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The Banner

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

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Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 31 August 2020


St. John Lutheran School

August 31, 2020 Number 4

The Principal’s Pen

Are you feeling stressed out? At the end of your rope? All out of patience? These are all normal reactions when we are facing stress and anxiety. While the world, nation, state, and our local community continue to deal with a global pandemic, we know that there are other stresses in our life. It’s healthy to acknowledge your stress. That’s one of the ways of dealing with it and reducing it. This week I read or heard several devotions that focused on relieving stress. What are some ways we can healthfully destress?

►Sleep! Stress is actually an outward response to too much cortisol (a chemical produced by the body). One way to reduce cortisol is through sleep. Getting enough sleep on a regular schedule is key to lowering stress.

► Exercise! Being active also helps rid the body of excess cortisol. The nice thing is that you don’t have to run a marathon for this benefit. Mild to moderate exercise (walking, house/yard work, biking) helps lower your stress levels.

► Outdoors! Sunshine, wind, nature all help lower stress. Therefore, talking a walk outside has extra stress lowering benefits. With Bixler Lake and other local parks and trails, we have plenty of beautiful locations to get out and enjoy!

► Smile! Smiling and laughing also help lower stress. So, find a funny movie or book and laugh away. You’ll feel better as soon as you do.

► Water! Staying hydrated has multiple health benefits. The human body is about 60% water, so it makes sense that we function better when we are fully hydrated. So, make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day.

► Worship! Staying connected to God is ultimately the best way to reduce your stress! Worship, music, prayer, and devotions all help center us and put our focus on the One who can truly help us through our troubles.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Financial Obligations – Important!

As was shared in the Principal Need to Know sessions, the following policies are in place to help families and the school meet financial obligations and be good stewards of our resources. In order to allow time for us to communicate these policies and for parents to prepare, they will go into effect on Tuesday, Sep. 8.

Hot Lunch and Extended Care

● Families accounts must be current for students to participate in these services.

● Invoices that show Hot Lunch, Extended Care, tuition, and miscellaneous charges are sent home with students at the beginning of each month.

● Also, automated emails are sent out on Sunday night for families that have a -$10 balance in either Hot Lunch or Extended Care. Remember, a -$10 balance means you still have $10 to spend. A paper note is sent home on Monday as well.

● Also, automated emails are sent out on Sunday night for families that have a $15 balance in either Hot Lunch or Extended Care. Remember, a $15 balance means you have overspent your account by $15. A paper note is sent home on Monday as well.

● Students whose families have reached this level ($15 overdrawn) will be served an alternate breakfast or lunch entrée until a payment is received on the Hot Lunch account. Students whose families have reached this level ($15 overdrawn) will not be able to participate in Extended Care until a payment is received on their Extended Care account.

● Payments can be made online in your FACTS Family Portal account or by sending checks to the office. Please remember to send separate checks for Hot Lunch and Extended Care as they are deposited into different accounts.

● All balances left from 2019-2020 have been moved into the new year in FACTS Family Portal.


●Tuition payments must be made in one of three options:

● One-Pay Plan: Pay in Full - would have been completed over the summer

● Two-Pay Plan: First payment in June/July and the second payment in January

● Monthly Plan: Monthly automated payment plan through FACTS

If you have questions regarding any of these matters, please contact Mr. Walz.

Welcome, Elizabeth and Paisley!

We welcome two new students to our preschool room. Elizabeth Hullinger joins our 3-year-old class and Paisley Hicks returns to our 4-year-old class. We hope Elizabeth and Paisley and their families soon feel a welcome part of our family here at St. John!

Retirement Celebration!!

Plan to join the fun in paying tribute to two of St. John's finest - Vernie Scheiber and LouAnne Pillers - as they begin their retirement. Due to COVID, the celebration has changed a bit from the beautiful reception room at the Community Learning Center to the pavilion near the entrance to the east side of the lake at Bixler Lake Park. All takes place on Sunday, September 13, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Please plan to stop by and say hi to these two fabulous teachers and friends!!

First Trimester Chapel Offerings

Chapel offerings collected during the first trimester of this school year will go to support Christian mission work through Casa Chapi Children’s Village in Peru. Casa Chapi is a residential school where children are cared for and educated. This is now our third year of supporting this mission work.

Children are encouraged to bring an offering each week. Giving an offering is a part of our worship as we say thank you to God for all the He provides for us. The amount of the gift is much less important that the attitude behind the gift – an attitude of gratitude!


The Banner

Starting Tuesday, Sep. 8 (because we are off on Monday for Labor Day), The Banner, our school newsletter, will be sent home with the youngest child in the family. This is an important communication method and one that we hope you will read each week. Other information from the school office will also go home with the youngest child in the family. If you would prefer another child in your family be the one to bring items home please notify the school office. In a few weeks we will be asking whether you want to continue to receive a paper copy of The Banner or read an electronic copy.

Screenagers: The Next Chapter

Last Spring, before everything shut down, we hosted a showing of the documentary Screenagers. This documentary gave specific research and resources to guide parents in discussing the use of screens and the effects of screens within their family. We are scheduled to show the follow-up documentary Screenagers: The Next Chapter on Wednesday, Sep. 9, at 6:45 (scheduled well before COVID hit!). While we are investigating the best way for us to do this, we want you to put this on your calendar and plan to attend! You and your family will benefit from this practical information. You can learn more at www.screenagersmovie.com.

Missing Forms?

If you have forms that you haven’t turned in to the office, please do so right away. These forms are all needed to help our school run more smoothly. If we notify you that a form hasn’t been turned in, please take care of it right away.

East Noble Special Education Meeting

East Noble School Corporation will hold an informational meeting for parents of children with special needs who reside within the East Noble attendance area and are home schooled, or attend a non-public school. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 17th at 1:30pm at the administrative offices at East Noble. If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Luke-Scherer at 347-5236 or Matt Stinson at 347-2502 or Mr. Walz.

Seeking Prayer Warriors

Are you a prayer warrior? Would you delight in being able to lift up prayers and praises for our school ministry? If the answer is yes, please contact Mr. Walz or the school office. Mr. Walz sends out a weekly email with prayer requests and would love to add you to the list of prayer supporters!

AR Home Connect

Our K-8th grade classes all use Accelerated Reader (AR) as a reading motivator. After reading certain books, students take multiple-choice quizzes to measure their comprehension. They earn points based on how well they did. Most teachers have students set goals for how many points they can get in a month or trimester. Some teachers give rewards for certain point levels. Some teachers connect these points to a small portion of the reading grade.

You will receive a letter with information on how to access a website called Home Connect. This website allows you to see all of the AR books your child has read, in this year and previously. You can also see how well your child did on the quiz. You can also set up the system to email you with the results every time your child takes a quiz. We highly encourage you to take advantage of this website as a way of keeping track of what your child is reading and how he is doing on the quizzes.

Also, if you are ever wondering if a book is an AR book, you can search for books at www.arbookfind.com. There are over 170,000 books available!


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!

Please consider joining the scrip habit!

Emergency Contact Information

Remember to keep us up-to-date on how to reach you during the day. If any information changes, please call Mrs. Thiem as soon as possible.

Bible Study Opportunities at St. John

Sunday Morning Bible Study – Begins Sunday, September 13th at 9:15 a.m.

Introduction to the Lutheran Faith – Pastor Rigdon in the Conference Room

Learn the essentials of the Christian faith from a distinctively Lutheran perspective. Discover all that God has done for us in Christ Jesus. Who is God? What does God expect? What has God done for all of us purely out of love? Great for anyone wondering about the Christian faith. Great to review for a Christian who hasn’t looked at the foundation of our faith in a while. Leads to Adult Confirmation. Come and grow!

Run Hard – Rest Well – Principal Tim Walz in the Sanctuary

Most of us work hard. Often we are doing so much that rest gets sacrificed. We believe rest has little value. We should be ‘doing something.’ Learn that rest is a gift from God. When we rest well, we can work harder – run harder and better. The culture around us does not understand. Tired? Weary? Have days when life is a blur of one event after another? Discover God’s gift of rest. In doing so, experience greater joy and abundance in life. Come and grow!

One Nation Under God – Healing Racial Divides in America – DCE Paul Wendt in

the Worship Center. Racism is an unavoidable issue. What does God’s Word say about this? Using a study written by Rev. Keith Haney, an African-American LCMS Pastor, we’ll attempt to unpack all the confusing rhetoric and discover godly action we can take – individually and as a people. Supplemented by material from One Human Family: The Bible, Science, Race & Culture by Carl Wieland and Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell, be prepared to be challenged and encouraged. As God’s people, we have hope to share, we have genuine love to share, we have a solution the culture has yet to embrace. Come and grow!

Confirmation Instruction begins Sunday, September 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Worship Center – For youth grades 6 & 7, (or surrounding grades) and a parent/grandparent. Contact Pastor Rigdon or DCE Paul Wendt with questions.

Sunday School for Ages 3 to grade 5 will begin, Sunday September 13th at 9:15 p.m.

SPECIAL – On Sunday, September 27th, Rev. Dr. Daniel Brege – the President of the Indiana District of the LCMS – will be preaching at both Sunday morning services. Between services President Brege will be in the Worship Center to share what we do through the Indiana District and engage in question and answer. Plan to be present if possible. [Note: The service that streams at the 8:00 a.m. time is recorded Thursday evening at the 7:00 p.m. service and will feature our very own Pastor Rigdon.]

St. John Lutheran Church has ministry to offer of which you may not be aware. Would any of these be a blessing to you?


Private Confession and Absolution

Blessing of a home

Anointing of oil for healing

Blessings of a mother following the birth of a child

Anniversary or Affirmation of Marriage

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Mercy Hayden, Ryenne Long, Hannah Mash, Anna Neuman, and Khloe Spaw

Fitness Fact

Understanding the difference between Muscular Endurance and Muscular Strength can be a little confusing. Muscular endurance refers to the ability to perform a specific muscular action (or activity) for a prolonged period of time or repeatedly. For example, your ability to hold a plank or to pump out 50 squats is a product of good muscular endurance. You also use muscular endurance in your daily life when you rake leaves or walk up long flights of stairs. In contrast, muscular strength is a muscle’s capacity to exert brute force against resistance. Your ability to bench press a barbell weighing 200 lbs.for one repetition is a measure of your muscular strength. In daily life, you need muscular strength to pick up a heavy box or move a stove. (livestrong.com)

FACTS Tuition Management System

Keep in mind that changes can be made in your FACTS tuition agreement should a need arise. Perhaps you have received a windfall and would like to make an advance payment, or perhaps you are having particular financial strains and need an adjustment. See Mrs. Thiem for assistance and she will direct you to Mr. Walz if needed. Please contact us at least 10 days before payment is set to be deducted from your account.

Free and Reduced Price Lunches

If you have not turned in your application for free or reduced price lunches, please do so immediately. The government reimburses our school above and beyond the cost of these lunches, so it is a benefit to us as well as you to use this if you qualify. Applications are strictly confidential.

Extended Care and Breakfast on Delay Days

Please be aware that Extended Care is still available on delay days. Should school be canceled after the delay was called, parents will be called to make arrangements to come and pick up their children. Also, on 2-hour delay days, breakfast is still served at 9:00. Please make sure to leave instructions for Mrs. Thornton and Mrs. Anglin about whether your child should eat a breakfast, or if they have a snack in their backpack. For students that normally don’t eat a school breakfast, it is unclear whether to allow them to do so on a delay day. Please send a note, or speak with one of the extended care personnel.

School Delays

While we hope we won’t face weather delays and cancellations any time soon, we know that the possibility for fog, ice, and snow delays exists at any time. When such delays and cancellations occur, you will receive a Parent Alert text. You will also see or hear “St. John Lutheran School, Kendallville” on the following media outlets:

WANE-15 WAWK-1140 WPTA-21

WBCL-90.3 WISE-33 WLAB-89.7

St. John will, with very few exceptions, follow the East Noble School Corporation on weather related issues. Delayed starts will be handled as follows:

2-HOUR DELAY: School will begin at 10:00 A.M. and will dismiss at the regular time. Extended care will be available. All morning preschool classes will begin at 10:00 and dismiss at 11:30. The afternoon preschool class will meet at its regular time.

COLLABORATION MONDAY: 2-hour delays that occur on a Monday will begin at 10:00 A.M.

Recycle, Please!

Now that school is back in session, I want to remind you to recycle the empty ink jet cartridges as well as any cell phones, MP3 Players, I-PODS, and Laptop computers. Some cell phones and Blackberrys can earn up to $100.00. You can bring them to the office if they are large items, or put them in the wooden collection box in the church lobby. Thanks for helping to keep our world clean and making money for your school!

Student Directory to Be Published

We will soon publish our annual booklet which contains names, addresses, and phone numbers of our families. If you do not wish for any of this information to be published – YOU MUST INFORM MRS. THIEM. If we do not hear from you by September 1, we will assume it is your desire to make this information public.

Also, divorced or separated families, if you have a preference as to how you are listed, please talk with Mrs. Thiem. Thank you.

Asthma Inhaler?

If your child uses a doctor-prescribed inhaler to treat bronchial asthma, it is our policy that the inhalers be kept in the locked cabinet in the school office. However, if your doctor feels this is inadequate for the severity of your child’s situation and the inhaler needs to be kept with the child, please have him/her issue a written statement to that effect. Return that to the school office as soon as possible. Thank you!

Travel Plans?

With Labor Day coming this weekend and Fall Break not too far down the road, you might be considering travel plans. Considering COVID-19, I would strongly encourage you to think through those plans carefully. We do not have anything in our plan restricting families from travel (not that we could really do that) or about isolating or testing after travel in order to return to school. However, we know that exposure to different locations and groups of people do increase the chance of bringing sickness back to others here. If you are thinking about traveling, I ask you to carefully consider:

● What is the state of COVID-19 in this area? You don’t want to be taking the virus with you!

● What is the state of COVID-19 at your destination? If you are travelling to a hot spot you should reconsider.

● How will you be traveling? Planes still have higher risk than a car trip.

● How long is your trip? A day trip is lower risk than a week-long vacation.

● What will you be doing there? Outdoor activities, being moistly with your family, avoiding large crowds are lower risk. Spending a couple of days with many people at a theme park, water park, large city, cruise, or museum are higher risk.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Walz. Our goal is for you and all our families to remain as healthy as possible!

Yearbooks Available

Yearbooks from the 2019-20 school year are here and are available in the office for $15.00 each. First come-first served. Checks should be made payable to St. John PTL.



The past couple of years, I have distributed tubes of mini M & M's to anyone who would like one. The idea was that the M & M's would be enjoyed and then the tube would be filled with cash that would be used to help ship the shoeboxes the children pack for Operation Christmas Child. I decided a few months ago that, due to the pandemic and loss of jobs and income, it might not be the best time to ask for such donations.

However, Vacation Bible School offerings were given to purchase items for boxes and I have been approved for a Thrivent grant to also fund items for in the boxes, so it will be necessary to raise shipping funds. Each box costs $9 to send and I hope we can pack 40-50 boxes.

If even just a few of you contact me and request M & M tubes, I will supply. Or, if you'd prefer to pick up your own tube, that would be fine too. Or just plain straight-up donations are super-appreciated too! I believe I have mentioned this ministry enough times that you know all about it, but if you have any questions, please never hesitate to contact me. I'm in the office from 7:15-4:00 each day (347-2444). Packing will take place in early November, so you have a few months to save. Thanks!!

Cathy Thiem, Operation Christmas Child Coordinator

Another Way To Benefit our School

When shopping on Amazon, consider using Amazon Smile. If you designate St. John, we receive a portion of the proceeds of your purchase. Visit amazon.smile.com!

Watch Out for Head Lice

Coming home with each family today is an informative booklet to educate about head lice. Please familiarize yourself with the signals of a possible case of head lice and inform us here at school should you find any evidence.

Twenty-first Century Scholars

Twenty-first Century Scholars application forms should be available online at www.scholars.in.gov. The website also lists recent legislative changes to the program. Income-eligible students who take a pledge as a seventh or eighth-grader may be eligible for up to four years of paid tuition at an Indiana college following high school graduation

The Week Ahead – August 31 – September 6, 2020

Monday, August 31

Tuesday, September 1

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, September 2

Thursday, September 3

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, September 4

Saturday, September 5

Sunday, September 6

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Contemporary Worship Service in Worship Center

The last days of summer are coming up fast

Our boxes are filling with love that will last.

Forever these kids, and their families too

Will remember the kindness that came to them thru you.

Our boxes are filling with school stuff and things,

Toothbrushes-NO PASTE, washcloths, and rings,

Dolls and small stuffies to warm up their hearts

Cups and small bowls and things to take apart.

Small toys we could use to round the box out

A ball, or a wind-up they’ll love – no doubt!

How about a small book in which they can write

A small etch-a-sketch or little flashlight?

A toy car or two would light up some eyes

Or funny glasses with big nose for a laughing surprise.

A yo yo, a top, or a small coloring book

Will sure make them smile when in your shoebox they look!

Anything else that you think fits the bill

Can be placed in the collection box each month as well.

In the lobby you’ll find it upon the floor

Just lift its lid and fill it galore!!

Paste content here. Then press OK.

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