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The Banner

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

Banner #8; October 10, 2016

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 10 October 2016


St. John Lutheran School

October 10, 2016 Number 8

The Principal’s Pen

“When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.” Matthew 14:13

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.´ Mark 1:35

“At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place.” Luke 4:42

What do each of these verses have in common? In all three passages, Jesus leaves behind His followers and His work and heads off for some quiet time. What can we learn from these glimpses into Jesus’ life?

First, if Jesus needed some quiet time to refresh and recharge, it’s OK if we do, too. We can’t do it all, and we certainly can’t do it all all of the time! Therefore, it is vitally important that we take some time for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual rest.

Second, the realities of life don’t disappear. If we continue reading the verses after the ones I listed above, we see that Jesus went back to His teaching, preaching, and healing. All of those needs were still there waiting for Him. What was different? Jesus was re-energized for this important work.

Third, Jesus spent His time away in renewing activity. Jesus spent time in prayer and talking with His Father. To that, we can add reading the Bible. That’s another way we can talk with God, and when we do, we are truly renewed.

I hope that last week’s Fall Break allowed you some time for renewal and rest. Our lives are busy, often too busy, and those times of quiet are vitally important. As life ramps up again, I encourage you to take some time, even if it is just a few minutes a day, in a solitary place with your Heavenly Father.

And Now a Few Words from The Apple Festival “Chief” Mr. Scheiber

Thanks to the efforts of nearly 200 adults and children, Apple Festival 2016 was quite successful. While we raised thousands of dollars to support our school, we also had so many people getting connected to each other as they worked side by side for several hours.

This was the year of the rookies as we had many first-time workers. We thank them for their willingness to learn and to our veterans for doing a great job of teaching them the intricacies of apple frittering. Now next year we will have an even more experienced work crew.

Thanks to Ryan and Angi Deetz for chairing the apple peeling and to Miss Monn for overseeing the dry ingredient mixing.

Thanks to Wible Lumber for providing our firewood and to Brad Gehring of Curb Appeal for transporting it.

Thanks to our set-up and take-down crews that really do some heavy lifting year after year. Thanks also to Joe Taylor who once again was a tremendous help by providing the transportation for our supplies and equipment.

Nick and Zach Hayden organized many of our shifts of workers and skillfully made decision after decision throughout the fritter-making process. Their tireless efforts and their knowledge of all aspects of the apple frittering business enabled us to produce enough product to satisfy demand. We thank them!

Bill Fenstermaker did a great job building our large Apple Fritter sign that will soon become an Apple Festival landmark. Thanks, Peggy Schroeder for creating the artwork and lettering on the sign and to Michelle Sage for painting it.

Once again, thanks to anyone who helped set up or tear down, those who worked a shift, and big thanks to those who worked a double or a triple shift. If you made a monetary donation – thank you! If you purchased a fritter – more thanks! Profit figures will be available soon.

If you have yet to pick up your cooler loaned to us for

Apple Festival, please do so immediately.


Academic Festival: November 5, 2016

The Academic Festival is a fun half day of academic “competitions” with other schools. The Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5. After taking last year off due to construction, we are ready to host this great event and introduce a number of changes! In addition to inviting the usual schools: St. Mary’s, Avilla; St. Paul, Bremen; and Trinity, Sturgis; we have also invited Emmaus, Ft. Wayne; and Resurrection, South Bend. We will also have some new events and some changes to other familiar events. Information about a Writing Contest and an Egg Drop Contest was available to the student before Fall Break. You can still get this information if you are interested. Additional information about events and registration information will go home this week.

In order to make this great day possible we need parent and alumni help. If you are willing to help

please let the office know. We will have a schedule of

helpers available the week before the Academic


ATTENTION ALUMNI!!! We would gladly accept help at this year’s Academic Festival from former students and their parents! We know there are St. John graduates who enjoyed the Festival as students and now they can experience it on the other side of the table!! Contact Mrs. Thiem to offer your help!!

Butter Braid Sale Begins Next Monday, Oct. 17

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 begins next Monday, 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!

Olivia Tibbs and her family upon the passing of her great grandmother;

These school families will be prayed for this week:

Ervin & Susan Graber, Elizabeth Guzman, and Matt & Vicki Haines

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.

No School this Thursday and Friday

Our teachers will be attending the Lutheran Education Association triennial Convocation this Thursday through Saturday in Grand Rapids, MI. The teachers will benefit from the choice of over 200 sectionals, 2 keynote speakers, 2 worship services, 2 banquets, exhibitors, and the chance to connect with over 3,000 educators from around the world. We pray for safe travel plenty of new learning for our teachers.

Lower My Taxes!!

No, this is not a campaign promise from one of our political candidates! However, there is a way for individuals, businesses, and farmers to lower their Indiana income taxes. When you make a donation to The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana, (www.Lutheransgo.org) several great things happen. First, the donor receives 50% of their gift back in the form of a credit against the state income tax you owe. Second, your gift also qualifies for a federal charitable deduction. Third, your gift helps a child receive a Christian education at St. John! So, a gift of $1,000, for example, could actually ‘cost’ you only $250. Sound too good to be true? It really isn’t! Ask Mr. Walz or Mrs. Thiem for more information.

Parent-Teacher Conference Time!

The time for our first Parent/Teacher Conferences is here. Conferences will be held this Tuesday and Wednesday, October 11 and 12.

These conferences are an essential part of our educational partnership. At these conferences the teachers will discuss your child’s development in all areas: spiritual, academic, emotional, physical, and social. The conference also gives you as parents the opportunity to share your observations and concerns based on what you are seeing and experiencing at home. Through these conferences we are able to work together to best meet the needs of your child.

Please make every effort to make your scheduled conference. Your presence will make a tremendous impact on your child’s education. Please also be aware of the scheduled times for your conferences. If you find your conference running long, please be considerate of those scheduled after you and set up a time with the teacher for you to continue your conference. The middle school teachers (Mrs. Pillers, Mr. Schroeder, and Miss Monn) will be in the Worship Center and will be able to wait in line to see any or all of them. Mr. Walz will also be available and would love to talk with you and hear how the year is going for your family. You can find him in the office or walking the halls.

Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences

St. John will have early dismissal this Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11 and 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.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student before break: Hunter Shire, Anna Conrad, Dallas Dean, Lexy Kammerer, Nick Rex, Shanda Schlatter, Jaxon Kitchen, Emily Schott, Jordan Patton, Lillian Smoot, Mikaela Bolinger, and Cameryn Proxmire. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

COMING SOON to ParentsWeb


Recently we have added access to grades (for grades 3rd-8th), The Banner, and a parent directory through ParentsWeb.

In the next week or so we will add in the accounting feature. This will allow you to see your hot lunch and extended care balances. We will notify you when this new feature is added.

We hope that these features are useful to you and make it easier for you to stay informed.

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!

Operation Christmas Child

Watch soon for information about a fun packing party for our younger students. Shipping costs for the boxes we pack will be needed. If you can help, it costs $7.00 to ship each box. Any amount of donation is graciously accepted. See Mrs. Thiem or send your money to the office! Thank you so very much!!

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.

The Week Ahead - October 10 – 16, 2016

Monday, October 10

Tuesday, October 11

8:15 – Chapel

1:55 – Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences

2:00 – 7:00 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

Wednesday, October 12

8:15 – 9:15 – 8th Grade trip to Lutheran Life Villages

1:55 – Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences

2:00 – 6:00 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

7:00 – Confirmation Class

Thursday, October 13 – NO SCHOOL – Teachers at Teacher Conference

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, October 14 – NO SCHOOL – Teachers at Teacher Conference

Saturday, October 15

Sunday, October 16

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

Shoebox News!

Are you packing your shoebox? OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD uses simple, gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting children know they are loved and to share the message of the greatest gift they can ever receive – Jesus Christ.

The collection of these shoeboxes will be upon us before we know it – the week of November 14th. St. John will serve as a regional collection site again this year! What an opportunity God has provided for us to minister to so many children around the globe!

For now, continue to collect new items suitable for a shoebox for a needy child. Most of the children who receive these boxes have never before received a gift, so even the smallest of items to us is such a blessing to them! Mrs. Thiem can provide lots of ideas for you, and brochures about the project will be coming home with your student very soon.

I will also be looking for volunteers to help man the drop-off site at designated times the week of November 14th. Please respond favorably!

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301 South Oak St.
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