301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #4; September 3, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 03 September 2019


St. John Lutheran School

September 3, 2019 Number 4

The Principal’s Pen

A conversation started last week with some of the Fort Wayne area principals regarding Scholastic book orders. Concern is growing that some of the books offered by Scholastic are against our Christian values. I added to that conversation and shared the topic with our teachers. There is agreement here that some of the books offered by Scholastic are not appropriate in this Christian setting.

There are many directions that this conversation could turn. For this article’s purpose, my focus is on awareness. Whether it is the books our kids read, their music, movies, games, or the friends they hang out with, it is important for parents to be aware of with whom and what our kids are spending their time. Our kids are learning morals and values from all of these sources. Sometimes the moral lesson is clear and sometimes it is hidden. Are these soiurces teaching your kids the values and beliefs you want them to be learning? That is an important question.

For now, we will continue to use Scholastic, as they do offer some quality books with good prices. Even so, we encourage parents to consider carefully the books they purchase for their kids.

If you want more information on the article that started the Scholastic conversation, read here: https://bit.ly/2ZDpJoM

If you want trusted resources and reviews on various media titles, visit here:

www.pluggedin.com or www.commonsense.org

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

Student Council

St. John Student Council is open to 5th-8th graders. This leadership group plans various fun activities throughout the school year as well as several service opportunities. Officers are elected from interested 7th and 8th graders. This year, we congratulate the following newly elected Student Council officers:

President – Matthew McKinley Vice-President - Andrew Malone

Secretary - Kaeli Christian Treasurer – Lex Moser


Please join us on:

Wednesday, September 4,

5:30-6:30 P.M.,

in the school library,

for an initial planning session on school fundraising events.

Our goal for the meeting is: to brainstorm ideas, identify our top prospects, and identify teams to begin planning.

Fifth Disease

One of our younger students was diagnosed with Fifth Disease. This is a common contagious disease. Initial symptoms often appear similar to a common cold. An informational sheet was sent home today with our younger grade students. We share this information with the full student body so that you are aware and can watch for symptoms in your children.

Creation's Competitive Edge

On Monday, Sep. 23, St. John welcomes Dr. Robert Carter for both student and parent assemblies. Dr. Carter has a PHD in Marine Biology and speaks for Creation Ministries International. He will present scientific evidence that supports Biblical creation. There will be student assemblies at 12:45 (grades K-3) and at 1:30 (grades 4-8). He will return in the evening for a presentation at 7:00 for families. We encourage you to plan to attend and invite your friends.

Seeking Prayer Warriors

Are you a prayer warrior? Would you delight in being able to lift up prayers and praises for our school ministry? If the answer is yes, please contact Mr. Walz or the school office. Mr. Walz sends out a weekly email with prayer requests and would love to add you to the list of prayer supporters!

AR Home Connect

Our 2nd-8th grade classes all use Accelerated Reader (AR) as a reading motivator. After reading certain books, students take multiple-choice quizzes to measure their comprehension. They earn points based on how well they did. Most teachers have students set goals for how many points they can get in a month or trimester. Some teachers give rewards for certain point levels. Some teachers connect these points to a small portion of the reading grade.

You should have received a letter with information on how to access a website called Home Connect. This website allows you to see all of the AR books your child has read, in this year and previously. You can also see how well your child did on the quiz. You can also set up the system to email you with the results every time your child takes a quiz. We highly encourage you to take advantage of this website as a way of keeping track of what your child is reading and how he is doing on the quizzes. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will receive these letters as they are introduced to AR.

Also, if you are ever wondering if a book is an AR book, you can search for books at www.arbookfind.com. There are over 120,000 books available!


SCRIP can save you money! Please stop in the office any time and purchase some SCRIP cards. The percentage that the school receives back from your purchases helps provide for the education of your children. Plus, St. John credits half of that percentage back to the account of your choosing back at St. John. The school wins and you win!

Please consider joining the scrip habit!

Emergency Contact Information

Remember to keep us up-to-date on how to reach you during the day. If any information changes, please call Mrs. Thiem as soon as possible.

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Greyson Ashley, Evan Aumsbaugh, Trevor Conrad,

and Wade Probst


Saturday, October 5


Sunday, October 6

It won’t be long until the fresh aroma of hot apple fritters is floating through the air at the Noble County Fairgrounds! But, in order to accomplish that we need lots of willing workers!

WE EXPECT AT LEAST ONE PERSON PER FAMILY TO HELP IN SOME WAY WITH OUR APPLE FESTIVAL PROJECT. If you have not yet returned a sheet, another is being sent your way. PLEASE RESPOND NOW!!! If you are not sure what this is all about, please discuss the topic with Mrs. Thiem in the school office. Costumes are available at the booth! A PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE WILL BE COMING HOME SOON!

Again, we are asking for voluntary monetary donations to purchase necessary ingredients to make the fritters. Monetary donations should be made payable to “ST. JOHN PTL”. (Last year’s expenses amounted to just over $3,000.) As you can see this is no small operation!

Various other tasks will need to be done before the Festival. We appreciate your help before and during the Festival!

New Guitar Teacher

We are thankful to be able to announce that we have found a new guitar teacher for our advanced guitar students! On Sep. 13. We will welcome Pastor Mike DiSanto, from First Christian Church, in this role. Pastor DiSanto is Worship Pastor at FCC and has over 15 years of guitar performance and teaching experience. In addition to his musical abilities, Pastor DiSanto brings a ministry perspective as a worship leader. We look forward to his involvement here and his leadership in working with our student!

Student Directory Coming Home

Parents will be receiving a new student/parent directory (hopefully!) this week. This is a valuable publication which contains class lists, teacher credentials, family addresses and phone numbers, and addresses for area schools (for sporting events, etc.). Every attempt has been made to provide correct information, but if you should spot an error, please bring it to Mrs. Thiem’s attention so a correction can be printed in the Banner.

The Banner

Starting today, 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 the copy that is posted to our website.

Fitness Fact

Understanding the difference between Muscular Endurance and Muscular Strength can be a little confusing. Muscular endurance refers to the ability to perform a specific muscular action (or activity) for a prolonged period of time or repeatedly. For example, your ability to hold a plank or to pump out 50 squats is a product of good muscular endurance. You also use muscular endurance in your daily life when you rake leaves or walk up long flights of stairs. In contrast, muscular strength is a muscle’s capacity to exert brute force against resistance. Your ability to bench press a barbell weighing 200 lbs.for one repetition is a measure of your muscular strength. In daily life, you need muscular strength to pick up a heavy box or move a stove. (livestrong.com)

School Pictures

School pictures have been scheduled for Friday, September 20. Parents of 3-year old preschool students that meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays may bring their child to school on the 20th for Picture Day. Or, if you prefer, Picture Re-take Day has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24, and you can have your child’s picture taken that day. This year we will again be using Derby Photography for our class pictures and yearbook services. All students in our school will be pictured during their normal class time. Order forms will be sent home with students as soon as we receive them. We will need a parent or two as volunteers for this event. Please let Mrs. Thiem know that you are interested!! THANK YOU!!!

FACTS Tuition Management System

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.

Free and Reduced Price Lunches

If you have not turned in your application for free or reduced price lunches, please do so immediately. The government reimburses our school above and beyond the cost of these lunches, so it is a benefit to us as well as you to use this if you qualify. Applications are strictly confidential.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Isaac Bennett, Olivia Tibbs Lukas Christian, Ireland Blake, Kylie Parks, Axel Harper, Lilly Evers, Timothy Reed, Carson Hoon, and Kinlee Frey. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Extended Care and Breakfast on Delay Days

Please be aware that Extended Care is still available on delay days. Should school be canceled after the delay was called, parents will be called to make arrangements to come and pick up their children. Also, on 2-hour delay days, breakfast is still served at 9:00. Please make sure to leave instructions for Mrs. Thornton and Mrs. Anglin about whether your child should eat a breakfast, or if they have a snack in their backpack. For students that normally don’t eat a school breakfast, it is unclear whether to allow them to do so on a delay day. Please send a note, or speak with one of the extended care personnel.

Twenty-first Century Scholars

Twenty-first Century Scholars application forms should be available online at www.scholars.in.gov. The website also lists recent legislative changes to the program. Income-eligible students who take a pledge as a seventh or eighth-grader may be eligible for up to four years of paid tuition at an Indiana college following high school graduation.


The last days of summer are coming up fast

Our boxes are filling with love that will last.

Forever these kids, and their families too

Will remember the kindness that came to them thru you.

Our boxes are filling with school stuff and things,

Toothbrushes-NO PASTE, washcloths, and rings,

Dolls and small stuffies to warm up their hearts

Cups and small bowls and things to take apart.

Small toys we could use to round the box out

A ball, or a wind-up they’ll love – no doubt!

How about a small book in which they can write

A small etch-a-sketch or little flashlight?

A toy car or two would light up some eyes

Or funny glasses with big nose for a laughing surprise.

A yo yo, a top, or a small coloring book

Will sure make them smile when in your shoebox they look!

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!!

The Week Ahead – September 3 – 8, 2019

Tuesday, September 3

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 5:00 – Soccer practice

3:15 – 4:30 – Art Club

Wednesday, September 4

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

4:30 – JV Soccer Game, Home, vs. WBN

5:30 – 6:30 – Fundraising Meeting

Thursday, September 5

3:00 – 5:00 – Soccer practice

4:15 – Home VB Volleyball game vs. SBL

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, September 6

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

4:30 – JV Soccer game vs. CON

Saturday, September 7

Sunday, September 8

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Contemporary Worship Service in Worship Center

6:00 – 7:15 - Confirmation

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