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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 Monthly Newsletter (formerly known as News-N-Notes)

SAVE THE DATE ZLS RECEIVES FULL NLSA ACCREDITATION Monday, Sept. 7 NO SCHOOL Labor Day Wednesday, Sept. 9 Skate Party - Fun Spot Sept. 14-17 Internet Safety Week Friday, Sept. 18 NO SCHOOL - In Service


During the 2015-16 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! 9/2 - Jill Hasstedt 9/9- Pod Leaders 9/16- Kerri Ann Schmid 9/23- Pastor Downs 9/30- 8th Grade Our first quarter chapel offerings will go to Christ Community International Ministries.


Advanced Choir to sing on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 10:45 a.m. worship service.


September 5 - Ms. Gettys Extended Care Director September 6 - Mrs. Heimann 6-8th Literature Teacher September 17 - Mrs. Griffith Church Staff September 20 - Mrs. Marino School Secretary

On Sunday, August 23, at worship service at Zion Lutheran Church, Mrs. Ananda Baron, Principal, accepted full accreditation recognition from Roger Sprengel of the National Lutheran School Accreditation Team. During the 2014-15 school year, Zion Lutheran School went through the accreditation process, compiling materials, doing a self study and working with an accreditation team on recommendations for improvement in the future. Overall, the team concluded that Zion Lutheran School is a great school, and it should receive full recognition of the NLSA. A special thank you to all the parents, teachers and staff that contributed to the process.

VOTED #1 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2015 BND READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS On Friday, August 28, Zion Lutheran School was awarded top honors, being named the #1 Elementary School in the region per this year’s Belleville News Democrat’s Readers’ Choice Awards. This was the first time in school history that Zion Lutheran was voted number one. Thank you to all who voted for ZLS and who continue to support our school. What an amazing honor and way to show your school spirit!


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


SEPTEMBER CHARACTER TRAIT: LEADERSHIP WELCOME MRS. HAYNES & MRS. ZIEGLER • 9 years teaching experience •Husband, Kevin, and two children; Claire and Carson

Chrissy Haynes 2nd Grade

• 15 years teaching experience, mostly in Kindergarten

• Favorite color: Green

• Sons Jackson (3rd) and Will (K) attend ZLS

•Favorite Restaurant: Olive Garden

• Favorite Snack: Chips or Chocolate Ice Cream

If I could trade places with anyone for a day, it would be... my Grandma! So I would know what the world was like 70 years ago and how much has changed over the years.

•Favorite Sports Team: St. Louis Cardinals

If I was not a teacher, I would be...a physical therapist! • Favorite Bible verse: John 3:16

Keri Ziegler Kindergarten

Three words to describe ZLS... loving, family, OneTogether Something people may not know about me...I love going to the beach with my family! • Favorite Bible verse: Corinthians 13:4-7

2015-16 Theme Zion Lutheran School


“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

VOLUNTEER ONE TOGETHER TEAMS Zion Lutheran School "One Together" Volunteer Teams Team School Contact: Dawn Gray Staff Rep: Mrs. Baron

Team Green Contact: Staff Rep: Erica Stelling

Goal: Lighten the load of a teacher by completing requested classroom tasks Tasks: Pick up & turn in completed "work requests" from the teachers to the school office Examples: May include - copies, sorting, cutting, bulletin boards, Reading Counts helpers Specific Predetermined Items: Teacher Appreciation Week, acquire room parents & cafeteria helpers Goal: Raise funds for school needs as determined by staff & administration Tasks: Organize 2-3 fund raising events that involve school, church, and/or community Examples: May include - 5K fun run/walk, trivia night Specific Predetermined Events: spring auction, Family Table Nights

Team Community

Goal: Play an active role in achieving community outreach goals to increase public awareness of Zion Lutheran school. Help build relationships between community and school.

Contact: Staff Rep: Erica Stelling

Examples: May include- Vendor Fairs, Story Times, Welcome Wagon, Chamber of Commerce, Sporting Events

Team Social Contact: Staff Rep: Mrs. Baron

Tasks: Volunteer as official Zion Lutheran School representative for 2-3 community outreach events in our community Specific Predetermined Events: Open Houses, Back2School Fun Fair, Scott Spouses Club Welcome Back Event

Goal: Create opportunities for parents and/or families to get to know each other Tasks: Organize 2-3 social events throughout the year Examples: May include - Bunco night, movie night, Bible or book study groups Specific Predetermined Events: Boo Hoo breakfast, School Picnic

Zion Lutheran School depends on its parent and family volunteers to carry out the work of Jesus Christ. Working together makes that work easy, fun, and binds us together in fellowship. The team concept allows for parents to volunteer the specific talents and gifts they possess in a time frame that works for them. It also allows for easy transitions as our parents’ life commitment levels change. How Do the Teams Work? Each team has a captain or set of co-captains along with a staff sponsor who will work together to set goals for the school year. The captain then recruits teammates to carry out those goals. • Captains can run events or recruit others to run events – share the load! • You can be a part of 1 team or several • You can be a part of just 1 event or all events for that team Where Can I Sign Up? We need captains for every team. Captain alone or co-captain with friends; either way, contact the staff sponsor listed for the team in which you are interested. Ananda Baron, Principal: Erica Stelling, Admissions & Marketing Director:

LET’S WIN $5,000 FOR ZION! SCHOOL SPIRIT AWARD Hey Zion Family! It’s time to show our school spirit again! Vote for us for the 97.1 School Spirit Award and help us win $5,000 for our school!

Here is the link to vote! The money will be used to upgrade our playground in memory of Paula Klein. Paula was in the teaching ministry at Zion Lutheran School for 29 years, was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and touched the lives of hundreds of children with her love of teaching and Jesus. She passed away in December 2013. Vote as many times as you can between now and Sept. 7

If there is a team or specific event that looks interesting to you and fits your gifts and abilities, contact the Mrs. Baron or Mrs. Stelling to sign up.

(round one). Be sure to select Zion Lutheran School Belleville!





The Scrip Program is a fundraising program for the school and a method of deferring tuition payments for families. The program works by simply purchasing gift certificates to buy items that you would normally buy from your favorite merchants. Each merchant listed earns a certain percentage and that percentage will be split between you and the school. Some merchants included in the Scrip Program include: Shop-N-Save, Kohl’s, Chick-Fil-A, Wal-Mart, Panera Bread Co., Applebees and Olive Garden/Red Lobster/Longhorn. Orders are on sale in the school office daily. 618-234-0275

Contact Kathy Rudolph for more information:



As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.


Each month in the Lion’s Roar, we will highlight teachers and school staff members so you can get to know them better. Each one is unique in his/her own way - take a moment to learn something new about the amazing people that interact with your child(ren) on a daily basis at Zion Lutheran School.

Mr. JP Schmid 6th Grade Teacher Married to wife, Kerri Ann Two kiddos: Abraham & Lily Favorite Color: Red Favorite Restaurant: Arbys & Olive Garden Favorite Snack: Twix or Apples Favorite Super Hero & Why: The Flash because he’s KC Chiefs colors If I could trade places with anyone for a day, it would be... My uncle Gus, so I could meed Jesus. Three words to describe ZLS... caring, forgiving and Christ-led Something about myself you may not know...I was a construction worker. If I was not a teacher, I’d be...a photographer. Favorite Bible Verse: Prov 3:5-6

Mrs. Lisa Peters Lunch Room Helper Married to husband, Marcellus Three kiddos: Kate (8th), Joshua (5th) and Emalee (3rd) Favorite Color: Red Favorite Restaurant: Longhorn Steak House Favorite Snack: Tostitos Scoops Favorite Sports Team: St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings My favorite story of ZLS is...a few years back, I spent extra time helping a preschooler learn English. I received a very nice email from his mom thanking me because it made him feel comfortable. In my free time, and play with my kids. If I was not a teacher, I’d be...a photographer.

Mrs. Kate Holle 3rd Grade Teacher Married to husband, Jake Favorite Color: Teal Favorite Super Hero & Why: Thor, because he’s hunky (like my husband) and can travel to different worlds. Favorite Snack: Popcorn My favorite story of ZLS is...either the day we all came together to create Mr. Kniepkamps retirement video or the day Henry Lee thought he was melting. Favorite Bible Verse: Prov 3:5-6 If I was not a teacher, I’d be...a pediatric pharmacist. In my free time, I...enjoy reading, painting and doing crafts. Something about myself you may not know...I’m a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings.

Favorite Bible Verse: Prov 3:5-6


DEADLINE FOR NEXT LION’S ROAR: MON., SEPT. 28 ZION LUTHERAN SCHOOL SPIRIT WEAR AVAILABLE ONLINE Get your spirit wear by ordering online at ZionLutheranGear. com Wear your spirit gear every Friday and show your school spirit!

SEND IN BOX TOPS Classroom Competitions Have Started! Bring in those box tops - mark your baggies, and let’s earn some $ for Zion! Send in those box tops today! Questions? FastDirect Lisa Peters or call 618-558-3317





Free and reduced lunch forms were mailed out before the start of school. If you did not get a form and would like one, please pick one up either in the school information center (turnstile at main entrance) or the kitchen. If you were eligible for free and reduced lunches at Zion Lutheran School last school year, the eligiblity expires Sept. 30, 2015 and a new form must be submitted by that date!

Please send all materials for the Lion’s Roar to Terri Marino -






DATES 7 4 2 6 3 2 6

WELCOME WEDNESDAYS Admissions Open Houses

We invite you to visit from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month during the school year. Tour the Campus, Meet Teachers & Staff and Get Admissions Information!

Please RSVP to or 618-234-0275 Can’t make a Welcome Wednesday? No problem! We’d love to show you around another time! Contact: Erica Stelling, Admissions & Marketing Director at

Zion Lutheran School

1810 McClintock Ave. Belleville, IL 62221 School Office: 618-234-0275



Zion Lutheran School Fundraiser!

Support your school! 15% of all sales between 5 and 8 pm will be donated to your school!

When: Wednesday, Sept. 16th Where: Belleville Dairy Queen 1776 Lebanon Ave, Belleville, IL 62221 (618) 277-9983

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Time: 5-8 pm Come put your name in a drawing for a free 8� cake! Winner will be named the next day at school! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------Name:__________________________________ Phone #:________________________________ Teacher:________________________________ Grade:__________________________________ *Return to Belleville DQ when you come in* 8


Looking for support and encouragement as a mom? Join us at Where Mom’s Connect for conversation, laughter and friendship as you’re supported on your journey through momhood. This new group for moms meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Child care is available on a limited basis for moms who could not otherwise participate (single moms, deployed spouses, spouses who work evenings etc.) Register at - just click on the Where Mom’s Connect banner at the top.


Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th Zion Lutheran School will be on hand at this year’s Girlie Girlz Gathering. Come see us, or tell all your friends and family to visit our table at this event. Information on our preschool and K-8 school (voted #1 in the region - 2015 BND’s Readers’ Choice Awards). We hope to see you there!

2016 ZION LUTHERAN SCHOOL AUCTION Saturday, April 2 Regency Conference Center O’Fallon, IL 9

EXTENDED CARE PROGRAM Dear Zion Families, Sign-Up for Day Service on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th, is happening now! Cost: per registered ASP child $26 signed up by due date Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 Cost: per registered ASP child $34 not signed up by due date Cost: per non-registered ASP child $30 signed up by due date Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 Cost: per non-registered ASP child $38 not signed up by due date. A $3.00 per child late fee will be added for attendance without a 24 hour notice of any registered program, including pre-school students in the Extended Care program. Example: Day Service begins at 7:00 a.m. on Sept. 10th, parents not giving notice of attendance before 7 a.m. on Sept. 9th will be assessed the $3.00 late fee.

Children are to bring a lunch or if interested in ordering Steak-Out we can order for them. Cost is $5.25, and choices are hamburger, cheeseburger or chicken nuggets and all meals come with chips, apple sauce and a cookie. Please put cash in an envelope with the child’s name on it. Payment is brought in with signing up. As always, if you sign up there is no refund. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or fast direct! Sincerest Blessings, Ms. Julie Anne Gettys Extended School Director Yes, my child(ren) will attend: Child’s Name________________________________________________ Parent Signature__________________________Date________________


Lion's Roar Sept. 2-15  

The Monthly Newsletter of Zion Lutheran School

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