Weekly Newsletter

November 7, 2018



It’s another busy week here at Salem School. And it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving will be here in just two short weeks. God has truly blessed us with wonderful volunteers who are willing to help us meet the many deadlines coming up quickly. Monday, we completed ornaments for the tree that will be displayed at the Festival of Trees on November 16-18 at Pathway Services. Peggy Maschhoff and Sharon Delong volunteered to co-chair the project. Cathy Kollman, Ruth Werries, Mary Krause, and Tina Hutchcraft arrived to assist the students in making the ornaments. Thank you for all that help, ladies. We hope everyone has the opportunity to see our tree. It’s “The Miracle of the Birth” and it’s a beautiful way to share our faith in Christ Jesus. Friday morning at 9:30 we will be honoring those who have served our country in one of the branches of the military. You are all invited to join us in the school gym as we pay tribute to those who have given so much to protect our freedoms. A big thank you to Mrs. Surratt and Mr. Petersen for putting this event together and for putting their students to work on this project.



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.

PARENTS, PLEASE TAKE NOTE- Lifetouch promises to have our school pictures to us early next week. If you are not satisfied with them you must return the package of pictures to our office by Thursday, November 15. The scheduled retake day is Monday, November 19.

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 & Wright.

NOVEMBER CHAPEL OFFERINGS- Our November Chapel offerings will go to the Salem Food Pantry.

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

SCRIP CARDS- We have script cards available: Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Olive Garden/Longhorn, Texas Roadhouse, Maurice’s, Noodles and Co., Hardees, Starbucks, Walmart, Subway, Outback Steak House, Steak & Shake, Target, Pizza Ranch, Walgreens, Pizza Hut, Long John Silvers, Taco Bell, Home Depot, Dairy Queen, Panera. If you are interested, please contact Tina Hungerford at (217) 370-2159.

LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- Students attend the library every Friday. We need volunteers to help in the library first or third Friday in the afternoon at 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Please contact Lauretta Scheller (636) 544-3786 to sign-up.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION- Have you been clipping Box Tops for Education? If not, please start! Box Tops are a great way to help support our school, and it really doesn’t take much effort. Encourage relatives and friends to give you their collections as well. Just put them in a Ziploc or envelope, and drop them in one of our two new, yellow collection boxes: 1) at the split in the stairs near the water fountain outside the gym, or 2) outside the office.

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK- Be sure to like Salem’s Facebook page and invite your friends as well – Salem Lutheran School.

SEWING SATURDAYS- Sewing Saturdays are get-togethers where volunteers help cut, measure, glue, assemble, iron, organize, sew, repair, or other helpful tasks in making costumes for our upcoming theater productions and special services. NO EXPERIENCE SEWING IS NEEDED! You may bring your own sewing machine, scissors, pins, etc., and a snack to share if you’d like, and join us in the lunchroom for crafting fun and fellowship! Saturdays this fall will include November 10th and 17th, Sundays December 2nd and 9th from 1pm-5pm, and Saturday, December 15th 9am-2pm. Sewing will resume after winter break. Our initial focus will be to inventory and iron/repair the Children’s Christmas Service costumes that have been in storage, then “Peter Pan Jr.” costumes for the spring musical. Stop in for a short time, or stay the whole day!


Thurs, November 8th – Pancakes, Sausage Patty, Fruit, Milk

Fri, November 9th – Hot Ham & Cheese, Veggies, Fruit, Milk

Mon, November 12th – Chicken Alfredo, Breadstick, Broccoli, Fruit, Milk

Tues, November 13th – Bean & Cheese Burrito, Rice, Fruit, Milk

Wed, November 14th – Pig in a Blanket, Veggies, Fruit, Milk


HEALTHY SNACKS- Mini Fruit Pizzas

Ingredients: Frozen Waffles, Fruit of your choice, peanut butter or yogurt

Directions: slice and clean fruit, toast waffles, spread peanut butter or yogurt onto waffle, add fruit on top, and enjoy a tasty treat!

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!


Preschool with Mrs. Sharon Bremer:  Greetings from the preschool classes. A huge thank you to everyone who donated goodies for the classes for our fall parties. Most, but probably not all of the pictures, should have been sent by now. Now we are learning a song that the 3- and 4-year-olds will be singing on Friday at the Service for our Veterans along with the Kindergarteners and 1st and 2nd grade. They are quite excited about this and are also working on artwork for the day. Testing has begun with the 4-year- old class and should be finished this week. The 3-year- old class will be starting this week. Our November book order from Scholastic is now out. Orders can be placed online from now through Wednesday, November 14. If you are unable to order online just give me your order and I will order it for you.

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Jane Henderson:  We will be learning the story of the battle of Jericho. God rescued His people from the Canaanites and gave them a new land. God saves His people from their enemies and blesses them. We need to remember that God is with us too when we are scared and we should trust in our almighty God to help in times of trouble. Since Thanksgiving is approaching we will be talking everyday about what we are thankful for so you might talk about this with your child at home too. The title of our Scholastic Magazine is What Are You Thankful For? In Reading, the theme next week is The Places We Go based on the book, Please Take Me for a Walk. In Math, we will be naming a shape using three attributes and sharing a whole by separating into two equal parts. In Science, we will learn about our pets. All students should bring a photo of their pets by Nov. 12 and schedule a time to bring in your pet for us to meet (if possible) and it’s ok to borrow a pet if you don’t have one. In Social Studies, our lessons are about how we get what we want (buying and selling). The theme for Show and Tell for Nov. 8 is to bring an item that begins with the first letter of your name and for Nov. 15 it is something for which you are thankful. Thank you for the wonderful variety of snacks that you send. The children never forget to ask for snacks! Reminders: Please feel free to join us for the Veteran’s Day Celebration in the gym on Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m. The K-4th Grade Choir will not sing on Nov. 11. Don’t forget Family Reading Night on Nov. 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. beginning by meeting in the gym. It will be a good time for all. Thanksgiving Break is Nov. 21-23.


First & Second Grade News from Mrs. Deborah Steinacher:  For the week of November 12 memory for first grade will be #15 and #55 for second grade. In Religion, we will be learning about David, Saul, and Jonathon. In Reading and Spelling, we will be on unit 3.1. A new spelling list will be sent home soon. In Reading, we will be working with diagrams, locating information, themes, comprehension, main characters, the events, and the settings. In Math, we will be comparing numbers, multiplying by 10, counting by 100, rounding to the nearest 10, and estimating. In Writing, we will be writing a creative story using our senses. In Social Studies, we are learning about producers, consumers, goods, and incomes. In Science, we are learning about six different simple machines. In Language, we are working with naming words. We will be learning about when to capitalize special words. We would like to thank Will for providing us with our snacks next week. We have several things to mark on our calendar. The Veteran's Day assembly is on Friday, November 9, at 9:30. Reading Night is Thursday, November 15, from 6-8 pm. Then we have Family Bowling for first and second grade on Sunday, November 18, at 4:00. Then we will have Thanksgiving break. Wow! We have so many fun things to do! God's blessings to everyone. Have a wonderful week.


News from Mrs. Carrie Beck 3rd & 4th Grade:  In 3-4 grade we have been working hard on different types of nouns in Language Arts. We have been working on concrete/abstract nouns. We have also been working on common and proper nouns. We have been fixing sentences and paragraphs using proper nouns correctly. In Reading, we have been discussing fables and themes. In third grade we have also been discussing historical fiction along with comprehending what we are reading. The fourth graders have been working with prefixes and comprehension. On Thursday the fourth graders got to do a play and had fun with it. In PE we have been discussing basketball. We have played some but plan to continue to scrimmage for a few more days. On Friday November 9 the third and fourth graders will be singing some songs in the Veterans Day Assembly. The 3-4 graders also will not be singing in Church on Sunday November 11. Have a great week!!


Mrs. Joyce Surratt 5th-7th Morning News:  The students are preparing for the Veterans Day service. They will sing songs, make art projects, and prepare Power Points. We are ALL looking forward to honoring the veterans. Remember to wear red, white, and blue!! We continue to read novels, learn new vocabulary, and comprehension skills in Reading. I love this special time of learning! The students made ornaments for the Festival of Trees. Thank you to the ladies of the church for helping! In Math, 6th graders have been working on rounding, estimating, fractions and mixed numbers on a number line, average, line graphs, factors, and prime numbers. 5th graders have been working on word problems about separating, multiplying by one digit numbers, multiplying 3 factors, missing factors, and the relationship between multiplication and division.

Mr. Enoch Petersen 5th-7th Afternoon News 

It was a pleasure speaking with each group of parents at the conferences. That communication is so important in the learning environment and will assist us moving forward. We are adding a modified 5th grade grammar curriculum that will be more helpful for them. This week everyone is working on a short story based on the characters they developed last week. As Veteran's Day is approaching and the student's special presentations are being finalized, we're working to make sure they have time to complete them. Science is finishing the Eye this week and moving on to the Ear. Thank you again, for being involved in the Salem family and growing your children in a Christ-centered environment. Blessings on your week.

Music with Mrs. Orr

Music Theory Class: 3rd-4th grade caught up their vocabulary and completed the Aural Training exercises for Unit 1. They are now ready to take the Unit 1 Test next week. 5th-7th started Part A of their Unit 1 Test and will work to complete the test next week during the first half of class. We will then grade them together to allow for questions and corrections.

Recorder Class: 3rd-4th and 5th-7th Recorder classes enjoy fun music review games this week, reinforcing concepts of rhythm and note values, with board games, worksheets, and recorder playing! This will help us get ready to move forward into Unit 2! Choir/Hand Chime Choir: 1st-4th Jr. Mixed Choir and 5th-7th Mixed Choir meet jointly this week as we begin preparing for the Children’s Christmas Service to be held at Annie Merner Chapel on Thursday, December 20th. All children PreK-7th grade will be participating. Hand Chime Choir will begin rehearsal on our Christmas music for the December 20th service as well. NOTE: K-4th Jr. Choir will NOT be singing for service on Sun, Nov. 11th.

Art with Mrs. Orr

3rd-4th have begun their new CLUE board game themed project, which will take us through sketching and painting a value study using the game characters and their colors scarlet, plum, mustard, white, peacock blue, and green. 5th-7th grade students created a fall leaf collage and began sketching, studying the difference between positive and negative space. Next, they will paint an expanded version of their layout, strengthening their paint mixing skills and creating a beautiful fall leaf painting.

Upcoming Peter Pan Jr. Rehearsals: *Please note the listed page numbers! Students should read, highlight, and be prepared to rehearse these pages BEFORE arriving at rehearsal.

Wed, Nov 7 – 3:15-5pm

Scene 4 – The Forest, pgs. 42-44

“Following the Leader” – Review/New Content

Called: John, Michael, Cubby Lost Boy, Skunk Lost Boy, Hope Lost Boy, Raccoon 1 and Raccoon 2 Lost Boy, Chief Tiger Bamboo, Indian Brave Pine, Indian Brave Shrub, Indian Brave Oak, Indians Dance Team-All

Mon, Nov 12 – 3:15-5pm

Scene 4 – The Forest, pgs. 39-46

“Following the Leader” – Review Full Routine

Called: John, Michael, Cubby Lost Boy, Skunk Lost Boy, Hope Lost Boy, Raccoon 1 and Raccoon 2 Lost Boy, Chief Tiger Bamboo, Indian Brave Pine, Indian Brave Shrub, Indian Brave Oak, Indians Dance Team-All

Wed, Nov 14 – 3:15-5pm

RUN SCENE 4 – off-script (*memorized) pgs. 35-46

Called: Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Cubby Lost Boy, Skunk Lost Boy, Hope Lost Boy, Raccoon 1 and Raccoon 2 Lost Boy, Chief Tiger Bamboo, Indian Brave Pine, Indian Brave Shrub, Indian Brave Oak, Indians Dance Team-All

Mon, Nov 19 – 3:15-5pm

Scene 5 – Mermaid Lagoon, pgs. 46-51

Called: Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Smee, Tiger Lily


Mon, Nov 26 – 3:15-5pm

Scene 5 – Mermaid Lagoon, pgs. 46-54

Called: Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Smee, Tiger Lily

Wed, Nov 28 – 3:15-5pm

RUN SCENE 5 off-script (*memorized), pgs. 46-54

Called: Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Smee, Tiger Lily