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September Salem School News


School Year Theme – Message from Principal Klatt               

2022-2023 theme

Everything is going smoothly. The car is packed. The kids are all downstairs ready to go. Everyone is ready for the long car ride to visit family. You get into the car right when you were planning. However, after traveling for half an hour on the highway, you get a flat tire. Immediately, the kids start fighting, you have to unpack the trunk to get to the spare tire, and the perfect plan for this trip has gone out the window.

 If you are like me, you like to have your day planned. I like to know what is happening and when it is supposed to happen. If you are also like me, you know that the plan typically changes as the day progresses. Unforeseen events keep popping up and it seems like you will never have that day where everything goes to plan.

It is in these moments where we want control, that we have to look to the one who has control. God has his own plans for our lives that never change or go awry. Are they always the plans we have for ourselves? No, they are not, but we know what God promises about his plans in the Bible. They will give us “hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11) and “God works for the good of those who love him.” (Romans 8:28).

At Salem, we teach our students about God’s plans. How his plan for our life was to send his only Son to die for our sins. How his main goal for our life is for us to be with him forever in Heaven. The students are also taught that sometimes our plans and God’s plans don’t line up. Our plans can be self-serving or might cause us pain. God sees all of the possibilities for our lives and thankfully makes plans that are best for us.

The next time your plans go awry remember that we have a loving Heavenly Father in control. We don’t have to worry that our plan didn’t go exactly to plan, because we know God’s plan has and always will be successful.

Salem Lunch Account

If your student would like to order hot lunch or needs a snack or lunch milk, please make sure your lunch account is funded throughout the school year. You will receive an email when the lunch account is less than $5 or has gone negative. Cash or checks made out to Salem Food Service are accepted.

TADS withdrawals may also be set up to fund your lunch account. If you have set up your tuition payments using ACH or Credit Card, please print/fill out/sign TADS Lunch Deposit Request and drop it off in the school office. To estimate your food costs for the year see Food Costs by Month

 Lunches for the 2022-2023 school year are priced as follows:

     Student Lunch      $3.25 (includes 1 milk)

     Adult Lunch          $3.75 (includes 2 milks)

     Additional Milk         .40 (cold lunch milk, extra milk, and snack milk)

     Reduced Lunch    No Charge (must be approved – print and complete application below)

     Free Lunch            No Charge (must be approved – print and complete application below)

     Free/Reduced Lunch Information and Application – Please drop this off or mail it to the school office as soon as possible!                                                           

No School Friday, Sept. 2, and Monday, Sept. 5 

There will be no school on Friday, September 2, and Monday, September 5 due to Labor Day weekend. Classes resume on Tuesday, September 6.

Picture Day is September 19

Please make sure to send your child looking their best for Picture Day on Monday, September 19. An online order link will be sent home soon to allow you to order before that day arrives as well as after pictures are taken. Preschool children who are not normally at school that day can come early and get their photo taken or wait until retake day on Thursday, October 27.

Grandparents Day

Our students are being asked to invite their grandparents or a special guest to school on September 30th. We are planning a special worship service and activities in the classrooms that morning for our special guests. Please note lunch will not be served that day and school ends at noon. There also will be no aftercare available that day. Please watch for more information to be shared soon!

Sunday Jam

Our Sunday JAM planning team is excited for a new program to help kids grow in faith and see their Savior. When the fall schedule resumes kids ages 3 to 6th grade are invited to Sunday JAM (Jesus and Me) every week. The year begins with the theme “Roanoke Jones” with children following the clues through some of the Bible’s greatest detective stories. Each week kids will grow in Jesus as they watch videos, sing, read, and do art projects. Sunday JAM will begin each week in the church sanctuary and end with snacks in the gym. You can help us out by pre-registering your children at Sunday JAM is open to nonmembers as well so invite your friends and neighbors to join us!

Fall MAP Testing

Our school MAP Testing for the Fall Session is coming up on September 26th-30th. Please make sure your students have a healthy wholesome breakfast, and are getting a good night sleep to start them on the right foot as testing week can be draining on their bodies.

TADS Fee Charges this Year

The late fees that are automatically applied to families who do not make payment within the 5-day grace period will be $50 this year. Returned payment fees will be $50 for each payment that is returned by the bank. TADS will continue to offer families the flexibility to make payments via ACH or credit card. The ACH rate will remain at 0.3% with a new minimum of $3.00 and a cap of $7.00 per transaction. There is no change to credit card processing rates.


If you are using before or after care this year you will be billed at the end of the month for the days used in that month. A statement will be sent home and your TADS account will be billed on the 20th of the following month and taken from the same account you have set up for tuition payments. Payments may also be made directly to the school office by check or cash. Please contact the school office if you have any questions (

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study will meet every other Wednesday morning at 9:30 am in the “Fireside” room at Salem. Our first meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 7th!
Please join us for fellowship starting around 9:15 am. Pastor Wolfe will lead us in Bible Study from 9:30 am-10:30 am. Children are welcomed and encouraged at Bible Study! No distraction is too big. We will continue our study of the Gospels using the book Jesus: A Study on the Words of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. If you don’t already have a copy, we will have books at the Study ready for you!

We look forward to studying God’s Word together again this year! Questions? Contact Rachel Boerner at 507-720-2954.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5 – No School for Labor Day Weekend
  • Sunday, September 11 @ 10:30 am Service – Installation of Mrs. and Mr. Dorn, our new teachers
  • Monday, September 19 – Picture Day
  • Friday, September 30 – Grandparents Day, Dismissal at Noon

Referral Program

The School Board approved a program that gives an incentive to recruit new families for our school. If a family who has children enrolled refers a new family to Salem, they will receive a $200 tuition credit at Christmas per family they have referred. A church family who refers a new family will receive a $200 script gift card also at Christmas per family if they so choose. There is no limit to the number of families you can refer. If you have any more questions about the program, speak to a School Board member or Mr. Klatt.

No More Clipping Box Tops

Boxtops has come up with a more technological way to earn money for Salem Lutheran School. Instead of clipping the box tops and sending them in, you can now scan your receipt through the app on your phone and the points will be awarded to your school. The website to sign up on is or you can download the Box Tops for Education app on your phone. 

We Are Also Collecting Aluminum Cans

Aluminum cans benefit our athletic program and can be bagged up and placed in the wooden bin that is next to the garage facing Panama Ave. on our property. Thanks for helping our school! 

RaiseRight (formerly ShopWithScrip)

You can buy gift cards from your favorite brands to earn money for Salem on your daily purchases. Visit to set up an account today. Use enrollment code: 2241AD6C14415


One way we usually forget about how we can help our school and church is to pray for them throughout the year. Your prayers are always a blessing and it is great to know that you are asking God for his blessings in our school and church year.