301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Eagle Eye

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

Banner #4; September 2, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 02 September 2014


St. John Lutheran School

September 2, 2014

Number 4

The Principal’s Pen

Happy Labor Day! As I write, this holiday is quickly coming to a close. As you read, a day or two has passed since this first holiday of the school year.

Work is an important part of our life. Whether it is part-time or full-time, blue-collar or white-collar, for pay or not, our work helps define us and give us identity. Labor Day was created to celebrate the value of work in our society. It began in various cities in the late 1800s. By 1894 it became a legal holiday of the United States. Today, various Labor Day celebrations and activities help draw attention to the importance and significance of work in our country.

Our work is also important to God. He instituted work as a part of His plan for this world. He has gifted each one of us in unique ways, ways that we can serve Him, and also others, through the work we do. How does God view work? Here are just a few references:

Genesis 2:2 - By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. God rested after the work of creation. It’s OK for us to rest, too!

Colossians 3:23 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Our work is really for God. It’s a way we can praise Him for the skills and abilities He has given us.

Ephesians 4:28 - Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. One reason we work is so that we can give some away. We’re not supposed to keep it all for ourselves.

We thank God for a holiday, but we also thank Him for our work and ask that God would bless ourselves and others through the work we do.

Back To School Night

Did you have to miss the Back to School Night last Monday? If so, you missed out on a great evening of fellowship and learning more about several new school opportunities and what is happening in your child’s classroom. Mr. Walz shared about 3 important new parts to this school year: our relationship as the Body of Christ, upcoming information sessions on our building project, and several family-builder opportunities. Handouts were sent home last week. If you haven’t seen them, ask your child or ask in the office, and read The Banner for more details.



HomeConnect, is a part of our Accelerated Reader program and a terrific way for you to stay connected to the AR books your kids are reading. Through HomeConnect, you are able to see all the AR books that your child is reading and how he or she has done on the AR quizzes. In fact, you can even set it up to receive an email after every AR quiz. Your child will receive a letter explaining how you can sign up for this service. If you have any questions, please be sure to ask your child’s teacher or Mr. Walz.

Sunday School Classes to Begin

Sunday School classes are set to begin on Sunday, September 7th. Please join us from 9:15 – 10:15 each Sunday morning! (See yellow flyer included with Banner!)

Library News

Welcome back to our librarian Sara Taylor!!! Sara is a church member who has 16 years of experience at the Limberlost Library. Sara is also being assisted this year by Sue Kratzman and Sarah Moreland. We are thankful for Sara’s service as librarian and for Sue and Sarah’s help.

Students from kindergarten on up have one session per week in the library where they may check out titles for the week. Lower grade students also have story time.


Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5

It won’t be long until the fresh aroma of hot apple fritters is floating through the air at the Noble County Fairgrounds! But, in order to accomplish that we need lots of willing workers!

WE EXPECT AT LEAST ONE PERSON PER FAMILY TO HELP IN SOME WAY WITH OUR APPLE FESTIVAL PROJECT. If you have not yet returned a sheet, another is being sent your way. PLEASE RESPOND NOW!!! If you are not sure what this is all about, please discuss the topic with Mrs. Thiem in the school office. Costumes are available at the booth! A PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE WILL BE COMING HOME SOON!

Again, we are asking for voluntary monetary donations to purchase necessary ingredients to make the fritters. Monetary donations should be made payable to “ST. JOHN PTL”. (Last year’s expenses amounted to just over $3,000.) As you can see this is no small operation!

Various other tasks will need to be done before the Festival. We appreciate your help before and during the Festival!


SCRIP can save you money! Please stop in the office any time and purchase some SCRIP cards. The percentage that the school receives back from your purchases helps provide for the education of your children. Plus, St. John credits half of that percentage back to the account of your choosing back at St. John. The school wins and you win!

Please consider joining the scrip habit!

These school families, prayed for this week:

Darby Blake, Todd and Christina Blaskie, Jeff and Michelle Bloom,

and Dane and Carie Brandgard

If you have specific prayer needs that you would like the staff to pray for, whether you are one of these families or not, please share them with your classroom teacher or the office.

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

Emergency Contact Information

Remember to keep us up-to-date on how to reach you during the day. If any information changes, please call Mrs. Thiem as soon as possible.

St. John Spring Auction

Yes, you read that right! Work is already beginning for our Spring Auction, which will be held on Friday, May 8, at the new Sylvan Cellars Event Center (owned by Nathan and Rachel Schermerhorn). We’re excited to bring our school auction to this beautiful new venue. Our auction team is meeting on Wednesday, Sep. 17, at 7:00, in the library, to beginning planning. Whether you can help a lot or just a little, please join our team on Sep. 17, or contact Jenna Anderson for more information.

Noble County Promise

Parents of Kindergarten through Third Grade: Did you sign up your child for a 529 College Savings Account at our Open Classroom Night in August? If not, you can still do so until Sep. 15, at the following link:


Don’t forget that you will automatically have $25 deposited into your account when you sign up! Our teachers will be presenting some lessons relating to college and career planning during the month of September. All of this will lead up to the “Walk Into My Future” event at Huntington University on Oct. 1. More details about this event will be coming soon.

Intersection Closed

The City of Kendallville has notified us that the intersection of Rush and Summit will be closed on Wednesday, Sep. 3, to repair the sunken manhole. Access to our parking lot through the alley on Rush will not be affected. We will also be able to exit our parking lot onto southbound Summit. The work should be completed in one day.

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!

Student Directory Coming Home

Parents will be receiving a new student/parent directory this week. This is a valuable publication which contains class lists, teacher credentials, family addresses and phone numbers, and directions to area schools (for sporting events, etc.). Every attempt has been made to provide correct information, but if you should spot an error, please bring it to Mrs. Thiem’s attention so a correction can be printed in the Banner.

Twenty-first Century Scholars

Twenty-first Century Scholars application forms are now available online at scholars.in.gov. The website also lists recent legislative changes to the program. Income-eligible students who take a pledge as a seventh or eighth-grader may be eligible for up to four years of paid tuition at an Indiana college following high school graduation.

Grandparents Day

This year, we’ll be celebrating Grandparents Day on Wednesday, September 24. Grandparents or other special guests are invited to spend part of the day with us and enjoy several special activities together with your grandchild or special friend. Save the date, invite your special guests, and watch for more details to come.

School Pictures

School pictures have been scheduled for Wednesday, September 17. Parents of 3-year old preschool students that meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays may bring their child to school on the 17th for Picture Day. However, we will schedule our Picture Retake Day for a Tuesday or Thursday and you can have your child’s picture taken that day. This year we will again be using Derby Photography for our class pictures and yearbook services. All students in our school will be pictured during their normal class time. For now, mark Picture Day on your calendar. More details will be coming!

A couple of helpers would be great! If you can help, please speak with Mrs. Thiem! Thank you!

Elementary and Junior S-P-E-L-L B-O-W-L Time!

It’s time to start thinking about SPELL BOWL!! This year, our elementary team (grades 4-5) will be coached again by Mrs. Barr and Mrs. Schroeder, and our junior team (grades 6-8) will be coached by Mrs. Pillers. Please consider joining in this great experience. Specific details regarding the first practice session will be coming home soon. Watch for it, and please check in with the coaches if you have additional questions.

SHINE Student

of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Joshua Schilling, Alayna Schilling, Brendan Heileman, Camryn Proxmire, Addison Hampshire, Hunter Koehl, and Elli Will. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Hungry for Hungry Howie’s???

Beginning Tuesday, September 9th, and continuing each SECOND TUESDAY of the month, St. John will be partnering with Hungry Howie’s to raise funds for the seventh and eighth grade Washington D.C. trip in the spring of 2016. Families who place an order anytime throughout the day should mention they would like the sale to be credited to St. John. Once we reach 17 orders, our group earns 10% of ALL sales that have been received throughout the day!

This could potentially be an excellent source of funds for the kids’ trip and all we gotta do is eat pizza! How simple is that? Just place your order and mention St. John! There will also be a pizza party for the classroom which has the most participation, so you can also benefit your child’s classroom! Get your family and friends involved and let’s make this a raving success! THANKS!

Cross Connections Counseling

Like last year, St. John has partnered with Cross Connections to provide our students with several important opportunities. Our counselor, Mrs. Lisa Lessing, will be here each Thursday. Two weeks ago she led a 30-minute session on ‘Defining Conflict: Peacemaking or Peacebreaking’ with the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 2nd grade classes. This week she will lead the same lesson with the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 1st grade classes. There will always be a take home page every time she teaches a lesson.

Life can sometimes get difficult and we need a place to go for help. Mrs. Lessing is also available to meet with students individually for counseling sessions. Please contact Mr. Walz if you are interested in learning more about how this opportunity might benefit your child.

The Banner

Starting today, The Banner, our school newsletter, will be sent home 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 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 3:55. 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 3:55.

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.

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!

Old Memory Books Up For Grabs

Mrs. Thiem has a stack of memory books from past school years that are available for parents and students at no charge. If you would like to see what she has, please stop by her office.

Confirmation 2014-15

Orientation Meeting set for Wednesday, September 3, 2014

This year Confirmation Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm in the Worship Center. Confirmation is a Christian Discipleship program for young people who are in the 6th and 7th grade in school. The program is two years in length with one year devoted to a study of the Old and New Testaments and the other year focused on the “Six Chief Parts” (topical study of the Bible). This year 2014-15 we will be studying the Old and New Testaments. Confirmation is our church’s way of assisting Christian parents to Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.(Proverbs 22:6). Therefore, we are asking that an adult parent or guardian accompany each child to confirmation classes.

In the past, small groups have been a focus of our confirmation program. This year, the small groups will be voluntary. If parents/guardians desire to organize small groups, the worship center will be available to be used for this each Wednesday evening from 8:00-8:30pm.

An orientation meeting will be held on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 at 7:00pm in the worship center. The confirmation program will be explained and students will be registered that evening.

Classes will begin the following Wednesday evening, 10 September 2014 and will continue throughout the school year until Confirmation Sunday, which will be on Sunday, 3 May 2015 this year.

If you have any questions about Confirmation, call or email Pastor Shriner at (260) 347-2158 or bshriner@sjlc.net.

The last days of summer are coming up fast

Our boxes are filling with love that will last.

Forever these kids, and their families too

Will remember the kindness that came to them thru you.

Our boxes are filling with school stuff and things,

Toothpaste and brushes, washcloths, and rings,

Dolls and small stuffies to warm up their hearts

Cups and small bowls and things to take apart.

Small toys we could use to round the box out

A ball, or a wind-up they’ll love – no doubt!

How about a small book in which they can write

A small etch-a-sketch or little flashlight?

A toy car or two would light up some eyes

Or funny glasses with big nose for a laughing surprise.

A yo yo, a top, or a small coloring book

Will sure make them smile when in your shoebox they look!

Anything else that you think fits the bill

Can be placed in the collection box each month as well.

In the lobby you’ll find it upon the floor

Just lift its lid and fill it galore!!

Cathy Thiem,

Operation Christmas Child,

Relay Center Coordinator

(A big THANK YOU to those of you who HAVE been placing items in the box! It makes my day to find something new tucked inside! THANK YOU!! Special thanks to the person who left an uplifting note for ME in the box!!)


For those of you who might be interested in becoming an official member of our church, there are a few different ways to accomplish this:

1. If you are a member in good standing of a Lutheran Church, we can notify the pastor of that church and request your transfer. This merely requires and administrative change and you are not required to attend a new members/adult confirmation class. You are however, invited and encouraged to attend such a class.

2. If you are a member in good standing of a Christian church of a different denomination, we can contact the pastor of that church and request your transfer. While this does involve an administrative transfer, we do encourage you to attend a new members/adult confirmation class. We request this because the doctrine and practice of St. John may be different in some ways from what you’ve experienced before.

3. If you are kind of new to Christianity and would like to join St. John, we do request that you attend a new members/adult confirmation class in order to become familiar with our beliefs and practices.

We have just completed our most recent new members/adult confirmation class but will be starting up another one on September 3, 2014 at 7pm in the worship center. These classes will be every Wednesday, same time and place until the middle of April. This class will be a “junior confirmation class” (6th and 7th graders) but we are requiring each junior to bring along a parent or guardian to each class. There will be plenty of adults in those classes so you won’t feel out of place!

Even if you are a long time member of St. John but would like to review the basic teachings of the Old and New Testaments, come along and join us for Confirmation Class 2014-15!

The Week Ahead - September 1 - 7, 2014

Monday, September 1

Labor Day – No School

Tuesday, September 2

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:45 – Volleyball Practice

4:15 – Soccer game at Ascension

Wednesday, September 3

3:00 – 4:45 – Volleyball Practice

3:00 – 4:30 – Student Council

Thursday, September 4

4:15 – JV Volleyball game at home

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, September 5

3:00 – 5:00 – First LEGO League

4:15 – JV Soccer game at Suburban Bethlehem

Saturday, September 6

Sunday, September 7

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Bible Classes and Sunday School

10:30 – Worship Service in Worship Center

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