday. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers. We are in need of more helpers. The tasks are simple, the day is short, and it is a lot of fun. Please contact Mr. Walz if you can help.

Special Chapel Speaker

Today all students will receive a letter and handout about Worship for Shut-Ins. This program, based right here in Fort Wayne, broadcasts worship services all over the world. It is perfect for those who are homebound, or travelling, or for whatever reason would like to worship at home. Mr. Ken Schilf, the director of this program, will be speaking at Chapel tomorrow and will challenge the students to encourage others by being little missionaries. Please keep this ministry in your prayers and consider telling others you know who might be interested in such a program.

Picture Re-take Day

Picture Retake Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 6, beginning at 9:30. Students who were absent on the first Picture Day will be photographed. Any students not satisfied with the original picture package must bring their entire photo package back in order to have their picture retaken.

First Trimester Ends

This Friday marks the end of the first trimester. Look for report cards to be sent home on Monday, November 19.

Rapid Dismissal Drill

One of the safety procedures we have in place is for a rapid dismissal. We will be practicing this drill on Friday of this week. Students will be exiting the building at 2:30 and will be meeting in the parking lot of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. We will bring the students back into the building for our regular dismissal procedures.

Titanic Assembly

On Monday, Nov. 12, at 1:30, in the Worship Center, Larry Goldsmith, the grandson of a Titanic survivor, will be speaking to our classes. Parents are welcome to join us.

Munchies in the Morning

Please set aside some time on Friday, Nov. 16, from 7:00-7:45, to join us for some morning treats. Donuts with Dads and Mornings with Mom have been combined into this one event. Scheduled for the week before Thanksgiving, the teachers are hosting this event as a way of saying thank you to our families for being here at St. John. We look forward to hosting you and giving you the opportunity to have a special treat with your children at school that morning.

State Grade Recap

Last week the Indiana State Department of Education released its school grades. St. John’s grade was a D, after having received an A last year. Perhaps you have heard or read the media coverage of these grades. Hopefully you read Mr. Walz’s letter that came home last Thursday. In short, we do not believe that this grade accurately reflects the many things that St. John does well. As we look at many aspects of our program: spiritual formation, broad curriculum, personal relationships, and more, we see students that do well here and that do well into their future. However, we also see this grade as one more opportunity to evaluate what we do and how we do it. We regularly evaluate what we are doing and how we can improve and this grade gives us one more opportunity to do that. If you haven’t seen Mr. Walz’s letter with more complete details, or have questions, or would like to learn more about how the grade was calculated, or would like to hear how St. John is already working to improve, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Walz.

Advent Worship

As a part of the spiritual formation we provide children, our students are preparing to help lead worship during the Advent season! Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas. The 6th-8th grades will lead worship on Nov. 29, the 3rd-5th grades will lead worship on Dec. 6, and the PS-2nd grades will lead worship on Dec. 13. A light meal will be available before the services to both ease your schedule and provide some fellowship time. We hope that your family will plan now to join us for these special services.

Principal’s Coffee and Chat

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Principal’s Coffee and Chat scheduled for Nov. 12, has been postponed until Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 6:30-7:30 P.M. This is the 3rd of 6 scheduled chats for the purpose of keeping communication open and sharing ideas between the principal and parents. We hope that you will consider attending!

Butter Braid DeliveryThursday, NOVEMBER 15!

A big thank you to everyone who sold those delicious Butter Braid bread loaves during this Fall’s fundraiser! Orders will be delivered THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15. Please mark this date on your calendar now and plan to pick up your child’s order. It is imperative parents are prompt on pick-up day as freezer space is not available to store orders not picked up. Orders should be available from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.



These school families, prayed for this week:

Matt and Vicki Haines; Andy and Kristin Hampshire; Phillip and Carly Havlik; Mark and Bethany Heileman; and Stephanie Herkel

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student: Nick White, Ben Weber, Aliyah Jimenez, Jakob Copas, Kasi Shire, Gavin Burtch, Jordan Schumm, Katie Walker, and Olivia Rummel. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Your Next Opportunity to Support The D.C.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!!

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 #

DEADLINE: Monday, November 19 – 9:00 a.m.

Operation Christmas Child

A great way to let God’s love SHINE to others around the world is to pack a shoebox full of toys and school supplies for a needy child in another part of the world! A brochure has been given to the students and is available in the office with the specific information. All boxes should be delivered to the school office no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 19th. 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!

NEW THIS YEAR!!! St. John will be serving as an Operation Christmas Child Relay Center this year for the first time! That means shoeboxes from all over the area will be delivered to our church on their way to the Regional Collection Center in Ft. Wayne. Help will be needed every day and/or evening from November 12 through the 19th. PLEASE speak with Mrs. Thiem and offer a few hours of your assistance with this project! We will even have homemade cookies and Christmas music!

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