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

Banner #14; November 18, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 18 November 2019


St. John Lutheran School

November 18, 2019 Number 14

The Principal’s Pen

Thank you to all the parents who took time to complete the School Board Planning Survey. The School Board met last Tuesday to review the survey and discuss options for continued growth of the school. This week we’d like to share the results of the objective questions.

The first 4 questions related to how well we are doing at meeting the 4 parts of our mission statement:


How well does St. John ‘nurture faith in Christ’? 51.6% 38.7% 6.5% 0% 3.2%

How well does St. John ‘promote discipleship’? 41.9% 25.8% 25.8% 6.5% 0%

How well does St. John ‘develop God-given abilities’? 41.9% 41.9% 16.1% 0% 0%

How well does St. John ‘promote academic excellence’? 48.4% 25.8% 19.4% 6.5% 0%

The other objective question was: ‘The amount of time my child uses technology is: Too Much = 3.2%, Just Right = 71%, Not Enough = 25.8%

We are thankful that the majority of our families agree that we are meeting our mission statement. Yet, we continue to look at how we can be even more effective in carrying out what our mission is. Next week we will share more on the open-ended questions.


Thanks to all of our students who competed in the Academic Festival last Saturday. We saw lots of good competition between students from St. John, Trinity, Sturgis, St. Paul, Bremen, Ascension, Ft. Wayne, and St. Mary, Avilla, in Bible Knowledge, General Knowledge, Spell Bowl, Math, Puzzles, and Egg Drop events. Thanks to all of the parents and staff, and students, too, for helping with the set up, clean up, and hosting of this favorite event!

Cocoa and Craft

St. John will host its very first Cocoa and Craft night on Friday, Nov. 22, at 6:00!

This is an adult event and also serves as a fundraiser for our school. Participants will enjoy some hot cocoa and treats, create a cute Christmas craft (one option is pictured), and enjoy fellowship. Invite your friends and celebrate the start of the Christmas season! The cost is $40, which covers materials and provides support for the school. Contact the school office to RSVP.

LEGO Team at Competition

Our LEGO Team has been hard at work preparing for competition and this weekend is their turn. The team will travel to Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne on Saturday for a full day of competition. They will present before a panel of judges 3 times and compete in 3 rounds of the ever-popular robot games! The theme this year is City Shaper and the team has focused on using ‘Living Walls’ to create green space in the downtown area. The members of the team are: Matthew McKinley, Lex Moser, Santiago Espinoza, Aiden Hoffman, Kaitlyn McKenzie, Lilly Moser, Landon Kintz, Brayden Schott, Melissa Heileman, TJ Knox, Brayden Koehl, Hunter Koehl, Andrew McKinley, Alex Ormiston, Fyo Hayden, Nathaniel Bontrager, and Lillian Smoot. Special thanks to Coaches Roy Ernsberger and Nick Hayden for all of their time and effort!

Thanksgiving Break Next Week

Just a reminder that St. John will not be in session November 27-29 to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Turkey Auction

Two smoked turkeys are in a silent auction just in time for Thanksgiving. Bid sheets are available at the Farmer’s Market table on Sunday morning, or by contacting Kevin at 260-318-0243. He’d love to take your bid!

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Bell Fund – to repair our set of beautiful bells!

You’re Invited – Pie Fellowship

St. John will be celebrating Thanksgiving with worship at 7:00 on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, Nov. 27. Following worship, we will enjoy pie fellowship – a potluck of pies and other desserts! All school families are invited to join us for this time of celebration and fellowship!

The King is Coming!

Family Advent Celebration

The school will, once again, provide each family with Advent devotional materials to assist you in family devotions during Advent, a time of preparation for Christmas. In addition, all families are invited to join us on Monday, Nov. 25, at 6:30, in the library, for an Advent celebration. We’ll enjoy fellowship together, a devotion, and an activity. All families who attend will also receive additional materials to help them in celebrating Advent!

As a part of the spiritual formation we provide children, our students are preparing to help lead worship during the Advent season! Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas. Grades K through 2 will lead the worship on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Grades 3 through 5 will lead the worship service on Wednesday, December 11. Preschool and Grades 6-8 will lead the worship service on Wednesday, December 18. All services start at 7:00 in the Worship Center. More details will be coming home in the weeks ahead. We hope that your family will plan now to join us for these special services.

Christmas Gift Collection

While the holidays can be an especially joyous time for most of us, it can be a time of sadness for a child of a needy family. To help in this cause, we will be taking a gift collection to be given to needy children of our school and congregation. This is strictly a voluntary donation.

Just after Thanksgiving, we will place ornaments on a Christmas tree in our school. Each ornament will have written on it either the name of a specific toy or a suggested type of gift certificate for clothing which would be enjoyed by one of our families. (We have switched to gift certificates for clothing rather than the purchase of actual clothing.)

If the item to be purchased is a toy, purchase the toy, wrap the gift, then tape the ornament on the front of the package. If you choose to purchase a gift certificate, simply place the certificate inside the envelope you take from the tree and return it to the school office. We will see that it gets to the family for whom it was intended.

It’s impossible for us to truly know the needs of all of our families. We have contacted various families that we think could use some special help this Christmas. If you were not contacted, and need help, please speak with Mr. Walz.

We feel this is a great opportunity to teach the children that the true joy of Christmas is in the spirit of giving, and it will also bring joy and Christ’s love to those with whom we are sharing.






A Time of Remembrance

On Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3:00, St. John will host “A Time of Remembrance”. This service is designed to honor family and friends who have died and gone to heaven. The service will include hymns and songs, scripture readings, prayer, and reflections of God’s grade given through loved ones who have died. We invite all school families to join us for this special time.

A Birthday Party for Jesus

Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 9:20 for a Birthday Party for Jesus. We’ll have family activities for all ages, cake and other birthday party stuff! All St. John church and school families are invited to attend!

Aunt Millie’s Bakeries School Spirit Program Comes to an End

Due to low participation, Aunt Millie’s has decided to end the School Spirit program on December 31st. If you still have labels cut from your Aunt Millie’s, Sunbeam, Soft ‘N Good and Holsum Breads and buns, please send those to school as soon as possible so they may be submitted before the deadline. A big thanks to Kelly Hoffman who started the program here at St. John and has remained our “go to” person throughout. Thanks, Kelly!

Thank you to all who came to Family Movie Night! We had about 85 people join us for this enjoyable event. Thanks to those who helped serve and also a big thanks to Thrivent Financial who provided the grant money for the pizza, snacks, and prizes!

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 noon on Sunday, November 24th. That is the FINAL hour for collection at St. John, but boxes can be taken to First Christian Church the following day, Monday, November 25 according to their drop-off hours. The child receiving your gift will be blessed with toys, but more importantly shown the love of Jesus through you!

Empty shoeboxes are now available for the asking in the office, and brochures about the program are being sent home with students today. Students in selected grades may use this program as their classroom Christmas project in lieu of a gift exchange between students. Stay tuned for instructions from your child’s teacher. Want an easy way to help? Money is needed for shipping! $9.00 per box – any amount will be accepted and will help send our boxes on their journey into the arms of a desperate child!

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This is the month – it is finally here!

Operation Christmas Child Collection Week is near!

Again, we need money for the shipping fee

Everyone knows those costs are not free.

Nine dollars for each box is asked and that’s not a lot

Considering distance, it’s really a small dot!

So send in your money, your check or your dollar

If you need me to come with a truck – just give a holler!

It’s been fun each month, well…it has been for me.

To find what, for shoeboxes, in the box that you leave.

I’m sorry if my poems make you cringe – just remember….

I’m taking time off – no poem in December!!!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Carleigh Aumsbaugh, Serenity Hayden, Zaylei Gerber, and Juliette Gonzalez. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Donations Requested

Our lower level teachers are looking for donations of these items:

Boy or Girl Winter Coats

Winter Boots size 11-2

Snow Suits

Hats or Gloves

Contact Mrs. Anglin to see if you might have something they could use. Thanks!

Fitness Fact

Exercising with a friend helps build the relationship. That shared experience on both good and bad days builds a deeper relationship and the stronger relationship helps keep you motivated to exercise. Definitely a win-win!

Lost and Found

Lots and lots of items have accumulated in our lost and found cabinet located just outside the library in the gym. Please take a moment to browse through the items soon. Remaining items will be given to Goodwill very soon!

Inclement Weather

As the likelihood of inclement weather increases, a few reminders about the procedure for school closings are in order. St. John will follow the East Noble School Corporation. When their decision is made you will be notified through a ParentAlert text and the following media outlets: WPTA, WISE, WANE, WBCL, WAWK, WLAB, and STAR. You will see or hear St. John Lutheran, Kendallville, listed on all these media outlets. The option exists for school to be closed, on 2-hour delay, or on 3-hour delay, which pushes dismissal time back to 3:55. Parents must always use discretion, whether we are in session or on delay, to determine if their own drive to school is too hazardous and they need to wait before coming in to school.

Report Cards

The 1st Trimester ended on Friday, Nov. 8. Report cards are coming home with K-8 students today. Report Cards will also be emailed home to 3rd-8th grade parents.

These students and their families will be prayed for this week

Hugh Conrad, Mollie Forbes, Naomi Gaff, Zaylei Gerber, and Krista Hamann


Monday, November 18

3:00 – 4:00 – Student Council

3:15 – 4:30 – Art Club

5:00 - Elementary Spell Bowl Competition at North Side Elementary

5:30 – JV Boys Basketball Game @ WYN

Tuesday, November 19

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 5:00 – Grow Tall

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

Wednesday, November 20

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

Thursday, November 21

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

7:00 pm – Worship Service

Friday, November 22

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

6:00 – 8:00 – Coca and Craft

Saturday, November 23

Sunday, November 24

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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