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16 May

This being my last Principal’s Pennings for MLA, I must thank everyone for such a wonderful “retirement” experience. I don’t know how many times you sit back and reflect on the many blessings you have at MLA, but they are too numerous to mention. What a wonderful faculty we have. You probably have no idea how many “extras” they do behind the scene, making sure the educational experience your child has is to the best of our ability. Thank them often. They deserve it!

I have been so blessed to be able to work with all of you at MLA. It will be hard to leave, as I’ve made so many new friends. And the kids! They are all so very special to me. But now it is time to turn over the baton to Mr. Dixon. He will be arriving late June and is so excited to begin his school ministry at MLA. I have met both Mr. and Mrs. Dixon and their twin five year olds. They are so ready to be an integral part of the MLA family!

Read more: 16 May Penning

9 May

This was recently sent to me:

EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW, I LEARNED FROM NOAH’S ARK:

ONE: Don’t miss the boat!

TWO: Remember that we are all on the same boat!

THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah started building the boat!

FOUR: Stay fit. When you are 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big!

FIVE: Don’t listen to critics. Just get on with the job that needs to be done.

SIX: Build your future on high ground.

Read more: 9 May Penning

 As we celebrate our teachers this week, the following Acrostic

Poem seems appropriate!  

 

Martin

Luther

Academy is blessed to have

 

Read more: 2 May Penning

18 April

I grew up on a farm, so I understood the commercial well. It was a commercial for medicine for baby pigs. As the farmer held the piglet, he said, “A baby pig’s life is like a three legged stool – all he has is you, his mammy, and Terramyacin!” I think a child’s life is also like a three-legged stool – all he has is 1) you (the Christian home), 2) his church, and 3) his school. Each one of these provides an essential part of the child’s growth and development. Focusing on the Christian home, we see that Christian homes provide such necessities as:

Security based on God’s love. One can have peace only when he/she realizes that God is in charge. That’s a huge relief! Not everything depends on us as parents. You know how much you love your children. God is able to love even more. THAT is security.

The Christian home provides moral values, the proper guide for right and wrong. We as a school, support you in the teaching of values through the Bible and Ten Commandments.

Read more: 18 April Penning

11 April

Last Sunday evening, we received word that Mr. Scott Dixon has accepted our call to be full time principal at MLA! This is exciting news! Mr. Dixon is married to Jessica, who is a trained DCE. They have twins, a boy and a girl, who will be entering kindergarten this fall. They will be coming to us from Milwaukee, some time in late June, and Mr. Dixon will begin his duties as principal about July 1. Our prayers are with them as they prepare for their move and transition to MLA. Mr. Dixon is about to experience the wonderful faculty, families, and students of MLA!

I love being in a Lutheran school during Holy Week. What better place for your children to be as they hear daily this week of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection!

Read more: 11 April Penning

11 April

Last Sunday evening, we received word that Mr. Scott Dixon has accepted our call to be full time principal at MLA! This is exciting news! Mr. Dixon is married to Jessica, who is a trained DCE. They have twins, a boy and a girl, who will be entering kindergarten this fall. They will be coming to us from Milwaukee, some time in late June, and Mr. Dixon will begin his duties as principal about July 1. Our prayers are with them as they prepare for their move and transition to MLA. Mr. Dixon is about to experience the wonderful faculty, families, and students of MLA!

I love being in a Lutheran school during Holy Week. What better place for your children to be as they hear daily this week of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection!

Read more: 11 April Penning

4 April

It was Palm Sunday, but because of a sore throat, little 5 year old Sammy stayed home from church with a babysitter. When the family returned home, they were carrying palm fronds. Sammy asked what they were for, and his father replied, “People held them over Jesus’ head and laid them down on the path for Jesus as he walked by.”

Little Sammy complained, “The one day I don’t go, and Jesus shows up!”

Read more: 4 April Penning

Ann Arndt, Principal Penning

21 March

 It was a few years back (well, maybe many years) when I was a sophomore in high school. We had a nice teacher for science, but one that did not always make wise decisions. Thinking back on it now, I actually think he should have chosen a different profession! However, he didn’t, became a teacher, and the following actually happened in his classroom. Somehow Mr. “X” had gotten a blood testing kit and told us he would test all of us and tell us our blood types. In our naivety, we were rather excited. The idea might have been good, the procedure was not. He used the same “lance” on all of us, merely wiping it off with a paper towel between students. We honestly did not think a thing about it. We had no concerns. We didn’t, at least, until the next day when one of the students was absent, one that was in our science class. He had been sent to the emergency room the night before, being violently sick, and was diagnosed with hepatitis. Whether it was A, B, or C, I don’t know. We just knew the word hepatitis was scary enough. Soon it would be all over school that all of us in that class were exposed, and that a bus would arrive shortly to take us all to the hospital to get shots to prevent us from getting hepatitis. That is exactly what happened; no parent permission slips and no notes home to parents. My, haven’t things changed? Can you imagine the lawsuits this situation would bring today?

Read more: 21 March Penning

Do you ever take Christian education for granted? Sometimes I do, as that has been my whole life since graduating from college. For instance, I take for granted that religion will be taught every day, that the teachers will not be afraid to teach their faith, that no one will come into our facility and arrest us for teaching about Jesus, that our lives are not in danger because we teach the Bible.

 While at Messiah Lutheran School, we once had a student from Iran. She and her mother had only been in the US for a short time, but had already attended a Lutheran church and become baptized. They really wanted to remain in the US where they could worship and learn about Jesus without fear, having to hide. Yasi was sent to MLS so she could daily learn about Jesus. Her mother did NOT take a Christian education for granted. When you’ve gone through so much for your faith, appreciation is probably what you feel, rather than taking that faith and the teaching of the Bible for granted.

Read more: 7 March Penning

By Mrs. Ann Arndt

28 February

I grew up on a farm, so I understood this commercial well.   It was a commercial for medicine for baby pigs. As the farmer held up the piglet, he said, “A baby pig’s life is like a three legged stool…………all he has is you, his mammy, and Terramyacin!” I think a child’s life is also like a three legged stool…….all he has is you (the Christian home), his church, and his school. Each one provides an essential part of the child’s growth and development. Focusing on the Christian home, we see that Christian homes provide such necessities as:

Security based on God’s love. One can have peace only when he/she realizes that God is in charge. That’s actually a relief! Not everything depends on us as parents. You know how much you love your children. God is able to love them even more! Wow! That’s security!

The Christian home provides moral values, the proper guide for right and wrong. We as a school support you in the teaching of values through the Bible and Ten Commandments.

Read more: 28 Feb. Penning

Something is very different around MLA right now. Here’s what I see:

  1. People arriving in the mornings are not only bringing their children, but also boxes of intriguing items. Items that have been made or purchased for the auction.
  2. There are more people spending the day at MLA, namely the auction committee.
  3. Their hustle and bustle is obvious to all as they carry items to the basement for storage until Mar. 3.
  4. Someone is more often using the computer lab in preparation for…………you guessed it, THE AUCTION.
  5. Visitors arrive after school to work on a class project, again, for…….THE AUCTION

You’ve heard the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, it also takes a village to put on an auction! Key words to a successful auction might be………procurement, organization, publicity, food, VOLUNTEERISM, bidding, silent auction, donations, planning, computers, services, teacher

Read more: 21 February Penning

How is your prayer life? I must admit mine gets better when life is more challenging. In my prayers I ask, ask, and ask. Far too often I forget to be thankful, or at least tell God I’m thankful. That made me think of things for which I often am not thankful, but when thinking about it, become thankful. For instance:

 I AM THANKFUL FOR……

…the teenager who is not doing dishes but is watching TV, BECAUSE that means he/she is at home and not on the streets.

…the taxes I pay BECAUSE it means I am employed.

…the mess to clean up after a party BECAUSE it means I have been surrounded by friends.

…the clothes that fit a little snug BECAUSE it means I have enough to eat.

…my shadow that watches me work BECAUSE it means I am in the sunshine.

…the lawn that needs to be mowed and the gutters that need to be fixed BECAUSE that means I have a home.

…the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot BECAUSE it means I am capable of walking and that I have a car.

…my huge heating bill BECAUSE it means I am warm.

Read more: 14 February Penning

Tomorrow we are having a volunteer breakfast to honor all of the volunteers that help make MLA the success story that it is. God blesses us with our wonderful teachers, but the teachers cannot do it all. There simply isn’t enough time in the day for our teachers to provide the many extras for our children, and they depend heavily on good, solid Christian volunteers to fill in that gap, to make sure the education provided at MLA is well rounded, giving as many opportunities for the children as we can. For example, where would we be without:

Read more: 7 February Penning

January 24, 2017

NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS’ WEEK

Children attending our Lutheran schools are no different than those growing up in other schools, EXCEPT that the students in Lutheran schools are growing up together in Christ as they hear every day in their classrooms. Schools everywhere have children who cry, laugh, play, work, learn to cooperate, share, learn how to be organized, learn about differences, tolerate, fogive, act out, manipulate, and study. But in our Lutheran schools they do this learning and growing up in an atmosphere where Christ can be viewed as the center of all.

Lutheran schools are not private schools in that they are open to everyone! Jesus welcomes all to come to him. We welcome all into our Lutheran schools as part of the family of Christ. The longer children have in Lutheran schools, the longer we have to prepare their minds and hearts for eternal life.

Read more: 24 January Penning

2017 NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS’ WEEK

In this newsletter, you will find a page of our National Lutheran School Celebration activities for next week.

 “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord is an everlasting rock.” (Is. 26:4)

It’s time for our annual celebration! Did you know that………..

…..190,000 students attend Lutheran schools.

…..There are 2,068 Lutheran schools.

…..National Lutheran Schools’ Week is a time we all come together to celebrate our uniqueness

       as a Lutheran school.

…..LCMS started as 12 congregations and 14 schools! (In many cases, the schools were started

     before the congregations, as a Christian education was so important to our early Lutherans.)

…..Last year, 2,336 children in Lutheran schools were baptized.

Read more: 18 January Penning

By Mrs. Ann Arndt

10 January

 Our son, Michael, was eight years old and in third grade. He was invited to a birthday party at Show Biz Pizza in Shawnee. The birthday boy, “Shawn,” was also in third grade and had invited all 12 boys in his class to his party. Mr. Arndt, Eric, and I escorted our son into the restaurant to the party. They had reserved a long table, enough places for 12 boys and one chaperone, complete with fancy plates, balloons, party favors, etc. We were a few minutes early, the first ones there, with the exception of the birthday boy and his mother. We waited and waited for someone else, the 11 other boys to arrive. The excitement of the birthday boy and his mother diminished as the time went by, and no one else was showing up. Finally realizing that no one else was coming, the down-hearted mother asked if Mr. Arndt, Eric, and I would stay so at least there would be a few people to help celebrate “Shawn’s” birthday. We were as festive as we could be, but there was a giant cloud hanging over us all as we realized “Shawn” was not liked well enough by any of his other classmates to even show up for his party.

Read more: 10 January 2017 Penning

Principals’s Pennings

December 20, 2016

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff at Martin Luther Academy, we wish you and your families a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and BLESSED NEW YEAR!

Hopefully tonight you can come see and hear our children present the Christmas story in a way that only children can. It will be from their hearts. They have spent hours preparing this special message for you. They know the real reason for the season!

Tuesday, (today), December 20 at 6:30 pm.

Doors open at 6:10

Children in the classrooms at 6:15

Pick up children in their classrooms after the program.

 

OH, COME, LET US ADORE HIM

CHRIST, THE LORD!

Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus!

By Mrs. Ann Arndt

13 December

 What is your favorite book or movie, and how many times have you read or seen it? My favorite book was “Huckleberry Finn,” and I’ve probably read it 15 times. My favorite movie years ago was “The Sound of Music,” and by the time I reached adulthood, I probably saw it nine or ten times. However, I probably won’t read the book or see the movie in its entirety again, as I know the story, I’ve seen it many times, and I’m not ready to hear it again. Enough is finally enough!

However, how about the Christmas story? I’ve probably heard it at least 500 times, and I’m ready to hear it again. I certainly wouldn’t hear or see my favorite books or movies that many times! And yet, every year when I hear the Christmas story over and over, told by the children, pastors, family members, and friends, it strikes me as wonderful, refreshing, exciting, and comforting, even after 500 times! The setting is the same, the plot doesn’t change, and the characters are the same. Nothing about the story has changed in over 2000 years, and yet people all over the world listen to it every year! It must be quite a story!

Read more: 13 Dec. Pennings

Principal’s Pennings

December 6, 2016

Did you ever ask a small child how to get from their house to school? Their directions will probably be quite confusing. In their mind, they think they know the way, but without our help, they would probably get lost. We can get a map and find the way, even though the directions we are receiving are very confusing.

In these days before Christmas, your child may be receiving some confusing directions, also, about the route to heaven. Many people have differing views about salvation, and your child is hearing these on the radio, music, TV, and through the commercialization of Christmas. Our society screams, “You can do it by yourself by being good,” or “Don’t worry about it, enjoy life as it is!”

Especially in this season when our children are so bombarded the secular side of Christmas, it is good we show the Way to heaven, through Christ, the Baby born in Bethlehem. Right now the children might get confused about becoming worthy by being good. They are led to think of Santa Claus as a saint who arrives magically to reward them for being good. They hear the secular versions of traditional carols that leave Christ out of Christmas. The star pointed out the way to Jesus for the Wise Men.   We at MLA have the privilege of pointing out to children that Jesus is the Way to heaven. As you point your children to the real meaning of Christmas, point them to Jesus Christ, the Babe born in a stable in Bethlehem for us!

Read more: 6 Dec. Penning

Come By and Visit!

We are located at the corner of 72nd Street and Overland Drive in the Northland

To schedule your tour, call Lisa Martens at 816-734-1060.

 

7112 N Overland Drive

 
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