July 18: “Called to Care” is the school theme for 2019-2020 school year. There sure is a lot of education to go into those three words. What do you mean we are called? What do we care for, how do we care, what are the benefits of caring? We hope to teach these things and more to students from ages 18 months to 14 years of age during the upcoming school year. Now that sounds like a challenge!
We care so much with our hands. We do things, we hug, we fold them to pray, we hold onto other hands to keep them safe. Christ ultimately cared for us with nails being driven through his hands.
Those things and so much more will be discussed, witnessed and studied throughout this school year. Of course we care each and every year, but this school year especially we want to learn how every small action we take can be done out of care, and for the purpose of caring. Zion Lutheran School asks for your prayers as we prepare for the school year, and throughout this trek of a long school year.
The School Office construction will begin July 8th. The school phones will be disconnected during this time. Please contact Julie Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org instead of calling the school. If you need to drop something off, please drop it off at the church office.
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:
- Awareness and Celebration of the fund. Use communication avenues of Zion to inform about the fund, celebrate the successes and encourage giving.
- Expand the use of funds through new scholarship opportunities.
- 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.
- 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.
Members and visitors can not only place prayer requests but also let others know that someone has prayed for them. Visit the wall online by going to zionharvester.org/church/ and clicking on the prayer wall image. These prayers will not be added to the weekly printed prayer list. Prayers may be anonymous if so desired.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many of our First through Fourth Grade students have continued to walk laps during their lunch recesses. Almost all of our First Graders have earned their Silver footie, many have earned their Gold footie, and a few have already earned their Super Sized footie.
A message from the World Sport Stacking Association, “A huge thank-you to each of the 624,390 stackers, 2,833 schools and organizations from 25 countries that took part in World Sport Stacking Day on November 8, 2018. It was a close one this year, but you and your schools came through to help push us past the previous record of 622,809.” Zion had 321 students and adults participate on this record setting day.