301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #35 May 8, 2017

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 08 May 2017


St. John Lutheran School

May 8, 2017 Number 35

The Principal’s Pen

Do you suffer from KGOY? Well, maybe suffer isn’t the right word. Are you affected by KGOY? Are you influenced by KGOY? Are you concerned about KGOY? Are you wondering what KGOY is? KGOY is Kids Growing Older Younger! Understanding that, I would say that the answers for all of us to the first questions are, or should be, YES!

Did you know:

• In the late 90s the target age for a Barbie was 10 years old. Today it is 3.

• Sesame Street used to be targeted for 3-7 year olds. Now it is for 3-4 year olds.

• In the early 2000s the rule of thumb (according to the National Cosmotology

Association) for a girl’s first hair-coloring appointment was 15-16 years old. Now

it is 10.

• 60% of kids 10-14 have cell phones and 22% of kids 6-9 do.

Are you concerned that:

• Babies are put in front of “genius” videos.

• According to a Microsoft survey the average age that kids start surfing the

Internet unsupervised is 8.

• That kids spend 90% of their ‘play’ time on TV, video games, and computers.

What can you do:

• Know your kids: what do they listen to, watch, read, who do they hang out with.

Get to know them and their culture.

• Don’t talk down to them: Yes, they’re still kids, but they’re not babies. Talk up

to them.

• Give them opportunities to serve, especially in adult ways. Serving together as a

family is a great way to accomplish this!

Spring Auction!

Last Friday night’s School Auction was certainly one of the highlights of this school year. It was an evening filled with delicious food, enjoyable fellowship, and the opportunity to view and bid on a huge assortment of items from generous individuals and businesses in our community.

This wonderful night could not have happened without the hard work of the auction committee: Summer Moser, Haley Arnold, Carrie Maxwell, and Jeremy Bontrager. Many others helped, and although not listed here, there efforts are equally appreciated! They all spent countless hours of work over many months all for the sake of our school and our children. Special thanks to Nate and Rachel Schermerhorn for sharing their beautiful facility, Sylvan Cellars. Thanks also to Robert Mishler and Dean Rummel for their services as auctioneer and did a fantastic job in getting everyone excited to bid! Thanks to everyone else who donated items for the class projects and other auction items and chipped in to help in any other way! Praise be to God!

The auction was certainly a financial success. We will have final figures to report soon. We praise God for the tremendous support of so many people and for the blessing it will be for our students.



Dominic Campbell-Moreno, Madisyn Cope, Aliyah Jimenez,

Ian Malone, and Shelby Mock


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!

End of the Year Special Events

As the year nears completion, there are many special events that take place. We hope you will mark your calendars and plan to join us for some or all of the following events to close down this school year.

Tuesday, May 30: Awards Assembly, 8:15

Tuesday, May 30: Graduation Service, 6:30

Wednesday, May 31: Field Day, picnic lunch, and closing chapel, 8:00 until 2:55

Other details will come, but we hope that you will make plans now to join us for these special times!

Open House

Thank you to those who have been spreading the news about St. John! We have a Preschool/Kindergarten Round-up scheduled for May 10, from 6:00-7:00. This night is for both current families entering preschool or Kindergarten and for families just checking us out. If you know of someone with preschool/Kindergarten age children, please invite them to join us!

Recognition of Our Staff For Years of Service

On Sunday, May 21st at 9:00, we will recognize three members of our Staff for their years of dedicated service. Linda Atz will be thanked for her 30 years serving our students. Melissa Monn will be thanked for serving our students for 15 years, and Don Schroeder will be thanked for 5 years of service to our students. YOU are welcome to join us at that time to express thanks and appreciation to these three teachers!

E-Mail Update

If you have changed your e-mail address since the beginning of this school year, please be sure we have the corrected address. We keep an ongoing list of this vital way to contact parents! Thanks!


Vacation Bible School week is July 17-21!!

VBS 2017 is a victory celebration! At Mighty Fortress VBS, your children learn that in Jesus, the victory is won! Registration is now open for children in preschool (at least age 3 by July) through entering 6th grade who will attend VBS July 17th – 21st from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. each night. Come along with us as we sing fun songs, do themed crafts, each yummy snacks, and more! To register, go online at www.vbsmate.com/SJK, pick up a form outside the church office, or contact Mollie at the information listed below.

***HELP WANTED*** We are in need of many volunteers! You can be a tremendous help even if your schedule permits you to only attend certain evenings during VBS week, assist with preparatory tasks, or come to a weekend decorating workshop. Upcoming decorating days at Immanuel Avilla are Sundays May 21 & 28 and Saturday, June 4. Please call Mollie at (260) 242-6212 or e-mail molliescheiber@hotmail.com for more information.

SHINE Student of the Week

Congratulations to the following student for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Jack Slater, Lukas Christian, and Allison Walkup. We give thanks to God for Baily who let his light shine before others.

Final Days of School

The final day of school for preschool 4-year old classes (both AM and PM) is Friday, May 26. The final day for the preschool 3-year old class will be Tuesday, May 30. Mrs. McBee will send home information about preschoolers participating in the end-of-the-year picnic on Wednesday, May 31. Kindergarten through eighth grade’s last day will be Wednesday, May 31. Please continue to watch the Banner and your classroom newsletters for end of the year field trips and events.

Introducing……Mrs. Kacee Short

We are excited to introduce our new preschool teacher, Mrs. Kacee Short! Kacee comes to us with 8 years of teaching experience, in preschool through grade 3. She attended Unity Lutheran School in Fort Wayne and then East Noble High School. She is married and her 2 sons will be enrolling at St. John. Kacee will be here for the Preschool-Kindergarten pen House on Wednesday to continuing meeting some of our students and parents. We welcome Kacee and her family and pray for a smooth transition here!

Introducing……Mrs. Lori Blackburn

We are excited to introduce a new addition to our 4th grade classroom, Mrs. Lori Blackburn! Lori will be sharing the teaching duties with Mrs. Gerst. Mrs. Gerst will teach in the mornings and Mrs. Blackburn in the afternoons. Mrs. Gerst and Mrs. Blackburn had the same arrangement when they taught at South Side a few years ago. We are excited to welcome Mrs. Blackburn to St. John and pray for their smooth transition here!

A New Chapter for Mrs. McBee and Family

We rejoice (although we are sad to see them go!) with Mrs. McBee and her family as they have learned that they will be moving to Humboldt, Iowa, this summer. Cayleigh’s husband, Kyle, will be a pastor at Zion Lutheran Church there. We wish Cayleigh and her family all of God’s blessings in this new and exciting chapter of life!

Positions Available

St. John will be hiring for the following 2 positions:

1st Grade Aide: This part-time position is from 7:45-1:15 daily. Responsibilities include taking direction from the classroom teacher, working with individual and small groups of students, recess duty, lunchroom duty, and other tasks.

Kindergarten Aide: This part-time position will either be every day in the afternoons or Tuesday and Thursday all day, depending on the needs of the aides. Responsibilities include taking direction from the classroom teacher, working with individual and small groups of students, recess duty, lunchroom duty, and other tasks.

Interested candidates should contact the office for an application or Mr. Walz for more information.

Annual Congregational

Voter’s Meeting

Sunday, May 21st - 11:45 a.m.

All congregation members are urged to attend this important meeting!!!

Camp Lutherhaven Time!

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer! The green trees, lush grass, and flowers popping up, bring back memories of summer camp and jumping in the lake, enjoying friends around a campfire, playing games, and more. There’s so much to do at Camp Lutherhaven! Summer Camp is just around the corner, and its not too late to sign up. Register online today at www.lutherhaven.org, or call for more information at (260) 636-7101.

Registration Timeline

Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year for both our returning students and for new students is now open. You can re-enroll your child for the coming year by accessing the re-enrollment packet in ParentsWeb. Directions have been sent home, but if you need another copy just ask in the office.


Tuesday, May 30 – no bus service either way

Wednesday, May 31 – no bus service either way

School Choice (Voucher) Students

Parents of students applying for a School Choice (voucher) Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year need to come in to the office to complete your application for next year. The process takes about 10 minutes with Mrs. Thiem. You will need a copy of your 2016 tax return, unless you receive other forms of public assistance. We will have verification of that if you do.

Our fifth and sixth graders are seeking

sponsors for their car wash to be held on Saturday, May 13.

Proceeds will pay for their class trip to

The Ark Encounter on May 24th.

Contact a student if you are not asked to pledge!


Graduation for the 19 members of our Class of 2017, will be held on Tuesday, May 30, at 6:30. Whether you have a graduate or not, we hope that you will plan to attend this special night in the life of the St. John family.

21st Century Scholar Program

Parents, especially of 7th and 8th graders, need to explore this state program that provides college funding for eligible Indiana students. Income eligibility requirements exist, but the application process and other requirements are fairly simple. Scholarships for both Indiana public and private colleges are available. Applications must be made during the student’s 7th or 8th grade year. You can find all the details at www.in.gov/ssaci/2345.htm.


Any youth in 6th – 12th grade is invited to join the St. John Youth Group – School of Life. If you have any questions, contact Nick Hayden @ 260-343-0561 or stuartlem@hotmail.com. Join the Fun!!

Preschool/Kindergarten Spring Program

Wednesday, May 17 – 6:00 p.m.

Don’t miss the fun of watching our littlest St. John students sing God’s praises at their Spring Program! Mark your calendars now!

8 – 14, 2017

Monday, May 8

3:00 – 4:454 – Track Practice

6:00 – 7:00 – Beginning Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

Tuesday, May 9

8:15 – Chapel

9:30 – 1:00 – Field Trip – Grade 3

4:00 – Track Meet @ Concordia Seminary

5:30 – 6:00 – Beginning Strings Rehearsal @ CLHS

6:15 – 7:00 – Intermediate Strings Rehearsal @ CLHS

7:15 – Advanced Strings Concert

Wednesday, May 10

8:30 – 2:30 – Field Trip – Grade 4

6:00 – 7:00 – Open House – Preschool/Kindergarten Open House

7:00 – Strings Concert @ CLHS

Thursday, May 11

8:00 – 10:45 – Intermediate and Advanced Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

3:00 – 4:45 – Track Practice

7:00 - Worship Service

Friday, May 12

Saturday, May 13

7:00 – Band Concert @ CLHS

Sunday, May 14

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Bible Study & Sunday School

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

‘Tis May, the month of blooming things

Of budding trees, the bird that sings.

Our lawns will brighten with colorful cheer

To tell us all that summer’s near.

But some must live in a world that’s dark

Their colors are drab; no flowers, no park.

They yearn for something to brighten their day

So in their isolated darkness their world does not stay.

This month I am asking for anything bright

A pretty washcloth, a ball, or flashlight.

Send it in with a hope and a prayer

That some child will love it ----- somewhere.

The world that they live in is foreign to us

Anything we send them, they will make a fuss!

The smiles on their faces as they open with joy,

Their shoeboxes filled with our love and a toy.

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

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