By Starrla Cray
MAYER, MN Within the walls of Zion Lutheran Elementary School in Mayer, students have been taught the four “Rs” reading, writing, arithmetic, and relationships for the past 100 years.
This fall, Zion’s walls will be bright and new again, with the addition of four huge new classrooms. Each classroom is 900 square feet, and the total estimated size of the new addition is about 6,000 square feet.
Administrator Kris Thomas anticipates completion by late September or early October.
“We’ll be moving all the kindergarten through eighth-grade students over to the new rooms,” Thomas said. “The existing rooms will be used for our preschool program and extended learning.”
The need for more space at Zion Lutheran arose after years of increasing enrollment.
“We’ve grown quite substantially over the last five years I’d say 20 to 30 percent,” Thomas said.
For the upcoming school year, 127 students are signed up to attend Zion. The first day of school begins at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4.
The theme for 2013-14 is recognizing the fruits of the Spirit, based on Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
“We are so excited for the upcoming school year, and feel completely blessed to have the opportunity to educate and love the children in our school, all while teaching them excellent academics in a Christian atmosphere,” Thomas noted.
Before classes start, parents and students are invited to Zion’s annual back-to-school picnic, Sunday, Aug. 25 at 3:30 p.m. at the school. According to Thomas, the picnic is a fun way to get together with new and returning families. New spirit wear will also be for sale.
“Bring a lawn chair or blanket and your appetite, because everything else is provided for you,” she noted.
The picnic also gives students an opportunity to prepare for their first day of school. Students should bring their backpacks and school supplies, so that they can go into their classroom and unpack their belongings.
During that time, parents will meet at the church to learn more about what Zion has to offer.
“This is an exciting year for Zion Lutheran Church and School,” Thomas noted.
The school is planning a grand opening after the new addition is completed this fall, and activities are also planned for Grandparents Day. A few extracurricular options at Zion include volleyball, basketball, choir, band, piano, and a yearbook committee.
“We encourage you to come check us out and to see what being part of Zion Lutheran School can mean for the education of your child and the well-being of your family,” Thomas said. “You’ll find school pride as soon as you walk through our doors, and families that are eager to welcome you in.”
For more information, contact Thomas at (952) 657-2339.