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The Banner

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

Banner #9; October 14, 2013

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 15 October 2013

THE BANNER

St. John Lutheran School

October 14, 2013

Number 9

The Principal’s Pen

Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:26

We’re two months into the school year, and we’ve talked a lot about our theme “Live to Serve”. Our students have learned about it in Chapel, in the classrooms, and in Banner articles. They’ve served, here at school and in the community. We’ve recognized student servants for the ways they have served God by serving others in our weekly Student Servant awards. It’s an important focus for us this year.

Have you considered how you can “Live to Serve”? I know you have as many of you have given your time and talents to help out at school, with the Apple Festival and in other ways. How else can you “Live to Serve”? This verse from John 12 gives us an important way: by following Jesus. How do we follow Jesus? The simple answer is by doing what He tells us to do. But, how do we know what that is?

I encourage you to learn what Jesus wants you to do in three simple ways, ways that your children experience each week here at St. John. First, get into His word. Read the Bible and you’ll discover how God wants you to live. Second, pray to God. As you talk to Him in prayer He will show you ways that you can serve Him. Finally, you can learn how to serve Jesus as you worship Him. Spend time in worship and you will learn ways to follow Jesus by doing what He tells you to do. Read. Pray. Worship. Three steps you can take to learn how to follow Jesus. I encourage you to take a step today!

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.

Attention: Help Prevent the Spread of the Flu Virus this Season

The FluMist vaccine (a gentle nasal spray) is once again being offered free of charge to all students in cooperation with the Noble County Health Department, Parkview Noble Hospital, and St. John School. Each student received a packet of information including a consent form last week. For those that are interested and eligible (see requirements posted in packet) please return the signed consent no later than TOMORROW, Oct.1 5. The vaccine clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6, at 1:30. Preschool parents are more than welcome to bring their children in at that time for their immunization.

Parent-Teacher Conference Time!

The time for our first Parent/Teacher Conferences is here. Conferences will be held this Thursday and Friday, October 17 & 18.

These conferences are an essential part of our educational partnership. At these conferences the teachers will discuss your child’s development in all areas: spiritual, academic, emotional, physical, and social. The conference also gives you as parents the opportunity to share your observations and concerns based on what you are seeing and experiencing at home. Through these conferences we are able to work together to best meet the needs of your child.

Please make every effort to make your scheduled conference. Your presence will make a tremendous impact on your child’s education. Mr. Walz will also be available and would love to talk with you and hear how the year is going for your family. You can find him in the office or walking the halls.

Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences

St. John will have early dismissal on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17 and 18, for Parent/Teacher Conferences. This will allow the teachers some extra time for conferences. We will dismiss at 1:55 on both of those days. Conferences will begin at 2:15. Students who need to remain at school until the normal bus time (on Thursday) or for after school care (on either day) will be able to do so, free of charge, for the hour from 1:55-2:55. The Friday afternoon preschool class will follow its normal schedule and dismiss at 2:45. If you have any questions regarding the dismissal time, transportation, extended care, or conferences these two days, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher or the office.

Coolers

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

Favorite Food At The Festival!! AGAIN!!!

For the second year in a row, visitors to the Apple Festival have voted our famous fritters as “Favorite Food of the Festival”!! Considering all the delicious delicacies available for purchase at the festival, that’s a pretty big honor! Thanks for your help!!

Didn’t Get Enough of Those Tasty Fritters?

If you’d like another taste of those wonderful fritters, why not pick up some leftover packaged dry mix? With your eggs, oil, and apples, you can fry up a batch of your own! The mix is free for the taking. Just don’t wait too long or it may be gone!

Lost and Found

Lots and lots of items have accumulated in our lost and found. The items will be on tables in the gym during Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please stop by and see if you can claim anything. Remaining items will be given to Goodwill very soon!

Butter Braids Sale

Our annual Butter Braid sale kicked off last week. The sale is strictly voluntary. Proceeds benefit our school. The sale ends on Thursday, October 31, with delivery of frozen loaves on Thursday, November 14. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and plan now to support our school!

HELP WILL BE NEEDED WITH BUTTER BRAID DISTRIBUTION ON THE AFTERNOON OF THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14. LET MRS. THIEM KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP!!! THANKS!

IN YOUR DAILY PRAYERS…..

These school families, prayed for this week:

Josh and Angi Goldey; Ervin and Susan Graber; Matt and Vicki Haines;

Andy and Kristin Hampshire; and Phillip and Carly Havlik

St. John Video Shoot

St. John is having a professionally made promotional video shot on Tuesday, Oct. 22. This video will be used as a promotional piece for Noble County, as well as on our own website. A release form is being sent home and must be filled out and returned. Students without this release form will not be allowed in the video. (Turning in a release form does not guarantee that your child will be included in the final video.) Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

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, and more. In fact, plan now to invite your friends to join you on Nov. 2, from 5:00 – 7:00. Lots of helpers are needed to run the games and other events. We’d also love for someone to step up to take charge of the event this year! 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: November 9, 2013

Students in grades 1-8 will soon receive information regarding this year’s Academic Festival. The Academic Festival is a fun half day of academic “competitions” with other schools. The Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9. If your child will be participating, the deadline to return student forms to the teacher is Friday, October 25. After our students and the students from other schools are slotted into events, a final schedule will be sent home the week before the Festival. This is also an event that relies on parent volunteers. Please contact the school office to volunteer to help.

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 Mrs. Thiem to offer your help!!

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 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25th. 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.

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!

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SERVANT student last week: Wesley Potts, Lucas Diehm, Lawrence Dietrich, RJ Anderson, Kaeli Christian, Abi McLeod, Cayden Hulbert, and Lex Moser. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is November 12 (and each second Tuesday thereafter).

EN Special Education Meeting

East Noble is holding the annual consultation meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 1:30, at the corporation office. This meeting is held each year for nonpublic school representatives and parents are welcome, although not required, to attend. Please let Mr. Walz know if you are interested in attending. At this meeting, nonpublic school representatives will be informed of the following processes: Child Find, how parentally-placed nonpublic school children suspected of having a disability can participate; how the consultation process will operate; how, when, where, and by whom special education and related services will be provided, the process for any disagreement between East Noble and the nonpublic school, and to obtain written affirmation signed by the representatives of participating nonpublic schools that this meeting has occurred in a timely and meaningful manner.

No School

Friday and Monday,

Oct. 25 & 28.

(our teachers are

attending a conference

on that Friday and Fall

Break is Monday)

No East Noble Bus

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

below when there is no bus service:

Friday, October 18 No bus either way – EN schools not in session

Monday, October 21 No bus either way – EN schools not in session

Tuesday, October 22 No bus either way – EN schools not in session

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!

St. John T-Shirts

If you missed the chance to order a tie-dye t-shirt with St. John’s logo “Live to Serve” earlier this month, you can still order through the website at East Noble. Many different colors and styles are available by visiting www.entiedye.weebly.com. This is a special fundraiser by the East Noble special needs program to fund trips for the students in the community.

Prayer and Praise Fellowship

Twenty people participated in our September Prayer and Praise Fellowship. Please join us for our October fellowship on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 4:30. Whether you desire prayer for personal needs or want to lift up our church in this time of transition, our Prayer and Praise Fellowship is the perfect opportunity to lift up prayers to God and be encouraged with fellow believers. Our format is informal and non-threatening. Please join us!

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