Weekly Newsletter

October 10, 2018




What do Salem’s teachers do on a designated Teacher’s Institute Day? This year we traveled to Bethel Lutheran Church and School in Morton to attend the Central Illinois / Southern Illinois Teacher’s Conference. We attended a church-filled worship service along with hundreds of teachers, principals, pastors, and LCMS executives. The communion service was a great way to begin our day with the singing of praises to our Heavenly Father. The keynote speaker for the day was Brad Alles, assistant professor at Concordia University Wisconsin. He is committed to helping Christians defend their faith and explain their worldview. The afternoon was spent sharing “what works” ideas in small groups. The ideas covered such topics as chapel service ideas, National Lutheran Schools Week activities, and read-alouds for middle grades. Our teachers split up and attended separate groups so they could have various topics to share among ourselves once they returned to school. The day ended in a closing service in the beautiful sanctuary. Our time was well spent at the conference and just sharing with fellow teachers and principals was a wonderful way to make connections with fellow educators who are dedicated to the teaching of God’s children and young adults. We are “United and Connected to Christ”!



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 more about Jesus. Sunday School at Salem is at 9:15 am.                          

PRAYER FAMILIES- 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. Please pray for these families this week: Gehrke & Schaefer.

OCTOBER CHAPEL OFFERINGS- Our October Chapel offerings will go to Bethesda Lutheran Communities of Springfield. Mrs. Steinacher informed us about this worthwhile cause in our Wednesday morning chapel service.

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

SCRIP CARDS- We have script cards available: Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Olive Garden/Longhorn, Texas Roadhouse, Maurice’s, Noodles and Co., Hardees, Starbucks, Walmart, Subway, Outback Steak House, Steak & Shake, Target, Pizza Ranch, Walgreens, Pizza Hut, Long John Silvers, Taco Bell, Home Depot, Dairy Queen, Panera. If you are interested, please contact Tina Hungerford at (217) 370-2159.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Students attend the library every Friday. We need volunteers to help in the library first or third Friday in the afternoon at 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Please contact Lauretta Scheller (636) 544-3786 to sign-up.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION- Have you been clipping Box Tops for Education? If not, please start! Box Tops are a great way to help support our school, and it really doesn’t take much effort. Encourage relatives and friends to give you their collections as well. Just put them in a Ziploc or envelope, and drop them in one of our two new, yellow collection boxes: 1) at the split in the stairs near the water fountain outside the gym, or 2) outside the office.

JOIN US IN FALL FUN- Come walk in the Illinois College Homecoming Parade on Sat, Oct. 13th. Salem’s float, designed by David Robinson, will have room for riders and we encourage parents to walk or ride too. We are so excited to be a part of this event and to tell everyone the good news about our school. Meet between 9:30 am-9:45 am on the street between the JHS Bowl and Grace Methodist Church. Look for our giant-size school logo.


Thurs, October 11th – Ham & Egg Burrito, Potato Cake, Fruit, Milk

Fri, October 12th – Tuna Salad Wrap, Veggies, Fruit, Milk

Mon, October 15th – Grilled Cheese, Veggies, Fruit, Milk

Tues, October 16th – Screaming Taco Salad, Lettuce, Tomato, Fruit, Milk

Wed, October 17th – Pizza Pockets, Ham, Fresh Veggies, Fruit, Milk


HEALTHY SNACKS- Apple Sandwiches

Ingredients: 1 large apple, peanut butter, granola (or mini chocolate chips or raisins, nuts, coconut, cinnamon, etc.)

Directions: Wash and cut apple into 4 slices. Core the apple with an apple corer or a small cookie cutter will work {you could cut fun shapes like stars and hearts}. Spread peanut butter on one slice. Sprinkle with granola and chocolate chips. Top with another slice of apple. Note: If you want to pack these in a lunch box, brush each apple slice with lemon juice to keep it from turning brown.

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!



Volleyball Results:

The Salem Girls’ Volleyball Team will play at the Bloomington Tournament on Friday, Oct. 12th. The Round Robin Schedule is as follows:

Salem vs Trinity Bloomington at 5:35 pm

Salem vs Bethel, Morton at 6:25 pm

Salem vs Zion Mt. Pulaski at 7:15 pm

Salem vs Concordia, Springfield at 8:05 pm

Let’s send them off by wishing them well with this challenging schedule and pray for safe travels for their families. Next week, the girls play on Tues, Oct. 16th at Beardstown Christian Academy and Thurs, Oct. 18th at Trinity Springfield. The girls will meet at 9:45 am on Sat. morning to walk in the Illinois College Homecoming Parade.



Preschool with Mrs. Sharon Bremer:  Preschool will be busy this week with fall activities. Scarecrows and other fall items will be worked on. Preschool 3-year-olds will be working on the letter C and the number 1 and also learning about Abraham; and Preschool 4-year-olds will be working on the letter T, and learning about the tower of Babel and the consequences if sin. Thank you to the parents who have already placed their online book orders. Book orders can be placed through this Friday. If you do not wish to order online, please have your order to me by Friday, Oct. 12th.


Kindergarten News from Mrs. Jane Henderson:  In Jesus Time, we learn how God gave Moses a special job to do and that was to be the leader of His people. God calls each of His children to work for Him too by sharing His message and His love. In Reading, we took our first unit test much like the big kids’ achievement tests. We will be doing oral tests in math, writing letters, and other end of the quarter assessments too. Our next unit in Reading is built around the theme, World of Bugs, so if your family finds any bugs this week, please send them in to school so we can examine them. In Math, we will be weighing objects using a balance scale. Thank you for working so hard on the spelling words. We will be going on our first field trip on Tues, October 16th to see the play, Giggle, Giggle, Quack, Quack based on stories by author, Doreen Cronin, at the Sangamon Auditorium. Please sign the permission slip and send the fee of $6 each ASAP. Thank you for reading the little books with your child, signing them and sending them back to school with the activity sheet they completed with the sentence on the back. If the paper comes home with a sticker that means that you can keep it at home. Be sure to fill out the church attendance sheet in your child’s folder so I can record it correctly on your child’s report card. The Show and Tell Theme for Oct. 18th is to bring a sign of the fall season. The K-4 Junior Choir sings this Sunday, October 14, at the 10:30 service. If your child will not be there, please send a note to school to let Mrs. Orr (or me) know that your child won’t be there, otherwise she will mark them as absent and receive a “0” grade.


First & Second Grade News from Mrs. Deborah Steinacher:  For the week of October 15 memory for first grade will be 11-12 and 50-51 will be for second grade. In Religion, we will be learning about the call of Gideon and how Gideon led God's people. In Reading and Spelling, we will be on unit 2.3. We will begin the week by introducing the spelling and vocabulary. We will sort out the words, learn the meanings, and use them in sentences. In Reading, we will continue to work with finding the key details, knowing the main characters, learning about the setting, and knowing the important events in the story. In Math, we will be working with doubles plus 1, writing larger numbers, telling time to the 5 minutes, and work with our problem solving skills. In Social Studies, we will be learning about our needs and wants and knowing the difference between them. In Science, we will be learning about force and how gravity affects things. In Language, we will continue to work with writing complete sentences. We will also begin learning about naming words. We will be introducing nouns and how they name a person, place, or thing. We would like to thank Franki for providing us with our afternoon snack next week. Our field trip to Passavant's Mini-Medical Days is Wednesday, October 17. If you would like to drive for our field trip, please fill out the form and return it by Friday, October,12, so that I can make final arrangements for the trip. Please continue to work on AR for the first quarter. AR goals need to be met by October 19. Then we will begin a new goal for second quarter. God's blessings to everyone. Have a wonderful week!


News from Mrs. Carrie Beck 3rd & 4th Grade:  Our third and fourth graders have been working hard. We have been adjusting well to having a different teacher in the classroom. In Reading, we have been proofreading for punctuation, complete sentences, and other grammar. We have also been rewriting simple paragraphs to include more detail. The fourth graders are coming up with a business idea together. We have been reading about how kids start their own businesses in reading class so this gives them a chance to come up with one and they are enjoying it. In Social Studies, we have been learning about geography, climate and the effects on our lifestyles.


Mrs. Joyce Surratt 5th-7th Morning News:  The class has become very good spellers! They have learned a new activity called "Sparkle." It is a fun way to practice Spelling words. In Math, the students have practiced division. We will work on multiplication next. The students wrote and discussed information about Christopher Columbus. October book orders have been sent home. Please return by October 18. Happy reading! Have a blessed fall!


Mr. Enoch Petersen 5th-7th Afternoon News :  5th - 7th enjoyed some special activities this past week. The 7th grade are affectionately referred to as "the kings and queens of Narnia" as the oldest students here at Salem; we often talk about the responsibilities that positions like this hold. With that in mind, the 7th graders are expected to act and behave in a manner worthy of such titles. As they show that they understand their duties and expectations they will receive their crown. We held a coronation ceremony for 2 Ladies of the 7th grade who had attained the title of Queen. Lady Hannah and Lady Aurora became Queen Hannah and Queen Aurora! We also held an "accolade" or dubbing ceremony for our first 'Knight of the Realm'. Any of the 5th and 6th graders can receive their knighthood for ongoing acts of valor, honor, integrity, perseverance and other noble traits. Sir Joshua was "invested" as a knight of the realm by Queen Hannah and Queen Aurora. CONGRATULATIONS! We hope to have many more of these ceremonies in the future. Meanwhile, in 7th grade Math, we are moving forward with rational numbers and decimals, we've been changing fractions into decimals and vice versa. In Writing, we've worked on writing opinions and how that compares to debates, we've also spent time expanding our color spectrum and the various names and descriptors that can be used. In Science, we're working on the brain, nerve cells & spinal cord and tying it back into movement and muscles/bones and will start to see how the central nervous system or CNS ties into our senses which will be the next unit. God bless your week.


Music with Mrs. Orr

Music Theory Class: With Monday off this week, Music Theory class will pick back up next week, working to finish Lesson 4 and our Ear Training Lesson before our Unit 1 Quiz.

Recorder Class: Recorder class will again work to finish catching up on our vocabulary in preparation for our Unit 1 Quiz in Music Theory class. Many of the terms we encounter throughout Unit 1 are found in our Recorder workbook and are included in our quiz. We’ll review playing our recorders as well!

Choir/Hand Chime Choir: K-4th Jr. Mixed Choir will be singing this Sunday, October 14th at 10:30am. Please mark your calendars and arrive in the Music/Art room at 10:15am for warm-ups. PLEASE SEND A NOTE OR MESSAGE THIS WEEK if your child will not be able to attend this Sunday so we know who to expect before service on Sunday. Thank you! 5th-7th Mixed Choir has begun a new hymn and Hand Chime Choir began their new piece as well, as we continue preparing for Sunday, October 28th at 10:30am. Soon, we’ll begin rehearsing for the Children’s Christmas Program during regular Choir times.

Art with Mrs. Orr

All 3rd-7th students have made excellent progress creating the form of their papier mâché masks, and have completed adding facial features and painting a base coat. Next week students will enjoy designing and painting their masks, as well as working toward adding texture with items such as feathers, fabrics, and more!

Peter Pan Jr.

Thank you SO MUCH to all cast members who have been called to rehearsals so far this fall. YOU ARE AMAZING! I am so proud of what a fantastic job students have done learning lines, music, choreography, and working together! It’s going to be an amazing show!

Upcoming Peter Pan Jr. Rehearsals:

*Please note the listed page numbers! Students should read, highlight, and be prepared to rehearse these pages BEFORE arriving at rehearsal.

Wed, Oct 10 – 3:15-5pm

Scene 3 – The Pirate Ship, pgs. 25-27

Called: Captain Hook, Smee, Jukes, Flint, Cookson, Murphy, Skylights

Tues, Oct 16 – 3:15-5pm


Wed, Oct 17 – NO REHEARSAL

Mon, Oct 22 – 3:15-5pm

Scene 3 – The Pirate Ship, pgs. 30-33

Called: Captain Hook, Smee, Jukes, Flint, Cookson, Murphy, Skylights

Wed, Oct 24 – 3:15-5pm

Scene 3 – The Pirate Ship, pgs. 33-35

Called: Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Captain Hook, Smee, Jukes, Flint, Cookson, Murphy, Skylights

Mon, Oct 29 – 3:15-5pm

RUN SCENE 3 OFF-SCRIPT (memorized)

The Pirate Ship, pgs. 25-35

Called: Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Captain Hook, Smee, Jukes, Flint, Cookson, Murphy, Skylights

Tues, Oct 30 – 3:15-5pm

Scene 4 – The Forest, pgs. 35-38

Called: Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Cubby Lost Boy, Skunk Lost Boy, Hop Lost Boy, Raccoon 1 and Raccoon 2 Lost Boys

Wed, Oct 31 – NO REHEARSAL