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The Eagle Eye

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

Banner #18; December 15, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 15 December 2014


St. John Lutheran School

December 15, 2014

Number 18

Principal’s Pen

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14

There will be about 360,000 babies born today around the world. The same will happen tomorrow, and the next day, and the next... Some of these babies will grow up to change the world. Some, unfortunately, will not grow up to see their first birthday. With so many babies being born do we sometimes begin to lose the wonder of this miraculous event?

During Advent, let us pause to reflect on this incredible, wonder-ful fact: In Jesus, God became flesh and came to live with us. Let me repeat that, and let it sink in. God sent His Son, Jesus, to live here on earth and become one of us. Does it get more wonderful than that? We have a God who loves us so much that He came to live with us! In the busy-ness of this season, and often during the rest of the year, I think we often overlook that great fact. Perhaps reading that verse from a different translation will help us focus on the great Gift we have in Jesus. Here’s how The Message translates John 1:14:

"The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish."

This Advent, let's be sure to help our new Neighbor feel welcome!

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.

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!

Advent worship is a special time of the season; a time when we can join together with other believers to focus on Jesus, the real reason for Christmas. Please join us for the final Advent service this

Thursday, Dec. 18, 7:00 – led by our 1st-5th grades

A dinner will also be served from 5:30-6:30 in the gym. Please join us for fellowship and worship with your St. John family.

Thursday, December 18 - 5:30 – 6:30

Chicken Vegetable Soup

Grilled Cheese Sandwich



Free-will offering proceeds to benefit Washington D.C. trip April 2016

Worship the newborn King with us!

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24

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

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

Christmas Day, Thurs., December 25

9:00 a.m. - Sanctuary

New Year’s Eve, Wed., December 31

7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary

Shop With SCRIP for Christmas!

We have several companies that are offering $10 and even $5 cards for the Christmas season. Check with us if you need a small gift for someone!

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 19

School reconvenes Monday, January 5th.

Hobby Day/Hat Day

Bring in one dollar on December 19th and have your choice of wearing a hat, dress up for your favorite hobby, or both! All of the money goes to support Phil’s Friends, our current chapel offering project.

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 PS-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.

New Music Teacher

We are excited to be able to introduce our new music teacher, Ms. Allison Dencklau. Ms. Dencklau will be taking over for Mrs. Meyer on Jan. 7 and will be teaching her Kindergarten and 1st grade general music classes and her 2nd through 8th grade keyboarding classes. Ms. Dencklau began her piano career at age 5 and has taught piano for the last 15 years. She has both bachelor and Master’s degrees in Music Performance and Pedagogy (teaching). Ms. Dencklau has an energetic and uplifting personality. She loves to make learning fun. While we are sad to see Mrs. Meyer go, we are excited to welcome Ms. Dencklau to our team.

Ms. Dencklau is also offering private lessons after school on Wednesday or Friday. If you are interested in having your child continue his or her piano learning through private lessons, please contact the office and we will put you in touch with Ms. Dencklau.

These school families, prayed for this week:

Caleb and Tricia Parks; Cameron and Carmen Patton; Russell and Teresa Phares; Matthew and Tacy Potts; David and Melinda Proxmire

Jessie and Sam Schroeder and their family upon the death of their uncle last week;

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

Open Doors, Closed Doors

It is a blessing in many ways that St. John has an ‘open door’ policy. By that, we mean that the school is accessible to parents. You are able to come into school to drop things off, eat lunch with your child, and wait to pick up your child at the end of the day. We are also a church, and so there is church activity throughout the day. But, we are also a ‘closed door’ campus in that doors are locked throughout the day as a way of maintaining control of who is in the building. We tell our students, and try to remind them regularly, that they are not to open doors and let people into the building, even if the student knows them. (This is hard to do because in most every other situation we want our children to be helpful and open doors for people.) We have signs posted on the doors telling people to come to Door #1 on Oak Street to enter during the day. We’ve experienced some problems when students open doors for others or when parents have come in and then unlocked the doors for others. While that may be done out of helpfulness, it makes it harder for us when we find doors unlocked that should be locked. We ask for your help in the following areas:

● Students should never open the doors for others. They can go get their teacher if they see someone at the door.

● Parents also should not open the doors for others. Parents should not change a door to an unlocked position.

● For student dismissal, the preschool door (Door #3) will be unlocked at 10:45, 11:00, or 2:55. Parents who need access to the building before then should enter through Door #1.

● For student dismissal, the parking lot door (Door #5) will be unlocked at 2:55. Parents can enter at that time and meet their child in the gym or at the classroom.

We hope that these reminders and adjustments will make sense and enable us to maintain the right balance of access and control to our facility.

Cross Connections

St. John is blessed in our partnership with Cross Connections Christian Counseling. Every other week, your child (1st-8th grade) receives instruction in conflict resolution or other topics, from Mrs. Lisa Lessing, a trained and licensed counselor. Sometimes, students, or families, need some additional help for a short while. Mrs. Lessing can also help with that. She is available during school hours and also after school, to meet with students individually. She can also meet with parents. If your child is struggling with an issue and you feel some additional help would be needed, please contact Mr. Walz.

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is

Tuesday, January 13,

(and each second Tuesday thereafter).

Building Program Update

Our building program continues to progress with work being done on our funding and on the building plans. A great deal of work, and communication, will begin to happen in January. Here are a few updates for now.

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

► Our grant proposal to The Lutheran Foundation for up to $300,000 of matching funds has been submitted. It may take until March until we have a response from them on our funding request.

► Our building plans have been submitted to local contractors and we are waiting to receive their bids. Once we have those bids we will report to the congregation and seek approval on specific cost and construction timing.

► Our leadership team for the capital campaign is being formed. We are thankful that Rick and Julie Carmicheal have agreed to serve as Campaign Directors and for others that have agreed to serve. We’ll announce the full Leadership Team once it is completely formed.

If you would like more information on these or any other aspects of the building program, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Walz.

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 2014? 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.

Inclement Weather

As the likelihood of inclement weather increases, a few reminders about the procedure for school closings are in order. St. John will follow the East Noble School Corporation. When their decision is made you will be notified through a SchoolReach call and the following media outlets: WPTA, WISE, WANE, WBCL, WAWK, and WLAB (STAR). You will see or hear St. John Lutheran, Kendallville, listed on all these media outlets. The option exists for school to be closed, on 2-hour delay, or on 3-hour delay, which pushes dismissal time back to 3:45. Parents must always use discretion, whether we are in session or on delay, to determine if their own drive to school is too hazardous and they need to wait before coming in to school.

Reduced-Price Sale!!!

Available in the school office are some extra Butter Braids. They are being offered first-come-first-served at a price of $7.00 each. Check with Mrs. Thiem to see what is still available.


Remember that we have a Suggestion/Question box in the lobby area (with the soup label, Box Tops, pop tab and ink cartridge drop off boxes). Your feedback is welcome!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Ashton Benson, Bethy Stewart, Jared DiGirolamo, Aowyn Myers, Hanne Brandgard, Katelyn Walters, Wesley Potts, Katie Walker, Jessie Schroeder, Asher Jannuzzello, Mason Goddard, Lawrence Dietrich, Haley Bloom, Lauren Diehm, Briggs Cheesman, Alayna Schilling, Ava Koorsen, Christian Heileman, and Alan Jimenez. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Newspaper Ads Needed

We have two teachers who would like to use the Christmas toy advertisements that are a part of the newspaper this time of year in their classrooms. Please send those to school, or give them to Mrs. Goldey or Mrs. Schroeder. Thank you!

Spelling Bee January 13

On Tuesday, January 13, 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 1:00 p.m. in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

Geography Bee February 3

On Tuesday, February 3, don’t miss our school’s Geography Bee where students in grades 4-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the national Geography Bee. The Bee will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

15 – 21, 2014

Monday, December 15

4:15 – 5:15 – JVGB @ ASC

5:30 – 6:30 – JVBB @ ASC

6:45 – 7:45 – VB @ SPE

Tuesday, December 16

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:00 – JVBB practice

4:00 – 5:00 – VBB practice

5:00 – 6:00 – JVGB practice

Wednesday, December 17

4:30 – 5:30 - JVGB @ Home vs. LSUS

5:45 – 6:45 – JVBB @ Home vs. LSUS

6:45 – 7:45 – VB @ Home vs. LSUS7

Thursday, December 18

7:00 – Advent Worship #3 – led by Grades 1-5

Friday, December 19- Final Day before Christmas Break

Saturday, December 20

Sunday, December 21

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

The meaning of Christmas is found in a Name

that even God’s angels in heaven proclaim…

Across two thousand years, the Name is still heard


the hope of the world in a Word.

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