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Banner #11; 2020-2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 26 October 2020


St. John Lutheran School

October 26, 2020 Number 11

The Principal’s Pen

“Four more years under President Trump will be a disaster.” “Four years of Mr. Biden being president will be a disaster.” I heard statements like both of these in last Thursday’s debate. This article will not be about who you should vote for, although I do encourage you to vote! But, presidential campaigns and elections are about, in a sense, reform. The challenger often talks about what he or she would do differently and changes that need to be made. The incumbent candidate often takes about why the changes proposed by the challenger would be bad. Sometimes reform is seen as bad and sometimes it is seen as good.

This week, in the Christian church, we focus on a different kind of reform – the Reformation started in 1517. It was on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses (statements) on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther was not the only reformer in action during that time, but he is often credited with starting what is known as the Protestant Reformation. He believed that the Roman Catholic church had strayed from what the Bible teaches. Luther’s 95 Theses were statements that he wanted to have debated. He got exactly that, eventually leading to a separation from the Catholic Church and the formation of various non-Catholic Christian faiths: Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, and others.

What does this mean for us over 500 years later? First, like Luther, we must be careful to measure what we hear from religious leaders against the Bible. If what we are taught does not measure up to what the Bible teaches, we must reject it. Second, one of the biggest teachings that Luther wanted to correct was that we contribute to our salvation, that there are things that we must do in order to be saved. We must always understand that our salvation comes as a free gift of God in His love for us. There is nothing that we contribute. There is nothing that we can do to make God love us more and there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. Our salvation is a free gift from God!

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3: 2324

No School – Learning at Home – Friday, Oct. 30

Friday, Oct. 30, is a No School – Learning at Home day. This is a planned day in which the teachers will be participating in Professional Development. In the morning we will be mapping and aligning our curriculum and in the afternoon we will be learning how to use our STAR test scores to guide our teaching in the classroom. Students will have lessons posted at https://sites.google.com/a/stjohneagles.org/student/ by 9:00 that morning.

No School – Thursday & Friday, Nov. 5 & 6

A reminder that we also will not have school on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5 and 6. The teachers were supposed to attend the Indiana Non-Public Educators Conference in Indianapolis. That event has been canceled for this year. We will spend those days in various Professional Development activities. These days will not be Learning at Home days.

School Pictures – Make-Up Day

School pictures were taken last week. A make-up day has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 11th, beginning at 8:15 a.m., for our 4-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 9:30 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.

Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week across our country. To help celebrate, and stand united against drug use, we’ll be doing the following….

● Wednesday will be ‘Wear Red Day” at St. John. All students and staff are encouraged to wear something red.

● PS4-8th grade students will be given a red ribbon to wear on Wednesday.

● Students and parents can also work together to enter our Drug Free Contest. Submit one of the following to the office by this Thursday morning to be eligible to win a prize:

● Write a paragraph about the dangers of drug use and encouraging others

to remain drug free.

● Draw and color a picture encouraging others to remain drug free.

● Create a video message warning about the dangers of drug use and

encouraging others to remain drug free. Email your videos to Mr. Walz at


We’ll share what we receive on Facebook and look forward to seeing the creativity of our students and families!


Fitness Fact

Exercise helps ward off many diseases: Research has shown that exercise can slow or help prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis (bone loss), and loss of muscle mass. (webmd

PE Still Outdoors

We are continuing to hold PE outdoors. Students should come prepared with a sweatshirt, hoodie, or light jacket on cool days. We do not want students to get sick from being outside in the cold. But, the benefits of the cool air, being outside, and being active far outweigh the negatives. We will continue to evaluate the balance between outside activity and the temperature and move PE inside when necessary. For now, please be sure to have layers on PE days!

First Trimester Ends

Next Wednesday, Nov. 4, marks the end of the first trimester. Look for report cards to be sent home on Monday, November 16.

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.

Trunk or Treat

Saturday, Oct. 31

3:30 – 4:30

Our usual Trick-or-Treat alternative, Little Saints Night, is being modified to a Trunk or Treat event. Cars/Trunks will be decorated and the owners will hand out candy to our costumed friends. Masks will be required of all those participating aged 2 and older. The event will be Saturday, Oct. 31, from 3:30-4:30.

We are still in need of helpers to decorate their trunk for this event. Please contact the school office to sign up. We will make a final determination on Tuesday if we have enough helpers to hold this event.

We are also still in need of candy. If the event gets canceled we will use the candy to make treat bags for the students.

Please pray…

These students and their families will be prayed for this week: Andrew Stahl, Tyson Kintz, Axel Harper, and Mataya Justice


Do you work in a place that would allow you to put a box in a prominent place to collect used printer cartridges? If so, we’d appreciate your help in doing so! Thanks for your help in keeping a bit of trash out of our landfill and helping our school earn money as well! See Mrs. Thiem if you have any questions! THANK YOU!!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Silas Gaff, Kindergarten Class, 5th Grade Class, 6th Grade Class, Maddie Harlan, Ireland Blake, Olivia Tibbs, Cierra Croy, and Caiden Treager. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others!

St. John School Endowment – A Gift Today and A Gift Tomorrow

The St. John Lutheran School Endowment was established and built through the foresight of many supporters. Your gift to the school endowment blesses our school today and tomorrow! Your gift provides tuition assistance and general operating expenses for today. But, your gift continues tomorrow and each year after as we continue to receive the dividends from the endowment. Plus, your gift is matched dollar for dollar through The Lutheran Foundation Lutheran School Support Grant. This means that your gift is more than doubled over time!

For more information contact Principal Tim Walz (twalz@stjohneagles.org or 347-2444), send your check to the school office (payable to St. John and write Endowment in the memo line), or donate online at www.stjohneagles.org and click on ‘Donate Now’.

Butter Braids Sale

Our annual Butter Braid sale has now ended. If you still have an order form, please get that to Mrs. Thiem immediately. Delivery of the frozen loaves will be Wednesday, November 11. Orders will be given to students at dismissal time on that time for students who are picked up by parents. Bus riders or families with larger orders will need to be picked up in the office.

The $coop On $crip!

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.

Yummy mini M & M Tubes available in the

office for anyone who would then like to use the empty tube to collect quarters for shipping for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Just ask!

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 22. 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!

Flyers about this project are being sent home with students today, and empty boxes are available for the asking. If you have any questions, please ask Mrs. Thiem!

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!!!

The Week Ahead - Oct. 26 – Nov. 3, 2019

Monday, October 26

Tuesday, October 27

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, October 28

Thursday, October 29

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, October 30 – E-Learning Day – No School

Saturday, October 31

3:30 – 4:30 – Trunk or Treat

Sunday, November 1- Daylight Savings Time Ends

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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