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Banner #20, January 16, 2017

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 16 January 2017


St. John Lutheran School

January 16, 2017 Number 20

Principal’s Pen

I’ve noticed that the YMCA seems a bit more crowded these days. Could it be the rush of those that made New Year’s Resolutions to be more active or lose a few pounds? There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, and hopefully those people will continue on in fulfilling their resolutions. At the heart of New Year’s Resolutions is change: What is something about ourselves that we want to change? I assume you, like me, don’t have any problem coming up with a list of things that we would like to be different in our lives!

While change can be good, and even necessary, at times, it can also be good to stay the same.

“I the Lord do not change.” Malachi 3:6

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

God does not change! He remains the same yesterday, today, and forever. His good and perfect gifts come to us no matter what, regardless of who we are or what we do.

Who is this unchanging God? Above all else, God is love. God is merciful. God is forgiving. God is just, and righteous, and holy. God is jealous. (I used to struggle with that one since we usually think of jealousy as bad. But, God made everything. As Creator of all, He deserves our praise and obedience. He gets jealous when we give those things to someone or something else.) Gods is all-knowing, all-powerful, and present everywhere. God is creative. God is consistent. God doesn’t play favorites. God desires all to be saved. The list goes on and on.

Our world changes rapidly. Sometimes the change is good, and sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes it is confusing. Sometimes it is just hard to keep up. Praise God that we have an unchanging God!

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

St. John Open House

St. John will be hosting an Open House for the 2017-2018 school year on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. Who can you invite? Word of mouth is consistently our best advertising. We are asking all families to invite a friend, neighbor, relative, or co-worker to visit St. John and learn more about our school. Invitation postcards are available in the office.

Re-enrollment for 2017-2018

Coming home today is information about the 2017-2018 school year, including the calendar for next year. Enrolling for next year will happen through your ParentsWeb account and directions on how to do that will come home by the end of the week. Applications for new students will be accepted on Monday, Jan. 23, following our first Open House.

National Lutheran Schools Week

Did you know that St. John is one of almost 2,100 Lutheran preschool, elementary, and high schools across the nation? Did you know that these schools contain around 250,000 students? Did you know that the Lutheran schools are the second largest parochial school system in the United States (only the Catholic system is larger)? We have much to be thankful for as a part of this school system!

National Lutheran Schools Week is coming up on January 22nd – 28th. We are celebrating our wonderful Lutheran School.

The week’s fun activities are:

MONDAY - School Spirit Day/ Blue & White Day (wear

St. John colors or t-shirts)

TUESDAY – Decade Day (Dress up like you’re in your

favorite decade)

WEDNESDAY – Crazy Day (wear crazy hair, crazy hats,

and/or be mismatched!)

THURSDAY – Color Day (Each class and their chapel-

buddy class will have a specific color to wear – Pre+4th Red; K + 5th

Orange; 1 + 6 Yellow; 2 + 7 Green; 3 + 8 Blue; Teachers/staff Purple

FRIDAY – Pajama Day (wear your pajams and bring slippers, blankets, stuffed

Animals – per teacher’s instructions)

Watch for the full details to come home later this week!

Financial Peace University

Coming soon to St. John: a Financial Peace University class starting on Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:30. This 9-week class provides valuable and practical financial advice for individuals, couples, and families. The class is open to those who haven’t taken the class before and for those who have! A special offer for St. John School families: You will receive a voucher for $40 off your St. John tuition if you sign up for and complete this course. Specific details and registration information will be shared via email and in next week's Banner.



Congratulations to Joshua Walz, winner of this year’s Spelling Bee! Joshua correctly spelled the word ¬¬¬¬¬“constabulary” to win the bee in the in 27th round. Second place finisher was Joseph Erne, followed by Andrew Malone in third place.

Other contestants were Caleb Walz, Sadie Potts, Katie White, Brendon Heileman, Christian Heileman, Aowyn Myers, Aiden Schumm, and Hanne Brandgard.

Joshua will represent our school in the Noble County Spelling Bee on Feb. 1. The Bee will take place in the auditorium at Central Noble Jr./Sr. High School. Congratulations to all for a job well done!

Spring Auction

Please mark the date now on your new 2017 calendar for Friday, May 5, for our annual Spring Auction. This great event, at beautiful Sylvan Cellars, is a highlight of the year!

An event of this scope doesn’t happen by itself. We need you to be a part of the planning. When many of you join in the work becomes more manageable and more fun! With enough help the tasks can be broken down and no one’s part becomes too big! If you would like to help please let the school office know. Our first planning meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 5:00, in the school library. Even if you can’t make it that night, but want to help, please let the office know. Thank you for stepping forward to help make this year’s auction a great night of blessings for our school!

Progress Reports

We are nearing the halfway point of the 2nd Trimester. We will be sending home Progress Reports with the students today - Monday, Jan. 16. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.

Teaching Positions Open for 2017-2018

Miss Melissa Monn is engaged to be married this summer (congratulations!) and will be moving to South Bend where her fiancée lives. Mrs. Cayleigh McBee’s husband will complete his pastoral training work at the Seminary this spring and will receive a Call to pastor a church. Therefore, she will not be returning as our preschool teacher. The School Board is now seeking names of qualified candidates for preschool teacher and middle school teacher (with strengths in math and language arts). Our preferred candidates would be trained through our Concordia University System (or be willing to obtain such training), profess and live a strong Christian faith, hold a valid Indiana teaching license (or work toward obtaining one), love children, and be equipped to perform the duties of a classroom teacher with excellence. If you meet these qualifications, or know someone who does, please contact Tom Koerner or Tim Walz.

SCRIP: New Year, New Habit

Would you like free money? Do you shop at any of the following stores?

Walmart Arby’s Dairy Queen Pizza Forum

BP Dietrich’s Walgreens CVS

Applebees Home Depot Joanna’s Peachey’s

These are just a few of the retailers for which we stock scrip. When you purchase a SCRIP card a percentage of the face value is credited back to you. It really is that simple!

As we begin a new year, why not start forming a new habit of using SCRIP? All you have to do is stop in the office any time, purchase your SCRIP cards, and start saving money. The more you use SCRIP, the more you’ll save.

For those of you who have been using SCRIP, your balances for the last half of 2015 will soon be applied to the account of your choice.

Geography Bee January 26

On Thursday, January 26, don’t miss our school’s Geography Bee where students in grades 4-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the national Geography Bee. The Bee will begin at 1:15 p.m.in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

Bunco Night

Plan now to attend another St. John Parent Social on Monday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 for Bunco. Bunco is a fun game that requires little skill. Enjoy an evening with other St. John parents! Child care will be provided. Please RSVP to the school office, especially if you will need child care, so that we can plan appropriately.

Save the Dates

Please mark the following dates on your 2017 calendar and plan to attend these Parent Nights:

Monday, Jan. 23, 6:30: Bunco Night

Monday, Feb. 13, 6:30: Family Fitness Games, presented by Mrs. Barr

Monday, Mar. 13, 6:30: Internet Safety Presentation


Information came home last week regarding how we implement eLearning and a survey seeking parent input on eLearning. If you haven’t send these pages yet, ask your child! If you need another copy see the office, or check your email as the information was sent home that way as well. We are hoping to receive feedback from many parents through the survey.

eLearning Make-Up Day

We will be making up the day we lost on Tuesday, Jan. 10, on this coming Saturday, Jan. 21. The full details are on the information sheet that went home last week. Here are the basics:

• Assignments will come home Friday in a yellow folder and will be posted on the St. John eLearning wiki.

• The school will be open for students to work on Saturday from 9-12, on Monday from 3:15-4:15, and on Tuesday from 3:15-4:15.

• All school work is done on Wednesday morning by 8:00.

Principal’s Writing Contest

Once again, as a part of our Lutheran Schools Week (the last week of January) celebration, Principal Walz is inviting students and parents to write about why they are glad that they are at St. John. Entries are due by 3:00 on Friday, Jan. 20. The basic question to answer is;”Why I’m glad I’m at St. John?” (from a child’s perspective) and “Why I’m glad my kids are at St. John?” (from a parent’s perspective).

Box Tops for Education

Please keep saving those Box Tops for Education! We recently received a check in the amount of $476.60 for those little scraps of cardboard we saved from the landfill! Special thanks to Miss Young, who tackles the tedious job of clipping, sorting, and counting, as she has spare moments in her office! Keep saving please!

These school families will be prayed for this week:

Kelby & Katie Probst, David & Melinda Proxmire, Gary & Andrea Pyle, Nate & Mindy Riley, and Gary & Michelle Sage

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Hunter Shire, Riann Ramer, Taryn Haines, Melissa Heileman, Brock Cheesman, and Lauren Diehm.

We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.


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!

Super Bowl Time!

Saturday, February 4 from noon-4:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 5 from 9:00 – noon

Another great way to help our sixth and seventh graders raise funds for next year’s D.C. trip is by purchasing a delicious pint or quart of chicken vegetable soup, shredded chicken mix, or a baker’s dozen of delicious cookies for your Super Bowl Sunday enjoyment! Soup will be packaged in pint and quart containers and will sell for $3.00 and $5.00 each respectively.

Shredded chicken mix will be packaged in quarts which makes 10-12 sandwiches ($12.00) or pints which makes 5-6 sandwiches ($6.00).

Cookies will be sold by the baker’s dozen (13) for $6.00 each.

If you would like to pre-order please complete the form below and return it to school (or drop it in the offering plate on Sunday). Items may be picked up at the times above. Payment should be made when receiving your order. Thank you for your support!


I would like to order____(#) quarts of Chicken Vegetable soup at $5.00 per quart.

I would like to order ____(#) pints of Chicken Vegetable soup at $3.00 per pint.

I would like to order____(#) pints of chicken mix at $6.00 per pint.

I would like to order____(#) quarts of chicken mix at $12.00 per quart.

I would like to order ____(#) dozen cookies at $6.00 each baker’s dozen.

I will pick up my order Saturday, February 4, between noon and 4:00 p.m.______

I will pick up on Sunday morning, February 5, between 9:00 a.m and noon _____


Science Fair

It’s time to gear up for our school Science Fair! The Science Fair provides our budding scientists with the opportunity to explore an area of scientific interest. Beyond learning more about this area, working on a Science Fair project helps children grow in their planning ability, time management skills, research skills, writing, organization, creativity, and public speaking skills. Science Fair materials have been made available to students and are available in the office.

If you need a display board you can get one from the office. The boards are 32” high and 36” wide and are available first come-first served. You can make your check out to “St. John PTL”. Each board is $5.50.

Christmas Thanks….

Here is a note of thanks that was received from our Christmas Giving Tree:

Dear St. John Santa,

The year 2016 was the hardest yet and, by far, our most meager Christmas. Your family spoiling mine gave my kids a bigger reason to smile on Christmas morning. Your kindness is greatly appreciated. May God bless you and your family.

Unwanted Snow Pants?

Our preschool teachers would love to have your no-longer-needed snowpants in sizes 3T, 4T, and 5T for kids who don’t have the proper gear when the class heads outside to play. See Mrs. McBee or Mrs. Anglin if you have questions, or just send them on in and we will see that they get them. Thank you!

16 – 22, 2017

Monday, January 16

Progress Reports coming home

4:30 – 6:00 – 6 VGBB practice

Tuesday, January 17

8:15 – Chapel

4:30 – 6:00 -6 VGBB practice

Wednesday, January 18

1:00 – 1:45 – Fourth grade to Lutheran Life Villages

4:30 – 6:00 – VGBB practice

Thursday, January 19

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, January 20

3:00 – 4:30 – VGBB practice

3:00 – 4:30 – Clean-Up Day

Saturday, January 21

9:30 – VGBB Tournament @ Wyneken

Sunday, January 22

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – First Worship Service in the Worship Center

12:00 – 3:00 – School Open House

All Day – VGBB Tournament

Well, Christmas has passed for another year, but just because the tree is down and all those cookies have been consumed, doesn’t mean it’s time to forget about Operation Christmas Child – the shoebox project! Don’t forget to watch for those after-Christmas sales and pick up some items for your box(es). November’s collection week will roll around quicker than we think!

The collection box remains in the church lobby and soon I will be passing along suggestions of what to put

in the box each month. Perhaps you would rather just donate an item here and there rather than assemble an entire box.

See me if you have any questions!! Mrs. Thiem

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