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

Banner #6

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 17 September 2018


St. John Lutheran School

Sept. 17, 2018 Number 6

The Principal’s Pen

In the morning. O Lord, You will hear my voice;

In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch…

By Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house,

At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You…

Let all who take refuge in You be glad,

Let them ever sing for joy;

And may You shelter them,

That those who love Your name may exult in You. Psalm 5:3, 7, 11

These verses were the daily Bible verse on my desk calendar. As I read them, and write this article, on Friday morning, I cannot help but think of all the people in the path of Hurricane Florence. They are, as I write and still as you read, being battered by the winds, the waves, the storm surge, and the rain. They are suffering property damage, injury, and even loss of life from this major storm. They will be rebuilding for years to come at costs that will run into the billions of dollars.

In times like these, and even in times of troubles much less significant than a hurricane, we might wonder where God is? Why does God allow such destruction? If He’s in control, why doesn’t He stop such storms? Why would He allow such damage, injury, and death to good people?

I don’t know if we can ever completely answer those questions, but these verses do give us comfort and hope. We are reminded that God does hear our prayers. We can eagerly watch for God’s answer – confident that He will. We can take refuge in Him, being glad and joy-filled, knowing that God will shelter us.

Even before the full effects of this storm, or any storm, are seen, we can be sure that there will be massive destruction. But, there will also be stories of bravery, sacrifice, heroism, and rescue. And, in it all, God will be there, sheltering His people!

Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences

St. John will have early dismissal on Wednesday, September 19, and Tuesday, September 25, the days we are holding 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 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. ALSO: we will be seeking parent feedback during Parent/Teacher Conferences. After your conference you will be given 2 short surveys, 1 for the teacher and 1 for the principal. Please take a few minutes to complete the surveys and drop them in the boxes around the buildings. Your feedback is important to us and will help us grow as teachers and principal!


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. 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 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!


The Apple Festival Committee requests that each participant dress in appropriate costuming at the Apple Festival. We have skirts and aprons at each booth which women can simply slip on over their jeans. Men usually wear blue jeans and flannel shirts.

To clarify “appropriate costuming,” please find several suggestions for dress and a few absolute “do not wear” below. Remember the goal of the Apple Festival is to entertain and educate about our pioneer heritage in 1830-1865.

We do have a supply of clothes to slip on, but if you have something that is appropriate you are encouraged to wear it!


Suggested Not Acceptable

Boots or dark-colored shoes Visible tennis shoes

Dark-colored pants or jeans Designer jeans

(Shirts worn out to cover snaps, zippers, etc.) Contemporary outerwear

Peasant-style shirts Baseball style hats

Flannel shirts (preferably solid color) T-Shirts

Capotes Neon-colored clothing


Suggested Not Acceptable

Boots or dark-colored shoes Visible tennis shoes

Mid-calf to long dresses Visible pants

Cloaks, shawls, quilts, afghans Contemporary outerwear

Period hats, bonnets and caps Neon-colored clothing




 Zippers were invented in 1890

 Fabrics were pure natural fibers (wool, cotton, silk, linen, canvas, broadcloth)

 Layering your clothing will be helpful for changing temperatures

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 9:00-3:00 (NEW EXPANDED TIME!). Lunch will be served at 12:00. 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 that was sent home last week.

Fitness Fact

While we are discussing flexibility, I’d like to take a moment to discuss the difference between dynamic and static stretching. Standard stretches such as toe touches and butterflies are great at the end of the workout when your muscles are warm, but can actually cause more damange at the beginning of the workout because your muscles are cold and tend to tear rather than stretch. FitnessBlender.com has a great variety of quality dynamic stretch type warm-ups to use before your workout. Here is an example: https://youtu.be/R0mMyV5OtcM

Grandparents Day – Thursday, September 27

We’re looking forward to welcoming all the grandparents and special guests to our building tomorrow. Guests should enter through door 3 (Oak Street) or door 4 (parking lot). Here’s our schedule:

12:45 arrival, register, and meet kids in the

Worship Center

1:15 VIP Program in the Worship Center

2:00 pictures, refreshments, crafts, classroom visits

2:55 dismissal

If students are to go home with grandparents, please be sure you check out with the classroom teacher so that we know that all students are accounted for. More details, including a tear-off RSVP slip, were sent home last week. Please return the slip so that we know how many guests to prepare for!

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, or through ParentsWeb. 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.

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 Saints Night

Save the date: Saturday, Oct. 27, from 5:00-7:00, for our Annual Little Saints Night. This is one way that we can still celebrate the fall season in a safe and fun way. Please join us for games, food, candy, and fun for the whole family! Please note: we ask all families to bring in a bag or two of candy the week before the event to use as prizes. Thank you!

No School

Oct. 8-12


These students and their families will be prayed for this week: Mataya Justice, Aubrey Kammerer, Abel Karst, Barrett Klink, and CC Knox

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

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Katie White, Santiago Espinoza, Caydren Sams, Barrett Klink, Joshua Neuman, Abigail Hale, Maddison Harlan, Bryston Williams, Nick Rex, Grace Palmer, and Nathaniel Bontrager. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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 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,

Hair ties, toothbrushes, 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!!)

The Week Ahead - September 17 - 23, 2018

Monday, September 17

3:00 – 4:30 – Soccer Practice

3:00 – 4:30 – Varsity Volleyball Practice

4:15 – JV Volleyball game @ St. Peter

Tuesday, September 18

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl Practice

3:00 – 4:30 – JV Volleyball Practice

4:30 – 6:00 – Varsity Volleyball Practice

Wednesday, September 19

1:55 – Early Dismissal

2:15 – 7:00 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

4:15 – Varsity Volleyball Game @ home vs. EMM

5:45 – Soccer Game vs. SPE @ Kreager 2

Thursday, September 20

8:45 – 11:15 – Kindergarten Field Trip to Orchard Hills

Preschool Field Trip to Roberts’ Farm

4:15 – JV Volleyball game @ home vs. ESM

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, September 21

Preschool Field Trip to Roberts’ Farm

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl Practice

Saturday, September 22

Sunday, September 23

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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301 South Oak St.
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