301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Eagle Eye

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

Banner #2; August 26, 2013

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 26 August 2013

THE BANNER

St. John Lutheran School

August 26, 2013

Number 2

The Principal’s Pen

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another.”

1 Peter 4:10a

It’s unmistakable. It’s undeniable. It’s as clear as can be. As each: each one, every one, each of us, all of us. Me. You. Your kids. We have all been given something. Has received: It has happened. It’s been done. Not could happen. Not might happen. Not sometime in the future. Each of us has received – what? A gift: A present. What? For me? Oh, you shouldn’t have (but I’m glad you did!). Something special. Yes, it’s unmistakable. God has given each one of us a gift. He has given us some special quality, character trait, personality type, that makes us unique and special. Parents, God has given your children a gift, and, yes, He has given you one, too!

Why? For what purpose? Why would God do such a thing? That, also, is clear. God has given us a gift so that we will use it to serve others. That’s right; God doesn’t want us to hide our gift. He doesn’t want us to keep it to ourselves. He wants us to use it. He wants us to share it. When we do so, we help other people get to know this great God we have.

Parents, this year we’ll be helping your kids learn what kind of gifts they have been given. And, we’ll be giving them opportunities to share their gifts by serving others. I hope you’ll explore these same things this year. As you identify the gifts God has given you, we’d love for you to use them here at St. John as elsewhere to serve others

VERY IMPORTANT Back-To-School Night! TONIGHT!!

Please join us tonight as we celebrate the start of the school year with an evening of fellowship, food, information, door prizes, and fun for students in preschool through grade 8 and their parents. The class with the highest percentage of families represented for this evening will win a treat for the class. So, be sure to register when you go into the Worship Center for the “Parent Information Session” (this also enters you for the door prizes which will be drawn at that meeting). Here’s the schedule for the night:

5:30-6:30 dinner is served – enjoy fellowship with your St. John family

6:30 Parent Information Session in Worship Center – learn about 3 important new

updates from Mr. Walz

7:00ish Classroom Sessions – receive an update from your child’s teacher on

important classroom news

Children will be supervised in the gym during the Parent Information Session and the Classroom Sessions. The Classroom Sessions will consist of three 15-minute sessions with 5 minute passing time in between. This will allow you the opportunity to attend several sessions if you have more than 1 child. All 7th and 8th grade parents should plan to attend the important Washington, D.C. meeting in Miss Monn’s room during the third session.

Please make this event a very important part of your calendar and make every effort to attend! Thank you!

The Banner

Starting next week, The Banner, our school newsletter, will be sent home every Monday 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 the copy that is posted to our website, or sent on Fast Direct.

School Reach Test

In order to make sure that we have every family’s contact information correct, we will send out a test message through School Reach on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7:00 P.M. If you do not receive this message, or would to prefer to receive it at another number, please contact the school office.

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 School Reach phone call. 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.

3-HOUR DELAY: School will begin at 11:00 A.M. and will dismiss at 3:45. Extended care will be available. Morning preschool classes will not meet if there is a 3-hour delay. The afternoon preschool class will meet at its regular times. Extended care will be available free of charge to preschool students who have an older sibling enrolled who won’t be dismissed until 3:45.

COLLABORATION MONDAY: 2-hour delays that occur on a Monday will begin at 10:00 A.M. 3-hour delays that occur on Monday will begin at 11:00 A.M.

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.

Immunization Forms Due Now

According to State Law IC 20-8.1-7, immunization histories are now due no later than the first day of school. The immunization form must be completed and signed by a licensed physician. If immunizations are not yet completed, a doctor must give written verification of appointment dates for the needed immunizations. We must report immunizations for our preschoolers as well as all other grades. Please ensure that your child is protected by following the immunization guidelines.

Apple Festival Time IS Near!

The Kendallville Apple Festival is one of the main fundraising and outreach events for the school. This year’s Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6. This is a huge event that requires many volunteers. In fact, it is so big that we expect all of our families to participate in some way, either with preparation before the festival or during the festival. Sign-up forms will be

coming home soon so be on the lookout! The money raised by the Apple Festival supports our Parent-Teacher League and directly benefits our students.

NO SCHOOL, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

SCRIP Needs You

Our SCRIP program is easy to use and can be a valuable financial blessing for both the school and your family. Parents can buy gift cards at face value for many local and national retailers. When you purchase the cards St. John receives a percentage back, varying from 3% to over 10%. St. John uses that money to provide for the education of all students. However, we also credit half of the percentage amount that we get to your family. You can pay for tuition, extended care, hot lunch and other things. Your family wins and St. John wins! Stop in the office for more information and to purchase your first SCRIP cards. See Mrs. Thiem if you need more information.

Go Eagles!

Our Eagles athletic teams begin their season tomorrow. The soccer team plays at 4:15 at Emmaus. The volleyball teams is home for its first game vs. Emmaus as well. Both teams play again on Thursday – both home games. Watch the Banner for further game schedules, or see the athletic calendar in the calendar tab on our website, and come out and support your Eagles!

Are You A St. John Supporter?

If so, then please save the date on Thursday, Sep. 12, at 5:30 P.M. to learn more about this exciting new opportunity for all who love St. John and want to make it a better place. More details will come.

Do You Love To Spell?

Do you have a knack for spelling? Do letters just seem to fall into place for you? Do you love kids and want to make a difference in their lives? We are looking for a coach to work with our 6th-8th grade Spell Bowl team. The commitment would be 1 day a week for a couple of months. Please let the school office know if you are interested or would like more information.

God desires His followers to be praying people. Our teachers and staff take this responsibility seriously and want to help your children be praying people also. Each week our teachers will pray for 5 school families during our teacher devotions. We will also pray for these families in All School Devotions and Chapel and in the classrooms. We will begin these prayers this week. We will list the family names here so that you can pray for these families at home as well. If you have a specific prayer need, whether it is your week for prayer or not, please let us know through your teacher, the office, or the prayer request box located by the other collection boxes in the church lobby.

This week, the following St. John families will be included in prayer:

Monaca Alwine and Ryan Alwine, Rob and Jenna Anderson, Larry and Faye Anglemyer and Dawn Oiler, Mike and Heather Antal, and Michelle Bailey

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 4, 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.

Keep Money Separate, Please

Please keep all payments separate. All payments must be made on separate checks as they are deposited in many different ways at various locations. Thank you for your help!

No Refrigeration Available

Please do not send snacks or lunches to school that require refrigeration. Ice packs made specifically for cooling lunch boxes are available quite inexpensively at local retailers and serve the purpose of keeping the lunch cool until needed.

Sunday School Classes to Begin

Sunday School classes are set to begin on Sunday, September 8th. Please join us from 9:15 – 10:15 each Sunday morning!

No Pop

There will be no soft drinks during the school day. This also means that parents who bring in food for a special treat for their child’s lunch should opt for an alternative drink. Students bringing their lunch from home may not consume pop even if it is brought to school in their lunch box.

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.

Note: Even though our school does not charge for textbook rental, checking that box and signing provides St. John with additional funding.

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.

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!

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 give them to Angi Goldey 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!

Fast Direct

Remember to become familiar with Fast Direct! As in the past, parents and guardians of students in fourth through eighth grade can access grades and missed assignment information through this school information program.

SERVANT Student of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a Servant Student: Alicia Proxmire, Brendon Heileman, Jacob Diehm, Olivia Tibbs, and Brenton Klopfenstein. We give thanks to God for these students for serving God by serving others!

Order Your St. John Shirt

Don’t miss out on your chance to have a cool, blue tie-dyed LIVE TO SERVE t-shirt! We would like every student to have one of these shirts so that we can all wear them for field trips, school spirit days, and for other events. Blue eagle hoodies and new blue eagle crew neck sweatshirts are also for sale. The absolute final day to order is Aug. 30 by 3:15 p.m. NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Additional order forms are available in the office.

Important Reminders

• Please remember to call the school when your child will be tardy or absent for the day. We do report the number of excused and unexcused absences to the state at the end of the year. Excused absences result from illness, seeking medical care, family emergencies, and other unique situations approved by the principal. Family vacations will be recorded as “unexcused”. More details can be found in the school handbook.

• Remember to use the sign-in/sign-out sheet - NOW LOCATED IN THE FRONT OFFICE ON MISS YOUNG’S (Mrs. Thiem’s sister!) desk if your child arrives late or leaves early. Students arriving late must sign the sheet and get a late pass before going to their classroom. Students who need to be picked up early must be accompanied by a parent who then signs the sheet before leaving the building.

• For the safety of our students and staff, our building is locked once arrival is complete. Access to the building during the day should be at door #1, where you can ring the doorbell and be buzzed in by the secretaries. Anyone visiting our school during the school day should sign in on the proper sheet in the office.

• Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their child. In order to be included in the lunch count for the day, please notify the kitchen or the office by 8:00 A.M.

• Your child’s spiritual growth is important to us! We encourage you to regularly attend your church and take advantage of the opportunities to grow in faith as a family. If you don’t have a church home we would love to have you give us a try. We have traditional worship services on Thursday night at 7:00 P.M. and Sunday mornings at 8:00 and 10:30 A.M. We have contemporary worship Sunday mornings at 10:30 A.M. Sunday School for children and adults are held at 9:15. Parents are also welcome to join us for our “Live To Serve” devotion time on Monday at 8:35 and for our chapel service on Tuesdays at 8:10 in the Worship Center.

• We will once again follow East Noble in having a delayed start on Mondays. We will start at 8:30, allowing our teachers 45 minutes of collaboration time. We use this time to plan events, share resources, and have professional development.

Morning Drop Off

Our revised morning drop-off procedures seem to be working well. Thank you, parents, for making these changes to help keep our children safe. As a reminder, parents can park and walk their children in. Or, you can pull into the small lot to drop off your children and then have them walk back on the sidewalk to door 5. If you do this, please pull forward as far as you can so that other cars can pull in behind you. Please do not drop off students by the portable or along the building. Finally, parents with only preschool or Kindergarten students can park on Oak Street and enter through door 3.

Building and Property Task Force

St. John is grateful that the City of Kendallville has allowed an additional 2 years of use for the portable. However, this means that within 2 year’s time, we must have a plan in place for our future ministry needs. Many questions need to be investigated, including property, renovations and upgrades to our current building, and new construction. A task force is being formed by St. John Lutheran Church to investigate all of these questions and help plan our course for future ministry needs. If you are interested in being a part of this task force, please contact Principal Tim Walz.

ISTEP Scores

Some parents may be wondering about the ISTEP scores from last year. The state had originally planned to release student scores by the end of July. Now, that deadline has been extended until the end of August. We will inform you as soon as we know that the scores have been released.

News from the Griebels

A new update from Pastor and Mrs. Griebel can be found on the St. John Facebook page, or you can request a printed copy in the office if you’d like to hear about their latest adventures!

One of our families has a violin for sale.

If interested, call Catherine Copas at 564-0294.

Food Service Program News

Information about our Food Service Program can be food in the “Food Services Handbook” in the back of our Parent Handbook or by contacting Melissa Murphy, our Food Service Director. Breakfast prices are $1.10 with the reduced price of $.30. Lunch will be served for $2.05; $.40 for reduced. Adult lunch price is $2.50. Afterschool Snack price is $.50 or $.15 for reduced.

If you want more information on the free and reduced lunch program please contact Mrs. Murphy or pick up an application from the school office. The government reimburses our program over and beyond the cost of the meal for free and reduced students. If you feel you qualify for either of these, I strongly urge you to take advantage of this. All applications and decisions are completely confidential.

Milk is included as part of hot lunch. Additional milks can be consumed at lunch or morning break. The price for milk is $.35 cents per carton. Preschoolers and kindergartners have milk during their snack time.

Lunch menus will be sent home with children before the start of each month, or they may be found on Fast Direct. We operate under the guideline that ALL MEALS WILL BE PAID FOR IN ADVANCE. Please consult the page entitled “St. John Food Service Charging Policy” in the handbook for more information. According to this policy, parents will be notified when their balance reaches $0.00. Parents are then expected to make payments to avoid a negative balance. Please make every effort to make prompt payment of milk and lunch bills. Thank you!

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