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

Banner #11

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 29 October 2013


St. John Lutheran School

October 29, 2013

Number 11

The Principal’s Pen

Last Thursday through Saturday, Mr. Scheiber, Mr. Schroeder, Miss Butler, Miss Holle, and I attended the Lutheran Education Association Convocation in Milwaukee, with about 3,000 other Lutheran educators from around the world. The theme of the Convocation was “Rise and Shine” and one of the theme verses was 2 Corinthians 4:6

“We are his servants because the same God who said that light should shine out of darkness has given us light. For that reason we bring to light the knowledge about God’s glory, which shines from Christ’s face.”

Interestingly enough, this verse also connects well with our school theme “Live to Serve”. Two things stand out to me from this verse. The first is that God expects us to bring light to the darkness around us. Sin in the world makes it dark. When we serve others in God’s love we make the world a brighter place. That’s what happens when we “Live to Serve”. But, a light doesn’t shine without a source. Something has to give power to the light. What gives you power to be a light? That question is answered in the verse as well. God, who said that light should shine, has given us light. That Light is Jesus. Through Jesus we are able to shine. When we serve others, it is not by our own power, and certainly shouldn’t be for our own glory. It is by God’s power, and should be for His glory that we shine a light in this dark world.

The second thing that stands out to me is how we are told to “bring to light the knowledge about God’s glory”. That’s why we are here! Yes, we want to have a great academic program. Yes, we want to offer sports. Yes, we want the kids to experience drama, music, and the arts. Yes, we want the kids to have opportunities to connect socially. All these things are important, but they are all secondary to the importance to bringing the Light of Jesus to our students. I thank God for the opportunity to join with all the staff, and you, as we “Rise and Shine” the light of Jesus to the world around us.

Little Saint’s Night

Little Saint’s Night is THIS SATURDAY NIGHT from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.! 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 still needed to run the games and other events. Big thanks to Angel Diehm who will once again chair this fun event! 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!

Time to Fall Back

Don’t forget to set your clocks back this Saturday night. We “Fall Back” one hour.

Junior Spell Bowl!!

Congratulations to St. John’s Junior Spell Bowl team, who competed in the regional Spell Bowl at Hamilton Junior/Senior High School in Hamilton this past Tuesday. The team earned 1st place in its division and 2nd overall. Congratulations, Spellers! Special thanks to Carrie and Mollie Scheiber, our faithful Spell Bowl coaches.

Team members were: Haley Bloom, Emma Erne, Sahil Patel, Andrew Schroeder, Emma Schroeder, Christian Stephan, Katie Walker, and Nathan Walz.

Special Stewardship Assembly

On Monday, Nov. 4, our K-8 students will experience a special assembly (divided by grade levels) on stewardship presented by Thrivent Financial for Lutheran representatives. Simply put, stewardship is how we care for and use all of the blessings God has given us. All students will receive a special gift that will help them practice good stewardship. The teachers will present follow-up lessons in the classrooms. Parents are welcome to attend with your children and learn more about Godly stewardship. The assemblies begin at 1:30.

Veterans Day Assembly

All parents are welcome to join us for a special assembly on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11, at 1:30, in the Worship Center. This assembly is also open to the community and we welcome all visitors, especially our veterans and active service members. The assembly, “Remembering Our Veterans”, is led by David Paul Britton, and is a Christ-centered praise and worship service honoring veterans of all service branches. We encourage you to be a part of our celebration.

Butter Braids Sale Ends

Students who have not yet returned their orders for those delicious butter braids should do so TOMORROW. Orders will be called in on Thursday. Delivery of the frozen loaves will be on November 15th. Please make sure you have made arrangements for pick-up of the loaves on Thursday, November 14, as we have no freezer space available in which to store them. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

School Pictures – Make-Up Day

School Pictures were sent home with students last week. A make-up day has been scheduled for Friday, November 15th, beginning at 8:30 a.m., for students who were absent on the original Picture Day, as well as those who were not satisfied with their original portraits. Please remember that the entire package must be returned if your child is to be re-photographed.

To qualify for retakes, a student must return the original photos along with the form included with the packet stating the reason the photos are unsatisfactory so the photographer can attempt to improve the results on the second attempt. Photos will not be retaken simply because you do not like the clothes the child was wearing, or a different hair style is desired.

Class composite pictures will be printed after make-up day, and will be sent home as soon as we receive them back from the lab.

Please pray…

These school families will be prayed for next week:

Mark and Emily James; Tim and Brenda Jank; Jesse and Crystal Jannuzzello; Matthew Jimenez and Destiny Renkenberger

Josh Jank, whose health is in God’s hands, and for the whole Jank family.

Lars and Hanne Brandgard and their family upon the loss of their grandfather.

Operation Christmas Child

A great way to SERVE God by spreading love 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. ASK YOUR CHILD WHAT THEY LEARNED ABOUT THIS COLLECTION IN CHAPEL THIS WEEK!! 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!

St. John will again be serving as an Operation Christmas Child Relay Center this year! 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 18 through the 25th. 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!

Academic Festival

Students in grades 1-8 have received information regarding this year’s Academic Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9. 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 was due back by Friday, Oct. 25, 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!!

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!

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

Support St. John’s 7th/8th

Washington D.C. Trip (spring 2014)

Saturday November 9th 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 #


Thank you to the parents who completed the online parent survey while waiting for conferences last Thursday and Friday. This survey is being conducted by The Lutheran Foundation and True North Strategic Advisors. These groups are conducting a study of the Lutheran schools in northeast Indiana. Your participation is very important in seeing how Lutheran schools, including, St. John have been successful in the past and how we can continue to grow to meet your needs. Please take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey at:


Pep Session!

We are having our first school pep session on November 7th, at 2:00 p.m. We will be honoring our soccer, Spell Bowl, and volleyball players. We will also have a secret contest you will not want to miss! To help celebrate the day, we declare it Blue and White Day in honor of our school! Parents and special friends are encouraged to show up to our first pep session of the year at 2:00 p.m.!

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!

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

The deadline has now passed for parents to request the flu mist vaccine for their child. The FluMist vaccine clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6, at 1:30 for those who have completed the paperwork and meet all criteria.

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is November 12

(and each second Tuesday thereafter).

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SERVANT student last week: Jakob Copas, Christian Stephan, Olivia Tibbs, Jedidiah Logan, Ashlynn Myers, Isaac Blaskie, Ian Malone, and Braylon Shire. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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.

Volleyball Wrap-Up

St. John’s JV Volleyball team finished up their season the beginning of October. The girls worked very hard and were very dedicated this year. Again, most of the teams we played were older and bigger. Our final record was 5 wins and 5 losses.

Our team consisted of Bailey Murphy, Alexys Antal, Hanneliese Brandgard, Madisyn Cope, Aliyah Jimenez, Kasi Shire, Haylee Terry, Marcy Treesh, Jesse Schroeder, Mikayla Stier, Gabby Stier, Emma Schroeder, and Katie Walker.

The team was coached by Mindy Cope, Destiny Renkenberger, and Mollie Scheiber. Special thanks go out to parents that helped us get the girls to the games and everyone who supported our team. Thanks for the great season!

Pictures, Please

Those who have snapshots that are taken at St. John events this year are invited to e-mail those to the office. They will be forwarded to our photographer for possible inclusion in our annual yearbook. Please send pictures to Mrs. Thiem at cthiem@stjohneagles.org. Thanks!

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