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Banner #17; December 10, 2012

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 10 December 2012

St. John Lutheran School


Number 17

December 10, 2012

The Principal’s Pen

Our December theme is REJOICE, and in December we have much to rejoice about! Presents, seeing friends, decorating, lights, special foods, and Christmas songs are all reasons to rejoice. Each of these reasons pales, though, in comparison to Jesus’ birth, the real reason we have for rejoicing!

We also know, though, that Satan works hard to steal our joy. That was a part of the message in last week’s chapel (just ask your kids about the bag of water and the pencils!). Perhaps there are things in our families that take away our joy: sickness, death, job loss, or troubles with kids. Perhaps the joy-stealers come from the world around us. Just last week in Kendallville there were 2 windows shot out of a school bus. Also, the Christmas cards at Bixler Lake were vandalized with boards tipped over and lights broken or stolen. We find many more examples around our country and world. Every day we have joy stolen from us. It’s very easy to get down.

When we focus on the real meaning of Christmas we can’t help but rejoice. The bad in the world is still around us, but Jesus helps us see it in a different way. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6. Jesus not only brings peace, He is peace. He doesn’t take away the pain that we face, but He helps us see it as temporary. With Jesus us in our hearts; when we live in His love; when we remember that God’s love is so great that He sent His Son Jesus, not just to be born in Bethlehem, but to die on the cross; then we will have true peace, and true reason to rejoice! May God give you peace, and may nothing take away your reason to rejoice!

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.

Congratulations to students in grades 4 through 8 who have earned a place on the first quarter honor roll. Fourth and fifth graders who earn all A’s or all A’s and B’s are

Fourth Grade –All A’s – Delia Norris, Wesley Potts, Katelyn Walters,

Caleb Walz, Joshua Walz

A’s & B’s - Gavin Burtch, Dominic Campbell, Lucas Diehm,

Aliyah Jimenez, Will Kirby, Daniel Malone,

Jessica Schroeder, Marcy Treesh

Fifth Grade – All A’s – Andrew Schroeder

A’s & B’s – Haley Bloom, Cole Christian, Leah Kline,

Olivia Rummel, Emma Schroeder, Sara Williams,

Nevaeh Wolf, Jakob Copas

Sixth Grade – Honors - Lars Brandgard, Asher Jannuzzello, Rhett Norris,

Katie Walker

Seventh Grade - High Honors – Sahil Patel, Nathan Walz, Kyra Warren

Honors - Isaiah Alwine, Jack Blundell, Macaulay Botteron,

Emily Brayton, Damon Oiler, Brooklyn Schumm,

Samuel Tuttle, Sydney Williams

Eighth Grade – High Honors- Michael Lehman

Honors - Lief Brandgard, Ryan Goldey, Lucas Gurtner,

Emilea Herkel, Lindsay Kerrigan, Ben Kline,

Taylor Murphy, Payton Pfeiffer

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following student for being recognized as a SHINE student: Grace Kline. We give thanks to God for this student who let her light shine before others.

Vincent and Charis Koehl; Sue Kratzman; Wendy Kratzman; Jason and Kari Krehl; and Pamela Kruse families

Christmas is just around the corner…

Worship the newborn King with us!

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24

5:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Worship – Worship Center

11:00 p.m. - Candlelight Service – Sanctuary

Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25

9:00 a.m. - Sanctuary

New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31

7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary

New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1

9:00 a.m. - Sanctuary

Shop With SCRIP for Christmas!

Christmas is right around the corner and if you want a special order gift card, the time to think about that is NOW! Cards sell quickly this time of year, so please don’t wait too long and be disappointed if we are out of stock on an item you wanted. The final day to place is a special order will be MONDAY, DECEMBER 17th.

Using Scrip doesn't always mean giving a gift card! You can redeem the scrip yourself to purchase gifts. Make Scrip your first stop before you shop and save money on your tuition or other school expenses. Still not sure how Scrip works? Ask in the office! Don't miss out on the opportunity to save--it's never too late to get on board!

Classroom Christmas Gifts

This year students in grades 1-8 will not exchange gifts between students at their classroom Christmas parties. Instead, some grades recently collected items to fill shoeboxes for “Operation Christmas Child”. Those boxes, filled with toys, candy, and school supplies are sent to needy children all over the world and are often times the first gifts those children have ever received!

Please watch for letters from your child’s teacher regarding the projects that will be undertaken by the classroom for Christmas in lieu of the gift exchange.

Students in preschool and kindergarten will continue the tradition of purchasing a gift in the $4.00-$5.00 range to exchange with classmates. Girls will buy a gift for a girl, boys will buy for boys. Again,

please watch your child’s class letter for details.

Christmas at Bixler Lake

Don’t miss the opportunity to see our student’s work displayed on large wooden boards at Bixler Lake. Students in grades 2-8 painted Christmas greetings to be displayed along with boards from other local school children. The displays will be lit each evening from 6-9 p.m. Other activities will be available during those times as well.

Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas. There is no better way as a family to prepare than to spend time in worship on Thursday nights along with your school family as the children lead the Advent worship services here at St. John. This Thursday, Dec. 13, our Preschool through 2nd grade students will lead the worship service. The service begins at 7:00 in the Worship Center. You can also enjoy a light supper (free will donation) starting at 5:30. The St. John Youth Group will lead the Dec. 20 service. We hope your family will take the opportunity to prepare for Christ’s birth by participating in these worship services!

Thursday, December 13 - 5:30 – 6:30

This week’s Menu:

Home Made Chicken Soup

Grilled Cheese or Peanut/Butter/Jelly Sandwich



Free-will offering proceeds to benefit Wash. D.C. trip or St. John Youth Group.

Christmas Break begins

Friday, December 21

School reconvenes Thursday, January 3, 2013.

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.

Ornaments have been placed on a Christmas tree in our school. Each ornament has 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.

Spelling Bee January 10

On Thursday, January 10, don’t miss our school’s Spelling Bee where students in grades 5-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the county Spelling Bee. The Bee will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

Geography Bee January 17

On Thursday, January 17, don’t miss our school’s Geography Bee where students in grades 4-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the national Geography Bee. The Bee will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

All library books should be returned to the library

by Thursday, December 13.

The meaning of Christmas is found in a Name

that even God’s angels in heaven proclaim…

Across two thousand years, the Name is still heard –


the hope of the world in a Word.

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