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Banner #14; November 23, 2015

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 23 November 2015


St. John Lutheran School

November 23, 2015 Number 14

The Principal’s Pen

Thanksgiving, or Thanks-living?

Once a year our country celebrates being thankful. There’s nothing wrong with that, as we certainly have much to be thankful for. As a country, we have freedoms that many in our world do not enjoy. Even with tragedies happening and the possibility of more at any time, we enjoy relative safety. We have a standard of living that far exceeds much of the world. Closer to home, we can be thankful for our families, our health, our work, our church, our school, our friends, and on and on. But, are we only thankful one day a year?

Another approach to Thanksgiving is thanks-living. How do we express our thankfulness, our gratitude, every day? Do we say thank-you to others when they do kind things for us? Do we say thank-you to God for the blessings He has given to us? More than saying thank-you, though, thanks-living is an attitude of thankfulness. It’s a realization that even when things seem to be falling apart, we still can be thankful for the tremendous blessings we have. God’s care, His love, His guidance, His forgiveness, and His eternal plan for each of us are constant. They are not dependent on us and what is happening in the world around us. When we know that and believe that in the depths of our hearts and minds, we can live with thanks-living. May God bless your Thanksgiving, and your thanks-living!

Praise the LORD!

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 106:1

Just a reminder that St. John will not be in session November 25-27 to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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.


After last spring’s trial run, se believe that we are able to utilize eLearning effectively as one of our options for making up days lost for bad weather. We do not have plans to implement an eLearning day on the day that school is called off. However, we will utilize an eLearning Saturday soon after the missed days. Assignments will be posted on our eLearning wiki (http://sjkelearning.pbworks.com/w/page/93697442/St%20John%20Lutheran%20School) by 9:00 A.M. on Saturday morning. The school will be open and staffed from 9:00-12:00 on Saturday morning for students who need Internet access and/or assistance. Students will also be able to stay after school the following week on Monday and Tuesday until 4:00 for the same reasons. Teachers will also be available during these times for students to contact them with questions. All work will be due Wednesday morning when school starts. The teachers will teach students how to access and navigate the wiki and will provide some work in paper form. It will be important for parents to communicate with us the issues they face so that we can continue to refine this process as needed.

Our school calendar still has 3 built-in snow days. So, the first 3 days missed will not need to be made up!



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!

Buttons For Sale

Kathy Stawser, grandmother to several of our students, has offered to make and sell buttons, magnets, and keychains with St. John logos. She has eagles, our “Building His Kingdom Here” theme, sports, and our new St. John logo! She had a table set up at Little Saints Night for those who were present. An order form is coming home for others who are interested. Mrs. Strawser is donating half of what she makes back to St. John. Thank you!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Marcy Treesh, Hunter Shire, Haylee Terry, Jessie Schroeder, and Mikayla Stier. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Christmas is just around the corner…

Kendallville Christmas Parade

On Dec. 5th 2015 St. John Lutheran will be walking in the Christmas Parade down Main street. I am looking for volunteers to walk and show their support for our wonderful church and school. We will be having some students dress up as Bible Characters. We would like volunteers of all ages to participate. We will meet at North Side Elementary school at 12:00 to get lined up. We also need donations of bags of candy to pass out to people. We want our presence felt in our community. If you are interested in helping with candy or walking in the parade please rsvp to Angi Goldey 260-760-8501 or email at agoldey@stjohneagles.org

Christmas Gift Collection

While the holidays can be an especially joyous time for most of us, it can be a time of sadness for a child of a needy family. To help in this cause, we will be taking a gift collection to be given to needy children of our school and congregation. This is strictly a voluntary donation.

Just after Thanksgiving, we will place ornaments on a Christmas tree in our school. Each ornament will have written on it either the name of a specific toy or a suggested type of gift certificate for clothing which would be enjoyed by one of our families. (We have switched to gift certificates for clothing rather than the purchase of actual clothing.)

If the item to be purchased is a toy, purchase the toy, wrap the gift, then tape the ornament on the front of the package. If you choose to purchase a gift certificate, simply place the certificate inside the envelope you take from the tree and return it to the school office. We will see that it gets to the family for whom it was intended.

It’s impossible for us to truly know the needs of all of our families. We have contacted various families that we think could use some special help this Christmas. If you were not contacted, and need help, please speak with Mr. Walz.

We feel this is a great opportunity to teach the children that the true joy of Christmas is in the spirit of giving, and it will also bring joy and Christ’s love to those with whom we are sharing.






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. Grades 3 through 5 will lead the worship on Thursday, Dec. 3. Grades 6 through 8 will lead the worship service on Thursday, Dec. 10. Grades Preschool through 2 will lead the worship service on Thursday, Dec. 17. All services begin at 7:00 in our church sanctuary. More details will be coming home in the weeks ahead. We hope that your family will plan now to join us for these special services.

SOL Presents “Waiting for Jesus”

St. John’s youth ministry, the School of Life, will be hosting “Waiting for Jesus,” a interactive Nativity on December 19. “Waiting for Jesus” is a guided tour inspired by Live Nativities and given its own flair by SOL. Tours run continuously between 4 - 7 pm, so save the date and plan to experience the birth of Jesus in a new and fresh way!

Join us for the Drum Song Collection this Winter!

You'll learn twenty-five beloved Music Together songs and activities you can recreate at home. Your children will be delighted to hop or bounce along to "John the Rabbit," play a musical version of hide-and-seek to "Sneak and Peek," and act the part of a slow snail and quick mouse in "Snail and Mouse." In addition to imaginative and engaging weekly classes, your tuition includes materials for you to use at home, online access to the curriculum and support materials through the new Music Together app, and a family newsletter full of resources and music-making ideas.

Call for a free demo class today!(319) 939-7755

playhappykeys.comMs. Ali Dencklau

Cameron Patton, father of three St. John students, diagnosed with colon cancer;

George Berger, father of Mrs. Linda Atz, recovering from a stroke

These school families will be prayed for this week

Brandon Lash/Cassandra Lash; and John & Angie Malone

The Week Ahead - November 23 – 29, 2015

Monday, November 23

3:00 – 4:30 – VBB practice

4:30 – 6:00 – VGB practice

5:30 – 6:30 – JVBB game @ HC

Tuesday, November 24

8:15 – Chapel

4:15 - VGB game @ Home vs. WYN

5:30 – JVBB game @ Home vs. Oak Farm

7:30 – 9:30 – Student Council Fall Dance

Wednesday, November 25 – No School – Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 26 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

9:00 a.m. – Worship Service

Friday, November 27 – No School – Thanksgiving Break

Saturday, November 28

Sunday, November 29

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

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