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

Banner #7; September 23, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 23 September 2019


St. John Lutheran School

September 23, 2019 Number 7

The Principal’s Pen

Welcome to the family! Celebrations, cards, gifts, social media posts, and lots of joy are often included in becoming a part of a family. But, I’m not writing about a gender-reveal party, the birth of a new child, or an adoption. I’m writing about baptism and being welcomed into the family of God.

Baptism is a gift of God. Jesus commanded us to baptize in Matthew 28:19. In baptism, we receive God’s good gift of salvation: Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16. Also, And this water (referring to the flood) symbolizes baptism that now saves you – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 3:21 We also receive God’s forgiveness and are made His children and a part of His family. We are given new life in Christ Jesus!

As parents, we want what is good for our children. We work hard to give them shelter, food, clothing, and other necessities. We also do our best to give them things they want and opportunities for them to experience new things. We give them love, support, and encouragement. Spiritually, we send our children to a Lutheran school, we take them to church, we pray for them and with them. Baptism is another of the good gifts we give to our children.

In baptism, we are made a part of God’s family. That is a perfect connection to our theme We Are the Family of God! A separate letter is coming home today that talks about baptism and the connection to our theme. Please watch for it and let us know if you would like more information on baptism!

Creation's Competitive Edge – TODAY!!!

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.

Special Person’s Day – Friday, September 27

We’re looking forward to welcoming all the grandparents and special guests to our building Friday. 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 last week. Please return the slip so that we know how many guests to prepare for!

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

Thank You!

Special thanks to Amanda Gerber who stepped up to help with school pictures last Friday. Your help was appreciated, Amanda!!

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 have begun, 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.

Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences

St. John will have early dismissal on Tuesday, September 24, for Parent/Teacher Conferences. This will allow the teachers some extra time for conferences. We will dismiss at 1:55. 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, 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!

See You at the Pole

Come to school a little early this Wednesday to help us celebrate See You at the Pole Day. This is a great opportunity to witness to our community as we pray for our school, church, city, state, country, and world. We will gather at the flagpole on Oak Street at 7:45 to pray for our country and community. We encourage parents and students to come to school a little early that day and join us in this special occasion.

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.

Introduction to the Lutheran Church

Are you interested in learning more about what your children learn in Christian Living classes? Do you wonder about what exactly Lutherans believe? Have you thought about joining St. John Lutheran Church? On Sunday, October 6th, we will begin a new Adult Confirmation class, which will introduce the main teachings of the Bible and present what our Lutheran Church believes. The class will meet for 10 weeks on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 AM in the Conference Room, located just off the gymnasium.

Paper Banners Coming To an End

Starting TODAY, 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!!

JV Boys Basketball Coach Needed

If we are to have a JV Boys Basketball team, we need someone to step forth to coach the group. If that is YOU or you know of someone, please speak with Athletic Director, Jenny Kline. Thank you!

Fitness Fact

Body Composition is the final fitness component from The Cooper Institute. As we all know, two people that weigh an identical amount can be in very different states of health. One might be tall and lean and the other short and overweight, but even if their heights are the same, it is still not enough information to determine physical fitness. Body composition addresses this issue by looking at the percentages of fat, bone, muscle and water in our bodies. As we pursue fitness, a low body fat percentage becomes a much more important number than our weight or BMI (body mass index).

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 School

Sept. 30-Oct. 4


These students and their families will be prayed for this week: Bayleigh Gibson, Max Harlan, Lyric Hirschy, Luke Hobart, and Carson Hoon

Prayers of thanksgiving for baby Hazel Hayden, born to Zach and Brianna Hayden!

Some Words from Our Apple Peeling Chairpersons

Thank you to all who helped with the apple peeling Friday. With all of your help we got the job done! We peeled, cored, chopped, and packaged 46 bushels of apples! Thanks again – we couldn’t have done it without you!!!

Matt and Tacy Potts, Peeling Chairpersons

Apple Festival Information

Have fun! Make friends!

Make the event a success for our kids!

• Thank you to our peelers last Friday. You were great!

• Dry ingredients assembly THIS Thursday at 1:00.

• More workers needed! Contact Mrs. Thiem to sign up.

• We need coolers. Bring them THIS WEEK!!

• Pray for good weather and big crowds!

• See you at the Festival to enjoy some fritters!

See next page for more details on the Apple Festival: our history, what to wear, and complete details.

It has been 33 years since Art and Esther Grawcock urged our Parent-Teacher League officers to get involved by making apple fritters. Those were humble beginnings -- six small kettles each having the capacity to hold eight fritters. Now the operation has grown to working with four or more large kettles (each holding 20 fritters) in which at least 9,000 fritters could be fried in a weekend.

The great thing about the Apple Festival is that it brings our people together. Over 150 people participate in various stages of production. From children and parents bagging dry ingredients to young and old peeling, coring, crushing, and bagging apples, many can lend a

hand and be part of the effort. Then there is loading, transporting, and setting-up of each site the evening before the Festival begins. Finally, it’s fritter fryin’ time - over twenty people are needed on a shift so that mixing, dropping, turning, dipping, sugaring, and selling of those delicious fritters can meet the demands of the constant lines of customers. In the end, it’s wrap-up time, time to take down, clean up, and store items for another year.

We still need people to work shifts at the festival. As virtually every past participant will tell you, it is more fun than work. Work assignments were sent home again this week. IF YOU RESPONDED TO OUR PLEA FOR APPLE FESTIVAL HELP – THANK YOU! We still have LOTS of holes to fill – see the schedule coming home and offer your help!!

It’s loads of work, but lots of fun! We hope that you can be involved in some way with the Apple Festival. Chances are you will rub shoulders with some neat people; perhaps even make some new friends. And if the weather is good, we’ll have a shot to raise a sizable sum of money to meet the needs of our school!

Don’t forget to come on out and support our school by purchasing a hot apple fritter at our booth at the fairgrounds. Our booth will be located in the same area as last year. Look for us on the midway just in front of the primitive display.

YOUR Help is still needed!!

Apple Festival Quiz

What happens at the St. John apple fritter booth?

A. Fritters are fried golden brown and coated with powdered sugar (calorie-free!)!

B. Fun and fellowship with other St. John families!

C. Big-time fundraising for the benefit of every student at St. John!

D. All of the above!

• Every family at St. John is expected to help because every student benefits. If you haven’t signed up to help yet, please contact the office right away to get in on the fun!

• Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help!

• Another schedule and informational packet is coming home today. Please check it carefully and contact Mrs. Thiem if there are changes to be made or if you can help fill other openings.

• Many (50) coolers are needed for eggs and apples. Please bring in your coolers THIS WEEK for us to use.

• Cash donations are much appreciated and will help us enter the weekend debt free!

• Middle Schoolers and parents will be mixing dry ingredients on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 1:00-2:45. Contact Mrs. Thiem to help out.

•Calling all pickup trucks. Your truck is needed on Friday, Oct. 4, from 8:30 – 12:00 to transport materials to the fairground. Please let Mrs. Thiem know if we can count on you and your truck.


The Apple Festival Committee requests that each participant dress in appropriate costuming at the Apple Festival. We have skirts and aprons at the 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

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 Saint’s Night

Little Saint’s Night will be here before you know it and now is the time to begin gearing up. Plan now to attend this fun night of costumes, games, candy, food, and more. In fact, plan now to invite your friends to join you on Saturday, November 2, from 5:00 – 7:00. Contact the school office to volunteer to help. Lots of helpers are needed to run the games and other events. Also, we need each family to provide 2 bags of candy so that we have plenty of prizes to give to all our Little Saints! We are in need of parent volunteers to lead this event. Please contact the office if you are willing to be a part of this great event!

Butter Braids Coming

Hey, everyone! Remember those delicious fruit-filled bread loaves we have sold the last several years? Well, we’ve got them coming again! Due to popular request we will again sponsor a sale of these yummy loaves. How about a loaf for a dance teacher, mailman, etc. for a Christmas gift? Bake it yourself, or give it to them frozen to prepare when they see fit.

The sale will begin October 14 with delivery of frozen loaves November 13. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and plan now to support our school!


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!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Barrett Klink, Maddison Harlan, Chase Ryan, Carleigh Aumsbaugh, Cierra Croy, Kali Spaw, and Joshua Neuman. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others

The Week Ahead - Sept. 23 – Sept. 29, 2019

Monday, September 23

12:45 – 2:30 – Creation Science Assemblies

4:15 – JV volleyball game at SPI

7:00 – 8:30 – Creation Science Workshop

Tuesday, September 24

8:15 – Chapel

1:55 – Early Dismissal for P/T Conferences

2:15 – 3:30 – Art Club

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 5:00 – Grow Tall

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl practice

5:30 – 7:00 – Volleyball practice

Wednesday, September 25

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl practice

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

4:30 – JV Soccer at HC

Thursday, September 26

1:00 – 3:00 – Dry Ingredients Mixing for Apple Festival

3:15 – 4:30 – Art Club

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, September 27

1:00 – 3:00 – Special Person’s Day

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl practice

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

5:30 – 7:00 – Volleyball practice

Saturday, September 28

Sunday, September 29

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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