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Banner #13; November 16, 2015

WRITTEN BY Anonymous - 16 November 2015


St. John Lutheran School

November 16, 2015 Number 13

The Principal’s Pen - FOCUS ON: The School Budget

This is the second in a series of infrequent articles focusing on a specific aspect of our school ministry. (The first FOCUS ON: article was on the STAR Assessments on Sep. 28.)

Have you ever wondered just how much it costs to educate a child at St. John? Of course there are many ways to calculate that amount. The simple equation I use is to divide our total expenses by the total number of students. (Even this method is not without its faults, but used each year it does provide at least a consistent figure for comparison.) By this method, this year’s average cost to educate a child is $5,495. The first realization that should come to mind is that that amount is more than our highest tuition level. No family here pays that amount per child. That is because this school is a ministry of our church and the church subsidizes the education of every child here. The church supports the school with over $200,000 a year, in addition to providing the building and all associated costs (this is about 28% of the income needed to operate the school). We thank God for the generosity of the people of St. John in supporting the school ministry!

Beyond funding from the church, where does the rest of the income come from? About 49% of our income comes from the tuition money that our families provide. The final 23% of our school income comes from third source funding. This category includes fundraisers like Apple Festival, grant money, our annual fund campaign, and other gifts.

When it comes to our expenses, the vast majority of our budget is spent on salaries and benefits. Paying for our staff covers 86% of our expenses. That means that everything else: textbooks, supplies, equipment, technology, events, etc. covers the remaining 14%.

Operating a school is a major financial undertaking. Hopefully now you have a better understanding of how our budget works. Hopefully now you can also join me in being thankful for the partnership between church, school, and parents in making this school ministry possible!

Junior Spell Bowl!!

Congratulations to St. John’s Junior Spell Bowl team, who qualified for and competed in the State Spell Bowl Competition at Purdue University last Saturday. The team scored 37 points, which earned them 6th place in their division. Joshua Walz scored a near-perfect score (8 of 9 words). Awesome! Way to go St. John Spellers!

Special thanks to Mrs. Pillers, our faithful Spell Bowl coach.

Team members were: Joseph Erne, Hanne Brandgard, Gavin Burtch, Marcy Treesh, Caleb Walz, Joshua Walz, Haley Bloom, Andrew Schroeder, and Emma Schroeder.

Congratulations Junior Spell Bowl

team members!!!

We are proud of you!!

St. John Begins to Tithe

The topic of Biblical stewardship involves how we use all of the gifts and abilities we have for God’s glory. It begins with an understanding that everything we have comes from God. We are returning some of it; whether it is our time, our talents (abilities), or our treasures (money); in thankfulness for all He has given to us and done for us. The Bible often uses a tithe, or 10%, when it discusses stewardship. The Bible does not order a Christian to give 10%, but sets this as a goal to work toward.

With that understanding, the School Board has determined that we will begin to tithe on all our school fundraising efforts. Things like the Apple Festival, the Spring Auction, and sales like butter braids, frozen foods, and other little sales are included. Class-specific fundraisers and major drives like our UPLIFT annual fund campaign are not included. The School Board has determined that 5% of funds raised would be donated to our capital campaign building fund and 5% would go towards our endowment fund. We are confident that God will bless this gesture as we thankfully return to Him a portion of what He has blessed us with!

School Pictures – Make-Up Day

Our School Pictures have been sent 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.

Pastries with Parents

Please set aside some time on Friday, Nov. 20, from 7:00-7:45, to join us for some morning treats. Scheduled for the week before Thanksgiving, the teachers are hosting this event as a way of saying thank you to our families for being here at St. John. We look forward to hosting you and giving you the opportunity to have a special treat with your children at school that morning.

Thank You, Kroger Customers!

Once again we have received a nice check from Kroger which represents a percentage of sales from pre-registered Kroger shoppers. The check, in the amount of $1,280.87, will be placed in our building fund. If you have yet to link your Kroger card to St. John, please consider doing so and our school will benefit each time you shop! See Mrs. Thiem if you need instructions on how to go about it. It is very simple!

Buttons For Sale

Kathy Stawser, grandmother to several of our students, has offered to make and sell buttons, magnets, and keychains with St. John logos. She has eagles, our “Building His Kingdom Here” theme, sports, and our new St. John logo! She had a table set up at Little Saints Night for those who were present. An order form is coming home for others who are interested. Mrs. Strawser is donating half of what she makes back to St. John. Thank you!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Mikayla Bolinger, Jared DiGirolamo, Nick White, Luke Hodge, Brayden Koehl, Hunter Koehl, Lex Moser, Fyo Hayden, Katelyn James, Bethany Murphy, Braxton Cheesman, Sadie Potts, Matthew McKinley, Andrwe Malone, Trenton Bolen, Mikayla Stier, Gabby Stier, and Haylee Terry. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Butter Braid Delivery NEXT Monday, NOVEMBER 23!

A big thank you to everyone who sold those delicious Butter Braid bread loaves during this fall’s fundraiser! Orders will be delivered NEXT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23. Please plan to pick up your child’s order. It is imperative parents are prompt on pick-up day as freezer space is not available to store orders not picked up. Orders should be available from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.



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!

Kendallville Christmas Parade

On Dec. 5th 2015 St. John Lutheran will be walking in the Christmas Parade down Main street. I am looking for volunteers to walk and show their support for our wonderful church and school. We will be having some students dress up as Bible Characters. We would like volunteers of all ages to participate. We will meet at North Side Elementary school at 12:00 to get lined up. We also need donations of bags of candy to pass out to people. We want our presence felt in our community. If you are interested in helping with candy or walking in the parade please rsvp to Angi Goldey 260-760-8501 or email at agoldey@stjohneagles.org

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 will be prayed for this week:

Troy & Beth Klink; Adam & Susan Klopfenstein; Ty & Jo Knox; Vincent & Charis Koehl; and Wendy Kratzman

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 School Messenger call and the following media outlets: WPTA, WISE, WANE, WBCL, WAWK, WLAB, and 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.


After last spring’s trial run, se believe that we are able to utilize eLearning effectively as one of our options for making up days lost for bad weather. We do not have plans to implement an eLearning day on the day that school is called off. However, we will utilize an eLearning Saturday soon after the missed days. Assignments will be posted on our eLearning wiki (http://sjkelearning.pbworks.com/w/page/93697442/St%20John%20Lutheran%20School) by 9:00 A.M. on Saturday morning. The school will be open and staffed from 9:00-12:00 on Saturday morning for students who need Internet access and/or assistance. Students will also be able to stay after school the following week on Monday and Tuesday until 4:00 for the same reasons. Teachers will also be available during these times for students to contact them with questions. All work will be due Wednesday morning when school starts. The teachers will teach students how to access and navigate the wiki and will provide some work in paper form. It will be important for parents to communicate with us the issues they face so that we can continue to refine this process as needed.

Our school calendar still has 3 built-in snow days. So, the first 3 days missed will not need to be made up!

First Trimester Ends

Friday, Nov. 6 was the end of the first trimester. Look for report cards to be sent home TODAY.

Thanksgiving Break Just Ahead

Just a reminder that St. John will not be in session November 25-27 to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Women of St. John Winter Festival

Saturday, November 21 - 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plan to attend the annual Festival organized by the women of our congregation. There will be lots of gently-used toys, crafts, a giant white elephant table, baked goods, and a delicious luncheon. The Women of St. John purchase the Bibles for our fourth graders each year, and have done a myriad of other things to improve our facilities here at St. John, so your support of their event is very much appreciated!

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.

Just after Thanksgiving, we will place ornaments on a Christmas tree in our school. Each ornament will have 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.

It’s impossible for us to truly know the needs of all of our families. We have contacted various families that we think could use some special help this Christmas. If you were not contacted, and need help, please speak with Mr. Walz.

We feel this is a great opportunity to teach the children that the true joy of Christmas is in the spirit of giving, and it will also bring joy and Christ’s love to those with whom we are sharing.






As a part of the spiritual formation we provide children, our students are preparing to help lead worship during the Advent season! Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas. Grades 3 through 5 will lead the worship on Thursday, Dec. 3. Grades 6 through 8 will lead the worship service on Thursday, Dec. 10. Grades Preschool through 2 will lead the worship service on Thursday, Dec. 17. All services begin at 7:00 in our church sanctuary. More details will be coming home in the weeks ahead. We hope that your family will plan now to join us for these special services.

SOL Presents “Waiting for Jesus”

St. John’s youth ministry, the School of Life, will be hosting “Waiting for Jesus,” a interactive Nativity on December 19. “Waiting for Jesus” is a guided tour inspired by Live Nativities and given its own flair by SOL. Tours run continuously between 4 - 7 pm, so save the date and plan to experience the birth of Jesus in a new and fresh way!

DEADLINE: Monday, November 23 – 9:00 a.m.

Operation Christmas Child

A great way to let God’s love SHINE to others around the world is to pack a shoebox full of toys and school supplies for a needy child in another part of the world! A brochure has been given to the students and is available in the office with the specific information. 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!

THIS WEEK St. John is again serving as an Operation Christmas Child Relay Center! That means shoeboxes from all over the area will be delivered to our church on their way to the Regional Collection Center in Ft. Wayne. It’s not too late to join the fun! Speak with Mrs. Thiem to see when your help might be most needed! Thank you!

This is the month – it is finally here!

Operation Christmas Child Collection Week is near!

November 17 to 24, I’ll be manning the post

The rush time is here – it’s no time to coast!

Again, we need money for the shipping fee

Everyone knows those costs are not free.

Seven dollars for each box is asked and that’s not a lot

Considering distance, it’s really a small dot!

So send in your money, your check or your dollar

If you need me to come with a truck – just give a holler!

It’s been fun each month, well…it has been for me.

To find what, for shoeboxes, in the box that you leave.

I’m sorry if my poems make you cringe – just remember….

I’m taking time off – no poem in December!!!

Join us for the Drum Song Collection this Winter!

You'll learn twenty-five beloved Music Together songs and activities you can recreate at home. Your children will be delighted to hop or bounce along to "John the Rabbit," play a musical version of hide-and-seek to "Sneak and Peek," and act the part of a slow snail and quick mouse in "Snail and Mouse." In addition to imaginative and engaging weekly classes, your tuition includes materials for you to use at home, online access to the curriculum and support materials through the new Music Together app, and a family newsletter full of resources and music-making ideas.

Call for a free demo class today!

(319) 939-7755


Ms. Ali Dencklau

Lost and Found

Lots and lots of items have accumulated in our lost and found cabinet located just outside the library in the gym. Please take a moment to browse through the items soon. Remaining items will be given to Goodwill very soon!


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!

The Week Ahead - November 16 - 22, 2015

Monday, November 16 –

Shoebox drop off 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

3:00 – 4:30 – VBB practice

4:30 – 6:00 – VGB practice

5:30 – JVBB game @ CON

Tuesday, November 17 – Shoebox drop off 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

8:15 – Chapel

4:15 – VGB game @ home vs.


5:30 – 6:30 – Beg. Strings

Rehearsal @ CLHS

5:30 – VBB game @ home vs.


6:1 5- 7:15 – Intermediate Strings

Rehearsal @ CLHS

7:15 – 8:15 – Advanced Strings

Rehearsal @ CLHS

Wednesday, November 18 – Shoebox drop off 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

FluMist for qualifying pre-registered students

10:45 – 11:45 – K-2 Zoo program

3:00 – 4:30 – LEGO Team

4:1 5- VGB game @ ESM

5:30 – JVBB game @ SPE

5:30 – VBB game @ ESM7

7:00 – Confirmation Class

Thursday, November 19 – Shoebox drop off 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

School Picture re-takes – MUST have complete package

8:00 – 10:45 a.m. – Int./Adv. Band

Rehearsal @ CLHS

4:15 – VGB game @ home vs.


5:30 – VBB Game @ home vs.


7:00 – Strings Concert @ CLHS

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, November 20 – Shoebox drop off 9:00 – noon

7:00 – Pastries with Parents

3:00 – 4:30 – LEGO Team

Saturday, November 21- Shoebox drop off noon -3:00 and 6:00-9:00 p.m.

9:00 – 2:00 - Women of St. John

Winter Festival

Sunday, November 22 – Shoebox drop off 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

8:00 – Worship Service in the


9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the


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