December 2018 Newsletter

From the Principal’s Desk
The staff at Salem Lutheran wishes you a happy and blessed Christmas and New Year Celebration.
            As you all know, our Children’s Christmas Service is quickly approaching.  Your child will be practicing songs and passages for the upcoming services every day at school, but we still need you to work with him/her at home as well.  If you could set aside a bit of time each evening to review the songs and passages it would really help.  We all thank you in advance for your hard work.
            We will again have one service for kindergarten through 8th grade. The service will be at church on December 20th and will begin at 6:30 PM. The service we are presenting this year is called “Children of the Heavenly Father” The children will get to tell the story of Jesus’ birth through narrations, recitations, and songs. If, for any reason, your child/children cannot attend please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly.
            Please remember that our students will perform in front of the congregation and should dress accordingly. Strapless dresses or dresses that have straps less than 2½ inches wide are not allowed.
            The December calendar is full of events at school.  Please take some time to review it.  It is truly a busy season!  My prayer is that we all put the celebration of our Savior’s birth and the upcoming worship opportunities at the top of our priority list.
Read! Read! Read!
A mere twenty minutes of reading per night is a great habit that pays huge dividends in the education of your child. Research has proven that twenty minutes of reading per night leads to a higher level of mastery in all school subjects and better performance on standardized testing. In addition to the benefits children realize at school, reading regularly will likely lead to a lifelong love for reading. The more they read, the better they will likely become in every subject as reading and reading comprehension is at the center of all of our school subjects. It is never late to start making reading a part of your daily routine. Every student in every grade will become better readers and students as a result of this good habit.
Gift Cards Through Great Lakes Scrip
Do you buy gift cards for the holidays?  Purchase them through Great Lakes Scrip and Salem gets a percentage just for being the middleman!  Please visit: for a list of over 700 retailers.  Salem’s enrollment code is 3756687C28731.  Contact Daisy in the school office for details and help if needed.  All holiday orders will be submitted on December 7th to ensure delivery well before Christmas break.  *attached is a guide for new (to scrip) families.
Please join us for Chapel on Friday, December 14th. We will begin the worship service at 8:10am.
Girls Basketball
Salem’s Lady Cardinals will participate in the MLS basketball tournament on December 7th and 8th. The tournament is played at our synod’s preparatory high school in Saginaw. Directions to Michigan Lutheran Seminary and a schedule of game times will be given to each player. MLS is located at 2777 Hardin St., Saginaw, MI 48602. Parents are responsible for getting players to & from the games. We will NOT meet at school, please arrive at MLS no later than 9am for our first game at 9:30. (Siblings may attend, but this will be counted as an excused absence).
Appropriate Dress
Colder weather and snow is upon us.  Please be sure to send your child to school with the appropriate outdoor wear.  They must have coats, hats, gloves or mittens, and boots to participate in outdoor recess.  Please also be sure your child has a dry pair of shoes for indoors as they may not wear their boots inside.  If a child does not have these items with them, they may have to stay inside at recess time.
Christmas Vacation
Christmas vacation will begin on Friday, December 21th.  School will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019.
Christmas Gift Exchange
            The children have exchanged names for Christmas gifts in the classroom.  The suggested range of money to spend for the gift is $3.00-$5.00.  The students will give their gifts to their classmates during the classroom party on December 20th.
Christmas Service & Practices
The students of Salem Lutheran School are working hard on their combined K-8 Christmas service which will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday, December 20th.  The following are the dates the students will practice at the church:
Saturday, December 15th 9:30-10:45am
                                                Tuesday, December 18th 3:30-4:45pm
If you know that your child is unable to participate in this very special service, please send a note to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.
Special Worship Services
In addition to the children’s service, Salem Lutheran Church is offering the following special worship services:

Candlelight Services    December 24th @ 7:00pm and 10:00pm

Christmas Festival Service    December 25th @ 10:00am

New Year’s Eve Communion Service    December 31st @ 6:00pm

Salem’s PTO will hold a cookie walk at church on December 9th after each service.  Leftover cookies will be sold at the evening band/choir concert at school.
This month’s popcorn date is Thursday, December 13th.
Band/Choir Concert
Salem’s band and choirs will be having their annual winter concert at school on Sunday, December 9th at 6:00pm.  A free-will offering will be taken to help support our musical programs.  Leftover cookies will be sold after the concert.  The in-school “practice” concert will be held on Thursday, December 6th at 1:30pm. This “practice concert” is a walk-through for the bands and choirs. Parents and family are welcome if they would like to watch the rehearsal or are unable to make it to the Sunday performance; chairs will be set up for you to use.
Visiting Day!
The staff here at Salem would like to thank all the parents, grandparents, and family members that came here on visiting day. We were pleased to see all the support from home for our students.
Pioneer News
Pioneers will be Christmas Caroling at Shiawassee County Medical Center in Corunna at the December 3rd   meeting.  However, the staff has asked that anyone with a hint of cough or cold stay home as not to infect its residents. The time has changed for this meeting only (6-7:30pm).
The Pioneer Christmas Party will be on December 10th.  Pizza will be provided for all Pioneers in the Gym.  If you’re able to donate paper products, beverages, or treats, please contact Teri Hoenshell at 517-974-6706.  The children will then go to their usual rooms for the duration of the meeting time. 
The Pioneer children will not be exchanging gifts this year.  They will instead be collecting new toys for the “Toys for Tots” program.   Anyone who would like to participate may bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Dec. 10th meeting. 
The Pioneer ice cream sale for this month will be Wednesday, December 5th.  All items are $1.00.
School Cancellations
In the event of a school closing due to inclement weather, tune into WJRT channel 12 or WNEM TV-5.  We will be closed if the Owosso public schools are closed.
In the event of a late start, we will also start late and Kindergarten will be canceled for the day. You may also check either television channel’s website for this information.
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Please do not call the television station or the school office for school closing information.
Coca-Cola GIVE
Keep sending in those coke caps and codes. Our last check was over $260. Thank you to all who save them for Salem. You can also input your codes and donate them to Salem at
Do you shop at Kroger? Do you have access to the internet? Please link your card to earn money for Salem Lutheran School’s “Faculty Continued Education Fund”.  Please visit to earn with every purchase. Salem’s enrollment code is DG733.
We just received a check for $95.48 for our quarterly earnings from Kroger. Thank you for supporting Salem through this program.