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Banner #13; November 12, 2012

WRITTEN BY Anonymous - 12 November 2012

St. John Lutheran School


Number 13

November 12, 2012

The Principal’s Pen

Our theme this year at St. John is P-O-W-E-R. Each month we focus on a different letter and in the month of November we are focusing on E for ENCOURAGE. In our Monday morning POWER UP time we are using the following verse to help us learn about encouragement:

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

In our world today we all, kids and adults, need to be encouraged. We all face various stresses and challenges. There is much to burden us and get us down. We all need to be encouraged.

To encourage someone really means top build up their courage. It could be for accomplishing a specific task or it could be for facing a difficult situation. Speaking a positive word, giving Godly advice, sharing a prayer, and cheering someone on are all ways to speak encouragement.

Encouragement doesn’t happen only with words. Sitting with someone who is in trouble, putting your arm around them, giving them a hug, and giving a high-five are all ways to use meaningful touch as an encouragement.

As parents, we have the awesome responsibility and opportunity to encourage our children. This month would be the perfect time to make an intentional effort to share some encouragement in the ways listed above. May God’s POWER at work in us help us all to be encouragers!

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.

Munchies in the Morning

Please set aside some time THIS 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.

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!!! THIS WEEK 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. It’s not too late to join the fun! Speak with Mrs. Thiem to see when your help might be most needed! Thank you!

First Trimester Ends

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

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 Delivery THIS Thursday, 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.



Do You Know What Your Child is Reading?

One of the powerful features that we have with our new Accelerated Reading platform is the opportunity for parents to keep up with what their children are reading and how they are doing on the quizzes they take. You can find all this out by logging on to:


Once there you can log in using the same login your child uses at school to take a quiz. You will see every book your child has read and taken a quiz on, how he has done, and how many total points your child has earned. You can also click on the ‘email setup’ tab at the top to receive emails every time your child takes a quiz. This is an awesome way to stay informed on how your child is doing and an easy way to be able to reinforce the importance of reading.

Basketball Season Begins This Week

The St. John eagles hit the basketball court this week for their first games. Both girls’ and boys’ teams travel to Woodburn Lutheran today for their first game. The first home games are on Wednesday against Lutheran South Unity with the girls’ team starting at 4:15 and the boys’ team starting at 5:30. Come out and support the eagles!

The girls’ team includes Kyra Warren, Grace Kline, Katie Walker, Madisyn Cope, Haley Terry, Delia Norris, Aliyah Jimenez, and Jessie Schroeder. They are coached by Miss Monn and Eric Cope. They are assisted by Rachel Prince and Molly Scheiber.

The members of the boys’ teams are Lucas Leffel, Nathan Walz, Jordan Schumm, Rhett Norris, Ethan Kessler, Noah Jank, Jared DiGirolamo, Wesley Potts, Lucas Diehm, Joshua Walz, and Caleb Walz. They boys are coached by Mr. Walz, Cameron Patton, and Nate Riley.

Thanksgiving Break

Just Ahead

Just a reminder that St. John will not be in session November 21-23 to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Christmas is just around the corner…

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.

Christmas Gift Collection

While the holidays can be an especially joyous time for most of us, it can be a time of sadness for a child of a needy family. To help in this cause, we will be taking a gift collection to be given to needy children of our school and congregation. This is strictly a voluntary donation.

Just after Thanksgiving, we will place ornaments on a Christmas tree in our school. Each ornament will have written on it either the name of a specific toy or a suggested type of gift certificate for clothing which would be enjoyed by one of our families. (We have switched to gift certificates for clothing rather than the purchase of actual clothing.)

If the item to be purchased is a toy, purchase the toy, wrap the gift, then tape the ornament on the front of the package. If you choose to purchase a gift certificate, simply place the certificate inside the envelope you take from the tree and return it to the school office. We will see that it gets to the family for whom it was intended.

It’s impossible for us to truly know the needs of all of our families. We will soon contact various families that we think could use some special help this Christmas.

We feel this is a great opportunity to teach the children that the true joy of Christmas is in the spirit of giving, and it will also bring joy and Christ’s love to those with whom we are sharing.

Women of St. John Winter Festival

Saturday, December 8 - 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plan to attend the annual Festival organized by the women of our congregation. There will be lots of gently-used toys, crafts, a giant white elephant table, baked goods, and a delicious luncheon. The Women of St. John purchase the Bibles for our fourth graders each year, so your support of their event is very much appreciated!

World-Wide Day of Remembrance

Sunday, December 9, is the world-wide day of remembrance of children who have died. All across the world at 7:00 p.m. in respective time zones, candles will be lit in honor of these children. As most of you know, I lost my only son, Christopher, in a car accident in January of 2004. I know there are others among us who also have suffered the loss of a child, or at least know of someone who has.

This is my ninth year to celebrate Christmas with this “hole” in our family. Thank heavens for the hope that accompanies faith in our Christmas Savior that we will meet again when the time is right. Many don’t know of that hope in the support group in which I am a member, and their grief is deep and seemingly endless.

Lighting a candle and saying a child’s name keeps their memory burning bright. It means we are struggling to cope with this unwanted role of bereaved parent in the only positive manner we can. We will most certainly shed tears every time and we will still miss our child, but we are doing something that allows the world to hear our child’s name and for that one moment the candle means so much more than anyone else could ever understand.

We would like to print a listing in the Banner of all the children associated with our school families who have died. Please give those names to me by Friday, November 30. Names will be listed in the December 3rd Banner.

Cathy Thiem

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as SHINE students: Naomi Schroeder, Lucas Gurtner, Spencer Shortridge, Alicia Proxmire, Ethan Cope, Eury Ernsberger, and Oshea Bailey. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

These school families will be prayed for next week:

Janette Higgins, Joshua and Christa Hulbert, Mark and Emily James, and Tim and Brenda Jank

Inclement Weather

As the likelihood of inclement weather increases, a few reminders about the procedure for school closings are in order. St. John will follow the East Noble School Corporation. When their decision is made you will be notified through a SchoolReach call and the following media outlets: WPTA, WISE, WANE, WBCL, WAWK, WLAB, and STAR. You will see or hear St. John Lutheran, Kendallville, listed on all these media outlets. The option exists for school to be closed, on 2-hour delay, or on 3-hour delay, which pushes dismissal time back to 3:45. Parents must always use discretion, whether we are in session or on delay, to determine if their own drive to school is too hazardous and they need to wait before coming in to school.


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