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No School Oct. 17 & 18 And No Bus Oct. 21 & 22

God's blessings and safe travels to our teachers who will be traveling to Mankato for the WELS Teachers Conference. Please note there is no school because of this on Thursday and Friday. We are back in session on Monday, Oct. 21. There will not be busing available on Monday or Tuesday. Please make sure to have travel arrangements for your children on those days.

Blessings on the long weekend!

Kamera Kids Meet October 25

Kamera Kids will have a meeting on Friday, October 25 at 7:45 am. Bring any photos that you took this summer and that you want to share with the group. If you have any questions Contact Mrs. H. nhasselquist@salemlutheran.org

Reminders for the Week!

Tonight is K-8 Parent/Teacher conferences from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Grade K-4 please contact your child's teacher if you do not have a scheduled conference and need to schedule one. Grade 5-8 teachers will be in the school lunchroom during that time frame and no scheduled conference is needed. Just drop in to speak with them.This Wednesday, Oct. 16 - Our students will be allowed to wear a cap/hat for Caps for Kids Day when they bring a $1 donation to school. The benefits from this event will go towards helping kids who are battling cancer.NO SCHOOL thisThursday and Friday, Oct 17 & 18. Our teachers will be attending the WELS Teachers Conference in Mankato, MN.Reminders for Next Week NO BUS Monday and Tuesday, Oct 21 & 22. Please make arrangements to bring and pick up your children from school on those days.Picture retakes are scheduled for the morning of Thursday, October 24. Please bring your child's current package in if you are requesting a retake. Students who missed Pic…

Students Represent Salem at Kick, Pass & Spike

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Several Salem Lutheran students visited St. Croix Lutheran Academy on Friday, October 4 to watch the Homecoming game and participate in the annual Kick, Pass & Spike competition. Thank you to all who came out to represent our school and cheer on the SCL Crusaders!

No Piano Lessons Oct. 14 -18

Mrs. Ronning will not be teaching piano lessons next week. Piano lessons will resume their normal schedule the week of October 21.

Middle School Students Compete in MLC Meet Math

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Our middle school students are competing in the Martin Luther College Meet Math competition this year. Students attempted to answer the first of four contests with six problems each. You can see our school and individual student results and rankings by visiting https://meetmath.mlc-wels.edu/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-6 category. Categories are determined by school size.

Other test dates this school year are the weeks of November 11, January 13, and February 24.

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 more information about Meet Math, visit https://meetmath.mlc-wels.edu/about.

Caps for kids

On October 16th Salem students will participate in Caps for kids to benefit children who are battling cancer.  Students can bring a $1.00 to give to their teacher and then they can wear a hat at school.

Carlstrom Family Benefit (Bloomington Lutheran Church)

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Please read the story about baby Evangeline and the opportunity we have to help support the Carlstrom family at Bloomington Lutheran Church.
Evangeline Carlstrom’s Story. At our 20 week ultrasound, Adam and I discovered that our daughter had a severe birth defect called a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH).  She was missing over two-thirds of her diaphragm, and some of her internal organs had moved into her chest cavity, restricting the growth of her lungs and placing stress on her heart. Evangeline was born on March 5, 2019. A team of specialists from Children’s Minnesota, including a neonatologist, neonatal nurse practitioners, nurses and respiratory therapists, was present at the delivery. They immediately placed her on a breathing tube, inserted IVs and stabilized her on a ventilator before transporting her to the NICU.  After three weeks Evangeline successfully underwent surgery in order to repair the hernia. The next goal for Evangeline was to reduce the blood pressure in her lu…

More Volunteers Still Needed!

PLEASE HELP!!! Salem will be hosting the children's games at the Stillwater Harvest Fest this Saturday, October 12 from 10am-6pm. We would like to have 4-5 people at each time slot. They provide all the games and candy, all we have to do is keep the games under the supervision and have a face in the community.

 If you are concerned about the weather we will have Salem's tent set up for cover. This is a great opportunity to share our ministry with others. Brochures will be provided. We will have 2-hour time slots so you will have plenty of time to explore the event yourself as well. Please click on the following weblink (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work)to go to the signup sheet: 

volunteersignup.org/9FPTF

To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do. We do not enough signed up to help, so it would be great if you would consider helping out! Thank you for volunteering!

Parent Teacher Conferences Begin Tonight

Don't forget conferences to be held on Tuesday, October 8, Thursday, October 10, and Monday, October 14 for all K-8 students. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions. Conferences for 5-8th grade do not need to be scheduled. Those teachers will be available from 4-7 tonight, Thursday and Monday.

Stillwater Harvest Festival - Saturday, October 12 - Please Volunteer

PLEASE HELP!!! Salem will be hosting the children's games at the Stillwater Harvest Fest this Saturday, October 12 from 10am-6pm. We would like to have 4-5 people at each time slot to control the games and have the opportunity to share about Salem's ministry. We will also need 3 more people to sign up to set up at 8:30am. They provide all the games and candy, all we have to do is keep the games under the supervision 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. Please click on the following weblink (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work)to go to the signup sheet:   

    volunteersignup.org/9FPTF

To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do. We do not have anyone signed up to help, so it would be great if you would consider helping out! Thank you for volunteering!

Basketball

It’s almost time for basketball season to start! Salem is planning on having a Girl’s A and B team and a Boy’s B-team. The league schedule is still changing while schools finalize their numbers and teams, but you can plan on Friday evening games starting November 8th. The girls will be coached by Jeff Ross and Tess Anderson and will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-9:00am. Boys will coached by Travis Koester and Neal Anderson and practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:45pm.  Practices will start on October 22nd for the boys and the 24th for the girls.
The coaches will have an informational meeting about what to expect during the season on Tuesday, October 15th at 6pm in Mr. Klatt’s classroom.

Ordering SCRIP

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 to Order SCRIP

Happy shopping!

Please note:
You can continue to order SCRIP using an order form available in the church and school office but ordering online assures quicker turnaround. SCRIP orders submitted with a hard copy form are usually ordered on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month with orders available for pick-up by Thursday or Friday of that week.


A Note from Our BoxTop Coordinator

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A Message from Meghan Bicek:

Please, everyone, dig through your pantry and fridge for all those BoxTops and submit them prior to October 20th!  BoxTops for Education is switching to an easier format and we will have until the end of the month to submit the paper or clip out BoxTops that everyone has saved and dropped off at school.

Once you have submitted those, it's time to download the BoxTops for Education app on your smartphone.  You will have to create a login using your email address, find our school (be sure its Salem Lutheran in Stillwater, MN!!), and that's it!  From here on out we will have to submit the Boxtops through the app within several days of purchasing an eligible item.  As soon as you get in the car or unload those groceries, just quick snap a picture of the receipt through the BoxTop app and you are done!  It seems like a bit of a pain but once you get used to it, it will be a much easier process.

Chess Club Starts Friday

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The first meeting of the Chess Club will take place on Friday, October 4th from 7:45 - 8:30 am. Students should enter through the south entrance to the school (by the dumpsters) and meet in Mr. Klatt's room.  Mr. Klatt and George Light will be teaching the students how the pieces move and basic strategy for chess

We will have another meeting on October 11th to make up for missing a meeting in September. The Chess Club will meet on the 2nd Friday of each month after October.
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Our next Basic Bible Christianity class will begin on Wednesday, October 23rd, at 7 pm. In this class we'll review the basic teachings of the Bible so we can find a solid foundation on God's Word. Everyone is invited to attend. It's a great introduction to God's Word if you've never studied it before. It's also a good way to review God's Word if you haven't been able to read or study it lately. We also ask those who are interested in becoming members of Salem to take this class.


If you'd like to attend, please contact me at jbrohn@salemlutheran.org. I'll be able to order the right number of books and be ready for our first class together. Please come, and if you're coming, invite a friend to join you!
Pastor Jon Brohn

Costa Maya Ministries October 2019 Update

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October 2019Good and Pleasant What a privilege to spend time with our brothers and sisters in faith, wherever that happens. This month I was invited to preach at Bloomington-Living Hope Lutheran Church in the Twin Cities area. I also was able to talk about Costa Maya Ministries at the school and at West Lutheran High School. One of the highlights was giving a presentation on our mission at the church picnic during halftime of the Packers-Vikings game. (Fortunately, I grew up in Houston so was able to avoid getting on anyone’s bad side!) From the questions of children, to those who hosted me, and the many who prayed for our mission and spontaneously offered to help in all different ways, I could see without a doubt the blessing of working together as Christians in ministry. How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity (Psalm 133:1), especially when we’re united to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.  ~Pastor Valleskey *********************************************…

Fire Department Open House Oct 12

Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12. Here is an Open House that the community is invited to!

Fire Department Open House Information

First Quarter K-8 Parent-Teacher Conferences—Oct 8,10, & 14

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We're scheduling conferences to be held on Tuesday, October 8, Thursday, October 10, and Monday, October 14 for all K-8 students.

Parent-teacher conferences offer an opportunity for parents/caregivers and teachers to speak with each other about issues affecting their children, like student achievement, work habits, and progress. Parents/caregivers can help make this a productive time by bringing questions, concerns, or suggestions to the meeting. We recommend that both parents/caregivers attend the conference if possible.

Our first quarter ends on Friday, October 25. Report cards for all students will be sent home on Wednesday, October 30.

Each of these conferences will be 15 minutes in length. Should more time be needed, please make other arrangements with the teacher. Conferences for students in kindergarten through fourth grade will be conducted in the student's homeroom and should be scheduled below. Please click the button to sign up. Thank you!



Middle School Conference No…

Grades 5-8 Sing This Sunday

Please have your 5-8th grader meet in Mrs. Hasselquist's room at 10:15 am this Sunday.
The students will be singing in the 10:30 am service Sunday, September 29.

Thank you!

October School News

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Fire Prevention Day On October 2nd, our K-2 students will have the opportunity to talk with Fire Fighters about how to be safe if there is a fire. They will talk about what to do when the smoke alarm goes off and how to be safe exiting a building. We look forward to all that the students will learn to keep them safe in case of a fire.

Chess Club Begins The first meeting of the chess club will take place on October 4th. We will have another meeting on the 11th to make up for missing a meeting in September. Mr. Klatt and George Light will be teaching the students how the pieces move and basic strategy for chess. Chess club will meet on the 2nd Friday of each month after October.

Vision Screening Salem will be having the students in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade get their eyes tested on October 3 to see if they need vision correction. Parents who would like their child(ren) to take the screening are also welcome to have their children tested. If your child is not in one of these three grades …

October Lunch Menu

Here is the lunch menu for the start of the school year. Please have your lunch account funded for the month ahead. If you would like this scheduled through your TADS account, please stop in the school office to set this up. Checks can also be dropped off as well and should be made out to Salem Food Service. Thank you!

October Lunch Menu

Grandparents' Day is this Friday!

We have over 140 grandparents/guests attending our school this Friday! Please remember that school will be dismissed after lunch that day. Students not staying for lunch may leave with their guest or can be picked up at 11:30 pm. For all that are staying for lunch the day will end at or near 12:30 pm.

MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Please sign up to help on September 27 when we will welcome many guests to our school and need lots of help! Sign up in the school office or online below.

ALSO, Do you have any Mexican themed decorations we could use such as maracas, Mexican blankets, sombreros, etc.? Please contact Kari Hoien or let the school office know. Thank you!

Volunteer Sign-up for GP Day

American Heart Association

Thank you for all of your donations for the American heart association.   It was great to see how happy the students were to hand in their envelopes and get their prize.  Our school goal was to raise $1000.00. The students of Salem Lutheran school met their goal by raising $1495.00!  Wow great work!  This donation will go to help those with heart problems.  Thank you.

Grandparents' Day Registrations Due this Friday!

Don't forget to turn in the green registration form that your child brought home for Grandparents' Day which is planned for September 27. Registrations are due September 20!!

If you need to print more invitations the link is below. Extra invitations are also available in the school office.

Grandparent Invitations
Grandparent Day Registration

Urgent! Volunteers and Items Needed for Grandparent Day

Please sign up to help on September 27 when we will welcome many guests to our school and need lots of help! Sign up in the school office or online below.

ALSO, Do you have any Mexican themed decorations we could use such as maracas, Mexican blankets, sombreros, etc.? Please contact Kari Hoien or let the school office know. Thank you!

Volunteer Sign-up for GP Day

SPTO Meeting Thursday, September 19

The Salem Parent Teacher Organization will have a meeting this Thursday at 6:30 pm. Any questions can be directed to Bonnie Richter -  raspberrypie90@aol.com. Please come!

Kids Night at St. Croix

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Salem Band Lessons

Band lessons will begin next week on Sept. 18.

Contact Mrs. Balk if you have any questions.

St Croix Lutheran Academy News

Lunch Servers are needed at St. Croix Lutheran Academy, Monday through Friday (most days 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Flexible days (minimum of two days per week). Starting wage is $12/hour. Duties include point of sale (check-out), restocking, and light clean-up. Apply at StCroixLutheran.org/jobs or call (651) 455-1521.

Top Ten Science Questions of the Bible
Come to a special presentation, The Top Ten Science Questions of the Bible, by Dr. Kevin Peil on Sunday, September 22 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the SCL chapel. Dr. Peil holds PhD in chemical engineering and has worked as a research scientist for Dow Chemical Company for the last 29 years. He has presented numerous times on a wide variety of topics related to science and the Bible at conferences around the United States. The presentation is free and open to the public.

SCL Homecoming is Friday, October 4. There is a parade at 5:30p on Oakdale Ave starting at Thompson Ave. Football game vs. St. Anthony Village at 7:00p. Grade school student…

Picture Day Tomorrow

Don't forget! :)

All students and staff at Salem will be getting their pictures taken tomorrow so make sure you wear your picture day outfit of your choosing and have on your best picture day smile!

If you have a preschooler who is not normally here on Mondays you may bring them in preferably anytime between 8:45 am and 9:15 am. Bring them to order pictures or if you would just like to have them included in the class composite picture for the yearbook. There is also a chance to do this on retake day which is scheduled for Thursday, October 24.

Please return order forms to school tomorrow with checks made out to Inter-State Studio or use the link below to order your picture package. 

Inter-state Online Order

Late Assignments in Middle School

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As you may remember from our Middle School-Meet the Teacher Management Plan:

All homework is expected to be properly completed on the due date and in the room at the beginning of class time.If the assignment is not completed on time, the student must fill out a digital late homework form. This form will be automatically emailed to parents/caregivers. Work not completed on time will be counted and used to determine the student’s Work Habits grade. The Work Habits grade will affect eligibility for extracurricular activities, but will not affect the student's overall GPA. The Work Habits grade will be listed on the student’s report card and final transcripts. Zero late work slips for the entire quarter will be an A+. Every late assignment will drop this grade one level. 1=A, 2=A-, 3=B+  etc.If work is consistently late, the parents will be contacted and the student may be asked to stay after school. Additional parent, teacher, and student meetings may be needed. For the most part, ou…

Sunday School

Reminder that Sunday School Begins this Sunday.  All are welcome, Preschool-6th Grade.  We are beginning a new series this year, "Enduring Faith".  You can drop your child(ren) off in the front of church at 9:15, we plan on officially start at 9:25 with the songs we will sing in the future and our opening for the lesson.  A change this year will be that your child will stay in their classroom and not rotate to the gym.  Pick up time is 10:15 Pre K- 2nd will be in Mrs. Klatt's room and the 3rd- 6th will be in the Conference room.  Hope to see some new faces hearing and learning God's Word.

Amy Gosch
Any Questions email agosch@salemlutheran.org

Picture Day is Monday, September 9!

Bring your smile!

Don't forget Monday, September 9 is Picture Day! Order forms were sent home with your child this week. If you have a preschooler who is not normally here on Mondays you may bring them in preferably anytime between 8:45 am and 9:15 am. Bring them if you would like to order pictures or if you 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 scheduled for Thursday, October 24.

Please return order forms to school that day with checks made out to Inter-State Studio or use the link below.

Inter-state Online Order

Grandparents' Day News

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Dear Salem Parent,
    Information is being sent home with the youngest in the family for our Grandparents' Day which is being held on September 27th. The two invitations that are included are for you to mail or give to a grandparent or an adult of your choosing who your child would like to accompany them for the day. There are more invitations available in the school office or you can print more from the link below. Talk with your child’s teacher if your child would like a senior from our congregation to accompany them. That could be arranged as well!

   Please fill out the green registration form and return to the school office by September 20! The registration form is also included below if you need an extra. Please return this form even if your child does not have a guest for the day. Complete and send a payment for any lunches that your guest will be having and include their full name on the registration for easier identification. Also, note if your child will be leaving befo…
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Here's an update from Costa Maya Ministries, where our 1st semester mission offerings will go!

September 2019 Your Encouragement Makes a Difference It is good to be encouraged by fellow believers near and far. Angela, a local Mexican woman, provides one example. She has been attending Cruz de Cristo for about a year and a half.  She is a model of an active faith that has struggles but keeps seeking the Lord. This month she shares a bit about herself and expresses her gratitude to Pastor Vallesky and Costa Maya Ministries for the support they have provided in her life.

Angela is originally from Veracruz, Mexico. Like many others, she came to Mahahual about 3 years ago to find work in the restaurant/tourism industry because earning a living can be a difficult task in much of Mexico. Her journey in Mahahual led her to open a food shack on the grounds of our future church building (groundbreaking coming in the near future!).  She named her shop “Saulo,” which means Saul. Angela shares, …

September School News

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Staff Changes
We have been blessed with the same teaching staff for this upcoming school year. The teachers are excited to get back to work and to see the students again in their classrooms. A few new faces for aides this year. 
Ross Collins will no longer be an aide in the preschool. We wish him the best as he pursues another path in service to his Lord.  Our new preschool aides are Sara Shah and Kim Boogren. We are also excited to have Mary Bjurstrom back with us for another year of fun and learning. Our last new addition is Katie Dahlke (Salem alumnus). She will be our K-2 aide for the upcoming school year. She is excited to get to know the students and help them achieve their fullest potential.  Our Before and After School Care for K-8 will again be staffed by Chad and Mackenzie Hanson. We also welcome Jake Olson (Salem alumnus) and Nicole Fiebelkorn who will be staffing our Preschool BASC. We appreciate their help in keeping our kids safe and monitored before and after school.
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Reminder!

No School Friday and Monday, August 30th & Sept 2nd due to Labor Day Weekend.


Women's Bible Study

Women's Bible Study will begin meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month beginning Wednesday, September 11th. We meet in the Fireside Room with fellowship time at 9am and Bible Study beginning around 9:30am. All women are invited! Children are also welcome. There are snacks, toys, and older children for them to play with. This year, we will be studying the book Quick to Listen: Understanding Viewpoints that Challenge your Faith. Join us as we gather together for fellowship and to study God's Word! Questions? Feel free to contact Rachel Boerner at 507-720-2954 (c).

Picture Day

Bring your smile!

Don't forget Monday, September 9 is Picture Day! Order forms were sent home with your child this 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 24. 
Please return order forms to school that day with payment made out to Inter-State Studioororder online by inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/40326JF


Save the Date and Time!

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Dear Salem School families--
The weekend after Labor Day, September 8th, is Christian Education Sunday. Path of Peace (our contemporary service) on Saturday the 7th at 5 pm and our Sunday 8 & 10:30 am services will celebrate the privilege of teaching and learning more about the incredible things Jesus has done for us.
Sunday School Registration Sunday School for 3 year olds through 6th grade starts on September 8th. We begin with opening in church and continue in our school classrooms. This year Sunday School will be divided into 2 groups (PreK-2nd grade and 3rd-6th grade). The teachers are excited to use a new curriculum called "Enduring Faith." We'd love to know how many children will be coming. Please click on the link below to register ahead of time!
https://forms.gle/PTBFU4nTiYs6agM17
Teen Bible Study Teens usually meet in the Teen Room (at the end of the church hallway) at 9:15 am. Teens, keep tuned for more information!
Adult Bible Study Adults will meet downst…

Volleyball Schedule

Fall Volleyball Schedule
Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45-5:15. Please be ready to pick up your child at 5:15, or arrange a ride for them if you cannot be there. :)
Games are Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 4pm. If the games are away, the students will leave as early as needed.
Tuesday, September 10th  4pm HOME game against Christ
Thursday, September 12th 4pm AWAYgame against Good Shepherd *Address:  151 County Rd 42 E Burnsville, MN
Tuesday, September 17th 4pm HOME game against Berea