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Banner #10; 2020-2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 19 October 2020


St. John Lutheran School

October 19, 2020 Number 10

The Principal’s Pen

15 days. Some of you may instantly know what I am referring to. Others might have asked, “15 days until what?” I’m talking about our national election on Nov. 3, now only 15 days away.

I can assure you that your kids are interested in this election. For some, it is a burning interest and for others it is a passing curiosity. With news available everywhere your kids are exposed to election coverage as well as issues (COVID, race, riots, Supreme Court nomination…) important to the election and their lives.

Let me offer these suggestions to helping your kids understand the election:

► Vote: Make your voice heard and vote. Even if you don’t think your vote matters, be a part of the process. Explain the process of voting, where you went, what you did, how the ballot-machine works, etc.

► Talk about the issues that are most important to you. Explain to your child in age-appropriate language what the issue is about and why it is important to you.

► Model appropriate conversation: Help your child understand that it is OK to disagree with someone. Yelling, interrupting, and name-calling do not help others understand your viewpoint. Help your child express themselves clearly and also listen to others do the same.

► Include a Christian view: Matthew 22:15-22, Hebrews 13:17, Romans 13:1-7, and 1 Peter 2:13-17 all speak to the need to obey human governments. God established human governments for our good and they deserve our obedience and honor, unless they are clearly acting against God’s will. Pray for your leaders.

Our upcoming national election has great significance for our world. Help your child understand the process and the importance of voting and being a part of the process!

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who made last weekend’s Apple Fritters and Nelson’s Chicken such a success! While we won’t have the final accounting of funds raised for another week or two, we do know it was a great success! While the fundraising is important, building our community is also important. It was great to be together with current students, former students, graduates, parents, grandparents, and church members in support of our school. So may people in the community were so appreciative that we made the fritters and had the chicken. Thanks to those who helped with apple peeling, who worked this weekend, and who worked extra shifts. It was a busy, but fantastic, weekend!

No School – Learning at Home

Friday, Oct. 30, is a No School – Learning at Home day. This is a planned day in which the teachers will be participating in Professional Development. In the morning we will be mapping and aligning our curriculum and in the afternoon we will be learning how to use our STAR test scores to guide our teaching in the classroom. Students will have lessons posted at https://sites.google.com/a/stjohneagles.org/student/ by 9:00 that morning.

School Pictures – Make-Up Day

School pictures were taken last week. A make-up day has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 11th, beginning at 8:15 a.m., for our 4-year-old Preschool class, students who were absent on the original Picture Day, as well as those who were not satisfied with their original portraits. If you are bringing in a preschool child for retakes, please here before 9:30 as that is when the photographer will be leaving. Please remember that the entire package must be returned if your child is to be re-photographed.

To qualify for retakes, a student must return the original photos along with the form included with the packet stating the reason the photos are unsatisfactory so the photographer can attempt to improve the results on the second attempt. Photos will not be retaken simply because you do not like the clothes the child was wearing or a different hair style is desired.

Class composite pictures will be printed after make-up day, and will be sent home as soon as we receive them back from the lab.

Butter Braids Sale

Our annual Butter Braid sale continues this week and through Monday, October 26. The sale is strictly voluntary. Proceeds benefit our school. Delivery of frozen loaves will be on Wednesday, November 11. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and support our school!


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.

Trunk or Treat

Saturday, Oct. 31

3:30 – 4:30

Our usual Trick-or-Treat alternative, Little Saints Night, is being modified to a Trunk or Treat event. Cars/Trunks will be decorated and the owners will hand out candy to our costumed friends. Masks will be required of all those participating aged 2 and older. The event will be Saturday, Oct. 31, from 3:30-4:30.

In order to make this event a reality, we need helpers! We need at least 15 cars signed up to give out candy by Tuesday, Oct. 27. We also need donations of candy. Please call the office at 347-2444 or email Mrs. Thiem or Mr. Walz (cthiem@stjohneales.org or twalz@stjohneagles.org) to sign up. Please send in candy donations to the school office.

St. John School Endowment – A Gift Today and A Gift Tomorrow

The St. John Lutheran School Endowment was established and built through the foresight of many supporters. Your gift to the school endowment blesses our school today and tomorrow! Your gift provides tuition assistance and general operating expenses for today. But, your gift continues tomorrow and each year after as we continue to receive the dividends from the endowment. Plus, your gift is matched dollar for dollar through The Lutheran Foundation Lutheran School Support Grant. This means that your gift is more than doubled over time!

For more information contact Principal Tim Walz (twalz@stjohneagles.org or 347-2444), send your check to the school office (payable to St. John and write Endowment in the memo line), or donate online at www.stjohneagles.org and click on ‘Donate Now’.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Mason Wysong, Karson Butler, Maddox Wysong, Aiden Treager, and Joshua Neuman. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

The $coop On $crip!

What is Generic Scrip?

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.

Fitness Fact

Exercise actually GIVES you energy. The fatigue you feel initially doesn’t last and is replaced by increased energy once the endorphins kick in. Endorphins are released any time you exercise and this release makes you feel much more energized for the rest of the day.

Yearbooks Available

Yearbooks from the 2019-20 school year are here and are available in the office for $15.00 each. First come-first served. Checks should be made payable to St. John PTL.

Hot Lunch – IMPORTANT News

St. John has just been approved to provide free breakfasts and lunches to all students! Every child is eligible to receive a free breakfast and a free lunch each school day. Students will sign up in the morning as usual. Extra milks, single milks ordered with brought-from-home lunch, and Extended Care snacks are not a part of this program and will still be billed to the family. This program began Monday, Sep. 21, and will continue until Friday, Dec. 18. Additionally, this program is retroactive back to the start of the school year. Please watch for additional details on refunding any payments you have made for meals this year.

If you have questions please contact Mr. Walz, Mrs. Thiem, or our Food Service Director, Breanne Weber at bweber@stjohneagles.org

Yummy mini M & M Tubes available in the

office for anyone who would then like to use the empty tube to collect quarters for shipping for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Just ask!


These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Grace Hulbert, Tyler Matthews, Jaxson Moran, Lincoln Moser, and Paige Ormiston

Drug Awareness Webinar

No matter how young your child is, it is important to understand what the current dangers are in the area of drug abuse. The Lutheran Foundation is sponsoring a drug awareness webinar on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 12:00-1:00. You can learn more about the webinar and register for it at https://lookupindiana.org/worth-the-effort

Although the webinar is in the middle of the day and may be hard to attend, I know that it will present you with some valuable information. The additional resources found on the Look Up Indiana website are also worth looking at.

PE Still Outdoors

We are continuing to hold PE outdoors. Students should come prepared with a sweatshirt, hoodie, or light jacket on cool days. We do not want students to get sick from being outside in the cold. But, the benefits of the cool air, being outside, and being active far outweigh the negatives. We will continue to evaluate the balance between outside activity and the temperature and move PE inside when necessary. For now, please be sure to have layers on PE days!

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 Sunday morning, November 22. Unfortunately, any boxes delivered after that time will NOT be delivered as we have a strict deadline to meet. The child receiving your gift will be blessed with toys, but more importantly shown the love of Jesus through you!

Flyers about this project are being sent home with students today, and empty boxes are available for the asking. If you have any questions, please ask Mrs. Thiem!

The Week Ahead - Oct. 19 – 25, 2020

Monday, October 19

Tuesday, October 20

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, October 21

5:30 – Beginning Strings Rehearsal at CLHS

6:15 – Intermediate Strings Rehearsal at CLHS

7:15 – Advanced Strings Rehearsal at CLHS

Thursday, October 22

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, October 23

Saturday, October 24

Sunday, October 25

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Bible Study and Sunday School

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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