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

Banner #17; December 9, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 09 December 2019


St. John Lutheran School

December 9, 2019 - Number 17

The Principal’s Pen

In earlier Principal’s Pen articles, I have shared about empathy and self-control, two of the formative skills described in the book The Formative Five, by Thomas Hoerr. The next skill addressed in the book is integrity.

Integrity is defined as living according to moral values, even when it is difficult or costly. It is often compared to or equated with honesty, but integrity goes much deeper than honesty. Integrity is a public display (words and/or actions) based on our inward values and morals. Integrity involves an accountability and responsibility for our words and actions. Integrity is often described as doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

Here are three ways we can develop integrity in our children:

Model It: Use examples from your life when you acted with integrity or didn’t. Own up to your shortcomings and explain the consequences for acting without integrity. Also share the benefits that come from acting with integrity. Discuss the values that are connected to acts of integrity.

Find It: Look for characters in books, movies, and TV shows that display integrity or the lack of integrity. What are the positive or negative consequences that come to this character as a result of his/her actions?

Use ‘The Grandma Rule’: Teach your kids to ask the question “How would you feel if your grandma knew you were doing this?” Better yet, teach them to ask the old WWJD – “What would Jesus do?” We need to be careful not to make this a legalistic thing, but rather a guide and encouragement to do the right thing because of Jesus alive in us.

With some rather small steps, we can begin to build integrity in our children. When we do so, we help prepare them for success, now and in the future!

Seeking to reach all with Christ, St. John Lutheran School partners with families to provide a Christ-centered education which nurtures faith in Christ,

promotes discipleship, develops God-given abilities and skills,

and encourages academic excellence.

Advent Worship

Thank you to our Kindergarten, First Graders, and Second Graders for leading us in a beautiful Advent service last week. Your message of hope in Jesus gives us great comfort and encouragement. Please join us this week and next for our remaining two Advent worship services, with our 3rd-5th Graders leading on Dec. 11, and our Preschoolers and 6th-8th Graders leading on Dec. 18.

We are videotaping each service and are determining the best way to make them available to interested families.

VBS Holiday Bake Sale

Don’t forget about the Holiday bake sale to support our VBS program for next summer! Save yourself some time in the kitchen and support a great cause at the same time! Order forms are being sent home this week. Get your yummy goods ordered!

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!

Smooth Edge 2, an a capella vocal group from Fort Wayne, will be performing at St. John on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 7:00. Smooth Edge 2 is Fort Wayne's only professional a capella group, known for their highly energetic and entertaining shows. Check out some of their songs at www.smoothedge2.com! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in the office or at the door. This is a great event to invite your friends to! All proceeds from the concert will be given

to support the school.

Order a Christmas Poinsettia

If you would like to order a Christmas poinsettia to decorate our worship areas for our Christmas Eve and Christmas morning services, please see Mrs. Thiem or Miss Young for an order form. The cost for each poinsettia is $13.00 and the plants can be placed in honor or in memory of a special person in your life. Deadline to order is noon, Friday, December 13, so don’t delay!

Christmas at Bixler Lake

Don’t miss the opportunity to see our students’ work displayed on large wooden boards at Bixler Lake. Most classes in our school painted Christmas greetings to be displayed along with boards from other local school children. The displays will be lit each evening from 6-9 p.m. Other activities will be available during those times as well.

Christmas Gift Collection

If you purchased a gift for the Giving Tree and have not yet returned it to the office, PLEASE make sure they reach us by NEXT MONDAY, DECMEBER 16th! Thank you for your generous help in providing a wonderful Christmas to our families!



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Check out our gift

cards for your Christmas needs.

We have lots of selections on hand

that would be perfect for stocking stuffers

or those hard-to-buy-people on your list.

Just to name a few, we have Amazon,

iTunes, Bath & Body, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks,

Tim Hortons, Pizza Hut, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s,

Menards! We have PetSmart for animal lovers, and

most of the fast food places. Target. Meijer’s.

Please consider purchasing our Gift Cards for Christmas

and earn money for the school!

Did you know that the Kohl’s Cares Cards we sell can be used to

pay your Kohl’s bill at any of the cash registers, and we earn money

because you used those special cards? We would be happy to order

any card you would like from the list on shop.shopwithscrip.com (bottom

of page, retailer list) or ask to see the full list on Sunday or in the office.




Please remember the final order before Christmas will be placed on Monday, December 16th.

Be a blessing to our school by using our scrip gift cards

and have a safe and blessed Christmas!

Amazon Smile

While you’re thinking about Christmas shopping and gift giving, let’s also talk about Amazon. Instead of using their regular site, please use www.smile.amazon.com. Designate St. John as your charitable organization and we will receive 0.5% of your purchases.

Crazy Christmas Clothes!

Everyone is invited to wear some crazy-fun Christmas clothes, headpieces, necklaces, hats, etc. on the last day of school before Christmas Break – Friday, December 20. See how creative you can be!

Worship the newborn King with us!

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24

5:00 p.m. – Contemporary Christmas Eve Worship in Worship Center

7:00 p.m. - Candlelight Service in Sanctuary

Christmas Day, Wed., December 25

9:00 a.m. - Sanctuary

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31

7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary

Final Day before Christmas Break – Fri., Dec. 20

St. John returns to school from Christmas Break on Monday, January 6, at 8:30 A.M.

Special Assembly

On Friday, Dec. 20, at 10:15, our students will enjoy an assembly led by Pastor J Brown. Pastor Brown is a martial arts expert who speaks on standing strong, overcoming challenges, character, and reaching goals. The students will enjoy his martial arts skills and benefit from his message. Parents are welcome to join us.

School Spelling Bee

Our 5th – 8th grade classrooms are completing their classroom Spelling Bees before Christmas Break. The School Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 1:15. Parents are welcome to attend!

It's Science Fair Time!

It’s time for our little scientists to begin planning their Science Fair projects. Information has been made available to students and is available in the office. This is a great activity for your child to pursue. Yes, it takes some extra time and effort on their part (and on your part)! But, what is gained far outweighs this time and effort. There is scientific learning, time management, critical thinking, public speaking, trouble shooting, problem solving, and logical thinking skills that are gained. Parents, you are encouraged to have your child participate!

Guitar Lessons Offered

Our Advanced Guitar instructor, Pastor Mike DiSanto (associate pastor at First Christian Church) is offering guitar lessons to students at St. John. Lessons will be given here at St. John at a very reasonable price! Contact Pastor Mike at 440-773-8879 for more information or to schedule lessons.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Violet Hobart, Bryston Williams, and Arybella Parks.

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

Mr. and Mrs. Thornton and their family whose three year old

granddaughter, Caroline, went to heaven this past weekend;

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Caydren Sams, Teegyn Schmidt, Will Schowe, Jonah Slater, and Mason Wysong

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 call 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.

9 – 15, 2019

Monday, December 9

3:15 – 4:30 – Art Club

5:30 – JV Boys Basketball game @ SBL

Tuesday, December 10

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 5:00 – Grow Tall

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

Wednesday, December 11

1:00 – 2:30 – Grades 7 & 8 to Lutheran Life Villages

7:00 – Advent Worship – led by Grades 3-5

Thursday, December 12

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

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, December 13

Saturday, December 14

Sunday, December 15

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Contemporary Worship Service in Worship Center

“I Need A Silent Night” - Amy Grant

I’ve made the same mistake before –

too many malls, too many stores

December traffic, Christmas rush.

It breaks me till I push and shove

Children are crying while mothers are trying

to photograph Santa and sleigh

The shopping and buying and standing forever in line.

What can I say?

I need a silent night, a holy night to hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise. I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here. To end this crazy day with a silent night.

December comes then disappears

faster and faster every year

Did my own mother keep this pace

or was the world a different place?

Where people stayed home wishing for snow

watching three channels on their TV

Look at us now rushing around trying to buy Christmas peace.

What was it like back there in Bethlehem with peace on earth, good will toward men?

“There were shepherds out in the field keeping watch over their flock by night And the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were so afraid. And the angels said fear not for behold I bring you good news of a great joy that shall be for all people. For unto you is born this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace.”

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