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Happy Easter!!

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Thursday, March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 pm

Friday, March 30 - NO SCHOOL - Good Friday Service 10:00 am & 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 1 - Services 6:30 am, 9 am & 10:45 am, Easter Breakfast served 7 - 10 am

Monday, April 2 - NO SCHOOL - Easter Break

April Message from the Principal

From the Principal’s Desk
April 2018

                                                                Death and Taxes

Did you have a good spring break this year? I did. My family got to visit relatives we haven’t seen for almost a year. Having time off also helps to “recharge” ourselves so that we can be more energetic in our work and have a positive spirit. Spring break also brought me some sobering thoughts - taxes. I hadn’t started to compile all the necessary information for me to file my taxes for 2017 and the thought of doing this work took away some of the joy. It reminded me of something Benjamin Franklin wrote after signing the new United States of America Constitution, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  You have probably heard this quote or one of its variations.  We all will die.  We all pay taxes. No ifs, ands, or buts - these two things are …

April School News

School  Newsletter, April 2018

Enrollment -  This year we have 79 students K-8 and 50 students in our preschool for a total of 129 students.  Currently enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year we have 42 preschool students (maximum we can have is 60) and 74 students in grades K-8. We are still receiving inquiries from families about enrolling at Salem for next year.  We are estimating that the K-8 enrollment for next year will be close to this school year’s enrollment numbers and preschool will be higher than this year.

Open House -  Visit Salem Day (Open House) will be held on Thursday, April 12 from 9:30-11:00 am.  This is an opportunity for families considering enrolling at Salem Lutheran School to visit the school, see the facility, observe how classes work, meet some staff members, and get information to help them make a decision on enrolling.  This day is also the same date of Salem’s Fine Arts Gala.

Salem Fine Arts Gala -  Salem Lutheran School’s Fine Arts Gala (formerly known as Ed…

April Dates to Remember

SCRIP Orders Due April 9 & 23

Thursday, March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 pm

Friday, March 30 - NO SCHOOL - Good Friday Service 10:00 am & 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 1 - Services 6:30 am, 9 am & 10:45 am, Easter Breakfast served 7 - 10 am

Monday, April 2 - NO SCHOOL - Easter Break

Tuesday, April 3 - School Resumes
                               Mr. and Mrs. Klatt visit Salem - Parents can meet them 8:30 am - 9:20 am
                               Bowling Practice, 3:45-5:15 pm

Thursday. April 5 - Bowling Practice, 3:45-5:15 pm
                                  SPTO Meeting, 6:30 pm

Monday, April  9 - Power Up starts - through April 27

Tuesday, April 10 - Bowling Practice, 3:45-5:15 pm
                 Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 pm

Thursday, April 12 - Open House - 9:30-11:00 am & 6:00 - 7:30 pm
                    Bowling Practice, 3:45-5:15 pm
                    Fine Arts Gala, 6:00-7:30 pm

Friday, April 13 - Grades K-4 Field Trip - MIA and Ordway
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SPTO Meeting and Agenda for April 5

The Salem Parent Teacher Organization will have a planning meeting on Thursday,April 5 at 6:30 pm in the conference room. Please plan to attend to help us organize this important parent group! See the agenda below for more information on the topics to be discussed.

There will be childcare available during this meeting and the childcare will also be willing to help with homework if needed!

SPTO Agenda April 5, 2018

April Home and School Connection

Here are some of the articles of interest for the month of April:

Encouraging Self Control
Playing Safely
Effective Feedback

Hope you enjoy the April Home and School Connection!

April Lunch Menu

Here is the lunch menu for the month of April. Please note that April 13 our K-8 students will be on field trips that require them to bring a lunch that day. Our preschool will be in session as usual and a bag lunch will be available for any who would like lunch that day. K-8 students may also order a bag lunch if needed. We will require these lunches to be preordered on Wednesday, April 11. Thank you!

April Lunch Menu

Easter Breakfast

Easter Breakfast

Yes, there will be an Easter Breakfast - thank you for all your donations!  It will be served this Sunday, from 7 am to 10 am.

We have another twist to the Easter Breakfast - it has now become an avenue for our Youth to earn money to help fund their trip to the Youth Rally in Bowling Green, Ohio!  We have several young people who want to go!  If they can help - they need to contact Jodi Otto at 651-208-5217 and sign up for a shift.

For the rest of you who plan to attend, your free will offering will be helping these young people attend the Rally - Thank You!

Easter Services Reminder:

Thursday, March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 pm

Friday, March 30 - NO SCHOOL - Good Friday Service 10:00 am (lunch served after) & 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 1 - Services 6:30 am, 9 am & 10:45 am - Easter breakfast served 7 am - 10 am

New Principal and Kindergarten Teacher Visit April 3

Due to the snow day which canceled our plans to meet the Klatts in March, another date has been scheduled!

Mr. Ryan Klatt will be our principal next year and his wife, Jessica, will be teaching kindergarten. They will be visiting our school and meeting as many of us as they can the morning of Tuesday, April 3. Parents will have the opportunity to greet Mr. Klatt by the school office from 8:30 am - 9:20 am and Mrs. Klatt will also be by Mrs. Grobe's room to meet any parents at that same time. They will then take time to visit each classroom for a short visit so our school children can meet them as well.

We look forward to meeting them and hope you can stop in, if it works with your schedule, to introduce yourself. Pray for the weather to cooperate this time! :)

Solar Panel Progress

Have you been wondering what the result has been on the solar panels that have been installed on our roof? Check out the link below which shows how much solar power we have created at Salem in the last 7 days. Keep watching this website to see our progress!

Solar Panel Progress

Preorder a Yearbook for $13

Preorders for yearbooks will be available through April 3 for $13. Order forms are available in the school office. They will be available to purchase in mid-May at $15 each.

Bowling Practices Begin on Tuesday

The Salem bowling team will begin practices tomorrow (2/27/2018).  We will have one practice (Tuesday) this week with it being Holy week.  Our practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 - 5:00 pm. 
Please set up a ride to Stillwater Bowl for your child if you are not able to transport him/her.  If you are able to take your child to the bowling ally please try to provide a ride for other if possible.
If you are in grades 5-8 and are interested in participating and have not let Mrs. Noack or Mr. Collins know, you can still join the teams. Just show up for the practices and remember to pay the sports fee for bowling.
Have fun and GO Saints!

A Note From Mrs. Grobe

Preschool enrollment for 2018-2019 is nearing the current enrollment for this year. However, we have room for 10 additional students in the coming year. Continue to spread the word about our great program and encourage people to enroll now so they don’t miss out. Encourage them to schedule a tour now or ask for information to be sent to them. Word of mouth is our best advertisement.

Happy Spring Break!

No School Next Week March 19 - 23

Blessings to all as you travel or enjoy a week of vacation!

Piano Student Reminder

Reminder!
Piano students that normally have a lesson scheduled for Thursday, March 29 (we do not have school that day) will have a lesson on Monday, March 26 when we return from spring break. Thank you!

Maple Syrup Collection Today!

Hi Everyone,

We will be collecting maple sap at 3:45 pm today at the Manning property. We could use help!
Please call Joe Otto at 651-248-9055 to let us know you're coming.
Thank you!

2018-2019 Salem Academic Calendar

Here is the academic calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. This calendar was recently approved and adopted at the last Salem School Board's meeting. Please note that the first day of school is August 27 and the last day is May 31 (half day) and next year's spring break will line up with St. Croix Lutheran Academy. As a result, please plan on some additional "No Bus" days during the school year. Thank you!

2018-2019 Salem Lutheran Academic Calendar

No Bus Friday, March 16

Reminder!!

There is no bus service in the AM or PM for our students this Friday. Please make arrangements to have your students dropped off and picked up from school that day.

Spring Break Next Week, March 19-23

Here is a reminder of the upcoming schedule:

Monday - Friday,  March 19- 23NO SCHOOL, Spring Break

Sunday, March 25 -  Palm Sunday Worship 8 & 10:30 am (Sat. night worship 5:00 pm)

Monday, March 26 - School Resumes

Thursday, March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 pm

Friday, March 30 - NO SCHOOL - Good Friday Service 10:00 am & 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 1 - Services 6:30 am, 9 am & 10:45 am (Sat. night worship 5:00 pm)

Monday, April 2 - NO SCHOOL - Easter Break

Tuesday, April 3 - School Resumes

Details on Salem's Fine Arts Gala on April 12

Salem Lutheran School’s Fine Arts Gala (formerly known as Education Night) will be held on Thursday, April 12, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The event will start at 6:00 pm in the church sanctuary with an overview of the evening and performances by the Salem School Band and the Jubilate Choir.  The rest of the evening attendees will be free to visit their choice of exhibits. Class art projects that represent the style of each class’s chosen featured artist will be located in the gym.  A display of art projects that students created outside of school will be on display in the Fellowship Hall. Visitors may participate in an art "make and take" activity for younger students in the gym, or participate in a "make and take" activity for older students in the 3rd/4th-grade room. Music performances by piano students or small ensembles by choir and band students will be in the conference room. People will be able to move at their own pace to each location.

We are hoping to include ar…

SPTO Meeting April 5

Parents,

Please join other Salem parents to discuss upcoming items being planned for the year. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm in the school lunchroom. Agenda to follow.

St. Croix News

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Attention Bowlers

The Salem Bowling team will be starting its season after spring break!  Bowling is open to all 5-8th graders.  Practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 (or when bowlers get to the lanes) to 5:15.  If your child will need a snack please send something that is not to messy.  Our first practice is Tuesday, March 27th.  We will not have practice on Maundy Thursday.  There is a $55 registration fee please try to pay asap.  The information about bowling matches (dayes & times) will be sent out as soon as we get it.  If you have any questions you can contact Mr. Collins or Mrs. Noack.  Hope to see you on the lanes!

Tapping Trees at Manning Property on Sunday

There will be a group out at the Manning property (6660 Manning Ave.) on Sunday, March 11 tapping trees for syrup. If you are interested in helping please call Jodi (651-208-5217) or Joe Otto (651-248-9055) for directions and information on parking. They would love some help!

Update on Stillwater School Board's Proposed Change of Start Times

This is an update on Stillwater School Board’s proposal to change school start times in 2019-2020.

The Stillwater School Board met last night and one of the topics on the agenda was the proposed changes in starting time to accommodate a later start for the high school students.  This change in start time for the high school would affect the start and end time for Salem students.  In the proposals presented last night, Salem would start school between 9:15 and 9:40 a.m., and end between 3:45 and 4:10 p.m. Jane Grobe and I spoke on how starting later and getting out later would affect our students’ learning and how it would disrupt family schedules. The middle school, where some of our students participate in after-school extra-curricular activities, would have their school day ending at 2:00.  That would mean if students left Salem for after-school activities, they could miss over 2 hours of instruction to be at the start of the middle school activities.

The board’s discussion on the a…

2018 Salem Fine Arts Gala Reminder

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Don't forget to make plans with your family to attend the Fine Arts Gala at Salem on April 12 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. If you haven't already done so, please make sure to send the form below back to your child's teacher to let them know how they will participate. Here is the form that was sent home with our PK-8 students. Forms are also available in the school office. Thank you!

SPTO Meeting Tomorrow at 9:00 am

Reminder!!

An organizational meeting for the SPTO has been scheduled for Thursday, March 8, at 9:00 am in the conference room.  We are looking to have at least 10 Salem school families at this meeting so we can formally reorganize, elect officers, and generate ideas for events for the next school year.  Hopefully, we will also be able to plan an alternate activity for this spring. Please plan on attending this meeting if you are available on March 8.  We need your involvement!

Safety Drills

Dear Parents,

We wanted to make you aware of the safety drills that we participate in for the safety of our students and staff at Salem. Your student may mention these so we wanted to make you aware of them as well.

We will be participating in 2 different types of lockdown drills with your children. The first type of lockdown is called a Lockdown with Warning. This would be used if there is a threat outside of the building. We would remain in our classroom with the doors locked, blinds pulled and no outdoor play with minimal travel in the halls especially by the main doors. We would continue with our schedule as planned without outside movement.  If it would be at the end of the day, we would keep your children safe here at school and not release them until the threat was gone. We would communicate this with parents through email or phone call as needed.

The second kind of lockdown drill is a Lockdown with Intruder. We have set protocols to follow which include locking our classroom d…

School Board Meeting

Salem Board of Education/Education Committee Meeting - The Board of Education meets at the same time as the Education Committee.  Their next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m.  People that would like to address the board may request time at the beginning of the meeting by contacting the principal, Roger Zolldan (rzolldan@salemlutheran.org), or the chairman, Karl Paulsen (kvkthethinker@gmail.com).  The meeting will go into closed session after the people that signed up to speak are finished with their topic.

Summer VBS Dates

Save the date!  June 18-22!

We will be making a big splash with our “Splash Canyon” Vacation Bible School!  Same schedule as previous years with VBS in the morning and Sports Camp in the afternoon M-W, and family night activities on Thursday evening.  We are in need of volunteers - contact Debbie Hansen or Pastor Brohn if you would like to help out.  Watch for Registration info coming soon!

2017-2018 Yearbooks for Sale

We are now starting presales for our school yearbook. Order envelopes will be sent home with all children. Only one envelope and one check or cash is needed if paying for multiple yearbooks. Yearbook cost is $13 if ordered by March 28. Please make checks out to Salem Lutheran School and bring any orders into the school office.

Thank you!

Final Round of MLC Meet Math Competition Complete

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Last week our students in grades 5-8 finished the fourth and final round of the Martin Luther College Meet Math competition.

Students are given six questions to complete within a 25-minute time limit. Calculators are allowed for this competition, but they often don't help due to the complexity of the problems. Congrats to all
of our students for participating in this rigorous math event.

You can see our school and individual student results and rankings by visiting https://portal.mlc-wels.edu/meetmath/results/view. Our Salem fifth and sixth-grade students are in the B-5 category, and our seventh and eighth-grade students are in the A-4 category. Categories are determined by school size.

Meet Math is a service club at Martin Luther College that provides mathematics contests for students in grades 5-12 who are enrolled in WELS or ELS schools. This club also maintains school and individual statistics that are the basis for various awards presented at the end of the school year. For m…

NO SCHOOL, Monday, March 5, 2018

Salem will NOT have school on Monday, March 5, 2018, due to impending winter weather storms and unsafe travel conditions. Parents and caregivers, please prepare and plan accordingly for alternate childcare.
Stillwater public schools also closed.

Monitor the following closure links:

http://kstp.com/schoolalert/http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/school-closings/http://www.kare11.com/alert-center#alert-center-closingshttp://www.fox9.com/closings

Students Serving through Music

Just a reminder of the next two Lenten Services. Our students will be using their gifts of music to beautify our worship. Please take note of the schedule and make sure your child is planning to attend.


Wednesday, March 7 - Lenten Service @ 4 & 7, Meal @ 5 Band plays for service at 4:00 pm

Wednesday, March 14 - Lenten Service @ 4 & 7, Meal @ 5 Gr. 5-8 sings at 4:00 pm

Solar Panels Installed

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Our roof is looking a little different these days! The installation of solar panels is complete and up and running. We hope to see the energy use benefits soon and will keep you posted on the results. Maybe we will witness to those flying overhead as well (panels are in the shape of a cross). :)


March Message from the Principal

From the Principal’s Desk
March 2018

                                                      Who is Your Hero?

Do you have a hero?  There has been a lot of publicity on new superhero movies lately.  People like to see a character that can stand up for what is right and defeat the opposition so that others can enjoy being safe.  In a world that seems to have more than an acceptable amount of tragedy and suffering, people look for escapes from reality by enjoying the deeds of their favorite superheroes.

Heroes can also be people that have achieved great success.  Many sports stars are favorite heroes.  Just look at who has been elected to a hall of fame and you find examples of heroes that many people admire.  Heroes can be people that have success at something other than athletics.  A person who has worked tirelessly at making a situation better for people is often looked at as a hero.  Someone who has the ability to make personal connections and encourage others to achieve something tha…

March Dates to Remember

SCRIP Orders Due March 12 (only one this month)

Thursday, March 1 - Winter Sports Party 3:45- 6:00 pm

Friday, March 2 - Last Day $75 and $150 Registration Fee for 2018-2019 Enrollment
                               K-4 Field Trip to Ordway

Saturday, March 3 - Spelling Bee/Math Quiz Bowl at St. Croix Lutheran Academy
                                   Salem School Update by Principal Zolldan after 5:00 pm service

Sunday, March 4 - Salem School Update by Principal Zolldan after 8 & 10:30 am services
                                 SCLA Mid Winter Band Concert @ 2:30 pm

Monday, March 5 - Mr. and Mrs. Klatt visit Salem - Parents can meet them 8:30 am - 9:20 am

Wednesday, March 7 - Lenten Service @ 4 & 7, Meal @ 5 Band plays for service at 4:00 pm

Wednesday, March 8 - SPTO Organizational meeting @ 9:00 am in conference room
                                       District  834 Open Meeting on proposed bussing schedule @ 4:30 pm,                                                   Stillwater…

March Home and School Connection

Here are some of the articles of interest for the month of March:

Being respectful
Building sibling bonds
Protecting your child online

Hope you enjoy the March Home and School Connection!

Klatts Coming to Visit!

Ryan Klatt and Jessica Klatt are going to be in the Twin Cities this weekend. Mr. Klatt will be our principal next year and his wife will be teaching kindergarten. They would like to use this opportunity to visit our school and meet as many of us as they can the morning of  March 5. Parents will have the opportunity to greet Mr. Klatt by the school office from 8:30 am - 9:20 am and Mrs. Klatt will also be by Mrs. Grobe's room to meet any parents at that same time. They will then take time to visit each classroom for a short visit so our school children can meet them that same morning.

We look forward to meeting them and hope you can stop in, if it works with your schedule, to introduce yourself as well!