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Banner #11; October 28, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 28 October 2019


St. John Lutheran School

October 28, 2019 Number 11

The Principal’s Pen

I’m finishing reading The Formative Five by Thomas Hoerr. The book talks about 5 qualities that all students need to be successful in both school and beyond. The 5 skills are empathy, self-control, integrity, embracing diversity, and grit.

Empathy is knowing and understanding the thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and perspectives of another, and believing the person even if you disagree with their views. Empathy involves connecting with other people, drawing them closer together, and understanding where they are coming from, even if you don’t fully agree with them.

We can see why empathy is so important. All of us interact with others daily. Our success is largely connected to how we navigate those interactions. Our ability to understand people and respect their views is instrumental in building strong relationships. This is true for us as adults as well as for our kids. Obviously, our kids won’t have the same level of empathy as we will as adults. But, we can help them grow in this area. Here are some ways to build empathy in our kids:

Serve Together: Helping at the animal shelter, raking leaves for an elderly neighbor, serving a meal to homeless people are all ways to help our kids understand differences.

Books and Movies: As you read books or watch movies together, focus on a main character and ask your kids questions about what the character believes, why he acts the way he does, or what he values. These questions help our children understand that everyone has a different perspective.

Play Games: As much as we like to win, we all lose at times. As winners, we need to remember how losing feels. When we lose, we need to remember that sometimes we win. We need to win and lose graciously.

Helping kids grow their empathy is a powerful way to lead them toward success, in school and beyond!

And Now a Few Words from The Apple Festival “Chief” Mr. Scheiber

Thanks to the efforts of current school families, alumni, and congregational members, Apple Festival 2019 was quite successful. The record crowd on Saturday combined with a solid turnout on Sunday consumed all the apple fritters we could produce from our 46 bushels of apples. We sold out forty-five minutes before the end of the Festival.

The heavy sales combined with a price increase to $4.00 a fritter resulted in our highest profit ever. After covering the expenses and paying the required fifteen percent to the Apple Festival, our total profit to support our school was $22,252.74. In addition, we also had so many people getting connected to each other as they worked side by side for several hours.

Thanks to Matt and Tacy Potts for chairing the apple peeling and to Mr. Neuman and Mr. Schroeder for overseeing the mixing of the dry ingredients.

Thanks to Wible Lumber for providing our firewood and to Brad Gehring of Curb Appeal for transporting it.

Thanks to the group of Concordia Lutheran High School students and their teacher, Mrs. Walz, who came on Friday and tremendously helped with all the carrying of items from school into the trailer and then into our storage areas at the Fairgrounds.

Thanks to Joe Taylor who once again was a tremendous help by providing the transportation for our supplies and equipment.

Thanks to Kevin Wengert for his leadership and help in putting up and taking down the hut and storage unit.

We thank Nick Hayden and Lucas Gurtner who worked most of the shifts at this year’s Festival. Nick’s tireless efforts and his knowledge of all aspects of the apple frittering business enabled us to get much accomplished even on shifts where we did not have enough workers.

Finally, a big thanks to all who volunteered their time in this 2019 Apple Festival effort to raise money in support of the educational ministry of our school. Thanks be to God for the way He works through His people to accomplish His purposes!

No School & eLearning

St. John will not have school on Friday, Nov. 1. This is a Professional Development day for the teachers. It is also a planned eLearning Day for the students. Work will come home on Thursday afternoon and will be posted on our eLearning website. Watch later this week for information and reminders about eLearning to come home.

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.

Little Saint’s Night

Saturday, Nov. 2


St. John Gym

Games, Candy,

Hot Dogs, Fun

Invite your


Also, we need each family to provide 2 bags of candy so that we have plenty of prizes to give to all our Little Saints! You may place your donation in the box in the gym.

Art Club #2

We will be starting a new session of the Art Club, this time for grades 3rd-5th. The first session will be on Monday, Nov. 11, and will continue through December 16. The cost for the 6 sessions is $90. Mrs. Peggy Tassler of Sozo Art Studio will be working with students on several clay and painting projects. Registration forms will come home this week.

Women of St. John Fall/Winter Festival

Saturday, November 9 - 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plan to attend the annual Festival organized by the women of our congregation on Saturday, November 9th! There will be lots of gently-used Christmas items, jewelry, baked goods, and a delicious luncheon. The Women of St. John purchase the Bibles for our students each year, and have done a myriad of other things to improve our facilities here at St. John, so your support of their event is very much appreciated!

Check out the items for sale on the Silent Auction tables in the church lobby. All proceeds will benefit the Women of St. John and the great work they do around our building and for our students. Take a moment and make a bid or two please! Bids close on Saturday at the Festival.

Fitness Fact

Exercise helps ward off many diseases: Research has shown that exercise can slow or help prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis (bone loss), and loss of muscle mass. (webmd.com)

Please pray…

These students and their families will be prayed for this week: Onyx Leedy, Jackson McKinley, Joshua Neuman, and Timothy Reed

First Trimester Ends

Next Friday, Nov. 8, marks the end of the first trimester. Look for report cards to be sent home on Monday, November 18.

A Few Extra T-Shirts Available

A few extra St. John Family of God t-shirts are available. We have two youth medium, one 2XL, and one 3XL. If you are interested, please see Mrs. Thiem. Shirts are $8.00 each.

Family Movie Night

Bring your family to Family Movie Night!

Friday Night, Nov. 8, at 6:00 in the Worship Center!

Pizza, popcorn, family activities, and door prizes!

Pixar’s A Bug’s Life

This event is open to all church and school families of all ages.

We hope to see you and your family there!

Academic Festival: November 16, 2019

The Academic Festival is a fun half day of academic “competitions” with other schools. The Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16. We are looking forward to welcoming students from St. Mary’s, Avilla; St. Paul, Bremen; Trinity, Sturgis; Emmaus, Ft. Wayne, and Ascension, Ft. Wayne. Information came home last week with students regarding all of the events and how to sign up. Please ask if you did not see this information or if you have questions.

In order to make this great day possible we need parent and alumni help. We will start contacting those of you who signed up through the Servant Handbook. Additionally, if you are willing to help please let the office know. We will have a schedule of helpers available the week before the Academic Festival.

ATTENTION ALUMNI!!! We would gladly accept help at this year’s Academic Festival from former students and their parents! We know there are St. John graduates who enjoyed the Festival as students and now they can experience it on the other side of the table!! Contact Mrs. Thiem to offer your help!!

Your Next Opportunity to Support The D.C. Trip…

The next fundraiser for the Washington D.C. trip is just around the corner. It’s delicious Nelson’s BBQ Chicken! The chicken and pit- tatoes will be available at ReMax on Highway 6 on Saturday, November 16 from 10:30 – 2:00. This is surely one of the last opportunities of the year to get some tasty chicken before the snow flies! IF there are any extras, they will be for sale on Sunday between services. Don’t miss out!


Do you work in a place that would allow you to put a box in a prominent place to collect used printer cartridges? If so, we’d appreciate your help in doing so! Thanks for your help in keeping a bit of trash out of our landfill and helping our school earn money as well! See Mrs. Thiem if you have any questions! THANK YOU!!

Junior Spell Bowl Time!!

Best wishes to St. John’s Junior Spell Bowl team, who will compete in the regional Spell Bowl here at St. John on Tuesday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m. Special thanks to Mrs. Pillers, our faithful Spell Bowl coach.

Team members are: Rosa Andorder, Solana Andorfer, Oshea Bailey, Kaeli Christian, Andrew Malone, Sadie Potts, Trey Warren, Landon Kintz, Lilly Moser, Ben Reed, and Savannah Sorg.

Best wishes Junior Spell Bowl team members!!!

Fundraising Update

Two exciting events are in the beginning planning stages. Leslie Aumsbaugh is the lead person organizing a ‘Wine and Canvas’-type event for this fall. If this excites you, and you would like to help with the planning, please contact Leslie (260-318-3116). The other event is the return of our Spring Auction, although with a completely new look and feel! If this excites you, and you would like to be a part of the planning team, please contact Haley Arnold (260-343-8028). Both of these events require a team of people to make them successful, and our first step is to gather those teams. Where do you see yourself fitting in?

Both of these events will be tremendous blessings for our school, both in terms of funds raised and in terms of the fellowship and relationships that are built in them.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Landon Kintz, Juliette Gonzalez, Zaylei Gerber, Caydren Sams, Jonah Slater, Evan Huelsenbeck, Abigail Hale, Silas Gaff, and Rhoda Bontrager. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others!

School Board Planning Session

Parent Survey

The School Board will hold a planning session on Tuesday, Nov. 12, as a part of its regular, monthly meeting. Your input is desired and appreciated in preparation for this planning session. Please complete the following survey by Nov. 5:


Please complete one survey for your family. If you have multiple children in the school and you have different answers for them on the open-ended questions, you may show that by listing Child 1 or Child 2, etc. in your answer.

Thank you for your help and feedback!

The $coop On $crip!

We’d like to let you know about what we call “Generic Scrip.” Generic Scrip is like a universal gift card you can purchase that can be redeemed or exchanged for any scrip card. It can be purchased for any quantity. It can be redeemed only here at St. John. Generic Scrip is most often used between St. John School or Church families and is a popular pastor or teacher gift. You are welcome to give Generic Scrip to those outside of the St. John family, but it is important that you inform anyone you give it to that they must bring it to St. John for redemption before they shop. Also, you may wish to provide them with an order form so they can be aware of what type of cards they can use it for.

Giving the gift of Generic Scrip may also be a good way for you to introduce Scrip to your family and friends and encourage them to continue buying it on your behalf.

Butter Braids Sale

Our annual Butter Braid sale has now ended. If you still have an order form, please get that to Mrs. Thiem immediately. Delivery of the frozen loaves will be Wednesday, November 13. HELP WILL BE NEEDED WITH BUTTER BRAID DISTRIBUTION ON THE AFTERNOON OF WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13. LET MRS. THIEM KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP!!! THANKS!

Operation Christmas Child

Please consider putting together a shoebox full of toys and school supplies for a needy child in another part of the world! This is a great way for you to teach your child the joy of giving! Don't forget to include a letter and even a picture if you'd like. All boxes should be delivered to the school office no later than noon on Sunday, November 24th. That is the FINAL hour for collection at St. John, but boxes can be taken to First Christian Church the following day, Monday, November 25 according to their drop-off hours. The child receiving your gift will be blessed with toys, but more importantly shown the love of Jesus through you!

Empty shoeboxes are now available for the asking in the office. Students in selected grades may use this program as their classroom Christmas project in lieu of a gift exchange between students. Stay tuned for instructions from your child’s teacher. Want an easy way to help? Money is needed for shipping! $9.00 per box – any amount will be accepted and will help send our boxes on their journey into the arms of a desperate child!

This is the month – it is finally here!

Operation Christmas Child Collection Week is near!

Again, we need money for the shipping fee

Everyone knows those costs are not free.

Nine dollars for each box is asked and that’s not a lot

Considering distance, it’s really a small dot!

So send in your money, your check or your dollar

If you need me to come with a truck – just give a holler!

It’s been fun each month, well…it has been for me.

To find what, for shoeboxes, in the box that you leave.

I’m sorry if my poems make you cringe – just remember….

I’m taking time off – no poem in December!!!

Packing Party Reminder

Students in Kindergarten through Gr. 3 are reminded to return your permission form for the Operation Christmas Child Packing Party on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 3:00 – 4:30.

Students are asked to provide an item or two for their box plus the $9.00 required shipping, if at all possible. If not – see Mrs. Thiem!! We don’t want anyone to miss the fun! Special thanks to Bright Lights for all their help with this year’s event!

The Week Ahead - Oct. 28 – Nov. 3, 2019

Monday, October 28

4:00 – 5:30 – JV Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, October 29

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl Practice

4:00 – 5:30 – JV Boys Basketball Practice

Wednesday, October 30

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl Practice

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

7:00 – Strings Concert @ Concordia Lutheran High School

Thursday, October 31 – Book Character Day

4:00 – 5:30 – JV Boys Basketball Practice

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, November 1 – E-Learning Day – No School

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club (optional)

Saturday, November 2

5:00 – 7:00 – Little Saints Night

Sunday, November 3- Daylight Savings Time Ends

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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