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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September 11-14

Dear Parents,

This week in chapel, Pastor Rouland showed artwork that corresponded with our theme song.  It was beautiful to see the images that went with the words that we sing, “In Christ alone…He is my rock!”  We have an awesome God!

Information for the coming week(s):

-No school on Friday due to teachers attending a conference

-I randomly picked names out of the hat for the following field trips:

St. Louis Symphony on Oct. 17th-Fran Lindesmith, Jamie Buehrle, Anna Lind,                                                                                   Manuela Krizbai

Florissant Civic Center on March 6th-Candace Koenig, Emily Schmidt, David                                                                                              Mudd, Laura Horton

 

-Lego Robotics night is on Thursday at 6 or 7 p.m.  We will meet in the basement of the Junior High building.  The door to the STEM lab will be propped open so come in through that door.

-We sing on Sunday, Sept. 24th at 8 a.m.  Please have your child up in the church music room at 7:45 so that we can rehearse.  Thanks!

-Scholastic Book Orders went home.  Orders are due online by next Friday.  Please click the tab on the home screen on the blog to access the code to order online.  Also, please feel free to check out Common Sense Media to read about any titles before purchasing.

 

What we will be working on next week:

Religion: Law and Gospel, Story of Noah

Reading: Using prediction and retell to help us understand what we are reading…keep reading 15-20 minutes a night.  Students should mark in their logs when they read.

Math: Counting dimes and nickels, Mentally adding 10 and subtracting 10 to a number, Line Graphs, Written Assessment

Social Studies-Maps with Miss Bevirt

Writing-Writing short fiction stories

Grammar-Complete sentences

 

Pictures from the week: Finding erosion and weathering on our campus, showing 1st graders how to use the PicCollage app on the iPads

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September 5-8

Dear Parents,

This week we had our first Faith Family activity.  Faith Families are made up of students of various grades, 1st-8th, in each family.  We do several activities in our Faith Families throughout the year and we sit in our Faith Families for chapel.  It is a great way to grow relationships!

This time our devotion was about being “living stones”.  Each of us is a living stone alive in the Lord and together we make a spiritual house dedicated to the worship of our Lord.  We spent time decorating a stone to be used as an outdoor art reminder that we are living stones and we stand on Christ.  We then returned to chapel to celebrate Baptismal Remembrance for July, August, and September.   Each child that celebrates a Baptismal Birthday will receive a stone that has this year’s school theme logo sprayed on the rock to remind each child that he/she “Stands in Christ!”

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Information for the coming week(s):

-If you are interested in signing up for Lego Night, please click on the link:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zyLUt25KIq17odJMxrQCK3HZh-wDH5SEkte37Nn5iVY/edit?usp=sharing

-This weekend I will randomly draw names for chaperones and will put that in my blog next week.

-Third grade sings in church on Sunday, Sept. 24th.  Please mark you calendars!

-Remember there is no school on Friday, Sept. 15th because of a teacher in-service day.

-Enjoy your long 3 day weekend! 🙂

 

What we are working on this coming week:

Religion:  Promise of a Savior to Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel

Reading:  Working on orienting and envisioning to help us understand what we are reading, growing stamina as readers, and strategies to help answer questions about reading

Writing:  We will have a mini-celebration of our narrative pieces on Tuesday!  Students will record their stories and I will send home the recordings!  It has been great to see a lot of growth and excitement from the students!  On Wednesday we will start “Narratives using Characters”

Grammar:  We answered the question, “Why do authors use punctuation?”  We even learned a new form of punctuation, ellipses!   Many students have found it fun to use in their writing…We will look at common vs. proper nouns this week.

Science:  This will be the last week of our unit, Earth Changes.  There will be no test to study for, rather the students will be completing a project in class to show what has been learned this unit.

Second Step Social Skills Curriculum:  We started this social skills curriculum during our class meeting time.  We are working and will continue to work on, “What does a good listener do and say to let someone know they are listening to them?”

 

Pictures from this week:  Enjoying working on our STEAM project, “Model of the Outer/Inner Layers of the Earth, a few pictures from recess!

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August 28-Sept. 1

Dear Parents,

This week in chapel, Mr. Debrick shared information with us about the charity “Friends of Kids with Cancer”.  This year we will be doing several service projects to help out the children that this charity works with throughout the year.  Our chapel offerings for the year will go towards purchasing toys and other items that will help bring smiles to the faces of those children who are suffering from this terrible disease.   Chapel is every Wednesday and I will send home envelopes every Tuesday…a simple way we can show God’s love to others in need!

Information for the coming week(s):

*Lego Robotics Night sign-up went out this week.  First come, first serve for this event.  Another event will be held in the spring.

*Thank you to Jill Taylor for leading Room Parties this year!!!!

 

What we will be doing next week:

Religion:  Adam and Eve in Paradise and the Fall into Sin

Reading:  Starting unit “Building a Reading Life”, using a reading log to help us establish good reading habits, introduction to fluent reading: what it looks like, sounds like.  Here is a picture of a log so you can see what your child’s log should look like:

 

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Math:  We will start working on addition facts.

Writing:  We will revise one of our personal narratives and have a mini-celebration to celebrate our work as writers.  We will continue on with narratives to write stories with characters.

Grammar:  Capital letters to start sentences, names, days of week, and holidays.

Science:  Earthquakes and Volcanoes

No pictures this week! 😦  Next week a student photographer will supply the pictures for the blog!

August 21-25

Dear Parents,

We have had a great first week!  You have some fantastic kiddos and I am excited to see where this year takes us!  In chapel this week, Mr. Debrick reminded us that we all mess up (even grown-ups), but because of Jesus, we are clean in God’s eyes!  A wonderful message to start off the year, Standing in Christ!

Information for the following week(s):

* Back to School Night is Tuesday, starting at 6:30 p.m.  Please plan to come and hear about 3rd grade!  Sessions will last 20 minutes and I will do 2 sessions.  I can’t do the third session because I will be attending a session for my oldest daughter’s 6th grade class.  My classroom sessions will be at 6:30 and at 7:00 p.m.  Thanks for helping me be a mom that night too! 🙂

*Please remember to bring a labeled towel and water bottle for your child on Monday for Solar Eclipse Day!

What we are doing next week:

Memory Work:  I told the students that for next week only, each child has the choice to read his/her Memory Work to me or they can say it memorized on the day it is due.  No need to study it over the weekend…I want to address how I do Memory Work at Back to School Night so I am not making next week an official week yet! 🙂

Reading:  We will take the STAR test which will be one way I will assess where each child is at with his/her reading skills.  I will also be assessing skills using Running Records.  I will introduce the workshop model to the students during the week.

Grammar/Writing:  We will start our unit on writing complete sentences, identifying nouns/verbs, and correct punctuation/capitalization.  We will start our unit on Personal Narratives.

Math:  Graphing Data on a Bar, Identifying Digits and Writing 2 Digit Numbers, Telling Time to Half Hour, Measuring to the nearest inch, Addition Facts-adding 0, adding 1, and Doubles

Spelling:  We took the spelling assessment this week and next week Miss Bevirt and I will show the classes how spelling will be set up for the week.  The following week (8/29) words will come home to be assessed.

Science:  We will start our unit on “Changes to the Earth”.

Pictures from the week (Getting our Bibles, creating a maze using paper/straws/paper plates, and problem solving STEM activity)

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May 22-25

Dear Parents,

This week in chapel, Mr. Marolf reminded that God has great plans for us, no matter where we go!

Lots of information for the last week of school….

*Next week we will be wrapping up math, working with Lego Robotics, reading through Bunnicula, and cleaning out the classroom. I’m looking forward to a fun-filled last week spent with these wonderful students!

*Bringing in Bags:  On Wednesday morning, we will be cleaning out our desks and cleaning the classroom. Please send in a tote bag or paper bag with your child on Wednesday so that they can easily take home all of their school supplies, along with their backpacks.

*Lunch Next Week:  There will be no hot lunch served the last week of school.  Milk and Juice will be available for $.50 and assorted snacks will be available for $.50.  These items are available on a cash only basis.  Students need to pack a cold lunch for the last week of school.

*Reading and AR:  Next week will be the last week for AR quizzes to be taken. There will be no math homework next week, but students can continue reading and taking AR tests until next Thursday!

Last Day of the School Year
Our last day of school will be Thursday, May 25.  We will have a closing chapel in the morning, and school will be dismissed at 10 am.  This will be a no backpack day.

 

Pictures:  We had a special birthday party for Julia!!!  2nd-4th grade spelling bee!IMG_3708.JPGIMG_3706.JPG

May 15-19

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This week was our last Faith Family activity.  We focused on Colossians 4:2, Devote yourselves to PRAYER, being WATCHFUL and THANKFUL.

We then made thank you cards and letters for those around us who serve us.  We then said a prayer of thanks to God for their service to us.

May we be watching for others who serve us and may we thank them and pray for them.

Information for the week(s) ahead:

*Spelling Bee for Grades 2-4 will be held on Tuesday, May 16th at 8:15 in the gym. Congratulations to our contestants- Riley and Elizabeth!

* On Friday, May 19th, students in grades 1-8 will participate in a “Faith Family Field Day”.  We will eat a picnic lunch, play games, and have one last fun time with our Faith Families!  Zion will be providing cheese pizza from Dominos, goldfish crackers, and Oreos for the picnic lunch.  If your child does not want that lunch or is unable to eat that lunch due to allergies, please have your child bring a cold lunch on Friday, May 19th.  Your child will also be spending the afternoon out in the sun, so please apply sunscreen in the morning before your child comes to school.  Thanks!

*On Friday, students can wear any Zion/Lutheran High t-shirt or a Christian t-shirt and non-uniform dress bottoms for Faith Family Field Day.

* This is the last week hot lunch will be served. Hot lunch will not be served on Friday due to our field day.

*School library books need to be returned as volunteers have started the inventory process.

The last day of school for 1st grade through 8th grade will be Thursday, May 25 with a 10am dismissal.

What we are doing this week:

Religion:  Adventures of Paul

Reading:  Finishing up our non-fiction unit and starting a whole class novel

Writing:  Poetry

Social Studies:  Continuing the country project

Memory Work/Spelling:  Last week for both

Math:  8’s and 6’s multiplication

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May 8-12

Dear Parents,

What a great day it was yesterday to see your children share the story of Noah using their talents that God has given to them!!!  They did a great job!

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Information for the coming week(s):

*Family Night at the Botanical GardenMay 11, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Zion is a partner school with the Missouri Botanical Garden and so Zion families, along with other partners schools from the St. Louis area, are able to come on a special night for some fun family activities.   You need to RSVP if you are planning to go on May 11th.  More information and an RVSP link can be found on the MBG calendar (www.mobot.org/events) or reached directly at this address:  https://goo.gl/forms/Pew96OFSC40E12c92
*On Friday, May 19th, students in grades 1-8 will participate in a “Faith Family Field Day”.  We will eat a picnic lunch, play games, and have one last fun time with our Faith Families!  Zion will be providing cheese pizza from Dominos, goldfish crackers, and Oreos for the picnic lunch.  If your child does not want that lunch or is unable to eat that lunch due to allergies, please have your child bring a cold lunch on Friday, May 19th.  Your child will also be spending the afternoon out in the sun, so please apply sunscreen in the morning before your child comes to school.  Thanks!
What we will be doing next week:
Religion:  Adventures of Paul
Reading:  Compare/Contrast Non-fiction Text
Grammar:  Possessives
Math:  Keep working on 6’s, 8’s, and 9’s multiplication facts.  We will assess over the 9’s facts on Friday.
Social Studies:  Country Project

May 1-5

Dear Parents,

“Jesus is the Master Jedi!” Pastor Hoehner reminded us that Jesus is so amazing, He rose from the dead and saved us from our sins.  We have an amazing God!!!

Information for the coming week(s):

*1st-3rd grade musical is on Friday, May 5th at 6 p.m.  Students need to be down in the church basement at 5:45 p.m.  Please wear khaki bottoms and a t-shirt (a color t-shirt will be given to your child to wear for the performance).  Dress rehearsal will be at 2:15 on Friday.

What we will be doing next week:

Religion:  Pentecost

Math:  6’s and 8’s Multiplication Facts will be a focus over the next two weeks

Reading:  Non-fiction work-researchers ask questions to guide their research, researchers grow their own ideas about the topic they are researching, researchers teach others about the information they have found

Writing:  Revising our “expert” information piece

Grammar:  When is it ok to use fragments when writing

Social Studies:  Miss Bevirt will be starting a country research with our class next week during Social Studies.  Students will pick a country and they will be doing work in class to create a research paper for the next three weeks. None of the research or paper writing will need to be done at home.  Your child will need to pick a country by Thursday, May 4 and this is something that you might need to help them with. They can pick any country no matter how much they know about it, as long as it sounds interesting to them!

 

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April 24-28

Dear Parents,

This week in chapel, Mrs. Gnade from Lutheran High St Charles, reminded us the true reason for Easter…not bunnies or eggs, but Jesus!

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Information for the coming week(s):

*1st-3rd grade musical is on Friday, May 5 at 6 p.m.

What we are doing next week:

Religion:  Psalm 23 and Miracles of Jesus

Math:  We did a pre-assessment of 100 multiplication facts that we have learned so far.  You can find that assessment in your child’s red folder.  Please check how your child did to see what facts your child might need to practice before the next 100 Fact multiplication assessment which will be on Friday.

Reading:  How to synthesize non-fiction text, how to figure out vocabulary that we find when researching our topic

Writing:  Drafting our information piece

Grammar:  Verb tenses

Practicing for the musical…

 

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