By Starrla Cray
MAYER, HOWARD LAKE, WATERTOWN, MN Local Lutheran schools have a lot to celebrate during National Lutheran Schools Week, Sunday through Saturday, March 7-13.
Zion Lutheran School in Mayer, Christ Community Lutheran School (CCLS) in Watertown, and St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake all offer small class sizes and values-based education for children in preschool through eighth grade.
“We keep Christ at the center of every discussion whether we’re on the playground or in science class,” said Zion’s office manager, Kris Thomas.
Zion Lutheran School is affiliated with Zion Lutheran Church, also on Bluejay Avenue.
At CCLS, the mission statement is “leading children in their Christian faith walk.”
CCLS is a ministry of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and St. Peter Lutheran Church, both in Watertown.
St. James School is part of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
“Students at St. James are given the opportunity to develop caring Christian relationships with one another, with teachers, pastors, coaches, parent volunteers, and the congregation, while receiving a solid education,” said Jennifer Schmidt of St. James School.
The theme for Lutheran Schools week 2010 is “Securing each Child’s Future for a Life of Service.” It is based on 1 Corinthians 12:5, which states, “There are varieties of service, but the same Lord.”
Zion Lutheran School
Zion Lutheran School has a full week of special events planned for Lutheran Schools Week. Students will be helping make 500 sandwiches for homeless people in Minneapolis, through an organization called 363 Ministries. More information is available at www.363.org.
Zion Lutheran School has a theme for each day of Lutheran Schools Week.
• Monday is an open house, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parents and family members are invited to have lunch with the students. Monday is the school’s spelling bee, along with “dressy clothes” day.
• Tuesday is “wacky appearance day” and it’s a day for students to get creative with their outfits.
• Wednesday is “beach day,” which means students will be wearing sunglasses, hats, and other summery clothing.
• Thursday is “spirit wear day” and students can wear clothing that demonstrates school spirit.
• The week concludes with “pajama day” on Friday. The students will also receive breakfast at school that day.
For more information about Zion, call (952) 657-2339 or go to www.zionmayer.org.
Christ Community Lutheran School
Students at Christ Community Lutheran School have plenty of exciting activities planned for Lutheran Schools Week.
Each day of the week has a theme, which was chosen by the student council. Students are encouraged to dress for school using the theme for the day.
• Monday is “superhero/villain day.”
•Tuesday is “PJ day.” Tuesday is also “snack and read day” and the students will be given a snack and have time to read their favorite book.
•Wednesday is “past day,” and students can dress like someone who lived before the 21st century. Breakfast will also be provided that morning. Families are asked to bring two or more boxes of cereal to share with the “Friends for Life” food shelf.
• Thursday is “famous day,” along with the preschool trike-a-thon, which begins at 9 a.m. The fifth through eighth graders will be going to Mayer Lutheran High School to hear the music group “Lost and Found.”
• Friday is “crazy day” and there will be a dodge ball contest. Chapel will begin at 1:45 p.m., and the seventh and eighth graders will be playing handbells.
• Sunday, March 14, the kindergarten through sixth grade students will sing at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for the 10:30 a.m. service.
For more information about CCLS, call (952) 955-1419 or go to www.ccls.net.
St. James Lutheran School
Lutheran Schools Week is an opportunity for students at St. James Lutheran School to show their faith in fun ways.
St. James will be having activities each day, including art projects such as making crosses and writing poems. Students will also have a beach night and will watch a movie.
Each day of the week is a dress up day, with different colors representing Bible verses.
• Monday’s color is black, to remind people of their sins, based on Romans 3:23.
• On Tuesday, students are encouraged to wear red, signifying Jesus’ blood (1 John 1:7).
• On Wednesday, the theme is white, a color which is often associated with forgiveness. The passage of the day is Psalm 51:7.
• Thursday’s color is green, representing faith, with 1 Corinthians 3:6 as the verse of the day.
• On Friday, students can wear blue, as a symbol of heaven. The corresponding Bible passage is John 14:2-3.
For more information about St. James, call (320) 543-2630 or go to www.stjameshl.org/school.