301 S. Oak St. • Kendallville, IN 46755

The Banner

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

Banner #1; August 19, 2013

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 20 August 2013

St. John Lutheran School


Number 1

August 19, 2013



The Banner will be sent home with students each Monday (on Tuesday for morning two-day preschoolers). We hope that it will serve the purpose of keeping you informed about upcoming events and activities. Read it faithfully so that you know what is going on.

Our Mission

Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year at St. John! I am thankful that you have chosen to have your child here at St. John. Our mission is to partner with you to provide a Christ-centered education that will nurture and develop your child in all areas of life.

In order to do that most effectively, the key word is partner. St. John is here to assist you in your God-given responsibility to “train up a child in the way he should go…” (Proverbs 22:6) We welcome your participation in Sunday worship, Bible study, and Tuesday chapel. We encourage your help in the classrooms, in extracurricular activities, and in special events. We invite your prayers and pledge that we will be praying for you.

Our teachers and staff members are committed to serving God by sharing His love with your child every day. As parents and students, you are expected to also share God’s love with others in the St. John family and beyond. Unfortunately, none of us do that perfectly. That means that there will be problems and hurts through the course of this year. The great thing is that, as we follow Jesus’ example and offer forgiveness and grace, God will restore these broken relationships and bring healing. Through the good times and the hard times we are still partners with the same purpose: the Christian education of your child.

I’m excited about the year ahead that has just begun. By God’s grace we will have a great year together as partners in your child’s education.

The Principal’s Pen

A new year. Isn’t it great? For some, it means new clothes or shoes. For most, it means some new school supplies. For others, maybe it’s a back-to-school haircut. There’s always a lot of excitement with a new school year. We saw that last Monday night at the Open Classroom Night and we saw it on Wednesday, our first day of school.

As we roll out the new year, we’re excited about some new changes here at St. John. We have three new classroom teachers: Miss Whitney Holle in preschool, Miss Brittany Butler in Kindergarten, and Mrs. LouAnne Pillers in 6th grade. Each of these teachers bring new skills and talents to our school. We are also welcoming a new P.E. teacher, Mrs. Darcy Barr. She will bring a new level of excellence to our P.E. program. We’re welcoming two new classroom aides: Mrs. Kathy Strycker in Kindergarten and Ms. Destiny Renkenberger in 2nd grade. These ladies, along with Mrs. Carol Huelsenbeck, Mrs. Jody Anglin, and Mrs. Debbie Thornton are also heading up our lunchroom and recess team. What a blessing it is to have all of these new teachers and staff members! We also have a new reading series, a new drop-off procedure in the morning, a new lunch schedule, and new iPads for the teachers. All of these changes will lead to new and exciting things in the year ahead.

As Christians, there is something new that is even better:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:

The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

In Christ, each of us has been made new! Our old, sinful self is gone. Instead, we are new people because of what God has done for us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. That is definitely worth celebrating!

VERY IMPORTANT Back-To-School Night!

Please block the evening of Monday, August 26, on your calendar! We will celebrate the start of the school year with an evening of fellowship, food, information, door prizes, and fun for students in preschool through grade 8 and their parents. The class with the highest percentage of families represented for this evening will win a treat for the class. So, be sure to register when you go into the Worship Center for the “Parent Information Session” (this also enters you for the door prizes which will be drawn at that meeting). Here’s the schedule for the night:

5:30-6:30 dinner is served – enjoy fellowship with your St. John family

6:30 Parent Information Session in Worship Center – learn about 3 important new

updates from Mr. Walz

7:00ish Classroom Sessions – receive an update from your child’s teacher on

important classroom news

Children will be supervised in the gym during the Parent Information Session and the Classroom Sessions. The Classroom Sessions will consist of three 15-minute sessions with 5 minute passing time in between. This will allow you the opportunity to attend several sessions if you have more than 1 child. All 7th and 8th grade parents should plan to attend the important Washington, D.C. meeting in Miss Monn’s room during the third session.

Please make this event a very important part of your calendar and make every effort to attend! Thank you!


We’re Glad You’re Here

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! Whether it is welcome back or you are new to St. John, we are glad that you are here. We as a staff are blessed to serve you and your children! We look forward to growing together as one family in Christ.

New students this year are:

PS-2 A.M. Chloe Blaskie, Fyodor Hayden, Gavyn Krehl, Kylie Parks, Gabrielle Schermerhorn, Carys Shire, Ben Spidel, and Brody Workman

PS-3 A.M. Christian Caudill, Katelyn James, Hadassah Rogers, Makayla Wilkinson, and Ellisyn Will

PS P.M. Lexy Kammerer, Emme Schoenefeld

Kindergarten Samuel Burgh, Nevaeh Handshoe, Alaina Watson, and Emma White

First Grade Trey Warren

Second Grade Trenton Bolen and Riann Ramer

Third Grade Joshua Bailey and Savana Phares

Fourth Grade Joseph Erne

Fifth Grade Gabriela Stier and Makayla Stier

Sixth Grade Benjie Kugler and Clayton Schenkel

Seventh Grade Lawrence Dietrich, Emma Erne, and Connor LeRoy

Important Reminders

• Please remember to call the school when your child will be tardy or absent for the day. We do report the number of excused and unexcused absences to the state at the end of the year. Excused absences result from illness, seeking medical care, family emergencies, and other unique situations approved by the principal. Family vacations will be recorded as “unexcused”. More details can be found in the school handbook.

• Remember to use the sign-in/sign-out sheet - NOW LOCATED IN THE FRONT OFFICE ON MISS YOUNG’S (Mrs. Thiem’s sister!) desk if your child arrives late or leaves early. Students arriving late must sign the sheet and get a late pass before going to their classroom. Students who need to be picked up early must be accompanied by a parent who then signs the sheet before leaving the building.

• For the safety of our students and staff, our building is locked once arrival is complete. Access to the building during the day should be at door #1, where you can ring the doorbell and be buzzed in by the secretaries. Anyone visiting our school during the school day should sign in on the proper sheet in the office.

• Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their child. In order to be included in the lunch count for the day, please notify the kitchen or the office by 8:00 A.M.

• Your child’s spiritual growth is important to us! We encourage you to regularly attend your church and take advantage of the opportunities to grow in faith as a family. If you don’t have a church home we would love to have you give us a try. We have traditional worship services on Thursday night at 7:00 P.M. and Sunday mornings at 8:00 and 10:30 A.M. We have contemporary worship Sunday mornings at 10:30 A.M. Sunday School for children and adults are held at 9:15. Parents are also welcome to join us for our “Live To Serve” devotion time on Monday at 8:35 and for our chapel service on Tuesdays at 8:10 in the Worship Center.

• We will once again follow East Noble in having a delayed start on Mondays. We will start at 8:30, allowing our teachers 45 minutes of collaboration time. We use this time to plan events, share resources, and have professional development.


Once again our school is using the services of a company called FastDirect in an effort to better manage student information and facilitate better communication between school and home. We seek your help in providing us with up-to-date information. OUR GOAL is to increase use of FastDirect by families this year. Through FastDirect, you can:

• see daily updates of your Food Service Program and Extended Care billing

• read the month’s menu

• send and receive messages to teachers or other staff

• view your child’s progress and grade cards (grades 3-8)

If you have internet access, it is vital that you become familiar with this service. Informational sheets are being sent home to new families. Previous families who need assistance should contact Mrs. Thiem.

Order Your St. John Shirt

Don’t miss out on your chance to have a cool, blue tie-dyed LIVE TO SERVE t-shirt! We would like every student to have one of these shirts so that we can all wear them for field trips, school spirit days, and for other events. Blue eagle hoodies and new blue eagle crew neck sweatshirts are also for sale. The absolute final day to order is Aug. 30 by 3:15 p.m. NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Additional order forms are available in the office.

Morning Drop Off

Our revised morning drop-off procedures seem to be working well. Thank you, parents, for making these changes to help keep our children safe. As a reminder, parents can park and walk their children in. Or, you can pull into the small lot to drop off your children and then have them walk back on the sidewalk t door 5. If you do this, please pull forward as far as you can so that other cars can pull in behind you. Please do not drop off students by the portable or along the building. Finally, parents with only preschool or Kindergarten students can park on Oak Street and enter through door 3.

Building and Property Task Force

St. John is grateful that the City of Kendallville has allowed an additional 2 years of use for the portable. However, this means that within 2 year’s time, we must have a plan in place for our future ministry needs. Many questions need to be investigated, including property, renovations and upgrades to our current building, and new construction. A task force is being formed by St. John Lutheran Church to investigate all of these questions and help plan our course for future ministry needs. If you are interested in being a part of this task force, please contact Principal Tim Walz.

Summer Enrichment Party

If you participated in our Summer Enrichment Program by working in your summer book, logging your reading minutes, and/or logging your physical fitness activity – WAY TO GO! Now you get to celebrate! Make sure you turn in your summer book or log sheets to the office by Wednesday, Aug. 21. Plan to join us on Friday, Aug. 23, from 3:00-5:00 for a party and prize ceremony. Special announcements will go home with students when their book or logs have been turned in.

Music, P.E., and Sports Begin This Week

Our music program will begin this week on Wednesday for most classes. All keyboard students will begin their instruction. Advanced strings will meet at 7:45 and advanced band will meet at 8:15. These students should have their instruments with them on Wednesday. The intermediate strings and beginning strings and beginning band students will wait one more week and begin on Wednesday, August 26.

Our P.E. classes will begin this week. We welcome Mrs. Darcy Barr as our part-time P.E. instructor. Kindergarten through 3rd grade will have class two times per week and 4th through 8th grade will have class three times per week. We’re excited to have Mrs. Barr here!

The 4th-8th grade girls volleyball team and the 4th-8th grade soccer team are both getting started. Please see Miss Monn, our athletic director, or the office for schedules and other information. Both of these sports provide great exercise, the opportunity to learn new skills, and fun with friends.

In Our Thoughts and Prayers……will be a weekly feature in the Banner. If you have a prayer request please notify your child’s teacher or Mrs. Thiem in the school office.

We pray for God to be with each of us as we begin a new school year growing in Him and praising His name!

Food Service Program News

Information about our Food Service Program can be food in the “Food Services Handbook” in the back of our Parent Handbook or by contacting Melissa Murphy, our Food Service Director. Breakfast prices are $1.10 with the reduced price of $.30. Lunch will be served for $2.05; $.40 for reduced. Adult lunch price is $2.50. Afterschool Snack price is $.50 or $.15 for reduced.

If you want more information on the free and reduced lunch program please contact Mrs. Murphy or pick up an application from the school office. The government reimburses our program over and beyond the cost of the meal for free and reduced students. If you feel you qualify for either of these, I strongly urge you to take advantage of this. All applications and decisions are completely confidential.

Milk is included as part of hot lunch. Additional milks can be consumed at lunch or morning break. The price for milk is $.35 cents per carton. Preschoolers and kindergartners have milk during their snack time.

Lunch menus will be sent home with children before the start of each month, or they may be found on FastDirect. We operate under the guideline that ALL MEALS WILL BE PAID FOR IN ADVANCE. Please consult the page entitled “St. John Food Service Charging Policy” in the handbook for more information. According to this policy, parents will be notified when their balance reaches $0.00. Parents are then expected to make payments to avoid a negative balance. Please make every effort to make prompt payment of milk and lunch bills. Thank you!

One of our families has a violin for sale.

If interested, call Catherine Copas at 564-0294.

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