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The Banner

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

Banner #14; November 19, 2012

WRITTEN BY Anonymous - 16 November 2012

St. John Lutheran School

THE BANNER

Number 14

November 19, 2012

The Principal’s Pen

I don’t know about your family, but traditions are important in my family. We have done things as a family once that have now become traditions. Our boys talk about continuing these traditions with their families. Many times these traditions are tied in with holidays. The location, the food, the company, and the activities all help make the holiday celebration more memorable and more enjoyable.

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? What things do your family do that make the day special? It’s not too late to start a family tradition. Here are a few ideas:

The Thankful Tree: Draw a bare tree on a large piece of paper. Cut out leaves from colored paper or magazine pictures. Have everyone write things that they are thankful for and fill up the tree with leaves.

“I’m Thankful For….”: This is an easy idea, but one that can still be powerful. Before your family dinner, or during, or after, take a few minutes to go around the table and have each person share something they are thankful for. You could even do this as a prayer and have everyone give thanks to God for something.

Kid’s Choice: Talk with your kids. What would they like to do? For some, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or the big football game is a great way to relax as a family. For others playing a game together would be the perfect afternoon treat. For others, taking a walk or playing outside would be just the thing. The activity might be less important than just being together.

Make a Turkey: Here’s an easy craft, great for little kids (and maybe even big kids). Trace around your child’s hand on blank paper. The thumb is colored as the head of the turkey. The four fingers can be colored as the feathers. You can hang these up as decorations or use them as placemats.

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Whether you are continuing long-standing traditions or starting new ones, I pray that God will bless the time you have as a family this week. May God bless your family’s Thanksgiving celebration!

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever." Psalm 136:1-3

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.

Thanksgiving Break

This Week

Just a reminder that St. John will not be in session November 21-23 to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Report Cards Come Home

Report Cards for the first trimester were given to students today. Please take a few minutes to sit down with each child and discus his or her progress. Ask your child what he or she is proud of. Ask what he or she can improve in. Praise your child for his or her hard work, attitude, and effort. These qualities are just as important, and maybe more important, than the actual grades on the report card.

Academic Festival Recap

Our Academic Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10, was a tremendous success. We had 55 students from St. John participating and 117 overall. We witnessed some great competitions between schools and many of our students received ribbons for their efforts. It was great to see the interaction between parents and students from the different schools. A big thank you goes out to our staff for their hard work revising all of the questions for the event, setting up for the day, and helping to run all the events. Another big thank you goes to the approximately 35 volunteers; parents, church members, and alumni, who made the day possible. We could not have done it without you! We can not thank you enough for stepping in and helping prepare materials, read questions, judge competitions, sell food, and clean up. If you have any feedback from the day please let us know. We have received a few comments and are looking at how we can make next year’s event even better. Thank you to the parents who encouraged your children to participate. We hope that even more of you will plan now to have your children involved next year. Thank you again for making the day great for our kids and our guests!

Principal’s Coffee and Chat

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Principal’s Coffee and Chat scheduled for Nov. 12, has been postponed until Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 6:30-7:30 P.M. We will meet again at Joanna’s Delicious Treats. This is the 3rd of 6 scheduled chats for the purpose of keeping communication open and sharing ideas between the principal and parents. We hope that you will consider attending!

A big thank you to Jeff Schumm from Prairie Farms, (grandpa to Brooklyn, Jordan, and Aiden) for donating the ice cream for our Ice Cream Social! Thanks, too, to Mrs. Goldey and Miss Monn and the Student Council for arranging this fun event for our students! Much fun was had by all!

Thank You!

Special thanks once again to all who helped make our fall fundraising sale of Butter Braid such a success! Special thanks to our “Distributors” – Terri Myers, Angi Malone, Jenna Anderson, and Belinda England! THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

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 SchoolReach call 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 3:45. 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.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student: Nathan Walz, Caleb Walz, Brett Christian, Emma Schroeder, Michael Deetz, Andrew Malone, Justice Alwine, Noah Jank, Lucas Leffel, and Samuel Tuttle. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

These school families will be prayed for this week

Jesse and Crystal Jannuzzello; and Mathew Jimenez and Destiny Renkenberger

For both grandfathers of Daymon and Destiny Oiler, both in failing health

Suggestions/Questions

Remember that we have a Suggestion/Question box in the lobby area (with the soup label, Box Tops, pop tab and ink cartridge drop off boxes). Your feedback is welcome!

Advent Worship

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. The 6th-8th grades will lead worship on Nov. 29, the 3rd-5th grades will lead worship on Dec. 6, and the PS-2nd grades will lead worship on Dec. 13. A light meal will be available before the services to both ease your schedule and provide some fellowship time. We hope that your family will plan now to join us for these special services.

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 will soon contact various families that we think could use some special help this Christmas.

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.

Women of St. John Winter Festival

Saturday, December 8 - 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plan to attend the annual Festival organized by the women of our congregation. There will be lots of gently-used toys, crafts, a giant white elephant table, baked goods, and a delicious luncheon. The Women of St. John purchase the Bibles for our fourth graders each year, so your support of their event is very much appreciated!

World-Wide Day of Remembrance

Sunday, December 9, is the world-wide day of remembrance of children who have died. All across the world at 7:00 p.m. in respective time zones, candles will be lit in honor of these children. As most of you know, I lost my only son, Christopher, in a car accident in January of 2004. I know there are others among us who also have suffered the loss of a child, or at least know of someone who has.

We would like to print a listing in the Banner of all the children associated with our school families who have died. Please give those names to me by Friday, November 30. Names will be listed in the December 3rd Banner.

Cathy Thiem

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