301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

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

Banner #12 2020-2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 09 November 2020


St. John Lutheran School

November 9, 2020 Number 13

The Principal’s Pen

Last Thursday, our crisis team (Mrs. Schroeder, Mrs. Kline, Mr. Neuman, and Mr. Walz) participated in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training. The course covered the full spectrum of interventions from techniques to de-escalate a situation to safe holds for a fully-escalated situation. One aspect of this training can be beneficial for all of us as we interact with others, whether they be adults or children.

How to Recognize Heightened Anxiety and Emotion: At a basic level, an increase in anxiety or other emotions is a change in behavior. We see that change in behavior in different ways for different people. Some examples are: withdrawal, burying your head, tapping/drumming with hands/fingers/objects, tightening muscles, pacing, picking, pulling out hair, not talking, or talking a lot. When we recognize these behaviors in another person, how we respond makes all the difference in whether the situation escalates or not.

How to De-escalate Someone with Heightened Emotion: At a basic level, our response needs to be supportive. A harsh or judgmental response will only serve to increase the emotions. Some examples of de-escalation strategies are: give personal space (don’t get up in the person’s face), move slowly to the person in an open stance (so as to not appear threatening), use physical touch (an open hand on the arm or back can be comforting), speak with care and support (instead of sarcasm or impatience), speak with medium volume, speak with a regular rate (not too fast or slow), and acknowledge the person’s emotion and your desire to support them.

Each of us, children and adults, encounters stressors each day. Some we can control and some we can’t. Each of us also encounters stressed out people each day. Recognizing the signs of heightened emotion and having strategies to help de-escalate these situations can go a long way in navigating these stressful times.

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.

St. John Lutheran School Receives Special Gift

The Lutheran Foundation has supported St. John Lutheran School through regular and special grants for many years. This year, recognizing the impacts of COVID on Lutheran schools around the Fort Wayne area, The Lutheran Foundation has just announced a gift of over $1,000,000 to the 19 Lutheran schools in Northeast Indiana. Based on current enrollment, St. John is receiving $34,250 from The Lutheran Foundation. This gift is to support operational expenses.

We rejoice in this blessing of God through The Lutheran Foundation. It is a reminder, in a very uncertain time, of the certainty of God's love and provision!

Nelson’s Chicken

St. John is, once again, hosting a Nelson’s Chicken sale this Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10:00-2:00 at the corner of US 6 & HWY 3 North. Our pre-order sales have closed, but you can purchase that day with cash or credit card. We are in need of a few helpers. If you would like to help that day with the sale, please contact the office.

Fitness Fact

How do you find time for fitness? A variety of approaches can be helpful. 1) Think about killing two birds with one stone – play outside with your kids (tag, hide and seek, corn hole, shoot around), ride a bike with your spouse, schedule a walking meeting rather than a lunch date, go swimming as a family. 2) Heading to the gym can easily be replaced with an online class or vide. 3) Workouts don’t have to be all at the same time. “Squeezing in two or three shorter bouts of 15-20 minutes of activity is just as effective as doing it all at once…”

Lost and Found

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

Red Ribbon Week Contest

Thank you to the 21 students who submitted drawings or a video for our drug-free contest during Red Ribbon Week. We congratulate Max Harlan, Arianna Wright, CC Knox, Zaylei Gerber, Naomi Gaff, Lydia Hulbert, Holden Buwalda, Violet Hobart, Maddison Harlan, Lydia Reed, Abby Hale, Bryson Shire, Bryston Williams, Danica Sattison, Fyo Hayden, Paige Gibson, Luke Christian, Ben Reed, Lilly Moser, Alaina Andrews, and Olivia Tibbs for participating. Throughout this week we’ll be sharing their creations on Facebook.

These students and their families will be prayed for this week:

Joshua Neuman, Timothy Reed, Ethan Schowe, Charlie Jones, and Kali Spaw

School Pictures – Make-Up Day

School pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago. 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.

Butter Braid Delivery THIS Wednesday, November 11

Your order will be safely frozen until we can get it to you.

Orders will be given to students at dismissal 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.

Call ahead – 347-2444. THANK YOU!!

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!

St. John School Endowment – The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Your gift to the school endowment blesses our school ministry in many ways! First, your gift provides tuition assistance and general operating expenses for this year. Second, your gift continues each year after as we receive the dividends from the endowment. Third, 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!

If the idea that your gift is multiplied over time excites you, contact Principal Tim Walz (twalz@stjohneagles.org or 347-2444) for more information. You can place your check in the offering plate or send it to the school office (write ‘School Endowment’ on the memo line) or you may also donate online at www.stjohneagles.org and click on ‘Donate Now’.

Our goal for the 2020-2021 school year is $25,000 and we have already received $4,283 toward that goal! Thank you for prayerfully considering a gift to the St. John School Endowment!

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!

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 5 through 8 will lead the worship on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Grades 2 through 4 will lead the worship service on Wednesday, December 9. Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 will lead the worship service on Wednesday, December 16. The services have been prepared in such a way that students from different cohorts will not be mixed together, even in leading the service.

Due to COVID and our inability to host the large numbers of people who attend these services, we will present these services completely online. The services will be recorded during the school day and the recordings will go live at 7:00 on the Wednesday evening. We encourage families to set aside these evenings now to worship together. We also encourage you to share the link (coming in future Banners and emails) with family members outside of the area. Finally, we encourage you to watch all three services as they all build off each other (something that was hard to do with in-person services). While we will again miss being physically together, we can still be together as we worship in this way.

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.

First Trimester Ends

Wednesday, Nov. 4 was the end of the first trimester. Look for report cards to be sent home next Monday, November 16th with your students (K-8th) and emailed home (3rd-8th) later that night

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student last week: Grace Hulbert, Tyson Kintz, Lucas McKinley, Cierra Croy, Kali Spaw, Ryden Justice, Karson Butler, Chase Ryan, Juliette Gonzalez, and Kylie Parks. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Thanksgiving Break Just Ahead

Just a reminder that St. John will not be in session November 25-27 to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.






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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!!!

Monday, November 9

Tuesday, November 10

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day – Thank a Veteran for their service to our country!!

Thursday, November 12

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, November 13

Saturday, November 14

Sunday, November 15

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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