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

Banner #8; September 29, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 29 September 2014


St. John Lutheran School

September 29, 2014

Number 8

The Principal’s Pen

Yesterday, St. John Lutheran Church took a big step of faith by approving the building proposal laid out by our building committee. This plan will allow us to meet a number of needs in our facility for the years to come. If all goes according to plan, by the start of next the school year, or shortly thereafter, we will have a new Worship Center, 2 new classrooms, a new library, a new cafeteria, a new youth room, a new boiler, a new sanctuary roof, and additional improvements in storage and meeting space throughout the building.

Much work has been done leading up to this point, and there is still much work ahead. In the coming weeks, the immediate priorities will be applying for our loan with Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) and seeking bids from general contractors and sub-contractors. We will also be developing and training a team of people to run our capital campaign.

It’s exciting to think of both new and renovated spaces within our building! That always adds energy, and we are excited about the changes that will come for our church and school. As a school family this is an important time for you, too. Please pray that God will continue to guide this process and that we will be able to stay on schedule with all the upcoming phases of the project. Please also consider whether you are willing to help in some way with this project. One of our immediate needs is forming a group of 10-12 people to lead our capital campaign. If you are interested in that opportunity or want to be involved in some other way, please contact Mr. Walz.

As with everything, we look to God for His guiding, and pray that everything that is a part of this project will be done for His glory.

Speak Life @ Home: Making Faith Practical in your Family:

Please join us on Tuesday, Sep. 30, at 7:00, for a Family Builder Session with Mrs. Lisa Lessing, our counselor from Cross Connections. You will learn several simple ways that you can talk about faith with your children every day. Even if you don’t feel ready to do that, you can! These are simple things that you can start doing today. Let us encourage you and build you up in your role as parents (grandparents)!

Please invite a friend or relative who might also enjoy this material. This event is open to all. Child care will be available.

Apple Festival Information

Everything you need to know to be a part of this year’s Apple Festival is here:

Have fun! Make friends!

Make the event a success for our kids!

• Thank you to our peelers last Friday. You were great!

• Dry ingredients assembly on Thursday at 12:45.

• More workers needed! Contact Mrs. Thiem to sign up.

• We need coolers. Bring them on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

• Pray for good weather and big crowds!

• See you Saturday and Sunday to enjoy some fritters!

See below for more details on the Apple Festival: our history, what to wear, and complete details.

With Thanks!

Thanks to those of you who helped with the huge task of peeling 41 bushels of apples last Friday! A big thank you to Ryan and Angi Deetz for once again chairing this year’s peeling!

Huge, Huge, Huge Thanks to everyone that showed up for

Apple Peeling. What an awesome job!

Ryan and Angi Deetz

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!

• Another 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. 1 for us to use.

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

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

•Calling all pickup trucks. Your truck is needed on Friday, Oct. 3, 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.

Fiddlin’ at the Festival

Join us on Saturday at our fairgrounds booth to hear our advanced strings students play some good old fiddle music. It’s a great addition to our fritter booth!

It has been 28 years since Art and Esther Grawcock urged our Parent-Teacher League officers to get involved by making apple fritters. Those were humble beginnings -- six small kettles each having the capacity to hold eight fritters. Now the operation has grown to working with four or more large kettles (each holding 20 fritters) in which at least 9,000 fritters could be fried in a weekend.

The great thing about the Apple Festival is that it brings our people together. Over 150 people participate in various stages of production. From children and parents bagging dry ingredients to young and old peeling, coring, crushing, and bagging apples, many can lend a

hand and be part of the effort. Then there is loading, transporting, and setting-up of each site the evening before the Festival begins. Finally, it’s fritter fryin’ time - over twenty people are needed on a shift so that mixing, dropping, turning, dipping, sugaring, and selling of those delicious fritters can meet the demands of the constant lines of customers. In the end, it’s wrap-up time, time to take down, clean up, and store items for another year.

We still need people to work shifts at the festival. As virtually every past participant will tell you, it is more fun than work. Work assignments were sent home again this week. IF YOU RESPONDED TO OUR PLEA FOR APPLE FESTIVAL HELP – THANK YOU! If you would like to help, but never signed up, just show up at one of the booths – your help will be appreciated!

It’s loads of work, but lots of fun! We hope that you can be involved in some way with the Apple Festival. Chances are you will rub shoulders with some neat people; perhaps even make some new friends. And if the weather is good, we’ll have a shot to raise a sizable sum of money to meet the needs of our school!

Don’t forget to come on out and support our school by purchasing a hot apple fritter at our booth at the fairgrounds. Our booth will be located in the same area as last year. Look for us on the midway just in front of the primitive display.


The Apple Festival Committee requests that each participant dress in appropriate costuming at the Apple Festival. We have skirts and aprons at each booth which women can simply slip on over their jeans. Men usually wear blue jeans and flannel shirts.

To clarify “appropriate costuming,” please find several suggestions for dress and a few absolute “do not wear” below. Remember the goal of the Apple Festival is to entertain and educate about our pioneer heritage in 1830-1865.

We do have a supply of clothes to slip on, but if you have something that is appropriate you are encouraged to wear it!


Suggested Not Acceptable

Boots or dark-colored shoes Visible tennis shoes

Dark-colored pants or jeans Designer jeans

(Shirts worn out to cover snaps, zippers, etc.) Contemporary outerwear

Peasant-style shirts Baseball style hats

Flannel shirts (preferably solid color) T-Shirts

Capotes Neon-colored clothing


Suggested Not Acceptable

Boots or dark-colored shoes Visible tennis shoes

Mid-calf to long dresses Visible pants

Cloaks, shawls, quilts, afghans Contemporary outerwear

Period hats, bonnets and caps Neon-colored clothing




 Zippers were invented in 1890

 Fabrics were pure natural fibers (wool, cotton, silk, linen, canvas, broadcloth)

 Layering your clothing will be helpful for changing temperatures

Let’s make this year’s event a great success by everyone joining in and working together! Thank you!

See YOU at the Festival

Thank You Grandparents and Special Guests

Thank you to all of our special guests who joined us last Wednesday for Gradparent’s Day. It was wonderful to welcome around 130 of you into our building and classrooms for the afternoon. You are a blessing to us, and even more so to the children we care for each day!

Thank you also to the parents and others who helped with the day. We couldn’t have done it without you. Your gift of service is a blessing to us and our students!

Parent-Teacher Conference Time Approaches

Notification of your child’s parent-teacher conference time is being sent home today. The conferences are scheduled for Thursday and Friday afternoon and evening, October 16 and 17. Please notify your child’s teacher if the assigned time will not work so other arrangements may be made.

Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences

St. John will have early dismissal on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 16 and 17, 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 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.

Building Up the Next Generation

Mr. Walz will soon be starting the next of our Family Builder Sessions. He will be presenting some of the work of Tim Elmore on how we can best lead Generation Y (and Generation Z). A Sunday morning session will meet from 9:15-10:15 from Sunday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 23. The same material will be presented on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 on Sunday, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, and Nov. 23. Church and school families are encouraged to attend whichever session best fits your schedule, and you’re welcome to bring a friend!

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, hayride, and more. In fact, plan now to invite your friends to join you on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 5:00 – 7:00. Contact the school office to volunteer to help. Lots of helpers are needed to run the games and other events. 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 8

Don’t forget our Academic Festival coming up in November. Lots of volunteers will be needed. If you would like to help, please let us know!

Sign-up sheets for the various events went home with students in Grades 1-8 late last week. Please observe the deadline to return forms – Friday, October 17.

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!!

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

and for the whole Jank family.

These school families will be prayed for this week:

Patrick and DeeAnn Erne; Ray and Lillian Ernsberger; Salvador and Dunia Espinoza; David and Joana Goddard; and Joshua and Angi Goldey

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 3 No bus either way – EN schools not in session

No School

October 6 – 10


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 17 with delivery of frozen loaves November 13. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and plan now to support our school!

Paper Banners By Request Only

The Banner can be accessed on our website: www.stjohneagles.org and will be sent attached to a Fast Direct message each Monday. If you would still like to receive a paper copy of the Banner please let the office know and we will gladly send a copy home with your child.

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is Oct. 14

(and each second Tuesday thereafter).

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.


SCRIP can save you money! Please stop in the office any time and purchase some SCRIP cards. The percentage that the school receives back from your purchases helps provide for the education of your children. Plus, St. John credits half of that percentage back to the account of your choosing back at St. John. The school wins and you win!

SHINE Students

of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Emma White, Alaina Watson, Hunter Shire, Santiago Espinoza, Lauren Diehm, Emma Schroeder, Abi McLeod, Naomi Schroeder, LEx Moser, Hunter Bolen, Libby Goldey, Shelby Mock, Daniel Malone, Lucas Diehm, Haylee Terr, and Brett Christian.

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

Students in K-5 are reminded of the Cookie Decorating and Craft time on Monday, October 20th, from 3:15-4:15, sponsored by the St. John Student Council. Permission forms and the $1.00 fee must be submitted in order for a child to attend. Please return those as soon as possible.

Cross Connections Counseling

Lisa Lessing, the Cross Connections counselor is going through the principles of being a good peacemaker in the presence of daily conflicts. As grown-ups, we know that conflict and disagreements are unavoidable. Whether the conflict is with a classmate, friend, and/or family member-conflict presents a powerful opportunity to serve one another! Mrs. Lessing is teaching students how to prevent and resolve conflict in a constructive and biblically faithful manner.

Lessons will emphasize principles of confession, forgiveness, communication, and character development, and use realistic stories, practical applications, role plays, and stimulating activities.

The past weeks the students have looked at the first principle: Conflict is a slippery slope. Students were asked to talk about a conflict and then identify from the following how they reacted.

● The Escape Zone: Deny, Blame Game, and Run Away

● The Attack Zone: Put Downs, Gossip, Fight

● The Work-It-Out Zone: Overlook, Talk-It-Out, and Get Help

The goal is to move students to be Peacemakers and learn to work out their conflicts in a biblical way. In the lower grades, Mrs. Lessing is breaking down the Peacemaking concept into smaller parts. For example, this week the students talked about what it means to be a good listener.

Ask your student to show you the handouts and tell you how they plan to try to be a peacemaker at home!

Our Student Council is holding a service event here at school on Wednesday, October 29, to help deep-clean and disinfect our building. We are looking for donations of Clorox wipes, plastic gloves, and paper towels. If you are willing, please drop those donations in Mrs. Goldey’s room. Thanks!

The Week Ahead - Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2014

Monday, September 29

4:15 – JV Soccer Game at Kreager Park

4:30 – Volleyball Game at Central Christian

Tuesday, September 30

8:15 – Chapel

7:00 – Speak Life @ Home: Making Faith Practical In Your Family – W/C

Wednesday, October 1

9:30 – 12:30 - Gr. K-3 trip to Huntington University

3:00 – 4:30 - Junior Spell Bowl Practice

7:00 – Confirmation Class

Thursday, October 2

12:45 – Dry Ingredient Mixing for Apple Festival (Gr. 7 & 8 and parents)

7:00 – Worship Service


3:00 – 4:30 – Junior Spell Bowl Practice

3:00 – 5:00 – Lego Club

Saturday, October 4 – APPLE FESTIVAL

Sunday, October 5 – APPLE FESTIVAL

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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