From the Director

 

 

As we start another school year, it is good to review and focus on our purpose at Zion School and Preschool:

Knowing Jesus, Growing in Faith, Serving God’s Children

By Knowing Jesus,
we develop the kind of Christ-like character that will make the graduates of our school Christian leaders in the church and world.

By Growing in Faith,
we maintain the highest standards of academic excellence in elementary school education integrated with, and related to, the teachings of God’s Word.

By Serving God’s Children,
we provide an environment for children to discover, develop, and use their God-given talents in service to others and to His glory.

By Serving God’s Children,
we partner with parents in leading their children to successful, useful and purposeful living.


Zion Lutheran School and Preschool begins this school year with 162 students. We still have a few spots available in most of our classrooms.  If you know any parents who may be interested in enrolling their child for the 2018-19 school year, please have them contact our office at 342-5749.  We offer small class sizes, with maximum of 18 students in each Kindergarten class and 20-22 in our other classrooms.

Registration Remains Open


Adopt A Student

As Zion Lutheran School begins, we have several families and single-parent families who need financial assistance as they strive to give their children a Christian Education.  The Board of Christian Education approves assistance with parents paying at least half of the cost and volunteering time for the church or school.  If you would be willing to assist these parents on a monthly basis or with a one-time contribution, please contact the school office at 342-5749.  Thank you for your prayerful consideration as we continue with Zion’s mission to “Share the Gospel”


Student Safety

A goal of Zion Lutheran School is to provide a safe environment for all children.  In order to do this better, we will continue to implement some very important policies this fall. 

 Allergy Policy:  Students with life threatening allergies may require certain safeguards in order to be safe in school.  Zion Lutheran School has an approved and adopted policy for supporting students with life-threatening allergies.  This policy provides guidelines and establishes protocols to promote prevention and management of life-threatening allergies.  It addresses the identification of individual needs, staff awareness, necessary curricular and procedural modifications, and emergency plans.  If you would like to view or have a copy of this policy, please get one from Miss Nora in the school office or from Mrs. Solinsky.

Background Checks:  Volunteers who are in a position to have one-on-one contact with any students will need to submit to a background check as per the Board of Christian Day School policy prior to performing the volunteer work.  Documentation to complete the background check is available through the principal and school secretary.  The background check fee is $8.  Please let the office know if you are not able to pay for the background fee and other arrangements will be made.

Parking Lot Safety: We also feel that parking lot safety is also very important for all of our students and families as well.  If you are dropping off or picking up Zion students, please follow this recommendation:  You may use the drive-through lane to drop children off before school.  Then circle to the left and exit through the back of the parking lot.  If you intend to walk children into the school, rather than dropping them off, please park in that lot and assist them across the driveway.
After school, the orange cones will block that driveway and students will be picked up in the parking lot, with drivers being careful as they pull out of parking spaces.  Thank you for doing your part to keep our children safe and our traffic flow efficient.


New School and Preschool Staff

Beginning this fall Mrs. Carol Long will be teaching the 5th Grade full time. Since this is a full-time position, she will no longer be teaching music classes. Mrs. Long went to Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota, and Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. She has her degree in Elementary Education with a Lutheran Teachers Diploma.  She has been teaching for over 20 years.   She loves children and watching their eyes light up when they understand a concept or learn a new song.  She says, “I am blessed with a wonderful husband, Rich, a son, Jonathon, his daughter and son.  God is good!!!”

Earlier this spring, Zion’s voting assembly voted to extend a call to Miss Amanda Uecker to be Zion’s second Kindergarten teacher.  Miss Uecker is originally from Gaylord, Minnesota.  She graduated from Sibley East High School in Arlington, Minnesota. In May, she graduated from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska, with a BS in Elementary Education with a Lutheran Teachers Diploma. Her favorite activity is going camping because she enjoys being at the lake with family and friends, and going fishing. She also enjoys swimming and teaching children how to swim. The reason she majored in Elementary Education is because she wants to make a difference and help students who struggle. She wants to see all students succeed and not fail. Please keep Miss Uecker in your prayers as she begins her teaching ministry at Zion Lutheran School!

Mrs. Tracy Wilson will join our staff as our 1st/2nd Grade Teacher Aid.  She enjoys helping God’s little ones learn to read and to understand math. She is married to Chaplain Lynn Wilson and has a son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Grace.

Mrs. Mona Drolc “Miss Mona” will continue to teach P.E. for Kindergarten through 5th Grade, but this year she will also be teaching the 5-day Preschool class that meets every afternoon. Mrs. Drolc received her Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson State University in North Dakota where she grew up. She knew being around children is what she wanted to do after being blessed with their son David. She is excited to bring her love and enthusiasm to Zion Lutheran School. She and her husband Dennis are kept busy with everyday living and with their son David.

Mrs. Mona will be aided by Mrs. Vonnie Paulson, who has been one of our Preschool Enrichment Teachers for a number of years.  Mrs. Vonnie is looking forward to stepping back from the lesson planning and prepping and being a big help to Mrs. Mona with the afternoon Preschool class.

We welcome back Mrs. Kenyatta Bickham as our Preschool Enrichment teacher.  She will be teaching both our morning and afternoon sessions of Preschool Enrichment this year.  Mrs. Kenyatta and her husband, Phillip, have a 2nd grader and a 3-year-old preschooler at Zion, as well as a 1 ½ year old.

We will be adding Mrs. Sharyl Drain as our new before-school care opener and morning preschool aide, working with the 3 year old and the morning 4 year old preschool classes.  Mrs. Sharyl and her husband, Josh, have two boys who both went to Zion for preschool.  We welcome her to our team!

We are excited to partner with Batchelder’s Studios of the Arts for instructing Zion’s students in music this year! Ms. Lena Schmitz will be teaching our music classes. Lena was born and raised in Rapid City, and has been an avid violinist for 18 years. Growing up, Lena immersed herself in the music programs and after high school, ventured to Oklahoma to pursue her dream of teaching music. Lena is excited to be a part of the Batchelder’s Studios of the Arts family and our Zion family and looks forward to helping her students grow with music.


Returning Staff

Many of our staff members are returning, including: Ann Solinsky, Principal; Hope Genzlinger, Preschool Director; Natalie Graumann, Kindergarten; Krystol Frerking, First Grade; Scot Dobbs, Second Grade; LeAnn Vogel, Third Grade; Amber Birkmire, Fourth Grade; Becki Aker, General Educator; Hanne Burke, Spanish; and Hannah Sutton, Enrichment Aide.


Other Notes of Interest

We will continue saving Family Fare receipts, Family Fare brand UPC codes, Boxtops for Education, and Coca-Cola product codes.

Forms for the SCRIP Program are available in the office.  This program allows you to put money toward your child’s tuition or make donations to our church or school, from companies that you shop at on a regular basis.  Contact Hope Genzlinger or the School Office for further information at 342-5749 or hope.genzlinger@zionrc.org  or ZionSchoolSec@zionrc.org