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VBS Registration

Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive.  Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms!

Zion’s Vacation Bible school is an opportunity for children to learn about Jesus in an exciting and experiential way. Vacation Bible School includes interactive Bible lessons, craft projects to take home, music and singing, outdoor games, and more!

Zion enrolls children from age 3 (potty-trained) through kids entering 6th grade this fall.  

Youth entering 7th grade all the way to adult are invited to volunteer. 

This year’s Vacation Bible School is  June 18-22 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Click the link below to register your child and/or volunteer, registration closes May 31: 

http://zionharvester.org/church/ministries/life/childrens-ministries/vbs/

Upcoming Accreditation

April 20: Wednesday was the last half day of school this year for Zion.  Time was spent by Zion’s church and school staff in fellowship over lunch and Bible study.  The school staff used the rest of the afternoon in professional development.  They studied the upcoming accreditation process.

It is time for Zion to delve into the accreditation process once again.  Zion has held National Lutheran School accreditation since the 1980s.  A new format is once again being rolled out for the accreditation process.  Evidenced Based Accreditation will be used as Zion does an in-depth self-study of the school.  Faculty members, parents, and congregation members will be asked to serve on committees, answer surveys and to welcome a visiting team next March to our school.

We will also be going through an Ongoing Improvement accreditation process for Zion’s pre-school at the same time.  Pre-School is a huge part of our school and congregation, to that end, we want to be able to grow where we can, and celebrate the many strengths of such a program.

Many thanks go out in retrospect and for the future.  Thank you for the change in schedule for a half day of school on Wednesday.  Thank you also in the future for your prayers and work on the accreditation process next school year.

Sure Things in Life

April 13: “Death and taxes.”  You might have heard that phrase before as being the only two sure things in life.  I am sure there are other thoughts you might have right now, and several jokes.  I guess that might be true here on earth, but as you know there is so much more that can be a part of our lives, than just here on earth.

Zion Lutheran School works each day with young people teaching so many things.  The trust and assurance of Jesus Christ are a part of those things.  We are a unique school that can minister to families, and live out the Gospel each day all day.  What a blessing to have such a place right here in our own back yard.

I am glad that my taxes are prepared, signed and sent into Uncle Sam.  I am really glad that the preparation of hearing and living out the Gospel continues throughout the year, all day, every day.

2018-2019 School Year

March 22: The 2018-2019 school year will be bring some changes to our Zion Family, below you will see the some changes in positions of current teachers and some new teachers. 

  • Mrs. Cheryl Lail will be moving into the Reading/Remedial full time position that Zion has created for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Mrs. Shanny Smith, current Zion 2nd grade teacher, will move to a Kindergarten classroom to teach starting in August of 2018.  Mrs. Emily Forke (formerly Miss Beach) is joining the Peace Corp and will not return to Zion next year.

Sunday, March 18, the congregation voted to extend an offer to teach for to two 2nd grade teachers.  

 
  • Miss Emily Fehn will graduate from Concordia Nebraska in May of 2018.  She is currently student teaching in Mrs. Ernstmeyer’s room.  She will be married this summer to a young man starting seminary in the fall of 2018.
  • Miss Kimber Rutledge will also teach 2nd grade next year.  She has two years of experience in the Columbia MO public schools.  She will also be married this summer and move back home to St. Charles.

Looking for Kindergarten Teacher

February 2: Zion Lutheran School will be looking for a new Kindergarten teacher for the 2018-19 school year.  Mrs. Cheryl Lail will move into Zion’s reading/literacy coach position.  The position is being increased to a full-time position and will have some tweaks made to the current job description.

Please send any names you might have with interest in Zion’s Kindergarten teaching position.   Email resumes to Marc Debrick at MDebrick@zionharvester.org.  Zion is also gathering names from the Concordia Universities and the list of commissioned ministers.  Procedures say that we look for a person that is able to receive a call first, and then consider other interested candidates.  Thank you for your prayers throughout this process.

Open House Success

January 26: New families hear about Zion church and school from friends and relatives, that is nothing new.  It just makes sense, when making an important choice like where to attend school, trusted advice is needed.  Thus the reason why this space is filled with encouragement to share your testimony about Zion.

Last Sunday, Zion held their yearly open house.  Just over 60 families attended (usually 35-40 families have attended in the past).  Twenty tour guides kept busy all afternoon showing and telling about Zion.  Teachers were on hand with answers to so many questions.  A large percentage of those visiting enrolled, some of them knowing it is only a name on a waiting list. If you are interested in enrolling, please call as certain days might be open in early childhood.  The elementary classes continue to see growth.

Most visitors were here because they heard another’s story of what Zion meant to them.  Visitors want to have that kind of experience also.  Thanks for your prayers for the event, thanks for your encouragement to so many that they too need to hear the Good News!!

Community Enrollment to Open

January 19: Current school families and congregation families have had a chance to enroll for Zion school the last couple of weeks.  Sunday afternoon enrollment to the community will open.  Zion purposely opened enrollment during our open house so that families could visit, and then register before they left the campus.

3 classrooms of ELP (starting at age 18 months) and 7 classrooms of Pre School ages 3 and 4 usually fill up pretty fast.  There are a limited amount of spots open at this point.  Kindergarten thru 8th grade each have 2 classrooms, and although there are spots available, some classes are expected to fill up also.

Thank you to so many that speak positive about Zion school and encourage so many to visit Zion school.  Most of our new families hear about Zion from someone associated with Zion already.  The Lord has truly blessed us through all of you!!

Big News

Look at new tax plan options for families of parochial/private schools.  The same 529 plan that in the past was used only for college tuition can now in Missouri be used in schools up to 12th grade.

  • Starting in 2018, you can use up to $10,000 in 529 plan proceeds for elementary and high school costs.
  • 529 plan contributions qualify for the $15,000 annual gift tax exclusion.
  • More than 30 states allow income tax deductions for 529 plan contributions.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/29/tax-bill-529-plan-provision-helps-families-save-on-school-costs-taxes.html

Getting the Word Out

December 15:   It’s hard to believe, but it is time to start preparing for our yearly open house.  Sunday, January 21st from 1-3pm, the school will be open to welcome prospective families, current families and congregation members.  Parents will serve as tour guides and teachers and staff will be available to talk, answer questions and show everything Zion has to offer.  We have been making plans for this day for many weeks.

Something we need your help with is getting the word out to the community about Zion Lutheran Church and School.  Post cards are available in the Church and School offices that you can pass along to co-workers, friends, family or neighbors.  Let all of St. Charles County know that this is a great place to worship and a place to get a great education that is led by Jesus Christ.