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Banner #13; November 11, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 11 November 2019


St. John Lutheran School

November 11, 2019 Number 13

The Principal’s PEN

Two weeks ago I shared information on empathy, one of the skills discussed in the book The Formative Five, by Thomas Hoerr. I recently finished this book and shared it with the teachers at our Nov. 1 Professional Development Day. The premise of the book is to promote 5 qualities needed for success in life.

The second skill covered in the book is self-control. Self-control is defined as regulating and controlling actions, delaying gratification, resisting temptation, and possessing inner-control. In 1960, Walter Michel conducted his now-famous Marshmallow Test. In short, he sat young children in front of a marshmallow and promised them another one if they could sit for 15 minutes without eating the marshmallow in front of them. He then left the room. The young children who were successful in not eating the first marshmallow have been followed-up with over the years. They have consistently scored higher in areas such as sense of self-worth, distractibility, intelligence, judgement, reaching long-term goals, and in coping with problems. Helping our kids develop self-control can lead to lasting positive results.

What are some ways we can build self-control in our kids? Here are 3 ways:

Self-Control Goal: Set a self-control goal with your child. “I will read for 10 minutes each night before playing my video game.” “I will play outside for 20 minutes 4 times a week.” Then, take time each day to check in with your child and see how he or she is doing.

Role Models; For older kids, look for examples from real life of people who have shown self-control. What positives have resulted from their self-control (or what problems have lack of self-control caused)? The same can be done with book characters.

Pre-Talk: When you are headed to some event or situation in which it might be difficult for your child to show self-control, talk about it before hand. Discuss strategies they can use to maintain control as well as consequences for losing control.

Seeking to reach all with Christ, St. John Lutheran School partners with families

to provide a Christ-centered education which nurtures faith in Christ,

promotes discipleship, develops God-given abilities and skills,

and encourages academic excellence.

Cocoa and Craft

St. John will host its very first Cocoa and Craft night on Friday, Nov. 22, at 6:00!

This is an adult event and also serves as a fundraiser for our school. Participants will enjoy some hot cocoa and treats, create a cute Christmas craft, and enjoy fellowship. Invite your friends and celebrate the start of the Christmas season! The cost is $40, which covers materials and provides support for the

school. Contact the school office to RSVP.

Congratulations to our Junior Spell Bowl Team!!

Congratulations to St. John’s Junior Spell Bowl team, who won their competition held here at St. John last Tuesday. In addition to winning their class division, St. John captured the highest score at the competition with a score of 38! St. John placed 8th out of 41 schools overall in the Class 4 division and almost qualified for the state tournament! 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.

Academic Festival: November 16, 2019

The Academic Festival is THIS Saturday, Nov. 16! We look forward to welcoming students from St. Paul’s, Bremen; Trinity, Sturgis; St. Mary, Avilla; Ascension, Fort Wayne; and St. John. The schedules for student participants and parent volunteers will be finalized this week and sent home by Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the latest. If you would like to help with this fun event, please contact the office!

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!

Family Advent Celebration

The school will, once again, provide each family with Advent devotional materials to assist you in family devotions during Advent, a time of preparation for Christmas. In addition, all families are invited to join us on Monday, Nov. 25, at 6:30, in the library, for an Advent celebration. We’ll enjoy fellowship together, a devotion, and an activity. All families who attend will also receive additional materials to help them in celebrating Advent!

School Board Planning Session

Thank you to all of the parents who filled out the Parent Survey. The School Board will conduct its Planning Session tomorrow night. A short report of some of the highlights will be shared next week!

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 were given ot the students today.

Welcome Back, ZZ

Former student, ZZ Flynn (class of 2016), will be serving as an intern from East Noble High School/ She will be assisting in Mrs. Pillars classroom for a couple hours each morning during the 2nd Trimester. Welcome back, ZZ!


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! Mrs. Thiem is in charge of the collection here at St. John. 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!!

Fitness Fact

How do you find time for fitness? A variety of approaches can be helpful. 1) Think about killing two birds with one stone – play outside with your kids (tag, hide and seek, corn hole, shoot around), ride a bike with your spouse, schedule a walking meeting rather than a lunch date, go swimming as a family. 2) Heading to the gym can easily be replaced with an online class or vide. 3) Workouts don’t have to be all at the same time. “Squeezing in two or three shorter bouts of 15-20 minutes of activity is just as effective as doing it all at once…”

These students and their families will be prayed for this week:

Carleigh Aumsbaugh, Katie Bodie, Mason Bond,

Karson Butler, and Holden Buwalda

Lost and Found

Lots and lots of items have accumulated in our lost and found cabinet located just outside the Conference Room in the gym. Please take a moment to browse through the items soon. Remaining items will be given to Goodwill very soon!

Butter Braid Delivery THIS Wednesday, November 13

3:00 – 5:00 approximately

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 ParentAlert text and the following media outlets: WPTA, WISE, WANE, WBCL, WAWK, WLAB, and 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 3:55. 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.

First Trimester Ends

Friday, Nov. 8 was the end of the first trimester. Look for report cards to be sent home next Monday, November 18th with your students (K-8th) and emailed home (3rd-8th) later that night

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student last week: Chase Ryan, Evan Huelsenbeck, Caydren Sams, Jonah Slater, and Mason Bond. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Thanksgiving Break Just Ahead

Just a reminder that St. John will not be in session November 27-29 to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Turkey Auction

Two smoked turkeys are in a silent auction just in time for Thanksgiving. Bid sheets are available at the Farmer’s Market table on Sunday morning, or by contacting Kevin at 260-318-0243. He’d love to take your bid!

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Bell Fund – to repair our set of beautiful bells!

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 K through 2 will lead the worship on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Grades 3 through 5 will lead the worship service on Wednesday, December 11. Preschool and Grades 6-8 will lead the worship service on Wednesday, December 18. All services start at 7:00 in the Worship Center. 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.

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, and brochures about the program are being sent home with students today. 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!

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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!!!

Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day

5:30 – Boys JV Basketball Game @ EMM

6:00 – 7:00 – Beginning Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

Tuesday, November 12

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

3:00 – 5:00 – Grow Tall

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

6:30 – 8:00 – Intermediate/Advanced Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

5:30 – Home Boys JV Basketball Game vs LSU

Thursday, November 14

8:00 – 10:4 5- Intermediate/Advanced Band Rehearsal @ CLHS

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

6:30 – 7:00 – Beginning Band Rehearsal

7:00 – Beginning Band Concert @ CLHS

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, November 15

3:00 – 4:45 – Robotics Club

Saturday, November 16

Academic Festival

7:00 – Intermediate/Advanced Band Concert @ CLHS

Sunday, November 17

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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