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Banner #3; August 26, 2019

WRITTEN BY Anonymous - 26 August 2019


St. John Lutheran School

August 26, 2019 Number 3

The Principal’s Pen

How is your back-to-school transition going? The first few weeks of school can be challenging as summer routines return to school routines: earlier bedtime, earlier wake-up time, homework, less time to play, and more (or just different) activities. The adjustment isn’t just for kids as moms and dads also have to adjust. I know at the Walz house both the kids and the parents struggle at times with the return to the school routine.

One area that might be a part of the back-to-school transition is screen time. In many families, the Walz family included, the rules about screen time change over the summer. Reigning screen time back in at the start of the year can be challenging. But, it is an important challenge to face, I believe.

Here are 3 tips for you to consider if you are facing a challenge in the area of how much screen time is appropriate:

⁕ Be present: Your kids may want independence in their screen time, but it is important for you to be aware of what they are doing online (just as you are aware of who they spend physical time with). Be engaged with what they are doing, who they are doing it with, and why they like their games and activities.

⁕ Control the WiFi: Most WiFi services and many devices allow various controls to be placed on usage. This could be as simple as looking at the history and recent usage on the device. But, it can also include setting limits on when the WiFi is even accessible and for how long it can be used.

⁕ Balance: It’s difficult to manage screen time by only removing or limiting it. Instead, try adding other activities of interest. You may need to be more forceful at the start, but your kids will get used to it. Outside play, reading, hobbies, and music are all good alternatives to lead kids to in place of screen time.

There are many positive resources and activities on screens these days, but also grave dangers. For 2 more tips on this topic, as well as a wealth of other resources, please visit: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/school-year-screen-time-rules-from-a-teacher

Changes to Food Charging Policy

As was announced at the Need to Know Night, we are making changes to how we are enforcing our Food Charging Policy, effective next Tuesday, Sep. 3. More specific background was shared at Need to Know Night, but here are the basics of the change:

• Families will be notified by email and paper note when their account reaches -$10 (remember, in FACTS a negative amount means you have money still to spend).

• Families will be notified by email and paper note when their account reaches $15 (this means that you now owe $15)

• At this point, students will be given an alternate breakfast item and/or an alternate entrée item until parents have deposited more money in their account.

• Families can keep track of your balance through the statements that come out at the beginning of the month and by logging into ParentsWeb.

• Families can make payments online through ParentsWeb or by bring the payment to the office.

Complete details of this change will come home this week in paper and email form.

Meet Mrs. McIlrath

Hello, everyone! My name is Kathy McIlrath. I am the school counselor who will be in the building on Tuesdays teaching Christian character lessons, as well as some required safety lessons on issues such as bullying and abuse, to name a few.

I have worked in education for over 30 years as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, athletic director, and school counselor. I have worked with all ages of students between kindergarten and 12th grade. I enjoy assisting students, parents, teachers, and other adults in problem solving life issues and sharing the love of the Lord with all those I come into contact with.

I am at St. John on Tuesdays. I teach the classroom lessons mostly in the morning and am available for individual counseling sessions throughout the rest of the day. Please contact the school office if you would like for me to work with your child individually.

Fitness Fact

Did you know that you can “train” your heart and lungs to become stronger? Cardiorespiratory Endurance is the ability of the heart, lungs, and muscles to work together for an extended period of time. It is also known as Aerobic Fitness. Aerobic or “cardio” activities are continuous and rhythmic and can include: running, swimming, cross country skiing, jumping rope, step aerobics, and cycling. For these activities to be effective aerobically, they must be participated in for a minimum of 15 minutes and your heart rate must exceed 60% of maximum.

Servant’s Handbook

At Need to Know Night last Wednesday, parents were able to pick up a Servant’s Handbook. We hope you’ve had a chance to look through it and have found some areas that excite you about helping out. We hope this handbook will help us partner with you to help make St. John even better. The events in the handbook are ones that we must have parent support from in order to make them successful. Please fill out and return the last page so that we know the areas you are interested in helping with. If you did not attend Need to Know Night, Servant Handbooks are available in the office and will be sent home. We look forward to receiving a form back from each St. John family!

Commitment Card

Also at Need to Know Night last Wednesday, parents were given a Commitment Card. This card highlights our partnership in the spiritual care and upbringing of our students. Many times we see our acts of worship, prayer, and devotions as things we give to God. In reality, these are opportunities for us to receive God’s gifts to us. As a church and school we encourage you and want to help you take advantage of these opportunities. We ask all families to return a Commitment Card. If you are ever in need of spiritual guidance, resources, or prayer, please call the office and Pastor Rigdon, DCE Wendt, or Mr. Walz will be glad to assist you!

The Banner

Starting next Tuesday, Sep. 3 (because we are off on Monday for Labor Day), The Banner, our school newsletter, will be sent home with the youngest child in the family. This is an important communication method and one that we hope you will read each week. Other information from the school office will also go home with the youngest child in the family. If you would prefer another child in your family be the one to bring items home please notify the school office. In a few weeks we will be asking whether you want to continue to receive a paper copy of The Banner or read an electronic copy.

Free (Sort of) To A Good Home

We are no longer in need of the following storage items: 4-drawer file cabinet, 2-door file cabinet, 2-door metal cabinet, and a TV cart. If any of these items would be useful in your home or garage you are free to claim them. All we ask is that you contribute what you think the item is worth to you and remove the item in the next week. The items are in the nursery and you can claim something by talking with someone in the office.

Missing Forms?

If you have forms that you haven’t turned in to the office, please do so right away. These forms are all needed to help our school run more smoothly. If we notify you that a form hasn’t been turned in, please take care of it right away.

First Trimester Chapel Offerings

Chapel offerings collected during the first trimester of this school year will go to support Christian mission work through Casa Chapi Children’s Village in Peru. Casa Chapi is a residential school where children are cared for and educated. We supported this ministry last year and believe that we can make a greater impact with a multi-year effort.

Children are encouraged to bring an offering each week. Giving an offering is a part of our worship as we say thank you to God for all the He provides for us. The amount of the gift is much less important that the attitude behind the gift – an attitude of gratitude!

Welcome Clayton!

We welcome a new student today to our 4-yer-old p[reschool class, Clayton Christlieb. Welcome, Clayton! We’re glad you’re here!


Save the Date – Special Person’s Day

Friday, September 27, will be our annual Special Person’s Day (formerly Grandparent’s Day). It’s on this day that we welcome special guests to our building for special activities during the afternoon. We’ll start at 1:00 and end with dismissal at 2:55. More details will come, but we wanted you to know the date and start inviting your special guests!

Student Directory To Be Published

We will soon publish our annual booklet which contains names, addresses, and phone numbers of our families. If you do not wish for any of this information to be published – YOU MUST INFORM MRS. THIEM. If we do not hear from you by September 3, we will assume it is your desire to make this information public.

Also, divorced or separated families, if you have a preference as to how you are listed, please talk with Mrs. Thiem. Thank you.

Parent-Teacher Conference Registration

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Sept.

18 & 24. These conferences are an important way for

parents and teachers to communicate and work

together for the good of each student.

Sign-up sheets are coming home with students

today. Please return your sheet by Tues., Sept. 3.

All teachers will be in their room.

We will send home a schedule the week of

Sept. 9 and want to have every family slotted.




Apple Festival Time IS Near!

This year’s Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6. A sign-up sheet was sent home last week and another will soon be coming for those who have not yet responded. Our apple fritters are an important part of the Apple Festival and this effort is a major fundraiser for our school. All of our families need to be involved with this huge project in some way. In fact, since apple peeling and the actual Festival are two weeks apart, we REALLY encourage and appreciate those parents who help with both tasks!!! In addition to the valuable work you are doing, you will enjoy the time you spend making new friends and socializing with familiar ones.

Bright Lights and Grow Tall

Bright Lights, our discipleship group for girls in grades 3-8, and Grow Tall, our discipleship group for boys in grades 3-8, both begin this Tuesday! Bright Lights, led by Mrs. Barr, meets from 3:00-5:15. Grow Tall, led by Mr. Walz and Mr. Wendt, meets from 3:00-5:00. All students in the grades are invited and encouraged to attend and be a part of these great groups!

Twenty-first Century Scholars

Twenty-first Century Scholars application forms should be available online at www.scholars.in.gov. The website also lists recent legislative changes to the program. Income-eligible students who take a pledge as a seventh or eighth-grader may be eligible for up to four years of paid tuition at an Indiana college following high school graduation.

Congratulations, Sadie

Sadie Potts, one of our 8th graders, was nominated last spring and selected to be a part of PULSE (Philanthropists Utilizing Life-long Service and Education), a student-led adult-guided group within the Community Foundation of Noble County. PULSE consists of 8th grade and high school students from throughout Noble County. Sadie will participate in monthly meetings and service projects that will better our community. Congratulations, Sadie, in this honor and accomplishment!

Recycle, Please!

Now that school is back in session, I want to remind you to recycle the empty ink jet cartridges as well as any cell phones, MP3 Players, I-PODS, and Laptop computers. Some cell phones and Blackberrys can earn up to $100.00. NO laser cartridges can also be accepted. Items can be placed in the wooden collection box in the church lobby. Thanks for helping to keep our world clean and making money for your school!

God desires His followers to be praying people. Our teachers and staff take this responsibility seriously and want to help your children be praying people also. Each week our teachers will pray for 5 school students during our teacher devotions. We will also pray for these students in All School Devotions and Chapel and in the classrooms. We will list the student names here so that you can pray for these families at home as well. If you have a specific prayer need, whether it is your week for prayer or not, please let us know through your teacher, the office, or the prayer request box located by the other collection boxes in the church lobby.

This week, the following St. John students will be included in prayer: Hank Timmerman, Addilynn Treager, Abel Warner, Reece Acker, and Piper Arnold.

Free and Reduced Price Lunches

If you have not turned in your application for free or reduced price lunches, please do so immediately. The government reimburses our school above and beyond the cost of these lunches, so it is a benefit to us as well as you to use this if you qualify. Applications are strictly confidential.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: 4th Grade Class, Abby Hale, Aiden Treager, Brody Workman, and Andrew Stahl

We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

More Ways To Benefit our School

• When shopping on Amazon, consider using Amazon Smile. If you designate St. John, we receive a portion of the proceeds of your purchase. Visit amazon.smile.com!

• New items to collect: One of our school parents has volunteered to head the collection of TYSON Project A+ Program points, as well as AUNT MILLIE’S SCHOOL SPIRIT points. Please begin saving those items and deposit them in the collection boxes in the lobby. There are no specific bins for those items, so just place them in one of the bins and we will separate them. These extra ways to earn a few dollars really benefits our school and students. Each Tyson label is worth $.24 and that will add up quickly! Thanks!

School Picture Day


September 20

Anyone want to help?

Why Does the Staff Wear Jeans?

If you’re in the building on Fridays you might notice many staff members wearing jeans. You may be wondering why? We’re enjoying the opportunity to dress down, but we’re also supporting our Chapel offering project. Each staff member pays a dollar each Friday to be able to wear jeans. Comfort and a good cause!

Watch Out for Head Lice

Coming home with each family today is an informative booklet to educate about head lice. Please familiarize yourself with the signals of a possible case of head lice and inform us here at school should you find any evidence.

SCRIP Needs You

Our SCRIP program is easy to use and can be a valuable financial blessing for both the school and your family. Parents can buy gift cards at face value for many local and national retailers. When you purchase the cards St. John receives a percentage back, varying from 3% to up to 25%. St. John uses that money to provide for the education of all students. However, we also credit half of the percentage amount that we get to your family. You can pay for tuition, extended care, hot lunch and other things. Your family wins and St. John wins! Stop in the office for more information and to purchase your first SCRIP cards. See Mrs. Thiem if you need more information.

Help Wanted

Guitar Teacher: We are looking for a new guitar teacher for our advanced (grades 7th and 8th) guitar class. We are looking for someone who loves kids, who actively lives their Christian faith, can teach guitar to a small group of students, and has a flexible schedule. The class meets on Wednesday and Friday from 8:15-8:45.

Bus Supervisors: East Noble requires us to provide supervision for our students while they wait at the middle school for their bus to St. John or home. The time commitment is roughly 7:15-7:35 in the morning or 2:40-3:15 in the afternoon. You can sign up for as little as 1 shift per week.

If you can help, or know someone who can, please contact Tim Walz at 260-347-2444 or twalz@stjohneagles.org for more information.

The Week Ahead - Aug. 26 – Sept. 2, 2019

Monday, August 26

3:00 – 5:00 – Soccer practice

4:15 – JV Volleyball Game @ ASC

Tuesday, August 27

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 5:00 – Grow Tall

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl Practice

3:15 – 4:30 – Art Club

Wednesday, August 28

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl Practice

3:00 – 5:00 – Soccer practice

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

Thursday, August 29

4:15 – JV Volleyball Game @ SJE

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, August 30

8:30 – 12:30 – Gr. 2 Field Trip

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl Practice

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

Saturday, August 31

Sunday, September 1

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Adult Bible Class & Sunday School

10:30 – Worship Service in Worship Center

Monday, September 2- Labor Day – No School

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