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March 15, 2018




I ran across an article by Christina of “Christina’s Books.” I wanted to share it with you!

4.) Lutheran school teachers teach because they are called by the Holy Spirit. If a call from God seems like a really big deal, you’re right. It makes all the difference in the world. Teachers come earlier, stay later, email when your child seems upset or especially ecstatic, pray with your child, visit their students’ homes for dinner, and worship alongside your kids during chapel.

3.) In Lutheran school, your child is not just part of a school, they are part of a rich education history. Lutheran schools have taught kids–and taught them well–for over 260 years. Your kids’ Lutheran school is part of a close-knit group of outstanding educators, doing what they’ve done well for centuries. Teachers and administrators gather together to share teaching ideas, share their faith, and inspire one another. Lutheran schools have thrived for centuries because we do education well. Martin Luther would be so proud. (Not too proud, though.)

2.) Different is better. More and more public schools are relying on minimum skill tests to evaluate their students and teachers. Here’s the report card on these tests: they are the epic failures of America’s education system. Everyone agrees these tests stress out teachers and kids, they don’t accurately measure what kids have learned, and the pressure to perform well short-circuits real learning. No state-issued tests in Lutheran schools, which frees the kids, teachers, and administrators from all that extra stress. It also gives teachers extra time to perform afternoon-long science experiments. Or to slow down the class until every kid masters the concept. Not surprisingly, teaching to kids instead of tests works wonders.

1.) Most importantly, Lutheran schools teach God’s Word. Kids have deep questions about the Bible, they want to pray about their sick uncle and their family trip, and they like to sing beautiful songs about Jesus. In other words, childhood is about developing academically and physically, yes. But most importantly, childhood is about growing spiritually. Lutheran schools nurture each child’s spiritual growth. Teachers start class with prayer, they teach kindness from the example of Jesus, they help kids articulate and defend their faith. If there was only one reason to send your kid to a Lutheran school, this would be it.

ALL PARENTS- please use the church door entrance and sign-in with the office. If you call a student in sick, need any assistance, or have any questions please call the office. All parents who drop-off or pick-up students for the Before and After Care Program, please use The South Annex Door off of E. Beecher Ave; you will be buzzed-in.

FED ON HIS WORD- Each week we are given the opportunity to hear the preaching of His Word. Together, we rejoice as we share in the fellowship of our Lord, and we respond to worship as His called People of Faith. Please encourage your child to attend both Church and Sunday School each week to enable them to know “It’s Still All About Jesus.” 31% of our students attended worship services, and 18% studied His Word in Sunday School on March 11th.                               

PRAYER FAMILIES- For week of March 19: Lane and Batty. Each day we pray for all of our students and their families. It has long been a custom of our school to divide our families each year by the number of school weeks and especially pray for them in our morning devotions.

MARCH CHAPEL OFFERINGS- Our March offering will be Lutheran Church Charities-Comfort Dogs.  

SALEM ADOPT-A-DAY- Make the day yours at Salem. For $100 or more reserve your day in memory of someone, a special day, or just make it your day. Your adopted day will be recognized and shared in newsletters, social media, e-sign, etc. Contact Matt Leischner at 248-1228 to Adopt-A-Day.

ADOPT-A-DAY- March 16th has been adopted for the First Grade class.  First grade sings the Lord's Prayer ever afternoon, to end our day the right way. Christ-centered education and faith-growth is promoted as Lutheran Missouri Synod Christian teachings from the Bible are integrated in all of the subject areas of the curriculum.

ADOPT-A-DAY- March 18th has been adopted to recognize Second Grade.  The second grade are excited to have Adopt-A-Day!  In second grade we do a lot of fun things.  We celebrate our school in so many ways.  We are currently taking pictures of what we are thankful for.  Then we will be writing about the pictures and putting them into a book.  Each year the students remember to thank Jesus for their families, their friends, learning about Jesus at Salem, good food, chapel, and loving parents.

CHESS CLUB- (4th-8th Grade Students) Chess Club will meet each Tuesday from 3:15-4:15pm in the Conference Room and is open to any 4th-8th grade students interested. Come join us!

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER DEADLINE- Please have your news items in by noon on Tuesdays. Thank you!

SCRIP CARDS- A new Scrip order form can be found outside the school office and church office doors. Place the order on Monday and typically we can have them on hand the following Friday, depending on the size of the orders placed.

MID-TERM GRADE REPORTS AND THE NEW ON-LINE SYSTEM- We currently have the new on-line grading program of Educate by TADS in operation. You should have parent access at this time.  

PRESCHOOL ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN! Call the office for more information, 243-3419.

THANK YOU- To all who volunteered at the Scholastic book fair. It was very much appreciated. Thank you also to those who purchased books from the teacher wish lists. The students love to see new books in our classroom libraries and it keeps them excited to read. We had a very successful book fair thanks to the support from the parents, grandparents, and congregation members at Salem. From the Salem Teachers.

CALLING ALL POTENTIAL KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS FOR 2018-2019! Follow the Yellow Brick Road to a Glimpse of Kindergarten for children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018, (and their parents) on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in the Kindergarten Classroom starting at 6:00p.m. Come for a FREE Night of FUN. You will meet Mrs. Henderson and visit the classroom, do some fun activities, and enjoy Wizard of Oz snacks like Rainbow Kabobs, Scarecrow Hats, Tin Man Hats and Emerald City Punch! Mom and Dad will find out about Salem’s Kindergarten program. Please call 243-3419 before Monday, March 19th, 3 p.m. to RSVP. If you didn’t RSVP and can come at the last minute…just show up! Please tell those you know with an upcoming Kindergartener!

SKATE NIGHT- Salem’s Skate Night is Monday, March 19th 6pm-8pm.

IN SEARCH OF- Girls navy blue pleated uniform skirts (sizes 6-14), needed by April 1st. Items can be dropped off in the Church Office labeled “Sound of Music.” Thank you!

SEWING SATURDAYS…SUNDAY! Join us as we finish up making the children’s costumes for the spring school musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.” We are meeting this Sunday, March 18th 1pm-6pm in the cafeteria. Watch the newsletter and join the group text for future dates!

TICKETS FOR “THE SOUND OF MUSIC”- ONLY 2 MORE WEEKS OF EARLY BIRD RATES! ALL PROCEEDS go directly to the Salem Lutheran School Music Budget benefitting all students K-8th grade! Show dates Fri 4/27 @ 7pm and Sat 4/28 @ 1pm. Before April 1st - $7 Adults / $3 Children 12 & under, after April 1st/Door - $10 Adults/$5 Children 12 & under. FREE admission to volunteers.


Mon 3/19


Scene 12-The Abbey-VOCAL and blocking


Maria, Captain, Abbess, Sr. Margaretta, Sr. Sophia, Sr. Berthe, All Nuns, Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, Gretl

Wed 3/21


RUN SCENES 11 & 12



Maria, Captain, Max, Rolf, Zeller, Admiral, German Officials, Trio, Fräulein Schweiger, Abbess, Sr. Margaretta, Sr. Sophia, Sr. Berthe, All Nuns, Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, Gretl

Mon 3/26


“Do-Re-Mi” and “So Long, Farewell”

Vocal/Choreography Review Day



Maria, Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta

Wed 3/28


All Lead Vocals Review Day


Maria, Captain, Rolf, Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, Gretl, Abbess, Sr. Berthe, Sr. Marg, Sr. Sophia


Weekly Lunch Menu

Thursday, March 15- Waffles, Sausage, Fruit, Milk

Friday, March 16- Baked Potato Bar, Ham or Chili, Broccoli, Fruit, Milk

Monday, March 19- Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Fruit, Veggies, Bread, Milk

Tuesday, March 20- Deluxe Nachos, Lettuce, Tomato, Sour Cream, Salsa, Fruit, Milk

Wednesday, March 21- Potato Soup, Fruit, Milk, Crackers


Healthy Snacks- Pizza Toast

Ingredients: 6 slices bread, 1 c. pizza sauce, 2 c. shredded mozzarella, 1/2 c. mini pepperonis, 1 tbsp. Parsley

Directions: Preheat oven to 350° and line a medium baking sheet with parchment paper. Place bread on prepared baking sheet and spread with pizza sauce. Top with mozzarella and mini pepperonis and place in the oven. Bake until cheese is melted and pepperoni is slightly crisped. Garnish with parmesan and parsley and serve.

Lunch Reminder- Parents, if your child(ren) is/are tardy (arrive or will arrive at school after 8:15 AM for any reason), please let the office know immediately if they will require a hot lunch. Thank you!

News from our teachers—

Preschool with Mrs. Lisa Aring

Morning Preschool Class

The morning preschoolers will begin their community helper unit by talking about the grocery store. They will play “grocery store” all week. On Wednesday, they will also begin learning about the librarian. During Jesus-time they will learn about Jesus’ death on the cross. The 4/5’s will learn about the letter “T” and in Math they will identify, describe and compare triangles and squares. Thanks to all who attended Grandparents’ Day. We had a packed room!

Afternoon Preschool Class

The afternoon preschoolers will begin their butterfly unit. On Thursday, they will begin an “eggs and spring” unit. During Jesus-time, they will talk about Jesus’ trial and death on the cross. The letter for the week will be “T” and in Math they will identify, describe and compare triangles and squares. Thanks to all who attended Grandparents’ Day. Each child had someone attend and we had a great turnout!

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Jane Henderson

During Jesus Time, we hear about Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and how the disciples were not able to stay awake with Him. We will walk over to the church and examine the stained-glass picture in the front of the church of Jesus in the garden. Thank you for making sure your child does the math homework every night. For reading your child should be practicing sight words from the pink or gold sheet sent with his/her report card which will be sent home on March 16. It’s very important that you check your child’s comprehension when he/she reads a story to you so he/she remembers what he/she reads since this is the point of reading. Our reading theme this week is Look to the Sky based on the Big Book called Bringing Down the Moon. In Math, we ate apples and added the seeds from each half to make a math problem. We will now add doubles with sums to 10 by learning a doubles rap. We are also using a new tool called a “Wrap-up” to practice counting and then later to practice our math facts. This is a fun way using a string wrapped on plastic keys to learn necessary facts. Please help your child practice writing to 100 and leaving a space between the numbers for ease of reading. In Social Studies, we study how we celebrate holidays in our families. Show and Tell on Friday, March 16 is to bring the Mystery Bag back with two opposites items in it and the sheet filled out with three clues. For March 23, the Show and Tell Theme is Spring. Remember that Easter Break is coming up and runs from March 31-April 8.

Ms. Morgan Zachary's First Grade News

Hannah is our snack provider. Skate Night Monday!! In religion, the First Graders have recently learned about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a lowly donkey, the Last Supper, Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter denying Jesus, Jesus before Pilate and Herod, Jesus dying on the cross and His rising from the dead. What a humble life our dear Lord Jesus Christ lived so we could live forever with Him in heaven. We have been examining our own sins and how we should change our lives to reflect our love for Jesus. We can live victorious through His resurrection. Memory Work: Nicene Creed. In reading the students will be focusing on Wonders Unit 5 Week 5. For the comprehension strategy of asking and answering questions we will read The Joy of a A Ship page 200-209 (Monday HW), Building Bridges and Small Joy page 260-269 (Tuesday HW), AR BOOK (Wednesday HW), and Differentiated Text: What is a Yurt? and journal (Thursday HW). In grammar we will be working on prepositions. Words to know above, build, fall, knew, money, toward, balance, section. The phonics skill will be diphthongs oy, oi directly connected to our spelling. Spelling words: spoil, coin, join, joy, toy, boy, build, fall. Spelling City Link of the week: In math we will be Saxon 2 Lessons 24-27. In social studies the students will be creating and reviewing maps. In science we will continuing out insect study! We have caught a different bug each day this week! They love the crawly visitors in first grade.

Second Grade News from Mrs. Deborah Steinacher

For the week of March 19 memory will be 24-25. In religion we will be learning about when Jesus washed the disciples' feet. Then we will begin reading about Easter. We will start when Jesus was in the garden in Gethsemane and when Peter denies Jesus. In reading and spelling we will be on unit 5.4. Spelling will focus on words with au, aw, a, and ou. In reading we will be reading about how we can protect the earth. While reading we will make predictions, use context clues, and work with our problem-solution skills. In math we will be dividing numbers into equal groups, rounding to the nearest ten, and working with word problems. In social studies we will be starting a new unit next week. It will focus on how things have changed from long ago to now. We will also be working with time lines. In science we will be looking at various characteristics of birds. We will look at how birds move, their legs, and their feet. On Monday, March 19, we will be working with our special writing project. Each student needs to bring in things to show what they are thankful for. We will be taking pictures using the green screen. Please help them to remember not to wear green on Monday. The pictures will look funny with green showing. Thank you for helping us with our project. We will be going to see a play about Curious George in April. A note has been sent home. Please return the form and money to school by Friday, March 16, so that we can place our ticket order. Thank you. We would like to thank Ady for providing us with our afternoon snack next week. All of the students look forward to snack time with a good book. Thank you to everyone for helping us celebrate Lutheran School's Week. The students had a wonderful time with all of the fun activities, the special dress up days, and especially Grandparent's Day. Have a wonderful week. God's blessings to everyone.

News from Mrs. Pat Manker 3rd Grade

This week was back to the normal routine after our Lutheran Schools Week celebration. We are finishing the novel about Balto, just as the Iditarod is also completing the race. Each day we have cheered for our choice of musher, after checking the standings. The plan is to write to our musher, if possible. With our study of maps, looking at the parts every map must have, we have measured scale and compared different kinds of maps. This coordinates with our capital and states and presidents’ investigation every day during calendar. We are building the understanding of plane geometry in math, but keep practicing multiplication facts. Two students have reached the top of the rocket math chart!

Matter is the subject of our science as well as some discussion of weather, especially in this spring season. Memory work continues to be a challenge. We are practicing more at school, but this requires practice at home too. Our art project centered around the cross this week. We have a Palm Sunday activity to share with our first grade buddies for next week. Thanks to Sofia as our snack provider this week, and Kellon will feed us next week!

News from Mrs. Tracy Thrasher 4th & 5th Grade

We have begun the 4th and final quarter of the school year. The theme of this quarter is growing up and being independent. As much as I love the parental involvement, the students are the ones who should be able to answer questions about what was assigned and how it was taught. They spend all day in class with me so they should know by now how things operate in the classroom; after all, we follow the rules that they helped design. We discussed as a class that they are almost 5th and 6th graders and what that means maturity-wise. We have talked about that they need to become more responsible for remembering what is due and where to turn things in without reminders. They will be doing their science packets with guided independence. The students have set their AR goals for fourth quarter and I challenged them to each pick a goal that will make them work to achieve it. Report cards will be coming home on Friday! Please look over it, sign it, and send it back to school when you are done. Thank you to all of the parents, grandparents, and congregation members that donated books to our classroom from the book fair. Thank you also for the support during Lutheran Schools Week with remembering to have the students follow the “themes” for the days.  Thank you for sending in all of your spare change for the Change War. WE WON!!! Our class brought in $277.08!!  Absolutely amazing!! The entire school brought in just shy of $1400!! That is an amazing amount for just donating spare change! As always, let me know if you have questions or concerns regarding issues in the classroom. Please make sure you read the “Here’s the Scoop” paper every Friday in the green graded work folder.    

News from Ms. Connie Charlesworth 6th & 8th Grade

This week students in Grade 6 will read realistic fiction to explore the unit, Challenges That Transform Us. 8th Graders will continue polishing their basic comprehension, vocabulary and writing skills by reading short selections. This week all junior high students will begin an intensive nine-week writing unit, designed to improve their essay writing skills.  This important skill will serve them well in the years to come, as they will be equipped to write a fully-developed five-paragraph essay for assignments, tests and even scholarship applications as they close their high school career. Students in Grades 5 and 6 begin their study of the young nation, as they read about Washington’s ascension as president and about what is surely one of the most heroic stories in American history, Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. These students are avid devotees to “painless learning,” meaning they love to learn from films. This week they begin watching the Ken Burns PBS documentary of the Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Purchase and to mount the final search for the fabled Northwest Passage. Also, this week students in Grades 4 and 5 will begin a nine-week unit on writing, concentrating on short narrative, persuasive and opinion writing, using their newly acquired Google Doc and typing skills. They will learn to be peer-editors, by critiquing classmates’ work. We will focus on cleaning up errors in capitalization, punctuation and sentence structure, as well as expressing their ideas clearly.

Mrs. Maureen Bradish 6-8 Science, Art, Spelling, & Grammar News 

This week in Science we are dissecting a pig eye, and listening to an eye doctor from Jacksonville speak about the human eye. We have been doing research on the human eye and taking notes on important details. Reading information is key to learning, but actually seeing the parts of an eye just put everything you read or see on a YouTube video in a new perspective. Hands on learning is using all the human senses to understand a concept. I can see the progression in the students learning this year. What fun we have had!!!!! In grammar we continue to use our grammar in writing skills. We are researching what profession we want to be. After researching we will write a 3 paragraph paper. We will be using an expository template and have a rubric to guide us to good writing. The same rubric will be used to grade the writing. Mr. Bradish has volunteered to help us in our cursive letter writing skills on Fridays. He will be teaching grades 4, 5, 6, and 8. It will be an amazing adventure to learn how to write letters and address envelopes properly.