301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Eagle Eye

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

Banner #10; October 21, 2013

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 21 October 2013


St. John Lutheran School

October 21, 2013

Number 10

The Principal’s Pen

Did You Know?

Here are a few facts about St. John and our students that you may not be familiar with:

► Our students have read 1,038 Accelerated Reader books this year!

► Our students have read over 9,500,000 words in those Accelerated Reader books! (That’s almost 200,000 words a day!)

► You can keep track of what your child is reading through HomeConnect. Ask your child’s teacher for more information.

► Our students have collected over $450 so far this year for Common Grace through our chapel offerings.

► Our students have collected over 575 food items for the Friendship Food Pantry this year.

► We recognize Servant Students each week in Chapel for students who have been caught serving others. This year we’ve given out 98 already!

► We had about 25 students participating on our fall soccer and volleyball teams. We have about the same number participating on our winter basketball teams.

► St. John has a First Lego League club. We’re learning how to program Lego robots, solve problems, work as a team, and getting ready for a competition at the end of November.

► We have almost 20 students participating on our Spell Bowl teams.

We give thanks to God for all of the blessings here at St. John and praise Him for all of the opportunities our students have, both inside the classroom and out.

Apple Festival Final Tally!

Fairgrounds Sales + 16,588.91

Downtown Sales + 640.10

Expenses - 4,383.70

Fairgrounds Fee - 1,830.79

TOTAL PROFIT $ 11,014.52

Academic Festival

Students in grades 1-8 have received information regarding this year’s Academic Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Academic Festival is a half-day event of academic competitions between St. John students and students from 3 other private schools. The sign up sheet is due back by Friday, Oct. 25, with the events your child is interested in participating in. Help from many parents is also needed in order to make this event a reality. This is a great way for our students to shine in their academic abilities. We encourage parents to sign their children up to participate. A schedule will then be formulated and you will be notified of your child’s events the week before the festival.

ATTENTION ALUMNI!!! We would gladly accept help at this year’s Academic Festival from former students and their parents! We know there are St. John graduates who enjoyed the Festival as students and now they can experience it on the other side of the table!! Contact us at 347-2444 to offer your help!!

Your Next Opportunity to Support The D.C. Trip…

The next fundraiser for the Washington D.C. trip is just around the corner. It’s delicious Nelson’s BBQ Chicken! The chicken will be sold at lunch at this year’s Academic Festival and will also be available in the Walgreen’s parking lot. Place your advance order so you are sure to get some! Simply complete the form below, return it to the school office, and your tickets will be returned to you. THANK YOU!!

Nelson’s Chicken Order Form: Pick-Up only!

Support St. John’s 7th/8th

Washington D.C. Trip (spring 2014)

Saturday November 9th 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

(St. John Lutheran School-301 S. Oak Street or

Walgreen’s parking lot- corner of Main St. and H.W. 6)

(pre-pay via cash or check – St. John PTL)

Name Phone # # of Half Chickens @ $6.00 Ticket #

These school families, prayed for this week: Ray and Nick and Natasha Hayden; Mark and Bethany Heileman; Janette Higgins; and Joshua and Christa Hulbert


Thank you to the parents who completed the online parent survey while waiting for conferences last Thursday and Friday. This survey is being conducted by The Lutheran Foundation and True North Strategic Advisors. These groups are conducting a study of the Lutheran schools in northeast Indiana. Your participation is very important in seeing how Lutheran schools, including, St. John have been successful in the past and how we can continue to grow to meet your needs. Please take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey at:


Pep Session!

We are having our first school pep session on November 7th, at 2:00 p.m. We will be honoring our soccer, Spell Bowl, and volleyball players. We will also have a secret contest you will not want to miss! To help celebrate the day, we declare it Blue and White Day in honor of our school! Parents and special friends are encouraged to show up to our first pep session of the year at 2:00 p.m.!

Soccer Season Ends

Our soccer team this year was composed of 4th – 8th grade boys who fought hard throughout the season. MAJOR improvements came as the season progressed and they learned new skills and honed old ones. The highlight of our season came with three wins, one at home and two on the road. Thanks also goes out to all of our Eagle fans who showed up at our games, especially the rainy one! Each game was truly a team effort that offered life lessons, plenty of exercise, and an expression of God given talents.

Our Soccer team consisted of:

Wesley Potts Caleb Walz Joshua Walz

Nathan Walz Ian Malone Justice Alwine Andrew Schroeder

Jared DiGirolamo RJ Anderson Mason Goddard Connor LeRoy

Joseph Erne Aiden Schumm Ethan Pfeiffer

Also a HUGE thanks to Mr. Matt Potts and Mr Schroeder for coaching the team and to the parents who provided help with transportation. Go Eagles!


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! Mrs. Goldey is in charge of the collection here at St. John and her students benefit! Thanks for your help in keeping a bit of trash out of our landfill and helping our school earn money as well! See Mrs. Goldey if you have any questions! THANK YOU!!

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 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25th. 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!

Once again, St. John will serve as a Relay Collection Center for National Collection Week – the third week of November. If you would be willing to spend a few hours helping to collect boxes as they arrive and package them in shipping cartons, give Mrs. Thiem a call (347-2444) or stop by her office.

All students will soon be receiving a brochure which gives specific guidelines about the project. Students in selected grades may use this program as their classroom Christmas project in lieu of a gift exchange between students. Stay tuned for instructions from your child’s teacher.

Join us for chapel NEXT Tuesday, October 29, to hear first-hand how these shoeboxes are impacting the lives of children as Beverly Lubs speaks about her recent trip to Zambia on a shoebox distribution trip!

Lost and Found

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

Attention: Help Prevent the Spread of the Flu Virus this Season

The deadline has now passed for parents to request the flu mist vaccine for their child. The FluMist vaccine clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6, at 1:30 for those who have completed the paperwork and meet all criteria.

The $coop On $crip!

What is Generic Scrip?

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.

Butter Braids Sale

Our annual Butter Braid sale continues through Thursday, October 31, with delivery of frozen loaves on Thursday, November 14. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and plan now to support our school!


St. John Video Shoot

St. John is having a professionally made promotional video shot on Tuesday, Oct. 22. This video will be used as a promotional piece for Noble County, as well as on our own website. If you haven’t signed a release form for your child you can still get one from the office Tuesday morning. Students without this release form will not be allowed in the video. (Turning in a release form does not guarantee that your child will be included in the final video.) Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Little Saint’s Night

Little Saint’s Night will be here before you know it and now is the time to begin gearing up. Plan now to attend this fun night of costumes, games, candy, food, and more. In fact, plan now to invite your friends to join you on Nov. 2, from 5:00 – 7:00. Lots of helpers are needed to run the games and other events. We’d also love for someone to step up to take charge of the event this year! Also, we need each family to provide 2 bags of candy so that we have plenty of prizes to give to all our Little Saints!

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SERVANT student last week: Braxton Cheesman, Ashton Benson, Joseph Erne, Riley Spencer, Baily Lash, Hunter Bolen, Addison Hampshire, Cayden Hulbert, Ashlynn Myers, Cameryn Proxmire, Naomi Schroeder, Trey Warren, and Austin White. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is November 12 (and each second Tuesday thereafter).

EN Special Education Meeting

East Noble is holding the annual consultation meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 1:30, at the corporation office. This meeting is held each year for nonpublic school representatives and parents are welcome, although not required, to attend. Please let Mr. Walz know if you are interested in attending. At this meeting, nonpublic school representatives will be informed of the following processes: Child Find, how parentally-placed nonpublic school children suspected of having a disability can participate; how the consultation process will operate; how, when, where, and by whom special education and related services will be provided, the process for any disagreement between East Noble and the nonpublic school, and to obtain written affirmation signed by the representatives of participating nonpublic schools that this meeting has occurred in a timely and meaningful manner.

No School

Friday and Monday,

Oct. 25 & 28.

(our teachers are

attending a conference

on that Friday and Fall

Break is Monday)

No East Noble Bus

Parents of students who ride an East Noble bus should take note of the times

below when there is no bus service:

Monday, October 21 No bus either way – EN schools not in session

Tuesday, October 22 No bus either way – EN schools not in session

Student Council Challenges St. John to

“Fill the Ramp”

The St. John Student Council has challenged our students and congregation to “fill the ramp” with non-perishable food items for the Friendship Food Pantry this fall. The goal is to line each side of the ramp leading to the Gathering Area with items to help those who are struggling to put food on their tables. Donated items can be left on the table just below the ramp and Council members will see that it gets placed accordingly. Thanks for your help!

St. John T-Shirts

If you missed the chance to order a tie-dye t-shirt with St. John’s logo “Live to Serve” earlier this month, you can still order through the website at East Noble. Many different colors and styles are available by visiting www.entiedye.weebly.com. This is a special fundraiser by the East Noble special needs program to fund trips for the students in the community.

Prayer and Praise Fellowship

Twenty people participated in our September Prayer and Praise Fellowship. Please join us for our October fellowship on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 4:30. Whether you desire prayer for personal needs or want to lift up our church in this time of transition, our Prayer and Praise Fellowship is the perfect opportunity to lift up prayers to God and be encouraged with fellow believers. Our format is informal and non-threatening. Please join us!

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