301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #7; September 26, 2016

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 26 September 2016


St. John Lutheran School

September 26, 2016 Number 7

The Principal’s Pen

Apple Festival here we come! One of the fall favorites for Kendallville is the Apple Festival. Whether it’s the food, the crafts, the artists, the music, or the historical elements, there is much to love!

Why do I love the Apple Festival? All of the things above are a part of the answer. I love sampling various foods (with our fritters at the top of the list, of course!). The craft and antique vendors provide a chance to get started on Christmas shopping. I find the historical demonstrations interesting and I always learn something new. There are so many sights, sounds, and smells that make Apple Festival weekend a winner!

But, as principal at St. John, I have other reasons for loving Apple Festival weekend. This is a major fundraiser for our school, one that can bring in around $15,000 for our students, depending on sales (which is often dependent on the weather!). While the fundraising is important, I also see the fun and fellowship that occurs at our fritter booth as essential to our school community. It is great to see students, alumni, parents, relatives, church members, and community friends working together to make the weekend a success. Relationships are strengthened, memories are formed, and stories are shared while mixing, frying, sugaring, and selling our fritters. This is a perfect example of what it is to be a part of the St. John family!

Thank you to the many of you who have signed up to work. Thank you to those who will sign up this week to fill in where there are still needs. While the work is hard, the rewards are great! Our students benefit from the funds that are raised, but so do we as we get to know others and have the satisfaction of serving the school. Enjoy the fritters, and also the fun and the fellowship!

See You At The Pole

Please join us THIS Wednesday, Sep. 28, at 8:00, as we celebrate See You At The Pole Day. This national celebration gives us opportunity to publically share with our community the faith that we share daily in our school. Parents and guests are welcome to stay after drop-off and participate in songs and prayers with our student body.

Apple Festival Information

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. 28.

• 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.

Do You Sew?

We are in need of some new skirts for our Apple Festival booth. They are simple, straight, drawstring skirts. Material is available. If you have a machine and would be willing to sew up a few skirts, speak with Cathy Thiem. It would be great to have them for this year’s Festival, but if that’s not possible, next year’s would be wonderful!!!

It has been 30 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! We still have a couple holes to fill – see the schedule coming home today.

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.

YOUR Help is still needed!!

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. 28 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, Sept. 28, from 12:45-2:45. Contact Mrs. Thiem to help out.

•Calling all pickup trucks. Your truck is needed on Friday, Sept. 30, 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

Now in ParentsWeb

Please log in to your ParentsWeb account and check out these newly added features. The website is https://sjl-in.client.renweb.com/pw/, which is also linked on the school website.

► Grades (for 3rd-8th): Grades are now posted as teachers enter them (remember that the teachers do need time from when the assignment is turned in to when it is posted on ParentsWeb!)

► The Banner: Copies of The Banner, our weekly newsletter are now posted

► Parent Directory: Names, addresses, and phone numbers are now available

We hope that these newly added features will help you stay connected!

T-Shirts for Sale

If you missed your chance at ordering a “LIMITLESS” St. John T-shirt, check with Mrs. Thiem. A few are available for purchase. Perhaps we have your size!!

Save the Date - Bullying Workshop

Mark your calendar now to attend a bullying workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30. Zach Hayden will be working with our students during the day and will present to parents and children in the evening. More details will come, but we hope you will make plans now to attend.

Spanish Club – Coming Soon

St. John is starting a Spanish Club for students in 2nd and 3rd grade. This club will introduce children to the Spanish language and culture. Sessions will meet on Tuesdays, Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 29. Sessions will run from 3:15-4:00 in the library. Students will be able to get a snack from Extended Care before being dismissed for the club or could bring a sack from home. Students who are not picked up at 4:00 will be sent to Extended Care. There is a cost of $12 for the 6 sessions. The Spanish Club will be run by 3rd year Spanish students from East Noble High School. Watch for a permission slip to come home and return it promptly if you want your child to participate (limited spots are available).

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.

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 29, 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!

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 17 with delivery of frozen loaves November 9. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and plan now to support our school!

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, September 30 No bus either way – EN schools not in session

Paper Banners By Request Only

The Banner can be accessed on our website (www.stjohneagles.org) and is posted on ParentsWeb (https://sjl-in.client.renweb.com/pw/). 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 150 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 Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and evening, October 11 and 12. Please notify your child’s teacher if the assigned time will not work so other arrangements may be made. Remember that our middle school teachers will be situated in the Worship Center and will meet with parents as they are available.

These school families will be prayed for this week:

Patrick & Dee Erne; Ray & Lillian Ernsberger; Salvador & Dunia Espinoza; Keith & Melinda Forbes; and Jeremiah & Teela Gibson

Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences

St. John will have early dismissal on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11 & 12, 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. 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.


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!

No School

October 3-7


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!!)

SHINE Students

of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Lexi Owens, Cooper Leininger, Ali Butler, Allison Walkup, Owen Will, and Grant Schermerhorn. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

The Week Ahead - Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, 2016

Monday, September 26

3:00 – 4:00 – Student Council

3:00 – 4:30 – JVVB practice

Soccer Tournament

Tuesday, September 27

8:15 – Chapel

Soccer Tournament

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 5:00 – Lego Club

4:30 – JVVB @ WYN

4:30 – 6:00 – 6 VVB practice

Wednesday, September 28

8:00 – See You at the Pole

Soccer Tournament

3:00 – 4:30 – JVVB practice

4:30 – 6:00 – 6 VVB practice

6:00 – 7:30 – Band/Strings Carnival @ CLHS

7:00 – Confirmation Class

Thursday, September 29

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 5:00 – Lego Club

4:45 – JVVB vs. LSUS

Soccer Tournament

7:00 – Worship Service


Soccer Tournament

3:00 – 4:30 – VVB practice

Saturday, October 1 – APPLE FESTIVAL

VVB Tournament

Sunday, October 2 – APPLE FESTIVAL

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

VVB Tournament

Fall Break –

Enjoy some extra time with your child!

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