Our Mission Statement:
Walther Christian Academy is a culturally diverse and inclusive Christian middle and high school, rooted in the Lutheran tradition. Walther nurtures and prepares learners to fulfill their unique
God-given potential through academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service,
leadership and enrichment opportunities.
From the desk of our Advancement Director.
It's Fall! September 2022
Tim Bouman, Head of School

Greetings from Walther in the name of Christ!

I am pleased to report that our 69th year is off to a great start. We opened school on August 16th, the day after hosting over 200 teachers for CLEF's Networking Conference. 288 students are walking our halls (94 of them new to Walther this year), marking our second consecutive year of significant enrollment growth. This is our largest student body since 2017, when we welcomed much of Luther North's Senior Class to finish their high school career with us. We have added an additional teaching position this year to help accommodate our growing student body, we welcome three new teachers in all to our fold, with most of our faculty returning from last year. We also thank God that we were able to give our teachers a 13.8% raise this year, long overdue--although it must be pointed out that they are still paid well below their public-school peers. We are so grateful for their service to our students and families.

While it is exciting to talk about growth and to quote numbers, what is even more exciting is the "what" and the "why" of our ministry here at Walther. We are welcoming our students into a Christ-centered learning environment in which our excellent teachers nurture and prepare all of our students to know Christ, to grow as leaders, to excel academically, and to discover God's unique plan for each of them individually. Please keep us in your prayers this school year, and please come visit Walther at one of our many events, including our Homecoming Football Game vs. Christ the King on September 24th at 1:00pm!

Go Broncos!
 
Tim Bouman
Head of School/Principal

Sally Ruecking, Director of Advancement

Dear Walther Alumni and Friends,

It's almost Homecoming at Walther, and that means reunions and a chance to tour the school and grounds! The festivities
begin on Friday, September 23 at 6 pm. All alumni are welcome at the school to reconnect with classmates and other Walther graduates. If you would like to purchase a taco dinner that includes beverages, you can purchase directly on our website. Here is the link: Alumni Event

Tickets for this event are $25.00. The class of 1971 has requested their own room, and if your class would like a private place to gather, please contact me. All others can gather in the cafeteria. The deadline to pay for (and be guaranteed) a dinner is Monday, September 19. Once you have paid on-line by making a $25 donation at the link above, please email me at: Sally_Ruecking@WaltherAcademy.org to with your name to let me know that you have ordered dinner.

We are very excited to offer a choir and band concert as part of the evening. If you were part of the choir and/or band program at Walther, we want you to come home! Please join us for an evening of music and memories. We’ll have a rehearsal, time to catch up with old friends (and Mr. Block!), dinner with other alumni, then we’ll perform a short concert and round out the evening with a giant triangle for “You Can Tell the World!” and “Fight, Broncos, Fight!” Participants and their families are invited to stick around for a reception following the concert, hosted by our current music faculty. Don’t be shy; we’ve got reinforcements from our current music students, so “I’m too rusty” is not an excuse! We’ve even got spare instruments and fingering charts for band participants. We really want to see you, so you can even sit and fake it! Please bring your voice or dig out your horn and join in the fun.

Order of events:
5:00-5:30 Check-in (former choir and band)
5:30-6:30 Rehearsals (combined rehearsal)
6:00 Class Reunions and all alumni returning to Walther for beverages and mingling
6:30-7:15 Dinner: Either with your reunion class or in the cafeteria. A printed, self-guided school tour will be available.
7:15 Call time for performers
7:30-8:15 Concert: Reunions can come for a bit or go to your private Reception following the concert for performers.

If you would like to participate in the choir or band, please email waltherfinearts@gmail.com and include the following:
Name
Class of _______
Choir/Band/Both?
Part (SATB)/Instrument
Would you like music beforehand?
Will you need to borrow an instrument?
Will you be participating in the alumni taco dinner?

Then, on Saturday September 24, Walther's Homecoming Game is at 1:00 pm vs. Christ the King.

Prior to the game we will provide coffee and pastries at 10:30 am, and Chapel at 11:00 am for a worship with staff, teachers, alumni and students and learn about the current "state of Walther" from Head of School Tim Bouman and me. There will also be an opportunity for you to take a self-guided tour of the school.

Finally, all softball alumni are invited to watch or play in the annual Erin Stanley Memorial game organized by Amanda Hemmann Ziupsnys. Erin Elizabeth Stanley was a Walther softball player, Class of 2004, who passed away at age 26. Game time is at
9:30 am, also on September 24. Please contact Amanda at: virgo3mom@yahoo.com if you would like to participate or have any questions.

We hope you can join us to celebrate your years at Walther, share memories and make new ones with us soon! I look forward to hearing from you!

Have a wonderful September, everyone!

Sally Ruecking
Director of Advancement
Meet: New English Teacher
Stephanie Hegarty
Dear Walther Friends,

I’m so excited to be joining the Walther staff this year as an English teacher. I am from Forest Park, and I graduated from Walther in 2016. At Walther, I developed my passion for literature and was inspired by my many wonderful teachers. After graduating, I went on to Calvin University and got a degree in English Secondary Education. It is so special to me to be teaching at a place where I can share my faith with my students and where I can give back to the school I attended: Walther Christian Academy!

Walther Memorial Corner:

Recent friends and alumni who have left us:

Dr. Charles Laabs, father of several alumni passed away in May.

Ellen Adams Pure, Class of 1963, passed away in August.

We send our condolences to their loved ones.

John 14:1-6

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

If you know of someone who has passed on, please let us know.

Do you want to support Walther and leave your mark?

The time is NOW to become a permanent part of Walther by purchasing an engraved paver. You can purchase one on our website by choosing the paver purchase option to honor your time here at Walther, thank a parent for sending you here, thank a teacher, honor a memory, or give recognition to your business!
Pavers are $200 each.
Please click on the link below to review our latest Annual Report from 2020-2021. And enjoy our clean, professional new website! Our next Annual Report for FY 2021-2022 will be mailed to all donors early 2023.
To Our Donors...
Walther would not exist without you!

To all ALUMNI: We are asking every one of you regardless of where you are in life, to consider including Walther Christian Academy in your will.
Leaving a legacy at Walther means that more students will experience the joy of attending a school that truly cares about them and that your legacy will be helping students tomorrow.

Please contact Sally_Ruecking@WaltherAcadamy.org to discuss your wishes.