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

Banner #7; September 28, 2015

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 29 September 2015


St. John Lutheran School

September 28, 2015

Number 7

The Principal’s Pen

FOCUS ON: STAR Assessments

Have your kids (K-8) talked about taking a STAR test? Almost all of our students have taken their first STAR Math and STAR Reading assessments and will soon be taking their second. We give these tests multiple times throughout the year and the teachers can see the results immediately. These computerized tests contain multiple choice questions. They are adaptive, in other words, they give different questions based on how the student answers the previous questions. In addition to receiving several scores for each student, the teachers also can see specific skills that the student has mastered or is struggling with. This means that the teacher can then provide additional re-teaching or practice in areas targeted to each individual student. The STAR testing platform includes resources and activities that the teacher can use in providing this additional practice, or the teacher can use resources from other sources.

These tests provide the teachers with detailed information gathered from multiple test sessions that can be used to adjust how the teacher works with each individual student. In this way, the STAR tests are very different from the state ISTEP tests. The way that these tests connect is that after taking several STAR tests the teachers can view a report that predicts which students will be ready to pass the ISTEP tests. This prediction isn’t perfect, and it is only one of the ways the teachers gauge how ready the students are for the ISTEP test. Even so, this is another way the STAR tests can help our teachers teach each student more effectively.

Over the past few years the STAR tests have become an important tool for our teachers. We are dedicated to continuing to use these assessments more effectively in helping our students learn.

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, Sept. 30.

• 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.

It has been 29 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.

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 Sept. 30 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. 1, from 12:45-2:45. Contact Mrs. Thiem to help out.

•Calling all pickup trucks. Your truck is needed on Friday, Oct. 2, 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.


The Apple Festival Committee requests that each participant dress in appropriate costuming at the Apple Festival. We have skirts and aprons at the 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

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.

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 Saturday, October 31, 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!

No East Noble Bus

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

below when there is no bus service:

Friday, October 2 No bus either way – EN schools not in session

Butter Braids Coming

Hey, everyone! Remember those delicious fruit-filled bread loaves we have sold the last several 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 12 with delivery of frozen loaves November 23. 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.

Thank You Grandparents and Special Guests

Thank you to all of our special guests who joined us last Tuesday for Grandparent’s Day. It was wonderful to welcome around 160 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 15 and 16. 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. 15 and 16, 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.

Accreditation Update

Many thanks go to the members of our Accreditation Steering Team, our School Board, our teachers, and the following parents and church members: Cindy Frick, Jeremy McKinley, Brittany Sams, Pastor Shriner, Wendy Kratzman, Summer Moser, Suzette White, Natasha Hayden, and Kam Shire. All of these people have spent multiple hours working through subcommittee reports as a part of our self-study report for our accreditation. They will be finishing their work this week. We thank them for their service and pray God’s blessings on this accreditation process. If you would like to know more, and how you can be involved, please see Mr. Walz.


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!

Cameron Patton, father of three St. John students, diagnosed with colon cancer;

George Berger, father of Mrs. Linda Atz, recovering from a stroke

Mr. Scheiber’s mother in law, who has had a serious stroke

These school families will be prayed for this week:

Jason & Stacy Deveau; Jonathan & Angel Diehm; Jeff Ditton & Terra Ditton; Dallas & Sharlina Downam; and Patrick & Dee Erne

45 Minutes of Pure Fun with your Child Every Week!

Singing, dancing, and making music with your child is so much fun--and it also stimulates learning! Join us for a free class to experience first-hand this award-winning program, taught by our own Ms. Dencklau, and discover the pleasure and developmental benefits of Music Together. Call us today to schedule your visit! (319) 939-7755 Classes held at St. John Lutheran School.

No School

October 5– 9


Mark your calendar and plan to show your support for one of St. John’s own – Cameron Patton. Cameron is battling stage 4 colon cancer. He is the father of Jordan Patton in third grade, and step-dad to Haylee Terry (grade 7) and Jared DiGirolamo (grade 8).

A benefit is being planned to raise money to help the family with medical bills and expenses on October 25th, from noon until 6:00 p.m. at beautiful Sylvan Cellars Event Center in Rome City. The benefit includes great food, live entertainment, 50/50 drawings, silent auction, bake sale, and much more! A corn hole tournament will also be held. ($25 per 2 person team, please register by October 5 to guarantee your spot!)

Committee members are seeking the following donations for the event:

bottled water



Please contact cameronsfight@yahoo.com or on facebook “Cameron’s Fight Colon Cancer Benefit” page. You may also contact Mindy Cope or Aimee Campbell for more information. Thanks so much!!

SHINE Students

of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Libby Goldey, Cole Christian, Joshua Walz, Caleb Walz, Evan Cope, Braylon Shire, Nathan Potts, Brayden Koehl, Hunter Koehl, Tyler Owen, Allison Butler, Aiden Schumm, Lillian Smoot, Mikayla Bollinger, Brock Cheesman, Katie White, and Carter Murphy. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Make Beautiful Music Together

Come spend time with your kids in our exciting family classes – a rich musical environment that encourages your child to explore the joy of music. Find out what beautiful music you and your family can make together!

There is still time to join us for the Fall Semester featuring songs from the Fiddle collection. Classes are Fridays at 11:00.

Call us today to schedule your visit! Ms. Dencklau (319) 939-7755 playhappykeys.com

First Trimester Chapel Offerings

Chapel offerings collected during the first trimester of this school year will go to support “Hiking for Heroes; His Pack, His Boots, My Hero!” Students are asked to bring specified items to school during September and October. Then on Sunday, October 25th, families are invited to meet at the Noble County Fairgrounds from noon until 4:00 p.m. Students should bring a backpack which will be loaded with the supplies collected through chapel offerings. Everyone is invited to hike a mile or run in the fun run (carrying the filled backpack) to honor those who are willing to sacrifice so much for us. A separate flyer was sent home with students last week outlining the items to be collected. If you need another copy, please ask for one. Monetary donations will be used for postage (each pack costs $15.90 to ship). If your family will be participating, please stay tuned for further/better instructions. Teachers will NOT be supervising students at the Fairgrounds – interested families will be on their own.

Turn the page to see the items we are collecting…..

Here’s the list of items we are collecting:

Baby wipes (smaller packages)

Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss

Nail clippers

Shampoo, liquid body wash, liquid anti-bacterial soap (NO pump dispensers)

Lotion (NO pump dispensers)

Disposable multi-blade razors

Kleenex (travel size)

Disposable hand sanitizing wipes


Throat lozenges

Gym, Lifesavers, Mints

Eye Drops (to relieve dry eye, not redness)

Blixtex, Chapstick, Carmex (small containers)

Saline spray/drops for sensitive nasal passages

Q-tips (smaller packages)

Eyeglass wipes

Batteries (AA are the most requested, then AAA)

Decks of cards, handheld games, magazines, & puzzle books

Movie DVD’s & Music CD’s

Fruit (single serving size cans of fruit, dried fruit. No plastic fruit cups)

Power bars, protein bars, nutritional bars

Beef jerky, beef summer sausage (non-perishable; labeled USDA beef)

Single serving bags of snacks, crackers, snack mixes, cookies, nuts, sunflower seeds,

trail mix, chips

Pop Tarts, cereal bars, milk & cereal bars, granola bars

Ramen noodles, Cup-O-Noodles serving cups

Ravioli and other canned ready-to-eat meals (single serving are the best)

Tuna lunch kits (includes foil pouch of tuna, crackers, condiments)

Canned sardines, smoked oysters

Jalapeno Velveeta and crackers

Taco Bell sauce packets

Seasoning salts, flavoring salts

Cheese dips in plastic or canned (NO glass please!)

Side rice packets (Spanish rice, cheesy rice and broccoli, etc.)

Hand Warmers

Dog biscuits/bones/treats (for canine handlers)


Academic Festival

After evaluating our construction schedule and other factors, we have

determined to not hold the Academic Festival on Saturday, Nov. 7. Our goal is to make revisions to this fun tradition and re-introduce it next year in a new and improved version next year.

Rend Collective is the group who performs our theme song for this year, “Build Your Kingdom Here”. They will be coming to Ft. Wayne in concert on Thursday evening, November 5th, and will open for headliner Chris Tomlin. We are offering a trip to the concert for students in grades 5-8. We have purchased a block of 50 tickets and they will be available on a first-come-first served basis. Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE if your student is suddenly unable to attend. Checks should be made out to St. John PTL.

If tickets are still available on October 1st, they will be made available to others on a first-come basis.

We have an East Noble bus lined up for transportation to and from The Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne. Ticket cost is $20.

We will be leaving St. John at 5:15 PROMPTLY and returning between 10:00 and 11:00. Mr. Walz, Mrs. Thiem, and several teachers will accompany the group.

A permission form and list of student expectations on the trip must be signed when purchasing tickets. Tickets may NOT be given to students.

Collection day is coming and boxes will leave

For a journey across rivers, countries, and seas.

They’ll travel on buses, on boats and on planes,

On trucks and on mule carts, elephants and trains.

Each box that departs on this journey of love

Takes a small bit of money and some help from above.

There’re obstacles – like customs – to run boxes thru

Contents to declare. Weight limits, too.

Operation Christmas Child is asking for you

To partner, again, to get boxes through.

To the kids that are desperate to know someone cares

Their lives forever changed because you have shared.

Seven dollars per box for shipping we need

If you’ve not helped by giving items maybe this plea you’ll heed.

Your gift, clearly marked, can be placed in the plate

Or delivered to the office if you want to participate.

You can get some tax credit from Samaritan’s Purse –

The ministry led by Franklin Graham the boxes to disburse

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 - Sept. 28 – Oct. 4, 2015

Monday, September 28

3:00 – 4:30 – VVB practice



Tuesday, September 29

8:15 – Chapel

2:00 – 2:45 – Mad Ants Assembly

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

Wednesday, September 30


3:00 – 4:30 – LEGO Team

4:00 – 5:30 – VVB practice

7:00 – Confirmation Class

Thursday, October 1

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

4:00 – 5:30 – VVB practcie

7:00 – Worship Service


3:00 – 4:30 – LEGO Team

Saturday, October 3 – APPLE FESTIVAL

9:00 – VVB vs WBN @ SJE

Sunday, October 4 – APPLE FESTIVAL

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

The Week Ahead - Oct. 5 – Oct. 11, 2015

Monday, October 5 – NO SCHOOL – FALL BREAK

Tuesday, October 6 – NO SCHOOL – FALL BREAK

4:00 – 5:30 – VVB practice (if still in tourney)

Wednesday, October 7 – NO SCHOOL – FALL BREAK

5:00 – VVB @ Holy Cross (if still in tourney)

Thursday, October 8 – NO SCHOOL – FALL BREAK

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, October 9 – NO SCHOOL – FALL BREAK

3:00 – 4:30 – VVB practice (if still in tourney)

Saturday, October 10

9:00 – VVB Tournament Final (if still in tourney)

Sunday, October 11

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

Good Luck to our

Varsity Volley Ball Team at the

LSAA Tournament!

Cheer on our Eagles!!

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