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Banner #13; November 12, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 12 November 2018


St. John Lutheran School

November 12, 2018 Number 13

The Principal’s PEN

Raising Good Kids Shouldn’t Be the Point!

Are you trying to raise your kids to be good kids? All of us, I’m sure, would say yes. In fact, you’d be a little suspect of someone who said, “No, I don’t want my kid to grow up to be a good kid.” While we all have the goal of raising our kids to be good kids, I read an article the other week that presented another viewpoint. You can read the full article here (https://bit.ly/2zS6xF9).

Raising kids to be good usually focuses on having good morals, character traits, on being good and kind. There is certainly nothing wrong with this. But, it’s not enough. You see, when we focus on being good, we turn our kids inward. Our kids become the center point. It becomes all about them. Such a focus provides some benefits for this world (again, we want our kids to be good and do the right thing!). But, being good does nothing for what comes next!

Instead of (or maybe in addition to) raising good kids, we need to be raising Gospel kids. We need to lead kids to not put themselves at the center, but to put Jesus there. We need to lead kids to rely not on what they have done, but on what Jesus has done. We need to lead kids to focus on the cross and what Jesus did for them through the cross.

Good kids or gospel kids? Raising good kids will not automatically raise them to be gospel kids. But, raising gospel kids will lead to them being good kids. It’s hard work, but it’s important. And that’s why we’re glad that we can partner with you here at St. John in this important work. What do you think about this? I’d love to hear your response either in person, email (twalz@stjohneagles.org), or to or Facebook post.

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.


Thanks to all of our students who competed in the Academic Festival last Saturday. We saw lots of good competition between students from St. John, Trinity, Sturgis, St. Paul, Bremen, Ascension, Ft. Wayne, and St. Mary, Avilla, in Bible Knowledge, General Knowledge, Spell Bowl, Math, Puzzles, and Egg Drop events. Thanks to all of the parents and staff, and students, too, for helping with the set up, clean up, and hosting of this favorite event!

Movie Night

Wreck-It Ralph

Nov. 16 - 6:00

Join us this Friday at 6:00 p.m. in the Worship Center for Family Movie Night.

We will be watching “Wreck It Ralph”.

There will be snacks, prizes, and a guaranteed good time.

Hope to see you there!

Women of St. John Fall/Winter Festival

Saturday, November 17 - 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plan to attend the annual Festival organized by the women of our congregation on Saturday, November 17th! There will be lots of gently-used Christmas items, jewelry, baked goods, and a delicious luncheon. The Women of St. John purchase the Bibles for our fourth graders each year, and have done a myriad of other things to improve our facilities here at St. John, so your support of their event is very much appreciated!

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! Bids close on Saturday at the Festival.

Planning Survey Thank-You

Thank you to the parents who returned the Planning Survey last week. We received 59 responses, filled with many good suggestions. The School Board will use these surveys in their planning session tomorrow night. In the weeks to come we will share some feedback in terms of areas we are investigating for the rest of this year and next year.

Family Advent Celebration

The school will, once again, provide each family with Advent devotional materials to assist you in family devotions during Advent, a time of preparation for Christmas. In addition, all families are invited to join us on Monday, Nov. 26, at 6:30, in the library, for an Advent celebration. We’ll enjoy fellowship together, a devotion, and an activity. All families who attend will also receive additional materials to help them in celebrating Advent!

Kendallville Christmas Parade

Make plans to join us on Saturday, December 1, as St. John takes part in the Kendallville Christmas Parade. The parade kicks off at 1:00 at North Side Elementary and ends at the VFW on Main Street. Please plan now to join us as we share with Kendallville the true meaning of Christmas. We will need donated candy for the parade! More specific details will follow!

This year’s Apple Festival proceeds were $14,950.59!! Another big round of thanks to EVERYONE involved in helping this year!!

LEGO Team at Competition

Our LEGO Team has been hard at work preparing for competition and this weekend is their turn. The team will travel to Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne on Saturday for a full day of competition. They will present before a panel of judges 3 times and compete in 3 rounds of the ever-popular robot games! The theme this year is Into Orbit and the team has been focused on creating a game to help people learn about providing oxygen for long-distance space travel. God’s blessings to Coaches Walz and Gill and the team: Kyle McKenzie, Braxton Cheesman, Matthew McKinley, Lex Moser, Briggs Cheesman, Santiago Espinoza, Aiden Hoffman, Kaitlyn McKenzie, Lilly Moser, Brayden Schott, Brock Cheesman, Melissa Heileman, TJ Knox, Brayden Koehl, Andrew McKinley, Carter McKinley, and Alex Ormiston.

Fitness Fact

How do you find time for fitness? A variety of approaches can be helpful. 1) Think about killing two birds with one stone – play outside with your kids (tag, hide and seek, corn hole, shoot around), ride a bike with your spouse, schedule a walking meeting rather than a lunch date, go swimming as a family. 2) Heading to the gym can easily be replaced with an online class or vide. 3) Workouts don’t have to be all at the same time. “Squeezing in two or three shorter bouts of 15-20 minutes of activity is just as effective as doing it all at once…”

Ink Cartridge Collection – NOTE CHANGE

Do you work in a place that would allow you to put a box in a prominent place to collect used printer cartridges? If so, we’d appreciate your help in doing so! Mrs. Thiem is in charge of the collection here at St. John. Thanks for your help in keeping a bit of trash out of our landfill and helping our school earn money as well!

Currently this collection receives certain LASER CARTRIDGES. As of January 1st, we will no longer be able to redeem those. Those types of cartridges should be recycled through the instructions on your cartridge, or they can also be dropped off at Office Depot for recycling. See Mrs. Thiem if you have any questions! THANK YOU!!


Remember that we have a Suggestion/Question box in the lobby area (with the soup label, Box Tops, pop tab and ink cartridge drop off boxes). Your feedback is welcome!

These students and their families will be prayed for this week:

Caydren Sams, Teegyn Schmidt, Will Schowe, Jonah Slater, and Mason Wysong

Lost and Found

Lots and lots of items have accumulated in our lost and found cabinet located just outside the library in the gym. Please take a moment to browse through the items soon. Remaining items will be given to Goodwill very soon!

Butter Braid Delivery THIS Wednesday, November 14

3:00 – 5:00 approximately

Helpers to package orders are needed from 1:30 – 2:30!

Inclement Weather

As the likelihood of inclement weather increases, a few reminders about the procedure for school closings are in order. St. John will follow the East Noble School Corporation. When their decision is made you will be notified through a ParentAlert text and the following media outlets: WPTA, WISE, WANE, WBCL, WAWK, WLAB, and STAR. You will see or hear St. John Lutheran, Kendallville, listed on all these media outlets. The option exists for school to be closed, on 2-hour delay, or on 3-hour delay, which pushes dismissal time back to 3:55. Parents must always use discretion, whether we are in session or on delay, to determine if their own drive to school is too hazardous and they need to wait before coming in to school.

First Trimester Ends

Friday, Nov. 9 was the end of the first trimester. Look for report cards to be sent home next Monday, November 19th with your students (K-8th) and emailed home (3rd-8th) later that night.

RenWeb ParentsWeb Reminder

Automatic email notifications are set for students who reach 6, 8, or 10 tardies or absences in the trimester. These emails will come directly to your inbox should your child reach one of these levels. The full attendance policy is found on p. 5-6 of the Parent Handbook.

We hope that this feature is useful in keeping you up to date on your child’s attendance.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student last week: Chase Ryan and Caydren Sams. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Thanksgiving Break Just Ahead

Just a reminder that St. John will not be in session November 21-23 to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Christmas Gift Collection

While the holidays can be an especially joyous time for most of us, it can be a time of sadness for a child of a needy family. To help in this cause, we will be taking a gift collection to be given to needy children of our school and congregation. This is strictly a voluntary donation.

Just after Thanksgiving, we will place ornaments on a Christmas tree in our school. Each ornament will have written on it either the name of a specific toy or a suggested type of gift certificate for clothing which would be enjoyed by one of our families. (We have switched to gift certificates for clothing rather than the purchase of actual clothing.)

If the item to be purchased is a toy, purchase the toy, wrap the gift, then tape the ornament on the front of the package. If you choose to purchase a gift certificate, simply place the certificate inside the envelope you take from the tree and return it to the school office. We will see that it gets to the family for whom it was intended.

It’s impossible for us to truly know the needs of all of our families. We have contacted various families that we think could use some special help this Christmas. If you were not contacted, and need help, please speak with Mr. Walz.

We feel this is a great opportunity to teach the children that the true joy of Christmas is in the spirit of giving, and it will also bring joy and Christ’s love to those with whom we are sharing.






As a part of the spiritual formation we provide children, our students are preparing to help lead worship during the Advent season! Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas. Grades 3 through 5 will lead the worship on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Preschool and Grades 6 through 8 will lead the worship service on Wednesday, December 5. Grades K through 2 will lead the worship service on Wednesday, December 12. All services start at 7:00 in the Worship Center. This year, each service is a continuation of the previous service. So, we invite families to attend all 3 services in order to hear the complete message! We hope that your family will plan now to join us for these special services.

It’s National Collection Week!!! 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 Relay Collection Center for National Collection Week – the week of November 12-19. 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).

Empty shoeboxes are available. See Mrs. Thiem!

This is the month – it is finally here!

Operation Christmas Child Collection Week is HERE!

November 12 to 19, I’ll be manning the post

The rush time is here – it’s no time to coast!

Again, we need money for the shipping fee

Everyone knows those costs are not free.

Nine dollars for each box is asked and that’s not a lot

Considering distance, it’s really a small dot!

So send in your money, your check or your dollar

If you need me to come with a truck – just give a holler!

It’s been fun each month, well…it has been for me.

To find what, for shoeboxes, in the box that you leave.

I’m sorry if my poems make you cringe – just remember….

I’m taking time off – no poem in December!!!

Monday, November 12 – Shoebox drop off 6 – 8 p.m.

4:15 – Girls JV home Basketball game vs. SJE

5:30 – Boys JV home Basketball game vs. SJE

6:00 – 7:00 – Beginning Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

Tuesday, November 13 – Shoebox drop off 6 – 8 p.m.

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 4:30 – JV Girls Basketball Practice

6:30 – 8:00 – Intermediate/Advanced Band Rehearsal

Wednesday, November 14 – Shoebox drop off 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

3:00 – 4:45 – LEGO Club

4:15 – Girls JV home Basketball game vs. SPI

5:30 – Boys JV home Basketball game vs. SPI

Thursday, November 15 – Shoebox drop off 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

3:00 – 4:30 – JV Girls Basketball practice

4:30 – JV Boys Basketball practice

6:30 – 7:00 – Beginning Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

7:00 – Beginning Band Concert @ CLHS

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, November 16 – Shoebox drop off 9:00 – noon

3:00 – 4:45 – LEGO Club

4:30 – 6:00 – JV Boys Basketball practice

6:00 – 8:00 – Movie night

Saturday, November 17 - Shoebox drop off noon and 6:00-9:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – LEGO Tournament

7:00 p.m. – Winter Band Concert @ CLHS

Sunday, November 18 – Shoebox drop off 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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