Thinking back 8 years ago. . . Jessica and I were married about 2 years. We had each been called to Wisconsin about a year and a half earlier. We served the first cold, snowy winter either one of us had truly experienced. I was still in shock that the Lord would lead us to Wisconsin. As I am continuously reminded, God al-ways has a plan. It may not be easy and in this case, it was definitely not nearly the warm, sunny beach, some of us dream of living. In the Spring, eight years ago, the faculty and staff where I taught, learned that we were in need of taking a pay cut of about 30% for the remain-der of the year; otherwise, a few teachers would be out of a job for the rest of the year. Jessica and I cancelled our cable, adjusted our priori-ties, and even though things seemed tight, we saw that we lived comfortable, especially after knowing the cost of twins. Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Last week, I shared that the Executive Council had been exploring ways to be good stewards of what the Lord has giving MLA. The council approved a Walkathon which was a great success, raising about $7,100 to be used towards a student information system and basket-ball goals for the parking lot. They have explored health insurance options, energy saving methods for the building, increasing enrollment and finding grants. The council is also exploring the tough decision of raising tuition. Tuition at MLA has remained the same for the past 8 years. It currently costs MLA about $8,100 to educate a single student. MLA is

Read more: 12 October Penning

                Martin Luther Academy is blessed through all the volunteers that work to build MLA.  Volunteers are visible on a regular basis: lunch, athletics, room parents, event organizers, etc.  There are also volunteers that are not always visible such as the Executive Committee (EC) and members of the Board of Delegates.  

The Executive Committee consist of LCMS church members from the four member congregations that support MLA.  The Executive Committee works with the principal concerning matters of policies, appoints committees as necessary, directs specific items of business, and examines the MLA budget.  The EC meets once a month to discuss these matters.  Currently, the Committee is exploring avenues to balance the yearly budget.  

The Board of Delegates consists of two lay (uncalled workers) delegates from each association member congregation and a pastoral delegate.  Delegates are entitled to one vote concerning major matters regarding Martin Luther Academy and are responsible for reporting information back to their congregations on the activities at Martin Luther Academy.  The Board of Delegates meet four times a year.

Read more: 5 October Penning

Being at Martin Luther Academy is great!  It is amazing to be part of a community that cares for each other like family.  I am able to see this more and more each day through many of the events listed below.

  • · We had great participation for our first TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) meeting last week.  TEAM’s next dinner fundraiser is Tuesday, October 10, at Panera.
  • · Thanks to everyone for making the 1st Annual MLA Walkathon a success.  The students walked over two miles and raised over $7,100.  The money will be used to purchase basketball goals and a student information system.  A special thank you to Julie Battista and her committee!
  • · We had a strong number of students that sang on Sunday at King of Kings Lutheran Church.   Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 12, when we sing at Holy Cross Lutheran.
  • · The Liberty Fall Festival was a great opportunity to partner with St. Stephen and share with visitors about MLA and St. Stephen Lutheran Church ministries.
  • · The students held their first Family Group activity on Tuesday.   Family groups are students from each grade mixed together so they can interact with each other.

    Read more: 28 September Penning

Yesterday, I had a surprise opportunity arise; I was able to lead chapel and speak on God’s timing. Every morning, I receive a bible verse of the day from Bible Gateway; I had not yet read it that morning before chapel.  I opened the email and started reading it to the students, knowing I was leaving this opportunity to the Holy Spirit.   “Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.” (Joel 2:23 ESV).  I was amazed at God’s timing and how fitting the verse was.  We had the rain showers Monday and Tuesday, and every time I come home there are more and more leaves on the ground.  This is a sure sign of Fall nearing.  How was God able to provide such a verse at such a time?  He’s God

Read more: 21 September Penning

 By Mr. Scott Dixon

14 September

      Pastor Rodriguez led chapel yesterday and based his message on Mark 4:35-41.  He had the children visualize being in the boat on the sea that was unexpectedly caught in a storm so strong, that professional fishermen feared for their lives.  ‘“And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”’ (Mark 4:38b).  This is another example to u show the disciples did not truly knew Jesus, but how the disciples truly needed Jesus.  

      We are no different today.  Jesus wants us to know Him.  We have the opportunity daily to grow in Him through prayer and the Word.  His Word offers us amazing peace.  At times, we have storms that come upon us unexpectedly and just like the disciples we ask, where is Jesus?  This is just one way that the devil sneaks into our lives.  We need Jesus today, like the disciples did 2,000 years ago.  Jesus is with us like He was with the disciples.  Jesus models what it means to have true peace even before the disciples woke Him and even after.  The peace that can only come from Him, ‘And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” (Mark 4:39).  As you face the storms of this world, call on Him and find His peace in all situations.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

By Mr. Scott Dixon

7 September

 On Wednesday, Pastor Froiland led chapel and based part of his message on the 4th commandment.  Honor your father and your mother.  What does this mean?  We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them.  Friday is Grandparents’ Day at MLA (and Sunday is National Grandparents’ Day).  It is a day filled with excitement and joy for both the grandparents and the kids. They get to spend quality time together and the students tour them around their school.  It’s a day that we “honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them.”  The children love having their grandparents/special person join them at school.

Read more: 7 Sept. Penning

31 August

Martin Luther Academy teachers attended Lutheran Educators’ Day.  During the morning, we had the opportunity to worship with surrounding Lutheran school teachers and learn about generational trends.  The presenter shared with us about generational trends and the differences between the generations.  Most of our children are Millennials or part of the Alpha generation.  These generations have known some sort of digital technology their entire life.  They are growing up with information just a few clicks away; their attention is kept for shorter amounts of time.  They do not have as much outside playtime and have many other differences.  Our children learn differently; and times are changing.  

Read more: 31 Aug. Penning

24 August

I love the word intentional.  It is a word I like to use when speaking about education.  I used it often when I was coaching sports and teaching.  It was one word that was used so the students would think about the motions and strategies were using.  I always want the students to think about what they are doing and why they are doing it.  Eventually, their intention become natural and they no longer have to think about it.  

Monday was the Solar Eclipse.  Calvary Lutheran School joined us on our campus for the viewing.  It rained when they arrive and when they left, but we were able to see most of the eclipse from beginning to totality!  It was dark enough that the lights in the parking lot turned on and the crickets started chirping.  It reminded me of God’s intentionality in creation.  Genesis 1:31 says: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.”

Read more: 24 Aug. '17 Penning

Principal’s Pennings 
 
By Mr. Scott Dixon 31 August 
 
Martin Luther Academy teachers attended Lutheran Educators’ Day.  During the morning, we had the opportunity to worship with surrounding Lutheran school teachers and learn about generational trends.  The presenter shared with us about generational trends and the differences between the generations.  Most of our children are Millennials or part of the Alpha generation.  These generations have known some sort of digital technology their entire life.  They are growing up with information just a few clicks away; their attention is kept for shorter amounts of time.  They do not have as much outside playtime and have many other differences.  Our children learn differently; and times are changing.   
 
This workshop fit perfectly with our school theme this year.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever from Hebrews 13:8.  He is never changing.  That is a difficult concept for us to understand in an age where there is instant change.  As you read through the Bible, remember the Word was passed down through oral history and written over the course of four thousand years.  One thing that you will find is that even though it was written over many years, by many different authors and in many different books, the truth remains the same.  We were promised a Savior at the fall of man, and the prophets prophesied about Him even when the people did “evil in the eyes of the Lord.”  Jesus Christ is the Savior that was promised for thousands of years.  The promise has not change for us.  He remains our Savior today and will be the Savior for our children’s children.   

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

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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