Friday, October 13, 2017


Oct. 16th- Oct. 18th:
Memory:
No memory this week 

Spelling:

HFW

Grammar:
Commas in a date

Reading:
Review setting, characters, and character traits

Writing:
Writing letters

Math:
Math test next Wednesday (10/25/17)
Keep practicing addition math facts. Free apps are a great way for students to get independent practice time in while having fun.

Science/Social Studies:
There will be a project/problem solving based assessment on Monday. Students will be shown examples of erosion on Zion's campus and they will need to decide which measures they could implement to decrease the effects of erosion. 
On Wednesday, students will have a written assessment over the key information from our unit. Look for a study guide to come home on Monday.

Important Information /Reminders:

Meet SPRK+! He is our new robot! Starting next quarter Mrs. Helmkamp will be working with small groups of students in the STEM lab once a week. Students will use CodeSnap to learn how to make our robot perform certain tasks. I am excited about this new proposal to introduce students to coding and I can't wait to hear what they think of it! Watch the blog for more updates.

Red Ribbon Week Dress Days 10/23/2017 - 10/27/2017  

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.

*A special thank you to our field trip chaperones: Cheryl T., Christi B., and Julie K.
We will be taking a bus to the St. Louis Art Museum on the morning of Friday, Oct. 27th. That afternoon we will have our Harvest party. Look for permission slips to come home on Friday, Oct. 13th.

Reflecting on our week:

Students had fun learning a snappy song about erosion.

Gathering hands-on information to help us become better writers. We are writing to inform about pumpkins and in order to do so, we needed to get gather some first-hand sensory information.



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.

Friday, October 6, 2017


Oct. 9th- Oct. 13th:
Memory:
1 John 2:2

Spelling:
Lesson 8

Grammar:
Review types of sentences and subject/predicate

Reading:
Whole class book- Eerie Elementary

Writing:
Write to inform about a pumpkin

Math:
Math test Friday
Our goal is to finish the 25 problem fact sheet in 2 minutes.  

Science/Social Studies:
Science focus will be on how the earth can change slowly

Important Information /Reminders:

*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. If you are worried you will forget on that specific day we can collect/store items in the classroom.
See the note below from our music teacher, 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 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 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 a particular subject yet, it will offer students more time to absorb and hopefully master the material in both content areas before a final grade is recorded.

*This is the last week of 1st quarter


*A special thank you to our field trip chaperones: Cheryl T., Christi B., and Julie K.
We will be taking a bus to the St. Louis Art Museum on the morning of Friday, Oct. 27th. That afternoon we will have our Harvest party. Look for permission slips to come home on Friday, Oct. 13th.

Reflecting on our week:
We had fun working in the STEM Lab with hard-boiled eggs! We used the eggs to help us better understand the three layers of the Earth and the plates on the Earth's crust.
 





Thursday, September 28, 2017


























Oct. 2nd- Oct. 6th:
Memory:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Spelling:
Lesson 7

Grammar:
Action Verbs

Reading:
Setting

Writing:
Best type of community persuasive writing - edit 

Math:
Math test Friday
Our goal is to finish the 25 problem fact sheet in 2 minutes.  

Science/Social Studies:
We will begin our Science unit on Earth. Focus for the week will be on identifying the three layers of earth and where fresh water and salt water can be found.

Important Information /Reminders:
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 a particular subject yet, it will offer students more time to absorb and hopefully master the material in both content areas before a final grade is recorded.

Reflecting on our week:
This is a fun game called Pass the Plate. We use the framework of this game to practice phonics and vocabulary throughout the school year. In this picture, we are practicing words with r controlled clusters (br, tr, gr, fr, dr, cr, pr). This concept is based on musical chairs. We play fun music and pass paper plates, with keywords on them, around the circle until the music stops. I call out r controlled cluster and students with those words stand up and share the word with the group. It is a fun way to work on educational concepts as well as social-emotional skills. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017


























Sept. 25th- Sept. 29th:

Memory:
John 3:16

Spelling:
Lesson 6

Grammar:
Pronouns

Reading:
Character Traits continued

Writing:
Best type of community persuasive writing 

Math:
Math test Friday
Our goal is to finish the 25 problem fact sheet in 2 minutes. At home, try to set a timer and see how your child is doing. If they are struggling to get them done in under 2 minutes there are apps (My Math App and Sushi Monster) that can help. 

Science/Social Studies:
We will finish up our unit on types of communities in Social Studies and start a unit in Science about the Earth.

Important Information /Reminders:
*A reminder that we will have a half day on 9/27/17 with dismissal at noon.
*Our class sings at the 5:00 Zion church service on Saturday, September 30th. Please drop off your child in the balcony at 4:50.
The end of first quarter is quickly approaching. Please make sure your child is reading their AR book at least 4 nights per week. Several students are quickly approaching their goal! YAY! I send home AR reports often to help communicate with you about your child's progress. If you have any concerns please let me know.


Reflecting on our week:
Our class won an Echo Dot! Mr. Edward Akers, from Farmers Insurance, was generous enough to accept my submission to his request to help out teachers in the St. Louis area. Farmers Insurance and Mr. Akers wanted to give back to teachers by reviewing requests for classroom supplies. 
Over the summer I was reading up on tech uses in the classroom and I ran across the use of this type of technology in early childhood. I sent an email along with a recording of an interview about how this works in the classroom. He was gracious enough to respond to my email and he delivered the Echo Dot to our classroom on Wednesday. We will use the Dot to help students edit their writing. It is great that students recognize misspelled words in their writing but it is sometimes difficult for them to move past this. They often can't type misspelled words close enough for the ipad to guess what they are trying to spell and using the dictionary is still time-consuming and difficult for them at this age. Some students shut down if they are struggling with spelling, and I'd like to eliminate that hurdle in the hopes to help them write more complex stories with larger vocabulary words. Often they will stick to the smaller words that they know how to spell thus are slower at showing the colorful language they would like to use.
We plan on keeping in touch with Mr. Akers to let him know how we like using the Echo Dot in the classroom. 
Thank you, Farmers Insurance and Mr. Edward Akers!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017


























Sept. 18th- Sept. 22nd:

Memory:
3rd Article 

Spelling:
Lesson 5

Grammar:
Proper Nouns

Reading:
Character Traits

Writing:
How to write a letter

Math:
Math test Friday
Our goal is to finish the 25 problem fact sheet in 2 minutes. At home, try to set a timer and see how your child is doing. If they are struggling to get them done in under 2 minutes there are apps (My Math App and Sushi Monster) that can help. 

Science/Social Studies:
How are communities different? 
Urban, Suburban, and Rural differences

Important Information /Reminders:
*Julie Reitz will sub for me on Friday 9/22/17.
*A reminder that we will have a half day on 9/27/17 with dismissal at noon.
* Plan to attend our Parent Technology night on Thursday, September 21st.

Reflecting on our week:


Noun scavenger hunt around campus...



Friday, September 8, 2017
























Sept. 11th- Sept. 15th:

Memory:
2nd Article (part 2)

Spelling:
Lesson 4

Grammar:
Nouns

Reading:
Characters

Writing:
Write to persuade, inform, entertain

Math:
Math test Wednesday
Our goal is to finish the 25 problem fact sheet in 2 minutes. At home, try to set a timer and see how your child is doing. If they are struggling to get them done in under 2 minutes there are apps (My Math App and Sushi Monster) that can help. 

Science/Social Studies:
Ch. 5 /Ch. 4 What is a landform? What is geography?
On Tuesday students will start their assessment over landforms. They will be asked to create landforms out of clay and label them. 
On Wednesday we will start to bring our units (Social Studies CH. 3 &4 and Science Ch. 5) to a close with a culminating activity/assessment. Students will create a map of Barefoot Island. I will trace their foot and they will add a title, compass rose, key, and landforms. They will be given a rubric ahead of time so they know the expectations.

Important Information /Reminders:
No school on Friday (9/15/17)- teachers have an in-service at CCLS

*Your child is a digital citizen. They are connected online and face a world filled with social media... but are they ready? Are you ready? Plan to attend our Parent Technology night on Thursday, September 21st. The evening starts at 5:30 with appetizers and adult beverages, at 6:30 we will Skype in expert Lee Crocket, and at 7:30 we will offer breakout sessions to learn more about how Zion helps your children navigate the digital world.


*Our chapel offerings are going to an organization called Friends of Kids with Cancer. I've attached a link to their website so you can learn a little more about what they do. We decided we would put up a heart in our room signifying every $10 we contribute as a class to the organization. This is not meant as a competition, it is simply a way for us to have a visual reminder of our goal and our joined effort in helping Zion raise $5,000 this school year.

https://www.friendsofkids.com/kmov-special-2015.html


Reflecting on our week:
We went on a Virtual Field Trip aboard the USS Nimitz. 
It is the oldest commissioned aircraft carrier in our Navy (commissioned in 1975). 

We learned a lot about our Navy and the importance of 
lifelong learning, problem-solving, and teamwork.


After our field trip, we went over to the new STEM lab on campus
and made aircraft carriers and catapults.
Students first sketched designs in the classroom and then had a chance to test 
designs and make modifications in the lab.


Testing our catapult designs...
Catapult materials offered: popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, and rubber bands.
The goal was to see which design could launch an airplane the farthest.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

























Sept. 5th- Sept. 8th:

Memory:
2nd Article (part 1)

Spelling:
Lesson 3

Grammar:
Subject and Predicate

Reading:
continue author's purpose

Writing:
Write to persuade, inform, entertain

Math:
Continue patterns, telling time to the hour, and addition fact practice

Science/Social Studies:
Ch. 5 /Ch. 4 What is a landform? What is geography?-

Important Information /Reminders:
Your child is a digital citizen. They are connected online and face a world filled with social media... but are they ready? Are you ready? Plan to attend our Parent Technology night on Thursday, September 21st. The evening starts at 5:30 with appetizers and adult beverages, at 6:30 we will Skype in expert Lee Crocket, and at 7:30 we will offer breakout sessions to learn more about how Zion helps your children navigate the digital world.


Our chapel offerings are going to an organization called Friends of Kids with Cancer. I've attached a link to their website so you can learn a little more about what they do. We decided we would put up a heart in our room signifying every $10 we contribute as a class to the organization. This is not meant as a competition, it is simply a way for us to have a visual reminder of our goal and our joined effort in helping Zion raise $5,000 this school year.

https://www.friendsofkids.com/kmov-special-2015.html


*Please remember to check your child's math homework.
*Make sure students come back to school with their red homework every day.
*AR books should come home every night and return to school every day, if possible. I set aside time for students to read during the school day, so it is helpful if they have their AR book with them every day. If your child is not coming home with a book check in with them and let me know so we can find out where the breakdown is happening. :)


Reflecting on our week:


Students had fun building interactive maps...




Using a map key to find animals on the St. Louis Zoo map...

Using Google Earth to find Zion Lutheran School...



Fun finding beaches in Chicago using a map of the area...

 This week we had our first faith family activity.  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.