301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #6 9/24/12

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 24 September 2012

St. John Lutheran School


Number 6

September 14, 2011

The Principal’s Pen

"When a child turns 12 you should put him in a barrel, nail the lid down and feed him through a knot hole. When he turns 16, plug the hole!"

While it’s obvious (I hope!) that Mark Twain is not being literal in his parenting advice, I also realize that parents of teens might sometimes feel like this! Parenting a teen or tween is challenging business, but it is possible to raise a happy, healthy, successful teenager, and to enjoy doing it.

Dr. David Walsh is one of the most respected experts in the areas of children, teens, families, media, and brain development. He is a best-selling author and international speaker. I have read some of his material and have heard him speak. I highly respect his work and insights. With book titles such as Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids, Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen, and No: Why Kids – of all Ages – Need to Hear it and Ways Parents Can Say It, it becomes clear that Dr. Walsh has an important message and can convey it with humor. Dr. Walsh’s website is www.drdavewalsh.com. It is filled with blog posts, tips, and research on many topics. Spend some time there to get a taste of Dr. Walsh’s wisdom.

Dr. Walsh will be speaking in Ft. Wayne on Wednesday, Oct. 3. His presentation will cover his most recent book Why Do They Act That Way? and will discuss why things like moodiness, risk taking, miscommunication, and anger are all connected to adolescent brain development. Better yet, he will explain how to use this information to form a better relationship with your teen. Dr. Walsh will be speaking at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 7710 E. State Blvd, at 7:00.

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

Apple Festival Quiz

What happens at the St. John apple fritter booth?

A. Fritters are fried golden brown and coated with powdered sugar (calorie-free!)!

B. Fun and fellowship with other St. John families!

C. Big-time fundraising for the benefit of every student at St. John!

D. All of the above!

• Every family at St. John is expected to help because every student benefits. If you haven’t signed up to help yet, please contact the office right away to get in on the fun!

• Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help!

• A preliminary schedule and informational packet was sent home on Thursday. Please check it carefully and contact Mrs. Thiem of there are changes to be made or if you can help fill other openings.

• Many (50) coolers are needed for eggs and apples. Please bring in your coolers on Oct. 3 for us to use.

• Cash donations are much appreciated and will help us enter the weekend debt free!

• Have you ever peeled 45 bushels of apples? Many hands make light work and you can join in on the fun this Friday, Sep. 28, from 2:00 until the last apple is peeled. Call Mrs. Thiem to sign up for a shift.

• 7th and 8th graders and parents will be mixing dry ingredients on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 12:45-2:45. Contact Mrs. Thiem to help out

•Calling all pickup trucks. Your truck is needed on Friday, Oct. 5, from 12:00-4:00 to transport materials to the fairground. Please let Mrs. Thiem know if we can count on you and your truck.

This information is just the basics. For complete details see the schedule and information pack that was sent home last week.

An updated schedule will be sent home later this week.

Paper Banners Coming To an End

The October 1st Banner will be the first edition that we do not send home with students, but rather only post on our website: www.stjohneagles.org. If you would like to still receive a paper copy of the Banner, please let the office know and we will gladly send a copy home with your child.

Save the Date

Several special school functions occur during October. Please mark the following dates on your calendar and plan now to participate:

Monday – Tuesday, October 15-16: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, October 25: Grandparent’s Day

Saturday, Oct. 27: Little Saints Night (Fall Festival), 5:00-7:00

Family, Fun, and Fitness

St. John families have 2 opportunities coming up for fun and fitness. On Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2:00 at Bixler Lake, Common Grace Ministries will be hosting their 1 Mile/5K Love Run. St. John is supporting Common Grace with our chapel offerings for the first trimester and we are looking for additional ways to partner with them. There is no entry fee for this race, but a free will donation is appreciated. On Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2:00 at Bixler Lake Lutheran Life Villages will be hosting their Tot Trot/2K/5K. St. John students receive $5 off on their registration fees. Registration forms are available in the school office. Both of these events are great opportunities to support local charities and have some family fun and fitness.

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.



Don't forget Scrip! It just make$ $en$e!!

Our SCRIP program is an easy program that can make a huge difference for our school and your family. The biggest thing required of our families is remembering to purchase the gift cards before going shopping. If you have a tip of how to make SCRIP work for your family please email it to twalz@stjohneagles.org. We want to start publishing these ideas in the Banner. Here’s our first tip:

You can pay off your Kohl’s charge (and some other department stores) card with SCRIP! Just buy some SCRIP cards and then go to any register, or the customer service counter at the store to pay off your charge account.

Butter Braids Coming

Hey, everyone! Remember those delicious fruit-filled bread loaves we have sold the last nine years? Well, we’ve got them coming again! Due to popular request our Parent-Teacher League will again sponsor a sale of these yummy loaves. How about a loaf for a piano teacher, dance teacher, etc. for a Christmas gift? Bake it yourself, or give it to them frozen to prepare when they see fit.

The sale will begin October 12 with delivery of frozen loaves November 15. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and plan now to support our PTL!

Worship With Us!

Everyone is always encouraged and welcome to join us for any of the five weekly worship services offered at St. John. They are:

Thursday 7:00 p.m. Sanctuary – formal or blended service

Sunday 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary – formal or blended service

Sunday 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Worship Center – contemporary service

We also offer Christian education for all ages from 9:15-10:15. Our Sunday School and adult Bible study classes began last Sunday. St. John school students and their parents are always welcome to join us.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student: Cole Christian, Delia Norris, Joshua Walz, Katie Graber, Alexys Antal, Asher Jannuzzello, RJ Anderson, Lex Moser, Natalie Spidel, Aliyah Jimenez, and Haley Bloom. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

First grader Journey Speakman who broke her arm on our playground last week;

Joshua Jank, brother of sixth grader Noah Jank, who is battling health issues;

These school families will be prayed for this week:

Mark and Jodi Brayton, Sarah Burtch, Audrey Butler,

Aimee Campbell and Jeff Campbell, and Tisha Campbell

Shoebox News!

Are you packing your shoebox? OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD uses simple, gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting children know they are loved and to share the message of the greatest gift they can ever receive – Jesus Christ.

The collection of these shoeboxes will be upon us before we know it – the week of November 12th. St. John will serve as a regional collection site this year! What an opportunity God has provided for us to minister to so many children around the globe!

For now, continue to collect new items suitable for a shoebox for a needy child. Most of the children who receive these boxes have never before received a gift, so even the smallest of items to us is such a blessing to them! Mrs. Thiem can provide lots of ideas for you, and brochures about the project will be coming home with your student next month.

I will be looking for volunteers to help man the drop-off site at designated times the week of November 12. Please respond favorably!

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