301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #2; August 22, 2016

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 22 August 2016


St. John Lutheran School

August 22, 2016 Number 2

The Principal’s Pen

“Thank you” and “You’re welcome”! While not a school subject, we do try to instill good manners in our students. As you work with your children at home, we also work with them in showing proper manners and consideration for others.

As we begin the year, allow me to say “Thank you” to all of you. Whether you have been here for many years, or whether this is your first: Thank you for being here! I’m glad you are and consider it a privilege and honor that you entrust your children to us! We will do our best to care for them as you do, and when we fall short, we hope that you will share grace with us.

Let me also say “You’re welcome”. You are welcome here! A part of what makes St. John a special place is that we welcome parents and other family members. In fact, we count on you and your participation throughout the year. That can be in big ways (Apple Festival is coming!) or in small ways (helping with a class party or sending in supplies for a class project), but every way is important and appreciated. You’re also welcome to share ideas and concerns with us. While we can’t act on every idea, you’re input is valuable to us. So, please know that my door (and phone line and email) is open and I welcome the opportunity to talk with you.

Thank you for being a part f the St. John family! If you’re new, I hope that you soon feel like you are a part of our family. May God bless us this year in everything that takes place!

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.

VERY IMPORTANT Back-To-School Night!

Please block the evening of Tuesday, September 6, on your calendar! We will celebrate the start of the school year with an evening of fellowship, food, information, door prizes, and fun for students in preschool through grade 8 and their parents. The class with the highest percentage of families represented for this evening will win a treat for the class. So, be sure to register in the classroom sessions. Here’s the schedule for the night:

5:15-6:15 dinner is served – enjoy fellowship with your St. John family

6:30 Parent Information Session in Worship Center – learn about important new

updates from Mr. Walz

7:00ish Classroom Sessions – receive an update from your child’s teacher on

important classroom news

Children will be supervised in the gym during the Parent Information Session and the Classroom Sessions. The Classroom Sessions will consist of three 15-minute sessions with 5 minute passing times in between. This will allow you the opportunity to attend several sessions if you have more than 1 child.

Please make this event a very important part of your calendar and make every effort to attend! Thank you!

Order Your St. John Shirt

Don’t miss out on your chance to have a cool LIMITLESS theme t-shirt! We would like every student to have one of these shirts so that we can all wear them for field trips, school spirit days, and for other events. The absolute final day to order is Aug. 26 by 3:15 p.m. NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Additional order forms are available in the office. Shirts are $8.00.

Kitchen Position Open

A position working in our kitchen has become available. The position is for Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00 to about 2:00. This is a paid position with the fringe benefit of being able to work around kids all day! If interested, contact Melissa Murphy or Tim Walz.

RenWeb Notes

All of us are adjusting to our new RenWeb system, and we will continue to do so throughout this year as we add more features and get used to all RenWeb has to offer. Here are a few points to get you started:

● All communication in RenWeb happens through email. Any message we send you will come to your email inbox. To communicate with a teacher, just send them an email. All teachers have emails in the following structure: first initial last name @stjohneagles.org (ex: twalz@stjohneagles.org).

● There is a staff directory in ParentsWeb. Click on the ‘Directory’ link under ‘School information’ on the left side of the Parents Web homepage. When you click on a staff member’s name a box will pop up showing you their contact information. (You do not need to be in ParentsWeb to email a teacher. You can do that directly through your regular email.)

● The ParentsWeb account that you created for online enrollment is still active and can be used throughout the year. Right now you can find the staff directory and a basic calendar. As we move into the year more features will be added.

● The ParentsWeb site is: https://sjl-in.client.renweb.com/pw/ Our school code if SJL-IN. Your username and password are the ones you set up when you enrolled.

While we’ve all had some frustrations with this new system, we will also all get better at it and enjoy the many features it has.

School Picture Day

Wednesday, September 14

Food Service Program News

Information about our Food Service Program can be found in the “Food Services Handbook” in the back of our Parent Handbook or by contacting Melissa Murphy, our Food Service Director. Breakfast prices are $1.15 with the reduced price of $.30. Lunch will be served for $2.25; $.40 for reduced. Adult lunch price is $3.30. Afterschool Snack price is $.55 or $.15 for reduced.

If you want more information on the free and reduced lunch program please contact Mrs. Murphy or pick up an application from the school office. The government reimburses our program over and beyond the cost of the meal for free and reduced students. If you feel you qualify for either of these, I strongly urge you to take advantage of this. All applications and decisions are completely confidential.

Milk is included as part of hot lunch. Additional milks can be consumed at lunch or morning break. The price for milk is $.45 cents per carton. Preschoolers and kindergartners have milk during their snack time.

Lunch menus will be sent home with children before the start of each month. We operate under the guideline that ALL MEALS WILL BE PAID FOR IN ADVANCE. Please consult the page entitled “St. John Food Service Charging Policy” in the handbook for more information. According to this policy, parents will be notified when their balance reaches $0.00. Parents are then expected to make payments to avoid a negative balance. Please make every effort to make prompt payment of milk and lunch bills. Thank you!

Important Reminders

• Please remember to call the school when your child will be tardy or absent for the day. We do report the number of excused and unexcused absences to the state at the end of the year. Excused absences result from illness, seeking medical care, family emergencies, and other unique situations approved by the principal. Family vacations will be recorded as “unexcused”. More details can be found in the school handbook.

• Remember to use the sign-in/sign-out sheet - LOCATED IN THE FRONT OFFICE ON MISS YOUNG’S desk if your child arrives late or leaves early. Students arriving late must sign the sheet and get a late pass before going to their classroom. Students who need to be picked up early must be accompanied by a parent who then signs the sheet before leaving the building.

• For the safety of our students and staff, our building is locked once arrival is complete. Access to the building during the day should be at door #1, where you can ring the doorbell and be buzzed in by the secretaries. Anyone visiting our school during the school day should sign in on the proper sheet in the office.

• Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their child. In order to be included in the lunch count for the day, if you want to order a school lunch, please notify the kitchen or the office by 8:00 A.M.

• Your child’s spiritual growth is important to us! We encourage you to regularly attend your church and take advantage of the opportunities to grow in faith as a family. If you don’t have a church home we would love to have you worship with us. We have traditional worship services on Thursday night at 7:00 P.M. and Sunday mornings at 8:00. We have contemporary worship Sunday mornings at 10:30 A.M. Sunday School for children and adults is held at 9:15. Parents are also welcome to join us for our all-school devotion time on Monday at 8:35 and for our chapel service on Tuesdays at 8:10 in the Worship Center.

• We will once again follow East Noble in having a delayed start on Mondays. We will start at 8:30, allowing our teachers 45 minutes of collaboration time. We use this time to plan events, share resources, and have professional development.

• In order to provide a safe and secure environment for our students, and to maximize their learning time, we will be asking parents to help us avoid disruptions to the classrooms. If you need to drop off a forgotten lunch, backpack, instrument, book, or anything else, please do so in the office. The secretaries can then determine the best time to deliver the item to your child.

Summer Enrichment Party

Invitations have been sent home with all students who have turned in Summer Books or reading or physical activity logs. The Summer Enrichment Party will be Thursday, Aug. 25, from 3:00-4:30. Congratulations to all the students who kept their minds and bodies active this summer and participated! Parents, if you would like to help with this event please contact the school office!

The Banner

Starting Tuesday, Sep. 6 (because we are off on Monday for Labor Day), The Banner, our school newsletter, will be sent home with the youngest child in the family. This is an important communication method and one that we hope you will read each week. Other information from the school office will also go home with the youngest child in the family. If you would prefer another child in your family be the one to bring items home please notify the school office. In a few weeks we will be asking whether you want to continue to receive a paper copy of The Banner or read an electronic copy.

First Trimester Chapel Offerings

Chapel offerings collected during the first trimester of this school year will go to support a variety of Christian missionaries. Right now we are supporting the following missionaries, although we are working to connect with a couple more.

• David & Barbara Bush will soon be traveling to Macau to join work being done at the Concordia English Center. The Bush’s will be speaking at Chapel tomorrow, Aug. 23.

• Ed & Mary Fox: working among the people of Guatemala. Mary can use our prayers right now as she is recovering from eye surgery.

As we go through this 1st Trimester we will learn more about their work and the people they minister to. Please talk with your kids about what they are learning and encourage them to bring in an offering on Tuesdays to help spread God’s love around the world through the work of these missionaries.

Missing Forms?

If you have forms that you haven’t turned in to the office, please do so right away. These forms are all needed to help our school run more smoothly. If we notify you that a form hasn’t been turned in, please take care of it right away.

School Delays

While we hope we won’t face weather delays and cancellations any time soon, we know that the possibility for fog, ice, and snow delays exists at any time. When such delays and cancellations occur, you will receive a Parent Alert phone call. You will also see or hear “St. John Lutheran School, Kendallville” on the following media outlets:

WANE-15 WAWK-1140 WPTA-21

WBCL-90.3 WISE-33 WLAB-89.7

St. John will, with very few exceptions, follow the East Noble School Corporation on weather related issues. Delayed starts will be handled as follows:

2-HOUR DELAY: School will begin at 10:00 A.M. and will dismiss at the regular time. Extended care will be available. All morning preschool classes will begin at 10:00 and dismiss at 11:30. The afternoon preschool class will meet at its regular time.

3-HOUR DELAY: School will begin at 11:00 A.M. and will dismiss at 3:55. Extended care will be available. Morning preschool classes will not meet if there is a 3-hour delay. The afternoon preschool class will meet at its regular times. Extended care will be available free of charge to preschool students who have an older sibling enrolled who won’t be dismissed until 3:55.

COLLABORATION MONDAY: 2-hour delays that occur on a Monday will begin at 10:00 A.M. 3-hour delays that occur on Monday will begin at 11:00 A.M.

SCRIP Needs You

Our SCRIP program is easy to use and can be a valuable financial blessing for both the school and your family. Parents can buy gift cards at face value for many local and national retailers. When you purchase the cards St. John receives a percentage back, varying from 3% to up to 25%. St. John uses that money to provide for the education of all students. However, we also credit half of the percentage amount that we get to your family. You can pay for tuition, extended care, hot lunch and other things. Your family wins and St. John wins! Stop in the office for more information and to purchase your first SCRIP cards. See Mrs. Thiem if you need more information.

Barnyard Round-Up T-Shirts Available

Extra t-shirts from this summer’s Vacation Bible School are now available at a clearance price of $3.00 per shirt. Various sizes are available. Contact the office.

Apple Festival Time IS Near!

The Kendallville Apple Festival is one of the main fundraising and outreach events for the school. This year’s Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 & 2. This is a huge event that requires many volunteers. In fact, it is so big that we expect all of our families to participate in some way, either with preparation before the festival or during the festival. Sign-up forms were

sent home last week . The money raised by the Apple Festival directly supports your child’s education in the areas of technology, enrichment, and curriculum.


Student Directory To Be Published

We will soon publish our annual booklet which contains names, addresses, and phone numbers of our families. If you do not wish for any of this information to be published – YOU MUST INFORM MRS. THIEM. If we do not hear from you by September 6, we will assume it is your desire to make this information public. A sample listing for your family was sent home last week.

Also, divorced or separated families, if you have a preference as to how you are listed, please talk with Mrs. Thiem. Thank you.

Keep Money Separate, Please

Please keep all payments separate. All payments must be made on separate checks as they are deposited in many different ways at various locations. Thank you for your help!

No Refrigeration Available

Please do not send snacks or lunches to school that require refrigeration. Ice packs made specifically for cooling lunch boxes are available quite inexpensively at local retailers and serve the purpose of keeping the lunch cool until needed.

No Pop

There will be no soft drinks during the school day. This also means that parents who bring in food for a special treat for their child’s lunch should opt for an alternative drink. Students bringing their lunch from home may not consume pop even if it is brought to school in their lunch box.

FACTS Tuition Payments

Keep in mind that changes can be made in your FACTS tuition agreement should a need arise. Perhaps you have received a windfall and would like to make an advance payment, or perhaps you are having particular financial strains and need an adjustment. See Mrs. Thiem for assistance and she will direct you to Mr. Walz if needed. Please contact us at least 10 days before payment is set to be deducted from your account.

Asthma Inhaler?

If your child uses a doctor-prescribed inhaler to treat bronchial asthma, it is our policy that the inhalers be kept in the locked cabinet in the school office. However, if your doctor feels this is inadequate for the severity of your child’s situation and the inhaler needs to be kept with the child, please have him/her issue a written statement to that effect. Return that to the school office as soon as possible. Thank you!

Recycle, Please!

Now that school is back in session, I want to remind you to recycle the empty ink jet cartridges as well as any cell phones, MP3 Players, I-PODS, and Laptop computers. Some cell phones and Blackberrys can earn up to $100.00. You can bring them to the office if they are large items, or put them in the wooden collection box in the church lobby. Thanks for helping to keep our world clean and making money for your school!

SHINE Students

of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Baily Lash, Jacob Diehm, Lexy Kammerer, Owen Will, and Allison Walkup. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

God desires His followers to be praying people. Our teachers and staff take this responsibility seriously and want to help your children be praying people also. Each week our teachers will pray for 5 school families during our teacher devotions. We will also pray for these families in All School Devotions and Chapel and in the classrooms. We will list the family names here so that you can pray for these families at home as well. If you have a specific prayer need, whether it is your week for prayer or not, please let us know through your teacher, the office, or the prayer request box located by the other collection boxes in the church lobby.

This week, the following St. John families will be included in prayer:

Brian & Robin Anderson; Daniel & Joleen Andorfer; Zack & Alissa Andrews; Charmin Baxter




This year Confirmation Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm in the Worship Center. Confirmation is a Christian Discipleship program for young people who are in the 6th and 7th grade in school. The program is two years in length with one year devoted to a study of the Old and New Testaments and the other year focused on the “Six Chief Parts” (topical study of the Bible). This year 2016-17 we will be studying the Old and New Testaments. Confirmation is our church’s way of assisting Christian parents to Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6). Therefore, we are asking that an adult parent or guardian accompany each child to confirmation classes.

These classes will also serve as a “New Member Information” class for any adults who desire to become confirmed members of St. John Lutheran Church.

An orientation meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 7:00pm in the worship center. The confirmation program will be explained and students will be registered that evening.

Classes will begin the following Wednesday evening, September 14, 2016 and will continue throughout the school year until Confirmation Sunday, which will be on Sunday, May 7, 2017 this year.

If you have any questions about Confirmation, call or email Pastor Shriner at (260) 347-2158 or bshriner@sjlc.net.

Any crafters out there that would be willing to decorate a wreath for Festival of Trees sponsored by our school? All expenses would be covered by our Parent-Teacher League. You would just provide the creativity! See Mrs. Thiem if you are interested.

Girl Scout Informational Night

St. John will host an informational meeting for all K-8 girls interested in girl scouts on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 6:00. More information will come home closer to that day, but you can plan now to attend if interested.

AWANA Club for Kids

Our friends at First Christian Church invite children age 3 through 6th grade to their AWANA Club for Kids. Registration/Parent Information Night is on September 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. Parents must come to register their child. There are some small costs involved. For more information, call the church at 347-1729 or visit their website ----@ FirstChristianKendallville.com.

Music Together – Happy Keys

Happy Keys offers family classes for children birth through kindergarten and the adults who love them. When you join Happy Keys Music Together, each semester you’ll learn twenty-five new songs and activities that your family will enjoy in class and at home. Your children will love zooming to the moon like a “Rocketship”, wiggling and clapping to “Shake Those ‘Simmons Down”, and drumming to the Native American folksong “The Earth Is Our Mother”.

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 materialson the Family Music Zone, and a family newsletter full of resources and music-making ideas. This semester, we will also be celebrating the International Day of Peace.

Join us for a FREE Demonstration class on Friday, September 2nd, at 11:00 a.m. in the Worship Center. To find out more about our program, classes, or to schedule your class visit, please call St. John music teacher, Ali Dencklau at (319) 939-7755 or connect on the web at: chopinali@yahoo.com, playhappykeys.com, or on facebook.com/playhappykeys. The first semester runs from September 16 – November 18.

So August is here now and school’s started back.

Another year to learn letters and math to attack.

Our kids are so blessed with all of their gear

as they head off to class with lessons to hear.

This month, once again, school items I’ll stress

So children far off their studies can address.

They need crayons and pencils at this time so cheap

The rewards of an education those children will reap.

Without those supplies the kids are left out.

To school they can’t go – so there is no route

Out of the poverty that wears them away

In a life of poor sadness they’re bound to stay.

So won’t you help out with this project today?

Run to the store and don’t delay!

Help fill a box with something for school

Smile as God uses you as His tool!

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 - August 22 – 28, 2016

Monday, August 22

8:45 – 9:45 – 3rd Grade Swims at Y

3:00 – 4:30 – Soccer practice

4:15 – JVVB @ EMM

Tuesday, August 23

8:15 – Chapel

8:45 – 9:45 – 3rd Grade Swims at Y

3:00 – 6:00 – Lego Club

4:15 – 5:15 – VVB @ HOME vs. SPA

Wednesday, August 24

8:45 – 9:45 – 3rd Grade Swims at Y

3:00 – 4:30 – JVVB practice

4:15 – JVVB vs. ASC

4:30 – Soccer vs. EMM (home)

4:30 – 6:00 – VVB practice

Thursday, August 25

8:45 – 9:45 – 3rd Grade Swims at Y

3:00 – 4:30 – Soccer Practice

3:00 – 4:30 – Summer Enrichment Party

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, August 26

8:45 – 9:45 – 3rd Grade Swims at Y

3:00 – 4:30 – VVB practice

5:45 – Soccer @ HC (Kreager)

Saturday, August 27

2:00 – 3:00 – VVB vs. WYN

Sunday, August 28

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Adult Bible Class

10:30 – Contemporary Worship in Worship Center

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