Salem Lutheran School News
December 2020 Newsletter
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this… Isaiah 9:6-7
Christ is Born!
Children's Christmas Programs
Due to the current Health Department regulations and our desire to keep our students, staff, and families healthy, our In-School Concerts and the Children's Christmas Service will not be held this year. We know how much this performance means to the students and families. Instead of being at church in-person participating in the Christmas Service, we will be prerecording the students singing songs and reciting verses for the congregation to see. After the Christmas service, the videos will be available on Salem's YouTube channel. We are blessed to be living in a time where technology can bring us together to worship Christ, the newborn King, even when we are apart.
Thursday, December 17th during the first hours of school, the children will be recording their parts for the Christmas service. We ask that you keep that in mind while dressing for school. If you wish to send a different set of clothing for your child to change into after they have finished recording, you are welcome to do so.
Special Worship Services
Salem Lutheran Church is offering the following special worship services:
- Candlelight Services - December 24th at 7:00pm and 10:00pm
- Christmas Festival Service - December 25th at 10:00 am
- New Year’s Eve Communion Service - December 31st at 6:00 pm
Services will stream on Salem's YouTube channel. Please click on the link below. Be sure to like and subscribe to the channel.
Christmas Gift Exchange
The children have exchanged names for Christmas gifts in the classroom. The suggested range of money to spend on the gift is $5.00-$7.00. The students will give their gifts to their classmates during the classroom party on December 17th.
Christmas vacation will begin on Friday, December 18th. Salem will resume on Monday, January 4.
If your child is absent from school for any reason, please call or email the school office. The Health Department requires us to report when and why students are missing school. Their main concern is if anyone is out of school with a fever. A huge Thank You to all of you parents for assessing your child's health in the morning and keeping them home when needed. We have had very few students out sick this year. Let us all continue to pray for the health of our students, staff, and families.
We have many yearbooks from 2000-2019 that we are giving away. Some years have only a few, while others have many. If you would like a yearbook, please either call the school office before noon or stop in and at a look. If coming into the school, please use the doors by the school office.
Production on this year's yearbook has already started. If you have any pictures from sporting events or class parties, Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget your mission offering every Friday. This semester’s mission is the Costa Maya Ministries in Mahahual, Mexico.
There are still some 2021 calendars for sale. They are only $7.00. If you are interested in purchasing one, please send money to school with your student. We will send the calendar home that day.
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 are at the center of our school subjects. It is never too 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.
Hearing and Vision Screening
The Health Department has postponed our hearing and vision screening until after the New Year. We will keep you updated with dates when we hear back from them on rescheduling. In the meantime, if you have any concerns about hearing and vision, please make an appointment with your family doctor.
Colder weather and snow is upon us. Please be sure to send your child to school with the appropriate outdoor wear. Warm coats, hats, gloves or mittens, and boots are necessary for outside recesses. 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.
In the event of a school closing due to inclement weather, tune to WJRT channel 12, WNEM TV-5. We will be closed if Owosso Public Schools are closed for weather. You may also check either of these television channel’s website for this information. www.abc12.com; www.wnem.com In the event of a delayed start, we will begin at 10:00 and we WILL NOT have kindergarten that day. Please do not call the television station or the school office for school closing information.
The Owosso Public Schools have switched to exclusively online learning until January 11th. Please pray for the health and wellness of the students and teachers affected by this terrible virus. At this time, we will continue to offer face-to-face learning. Please encourage your students to continue wearing their masks and practice social distancing.
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 www.shopwithscrip.com for a list of over 700 retailers. Salem’s enrollment code is 3756687C28731. Contact Stephanie in the school office for details and help if needed.
There is now a phone app by Great Lakes Scrip that allows you to order gift cards and ship them directly to your home. If you prefer digital gift cards, that is also available on the phone app. Download RaiseRight and put in our enrollment code 3756687C28731 to begin.
Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/38-1426913, AmazonSmile donates to Salem Lutheran Church & School? Just use the link above, and your purchases will earn money for our Athletic Fund.
The students participated in a Coca-Cola cap challenge. A special thanks to Mrs. Blaha for volunteering her time to count up the totals for each class and putting in the codes to earn our school money. Thank you all for helping your students with this competition. It was a back-and-forth battle the entire week. Congratulations to Mrs. Perry's 1st and 2nd Graders!!!
Keep sending in those coke caps and codes. Thank you to all who save them for Salem. You can also input your codes and donate them to Salem at www.coke.com/give.
Christmas in Mahahual
A Christmas Tree, a Parade and a Pinata
How would you celebrate Christmas if you were in the Sunday School at Cruz de Cristo Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, our mission project for this semester?
Would you “take a swing” at a pinata (a Christmas ornament stuffed with candy and toys)? That is one way we celebrate Christmas at our church (picture)! The biggest local tradition around Christmas time is the 9 nights of "Las Posadas" from Dec 16-24. Processions in the neighborhoods of Mexico with people or children dressed up as Mary and Joseph. They ask for a place to stay. At first people inside house say “no”. There can be Bible readings. They sing the "Posadas" a song which has parts for the people inside, and the people outside. Then everyone goes in and has food and singing and piñatas!
At church we also have a Christmas tree, usually an artificial one. Most importantly, we have a traditional Christmas service with carols, the Christmas account from Luke 2, and special snacks. We also have a “Christmas for Kids” so that we can invite our friends!
At home we celebrate by eating “Christmas tamales” (seasoned meat wrapped in corn husks) or turkey dinners. We like to drink “ponche”, a warm spiced fruit punch! A favorite Christmas Carol is “Noche de Paz” you know it as Silent Night!
What a joy to see more and more children sing to Jesus, THEIR new-born Savior at Christmas!