Showing posts from September, 2018

October Lunch

Here is the lunch menu for the month of October. Please note that a sack lunch can be ordered the day ahead for any field trips scheduled in that month. What a great idea when you need a lunch ready to go! October Lunch Menu

October School News

October School News Tuition Assistance The last two Sundays in September were fundraising Sundays for our Tuition Assistance account for Salem Lutheran School. This fund helps families who cannot afford the tuition for various reasons. With the money we received last year, we were able to help 15 families send their children to Salem. If you would like to give to the tuition assistance fund, you can give your donations to either Debbie Swanson or Diane Light. Thanks for all of your help and support of your school. Scholarship Endowment Fund Last voter’s meeting, the congregation approved the start of a Scholarship Endowment Fund for tuition assistance. This fund will work hand in hand with the current fund to help families with tuition needs who want to send their kids to Salem. We are not getting rid of the current Tuition Assistance Fund at school but will need both as the endowment fund will take some time to grow. The School Board is working on a grant that we can use t

Salem Soccer - game #5 recap

Thursday's soccer game against the Christ Cougars was the last regular season competition for the Salem Saints. The Saints knew it would be a tough rematch, especially since Christ has a good mix of older and younger players.  Taking a short trip west, the Saints began their warm-up on Christ's home tilt. Gideon kept the mood light while noticing "heaven opened up" and the sun briefly shined through. That didn't last long though, as we felt a few raindrops later in the warm-up. We were blessed that there was no major rain and the Lord did not choose to return that afternoon, so the game went on. David showed solid goalkeeping in the first half of the game, with multiple saves early on.  Reese was once again key on the back end for the Saints, showing his leadership and direction for the defense. Our strong defensive play kept a fairly evenly game well into the first half.  Midway through the first half, a penalty kick resulted in the Cougars taking the lead.  Th

Grades 5-8 Sings this Sunday

Hello 5th-8th grade families! This Sunday, September 30th, grades 5-8 will sing in church at the 10:30am service. We will be singing Hope in the Lord. The kids have done a fantastic job learning this song with Mrs. H. and Mrs. Klatt, and we are excited to hear them sing it in church! Please have your child in Mrs. H.'s room at 10:15am so that we can warm-up together. We will sing at the very beginning of the service. After we are done singing everyone will be dismissed to sit with their families--or go to the West Tournament if they are in volleyball. If your child is in 5th or 6th grade and cannot attend, please let Mrs. H. know. If your child is in 7th or 8th grade and cannot attend, please let Mrs. Klatt know.  God's Blessings, Mrs. Klatt

West Volleyball Tournament

Volleyball families, It’s time to wrap up our season! On Sunday we will have our final volleyball tournament at West Lutheran High School. The tournament starts at 12:00pm, but West will open its doors at 11:15am. Our first two games are at 12:00 and 12:25 on court 1. These are just pool play games that determine the rest of the schedule. They will only go to 15 points instead of 25. After pool play is over, we will know our next game times and who we play.  There will be concessions offered all day. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students/senior citizens. Players get in free.  Please have your child at West dressed and ready to go at 11:30 so we can warm up and get situated.  5 th -7 th  grade parents: 5 th -8 th  grade is singing at the very beginning of the 10:30am church service. Please leave Salem to go to West right after we sing. The address for West Lutheran High School is 3350 Harbor Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55447. If anyone needs a ride, please let me know! 

Fall Sports Party

Salem is having a great fall sports season! To celebrate our hard work, we are having the Fall Sports Party on Tuesday, October 16th at 3:45 in the gym! Pizza and drinks will be provided, but feel free to bring treats to share. If you have any questions, please talk to Mrs. Klatt. See you then!

Salem Youth Group News!

Hello!  We will be continuing our Sunday Morning Youth Gatherings between services from 9:15-10:15. Please join us and feel free to bring a snack to share. Youth Group is open to anyone 7th grade and older. September Events...  Get your walking shoes! Join us for 5 o'clock church on  SATURDAY SEPT. 29 , we will then hike across the new Stillwater Bridge! We will learn some interesting facts and also see how a "bridge" can be connected to our faith life. We will finish out the night with some fabulous ice cream treats! We may need a parent volunteer or 2 to transport youth over to the bridge, let us know if you can help. October Events... SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20       Hayride and Bonfire at the Manning Property WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31   Reverse Trick or Treating (Benefiting our local food pantry) Watch for future Church Casts with details on these events. Parent volunteers are welcomed (and encouraged) for both of these. Please contact your Youth Leaders if you

Fall MAP Testing

Our Fall session of MAP Testing will begin on Tuesday, October 2nd. All students from Kindergarten through 8th grade will be tested on Math, Reading, and Language Arts. Please make sure your children are getting good rest, so they can be at their best to take the tests. We will also be taking the tests again in Winter and Spring, so we can see their growth throughout the school year.  If you have any questions about the tests, please contact your child's teacher.  God's blessings on your day! 

Social Opportunity for Salem Parents on Tuesday, October 2

Townie Tuesdays is hosting an event at Lift Bridge Brewery to help support Trout in the Classroom from the local Trout Unlimited chapter. Trout in the Classroom was a learning event we used for Science in the upper grades and we found it valuable to the students as well as the environment. Salem will be providing food for the event with all proceeds helping our tuition assistance fund. Trout Unlimited will receive $1 for every pint sold on Tuesday ,  October 2, from 5-8 p.m . There will also be some silent auction items available to bid on as well as hands-on fly casting where you can learn from the experts. This is an event mostly for adults, but there is root beer available for those who are underage or do not like the adult beverages at the brewery. We are hoping we have a great turn-out as well. Join us for a fun evening!

Salem Soccer - game #4 recap

After inclement weather canceled the game last Thursday, the Salem Saints soccer team returned to the field on Tuesday afternoon for a rematch against the Crown of Life Raiders. This time around the Saints were on the West St Paul turf.  The Saints had a small, but dedicated fanbase to start the game.  Those few fans got to see the Salem team get off to a speedy start!  Griffin was the first to score about 7 minutes into the game with a strong run down the field.  Never wavering, he took a solid shot putting the Saints into an early lead.  The Saints continued to play strong for much of the first half taking many shots, getting some closer and closer to on goal.  Finally 27 minutes into the game, Lars found the sweet spot and scored again for the Saints.  A handball by the Raiders in the box gave a penalty kick opportunity to Alexis in the final minutes of the first half.  Her reliable accuracy put the Saints up 3-0 at halftime.  The number of fans started growing as school and wor

Grandparent Day is Coming!

Friday will be a very fun day at Salem! We have over 100 grandparents and guests coming to visit, attend Chapel, and see our classrooms. We are very excited to show them our beautiful facility and meet our awesome faculty! Here are some things to note: Please send in any last minute registrations to the school office AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. We are still in need of VOLUNTEERS for set-up on Thursday and kitchen help on Friday. Please sign up today! All volunteers and staff are asked to not park in school parking lots to make room for all of our visitors. Please use the street parking that day. School is dismissed after lunch (12:30 pm). Please have arrangements for your child to be brought home by a guest or picked up at that time. There is no bus or afterschool care that afternoon.

Salem Outreach at Harvest Fest Oct. 13 & 14

Salem Outreach Opportunity Salem will be hosting the children's games at the Stillwater Harvest Fest October 13-14, from 10-6 both days.  We would like to have 2-3 people at each time slot to control the games and have the opportunity to share about Salem's ministry.  They provide all the games and candy, all we have to do is keep the games supervised and have a face in the community.  We will have 2-hour time slots so you will have plenty of time to explore the event yourself as well, plus Salem gets a stipend for volunteering to host this event.  Sign up in the church narthex on the weekend and school office during the week.  Thanks in advance! Also - Thank you to all who helped give school supplies for the beginning of the school year.  It helped us get off to a great start!


We are still in need of many helpers for September 28, Grandparents' Day! More kitchen help is especially needed as well as set-up on Thursday. Click on the link below to see where you can help! Volunteer Sign-up

Art Adventure Needs You!

K-8 Art Adventure Program 2018-2019 Dear Salem Families, Salem is again participating in the Art Adventure Program through the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. We are VERY excited to be studying and touring the Museum’s upcoming Exhibit, “ Egypt’s Sunken Cities”. Because of the Popularity of this exhibit, we are being limited to only 10 volunteers. Those names have to be in place by the end of next week(September 28) so that on October 1, the museum can release the unused training spots to other schools. The training is at the MIA on October 30 and 31 and November 1, from 10 am-12. Jennifer Bye and Elaine Kannas are both going on the 31st and would welcome carpooling with anyone if you would feel more comfortable getting to and from the museum as a group. There is also a training session on November 1 from 5-7 if the 31st does not work for you. You DO NOT have to have an extensive background in Ancient History or Art History to participate in this! People from all walks of life

If You Missed It...

If you were not able to attend last evening's session of TADS Educate Parent Walk-Through 101, you can still access the presentation and reference materials: Presentation Educate for Parents reference materials   Still have questions? Contact Mr. Scharf—

Reminder...TADS Educate Parent Walk-Through 101 TONIGHT

Mr. Scharf will walk parents through the TADS Educate dashboard and get them familiar with the new system in a quick 30-minute session on Thursday (9/20), at 7:30 PM (just after our SPTO meeting) in room 135 (5th & 6th Gr Homeroom). There is one prerequisite prior to coming to this session: you must have logged in at least one time. TADS Educate also has a very helpful "Support" button on the right side of the screen, which gives information on 27+ topics. If you have an issue and can't make this session or are having difficulties with your initial login, feel free to contact him directly at

Don't Forget!

Thursday, September 20 - S alem P arent T eacher O rganization Meeting  @ 6:30 pm                                              All parents are encouraged to attend! Meeting held in the lunchroom. Friday, September 21 - This was the deadline for registrations for Grandparents' Day!!!                                         Please send these into the school office so we can plan for our guests. Friday, September 28 - Grandparents' Day!! Students are dismissed after lunch that day. They may go home before or after lunch with their guest or must be picked up by 12:30 pm if having lunch with us. Please make arrangements for your child to have transportation and daycare for the afternoon. No after-school care or afternoon bus is available that day.

Salem Soccer - game #3 recap

With the change of location for our "home" field, came a change in the Saints record.  The Christ Cougars proved to be our toughest opponents of the season during Tuesday's match-up.  The Saints took on the Cougars at a new, full-sized field, just down the road from Salem school.  It was a bit of a cloudy and cool day, but all significant rain was out of the forecast.  The Cougars came out quick and scored shortly after the game began, while the Saints were still getting acclimated and organized.  The Saints didn't let that unsettle them.  They battled back and Griffin took a nice run through the center of the field to score, creating a 1-1 tie.  David, as goalie, was once again making solid plays.  He even stopped a penalty kick (one-on-one shot opportunity) from Christ - what a BIG play!  More defensive action was seen from Reese, along with the defensive debut by Zander.  Both 8th graders have great legs to move that ball away from our net. Before the second half

Cross Country begins October 1st

This year's Cross Country practices will be on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on October 1st. We will practice from 3:45 to 4:30 pm. If you are currently in another sport, feel free to join when your other season ends. Cross country is open to all students in grades 5 through 8.  Practices are voluntary but all are encouraged to come and have fun getting ready for the cross country meets. The first cross country meet we can participate in is Saturday, October 6th at St Croix Lutheran Academy in West St Paul.  This meet will begin at 8:30 am, with an experimental 3/4 mile run for grades 3 & 4.  Grades 5 & 6 will follow with a mile race, then Grades 7 & 8 will run 1.5 miles.  We need to provide a list of interested people by Sept 28th for this event, so please contact Ross Collins at 714-441-1376 or if you are interested. The second meet, which we traditionally have participated in, is the afternoon of Wednesday, October 17th.  In the past, Gra

Volunteers Still Needed!

We are excited to be planning our next Grandparent's Day here at Salem on September 28th. In order to make it a great day, we are asking for many volunteers to help! Please consider signing up for one of the many volunteer spots we have available or contact the school office to sign up. Click on the link below to see what we need help with. Volunteer Sign-up

Jubilate Choir

Welcome to Jubilate Choir, my name is Amy Gosch and I am very excited to be leading this group.  We are up and running and have had 2 rehearsals already.  15 students are participating so far and there is still room to join if you like praising your Savior through song.  We are scheduled to sing the following dates: September 28th 9:30 AM for Grandparents day October 28th 10:30 AM Worship Service December 5th at the 4pm Advent Service Decemer 19th at the 6pm School Christmas Service March 6th at the 4pm Lenten Service March 30th Fine Arts Festive at St. Croix April 7th at the 10:30 Worship Service. June 2nd at the 10:30 Graduation Worship Service Here is my contact information: cell 651-764-3041 email Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me, and thanks so much for singing for your Savior!!!!! Ms. Gosch

Online SCRIP Available

Are you interested in earning credit for your child's tuition, lunch or our school's tuition assistance fund? Click below for information on ordering SCRIP online. How do I order SCRIP? You can also continue to order SCRIP using an order form available in the church and school office. SCRIP order dates are available on the school calendar but are usually done on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month with orders available for pick-up by Thursday or Friday of that week. Happy shopping!

Salem Parent Teacher Organization Meeting 9/20

The Salem Parent Teacher Organization (SPTO) will hold a meeting on Thursday, Sept 20 at 6:30 pm.  All parents of Salem are part of the SPTO and encouraged to attend the meeting. Meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm. We discuss various activities that occur at Salem, such as Grandparents Day, along with ways that we can help support the teachers and staff.  Join us in the lunchroom on Thursday! 

Menu for Grandparents' Day

Please note the menu planned for September 28th, Grandparents' Day: Grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans, a vegetable, fruit, and fresh baked apple crisp for dessert The registration form that was sent home had an incorrect menu. Please note this change. There is only grilled chicken as a meat option. Thank you!

Soccer games

This Tuesday, September 18th the Salem soccer team will host Christ, North St. Paul at 4pm.  On Thursday, September 20th they will host Burnsville also at 4pm.  Both games are on the field next to  our school.  GO SAINTS!

Salem Soccer - game #2 recap

The Salem Saints Soccer team launched the first of a three-game home stint on Thursday against the Crown of Life Raiders.  The game had a late start due to miscommunication about the location, but eventually, the Raiders showed up to the home pitch behind Salem's school. Once again, the weather provided plenty of sunshine, this time for our fans to look into, and a stiff wind in our favor to start the game. The Saints took a bit to get used to the shorter field compared to Tuesday's game.  The smaller field appeared to be a benefit for the smaller stature of our opponents who were quick and all over the field.  It was obvious that stamina would not be an issue so accuracy and precision would become key factors in the game.  One highlight for the team, and probably the fans, was Griffin's FOUR consecutive headers!  The final header was a shot towards goal but it didn't get the right bounce to score.  I guess the headers were one way to keep the ball away from the young

TADS Educate Parent Walk-Through 101

Parents should have recently received an email containing TADS Educate login credentials. (Parents who did not provide an email address in TADS during the enrollment process and non-custodial parents would not have received this information.) Mr. Scharf will walk parents through the TADS Educate dashboard and get them familiar with the new system in a quick 30-minute session next week Thursday (9/20), at 7:30 PM (just after our SPTO meeting) in room 135 (5th and 6th Grade Homeroom). There is one prerequisite prior to coming to this session: you must have logged in at least one time. TADS Educate also has a very helpful "Support" button on the right side of the screen, which gives information on 27+ topics. If you have an issue and can't make this session or are having difficulties with your initial login, feel free to contact him directly at

Grandparent Day Information!

Grandparents' Day is September 28 Please check your child's backpack this week for a white envelope with the information your children can use to invite a special guest to Grandparents' Day. The children are welcome and encouraged to invite any adult guest they would like if they do not have a grandparent that can attend. The Registration Form along with the  Invitation  will be sent home with your child this week.  Please feel free to make more copies as needed or come to the school office if you need more.  Please return the registration form and payment for lunches back to the school by September 21st at the latest. We also need volunteers for this event! Please sign up below to help. Volunteer Sign-up

Salem Soccer has "Kicked Off" - Game 1 recap

The Salem Saints Soccer team "kicked off" their season this past week.  After only two practices they were on the road to play their first game against Good Shepherd of Burnsville. Compared to last year's rainout, the weather was almost perfect for all our fans watching the game! While the Panthers had many more players compared to the Saints, the Saints had plenty of experience to bring to the game.  It was a back and forth battle for the first 30 minutes and the teams were 0-0 at halftime.  The halftime break was a much-welcomed respite by our Saints, as we only had one sub to rotate through.  With the warm weather and sunshine, Coach Collins was concerned if we would have enough stamina to make it through the second half.  Thankfully the players came out refreshed for the second half.  David, as the goalie, made some great saves and had huge kicks out for anything that made it through our strong defensive line led by Reese. The midfielders, a mix of 4th - 8th grader

New Basic Bible Christianity Class beginning tomorrow!

Please Join Us! What? 15 lessons offer an introduction to what the Bible and Christianity is all about. A great review of what our students learn in Confirmation class. This class also prepares people for membership in our Salem Church family. Book is provided. When? Beginning Wednesday, September 11, 7 PM Where? In the School Conference Room (across from the 4-K room in the upper level of the school) Questions? Contact Pastor Brohn 651-246-6856 (voice / text)

Parent Basketball Meeting on Monday, September 17th

Even though it seems far away, basketball season is right around the corner! Our basketball coaches (Neal Anderson, Travis Koester, Alex Monjeau, and Tess Anderson) want to have a meeting to talk about the upcoming basketball season, give out the game schedule, discuss practice times, and answer any questions. The coaches are also encouraging parents that are on the fence or not completely sure that their child will be participating in basketball to come! The meeting will be next Monday, September 17th at 7:30pm in the lunch room. Can't wait to see you there! :)

Picture Day on Monday!

Bring your smile! Don't forget Monday, September 10th is Picture Day! Order forms were sent home with your child last week. If you have a preschooler who is not normally here on Mondays you may bring them in anytime between 8:30 am and 11:30 am. Bring them if you would like to order pictures or would just like to have them included in the class composite picture. There is another chance to have pictures taken on Retake Day which is October 25. Please return order forms to school that day with  payment made out to Inter-State Studio   or   order online  here   Inter-State Order Site   and use the order code: 30176WA

Volunteers Needed for Grandparent's Day!

We are excited to be planning our next Grandparent's Day here at Salem on September 28th. In order to make it a great day, we are asking for many volunteers to help! Please consider signing up for one of the many volunteer spots we have available or contact the school office to sign up. Thank you! Volunteer Sign-up

Soccer Game on Tuesday, September 11th

It's almost time for Salem's first soccer game! The game will be at 4pm on Tuesday, September 11th at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville. The address is 1200 Alimagnet Park Drive  Burnsville, MN 55337 Since the game is at 4pm and the soccer location is about 45 minutes away, the soccer team will be dismissed from school to change and leave at 2:45pm. Soccer jerseys will be distributed after school on Monday. Good luck Salem Saints! 

TADS Educate School Information System Rolling out to Households

This week and next, we'll be rolling out the TADS Educate School Information System (SIS) to our households and parents. Parents who have submitted an email address in the TADS online enrollment system will be sent TADS Educate login credentials by email. This new system will enable you to see student grades, lunch account balances, and a whole host of other information. Mr. Scharf will be hosting some parent information sessions beginning in mid-September to assist parents in navigating the TADS Educate system. Look for more details in coming days. This system replaces the former Headmaster system we used last school year. If you have any questions about TADS Educate, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Scharf at

Picture Day September 10

Bring your smile! Don't forget Monday, September 10 is Picture Day! Order forms were sent home with your child last week. If you have a preschooler who is not normally here on Mondays you may bring them in anytime between 8:30 am and 11:30 am. Bring them during that time if you would like to order pictures or would just like to have them included in the class composite picture. There is also a chance to do this on retake day which is on Thursday, October 25.  Please return order forms to school that day with payment made out to Inter-State Studio   or   order online by Inter-State Order Site  and use the order code: 30176WA

Salem Handbook Review

K-8 Families, Have you returned the information on the last pages of the School Handbook?? No worries!! We will be sending a handbook home with your child if this has not already been returned so you can do so. Please review this and send the pages that need signatures into the school office by the end of the week. Thank you!