Weekly Newsletter

January 16, 2019



FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK –   January never seems to disappoint in central Illinois when it comes to weather. My prayer is that everyone stay safe and healthy during this “dark time” of the year. Thank you for you for entrusting you children and their education to us. We are always working to improve the learning environment and the outcomes we hope our students will achieve. Grades from last semester have come out and we hope you and your child(ren) can celebrate the success as well as build on the areas for continued growth. The learning process never ends for any of us, it simply changes as we progress on our journey with the Lord through life.

PARENT ED FROM MR ENOCH PETERSEN-  As we strive to create in our children a deeper understanding of the truth, we are constantly bombarded by the rest of the world around us telling us things that aren’t necessarily or completely true. It’s important for us to be able to discern the all-important answer that even Pilate was trying to understand during Jesus’ trial “What is truth?”. Little did he know that he was standing face to face with “The Truth”. We hear a lot of discussion about careers, college and what we need to do to prepare our students, but are we really preparing our students for success with confidence and understanding. In future editions of this article I’ll talk about ways we, as a school, and you as parents can work to achieve these goals. Know that the success of your child in a nurturing and Christ-centered environment is our primary goal.


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR FANTASTIC STUDENTS! Here are some of the end of semester awards that were given out this week after chapel.  Church Attendance: Gage Rice, Bethany Neathery, Matthias Beavers, Hannah Beavers, Chyann Ratliff. 

Sunday School Attendance: Gage Rice, Bethany Neathery, Matthias Beavers, Hannah Beavers, Chyann Ratliff

School Attendance: Isabela Antemate, Bryson Beck, Reid Phelps, Bennett Schumacher, Sophia Robinson, Alex Baker, Cayden Lane, Olivia Monroe, Sofia Monroe, Kelly Turner, Joshua Blanchette, Isabella Robinson, Karleigh Ortiz, Jacob Kollman, Chyann Ratliff, Hannah Beavers. 

Accelerated Reader Awards: Isabela Antemate, Bryson Beck, Sam Bezler, Lexi Heim, Trystan Magelitz, Gage Rice, Allen Eckert, Bethany Neathery, William Orr, Reid Phelps, Bennett Schumacher, Alisia Antemate, Hannah Beckmann, Maddie Cooley, Franki Ortiz, Mason Krohe, Sophia Robinson, Alex Baker, Jack Bezler, Adam Krohe, Joshua Blanchette, Jayden Luna, Aurora Baker, Hannah Beavers, AJ Gehrke, Faith Musch, David Orr.

Extraordinary Effort: Gage Rice, Allen Eckert, Sophia Robinson, Matthew Orr, Adam Krohe, Isabella Robinson, AJ Gehrke

Honor Roll: [4th – 8th grade – A’s & B’s]  Noah Beckmann, Sofia Monroe, Julian Antemate, Karleigh Ortiz, Jacob Kollman, Hannah Beavers, Faith Musch, David Orr

High Honor Roll: [4th – 8th grade – A’s only 1-B]  Jack Bezler, Adam Krohe, Joshua Blanchette, Jayden Luna, Aurora Baker, AJ Gehrke

PTL MEETING- Tuesday, January 22nd at 6:00 pm. Please plan on attending.

DROP OFF CHANGE- Starting the week of January 22nd we will be changing the drop-off point for K-8 to the church entrance. Pre-K will still be dropped off at the usual entrance. This will allow for morning chapel to start sooner. Teachers will meet their classes as they come in. We welcome parents who are able to join your child for this brief time of worship.

MUSIC INFO!! The musical Peter Pan Jr. is still moving forward. We are keeping everything in terms of casting and performance dates the same. Our new director will be Mr. Kurt Beckmann. He is a parent here at Salem with extensive background in theater and should allow us to keep the momentum into this spring. A rehearsal schedule will be coming soon along with other details for parent volunteers and helpers.

PRE K ANNOUNCEMENT- There won't be Pre-K day care next Thursday and Friday 1/24&1/25.

“REMIND” APP CHANGES- Beginning January 28th, 2019, people who normally get Remind messages as texts will no longer receive these messages if they have Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier. To make sure you continue receiving your messages, you need to download the mobile app or enable email notifications—both of which are free of charge. Remind’s teams are also working hard on a solution that allows classes to continue to use Remind by text, more details should be coming from Remind before January 28th.

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: McFadden & Magelitz.

JANUARY CHAPEL OFFERINGS- Our January Chapel offerings will go to Beckham’s Bookshelf.

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

SCRIPT CARDS- Scrip cards are a great way to support our school. 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.

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



Thurs, January 17th – French Toast Sticks, Sausage Fruit, Milk

Fri, January 18th – Corn Dogs, Green Beans, Fruit, Milk

Mon, January 21st – No School

Tues, January 22nd – Taco Soup, Fruit, Veggies, Milk

Wed, January 23rd – BBQ Chicken, WG Bun, Fruit, Veggies, Milk


HEALTHY SNACKS- Homemade Whole Wheat Goldfish

Ingredients: 1 cup – flour, whole wheat, 1/2 teaspoon – salt, 4 tablespoon – butter, unsalted, 1 cup – cheddar cheese, shredded, 3 tablespoon – water

Directions: Add the flour and salt to a food processor and pulse. Then add butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add grated cheese a little at a time and pulse. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough forms into a ball. Continue pulsing between tablespoons - this could take a minute. You can also feel the dough and if it shapes into a ball, it is ready. Flatten between two pieces of wax or freezer paper, and chill for 10-20 minutes. This helps the butter get cold and makes for a puffier cracker. Roll the dough fairly thin. About 1/8 of an inch is a good thickness. More thin = crispier, but you don't want it paper thin. Cut out shapes and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-20 minutes depending on how thick your crackers are. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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 - Wow, what a week this one is starting out to be! I pray that all of you keep safe through this snowy, icy season. I would like to remind you that your child will be having testing this week (God willing). Please be sure they’ve had a good breakfast or lunch and have a good night’s sleep. A sign-up sheet will be coming home with your child to schedule everyone for parent teacher conferences on Thursday, January 24th or Friday, January 25th. Please fill this out and return it to school as soon as possible. Please fill in the 3 choices for time as some will fill up quickly. You will be contacted as to the time for your appointment to review the test assessment. Preschool will not be held on January 24th or January 25th, however, daycare will be in session. Tuesday, January 22nd will be our Construction Night at 6:00 pm. If you and your child plan to attend please let us know so we have the appropriate amount of supplies on hand. We are hoping to have a wonderful time with all of you. If you know of another child who you'd like to bring with you that is fine as long as we know about it so we have the correct amount of supplies. Also if anyone would like to help with purchasing supplies or make a donation toward them please contact either Mrs. Henderson or myself. Praying for a safe month for everyone!

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Jane Henderson - Our Jesus’ Time lesson is about Jesus calming the storm while on a boat in the Sea of Galilee. We will learn to recognize times when we are afraid and doubt or forget that God will save us. We will practice giving our fears to God in prayer. In Math, we are playing “war” to learn greater and lesser numbers as well as covering designs with tangrams. We will have learned about Martin Luther King Jr. as we celebrate his birthday with no school on Monday, Jan. 21st. On Jan. 30th (unless there would be a snow day) we will celebrate our 100th day of school with special activities all day. Please have your child make a poster or display to hang in the hall featuring 100 items (ie: stickers, toothpicks, pennies, buttons, cereal, etc. attached to the poster. It’s best to use hot glue or really sturdy glue, like E-600 (Wal-Mart), to attach these. We will not be eating these, just admiring them in the hallway. You may bring the completed poster (any size) as soon as your child completes it. Look on Pinterest for some fun ideas for this. I will be sending home information about the Writing Talent Search which is a writing contest for which the Kindergarteners need to dictate a poem or story (prose) on their own but parents type. Please pay attention to all the guidelines that will be sent home and note the due date. This contest is for Kindergarten and up, so siblings may participate also. Encourage them please. Students especially love when I read their writings to the rest of the class. We cheer for each other!! The theme for reading is “Fresh From the Farm” based on the book, “An Orange in January.” There will be no spelling tests on January 18th but there will be one on Jan. 25th. Let me know if you didn’t get a spelling list or need another one. In Social Studies, we learn about what bodies of water are on maps and what globes show. Show and Tell for Jan. 17th is to bring an object that reminds you of winter and for Jan. 24th to bring a gift you got for Christmas. Don’t forget to attend Construction Night for Pre-K and Kindergarteners on Jan. 22nd from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. This free special event for parents and kids will include building a Home Depot project, making towers of shaving cream and blocks, building your own log cabin or shiskabob to eat and building a clubhouse and more. This event is open to the public and you may bring a friend and it will be a good time. Be sure to RSVP to the office soon.

First & Second Grade News from Mrs. Deborah Steinacher - For the week of January 22nd, memory for 1st grade will be 26-27 and memory for 2nd will be 63-64. In Religion, we will be learning about the ten lepers and when Jesus brings a widow's son to life. In Reading and Spelling, we will be on unit 4.2. We will practice spelling in the classroom by sorting the words, using the spelling words in sentences, using our dry erase boards, and writing them in rainbow colors. In Reading, we will be introducing the theme for unit 4.2. We will be working in groups while working with our phonics and comprehension skills. We will be working with locating information within the text, knowing the difference between fact and fiction, and relating the story to our own life. In Math, we will be working with reading and using graphs, estimating, learning about perpendicular lines, problem solving, and predicting outcomes. We will also continue working with our addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts. In Writing, we will be thinking about 100 Day. We will be writing a 100 Day poem. This will begin our poetry unit. In Social Studies we will be working with map symbols, map keys, and the map scale. We will also be reading about Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be learning lots of interesting facts about Martin Luther King, Jr. In Science, we are learning about how we hear sound and how the environment affects the sounds we hear. Our next book report is due Wednesday, January 23rd. They may be handed in at any time. We would like to thank Hannah for providing us with our afternoon snack next week. Enjoy your week. God's blessings to everyone.

News from Mrs. Carrie Beck 3rd & 4th Grade- This last week we have been working to get back on track after a few weeks off. It is hard to come back after a few weeks. In Language Arts, third grade has been working on possessive nouns and verbs. Fourth graders have been working on actions verbs and their tenses (past, present, and future). In Spelling, we have been working hard to learn how to spell and use the words correctly. We have four kids in our class who are going to be taking part in the spelling bee this upcoming weekend. In Handwriting, the kids are working to perfect their cursive writing. In social studies we have began talking about “A New Nation.” We have discussed Independence, The American Revolution, and the new constitution. On Sunday, January 27th the kids will be singing in Church.

Mrs. Joyce Surratt 5th-7th Morning News - So much for getting back to normal! The weather has been interfering with our plans! The Spelling Bee has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 19th at Lutheran High. One correction from last week-Jack Bezler is attending, not Jack Becker. (Sorry Jack!) Our Spelling schedule has changed. We will NOT have a test this week. We WILL have a test next week. Assignments may be on different days. PLEASE check planners! We started new novels. How exciting!! 5th grade Math is learning about Reading Scales. Extra practice with long division would be beneficial to students. 6th grade Math is learning about Measure of a circle and angles. Have a great week and be safe!!

Mr. Enoch Petersen 5th-7th Afternoon News - We continue working with and growing discerning, critical thinking young adults. 7th grade Math will have a test (depending on weather) at the end of this week or early next week. Science has part 2 of the Digestive System quiz and will then move into the Circulatory System. Topic papers are due this Friday and we are preparing to move into a new writing area “critique”. Thanks again for allowing your child to grow in the Salem way. Blessings on your week.