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Founded in 1861

Zion Lutheran School provides a Christ centered approach to education. This education nurtures the child’s faith, equipping him/her to use and share that faith on a daily basis. Our Vision: That every child knows Jesus as his/her personal Savior.

LION’S ROAR Zion Lutheran School’s February Newsletter



February Character Trait


Bricks 4 Kidz


Valentine’s Day Parties


Skate Party @ Fun Spot


Service Club Bricks 4 Kidz Science Fair


Early Dismissal (1:15 pm)

We are past the halfway point in our school year, but the spring and summer months still feel miles away. The dreary landscape and chill in the air remind us that we will have to wait for sunshine, warmth, and new life to bloom (6 more weeks according to Punxsutawney Phil). Well, this feels like a good time to talk about patience.


Won by One Choir Performs 8 am service

Have you tried teaching your children a lesson in patience? It takes patience, doesn’t it? We want them to be patient - now! How is your patience holding up lately?


No School President’s Day


Bricks 4 Kidz


Hawaiian Dress Day Jump Rope for Heart School Dance


During the 2016-17 school year, our weekly chapel services will take place on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary. Parents and families are welcome to join us!


We invite all school members to join us at worship on Sundays at Zion Lutheran Church. We offer a traditional service at 8 am, Sunday School at 9:30 am and contemporary worship at 10:45 am.

Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

I looked up the definition for our character focus this month and found this, “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset”. I laugh at the use of the word “delay”, which implies a short wait, but more often it seems some things are long overdue. I also like that this definition gives me the option of either accepting or simply tolerating challenges, and I can still call it long as I don’t get angry or upset. Though, that’s not as easy as it sounds. I struggle to tolerate (and I definitely struggle to accept) things that are out of my control, and these circumstances always seem to come at the worst time. Paul tells us in Colossians to be “strengthened with all power according to [God’s] glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience”. Because God is in control, we can be patient. Because God loves us, we can relax. Because God’s wisdom and timing are flawless, we can wait. Yes, God can actually give us the power to be patient. I also believe he can not only help us to endure, but he can also make us hopeful enough to worship while we are waiting and be grateful for the waiting. Reinhold Neibuhr, American theologian, authored a prayer that you have probably heard before, nicknamed “The Serenity Prayer” - a perfect prayer in our waiting. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Did you know that there’s actually a second part to this common prayer? “Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace. Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is - not as I would have it - trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.” May God strengthen our patience and grant us serenity in our seasons of waiting, and may He make us hopeful for the blessings yet to come.

Mrs. Ananda Baron, Principal

Zion Lutheran School - Voted #1 Elementary School 2015 & 2016 Belleville News Democrat’s Readers’ Choice Awards 1810 McClintock Ave. Belleville, IL 62221 Ph: 618-234-0275


FEBRUARY CHARACTER TRAIT: PATIENCE Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? Maybe for that special someone or a special teacher in your child’s life?

Look no further than the ZLS Tumblers - available for purchase in the school office or at school pickup every Friday (look for the display table outside the main school entrance). All proceeds benefit the 8th grade class trip to Camp Lutherhoma in May. Payment can be made with cash or check. Checks made payable to Zion Lutheran School.


Another way to support the 8th graders is to join us for a lenten dinner. Dinner will be served but also you can take it to go! March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th & April 5th from 4-6 p.m. Free will donations accepted. MARCH 1ST: Advanced Choir Sings @ 3:30 pm service Salisbury Steak Green Beans Mashed Potatoes/Rolls Pie MARCH 29TH: Chili Corn Bread Dessert

Grades 1&2 Sings @ 3:30 pm service

APRIL 5th: Won by One sings at 3:30 pm service Brats and Hot Dogs Hot dogs will be served at every meal. French Fries Coffee (regular and decaf), tea and lemonade Salad also available. Ice Cream Sundae Bar

THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING!!! March 6-10, 2017 Scholastic has lots of great books available, from favorite authors as well as exciting new series. The fair benefits our entire school by earning us a large number of books for our library and classrooms. More information will be coming home in a few weeks, so keep checking those backpacks! If you are interested in volunteering to work at the book fair, we do have lots of openings available. Please watch for a volunteer form that will be sent home with students, contact me through Fast Direct, or leave your contact information in my mailbox in the school office. Mrs. Papka Zion Librarian



TICKETS ON SALE NOW 30th Annual Dinner Auction

Saturday, April 1 - Regency Conference Center - O’Fallon, IL Help us to make this years auction our BEST EVER!!!!! On average our auction makes around $64,000 for the school. This money helps our school purchase new items that tuition alone won’t cover.

We are currently accepting donations.

The auction committee is not always aware of the resources our school families have access to. Gift cards, baskets filled with items for the silent portion of the event, hand-made crafts, condo or vacation home getaways, concert tickets, and even sporting event tickets are just what we are looking for. Thank you again for your continued support of our auction. Oh, and don’t forget to purchase your tickets to attend(a link to the registration page is below). Please don’t hesitate to ask any of the members of our Auction Team if you have questions. We love hearing from you!! Registration Link: Blessings, Carrie Baldus, Jill Batchelder, Jenn Keel, and Terri Marino

Welcome Newly-Elected School Board Members 2017

Susan Bollmeier Kristen Kienitz The School Board shares in and contributes to the mission and vision of Zion Lutheran School. Their main responsibility is to represent the members of Zion Lutheran Church and to serve the students and parents by providing them with the highest quality of service with Christian care and concern. Please pray for our principal and School Board members as they work together to fulfill the mission and vision of Zion Lutheran School.


SAVE THE DATE SATURDAY, MARCH 11th More info to come



CONGRATS DECEMBER CHARACTER AWARD WINNERS 2017 Character Traits January: Gentleness February: Patience March: Forgiveness April: Love May: Service THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED FAMILY MATTERS - THE SAINT LOUIS ZOO VISITS ZION LUTHERAN SCHOOL. Hoot the screech owl, Louie the ball python and Dosido the hedgehog were special guests at Zion Lutheran School for our Saint Louis Zoo outreach program called “Family Matters”. Preschoolers that participated learned about the animals, participated in fun activities and had an awesome morning making new friends.


“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Zion Lutheran School • 1810 McClintock Ave. Belleville, IL 62221 • School Office: 618-234-0275 • Summer Hours 9 am-3 pm

Zion Lutheran School provides a Christ centered approach to education. This education nurtures the child’s faith, equipping him/her to use and share that faith on a daily basis. Our Vision: That every child knows Jesus as his/her personal Savior.



Voted #1 Elementary School

BND’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Tuesday, April 4 6-7:30 p.m. @ Zion Lutheran School What does your child need to be ready for Kindergarten? Topics that will be discussed include academic, emotional, and social readiness, which can make for a successful Kindergarten experience. You’ll hear from our Principal, Kindergarten & Preschool teachers and a current Kindergarten parent. Prepare both yourself and your child for this exciting transition.

Childcare is available and pizza will be served! RSVP online at or email Erica Stelling, Admissions & Marketing Director at **Please indicate if you will be needing childcare***


Zion Lutheran School

DEADLINE FOR NEXT LION’S ROAR: FEB. 28 1810 McClintock Ave. Belleville, IL 62221 • School Office: 618-234-0275

NOW ENROLLING Preschool 3 - 8th Grade for 2017-18 School Year

Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 school year! Completing the registration process early is vital to our planning – hiring qualified teachers, determining class sizes and programming – in order to meet the educational needs of our students for the upcoming year. Updates: 2017-2018 Tuition & Fees – Our tuition and fees have changed! Please see Tuition and Fees sheet. TADS (Tested and Designed by Schools) Registration – Now complete registration information and pay registration fee entirely ONLINE! TADS will walk you through every step, and we are always here to help! Registration is not complete until the registration fee has been paid to TADS. This secures your child’s seat in his or her classroom. All re-enrolling students of Zion Lutheran School will receive an email directly from TADS with instructions on how to enroll for next school year. If you do not receive that email, please contact the school office at 618-234-0275. Tuition Assistance – We have funds available to assist our families with tuition. Individuals who wish to receive assistance either through the Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) and their “Building Blocks” funds or from Zion Lutheran School must complete this process in the “Financial Aid” section of TADS by April 1st.

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Zion Lutheran Yo Church and School are pleased to, once again, offer a multi-student Grant to families with 3 or more students enrolled at Zion. Grant amounts will be communicated in May with our tuition assistance letters. Tuition Payments – All tuition and billing (Extended Care, Kitchen, fees, etc.) will technology be done through TADS. You will be sent tuition • Christ-centered education • Smartboard in every classroom agreements and instructions. All families MUST be registered in TADS to attend Zion Lutheran School.

• Academic excellence • Technology integration within each grade level • Average class size of 17 • Excellent extracurricular activities If you have any questions throughout this process please contact TADS Support at 800-477-8237 or, M-F • Caring and loving family atmosphere • assistance Respected and recognized athletics programs 7am-8pm CST. You can also feel free to call the school office for at 618-234-0275. • National Lutheran School Accredited • Outstanding music and choir program

We encourage you to spread the word in our community of how God is working through the lives of the students and staff to provide a loving, Christian, educational environment. Please also keep us in your prayers as we move through this very important enrollment period.#Whatever God has in store for Zion, we hope to continue to carry out Christ’s mission here in Belleville. In his service, Ananda Baron Principal


Let us show you around with a tour

Please send all materials for the Lion’s Roar to Erica Stelling -



CLICK HERE FOR ZION SPORTS CALENDAR - FEBRUARY You are invited to Trivia Night at Zion hosted by Zion’s high school youth group. Come for a night of fun and challenging questions! Trivia starts at 6pm, doors open at 5:30pm. Cost is $10/personyou can get your own team of 8 together or just come and join a team. Childcare is provided by Zion’s youth. Drinks will be available for purchase, feel free to bring your own snacks or to bid on a dessert in the dessert silent auction! All proceeds go to help Zion youth attend summer trips. We hope you’ll come join the fun! Kerri Schmid -


Bricks 4 Kidz NEW SESSION Air, Land and Sea After School Enrichment Program 3rd-5th Grade THURSDAYS: Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Apr. 6 3:15 – 4:20 pm Note: 3/23 early dismissal day session time 1:15-2:20. On-line pre-registration required at


SERVE & COMMUNITY SERVE & SPIRIT SCIENCE FAIR IS COMING! On the morning of Thursday, February 16th, students in 6th, 7th & 8th grade will set up their science fair projects in the Zion gym. They will give their oral presentations during science class, and the projects will be judged thoughout the day. Students will also have an opportunity to view their peers’ projects during the school day. The science fair will be open to parents, families, friends and other community members that evening from 5-6:30pm. Awards will be given out between 6-6:30pm. At the end of the science fair, students are to take their projects with them. I hope to see you there, Mrs. ​​​ Althoff.

We were so blessed by each of you as we exceeded or goal with a grand total of 5,858 TOYS donated in 2016!!! It is a huge testimony to all of our Zion families and community as we reached our goal because of YOUR giving hearts! We are blown away! You have made MANY children in the hospitals very happy over the holidays! Thank you! Thank You!! Until next year... God’s Blessings to you!


NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK Our week was filled with God’s love in our teachers, students and staff. National Lutheran Schools Week took place at Zion from Jan. 23-27th. It is one of our favorite weeks of the year. Students competed in wacky Olympic games, praise rallys, all-school art projects, and a special service project, making fleece tie blankets for shut-ins of Zion Lutheran Church and our community.






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