May 2019

Fifth Grade Graduation

              On Monday, May 20, at 7PM, our fifth graders will graduate from Zion Lutheran School.  Please join us for this very important occasion.  Following the service, the fourth graders and their parents will host a reception for the graduates, their families, and friends.


Maddison Altstiel, Ella Bradeen, Lawrence, Claycamp, Cooper Carlson, Abram Edwards, Bode Jankord, Tyler Johnson, Maci Kerns, Grace Lawrence, Elizabeth Markworth, Miya Mullenberg, Kailey Noble, Madison Ketel, Elizabeth Sutton, Alivia Ulrich, and Aaron Williamson

God’s blessings to a very special fifth grade class from all of the teachers and staff of Zion Lutheran School and Preschool.  Please keep these children in your prayers as they continue their education…and as they continue to grow in their faith!

Preschool Graduation

Zion’s Preschoolers will receive diplomas at a special service on Wednesday, May 22 following chapel at 8:30AM.  Please join us.  Our Preschool graduates are:

Jenson Burke, Shane Flaherty, Reagan Griffith, Henley Hunter, Katelynn Kruger, Ginger McCoy, Trenton Mitchell, Scarlett Nesbit, Cole Pudwill, Aria Rose, Olivia Singer, Grady Uhrig, Gabriel Woolever, Nora Bradeen, Brynley Graumann, Piper Muck, Gracelyn Reule, Weston Rose, Clara Swenson, Areya Tilley, Merica Watkins, Brooklyn Wenzel, Regina Williamson, and Langston Snyder

God’s richest blessings to His little lambs!


            Just a reminder to all parents that the last day of school will be on Wednesday, May 22. All classes will be dismissed at 11:15AM, with no afterschool / daycare. 

            Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance and other awards will be given out in each child’s classroom during the last week of school.  Please check teacher’s Monday notes for dates and times. 

            Re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is due by the first of June.  This will be the first of your ten payments.  Book fee is due the first day of school, Monday, August 26, 2019.

            Summer day care begins on Tuesday,

May 28, at 7AM.


The track meet will be held Friday, May 3 at the track at Rapid City Christian. The 1600 M race will begin at 8:45AM with all other events beginning at about 9AM. Over 500 students from Calvary Christian School, Homeschoolers, St. Paul’s Lutheran, Rapid City Christian, Creek Side, Black Hills Lutheran School, Black Hills Christian Academy, and Zion will participate in this event. The Track Meet will end around 2PM. There is no charge to visitors. Everyone is welcome to come and watch!

Outlaw Ranch

Zion’s fifth grade class will be attending an Environmental Education Camp at Outlaw Ranch May 15-17. While they are at Outlaw Ranch, the students will be doing team-building activities, taking an ecology hike, riding horses, possibly canoeing, having a campfire and experiencing KP duty.


At the end of this school year, we will be saying farewell to three staff members that will be leaving Zion Lutheran School and Preschool.  We will miss them greatly as a part of the ministry team here at Zion. 

Zion’s school secretary for the past 12 years.  She is looking forward to spending time with her family.  She plans to substitute teach and visit Zion often.

Mrs. Long will also be retiring this year.  She has filled various roles at Zion including teaching music, part time 5th grade this year she was the full time 5th grade teacher.  She is looking forward to spending more time with her husband, son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.  She plans to continue to substitute teach and play the piano sometimes at Zion.

One of Zion’s kindergarten teachers, Miss Uecker, will also be saying goodbye this spring. She plans to pursue furthering her education in early childhood and working locally.

We wish them God’s blessings as they pursue their next adventure.

Duct Tape Miss Birkmire to the Wall!

Come to the school dance on Friday, May 10.You will be able to purchase duct tape before intermission for $5 per piece of Duct Tape. No limits on the number of pieces per person. All proceeds go toward purchasing new tile for our classrooms. Each classroom is $1,900. Pieces of duct tape will also be presold in the office, or come see the table at the dance!

Kindergarten Circus

The kindergarten circus is coming to Zion on Tuesday, May 14 @ 2PM.  There will be a ring master, balloon sellers, clown, tight rope walkers, strong men, lions and lion tamers! It will be a fun time for all!

Card Shower

We will be recognizing Miss Nora for her years of service to Zion Lutheran School on the last day of school at chapel. We will also have a card shower.  If you would like to bring cards for Miss Nora, there will be a basket to collect them that day!


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MAY Chapel Offerings will go to local Christian radio stations to support the Hills Alive concerts this summer!

               1       Chapel led by Pastor Jones @ 8:30AM

                        May Day Popcorn Deliveries

                        Call Night Meal Fundraiser @ 4:30PM

                        Live Stream Viewing of Call Service @ 6PM

               2       National Day of Prayer @ Zion @ 12:45PM in Multipurpose Room

                        Young Rembrandts@ 3PM

                        Faculty Bible Study @ 3:15PM

               3       Christian School’s Track Meet @ RCC @ 8:30AM  NO School or Daycare

               6       5th Grade Field Trip to Custer State Park

               7       BHLS Spring Concert @ 6:30PM

               8       Spring Music Recital @ 9AM

                        Chapel @ 1PM led by the 5th Grade

                        PTL Meeting @ 2PM

                        Board of Christian Education Meeting @ 6PM

               9       5th Grade Chapel @ BHLS @ 8:45AM

                        Teacher Appreciation Luncheon @ 11:45AM

                        Young Rembrandts @ 3PM

                        Faculty Calendar Meeting @ 3:15PM

             10       Kindergarten Reptile Gardens Field Trip

                        School Spring Dance 6-8PM

                        Duct Tape Miss Birkmire to the wall – School Dance Intermission

             12       Mother’s Day

             14       Kindergarten Circus @ 2PM

             15       Chapel with DCE Lorien Petersen  

                        5th Grade leaves for Outlaw Ranch @ Noon

                        Kindergarten Circus goes to West Hills Village                    

             15-17 Grade 5 to Outlaw Ranch

              16      Last Library Day…Return all Books!

                        Faculty Meeting @ 3:15PM

              19      BHLS graduation @ Zion @ 2PM

   20      3rd Grade 1880 Train Field Trip

Fifth Grade Graduation & Reception             7PM

   21      Fifth Grade Fun Day

              22      Last Chapel by Pastor Winckler @8:30AM   

         Preschool Graduation following Chapel

                        Classes Dismiss 11:15AM  

                        (no after school care)

             28       Summer Day Care Begins