Chapel at Salem
Salem Lutheran School seeks to follow God’s word in growing in grace as His people and fulfilling the purpose He has for every life as seen in God’s call to train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not part from it (Proverbs 22:6).
- We believe that God is our loving Father and we are His children.
- We believe because of our imperfection, everyone needs a Savior.
- We believe God sent His only Son, Jesus, to die for our sins.
- We believe that those who believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection are His disciples.
To this end, on most Wednesday afternoons, the students of Salem gather to worship and praise our loving Heavenly Father. Parents are invited to worship with us weekly. Chapel offerings collected in our weekly services are designated for various mission projects on local, national, and international levels. In 2016-2017, our chapel offerings will be given to Shoeman Water Projects, Lutheran World Mission, and a local mission. Once a month Salem students meet with their cross-age teams for devotions and activities that support the monthly chapel theme. At these team meetings older students are leaders and mentors for younger students. Our goal in spiritual development is to lead students to be more like Jesus and to help others be more like Jesus.
Each year, Salem has a chapel theme. For 2016-2017, that theme is “Love Like Jesus” based on the Bible Verse John 13: 34-35, [Jesus said, ] “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Kids Choristers is a school choir comprised of all students in Kindergarten, First and Second Grades. The choir concentrates on learning to sing as a group with proper vocal technique. The choir sings monthly for worship, chapel and other school and community events. Rehearsals are Thursday afternoon from 1:45 to 2:15 pm. The choir is directed by Mr. John Wittmayer.
Kids’ Praise is a school choir comprised of all students in Third, Fourth and Fifth grades. The choir concentrates on proper choral technique and singing in parts. The choir sings monthly for worship, chapel and other school and community events. Rehearsals are Wednesday mornings from 9:05 to 9:50 am. The choir is directed by Mrs. John Wittmayer.
Middle School Choir and Handbells
Middle School Choir is a school choir comprised of all students in Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grades. The choir continues to emphasize proper choral and vocal singing with an eye to singing as a life-long endeavor. The choir sings monthly for worship, chapel and other school and community events. Rehearsals are Wednesday mornings from 8:20 to 9:05 am. The choir is directed by Mr. John Wittmayer.
Seventh and Eighth grades students will also participate in a semester of handbells. This is an opportunity to work together as a musical team. Proper handbell technique and working together as an ensemble are stressed. The handbell choir rings monthly for worship, chapel and other school and community events. Currently, all seventh graders are participating in the Fall 2015 semester. Rehearsals are Friday afternoon from 12:50 to 1:35 pm. The choir is directed by Mr. John Wittmayer.
The Middle School Choir and Handbell Choir will always perform at the same time. Click on the highlighted title to view the 2015 Fall performance schedule.
Salem Band Program
Our Salem Band it part of the Lutheran High School South (LHSS) grade school instrumental music program. Instruction is provided by the Lutheran High School Association of St. Louis for students in grades 5-8 in St. Louis area elementary and middle schools.
Salem students in fifth grade have the opportunity to choose a band instrument from the woodwind, brass or percussion instruments for their instruction throughout the school year. Classes meet twice weekly for each grade level for 45 minute sessions, and our band students participate in school concerts and chapel services.
In addition to band classes and concerts at Salem, our students participate in two combined concerts with all elementary and middle school bands in the LHSS band program. These concerts are held at LHSS and provide a great evening of music performed by our students.
Salem Band members may also participate in Lutheran South Junior winds. This band of select students rehearses and performs challenging music for middle school advanced musicians. During their Concert Tour each year they enjoy performing for students in the Lutheran schools throughout the St. Louis area. Through the St. Louis Metro Music Educators District #8 of the Missouri Music Educators Association, our Salem band students can audition annually for the Metro District #8 Honor Band. If chosen for this elite band, students perform an all Honors Concert each year.
The band program continues in grades 9 through 12 at Lutheran High School South for students who want to continue to develop their talent, and take advantage of performance venues that are available in high school.
We offer academic team to students in grades 5-8. Participants must be on Honor Roll or have a teacher recommendation. Academic team meets throughout the school year one day a week after school, and does not interfere with any other Salem sports or activities. Coaches are Mrs. Rivers and Mrs. Dunnette.
Our Safety Patrol assists with student crossing areas and working with our teachers to help with student safety at Salem. The Junior Safety Patrol is a voluntary group of crossing guards involving older students helping younger students cross streets in elementary and middle schools across the United States. The official School Safety Patrol program was organized in 1920 by the American Automobile Association. Former safety patrol members include U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, along with 21 astronauts.
Student Council is open to students in grades 5-8. Student Council members will be responsible for various service opportunities, leading spirit days each month, and organizing school activities such as: food and toy drives, Red Ribbon Week activities, national days of prayer, and other student council sponsored events. Members will be lead by the Student Council President and Vice President (two 8th graders who are voted into their position by their peers). Meetings are held before school. We’re looking forward to a fun, rewarding and productive school year.
PATS (Parents and Teachers for Salem)
PATS is a group of very dedicated parents, teachers and volunteers whose purpose is to support the ministry and programs of the school as a not-for-profit auxiliary organization. Membership in the organization includes all parents, grandparents and guardians of children enrolled in Salem Lutheran School, Pastors, church staff members and Board of Christian Day School members of Salem Lutheran Church. The Executive Board consists of the President, Secretary and Treasurer. The standing committees that work so hard to provide programs are Service, Social, Program, Spiritual Growth, Finance (TWB) and Publicity.
PATS’ mission is to unite members of this organization in spiritual, educational, cultural, social and financial activities for the welfare of the school, families, congregation and community.
PATS fundraising efforts consist of BoxTops and Labels for Education collections, tailgate sales, gently used uniform sales, walkathons, craft/vendor fairs, Santa’s Kottage, gift card sales (TWB and Walter Knoll), penny/change collection drive, MyCoke rewards, Escrip Community Card (Schnucks) and sales of student designed Christmas cards. We are always entertaining new ideas and opportunities that don’t involve students selling items from catalogs.
As a result of our fundraising efforts we are able to provide programs and financial support for the following:
- School Picnic and Welcome Back BBQ
- Trunk or Treat
- Santa’s Kottage
- Family Bingo Night
- Childcare during Parent Gathering Nights or board meetings
- Baptismal Gifts
- Band Fees
- Teacher Appreciation Week/Faculty and Staff
- Sports and Academic team shirts and photos
There is much more. We are always looking for volunteers who want to become a part of our organization and mission. Please contact the school office if you wish to become involved and leave a message. Someone will promptly return your call.
Girl Scouts at Salem Lutheran School offers girls the chance to seek out new activities, ideas and friends in a safe and fun setting. There are troops in place for each level of Girl Scouting from Kindergarten through 12 grade. Troops meet individually throughout the school year with all Salem Girl Scouts getting together for special functions like Thinking Day, Court of Awards, Cosmic Bowling, Disney on Ice, Scout Sunday and our group camping at Superama — just to name a few! We also promote service to community, church and family. We participate in the annual Girl Scout April Showers and have one neighborhood service project each fall. Oh and don’t forget those cookies!! For further information contact Troop Organizer Susan Etter.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.