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Banner #11; October 27, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 27 October 2014


St. John Lutheran School

October 27, 2014

Number 11

The Principal’s Pen

“Are you listening?” Now I know that right now you are reading, but I’m sure you’ve been asked this question before. Perhaps you had to fess up and admit “No, not really”.

During our 2 day conference last week, the teachers and I were built up and encouraged as educators and were exposed to many new ideas and resources. One of the keynote speakers was Gary McGuey, a noted speaker on leadership. One of the topics he talked about was listening (which he believes is the number 1 leadership skill needed today). Allow me to share what he said about the 5 types of listening:

Ignore: This isn’t really listening at all, since this person is totally tuning you out and not even hearing what you have to say.

Pretend: This person appears to be listening, he may be looking right at you and may even nod his head, but he isn’t fully paying attention.

Selective: This person hears some of what you have to say clearly, but tunes out other parts. She focuses on what is most important to her.

Attentive: This listener is paying close attention, but his focus is on what he wants to tell you. He is anxious to solve whatever problem you might have, and may not hear you clearly while he tries to plan out his response.

Empathetic: This is the highest form of listening. This listener truly hears what you are saying, but instead of trying to solve your problem, she simply tries to feel what you feel.

There’s no doubt that listening well is hard. But, there’s also no doubt that it is an important skill, and one that we can improve in. Whether it is with our kids, at church, at work, or in the community, listening well is a vital skill. May God bless us as we try to deepen our listening skills.

Please pray…

These school families will be prayed for this week:

Tim and Brenda Jank; Mark and Emily James;

Jesse and Crystal Jannuzzello; Matthew and Destiny Jimenez;

and Klint and Melissa Kammerer

Josh Jank, whose health is in God’s hands,

and for the whole Jank family.

Brenton Klopfenstein and his family

upon the death of his aunt, Beth Sexton

Go RED for Red Ribbon Week

Students are each receiving a red ribbon today in recognition of Red Ribbon Week, October 23rd – 31st. The ribbons are provided by Drug Free Noble County…working to reduce the use anb sbuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Noble County. For more information, visit www.drugfreenoblecounty.org, or call their office at (260) 636-2320.

The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG-FREE AMERICA. It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against substance abuse.

Building Up the Next Generation

Do you want your children to be a thermostat or a thermometer? How about a host or a guest? How about a river or a flood? Mr. Walz will present these images and what they mean for the next generation in his upcoming Family Builder sessions. He will share information from Dr. Tim Elmore (www.growingleaders.com) on how we can best lead this generation of young people toward a healthy future. There are 2 opportunities for you to participate:

Sunday mornings, Oct. 19 – Nov. 23, 9:15-10:15, in the library, with Sunday School

available for the kids

Sunday afternoons, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, and Nov. 23, 2:00-4:00, in the Gathering Place,

with child care available

Please join us, and bring a friend, for some healthy discussions and learning about the younger generations in our care.

Butter Braids Sale

Our annual Butter Braid sale continues through Friday, October 31, with delivery of frozen loaves on Thursday, November 13. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and plan now to support our school!


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. 1, from 5:00 – 7:00. We have a lot of helpers to run the games and other events. But, we have 2 major needs:

1. We need a few individuals to step up and lead this event. A few dedicated

parents and some time is all that is needed for a great event!

2. We need each family to supply 2 bags of candy so that we have plenty of

prizes to give to all our Little Saints! Please leave your candy donations in

the box in the gym.

Riley Street Construction

The Riley Street (from Diamond to US 6) Construction has begun. It is expected to last a month. They will be replacing the sidewalk ramps with ADA compliant ramps, replacing a few storm sewers, and laying down a new road surface. Barricades will be placed at each intersection indicating that the road is closed, but through traffic will still be allowed. However, you may want to take a different route to avoid the slow-downs. We will notify you as the city updates us.

If you have yet to pick up your cooler loaned to us for

Apple Festival, please do so immediately.


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.

Academic Festival: November 8, 2014

The deadline to register for this year’s Academic Festival has now passed. The Academic Festival is a fun half day of academic “competitions” with other schools. The Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8. After our students and the students from other schools are slotted into events, a final schedule will be sent home the week before the Festival. This is also an event that relies on parent volunteers. Please contact the school office to volunteer to help.

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 Mrs. Thiem 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, Saturday, November 8, 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 current 6th/7th grade

Washington D.C. Trip (spring 2016)

Saturday November 8th 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 @ $6.50 Ticket #


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!!

Paper Banners By Request Only

The Banner can be accessed on our website: www.stjohneagles.org and will be sent attached to a Fast Direct message each Monday. If you would still like to receive a paper copy of the Banner please let the office know and we will gladly send a copy home with your child.

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is November 11

(and each second Tuesday thereafter). Proceeds benefit the Washington D.C. trip – spring 2016.

Building Program Update

► Our plans are being finalized in order to be let out for bids from contractors and subcontractors.

► We are beginning to form the team of people who will run the capital campaign. Many different talents and abilities are needed. If you are asked to participate, please prayerfully consider serving in this way. If you are interested in volunteering for this opportunity, please see Pastor Bob or Tim Walz.

► Please continue to pray for this project as we prepare for the construction and the capital campaign.

No Halloween Celebrations

Our school does not have Halloween parties. Too many things commonly associated with Halloween conflict with our Christian beliefs. We will instead have Fall or Thanksgiving parties in some of our classrooms.

SHINE Students

of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Aiden Schumm, Kyle McKenzie, Branson Klink, Braylon Shire, and Baily Lash. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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 24th. 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!

Mrs. Thiem spoke with students at chapel last week about the project and all students received a brochure which gives specific guidelines about the project. Empty shoeboxes are now available for the asking in the office. 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.

St. John will again be serving as an Operation Christmas Child Relay Center this year! That means shoeboxes from all over the area will be delivered to our church on their way to the Regional Collection Center in Ft. Wayne. Help will be needed every day and/or evening from November 17 through the 24th. PLEASE speak with Mrs. Thiem and offer a few hours of your assistance with this project! We will even have homemade cookies and Christmas music!

The Week Ahead - Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, 2014

Monday, October 27

Tuesday, October 28

8:15 – Chapel

3:15 – 4:45 – Boys Basketball Practice

4:45 – 6:15 – JV Girls Basketball Practice

Wednesday, October 29

8th grade trip to Finance Park

3:00 – 4:00 – Student Council Service Project

3:00 – 4:30 - Junior Spell Bowl Practice

7:00 – Confirmation Class

Thursday, October 30

3:15 – 4:45 – Boys Basketball Practice

4:45 – 6:15 – JV Girls Basketball Practice

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, October 31

End of Butter Braid Sale

3:00 – 5:00 – Lego Club

Saturday, November 1

5:00 – 7:00 – Little Saints Night

Sunday, November 2

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour (including Building the Next Generation

class led by Mr. Walz in the library)

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

2:00 – 4:00 – Building the Next Generation – in the Gathering Place

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