301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #6; September 23, 2013

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 23 September 2013


St. John Lutheran School

September 23, 2013

Number 6

The Principal’s Pen

Happy First Day of Fall! The signs are all around us: the leaves are beginning to change colors, the days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping, the crops are ready for harvesting, and some of us have seen frost, or at least heavy dew, in the morning. While some of you are already missing the warm, carefree days of summer, others are welcoming these recent changes.

Fall really is a time of change. You can almost see the new changes from day to day. Nowhere is this more evident than in the leaves. The rich reds, oranges, yellows, and even some purples paint the trees with beautiful colors. Each day the shades are slightly different. No two leaves are alike, each one is different and unique. When we moved here two years ago, the changing leaves during fall were one of the things we were most looking forward to. The color change while we were in Texas just wasn’t that pronounced! While beautiful to look at, the multi-colored trees can also remind us of a wonderful truth about God:

You, like the leaves, are a special and unique creation of God.

You are one of God’s dearly loved children. You are unique. You are one-of-a-kind. There is no one else quite like you. Please take a moment to let that sink in. You...are...special! You...are...one-of-a-kind! God...makes...you...beautifully...unique! The next time you are out and about, notice the beautifully colored leaves. The next time you do, remember that you are just as uniquely beautiful in God’s eyes!

Grandparents Day TOMORROW

Grandparent’s Day is tomorrow, Sept. 24! Grandparents are welcome to arrive at 12:45 and come to the Worship Center. Our afternoon together will begin with a chapel service starting at 1:15. We’ll then have light refreshments and several activities for our students to enjoy with their grandparents. Of course, if grandparents are not able to attend, you are welcome to send a stand-in grandparent to enjoy the day with your child. We look forward to welcoming all of these special guests tomorrow!

School Pictures

School pictures have been scheduled for THIS Wednesday, September 25, and Thursday, September 26. The main picture day is Wednesday. Students absent on Wednesday and the morning preschool class will have their picture taken on Thursday. Order forms from Derby Photography have been sent home. Please ask in the office if you need an additional form.

Big thanks to Pam Stier and Wendy Kratzman for serving as Picture Day helpers!!


Apple Festival Quiz

What happens at the St. John apple fritter booth?

A. Fritters are fried golden brown and coated with powdered sugar (calorie-free!)!

B. Fun and fellowship with other St. John families!

C. Big-time fundraising for the benefit of every student at St. John!

D. All of the above!

• Every family at St. John is expected to help because every student benefits. If you haven’t signed up to help yet, please contact the office right away to get in on the fun!

• Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help!

• A second schedule and informational packet is coming home today. Please check it carefully and contact Mrs. Thiem of there are changes to be made or if you can help fill other openings.

• Many (50) coolers are needed for eggs and apples. Please bring in your coolers on Oct. 2 for us to use.

• Cash donations are much appreciated and will help us enter the weekend debt free!

• Have you ever peeled 42 bushels of apples? Many hands make light work and you can join in on the fun this Thursday, Sept. 26, from 2:00 until the last apple is peeled. Call Mrs. Thiem to sign up for a shift.

• 7th and 8th graders and parents will be mixing dry ingredients on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 12:45-2:45. Contact Mrs. Thiem to help out

•Calling all pickup trucks. Your truck is needed on Friday, Oct. 4, from 10:00 – 2:30 to transport materials to the fairground. Please let Mrs. Thiem know if we can count on you and your truck.

Save the Date

Several special school functions occur in the weeks ahead. Please mark the following dates on your calendar and plan now to participate:

Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17 & 18 – Parent/Teacher Conferences and Progress Reports

With dismissal at 1:55 both days

Friday, October 25 – No School – Professional Development Day

Monday, October 28 – No School – Fall Break

Saturday, November 2 – Little Saint’s Night

Saturday, November 9 – Academic Festival

No Halloween Celebrations

Our school does not have Halloween parties. Too many things commonly associated with Halloween conflict with our Christian beliefs. We will instead have Fall or Thanksgiving parties in some of our classrooms.

Butter Braids Coming

Hey, everyone! Remember those delicious fruit-filled bread loaves we have sold the last ten years? Well, we’ve got them coming again! Due to popular request we will again sponsor a sale of these yummy loaves. How about a loaf for a dance teacher, mailman, etc. for a Christmas gift? Bake it yourself, or give it to them frozen to prepare when they see fit.

The sale will begin October 11 with delivery of frozen loaves November 14. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and plan now to support our school!

Joshua Jank, whose health is in God’s hands,

and for the whole Jank family.

These school families will be prayed for this week:

Tisha Campbell; Cody and Angelia Caudill; Lisa Chambers; Bryan and Brooke Cheesman

Elementary Spell Bowl

Our elementary team is coming off a championship season last year and we have kids who want to participate again this year. But, we need a coach! All we need is one or two parents to work with these 4th and 5th grade students once a week from now until mid-November. It’s fun and rewarding. For more information please talk to Mr. Walz or Mrs. Thiem.

Student Council Challenges St. John to

“Fill the Ramp”

The St. John Student Council has challenged our students and congregation to “fill the ramp” with non-perishable food items for the Friendship Food Pantry this fall. The goal is to line each side of the ramp leading to the Gathering Area with items to help those who are struggling to put food on their tables. Donated items can be left on the table just below the ramp and Council members will see that it gets placed accordingly. Thanks for your help!

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.

SERVANT Student of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SERVANT Student last week: Hunter Kline, Nevaeh Wolf, Emma Schroeder, Sara Williams, and Owen Chambers. We give thanks to God for these students who are serving God by serving others.

Hungry for Hungry Howie’s???

Thank you to all who participated in our first Hungry Howie’s Day. Our school, church, and friends submitted enough orders and will receive 10% of their proceeds for the day. The next Hungry Howie’s Day is Oct. 8 (and each second Tuesday thereafter).

Noble County Parks Survey

The Noble County Parks Board has asked us to help spread the word about a survey they are using to gain information for future planning. For those of you who are Noble County residents, this is a great opportunity to participate in local government and impact decisions that involve life here in Noble County. You’ll find the survey at:


ISTEP Scores

Last year’s ISTEP scores have been released for parents through the Indiana Parent Network (www.inparentnetwork.com). In order to access your child’s score you will need the letter included with last year’s report card. If you need another copy of that form, or have questions relating to the ISTEP scores, please contact Mr. Walz or the school office.

3 Special Events at St. John

This coming weekend is a big weekend at St. John – and you are invited to join us! On Saturday night, we are hosting a Christian concert featuring 2 bands: Sparrow 5 and the Matt & Jason Band (St John parent Mike Antal is a part of this group!). Both of these Christian groups are passionate about using music to reach people for Christ. The concert begins at 6:00. On Sunday morning, Don Wharton will be leading the 10:30 worship service in the Worship Center. Don has been at St. John before and shares his incredible story in his songs and message. At 4:30 on Sunday, a Prayer and Praise Fellowship will be held. This is an informal time to pray to and praise God for all He has done. We hope to see you at one or more of these events! Feel free to bring friends! We know you will have fun and be blessed!

Shoebox News!

Are you packing your shoebox? OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD uses simple, gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting children know they are loved and to share the message of the greatest gift they can ever receive – Jesus Christ.

The collection of these shoeboxes will be upon us before we know it – the week of November 18th. St. John will serve as a regional collection site again this year! What an opportunity God has provided for us to minister to so many children around the globe!

For now, continue to collect new items suitable for a shoebox for a needy child. Most of the children who receive these boxes have never before received a gift, so even the smallest of items to us is such a blessing to them! Mrs. Thiem can provide lots of ideas for you, and brochures about the project will be coming home with your student next month.

I will also be looking for volunteers to help man the drop-off site at designated times the week of November 18th. Please respond favorably!

Join us for chapel on Tuesday, October 29, to hear first-hand how these shoeboxes are impacting the lives of children as Beverly Lubs speaks about her recent trip to Zambia on a shoebox distribution trip!

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