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Banner #9; October 19, 2015

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 19 October 2015


St. John Lutheran School

October 19, 2015

Number 9

The Principal’s Pen

In a recent blog post, Dr. Tim Elmore (www.growingleaders.com) asked the question “Is it OK to be average?” He discussed how common it is for kids and young adults to strive to be average and how average isn’t all that good. If you’re average, while half of the population is behind you, there is also half the population ahead of you. Being average means that you are the best of the worst, or the worst of the best! What’s wrong with being average, you ask? Dr. Elmore lists the following potential dangers of being average:

1. Being average is a moving target in society that can easily be diluted.

2. An average goal rarely pushes us to use our talent to its fullest.

3. Average makes us compare ourselves to others – and we’re unique.

4. Average doesn’t push us to excel. It produces a “good enough” mindset.

Dr. Elmore goes on to suggest the following thoughts to lead us away from the “It’s OK to be average” mindset:

1. Let average be your starting point and go on from there.

2. Identify your strengths and find the areas you are naturally above average.

3. Each day, work to excel 1% above what you’ve done in the past.

4. Hang around people who will help you excel.

What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Email me at twalz@stjohneagles.org or stop in and see me. Next week I’ll share some of my thoughts on the question “Is it OK to be average?”

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.

Butter Braids Sale

Our annual Butter Braid sale is in full swing. The sale is strictly voluntary. Proceeds benefit our school. The sale ends on Thursday, October 29, with delivery of frozen loaves on Monday, November 23. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and support our school!



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, prayed for this week:

Joshua & Angi Goldey, Ervin & Susan Graber, Matt & Vicki Haines, Andy & Kristin Hampshire, and Christian & Michelle Harlan

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 Oct. 31, from 5:00 – 7:00. 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! You can drop off your candy in the marked container across from the church office.

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.

Volleyball Wrap-Up

The 4th, 5th & 6th grade JV Volleyball team concluded their season a few weeks ago. It was a very successful year with 7 wins and only 3 losses. Team members included: 6th grader Bailey Murphy, 5th graders Landyn Bradley, Caylee James, Aowyn Myers, Savana Phares, Sam Schroeder, and 4th graders Oshea Bailey, Anna Bodie, Kaeli Christian, Sadie Potts, and Katie White.

Coaches Mollie Scheiber and Mr. Scheiber were quite pleased with how the girls improved their skills throughout the season.

Thanks to all the parents and family members who line judged, transported athletes, worked the concession stand, or simply cheered for our team.

Soccer Season Ends

The soccer season came to an end in September with an away game in Fort Wayne. Our team was once again composed of boys from grades 4 – 8 with various experience levels from “new to the field” to “experienced and seasoned”. Thanks goes out to all of our Eagle fans who showed up at our games, either home or away, you were there cheering us on. Each game was truly a team effort that offered life lessons, lots of running, and God given talents.

Our team included:

Aaron Bowers Nick Bodie Caleb Walz Joshua Walz

Andrew Schroeder Ian Malone Christian Heileman Brendon Heileman Brenton Klopfenstein Aiden Schumm Eury Ernsberger Kyle McKenzie Andrew Malone Ethan Smith Matthew McKinley

Also, a BIG thank you goes out to Mr. Ray Ernsberger and Mr. Don Schroeder for coaching the team AND to the parents who on occasion helped with transportation. We couldn’t have done it without you!


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

The FluMist vaccine (a gentle nasal spray) is once again being offered free of charge to all students in cooperation with the Noble County Health Department, Parkview Noble Hospital, and St. John School. Each student received a packet of information including a consent form today. For those that are interested and eligible (see requirements posted in packet) please return the signed consent no later than THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23. The vaccine clinic has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 4. Preschool parents are more than welcome to bring their children in at that time for their immunization.


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!

Mad Ants Get Fit Challenge

Our kick-off assembly for the Mad Ants Get Fit Challenge was Tuesday, Sep. 29. We were encouraged by the Mad Ant himself to spend 30 minutes each day in physical activity for 30 days in order to begin forming healthy fitness habits. We were also reminded that last year we were the school with the highest participation percentage and received a $1,000 check, which has been spent on new athletic equipment. Tacking sheets were sent home before Fall Break and should be returned each Thursday for weekly prizes. Let’s go, Eagles, and get fit, and maybe even win the participation prize again!

SHINE Students

of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student before break: Alex Padilla, Bailey Murphy, Zander Brazel, Journey Speakman, Anna Bodie, Jaxon Kitchen, Taryn Haines, Caylee James, Sam Schroeder, ZZ Flynn, Kasi Shire, Luke Christian. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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 donations for the bake sale.

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!!

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

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.

Tickets are still available. At this time, family members are welcome to purchase tickets and accompany the group. Younger students must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

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.

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)


An Evening At The One Room Schoolhouse

Students in grades one through six are invited to join us for an evening of autumnal fun at the Wayne Center One Room Schoolhouse on Wednesday, October 28, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. There’ll be crafting by lantern light and popcorn and stories around the fire. There is no cost of the evening, however spaces are limited. Contact Mrs. Pillers at 343-8622 to register your student.

Operation Christmas Child

Please consider putting together a shoebox full of toys and school supplies for a needy child in another part of the world! This is a great way for you to teach your child the joy of giving! Don't forget to include a letter and even a picture if you'd like. All boxes should be delivered to the school office no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 23rd. 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!

Once again, St. John will serve as a Relay Collection Center for National Collection Week – the third week of November. If you would be willing to spend a few hours helping to collect boxes as they arrive and package them in shipping cartons, give Mrs. Thiem a call (347-2444) or stop by her office.

Mrs. Thiem will speak with students at chapel this week about the project and all students will be receiving a brochure which gives specific guidelines about the project. Empty shoeboxes are now available for the asking in the office. Students in selected grades may use this program as their classroom Christmas project in lieu of a gift exchange between students. Stay tuned for instructions from your child’s teacher.

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 - October 19 – 25, 2015

Monday, October 19

3:00 – 4:30 – VBB practice

4:30 – 6:00 – VGB practice

Tuesday, October 20

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:30 – JVBB practice

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

Wednesday, October 21

Morning – Preschool trip to Kuehnert Dairy Farm

Morning – 2nd Grade trip to Kuehnert Dairy Farm

3:00 – 4:30 – VBB practice

3:00 – 4:30 – LEGO Team

4:30 – 6:00 – VGB practice

7:00 – Confirmation Class

Thursday, October 22

3:00 – 4:30 – JVBB practice

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

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, October 23

3:00 – 4:30 – JV/VBB practice

3:00 – 4:30 – LEGO Team

4:30 – 6:00 – VGB practice

Saturday, October 24

Sunday, October 25

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

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