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Banner #6; September 16, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 16 September 2019


St. John Lutheran School

Sept. 16, 2019 Number 6

The Principal’s Pen

Did you worship this past weekend? Many of us think that worship is something we do on Sunday and then forget about it the rest of the week. But worship is actually something we can build into every day. It doesn’t have to be long and drawn out and, in some cases, worship can be linked with other activities. Here are a few simple ideas:

Christian Music: In the car or at home, listening to Christian music can be a form of worship. As we become familiar with the songs, we find ourselves singing along. One suggestion I read used Christian music of different lengths as timers for different events.

Prayer: We often think about prayers before meals or at bedtime, and those are great times to pray! Your kids probably know a number of meal prayers from here at school and could teach them to you! But, we can pray at any time. “We praise You, God, for the beautiful sunset.”. “Thank You, God, for the parking space close to the store since it’s raining.”

Bible Stories: Reading with your kids is always great, so why not use a Bible story book or other Christian-themed books? There are many picture Bibles and young readers Bibles available that are geared toward young children. Reading Bible stories can lead to great discussions of how the story connects with your life.

Bible Verses: While the Bible is God’s Word to us, we can share His Word back to Him as a form of worship. Look for simple Bible verses that you can talk about with your kids. You can write out the verse and have your child draw a picture for it. Hang it up where everyone will see it. Try to memorize the verse together. Make up a rhythm or actions that makes learning the verse easier

We often think of worship as what we give to God. But, in reality, worship is another way God gives His good gifts to us. Why limit that to just Sunday mornings? Join me in making this a worshipful week!

Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences

St. John will have early dismissal on Wednesday, September 18, and Tuesday, September 24, the days we are holding Parent/Teacher Conferences. This will allow the teachers some extra time for conferences. We will dismiss at 1:55 on both of those days. Conferences will begin at 2:15. Students who need to remain at school until the normal bus time or for after school care will be able to do so, free of charge, for the hour from 1:55-2:55. If you have any questions regarding the dismissal time, transportation, extended care, or conferences these two days, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher or the office. ALSO: we will be seeking parent feedback during Parent/Teacher Conferences. After your conference you will be given 2 short surveys, 1 for the teacher and 1 for the principal. Please take a few minutes to complete the surveys and drop them in the boxes around the buildings. Your feedback is important to us and will help us grow as teachers and principal!


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. 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 by Thursday, October 4. 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!


The Apple Festival Committee requests that each participant dress in appropriate costuming at the Apple Festival. We have skirts and aprons at each booth which women can simply slip on over their jeans. Men usually wear blue jeans and flannel shirts.

To clarify “appropriate costuming,” please find several suggestions for dress and a few absolute “do not wear” below. Remember the goal of the Apple Festival is to entertain and educate about our pioneer heritage in 1830-1865.

We do have a supply of clothes to slip on, but if you have something that is appropriate you are encouraged to wear it!


Suggested Not Acceptable

Boots or dark-colored shoes Visible tennis shoes

Dark-colored pants or jeans Designer jeans

(Shirts worn out to cover snaps, zippers, etc.) Contemporary outerwear

Peasant-style shirts Baseball style hats

Flannel shirts (preferably solid color) T-Shirts

Capotes Neon-colored clothing


Suggested Not Acceptable

Boots or dark-colored shoes Visible tennis shoes

Mid-calf to long dresses Visible pants

Cloaks, shawls, quilts, afghans Contemporary outerwear

Period hats, bonnets and caps Neon-colored clothing




 Zippers were invented in 1890

 Fabrics were pure natural fibers (wool, cotton, silk, linen, canvas, broadcloth)

 Layering your clothing will be helpful for changing temperatures

Art Club Update

Art Club will meet from 2:15-3:30 on Tuesday, September 24, due to the early dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences. An extra session will be held on Thursday, September 26, from 3:15-4:30, to make up for the day Mrs. Tassler was sick.

Fundraising Update

Two exciting events are in the beginning planning stages. Leslie Aumsbaugh is the lead person organizing a ‘Wine and Canvas’-type event for this fall. If this excites you, and you would like to help with the planning, please contact Leslie (260-318-3116). The other event is the return of our Spring Auction, although with a completely new look and feel! If this excites you, and you would like to be a part of the planning team, please contact Haley Arnold (260-343-8028). Both of these events require a team of people to make them successful, and our first step is to gather those teams. Where do you see yourself fitting in?

Both of these events will be tremendous blessings for our school, both in terms of funds raised and in terms of the fellowship and relationships that are built in them.

Special Person’s Day – Friday, September 27

We’re looking forward to welcoming all the grandparents and special guests to our building tomorrow. Guests should enter through door 3 (Oak Street) or door 4 (parking lot). Here’s our schedule:

12:45 Welcome: arrive, register, and meet kids in the Worship Center

1:15 VIP Program: in the Worship Center

1:45 Stations: rotate through pictures, refreshments, crafts, and classroom visits

2:55 Dismissal

If students are to go home with grandparents, please be sure you check out with the classroom teacher so that we know that all students are accounted for. More details, including a tear-off RSVP slip, was sent home today. Please return the slip so that we know how many guests to prepare for!

Counseling Connection

Mrs. McIlrath, our school counselor spends the day here on Tuesdays. She presents lessons to the K-3rd grade classrooms weekly and to the 4th-8th grade classrooms every other week. So far this year, her lessons have focused on friendship, active listening, bullying prevention and what to do when people are teasing us or being mean to us. This past week we started practicing ways we can destress. What do we do when we are stressed, frustrated, sad, or angry? There are lots of things! We can do some things that are not so helpful, that can make a situation worse, or we can choose to do some things that help us see the brighter side of things or help us get rid of the negative feelings and help us feel more calm in order to make better decisions. I instruct children to come home to share with you what we worked on together on Tuesdays. They sometimes have a handout that we used. Please ask them what we did in our time together, if your child does not volunteer that information. Please ask them this week about using mindfulness (being in the moment and concentrating on what you are doing right now) and how it is related to listening and destressing. Students in 3rd through 8th grades can walk you through a listening activity we did together. Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students can explain how we can look for the good in frustrating situations.

Mrs. McIlrath is also available to meet with students for individual counseling. If you signed the permission slip at Back to School Night, your child can meet 1-2 times per semester with Mrs. McIlrath to discuss whatever concerns he or she might be experiencing. If you would like to arrange for more consistent sessions to address a specific concern you have, please speak with Mr. Walz to get information on how to set up these visits with Mrs. McIlrath.

Paper Banners Coming To an End

Starting Monday, Sept. 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, or through ParentsWeb. 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.

Take Your Parent to PE Week!

September 23-27

All parents are welcome to attend PE classes with your child as either a participant or an observer. Come see what your child is learning and accomplishing in PE!!

Fitness Fact

While we are discussing flexibility, I’d like to take a moment to discuss the difference between dynamic and static stretching. Standard stretches such as toe touches and butterflies are great at the end of the workout when your muscles are warm, but can actually cause more damage at the beginning of the workout because your muscles are cold and tend to tear rather than stretch. FitnessBlender.com has a great variety of quality dynamic stretch type warm-ups to use before your workout. Here is an example: https://youtu.be/R0mMyV5OtcM

Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University is coming again to St. John! This popular course presents Biblically-based financial planning for families. The course is taught by Rick Ludwig and will begin on Sunday, Sep. 29, at 7:00 PM in the school library and will continue for 9 weeks. School families can receive $50 off this year’s tuition by attending 7 or the 9 classes. You can register at: https://www.financialpeace.com/purchase/new?group=1099131#register

No Halloween Celebrations

Our school does not have Halloween parties. Too many things commonly associated with Halloween conflict with our Christian beliefs. We will instead have Fall or Thanksgiving parties in some of our classrooms.

Little Saints Night

Save the date: Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5:00-7:00, for our Annual Little Saints Night. This is one way that we can still celebrate the fall season in a safe and fun way. Please join us for games, food, candy, and fun for the whole family! Please note: we ask all families to bring in a bag or two of candy the week before the event to use as prizes. Thank you!

These students and their families will be prayed for this week: Terryn Bowman, Hadley Buwalda, Julis Downam, Kinley Frey, and Silas Gaff

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Andrew McKinley, Holden Buwalda, Carys Shire, and Brody Workman

We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

No School

Sept. 30-Oct. 4


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!

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 Grief Share, a 13-week DVD-based experience. The course is offered at St. John on Sunday evenings. The sessions began last week, 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.

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!!!

East Noble has scheduled a Professional Development Day on Friday, September 27, with no students in attendance – so no bus service.

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 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!!

The Week Ahead - September 16 - 22, 2019

Monday, September 16

3:00 – 4:00 – Student Council

4:15 – Home Volleyball Game vs SPE

Tuesday, September 17

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 18

1:55 – Early Dismissal

2:15 – 7:00 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

5:45 – Home JV Soccer vs ESM

Thursday, September 19

4:15 – JV Volleyball Game @ ESM

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, September 20 – School Picture Day

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

4:30 – Home JV soccer vs St. Paul

5:30 – 7:00 – Volleyball practice

Saturday, September 21

Sunday, September 22

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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