Friday, December 15, 2017

12/11-12/15

Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: Advent Parts
Spelling: 2nd Quarter High Frequency Words. We will have our test over the 25 words on Friday morning.
say, great, where, help, through, much, before, line, right, too, means, old, any, same, tell, boy, following, came, want, show, also, around, farm, three, small
Grammar: Alphabetical Order
Reading: Review
Math: We will be continuing to practice our 100 addition facts and review topics we've learned so far this year. No test next week.
Social Studies: Christmas Around the World


Important News and Information:
-Our Advent Service is on Wednesday! We will have two services--10am and 7pm. Please have students wear their regular school uniforms for the 10 am school service, and church clothes for the evening service. Meet at 6:50pm in the church basement before the 7pm service.
-Please make sure that you have filled out the church attendance sheet in your child's homework folder. I will be taking the final count of these to put on the grade cards
-Last day to take AR tests this quarter is on Wednesday.
-There is information in homework folders about Polar Express Day! This very special day is coming up on Thursday! Please let me know if you have any questions after looking at the informational sheet.
-We will dismiss at noon on Friday for Christmas Break. School will resume on Thursday, Jan. 4th.

-Our chapel offerings this school year have been going to Friends of Kids with Cancer. For our Christmas service project, our class will pair up with Mrs. Smith's class to collect items for an 8 year old girl named Riley. Riley recently lost her sister to cancer. Any gifts provided should be wrapped and labeled. All gifts are due on Dec. 18th.
       Items Riley is asking for this year:
                 -gift cards to restaurants and grocery stores
                 -clothes in size 9, shoes in size 3.
                 -bike helmet
                 -fluffy bean bag chair
                 -gift card to make a blanket with a picture collage of her sister
                 -a bed spread for her room (her room is Paris themed)
                 -Riley's favorite color is pink and bright colors, she loves angels because of her sister getting her wings, she also loves dragonflies

-You are invited to join us for a 2nd Grade Milestone Class!

Zion Lutheran Church believes God calls parents to be the primary spiritual leaders for their children. Milestone Classes focus on creating and celebrating healthy spiritual habits and equip parents and families to teach their children.
The 2nd grade class will focus on the Lord's Prayer. Classes will meet on Saturday, January 13th at 4:15pm OR Sunday, January 14th at 9:30am in the School Library. Pick the class time that works best for you and your family!
To sign up, contact Bethany Andrews, Children's Ministry Director at bandrews@zionharvester.org or 636-441-7425 ext 254  by December 31st.



We learned about pollution this week and did an activity with Freddy the Fish. Freddy was a happy fish, until his water became polluted. Unfortunately, Freddy died. The kids had to buy tools to use to try to clean up Freddy's water so that the other fish wouldn't die too. They did a great job working as a team to try to solve the problem. At the end of the experiment, they understood that water pollution is harmful and that is can be difficult to clean up. 






While reading, The True Gift, the students learned tricky vocabulary words that they would encounter in the story. They worked with partners to match the words with their definitions, and then to apply their knowledge of the vocab words to other situations. 



Senorita Martin came to our classroom to teach us about Las Padasdas, a Mexican tradition. The kids were able to participate in an activity on Friday with the Junior High Spanish classes. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

12/4-12/8

Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: Continue to practice their Advent parts
Spelling: all: hall, ball, call, stall, wall, mall, overall, rainfall, fallen, baseball
Grammar: Linking Verbs
Phonics: S Consonant Cluster
Reading: We will be reading our 2nd quarter whole class novel--The True Gift. We will be reading this book together and will be doing activities with the book throughout the week. 
Math: Our math lessons have begun the 100 addition facts. The goal with this is for the kids to be able to finish their 100 math facts in 5 minutes or less. We will be working hard on accomplishing this goal at school. If your child struggles with finishing them quickly, I highly recommend having them practice with flashcards or with a fact app.
Science: We will be learning about pollution and how it affects our natural resources and our world. We will have a test over pollution on Wednesday with a study guide sent home on Monday.
Social Studies: We will learn about factories
Writing: Write to persuade

Important News and Information:
-We will begin practicing for our Advent service next week. Because of our Advent practice schedule, the kids will not have math homework every evening...it will depend on what we get to during the school day. 
-Reminder that the last day to take AR tests this quarter will be Wednesday, Dec. 20th. 
-1st-2nd grade Advent service will be at 10am and 7pm on Wednesday, Dec. 20th. 
-Our chapel offerings this school year have been going to Friends of Kids with Cancer. For our Christmas service project, our class will pair up with Mrs. Smith's class to collect items for an 8 year old girl named Riley. Riley recently lost her sister to cancer. Any gifts provided should be wrapped and labeled. All gifts are due on Dec. 18th.
       Items Riley is asking for this year:
                 -gift cards to restaurants and grocery stores
                 -clothes in size 9, shoes in size 3.
                 -bike helmet
                 -fluffy bean bag chair
                 -gift card to make a blanket with a picture collage of her sister
                 -a bed spread for her room (her room is Paris themed)
                 -Riley's favorite color is pink and bright colors, she loves angels because of her sister getting her wings, she also loves dragonflies

-Kids Helping Kids –

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.  



The kids made symmetrical Christmas trees and splattered painted them to give the appearance of a snowy night.
To review irregular past tense verbs, each student got a notecard with the present tense or past tense verb written on it. Then they had to find their match!

Our scientists made observations over the three types of soil based on their sense of touch and sight






In Religion, we talked about how our hearts are naturally filled with yucky sin. We then talked about how Jesus makes those yucky hearts clean with his death and resurrection. "Create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me."
The 3rd group of kids were able to work with Bob the robot this week. 


Friday, December 1, 2017

11/27-12/1

Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: Advent Parts: Your child's part for our Advent service is in their homework folders today. They need to have their part memorized for their memory grade this coming week. I will take this for a grade on Friday.
Spelling: ing/ink: bring, sing, wing, fling, string, link, drink, pink, think, shrink
Phonics: Review of Long Vowel Teams
Grammar: Irregular Past Tense Verbs
Reading: Protagonist and Antagonist
Math: Test Wednesday
Science: We will be finishing up our natural resources unit with a pic collage project. We will briefly talk about soil and then will begin a unit on pollution.
Writing: Write to Persuade

Important News and Information:
-Our chapel offerings this school year have been going to Friends of Kids with Cancer. For our Christmas service project, our class will pair up with Mrs. Smith's class to collect items for an 8 year old girl named Riley. Riley recently lost her sister to cancer. Any gifts provided should be wrapped and labeled. All gifts are due on Dec. 18th.
       Items Riley is asking for this year:
                 -gift cards to restaurants and grocery stores
                 -clothes in size 9, shoes in size 3.
                 -bike helmet
                 -fluffy bean bag chair
                 -gift card to make a blanket with a picture collage of her sister
                 -a bed spread for her room (her room is Paris themed)
                 -Riley's favorite color is pink and bright colors, she loves angels because of her sister getting her wings, she also loves dragonflies

-2nd Grade Advent Service will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 20th at 10 am and at 7pm in the church sanctuary. Each child has a speaking part which will take the place of their memory work for the next two weeks. This part is in their homework folders.

-Last day for AR tests for 2nd quarter is Wednesday, Dec. 20th.

In grammar this week, we learned about -ed, the time traveling ending that makes words go to the past. We worked with partners one morning to sort different past tense words by the sound the -ed makes (either /t/, /d/, or /ed/)

We learned about different types of rocks and observed their different properties. The kids then compared and contrasted the various types of rocks they observed. 






In math, we used geoboards to talk about polygons and the number of angels each type of polygon had.


During one of our brainbreaks this week, we did a yoga deep breathing activity

When they were finished, the geologists got to eat their rocks too:)

Geologists were at work removing the "minerals" from the "rocks"

The second group of students were able to work with Mrs. Helmkamp this week coding our little robot!


Friday, November 17, 2017

11/13-11/17

Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Spelling: oo: too, zoo, food, room, soon, boot, hoop, scoop, groom, school
Phonics: Vowel Teams U
Grammar: Past Tense Verbs
Reading: Protagonist and Antagonist
Math: Test on Tuesday 11/28
Science: Natural Resources--After learning about Natural Resources, the kids will be making a pic collage to demonstrate their understanding. There will not be a formal test for this unit. 
Writing: Write to Inform about Thanksgiving Break--We are going to be learning how to write a paragraph with a topic sentence, 3 detail sentences, and a conclusion sentence.

Important News and Information:
-We will be off of school on next week for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Enjoy the extra time with family and friends!
-I will be getting married on the 25th:) When I return, my name will change to Mrs. Forke (pronounced Fork-ey)  It's going to be quite the adjustment! I also wanted to let you know that I will not be here on Monday after Thanksgiving break, so the kids will have a sub that day. I will be back on Tuesday though!
-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!
-Classroom Wishlist~~ We are in need of glue sticks! Thank you!!



#1-5 were able to practice coding with Bob the robot this week


We learned about the First Thanksgiving this week. The kids broke up into two groups, one learned about the Wampanoag point of view, the other learned about the Pilgrim point of view. They then partnered up with a friend from the opposite group and taught each other what they learned. Together, the partners compared and contrasted the Pilgrim and Wampanoag point of view. They did a great job! 


We went to the STEAM lab twice this week. 

The kids built Pilgrim houses one day.



















The next day, they built Wampanoag Wetu houses.













Friday, November 10, 2017

11/6-11/10

Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.    Luke 1:30
Spelling: oke/ell: broke, choke, yoke, stroke, awoke, tell, yell, shell, smell, yellow
Grammar: Synoyms and Antonyms
Phonics: O Vowel Teams
Reading: Point of View
Math: Test on Monday
Social Studies: The First Thanksgiving--We will learn about the Pilgrims and their voyage to America on the Mayflower. We will learn about the Wampanog people. We will compare and contrast their ways of life and points of view. We will also be doing various STEAM challenges throughout the week to design and engineer a canoe, a Wetu, a Pilgrim home, and a Mayflower. 
Writing: Write to Persuade--Save a Turkey, eat more....


Important News and Information:
-Next Wednesday for chapel offerings, 2nd grade is asked to bring stuffing and boxed potatoes to contribute to the Thanksgiving food drive for Seminary families.
--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!

We wrote letters to Veteran's this week in honor of Veteran's Day


During writing this week, the kids created their own Scholastic News article to inform others about a natural disaster of their choice. 
In science, the kids worked together with a partner to write a script as newscasters informing an audience about a natural disaster of their choice. 

World Sport Stacking Day 




This week, our class was introduced to the robot ball, Sphero. Our class decided to name it Bob:) Beginning next week, throughout the rest of the school year, each week a group of 5 students will work with Mrs. Helmkamp to practice coding skills with Bob the robot.