St. Matthew Lutheran School

From the Principal,

June 6, 2015

My Final 8th Grade Journal Prompt!

     "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever." 1 Chronicles 16:34

Throughout the week, I have been praying about my last newsletter devotional thought for the 2014/2015 school year. When Mrs. Weston shared this 8th grader's final journal prompt this week during our staff devotional time, I thought that this young man's insight as he prepares to leave St. Matthew was so powerful that it was worth sharing with all of you.  Perhaps hearing this eighth grader's perspective may help provide some reassurance and affirmation when you are asked "Why do you select to attend St. Matthew?" I hope that your heart is as touched as mine was.

In this final piece of freestyle writing that I write at St. Matthew,  I would like to reflect on the end of this year and all the years before. I would also like to reflect upon my future.

I have attended several schools in my life that I thought that I had connections with. Upon my enrollment at St. Matthew, little did I know that this school would top all others with teachers who care about me, and with classmates who are willing to get  to know me; I was caught in a place that couldn't ever be taken for granted.

As I found myself in a second home, I fully submerged myself into the community of this school by participating in sports, Destination Imagination, Youth gatherings, Student Council, choir, running tech, some musicals, and almost anything else that one can think of. Best of all, I became a Christian disciple during this process. I can now leave with a new outlook on life... one that wants to spread the Word of Christ.

My future holds many surprises. I am prepared for anything that comes my way as I learn to trust in God at all times. Although plans can change according to God's plans, I will try to never forget St. Matthew and the people that I met there. I have made it a goal to come back after college and settle down near this place I can now call home. I will never forget all that happened here at this church and school. I will always remember what God did at St. Matthew.

                                                Jake Adams,  Grade 8 - Class of 2015

So, as we prepare to conclude this school year, we have a few heartfelt "good byes" and/or "see you laters" that we would like to express.

First, we want to express our love and congratulations to our eighth graders as they prepare to graduate from St. Matthew next Monday night. All of them have the potential to be such powerful ambassadors for our Savior and our school. Their presence in our hallways will be truly missed; however, we are confident that they have the necessary tools to boldly "Shine the Light" in their next academic endeavor. It is our prayer that no matter where the Lord may lead them, they will always keep Him in the center of their lives.

We also want to say "Thank You" to Mrs. Christine Wade for her faithful service in teaching Advanced Math and Spanish. Mrs. Wade has been a dedicated servant driving from Waltz, MI, every day and we are very grateful for all that she has done for our school.

We also want to thank all of our school parents for their tremendous support! It is a joy to work with all of you. We do find  it a joy and an honor that you entrust your children into our care each day.

So as I conclude this newsletter for the 2014/2015 school year, I would like focus and acknowledge the most important person, and that is Jesus! During this entire school year, He has been so incredibly faithful!

As we end this school year, I wish you a wonderful, relaxing, and God-centered summer, and I look forward to seeing you again on September 8, 2015!

In His love,

Mrs. Palka


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Walled Lake Consolidated Schools will participate in the Summer Food Service Program beginning Monday, June 22.

This program provides meals to children ages 1-18 without charge.  Young adults from age 19 to 26 are also eligible if they’re enrolled in programs for the mentally or physically disabled.  These programs must be recognized by a state or local public agency.

Breakfast will be served from 8:15-8:45 a.m. and lunches will be served  from 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Walled Lake Community Education Center, 615 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake.

After winning first place honors for creativity, team work, problem solving, and innovation at the State level, our seventh and eighth grade Destination Imagination teams will be heading to Knoxville, Tennessee, on May 19 - 23 to participate in the DI Global tournament!

Our in-school Book Fair runs from Monday, April 27 through Saturday, May 2.  You can also shop online at the Online Book Fair through Tuesday, May 5.

Click HERE for more information!!

On April 18th, on the campus of Central Michigan University, three St. Matthew Destination Imagination teams - 5th Grade, 7th Grade, and 8th Grade - competed with the best teams in the state of Michigan. All of the teams performed incredibly well, with the 7th and 8th Grade teams taking 1st place in their Fine Arts competitions! In addition, the 7th Grade team was awarded the prestigious DaVinci Award for outstanding creativity!

This weekend, we have three teams heading to the Central Michigan University campus in Mt. Pleasant, MI, to participate in the DI State Tournament. We would like to wish God's richest blessings to our 5th, 7th, and 8th grades teams! May the Lord be glorified in all that you do!