301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #10, October 21, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 21 October 2019


St. John Lutheran School

October 21, 2019 Number 10

The Principal’s Pen

Do you have stories that your parents tell or told from when you were growing up? Do you share these stories with your kids? Do you have favorite stories from when your kids were young? Do you tell them to your kids? In the Walz house, we sometimes hear the same stories over and over again. We don’t tire of them, though, because they are ways that we connect with our past and each other.

I’ve heard several things recently about stories. One of the speakers at the teachers conference we attended a week ago was Sally Lloyd-Jones. She’s an author and she shared several of her books as well as the children’s story Bible she wrote (we highly recommend it!) She spoke about her books but also about the power of a story. One thing I recall is the idea that stories connect us to others. The stories we tell about our kids, our own childhood, our parents’ childhood, can be funny, heartwarming, or inspirational. Everyone of them serves to connect us to others in our families. Relationships are strengthened through stories.

The same is true in God’s family. The stories we tell in the Bible connect us to God. It’s just as important to tell these stories to our kids. It helps them connect with God and build a relationship with Him.

I hope that you tell stories in your family! I hope you have favorite family stories that get told again and again. I also hope that you have favorite Bible stories that you tell over and over again. Remember that with each telling you are connecting your children to their family and strengthening your relationships with them!

A Few Extra T-Shirts Available

A few extra St. John Family of God t-shirts are available. We have two youth medium, one 2XL, and one 3XL. If you are interested, please see Mrs. Thiem. Shirts are $8.00 each.

No School & eLearning

St. John will not have school on Friday, Nov. 1. This is a Professional Development day for the teachers. It is also a planned eLearning Day for the students. Work will come home on Thursday afternoon and will be posted on our eLearning website. Watch later this week for information and reminders about eLearning to come home.

School Pictures – Make-Up Day

School pictures were sent home last week. A make-up day has been scheduled for THIS Thursday, October 24th, beginning at 8:30 a.m., for our 3-year-old Preschool class, students who were absent on the original Picture Day, as well as those who were not satisfied with their original portraits. If you are bringing in a preschool child for retakes, please here before 10:00 as that is when the photographer will be leaving. Please remember that the entire package must be returned if your child is to be re-photographed.

To qualify for retakes, a student must return the original photos along with the form included with the packet stating the reason the photos are unsatisfactory so the photographer can attempt to improve the results on the second attempt. Photos will not be retaken simply because you do not like the clothes the child was wearing or a different hair style is desired.

Class composite pictures will be printed after make-up day, and will be sent home as soon as we receive them back from the lab.

Save the Date!

Add Friday Night, Nov. 8, at 6:00 to your calendars!

St. John Family Movie Night.

Please plan to join us!

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 came home last week with students regarding all of the events and how to sign up. Please ask if you did 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!!

Your Next Opportunity to Support The D.C. Trip…

The next fundraiser for the Washington D.C. trip is just around the corner. It’s delicious Nelson’s BBQ Chicken! The chicken and pit- tatoes will be available at ReMax on Highway 6 on Saturday, November 16 from 10:30 – 2:00. This is surely one of the last opportunities of the year to get some tasty chicken before the snow flies! IF there are any extras, they will be for sale on Sunday between services. Don’t miss out!

Strings Rehearsal

Our strings students have the following rehearsals leading up to their first concert:

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Beginners 5:30-6:10 p.m.

Intermediates 6:15-7:10 p.m.

Advance 7:15-8:10 p.m.

Concert - Wednesday Oct. 30th 7:00 p.m. (arrive by 6:30)

Butter Braids Sale

Our annual Butter Braid sale begins this week and continues through Monday, October 28. The sale is strictly voluntary. Proceeds benefit our school. Delivery of frozen loaves will be on Wednesday, November 13. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and support our school!


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.

School Board Planning Session

Parent Survey

The School Board will hold a planning session on Tuesday, Nov. 12, as a part of its regular, monthly meeting. Your input is desired and appreciated in preparation for this planning session. Please complete the following survey by Nov. 5:


Please complete one survey for your family. If you have multiple children in the school and you have different answers for them on the open-ended questions, you may show that by listing Child 1 or Child 2, etc. in your answer.

Thank you for your help and feedback!

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 began 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 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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences Follow-Up

Thank you, parents for the outstanding participation in our conferences. We had 96% participation. This is a tremendous show of our partnership! As we move forward, please contact the teachers with questions. Additional conferences can always be scheduled. Thank you, also, for filling out the surveys for the teachers and principal. We appreciate your feedback. The First Trimester will end on Nov. 8 and Report Cards will be sent home on Nov. 18.

SGO Donations – A Double Blessing!

Your gift to The Lutheran SGO on behalf of St. John blesses our church and school and blesses you! The blessing for our church and school comes as tuition assistance funds to help needy families send their kids to receive a Christian education here at St. John. A number of our students have received these scholarships over the past few years. The blessing for the donor is that half of your gift is returned to you in the form of a credit on your Indiana state taxes. Donations can come from individuals or businesses and can be cash, stock, and even things like corn and soybeans! You can give online at www.lutheransgo.org or paper donation forms are available in the office. See Mr. Walz or Mrs. Thiem for more information on this opportunity to be a double blessing!

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

Saturday, Nov. 2


St. John Gym

Games, Candy,

Hot Dogs, Fun

Invite your friends

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! You may place your donation in the box in the gym.

Fitness Fact

Exercise actually GIVES you energy. The fatigue you feel initially doesn’t last and is replaced by increased energy once the endorphins kick in. Endorphins are released any time you exercise and this release makes you feel much more energized for the rest of the day.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Violet Hobart, Carys Shire, Brody Workman, Krista Hamann, Chase Ryan, Caydren Sams, Elijah Lash, Hadley Buwalda, Holden Buwalda, and Juliette Gonzalez. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

The $coop On $crip!

What is Generic Scrip?

We’d like to let you know about what we call “Generic Scrip.” Generic Scrip is like a universal gift card you can purchase that can be redeemed or exchanged for any scrip card. It can be purchased for any quantity. It can be redeemed only here at St. John. Generic Scrip is most often used between St. John School or Church families and is a popular pastor or teacher gift. You are welcome to give Generic Scrip to those outside of the St. John family, but it is important that you inform anyone you give it to that they must bring it to St. John for redemption before they shop. Also, you may wish to provide them with an order form so they can be aware of what type of cards they can use it for.

Giving the gift of Generic Scrip may also be a good way for you to introduce Scrip to your family and friends and encourage them to continue buying it on your behalf.

Check out the items for sale on the Silent Auction tables in the church lobby. All proceeds will benefit the Women of St. John and the great work they do around our building and for our students. Take a moment and make a bid or two please!


Trey Warren, Kaeli Christian, and Lukas Christian and their families upon the death of their grandfather;

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Lillian Evers, Axel Harper, Mataya Justice, Barrett Klink, and CC Knox

Women of St. John Lutheran Church

Annual Fall/Winter Festival

November 9, 2019

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lunch served from 10:30 – 1:00

Bake Sale Cookie Go Round


Vintage Items

Silent Auction



Arts and Crafts

Operation Christmas Child

Please consider putting together a shoebox full of toys and school supplies for a needy child in another part of the world! This is a great way for you to teach your child the joy of giving! Don't forget to include a letter and even a picture if you'd like. All boxes should be delivered to the school office no later than Sunday morning, November 24. Unfortunately, any boxes delivered after that time will NOT be delivered as we have a strict deadline to meet. The child receiving your gift will be blessed with toys, but more importantly shown the love of Jesus through you!

Packing Party Reminder

Students in Kindergarten through Grade 3 are

reminded to return your permission form for the

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party.

Wednesday, November 6

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Students are asked to provide an item or two for their box

plus the $9.00 required shipping, if at all possible.

If not – see Mrs. Thiem!! We don’t want anyone to miss the fun!

Special thanks to Bright Lights for all their help with this year’s event!

The Week Ahead - Oct. 21 – 27, 2019

Monday, October 21

11:30 – 3:00 – Middle School trip to Concordia Lutheran High School

3:00 – 4:00 – Student Council Meeting

4:00 – 5:30 – JV Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, October 22

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 5:00 – Grow Tall

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

4:00 – 5:30 – JV Boys Basketball Practice

5:30 – 6:15 – Beginning Strings Rehearsal @ CLHS

6:15 – 7:15 – Intermediate Strings Rehearsal @ CLHS

7:15 – 8:15 – Advanced Strings Rehearsal @ CLHS

Wednesday, October 23

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

Thursday, October 24

8:30 – 10:00 – Picture Retakes

4:00 – 5:30 – JV Boys Basketball Practice

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, October 25

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

Saturday, October 26

Sunday, October 27

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Bible Study and Sunday School

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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