Ash Wednesday

Dear Parents,

search.jpgAsh Wednesday is a special time of the church year; a time to reflect on our sins and a time to reflect that our wonderful Lord has saved us from those sins.  I pray that this Lenten season provides time for you to reflect with your child about the sacrifice and love that our Savior has for us!

Information for the coming week(s):

*Lego Robotic Night set for our class on March 1st.  View the link for more information and to sign up:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TBjlVB-3qbhjnsh7GXV4e1O9a70RNnuGsEjPpYMeyAY/edit?usp=sharing

*Grandparents/Special Friend Day Dismissal Consent form came home in your child’s Friday papers.  Each child in Grades 1-8 will need to have a form filled out and returned to a teacher by March 2nd.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this special day!

*Book Orders came home today.  Please click on the Scholastic Book Club tab on my blog to get the class code so you can order books.

What we are doing next week:

Religion:  Life of Jesus-miracles, parables

Reading:  Book Clubs, using evidence to support thinking, fluency, syllable work to solve unknown words

Math:  feet, yard, inches and larger/smaller/difference word problems…Keep working on subtraction facts if you notice your child is not scoring 20 or higher on the Fact Assessments.

Grammar:  Verb tenses, review of plural, possessives, pronouns

Writing:  Starting a new unit on writing Opinions

Science:  Your child will have a test on Wednesday, Feb. 28th over Chapter 2 in our Science books.  I will send home study guides and books on Friday and you can study when it fits your schedule.

Pictures from the week:  (Flower dissection for Science, giving a valentine to Julia, collaborative art project, Valentine’s party service project)

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February 12-16

Dear Parents,

This week in chapel, Andrew Nelson (DCE over at Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church), retold the story of the “Lost Coin” and the “Lost Sheep”.  He reminded us that each one of us is important to God!

 

Information for the coming week(s):

*We sing at Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, 907 Jungermann Rd, St Peters, MO 63376, this Sunday at 10:45 a.m.  Please have your child there at 10:30 a.m. to practice.  Thanks!

*Lego Robotic Night set for our class on March 1st.  View the link for more information and to sign up:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TBjlVB-3qbhjnsh7GXV4e1O9a70RNnuGsEjPpYMeyAY/edit?usp=sharing

*We will be exchanging valentines on Feb. 14th.  Please have your child fill out one for each student in the class.  The class list can be found on Sycamore.  Zion asks that you not attach candy to the valentine.  Your child can bring in the valentines on Feb. 14th.  We will be making bags to put the valentines in, so you don’t have to make anything at home.

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Grandparents’ or Special Friends’ Day is scheduled for Friday, March 9th from 8:00-11:00.  Please plan on having a grandparent or special guest attend.  Your child must have an adult present.

8:00 – 8:30 Grandparents/Special Friends arrive with children anytime between 8- 8:30

8:00 – 9:45 AM             Guests and students stay together and spend time at various activities.  A map will go home with students and extra maps will be available that day. Family units decide where they want to start.

*ZION ASKS YOU STAY TOGETHER AS A FAMILY UNIT FOR PROPER SUPERVISION*

9:45 – 10:00 AM           Guests and students travel to church sanctuary

10:00 – 11:00               Closing program and chapel

11:00 AM                     Dismissal (from the church sanctuary)

 

What we are doing next week:

Religion:  Holy Communion, Ash Wednesday

Reading:  Comparing two characters from text, looking at how authors use illustrations to give us clues about the text, decoding multiple syllable words

Math:  Adding triple digit numbers, multiplying numbers by 10

Science:  New Unit:  Life Cycles of Plants and Animals

Writing:  Literary Essays Comparing Characters

Grammar:  Action Verbs vs. Helping Verbs

 

Pictures from this week:  Enjoying our Winn-Dixie party, doing a book tasting (trying out new books to explore new genres)

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February 5-9

Dear Parents,

This week Pastor Reitz led our chapel and reminded us that we are all preachers and that Jesus wants us to go and spread the Gospel to all people.  This tied in nicely with our Religion lessons this week as we talked about baptism and that God wants all people to be baptized!

Information for the coming week(s):

*Field Trip to see “Clementine” (a play at Florissant Civic Center) on March 6th.  Field Trip permission slips will be coming home soon.  Cold lunches (no peanut butter) will need to be brought that day.

*We will be exchanging valentines on Feb. 14th.  Please have your child fill out one for each student in the class.  The class list can be found on Sycamore.  Zion asks that you not attach candy to the valentine.  Your child can bring in the valentines on Feb. 14th.  We will be making bags to put the valentines in, so you don’t have to make anything at home.

*We sing at Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, 907 Jungermann Rd, St Peters, MO 63376, next Sunday, February 11th at 10:45 a.m.  Please have your child there at 10:30 a.m. to practice.

*Zion has received new Lego Robotic kits and so we will have another 3rd grade Robotics night for our class on March 1st.  I will send out the link next week to sign up.

*Half Day this Wednesday..no hot lunch.

*Grandparent’s Day/Special Friend Day is on March 9th.  Information will be coming out soon about this special day.

 

What we will be doing next week:

Religion:  Start our unit on Holy Communion

Reading:  We finished Winn-Dixie and will have a special celebration on Wednesday.  We will continue our character work with our fiction books.  We will focus on secondary characters and how illustrations hold special clues for the reader.

Writing:  We will review, edit, and publish one of our literary essays.  The students have been working hard!

Social Studies:  Your child will have a test on Thursday.  Study guides/notes will come home on Monday; keep them in your child’s homework folder until Thursday.

Grammar:  Review possessives, start verbs

 

I apologize no pictures this week…we were so busy I didn’t take pictures! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan. 29-Feb. 2

Dear Parents,

This week in chapel, Mr. Debrick talked to us about our theme verse, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever,”  Hebrews 13:8  Zion’s buildings and campus have changed over the years, but the message that has been taught to generations of children has stayed the same because our God is the same.  Jesus loves you so much and died for you!  Thank you for sending your child to Zion; I truly feel blessed that I get to tell your child about Jesus’ love!!!!   Each one of your children is a blessing to me and to Zion!

Information for the coming week(s):

*Mark your calendars:  3rd grade sings on Feb. 11th at 10:45 at Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, 907 Jungermann Rd, St Peters, MO 63376.  Please have your child there at 10:30 to practice.  Thank you for bringing your child to help lead worship at our sister congregation!

*Zion’s Grandparents’ Day/Special Friend Day is March 9th for Grades 1-8.  More information will be coming soon!

 

What we will be doing next week:

Religion:  Beginning of Jesus’ ministry

Reading:  Because of Winn-Dixie…Skill work:  How characters change in books, prediction work, strategies for unknown words, vocabulary test on Friday

Math:  Roman numerals, comparing fractions, using a line graph to answer questions; Subtraction Facts (5,6..example 11-5, 14-6), Fact Assessment and Written Assessment on Friday

Grammar:  Possessive nouns

Writing:  Literary Essay-students will write an essay based off of a character from their own Just Right reading

Social Studies:  Continue to talk about government, what does it mean to be a citizen.  Test will be the following week.

Pictures from this week (Volleyball and Celebrating Lutheran Schools’ Assembly, working with our buddy class, Mrs. Linneman’s Preschool class)

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January 22-26

Dear Parents,

It was great to see so many of you at Donuts for Dads!  Pastor Rouland led chapel and reminded us that we have a great Father; one who always love us and welcomes us into His family with open arms!

Information for the coming week(s):

*We are creating a special art project in February.  Please bring in any empty egg cartons the next 3 weeks.  Thanks!

*Mark your calendars:  3rd grade sings on Feb. 11th at 10:45 at Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church which is located in St. Peters.  More information will come in the following weeks.

*During the month of January, our offerings will support the mission work in Cambodia which is organized by Lutheran Hour Ministries. Students in grades K-4 were given change boxes (milk banks) to collect their offerings this month. During National Lutheran Schools Week, students can bring these change boxes to chapel on Wednesday, January 24th. Through our offerings, we can help spread the word of Christ across the world!

What we are doing next week:

Religion:  Baptism and the Power of the Holy Spirit

Reading:  Character studies:  assigning specific traits to evidence (instead of using “nice”, use “thoughtful” or “empathetic”), noticing patterns of traits

Math:  Keep working on subtraction and multiplication facts if you notice your child’s assessments are not at 80% are higher.  We practice every day in school, but some students might need more practice at home.

Social Studies:  Your child will start a new unit with Miss Bevirt.  This new unit will last 3 weeks.  There will be a test the last week of the unit and she will send study guides/books/notes home to study two nights before the test.  I will let you know the week before the test is to occur.

Grammar:   Possessive Nouns-singular, Concrete/Abstract Nouns

Writing:  Literary Essay…we will focus on a main character and assign a trait to that character and provide evidence from the text to defend our answer.

 

Next week we will be doing a lot of fun activities to celebrate Lutheran Schools’ Week!  Dress-up days are optional but a lot of fun if your child chooses to participate!

 

January 15-19

Dear Parents,

This week in Faith Families we learned that Jesus loved all people, even those who were hard to love.  John 13:34 tells us, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  God wants us to share His love with others so that others will know Him.  Jesus loved us so much that He died to forgive us and rose to give us Life.  We painted wood pieces that will be put together to make a cross.  The cross is a reminder of Jesus’ great love for us.  This cross will be hung in the church for Lutheran Schools Week.  We also we able to spend some time getting to know each other and our different interests.  It is always good to end our time in the church and remember and celebrate baptismal birthdays.

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Information for the coming week(s):

*We are creating a special art project in February.  Please bring in any empty egg cartons the next 3 weeks.  Thanks!

*Mark your calendars:  3rd grade sings on Feb. 11th at 10:45 at Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church which is located in St. Peters.  More information will come in the following weeks.

*During the month of January, our offerings will support the mission work in Cambodia which is organized by Lutheran Hour Ministries. Students in grades K-4 were given change boxes (milk banks) to collect their offerings this month. During National Lutheran Schools Week, students can bring these change boxes to chapel on Wednesday, January 24th. Through our offerings, we can help spread the word of Christ across the world!

*Here is a link for a video of the 3rd/4th grade Advent service:   https://youtu.be/fF0X9s5Ywnw

*2018 NLSW Dress Up Day Descriptions*

January 22 – 26, 2018

Monday: P.J. Day

  • Wear pajamas/sweats
  • May bring one stuffed animal/pillow
  • May wear slippers (bring change of shoes for outside)

Tuesday: Fashion Disaster Day

  • Unlike every other day, you have to try to look horrible
  • Mismatched clothes, clashing patterns, and kooky outfits!
  • Jeans optional

Wednesday: Buddy Class Color Day

  • Double double here comes trouble!
  • Match your buddy class by wearing your assigned color
  • Jeans optional

Black

PS Douglas + PS Lohman

3 Bevirt

White

PS Linneman

3 Kuhlmann

Grey

PS Mudd

4 Maddick

Brown

PS Hoehner

4 Ernstmeyer

Pink

PS Rouland

5 Cornejo

Navy

PS Stanglein

5 Crenshaw

Red

K Lail

6 Riemenschneider

Orange

K Reed

6 Preusser

Yellow

1 Bernhardt

7 Murray

Blue

1 Tyler

7 Wondrasch

Green

2 Smith

8 Braddy

Purple

2 Beach

8 Beaty

Thursday: Ultimate Spirit Day

  • Do you have the Spirit in you?
  • Wear your Red, White, and Black to show your Zion Lutheran School Spirit
  • Jeans optional

Friday: Sports Day

  • Put on all your sports gear to be the ultimate athlete!
  • Jerseys, pants, hats, but no props (balls, bats, etc.)
  • Jeans optional

 

What we will be doing next week:

Religion:  Jesus’ baptism and our baptism

Reading:  Character Studies-we will look at how characters change throughout a book, what words/actions say about each character (character traits), how minor characters add to a story.  This unit will take 3-4 weeks.  Your child will continue to read 15-20 pages a night for homework and read that at school each day so you should start seeing your child flying through books! 🙂

Math:  Telling time to the minute, Rounding a Number to the Nearest Hundred, keep working on subtraction and multiplication facts

Science:  We will finish up our unit on “Living Things”.  We will have a Science test on Friday.  Study guides, Science notebooks, and Science books will go home on Wednesday and Thursday nights.  We will not have math homework those nights so that your child can spend 10-15 minutes studying each night and then read each night.

Writing:  Paragraph writing and using evidence from the text to write a paragraph.

Grammar:  Finish reviewing nouns

January 7-11

Dear Parents,

I hope that everyone had a great break!  It was good to be with your kids again!!!  Today we talked about Epiphany-the time in the church year where we focus on the story of the Wise Men visiting Jesus.  We talked in class about the gifts that the Wise Men gave Jesus and what gifts we can give Jesus.  There are lots of ways we can glorify and give to God-using our time, talents, and treasures.

 

 

Information for the coming week(s):

*If your child wants to play in the snow, he/she will need to bring snow boots in a plastic bag.  They will change into their boots before recess and then change back into their shoes when they come in the classroom.

*Donuts for Dads is January 17th.  Mark your calendars!

 

What we are doing next wee:

Religion:  10 Commandments, The Story of Moses

Reading:  Biographies-each child is reading a biography with a partner, keeping track of important events that shaped that famous person

Writing:  Writing paragraphs about articles that we read focusing on topic sentence, detail sentences, and explanation sentences

Science:  We started a new unit on Living Things…questions we will answer next week:  What structures make up plants, What is photosynthesis?  We will also be filling science worksheets using our text (our first experience with this in 3rd grade)

Grammar:  Review of nouns-starting possessives

Spelling:  Back to our regular spelling week

Pictures from this week:  Exploring cells using magnifying glasses and microscopes…drawing and painting what we saw in the microscopes

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January 4-5

Dear Parents,

This week the 8th graders and Kindergarten students at Zion led chapel on Friday and did a great job of reminding us to slow down and focus on the real reason for Christmas…Jesus!  If you do not have a church to worship at this weekend, please know that Zion would love for you to come and worship our Savior’s birth with us!  Services are today at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. and there is a service on Christmas day at 9 a.m.   Merry Christmas!

Information for the coming week(s):

*There was a confirmed case of Influenza A in the other 3rd grade class.  I am attaching a note from the nurse in the email I am sending you about the blog.

*Thank you for the birthday gift!  I appreciate your generosity!!!!

 

What we will be doing next week:

Religion:  Visit of the Magi, starting on 10 Commandments Memory Work

Reading:  Each student will choose a biography to read at school, continue to read fiction at home for homework.

Math:  Multiplication of 3’s and 4’s, Review of Square Numbers

Science:  Living Things

 

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Dec. 18-22

Dear Parents,

The children did a great job on Wednesday sharing the good news of Jesus!  We are excited to share this week of “Joy” in the classroom before heading off for Christmas break!

Information for coming week(s):

*Thank you to Mrs. Taylor for organizing our Christmas party this coming Friday.  The party will start around 11 a.m. so please feel free to stop by and celebrate with us!

*Early Dismissal on Friday at 12 p.m.

 

What we will be doing next week:

Religion:  Hark the Herald Angels is our Memory Work this week; please feel free to have your child sing/say it to you to make sure they are ready for our last Memory Work of 2017!

Reading:  Finishing up Helen Keller, working on pulling out important events when reading a biography, ways to figure out unknown words

Math:  Subtraction Assessment on -2 facts (8-2, 9-2, etc.)  We will continue to work on multiplication facts two times a week in class.   I also introduced division this past week so our minds are filled with lots of facts right now!

Science/Writing:  We are working hard to finish our Ecosystem Project.  Each student will have a written report, clay animal, mural, and slide show presentation to show on Friday for our “Mobile Museum” at 10:30 a.m.  Come check out your child’s hard work! 🙂

Spelling:  Everyone will be focusing on contractions this week for our spelling unit.  Test will be on Thursday.  Examples of words will be coming home on Monday.

 

Pictures from this week:  Practicing measuring with cups/tablespoons so that we could follow a recipe!  We made homemade play-doh for Zion’s ELP and Preschool classes!  It was a fun activity!

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December 11-15

Dear Parents,

This week the 5th and 6th grade students led our chapel service and reminded us that we shouldn’t be consumed with the “Christmas checklist”, rather we should slow down and prepare our hearts for the birth of our Savior!

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Information for the coming week(s):

*3rd/4th grade is leaving Advent services on Dec. 13th at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.  Please have your child down in the church basement at 6:40 on the 13th.  Please keep your child’s coat because the classes will be dismissed from the back of church so we won’t be going back downstairs again.  Pre-service music will start at 6:45 p.m.  School uniform for the 10 a.m. service and church clothes for the 7 p.m. service.  Please email me with any questions.

*The fifth graders are trying to make a difference for one family whose 5 year old daughter is diagnosed with cancer. The kids will be selling hot chocolate and to raise money to buy Christmas gifts for the family of 7. Their goal is to be able to buy 3 gifts per child. To help reach their goal they will be selling hot chocolate on Tuesday and Wednesday next week after lunch. You can buy a cup for $1 before heading out for noon recess. Help us raise money while also staying warm! 🙂 

 

What we will be doing next week:

Religion:  Advent practice, Story of the Magi

Reading:  Continuing our Narrative Non-fiction unit (Biographies)…we will be reading Who is Helen Keller? during class…keep reading fiction books as homework.

Word Work/Spelling:  Contractions

Science/Writing:  We are continuing our project on Ecosystems/Animal Adaptations.  Each student is creating a mobile museum unit that will teach us about a different ecosystem/animal.  We will showcase these mobile units on Friday, Dec. 22nd from 10:30-11:00 a.m.  Please feel free to stop by to see your child’s hard work and then stay for the Christmas party.  Dismissal will be at 12:00 p.m. on the 22nd.

Pictures:  Practicing for Advent service

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