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May 10, 2018




Relationships- My Lutheran administrator training stressed the importance of positive relationships over and over. Positive relationships are important for administrators and the people who work with them, for teachers and parents, for teachers and students, and for students and parents. You may be getting tired of me saying that we need to act as if we are “Jesus with skin on,” but as Christ’s advocates we have a huge responsibility to treat others as Jesus would. Even those who were the worst of sinners were treated with loving care by Jesus. He was and is THE example to follow. As we get to the end of the year, remember that we wear the face of Jesus to others, because we are Christian. Every action and word that we give off affects people’s impression of Christ. Those actions ripple to others as a rock thrown into a pool, whether they affect people positively or negatively. I pray that we all strive to make those rings positive!Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32.



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 “It’s Still All About Jesus.” 34% of our students attended worship services, and 19% studied His Word in Sunday School on May 6th.

PRAYER FAMILIES- For week of May 14th: Winters & Valuck. 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.

MAY CHAPEL OFFERINGS- Our May offering will be for the Camp Cilca Program.

SALEM ADOPT-A-DAY- Make the day yours at Salem. For $100 or more reserve your day in memory of someone, a special day, or just make it your day. Your adopted day will be recognized and shared in newsletters, social media, e-sign, etc. Contact Matt Leischner at 248-1228 to Adopt-A-Day.

ADOPT-A-DAY- Mrs. Bradish’s junior high students would like to thank his program for giving us May 10th to let you know how special it is to learn in a Christian environment. Science is a key subject. Being able to study the human body with a Christ centered curriculum is beyond important. We have been able to see the Triune God’s plan in all of our body. Salem gives us a faith-based learning that will be our foundation for years to come.

ADOPT-A-DAY- May 15th is recognized as Stephanie Upton - Ryan Tendick Day.

CHESS CLUB- (4th-8th Grade Students) Chess Club will meet each Tuesday from 3:15-4:15pm in the Conference Room and is open to any 4th-8th grade students interested. Come join us!

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

SCRIP CARDS- A new Scrip order form can be found in the hallway of the school and outside the office doors. Place the order on Monday and typically we can have them on hand the following Friday, depending on the size of the orders placed.

FIELD DAY- Field Day is a wonderful way to celebrate the end of another terrific school year. Field Day will be on Monday, May 21, starting at 1 pm. The afternoon is filled with lots of fun activities for the students in grades K-8. The students are divided into teams and will spend the afternoon having fun participating in a variety of activities. The students also have chips and Popsicles on Field Day. If you would like to help us out on Field Day by running an activity or by donating snacks, please contact Mrs. Steinacher. WE ARE STILL IN NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS!! Thank you so much for helping us out on Field Day.

OPEN HOUSE- Salem Lutheran Church and School are hosting an Open House on Sunday, June 3, 2018, from 2:00pm-4:00pm in the cafeteria in honor of Mrs. Lisa Aring. Mrs. Aring has taken a call to be the E.C. Director at St. John, Seward, NE. Lisa has been a dedicated servant of Christ for Salem for 30 years. Thank you Lisa for a job well done and God be with you.

PIANO RECITAL- Piano recital will be held on Monday, June 4th at 7:00 pm at Illinois College Rammelkamp Chapel. Please plan on attending.


Thurs, May 10th – Kryptonite Casserole (Breakfast Casserole), Fruit, Milk (Muffins with Mom @ 7:30am)

Fri, May 11th – Hero Sandwiches (Ham & Turkey Sub), Fruit, Veggies, Milk

Mon, May 14th – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Peas, Fruit, Milk

Tues, May 15th – Pulled Pork Nachos, Lettuce Tomato, Fruit, Milk, Sour Cream

Wed, May 16th – Mac & Cheese, Fruit, Veggies, Milk

HEALTHY SNACKS- Mini Fruit Pizzas

Ingredients: Frozen Waffles, Fruit of your choice, peanut butter, 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. Lisa Aring

Thanks to all who made this year a great one! All the juice, snack, helpers, drivers for field trips have helped make our year fun! Thanks even more for the opportunity to partner with you in the growth of your child both academically and spiritually. I pray that you continue to place importance on your child’s faith growth. God’s blessing for a great summer!

Morning Preschool

The morning preschoolers will learn about summer for their last week at school. During Jesus-time, they will learn how God’s people share God’s Word through the story of Timothy.

Afternoon Preschool

The afternoon preschoolers will learn about summer and the 4th of July. During Jesus-time, they will learn about Paul and Silas in jail and Paul teaches Timothy. We will review letters, letter-sounds, and work on pre-reading activities!


Kindergarten News from Mrs. Jane Henderson

In Jesus’ Time, we learn about Philip explaining the Scriptures to a man from Ethiopia who wanted to learn more. God wants all people to come to faith in Jesus and to receive salvation. We should joyfully share God’s Word with others too. We also learn about Lydia, a faithful servant who made purple clothes for others. Show and Tell for May 11 is to bring a Mystery Bag containing a seed and 3 clues to guess the type of seed it is and for May 18 is to share your favorite Kindergarten memory by bringing an object or photo. In Reading, we have our last unit test as well as the Benchmark tests for the end of the year. We will be doing DRA testing in the next week as well as all our end of the year testing so you may want to review areas that were noted on the 3rd quarter report card. No Spelling test for May 18. Next week, on Friday, May 11 at 9 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. we will be taking a van to Illinois College for the Mile Run on the IC track. Students K-8 will be encouraged to finish the run whether running or walking. All parents are welcome to meet us there to watch and encourage. Your child must wear tennis shoes. Please return all library books and any leftover Reading books and the reading bag you may have at home. If you happen to find any over the summer, just return them to the church office as they belong to our Reading series and we will need them for next year’s students. Thank you. An end of year note went home this week about the Jr. High Reading Buddies joining us for an end of the year field trip on May 21 to Fitness World to celebrate our Reading Buddy friendships that we nurtured this year. I will need drivers for this short trip on Monday leaving at 8:45 a.m. and returning by 10:45 a.m. Please notify me ASAP if you can drive, even if you can’t stay but could transport there and back. You can leave during the gym time. We will be using the simulators, playing soccer, basketball, or playing games in the gym. Please plan on attending Kindergarten Graduation in chapel on the last day of school, May 23 at 8:30 a.m. with dismissal following.


Ms. Morgan Zachary's First Grade News

Sophia is snack provider. Reminder End of the Year Skyzone and Pie's The Limit Pizza trip will be Thursday, May 17, 2018. Please send money for pizza on that day. If you have not yet turned in your Skyzone waiver and money do that as soon as possible. Thanks! In Religion, the First Graders will hear about Zacchaeus, the tax collector who put himself first, stealing and cheating to make himself rich, but, when he met Jesus, his heart was changed and he turned his life around, repaying those he cheated and blessing the poor. We need to acknowledge that we are sinful and see how our sins affect others and repent also. We also begin to look at the book of Revelation and learn what God says about the home He is preparing for us in heaven. Memory Work: Review Apostles' Creed. In Reading the students will be focusing on stepping up to second grade. Spelling words: daily, sadly, gladly, proudly, softly, weekly, quickly, loudly. Spelling City Link of the week: https://www.spellingcity.com/view-spellinglist.html?listId=31799691. In Math we will be Saxon 2 Lessons 55-60. Science and Social Studies will be cumulative reviews and focusing one second grade preparation. Field Day is Monday, May 21, in the afternoon. Wow! 2017-2018 First Grade School Year is coming to an end and you now have a Second Grader! It has been a wonderful year full of exciting learning, worshiping God, and fun with faith. Please enjoy your summer and do not forget to read. I am glad I was your teacher. I have come to love you so. I can't believe the end is here. I hate to see you go. Remember all the fun we had in all the things we did. But most of all remember...

You're a very special kid! Thank You! God bless, Ms. Morgan Zachary.


Second Grade News from Mrs. Deborah Steinacher

For the week of May 14 memory will be 36-37. In Religion we will be learning about three men in the fiery furnace. We will not have any regular Reading or Spelling next week. Instead we will complete the third testing for the DRA. The results for the DRA for the year show how your child has progressed throughout the school year in Reading. The progress for your child will be included in the end of the year report card. In Math we will be working with measurements, problem solving skills, and multiplying. In Social Studies we will be finishing up the last few Scholastic News that we have for the school year. In our Creative Writing we will be putting the finishing touches on our Writing binders. The binders are a compilation of all of our writing pieces for the year! You will enjoy reading through them. The students have done an amazing job practicing and improving their writing skills. Our end of the year field trip is Monday, May 14. We will be going to Decatur to the Children's Museum and to Scovill Zoo. We will leave at 8:15 and return by 3:00. Please remember to bring a sack lunch with a drink for the trip. The cost of the trip is $6 per person. On Friday, May 18, we will be cleaning our room, the lockers, and the student desks. Please send in an extra bag to help take home extra supplies. On Monday, May 21, will be Field Day. The class is getting excited about all of the activities that are planned for the afternoon. The last day of school will be Wednesday, May 23. School will dismiss after chapel. Be sure to mark your calendars. The end of the year cookout for second grade has been scheduled for Sunday, May 20. Be sure to bring your whole family. I am looking forward to celebrating the end of another wonderful school year. Have a wonderful week. God's blessings to everyone.

News from Mrs. Pat Manker 3rd Grade

As our third grade year is winding down, we are focusing on another ecosystem in Reading and Science: the desert. Because my sister lives in Tucson, we have a “bird’s eye” view of that habitat. We have completed our landform models in Social Studies. This will be the last week for Spelling, a poem, and daily DARES with a Quizmo on Friday. The memory work concludes this week, also, with the third part of the Apostles Creed. This has proven very difficult for many, even though we are writing it every day. Practice at home is essential. Also concluding this week is rocket math, and whatever level the student is on will be the grade entered on the report card. There are 26 levels. The mile run is scheduled for tomorrow with our “for fun” field trip coming next Thursday, May 17. Please make sure payment is included in the permission form and waiver. Our first grade buddies will be going with us! “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.

News from Mrs. Tracy Thrasher 4th & 5th Grade

We are down to 8 days left of school! We will travel to Illinois College on Friday, May 11 to run the mile. Thanks to Lisa Hadden for letting us borrow the YMCA van and shuttling the kids back and forth. Students need to wear tennis shoes and athletic clothing and bring a water bottle. We are finishing up the novel Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary. We will take the AR test and a written test on this book on Tuesday. We are working our way through our last chapter in Science and will have our final Science test on May 16. This test will be a no note test! Students will still have a study guide (worth 5 points extra credit) and work to do to review, but no notes may be used on this final test. Students that have not reached 100% of their AR goal are staying in at recess to read. All tests for AR need to be taken by Friday, May 18 by the end of recess. Our last day of normal classes will be Wednesday, May 16. Our end of the year field trip is coming up next Thursday, May 17. We will leave school at 8:30 am and will return around 4:00 pm. If someone isn’t here to pick up the students, they will go to after school care. On Friday, May 18, we will be cleaning out desks and lockers. Students will need to bring an extra bag for their supplies to come home in that day. As always, read the “Here’s the Scoop” newsletter in graded work folders on Friday.

Ms. Connie Charlesworth 6th & 8th Grade News

A great time was had by all on the 8th Grade Trip! Last Thursday morning both 8th Graders, their mothers and I caught the 6:30 a.m. train to Chicago’s historic Union Station. Thanks to one of the moms’ Groupon skills, we had City Passes which allowed us to visit five attractions at a low price. The kids thrilled at the sight of a Nazi submarine at the Museum of Science and Industry, explored the cosmos at the Planetarium, examined the dinosaur skeletons at the Field Museum, touched starfish at the Shedd Aquarium and gazed in wonder at the city lights from the Skydeck atop the Sears Tower. They heard an architect describe the engineering and design of famous buildings on the Architectural Boat Tour on the Chicago River. They marveled at revolving doors, bellmen, rooftop swimming pools, taxi drivers, deep dish Chicago style pizza, crowds of people and the busy pace of the city. On the train ride home Saturday night, I asked them what their favorite part of the trip was. Their response?  Everything!

Mrs. Maureen Bradish 6th-8th Science, Art, Spelling, & Grammar News

This week we are studying the urinary tract in the human body. The students will be studying this until the end of school and be putting their last body parts on their paper bodies. Each student will have a life size organ body when we are finished. This unit has been so much fun. We hope to have the first graders over to explain the organs to them. Learning really can be fun! In Art, we are doing the ancient art of Quilling. We are doing colored paper designs for a special Mother’s Day treat! I want to thank all the wonderful parents for the lovely teacher appreciation treats. You are all most generous.