St. Matthew Lutheran School

From the Principal,

March 19, 2015

What an increDIble DI Season!

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows."                    James 1:16

Last Saturday, nearly one thousand children from Oakland County and their parents participated in the Region One Destination Imagination tournament. Fifty-seven of these students were from St. Matthew Lutheran School.  As you can imagine, having that many people in one location can be a little overwhelming, especially when you are only three-and-a-half feet tall. As our first and second grade Rising Stars team arrived, I could see the look of apprehension on their faces as they worked their way through the thick crowd to meet at our designated table, which was located in the jam-packed cafeteria. So when I had to break the news to them that we needed to leave the security of their parents and walk down the hallway to our Instant Challenge site, I immediately noticed some uneasy responses.

However, this year, Mrs. Eastman designed our DI shirts with a  large orange cross on the back of the shirt with the Scripture verse "Wonderful are Your works." As we worked our way down the crowded hallway, we stayed in a long line and told each child... "Keep your eyes on the cross of the T-shirt in front of you." This kind of became the slogan for the day for our littlest participants. "OK, are your eyes on the cross?", "Keep your eyes on the cross in front of you", "No matter what, just keep your eyes on the cross and you won't get lost."

As I listened to the advice that we were giving our little ones, I thought, "What great advice for all of us!" Peter was able to climb out of the boat and walk on water when he kept his eyes on Jesus. However, when he became distracted by the storm and he shifted his focus from Christ to the intensity of the waves, he started to sink. His immediate reaction was to call out to Jesus, and instantly, Jesus reached out, grabbed, and saved him!

And the same holds true for all of us! When we keep our eyes and focus on Jesus, we, too, do not have to worry about anything.

As the competition day concluded, we had so much for which to be thankful! All of our teams worked so well together and gave fantastic presentations! We were so incredibly proud of their accomplishments and for all of the valuable lessons that they learned throughout their DI journey.

In addition, we are also blessed to have three teams that are continuing on to the State competition!

Due to their placement of third or first place, our 5th, 7th. and 8th grade teams qualified to participate in the DI State Competition, which will be held at the Central Michigan University campus on April 18th.

We are so excited for this opportunity, and we look forward to watching how the Lord will continue to bless these teams as well.

We would also like to thank ALL of our coaches for the tremendous amount of time and energy that they put in to this DI season! This esteemed list that joined me would include: Mrs. Gonzales, Mrs. Yearn, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Millspaugh, Mrs. Prezop, Mr. Tiedje, Mrs. Lahue, Mrs. Terry, and Mrs. Weston. Thank you so much for all of your love and support!

This Lenten season and always, may we strive to keep our eyes on our increDIble God!

In Jesus,

Mrs. Palka

Latest News

The 7th grade class is inviting school families and friends to write Christian Letters of Encouragement to members of our Armed Forces (CLEAF). This outreach project takes your words of encouragement and the Good News of Christ all over the globe!

+ Write a letter to one of the men or women in service to our country.

+ Take stationery home if you'd like from the display in the lobby.

+ Add an encouraging Bible verse to show God's great and rich love for them!

+ Place the finished letters in the lobby box no later than April 13.

Registration for the 2015/2016 school year will begin on Monday, March 2, 2015 for currently enrolled students and members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Registration packets were mailed out last week.  If you have not received your packet, please contact the school office immediately. We look forward to continuing to partner with you in nurturing your child’s academic and spiritual journey!

Last June, when the Lord called the Bornheimer family to serve in ministry in the Fort Wayne area, the School Board ministry needed to make some quick decisions regarding how to fill our second grade vacancy. Due to how late in the school year the Bornheimer's departure occurred, and the necessary time it takes to complete an official "Divine Call" process, it was determined that the best decision for students and our school was to issue a one year "hire" contract with the intent that we would go through the Call process during the 2014/2015 school year.

Starting on January 26, 2015, Lutheran Schools around the United States will celebrate "National Lutheran Schools Week". This week will be filled with exciting opportunities to express school spirit as well as gratitude to our God for the numerous blessings that evolve from a Christian education.

Listed below are the designated days and events:

Monday, January 26th - School Spirit Day

Wear school attire and/or colors Opening devotion at 8:30 a.m. in church for everyone Day concludes with a "game day" in the gym and various student activities

Due to a logistical issue, the All School Open House for prospective and returning students has been changed to Thursday, February 12, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Please mark your calendars and join us as you will have opportunities to meet your child's 2015/2016 teacher as well as view 6th and 8th grade Science projects!  At 6:45 p.m. we will have a professional theatrical performance of "The Princess and the Pea".  

We look forward to seeing you there!