Zion Lutheran Back to School 2022-23

Welcome to our new school year! We praise God for you, all our students and families and teachers and staff. Please keep our school, teachers, staff and families in your prayers.

Zion Lutheran School will start off the 22-23 school year on August 22nd, 2022.We have a tremendous staff that is Christ centered, selfless, academically sound, hardworking and a pure joy to work with. Our dedicated staff cultivate powerful minds and strong character in their students as they teach History, Math, Natural Philosophy (Science), Literature, Theology, Music, PE, and Art in an environment that challenges students and creates a love of learning. We provide our PK - 6th Grade students with an excellent Classical Christian Education. ZLS strives for educational mastery by building foundations that lead children to serve God with a Christian worldview.

Staff for SY 22-23:

Zion Lutheran School 2022 / 2023 Faculty and Staff:

(Interim) Headmaster: Mrs. Joan Alverson

Administrative Office Assistant / FO: Mrs. Carrie Zummersch

Pre-K4 Teacher: Mrs. Tammie Provolt

Kindergarten Teacher / ASC: Mrs. Jennifer Rippy

1st and 2nd Grade Teacher: Mrs. Teresa Mellen

3rd and 4th Grade Teacher: Mrs. Gayle Wollman

5th and 6th Grade Teacher: Mr. Glenn Haggard

Music Teacher: Mrs. Mary Riedl

Physical Education (PE) Teacher: Mrs. Megan Mulconery-Irby

Kitchen Staff: Director / Head Cook Mrs. Heather Ratcliff

Assistant Cook Mrs. Bridgett Butterfield

After School Care (ASC) Staff:

(Lead for ASC) Mrs. Jennifer Rippy -

Mrs. Karolyn McCreary

Ms. Jordan Ratcliff

During SY 21-22 we had a tremendous amount of both educational and fun school events. By the grace of God, and due to generous donations / fundraising efforts by ZLC, ZLS and the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF), we will enjoy the significant improvements that were done last year:

· four (4) new heating units (ZLC / PTF)

· new windows in four (4) classrooms/rooms (ZLC anonymous donor)

· new front doors and a new security system (PTF)

· new entrance to the front Office (ZLC/ZLS)

· new resurfaced track (PTF)

Classical Christian Education and classical curriculum gears teaching towards the natural learning processes of young minds. ZLS’s curriculum stimulates and challenges our students academically and builds foundations that lead our students to serve God and our communities.

Please note that enrolling your child at Zion Lutheran School grants you automatic membership into our Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF). The PTF plans social events throughout the school year. The first event to meet some of the returning and new parents is the ZLS Clean Up Day on Saturday, August 13th, from 9am to Noon. The PTF’s big fundraiser for the school year, is our Fall Fundraiser Dinner and Auction, that will be held on Saturday, October, 22, 2022. Please look for ways you can get involved. Contact the PTF Board members at zlsptf@gmail.com.

We are updating the Parent Student Handbook for the school year and would ask you to review policies and procedures for this school year. To help establish our routine, please note the process for the beginning of each school day. Please accompany your children to the front entrance by7:50 am so they can get settled in their classrooms and the teachers can take attendance and lunch count. Following Lutheran classical tradition, 1st – 6th grade meets together at 8:00 am in the gym on Monday -Thursday, for staff led devotions. On Fridays, all students meet for chapel service led by Pastor Shaver at 8:15 am. Occasionally this schedule will change but remind texts and emails will be sent out to keep you updated. One of those occasions is the first week of school, where (Chapel Service is at 8:15am on Monday August 22nd) and there will be no Chapel Service (Friday, August 26th). Uniform requirements are addressed in the Parent Student Handbook. Please come join us, parents and families!

Please note that if your child arrives after 8:00 am and is tardy, he or she will need to sit in the school foyer until devotions end. Additionally, (3) Tardies equal (1) Unexcused Absence.) We ask for your support in our endeavor to teach your children a good work ethic that includes punctuality.

Likewise, please note the end of the day routine. At 2:45pm, PK – 2nd grades will be released to their parents and families that pick them up at their classrooms. The 3rd through 6th grade students will be released at 3:00pm to their families through their respective exterior classroom doors.

Zion Lutheran School also provides After School Care (ASC) from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. For the PK through 2nd Grade students at 3:00pm, if the student has not been picked up by their family, then the Teachers will escort them to After School Care (ASC) and they will be signed in and remain in ASC until their family has picked them up No Later Than (NLT) 6:00pm. For the 3rd through 6th grade students, at 3:15pm, if the student has not been picked up, then the Teachers will send them to After School Care (ASC) and they will be signed in and remain in ASC until their family has picked them up NLT 6:00pm. For more information on ASC (Enrollment, Costs, how billing works etc., please refer to our ZLS website (zlsnampa.org FORMS section) or stop by the Front Office and speak with Carrie.

All visitors to ZLS will need to sign in and out at the front office. If your child needs to leave for any reason during the school day, they will be required to be signed in and out by a family member at the Front Office.

Please review the school calendar ahead of time for school-wide events and PTF events. We would love for you to consider participating in the fun and enriching events outside of school hours! When your children see you placing a value in their school, they will also take pride in their school.

You can find the full ZLS calendar at zlsnampa.org in the FORMS section. We post updates on the board in the foyer and in our biweekly newsletters.

Enrollment is still open! If you know of anyone who might be interested in our school, please send them our way. Contact our front office at (208) 466-9141; zlsoffice1@gmail.com.

In Christ,

Mrs. Joan Alverson

Zion Lutheran School (I) Headmaster

Email: zlsheadmaster@gmail.com

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