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January 16th, 2020



Have You Heard...?!  

Have you ever had news so great that you couldn’t wait to tell someone else?  It was so good that you were about to burst.  We are eager to let others know the good news in our lives.  We want to share with others the events and happenings that we have experienced.  We enjoy listening to others as they share with us as well.  We all have the greatest news ever given to the world.  The Good News of Jesus is that news.  Are you about to burst with that great news?  Are we as eager to share that eternal news with others?  As fellow believers, we should at all times and in all places eagerly share the eternal joy that is ours in Christ Jesus.  The news should permeate our total existence.  God has commanded us to share His Good News to others.  May God’s Spirit create in us the zeal to “burst” forth the Good News of our salvation to others this New Year and unto eternity


LICE:  Your child may have been exposed to head lice while at school.  While this is inconvenient, it is not life threatening.  Head Lice have nothing to do with cleanliness or parenting skills.  Please do your part to prevent the spread of the communicable condition by checking your child(ren) daily for the next few weeks and on a regular basis thereafter.  Thank you, Karen Engebrecht, Acting Principal

SUPER BOWL?  Do you have plans for the Super Bowl?  Of course, you need snacks and munchies.  So, to help with your menu, Salem PTL is making delicious sub sandwiches.  We’ll make them and you pick them up!

YOUTH GROUP:  The youth group will be getting together in January. The children and their parents have been having a lot of fun, so be sure to mark your calendar for Sunday, January 19, for the next open gym. Please come from 5-7 pm and enjoy visiting, making new friends, playing in the gym, and eating great food. Pizza will be on the menu. Feel free to bring other food items to share. We are looking forward to seeing everyone!

GRADE 6,7 & 8th MEETING:  A meeting will be held Thursday, January 16th at 7:00 pm in the Conference Room to discuss second semester academic options, curriculum enhancements, behavioral and character-building expectations as well as off-campus learning activities.  We encourage you and your child to attend this information meeting. Thank you, Karen Engebrecht, Acting Principal

FAMILY SERVICE HOURS:  Please be reminded there is a 30-service hour requirement for each family this year.  The purpose is to increase parental involvement in activities here at Salem, which in turn, increases our impact in service both here at SLS and within the community.   The current tuition schedule already reflects the $10/service hour increase. As families complete their 30 hours throughout the school year, their tuition bill will be reduced by up to $300.  Each semester the office will update how many hours have been completed.  Lastly, Service Forms are available from your child’s teacher or the desk in the office.  Please return completed forms to the teacher or the box in the main hallway.

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

SECOND QUARTER AWARDS CEREMONY:  Mark your calendar for Friday, January 17th for our Second Quarter Awards Ceremony.  The ceremony will be held at 8:15 am in the Sanctuary.

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

STATEMENTS- Please check your students’ book bag for tuition and other charges statements sent home. Please let us know if you have any questions.  Thank you, Paula.

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 these families this week:  Baker and Lane.

JANUARY CHAPEL OFFERINGS- Our January Chapel Offerings will go to the Warming Center

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



Thursday, Jan 16thBreakfast Casserole with Sausage, Toast, Oranges, Milk

Friday, Jan 17th ­– Meat Loaf, Mashed Potato, Bread, Mixed Veggies, Pears, Milk

Monday, Jan. 20th   – NO School – Martin Luther King

Tuesday, Jan. 21th– Taco Soup, Fritos, Bread, Pears, Milk

Wednesday, Jan. 22nd     – Hot Dogs, Mac & Cheese, Carrots, Apples, Milk


One medium apple cut into slices. 3 ounces white baking chocolate, melted, ¼ cup granola.  Dip apple slices halfway into melted white chocolate. Sprinkle granola to coat apple, arrange on waxed paper. Let stand until firm or chill in fridge.


Preschool News from Mrs. Sharon Bremer:  Well, here we are in the middle of January and the testing is completed. Unfortunately, this week I will be having ear surgery to repair an ear drum. I plan to be back next Tuesday. We will have the conferences on Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24 starting at 8 am and ending whenever is needed. There will not be daycare either day due to not enough children registering for those days. We are working on the letter D.   For 4-year-old class and G and H for the 3-year olds. Please contact me for what time is best for you on your child's conference and I will then either call or send a note through Remind depending on how I am feeling. Thank you.

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Blayre Petri: This week in Kindergarten we are on Chapter 2 of Unit 5 in Reading. The big book we are reading is “The Grand Old Tree” and we are continuing to talk about how things change when they grow. In phonics we are focusing on the letter E and in Math we are doing chapters 100-105. This week’s spelling test will be on Thursday the 16th over the words sun, fun, run, and hun. Next week’s words will be den, hen, men and pen. In social studies this week we are continuing to talk about traditions and how people are alike and different. In science this week we are going to be examining and describing seashells. The students will use hand lenses to observe a seashell a little closer. In chorus we are continuing to practice the hymn they will be singing the 4th Sunday of the month and we are making mosaic crosses in art. The students continue to improve and it’s so fun to watch them grow and learn.

1st & 2nd Grade News from Mrs. Deborah Steinacher:   For the week of January 21 memory for first grade will be 19-20, and memory for second grade will be 60-61. In religion we are learning about Daniel in the lion's den and when God's people return home. New spelling lists for unit 4 will soon be coming home. In reading we will be working with fiction and nonfiction stories in unit 4.1. Many of the students are working on their AR goals for the quarter. They know how important it is not to get behind on meeting their AR goal for the quarter. Book reports for January are due next week. If possible read an AR book for your report and then take an AR test over it too! In math we will be working on fractions, mixed numbers, problem solving, bar graphs, intersecting and perpendicular line segments, measuring in centimeters, and multiplying. In social studies we will be learning about natural resources. In science we will be learning about animal habitats. Then we will be comparing some of the habitats and how they are more suitable for different animals. The following week we will having a special day. For us it is quite a milestone. The 100th Day of school will soon be here. Unless there is a snow day, the 100th Day of school will be January 29. On that day we will be doing a variety of activities that day surrounding the theme of one hundred! The class is looking forward to all of the 100 Day activities. We would like to thank Sam for providing us with our afternoon snacks next week. The class greatly appreciates them. Also, be sure to mark your calendars. K-8 will be singing in church on Sunday, January 26, at the 10:30 church service. This is a wonderful way for the students to add to the worship service. I am looking forward to seeing everyone there. Enjoy your long weekend. God's blessings to everyone.

3rd & 4th Grade News from Mrs. Linda Gullen: Congratulations go out to Sophia Robinson, Aiisia Antemate, Kai Ervin, and Kelly Turner for participating in the Spelling Bee at Lutheran High this past Saturday. We appreciate the effort put forth in competing with 3rd & 4th grade students from other Lutheran schools.  In Social Studies, students have been studying about the national level of government and will be taking a test on Thursday. In English we are starting a new unit emphasizing, interjections and possessive nouns. On Thursday, students will memorize the 8 parts of speech jingle for a grade. In 4th grade spelling we are working with words that change the y to i and add an ending to them. Parents, it is important to keep working on 0-12 times tables so we become more familiar as we use them daily in our math work. Remember that on the 20th of January there will be no school in memory of Rev. Martin Luther King. It is important to remember what took place and why we honor his work. Don't forget to worship and have a blessed 3-day break.

 6th Grade News from Mrs. Ronda Quigg: Helena participated in the Spelling Bee in Springfield on January 11. She did a wonderful job representing Salem School and we are proud of her! All the sixth through eighth grade students continue to read their book for the oral book report. Also, in grammar, the sixth-grade students will begin learning how to write an explanatory essay and will be writing an explanatory paragraph on a topic of their choice. The seventh and eighth grade students will be learning how to write a character sketch essay. All of the students will begin writing an essay on a historical figure from the Westward Expansion. All students will have reading, grammar, spelling and vocabulary homework. Students are writing the assignments in their plan books and they need to check daily see what assignments are due.

7th & 8th Grade News from Mr. Clint Borton: This week for and for the whole month leading up to Lutheran Schools week 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Social Studies students will be researching and preparing for a Living Wax Museum on Westward Expansion in the United States during the 1800s. Students have been assigned a Historical Figure and will research three major events in their life surrounding the movement west. We will be continuing our study on the Constitution and how our Government works periodically throughout this month as well. In Science 7th and 8th grade is learning about what motion is and how to calculate speed and distance. We will be putting together a Race Track and calculating the speed of toy race cars. In 6th grade Science students will be filming an iMovie using the iPad, a weather forecast based on an assigned weather map they were given. On Thursday at 7pm, Mrs.Quigg and I will be giving an informational meeting to any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade parents about this semester and the expectations for their students. We would love to see you all Thursday.  We extend our congratulations to Helena Lund for competing in the Spelling Bee at Lutheran High last Saturday.  She did an amazing job in her competition with 8th graders from area Lutheran Schools.  Good job Helena! Thank you again for your support of Salem Lutheran Schools.