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December 14, 2017


You Can Do It!

I tell my students this every day.  It is really tough when they don’t believe that they CAN do something.  CAN’T is a “bad word” in my room.  As we get to the time of the year when we have so much to do, we adults also want to say, “I can’t.”  Things may be bothering you about something that you are seeing with your child in class.  With the holiday stress, this could be getting more bothersome.  I don’t always hear about these things directly, but I always tell the bearer of the concern to have the person go to the teacher.  The response is sometimes—they CAN’T!  Nothing really should go to another person, the principal, or the Day School Committee unless it has gone to the teacher first.  That happens in a “perfect school world.”  I have learned over the last 8 years, that it is difficult for parents to do this.  However, in most every case, it does create positive results.  It is not always easy to hear truths on both the parts of parents and teachers.  I can tell you, however, that most every time, things change for the better.  If you just CAN’T go to the teacher, please just ask me to go with you.  Yes, I am busy, but the most important thing to me is the success of each student in our school.  I have found that God always helps me get the important things done, when this is our focus.  Jesus came as a baby, grew up and took the punishment for us all.  Trust that He will make things right as we focus on the rearing our children in His knowledge.  Remember,  “ I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13  WE CAN DO IT!

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.”   41% of our students attended worship services, and 26% studied His Word in Sunday school on December 10.                               

Prayer Families for weeks of December 18:  Krohe and Ratliff/Lawson; for January 4:  Oldenettel and Aring.  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.

December Chapel Offerings Our December offering will be Kellon’s Socks.  Kellon is one of our 3rd graders who is continuing his project of collecting new socks for needy children in our community.    

CHRISTMAS PIANO RECITAL   You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Christmas Piano Recital which will feature the Salem Piano Students 
on Wednesday, December 20 at 6:00 pm prior to the Christmas Program at Annie Merner Chapel on the campus of MacMurray College. The
students will be performing some of their favorite Christmas carols that they have chosen to share with you. Please come join us! 

CHRISTMAS SERVICE-PARKING AND RESERVED ONLY LOT Maps are available showing the five lots that are available for parking for the Annie Merner service on December 20th.  Street parking is also available.  PLEASE NOTE:  ALL parking spaces in the lot behind McLellan Dining Hall, labeled ‘LOT F’ on the map, are reserved for Handicap and Special Needs Accessible only.  

SALEM CHILDREN’S CHIME CHOIR Rehearsal this Sunday, December 17th will run from 12:00-12:30pm.  We will then be on break through and beyond the holidays.  We will resume rehearsals again on Sunday, January 28th, 2018 from 12-1pm.

CHRISTMAS SERVICE-CHILDREN’S CHIME CHOIR Students who are members of the Salem Children’s Chime Choir will be performing during the service on December 20th.    There are no special dress requirements or needs. 

Moms and Dads—did you know about the JCP Kids Corner?  December 16 they will make Christmas ornaments.  Check it out at our Jacksonville JC Penney store.  A big ‘Thank You’ to Mr. Tom Zeller and team.

Chess Club (4th-8th Grade Students) Chess Club will meet each Tuesday from 3:15-4:30pm in the 2nd Grade Classroom and is open to any
4th-8th grade students interested.  Come join us!


Before & After School Care Drop-off and Pick-up

The South Annex Door off of S. East St. will be the only door open before 8:00am.  After 8:00am you will need to press the buzzer for someone to let you in.  Please be patient and help us learn to do this all in the best way.  After 5:00pm the only access will be through the South Annex Door.


TADS   If you are having any questions about your TADS account please let Mrs. Aring know, by emailing salemjaxprincipal@mchsi.com.  

Weekly Newsletter Deadline   Please have your news items in by Noon on Tuesday.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Thank you all for your support during all of our fall fundraisers!  If you missed out on the wreath sales, we still have some left over.  We have 2 garland (NOW $12.50 each), 3-28” mixed evergreen wreaths (NOW $17.50 each), 3-22” mixed evergreen wreaths (NOW $12.50 each), 12 red & gold snowflake bows (NOW $2.50 each), and 7 glass votive sets (NOW $10.00).  These are available through the school office and are first come, first serve.  Thank you again for supporting our school!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION    Do you cut out box tops?  If so, please turn them in to the box near the water fountain outside the gym or school office.  If not, please start!  They can be found in many places like cereal boxes and tissue boxes.  Box tops are a great way everyone can help support Salem.  Encourage grandparents and others to help too.  Expired coupons have no value, so don’t wait—turn in your box top collections before the end of the year!

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.  The following cards are on hand:  2-$25 Applebee’s, 4-$10 BWW's, 2-$10 Hardee's, 4-$10 Pizza Hut, 5-$20 Toys R Us, 2-$10 Long John Silvers, and 1-$10 Burger King.

LOST & FOUND—the lost and found tub is overflowing.  Parents may want to check it out—lunch boxes, water bottles, coats, sweatshirts, shoes.  Almost everything except the kitchen sink!!!

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.  Eventually Educate will provide information on school lunch accounts.  You should have parent access at this date.  Should you need assistance, please contact Marie Dawdy in the office.  

Cool Weather Warning

Parents, please be aware that this is the season that head lice do appear. The most important thing to remember is to instruct your child not to share their hats, earmuffs, hoodies, etc. with any other student. We searched the Internet and the article reported that the best method of treating and avoiding an infestation was heat and vacuuming—toss all outer clothing, stuffed animals, gloves, etc. into the dryer and dry for 20 minutes on high heat. All bed clothing should be washed and then dried on high heat.


Music with Mrs. Orr

CHRISTMAS SERVICE-COSTUMES Our Children’s Christmas Service this year involves the students wearing costumes of the Christmas Story.  The following are costumes that will be needed.

PreK/Kind/1st Grade:  Nice dress clothes or "church attire." (Preferred white or cream top)

2nd Grade:  Hats or headbands will be provided for all.  Please style hair to accommodate (i.e. no pony tails, barrettes, bows, etc.)

Sheep-White Shirts will be PROVIDED, please wear Brown/Khaki pants in any style

Nativity Animals-Shirts and pants will be PROVIDED.  ***All provided clothing items have been donated for ease of coordinating with the matching costumes that are being made by our Sewing Committee.  These items will be sent home with your child on Tues 12/19 so that they can arrive wearing them that evening.

3rd Grade: Boys (Shepherds)-Solid White/Gray T-shirt, Brown/Black pants; Girls (Angels)-Nice dress clothes or "church attire." (Preferred white or cream top)

4th-8th Grades (*see specific roles below if applicable): (Angels)-Nice dress clothes or "church attire." (Preferred white or cream top)

*Specific Roles:

Angel Gabriel-Solid White/Black/Gray T-shirt, Black pants

Mary-Solid White T-shirt, White/Brown/Khaki pants

Joseph-Solid White/Gray T-shirt, Brown/Khaki pants

King Herod-Solid White/Gray T-shirt, Black pants

Wise Men-Solid White/Gray T-shirt, Black pants

Please plan for your child to arrive on Dec. 20th dressed as listed above.  Volunteers will assist with putting on costumes and accessories.  


3rd-8th Grade:  6:15pm, lower level 

1st-2nd Grade:  6:30pm, lower level

PK:  6:45pm, please bring them to the front of the chapel where they will be seated

If you are unsure of your child's role or have any questions, please contact Melissa Orr.   Cell: 708-674-1229, email:  theorrs1997@yahoo.com.


Preschool with Mrs. Aring

The morning preschoolers will continue their Christmas story with the story of the Wise Men coming to visit Jesus.  They will have “ornament day” on Monday, “gift day on Tuesday (we will walk to the chapel on Tuesday—dress for the weather!), and Wednesday will be Christmas game day.  Tuesday will be our “party” day for this class, since all don’t attend on Wednesday.  Wednesday night is our Christmas service at Annie Merner Chapel.  Preliminary testing has been done and final testing will be done in January.

After Christmas, they will begin their Snow and Winter Units—School resumes on January 4.  They will learn about Jesus visit to church and Simeon and Anna.  The 4/5 year-olds will have the letter L.  

The afternoon preschoolers will continue their Christmas story unit with the story of the Wise Men coming to visit Jesus.  They will have “Baby Jesus Day on Monday, “star day” on Tuesday and “Gift Day” on Wednesday.  We will walk to the chapel on Tuesday—dress for the weather!  Wednesday will be our Christmas Party Day and Wednesday night is our Christmas service at Annie Merner Chapel.  Preliminary testing has been done and final testing will be done in January.

After Christmas, they will begin their Snow and Winter Units—School resumes on January 4.  They will learn about Jesus visit to church and Simeon and Anna.  They will have the letter L.  


Kindergarten News from Jane Henderson    

In Jesus time, we will review the Nativity stories by watching videos and YouTube movies as well as reading the stories in our little Bibles.  In January, we start the New Testament stories beginning with Jesus as a boy studying God’s Word in the temple. We will talk about how we too as children can do the work that Jesus wants us to do. In math we are counting forward using a number line, identifying numbers 11-30 and identifying spheres. You can play “War” with your children to reinforce the greater than/less than numbers. For Kindergarten purposes the Ace is low (non-traditional war); but they can now use Jacks, Queens and Kings (highest cards).   There will be no spelling test the weeks of Dec. 18 and Jan. 4. No Show and Tell on Dec. 20 but on Jan. 5 the children may bring a gift they received to Show and Tell.   Reminder that we go caroling at the nursing home on Monday, Dec. 18 at 9:30. At this point we only have one driver. Please help if you can or send a grandparent. Be sure to send your child’s gift for the gift exchange on Dec. 15. Boys send a boy’s gift and girls bring a girl’s gift marked as  “To: A Girl/Boy…From (your child’s name).”  The Christmas Program is Wed. Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. so please arrive by 6:30 at Annie Merner Chapel and bring your child to the basement after they go to the bathroom before the service. They will be given an angel collar and headpiece to wear.  Come early at 6 p.m. to hear classmate, Bennett Schumacher (and all other Salem piano students) play a piano piece on the baby grand piano at Annie Merner. Dress your child warmly on Dec. 19 as we they will be walking to Annie Merner to practice. Thanks to Lilah Jockisch’s parents for our birthday party for Jesus on Dec. 15!! We look forward to having a great 2018!   God’s blessings to your families as you take a much needed rest and family-time over Christmas Break. I am thankful for the gift of teaching your children this year. Please keep me in your prayers as I undergo surgery on Dec. 18 and I will pray for your little ones while they have a substitute who will undoubtedly do things a bit differently so please encourage cooperation. Please remember to send back blankets and water bottles in January. Thanks for everything.


Ms. Zachary's First Grade School Newsletter!                                                                                                                                

The first graders will review the Nativity story on video, then study about Simeon and Anna who were told they would not die until they saw the Savior at the Temple. In January, we focus on the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Baptism is a special way in which we receive forgiveness and salvation in our Savior, Jesus Christ. While Jesus never sinned, He began taking on all of our sins at this time. We need to repent daily and live a spirit-filled life, following God’s ways. First grade will be busy preparing for our Christmas program and the upcoming New Year! The students will spread Christmas cheer to the residents of Prairie Village Healthcare Center and Knollwood in the morning of Monday, December 18, 2017 9:30 to 11 (drivers need) please send CAR SEATS. Our first grade class Christmas party will be on Wednesday, December, 20 at 12:30. We will celebrate all afternoon. If you would like, you can bring a snack to share. Family and friends are all welcome to come enjoy this special time with the students. We will share snacks, play a few Christmas games, have a guest reader read the story of Christmas, and run off some of the energy with an in the gym snowball fight. It will be an afternoon of fun to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Merry Christmas!! Looking forward to the New Year!

Salem Children's Christmas Service December 20, 2017 INFO:
PreK/Kind/1st Grade: Nice dress clothes or "church attire." (Preferred white or cream top)
Please plan for your child to arrive on Dec. 20th dressed as listed above.
Volunteers will assist with putting on costumes and accessories.
CALL TIMES-WED. DEC. 20TH: 3rd-8th Grade: 6:15pm, lower level PreK-2nd Grade: 6:30pm, lower level 


Second Grade News from Deborah Steinacher

Next week will be a short but busy week. There will be no regular reading or spelling next week.  For memory we will be reviewing all of our songs for the Christmas service.

Next week we will be looking forward to:

*Singing at three nursing homes on Monday, Dec. 18, in the afternoon.

*Walking to Annie Merner on Tuesday, Dec. 19, to practice for the Christmas service.

*The Christmas service at Annie Merner on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 7 pm.  Please arrive between 6:30-6:45 and come to the church basement to get ready. Please leave your coats with your parents.

*Our Christmas party in the afternoon on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

*Angel tree gifts are due Monday, Dec. 18.

The week of Jan. 4 will also be a short week.  There will be no regular reading or spelling.  Instead we will be starting to work on DRA testing.  Once the testing is done a note will come home showing the reading growth from the first DRA test to now.

For the weeks of Dec. 18-20 and Jan. 4-5 we will be having left overs for our snack.

For the week of Jan. 8 memory will be #13.  Instead of reading and spelling we will continue working on DRA testing in the classroom.  In math we will be working with mixed numbers, reading bar graphs, and learning about right angles.  In social studies we will be learning about various land forms.  In science we will be starting a new unit on simple machines.  In PE we will be working our physical fitness testing. 

Our next book report will be due January 23.  The reports can be handed in at any time. Our snack person for the week of January 8 is Wesley.  We would like to thank him for providing us with our snack. 

God's blessings to you and your family.


News from Pat Manker-3rd Grade Homeroom                                                 

Slow down December!  We are moving at light speed through the month and the year.  Midterms went home, showing us our strengths and areas for focus.  We earned another class party by charting 10 crosses, based on 5 points a day for behaviors we decided.  We have two needs for next week:  one is drivers on Monday, December 18, for the afternoon, beginning at 1:00.  We will be caroling at three nursing homes.  The second need is for treats for our holiday party on the afternoon of December 20.

Please text or message me on remind, if you can undertake either of these.  A shout out to Carter’s mom, Ella’s grandpa, Kayden’s grandma, and Adam’s mom for driving us to Cedarhurst to play games.  Mrs. Orr and the teachers made it possible for us to go because they kindly changed the Christmas program rehearsal to an hour earlier.  Thank you! 

Results from the fall IOWA testing will be coming home; please call if you have questions.

Owen provided snacks for this week; thank you, and next week, we will have buffet choice!

Salem can be very proud of these third graders and the progress they have made in half a year, both academically and socially!

Next week, because it is short and we have caroling and rehearsal, there will be no spelling or poem or homework.  Morning work will be game sheets, so there will be no end-of-week Quizmo either.

Have a blessed, memory-filled holiday.


Tracy Thrasher-4th &5th Homeroom                                                                                                        

We are quickly wrapping things up here at school before Christmas break!   Wednesday, December 20, is the last day of the 2nd quarter.  Report cards will be finalized over break and will come home with students the Friday we return.  Please send students to school with winter coats, hat, gloves, etc.; since we will be going outside for recess as much as possible.  We need drivers for caroling on Monday, December 18.  We will leave Salem between 12:30-12:45 and return between 2:30-3:00.  If you are available, please let me know.  We will be walking down to Annie Merner chapel on Tuesday, December 19, to practice for our program.  Please make sure the kids dress for the weather.  As always, let me know if you have questions or concerns regarding issues in the classroom.  Please make sure you read the “What’s the Scoop” paper every Friday in the green graded work folder.  I hope you all have a great and safe Christmas break!


News from Connie Charlesworth 6th& 8th Grade Homeroom

The final days of the first semester are approaching rapidly and students in Grades 6 and 8 are working hard!  6th Grade is reading historical fiction, learning new vocabulary words and writing strong conclusions.  8th Grade is working in Chapters 6 and 7 of A Year Down Yonder.  Grades 6 and 8 are creating beautiful maps of South America. With each map, their skills improve.  Grades 4 and 5 continue to practice their keyboarding skills, while completing their study of colonial America. 

Students in Grades 6 and 8 will celebrate Christmas together on Wednesday, December 20 by enjoying treats in the cafeteria after recess.  Parents should send treats with their students to share with their classmates on that day, as well as their filled Christmas stocking service project.  We will then depart Salem at 1:15 p.m.to donate, in person, our filled Christmas stockings to the New Directions homeless shelter.

We still need two parents to help transport students in Grades 6 and 8 on Monday, December 18 for caroling at two local nursing homes.  We will depart Salem at 9:30 a.m. and will return no later than 12:00 noon.  Please call Mrs. Charlesworth or email her at mrschworth@gmail.com if you can help.


Maureen Bradish 6-8 Science, Art, Spelling, & Grammar 

We are finishing up our Science Book—Inside the Earth.  The last chapter we are doing is the core of the earth and what it is composed of and why.  The beautiful part is that I can discuss how God’s design is perfect in every detail.  One student said “God must really love water since He covered the earth with so much!”  Indeed He does and all the creatures there in.   Christian Schools are such a blessing!  For me, being able to show God’s perspective is such a joy!

In Grammar we continue to explore subject complements in writing skills.  Yeah!  We are going to be great writers.


Lunch Reminder

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


Choir Schedule 2017-2018

                                                K-3                                                                              4-8

                                                                                                                                                                         January 21 (10:30)

                               February 25—NLSW (8:00 & 10:30)                                                                        February 25—NLSW (8:00 & 10:30)

                               April 8 (10:30)                                                                                                               March 11 (10:30)

                               May 13—Mother’s Day (10:30)                                                                                    May 13—Mother’s Day (10:30)


Weekly Lunch Menu

Friday, Dec 15—Chicken Stir Fry, Rice, Fruit, Milk

Monday, Dec 18—Ham & Cheese Rollup, Veggies, Fruit, Milk

Tuesday, Dec 19—Chicken Caesar Wrap, Veggies, Fruit, Milk

Wednesday, Dec 20—Ham, Corn Casserole, Potatoes/Gravy, Rolls, Fruit, Milk


Schools resumes on January 4, 2018

Thursday, Jan 4—Sausage Egg and Cheese Muffin, Tator Tots, Fruit, Milk

Friday, Jan 5—Corn Dogs, Green Beans, Fruit, Milk


Healthy Snacks

Mock Apple Donuts (Makes 6 servings)

·        Ingredients

3 tart green apples, cored and sliced into ¼-inch slices
¼ cup SKIPPY® creamy peanut butter, warmed
¼ cup melted milk chocolate
¼ cup melted white chocolate
toppings: sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, toasted coconut, craisins, nuts, granola

·        Instructions

1. Place peanut butter, white chocolate and milk chocolate in 3 small zip-top storage bags.
2. Snip corner tip with scissors and squeeze over apple slices.
3. Sprinkle with desired toppings.



“SOUND OF MUSIC”-UPCOMING REHEARSALS:  Be sure to check your schedule for page numbers students need to prepare BEFORE rehearsal.  

Mon 1/8              3:15-5pm             Maria, Captain, Frau Schmidt, Franz, Rolf, Max, Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, Gretl

Wed 1/10            3:15-5pm             Maria, Captain, Frau Schmidt, Franz, Rolf, Max, Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, Gretl

Mon 1/15            NO SCHOOL

Wed 1/17            3:15-5pm             RUN SCENES 5 & 6-Maria, Captain, Frau Schmidt, Franz, Rolf, Max, Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, Gretl, Goat, Girl In The Pale Pink Coat, Mama


Excerpt from the 2017-2018 Salem Lutheran School Parent Student Handbook

Student Appearance

Specific guidelines are:

  • Clothing should not bear pictures or words of an unhealthy or non-Christian nature (e.g. some rock groups, beer logos, put-downs/insults, profanity, sexual connotations, etc.)
  • Pants for boys, and dresses, skirts, or pants for girls are preferred. Clothes should not have holes or frayed areas (worn or purchased.)
  • Shorts may be worn from April 1 through October 31.Shorts should be modest (not too short, too tight, or too baggy).Length guidelines—must meet the fingertips when shoulders are relaxed and arms are down. (4-8). Grades 4-8 will not be allowed to wear spandex or leggings unless they are under a dress or skirt that meets the school length guidelines.
  • Skirts and dresses should pass the same length test as shorts. (Please see above.)
  • T-shirts and sweat shirts may be worn. Fishnet, tank tops, and jerseys may be worn, only if a crew neck T-shirt is worn underneath. Tube tops may not be worn.Sleeveless tops are permitted, but modesty should be considered.No spaghetti strips.Stomachs should be covered by the student's top when their hands are raised above the head. Shirts and T-shirts with unfinished hems should be tucked in. Underwear should not be visible at any time.
  • Clothing accessories: Boys may not wear earrings. Girls may not wear long, dangling earrings. A minimum of other jewelry may be worn with care given to its length and size. Caps and sunglasses should not be worn in the classrooms.
  • Shoes: Street and/or tennis shoes are recommended. All shoes should be in good condition. To help prevent injuries, toes should be covered. Crocs, clogs, flip flops and sandals should not be worn.
  • Hair: Bizarre (such as Mohawks, designs cut in or un-natural colors) are not allowed.
  • Out of respect for our Lord, students are encouraged to wear “church” clothes when attending chapel services in His house.
  • Parents are reminded to dress their child "for the weather" as recess will be conducted on the playground, except in inclement or extremely cold weather. In season, gloves, coats, caps, boots, etc. are encouraged



Orders for poinsettias for the Children’s Christmas Service are being received in the church office.  The poinsettias will be ordered from Barber Florist and delivered to Annie Merner Chapel on December 20.  The plants may be picked up at the close of the service or if not picked up, they will be brought back to the church for use in our Christmas festival services.  Cost: $12.00 with a choice of red, pink or white.  Please call the church office (243-3419) to place your order by Friday, December 15.  Payment is due with order.



A Blessed Christmas to all and may the Peace of Christ fill your New Year.