Newsletter ~ May & June 2019

From the Principal’s Desk
Early congratulations to our newest Salem Lutheran Church communicant members. Peyton Sink, Andrew Dagen, Hugh Doyle, Isaac Durfee, L.J. Johnson, Sam Nethaway, Tess Ott, Tyler Palacio, Grace Perry, K’dyn Saul and Sydney Somers will all be confirmed into membership on May 19th.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all these young people and we thank the Lord for them.
The calendar is full for the month of May. Please take a look at the calendar and make every effort to attend the events that apply to you and your child. Remember that we have an online calendar that is available at In many cases, the events in May are opportunities to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our students. The Lord has given each of our students’ unique gifts that have been used over the course of the year. We like to recognize their accomplishments and thank the Lord for his continued blessings. It is also a great opportunity to thank the teachers and parents who have worked so hard to make this year a success.
Salem 8th Grade Graduates
We have seven 8th graders this year. We will celebrate their academic accomplishments on June 9th at the 10:30 AM service. We are very proud of all our students but want to specifically congratulate Grace Adair, LJ Johnson, Sam Nethaway, Tess Ott, Tyler Palacio, Grace Perry, and K’dyn Saul. Not only have they met their academic expectations, but have also become fine young Christian leaders. We wish them God’s blessings and remind them that our prayers go with them as they begin a new part of their lives.
8th Grade
Hymn: 752, “In Christ Alone”
Class Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 “For know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give hope and a future.”
Colors: Yellow and White
Salem Alumni
We have several former Salem graduates who are now preparing for their high school or college graduation. High schoolers: Heidi Durfee, Garret Feinauer, Simon Freeman, Benjamin Jacobs, Breanna Lauback, Jelayne Lighthill, Sean McCloskey , Paige Sink, Marissa Spalding, Nolan Thews- Aguirre, Allison Young  & Rheanna Zsigo.  College: Larissa Bare & Eli Freeman
Congratulations to all these graduates. May God bless them in the new chapter of each of their lives.
We are blessed with many programs to offer at Salem. A large majority of those programs would not be possible without the help of the volunteers who are willing to give of their time and resources to help with our school’s ministry. The lunch program, Mileage Club, and PTO are all programs made possible through volunteers work. The upkeep and improvements to the outside and inside of our building are also something volunteers have helped with a great deal. We want to thank everyone who has helped this year and appreciate all of you for your work and support.
Music Fest
Friday, May 17th is the Lutheran School’s Music Fest. This year, it will be held at Peace Lutheran in Saginaw.  Our Cardinal Band, 5th-grade ensemble, and Jr. Choir will perform.  Kindergarten – 4th grade will all be dismissed at 11:30 am on this day, and there will be NO preschool.
8th-grade confirmation is scheduled for the 10:30 am worship service at church on Sunday, May 19th. We would like to congratulate all of those who are getting confirmed into membership at our church this year.
Parking Lot Safety
Please remember that any parking lot area that is not blacktop is off limits to any vehicles until after 3:30 PM on school days. We use the area for many activities and the children are used to it being free of vehicles and therefore do not look for them. This is their “safe” play area and we want to keep it that way. Also, no one should drive up the alley anywhere near the parking lot during the school day. (Short-term parking in the alley right off Stewart St. is fine).
Please also be aware that the children use the basketball court frequently so park near the hoops at your own risk as stray basketball and playground balls often end up in the blacktopped parking lot. We would not want your vehicle to get hit accidentally many with stray playground balls.
PTO News
The whole value of a dime is in knowing what to do with it.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
In April, the PTO approved the motion to move forward with replacing the water fountain outside the faculty room.  We are going to replace it with a water bottle filling station drinking fountain.  To help get everyone in the school involved with this, we have decided to have a Dime Challenge.  This challenge will start on Monday, May 6th and run through May 31st.  During this four week period, there will be containers inside the school office for each class PK, K, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and 7th/8thThe goal is to fill your class container full of dimes only.  At the end of the four weeks, we will weigh the containers to see which class is the winner (rather than count all those dimes).  The winner will, of course, win all the bragging rights.  And all the dimes will go toward the purchase of the new water station.  Salem has been blessed with many renovations and improvements over the past couple of years, and we are thankful to the families who continue to support and help Salem grow and improve.
Lost and Found
Please check the lost & found box, located on the shelf in the hallway.  All unclaimed items will be taken to a local charity soon!
Warm Weather Attire
Now that shorts may be worn to school, please make sure that they are of a proper length; the handbook states “mid-thigh”. Also, sleeveless shirts are allowed, but no tank tops (Use the four finger rule – and if you have to question it, it’s probably NOT appropriate.) Sandals that fit securely with a back strap are allowed.  No backless shoes or flip-flops. NO SHORTS FOR MUSIC FEST PARTICIPANTS.
Tuition and Education Fee PRE-PAY
You can make prepayments to your family’s account for the 2019-2020 school year beginning now.  You may hand your payment in to the office or mail it at any time this summer.
The Cardinal’s Nest News
DVDs are now available for checkout in the library! We currently have over 100 movies available and our collection is growing weekly!
A new book return was purchased with our Scholastic Book Fair profits and is now in use! Thank you to everyone that helped make that possible!
Thank you to everyone that participated in the recent library fundraisers. We have purchased many books, DVDs, a large DVD shelf and there are many more things to come!
March is Reading Month was a huge success! Thank you to all the students, teachers, families, volunteers, and readers that made it all possible!
The last week to check out materials from the library will be the week of May 20th. All checked out materials will need to be returned by May 29th. If you have lost library materials, please contact Mrs. Maurer.
The Cardinal’s Nest accepts gently used books, magazines, and DVDs to add to our library. Thank you to all that have donated so far!
C.M.L.A.L. Field Day
Field Day is Friday, May 10th at Kearsley High School.  Please refer to the permission slip for more information.  Wear Red for Field Day.  GO CARDINALS!
Spring Concert
Salem students from the Junior Choir, Children’s Choir, Kindergarten, Cardinal Band and 5th Grade Wind Ensemble are busy preparing selections for the Spring Concert.  The in-school (practice) concert will be held on Tuesday, May 21st at 1:30 P.M.  The evening concert will be held Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm. Both concerts will be held in the gym.  All are invited to watch our students perform.
Pioneer News
Thank you to all the parents and students who took part in this year’s Pioneer program.  Thank you to all the leaders and helpers. You are the backbone of the Pioneer program.  Salem is blessed to have each and every one of you. Thank you also to Teri Hoenshell for running the Pioneer Program this year.
We appreciate to all who have donated your empty cans/bottles, please keep bringing them.
Amazon Smile
Salem has recently been contacted by regarding their fundraising program. Each time you shop on amazon through Amazon Smile, Salem will receive a percentage of your purchases. A handy link to start earning with your next purchase is
Memorial Day Recess
There will be no school from May 24-27 in observance of Memorial Day.
M.L.S. Track Meet
On Wednesday, May 29th, Salem will be participating in the M.L.S. Invitational Track Meet at Cardinal Field in Saginaw. Further details regarding transportation and times will be included in a letter closer to the date.
School Awards
Our end of the year awards assembly will be held on Wednesday, June 5th at 11 am.
School Picnic
Our school picnic will be Wednesday, June 5th.  Details will come home closer to time. Thank you to Tim & Melissa Strauch for coordinating this event.
Last Day
The last day of the school year is Thursday, June 6th.  All students will be released at 11:30 am on this day.