Principal's Letter




ZION LUTHERAN SCHOOL                                                                                                                        AND PRESCHOOL            AP





            Each Sunday there are new faces at Zion.  By this time of year, we have become familiar with all of our Zion Preschool and School families.  Some of our families are active members in congregations other than Zion, and some parents have expressed an interest in becoming members of Zion Lutheran Church. 

          If you have no church home of your own, and would like to become better acquainted with the teachings of Zion Lutheran Church, or if you are interested in becoming a member of our congregation, you would be asked to visit with Pastor Winckler. 

          Please remember that all of our families at Zion Lutheran School and Preschool are invited to worship with us each Saturday at 5:30PM or Sunday at 8AM or 10:45AM.  Sunday School and Bible Classes for all ages are offered from 9:30AM - 10:30AM. 


          We invite you to join us for worship!



            Milo Winter and the New Horizon Band will present a concert on Tuesday, April 17, at 8:30AM in the MPR.  We would like to take this opportunity to invite all of our parents and volunteers to join us!  Hopefully this event will be a way to say “Thank You” for all that you do at Zion Lutheran School and Preschool.  We appreciate our parents, grandparents, friends and all who volunteer their time to make our school such a wonderful place.

              Following the concert, light refreshments will be served to our volunteers and to the band members.  Please plan on joining us as we say “Thank You” for volunteering your time and talents!



            ART FAIR Our students in grades 1-5 have been learning about different styles of art and famous artists. On April 10, Zion Lutheran School and Preschool will be having an Art Fair from 3-6PM. Come and see the artistic talents our students have been blessed with. Everyone is invited to join us for this special occasion.


SPRING DANCE Zion’s PTL (Parent Teacher League) will be hosting the spring dance at Zion on April 26th from 6-8PM. It will be a “Glow for Jesus” theme again this year. All are welcome to come to fellowship and dance!


SPRING BREAK will be on Friday, April 27. There will not be any preschool, school or daycare.


South Dakota Assessments


            The State of South Dakota mandates testing at certain levels for children in state accredited schools.  Zion’s fifth graders will be taking the South Dakota Science Assessment. Our 5th grade students will be taking this test during the week of April 23.

            Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment at the end of April.  Classrooms will be testing during April 16-26.  Specific test days for each class will be sent home by the classroom teachers.

These tests are the State’s assessment system for accountability used to measure student proficiency and adequate yearly progress in South Dakota Schools.  This means that your child’s scores provide a comparison of his or her performance to that of thousands of other students who took the test under similar conditions.  The results help our teachers to plan lessons that build upon what our children already know and encourage progress in areas our children have not yet mastered.  It is important to understand that no one “passes” or “fails” this test.

These types of tests can give only certain kinds of information about how an individual child is doing in science, math, and language arts.  To get a more complete picture, parents also need to consider other important factors including how your child does with daily class work; other tests the teacher gives, homework, and other activities.   

Test results for the South Dakota Science Assessment and the Smarter Balanced Assessments will be sent to our school after State testing is completed.  Parents will also receive a letter concerning results.






It’s coming!  Zion PTL Children’s Clothing and Toy Consignment Sale will be here on April 12th through 14th!  We need you and your children’s “gently used” clothes and toys to make our sale a success.  Registration costs $5 and you get your first pack of 50 tags (additional packs for $1), a chance to sign up for your shift and the opportunity to shop the participants-only sale!  Please see Hope Genzlinger or Nora VandenBos, our school secretary to register.  Friends of Zion are welcome to participate too.

The schedule for the sale is as follows:


Thursday, April 12       1-3PM             Set up

                                           3-5PM            Check In

5-7PM             Participant Sale

Friday, April 13             7AM-5PM      Public Sale          

Saturday, April 14        7AM-Noon    Half Price Sale

                                           Noon-3PM    Clean Up                         





April Chapel Offerings will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


3          3rd & 4th Grade Swimming at the Y

Board of Christian Education Meeting @ 6PM

4          Chapel w/Chaplain Wilson@ 8:30AM

5          Young Rembrandts

            Faculty Bible Study @ 3:15PM          

9          Midterm Grades go home

            2PM- 1st Grade Rushmore Ranger

10        Art Fair 3-6PM

11        Chapel w/ DCE Lorien @ 8:30AM

12        Consignment Sale set up 1-3PM

            Consignment Sale Check- in 3-5PM

            Participants Sale 5-7PM

            Young Rembrandts

13        Consignment Sale 7AM-5PM

14        Consignment Sale half- price 7AM-                              Noon

16-26    Grades 3-5 Smarter Balanced Assessments/ Grade 5 SD Science Assessment

17        New Horizons Volunteer Appreciation Band Concert @ 8:30AM          

18        Chapel @ 1PM led by 2nd Grade

19        2nd Grade leads Chapel @ BHLS @ 8:45AM

            Young Rembrandts

            Faculty Calendar Meeting @ 3:15PM

20        2nd Grade field trip to Waste Management Education Center

22        Dedication of Zion’s Nature Trail @ Noon

23        PTL Meeting @ 5PM

24        JAM for 4th & 5th Grade @ 6PM

25        Chapel 8:30AM Pastor Sturzenbecher           

26        Last Yong Rembrandts

            Spring School Dance 6-8PM

(Glow Theme)

27        No School Spring Break Day

29        Zion Voters’ Meeting (Budget)

30-May 4         Guest Artist Sandra Newman will be leading Watercolor classes for grades K-5.




Upcoming Events for May

            4          Kindergarten Circus

            6          Confirmation

9          9:30AM Spring Piano & Music Recital

            World of Reptiles Assembly @ 1:30PM

            11        No Class Track Meet @ RCC

            16-18    5th Grade Outlaw Ranch

            18        Early Dismissal @ 11:15AM

            21        Fifth Grade Graduation

            22        5th Grade Fun Day

            23        Last Chapel

Preschool Graduation

Last Day of Classes (11:15AM Dismissal)

29        First Day of Summer Daycare


June 4-8  Vacation Bible School       

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