Weekly Newsletter

May 15, 2019

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK:   Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  We’ve moved from months until summer, to weeks and now we’re days away from the break. What a wild and crazy year it has been and yet, so much to be thankful for.  Thankful for open minds and willing spirits to try new things and work with others.  Thankful for faiths made stronger by study of God’s word and growing closer in our walks with Him.  Finally, I’m thankful for all the energy shown by all as we move closer toward the goal.  Stay strong.  God bless your Spring! 


THANK YOU:  Thank you to the following Salem Church members and School students who helped deliver Doorbell Dinners the week of May 6-10: Ken and Marilyn Boehs, Sharon Strubbe, Elaine Jarman, Mary Anne Lawson, Gerry and Monika Warcup, Gary and Joann Campbell and the students from Grades 5-7, Chyann Ratliff, Gracelynn McFadden, Hannah Beavers, Joshua Blanchette, Bella Robinson, Karleigh Ortiz, Faith Musch, Aurora Baker, A.J. Gehrke, and Jacob Kollman. I appreciated all of their help. I saw, first hand, our students witnessing their faith to those in need. Our next assigned week will be September 9-13. Please consider joining us. It will be a rewarding experience. Rita Tendick, Doorbell Dinner Coordinator Salem Lutheran Church.

 LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS:  We are looking for Volunteers for our Field day.  Field Day is a wonderful way to help us celebrate the end to another wonderful school year.  Field Day this year will be Wednesday, May 22nd in the afternoon.  The afternoon will be filled with lots of fun activities for grades K-7.  If you would like to help with one of the activities, please contact Mrs. Steinacher.  We will also have afternoon snack.  The students will be able to have an individual chip bag and a Popsicle.  If you would like to help with the snacks, please contact Mrs. Steinacher.  The students are already looking forward to field day.  Thank you for helping us have a wonderful time while we celebrate the end of another school year. 

FIELD DAY:  The end of the school year will soon be here once again. Field Day is a wonderful way to help us celebrate the end of another wonderful school year. Field Day this year will be Wednesday, May 22, in the afternoon. The afternoon will be filled with lots of fun activities for grades K-7. If you would like to help run one of the activities, please contact Mrs. Steinacher. Please arrive at 12:30 so that you can be shown what activity you will be running. We will also have an afternoon snack. The students will be able to have an individual chip bag and a Popsicle. If you would like to help with providing some of the snack, please contact Mrs. Steinacher. The students are already looking forward to Field Day. Thank you for helping us have a terrific time while we celebrate the end of another school year 

SNACKS FOR FIELD DAY – MAY 22ND  -  We are looking for parents who are willing to provide snacks for the afternoon “Field Day” on May 22nd.  Popsicles and small bags of chips or other snacks would be great.  There will be 45 students and adult helpers that day.  If you can help provide those, please contact the school.

QUESTIONS ABOUT NEXT YEAR – Thank you for all the feedback and questions about the new policies that I wrote about last week.  As I said, we’re excited about the changes and what that can bring to SLS.  I have a few answers to share with all of you.  -In regards to the “adaptive camouflage” (aka: uniforms) Shirts DO NOT need to be Salem shirts, you can purchase them anywhere (provided they fit the parameters of color and are collared) IF they have writing or logos, they can only be SLS.  Those you would have to purchase through the school if you choose to do so.  For Service Hours, these are attainable through numerous (too numerous to list here) ways.  Any way in which you, your child(ren) help with special programs, concessions, special fundraising, parade floats.  We know that most families are very active in service to Salem Lutheran Church & School.  It should not be too difficult to get 30 hours in over the course of the school year.  If you and your spouse put hours in for an event, both your hours count.  If your child is helping NOT participating, that can count as well.


Sunday, May 19th -  All Church & School Picnic  -  Steinacher’s

May 20th -         Upper Grades trip to St. Louis

May 21st  -        LAST DAY  2 day Pre-K

May 22nd -        LAST DAY  3 & 5 day Pre-K

                        FIELD DAY   K-7

May 23rd -        NO SCHOOL  -  Records Day

                        Awards Night  6pm

May 24th -        LAST DAY  -  Final Chapel  - 8:30am

                        Kindergarten Recognition – following Chapel

                        Reception for everyone – in Cafeteria

                        Dismissal  11:15am   [NO after-care]

AWARDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, MAY 23RD AT 6PMPlease mark your calendars.  We will have a dinner followed by presenting our awards for this year.  This will include Sports Awards, 4th quarter awards, 2018-19 school year awards and Random Acts of Kindness/Team Player awards.  I fully expect each student to be recognized that night for a number of awards.  Main dish, table service and drinks will be provided. We are asking families to bring a side dish to share.  We will need an RSVP with number attending by Monday, May 20th.  A form will be going home or you can call the school

LEO’S PIZZA “PACK THE HOUSE” FUNDRAISER –  will continue throughout the summer every 1st Monday of the month.  Take out or order in, just mention Salem and we get a 10 percent of the bill.  We’ve made over $500 so far.

REFER-A-STUDENT – Remember if you refer a student to Salem for next year and they enroll, you’ll receive a $100 discount on your tuition. Refer 3 students and get $300 off.

YOU'RE INVITED!   There will be a church and school potluck at Steve and Deborah Steinacher’ s house at 2629 Woodson Franklin Road, Franklin, Illinois, on Sunday, May 19, from 3 pm on. We will eat at 5 pm. Hot dogs and BBQ, drinks, and table service will be provided. Please bring the whole family. There is plenty of room inside and outside for everyone. Please bring a lawn chair and a covered dish to share. We will have the potluck rain or shine. If you have any questions, please call 370-0581. Come and enjoy the wonderful fellowship. We're looking forward to seeing everyone.

DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS FOR NEXT FALL - It’s time to start thinking about making those appointments for immunizations, sports physicals, and other requirements for the start of school. We will be holding fast to deadlines for those items to be turned in. Please start planning now.

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:  Galdhill/Hungerford

MAY CHAPEL OFFERINGS- Our May Chapel offerings will go to Camp Cilca.                                

SCRIPT CARDS- Script cards are a great way to support our school. We have script cards available: If you are interested, please contact Tina Hungerford at (217) 370-2159.


Wed, May 15th    -   Grilled Cheese, Veggies, Fruit and Milk

Thurs. May 16th -   Sausage Biscuit & Gravy, Fruit and Milk

Fri, May 17th     –   Pizza Pocket, Lettuce, Fruit and Milk

Mon. May 20th      – Chicken Patty W/Grain Bun, Carrots, Apples and Milk.

Tues, May 21st – Walking Tacos, Refried Beans, Lettuce, Tomato, Fruit and Milk

Wed. May 22nd - Cheeseburgers W/Grain Bun, Chips, Fruit and Milk.

PIANO RECITAL:   The students of Salem will be in a Piano Recital on Monday, June 3rd at 7 p.m. at Rammelkamp Chapel.  Please attend

HEALTHY SNACK:  Popcorn Trail Mix

Ingredients: 1/4 cup of kernels or 8 cups of popped popcorn, 1 Tbsp. of coconut oil (for popping corn), 1 cup of chopped nut of choice (suggested walnuts), 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, 1/2 cup of dried apricot, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of sea salt.   DIRECTIONS: carefully popcorn in a large pot on the stove with coconut oil. Place popped corn in a large bowl, add nuts seeds, and dried fruit. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sea salt or topping of your choice. Enjoy a tasty snack in a large bowl or separate into baggies.

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 News from MRS. SHARON BREMER: The end of the school year 2018 - 2019 is quickly coming to a close. If your child has a summer birthday and would like to bring treats before school ends please let me know. Our last day of school is next Wednesday, May 22. We will be doing some running and jumping activities these last few days so please send your child in gym shoes. Next week we will be sending home your child's binders for the year along with their extra clothing and pictures. Please be sure to send their school bag as many things will be coming home.

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Jane Henderson:  During Jesus’ Time, we will learn about Philip and the Ethiopian who wanted to be baptized and Lydia, who sold purple goods (Mrs. Henderson’s favorite color) who 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 off at the church office anytime so we can use them next year.  Show and Tell and Spelling tests are over for the year. Don’t forget your child’s lunch, jacket and car seat on Friday, May 17, for the museum and zoo trip. On Tuesday, we will be going with our Reading Buddies on a walking field trip to spend time together to celebrate friendships made while they were our Reading Buddies. We will go to the Strawn Art Gallery, make our own pizzas at Leo’s for lunch, have story time at the Our Town Bookstore, deliver books to the Salvation Army (in honor of our Reading Buddies) get ice cream from Charlie’s cones, then have Bubblemania on the playground.  Parents may join us on Wed. afternoon, May 22, for field day activities from 1-3 p.m. There is no school on Thursday, May 23 but that evening is the Awards Ceremony for all for 4th quarter awards, and all year awards so please be there.  Note that closing chapel is on Fri. May 24, at 8:30 a.m. with Kindergarten Recognition (with caps and gowns) during the service and a reception for the entire school and guests in the cafeteria afterwards. Please send a sturdy bag on Monday, May 20, 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. Beckmann 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. We give thanks this week especially to Christina Antemate, and Julie Rice for driving Friday. Thanks for all the special gifts and cards that I received for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I am blessed 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!

First & Second Grade News from Mrs. Deborah SteinacherWhat a wonderful school year! The last book report is due this week. Next week we will be putting the finishing touches on everything. Please send it in at any time. We are finishing up our last writing story. The class has been looking back over the school year and writing about all of the things that we have done. On Monday, May 20, we will be going to Decatur for our end of the year field trip. We will be leaving school at 8:15 and returning at 3:00. Please return the permission slip with the money for the trip. On Monday everyone will need to bring a sack lunch with a drink. You may order a sack lunch for the trip at the same cost as a regular school lunch if you prefer. On Tuesday we will be cleaning the classroom. Please send in an extra bag on Tuesday for their school supplies. On Wednesday we will be setting up for Field Day in the morning and then the fun begins in the afternoon. The class is excited about Field Day and all of the fun activities! Thursday night will be the awards night. Awards will be given for AR, perfect attendance, and honor rolls for the older students. On Friday we will have closing chapel. School will dismiss at 11:15 on Friday. Don't forget that the church and school potluck is Sunday, May 19. It starts at 3:00, and we will eat at 5:00. We will have the potluck rain or shine! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone! God's blessings to everyone.

News from Mrs. Carrie Beck 3rd & 4th Grade:  We are slowly wrapping things up. The kids are counting down the days and ready to be done. We have some fun stuff coming up but we also still have some work to do. This week is our LAST week of spelling!! In language arts the third grade have been working on subject and object pronouns. In fourth grade we have been working on comparative and superlative adjectives. We are also working on punctuation when writing letters. In science we are working on identifying and describing mollusks.  In social studies we have been talking about government in the United States. We just read about Thurgood Marshall Law and Justice. I hope everyone who came was able to enjoy muffins with mom. It was a good time. Please make sure you send in your child’s field trip form along with money. Also please let me know if you will be able to go along and drive.  On the last week, Monday we will be wrapping things up. On Tuesday we will be heading to Springfield for our field trip for the day. Wednesday will be field day in the afternoon. I’m not sure if Mrs. Steinacher is still looking for help or not. There is No School on Thursday. Friday we will have a short day with early dismissal. Don’t forget on Sunday May 19 the Steinacher’s have opened their home for a church/ school picnic. It would be lovely to see you all there. Have a Great Week!!

Mrs. Joyce Surratt 5th-7th Morning News: Next week will be very busy!! We are going to take a trip to St. Louis on Monday. Please return permission form. Tuesday we will walk downtown with our Reading Buddies from Kindergarten. A permission slip will go home soon about that. Wednesday is Field Day. No school on Thursday. Friday dismissal is 11:15.  5th grade Math is learning about multiplying by three-digit numbers and three-digit numbers that include zero. 6th grade Math is learning about common denominators. 5th and 6th grade Social Studies is learning about Sodbusters and Homesteaders. Have a great week!

Mr. Enoch Petersen 5th-7th Afternoon News:  Snacks for Field Day – Looking forward to the end of year field trips to St. Louis and with the younger students.  Please return permission forms.  Science has been learning about Energy and it’s many forms and uses.  We are completing magnets, magnetism and building electro-magnets and MagLev tracks!  Grammar is working with sentence diagraming and we’re almost done.  It’s been great to see how this has helped with learning concepts.  Field Day is coming up and we’re still trying to find a time to get the Mile.