301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #2; August 19, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 19 August 2019


St. John Lutheran School

August 19, 2019 Number 2

The Principal’s Pen

At chapel last week we continued to explore our theme “We Are the Family of God”. In our own families, we all have rules. Some of the family rules that the kids shared were “Don’t leave your dirty dishes in the sink” and “No food upstairs”.

Rules are good and important. But, life in a family is seldom clean, neat, and tidy. Rules are broken, feelings are hurt, disappointments happen. Apologies, forgiveness, and grace are shared.

I told the students two of the ‘rules’ in the Walz family. Our oldest son is a Sophomore in college and our younger twins are Juniors in high school. For years we have told them “Your relationship as brothers is more important than whatever you are fighting about”. We hope and pray that our sons will be lifelong friends with strong healthy relationships. Fights happen, but working through those fights should lead to a stronger bond as brothers. We also frequently tell them to “Remember who you are”. In other words, remember your unique strengths and abilities and remember that what you do and say is a reflection on all of us in the family. We quickly add to this to “Remember Whose you are”. By this, we mean to remember that you are a dearly loved child of God. You will mess up, do things wrong, fail to meet expectations, and do things to disappoint yourself and us as parents. However, none of that takes away your value to us and to God. You are His child and that can never be taken away!

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1

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.

VERY IMPORTANT “Need To Know” Night!

THIS Wednesday, August 21, is our Need to Know Night! This night is an important opportunity to partner together and be informed about the year ahead from Mr. Walz and the classroom teachers. We will begin at 6:00 with a parent meeting with Mr. Walz in the Worship Center. Shortly after 6:30 we will break out into 3 classrooms rotations of 20-minutes each. In these sessions you will hear plans and procedures specific to your child’s classroom. You may attend however many of these sessions that you need to in order to cover all your kids. Child care will be provided for those students who need to come with their parents. The evening will be finished before 8:00. Please plan to attend!

Please make this event a very important part of your calendar and make every effort to attend! Thank you!

In our thoughts and prayers …. A weekly feature in the Banner. If you have a prayer request, please notify your child’s teacher or Mrs. Thiem in the school office. This week we pray for the following preschool students: Graham Aumsbaugh, Mercy Hayden, Paisley Hicks, Anna Neuman, and Khloe


Welcome New Students!

St. John welcomes Bernardo and Juliette Gonzalez to our school! The Gonzalez family just arrived in Kendallville. Bernardo will be in 3rd grade and Juliette in 2nd grade. Please help us welcome the Gonzalez family to the St. John family!

Congratulations Summer Enrichment Students!

Last summer, 40 students logged their physical activity, reading minutes, and/or summerbook activity. Last Friday 6 middle school students enjoyed lunch at Pizza Hut with Mr. Walz after participating in the program. Also last Friday, 30 PS-5th grade students enjoyed games, snacks, and stories at our after-school party. Congratulations to the following students who participated last summer:

Piper Arnold, Evan Aumsbaugh, Graham Aumsbaugh, Trevor Conrad, Mercy Hayden, Paisley Hicks, Hadley Buwalda, Kinlee Frey, Silas Gaff, Lyric Hirschy, Jaxson Moran, Lincoln Moser, Andrew Stahl, Jackson McKinley, Joshua Neuman, Ethan Schowe, Carleigh Aumsbaugh, Holden Buwalda, Hugh Conrad, Naomi Gaff, Serenity Hayden, Evan Huelsenbeck, Corinne Murphy, Teegyn Schmidt, Will Schowe, Jonah Slater, Danica Sattison, Nathaniel Bontrager, Anna Conrad, Fyo Hayden, Brody Workman, Rhoda Bontrager, Andrew McKinley, Jack Slater, Lilly Moser, Addison Hampshire, Lex Moser, Ashlynn Myers, Olivia Tibbs, and Matthew McKinley.

Congratulations also to: Piper Arnold winner of the PAW Patrol coloring book, Mercy Hayden winner of the bubble wand, Ethan Schowe winner of the DOS game, Serenity Hayden winner of the drawing kit, Olivia Tibbs winner of the weaving loom kit, Brody Workman winner of the mega ball, Fyo Hayden winner of the Craft Prize Pack, Evan Huelsenbeck winner of the Sports Prize Pack, and Ashlynn Myers winner of the Reading Prize Pack!

School Picture Day


September 20

Why Does the Staff Wear Jeans?

If you’re in the building on Fridays you might notice many staff members wearing jeans. You may be wondering why? We’re enjoying the opportunity to dress down, but we’re also supporting our Chapel offering project. Each staff member pays a dollar each Friday to be able to wear jeans. Comfort and a good cause!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following student for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Teegyn Schmidt

We give thanks to God for Teegyn who let his light shine before others.

Fitness Fact

According to The Cooper Institute (renowned authority on physical fitness, founded in 1970 by Dr. Kenneth Cooper, Father of Aerobics), there are 5 components to physical fitness: Cardiorespiratory Endurance, Muscular Strength, Muscular Endurance, Flexibility and Body Composition. Over the next 4 weeks we will delve more fully into each of those terms.

The Banner

Starting Tuesday, Sep. 3 (because we are off on Monday for Labor Day), The Banner, our school newsletter, will be sent home with the youngest child in the family. This is an important communication method and one that we hope you will read each week. Other information from the school office will also go home with the youngest child in the family. If you would prefer another child in your family be the one to bring items home please notify the school office. In a few weeks we will be asking whether you want to continue to receive a paper copy of The Banner or read an electronic copy.

SCRIP Needs You

Our SCRIP program is easy to use and can be a valuable financial blessing for both the school and your family. Parents can buy gift cards at face value for many local and national retailers. When you purchase the cards St. John receives a percentage back, varying from 3% to up to 25%. St. John uses that money to provide for the education of all students. However, we also credit half of the percentage amount that we get to your family. You can pay for tuition, extended care, hot lunch and other things. Your family wins and St. John wins! Stop in the office for more information and to purchase your first SCRIP cards. See Mrs. Thiem if you need more information.

Missing Forms?

If you have forms that you haven’t turned in to the office, please do so right away. These forms are all needed to help our school run more smoothly. If we notify you that a form hasn’t been turned in, please take care of it right away.

School Delays

While we hope we won’t face weather delays and cancellations any time soon, we know that the possibility for fog, ice, and snow delays exists at any time. When such delays and cancellations occur, you will receive a Parent Alert text. You will also see or hear “St. John Lutheran School, Kendallville” on the following media outlets:

WANE-15 WAWK-1140 WPTA-21

WBCL-90.3 WISE-33 WLAB-89.7

St. John will, with very few exceptions, follow the East Noble School Corporation on weather related issues. Delayed starts will be handled as follows:

2-HOUR DELAY: School will begin at 10:00 A.M. and will dismiss at the regular time. Extended care will be available. All morning preschool classes will begin at 10:00 and dismiss at 11:30. The afternoon preschool class will meet at its regular time.

3-HOUR DELAY: School will begin at 11:00 A.M. and will dismiss at 3:55. Extended care will be available. Morning preschool classes will not meet if there is a 3-hour delay. The afternoon preschool class will meet at its regular times. Extended care will be available free of charge to preschool students who have an older sibling enrolled who won’t be dismissed until 3:55.

COLLABORATION MONDAY: 2-hour delays that occur on a Monday will begin at 10:00 A.M. 3-hour delays that occur on Monday will begin at 11:00 A.M.

Student Directory To Be Published

We will soon publish our annual booklet which contains names, addresses, and phone numbers of our families. If you do not wish for any of this information to be published – YOU MUST INFORM MRS. THIEM. If we do not hear from you by September 3, we will assume it is your desire to make this information public.

Also, divorced or separated families, if you have a preference as to how you are listed, please talk with Mrs. Thiem. Thank you.

Apple Festival Time IS Near!

The Kendallville Apple Festival is one of the main fundraising and outreach events for the school. This year’s Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6. This is a huge event that requires many volunteers. In fact, it is so big that we expect all of our families to participate in some way, either with preparation before the festival or during the festival. Sign-up forms are being sent home this week. The money raised by the Apple Festival directly supports your child’s education in the areas of technology, enrichment, and curriculum.


Keep Money Separate, Please

Please keep all payments separate. All payments must be made on separate checks as they are deposited in many different ways at various locations. Thank you for your help!

No Refrigeration Available

Please do not send snacks or lunches to school that require refrigeration. Ice packs made specifically for cooling lunch boxes are available quite inexpensively at local retailers and serve the purpose of keeping the lunch cool until needed.

No Pop

There will be no soft drinks during the school day. This also means that parents who bring in food for a special treat for their child’s lunch should opt for an alternative drink. Students bringing their lunch from home may not consume pop even if it is brought to school in their lunch box. Our pop machine in the gym is off limits to students until 3:25 p.m.

FACTS Tuition Payments

Keep in mind that changes can be made in your FACTS tuition agreement should a need arise. Perhaps you have received a windfall and would like to make an advance payment, or perhaps you are having particular financial strains and need an adjustment. See Mrs. Thiem for assistance and she will direct you to Mr. Walz if needed. Please contact us at least 10 days before payment is set to be deducted from your account.

Asthma Inhaler?

If your child uses a doctor-prescribed inhaler to treat bronchial asthma, it is our policy that the inhalers be kept in the locked cabinet in the school office. However, if your doctor feels this is inadequate for the severity of your child’s situation and the inhaler needs to be kept with the child, please have him/her issue a written statement to that effect. Return that to the school office as soon as possible. Thank you!

Recycle, Please!

Now that school is back in session, I want to remind you to recycle the empty ink jet cartridges as well as any cell phones, MP3 Players, I-PODS, and Laptop computers. Some cell phones and Blackberrys can earn up to $100.00. You can bring them to the office if they are large items, or put them in the wooden collection box in the church lobby. Thanks for helping to keep our world clean and making money for your school!

It’s Spell Bowl Time!

Students in grades 6-8 who are interested in joining the fun with the Jr. Spell Bowl team. Practice began last week but it’s not too late to join! They will meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, generally, until the competition on Tuesday, October 30. The Spell Bowl competition will take place here at St. John. See Mrs. Pillers for additional information. Thanks, Mrs. Pillers, for serving as our coach again this year!

Order Your St. John Shirt

Don’t miss out on your chance to have a cool WE ARE THE FAMILY OF GOD theme t-shirt! We would like every student to have one of these shirts so that we can all wear them for field trips, school spirit days, and for other events. The absolute final day to order is Aug. 23 by 3:15 p.m. NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Additional order forms are available in the office. Shirts are $8.00 ($10 for Adult 2X, 3X, or 4X)

FACTS ParentsWeb

FACTS is our school information system and ParentsWeb is the parent portal. You all used this for the online enrollment. But, there is much more available to you in ParentsWeb. Here are a few points to get you started:

● All communication in FACTS happens through email. Any message we send you will come to your email inbox. To communicate with a teacher, just send them an email. All teachers have emails in the following structure: first initial last name @stjohneagles.org (ex: twalz@stjohneagles.org).

● There is a basic calendar on the ParentsWeb homepage.

● Under ‘School information’ – ‘Directory’ there are both family and staff directories.

● Under ‘School Information’ – ‘Resource Documents’ you will find our Parent Handbook and the weekly Banner.

● Under ‘Student Information’ – ‘Grades’ you will be able to see your child’s grades (in grades 3rd-8th) when they are entered by the teachers.

● Under ‘Student Information’ – ‘Attendance’ you will be able to see your child’s attendance record.

● Under ‘Family Information’ – ‘Family Billing’ you will be able to see your hot lunch account and extended care charges and make online payments to these accounts. (Please note: a NEGATIVE amount in your account reflects a credit. A POSITIVE amount in your account reflects charges you need to pay.)

● The ParentsWeb site is: https://sjl-in.client.renweb.com/pw/ Our school code is SJL-IN.

Your username and password are the ones you set up when you enrolled.

We hope that you will become familiar with ParentsWeb and use it regularly for these various uses and more!

Music, P.E., Library, and Counseling Are Beginning

We welcome back Mrs. Tina Wilkinson (keyboard and general music), Mr. Brandon Eiler (band and strings), and Mr. Don Schroeder (beginning guitar) as our music instructors! All music classes begin this Wednesday! Returning band and strings players should bring their instruments. 3rd graders interested in our string program will receive information and see the instruments demonstrated. 4th graders interested in our band program will receive information and see the instruments demonstrated. This year our 2nd grade class will receive general music instruction with an introduction to keyboard at the end of the year. We believe this is more developmentally appropriate and will give the students an excellent foundation when they reach 3rd grade and have the choice of keyboard or strings.

We welcome back Mrs. Darcy Barr as our PE instructor! PE classes began last Thursday. Kindergarten through 3rd grade will have class two times per week and 4th through 8th grade will have class three times per week.

We welcome back Miss Taylor and Mrs. Kratzman as our school librarians! Library classes will begin next Monday.

We welcome back Mrs. Kathy McIlrath as our school counselor. Our counseling partnership with Cross Connections provides Christian counseling for students but also for families. Mrs. McIlrath will be at St. John on Tuesdays and will spend time in both classroom sessions (providing lessons on friendship, bullying, social skills, suicide, depression, body safety, drugs/alcohol, and more) and individual counseling sessions (by arrangement with the parent). If you would like more information about individual or family counseling, please see Mr. Walz. Finally, we are asking all parents to sign a release for the child(ren) in that family to meet with Mrs. McIlrath 1 or 2 times per semester. These are for times when the student is just having a bad day or struggling with something. Any needs that go beyond 2 visits per semester would be handled through a partnership agreement with the parents. These release forms were available at the Back to School Night and were sent home last Friday or today with students. Counseling lessons begin tomorrow.

Blue Fins Swim Team

Bluefins Winter 2019/2020 Swim Team

What: Information Parent Meeting

Where: Cole Center Family YMCA (Lower Level)

When: September 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm New Swimmer’s Trial Week September 9-13, 5:30-6:30 pm Winter Team Season September 16, 2019-March 15, 2020

Practices: Monday-Friday 5:30-7 pm

Important Reminders

• Please remember to call the school when your child will be tardy or absent for the day. We do report the number of excused and unexcused absences to the state at the end of the year. Excused absences result from illness, seeking medical care, family emergencies, and other unique situations approved by the principal. Family vacations will be recorded as “unexcused”. More details can be found in the school handbook.

• Remember to use the sign-in/sign-out sheet - LOCATED IN THE FRONT OFFICE ON MISS YOUNG’S (Mrs. Thiem’s sister!) desk if your child arrives late or leaves early. Students arriving late must sign the sheet and get a late pass before going to their classroom. Students who need to be picked up early must be accompanied by a parent who then signs the sheet before leaving the building.

• For the safety of our students and staff, our building is locked once arrival is complete. Access to the building during the day should be at door #1, where you can ring the doorbell and be buzzed in by the secretaries. Anyone visiting our school during the school day should sign in on the proper sheet in the office.

• Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their child. In order to be included in the lunch count for the day, if you want to order a school lunch, please notify the kitchen or the office by 8:00 A.M.

• Your child’s spiritual growth is important to us! We encourage you to regularly attend your church and take advantage of the opportunities to grow in faith as a family. If you don’t have a church home we would love to have you worship with us. We have traditional worship services on Thursday night at 7:00 P.M. and Sunday mornings at 8:00. We have contemporary worship Sunday mornings at 10:30 A.M. Sunday School for children and adults is held at 9:15. Parents are also welcome to join us for our all-school devotion time on Monday at 8:35 and for our chapel service on Tuesdays at 8:10 in the Worship Center.

• Like East Noble, we delay our start on Monday morning and use that time in various collaboration groups. However, we will keep our start time on Mondays at 8:30, (whereas East Noble does not begin until 8:45).

continued next page

• In order to provide a safe and secure environment for our students, and to maximize their learning time, we will be asking parents to help us avoid disruptions to the classrooms. If you need to drop off a forgotten lunch, backpack, instrument, book, or anything else, please do so in the office. The secretaries can then determine the best time to deliver the item to your child.

• If your plans change during the day and you need to communicate with your child, please call the school office. Mrs. Thiem and Miss Young can notify your child’s teacher. Emailing or texting the teacher may not be seen as the teachers are busy teaching your children and can’t always check their messages during the day.

Food Service Program News

Information about our Food Service Program can be found in the “Food Services Handbook” in the back of our Parent Handbook or by contacting Deedra Parks, our Food Service Director. Breakfast prices are $1.90 with the reduced price of $.30. Lunch will be served for $2.55; $.40 for reduced. Adult lunch price is $3.30. Afterschool Snack price is $.75 or $.15 for reduced.

If you want more information on the free and reduced lunch program please contact Mrs. Parks or pick up an application from the school office. The government reimburses our program over and beyond the cost of the meal for free and reduced students. If you feel you qualify for either of these, I strongly urge you to take advantage of this. All applications and decisions are completely confidential.

Milk is included as part of hot lunch. Additional milks can be consumed at lunch or morning break. The price for milk is $.45 cents per carton. Preschoolers and kindergartners have milk during their snack time.

Lunch menus will be sent home with children before the start of each month. We operate under the guideline that ALL MEALS WILL BE PAID FOR IN ADVANCE. Please consult the page entitled “St. John Food Service Charging Policy” in the handbook for more information. According to this policy, parents will be notified when their balance reaches $0.00. Parents are then expected to make payments to avoid a negative balance. Please make every effort to make prompt payment of milk and lunch bills. Thank you!

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

For the safety of our students, we have the following arrival and dismissal procedures in place:

● Before-school care students will ring the doorbell at Door 5 and be buzzed into the building.

● Students arriving at 7:50 will enter the building at door 4 after being dropped off along the building or parking and walking in with a parent.

● Parents picking up for dismissal should enter at door 4 and then proceed to the gym to pick up your child.

● Parents leaving the building after arrival or dismissal can exit through door 4 or door 5.

● Parents picking up children after school from after-school care, sports, or clubs will ring the doorbell at Door 5 and be buzzed into the building.

● Bus riders shuttled from East Noble Middle School will be dropped off and picked up at Door 1.

Fall Sports: Soccer and Volleyball

JV soccer for 4th-8th grade boys has begun. Practices this week will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00-5:00. The junior varsity volleyball teams has begun and the final schedule is being finalized. Please see Mrs. Kline, our athletic director, or the office for schedules and other information. Physical exams must be completed before an athlete can participate in a game. Both of these sports provide great exercise, the opportunity to learn new skills, and fun with friends.

Help Wanted

Guitar Teacher: We are looking for a new guitar teacher for our advanced (grades 7th and 8th) guitar class. We are looking for someone who loves kids, who actively lives their Christian faith, can teach guitar to a small group of students, and has a flexible schedule. The class meets on Wednesday and Friday from 8:15-8:45.

Bus Supervisors: East Noble requires us to provide supervision for our students while they wait at the middle school for their bus to St. John or home. The time commitment is roughly 7:15-7:35 in the morning or 2:40-3:15 in the afternoon. You can sign up for as little as 1 shift per week.

If you can help, or know someone who can, please contact Tim Walz at 260-347-2444 or twalz@stjohneagles.org for more information.

It’s Robotics Club Time!

Our Robotics Club is open to 4th-8th graders and has begun. We meet on Wednesdays and Fridays. The theme this year is City Shaper and our work will again involve building the robots, programming them to do certain tasks, researching the theme, discovering a problem we want to address, and coming up with a solution for a problem. It involves teamwork, research, writing, computer skills, problem solving, and public speaking. We are looking for additional parent mentor/coaches. If you would like to be a part of this great activity, even if you can’t commit to every day, please see Mr. Walz.

Art Club

St. John has partnered with Peggy Tassler and Sozo Art Studio to provide an Art Club for our students. This first session is for grades K-2 and will meet for 6 sessions starting tomorrow Tuesday, Aug. 20. The class is from 3:15-4:30. (The last day, Sep. 24, will run from 2:15-3:30.) The club will meet at St. John or at Sozo Art Studio on Main Street, depending on the activity for the day. St. John will transport, by walking or our bus, the students to Sozo on those days. Parents will need to pick up their children from Sozo on the days the club meets there. Information and a registration form went home last week with your child. If you didn’t see it or need another, please ask your child’s teacher or the office.

The Week Ahead -- August 19 – 25, 2019

Monday, August 19

10:30 – Third Grade Swim

3:00 – 5:00 – Soccer practice

4:15 – JV Volleyball game at Home vs. Woodburn

Tuesday, August 20

8:15 – Chapel

9:00 – Third Grade Swim

3:00 – 4:30 – Spell Bowl practice

3:00 – 4:30 – Art Club

Wednesday, August 21

9:00 – Third Grade Swim

3:00 – 4:30 – Spell Bowl practice

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Need to Know Night

Thursday, August 22

9:00 – Third Grade Swim

4:15 – JV Volleyball game at EMM

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, August 23

9:00 – Third Grade Swim

3:00 – 4:30 – Spell Bowl practice

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

5:45 – Home JV Soccer game vs. WYN

Saturday, August 24

Sunday, August 25

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Adult Bible Class

10:30 – Contemporary Worship in Worship Center

So August is here now and school’s started back.

Another year to learn letters and math to attack.

Our kids are so blessed with all of their gear

as they head off to class with lessons to hear.

This month, once again, school items I’ll stress

So children far off their studies can address.

They need crayons and pencils at this time so cheap

The rewards of an education those children will reap.

Without those supplies the kids are left out.

To school they can’t go – so there is no route

Out of the poverty that wears them away

In a life of poor sadness they’re bound to stay.

So won’t you help out with this project today?

Run to the store and don’t delay!

Help fill a box with something for school

Smile as God uses you as His tool!

Anything else that you think fits the bill

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

In the lobby you’ll find it upon the floor

Just lift its lid and fill it galore!!

Cathy Thiem, Operation Christmas Child Relay Center Coordinator

Paste content here. Then press OK.

Bookmark and Share
Write Your Comment
  • Captcha image

Copyright © 2012 St. John Lutheran Church.
All rights reserved.

St. John Lutheran Church
301 South Oak St.
Kendallville, IN 46755
(260) 347-2444