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Banner #9, October 15, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 15 October 2018


St. John Lutheran School

October 15, 2018 Number 9

The Principal’s Pen

I was at a workshop on Genius Hour (more on that another time) the Wednesday before Fall Break. One of the topics discussed was the shift in the American work landscape. Years ago, we were in the Agricultural Age, where strong muscles were required. Then, we shifted into the Industrial Age, where many jobs required mechanized, repetitive tasks. Over the years, many of those jobs were outsourced to other countries, and we entered the Knowledge Age. Here, information is key. We’re in this age now, but a shift is underway. Many knowledge-based jobs are now being outsourced. An accountant in the US earns $5,000 per month, while in the Philippines the income is only $300 per month. We are shifting from the Knowledge Age to the Conceptual Age. The Conceptual Age focuses on design, creativity, storytelling, the ability to bring various ideas together, and more. I’ve heard it before, and I heard it again at the workshop: current high school students will hold 10-14 jobs by the time they hit 40 years old, and 65% of those students will be in jobs not even invented now.

What does this mean for us as parents and educators? Well, it’s a conversation that is just starting here with the teachers. But, here’s a few simple things we can all do right now:

• Right Brain over Left Brain – our Left Brain is responsible for logic, facts, math, computation, analysis, and sequences. Our Right Brain is responsible for creativity, imagination, the arts, rhythm, feelings, and daydreaming. We need to begin to develop our Right Brain.

• Play: One way to do this is to play. Besides being fun, play re-wires our brain and helps us process information. It also allows us to be creative and imaginative. (And, it’s important for adults, too!).

• Daydream: Another way is to have down time. We are so used to go, go, go. We can’t be creative when we are on information and task overload. Take some time to be, to do something that interests you, or explore something new.

I look forward to sharing more as the year continues.

And Now a Few Words from The Apple Festival “Chief” Mr. Scheiber

Thanks to the efforts of nearly 200 adults and children, Apple Festival 2018 was quite successful. While we raised thousands of dollars to support our school, we also had so many people getting connected to each other as they worked side by side for several hours.

We are thankful for all the ddry weather hours despite the forecast. We did lose the last hour of sales on Saturday due to a heavy downpour.

Thanks to Matt and Tacy Potts for chairing the apple peeling and to Mr. Neuman and Mr. Schroeder for overseeing the dry ingredient mixing.

Thanks to Wible Lumber for providing our firewood and to Brad Gehring of Curb Appeal for transporting it.

Thanks to the group of Concordia Lutheran High School students, and their teacher Mrs. Walz, who came on Friday and tremendously helped with all the carrying of items into our hut Friday morning.

Thanks to our set-up and take-down crews that really do some heavy lifting year after year. Thanks also to Joe Taylor who once again was a tremendous help by providing the transportation for our supplies and equipment.

Nick and Zach Hayden organized many of our shifts of workers and skillfully made decision after decision throughout the fritter-making process. Their tireless efforts throughout the festival and their knowledge of all aspects of the apple frittering business enabled us to produce enough product to satisfy demand. We thank them!

Once again, thanks to anyone who helped set up or tear down, those who worked a shift, and big thanks to those who worked a double or a triple shift. If you made a monetary donation – thank you! If you purchased a fritter – more thanks! Profit figures will be available soon.

If you have yet to pick up your cooler loaned to us for

Apple Festival, please do so immediately.


Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminder

For the safety of our parents and students, we make the following reminders about morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up:

Morning Drop-off: The area next to the building is for dropping off. All parents who walk their children into the building need to park in the lot. Parents with handicap plates/tags can park in the two marked spots on the right after entering the lot or, if those are filled, pull all the way up to the spots next to the Worship Center.

Afternoon Pick-up: All parents come into the building for pick-up and, therefore, should be parking in the lot. Parents with handicap plates/tags can park in the two marked spots on the right after entering the lot or, if those are filled, pull all the way up to the spots next to the Worship Center.

The area from the crosswalk to the Worship Center doors must remain free of parked cars. Please share this information with others who regularly pick up your children. Thank you for doing your part to provide a safe drop-off and pick-up procedure!

Welcome, Pastor Rigdon!

Starting today, St. John has a new pastor, Pastor Phil Rigdon. Pastor Rigdon accepted our Divine Call and has moved here with his wife Jamelyn from Clearwater, Florida. Both Pastor and Jamelyn have Indiana roots. Please take time to introduce yourself to Pastor Rigdon as you see him around the building. He will be installed on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2:30, and all St. John families are invited to attend.

We are thankful for the time that Pastor Randy spent with us as vacancy pastor. He has been a blessing! This will be his last week as Pastor Rigdon transitions into St. John.

Welcome, Collin!

Last week we welcomed Collin Rhodes to our fifth grade classroom. We pray that Collin and his family soon feel welcome and at home at St. John!

Parent Brainstorming Session

All parents are invited to attend either of two brainstorming sessions to discuss a spring auction or other fundraiser for the school. Last year was the first year we did not hold an auction and we would like to get parent feedback on whether we hold an auction again this year or do something else. All interested parents are invited to attend:

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2:15-3:00 in the library

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 4:30-5:15 in the library

Academic Festival: November 10, 2018

The Academic Festival is a fun half day of academic “competitions” with other schools. The Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10. We are looking forward to welcoming students from St. Mary’s, Avilla; St. Paul, Bremen; Trinity, Sturgis; and Ascension, Ft. Wayne. Information come home before break with students regarding all of the events and how to sign up. Please ask if you haven’t seen this information or if you have questions. The deadline to return the Student Registration Form to the teacher is Wednesday, Oct. 24.

In order to make this great day possible we need parent and alumni help. We will start contacting those of you who signed up through the Servant Handbook. Additionally, if you are willing to help please let the office know. We will have a schedule of helpers available the week before the Academic Festival.

ATTENTION ALUMNI!!! We would gladly accept help at this year’s Academic Festival from former students and their parents! We know there are St. John graduates who enjoyed the Festival as students and now they can experience it on the other side of the table!! Contact Mrs. Thiem to offer your help!!

Butter Braids Sale

Our annual Butter Braid sale begins this week and continues through Wednesday, October 31. The sale is strictly voluntary. Proceeds benefit our school. Delivery of frozen loaves will be on Wednesday, November 14. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and support our school!


Parent-Teacher Conferences Follow-Up

Thank you, parents for the outstanding participation in our conferences. We had 92% participation and some conferences are still being made up. As we move forward, please contact the teachers with questions. Additional conferences can always be scheduled. Thank you, also, for filling out the surveys for the teachers and principal. We appreciate your feedback.

Kendallville Night at the Komets!

Saturday, Nov. 3, is Kendallville Night at the Komets! Miss Indiana, Lydia Tremaine, will sing the national anthem. Tickets are only $15. You can purchase tickets online at https://groupmatics.events/event/Kendallvillecommunity2 or by contacting Mitch Meinholz at 260-482-6812 or mitch@komets.com.


These students and their families,

prayed for this week:

Carleigh Aumsbaugh, Katie Bodie, Mason Bond, Karson Butler, and Holden Buwalda

SHINE Students

of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student the week before Fall Break: Evan Cope, Isaac Bennett, Lukas Christian, Nathan Potts, Joshua Neuman, Luci Dalrymple, Hunter Koehl, Gracie Newcomer, Brock Cheesman, Mollie Forbes, Carleigh Aumsbaugh, and Teegyn Schmidt. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Fitness Fact

Feeling stressed lately? Exercise can help! As much as it may stress you out just to think about exercising, once you actually start working out, you’ll experience less stress in every part of your life. “Exercise produces a relaxation response that serves as a positive distraction,” says Cedric Bryant, chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise. He says it also helps elevate your mood and keep depression at bay. Those are some pretty terrific perks! (webmd.com)

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 Saint’s Night

Little Saint’s Night will be here before you know it and now is the time to begin gearing up. Plan now to attend this fun night of costumes, games, candy, food, and more. In fact, plan now to invite your friends to join you on Saturday, October 27, from 5:00 – 7:00. Contact the school office to volunteer to help. Lots of helpers are needed to run the games and other events. Also, we need each family to provide 2 bags of candy so that we have plenty of prizes to give to all our Little Saints! You may place your donation in the box in the gym.

Veteran’s Day Service – Friday, November 9th

We will be hosting a service to honor our servicemen and women, both active and veterans, on Friday, November 9th, at 10:45 a.m. Please invite family and friends who are serving, or have served, so we can express our thanks for their service to our country. Coming home this week will be a sheet of cards to pay tribute to those dear to us. PLEASE return your cards as soon as possible and a display will be made. Students are welcome to color the cards as they so choose. More cards are available for the asking. Please help us make this a special event for Veterans in our midst!

Do You Love Christmas?

While Halloween isn’t even here yet, we are thinking about Christmas! The Kendallville Christmas Parade is Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1:00 PM. We would love for St. John to be a part of the parade as we have been in the last few years. This is a great community event for us to participate in and a great opportunity for us to share the true meaning of Christmas with our community! In order to make this a reality, though, we need a parent or group of parents to organize this effort. It doesn’t have to be a major production, and we can give guidance and assistance. Please contact the office if you are willing to help out!

Paper Banners By Request Only

The Banner can be accessed on our website (www.stjohneagles.org) and is posted on ParentsWeb (https://sjl-in.client.renweb.com/pw/). 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.

SGO Donations – A Double Blessing!

Your gift to The Lutheran SGO on behalf of St. John blesses our church and school and blesses you! The blessing for our church and school comes as tuition assistance funds to help needy families send their kids to receive a Christian education here at St. John. A number of our students have received these scholarships over the past few years. The blessing for the donor is that half of your gift is returned to you in the form of a credit on your Indiana state taxes. Donations can come from individuals or businesses and can be cash, stock, and even things like corn and soybeans! You can give online at www.lutheransgo.org or paper donation forms are available in the office. See Mr. Walz or Mrs. Thiem for more information on this opportunity to be a double blessing!

Operation Christmas Child

Please consider putting together a shoebox full of toys and school supplies for a needy child in another part of the world! This is a great way for you to teach your child the joy of giving! Don't forget to include a letter and even a picture if you'd like. All boxes should be delivered to the school office no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 19th. Unfortunately, any boxes delivered after that time will NOT be delivered as we have a strict deadline to meet. The child receiving your gift will be blessed with toys, but more importantly shown the love of Jesus through you!

Once again, St. John will serve as a Drop Off Center for National Collection Week – the third week of November. If you would be willing to spend a few hours helping to collect boxes as they arrive and package them in shipping cartons, give Mrs. Thiem a call (347-2444) or stop by her office.

Mrs. Thiem spoke with students at chapel a few weeks ago about the project and we all enjoyed a visit by an actual shoebox recipient the following week! Next week, students will receive a brochure which gives specific guidelines about the project. Empty shoeboxes are now available at “Shoebox Central” near door #4 in the Gathering Area. Students in selected grades may use this program as their classroom Christmas project in lieu of a gift exchange between students. Stay tuned for instructions from your child’s teacher.

Collection day is coming and boxes will leave

For a journey across rivers, countries, and seas.

They’ll travel on buses, on boats and on planes,

On trucks and on mule carts, elephants and trains.

Each box that departs on this journey of love

Takes a small bit of money and some help from above.

There’re obstacles – like customs – to run boxes thru

Contents to declare. Weight limits, too.

Operation Christmas Child is asking for you

To partner, again, to get boxes through.

To the kids that are desperate to know someone cares

Their lives forever changed because you have shared.

Nine dollars per box for shipping we need

If you’ve not helped by giving items maybe this plea you’ll heed.

Your gift, clearly marked, can be placed in the plate

Or delivered to the office if you want to participate.

You can get some tax credit from Samaritan’s Purse –

The ministry led by Franklin Graham the boxes to disburse

Anything else that you think fits the bill

Can be placed in the collection box each month as well.

Near door number four you’ll find it on the floor

Just lift its lid and fill it galore!!

Cathy Thiem,

Operation Christmas Child,

Drop Off Center Coordinator

The Week Ahead - October 15 – 21, 2018

Monday, October 15

3:00 – 4:30 – Student Council

Tuesday, October 16

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

Wednesday, October 17

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 4:45 – Lego Club

Thursday, October 18

McMillen Health Center visits classrooms

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, October 19

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 4:45 – Lego Club

Saturday, October 20

9:00 – 11:00 – Lego Club (optional)

Sunday, October 21

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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