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

Banner #10; October 22, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 22 October 2018


St. John Lutheran School

October 22, 2018 Number 10

The Principal’s Pen

I read an interesting article last week and thought it would be worthwhile sharing. (https://bit.ly/2OAIoNi) As a school we use memory work in the classroom and now, as we encourage families to memorize scripture together through our Monthly Memory Verse. Even though we have God’s Word with us on our phones and computers, here are some reasons why it’s still important for us to memorize Scripture:

Kids memorize well: Kids’ minds are like sponges and they memorize details easily. Why not include God’s Word in what they commit to memory?

Preach to themselves: When kids memorize God’s Word, they are able to remind themselves of what God says about life. In good times they can praise God. In difficult times they can have comfort and peace.

Have a Godly worldview: We all have a worldview – a lens through which we see the world. Memorizing God’s Word helps us to view the world through God’s eyes.

Heart first, mouth second: What we speak often comes from what is in our hearts. Memorizing Scripture helps our words (and actions) reflect God living in us.

Make good choices: We regularly tell kids to make good choices. By having God’s Word memorized, they have a rule (guide) to determine what those good choices are.

Discipline is good: Doing good things often takes discipline, effort, and persistence. Memorizing God’s word is one example. Doing so helps us to build these qualities in us for other areas of life.

Memorizing God’s Word has many benefits for our kids. Let’s help them and encourage them in this important task. Come to think about it, all of these benefits are true for us adults as well! Maybe we should join our kids in their memory work!

Welcome, Pastor Rigdon!

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.

School Pictures – Make-Up Day

School pictures were sent home last week. A make-up day has been scheduled for THIS Thursday, October 25th, beginning at 8:30 a.m., for our 3-year-old Preschool class, students who were absent on the original Picture Day, as well as those who were not satisfied with their original portraits. If you are bringing in a preschool child for retakes, please here before 10:00 as that is when the photographer will be leaving. Please remember that the entire package must be returned if your child is to be re-photographed.

To qualify for retakes, a student must return the original photos along with the form included with the packet stating the reason the photos are unsatisfactory so the photographer can attempt to improve the results on the second attempt. Photos will not be retaken simply because you do not like the clothes the child was wearing or a different hair style is desired.

Class composite pictures will be printed after make-up day, and will be sent home as soon as we receive them back from the lab.


the teachers will be attending the Indiana Non-Public Educators Association Conference

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!

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

Butter Braids Sale

Our annual Butter Braid sale began last 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!


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!!

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.

Fitness Fact

Exercise actually GIVES you energy. The fatigue you feel initially doesn’t last and is replaced by increased energy once the endorphins kick in. Endorphins are released any time you exercise and this release makes you feel much more energized for the rest of the day.

Save the date!

Movie Night

Nov. 16 - 6:00

Plan now to join the St. John family for fellowship and a fun movie.

More details to come.

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

Saturday, Oct. 27 5:00-7:00

Games Candy Fun Friends

Hot Dogs Popcorn

Bible-theme Costume Contest (judging at 6:45)

If you are interested in helping to run a game and haven’t signed up yet, please contact the school office right away.

If you haven’t brought in 2 bags of candy yet, please do so this week so that we have enough treats for the kids.

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!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Karson Butler, Teegyn Schmidt, Trae Mossman, Abel Karst, CC Knox, Georgia Sexton, Browning Cheesman, Aowyn Myers, Rhoda Bontrager, Onyx Leedy, Genevieve Smoot, and Barrett Klink. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

The $coop On $crip!

What is Generic Scrip?

We’d like to let you know about what we call “Generic Scrip.” Generic Scrip is like a universal gift card you can purchase that can be redeemed or exchanged for any scrip card. It can be purchased for any quantity. It can be redeemed only here at St. John. Generic Scrip is most often used between St. John School or Church families and is a popular pastor or teacher gift. You are welcome to give Generic Scrip to those outside of the St. John family, but it is important that you inform anyone you give it to that they must bring it to St. John for redemption before they shop. Also, you may wish to provide them with an order form so they can be aware of what type of cards they can use it for.

Giving the gift of Generic Scrip may also be a good way for you to introduce Scrip to your family and friends and encourage them to continue buying it on your behalf.

Check out the items for sale on the Silent Auction tables in the church lobby. All proceeds will benefit the Women of St. John and the great work they do around our building and for our students. Take a moment and make a bid or two please!

Kroger Community Rewards

Our latest check from the Kroger Community Rewards program was $394.26. That represents just a portion of registered shoppers’ purchases from July 1 through September 30. If you have not yet registered your card, won’t you consider doing so? Call 800-576-4377 and choose the Community Rewards and select option 3. Our school’s NPO number is 10129 when you are asked for that number.

Aunt Millie’s School Spirit Proceeds

Last week we also received a check in the amount of $65.10 for those School Spirit points you have been saving! Thanks to St. John parent, Kelly Hoffman, for organizing and submitting the points. We appreciate the efforts by everyone!!

Box Top Update

Our most recent check from Box Tops for Education was in the amount of $288.40! Thank you, everyone, for continuing to collect Box Tops. This collection covered February 15 – October 15. We lost out on $74.20 due to expired Box Tops (yes, they have an expiration date on each top). Please send your Box Tops in regularly! You don’t have to have a full bag. Thank you! The school appreciates your help and so do I!

Cheryl Young, Box Top Coordinator


Mr. and Mrs. Thornton upon the death of Mr. Thornton’ brother;

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Hugh Conrad, Luci Dalrymple, Mollie Forbes, Zaylei Gerber,

and Krista Hamann

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 - Oct. 22 – 28, 2018

Monday, October 22

4:30 – 6:00 – Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, October 23

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:30 – Girls Basketball Practice

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

Wednesday, October 24

3:00 – 4:45 – Lego Club

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

Thursday, October 25

8:30 – 10:00 – Picture Retakes

3:00 – 4:30 – Girls Basketball Practice

4:30 – 6:00 – Boys Basketball Practice

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, October 26

3:00 – 4:45 – Lego Club

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

4:30 – 6:00 – Boys Basketball Practice

Saturday, October 27

5:00 – 7:00 – Little Saints Night

Sunday, October 28

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – The Buzz Hour & Adult Bible Class

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

Monday, October 29 – NO SCHOOL; Teachers at Conference

Tuesday, October 30 – NO SCHOOL; Teachers at Conference

5:00 – Jr. Spell Bowl Competition

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