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The Eagle Eye

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

Banner #1, August 13, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 13 August 2018


St. John Lutheran School

August 13, 2018 - Number 1

WELCOME TO THIS FIRST ISSUE OF OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER, THE BANNER. The Banner will be sent home with students each Monday (on Tuesday for morning two-day preschoolers). We hope that it will serve the purpose of keeping you informed about upcoming events and activities. Read it faithfully so that you know what is going on.

Our Mission

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at St. John! I am thankful that you have chosen to have your child here at St. John. Our mission is to partner with you to provide a Christ-centered education that will nurture and develop your child in all areas of life.

In order to do that most effectively, the key word is partner. St. John is here to assist you in your God-given responsibility to “train up a child in the way he should go…” (Proverbs 22:6) Our teachers and staff members are committed to serving God by sharing His love with your child every day. As parents and students, you are expected to also share God’s love with others in the St. John family and beyond. Unfortunately, none of us do that perfectly. That means that there will be problems and hurts through the course of this year. The great thing is that, as we follow Jesus’ example and offer forgiveness and grace, God will restore these broken relationships and bring healing. Through the good times and the hard times we are still partners with the same purpose: the Christian education of your child.

I’m excited about the year! By God’s grace we will have a great year together as partners in your child’s education.

The Principal’s Pen

(Jesus said) “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25

Do you like to build? I asked the kids that question in our opening chapel last Tuesday and a lot of hands went up. Most kids like to build, whether it is with blocks, with Legos, with cardboard boxes, or with wood. One student even said she likes to take things apart and put them back together. Hopefully she doesn’t end up with pieces left over!

In our theme verse for this year Jesus uses the idea of building houses to teach a lesson. When building a house, the foundation is key. A foundation of sand doesn’t provide a stable base for what is built on it. A foundation of rock provides that strong and sure base for the building. The rain, floods, and winds come, the house on the sand falls, but the house on the rock stands firm.

But, Jesus isn’t really giving us a building lesson. He’s talking about the foundation of our lives. Jesus is instructing us to build our lives on something strong, something that will last. What is it that will make a strong foundation for our lives? God’s Word, the Bible, and a relationship with Jesus as our Savior, provides that strong and sure foundation. The rain, floods, and winds will come, but the life built on Jesus will stand strong.

I invite you to join us this year as we grow together and build our lives

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

For the safety of our students, we have the following arrival and dismissal procedures in place:

● Before-school care students will ring the doorbell at Door 5 and be buzzed into the building.

● Students arriving at 7:50 will enter the building at door 4 after being dropped off along the building or parking and walking in with a parent.

● Parents picking up for dismissal should enter at door 4 and then proceed to the gym to pick up your child.

● Parents leaving the building after arrival or dismissal can exit through door 4 or door 5.

● Parents picking up children after school from after-school care, sports, or clubs will ring the doorbell at Door 5 and be buzzed into the building.

● Bus riders shuttled from East Noble Middle School will be dropped off and picked up at Door 1.

Order Your St. John Shirt

Don’t miss out on your chance to have a cool ON THE ROCK theme t-shirt! We would like every student to have one of these shirts so that we can all wear them for field trips, school spirit days, and for other events. The absolute final day to order is Aug. 24 by 3:15 p.m. NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Additional order forms are available in the office. Shirts are $8.00.

VERY IMPORTANT Back-To-School Night!

Please block the evening of Tuesday, August 21, on your calendar! This night is an important opportunity to partner together and be informed about the year ahead from Mr. Walz and the classroom teachers. We will begin at 6:00 with a parent meeting with Mr. Walz in the Worship Center. Shortly after 6:30 we will break out into 3 classrooms rotations of 20-minutes each. In these sessions you will hear plans and procedures specific to your child’s classroom. You may attend however many of these sessions that you need to in order to cover all your kids. Child care will be provided for those students who need to come with their parents. The evening will be finished before 8:00. Please plan to attend!

Please make this event a very important part of your calendar and make every effort to attend! Thank you!

RenWeb ParentsWeb

RenWeb is our school information system and ParentsWeb is the parent portal. You all used this for the online enrollment. But, there is much more available to you in ParentsWeb. Here are a few points to get you started:

● All communication in RenWeb happens through email. Any message we send you will come to your email inbox. To communicate with a teacher, just send them an email. All teachers have emails in the following structure: first initial last name @stjohneagles.org (ex: twalz@stjohneagles.org).

● There is a basic calendar on the ParentsWeb homepage.

● Under ‘School information’ – ‘Directory’ there are both family and staff directories.

● Under ‘School Information’ – ‘Resource Documents’ you will find our Parent Handbook and the weekly Banner.

● Under ‘Student Information’ – ‘Grades’ you will be able to see your child’s grades (in grades 3rd-8th) when they are entered by the teachers.

● Under ‘Student Information’ – ‘Attendance’ you will be able to see your child’s attendance record.

● Under ‘Family Information’ – ‘Family Billing’ you will be able to see your hot lunch account and extended care charges and make online payments to these accounts. (Please note: a NEGATIVE balance in your account reflects a credit. A POSITIVE balance in your account reflects charges to be paid.)

● The ParentsWeb site is: https://sjl-in.client.renweb.com/pw/ Our school code is SJL-IN. Your username and password are the ones you set up when you enrolled.

We hope that you will become familiar with ParentsWeb and use it regularly for these various uses and more!

Summer Enrichment Party

If you participated in our Summer Enrichment Program by working in your summer book, logging your reading minutes, and/or logging your physical fitness activity – WAY TO GO! Now you get to celebrate! Make sure you turn in your summer book or log sheets to the office by Thursday, Aug. 16. Preschool – 5th grade students who participated should plan to join us on Friday, Aug. 17, from 3:00-4:15 for a party and prize ceremony. Middle School students will have a separate party. Special announcements will go home with students when their log sheets/tickets have been turned in. Parents, if you would like to help with this event please contact the school office! Parents are also welcome to join us for the party!


We’re Glad You’re Here

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! Whether it is welcome back or you are new to St. John, we are glad that you are here. We as a staff are blessed to serve you and your children! We look forward to growing together as one family in Christ.

New students this year are:

Preschool Piper Arnold, Wade Probst,

Greyson Ashley, Lyric Hirschy, Adela Jo Crawford, D’Miya Williams, Julis Downam, and Kinlee Frey

Kindergarten Cierra Croy, Axel Harper, Mataya Justice, Onyx Leedy, Jackson McKinley, Joshua Neuman, Georgia Sexton, Genevieve Smoot, Aiden Treager, and David Zollman

First Grade Carleigh Aumsbaugh, Mason Bond

Second Grade Arybella Parks

In Our Thoughts and Prayers……will be a weekly feature in the Banner. If you have a prayer request please notify your child’s teacher or Mrs. Thiem in the school office.

We pray for God to be with each of us as we begin a new school year growing in Him and praising His name!

Fitness Fact

This school year I have the opportunity to share a fitness fact each week in The Banner. I hope you will find them useful as we pursue physical fitness together. Mrs. Barr

“Fitness is not about being better than someone else; fitness is being better today than you were yesterday, which makes physical fitness attainable for everyone. “

It’s Spell Bowl Time!

Students in grades 6-8 who are interested in joining the fun with the Jr. Spell Bowl team will be meeting next week beginning Tuesday, August 14, from 3:00 until 4:30 p.m. They will meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, generally, until the competition on Tuesday, October 30. The Spell Bowl competition will take place here at St. John. See Mrs. Pillers for additional information. Thanks, Mrs. Pillers, for serving as our coach again this year!

Music, P.E., Library, Counseling, and Sports Are Beginning

Our keyboard and guitar classes began last Friday and our intermediate/advanced band and intermediate/advanced strings classes will begin this Wednesday, Aug. 15. Don’t forget your instruments! Students in 3rd grade will be introduced to the strings program and students in 4th grade will be introduced to the band program on Friday, Aug. 17. If you have children in these grades please watch for the information to come home on Friday. If you have questions, please see Mr. Walz. We welcome back Mrs. Tina Wilkinson (keyboard and general music), Mr. Brandon Eiler (band and strings), and Mr. Tyler Gill (guitar and strings), and Mr. Don Schroeder (guitar)!

Our P.E. classes also began last Thursday. We welcome back Mrs. Darcy Barr as our part-time P.E. instructor. Kindergarten through 3rd grade will have class two times per week and 4th through 8th grade will have class three times per week.

Miss Taylor and Mrs. Kratzman will continue sharing their love of books with our students in the library. Library classes also began last Thursday.

Our counseling partnership with Cross Connections also continues this year. We have a new counselor assigned to us, Mrs. Kathy McIlrath. She will visit classrooms on Tuesday mornings to teach Christian character lessons. She is then available for individual counseling sessions in the afternoons. If you feel this is something that would be beneficial for your child, or would just like more information, please see Mr. Walz. Mrs. McIlrath will begin August 14.

The 4th-8th grade girls JV and Varsity volleyball teams and the 4th-8th grade Jr. Varsity soccer team have all begin practicing and are headed toward their first games this week! Please see Mrs. Kline, our athletic director, or the office for schedules and other information. Physical exams must be completed before an athlete can participate in a game. Both of these sports provide great exercise, the opportunity to learn new skills, and fun with friends.

Important Reminders

• Please remember to call the school when your child will be tardy or absent for the day. We do report the number of excused and unexcused absences to the state at the end of the year. Excused absences result from illness, seeking medical care, family emergencies, and other unique situations approved by the principal. Family vacations will be recorded as “unexcused”. More details can be found in the school handbook.

• Remember to use the sign-in/sign-out sheet - LOCATED IN THE FRONT OFFICE ON MISS YOUNG’S (Mrs. Thiem’s sister!) desk if your child arrives late or leaves early. Students arriving late must sign the sheet and get a late pass before going to their classroom. Students who need to be picked up early must be accompanied by a parent who then signs the sheet before leaving the building.

• For the safety of our students and staff, our building is locked once arrival is complete. Access to the building during the day should be at door #1, where you can ring the doorbell and be buzzed in by the secretaries. Anyone visiting our school during the school day should sign in on the proper sheet in the office.

• Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their child. In order to be included in the lunch count for the day, if you want to order a school lunch, please notify the kitchen or the office by 8:00 A.M.

• Your child’s spiritual growth is important to us! We encourage you to regularly attend your church and take advantage of the opportunities to grow in faith as a family. If you don’t have a church home we would love to have you worship with us. We have traditional worship services on Thursday night at 7:00 P.M. and Sunday mornings at 8:00. We have contemporary worship Sunday mornings at 10:30 A.M. Sunday School for children and adults is held at 9:15. Parents are also welcome to join us for our all-school devotion time on Monday at 8:35 and for our chapel service on Tuesdays at 8:10 in the Worship Center.

• Like East Noble, we delay our start on Monday morning and use that time in various collaboration groups. However, we will keep our start time on Mondays at 8:30, (whereas last year East Noble pushed it back to 8:45).

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• In order to provide a safe and secure environment for our students, and to maximize their learning time, we will be asking parents to help us avoid disruptions to the classrooms. If you need to drop off a forgotten lunch, backpack, instrument, book, or anything else, please do so in the office. The secretaries can then determine the best time to deliver the item to your child.

• If your plans change during the day and you need to communicate with your child, please call the school office. Mrs. Thiem and Miss Young can notify your child’s teacher. Emailing or texting the teacher may not be seen as the teachers are busy teaching your children and can’t always check their messages during the day.

Food Service Program News

Information about our Food Service Program can be found in the “Food Services Handbook” in the back of our Parent Handbook or by contacting Melissa Murphy, our Food Service Director. Breakfast prices are $1.80 with the reduced price of $.30. Lunch will be served for $2.45; $.40 for reduced. Adult lunch price is $3.30. Afterschool Snack price is $.65 or $.15 for reduced.

If you want more information on the free and reduced lunch program please contact Mrs. Murphy or pick up an application from the school office. The government reimburses our program over and beyond the cost of the meal for free and reduced students. If you feel you qualify for either of these, I strongly urge you to take advantage of this. All applications and decisions are completely confidential.

Milk is included as part of hot lunch. Additional milks can be consumed at lunch or morning break. The price for milk is $.45 cents per carton. Preschoolers and kindergartners have milk during their snack time.

Lunch menus will be sent home with children before the start of each month. We operate under the guideline that ALL MEALS WILL BE PAID FOR IN ADVANCE. Please consult the page entitled “St. John Food Service Charging Policy” in the handbook for more information. According to this policy, parents will be notified when their balance reaches $0.00. Parents are then expected to make payments to avoid a negative balance. Please make every effort to make prompt payment of milk and lunch bills. Thank you!

Help Wanted

St. John is seeking to fill the following positions:

• Food Services Director: While Melissa Murphy is listed in the section above as Food Services Director, she has already taken another position and is not continuing at St. John. We are seeking a new director as well as pursuing options for partnering with other programs.

• Kitchen Worker: We are also seeking additional kitchen workers to help prepare and serve the meals for our students.

• Instructional Assistant: We are seeking a part-time instructional assistant to work primarily in grades 3rd-5th.

• Bus Supervisor: Our bus students are now shuttled to and from ENMS and we need to have someone to watch them while they wait at the Middle School (not while they are on the bus). We are seeking several people, perhaps retirees or 2nd/3rd shift workers, who could share this role.

If you are interested in any of these positions, or now someone who might be, please have them contact Mr. Walz (260-347-2444 or twalz@stjohneagles.org) or give him their contact information.

It’s First Lego League Time!

First Lego League involves building Lego robots, programming them to do certain tasks, and competing to complete these missions. It also involves researching a topic and coming up with a solution for a problem. It involves teamwork, research, writing, computer skills, problem solving, and public speaking. Students in grades 4-8 who are interested in joining should see Mr. Walz or Mr. Gill. Practices will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00-4:45 and start this Wednesday, Aug. 15.

The Week Ahead - August 13 – 19, 2018

Monday, August 13

3:15 – Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, August 14

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, August 15

Thursday, August 16

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, August 17


Saturday, August 18

Sunday, August 19

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Adult Bible Class & Sunday School

10:30 – Contemporary Worship in Sanctuary

So August is here now and school’s started back.

Another year to learn letters and math to attack.

Our kids are so blessed with all of their gear

as they head off to class with lessons to hear.

This month, once again, school items I’ll stress

So children far off their studies can address.

They need crayons and pencils at this time so cheap

The rewards of an education those children will reap.

Without those supplies the kids are left out.

To school they can’t go – so there is no route

Out of the poverty that wears them away

In a life of poor sadness they’re bound to stay.

So won’t you help out with this project today?

Run to the store and don’t delay!

Help fill a box with something for school

Smile as God uses you as His tool!

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 Drop Off Center Coordinator

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