Kindergarten News

Proverbs 22:6
wTrain up a child in the way he should go; and even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Henderson

This school year certainly flew by!! We thank God for the many blessings He has shown us this entire school year. Our class has bonded and we are a Kindergarten family with a love that God created in all of us. Our last few Jesus’ Time lessons had to do with John’s vision of heaven in the book of Revelation and what we have to look forward to when we meet Jesus in heaven. Just like the school year, it’s not ending, it’s just a step before moving on to the next year, our walk on this earth is just a step before we meet Jesus face to face in heaven. How glorious!! On a final note, here are the:

Kindergarten Class’s Reasons to Celebrate Salem Lutheran School- 2017-2018

  • The is the first ever Kindergarten Class to have a graduation ceremony held during closing chapel.
  • With the help of the Holy Spirit, we read the Bible daily, sang Christian songs, and memorized passages from the Bible and parts of the Catechism including the Lord’s Prayer, The Apostle’s Creed and The 10 Commandments.
  • All students could tell how to get to heaven and pray from their heart.
  • Salem Kindergarteners completed 46 lessons in the 1st Grade Saxon Math Curriculum. Students can perform basic addition facts and subtraction facts, pattern, tell time, add pennies, nickels and dimes, and estimate. The average percentage in the class was 93% overall in the First Grade Curriculum.
  • Most of the students learned all 40 Kindergarten sight words in Reading and learned how to spell most of those 40 words.
  • Salem Kindergarteners won 1st and 3rd Place in the prose category and 3rd place in the poetry category in the Writing Talent Search sponsored by the Regional Office of Education for a five-county region.
  • Five Kindergarteners won awards (including First Place) in the Duck Coloring Contest in Jacksonville sponsored by Passavant Hospital.
  • All students spent time weekly with his/her Salem Jr. High Reading Buddies where he/she was read to or he/she read to his/her buddy, wrote stories, and went on field trips and more forming mutual friendships.
  • 90% of students met their goals every quarter in the AR (Accelerated Reading) Program.
  • The Kindergarten class (along with the First Graders) dressed up as clowns and sang for residents of Jacksonville Convalescent Center and Prairie Village Healthcare in October.
  • The class went caroling at Christmas to two nursing homes at Christmas time.
  • The Kindergarteners enjoyed dressing up as animals and German boys and girls to sing in the Sound of Music musical with the whole school.
  • Many parents and grandparents and adopted grandparents drove, rode along or walked with us to numerous field trips: Scott County Fairgrounds Ext. Program, Illinois State Museum, Illinois State Capital, met State Representative C. D. Davidsmeyer, went to Sangamon Auditorium to watch the play Curious George, JHS Petting Zoo, Jacksonville Public Library, Strawn Art Gallery and Fitness World.
  • 100% of the Kindergarteners ran the mile at Illinois College for the first time ever in under 15 minutes.

A great big thank to Tina Hutchcraft who served as our Art Nanny, Lisa Hadden and Becky Dimmick, filled in as subs, the Salem Library volunteers that helped us weekly, Sharon Strubbe who ran papers off for us each week, Diann Brechbuhl and Pat Glyshaw that helped prep materials behind the scenes. It certainly takes a village (and a church) to raise a child. Thanks so very much. Many thanks to the PTO that provided financial gifts, parties, surprises, treats and for spoiling the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you, thank you, but the biggest thank you is to God for allowing me once again to work with His best creation, His little lambs. May God bless your families this summer!


Kindergarten News

During Jesus’ Time, we will learn about Lydia from Acts 16. She sold purple goods (Mrs. Henderson’s favorite color), heard Paul share God’s Word about Jesus, was baptized and welcomed Paul to her home. We too should share God’s Word with others and enjoy fellowship with other believers. Please return all library books, Kindergarten Reading Books and homework by next Monday. If you find additional school books this summer at home, please drop them by the school or church office anytime so we can use them next year. Last Show and Tell of the year is on Friday, May 18 and students are to bring something to help them remember their favorite memory of Kindergarten. On Monday morning, we will be going with our Reading Buddies to Fitness World for gym time together to celebrate friendships made while they were our Reading Buddies. Please send them in shorts and gym shoes, with a car seat. We will leave at 8:45 and return by 10:45. Parents may join us on Mon. afternoon, May 21, for field day activities from 1-3 p.m. There is no school on Tuesday. Note that chapel is on Wed, May 23, at 8:30 a.m. with Kindergarten Graduation during the service and some special awards for perfect attendance etc. for 4th quarter given after the service. All other grades will dismiss for the year after the chapel awards, but the Kindergarten class will have a little Graduation party and awards ceremony of their own after chapel. Parents/grandparents are welcome to join us for chapel and the awards and party afterwards. Please send a sturdy bag on Friday, May 18 to carry extra supplies home. A note was sent home from the Jacksonville Public Library that explains the free summer library program and the special activities including movies, special guests, crafts and story time that are offered beginning in June. These are wonderful activities to encourage your brand new reader to keep on reading and growing over the summer. You do not need to have a library card to participate in these activities. If you live in the city limits of Jacksonville, you can obtain a free library card for your child to check out books but all the activities are free to all. Thanks to all our special helpers that helped us throughout the school year: Mrs. Tina (Art Nanny) Hutchcraft, Lisa Hadden, Sharon Strubbe (who ran off papers all year), Mrs. Brechbuhl and Mrs. Glyshaw (who prepped things all year behind the scenes), The Beckmanns who filled our mailboxes all year, the cooks, Kelli and Jill, who spoiled and helped us with projects and parents and grandparents for sending snacks and driving on field trips. God certainly blessed us with your help. Thanks for all the special gifts and cards that I received for Teacher Appreciation Week. I am the blessed one to have been given the opportunity to teach and love your children. Have a terrific summer break and please have your kids read every day so they don’t lose their reading skills! Blessings to all!

Upcoming Events:


August 15: First Day of School 8:15-11 a.m.

August 16: Whole day of school 8:15a.m.-3:15 p.m.