Thursday, December 7, 2017


Dec. 11th- Dec. 15th:
Memory:
Advent Parts


Spelling:
Lesson 15

Grammar:
Linking Verbs

Reading:
Whole Class Novel- The True Gift

Writing:
Geologist news report (three types of rocks)

Math: We have started 100 addition fact sheets. The goal is to complete the sheet within 5 minutes. So far, times have been decreasing every day. Keep up the good work at home.
We have also started adding two-digit numbers with regrouping. This is usually a tough concept but overall I am pleased with how well the students are catching on.
With the start of Advent practice and these new expectations/concepts in math, we will slow things down until we return in January. We will continue to work on concepts and fact speed in class but we will not continue with new lessons until after Christmas break. Please let me know if you have any questions. 
Beware! Subtraction fact sheets are coming! This is why we are slowing down to focus on the 100 addition sheets.

Science/Social Studies: Natural Resources
The 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
Students will analyze our campus use of the 3 R's and they will create and implement an action plan to decrease our impact.
Quiz- Tuesday: Look for a study guide to come home on Monday. This will be a short 3 question quiz with one short answer question.

Important Information /Reminders:

We are in need of paper towel/toilet paper tubes for a Christmas tree project we will be doing with Mrs. Mudd's preschool class on Wednesday (12/13/17).

Our class is adopting Rylee, and 8 year old, for Christmas. We got her name from Friends of Kids With Cancer. She lost her sister recently to cancer. She wears size 9 clothes and size 3 in shoes. Her favorite color is pink. Her bedroom has a Paris theme. She loves angels and dragonflies. 
Gifts should be wrapped and labeled. You can drop them off at our class until 12/15. Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for your kindness, gifts, and prayers.

December is a busy month packed with special student-led Advent services every Wednesday, and with that comes many days of practice. Our class schedule will change and things will need to be moved around in order to fit practice times into our day. December is all about being flexible and if you ever have any questions please email me anytime. 
Our Advent service is the last Wednesday before Christmas break (12/20/17). We will have a performance for the student body during a special 10:00 a.m. chapel service and we will have another performance at 7:00 p.m. Please let me know as soon as possible if you know your child will not be able to make it that day. I have assigned speaking parts, but I can rearrange things if you know your child can't make it.



Reflecting on our week:  We had a great time making our PicCollage Natural Resources assessments.




Students learned about the 4 different types of Geologists. They created posters explaining the differences and posted them on our unit wall in our classroom.

Our rock investigations sparked a lot of excitement in the classroom! We learned about the 3 types of rocks.







Saturday, December 2, 2017


Dec. 4th- Dec. 8th:
Memory:
Advent Parts


Spelling:
Lesson 14

Grammar:
Irregular past tense verbs

Reading:
Protagonist & Antagonist (cont.)

Writing:
Geologist news report (three types of rocks)

Math: Test on Friday

Science/Social Studies: Natural Resources
Geologists
Rocks and Minerals

Important Information /Reminders:
Our class is adopting Rylee, and 8 year old, for Christmas. We got her name from Friends of Kids With Cancer. She lost her sister recently to cancer. She wears size 9 clothes and size 3 in shoes. Her favorite color is pink. Her bedroom has a Paris theme. She loves angels and dragonflies. 
Gifts should be wrapped and labeled. You can drop them off at our class until 12/16. Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for your kindness, gifts, and prayers.

December is a busy month packed with special student-led Advent services every Wednesday, and with that comes many days of practice. Our class schedule will change and things will need to be moved around in order to fit practice times into our day. December is all about being flexible and if you ever have any questions please email me anytime. 
Our Advent service is the last Wednesday before Christmas break (12/20/17). We will have a performance for the student body during a special 10:00 a.m. chapel service and we will have another performance at 7:00 p.m. Please let me know as soon as possible if you know your child will not be able to make it that day. I have assigned speaking parts, but I can rearrange things if you know your child can't make it.



Reflecting on our week: 
This week Mrs. Tomlinson and I started working with the class on a new intensive feeling focused curriculum. We have been working on this plan for the past couple of months. We tie a children's book to our weekly focus. This week we talked about feeling happy. Identifying how we show we are happy, what things make us happy, and how we can tell if others are happy. We are using clips from the movie, Inside Out to help students relate. We will focus on each main type of feeling and try to rate them as little, medium, and big reasons for these feelings, as well as rate our responses to these feelings. Our goal is that children will recognize that all of these feelings are normal and were given to us by God for a reason, however, with that comes responsibility and understanding of how to control those feelings and how to support one another when working through emotions. 
For example, we discussed hugging. Through discussion, children further understood that while some of us love to be touched and receive hugs, others do not and it makes them feel uncomfortable. We held a brainstorming session to talk about why everyone is not exactly the same and how we can read social cues to help us read peoples feelings before they even say anything. 
 These are a few of the student drawn covers on the feeling student workbooks. I am amazed at the artistic ability of this class! All of these were created by following directions from the awesome website called Art for Kids Hub. An artist walks viewers through step by step directions in drawing. I use this site a lot because it helps students develop an eye for spacing and teaches them how to go about starting to draw. This site scaffolds drawing skills and they learn concepts that will transfer once step-by-step directions are not available.





Friday, November 24, 2017





Nov. 27th- Dec. 1st:
Memory:
Isaiah 9:6


Spelling:
Lesson 13

Grammar:
Past tense verbs

Reading:
Protagonist & Antagonist

Writing:
Starting paragraph writing

Math: Test on Friday

Science/Social Studies: Natural Resources

Important Information /Reminders:

December is a busy month packed with special student-led Advent services every Wednesday, and with that comes many days of practice. Our class schedule will change and things will need to be moved around in order to fit practice times into our day. December is all about being flexible and if you ever have any questions please email me anytime. 
Our Advent service is the last Wednesday before Christmas break (12/20/17). We will have a performance for the student body during a special 10:00 a.m. chapel service and we will have another performance at 7:00 p.m. Please let me know as soon as possible if you know your child will not be able to make it that day. I have assigned speaking parts, but I can rearrange things if you know your child can't make it.

Our class is adopting a family for Christmas. I am waiting on the detail from Friends of Kids With Cancer for the details. I will pass this along as soon as I know more.

A note from Bethany Andrews:
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!

Most of our First through Eighth Grade students participated in World Sport Stacking Day this past Thursday. Throughout the day the gym was filled with active and enthusiastic students as cups were up stacked and down stacked in various patterns. We also had 10 adult volunteers who helped the event run very smoothly. We probably won’t know if a new world record has been set until after Thanksgiving.

If your child enjoyed our sport stacking unit and you’d like to purchase equipment for them please go to http://www.speedstacks.com/store/retail/. They normally have some good sales this time of year.

Reflecting on our week: 
We worked in the STEAM lab creating Wampanoag homes. The students came up with some amazing designs and the collaboration was awesome. We were in the STEAM lab for 45 minutes and the students were engaged and designing the entire time! 






Thursday, November 9, 2017


Nov. 13th- Nov. 17th:
Memory:
Luke 1:30


Spelling:
Lesson 12

Grammar:
Synonyms & Antonyms

Reading:
Point of View

Writing:
Writing to persuade: Save the Turkeys

Math: Test on Friday

Science/Social Studies: We will focus on the first Thanksgiving this week.

Important Information /Reminders:

*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 13that 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!

*The Thanksgiving Food Drive is quickly approaching (11/15/17). Our chapel offering on Nov. 15th will be an assigned food item. Each grade will donate a specific item and STUCO will put dinner boxes together to deliver to the Seminary Food Bank. 
Second graders are asked to donate stuffing and boxed potatoes to help Seminary families.
2nd Grade -  Stuffing & Boxed Potatoes (mashed, sweet, slices, etc.)

Reflecting on our week: Breaking News below...
Students have been working hard on researching and creating news reports on a natural disaster of their choosing. Students were given a rubric informing them of the items to include in their report and the rest was left up to their collaboration and creativity. I enjoyed watching the children work on this project. There was a buzz in the room as they were so excited, often asking throughout the day when they would be able to work on their report. This is how learning should be! We will watch the reports as a class and share thoughts on what went well, what was challenging, and what we would do differently next time.























Friday, November 3, 2017


Nov. 6th- Nov. 10th:
Memory:
Psalm 26:8

Spelling:
Lesson 11

Grammar:
Irregular Plural Nouns

Reading:
Retell

Writing:
Continue writing to inform about Natural Disasters and we will write letters to Veterans, thanking them for their service.

Math: Test on Friday

Science/Social Studies: Investigating how the Earth changes quickly.
Students will learn about Natural Disasters. They will conduct their own research on the topic and write a Scholastic News type of magazine for the class. Students will work in pairs to record a Natural Disaster weather report. Students will follow a rubric to include all necessary items in their report.

Important Information /Reminders:

*Don't forget Muffins for Moms will be held on Wednesday, November 8th in the church basement. Hope to see you there.

*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 13that 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!

*The Thanksgiving Food Drive is quickly approaching (11/15/17). Our chapel offering on Nov. 15th will be an assigned food item. Each grade will donate a specific item and STUCO will put dinner boxes together to deliver to the Seminary Food Bank. 
Second graders are asked to donate stuffing and boxed potatoes to help Seminary families.
2nd Grade -  Stuffing & Boxed Potatoes (mashed, sweet, slices, etc.)



Reflecting on our week:
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 send to soldiers in the military.  We closed in the church with our Baptism 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. 

Over half of our class has had time working with Electra! Teams 1 and 2 have spent time learning the basics of coding and how to make our robot move. They are excited to learn more! It is awesome to have the opportunity to work in small groups with our Technology Coordinator, Mrs. Helmkamp, in our new STEAM Lab! The next time you see Mr. Debrick, Mr. Marolf, or Mrs. Helmkamp tell them your thoughts on this new learning space. They do a great job of listening to teachers and supporting new and creative ways to help students learn.



Friday, October 27, 2017



Oct. 30th- Nov. 3rd:
Memory:
Romans 6:23

Spelling:
Lesson 10

Grammar:
Plural Nouns- adding "s" and "es"

Reading:
Problem and Solution

Writing:
Writing to inform about Natural Disasters

Math:
Math test on Friday
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: Investigating how the Earth changes quickly.
Students will learn about Natural Disasters. They will conduct their own research on the topic and write a Scholastic News type of magazine for the class. Students will work in pairs to record a Natural Disaster weather report. Students will follow a rubric to include all necessary items in their report.

Important Information /Reminders:

See the message below from Mrs. Steinbacher:
World Sport Stacking Day will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.  On this day people all over the world will be spending at least 30 minutes stacking cups in an effort to once again set a Guinness World Record for the “Most People Sport Stacking in Multiple Locations on one Day”.  Zion has participated in this activity for the past 10 years and we’ve always helped set a new record. This year’s goal is 640,000 stackers. We will have about 250 kids and a few adults adding to that total number.

If you can volunteer on Thursday, Nov. 2017 please email Mrs. Steinbacher at msteinbacher@zionharvester.org.
2017 World Sport Stacking Day Schedule- Thursday, Nov. 9

8:10-8:45                   4E and 4M
8:50-9:25                   5C and 5CC
9:30-10:05                3B and 3K
10:25-11:00              6R and 6P
12:05-12:40              1B and 1T
12:45-1:20                2B and 2S


Reflecting on our week: We had a great week and the Art Museum and Harvest Party was a fantastic way to end it!