301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #5, September 10,2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 10 September 2018


St. John Lutheran School

September 10, 2018 Number 5

The Principal’s Pen


Are you wondering if you read that correctly? After all, most of us probably think of spoiling someone as bad. Describing someone as a spoiled brat is not a complement. So, what do I mean?

Last Friday we had the chance to listen to Vladimir share how receiving a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child changed his life. In talking with Vladimir beforehand, he said something profound. He said “Most people are worried about spoiling their kids. I say spoil your kids with 2 things: love and experiences.” Love is foundational and I could write about that at length. But, I started thinking about experiences.

Our culture tells us that we should show our love for our kids by buying them stuff. Fueled by ever-present commercials, we are bombarded with the message that we need to give our kids the latest and greatest so that they can be successful. But, things will break, get lost, or no longer keep our kids' interest. I would suggest that providing our kids experiences will give them joy and life-lessons that will last longer than giving them things. Experiences open new doors and allow our kids to see life in new ways. Experiences give a new perspective on life. Experiences can lead our kids down paths they would not have explored otherwise. Experiences can help our kids grow in ways that things can not.

I'd love to hear your feedback on this topic. Let's extend my thoughts through today's Facebook post. Reply with your thoughts or an experience that you've given your kids, or would like to give them.

ParentAlert TEXT

We have received a response from an overwhelming number of parents that TEXT messages are the preferred method of notification for delays and other school announcements, so that is the method we will be using. Be on the lookout for a Parent-Alert TEXT on Wednesday, September 12th, at 7:00 p.m. If you don’t get the text, or want to receive the text on a different number, please let us know! If you are unable to receive text messages, read on for ways you can learn about closings and delays.

School Delays

While we hope we won’t face weather delays and cancellations any time soon, we know that the possibility for fog, ice, and snow delays exists at any time. When such delays and cancellations occur, you will receive a Parent Alert text message. You will also see or hear “St. John Lutheran School, Kendallville” on the following media outlets:

WANE-15 WAWK-1140 WPTA-21

WBCL-90.3 WISE-33 WLAB-89.7

St. John will, with very few exceptions, follow the East Noble School Corporation on weather related issues. Delayed starts will be handled as follows:

2-HOUR DELAY: School will begin at 10:00 A.M. and will dismiss at the regular time. Extended care will be available. All morning preschool classes will begin at 10:00 and dismiss at 11:30. The afternoon preschool class will meet at its regular time.

3-HOUR DELAY: School will begin at 11:00 A.M. and will dismiss at 3:55. Extended care will be available. Morning preschool classes will not meet if there is a 3-hour delay. The afternoon preschool class will meet at its regular times. Extended care will be available free of charge to preschool students who have an older sibling enrolled who won’t be dismissed until 3:55.

COLLABORATION MONDAY: 2-hour delays that occur on a Monday will begin at 10:00 A.M. 3-hour delays that occur on Monday will begin at 11:00 A.M.

Family Billing Statements

Last week, a family billing statement was sent home which indicated amounts due for various accounts. Please be aware that MOST charges for Hot Lunches, Breakfasts, Extended Care Snacks, and Extra Milks were NOT included on this bill. Mrs. Thiem was unaware that the charges were not entered, or bills would not have even been sent out. We are sorry for any confusion this may cause. Remember that hot lunch and extended care balances may be viewed in ParentsWeb.



Paper Banners Coming To an End

Starting Monday, Sep. 24, we will no longer send paper copies of the Banner home with every family. The Banner can be accessed on our website: www.stjohneagles.org. 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.

Grandparents Day – Thursday, Sept. 27

We’re looking forward to welcoming all the grandparents and special guests to our building. We’ll start our afternoon together at 1:15 in the Worship Center. Guests are welcome to arrive starting at 12:45. In addition to a special program we will have snacks, classroom visits, crafts and games, and family pictures. A special handout will come home later this week with the full schedule and details. Start inviting your grandparents or other special guests so the kids are not disappointed!

Please remember in prayer…

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Andrew Stahl, Adela Jo Crawford, Browning Cheesman, Lillian Evers, and Axel Harper


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!

School Pictures – THIS WEDNESDAY

School pictures will be THIS 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. We still need a parent or two as volunteers for this event. Please let Mrs. Thiem know that you are interested!! THANK YOU!!!


The biggest fundraiser of the year for our Parent-Teacher League is Kendallville’s Apple Festival. It takes many helping hands to make this project a success. Sixteen people are needed for each shift at the Fairgrounds!

A big thank you to all of you who have signed up already to work at this year’s Apple Festival! However, lots of help is still needed!!! If you are unsure what volunteering would entail, please speak with Mrs. Thiem. WE EXPECT ALL ST. JOHN FAMILIES TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE FESTIVAL! IT TAKES US ALL TO ACCOMPLISH THIS TASK! PLEASE DECIDE HOW YOU CAN HELP. IF YOU HAVE YET TO RESPOND, PLEASE RESPOND! WE NEED EVERYONE!



Lots of coolers will be needed to store apples and eggs for the Festival. If you would allow us to borrow yours, plan on dropping the cooler off at school on Wednesday, October 3. THANKS!!

Also needed are cash donations to be used to purchase fritter ingredients. Send your donation to the school office if you would like to help. THANK YOU!

Worship with Us!

Everyone is always encouraged and welcome to join us for any of the three weekly worship services offered at St. John. They are:

Thursday 7:00 p.m. Sanctuary – formal service

Sunday 8:00 Sanctuary – formal service

Sunday 10:30 a.m. Worship Center – contemporary service

“The Buzz Hour”

Sunday School for preschool through grade 5 is in

full swing at 9:15. Curriculum is called “Faith Buzz” – hence the name “The Buzz Hour”! The material is a fun and exciting way to learn about the love of Jesus!

Don and Peggy Schroeder are teaching the classes.

Join the fun!!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Evan Huelsenbeck, Chase Ryan, and Mollie Forbes. We give thanks to God for Elizabeth who let her light shine before others.

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 have received 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!!

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 (www.hopeseeds.org), a group that provides seeds and agricultural education through Christian missionaries around the world. The day will be Saturday, Sep. 29, and the time is 10:00-2:00. You can come for the entire time or for just a portion. This is a great opportunity for families to serve together. Please call the school office to sign up or return the tear-off form on the separate notice coming home today.

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 should have received a new directory last 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.

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.

Fitness Fact

Flexibility is the ability to move a muscle in its full range of motion or to bend and twist easily Stretching exercises, yoga and tai chi are good ways of improving our flexibility. Muscles that are only strengthened and never stretched, shorten and tear more easily which leads to injury and pain – something we all want to avoid! For longevity sake, flexibility is a must I your fitness arsenal.

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!

Help Wanted

St. John is seeking to fill the following positions:

• 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

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.

A schedule is being sent home today. If you will be unable to keep your scheduled time, please speak with your child’s teacher. No changes to the schedule will be made through the office.

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.

The Week Ahead - September 10 - 16, 2018

Monday, September 10

3:00 – 4:30 – Soccer Practice

3:00 – 4:30 – Varsity Volleyball practice

4:15 – JV Volleyball game @ Home vs. SBL

Tuesday, September 11

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl Practice

4:15 – JV Volleyball game @ LSU

4:30 – 6:00 – Varsity Volleyball Practice

Wednesday, September 12 – SCHOOL PICTURE DAY

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl Practice

3:00 – 4:30 – JV Volleyball Practice

4:15 – Varsity Volleyball Game @ ESM

4:30 – Soccer game vs. HC @ Kreager 2

Thursday, September 13 - Outdoor Education – Grades 5 & 6

3:00 – 4:30 – Soccer Practice

3:00 – 4:30 – Varsity Volleyball Practice

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, September 14

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl Practice

5:45 – Soccer Game vs. Lutheran South @ Kreager 1

Saturday, September 15

Sunday, September 16

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – The Buzz Hour & Adult Bible Classes

10:30 – Contemporary Worship 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 from you.

Our boxes are filling with school stuff and things,

Toothpaste and brushes, 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!!)

Paste content here. Then press OK.

Bookmark and Share
Write Your Comment
  • Captcha image

Copyright © 2012 St. John Lutheran Church.
All rights reserved.

St. John Lutheran Church
301 South Oak St.
Kendallville, IN 46755
(260) 347-2444