Weekly Newsletter

MARCH 12, 2020

DISCIPLINE AND LOVE:  As a mother of two grown children, I know what time and dedication it takes to raise children.  My husband and I were blessed to send our children to Salem and to also be members of our congregation, and were an integral part of the School and Church.  We are grateful that our parents provide “positive” modeling to their children and continue to teach them God’s word through discipline and love. Please join me in the words written by Moses:  Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.  Karen Engebrecht, Principal


THIRD QUARTER:  The Third Quarter Honors Assembly will be held Friday, March 20th at 8:15 am during Chapel.  Students will be recognized for Academic and Church related activities.   Please join us for this special event.  Karen Engebrecht, Acting Principal

OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION NIGHT:  Salem will be hosting an Open House and Registration Night, Tuesday, March 17th from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Families will be able to meet with faculty, see new curriculum options for next year, and enjoy fellowship with others.  Salem continues to be a Christ-Centered School where students are taught in a nurturing environment with caring teachers.  Our School equips each student with a passion and excitement for learning about the Wonders of God’s creation.  Please join us for this special evening.  Should you have any questions, please stop in the office or give us a call at (217)-243-3419 or take a look on our website:  Karen Engebrecht, Acting Principal.

LENTEN SUPPER:  Be sure to mark your calendar! The next Lenten supper will be March 18 from 5:00-6:30. This has been a great opportunity for good food and terrific fellowship! Thank you so much for coming, eating, visiting, and relaxing with your Salem family.  Menu:  Potato Soup, Sloppy Joe's, Chips, Dessert

DONUTS WITH DADS:   We will be having Donuts with Dads on Thursday, March 19th starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will be sending home an invitation, so please check your child’s book bag and return it was soon as possible.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing all the Dads. 

SALEM TRACK:  The Salem Track and Field team will be hosting a Pulled Pork Dinner Thursday, March 19th from 5 pm to 7 pm in the Cafeteria.  Dinner includes pulled pork sandwich, potato chips, baked beans, macaroni salad, dessert and drink.  Carry out is also available by contacting Cathy Kollman at (217)371-9342.  Cost is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children.  Please join us March 19th.  Thank you for your support.


Thursday, March 12th 4:30 – 5:45

Illinois College

Friday, March 13th 4:00 – 5:15 ISD.

Monday, March 16th 4:30 – 5:45

Illinois College

Thursday, March 19th 4:30-5:45 Illinois College

PTL:  The PTL is sponsoring a pizza sale beginning March 13th  Further information will be sent to each student regarding type of pizza, costs, dates and related information.  Please check your child’s backpack for information March 13th.  On behalf of Salem PTL, we thank you for your continued support and cooperation. 

PACK THE HOUSE- Let’s pack Leo’s Pizza open to close! Help us earn money for Salem Lutheran School. Eat there every 1st Monday of the month, Mention “Salem” and Leo’s will donate back to Salem.  Dine in or carry out only, no delivery. Support an amazing local business and Salem!

PICTURES:  Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles…if you have any videos or pictures of activities your child has been involved in this year, I am asking that they be downloaded/forwarded to me to be posted on the Salem website, bulletin boards, and displays for our upcoming Open House.  Please forward to  Thanks so much!

YOUTH GROUPUPCOMING MARCH EVENT: In March the youth group will be going to the Bowl Inn in Jacksonville to bowl from 2-4 pm on Sunday, March 15. This will be a fun time for kids, parents, and friends to bowl and visit with everyone. We will meet at Bowl Inn. The activity will be paid for by youth group funds. When you arrive please let Mr. White know that you are with the Salem Youth Group. Come on out and enjoy an afternoon of fun with your family and friends. We are looking forward to seeing everyone. Remember to mark your calendar because this will be a great time for adults, kids, and all of your friends.

 SCHOOL CLOSING IN INCLIMATE WEATHER:   You should check Channel 20, WICS television for closings. Listen to WLDS/WEAI for their list of closings. Check Facebook and see if it has been posted on the site.  Be prepared to receive a text message from your child’s teacher. The teachers have an app on their phones to notify the entire class once they hear from the principal. We want everyone to be safe

REMINDER:  All Students participating in track this spring must have a physical completed.  Please submit your forms to the office.   Thank You!

NEWS FROM THE CHOIR:  The choir has been learning a lot of songs. They are excited about being able to share them with the congregation. We have several time that we will be singing between now and the end of the school year. Please check the newsletter often for upcoming dates. Thank you.


We will be singing on Sunday, March 15, at 10:30 service, We will be singing Glory Be To Jesus. Please come to practice at 10:15 in Mrs. Steinacher's classroom.   We will also be singing on Saturday, March 28, at Salem's Spring Festival 6:00, Please come to the church at 5:45 to practice with the adult choir. We will be singing Jesus Loves Me with the adult choir. Then we will be singing All I Have to Do Is Pray and God Is Great. The Salem Spring Festival will be a great time for everyone!   In April we will be singing on Sunday, April 26 at10:30 service. Please come to the cafeteria at 10:10 so that we can practice singing Jesus Loves Me with the adult choir.  Thank you for helping us to add to our worship service and being a part of the Salem's Spring Festival. These are wonderful opportunities for us to praise God.

FRIENDLY REMINDER- Please contact the office when your child is sick or will not be in school.  You may leave a voicemail message as well.  The phone number is (217) 243-3419. Thank you, Karen Engebrecht, Acting Principal

ALL PARENTS- Please use the church door entrance and sign-in with the office when dropping off or picking up your student. During the hours of 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 & 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 this family this week EOFF & PETRI

MARCH CHAPEL OFFERINGS- Our February Chapel Offerings will go to the Deaf Ministry

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


Thursday, Mar 12th Egg Bake with Ham, Oranges, Toast, Milk.

Friday, Mar. 13th   ­–  Hot Dogs, bun, Potato Wedges, Mixed Fruit,  Milk

Monday, Mar. 16th   – Sloppy Joes, Bun, Mixed Veggies, Peaches,  Milk

Tuesday, Mar. 17th  –  Taco Bake, Lettuce, Tomato, Sour Cream, Mixed Fruit, Milk

Wednesday, Mar. 18th  – Mac & Cheese, Bread, Veggies, Fruit, Milk



Ingredients: 2 C Cheerios, 1 C peanuts* (or almonds), 1 C dried cranberries, 1 C banana chips, 1/2 C mini chocolate chips.  DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and store in an air-tight container up to 2 weeks.

SCRIPT CARDS:   We have a long list of script cards available.  If you are in need of a gift card for any occasion, please check our list as it will be money for our school.  Some of the script cards available are;  Dairy Queen, Panera, Maurice’s, Target, Olive Garden, Pizza Hut, Buffalo Wild Wings, Subway.  If you are interested, please contact the office.  Thank you

EASTER BREAKFAST:  It is Lent and that means that Easter will soon be here. Easter is our time to prepare our hearts for Good Friday and for Easter Sunday. To help us celebrate that Jesus has indeed risen we will be having Easter breakfast on Sunday, April 12, from 9:00 to 10:30 in the cafeteria. We will be serving biscuits and gravy, egg casseroles, sweet treats such as coffee cakes and muffins, and milk and juice. If you would like to donate milk, juice, or some sweet treats for the Easter breakfast, please bring them to the cafeteria on April 10 or April 11. Thank you so much for your donations. Be sure to mark it on your calendar! It is a wonderful time of good food and wonderful fellowship.


Preschool News from Mrs. Sharon Bremer:  Well, March seems to be blowing right through here with the wind. Next Tuesday is St. Patrick's Day and we will make it our second green day (this Friday, March 13, is also green). Anyone wishing to send a special treat for Tuesday such as a juice box, little cakes or cupcakes please let me know so we dont have multiplies of one thing. This is the last call for oatmeal containers as we will be using what we have soon. As stated both this Friday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 17, are green days. Thursday, March 19, will be blue for spring, and Friday, March 20, will be gray day. Hoping everyone is doing well.

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Blayre Petri:  In Kindergarten this week we have started chapter 2 of unit 7. The big book for this chapter is “The Birthday Pe’ and I had the students predict what would happen in this story based on the title and the cover.  In handwriting the students will practice writing lower case and upper case g and w. The new site words for the week are of and they and the students will be also working on writing sentences starting with capitols and ending with the correct punctuation. The students will get to make shamrock art this week and we have been working hard on our 3 songs that they will be singing on Saturday, March 28th, at the Salem Spring Festival. The students will also be singing on Sunday, March 15, at the 10:30 service. The students have also been testing for their report cards that will be coming out on Friday. All report cards must be signed and sent back by Friday, March 20th. May God bless you all this week!

1st & 2nd Grade News from Mrs. Deborah Steinacher  For the week of March 16, memory for first grade will be 35-36 and memory for second will be 76-77. In religion Jesus will be teaching us not to worry. In reading and spelling we will be on unit 5.3. While reading we will be looking at both fiction and nonfiction pieces. We will be looking for factual information, relating the stories to real life, and checking for the sequence of events. In language we will be working with pronouns and adjectives. In math we will be working with even and odd numbers, ordinal numbers, mental math, patterns, relative value, and memorizing our multiplication facts. In writing we will be working with personal narratives and adding details to the story. In social studies we will be learning about some of our country's heroes such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and George Washington. Then we will be looking at some of our country's holidays. In science we have been learning a lot about our body. We are learning about the digestive system and how it helps us with our energy. We will also be learning about the respiratory system and how it helps us get oxygen. We will be having leftovers for our snack next week. Our next book report will soon be due. These may be handed in at any time. If possible read a book that can also be used for AR. New AR goals have been assigned for fourth quarter. Open House for registration for next year will be on Tuesday, March 17, from 6-8 pm. Donuts With Dad will be Thursday morning, March 19, beginning at 7:30. More information from the office will be coming about this special event. Please look over the third quarter report card, and then sign and return it. Please let me know if you have any questions. We will be singing this Sunday, March 15, at the 10:30 service. Please come to my room to practice at 10:15. In March we will also be singing for the Salem Spring Festival on Saturday, March 28. Please arrive at 5:45 to practice with the adult choir for the March 28 choir. Thank you so much for helping us worship and add to the spring festival.  The class will be showing their religion video on Friday, March 20, after the awards. Everyone is invited to come and watch. The awards and video will be in the church. Awards will begin at 8:15. God's blessings to everyone. 

 3rd & 4th Grade News from Mrs. Linda Gullen:  We have neared the end of the third quarter and report cards will be sent home on Friday. If you have any questions about your child's progress please feel free to contact me. Just a reminder that students will be singing this Sunday in the 10:30 service. Students are asked to arrive at 10:15am to practice. Please meet in Mrs. Steinacher's classroom. In writing we are working with different tenses and adding object pronouns in sentence usage. In 4th grade math we are working on double digit multiplication problems, division, and decimals. Third graders are still in word problems and multiplication. Take a few minutes each day to practice times tables as we are everyday at school. In Religion we are looking at the different ways to worship. Our memory due Friday is from 1 Chronicles 16:34. Spelling test is for week 4 on Friday.  Thanks to everyone who has supported Salem Lutheran School in your prayers and actions. May you have a blessed week in Him.

 6th Grade News from Mrs. Ronda Quigg: It is unbelievable that we are already beginning the fourth quarter and spring break is around the corner. All sixth through eighth grade students will begin the quarter writing a narrative essay. There will be time in class for students to work, but it may be necessary for your child to work outside of class in order to complete and turn in by the due date on March 16. In grammar, the sixth grade will be working on nouns (complements, predicate nominatives and direct objects). The seventh and eighth grade students will be working on objective & possessive case pronouns. The sixth grade will be reading A Race Against Death with the character themes being courage and determination. The seventh and eighth grade will be reading and taking a quiz on the story The Legend of Duer’s. The character theme for their story is sacrifice. All students have a spelling and vocabulary test on Friday.

7th & 8th Grade News from Mr. Clint Borton:  This week in 7th/8th grade US History students will be examining Primary Source documents. Students will answer the question “why did the founding fathers keep slavery in the Constitution?” Students will read statements from Delegates at the Constitutional Convention and from current Historians. Each will give their opinion or reasoning on if Slavery is a big issue and students will have to decide why Slavery wasn’t outlawed in the Constitution. In 7th/8th grade Science students will officially test their Vehicles to see if they can go 1.5 meters. Students will also be concluding their study on Motion and Force, this means students will have a test early next week. In 6th Grade students will be examining early political events after the writing of the Constitution. In 6th Grade Science will be looking at Motion and Force. Thank you again for your Support of Salem Lutheran School.


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