Welcome to Teacher Appreciation Week. Schools across the nation celebrate and honor their teachers through out this week. Here at Zion, our PTL, will be honoring our teachers each day with fun themed items. As the principal of Zion Lutheran, I’m very blessed to work with such dedicated teachers and staff. I have the written the following to honor my teachers and to give a glimpse as to what life is like as a teacher here at Zion…
You know the old saying, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”? True or not, I believe teaching is just as rewarding and demanding as those who are in the category of “doers versus teachers.” The teaching ministry here at Zion Lutheran School is very demanding even if for just ten months of the year. A teacher’s day never begins or ends when the bell rings to start or end the school day. Teachers are often in the building as early as 6:30 am. Teachers are often ending their day at school as late as 4:30 or 5:00 pm. That alone can be an average of a 10 hour day or longer. Even then, most teachers still have to grade papers for another hour or so! Due to the joys of technology, teachers also must input those grades into an online software that allows parents to view grades. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that on top of all this, teachers often come in on a Saturday or Sunday to make all their necessary copies and lesson planning for the following week. Teachers do all this because at the end of the day they love teaching and love being around your children. They love having the opportunity to share Jesus and to pray with their students. Most importantly, they love seeing a child grow up strong in their faith as they live for Jesus each day.
Did you know…
Teachers at Zion are paid at a rate that is comparable to 80% of what 27J teachers make. The per pupil income received from 27J is higher than what we charge for tuition here at Zion.
Teachers at Zion supervise students at lunch and must also supervise recess, whereas their public school counterparts often have paras to supervise those times.
Teachers at Zion must teach their own P.E. classes, whereas their public school counterparts often have full-time P.E. teachers.
Teachers at Zion volunteer to coach a sport, tutor students, lead clubs after school, and coordinate school events
Teachers at Zion also volunteer to help with church related ministries such as VBS, Sunday School, and Children’s messages.
My teachers would tell you that even though each day is demanding, it is also a joy! The joy comes from knowing we are servants of the Lord fulfilling a greater purpose. A purpose that has eternal consequences. We believe in the power of Christ, and are passionate about working with you the parent to educate your child spiritually, emotionally, and academically. If you have a chance this week, please take time to thank your child’s teacher for all they do!
The 7th Annual Auction Fundraiser Boots Buckles & Bling is quickly approaching. Friday, April 28 will be here before we know it! Proceeds from the auction will go towards the gym floor project. So far Zion has raised close to $70,000 of the $100,000 goal! This event could get us to our goal!
Would you like to have next year’s tuition cost for one child covered for $100? You can, by purchasing a tuition drawing ticket(s) for $100 each for a chance to win! You DO NOT need to be present at the auction to win. Stop by the school office or register online to get the tickets.
The auction committee is looking for new merchandise or services that can be sold in the silent or live portion of our auction. Please plan on having your donations dropped off in the school office by Wednesday, April 26. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
There will be a contest again this year for best “Getup” for both men and women! Brush off your boots, buckles and get your bling on!
If you haven’t been to this event before you don’t want to miss it!
Reminder – There is NO school this Friday, February 18 due to Parent/Teacher conferences or Monday, February 20, Presidents’ Day. Daycare is available on Friday, however NO daycare will be available on Monday.
Please consider contributing food for our teaching staff during conferences. Click on either link to help – There are only a few spots needing to be filled.
Have you ordered your new Zion Gear yet? All orders are placed online. The order deadline is Wednesday, February 22. – Check out the new logo! www.companycasuals.com/zionlutheran.
Have you turned in your child’s re-enrollment for next year? Please be aware open enrollment begins Monday, February 27th. Secure your child’s spot before then. If your family will not be returning, please note that on the bottom of the re-enrollment form and turn it in. Thank you.
Chick- Fil- A Spirit Day is Tuesday, February 21. Plan on stopping by for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner! Don’t forget to mention your child’s teachers name!
Donations are due Friday, February 3 for Jump Rope For Heart and you are doing such an incredible job helping the American Heart Association save lives! We are all doing our part to spread the word about being heart healthy, and every dollar counts. I bet they can hear our ROAR for miles.
Did you know that if you keep your heart healthy it will help your brain stay healthy too? Watch this short video to learn more:
Brain on Health:
Here are some ideas to reach more people and help us reach our school’s goal!
GET ONLINE- Log in at http://heart.org/jump and customize your personal webpage with photos and a story – you can even add a video!
SPREAD THE WORD – Take our heart-healthy pledge by sending 10 e-mails or taking the Zoo Crew E-Card Challenge, sharing your healthy challenge and asking for support from friends and family. When you log in, look for “Step 2”.
GET SOCIAL – Ask your Mom and Dad to share your webpage and healthy challenge on Facebook, Twitter, or even at work!
KEEP GOING – Ask your parents to make a donation to you. You can even ask them if you can earn your donation by doing chores around the house!
Remember, the money you raise helps real people – just like you and your family – live longer, healthier lives! We can’t do this without you!
Thank you for making a difference in the fight against heart disease and stroke!
Tuesday, January 31 is the last day to order yearbooks. The cost is $21 per yearbook. Order forms are available in the school office or place your order online at: YBPay.lifetouch.com use code: 1102817.
Jump Rope for Heart forms are due in the office by Friday, February 3. The Jump Rope for Heart Event is Wednesday, February 8. In order for your child to participate, a minimum $5 donation is required as well as having a permission form filled out. Permission slips are available in the school office if you need one. If your child has signed up online, the permission slip has been completed.
PTL needs Cheese Sticks and Oranges for the Jump Rope for Heart event. Items may be dropped off in the school office by Monday, February 6.
Re-enrollment for current Zion Lutheran School families begins next Monday, February 6. Re-enrollment forms will be passed out to all classes on Thursday, February 2. Completed forms and re-enrollment deposits should be turned into the main school office beginning Monday, February 6.
Class pictures for grades K-8 will be taken on Tuesday, February 7. Look for order forms coming home this week. 8th graders will take individual pictures on Tuesday as well. All other grades will only have the class group picture taken.
Thanksgiving Feast for grades K-8 is on Wednesday, November 16. Tickets are on sale now in the school office. Adult tickets are $6, children (other than Zion students) are $3. Please be aware the deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, November 11. Reservations and tickets are required to attend. (K-8 students do not need reservations.) Lunch will begin at 11:00 with grades K, 5-8 being served first. The second serve will begin around 11:45 for grades 1-4. Please plan on meeting your child outside their classroom.
The 4 year old preschool classes will be holding their Thanksgiving Feast on Monday, November 14. Check with your child’s teacher for details.
In honor of the Veteran’s Day chapel service on Wednesday, November 9, children are encouraged to wear Red, White and Blue.
NJHS will be selling ice cream and popcorn at lunchtime for 75 cents this Friday, November 11. Plan on sending change with your child/ren if they’d like a treat. Proceeds will go towards the gym floor project.
If your family plans on using daycare during the Thanksgiving break, November 21, 22 or 23, the deadline to sign up is Monday, November 14. Remember you will need to provide a sack lunch for your child during this time.
Food Drive for Bethesda Group homes happening now through Friday, November 18. Items may be dropped off in the school lobby.
The Scholastic Book Fair will begin this Friday, November 11 and runs through Friday, November 18. Plan on stopping by before or after school.
Thank you for your support of the Yankee Candle Fundraiser. If you haven’t received your order, please check with your child’s teacher.
Honoring Our Current and Retired Military Personnel — Zion will be honoring our current and retired military personnel next Wednesday, November 9 during a special chapel service at 8:15 a.m. in the gym followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Please RSVP by calling the church office at 303-659-3443. Please wear your military attire.
Thanksgiving Feasts are quickly approaching! 4 year old preschool families, your feast will be on Monday, November 14. Grades K-8 will be held on Wednesday, November 16. More information will be sent out soon!
Zion Lutheran School will be hosting a vision/screening assessment for students in grades Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th on Thursday, November 17 from 8-12 noon. It is a free service offered to our families in those grades. The assessment will be completed by a trained audiologist and vision screeners contracted by us through 27J school district. As parents you will receive results of the assessment for your child(ren). Assessment results are simply informational for you the parent. What you choose to do with them is up to you. Having your child screened does not bind you to any requirements to follow-up with a specialist unless you choose to seek one.
Report cards for grades (K-8) will be sent home today. Parent teacher conferences are set for Thursday, Oct 27 and Friday, Oct 28. There is NO school Friday, October 28.
PUMPKINS are still available for purchase now through Friday, October 28th during parent teacher conferences.
Lost & Found will be set out on tables by the school library. Plan on stopping by during parent teacher conferences to check for any missing items! Anything left after that will be donated to Goodwill.
Tomorrow – Thursday, October 27 Yankee Candle orders will be available for pick up. Morning preschool families may pick up orders from 11:00 – 11:30 all others may pick them up after school. Stop by the library to collect your items. Thank you for your support of this fundraiser!
Zion Lutheran Church is sponsoring Trunk or Treat is THIS SATURDAY! (October 29) 6:15pm to 7:45pm
Bring a decorated car with candy to pass out and be entered to win a prize.
Papa Murphy’s Pizza will be here along with hot dogs and cookies.
This is a free community event. Invite your friends! If you have questions, please contact Marilyn Fingerlin at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all who have already provided a meal for the Hinton family. We’d like to continue to support the family in this way. If you can, please consider signing up on the meal schedule which was created using TakeThemAMeal.com. You can easily sign up by clicking here, or by visiting TakeThemAMeal.com and locating the schedule by recipient last name (Hinton) and password (5262). For meal planning, please plan on 1 adult, a 13 yr. old and a 6 yr old. If possible, please have the food in disposable containers, this makes clean up a breeze! Please plan on having the meals to the house between 5:00 to 5:30pm. If anything does come up, please contact Jen Nylander to help coordinate (630) 930-9740, or email at email@example.com. Thank you for your kindness to help during this difficult time. Thank you to Jen Nylander for coordinating the meals.
Picture retakes for grades K-8 are scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, October 18. If your child was absent on picture day or you are not happy with the first pictures taken, please stop by the school office and pick up an order form. You will need to send in the packet of pictures originally passed out to you.
Pumpkins are still for sale in the school lobby. Pick one up now for $5. The proceeds will go towards the gym floor project.
Wednesday, October 19 is Papa Murphy’s Spirit Day. Stop by either of the Brighton locations, mention Zion and your child’s homeroom teacher when ordering.
Thursday, October 20 NJHS will be selling ice cream for 75 cents at lunchtime. Proceeds will go towards the gym floor project.
A meal schedule for Scott Hinton, has been created using TakeThemAMeal.com, and you’ve been invited to participate! If you would like to sign up, you can access the meal schedule by clicking here, or by visiting TakeThemAMeal.com and locating the schedule by recipient last name (Hinton) and password (5262). For meal planning, please plan on 1 adult, a 13 yr. old and a 6 yr old. Please plan on having the meals to the house between 5:00 to 5:30pm. If anything does come up, please contact Jen Nylander to help coordinate (630) 930-9740, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your kindness to help during this difficult time.
Thank you to Jen Nylander for coordinating the meals.