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

Banner #15, December 3, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 06 December 2018


St. John Lutheran School

December 3, 2018 Number 15

The Principal’s Pen

Parenting is a tough job! Discipline is one of the specific areas of parenting that is most difficult. Every child is different and every situation is different. It can be plain out wearying to try to be consistent in discipline day in and day out.

In this Principal’s Pen article, I go back to a blog from Tim Elmore, a leadership expert I greatly respect. You can read the full article here (https://bit.ly/2FZ2Tj4). In the article Dr. Elmore shares 3 key elements to positive discipline:

1. Look Ahead More Than Behind: While discipline often responds to an action that just happened, the greater perspective is to keep in mind where you want your child to end up. Who do you want him to be when he grows up? In that light, you might praise when the correct behavior is shown, or you might remove a privilege after bad behavior. You might ignore bad behavior, or give natural consequences to the action. The point is to focus on how you want the child to act in the future instead of focusing on what misbehavior just occurred.

2. Redeem What Happened: Positive discipline focuses on correct behavior in the future. It uses the misbehavior as a teaching tool. As parents, we can debrief what happened, but do so in a way that points to correct behavior in the future. We can instill in our child the belief that we know she can do better, that she can be better in the future than her misbehavior.

3. Speak from Belief: Positive discipline does not shy away from honest discussions. We still call our kid out on his misbehavior. We are direct with him about what happened and what the consequences are. But we match this with the belief that our child can do better. We speak our belief in our child. We let him know that we are disciplining him because we believe that he can achieve our high expectations!

Of course, to this list I would add prayer! I’ve messed up plenty of times as a parent, and principal, in matters of discipline. God gives me His grace and forgiveness, and my kids have too. Praying daily for my kids and for specific situations is a great first step in discipline and all matters of parenting!

Something New for Boys in Grades 3-8

Do you want your son to Grow Tall in Christian faith and character? Do you want your son to Stand Tall when faced with challenges from the world? If your answer is Yes, then you need to send your son to Grow Tall - Stand Tall: Mighty Oaks! Grow Tall - Stand Tall: Mighty Oaks is a brand new after school club at St. John. It's for boys in grades 3-8. It's led by Mr. Walz and Mr. Wendt (and we're working to involve some other dads as mentors). Grow Tall - Stand Tall: Mighty Oaks sessions will include active games, snacks, relationship building, Bible lessons on characteristics of Godly men, and more! Grow Tall - Stand Tall: Mighty Oaks will begin in January, but we're holding an introductory, kick-off event on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 3:00-4:30.

Please plan to have your son join us to experience this new boys’ discipleship program here at St. John. If your son can't make it on Dec. 12, but is still interested in participating when we start in January, let Mr. Walz or Mr. Wendt know and we'll be sure to get the information to you. If you have questions, please contact us (Mr. Walz twalz@stjohneagles.org or Mr. Wendt pwendt@stjohneagles.org)!

Body Safety Classes

Next week Tuesday, Dec. 11, St. John will be presenting body safety – child abuse, sex abuse, and neglect prevention training for our K-8 students. More detailed information was sent home in paper and email form last week. A summary of the classes is as follows:

• Grades K-1st: I Am The Boss Of My Body: This video helps children understand body safety, including what private areas are (bathing suit areas). This presentation will happen on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 9:00.

• Grades 2nd-3rd: It’s Your Body: You’re In Charge: This video helps children understand what their private areas are, what is a good touch and a bad touch, and what to do if a touch makes you feel uncomfortable. This presentation is Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 9:30.

• Grades 4th-5th: Breaking the Silence: This video helps children understand physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. This presentation will happen on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 10:15.

• Grades 6th-8th Breaking the Silence: This video helps children understand physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. The 4th-5th graders and 6th-8th graders will use the same DVD, but will view it in different sessions. This presentation will happen on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 11:00.

We invite parents to join us for the appropriate class presentation. In addition, we will have the DVDs available for previewing at school between Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. Please call the school office to arrange a time if you would like to view the appropriate DVD.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Teegyn Schmidt, Hugh Conrad, Mason Wysong, Aiden Hoffman, Rhoda Bontrager, Hunter Koehl, Andrew McKinley, Carter McKinley, and Brayden Koehl. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Fitness Fact

In addition to helping to ward off major diseases, exercise can also boost your immune system so you spend less time down with a cold or flu. “There simply isn’t a major health problem where exercise cannot have a positive effect.” (Bryant-webmd.com)

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!!

We are looking to hire a part-time custodian for 3-4 hours per day. Hours are flexible Monday through Friday. See Mrs. Thiem for an application.

We are also looking for volunteer bus supervisors. Morning attendants would greet bus riders at East Noble Middle School and supervise until they boarded the bus to St. John. Afternoon attendants would do just the opposite. Each position takes about a half hour and is mandatory for our participation in East Noble’s transportation system. See Mr. Walz for more details and to offer your service. THANK YOU!!!

Congratulations to students in grades 4 through 8 who have earned a place on the 1st Trimester honor roll.

Fourth Grade –All A’s – Rhoda Bontrager, Melissa Heileman, TJ Knox,

Grace Newcomer, Nathan Potts, Jack Slater, and

Allison Walkup

A’s & B’s - Lukas Christian, Carter McKinley, and

Alex Ormisten

Fifth Grade – All A’s – Lilly Moser, Aiden Hoffman, Taryn Haines

A’s & B’s - Kaitlyn McKenzie, Santiago Espinoza, Emma

White, Briggs Cheesman, Evan Cope, Braylon

Shire, and Lauren Diehm

Sixth Grade – High Honors – Lex Moser, Naomi Schroeder, Olivia Tibbs,

Addison Hampshire, Ashlynn Myers, and Trey


Honors - Hunter Bolen

Seventh Grade - High Honors – Sadie Potts and Andrew Malone

Honors - Bethany Murphy and Katie White

Eighth Grade – High Honors- Aowyn Myers, Christian Heileman, Alicia Proxmire, Kyle McKenzie, and Shanda Schlatter

Honors - Brendon Heileman

Well done!!

The King is Coming!

Family Advent Celebration Rescheduled

The school has provided 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 TONIGHT – Monday, December 3, from 6:30 – 7:30, 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 led the worship on last week and now Preschool and Grades 6 through 8 will lead the worship service this 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.

Order a Christmas Poinsettia

If you would like to order a Christmas poinsettia to decorate our worship areas for our Christmas Eve and Christmas morning services, please see Mrs. Thiem or Miss Young for an order form. The cost for each poinsettia is $13.00 and the plants can be placed in honor or in memory of a special person in your life. Deadline to order is noon, Friday, December 14, so don’t delay!

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.

Ornaments have been placed on a Christmas tree in our school. Each ornament has 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.

Amazon Smile

While you’re thinking about Christmas shopping and gift giving, let’s also talk about Amazon. Instead of using their regular site, please use www.smile.amazon.com. Designate St. John as your charitable organization and we will receive 0.5% of your purchases.

Christmas at Bixler Lake

Don’t miss the opportunity to see our student’s work displayed on large wooden boards at Bixler Lake. Most classes in our school painted Christmas greetings to be displayed along with boards from other local school children. The displays will be lit each evening from 6-9 p.m. Other activities will be available during those times as well.

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!

Shop With SCRIP for Christmas!

Using Scrip doesn't always mean giving a gift card! You can redeem the scrip yourself to purchase gifts. Make Scrip your first stop before you shop and save money on your tuition or other school expenses. Still not sure how Scrip works? Ask in the office! Don't miss out on the opportunity to save--it's never too late to get on board!

Christmas is right around the corner and if you want a special-order gift card, the time to think about that is NOW! Cards sell quickly this time of year, so please don’t wait too long and be disappointed if we are out of stock on an item you wanted. Don’t delay! Shop with scrip today!! The final order before Christmas will be placed Friday, December 14.


The Kohl's gift cards we sell through Scrip “Kohls for Kids” can be used to pay off your credit card bill?

We have Pet Smart in stock.

We have Under Armour $25 gift cards.

We have AMAZON in stock, just enter the number under your account. And you can choose St. John School to benefit from your purchases!

Final day for special orders before Christmas will be Dec. 14th so the cards arrive before Dec. 19th.

We can order any gift card sold under the retailer list found at:


Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger Community Rewards for the third quarter of this year have been received in the amount of $394.26. If you have not yet registered your card, won’t you look into that, please? It’s the easiest way to earn dollars for St. John that there is!! Visit the website at krogercommunityrewards.com. Have your Kroger card handy as you will need to enter your personal number. The NPO Number for St. John is 10129 to be sure St. John gets your credit. Thank you!

Correction – First Lego League

Our apologies to Carter McKinley whose name was inadvertently omitted from the list of participants in this year’s First Lego League in the last Banner. Carter was very much part of the team and we are sorry his name was not included in the original article.

Kindergartner Ethan Schowe undergoing spinal surgery on Monday, Dec. 3;

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Danica Sattison, Bryson Shire, Elizabeth Walkup,

Bryston Williams, and Isaac Bennett


Monday, December 3

5:30 – Boys JV Basketball game @ Ascension

6:30 – 7:30 – Family Advent Celebration

Tuesday, December 4

8:10 – Chapel

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

Wednesday, December 5

Thursday, December 6

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

Friday, December 7

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

6:30 – 8:30 – Student Council Dance

Saturday, December 8

Sunday, December 9

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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