National Lutheran Schools Week (NLSW)
JANUARY 27 – 31
This year’s theme is Joy:Fully Lutheran (1 Thess. 5:16-24)
National Lutheran Schools Week provides our network of nearly 2,000 LCMS preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among us in Lutheran schools. We thank God for the opportunity to provide excellent academic preparation for the children we serve. (www.lcms.org/lutheranschoolsweek).
- Pajama & Stuffed Animal Day, afternoon movie w/ Popcorn
- Wear your Favorite Sports Team apparel
- 100th Day of School - afternoon activities in the gym
- Zion Shirt Day (or Zion blue and white) (K – 8th Bowling at SIUE and Lunch out)
- Crazy Hair and/or Crazy Sock Day
Throughout NLSW, we will have a weeklong change drive to benefit the Helping Hands Center:
Monday – pennies, Tuesday – nickels, Wednesday – dimes, Thursday – quarters, Friday – dollars and/or any coins.
Basketball 8th Grade Night Rescheduled
January 27th, 2020
8th Grade night for Ethan and Claire has been rescheduled for
Monday, Jan. 27, between the boys’ games. We hope you can join us to
celebrate Ethan and Claire!
C Team Tournament - Feb. 13th-16th
Mark your calendars! The Zion Lutheran School 39th
Annual C Team Basketball Tournament is quickly
approaching! This year’s tournament will be held
PTL Trivia Night! - February 29th
Zion PTL will host their annual trivia night on Saturday, February 29 (Leap
Year!), at 7:00 pm at Concordia Hall in Staunton. Doors will open at 6:00
pm. Teams of six to eight people may enter. The entry fee is $15.00 per
person, which includes admission and unlimited
soft drinks and bottled water. For questions or to
reserve your table, please call or email Jessica
Meade (618-635-3060 or jessica.meade@zionschool.
Start getting your team together, gather up your
favorite snacks, and get ready for a fun evening of
trivia. We hope to see you and your team at
Grandparents Day - March 6th
Grandparents Day will be Friday, March 6, 2020. Please let your child’s
grandparents know to mark their calendars to join their grandchildren at
school that day! More information about the times for the day’s events
will follow in the upcoming weeks.
From the Desk of the Prinicpal
Read the End First
Well, if you have read the title literally, you're getting to this part about a
third of the way through this sitting. That wasn't my point, but it
works. My old friend, Pastor Leon Jameson, titled his Advent sermon
series this year, "Born to Die." It is a fitting title and makes me reflect
back to when I was a youth counselor for our youth group at Immanuel
Lutheran Church in Temple, Texas. I know it is not a typical reference
during the Christmas season, but I remember sitting in the theater on
opening night of "The Passion of Christ."
I was parked in a middle seat of our row. The story had progressed to the
garden scene. The student next to me was a sophomore in high school
and she was an honor student. She was pulled into the scene
emotionally. I tried to diffuse the tense moment by whispering, "This is
when Judas kisses him on the cheek." Startled, she asks, "How do you
know, it is opening night?" I responded, "I've read the book." She, still
taken by the moment responded inquisitively, "There's a book?" The
chuckle from her fellow youth group members when she realized that I
was referencing the Bible helped diffuse the tension.
The story doesn't change. It never will. It is about love. It is about
giving. It is about sacrifice. As parents, we never want to see our children
suffer. We never want to knowingly place them in "harm’s way." But that
is the reality of what we celebrate at Christmas. God, out of love, sending
his son to suffer and die for you and me is the reason for the season. You
can't take Christ out of Christmas and for that, we celebrate. So where
does, "read the end first," come in? The answer is simple, but often
overlooked. To truly understand the gift in Bethlehem, we must
understand the cross and the empty grave. With an understanding of how
the story ends, we can appreciate God's Christmas gift to all of us.
As we gather this Christmas, we have a natural, God-given, teachable
moment. When we hear, "Wow, look at all of those gifts under the tree,"
it is a perfect segway to reminding those around us (many who have never
heard the story or made the correlation), that the ultimate gift isn't under
a tree, but hung on a tree one that Friday (Good Friday). God's gift was
born in human flesh (100% God and 100% man) in Bethlehem on that
first Christmas. That gift culminated on the cross.
As always, if you need family devotional materials for the break, don't
hesitate to contact me. May your Christmas be Merry and Bright as your
reflect the love of Christ!
Congratulations Lady Panthers!
Congratulations to the A team volleyball players on being Lutheran
Conference Small School Champions and placing 4th in the Lutheran
Conference overall. God’s blessings and good luck to the players next
weekend (Nov. 1 – 3) as they compete in the State Volleyball Tournament
in Springfield. Go Panthers!
Congratulations Zion Baseball Team!
2nd Place, Lutheran Conference
Congratulations to the small schools
boys baseball team on their 2nd place
finish in the Lutheran Conference!! We
are so proud of our Zion team members:
Ethan Rantanen, Ethan Sharp, Zander
Machota, and Braden Pfeiffer.
Congratulations also to Mr. Manning and
Mr. Secoy on a great season! Pictured is the whole team (including players
from Prairietown and Litchfield).