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The Banner

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

Banner #4; Sept. 4, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 04 September 2018


St. John Lutheran School

September 4, 2018 Number 4

The Principal’s Pen

The world takes what Kendallville makes.

I’ve learned enough about Kendallville history in my time here to know that this was, once, Kendallville’s slogan. The city prided itself on being a manufacturing hub for products shipped worldwide. Whether it was Flint & Walling windmills and pumps, McCray refrigeration units, Kraft caramels and marshmallows, automotive parts, or a host of other products and goods, Kendallville played a significant role in industry worldwide throughout the last 150 years.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

This verse is our new Family Monthly Memory Verse for September. It encourages us to take pride in what we make or do. While pride and satisfaction in a job well done is a great motivator, this verse gives us a different motivation. Here, we are encouraged to do everything in the name of Jesus. After all, God has equipped us with abilities, interests, skills, personalities, and temperments unique to us. He wants us to use these things for His glory. He wants our best efforts as a way of giving thanks to Him for these gifts. How we use what God has given us is really a thank offering back to God for giving us these gifts in the first place. May God bless us as we learn more about this verse and memorize it together this month!

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

Adzooks Puppet Week

The Adzooks puppetry team (www.adzooks.com) will be here all week working with all students! The week will start with 2 assemblies and will then progress with each class participating in a workshop so that each student can create his or her own puppet out of common, found objects. The middle school classes will also have an additional workshop learning how to create a puppet show using green screen technology. The schedule for the workshops is as follows:

Tuesday, 9:30-10:30 Preschool-2nd grade assembly

Tuesday, 10:45-11:45 3rd-8th grade assembly

Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 Kindergarten workshop

Wednesday, 8:15-9:15 preschool workshop

Wednesday, 9:45-10:45 7th-8th grade workshop

Wednesday, 12:20-1:20 preschool workshop

Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 6th grade workshop

Thursday, 8:15-9:15 preschool workshop

Thursday, 9:30-10:30 1st grade workshop

Thursday, 10:45-11:45 5th grade workshop

Thursday, 12:20-1:20 2nd grade workshop

Thursday, 1:30-2:30 4th grade workshop

Friday, 8:15-9:15 6th-8th grade green screen workshop

Friday, 12:30-1:30 3rd grade workshop

We welcome parents to join us for the puppet shows on Tuesday and for your child's workshop (please communicate with the teacher that you will be joining the class). This opportunity was made possible through the Dekko Foundation Art Grant.

Operation Christmas Child Full Circle Recipient

For years, through the love and passion of Mrs. Thiem, St. John has been involved in the Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry. Many of our students and families have participated in packing a shoebox at home or at our shoebox packing party. St. John has the rare treat of welcoming Vladimir from the Ukraine, a full-circle recipient. This means that Vladimir received a shoebox as a child and is now working for Samaritan's Purse and sharing his story of the impact of that shoebox on his life. Vladimir will be speaking to our students on Friday at 10:45 in the Worship Center. We welcome parents to join us for this special opportunity!

Welcome, Allison!

This week we welcome Allison Nord to our fifth grade classroom. We pray that Allison and her mom, Felicia, will soon feel a very welcome part of our family here at St. John. Welcome, Allison!

Student Council

St. John Student Council is open to 5th-8th graders. This leadership group plans various fun activities throughout the school year as well as several service opportunities. Officers are elected from interested 7th and 8th graders. This year, we congratulate the following newly elected Student Council officers:

President - Sadie Potts Vice-President - Andrew Malone

Secretary - Kaeli Christian Treasurer - Trey Warren

Parliamentarian - Katie White

Seeking Prayer Warriors

Are you a prayer warrior? Would you delight in being able to lift up prayers and praises for our school ministry? If the answer is yes, please contact Mr. Walz or the school office. Mr. Walz sends out a weekly email with prayer requests and would love to add you to the list of prayer supporters!

AR Home Connect

Our 2nd-8th grade classes all use Accelerated Reader (AR) as a reading motivator. After reading certain books, students take multiple-choice quizzes to measure their comprehension. They earn points based on how well they did. Most teachers have students set goals for how many points they can get in a month or trimester. Some teachers give rewards for certain point levels. Some teachers connect these points to a small portion of the reading grade.

You are receiving a letter with information on how to access a website called Home Connect. This website allows you to see all of the AR books your child has read, in this year and previously. You can also see how well your child did on the quiz. You can also set up the system to email you with the results every time your child takes a quiz. We highly encourage you to take advantage of this website as a way of keeping track of what your child is reading and how he is doing on the quizzes. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will receive these letters as they are introduced to AR.

Also, if you are ever wondering if a book is an AR book, you can search for books at www.arbookfind.com. There are over 120,000 books available!

St. John Singing Club

We are excited to offer an opportunity for students in grades 4-8 who enjoy singing! We are starting a singing club that will be utilized for specific events this year. This will not be a weekly commitment but rather an event commitment. We are hoping to sing at least 4 times this year! Our first opportunity to sing will be Grandparents Day, Sept. 27. Practices will be held on Fridays from 2:30-3:00pm. (We are thankful for the support of our teachers for this time slot). Our practice dates will be Sept. 7, 14, 21. If your child is interested please contact Mrs. Wilkinson for further details. She can be reached at twilkinson@stjohneagles.org or leave a message at the school office. Everyone in grades 4-8 is welcome to come give it a try!!


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!

Please consider joining the scrip habit!

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Tenley Mast, Lincoln Moser, AnnLarie Mossman,

Gracelyn Perlich, and Hadley Probst

Servant Event – Seed Packing Event

Looking for a way to serve as a family and make a difference around the world? St. John is hosting a seed packing event for Hope Seeds, a group that provides seeds and agricultural education through Christian missionaries around the world. (You can learn more about them at www.hopeseeds.org) The day will be Saturday, Sep. 28, and the time is tentatively set for 10:00-2:00. This is a great opportunity for families to serve together. Please prayerfully consider joining in!


Saturday, October 6


Sunday, October 7

It won’t be long until the fresh aroma of hot apple fritters is floating through the air at the Noble County Fairgrounds! But, in order to accomplish that we need lots of willing workers!

WE EXPECT AT LEAST ONE PERSON PER FAMILY TO HELP IN SOME WAY WITH OUR APPLE FESTIVAL PROJECT. If you have not yet returned a sheet, another is being sent your way. PLEASE RESPOND NOW!!! If you are not sure what this is all about, please discuss the topic with Mrs. Thiem in the school office. Costumes are available at the booth! A PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE WILL BE COMING HOME SOON!

Again, we are asking for voluntary monetary donations to purchase necessary ingredients to make the fritters. Monetary donations should be made payable to “ST. JOHN PTL”. (Last year’s expenses amounted to just over $3,000.) As you can see this is no small operation!

Various other tasks will need to be done before the Festival. We appreciate your help before and during the Festival!

Emergency Contact Information

Remember to keep us up-to-date on how to reach you during the day. If any information changes, please call Mrs. Thiem as soon as possible.

Student Directory Coming Home

Parents will be receiving a new student/parent directory this week. This is a valuable publication which contains class lists, teacher credentials, family addresses and phone numbers, and directions to area schools (for sporting events, etc.). Every attempt has been made to provide correct information, but if you should spot an error, please bring it to Mrs. Thiem’s attention so a correction can be printed in the Banner.

The Banner

Starting today, 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 the copy that is posted to our website.

School Pictures

School pictures have been scheduled for Wednesday, September 12. Parents of 3-year old preschool students that meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays may bring their child to school on the 12th for Picture Day. Or, if you prefer, Picture Re-take Day has been scheduled for Thursday, October 25 and you can have your child’s picture taken that day. This year we will again be using Derby Photography for our class pictures and yearbook services. All students in our school will be pictured during

their normal class time. Order forms will be sent home with students as soon as we receive them. We will need a parent or two as volunteers for this event. Please let Mrs. Thiem know that you are interested!! THANK YOU!!!

FACTS Tuition Management System

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.

Free and Reduced Price Lunches

If you have not turned in your application for free or reduced price lunches, please do so immediately. The government reimburses our school above and beyond the cost of these lunches, so it is a benefit to us as well as you to use this if you qualify. Applications are strictly confidential.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Kali Spaw, Olivia Tibbs, Cameryn Proxmire, Ireland Blake, Elizabeth Walkup, Browning Cheesman, Lukas Christian, Melissa Heileman, Olivia Schott, and Lexy Kammerer. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Fitness Fact

Understanding the difference between Muscular Endurance and Muscular Strength can be a little confusing. Muscular endurance refers to the ability to perform a specific muscular action (or activity) for a prolonged period of time or repeatedly. For example, your ability to hold a plank or to pump out 50 squats is a product of good muscular endurance. You also use muscular endurance in your daily life when you rake leaves or walk up long flights of stairs. In contrast, muscular strength is a muscle’s capacity to exert brute force against resistance. Your ability to bench press a barbell weighing 200 lbs.for one repetition is a measure of your muscular strength. In daily life, you need muscular strength to pick up a heavy box or move a stove. (livestrong.com)

Meet Mrs. McIlrath

Hello, everyone! My name is Kathy McIlrath. I am the school counselor who will be in the building on Tuesdays teaching Christian character lessons, as well as some required safety lessons on issues such as bullying and abuse, to name a few.

I have worked in education for 32 years as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, athletic director, and school counselor. I have worked with all ages of students between kindergarten and 12th grade. I enjoy assisting students, parents, teachers, and other adults in problem solving life issues and sharing the love of the Lord with all those I come into contact with.

I am teaching lessons in the mornings on Tuesdays. I am available to see students individually in the afternoons between 12:30 – 2:45 p.m. Please contact the school office if you would like for me to work with your child individually.

Extended Care and Breakfast on Delay Days

Please be aware that Extended Care is still available on delay days. Should school be canceled after the delay was called, parents will be called to make arrangements to come and pick up their children. Also, on 2-hour delay days, breakfast is still served at 9:00. Please make sure to leave instructions for Mrs. Thornton and Mrs. Anglin about whether your child should eat a breakfast, or if they have a snack in their backpack. For students that normally don’t eat a school breakfast, it is unclear whether to allow them to do so on a delay day. Please send a note, or speak with one of the extended care personnel.

Servant’s Handbook

At Back to School night, parents were able to pick up a Servant’s Handbook. We hope you’ve had a chance to look through it and have found some areas that excite you about helping out. We hope this handbook will help us partner with you to help make St. John even better. The events in the handbook are ones that we must have parent support from in order to make them successful. Please fill out and return the last page so that we know the areas you are interested in helping with. If you have yet to return your sign-up, another is being sent your way today. We look forward to receiving a form back from each St. John family!

Commitment Card

Families who have not yet returned a commitment card are also receiving another card today. Please review the card and commit your family to embracing the work we do here at St. John. Sign and return the card this week, please! Thank you!

First Trimester Chapel Offerings

Chapel offerings collected during the first trimester of this school year will go to support both Life and Family Services here in Kendallville and Noble House in Albion. These organizations are wonderful community connections and a way to bless our community.

Children are encouraged to bring an offering each week. Giving an offering is a part of our worship as we saw thank you to God for all the He provides for us. The amount of the gift is much less important that the attitude behind the gift – an attitude of gratitude!

As we go through this trimester, we will probably also take up a collection of goods. Watch for the details. In the meantime we hope that you will encourage and support your child in this opportunity to give back to God by helping others!

New Mulch – Thank You!!

Thank you to the many volunteers from St. John and other community churches who gathered on ENGAGE Sunday to help cover our playground with a new layer of mulch. An extra-big THANK YOU to Beth Klink and Hixson Gravel for donating and delivering the mulch. Our students thank you all!

Save the Date – Grandparent’s Day

Thursday, September 27, will be our annual Grandparent’s Day. It’s on this day that we welcome Grandparents (and other special guests!) to our building for special activities during the afternoon. We’ll start at 1:00 and end with dismissal at 2:55. More details will come, but we wanted you to know the date and start inviting your grandparents or other special guests!

Help Wanted

St. John is seeking to fill the following positions:

• Food Services Director: Last week we contracted with Raina Sisson as our acting Food Services Director. We are continuing to look for a new director.

• Instructional Assistant: We are seeking a part-time instructional assistant to work primarily in grades 3rd-5th.

• Bus Supervisor: Our bus students are now shuttled to and from ENMS and we need to have someone to watch them while they wait at the Middle School (not while they are on the bus). We are seeking several people, perhaps retirees or 2nd/3rd shift workers, who could share this role.

If you are interested in any of these positions, or now someone who might be, please have them contact Mr. Walz (260-347-2444 or twalz@stjohneagles.org) or give him their contact information


We have received word of the next distribution of funds from the Kroger Community Rewards Program. For the April-June quarter, our members have earned $408.99!! This is free money for our church and if you have not yet registered your Kroger card, won’t you please do so? Call 1-800-576-4377 and choose Community Rewards and select option 3. Our school’s NPO number is 10129 when you are asked for that number.

Parent-Teacher Conference Important Dates

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Sept.

19 & 25. These conferences are an important way for

parents and teachers to communicate and work

together for the good of each student.

All teachers will be in their room.

We will send home a schedule the week of

Sept. 10 and want to have every family slotted.

Twenty-first Century Scholars

Twenty-first Century Scholars application forms should be available online at www.scholars.in.gov. The website also lists recent legislative changes to the program. Income-eligible students who take a pledge as a seventh or eighth-grader may be eligible for up to four years of paid tuition at an Indiana college following high school graduation.

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. Name brand laser cartridges can also be accepted – but NO off-name laser cartridges, please! You can give them to Mrs. Thiem 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!

More Ways To Benefit our School

• When shopping on Amazon, consider using Amazon Smile. If you designate St. John, we receive a portion of the proceeds of your purchase. Visit amazon.smile.com!

• New items to collect: One of our school parents has volunteered to head the collection of TYSON Project A+ Program points, as well as AUNT MILLIE’S SCHOOL SPIRIT points. Please begin saving those items and deposit them in the collection boxes in the lobby. There are no specific bins for those items, so just place them in one of the bins and we will separate them. These extra ways to earn a few dollars really benefits our school and students. Each Tyson label is worth $.24 and that will add up quickly! Thanks!

Light the Night to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphona Society will be held on Tuesday, September 25, beginning at East Noble High School. This year, St. John is sponsoring a team “WE ARE BLESSED” to honor our very own Nancy Sible, who will be the honoree of this year’s walk.

Nancy is a “super-volunteer” for our school. Among other things, she was the first person to volunteer to serve as a bus attendant at East Noble Middle School supervising our bus riders as they switch buses there to make their final journey to St. John. She serves as the head “money counter” each Monday morning, depositing offerings and various school payments into the correct accounts. She has been a faithful volunteer each year on Good Friday as we present the Stations of the Cross. And the list goes on.

Nancy has recently completed a battle with cancer. She feels blessed that God has restored her health and that she can continue her work at our church and school.

I have volunteered to be the team leader for the St. John team entitled “WE ARE BLESSED”. I am asking you also to support this year’s Light the Night walk – both to honor Nancy and to provide funds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to find a cure for folks like Nancy.

Registration must be done online at lightthenight.org/events/northeast-indiana. If you have difficulties with the registration process, you may stop by the St. John office and Cathy Thiem would be happy to help you as well. Each walker is asked to raise at least $25.

We ask that you were red, white, and blue so that we will stand out as a team for St. John.

God is great! He has blessed Nancy with good health and He continues to bless this church. So, all you walkers out there, get registered and be ready for a fun walk on September 25th starting at ENHS. More details will follow.

If you see Nancy, tell her how thankful you are for her service to the Lord. We are “BLESSED” to have her! -- Tom and Carol Stoneburner

The Week Ahead - Sept. 4 – 9, 2018

Tuesday, September 4

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl practice

3:00 – 4:30 – JV Volleyball practice

3:00 – 4:30 – Soccer practice

4:30 – 6:00 – Varsity Volleyball practice

Wednesday, September 5

3:00 – 4:30 – JV Volleyball practice

4:15 – Varsity Volleyball game @ SBL

4:30 – Soccer game @ Canterbury

Thursday, September 6

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl practice

3:00 – 4:30 – Varsity Volleyball practice

4:15 – JV Volleyball game @ Wyneken

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, September 7

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl practice

5:45 – Soccer Game vs. Wyneken @ Kreager 1

Saturday, September 8

10:00 – 3:00 – Varsity Volleyball games @ Concordia

Sunday, September 9

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Adult Bible Class & Buzz Hour Sunday School

10:30 – Contemporary Worship Service in Worship Center

The last days of summer are coming up fast

Our boxes are filling with love that will last.

Forever these kids, and their families too

Will remember the kindness that came to them thru you.

Our boxes are filling with school stuff and things,

Toothbrushes-NO PASTE, washcloths, and rings,

Dolls and small stuffies to warm up their hearts

Cups and small bowls and things to take apart.

Small toys we could use to round the box out

A ball, or a wind-up they’ll love – no doubt!

How about a small book in which they can write

A small etch-a-sketch or little flashlight?

A toy car or two would light up some eyes

Or funny glasses with big nose for a laughing surprise.

A yo yo, a top, or a small coloring book

Will sure make them smile when in your shoebox they look!

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!! )

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