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Banner #14, November 19, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 20 November 2018


St. John Lutheran School

November 19, 2018 Number 14

The Principal’s Pen

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” Henry Ward Beecher

During this week we focus on Thanksgiving, of course, but also thanks giving. It is good that our country has set aside a day to focus on giving thanks. It is a tie to our history and a remembrance to all the good in our lives. But it is also good for us to celebrate thanks giving every day!

In that sense, thanks giving becomes more of an attitude, a way of living life, a way of thanks living. That is, I think, what Henry Ward Beecher meant. Each day, yes, each hour, gives us something to be thankful for. We just have to cultivate the ability to recognize it and acknowledge it.

There are many ‘big’ things that I am thankful for: my faith, my family, my health, my friends, my work, my home. The list goes on. But, there are also many ‘little’ things that I am thankful for: the sunrise I see on the way to school, the unexpected gift card received, the funny comments kids sometimes say on their way into the building in the morning, the opportunity to have breakfast with my family during last week’s snow day, and the sunset I saw on the way to Fort Wayne last Sunday night. This list, also, goes on.

This Thursday, I hope and pray that you and your family enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving! I pray it is a day to give thanks with family and friends, near and far, for all the things that you are thankful for. I hope that it is also a day to recognize that all that we have is from God, and it is to Him that we give our thanks.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 106:1

Thanksgiving Break This Week

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

The King is Coming!

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!

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.

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.




Thank you to all who came to Family Movie Night! We had about 85 people join us for this enjoyable event. Thanks to those who helped serve and also a big thanks to Thrivent Financial who provided the grant money for the pizza,

snacks, and prizes!

Birthday Party for Jesus

It’s a Birthday Party for Jesus – during Bible study hour on Sunday, December 16th, at 9:15 a.m. There will be something for all ages….other than the cake, that is!! Join the celebration!

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!

Monday, December 3, will be St. John's day for ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. We will be responsible for the bell from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Kroger location. Mary Blaskie is hard at work finding volunteers to man the booth and wants YOUR help! Look for the sign-up sheet in the lobby, or call Mary at 318-0223 to say YES!! Thanks!

Congratulations LEGO Team

After months of hard work our Lego Team competed last Saturday at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne. The team had a successful day and did a great job representing our school. The team was led by 8th grader Kyle McKenzie as well as Braxton Cheesman, Briggs Cheesman, Brock Cheesman, Santiago Espinoza, Aiden Hoffman, Kaitlyn McKenzie, Matthew McKinley, Lex Moser, and Brayden Schott. Other important team members (who participated all year long but couldn’t make the tournament) were: Melissa Heileman, TJ Knox, Brayden Koehl, Andrew McKinley, Lilly Moser, and Alex Ormiston. Special thanks go to Coaches Gill and Walz and Mentor Roy Ernsberger for all their hard work with the team.

The theme of this year’s Lego Competition was Into Orbit. Our team chose to focus their project on a better way to provide oxygen during long-duration space travel. They used a rebreather (which is used in SCUBA diving) and phytoplankton.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Trae Mossman, Elizabeth Walkup, Maddison Harlan, Baily Lash, Barrett Klink, Olivia Hastings, Brody Workman, Isaac Bennett, Lexy Kammerer, and TJ Knox. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Donations Requested

Our Preschool teachers are looking for donations of these items:

Boy or Girl Winter Coat size 5/6

Winter Boots size 9/10

Large Floor Puzzles

Board Games

Miscellaneous Toys

Hats or Gloves

Contact Mrs. Mast or Mrs. Anglin to see if you might have something they could use. Thanks!

Fitness Fact

Exercising with a friend helps build the relationship. That shared experience on both good and bad days builds a deeper relationship and the stronger relationship helps keep you motivated to exercise. Definitely a win-win!

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!!

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!

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.

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.

Report Cards

The 1st Trimester ended on Friday, Nov. 9. Report cards are coming home with K-8 students today. Report Cards will also be emailed home to 3rd-8th grade parents.

These students and their families will be prayed for this week

Ireland Blake and Maddison Harlan

And for next week

Violet Hobart, Abigail Hale, Cooper Leininger, Trae Mossman, and Arybella Parks


Monday, November 19 – Report Cards Sent Home

3:00 – 4:30 – Student Council Meeting

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

Tuesday, November 20

8:15 – Chapel

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

Wednesday, November 21 – NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 22 – NO SCHOOL – Happy Thanksgiving

9:00 am – Worship Service

Friday, November 23 – NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

Saturday, November 24

Sunday, November 25

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

Monday, November 26

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

6:30 – Family Advent Celebration

Tuesday, November 27

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

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

Wednesday, November 28

3:00 – 4:15 – Math Bowl practice

7:00 – Advent Worship Service – Grades 3,4,5

Thursday, November 29

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

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

Friday, November 30

8:45 – 11:15 – Grades 2 & 3 to see Annie at Cole Auditorium

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

Saturday, December 1

Sunday, December 2

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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