May 18, 2018

Congratulations to Natalia Tutevich, our Spirit Award winner for the week. Natalia received this award because of her kindness and hard work. We’re proud of you, Natalia!


This is the last newsletter of the school year! I’m thinking about all the things we’ve done this year and ways to make next year even better.

Choir has performed at meetings and nursing homes. They were invited to sing at the city’s celebration of the National Day of Prayer. They even learned to sing a version of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”!

We’ve had special visitors this year such as the Osage Valley Raptor and Wildlife Rehabilitation Program, Randy Nadler who presented a program about Thailand, Jesse the Comfort Dog, the K-9 officers’ demonstration, Lead a Child program, and Jerry Tritz, the Christian comedian/magician, and Heit’s Point Summer Camping.

We participated in DARE, had successful volleyball and basketball seasons, and started a new cheerleading program which was very successful. We participated in the Lutheran Hour Ministries Online Mission trip. Our chess club is going strong with several new students who learned to play. Some students had fun learning about flag guard.

Our talent show was probably one of the best ever. We were happy about our Christmas program this year as well. One of the teachers’ favorite events this year was the grandparent breakfast and special chapel service. Our Lutheran Schools week celebration was fun this year as always. PTL helped make it a success with a spaghetti dinner kick off where the students were able to perform for parents and the congregation. The first book fair we’ve had in many years was a success.

This year we’ve gotten new cafeteria tables (delivery 1st week of June), security cameras for hallways and playground, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, an upgrade online monitoring system, upgraded wifi ($1000 value equipment donated by ReSolutions), new freezer and refrigerators for the cafeteria, and a new portable stage.

We focused on providing materials for family devotions through magazines and books for younger grades as well as a family devotion bag system for preschool and kindergarten.

Put down your deposit for next year and let your friends and neighbors know about St. Paul’s! God’s blessings on a wonderful and safe summer!  

Newsletter April 6

Thank you to everyone who participated (or gave a donation) for the second School Store campaign. We were given an approximately two foot minion robot and a tee shirt to use as a door prize. Ethan Griggs was the happy winner of these prizes. On the first campaign, we received just under $100 in cash for the school and there were donations of around $900 for teachers to spend in their education store. We appreciate your support as always.

PTL is planning to devote some funds toward replacing ceiling tile in the cafeteria as a starter project, then hiring a professional painter to paint two classrooms for us this summer. We are excited about all the new upgrades to the building and equipment.

Mrs. Paige arranged an exciting opportunity for the students next week. Police Officer Connor is bringing his canine officer to give a demonstration of how police dogs help keep the community safe. Parents are invited to attend as well. It will begin at 1:00 in the gym.

If you haven’t turned in your letter of intent to enroll for next year, please do so. If you no longer have it, just send me an email or let Mrs. Hoos know your plans.  We are getting ready to order textbooks for next year and this helps us plan. Your child’s $100 registration fee must be paid by June 1st. After June 1st, we will open enrollment to the general public. I anticipate some classes filling quickly, but once we receive your registration fee, the slot will be saved for your child.

Teachers are in the process of planning end of the year field trips. We must have permission forms signed and returned in order for your child to attend. These forms allow the appropriate medical personnel to treat your child in case of a medical emergency. We are unable to make exceptions to this rule.

Parent Corner

Does your child know how to play hop scotch?  Spring is a great time to teach them a new (old) game. Use some sidewalk chalk and make a game board. If you have an old hall rug, use a permanent marker or paint to create a game board. When the spring weather turns into deluge of rain, this is a fun and active game to unroll and play together indoors. Painters tape placed in the correct pattern on a hard surface can work indoors as well as outdoors. Use your imagination and items around the house. You can google hopscotch and find directions about how to play and how to set up the game board if you need a refresher.

Newsletter March 23

The first week of May we will be conducting our standardized testing for grades 3 through 8. Please put this on your calendar so that you can plan for your child to be present during this week. On May 4th will be our annual talent show. Your child is invited to participate by sharing their talent. In your planning, we ask that any music used be Christian or patriotic. We will be announcing tryouts soon.

Thanks to a generous donation to the school and our PTL, we were able to purchase a portable stage system. This will be very helpful for future programs and is something we’ve needed for a long time. We are also able to purchase folding bench seat cafeteria tables. We have been able to purchase security cameras for the hallways and playground through Trivent Financial as well as new books for our library.

We are grateful once again to the men of Katy Park Baptist Church who have gotten concrete donated and will spread it in our gaga ball pit. They will be doing this next Friday in the morning if anyone would like to help.

You are invited and encouraged to come to the presentation of the Last Supper and Crucifixion next week on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00. This is quite a realistic portrayal that you won’t want to miss. It is free, but there is a door offering.  The Singing Saints are performing at 7:00 this Saturday evening. It will be an awesome performance. You’re invited!

Dr. Phil Frusti, the executive director of Lead a Child did a presentation for the school this morning. He is a former Lutheran teacher and administrator who now works with other Lutherans to help build Christian schools in other countries. Each child received a coin bag made by the women of one of the countries. Our chapel offerings have been going to Lead a Child. Please pray for this ministry.

God’s blessings!                           


Parent Corner

The following is written by Christian author, Tim Elmore: 

At Growing Leaders, we work with both teens and twenty-somethings, helping them move from backpack to briefcase and become leaders along the way. After being in front of thousands of these younger students, I want to offer a list of defining characteristics I’ve seen in them as teens. Keep in mind, the jury is still out: while these attributes are on the radar screen now, the students are still young, and change is always in the wind. For now, however, it might do us some good pay attention to these six common characteristics of Generation Z:

They are Cynical-While the students I met were fairly happy and well-adjusted, they are not giddy like so many Generation Y kids were in the 90s. They tend to be more realistic not idealistic, seemingly jaded from the tough economy, terrorism and complexities of life.

They are Private-Perhaps It’s because they watched their older siblings get in trouble from posting controversial content on social media, but younger teens don’t want to be tracked. Apps like Snapchat and Whisper have seen explosive growth in the last few years. In contrast, Facebook has lost 25 percent of this demographic since 2011.

They are Entrepreneurial-Like Millennials, these students plan to be pioneers, not merely settlers in a career. 72% of current high school students want to start a business. They feel like hackers, not slackers. Since they’re more jaded, they know life is hard and requires work.

They are Multi-tasking-By almost every measurement so far, these Gen Z kids will take multi-tasking to a new level. They prefer to be on 5 screens at once, not 2 screens like Millennials. Get ready to communicate to them while they look around, not into your eyes.

They are Hyper-aware-Generation Z has communicated enough with marketing researchers and academics to reveal that they experience: 4D Thinking. Because their minds are streaming in so many directions, they’ve become post-moderns who are hyperaware of their surroundings.

They are Technology-reliant-This one won’t surprise you. If we thought Millennials were addicted to technology, get ready for more. In surveys, these teens put technology in the same category as air and water. They cannot imagine living without being connected all the time.

So…are you ready for these kids?

There is some great information about issues in parenting available. We have many resources for you in our library, but teachers have participated together in a workshop for parents by Tim Elmore. He has researched and written extensively about the young people of today and generations before them. He has incredible insight for parents raising this generation of children. We will be offering a time for parents to meet together, watch, and discuss his video called Twelve Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid. This series speaks to parents about their children who are growing up in an instant information, instant entertainment, and instant gratification age. More information will be coming!


Upcoming Events for Holy Week:

The Singing Saints (from St. Paul Lutheran High School)  Saturday, March 25 @ 7:00 in the church.

Living Last Supper and Crucifixion, March 27 @ 7:00 in the gym.

Living Last Supper and Crucifixion , March 28 @ 7:00 in the gym.

Maundy Thursday Service, March 29 @ 6:30

Good Friday Service, March 30 @ 6:30

Easter Sunrise Service, April 1 @ 7:00 a.m.

Breakfast @ 8:00 a.m.

Divine Service @ 9:00 a.m.

Your family is invited and encouraged to attend these services and programs.


Newsletter March 15

March 15 News

Teachers and the Board of Christian Day School are working hard on different parts of the accreditation process this year so that we will be well prepared for next year’s reaccreditation. We’ve been updating policies and handbooks, looking at curriculum and making some long range planning goals. Students will be giving us their input next week and parents will receive an online questionnaire to provide input.

I have started putting the news part of the newsletter on the website under “Announcements.” The latest one will be listed on top. My apologies to parents of 7th and 8th grade. I missed Mr. Grass’s class when handing them out. For the Upcoming Events, check the calendar section.

If you are applying for the LESA scholarship, make sure to complete your application soon. Let me know if you are doing so as I need to add notes to it. Mrs. Hoos mailed this to each family with the Intent to Enroll form in January. You must try for this scholarship before applying to the Board of Christian Day School for financial help. To do that, you will need to complete an application on FACTS. I will send out more information about that next week.

Your child is bringing home our last fundraising campaign of the year from With this campaign, you fill out a “postcard” packet of people who might be interested in purchasing something and send it back to school.

We really need some help with painting once school is out. We need to paint two classrooms and other areas to be announced. Will you help us? I’ll publish the planned dates soon.

Parent Homework (Thank Yous!)

Thank you so much for your support during Lutheran Schools Week. The Penny War netted $389.20 to go toward new PE equipment.

The Grandparent (and parent) breakfast showed us a wonderful turnout. $560.00 was raised for the school lunch program!

We sold $1576.31 at the tabletop Scholastic Book Fair! Over $600 books for our library/classroom use was earned. This will also qualify us to have a large book fair next year if we want.


March 9, 2018


We’ve had a wonderful Lutheran Schools Week celebration. We are so appreciative of all the parent support for our PTL spaghetti dinner, bake sale/auction, and our book fair as well as all the other things “behind the scenes” that were done to help. We sold over $1000 of books! I think a staff favorite was the Grandparent celebration. We will definitely repeat that event next year. The children loved Mr. Tritz, the magician, on Thursday. Our comfort dog visit was also quite the hit. Younger grades were excited to attend a play at the Jr. High this morning.

Attached to this newsletter is some information from Eric Schmitt, Missouri State Treasurer about the Missouri Most investment program now available to parents of elementary students. Refer to your accountant for any questions.

Something pretty extraordinary happens at St. Paul’s during Holy Week. The church puts on a production of The Living Last Supper and the Crucifixion. This year it will be March 27th and 28th at 7:00 p.m. in our gym. If you haven’t been to it before, you won’t want to miss this. There is a door offering.

Note that PTL meeting is next Thursday, the 15th at 6:00 in the 5th/6th grade classroom. Child care will be provided in the gym.

Parent Homework:

 “The word “no” is key to enabling children to mature, and so are failure and stress. Most of us hate these concepts. We shun them. They are perceived as negative. But with the right perspective, both failure and stress can actually aid in the process of authentic maturation. When kids learn to respond to stress in a positive way, allowing it to motivate them to reach down and pull out the best that’s within them, it can be a positive thing. Let’s face it: they’ll eventually need to learn to handle it. The same is true for failure. In what contexts will your kids most likely benefit from hearing the word “no”?

From Artificial Maturity, Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults by Tim Elmore.