By Jennifer Kotila
WATERTOWN, MAYER, HOWARD LAKE, MN Local Lutheran schools will be celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week, Sunday through Saturday, March 6-12.
St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake, Christ Community Lutheran School (CCLS) in Watertown, and Zion Lutheran School in Mayer offer an alternative to the local public schools for students in preschool through eighth grade.
“CCLS is focused on connecting to our community. Over 45 percent of our students are from different Christian faith backgrounds,” said Kim Martin of CCLS.
CCLS is affiliated with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and St. Peter Lutheran Church, both in Watertown.
Each school provides students with a strong academic education in a Christian school environment.
“We have a faculty that has been at Zion for 6 to 17 years and a commitment to academic excellence that is second to none,” said Zion’s office manager, Kris Thomas.
Zion Lutheran School is affiliated with Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer.
St. James exists to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and assist Christian parents in following the Lord’s commands by providing sound Christian teaching for children, according to its mission statement.
St. James Lutheran School is affiliated with St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
Each of the schools has special events planned throughout the week.
The theme for Lutheran Schools Week is “Securing each child’s future making disciples.” It is based on John 8:31b,32, which states, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Christ Community Lutheran School
“We consider ourselves to be a professional learning community,” Martin said.
With a family atmosphere and a focus on creating a positive Christian school environment with a strong academic focus, students from CCLS go on to serve as leaders in many area high schools.
Watertown-Mayer’s 2010 valedictorian was a graduate of CCLS, Martin said.
The CCLS school board kicked off National Lutheran Schools Week Sunday with a breakfast and an open house where students imagination fair projects were on display.
The student council has planned a different dress-up theme for each day of the week:
• Monday is “career day.”
• Tuesday is “PJ day.”
• Wednesday is “medieval day.”
• Thursday is “sports day,” and St. Jude’s trike-a-thon.
• Friday is “crazy day.”
St. James Lutheran School
Student from five school districts attend St. James Lutheran School.
St. James began National Lutheran Schools Week with students singing at Sunday morning’s worship services at St. James Lutheran Church.
St. James students also have different dress-up themes for each day of the week:
• Monday is “spy gear/secret agent day.”
• Tuesday is “school colors day.”
• Wednesday is “dress up nice day.”
• Thursday is “back to the ‘80s and ‘big’ hair day.”
• Friday is “jersey day.”
Zion Lutheran School
The theme verse for this year at Zion Lutheran School is from Philippians 4:8-9 and students have focused on “whatever” is true, right, pure, and noble, thinking about such things and putting them into practice.
Zion Lutheran School began its celebration this week with a worship service at Mayer Lutheran High School on Sunday.
The school will be hosting an open house today (Monday) from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a spelling bee at 9 a.m. for grades 1-4, and at 1 p.m. for grades 5-8.
A pizza, pop, and performance night will begin at 5:30 p.m. for students and their families.
On Wednesday, students will be making 1,000 sandwiches for homeless people in Minneapolis through 363days.org organization.
The students will be served a breakfast Friday, organized by the parents, and Jump Rope for the Heart will be Friday afternoon.
The week ends with a family event of skating at the Waconia Ice Arena on Sunday.
As with the other Lutheran Schools, Zion has a dress-up theme for each day of the week:
• Monday is “dress-your-best day.”
• Tuesday is “crazy hair and clothes day.”
• Wednesday is “rainbow day” and each grade dresses in a different color.
Kindergartners dress in red, first and second grade dress in green, third and fourth grade dress in blue or orange, fifth and sixth grade dress in purple, and seventh and eighth grade dress in yellow.
• Thursday is “beach day” and students will have a picnic lunch.
• Friday is “PJ day” and students are encouraged to bring a box of cereal for the food shelf.