Friday, October 13, 2017

10/9-10/13

Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: None
Spelling: High Frequency Words #1
over, new, sound, take, only, little, work, know, place, years, live, me, back, give, most, very, after, thing, our, just, name, good, sentence, man, think
We will have this test on Wednesday
Phonics:Review long and short vowel sounds
Grammar: commas in a date
Reading: Setting Review
Math: Test on Wednesday
Science: We will have a test on Wednesday over how earth changes slowly. A Study guide will be sent home on Monday. 
Writing: letter writing


Important News and Information:
-Our class took the STAR test this past week, information on their new reading zones is in their homework folder today. 
-Our field trip to the St. Louis Art Museum is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27th. Students are to wear a red Zion t-shirt and regular uniform dress bottoms. We will eat lunch in our classroom when we return, so please pack a peanut free lunch for your child. The permission slip needs to be signed and returned to school by Monday, Oct. 23rd
-Today was the end of 1st quarter. Next Thursday is Parent Teacher conferences, so no school for the students. If you haven't done so yet, please sign up for a 15 minute conference time using Sycamore. 
-No School on Friday, Oct. 20th
-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.
-Picture Retake Day is Monday, Oct. 16th...see Sycamore for more information
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Red Ribbon Week will be October 23 - 27.  This is the week that people and communities unite and take a visible stand against substance abuse.  Show your personal commitment to a drug-free and healthy lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon and these fun dress days.
 *Regular dress code applies to all dress days except for the special day’s theme
Monday: Messy Hair day, Messy hair don't care about drugs. The students can come to school with messy hair.
Tuesday: Twin Day, Keep your double out of trouble. You can wear the same shirt or color as your friend.
Wednesday: Calling Drew’s Avengers! - Wear a Super Hero Shirt and jeans
                                   Banner/drew.jpg
This year we are collecting Chapel offerings to support Friends of Kids with Cancer.  On Wednesday, October 25 we will be having a special offering collection of super hero items to honor Drew Albrittons' 8th birthday.  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.
Thursday: Lumberjack day, Chop drugs out of your life. Wear a flannel shirt.
Friday: Red Day, In Christ I Stand, against drugs. Spirit shirt and jeans.




In science this week, we discussed how earth changes slowly through erosion. To introduce this idea to the class, I asked them the question, "what is strong enough to break a rock?" After our discussion, we went outside and the kids attempted to see if they were strong enough to break rocks. 




In phonics, we learned and practiced syllables in words

Observing a rock during a science experiment. We tested if water was strong enough to change a rock...it was!


An erosion problem on our playground. How can we fix it??


On Friday, we got together with Mrs. Stanglein's preschool class to do a rescue mission. The goal was to rescue Rapunzel from her tower and get her safely to the ground. The 2nd graders and preschoolers did a great job of working together! 


















Also on Friday, Mrs. Brockmeyer came to visit our classroom to teacher our class about "Rock my Way." This is an awesome program that can bring so much joy to people all over the world. The kids each got to paint a rock that they will be able to take home and use to spread some joy:)


Friday, October 6, 2017

10/2-10/6

Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2
Spelling: ine/ice: fine, mine, whine, line, vine, slice, mice, nice, dice, ice
Grammar: Review Types of Sentences, Subject and Predicate
Phonics: Syllables
Reading: We are going to be reading our first whole class novel of the year, Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive
Math: Test on Tuesday
Science: How can the Earth change slowly? We will have a written test over the material on Wed. Oct. 18th. A study guide will go home on Monday, Oct. 16th.
Writing: Write to Inform about a pumpkin. We will be focusing on writing with details this week.

Important News and Information:
-Please make sure the church and Sunday school attendance sheets have been completed for 1st quarter. I will be recording this on Monday for 1st quarter report cards and want to make sure it's accurate.
-I put an updated sheet of your child's AR quizzes in their folders today. Reminder that the final day to take AR tests for 1st quarter is Thursday, Oct. 12
-Calling Drew’s Avengers! 

Our offerings this year are going to Friends of Kids with Cancer.  
On Wednesday, October 25 we will be having a special offering.  
In honor of Drew Albrittons’ 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.
-A note from Mrs. Crumrine....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.  

-Grades for Social Studies and Science will be based on a semester model, as opposed to quarterly for the 1st-3rd-grade department. Grades in these subjects that are earned during first quarter will be moved into the second quarter tab in Sycamore before report cards are issued. This will allow you to view your child's progress as the quarter develops in a particular subject yet, it will offer students more time to absorb and hopefully master the material in both content areas.


During our Math Monday morning work time, the kids worked together to build a giant cross!

Brainstorming words with the s- consonant cluster 

Working on their writing. This week the kids were finishing up their informational writing from last week. They wrote to inform the class about a book. 


To practice verbs, the kids did a verb relay race!

Reading their verbs for the verb relay race


In math, we began to talk about dimes and pennies. The kids practiced counting lots of dimes and pennies!

In Art, we learned about the primary colors, and how the primary colors are used to make the secondary colors. The kids practiced mixing their primary colors to make all of the colors on a color wheel. On Friday, they drew pumpkins and painted them using their knowledge of the color wheel. 


Thursday, September 28, 2017

9/25-9/29

Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Spelling: on/ong: on, onto, fond, con, apron, long, song, along, belong, strong
Phonics: Consonant Clusters with an S
Grammar: Action Verbs
Reading: Setting
Math: Test Monday
Science:What is the Earth? We will be focusing on the three layers of earth, where water is found on earth, and that water on earth can be either fresh water or salt water.
Writing: Write to persuade

Important News and Information:
- Grades for Social Studies and Science will be based on a semester model, as opposed to quarterly, for the K-3rd-grade department. Grades in these subjects that have been earned during first quarter will be moved into the second quarter tab in Sycamore before report cards are issued. This will allow you to view your child's progress as the quarter develops in each particular subject. This change will offer students more time to absorb and hopefully master the material in both content areas before a final grade is recorded.

-2nd grade sings at the 5pm service on Saturday at Zion. Please arrive 10 minutes before the service. 


The kids worked in groups to create a skit to act out a certain character trait. The goal was for the class to be able to figure out what character trait was being acted out. 

This group was acting out "naughty." The characters just weren't doing what they were being told to do. 






In math, the kids looked at different shapes and discovered that they can classify shapes by their color, shape, and size

Planning their community projects



In phonics, the kids played "pass the plate," a game similar to hot potato in order to practice their knowledge of words with "r" consonant clusters. 


The kids chose which type of community they would like to create. Then, they worked with their groups to plan out what they would have in their community. Finally, they designed their communities. Every group worked well together! We learned how to compromise!:) 




The finished Urban Community: Star City

The finished Rural Community: Cow Town

The finished Suburban Community: Beach Fun

Friday, September 22, 2017

9/18-9/22

Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16
Spelling: ake/er: rake, take, lake, make, shake, her, water, super, person, tower
Grammar: Pronouns
Phonics: Consonant Clusters with the letter R
Reading: Character Traits
Math: We will not have a test next week. We will be studying our +9 facts
Social Studies: Types of Communities
Writing: Write to Persuade

Important News and Information:
-Noon dismissal on Wednesday 9/27
-2nd grade sings at Zion on Sat., 9/30 at 5pm. Please arrive in the upstairs balcony classroom 10 minutes before the service.
-The kids will be designing and creating their own communities next week in social studies. Please send in any used empty boxes (cereal sized or smaller) or clean plastic containers to help provide community making materials. We will begin the project on Tuesday!
-I sent home AR summary reports so you can see how your child is doing on their AR tests and goals. Just a reminder that the last day to take AR tests for this quarter is Thursday, Oct. 12.

With our Scholastic book orders, the company mailed our entire class a free book! 

Working together to brainstorm character traits for a character from a story we read together

Silent Reading time

Looking for polygons in our classroom


We began our keyboarding program this week

The kids worked in groups to act out the story of Moses and the burning bush

To put together what we have learned in math this week about polygons and pictographs, the kids created a design using different polygons. They then created a pictograph of their design, showing how many of each shape they used.