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The Banner

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

Banner #8; October 7, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 07 October 2019


St. John Lutheran School

October 7, 2019 Number 8

The Principal’s Pen

In the education world, one of the hot topics these days is Growth Mindset. The idea is pretty simple: Children have a fixed ability to learn and once they reach that level they plateau and can’t learn more. Or, children are able to learn new things, with good teaching, hard work, and persistence. Research tells us that the second statement is the true statement.

What about for the teachers? Can they learn new things? What about veteran teaches? Have they learned everything there is to learn? As is the case for the students, the same is true for teachers, too. We are still learning, from other teachers, through Facebook groups, Twitter feeds, podcasts, workshops, and each other. This week we are off on Thursday and Friday so that teachers can focus on being learners. Eight of us will be travelling to St. Louis to attend the Lutheran Education Association Convocation. This gathering of over 3,000 educators from Lutheran schools around the world provides learning from 2 keynote speakers, 6 sectional speakers, and through networking with other teachers. The other teachers will be involved in various professional development activities here. They will be working on professional goals and classroom curriculum. They will also have the opportunity to attend some other workshops during the year.

Growth and learning should be a part of life. We all need to be proactive in being exposed to new ideas and learning new things. We expect as much from our kids and students. They deserve the same from us!


Some of our teachers will be in St. Louis for the Lutheran Education Association Conference. Enjoy some extra time with your child!

Getting to Know Fieldworker Ellery Steffensen and his wife Meghan

Ellery grew up in Kenai, Alaska, while Meghan grew up in Waterloo, New York. They met at Concordia University Texas during their freshman year and were married this past March. Ellery enjoys many sports and outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and hunting despite being mediocre at the latter two. Meghan enjoys cooking and traveling. Despite being opposite in many ways, they are united by their love for Lutheran doctrine and are excited to continue to grow in grace and knowledge of Christ and ministering to others.

Thank You Special Guests

Thank you to all of our special guests who joined us the Friday before Fall Break for our Special Persons Day celebration. It was wonderful to welcome over 160 of you into our building and classrooms for the afternoon. You are a blessing to us, and even more so to the children we care for each day!

Thank you also to our parent volunteers who made the day a success: Brooke Hastings, Angela Murphy, Karen Warren, Beth Klink, Jolene Deveau, Daphne Gaff, Michelle Harlan, Kristen Ormiston, Whitney Aumsbaugh, Christie Wysong, Emily Reed, Natasha Hayden, Terri Myers, Heather Jeffers, and others. (Very sorry if we missed anyone!) We couldn’t have done it without you. Your gift of service is a blessing to us and our students!

These students and their families will be prayed for this week:

Grace Hulbert, Tyler Matthews, and Jaxson Moran

Congratulations to Deedra and Nathan Parks for the birth of their daughter, Clara Paulina, born the week before Fall Break.

Paper Banners By Request Only

The Banner can be accessed on our website (www.stjohneagles.org) and is posted on ParentsWeb (https://sjl-in.client.renweb.com/pw/). 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.

Help Wanted

Yusimee, one of our kitchen workers, has informed us that she will be moving on to another position. We are in search of someone to fill her role in the kitchen. Hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00-1:30. If you, or someone you know, are looking for some part-time work and would enjoy joining our dedicated team in preparing meals for our students, please contact Tim Walz for more information or to apply.

Academic Festival: November 16, 2019

The Academic Festival is a fun half day of academic “competitions” with other schools. The Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16. We are looking forward to welcoming students from St. Mary’s, Avilla; St. Paul, Bremen; Trinity, Sturgis; Emmaus, Ft. Wayne, and Ascension, Ft. Wayne. Information is coming home this week with students regarding all of the events and how to sign up. Please ask if you do not see this information or if you have questions.

In order to make this great day possible we need parent and alumni help. We will start contacting those of you who signed up through the Servant Handbook. Additionally, if you are willing to help please let the office know. We will have a schedule of helpers available the week before the Academic Festival.

ATTENTION ALUMNI!!! We would gladly accept help at this year’s Academic Festival from former students and their parents! We know there are St. John graduates who enjoyed the Festival as students and now they can experience it on the other side of the table!! Contact Mrs. Thiem to offer your help!!

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.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student the week before Fall Break: Axel Harper, Lilly Evers, Georgia Sexton, Timothy Reed, Lukas Christian, Mikayla Bolinger, Bernardo Gonzalez, Danica Sattison, Anna Conrad, Will Schowe, Lilly Parks, and Jack Slater. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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.

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!

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

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!

Fitness Fact

Did you know that exercise boosts brain power? Not only does exercise improve your body, it helps your mental function, says certified trainer David Atkinson. “Exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity,” says Atkinson, director of program development for Cooper Ventures, a division of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. (webmd.com)

The Week Ahead

October 7–13, 2019

Monday, October 7

Tuesday, October 8

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 5:00 – Grow Tall

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

Wednesday, October 9

8:30 – 1:30 – Kindergarten Field Trip

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club


7:00 – Worship Service


Saturday, October 12

Sunday, October 13

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

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