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Endowment Fund

April 18: 

Zion’s Endowment Fund has grown to $250,000 in a relatively short period of time.  The principle of the account will not be spent, but the interest from the fund will be used to provide need-based scholarships given by Zion’s congregation.  These scholarships support students at Zion Lutheran School and Lutheran High of St. Charles.  It also will support Zion member students preparing for full-time professional church work who are attending a LCMS affiliated college, university or seminary.  The committee has a 5-year strategic plan that includes:

 

  1. Awareness and Celebration of the fund. Use communication avenues of Zion to inform about the fund, celebrate the successes and encourage giving.
  2. Expand the use of funds through new scholarship opportunities.
  3. Review funding and development of the fund. Encourage members to make regular donations over and above their regular giving patterns with a goal of $50,000 of annual giving to the fund.
  4. Endowment committee and development support.

 

If you would be interested in becoming part of this planning team or donating to the endowment fund, please contact Bruce Hanson or Marc Debrick.  

Accreditation

March 29:  This week, on April 4th and 5th, Zion will host a 9-person accreditation validation team. Members of the team are from Missouri and Illinois and represent Lutheran district executives, Principals, Early Childhood Directors and teachers in the Lutheran school system as well as the public-school system.

Zion shared a google doc with the team last month that contained Zion’s school profile, our self-study document and our Strategic Action Plan for the next 4 years. The validation team will be on campus to review, observe and evaluate the information contained in the accreditation document. The team will have a full report on their findings for us to review within the coming weeks.

What an exciting time to grow and affirm what Zion Lutheran School does. We are all busily preparing for the team to be on campus. Thank you for your prayers for the team and the process, as we anticipate the positive feedback that will help push Zion to be a shining beacon in St. Charles County.

Strategic Action Plan

March 15:  Zion Lutheran School is an accredited school through National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) and Missouri Non-Public Accreditation.  The NLSA process includes a self-study, a writing of a Strategic Action Plan, and finally a validation team that comes on campus to review and observe what we have written.   The next 4 years are spent improving and implementing the plans set forth.

Zion’s strategic plan has two over-arching goals with objectives and strategies tied to each goal.  Goal #1 says:  Education, training and development of faculty, staff and volunteers is completed routinely.  Objectives include: Train volunteers and establish volunteer procedures at Zion Lutheran School.  Review and carry out faculty certification standing.  Review of teacher practice and professional development for teachers ELP-8th grade.  Zion will partner with Concordia Universities to develop program for schools to regularly foster student teachers.

Goal #2 says:  Create a quality learning environment through the evaluation of programs and procedures conducted at Zion Lutheran School.  Objectives include:  Create a successful physical learning environment for our students.  Evaluation of business procedures to ensure overall effectiveness and efficiency.  Evaluation of teaching strategies and assessments for now and the future.  Evaluation of fine arts program extracurricular and co-curricular. 

Thank you for your prayers and support as we continue to work through this process of learning and growing.

Surveys

March 8:

This year is a re-accreditation year at Zion Lutheran School, so the school year has been filled with self-study, preparation and writing strategic plans. The validation team comes on April 4th and 5th to review our work and validate the strategic action plan set forth for the next 5 years. One part of the self-study was a parent survey taken this past fall. Having a chance to rate each question from 0 to 4 with 4 being the highest, an overwhelming amount of questions received over 90% of answers in the 3 and 4 rating from our parents. Zion was rated by parents at 98% for Congregation celebration and support, facilities to enhance learning and 96% said Christ is the center for all we do or the focus is on student success.

Our lowest ratings came in what has been communicated or shared with parents. Parents shared 72% understood or agreed with the discipline code. 77% knew about or had heard about safety training teachers and students had received. The communication of such topics will be covered in Zion’s strategic action plan developed because of the accreditation work.

Learning and becoming a better school is what this process is all about. It is good to use surveys as well as other tools to learn how Zion can grow as a school and reach more and more people with the Gospel.

Focus on Jesus

December 21: If you are ever around a fire pit with me I will ask you THE survey question.  “Do you watch the bottom of the fire, or do you watch the top of the fire?”  I have kept an informal record of the answers to this survey, and 98% of people watch the bottom of the fire.  To be honest, I might be the only one that enjoys watching the top of the fire.  There are a few that will not commit and say both.

I know it is the Christmas season, and we are focused in on Jesus, the Son of the Trinity.  Although it makes me think of the Holy Spirit of the Trinity.  The top of the fire shows action and movement, which is what we need to spread the news that the Savior of the world has been born.  During this busy celebration season, still take time to look for a chance to spread the Good News of that baby being born.  Maybe you can do it while sitting around a fire pit asking some crazy survey question.

Practice and Dedication

December 7 – Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing many of our students sing in several different services.  The Preschoolers sang on Saturday and Sunday during our regular worship services and the 5th thru 8th grade choirs took part in the service of Lessons and Carols.   It was obvious that the students had prepared and rehearsed in order to enhance the worship services.

The success of any group, whether it be music, academics or sports, depends on the practice and dedication of the individuals in the group.  It can be difficult to prepare for events, but the preparation can make a performance so enjoyable for others and for the performer.  This is a good life lesson.  If we can get anywhere close to our potential in whatever we do in life, it will take practice and dedication. 

Safety

November 9 – The last half day of school, Wednesday, October 31st, Zion teachers heard from a member of Homeland Security about school safety.  He walked the campus in the morning with administration and pointed out a few ideas we could incorporate into our school safety plan.  Overall, he was pleased with the thought Zion has put into safety and the proactive approach we have taken to anticipate situations that may arise.

The teachers heard about intruder situations, things to watch for and some thoughts on what we could do in those situations.  What an enlightening time we spent hearing about and discussing these complex topics.  We will continue the discussion with faculty about what drills need to be conducted, and how to make Zion the safest we can, as we continue to provide a top-notch education along the way.

Make me a Servant

October 12: 

Make me a servant Humble and Meek

Lord, let me lift up those who are week.

And may the prayer of my heart always be:

Make me a servant, make me a servant,

Make me a servant today

 

This short, to the point song make a lot of sense to me.  The faculty sings this after each faculty meeting, it is meant to bind us together for a common goal.  Everyone should, and can, look to serve others.  Even the smallest things can make a difference.  Putting others first, opening doors for others, picking up after yourself, pulling forward next to the main building in the drop off line, giving the best seats to families with small children….wow so many ways to serve.  The main way is to NOT get hung up on the convenience of our own lives, but live to make other lives convenient.  A servant heart is a way of looking outside yourself instead of inside yourself.

What’s happening at Zion

  • Two soccer teams with kids from 5th-8th grades are playing their season against local Lutheran Schools. Their home field is at Lutheran High.
  • Four volleyball teams made up of girls from 5th – 8th grades are playing their seasons. Games and tournaments fill the schedule.
  • Cross Country continues to practice and run well in meets. Kids from 1st – 8th grades make up this team.
  • Student Council meets once per week. 6th – 8th graders are getting ready for Red Ribbon Week and will plan the winter dance soon.
  • A group of 7th and 8th graders are meeting twice a month to learn drama and acting skills. The group is co-led by former Zion student now in high school.
  • Trunk or Treat is just around the corner on Friday, October 12. An early childhood event will take place as well as the usual event with food trucks and bounce houses in the church parking lot.
  • The Bobcat Shuffle, a 5K or mile walk/run, takes place on October 27th at Legacy Park in Cottleville.
  • PTL sponsored a parent education night on bullying, cyberbullying and issues concerning kids today. The speaker then spoke with the 6th -8th  graders the next day during school.  The program was very well received.
  • Accreditation self-study continues with surveys sent home to parents last weekend. Many more questions will be answered by faculty and staff in the coming months.
  • Kids hear of God’s love, forgiveness and Bible stories each and every day!!

School Marketing

September 28: The strength of Zion Lutheran Church and School marketing can be found in all of you.  Parents, Grandparents and congregation members do a wonderful job of telling the story of Zion to others that they meet.  The majority of people contacting Zion school for information do so because someone had a positive story to tell about Zion.

Keep up the good work!!  It is really good to hear from people you know and trust when trying to make a significant decision about a school or church.  If you have any questions, or want information to share with others, please contact the school office.  Remember it is an 18 to 18 opportunity for school.  From 18 months at Zion to 18 years of age at Lutheran High, you will receive a quality, disciplined and family oriented education.  It is good to see so many wanting to be a part of the Zion family.

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