301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #17; December 8, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 08 December 2014

THE BANNER

St. John Lutheran School

December 8, 2014

Number 17

The Principal’s Pen

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15

A bruised head. A bruised heel. Which is worse? I think most of us would agree that having our head injured is worse than having our heel injured!

These words are part of the curse God gave to Satan after he tempted Adam and Eve to sin. As a result of this sin, there would be hatred between Satan and people. More than that, though, was the promise that there would come a person whose heel would be ‘bruised‘ by Satan but would then ‘bruise’ Satan’s head. That person was Jesus! In His death, Satan ‘bruised’ Jesus’ heel; he hurt Jesus temporarily. But, in His death and resurrection, Jesus ‘bruised’ Satan’s head; He hurt Satan for all eternity, defeated him forever!

During Advent we spend time preparing for Jesus’ coming and the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas isn’t fully understood unless we go back to the very beginning. Jesus needed to come at the first Christmas because of sin in the world, sin that goes all the way back to Adam and Eve. The curse made to Satan gives us God’s answer to the problem of sin. That’s why Christmas is important. May God bless you and your family as you prepare for Christmas. May part of your preparations be centered on Jesus and the need for Him to come as an answer to our sin problem.

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.

Christmas is just around the corner…

Advent Devotion

Last week, each family received a devotional and cardboard Advent wreath. We hope that you have been able to use these materials to help your family prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. It will only take a few minutes each day to read the Bible verse, short devotion, and put the sticker on the wreath. Even if you aren’t able to have devotions every day, doing so often can help your family focus on Jesus, the greatest reason for Christmas!

Open Doors, Closed Doors

It is a blessing in many ways that St. John has an ‘open door’ policy. By that, we mean that the school is accessible to parents. You are able to come into school to drop things off, eat lunch with your child, and wait to pick up your child at the end of the day. We are also a church, and so there is church activity throughout the day. But, we are also a ‘closed door’ campus in that doors are locked throughout the day as a way of maintaining control of who is in the building. We tell our students, and try to remind them regularly, that they are not to open doors and let people into the building, even if the student knows them. (This is hard to do because in most every other situation we want our children to be helpful and open doors for people.) We have signs posted on the doors telling people to come to Door #1 on Oak Street to enter during the day. We’ve experienced some problems when students open doors for others or when parents have come in and then unlocked the doors for others. While that may be done out of helpfulness, it makes it harder for us when we find doors unlocked that should be locked. We ask for your help in the following areas:

● Students should never open the doors for others. They can go get their teacher if they see someone at the door.

● Parents also should not open the doors for others. Parents should not change a door to an unlocked position.

● For student dismissal, the preschool door (Door #3) will be unlocked at 10:45, 11:00, or 2:55. Parents who need access to the building before then should enter through Door #1.

● For student dismissal, the parking lot door (Door #5) will be unlocked at 2:55. Parents can enter at that time and meet their child in the gym or at the classroom.

We hope that these reminders and adjustments will make sense and enable us to maintain the right balance of access and control to our facility.

Order a Christmas Poinsettia

If you would like to order a Christmas poinsettia to decorate our worship areas for our Christmas Eve and Christmas morning services, please see Mrs. Thiem or Miss Young for an order form. The cost for each poinsettia is $12.00 and the plants can be placed in honor or in memory of a special person in your life. Deadline to order is noon, Monday, December 15, so don’t delay!

Advent worship is a special time of the season; a time when we can join together with other believers to focus on Jesus, the real reason for Christmas. Please join us for the following Advent services:

Thursday, Dec. 11, 7:00 – led by our PS, K, and 6th-8th grades

Thursday, Dec. 18, 7:00 – led by our 1st-5th grades

A dinner will also be served on Dec. 11 and 18 from 5:30-6:30 in the gym. Please join us for fellowship and worship with your St. John family.

Thursday, December 11 - 5:30 – 6:30

Chicken Vegetable Soup or Pasta

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Dessert

Drink

Free-will offering proceeds to benefit Washington D.C. trip April 2016

Classroom Christmas Gifts

This year students in grades 1-8 will not exchange gifts between students at their classroom Christmas parties. Instead, some grades recently collected items to fill shoeboxes for “Operation Christmas Child”. Those boxes, filled with toys, candy, and school supplies are sent to needy children all over the world and are often times the first gifts those children have ever received!

Please watch for letters from your child’s teacher regarding the projects that will be undertaken by the classroom for Christmas in lieu of the gift exchange.

Students in preschool and kindergarten will continue the tradition of purchasing a gift in the $4.00-$5.00 range to exchange with classmates. Again, please watch your child’s class letter for details.

Christmas Gift Collection

While the holidays can be an especially joyous time for most of us, it can be a time of sadness for a child of a needy family. To help in this cause, we will be taking a gift collection to be given to needy children of our school and congregation. This is strictly a voluntary donation.

Ornaments have been placed on a Christmas tree in our school. Each ornament has written on it either the name of a specific toy or a suggested type of gift certificate for clothing which would be enjoyed by one of our families. (We have switched to gift certificates for clothing rather than the purchase of actual clothing.)

If the item to be purchased is a toy, purchase the toy, wrap the gift, then tape the ornament on the front of the package. If you choose to purchase a gift certificate, simply place the certificate inside the envelope you take from the tree and return it to the school office. We will see that it gets to the family for whom it was intended.

This year, Thrivent Financial has designated our Giving Tree as a recipient of some of their service dollars. We are grateful for the help this will provide to our families!!

Worship the newborn King with us!

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24

5:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Worship – Worship Center

11:00 p.m. - Candlelight Service – Sanctuary

Christmas Day, Thurs., December 25

9:00 a.m. - Sanctuary

New Year’s Eve, Wed., December 31

7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary

New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1

9:00 a.m. - Sanctuary

Shop With SCRIP for Christmas!

Christmas is right around the corner and if you want a special order gift card, the time to think about that is NOW! Cards sell quickly this time of year, so please don’t wait too long and be disappointed if we are out of stock on an item you wanted. Only one more order will be placed before Christmas on Monday, December 15. After that, no guarantees are made that we will have what you want.

We have several companies that are offering $10 and even $5 cards for the Christmas season. Check with us if you need a small gift for someone!

Using Scrip doesn't always mean giving a gift card! You can redeem the scrip yourself to purchase gifts. Make Scrip your first stop before you shop and save money on your tuition or other school expenses. Still not sure how Scrip works? Ask in the office! Don't miss out on the opportunity to save--it's never too late to get on board!

Our final day before Christmas is

Friday, December 19

School reconvenes Monday, January 5th.

Hobby Day/Hat Day

Bring in one dollar on December 19th and have your choice of wearing a hat, dress up for your favorite hobby, or both! All of the money goes to support Phil’s Friends, our current chapel offering project.

Christmas at Bixler Lake

Don’t miss the opportunity to see our student’s work displayed on large wooden boards at Bixler Lake. Students in grades PS-8 painted Christmas greetings to be displayed along with boards from other local school children. The displays will be lit each evening from 6-9 p.m. Other activities will be available during those times as well.

World-Wide Day of Remembrance

This Sunday, December 14, is the world-wide day of remembrance of children who have died. All across the world at 7:00 p.m. in respective time zones, candles will be lit in honor of these children.

Please keep the families of the following children in your hearts and prayers this Sunday, and perhaps light a candle in their memory.

Sarah Walz – premature daughter of Tim and Mindy Walz

Dylan Oprysk – nephew of Mrs. Goldey, cousin of Libby Goldey

Christopher Thiem – son of Mrs. Thiem

Morgan Kilburn – sister of first grader Evan Kilburn

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is TOMORROW -

Tuesday, December 9,

(and each second Tuesday thereafter).

Cross Connections

St. John is blessed in our partnership with Cross Connections Christian Counseling. Every other week, your child (1st-8th grade) receives instruction in conflict resolution or other topics, from Mrs. Lisa Lessing, a trained and licensed counselor. Sometimes, students, or families, need some additional help for a short while. Mrs. Lessing can also help with that. She is available during school hours and also after school, to meet with students individually. She can also meet with parents. If your child is struggling with an issue and you feel some additional help would be needed, please contact Mr. Walz.

Consider A Gift To The Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana

Are you a supporter of St. John Lutheran School? Will you owe Indiana State Income Tax for 2014? Would you like to make a positive impact in both of these areas at one time? Please see Principal Tim Walz or call the office (347-2444) for information on making a donation to The Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana. This organization provides needy St. John students with tuition assistance scholarships. Your donation also qualifies you to receive a 50% tax credit on your Indiana state income tax. Donations can be made by individuals or businesses. Contact Mr. Walz to learn more about how you can impact a St. John student and reduce your tax burden.

These school families, prayed for this week:

Melissa Murphy; Tim and Terri Myers; Joshua and Debbie Norris;

Dawn Oiler; Matt and Staci Owen

Baily Lash and his family upon the death of his uncle Josh Lash;

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

Inclement Weather

As the likelihood of inclement weather increases, a few reminders about the procedure for school closings are in order. St. John will follow the East Noble School Corporation. When their decision is made you will be notified through a SchoolReach call and the following media outlets: WPTA, WISE, WANE, WBCL, WAWK, and WLAB (STAR). You will see or hear St. John Lutheran, Kendallville, listed on all these media outlets. The option exists for school to be closed, on 2-hour delay, or on 3-hour delay, which pushes dismissal time back to 3:45. Parents must always use discretion, whether we are in session or on delay, to determine if their own drive to school is too hazardous and they need to wait before coming in to school.

Reduced-Price Sale!!!

Available in the school office are some extra Butter Braids. They are being offered first-come-first-served at a price of $8.00 each. Check with Mrs. Thiem to see what is still available.

Suggestions/Questions

Remember that we have a Suggestion/Question box in the lobby area (with the soup label, Box Tops, pop tab and ink cartridge drop off boxes). Your feedback is welcome!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Hunter Kline, Jack Slater, Elli Will, Allison Butler, Ashlynn Myers, Olivia Tibbs, and Trey Warren. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Newspaper Ads Needed

We have two teachers who would like to use the Christmas toy advertisements that are a part of the newspaper this time of year in their classrooms. Please send those to school, or give them to Mrs. Goldey or Mrs. Schroeder. Thank you!

8 – 14, 2014

Monday, December 8

4:30 – 5:30 – VB @ HOME vs EMM

Tuesday, December 9

8:15 – Chapel

3:15 – 4:45 – Boys Basketball Practice

4:45 – 6:15 – JVG Basketball Practice

Wednesday, December 10

3:15 – 4:45 – Boys Basketball Practice

Thursday, December 11

7:00 – Advent Worship #2 – led by Preschool, Kindergarten & Gr. 6-8

Friday, December 12

3:15 – 4:15 – VB Basketball Practice

4:15 – 5:45 – JVG Basketball Practice

Saturday, December 13

Sunday, December 14

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

“Honk” Coloring Contest Winners

Congratulations to winners from our school in East Noble Theater Department’s Coloring Contest. No entries were submitted from fourth grade, and sixth grade entries were lost by East Noble.

Kindergarten – Luke Christian and Elli Will

First Grade – Taryn Haines and Emma White

Second Grade – Naomi Schroeder and Lex Moser

Third Grade – Katie White and Kaeli Christian

Fifth Grade – Katie Graber and Baileyl Murphy

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