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Banner #6; September 19, 2016

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 19 September 2016


St. John Lutheran School

Sept. 19, 2016 Number 6

The Principal’s Pen

Our Chapel offerings this trimester are going to support both Ed and Mary Fox in Guatemala, and Pastor David and Barbara Bush, who will be serving in Macau. We have raised over $150 in support through our Chapel offerings and will continue to do so through the end of the trimester.

Two weeks ago in chapel I asked the kids for some help in thinking of some ways that we can support these missionaries. Of course, our offerings are important, but there are other ways we can support them. I was impressed with the answers the kids came up with. Here is the list we generated:

• Collect food • Collect Toys

• Pray • Collect Clothing

• Send letters • Provide Shelter

• Collect First Aid and Medicine • Collect Bibles

• Collect Things They Need • Give offering

We discussed how all of us can pray. That is a gift that doesn’t cost us anything! We can also give some type of offering. For some it may not be much. But, God has blessed us with much and what a joy it is to give some of it back to Him!

I invite you to pray for these missionaries. Here are a couple of prayer needs:

Mary Fox recently underwent eye surgery. She is recovering well (praise God!) and will soon be able travel back to Guatemala (prayers for continued healing and safe travel). Pray for the success of their work in translating parts of the Bible.

David and Barbara Bush have received the clearance to go to Macau. This may happen as soon as November. Pray for all of the details connected with their travel. Pray for their upcoming work in teaching English as a second language.

I have been in touch with both couples to see if there is anything that we can collect and send with them. Watch The Banner for the details if there is any way we can help them out. May God continue to bless the Bushes and the Foxes as they serve the Lord.

SJK Parent Night

Last Spring we surveyed our parents about hosting evenings for our parents. We found that parents were most interested in a social time or learning more about a parenting topic. We also learned that a weekday evening or weekend evening were the preferred times. So, in response to that information, we are hosting….


Monday, Sep. 19, 6:30 PM

Worship Center

Kahoots are interactive online quizzes on a variety of topics. Some of our teachers Kahoot with their students as a review game. Have some fun competing against other St. John parents to see how smart you are! Bring your phone or tablet or use one of ours. Child Care will be provided. Please let the office know if you are planning to attend and bring kids so that we can plan accordingly.

Paper Banners Coming To an End

Starting Monday, Sep. 26, we will no longer send paper copies of the Banner home with every family. The Banner can be accessed on our website: www.stjohneagles.org. 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.

Grandparents Day - Tuesday, Sep. 20

We’re looking forward to welcoming all the grandparents and special guests to our building tomorrow. We’ll start our afternoon together at 1:00. Please enter the building through Doors 3 or 4.

See You At The Pole

Please join us next Wednesday, Sep. 28, at 8:00, as we celebrate See You At The Pole Day. This national celebration gives us opportunity to publically share with our community the faith that we share daily in our school. Parents and guests are welcome to stay after drop-off and participate in songs and prayers with our student body.

Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences

St. John will have early dismissal on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11 & 12, the days we are holding Parent/Teacher Conferences. This will allow the teachers some extra time for conferences. We will dismiss at 1:55 on both of those days. Conferences will begin at 2:15. Students who need to remain at school until the normal bus time or for after school care will be able to do so, free of charge, for the hour from 1:55-2:55. If you have any questions regarding the dismissal time, transportation, extended care, or conferences these two days, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher or the office.

Parent-Teacher Conference Registration

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Oct.

11 & 12. These conferences are an important way for

parents and teachers to communicate and work

together for the good of each student.

A corrected sign-up sheet has been sent home with

students in K-5, as dates were previously incorrect.

Please return your GREEN sheet by Wed., Sept. 21.

Middle School teachers will be stationed so parents

can seek them out to meet.

We will send home a schedule the week of

Sept. 26 and want to have every family slotted.




Now in ParentsWeb

Please log in to your ParentsWeb account and check out these newly added features:

► Grades (for 3rd-8th): Grades are now posted as teachers enter them (remember that the teachers do need time from when the assignment is turned in to when it is posted on ParentsWeb!)

► The Banner: Copies of The Banner, our weekly newsletter are now posted

► Parent Directory: Names, addresses, and phone numbers are now available

An email will be sent out on Monday with a few more details on where to find each of these items. We hope that these newly added features will help you stay connected!


The biggest fundraiser of the year for our Parent-Teacher League is Kendallville’s Apple Festival. It takes many helping hands to make this project a success. Sixteen people are needed for each shift at the Fairgrounds!

A big thank you to all of you who have signed up already to work at this year’s Apple Festival! However, lots of help is still needed!!! If you are unsure what volunteering would entail, please speak with Mrs. Thiem. WE EXPECT ALL ST. JOHN FAMILIES TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE FESTIVAL! IT TAKES US ALL TO ACCOMPLISH THIS TASK! PLEASE DECIDE HOW YOU CAN HELP. PLEASE RESPOND! WE NEED EVERYONE!



Lots of coolers will be needed to store apples and eggs for the Festival. If you would allow us to borrow yours, plan on dropping the cooler off at school on Wednesday, September 28. THANKS!!

Also needed are cash donations to be used to purchase fritter ingredients. Send your donation to the school office if you would like to help. THANK YOU!


The Apple Festival Committee requests that each participant dress in appropriate costuming at the Apple Festival. We have skirts and aprons at each booth which women can simply slip on over their jeans. Men usually wear blue jeans and flannel shirts.

To clarify “appropriate costuming,” please find several suggestions for dress and a few absolute “do not wear” below. Remember the goal of the Apple Festival is to entertain and educate about our pioneer heritage in 1830-1865.

We do have a supply of clothes to slip on, but if you have something that is appropriate you are encouraged to wear it!


Suggested Not Acceptable

Boots or dark-colored shoes Visible tennis shoes

Dark-colored pants or jeans Designer jeans

(Shirts worn out to cover snaps, zippers, etc.) Contemporary outerwear

Peasant-style shirts Baseball style hats

Flannel shirts (preferably solid color) T-Shirts

Capotes Neon-colored clothing


Suggested Not Acceptable

Boots or dark-colored shoes Visible tennis shoes

Mid-calf to long dresses Visible pants

Cloaks, shawls, quilts, afghans Contemporary outerwear

Period hats, bonnets and caps Neon-colored clothing




 Zippers were invented in 1890

 Fabrics were pure natural fibers (wool, cotton, silk, linen, canvas, broadcloth)

 Layering your clothing will be helpful for changing temperatures

DC Trip Fundraising Begins Again!

It’s not too early to begin planning for the next trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2018! Students are currently selling magazine subscriptions, as well as loads of other items in an online store. Visit www.gaschoolstore.com and simply use our school code: 2704666. Students receive full credit for all online sales. Thank you for your help!

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.

T-Shirts for Sale

If you missed your chance at ordering a “LIMITLESS” St. John T-shirt, check with Mrs. Thiem. A few are available for purchase. Perhaps we have your size!!

“The Buzz Hour”

Sunday School for preschool through grade 5 has started back up at 9:15. New curriculum has been ordered called “Faith Buzz” – hence the new name “The Buzz Hour”! The material is a fun and exciting way to learn about the love of Jesus! Don and Peggy Schroeder are teaching the classes. Join the fun!!

Save the Date - Bullying Workshop

Mark your calendar now to attend a bullying workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30. Zach Hayden will be working with our students during the day and will present to parents and children in the evening. More details will come, but we hope you will make plans now to attend.

Barnyard Round-Up T-Shirts Available

Extra t-shirts from this summer’s Vacation Bible School are now available at a clearance price of $3.00 per shirt. Various sizes are available. Contact the office.

Little Saints Night

Save the date: Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5:00-7:00, for our Annual Little Saints Night. This is one way that we can still celebrate the fall season in a safe and fun way. Please join us for games, food, candy, and fun for the whole family!

St. John Graduate Emily Brayton and her family upon the passing of her father, Mark;

These school families will be prayed for this week:

Daniel & An Conrad; Eric & Mindy Cope; Nicholas & Lisa Deskins; Jonathan & Angel Diehm; and Dallas & Sharlina Downam

No School

October 3– 7


SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Brock Klink, Branson Klink, Elli Will, Olivia Schott, Riann Ramer, Abby Hale, Maddison Harlan, Brody Workman, Dallas Dean, Ashlynn Myers, Lex Moser, and Rosa Andorfer. We give thanks to God for these

The Week Ahead - September 19 - 25, 2016

Monday, September 19

3:00 – 4:30 – Soccer practice

4:15 – JVVB vs. WBN

6:30 – 8:00 – SJK Parent Social

Tuesday, September 20

1:00 – 3:00 – Grandparent’s Day

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 4:30 – JVVB practice

3:00 – 5:00 – Lego Club

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

4:30 – 6:00 – VVB practice

Wednesday, September 21

3:00 – 4:30 – JVVB practice

4:15 – VVB vs. CEN (@ASC)

4:30 – Soccer @ WYN

7:00 – Confirmation Class

Thursday, September 22

Vision Screenings

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 5:00 – Lego Club

4:15 – JVVB vs. SJE

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, September 23

Soccer Tournament

2:00 – 9:00 - Apple Peeling for Apple Festival

Saturday, September 24

Soccer Tournament

Sunday, September 25

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

Soccer Tournament

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