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Banner #10; October 26, 2015

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 26 October 2015


St. John Lutheran School

October 26, 2015

Number 10

The Principal’s Pen

Last week I shared some information from Dr. Tim Elmore on being average. His recent research and work with thousands of kids and young adults leads him to conclude that our society encourages kids to be average. I shared with you his ideas on how being average can hold our kids back and I shared some of his ideas on how to lead our kids away from being average.

I agree with much of what Dr. Elmore wrote about. I see similar attitudes in many of the kids I’ve worked with in recent years. Many seem to think that it is OK to just get by or that anything that requires hard work over periods of time is to be avoided. I agree with Dr. Elmore that in many cases we as parents and educators would do well to encourage our children to be more than average.

However, I think there is a significant potential danger that Dr. Elmore didn’t address. While we should encourage our children to strive to excel, there is a danger of pushing too hard in that direction. When children are pushed too hard to excel, the results can be injury, anxiety, escapism, eating disorders, and sleep disorders. A recent report from the American Psychological Association shows that teens today are more stressed than adults. This constant pressure to excel leads kids to cope in ways that are not healthy, in the short term and the long term.

What’s the solution? I believe it is balance. Yes, we need to encourage our kids to use their God-given abilities to their fullest, and support them in doing so. But, we need to avoid placing unrealistic expectations to be the best at everything or be hyper-focused on only one area. Kids need balance – the time to push hard and the time to relax. Helping them do so is one of the tough parts of parenting! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic!

This year’s Apple Festival proceeds were $16,915.31!! Another big round of thanks to EVERYONE involved in helping this year!!

Little Saint’s Night

Little Saint’s Night is this week Saturday! 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. This is always a fun night for the St. John family! The following things are needed to make this a great night:

1. For parents that singed up earlier in the year to help, we will be calling to find out how much time you will be able to give to this event.

2. Even if you didn’t sign up, your help is always needed and appreciated! Call the school office to get on the list!

3. We need each family to supply 2 bags of candy so that we have plenty of

prizes to give to all our Little Saints! Please leave your candy donations in

the box in the gym.

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.

MadAnts Get Fit Challenge

Congratulations to the many students who have been participating this year and tracking 30 minutes of exercise each day! We are in the final week. All log sheets need to be turned in between Thursday, Oct. 29 and Monday, Nov. 2. Orders, and payment, for additional tickets must also come in at that time. Tickets will be given out on Tuesday, Nov. 3. If you have questions, please see Mrs. Barr.

School Pictures – Make-Up Day

We have received our School Pictures and they are coming home with students. A make-up day has been scheduled for Thursday, November 19th, beginning at 8:30 a.m., for our 3-year-old Preschool class, students who were absent on the original Picture Day, as well as those who were not satisfied with their original portraits. Please remember that the entire package must be returned if your child is to be re-photographed.

To qualify for retakes, a student must return the original photos along with the form included with the packet stating the reason the photos are unsatisfactory so the photographer can attempt to improve the results on the second attempt. Photos will not be retaken simply because you do not like the clothes the child was wearing, or a different hair style is desired.

Class composite pictures will be printed after make-up day, and will be sent home as soon as we receive them back from the lab.

Butter Braids Sale

Our annual Butter Braid sale continues through this Thursday, October 30, with delivery of frozen loaves on Monday, November 23. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and plan now to support our school!


It’s Flu Mist Time

The deadline has now passed for parents to request the flu mist vaccine for their child. The FluMist vaccine clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, for those who have completed the paperwork and meet all criteria.

Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week. To help celebrate, and stand united against drug use, Tuesday will be ‘Wear Red Day” at St. John. All students are encouraged to wear something red. K-8 students will also be given a red ribbon to wear.

No School

Friday, Oct. 30

(our teachers are

having a Professional

Development Day)

The $coop On $crip!

What is Generic Scrip?

We’d like to let you know about what we call “Generic Scrip.” Generic Scrip is like a universal gift card you can purchase that can be redeemed or exchanged for any scrip card. It can be purchased for any quantity. It can be redeemed only here at St. John. Generic Scrip is most often used between St. John School or Church families and is a popular pastor or teacher gift. You are welcome to give Generic Scrip to those outside of the St. John family, but it is important that you inform anyone you give it to that they must bring it to St. John for redemption before they shop. Also, you may wish to provide them with an order form so they can be aware of what type of cards they can use it for.

Giving the gift of Generic Scrip may also be a good way for you to introduce Scrip to your family and friends and encourage them to continue buying it on your behalf.

Your Next Opportunity to Support The D.C. Trip…

The next fundraiser for the Washington D.C. trip is just around the corner. It’s delicious Nelson’s BBQ Chicken! The chicken will be available in the North Fire Station on Highway 6 on Saturday, November 14. Place your advance order so you are sure to get some! Simply complete the form below, return it to the school office, and your tickets will be returned to you. THANK YOU!!

Nelson’s Chicken Order Form: Pick-Up only!

Support St. John’s 7th/8th grade

Washington D.C. Trip (spring 2016)

Saturday November 14th 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

(North Fire Station on U.S. Hwy. 6)

(pre-pay via cash or check – St. John PTL)

Name Phone # # of Half Chickens @ $6.50 Ticket #


Do you work in a place that would allow you to put a box in a prominent place to collect used printer cartridges? If so, we’d appreciate your help in doing so! Mrs. Goldey is in charge of the collection here at St. John and her students benefit! Thanks for your help in keeping a bit of trash out of our landfill and helping our school earn money as well! See Mrs. Goldey if you have any questions! THANK YOU!!

SHINE Studentsof the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student before break: Clay Byerley, Isaac Bennett, Chloe Blaskie, Dallas Dean, Olivia Tibbs, Riann Ramer, Aaron Bowers, Ian Malone, Bethy Stewart, Ethan Cope, Libby Goldey, Brenton Klopfenstein, Brock Klink, Destiny Oiler, Carter McKinley, TJ Knox, and Elli Will. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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.

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 spoke with students at chapel last week about the project and students received 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. Want an easy way to help? Money is needed for shipping! $7.00 per box – any amount will be accepted and will help send our boxes on their journey into the arms of a desperate child!


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

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

These school families, prayed for this week:

Nick & Natasha Hayden, Mark & Bethany Heileman, Jerry & Janette Higgins, Klent & April Hodge

Varsity Volleyball Wrap-Up

St. John Varsity Volleyball team finished their season with 8 wins and 9 losses. They also made it to the first round in their tournament. It was a very close game and they played hard, but unfortunately were defeated.

The varsity team consisted of the following young ladies:

Hanne Brandgard

Madisyn Cope

ZZ Flynn

Aliyah Jimenez

Delia Norris

Jessie Schroeder

Emma Schroeder

Kasi Shire

Gabbie Stier

The team was coached by Mindy Cope and Destiny Jimenez. This was their first year at varsity level and they did very well. For most of the girls, this was their fourth year of playing volleyball. They have had a lot of dedication and worked very hard to become the players they are now.

A special thanks to parents that helped out and to our fans. We had a great season! Thank you!

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.

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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

The Week Ahead - Oct. 26 – Nov. 1, 2015

Monday, October 26

3:00 – 4:30 - JV/VBB practice

4:30 – 6:00 – VGB practice

Tuesday, October 27

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:30 – JVBB practice

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

3:15 – 4:15 – Student Council Meeting

4:30 – 6:00 – VBB practice

Wednesday, October 28

3:00 – 4:30 – VBB practice

3:00 – 4:30 – LEGO Team

4:30 – 6:00 – VGB practice

7:00 – Confirmation Class

Thursday, October 29- End of Butter Braid Sale

3:00 – 4:30 – JVBB practice

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

4:30 – 6:00 – VGB practice

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, October 30 – NO SCHOOL – Professional Development Day

Saturday, October 31

5:00 – 7:00 – Little Saints Night

Sunday, November 1

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – The Buzz Hour & Adult Bible Class

10:30 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

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