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The Banner

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

Banner #5; September 9, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 09 September 2019


St. John Lutheran School

September 9, 2019 Number 5

The Principal’s Pen

What do Roger Federer (professional tennis), Taylor Swift (music), Mike Krzyzewski (college basketball), and Lady Gaga (music) all have in common? We would hardly consider it to be true today, but each of them experienced failure early in their careers.

As parents, we all want our kids to be successful. One skill necessary for success is the ability to overcome challenges. How do your children do in that area? Are they able to handle defeat? Do they give up easily? Do they stick with a difficult task? Do they keep trying even after a set back? Here are three practical ways you can help your child grow in this area:

1. Wait – We have trouble waiting in our instant-everything world. Help your kids wait for something they are looking forward to. Encourage them that the benefit is worth the wait. Just like working out in a gym consistently builds muscle, our patience muscle grows with practice!

2. Positive Talk – The world is ready to discourage us and we are often ready to listen to those discouraging voices in our heads. Help your kids form the habit of positive self-talk: “I can do this!”, “I can finish this assignment!”, “I can read for 5 more minutes!” Help your kids to start talking to themselves instead of listening to others. (And, I would add, teach them to start listening to what God says to them!).

3. Read a Long Book – We get a lot of our information these days from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Our kids also get information in shorter and shorter bites. Reading a longer book helps us to develop persistence among other benefits. Help your children pick out a longer book that they are interested in. Have them read each night, read to them sometimes, have them read to you sometimes, and talk about the book to keep them motivated. Start with a manageable book length and increase from there.

Start small and start young in helping kids develop the ability to stick with a task and persist until they complete it!

ParentAlert TEXT

Starting last year, our normal method of notifying parents of weather-related delays or cancellations is through text message. We would like to test the system to be ready before we need to use it. Be on the lookout for a Parent-Alert TEXT on Wednesday, September 11th, at 12:00 p.m. If you don’t get the text, or want to receive the text on a different number, please let us know! If you are unable to receive text messages, our delays and cancellations will also be posted on the major TV and radio stations.

Paper Banners Coming To an End

Starting Monday, Sep. 23, we will no longer send paper copies of the Banner home with every family. The Banner can be accessed on our website: www.stjohneagles.org. If you would still like to receive a paper copy of the Banner please let the office know and we will gladly send a copy home with your child.

Special Person’s Day – Friday, Sept. 27

We’re looking forward to welcoming special guests to our building. We’ll start our afternoon together at 1:15 in the Worship Center. Guests are welcome to arrive starting at 12:45. In addition to a special program we will have snacks, classroom visits, crafts and games, and family pictures. A special handout will come home later this week with the full schedule and details. Start inviting your child’s special guests so the kids are not disappointed!

Please remember in prayer…

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Rosie Sexton, Caiden Treager, Nash Deveau, Maddox Wysong, and Emalinn Bond


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!


The biggest fundraiser of the year for our Parent-Teacher League is Kendallville’s Apple Festival. It takes many helping hands to make this project a success. Sixteen people are needed for each shift at the Fairgrounds!

A big thank you to all of you who have signed up already to work at this year’s Apple Festival! However, lots of help is still needed!!! If you are unsure what volunteering would entail, please speak with Mrs. Thiem. WE EXPECT ALL ST. JOHN FAMILIES TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE FESTIVAL! IT TAKES US ALL TO ACCOMPLISH THIS TASK! PLEASE DECIDE HOW YOU CAN HELP. IF YOU HAVE YET TO RESPOND, PLEASE RESPOND! WE NEED EVERYONE!



Lots of coolers will be needed to store apples and eggs for the Festival. If you would allow us to borrow yours, plan on dropping the cooler off at school the week before Fall Break. THANKS!!

Also needed are cash donations to be used to purchase fritter ingredients. Send your donation to the school office if you would like to help. THANK YOU!

Worship with Us!

Everyone is always encouraged and welcome to join us for any of the three weekly worship services offered at St. John. They are:

Thursday 7:00 p.m. Sanctuary – formal service

Sunday 8:00 Sanctuary – formal service

Sunday 10:30 a.m. Worship Center –

contemporary service

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Krista Hamann, Serenity Hayden, Corinne Murphy, Mollie Forbes, and Brayden Koehl. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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!

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.

Student Directory

Parents should have received a new directory last week. This is a valuable publication which contains class lists, teacher credentials, family addresses and phone numbers, and directions to 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.

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.

Fitness Fact

Flexibility is the ability to move a muscle in its full range of motion or to bend and twist easily. Stretching exercises, yoga and tai chi are good ways of improving our flexibility. Muscles that are only strengthened and never stretched, shorten and tear more easily which leads to injury and pain – something we all want to avoid! For longevity sake, flexibility is a must I your fitness arsenal.

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.

Commitment Card

Families who have not yet returned a commitment card are also receiving another card today. Please review the card and commit your family to embracing the work we do here at St. John. Sign and return the card this week, please! Thank you!

Servant’s Handbook

At Need to Know night, parents were able to pick up a Servant’s Handbook. We hope you’ve had a chance to look through it and have found some areas that excite you about helping out. We hope this handbook will help us partner with you to help make St. John even better. The events in the handbook are ones that we must have parent support from in order to make them successful. Please fill out and return the last page so that we know the areas you are interested in helping with. If you have yet to return your sign-up, another is being sent your way today. We look forward to receiving a form back from each St. John family!

Parent-Teacher Conference Important Dates

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Sept.18 & 24. These conferences are an important way for parents and teachers to communicate and work together for the good of each student. All conferences will be held in the classrooms.

A schedule was sent home last week. If you will be unable to keep your scheduled time, please speak with your child’s teacher. No changes to the schedule will be made through the office.

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.

Grief Share Starts at St. John

Grieving the loss of a loved one is normal. Each journey through grief is unique to the individual. Help and healing is available in GriefShare, a 13-week DVD-based experience. The course is offered at St. John on Sunday evenings. The sessions began last night, but new attendees are always welcome. Register today online at https://www.griefshare.org/groups/109280, or contact DCE Paul Wendt at 260-347-2158 or pwendt@stjohneagles.org.

AR Home Connect

Our 1st-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!

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!

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.

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!!!

On September 24th, St. John will be participating in Light the Night. Light The Night raises funds in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).The mission of LLS is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This year Katie Probst is the honoree. Her son Wade is in our preschool 4 class. To show support for Katie and to help raise awareness for LLS, please consider joining the St. John Kendallville team and walk with us! The walk takes place at East Noble High School and we'd love to have you on our team!

To sign up with the team to walk, or to donate, please visit


Thank you for your support. Questions, ask Mrs. Neuman, chairperson

The Week Ahead - September 9 - 15, 2019

Monday, September 9

5:30 – Home JV Volleyball vs. SPI

Tuesday, September 10

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 5:00 – Grow Tall

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:15 – 4:30 – Art Club

5:30 – 7:00 – Volleyball practice

Wednesday, September 11

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

4:30 – JV Soccer vs. ASC

Thursday, September 12

All Day – 5/6 grade Outdoor Education at Camp Lutherhaven

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, September 13

All Day – 5/6 grade Outdoor Education at Camp Lutherhaven

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

5:30 – 7:00 – Volleyball Practice

Saturday, September 14

Sunday, September 15

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Contemporary Worship in Worship Center

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 from you.

Our boxes are filling with school stuff and things,

Hair ties, toothbrushes, 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!!

Cathy Thiem,

Operation Christmas Child,

Relay Center Coordinator

(A big THANK YOU to those of you who HAVE been placing items in the box! It makes my day to find something new tucked inside! THANK YOU!!)

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