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The Eagle Eye

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Banner #18; December 16, 2013

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 16 December 2013


St. John Lutheran School

December 16, 2013

Number 18

Principal’s Pen

We have been blessed with the

greatest Christmas gift of all:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

God, in His great love for us has given us the gift

of His Son, Jesus. His birth is the reason we

celebrate this Christmas.

The entire faculty and staff of St. John wishes you

and your family a blessed Christmas. May you enjoy a safe

Christmas Break and God’s richest blessings in the New Year!

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.

Worship the newborn King with us!

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24

5:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Worship – Worship Center

11:00 p.m. - Candlelight Service – Sanctuary

Christmas Day, Wed., December 25

9:00 a.m. - Sanctuary

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31

7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary

New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1

9:00 a.m. - Sanctuary

Shop With SCRIP for Christmas!

Using Scrip doesn't always mean giving a gift card! You can redeem the scrip yourself to purchase gifts. Make Scrip your first stop before you shop and save money on your tuition or other school expenses. Still not sure how Scrip works? Ask in the office! Don't miss out on the opportunity to save--it's never too late to get on board!

Our final day before Christmas is

Friday, December 20

School reconvenes Monday, January 6th.

2014-2015 Calendar

While the 2014-2015 school year seems far off, plans are already being made. As you may be aware, East Noble has adopted a balanced calendar for next year. In short, this means that school starts a week earlier, gets out a few days later, and has fewer, but longer, breaks during the year. We are evaluating our calendar for next year and whether we will closely follow East Noble, as we usually do, or whether we will continue with a calendar similar to what we have this year. A sample calendar is coming home with all students today. It shows EN’s calendar, a St. John calendar similar to EN, and a St. John calendar similar to this year. We will send this out again after Christmas Break, along with a questionnaire for parent feedback. But, we welcome your questions and feedback to Mr. Walz or the classroom teachers at any time.

Consider A Gift To The Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana

Are you a supporter of St. John Lutheran School? Will you owe Indiana State Income Tax for 2013? Would you like to make a positive impact in both of these areas at one time? Please see Principal Tim Walz or call the office (347-2444) for information on making a donation to The Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana. This organization provides needy St. John students with tuition assistance scholarships. Your donation also qualifies you to receive a 50% tax credit on your Indiana state income tax. Donations can be made by individuals or businesses. Contact Mr. Walz to learn more about how you can impact a St. John student and reduce your tax burden.

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SERVANT student last week: Kaitlyn McKenzie, Emma White, Lauren Diehm, Evan Cope, Lane Logan, Jedidiah Logan, Sadie Potts, Bethany Murphy, Christian Stephan, Macaulay Botteron, Colin Stephan, Jakob Copas, Cayden Hulbert, and Lex Moser. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Kids Against Hunger

Have you ever gone to bed hungry? No, I mean really hungry? Around the world, 1 in 7 people go to bed starving each night. One in six children worldwide die before they turn 5 from malnutrition and other related conditions. Our chapel offering for the 2nd Trimester will support Kids Against Hunger (www.kah-fortwayne.org) in bringing highly nutritious meals to needy children all over the world. Plus, our children will take part in an event in April to actually pack these meals. Your child has already received materials to help them collect money at home for their chapel offering.

If you notice our faculty and staff wearing their comfy jeans and sweatshirts on Fridays, it is for a good cause. They will be paying to wear their comfy clothes to support our chapel offering Kids Against Hunger. Stay tuned for special announcements where the kids can pay to wear their favorite things to help this worthwhile cause.

Kids will also have an opportunity to help support Kids against Hunger! Students may pay $1.00 to wear special attire on Fridays in January. Because this is a fundraiser for a charity, students MUST pay $1.00 to participate in the days. This is a great way to raise more money for these very needy children around our world. What a great way to serve and have fun!




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. Our Youth Group led the Advent worship last week. This week our preschoolers through second grade will lead worship. The service begins at 7:00. A light meal will be available before the service to both ease your schedule and provide some fellowship time. We hope that your family will plan now to join us for this special service.

Thursday, December 19 - 5:30 – 6:30

This week’s Menu:

Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich



Free-will offering proceeds to benefit Washing D.C. trip or St. John Youth Group.

Classroom Christmas Gifts

This year students in grades 1-8 will not exchange gifts between students at their classroom Christmas parties. Instead, some grades recently collected items to fill shoeboxes for “Operation Christmas Child”. Those boxes, filled with toys, candy, and school supplies are sent to needy children all over the world and are often times the first gifts those children have ever received!

Please watch for letters from your child’s teacher regarding the projects that will be undertaken by the classroom for Christmas in lieu of the gift exchange.

Students in preschool and kindergarten will continue the tradition of purchasing a gift in the $4.00-$5.00 range to exchange with classmates. Again, please watch your child’s class letter for details.

Christmas Gift Collection

If you purchased a gift for the Giving Tree and have not yet returned it to the office, PLEASE do so immediately! Thank you for your generous help in providing a wonderful Christmas to our families!

Christmas at Bixler Lake

Don’t miss the opportunity to see our student’s work displayed on large wooden boards at Bixler Lake. Students in grades 2-8 painted Christmas greetings to be displayed along with boards from other local school children. The displays will be lit each evening from 6-9 p.m. Other activities will be available during those times as well.

These school families, prayed for this week:

Russell and Teresa Phares; Matthew and Tacy Potts; David and Melinda Proxmire; Nate and Mindy Riley; Gary and Junaline Rogers

Josh Jank, whose health is in God’s hands, and for the whole Jank family.

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is

Tuesday, January 14,

(and each second Tuesday thereafter).

Spelling Bee January 9

On Thursday, January 9, don’t miss our school’s Spelling Bee where students in grades 5-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the county Spelling Bee. The Bee will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

Geography Bee January 16

On Thursday, January 16, don’t miss our school’s Geography Bee where students in grades 5-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the national Geography Bee. The Bee will begin at 1:15 p.m. in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

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