Principal's Pen 9.30

The Principal’s Pen 
Trinity Lutheran School, Alma, Missouri September 30, 2020

Our world is changing. Social media and instant news is bringing the world closer to our doorstep. How do you protect the youth from the constant media input? Here are some things to consider:

A. Immerse your children in God’s Word and Sacraments 
Read the Bible daily with your children. Remind them of their Baptism. This is ultimately a spiritual battle. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). 
B. Pray for your children James 5:16 (NIV) “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” 
C. Understand how pervasive the problem is and why “Turn it off” is not good enough. It is important that your child become media wise. We live in a media saturated society. Your child literally receives hundreds of media messages every day: TV, magazines, billboards, Internet, and radios. Mom & Dad aren’t always going to be around to say, “Turn it off.” Often the TV commercial is on before you have a chance to change the channel. (Also, turning off a billboard is very hard to do.) So it’s important that our children learn for themselves how to think critically about the media and be media literate. 
D. Teach your children to be a critical Christian thinker. The critical Christian thinker… 
1. has a firmly developed sense of right and wrong. 2. understands that all music, media and entertainment is not harmless fun. 
3. recognizes that many who are responsible for the creation and promotion of pop entertainment have, in most cases, values which are contrary to Biblical values. 
4. doesn’t see anything funny about his values being attacked, ridiculed, or undermined by pop culture.
5. tries to honor and please the Lord in the choices he makes. 
6. knows that God puts a premium on relationships that exhibit mutual respect, dignity and honesty. (People are never to be used as a means for an end.) 
7. is willing to suffer the loss of a specific entertainment option rather than allow hostile ideas to enter his mind. 
8. understands that God cares about how he spends his time. 
9. when confronted with unfamiliar territory he asks advice from parents, pastors and Christian peers whom he respects.
Compiled by Dr. John W. Tape

Parent / Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. So that we can find the most opportune time for you to be scheduled, please request a block of time that would be best for you and we will try to get as close as possible to saving that time for you. Forms came home today with your student!

We want your pictures for the yearbook! Please email with any pictures you’d like to share!
Sucker Friday! Every Friday, students may purchase a sucker for $1.00!

Soccer Practice 3:30-5:00 Mondays & Thursdays. Bring a water bottle as there are no water fountains available.
4-6th grade girls volleyball practice will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:15-6:45pm.

7th & 8th grade girls volleyball practice is Tuesdays after school until 5:15 and Thursdays from 5:00-6:30pm. 

PTL FALL DINNER (formally Chilli/Soup Dinner) will be a “Drive-thru Loaded Baked Potato Bar” this year on October 11, 2020, serving from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Drive thru will start by the cafeteria doors on Third Street and head east. It’s a Free-will donation. There will be themed baskets on display (weather permitting) with a raffle style ticket purchase. Students will also be selling tickets. You may also call your order in ahead of time if you want. Contact Martha Schreiman at 660-229-3127, to place your order. We hope to see you there!

FALL BASKET RAFFLE It’s not too late! Each student is asked to donate new (unused) item(s). Unused items from around your home are perfectly acceptable. Please have all items brought to school ASAP!

We have 5 Trinity Lutheran youth masks available for $10 each and socks available for $16 each. Contact the office!

Breakfast Menu for October 5-9
All meals include juice, milk, applesauce and raisins.
Monday – Pancakes & Sausage
Tuesday – Cheese Omelet
Wednesday – Sausage in Roll
Thursday – Donuts
Friday – Breakfast Pizza

Lunch Menu for October 5-9
All meals include milk.

Monday – Lasagna Rollup, green beans, peaches, bread sticks, brownies

Tuesday- Hamburger on Bun
Baked, beans, pears, ice cream

Wednesday -Chicken & rice, cooked carrots, strawberries, bread sticks

Thursday – Baked ham, broccoli, au gratin potatoes, pineapple, hot wheat rolls, rice krispie treats,

Friday – Pizza Sticks, corn, applesauce, cookies

Upcoming Games

October 1
7-8th Volleyball @ Santa Fe (Alma) (5p)
4-6th Volleyball @ Santa Fe (Alma) (6p)

October 2
4-8th Soccer @ St Peter (Marshall) 4:30p
4-6th Volleyball @ St Peter (Marshall) 6p
7-8th Volleyball @ St Peter (Marshall) 7p

October 3 
4-6th Volleyball tournament in Waverly CANCELED

October 8
4-6th Volleyball @ home (4:30)
7-8th Volleyball @ home (5:30)

October 10
Soccer Tournament @ St Peter’s (Marshall)
Volleyball Tournament @ St Peter’s (Marshall)

Important Dates:
October 2 Pizza Pickup after school
October 7 Raffle ticket sheets due
        PT Conference Times Due
October 9 End of 1st Quarter
        12:30 Early Dismissal 
(aftercare open through 5:30)
October 11 Fall Dinner & Basket Raffle
        (contact office if you need to know your shift time)
October 15 12:30 Early Dismissal
         (aftercare open through 5:30)
        Parent Teacher Conferences
October 16 No School

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