Weekly Newsletter – “LAST ONE” FOR 2018-2019

May 22, 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.” The summer break is now upon us. I hope to see everyone at the Awards Night this Thursday at 6pm. Every student should expect to receive something to acknowledge his or her accomplishments this year. We are also planning to keep it to 1 ½ hours with the dinner, so please plan to attend and turn in your RSVP slip, that way we can plan enough food. It should be a great night of food, fellowship and fun. Enjoy your summer, rest, find adventure, grow in new ways that you can’t get at school and get ready for another awesome year beginning August 15th, 2019! God bless your Summer!

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.




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


May 23rd - NO SCHOOL - Records Day


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

Kindergarten Recognition –

following Chapel

Reception for everyone – in Cafeteria

Dismissal 11:15am [NO after-care]

PACK THE HOUSE- Let’s pack Leo’s Pizza open to close! Help us earn money for Salem Lutheran School. Eat there Mondays, June 3rd, July 1st, August 5th and Leo’s will donate a portion of your bill back to Salem, dine in or carry out only, no delivery. Support an amazing local business and Salem!

AWARDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, MAY 23RD AT 6PM Please mark your calendars. We will have a dinner followed by presenting our awards for this year. This will include 4th quarter awards, 2018-19 school year awards and Random Acts of Kindness/Team Player 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.

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.

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.

TUITION PAYMENTS Many of you have spoken with the office about your tuition balance. We appreciate you taking the time to talk with us and allow us to work with you regarding what needs to be done. If you have not spoken to us we encourage you to do that very soon. If you do not make an effort to discuss your situation with us, we will have no other option but to start “next steps”. Please help yourself by talking with us!

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: Oldenburg/McFadden


CHAPEL OFFERINGS- Our May Chapel offerings will go to Camp Cilca.YOU to everyone who came out for the church and school potluck! A wonderful time was had by everyone. It was a perfect day to celebrate our church, school, good food, and wonderful friendships. It was amazing seeing over 90 people enjoying the spring weather. Thanks again! We loved having everyone out. Always keep Salem close to your heart.

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 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: Berry Brainy Blizzard Recipe – A Smoothie For Kids1 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup pomegranate juice

2 tablespoons wheat germ

1/4 cup almonds

Blend in a high powered blender and serve. Makes about 12 ounces, which could serve two little ones, or one adult.


PRESCHOOL News from MRS. SHARON BREMER: I cannot believe this is the end of the school year. It's simply not possible! Thank you to everyone who has helped this past year with anything in the preschool room. I have been blessed with the best support people around this year with Jill Montgomery, Mary Beth Cockrell, and Diana Monroe. You ladies are simply the BEST and gifts from the Lord. Thanks also to a great group of parents. You also are blessings only the Lord could provide. Thanks also to my students. I love and care about each of you. Please keep me up to date this summer on what you are doing. Everyone have a happy and safe summer.

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Jane Henderson: It’s hard to believe that we are here at the end of the year of Kindergarten! Please remember to return all reading bags, little reading books, Wonders reading books, library books and anything else you think belongs to the school, even if you find things this summer, just drop them off in the office for the classes next year please. Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. is the Awards Night Potluck at Salem for grades K-7th to recognize students for achievements for 4th Quarter, Yearly Awards, Academic Awards, Random Acts of Kindness Awards, Team Spirit Awards and Sports Awards. Everyone will be recognized in some way so please come. It won’t last too long. Last Day of School is Friday with early dismissal at 11:15. Don’t forget Kindergarten Recognition is this Friday morning during regular chapel beginning at 8:30 a.m. The children will be dressed in caps and gowns and come forward when their name is called to receive their diploma. Immediately after chapel, there will be a reception in their honor in the cafeteria for everyone, all grades and their families. Please join us to celebrate new beginnings as we all go forward. If you can’t attend the entire service, please come by 8:50 a.m. so you won’t miss the recognition part. Have a terrific summer break and please have your kids read every day so they don’t lose their reading skills! I’ll miss seeing you and your kiddos so text me photos and a text now and then. Blessings to all your families!

First & Second Grade News from Mrs. Deborah Steinacher: It's the last newsletter for this school year. My how the year has flown by. I am so impressed with all that the class has accomplished. I am very proud of all of you! A huge thank you to my drivers for our end of the year field trip to Decatur. The class really enjoyed going to Scovill Zoo and to the Children's Museum. It was a perfect day for a field trip and we could not have done it without the help of Sara Schumacher, Sherry Eckert, Kurt Beckmann, and Samantha Robinson. Field Day is Wednesday, May 22, in the afternoon. Field Day shirts will be handed out at school on Wednesday. Awards Night is Thursday, May 23, at 6:00. Friday is the last day of school. We will start with our closing chapel. On Friday the students will be bringing home a variety of things from this year. You will enjoy looking through their writing binders, a memory book, and their art portfolio. Enjoy your summer by taking time to read lots of good books, practicing your math facts, and writing about things that you do this summer. All of these things will help keep you ready for the next school year. Have a wonderful summer! God's blessings to everyone.

Mrs. Carrie Beck 3rd & 4th Grade: Well we are on the final week of school. It is a busy week. We have a few things to wrap up, a field trip, field day, school supplies to pack up, and a final chapel. In third grade reading we have discussed asking and answering questions, point of view, folktale, and root words. In fourth grade reading we have also discussed asking and answering questions along with narrative nonfiction, Latin roots, inflectional endings, and vowel team syllables. In third grade math we have learned symmetry, multiplying three digit numbers, parentheses, and using compatible numbers. In fourth grade math we have learned sales tax, decimal numbers to thousandths, and multiplying by 10s, 100s and 1000s. We have also learned how to multiply multiples of 10s and 100s. Don’t forget: Thursday there is No School. Friday there is an early dismissal. Have a Great Summer!!

Mrs. Joyce Surratt 5th-7th Morning News: May has been a busy month at school! We celebrated Muffins with Mom. We have 424 kindness links! We have almost gone around the room! Think of all the smiles these acts of kindness have produced! The last week is busy with field trips and Field Day. The students have worked hard this year. I am so proud of the progress they have made. We have all learned a lot, even me! You are never too old to learn! Have a blessed summer!

Mr. Enoch Petersen 5th-7th Afternoon News:  It’s been a great year of learning and I’m grateful for the time we’ve shared together in the learning process.  Keep your minds sharp and always inquisitive.  Look for the good in others and other situations.  Share the joy of the Lord with those around you and keep growing in your faith.  God bless your summer!