Weekly Newsletter

March 13, 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.”  What a great Lutheran Schools Week we had.  Faith, fun, and friendship.  The mini-courses were awesome, with choices of making homemade ice cream, monogramming, resurrection dioramas and special card making projects.  The Change Challenge was very successful with the whole school reaching the $50 / class goal.  The winning classroom was 1st and 2nd grade!  Congratulations, we will have new playground equipment for this coming school year. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is open and discounts are in place.  Get yours in early!  We have a great year coming with new directions and dimensions.  Lifelong learning should always keep us Growing and looking for the next growing experience.  Blessings your week!


OPEN HOUSE NEXT TUESDAY, MARCH 19THInvite your friends and neighbors to come see the Salem Way and hear about our new programs for next year along with registration ($130 discount for early registration, now through April 1st).  From 6-7:30 pm snacks will be provided.

REGISTRATION FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEARhas started with packets being available in the school office. There will be incentives for families bringing new families to join SLS next year. Early registration (before April 1st) will save you $130!

DONUTS WITH DADS:   We will be having Donuts with Dads on Thursday, March 21st 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. 

ALL SCHOOL “REMIND”- Mr. Petersen will be setting up a “Remind” group that will include all SLS families. This will be used for school closings and other communication that involves our entire school family.

CHECK US OUT ON FACEBOOK- Be sure to like Salem’s Facebook pages and invite your friends as well: “Salem Lutheran School”

“Salem Lutheran School – Principal”

“Ffej’s Fantastic Friends”

PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE THANK YOUThank you so very much for supporting the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast which was the beginning of Lutheran Schools Week. It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying such good food and even better fellowship. Thank you also for the donations of pancake mix, syrup, butter, milk, juice, and Pam spray. Your donations are greatly appreciated by everyone. We would also like to thank everyone who helped set up, serve, and clean up. Thank you to Diana and David Monroe, Clint, Jennifer, Olivia, and Sofia Monroe, Sharon Krohe, Ronnie Aring, Brandon and Levi Steinacher, John and Jackie Steinacher, Shelby Sarginson, Ralph Wohlers, Randy and Rita Tendick, Jane Henderson, Sharon Bremer, Joyce Surratt, Enoch Petersen, and Carrie, Shawn, Bryson, and Brynlee Beck. Thank you so much for everything!

SCHOOL YEARBOOKS- The yearbooks for 2017-2018 (last year) have arrived and been distributed. We do have extras for sale and you can purchase them in the office. They are $24. Order forms for this year's book will be coming home in the next couple of weeks. I will also give you information in a couple of weeks about how to order them online. If you have any questions you can contact me at 370-2029. Thank you, Lisa Hadden.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS- check for closings at: News Channel20 (ABC), TV, and website

WJVO – radio | WLDS/WEAI – radio

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: Eckert/Kollman.

MARCH CHAPEL OFFERINGS- Our March Chapel offerings will go to Comfort Dogs.                                

PAINT DAY THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH –  at 2pm we will be painting in Pre-K classrooms, on the playground and in the gym (musical scenes).  If you can make it please call Dave Robinson at (217) 461-0084.  We need about 10 adults, children are welcome as well.  Lots to do and lots of fun to be had!

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

SCRIPT CARDS- Script 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 & 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, and Panera. If you are interested, please contact Tina Hungerford at (217) 370-2159.


Mon, March 11th – Fish Stix; Mac & Cheese; Lettuce Salad; Fruit & Milk

Tue, March 12th –Tacos; Beans; Fruit & Veggies

Wed, March 13th – Meatloaf; Mashed Potatoes; Peas; Fruit & Milk

Thurs, March 14th–Blueberry Waffles; Eggs; Oranges & Milk                                                                                              Fri, March 15th –   Pizza; Fruit; Veggies; & Milk

HEALTHY SNACK-   Ranch Snack Mix  Ingredients:  1-12 oz bottle popcorn oil

1-1 oz package ranch dip mix

1-1 1-14 oz box Wheat Chex

1-2 1-7.5 oz original Bugles

    1. 1- 6.6 oz bag cheddar Goldfish
    2. 1-12.4 oz box White Cheddar Cheez-Its
    3. 1- 9 oz bag oyster crackers

Instructions: Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Mix together microwave safe bowl combine popcorn oil and ranch dip mix. Heat in microwave for two minutes.  In a large mixing bowl or roasting pan combine the rest of the ingredients. Stir to mix. Drizzle oil mixture over the snack mix and stir well.  Spread on baking sheets. Bake the mixture for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and spread on wax paper. Cool. Store in airtight containers.

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:    Well, here we are in March and ready to  have our open house for preschool tonight for the 2019 - 2020 school year. We will be meeting in our classroom tonight, March 12, beginning at 6 o'clock. If you are unable to attend tonight we will also be here next Tuesday, March 19, from 600 - 730 for the all school open house to preregister for next year’s classes for 3 and 4 year olds. In the meantime we are busy learning many new things and reviewing some old ideas. We are learning about shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns,  rhyming, the letters D and I, along with patterning and numbers. Reminder, if your child is sick please call the school  and tell us what they are sick with. Thanks for your helpfulness.

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Jane Henderson:  For Jesus Time we will hear about Jesus, our King, humbly riding into Jerusalem on a donkey while crowds shouted, “Hosanna.” Jesus saves us from our sins. We respond to His goodness and grace in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.  Sometimes we do not appreciate who Jesus is or what He has done for us. Sometimes we have a bad attitude about singing and worshiping.  Let us joyfully sing songs of praise to Jesus, our Savior and King. We will sing and enjoy the song, “Here Comes Jesus Riding on a Donkey.” We will be starting the First Grade Math series next week so we will be doing a quick review and continue.  They are ready.  The new unit in Reading is titled On the Move and is based on the big book called When Daddy’s Truck Picks Me Up. We will be studying animal habitats in our Scholastic Magazine.  Please have your child practice writing the upper and lowercase alphabet in this format: Aa Bb Cc etc.  My goal is to have them all be able to write all the upper and lowercase letters independently by the end of the year, formed correctly and using the lines.   Show and Tell for Thursday, March 14 is to bring an empty cereal box and for March 21, bring a Mystery Bag with items that are “lucky” or green. Thank you to Bryson, Trystan and Gage for singing in church last Sunday.  Thanks to all who helped make National Lutheran Schools Week special by joining in the activities and participating in the dress-up days. We welcome back the MacMurray Women ’s Basketball team who are spending recess and some one-on-one class time with us two days per week. They make superb role models.   

First & Second Grade News from Mrs. Deborah Steinacher:   We are back to a normal schedule. Last week was exciting, but it also feels good to be back to normal. The students had a wonderful time celebrating Lutheran Schools Week. For the week of March 18, memory for first grade will be #39 and memory for second grade will be #77. In religion we will be learning about when Mary anoints Jesus' feet. We will also be looking at how each of us can serve Jesus. In reading and spelling we will be on unit 5.5. While reading we will look for the main characters, use our context clues, learn about different types of stories, and relate the stories to ourselves. In math we will be working with the week days, the weekend days, pictographs, polygons, rounding, fractions, and problem solving. In social studies we will be looking at different cultures and how they do things differently than we do. In our creative writing we took pictures of what we were thankful for. Now we will be writing about each of these things and explaining why we are thankful for them and how important they are to us. In language we are working in exclamatory sentences and paying attention to how they are different from telling sentences. We would like to thank Reid for providing us with our snack next week in the afternoon. The March book report is due Wednesday, March 20. They may be handed in at any time. If they pick out an AR book, then please send in the book so that they can also take an AR test on it. New AR goals have been set for fourth quarter. Periodic notes will come home so that you can see your student's progress on meeting the goal. Doughnuts will Dad is Thursday, March 21. More information will be coming home soon. This is a fun way to start the day! God's blessings to everyone!

News from Mrs. Carrie Beck 3rd & 4th Grade:    We had a wonderful week during Lutheran Schools week but now it is time to buckle back down. The end of the quarter is coming so keep an eye for report cards to be coming home soon. In third grade language arts we have been working with linking/ action verbs. We have also been working with punctuation and capitalization. In fourth grade language arts we have been working with pronouns, antecedents, and pronoun- antecedent agreement. Every week we have spelling words we test on so make sure your students are practicing. We are continuing to work on opinion pieces in writing. Ask your students what the "OREO" stands for.   We have been doing many different things in art as some were displayed on the board this past week. On Thursday March 21 we will be having "Donuts with Dads." Have a Wonderful Week!

Mrs. Joyce Surratt 5th-7th Morning News:  Last week was very busy!! All the activities were so much fun! Thanks to everyone that helped! A special thank you to Cathy Kollman for all her help!!  5th grade Math is learning about comparing fractions by drawing pictures, and writing quotients with mixed numbers.  6th grade Math is learning about multiplying decimal numbers and using zero as a placeholder, and circle graphs.  5th and 6th Social Studies is learning about life during the Civil War.  Have a great week!!

Mr. Enoch Petersen 5th-7th Afternoon News:    Mr. Enoch Petersen 5th-7th Afternoon News: 7th grade Math, is working with algebraic equations and their uses. This process continues and we will have another quiz this week. Repetition and practice should be very helpful. 7th grade World History is discussing the birth, growth and spread of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire. Science we’re moving into rocketry with paper rockets, but still utilizing the properties of aerodynamics and flight. In Creative Writing we have been writing critiques and talking through their uses. The students presented their “Walk Through the Bible” projects and did a fabulous job. Congratulations to the winners: 3rd place – Matthais Beavers / 2nd place – Jayden Luna & David Orr / 1st place – Bella Robinson & AJ Gehrke / Outstanding Project went to Jacob Kollman! Great job everyone! Blessings on your week.