Nov. 27-Dec. 1

Dear Parents,

Thank you for donating food for this week’s offering!  Many families were blessed by your generous gifts!

 

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Information for the coming week(s):

-3rd/4th grade Advent service is on Dec. 13th at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

-Advent Family Fun Night

Saturday, December 2nd from 4pm-5pm in the Church Fellowship Hall

Join us for a night of games, activities, stories, treats, and family fun as we learn about Advent together! This “open-house” style event will have stations for families to discover together what Advent is and why we celebrate it. Come for 15 minutes or the full hour and join us as we celebrate the coming of the birth of our King!

If you have questions, please contact Bethany Andrews at bandrews@zionharverster.org. We hope to see you there!

 

What we will be doing next week:

Memory Work:  I have switched Memory Work for the next two weeks.  Your child will not have Memory Work this week, but will have it Dec. 4-8th.

Religion:  The Story of Jesus’ birth

Math:  Multiplication Assessment of 1’s and 10’s, working on perimeter, double digit addition

Reading:  Non-fiction unit-teaching others what we learn, asking questions as we read, unknown word strategies

Writing:  Ecosystem writing project

Grammar/English: Correct use of articles a, an, the

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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November 13-17

Dear Parents,

This week we had the privilege of worshiping with several veterans.  We are so thankful for these brave men and women!  Thank you to all of our veterans!IMG_0043.jpg

Information for the coming week(s):

-If your child would like to audition so that he/she can play a piece of music for the preservice music time of the 3/4th grade Advent service, please note the following information from Mrs. Crumrine, Zion’s music teacher:      1) Auditions will take place on November 14th.   2) In order to audition, student must have had formal music lessons for at least 1 year .   3) Music piece must be religious

-3rd/4th grade Advent service is at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 13th.  School uniforms will be worn for the 10 a.m. service and church clothes for the evening service.   Students are expected to be at both services and families are welcome to attend either service.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Wednesday, November 15th Student Council will be leading chapel and collecting Thanksgiving food donations for Seminary families.  Student Council has decided to assign specific food items for each grade in order to receive enough items of each kind.  Please encourage your students to start collecting these food items, we will of course accept all food and household donations.

Our goal is to pack 20 Thanksgiving dinner boxes as well as stock the Seminary Food Bank (food, bathroom supplies, cleaning supplies, etc.).

ELP – Any nonperishable foods or toiletry products

Preschool & Kindergarten – Canned Fruit and Canned Veggies

1st Grade – Stuffing & Boxed Potatoes (mashed, sweet, slices, etc.)

2nd Grade – Stuffing & Boxed Potatoes (mashed, sweet, slices, etc.)

3rd Grade – Cream of Mushroom soup and French Fried Onions

4th Grade – Marshmallows, Pie Filling, Jello and Pudding

5th Grade – Gravy and Cranberry sauce

Junior High – Tolietries, Cleaning supplies (Toothbrushes,Toothpaste,Lotion,Body Wash, Deodorant,Shampoo,Conditioner,Sponges,Paper Towels)

The Fall Auction Round Up will be next week, November 13th through the 17th. Please bring auction donations to the round up tables either at the school’s main entrance or the Early Childhood entrance before school. Volunteers will be there to collect your donations and for every $25 in donations you make, you will receive a ticket for an opportunity to win 2 FREE Auction Tickets! The winner will be announced Monday November 20st. You may also bring in donations to the office if you can’t bring them before school.

 

If you aren’t sure what to donate, look for the Fall Auction Trees in the school and the Church Welcome Center. Just take a leaf from the tree with an idea of a donation item and use that to help you shop! Maybe even team up with another family and pair items together to make a themed basket. Monetary donations are also accepted to help the committee shop the Black Friday sales to get some great deals! Any help is appreciated! Please let us know if you have any questions!

Thank you,        

The Zion Auction Committee (Adrienne Collins, Christi Braswell, Melissa Quagliata, Cheryl Tepen, Cheri Schneider, and Beth Frahlman)

What we will be doing next week:

Religion:  Learning about crismons and making crismons

Reading:  Continuing our non-fiction text unit, teaching others what we read

Math:  100 Addition Fact Assessment on Friday

Grammar:  Subject/Verb agreement

Writing:  Information writing

 

Pictures from the week:  (Luther’s Seal artwork, cupstacking pictures, shaking hands with veterans)

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November 6-10

Dear Parents,

This week was our Faith Family Group Activity.  After opening in Chapel with a Baptism song we went to classrooms for a devotion about color.  We learned about the color for Advent; it is blue and represents the HOPE we have in Jesus.  We then made Christmas cards to sent to soldiers in the military.  An important part of Faith Families is building relationships around Jesus, so we played a get to know you game.  We closed our time together in the church with our Baptismal Remembrance celebration.  It is great to see our older students helping the younger students while they make cards to share the HOPE we have in Jesus. 

link to video of part of the baptism song:

https://youtu.be/xDCFvTBErGE

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Information for the coming week(s):

-Fall Auction Round Up is coming Nov 13th through the 17th! We are looking for donations for the Zion School Auction March 16, 2018. You can drop them off before school the week of November 13th at the main school entrance or the Early Childhood entrance. For every $25 in donations, you will receive a ticket for an opportunity to win 2 FREE Auction Tickets! Need donation ideas? Grab a leaf off an Auction Trees to help you shop. Any help is appreciated! Thank you for your generosity!

-Thanksgiving Food Drive will be on November 15th.  Our class can bring in cream of mushroom soup or French Fried Onions.

-Muffins for Moms is this Wednesday morning.  Join us downstairs in the church basement for some donuts and juice.

-Wednesday is also an Early Dismissal day.  Please call the school office if you need to reserve a spot in the Early Dismissal Aftercare.

*If your child would like to audition so that he/she can play a piece of music for the preservice music time of the 3/4th grade Advent service, please note the following information from Mrs. Crumrine, Zion’s music teacher:      1) Auditions will take place on November 14th.         2) In order to audition, student must have had formal music lessons for at least 1 year      3) Music piece must be religious

*Also for this year’s Advent service, only 4th graders will have speaking parts.  3rd graders will sing in the choir and also create artwork that will help lead worship.  The week that is listed on Memory Work for memorizing Advent parts will be a free week of Memory! 🙂

 

What we are doing next week:

Religion:  Good News given to Mary

Reading:  We start a new unit on reading Non-fiction texts.  During our reading time, students will be reading various non-fiction texts and working on strategies to help read those texts.  At home for reading homework, students will continue to read any kind of fiction that is a Just Right book for them.

Math:  Multiplication of 1’s and 10’s, Scalene/Isosceles/Equilateral Triangles, Adding double digits mentally, 2 step word problems

Writing:  We will be starting a new unit:  Information writing.  We will also start a new project dealing with the topic of ecosystems.

Grammar:  Verb tenses:  present, past, or future

October 30-Nov. 3

Dear Parents,

This week Mr. Doug Kuhlmann (my favorite Activities Director at Lutheran High ;0, led chapel and taught us that our baptism is like a pumpkin that is carved into a jack o’ lantern.  God gets rid of all the yucky sin inside and leaves a light inside of us so that we can shine that light to others!

Information for the coming week(s):

-Muffins for Moms is Nov. 8th…love to have moms attend and sit with us for chapel!

Wednesday, November 15th Student Council will be leading chapel and collecting Thanksgiving food donations for Concordia Seminary families.  Concordia Seminary is located here in St. Louis.  Some of the families are not able to leave for Thanksgiving break and so this is one way to share God’s love with others.  Student Council has decided to assign specific food items for each grade in order to receive enough items of each kind.  Please encourage your students to start collecting these food items, we will of course accept all food and household donations.

Our goal is to pack 20 Thanksgiving dinner boxes as well as stock the Seminary Food Bank (food, bathroom supplies, cleaning supplies, etc.).

ELP – Any nonperishable foods or toiletry products

Preschool & Kindergarten – Canned Fruit and Canned Veggies

1st Grade – Stuffing & Boxed Potatoes (mashed, sweet, slices, etc.)

2nd Grade – Stuffing & Boxed Potatoes (mashed, sweet, slices, etc.)

3rd Grade – Cream of Mushroom soup and French Fried Onions

4th Grade – Marshmallows, Pie Filling, Jello and Pudding

5th Grade – Gravy and Cranberry sauce

Junior High – Toiletries, Cleaning supplies (Toothbrushes,Toothpaste,Lotion,Body Wash, Deodorant,Shampoo,Conditioner,Sponges,Paper Towels)

 

What we are doing next week:

Religion:  We will attend a special worship experience on Tuesday for Reformation.  We will also create Luther’s Seal with special materials.

Reading:  Last week of mysteries!  We will be looking for Red Herring clues (clues that throw us off the track), and motive vs. opportunity.  We will also start focusing on vocabulary words that are found in our read aloud.

Math:  Telling time to 5 minutes, arrays, multiplication work with 2’s, 5’s, and 7’s

Writing:  Finishing up our paragraph unit before we start our Information writing unit next.

Pictures from the week:  A big thank you to Jill Taylor for organizing a great Fall Harvest party.  Thank you to all the parents that came in to help!  We made 36 bags for Friends of Kids with Cancer!  We had fun celebrating Red Ribbon week!!

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Oct. 23-27

Dear Parents,

It was great to meet with you on Thursday!  This will be a quick blog to update you for next week…

 

Information:

-Dress-up days for Red Ribbon Week are posted on Sycamore…these are optional dress up days!  The special chapel offering on Wednesday is also voluntary…please email me with any questions!

-Harvest Party…thanks to those who are donating.  We are still in need of a couple of items so if you are willing to donate, please bring them in by Oct. 24th.  Thanks!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yDSNeWTSYuq8MmlR5CVSbZLRz5wMZMpT4v5WEDMg644/edit#gid=0

 

What we are doing next week:

Religion:  Life of Martin Luther

Writing:  Paragraphs

Reading:  Continuing our mystery unit…working on context clues for unknown words

Social Studies:  For this unit, our Social Studies topics will include: Where in the United States is Our Community? and What is the Geography of Our Community?

Grammar:  Irregular Nouns, review of subject/predicate, common/proper

Math:  Adding 3 digit numbers, multiplication facts of 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s

 

 

 

 

October 16-18

Dear Parents,

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This week in Faith Family Prayer time we learned about the Give Him 5 program.  We are challenged to spend 5 minutes a day praying to Jesus.  We use the word FAITH to help lead our time.  

F-focus on Jesus and find a quiet place to be

A-ask Jesus to be with you

I-tell Him what is important to you

T-thank Him

H-ask for His help

Please visit the website www.givehim5.net for more information or if your family would like to participate.

 

Information for the coming week(s):

-Our field trip to the St. Louis Symphony is set for this Tuesday morning…thank you to Mrs. Lind, Mrs. Lindesmith, Mrs. Buehrle, and Mrs. Krizbai for chaperoning.  Your child needs to wear a red Zion t-shirt with jeans or dress bottoms.  We will be back in time for our regular lunch period so hot lunch is an option on Tuesday!

-I am looking forward to meeting with you this week for Parent/Teacher conferences!  If you have any specific questions that you would like me to answer, please feel free to email me this weekend so that I can make sure our conference time is well spent!  Thanks!

-Please check out Sycamore for dress-up days that are coming in October with Red Ribbon week!  A fun week for everyone!!!

-If you would like to donate snacks to help our class make goodie bags during the Fall Harvest Party, please go to:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yDSNeWTSYuq8MmlR5CVSbZLRz5wMZMpT4v5WEDMg644/edit?usp=sharing

-Jill Taylor is looking for some volunteers to help out with the Harvest Party on October 27th at 1:45 p.m.  Please feel free to email me if you would be willing to help!  Thanks!

 

What we are doing next week:

Memory Work:  This week we start Luther’s Morning Prayer.  I taught the students a song that has a little different wording than what is on the sheet.  Students have the option of singing the song that has the different wording or saying the prayer as it is written on the paper.

Religion:  Introduction to Martin Luther

Reading:  Continuing our mystery unit!  We will no longer be recording our reading on reading logs; we will still read every night 15-20 pages or 20-25 minutes, but won’t be recording it.

Writing:  Writing paragraphs

Science:  We will have a Science quiz over Ecosystems on Wednesday.  It will not be something that students have to study for at home; just wanted you to be aware.

Math:  Subtraction facts will be the focus this week

 

See you on Thursday!

 

 

 

October 9-13

Dear Parents,

This week in chapel Mr. Maddick, one of Zion’s 4th grade teachers, emphasized our theme “Standing in Christ”.  Talking to God, surrounding ourselves with Christian friends, and reading God’s word help us stand in Christ!

Information for the coming week(s):

-For the Fall Harvest party, our class will be participating in a service project of making goodie bags for Friends of Kids with Cancer.  In order to make the bags, I am hoping to have some items donated (the room party fees won’t be enough to cover all of this special activity).  This is not a requirement, but if you would like to help, please go to the following page:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yDSNeWTSYuq8MmlR5CVSbZLRz5wMZMpT4v5WEDMg644/edit?usp=sharing

Please bring food items to the classroom by October 24th.  Thanks for your help!

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Calling Drew’s Avengers!  Our offerings this year are going to Friends of Kids with Cancer and on Wednesday, October 25, we will be having a special voluntary offering.  In honor of Drew Albritton’s 8th birthday, we will be collecting superhero items and all donations will be delivered to Friends of Kids with Cancer.  Drew was a preschooler here at Zion who bravely fought cancer and now is with the biggest superhero of all, Jesus!   Please bring your superhero items to chapel on Wednesday October 25.  Action figures, costumes, toys, movies, backpacks, Lego sets, video games, shirts, or any items with a super hero theme are all welcome.   Please email me with any questions!

-P/T Conferences:  Please sign up to reserve a time via Sycamore.  Directions went home last week.  Please email me with any questions.

-Field trip permission slips are coming home today.  Please fill it in and return back to me as soon as possible.  Thanks!

What we are doing next week:

Religion:  Jacob and Esau, Jacob’s Stairway

Reading:  We are starting a new unit of Reading Mysteries.  We will continue the same skill work of envisioning, prediction, and retell, but we will add to this work by thinking about the genre of mystery…what makes a story a mystery?  We will also work on how to record/think about the clues the author is giving us to help us solve the mystery.  This unit should be a lot of fun!

Math: Adding multiples of 10, Measuring using Centimeters, Collecting Data using tally marks, Ordering 3 digit numbers

Science:    What is a food chain?  How do animals adapt in an ecosystem?

Writing:  Turning questions into statements…answering academic discipline questions correctly (Ex:  Why did the little girl feel scared?  Cite evidence from the text.)

Music:  We are excited to be participating in the Picture the Music contest with the St. Louis Symphony again this year.  This is a collaborative music/art project put on by the Symphony Volunteer Organization.  Each year a different piece of music is chosen for the students to listen to—this year it is the Olympic Fanfare from the 1984 Olympics by John Williams.  The children then draw/color/paint/etc. whatever they hear in the music and we may choose up to 7 pieces of artwork from Zion to submit to the contest.  Students from all over the metro area participate and there is an awards ceremony in March for the finalists.  The students may bring their artwork home to finish it;  they may paint, use markers, decoupage (flat, not 3D), glitter, crayons, etc.  Please have them return their pictures to school before Christmas break so that we may choose our submissions before the January deadline.  If you have an questions, please email Mrs. Crumrine at kcrumrine@zionharvester.org.  

Pictures from the week:  Reading our stories to the 1st grade class and helping them choose a “small moment” to write about….

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Oct. 2-6

Dear Parents,

Thank you for bringing your child to worship this past weekend!  They did a great job of helping lead worship!

Here is link to a video that was taken by Nathan’s dad of our class singing a round (Pardon Mrs. Crumrine’s outfit; she was headed to a festival later in the day!:) :

 

Information for the coming week(s):

-3rd grade will be attending a field trip on Oct. 17th.  I will send home permission slips next Friday.

-For your child’s Social Studies or Science grades in Grades 1-3, you can view the current grade under the 2nd quarter label in Sycamore for each respective subject.  Grades for Social Studies and Science will be based on a semester model, as opposed to quarterly.   The semester model will enable more grades to be entered for each student.  This increase of grades will ensure a more accurate representation of the learning that is taking place. 

-Parent/Teacher Conferences will be happening on Thursday, Oct.  19th.  Please read the following information that is found in the School News on Sycamore about how Zion will schedule P/T conferences this year:

This year Zion’s parents will schedule conferences with their teacher through Sycamore.  Conferences are held all day on Thursday, October 19.  I encourage you to use this day to meet with the teacher. Teacher’s schedules may not allow them to meet any other time except Thursday.
Look for complete directions sent out later this week on how to use Sycamore to schedule your conferences.  Please email Julie at JSchmidt@zionharvester.org if you need sign in information or help with the procedure.

What we will be doing this week:

Religion:  Isaac, God’s promises to His people

Reading:  Using context clues to figure out unknown words, Homophones, Homonyms,

Math: Identifying Dozen and Half Dozen, Reading/Writing numbers to 1,000, Using dollar symbol when dealing with cents ($0.78), Reading and Shading Thermometer to nearest 2 degrees

Science:  Starting our unit on Ecosystems

Writing:  Revising to make sure that stories contain dialogue, actions of characters in order, description of settings, etc.

Pictures from the week:  (Dressing up as idioms, watching the 8th grade rockets)

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September 25-29

Dear Parents,

This week Pastor Rouland and Pastor Reitz met with the 3rd graders to show us the stoles that they wear for church.  They helped the 3rd graders learn the colors of the church year and explained symbols that can be found on the stoles!  During art on Friday, the students created a stole.  Come check them out in the hallway next week!

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Information for the coming week(s):

-We sing this Sunday at 8 a.m. at Zion.  Please have your child up in the church music room at 7:45 a.m. to practice before the service.  Thanks!

-Early dismissal on Wednesday…there will be no hot lunch that day.

What we are working on this week:

Religion:  Tower of Babel, Abraham, NT books for Memory Work

Reading: Figurative Language, Asking Questions when reading, celebrate the end of the unit.  We will be doing a fun activity with idioms…an explanation sheet will be emailed home on Monday describing the activity because some students might need to bring in some items from home to do the activity.

Math:  Counting dimes, nickels, and pennies, Multiplication Facts 0’s and 1’s, Fractions using a fraction bar, Adding 9, Dividing a square into 3 equal parts, rewriting numbers by regrouping tens and ones

Writing:  Personal Narratives to Publish…check out the first narrative your child wrote in August and the latest one that was written this past week.  Students were asked to reflect and some students have grown a lot as writers this past month!

Social Studies:  Miss Bevirt will conclude the unit with an activity; no test at the end of this unit.

Pictures from the week:  Sharing our personal narrative, drawing polygons as part of the math game, IMG_4284.JPGIMG_4285.JPGIMG_4283.JPGIMG_4286.JPGIMG_4282.JPGIMG_4281.JPGIMG_4277.JPGIMG_4279.JPGIMG_4287.JPGIMG_4288.JPG

September 18-22

Dear Parents,

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This week in chapel, Mr. Marolf (Zion’s Assistant Principal) reminded us that our burdens are too heavy to carry and that we can rely on God to carry those burdens for us.  He is with us always and He will always be there to take care of us!

Information for the coming week(s):

-3rd grade sings September 24th at 8 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church.  Please have your child in the church balcony at 7:45 to practice.  Please email me with any questions about singing in church.

 

What we are doing this week:

Religion:   Keep up the good work with the OT books for Memory Work.  This is the week that students have to say them all the books in the OT in order so have your child practice singing the song before Monday.  Next week we will work on New Testament song in class.

Reading:  We will be working on retell, along with reviewing reading strategies of prediction, envisioning, and orienting to help us better understand a text.  I will also be grading your child’s reading log every 2 weeks as part of their reading grade because it is important for them to record their reading to learn about themselves as readers.

Math: Doubles, Doubles +1, Doubles +2 facts

Grammar/Writing:  Complete sentences, finishing up the last bend of our narrative unit.

Social Studies-Map work

Social Skills-Problem Solving using the S.T.E.P. model

Pictures from this week (starting keyboard practice on the iPad and pictures from Lego Robotic Night)
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