301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #6; September 14, 2020

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 14 September 2020


St. John Lutheran School

Sept. 14, 2020 Number 6

The Principal’s Pen

Where were you on Sep. 11, 2001? For me, I was starting the school day in my first year at Crown of Life Lutheran in Colleyville, Texas. We were not yet in the days of instant news and my wife called the school to let me know what was happening. One of my student’s father was a pilot and was in the air that morning (thankfully he was flying an international route). The events of 9/11 are etched into our minds, much like when the space shuttle Challenger exploded or when President Kennedy was killed. We remember where we were, what we were doing, or who we were with.

We are now far enough removed from that day that none of the students at St. John were alive that day. Their only knowledge of that event is what they have learned from you, at school, or from the news. Is it important for them to know about? I say yes!

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana

The events of 9/11 were caused by evil. People with a hatred for the United States planned and carried out horrendous acts that led to the deaths of 2,977 individuals. The evil that led to these attacks still exists in the world. While we hope that such an attack never happens again, we know that evil will lead to other horrendous acts. For this reason, it is important for our children to know not only what happened, but why. More importantly, they need to know how to stand up in the face of evil so that such an act doesn’t happen again.

We know that the evil displayed on Sep. 11, 2001, was a part of our fallen, sinful world. As such, we also know that the ultimate solution against evil in whatever form it takes is Jesus. This is at the heart of our theme verse this year:

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

Teach your children about the past, the evil and the good. More importantly, teach them that Jesus has overcome the evil of this world and that His victory is

Student Directory

Parents should have received a new directory last week. This is a valuable publication which contains class lists, teacher credentials, family addresses and phone numbers, and addresses to area schools (for sporting events, etc.). Every attempt has been made to provide correct information, but if you should spot an error, please bring it to Mrs. Thiem’s attention so a correction can be printed in the Banner.

T-Shirts Have Arrived

School t-shirts with this year’s theme have arrived and have been sent home with students. EVERY student received a shirt, so take a moment and make sure your child actually brought theirs home. We were meticulous in seeing that every student had one, so take a close look! Most likely, it went home last Friday.

Beaded Lanyards Provided

Every student is receiving a beaded lanyard to help keep face masks in tow. These lanyards are provided by Kindness from Kendallville, a now-retired small group here at St. John, through a generous grant from the Amelia Frehse Trust. Eighth grader Olivia Tibb’s mom and grandma secured the grant and packaged the lanyards which were made by Elizabeth Kreger, a client at The Arc Noble County Foundations, Inc. in Albion. The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. Thank you to everyone involved!!


Paper Banners Coming To an End

Starting Monday, Sept. 21, we will no longer send paper copies of the Banner home with the youngest child in your family. The Banner can be accessed on our website: www.stjohneagles.org, or through ParentsWeb, or your personal email. 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.

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.

Fitness Fact

While we are discussing flexibility, I’d like to take a moment to discuss the difference between dynamic and static stretching. Standard stretches such as toe touches and butterflies are great at the end of the workout when your muscles are warm, but can actually cause more damage at the beginning of the workout because your muscles are cold and tend to tear rather than stretch. FitnessBlender.com has a great variety of quality dynamic stretch type warm-ups to use before your workout. Here is an example: https://youtu.be/R0mMyV5OtcM

These students and their families will be prayed for this week: Greyson Ashley, Clayton Christlieb, Trevor Conrad, Kinze Huelsenbeck, and Ryden Justice

No School

October 5-9


Confirmation Instruction

Confirmation is another way our young people can grow in t heir faith. Our 6th and 7th grade students (and perhaps 5th and 8th) are able to participate in this course.

Confirmation Instruction began last Sunday, but it’s not too late to join at 6:00 p.m. in the Worship Center. Contact Pastor Rigdon or DCE Paul Wendt with questions.

Bible Study Opportunities

Want to learn more about the Lutheran faith? Consider joining us on Sunday mornings at 9:15 for:

Introduction to the Lutheran Faith with Pastor Rigdon in the Conference Room. Learn the essentials of the Christian faith from a distinctively Lutheran perspective.

Or, consider one of our other Bible studies:

Run Hard – Rest Well with Principal Tim Walz in the Sanctuary. Most of us work hard but we don’t know how to rest well. Learn that rest is a gift from God.

One Nation Under God – Healing Racial Divides in America with DCE Paul Wendt in the Worship Center. Racism is an unavoidable issue. What does God’s Word say about this?

Sunday School

Sunday School for ages 3 to grade 5 began this past Sunday at 9:15 a.m. We welcome all school children to join us!

Tutoring Help

The Freedom Academy will now provide after-school tutoring at the Community Learning Center. Tutoring is available on Monday through Thursday from 3:00-8:00 and costs $10 per 1-hour session. Call 260-347-0887 for more information.

ParentAlert TEXT

While our normal method of communication is The Banner and the classroom letters, we also use emails for more timely updates and texts for urgent information and short reminders. The main use of the ParentAlert text notifications is when we have delays and cancellations. We have used ParentAlert texts several times already this year. If you have not received these texts or have someone else in your family that you want to receive them, please contact the office with that information.

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.

School Pictures

School pictures have been scheduled for Thursday, October 15. Parents of 4-year old preschool students that meet on M-W-F may bring their child to school on the 15th for Picture Day. Or, if you prefer, Picture Re-take Day has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 11, and preschool parents may choose to wait until that day. This year we will again be using Derby Photography for our class pictures and yearbook services. All students in our school will be pictured during their normal class time. Order forms will be sent home with students as soon as we receive them. We will need a parent or two as volunteers for this event. Please let Mrs. Thiem know that you are interested!! THANK YOU!!!

Parent-Teacher Conference Important Dates

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Sept.16 & 22. These conferences are an important way for parents and teachers to communicate and work together for the good of each student.

We will be hosting these conferences online. You can still sign up for a conference time at https://forms.gle/xiYogRS8d9HKtyic6 The teachers will send home the Zoom link for the meeting.

Progress Reports

Normally Progress Reports are given to parents at the Parent/Teacher Conferences. Sin ce we are holding conferences online, we will send Progress Reports home with all students on Monday, Sep. 21.

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

The Week Ahead - September 14 - 20, 2020

Monday, September 14

Tuesday, September 15

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, September 16

3:30 – 6:45 – Parent/Teacher Conferences via Zoom

Thursday, September 18

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, September 19

Saturday, September 20

Sunday, September 21

8:00 – Worship Service 9:15 – Christian Education 10:30 – Worship

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