Weekly Newsletter

September 17, 2018



This has been an exciting week of service here at Salem. The students in Grades 6-7 have been helping in the delivery of Doorbell Dinners in the Jacksonville community. I had the privilege of driving two groups and seeing their reactions when clients were so thankful that the students came to see them. It was hard to not stay and visit but each list had 15-17 names and we had “places to get on to.” The students later when asked to give one word to describe their experience used “fun”, “awesome”, “fulfilling”, and “eye-opening”. Thanks to the adults from Salem’s congregation for their continued dedication to the program and for letting us include this activity into our week of service. On Friday, this week, all of the students from Kindergarten-Grade 7 will be packing backpacks with specific school supplies paid for by Thrivent Financial Services. The backpacks will be sent to Lutheran World Relief and distributed to needy children around the world. Two ladies from the congregation applied for Action Team Grants which allowed us to purchase all the needed supplies. The book bags were sewed by volunteers from our church. The same day the students (working in Chapel families) will tie fleece blankets which will also be sent to Lutheran World Relief. Thrivent also paid for the fabric and a generous volunteer has measured, cut the strips, and prepared the fleece for this activity.
We have collected $107.06 from our chapel offerings in August and September which will also go to Lutheran World Relief to help reach some of the world’s most vulnerable people with the tools and help to build better futures. Our students hear stories of those helped each Wednesday morning after our chapel service. Jesus calls us to serve. We are hoping these projects help emphasize that very teaching from God’s Word. Jesus is God!


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: Bezler & Ratliff.

SEPT CHAPEL OFFERINGS- Our Sept. offering will be for the Lutheran World Relief.

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, Panera, Walmart, Subway, Outback Steak House, Steak & Shake, Target. If you are interested, please contact Tina Hungerford at (217) 370-2159.

PIANO LESSONS- Piano lessons are available during the school day for K-8. They are offered once a week for 30 minutes with Karma Vortman. She is available to give lessons in the afternoons from 1-3 M-Th. If your child would like to sign up for lessons, please stop by the office and pick up a registration form to fill out and also pick up a sheet with the details about the lessons. We will then get your child on the schedule. Please be sure that you have access to a piano or keyboard for their daily practice. May God richly bless our school year and out time together learning to play the piano!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Students attend the library the first and third Friday in the afternoon. We need volunteers to help in the library at 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Please contact Lauretta Scheller (217) 544-3786 to sign-up.

THANK YOU: To the following who so generously gave of their time to deliver Doorbell Dinners this past week (September 10-14). Our help in serving others was greatly appreciated. Sharon Strubbe, Mary Anne Lawson, Martin and Vickie Austin, Gary and JoAnne Campbell, Ken and Marilyn Boehs, Jerry and Monica Warcup, Salem Students from Grades 6-7. If you would like to help us next time that will be the week of December 10-14. Rita Tendick, Coordinator for Doorbell Dinners Salem Lutheran Church.


Thurs, September 13th – Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit, Hash Browns, Fruit, Milk

Fri, September 14th – Baked Potato Bar, Chili, Cheese, Sour Cream, Broccoli, Fruit, Milk

Mon, September 17th – Chef Salad, w/ Ham & Turkey, Fruit, Milk

Tues, September 18th – Chicken Tacos, Lettuce, Tomato, Fruit, Milk

Wed, September 19th – BBQ Pork, W/G Bun,
Carrots, Fruit, Milk

HEALTHY SNACKS- Popcorn Trail Mix

Ingredients: 1/4 cup of kernels or 8 cups of popped popcorn, 1 Tbsp. of coconut oil (for popping corn), 1 cup of chopped nut of choice (suggested walnuts), 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, 1/2 cup of dried apricot, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of sea salt.

Directions: carefully pop corn in a large pot on the stove with coconut oil. Place popped corn in a large bowl, add nuts seeds, and dried fruit. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sea salt or topping of your choice. Enjoy a tasty snack in a large bowl or separate into baggies.

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!

CYCLONE CORNER – The Girls’ Volleyball team was successful in their two game Junior Varsity win over Our Savior’s Lutheran Springfield in our gym Tuesday evening. The Our Savior’s Varsity team won over Salem in two games. The support from our fans was once again great! The girls play again Thursday, September 13 at 6:15 pm against BSA.


Preschool with Mrs. Sharon Bremer:  Well, another week has quickly rolled around. We have finished up with creation and are moving on to Noah and The Flood (3-year-old class) and the first sin (4-year-old class). Our large activity board is up. Please send pictures of your child with family members, parents with grandparents, cousins are also welcome. The 3-year-old class welcomes Ayla to their morning class this week. They are working on the letters Bb right now. The 4-year-old class is working on the letters Aa.

Kindergarten News from Mrs. Jane Henderson:  The Kindergarten, the Jesus’ Time lesson is about God having a plan to bless Abraham with a son, Isaac, when the time was right (they were in their 90’s). We must admit that sometimes we lose patience waiting for God to answer our prayers, but God has a plan for each of our lives too. He gives all His children blessings now and eternally and He always keeps his promises. We are learning the Lord’s Prayer as a group and in opening daily. We continue to learn our Jolly Phonics (jingles to remember the letter sounds) and I sent home a copy of the jingles for you to review. In Reading, our unit it called, Making New Friends. When your child brings home a reading book (color copy), return the slip signed with a comment about how they he/she did, dated. In Math, we are making AB and ABB patterns as well as learning to tell time to the hour. In Science, we are learning about our senses with taste tests, smelling tests and secret sacks to feel and identify items. In Social Studies our series is called My World-Here We Are by Pearson. So far we have learned about citizens, rights and responsibilities and now we will start talking about rules. We will be celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day on Wednesday, Sept. 26, with special apple activities and dressing-up. Children may dress up like Johnny Appleseed by wearing bib overalls or jeans with a white shirt or a flannel shirt, a gingham dress, a cooking pot for a hat, carrying a pouch for apples, etc. Please also send 3 apples (different colors/varieties if possible) with your child by Monday, Sept. 24 for the activities on Wednesday. Books of the week feature “Apples”. Thank you for those that placed book orders from Scholastic. Our classroom earns free books for points earned from your purchases. The next book order will be due by Sept. 30. We will have our first Show and Tell on Thursday, September 20 and will be a free choice. Your child is encouraged to tell three things about the item they choose. Later I will send a list of Show and Tell themes. We will also have our first dictation test (later replaced with Spelling Tests) on Friday, September 21. It will be on letters A through L, uppercase and lowercase. They may use the alphabet in the room as a guide.

First & Second Grade News from Mrs. Deborah Steinacher:  Memory for the week of September 17 will be #6-7 for first grade and #46 for second grade. In Religion, we will be learning about when Moses led his people out of Egypt. In Reading and Spelling, we will be on unit 1.4. Throughout the week we will reinforce the phonics skills for the week. We will also relate the stories to our own lives. Each week we look for the main character, the setting, the problem in the story, and the solution. In Math, we will be measuring with a ruler, adding, subtracting, reading a graph, and writing numbers in words. When we are writing our stories, we will be writing a personal story. We will focus on retelling the events in time order. In Social Studies, we will be learning about our government. In Science, we will be learning about magnets. We will learn about the poles of a magnet, what a magnet will attract to, and how magnets can be helpful. In Language, we are continuing to work with simple sentences. We are focusing on using complete ideas, capital letters, and end marks. The book report forms are in the folders. The book reports may be handed in early if they are finished early. The students are doing a good job of working on reading books for AR. We would like to thank Alisia for providing us with our snack next week in the afternoon. God's blessings to everyone. Have a wonderful week. The first and second grade class is wonderful! They enjoy being Christian examples to their classmates and to everyone they meet. We have made bookmarks in class to share the message of Jesus. They were excited to take them home and spread Jesus' love by giving away some of the bookmarks. We have also been talking about how Jesus is with us all the time. While walking in the hall one student stopped and told me, "Jesus is right here with me." He was pointing to where he was walking. This made my heart to happy and excited that he understood that Jesus is with us all the time! God's blessings to everyone. Thank you for your support of our students here at Salem.

News from Mrs. Carrie Beck & Candy West 3rd & 4th Grade:  We have been working on our reading in the 3rd and 4th grade classroom. We have completed our first round of testing and the students have been enjoying the accelerated reading selections and earnings points and personal pan pizzas too, for their efforts. The students are learning the differences and similarities for a couple of genres of stories, such as fairy tales and fables, and enjoy stories of traditions and cultures that are different from ours. Our Social Studies lessons have taken us to the Florida Everglades and the students are understanding the effects of human development on the natural habitats, the plants and animals that call these places home.

Mrs. Joyce Surratt 5th – 7th Grade Morning News:  The students are adjusting to the routines of school. They are learning the new Spelling curriculum. We continue to study about Illinois. Illinois will be 200 years old on December 3! We are starting novels. I am SO excited about reading! I love books and I love to see students get excited about reading!!

Mr. Enoch Petersen 5th-7th Afternoon News:  As I have been getting to know the students, I see potential and I am Continually Encouraged by their diligence in class. 7th grade Math is continuing with integer work and function order. In Writing, we’re starting to put the different parts of a story together. Science, we are discussing the skeletal system and we have started the “Chicken Bone Experiment”. We will be blessed to have students from MacMurray College help us 1 day each week with P.E. Thank you for blessing me with your children.

Music with Mrs. Orr:  Music Theory Class: Both classes have finished up Lessons 1 & 2, and upper grades finished Lesson 3. A few students had homework and the option to make corrections for a new grade. We continue working through Lessons 3-5, learning about the Grand Staff and Ledger Lines!

Recorder Class: Our workbook has introduced us to watching for changing rhythms. Now we’ll learn how to read breath marks and repeat signs as we play! We’ll also have fun breaking into groups and playing a duet next week!

Choir/Hand Chime Choir: The students enjoyed participating in wonderful service opportunities this week, so we’ll return to our normal Choir and Hand Chime Choir rehearsals next week. 5th-7th families…please mark Sunday, September 23rd on your calendars! Mixed Choir and Hand Chime Choir both play at the 10:30 am service. Attendance is very important so that our songs are complete as we perform. If you cannot attend, please send advance notice to the office or your child’s teacher, so that arrangements in the music can be made in time.

Art with Mrs. Orr:  3rd-4th students have finished their “Animal Designs-Line Lesson” and are beginning a new watercolor painting, “The Stormy, Rainy Day,” using wet-on-wet painting techniques, silhouettes, and illustrating wind movement. 5th-7th students continue work on their value study painting, sketching their layout, and choosing color values from their chart for their painting.

Musical Theater with Mrs. Orr:  Congratulations to ALL students, not only on the roles they have been given, but on a VERY successful audition! It is amazing how much talent our Salem students have been blessed with! We have our 2018-2019 “Peter Pan Jr.” cast, scripts and assignments have been distributed, and we start rehearsals Wednesday, September 12th after school! PLEASE BE SURE TO SIGN AND RETURN YOUR CHILD’S PERMISSION SLIP BY SEPT. 14th, WHETHER IN CAST OR CHORUS, so that we can jump right in, rehearsing, planning costumes, and designing all elements of our show! 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.

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, Sept 12 – 3:15-5pm

Scene 1 – The Darling Nursery, pgs. 1-3

Called: Tinker Bell, Wendy, John, Michael, Nana, Fairies (Iridessa/Vidia, Silvermist, Rosetta, Fawn, Lydia)

Thurs, Sept 13 – 3:15-5pm

Scene 1 – The Darling Nursery, pgs. 4-7

Called: Wendy, John, Michael, Nana

Wed, Sept 19 – 3:15-5pm

Scene 1 – The Darling Nursery, pgs. 7-10

Called: Wendy, John, Michael, Nana, Mr. Darling, Mrs. Darling

Thurs, Sept 20 – 3:15-4:30pm

Scene 1 – The Darling Nursery, pgs. 10-13

Called: Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael

Wed, Sept 26 – 3:15-5pm

Scene 1 – The Darling Nursery, pgs. 13-16

Called: Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael

Thurs, Sept 27 – 3:15-4:30pm

Scene 1 – The Darling Nursery, pgs. 16-21

Called: Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael