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The Banner

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

Banner #3, August 25, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 25 August 2014


St. John Lutheran School

August 25, 2014

Number 3

The Principal’s Pen

Imagine this: You’re driving down the road with your kids and another driver cuts you off. The first words out of your mouth are……….?

Or imagine this: It was a long day at work, you’re exhausted, you’re trying to make dinner, and help your young kids with their homework, when your older child walks into the kitchen and asks, “Hey, mom, is my soccer uniform clean?” The first words out of your mouth are……….?

Or imagine this: Nothing went right this morning and now you’re going to be late for school (again!). You’re sitting in the car, engine running, ready to pull out. Your youngest walks out of the house, shoes untied and stuff falling out of his backpack. The first words out of your mouth are……….?

In cases like these, it’s easy to speak, and even sometimes act, in the frustration, anger, and tiredness of the moment. Too often when we do that we speak words that tear down those that we are speaking with, or even those who are just near enough to hear us. In other words, we do not SPEAK LIFE.

I would suggest to you that every interaction we have, with our kids and family members, coworkers, neighbors, and even strangers, gives us an opportunity to build up or tear down. I don’t think there is a middle ground. Our words, tones, and expressions either encourage someone or discourage him. On our own, we don’t do so well with that. But, Jesus gives us the strength to SPEAK LIFE into those around us. I look forward to growing in this way during the year, and hope that you, too, will continue to finds ways that you can SPEAK LIFE into those you encounter!

VERY IMPORTANT Back-To-School Night - TONIGHT!!!

We will celebrate the start of the school year with an evening of fellowship, food, information, door prizes, and fun for students in preschool through grade 8 and their parents. The class with the highest percentage of families represented for this evening will win a treat for the class. So, be sure to register when you go into the Worship Center for the “Parent Information Session”. Here’s the schedule for the night:

5:15-6:15 dinner is served – enjoy fellowship with your St. John family

6:30 Parent Information Session in Worship Center – learn about important

school news from Mr. Walz

7:00ish Classroom Sessions – receive an update from your child’s teacher on

important classroom news

Children will be supervised in the gym during the Parent Information Session and the Classroom Sessions. The Classroom Sessions will consist of three 15-minute sessions with 5 minute passing times in between. This will allow you the opportunity to attend several sessions if you have more than 1 child.

Please make every effort to attend! Thank you!

Congratulations Summer Enrichment Students!

Last summer, 48 students logged their physical activity, reading minutes, and/or summerbook activity. At last Friday’s party we handed out 5 bronze medals, 5 silver medals, and 75gold medals to these students. Way to go! The following students participated in the program:

Danica Sattison, Brody Workman, Fyodor Hayden, Jackson Deskins, Chloe Blaskie, Lexy Kammerer, Jack Slater, Luke Christian, Morgan DItton, TJ Knox, Brock Cheesman, Carter McKinley, Lauren Diehm, Taryn Haines, Emma White, Lilly Moser, Olivia Tibbs, Addison Hampshire, Trey Warren, Evan Kilburn, Isaac Blaskie, Lex Moser, Naomi Schroeder, Alan Jimenez, Kaeli Christian, Katie White, Adrianna White, Braxton Cheesman, Riann Ramer, Jacob Diehm, Brett Christian, Lucas Diehm, Aliyah Jimenez, Mikayla Stier, Gabby Stier, Caleb Walz, Joshua Walz, Emma Schroeder, Nick White, Ashlynn Myers, Aowyn Myers, Nathan Potts, Sadie Potts, Wesley Potts, Briggs Cheesman, Brayden Kohehl, Hunter Koehl, and Andrew Schroeder.

A special tanks goes to the following students, who participated in the program and helped run the party:

Lucas Diehm, Aliyah Jimenez, Mikayla Stier, Gabby Stier, Caleb Walz, Joshua Walz, Emma Schroeder, Wesley Potts, and Andrew Schroeder

Grandparents Day

This year, we’ll be celebrating Grandparents Day on Wednesday, September 24. Grandparents or other special guests are invited

to spend part of the day with us and enjoy several special activities together with your grandchild or special friend. Save the date, invite your special guests, and watch for more details to come.

School Pictures

School pictures have been scheduled for Wednesday, September 17. Parents of 3-year old preschool students that meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays may bring their child to school on the 17th for Picture Day. However, we will schedule our Picture Retake Day for a Tuesday or Thursday and you can have your child’s picture taken that day. This year we will again be using Derby Photography for our class pictures and yearbook services. All students in our school will be pictured during their normal class time. For now, mark Picture Day on your calendar. More details will be coming!

A couple of helpers would be great! If you can help, please speak with Mrs. Thiem! Thank you!

Apple Festival Time IS Near!

This year’s Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 & 5. A sign-up sheet was sent home last week and another is coming with today’s Banner for those who have not yet responded. Our apple fritters are an important part of the Apple Festival and this effort is a major fundraiser for our school. All of our families need to be involved with this huge project in some way. In fact, since apple peeling and the actual Festival are a week apart, we REALLY encourage and appreciate those parents who help with both tasks!!! In addition to the valuable work you are doing, you will enjoy the time you spend making new friends and socializing with familiar ones.

Our SCRIP program is easy to use and can be a valuable financial blessing for both the school and your family. Parents can buy gift cards at face value for many local and national retailers. When you purchase the cards St. John receives a percentage back, varying from 3% to 25%. St. John uses that money to provide for the education of all students. However, we also credit half of the percentage amount that we get to your family. You can pay for tuition, extended care, hot lunch and other things. Your family wins and St. John wins! Stop in the office for more information and to purchase your first SCRIP cards.

Elementary and Junior Spell Bowl Time!

It’s time to start thinking about SPELL BOWL!! This year, our elementary team (grades 4-5) will be coached again by Mrs. Barr and Mrs. Schroeder, and our junior team (grades 6-8) will be coached by Mrs. Pillers. Please consider joining in this great experience. Specific details regarding the first practice session will be coming home soon. Watch for it, and please check in with the coaches if you have additional questions.

SHINE Student

of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Aiden Schumm, Carter McKinley, Ava Koorsen, Mercedes Koorsen, Briggs Cheesman, Ian Malone, Braxton Cheesman, Ethan Kessler, and

Savana Phares. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Hungry for Hungry Howie’s???

Beginning Tuesday, September 9th, and continuing each SECOND TUESDAY of the month, St. John will be partnering with Hungry Howie’s to raise funds for the seventh and eighth grade Washington D.C. trip in the spring of 2016. Families who place an order anytime throughout the day should mention they would like the sale to be credited to St. John. Once we reach 17 orders, our group earns 10% of ALL sales that have been received throughout the day!

This could potentially be an excellent source of funds for the kids’ trip and all we gotta do is eat pizza! How simple is that? Just place your order and mention St. John! There will also be a pizza party for the classroom which has the most participation, so you can also benefit your child’s classroom! Get your family and friends involved and let’s make this a raving success! THANKS!

Keep Money Separate, Please

Please keep all payments separate. All payments must be made on separate checks as they are deposited in many different ways at various locations. Thank you for your help!

God desires His followers to be praying people. Our teachers and staff take this responsibility seriously and want to help your children be praying people also. Each week our teachers will pray for 5 school families during our teacher devotions. We will also pray for these families in All School Devotions and Chapel and in the classrooms. We will list the family names here so that you can pray for these families at home as well. If you have a specific prayer need, whether it is your week for prayer or not, please let us know through your teacher, the office, or the prayer request box located by the other collection boxes in the church lobby.

This week, the following St. John families will be included in prayer:

Rob and Jenna Anderson, Michelle Bailey, Charmin Baxter, Doug and Lisa Bender, and Kristin Benson

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

Recycle, Please!

Now that school is back in session, I want to remind you to recycle the empty ink jet cartridges as well as any cell phones, MP3 Players, I-PODS, and Laptop computers. Some cell phones and Blackberrys can earn up to $100.00. You can give them to Angi Goldey if they are large items, or put them in the wooden collection box in the church lobby. Thanks for helping to

keep our world clean and making money for your school!

Fast Direct

Remember to become familiar with FastDirect! As in the past, parents and guardians of students in fourth through eighth grade can access grades and missed assignment information through this school information program.

Twenty-first Century Scholars

Twenty-first Century Scholars application forms are now available online at scholars.in.gov. The website also lists recent legislative changes to the program. Income-eligible students who take a pledge as a seventh or eighth-grader may be eligible for up to four years of paid tuition at an Indiana college following high school graduation.

Order Your St. John Shirt

Don’t miss out on your chance to have a cool SPEAK LIFE theme t-shirt! This year you have two options – black or turquoise. We would like every student to have one of these shirts so that we can all wear them for field trips, school spirit days, and for other events. The absolute final day to order is Aug. 29 by 3:15 p.m. NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Additional order forms are available in the office.

First Lego League

Your child (grades 4-8) has the chance to join St. John Lutheran School’s First LEGO League Competition Team this fall. The First LEGO League focuses on LEGO Robotics and problem solving, preparing projects and tackling missions associated with the First LEGO League’s WORLD CLASS Challenge competition in November (date and location TBA).

Please note: The competition team does not build with traditional LEGO bricks. Instead, we use LEGO EV3 robots, and program them to complete tasks. If your child wants to build with LEGO bricks, the Kendallville Public Library offers a LEGO Club every Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. beginning August 18.

If your child is interested in being part of St. John's First LEGO League team, please contact coach Jenna Anderson at jennalanderson76@gmail.com or 260-445-3369. The team will met for the first time last Friday and will continue to meet on Fridays after school until 5:00.

Cross Connections Counseling

Like last year, St. John has partnered with Cross Connections to provide our students with several important opportunities. Our counselor, Mrs. Lisa Lessing, will be here each Thursday. Last week she led a 30-minute session on ‘Defining Conflict: Peacemaking or Peacebreaking’ with the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 2nd grade classes. Next week she will lead the same lesson with the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 1st grade classes. There will always be a take home page every time she teaches a lesson.

Life can sometimes get difficult and we need a place to go for help. Mrs. Lessing is also available to meet with students individually for counseling sessions. Please contact Mr. Walz if you are interested in learning more about how this opportunity might benefit your child.

School Reach Test

In order to make sure that we have every family’s contact information correct, we will send out a test message through School Reach on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7:00 P.M. If you do not receive this message, or would to prefer to receive it at another number, please contact the school office.

The Banner

Starting next Tuesday, Sep. 2 (because we are off on Monday for Labor Day), The Banner, our school newsletter, will be sent home with the youngest child in the family. This is an important communication method and one that we hope you will read each week. Other information from the school office will also go home with the youngest child in the family. If you would prefer another child in your family be the one to bring items home please notify the school office. In a few weeks we will be asking whether you want to continue to receive a paper copy of The Banner or read the copy that is posted to our website, or sent on Fast Direct.

School Delays

While we hope we won’t face weather delays and cancellations any time soon, we know that the possibility for fog, ice, and snow delays exists at any time. When such delays and cancellations occur, you will receive a School Reach phone call. You will also see or hear “St. John Lutheran School, Kendallville” on the following media outlets:

WANE-15 WAWK-1140 WPTA-21

WBCL-90.3 WISE-33 WLAB-89.7

St. John will, with very few exceptions, follow the East Noble School Corporation on weather related issues. Delayed starts will be handled as follows:

2-HOUR DELAY: School will begin at 10:00 A.M. and will dismiss at the regular time. Extended care will be available. All morning preschool classes will begin at 10:00 and dismiss at 11:30. The afternoon preschool class will meet at its regular time.

3-HOUR DELAY: School will begin at 11:00 A.M. and will dismiss at 3:55. Extended care will be available. Morning preschool classes will not meet if there is a 3-hour delay. The afternoon preschool class will meet at its regular times. Extended care will be available free of charge to preschool students who have an older sibling enrolled who won’t be dismissed until 3:55.

COLLABORATION MONDAY: 2-hour delays that occur on a Monday will begin at 10:00 A.M. 3-hour delays that occur on Monday will begin at 11:00 A.M.

Student Directory To Be Published

We will soon publish our annual booklet which contains names, addresses, and phone numbers of our families. If you do not wish for any of this information to be published – YOU MUST INFORM MRS. THIEM. If we do not hear from you by September 2, we will assume it is your desire to make this information public.

Also, divorced or separated families, if you have a preference as to how you are listed, please talk with Mrs. Thiem. Thank you.

Old Memory Books Up For Grabs

Mrs. Thiem has a stack of memory books from past school years that are available for parents and students at no charge. If you would like to see what she has, please stop by her office.

Free and Reduced Price Lunches

If you have not turned in your application for free or reduced price lunches, please do so immediately. The government reimburses our school above and beyond the cost of these lunches, so it is a benefit to us as well as you to use this if you qualify. Applications are strictly confidential.

Note: Even though our school does not charge for textbook rental, checking that box and signing provides St. John with additional funding.

FACTS Tuition Management System

Keep in mind that changes can be made in your FACTS tuition agreement should a need arise. Perhaps you have received a windfall and would like to make an advance payment, or perhaps you are having particular financial strains and need an adjustment. See Mrs. Thiem for assistance and she will direct you to Mr. Walz if needed. Please contact us at least 10 days before payment is set to be deducted from your account.

Asthma Inhaler?

If your child uses a doctor-prescribed inhaler to treat bronchial asthma, it is our policy that the inhalers be kept in the locked cabinet in the school office. However, if your doctor feels this is inadequate for the severity of your child’s situation and the inhaler needs to be kept with the child, please have him/her issue a written statement to that effect. Return that to the school office as soon as possible. Thank you!

Confirmation 2014-15

Orientation Meeting set for Wednesday, September 3, 2014

This year Confirmation Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm in the Worship Center. Confirmation is a Christian Discipleship program for young people who are in the 6th and 7th grade in school. The program is two years in length with one year devoted to a study of the Old and New Testaments and the other year focused on the “Six Chief Parts” (topical study of the Bible). This year 2014-15 we will be studying the Old and New Testaments. Confirmation is our church’s way of assisting Christian parents to Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.(Proverbs 22:6). Therefore, we are asking that an adult parent or guardian accompany each child to confirmation classes.

In the past, small groups have been a focus of our confirmation program. This year, the small groups will be voluntary. If parents/guardians desire to organize small groups, the worship center will be available to be used for this each Wednesday evening from 8:00-8:30pm.

An orientation meeting will be held on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 at 7:00pm in the worship center. The confirmation program will be explained and students will be registered that evening.

Classes will begin the following Wednesday evening, 10 September 2014 and will continue throughout the school year until Confirmation Sunday, which will be on Sunday, 3 May 2015 this year.

If you have any questions about Confirmation, call or email Pastor Shriner at (260) 347-2158 or bshriner@sjlc.net.

Want to Join St. John Lutheran Church?

For those of you who might be interested in becoming an official member of our church, there are a few different ways to accomplish this:

1. If you are a member in good standing of a Lutheran Church, we can notify the pastor of that church and request your transfer. This merely requires an administrative change and you are not required to attend a new members/adult confirmation class. You are however, invited and encouraged to attend such a class.

2. If you are a member in good standing of a Christian church of a different denomination, we can contact the pastor of that church and request your transfer. While this does involve an administrative transfer, we do encourage you to attend a new members/adult confirmation class. We request this because the doctrine and practice of St. John may be different in some ways from what you’ve experienced before.

3. If you are kind of new to Christianity and would like to join St. John, we do request that you attend a new members/adult confirmation class in order to become familiar with our beliefs and practices.

We have just completed our most recent new members/adult confirmation class but will be starting up another one on September 3, 2014 at 7pm in the worship center. These classes will be every Wednesday, same time and place until the middle of April. This class will be a “junior confirmation class” (6th and 7th graders) but we are requiring each junior to bring along a parent or guardian to each class. There will be plenty of adults in those classes so you won’t feel out of place!

Even if you are a long time member of St. John but would like to review the basic teachings of the Old and New Testaments, come along and join us for Confirmation Class 2014-15!

Pastor Bob

So August is here now and school’s starting back.

Another year to learn letters and math to attack.

Our kids are so blessed with all of their gear

as they head off to class with lessons to hear.

This month, once again, school items I’ll stress

So children far off their studies can address.

They need crayons and pencils at this time so cheap

The rewards of an education those children will reap.

Without those supplies the kids are left out.

To school they can’t go – so there is no route

Out of the poverty that wears them away

In a life of poor sadness they’re bound to stay.

So won’t you help out with this project today?

Run to the store and don’t delay!

Help fill a box with something for school

Smile as God uses you as His tool!

Anything else that you think fits the bill

Can be placed in the collection box each month as well.

In the lobby you’ll find it upon the floor

Just lift its lid and fill it galore!!

Cathy Thiem,

Operation Christmas Child, Relay Center Coordinator

(A big THANK YOU to those of you who HAVE been placing items in the box! It makes my day to find something new tucked inside! THANK YOU!! Special thanks to the person who left an uplifting note for ME in the box!!)

The Week Ahead - August 25 – 31, 2014

Monday, August 25

5:15 – Back-to-School Night meal begins

6:30 – Parent’s Meeting – Back-to-School Night

Tuesday, August 26

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:30 – Soccer Practice

4:15 – JV Volleyball @ CEN

Wednesday, August 27

3:00 – 4:45 – Volleyball Practice

5:00 or 7:00 – Beginning Band Parents Meeting (two times offered)

Thursday, August 28

4:15 – JV Soccer @ home

4:15 – JV Volleyball @ Holy Cross

5:00 or 7:00 – Beginning Strings Parents Meeting (two times offered)

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, August 29

3:00 – 5:00 – First LEGO League

Saturday, August 30

Sunday, August 31

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Bible Classes and Sunday School

10:30 – Worship Service in Worship Center

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