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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 March Newsletter


Scholastic Book Fair


Lenten Service Kindergarten Sings 3:30


Bricks 4 Kidz


Grandparent’s Day Early Dismissal 1:15 pm End of 3rd Quarter


Father/Daughter Dance


Winter Sport Banquet


Lenten Service Won by One Sings 3:30


Service Club Bricks 4 Kidz


Jump Rope For Heart


8th Grade Confirmation


Lenten Service Preschool Sings


Bricks 4 Kidz

23-24 Parent/Teacher Conferences 27-31

IBST Testing


Lenten Service 1st/2nd Sings


Bricks 4 Kidz


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!


Forgiveness - March Character Trait “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-15 This year, we’ve taken a close look at several of God’s essential wardrobe pieces for living together in unity. As we come to the end of the above scripture passage and the end of our school year, we encounter the last two pieces - forgiveness and love. Several years ago, I found myself in a situation where someone very close to me, someone I love, had wronged me. The pain and hurt that this person caused was more immense than anything I had ever felt. It changed my feelings for this person and how I felt about our relationship. God surrounded me with people who spoke words of encouragement and truth to me. They helped me see that the hurt, anger, and bitterness I was feeling were not from God but rather the enemy who does whatever He can to drive a wedge between me and the Father. I realized then, that forgiveness can not be solely based on how I am feeling in a moment; rather, forgiveness is a choice. If I wanted to be healed and our relationship to be restored, I had to choose to forgive. How are we supposed to choose forgiveness when we are hurt, angry, or even worse, when our offender hasn’t asked for it? Here are two realizations that helped me: 1) There is freedom in forgiveness. This one could be tough to deal with, but forgiveness frees your offender from YOUR judgement. It tells him or her that you recognize your equality with them as a sinner. That is a powerful witness! But even more liberating is the freedom that you feel when you forgive. The devil no longer has you in the shackles of bitterness and resentment. Offering forgiveness brings you peace and full restoration. 2. Christ commands it. When we answered the call to Christ, he told us we would have to take up our cross and follow Him. Discipleship comes at a cost to us. Jesus also expects His disciples to master His teachings. In order to master them, I also must believe in them. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure how I feel about turning the other cheek (Matthew 5:38-40) or forgiving someone the seven times seventy times (Matthew 18:22) they wrong me, but discipleship isn’t about how I feel either; it, too, is a choice. Christ did not just teach forgiveness to the disciples - He lived it! The entire purpose for His time on earth was based on forgiveness, reconciliation, and total restoration between us and the Father through His death on the cross. He absorbed the blows that we deserved, offering forgiveness up till his last breath, and with that, He showed us that “grace takes away blame, covers shame, and removes the stain and cycle of revenge”. When I think of what Christ had to endure so that I could be forgiven, offering forgiveness to others doesn’t just seem possible, it becomes an act of love and obedience returned to my Heavenly Father, and I can forgive - for Him. If you are interested in reading more about forgiveness, take a look at “Unconditional? The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness” by Brian Zahnd.

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


MARCH CHARACTER TRAIT: FORGIVENESS FROM THE ZLS SCHOOL BOARD Greetings, Zion Families and Friends! For those of you who might be new to Zion or are not familiar with how the School Board works, I thought I’d give a little insight into what we do. We are strictly an advisory board and our primary role is to advise and support the Principal. School Board members make recommendations and give advice on issues brought to us by the Principal. An example is current school-related policies and procedures. The School Board does not participate in operational, or day-to-day decisions as these are made by the Principal. In January, we set our goals for the year. Our 2017 goals are:

As you may know, the ‘Fund-A-Need’ theme at this year’s action will be to improve the security of the School. The School Board feels this safety initiative will provide benefits to the children, parents, faculty and staff of Zion. There are several opportunities to donate including during the auction and even during Grandparents Day! The first stage of the security improvements at Zion is already in place! “Team Green” (Zion’s Parent Team responsible for fundraising) put effort into this need in the fall by raising money through Wheat Ridge Ministries’ “WeRaise”, a Christian crowd funding platform. Funds raised were used to purchase new 2-way radios for the school staff and faculty improving on campus communication. In Service to Him, Kevin Dustmann School Board Chair

2017 School Board: Susan Bollmeier


Kevin Dustmann Ryan Kemper Kristen Kienitz Becky Wohltman

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.


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.

HOW TO HELP NOW: Purchase your tickets today and join us. DONATE - Currently accepting donations Auction Baskets - Support the baskets by purchasing items for your child’s classroom basket. 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


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Father daughter Saturday March 11


Saturday, March 11 6:30 p.m. Tickets stil available! Join us! RSVP TODAY: register/event?oeidk=a07edt6xf0vb0942cae&llr=cwchgxcab




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


Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Phillipians 4:5 2017 Character Traits March: Forgiveness April: Love May: Service 4

“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: MARCH 30 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


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



CLICK HERE FOR ZION SPORTS CALENDAR - MARCH The Extended School offers services for families when school has Early Dismissal or is not in session during the week days. Please look over the links that cover March 10, Early Dimissal; March 23, Early Dismissal; March 24, Day Service; and April 12-18, Easter Break. Please read the deadline sign-up dates. This helps with proper staffing and helps you take advantage of the lesser fees for Day Service. Refer to the fee sheet for pricing. Link for Early Dismissal, Friday, March 10th Link for Early Dismissal, Thursday, March 23rd Link for Day Service on Friday, March 24th Link for Easter Break April 12-18th If you have any questions please do not hesitate to fastdirect the director, Ms. Julie Anne Gettys or email



Lent II (March 8): “Fear, Love and Trust” Meal: Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread (Kindergarten sings at 3:30 service)

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE AT ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH Maundy Thursday Holy Communion April 13 at 7pm

Lent III (March 15): “Embracing Life as a Creature of God” Meal: Taco Salad/Straw Hat, Corn, Fruit (Won by One sings at 3:30 service) Lent IV (March 22): “Confessing Jesus as My Lord” Italian beef sandwiches, chips, Italian salad (Preschool sings at 3:30 service)

Good Friday April 14 at 7pm Easter Sunday Holy Communion April 16 at 6:30, 8, 10:45am

Lent V (March 29): “Spiritual Inhaling and Exhaling” Chili, corn bread (Grades 1 & 2 sing at 3:30 service) Lent VI (April 5): “The Art of Living by Doing” Brats/hot dogs, French fries, salad, sundae bar (Won by One sings at 3:30 service)

The outline for this series was inspired by Dr. Charles Arand, professor of Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary, St Louis. Zion is grateful for his artistry in connecting the faithful with their Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier as God delivers life to His greatest work of all creation - His people.

Where Moms Connect All moms welcome! 6:30-8:30pm Church Fellowship Hall

Enjoy meaningful conversation, laughter, and friendship as you’re supported in your journey through momhood! Join us at Where Moms Connect this month for a couple of great discussions and even some time to serve! March 16 - “Lord Give me Patience- Quickly!” March 23 - We’ll gather at Luanne Szopa’s house to write encouragement letters to new moms and have some time to have fun together! Our latest news can be found on our Facebook page “Zion Where Moms Connect”. This is open to all moms at any time!



Grandparents report to Fellowship Hall for free continental breakfast. Students report to classrooms for the start of the school day

8:30 Grandparents make their way up to the sanctuary for chapel. To make this transition smooth, it would help if the grandparents know the name of their grandchild’s teacher. Pews will be marked with the teacher’s name and the student grade level. Students will meet their grandparents already seated. 8:45-9:30

Chapel Service The offering will go to the “Holly Reeb Memorial Fund” that financially assists Zion families with tuition.)


Classes will be dismissed one at a time from chapel. During this time, they will see the classrooms, visit the Book Fair, and have their photo taken with their grandchildren. Teachers will inform them of the specific time frames for each activity.

LUNCH TIMES: 10:50-11:20 - 2nd and 3rd grades 11:05-11:30 - Kindergarten and 1st grades 11:35-12:00 - preschool classes 11:40-12:05 - 4th and 5th grades 12:05-12:35 - 6th-8th grades GRANDPARENTS’ DISMISSAL TIMES: Kindergarten and 1st grades - 11:30 (after lunch) Preschool - 12:00 (after lunch) 2nd and 3rd grades - 12:15 4th and 5th grades - 12:05 (after lunch) 6th-8th grades - 1:15 Grandparents & parents may feel free to take their students with them at the designated end time for their grade level. PLEASE BE SURE TO SIGN OUT WITH THE CHILD’S TEACHER. This is for the children’s safety and follows our emergency procedures.



Saturday, March 18 5:30-9pm in the school gym Join the fun! Wear your PJs or other comfy clothes and come for an all-you-can eat pancake dinner and topping buffet hosted by Zion’s Youth (food served from 5:30-7:30pm). Stay after for board games and a movie for the kids! Freewill donations accepted. All proceeds go to help youth attend Camp Lone Star. Thanks for your support!

Please start saving your donations for the Youth Yard Sale!




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