Friday, August 18, 2017

Week 1: A New Year!

I am so excited to have your children as my students this year. Our school theme gives a wonderful focus for our year:       

Ephesians 2:8-9  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing.  It is a gift of God.

This year through our theme, we will explore how we have been saved completely by Christ. We have the assurance of our heavenly home.   I pray this school year gives you a renewed opportunity to grow in your faith: as a parent, as a student, and as a family.

I am eager to partner with you in both educating and nurturing your child this year. I encourage families to talk about lessons we learn, especially memory verses and Religion lessons. I look forward to seeing you in worship at Zion or hearing about your worship experiences at your home church as our class grows together in our faith walk. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Erica's family at the loss of her father.  We were able to spend time with Mr. Debrick and both pastors and Thursday as we prayed together cried together and made a promise to be there for Erica this year.  The students then went on to look at our School Theme song in groups and present their thoughts to the class.  This verse especially struck home:

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand
We stand in Christ - that He is in control and that He will be with us through all the trials of this world until we get to rest in His loving arms. 

Erica's family is making plans for a celebration of life.  As plans are made, I will pass them along.

  Solar Eclipse Day (repeat from email)

   Zion is excited to celebrate the Solar Eclipse with your children!  Please read through this information carefully and email me with any additional questions.
Every child that is attending school on Monday will need to bring:
1) A labeled towel to sit on while viewing the eclipse
2) Cold lunch (no peanut butter) if your child is not eating hot lunch
3) A Labeled water bottle
4) WEAR SUNSCREEN - we will be outside for a good stretch of the day helping with Kindergarten-gr. 3 stations.
For parents that are planning on coming to school to celebrate with us, please read through the following information: 
1) Please arrive at 11:30 if you want to eat lunch with your child.  Bring a cold lunch/drink.  
2) Activities will start at 12:00 and finish by 1:00 p.m.
3) Students will return to classrooms around 1:30 after viewing the total eclipse and will have normal dismissal at 3 p.m.
4) Zion will not be able to provide glasses for parents attending.  Zion does have glasses for all students who attend school that day.
5) Parents will walk around with groups of students while students participate in various “Solar Eclipse” activities that have been prepared by Zion teachers.

What's New in Grade 6?

One of my big goals in 6th grade is for students to become more independent in their learning. This news blog will update you on current happenings, but in 6th grade I no longer publish spelling words, memory assignments, or tests in the parent news.  These are things your child will be tracking in their assignment book.  If an individual student needs more organizational help, I will work one-on-one with that student.  I plan to publish this blog weekly on Fridays. (In reality, it may be Saturday mornings some weeks!)


You should have received a login for Sycamore Education from Mrs. Schmidt.  This is your access to school news. This will also be how you access your child's grades.  Please click around, and ASK QUESTIONS if you are confused.
Back to School Night

Mark your calendar: The PTL Back to School Night is Tuesday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. This is an "adult only" information night.  Join the 2 sixth grade teachers in the 6Riemenschneider classroom to hear further information about the unique aspects of 6th grade.  There are three 20 minute session times with a 5 minute time to get to another child's classroom.   Please attend one of the 6th grade sessions.  I look forward to seeing you!

Researching Bible verses inspired by our Theme song reminded

Sketching Bible stories and pictures

Each group then presented as we sang together In Christ Alone

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Welcome to 6th Grade!

I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year!  I am busy getting our classroom ready and making preparations.  It will be a great year of learning, making friends, and of course, growing in our faith walk.  I am looking forward to meeting you at Open House on Monday, Aug. 14, from 2 p.m.-7 p.m.  Our classroom is in the lower level of the Junior High building.  Stop in to meet me and be sure to visit Ms. Preusser, the other 6th grade teacher, as well.  Don't forget that yearbook photos will be taken in the commons, so be sure to wear your polo.

Enjoy the last days of summer break!

God's blessings,

Mrs. Riemenschneider

We thank you for the opportunity
to begin this new school year,
and we ask that you bless
the students, faculty, and student families
that make our school a great place.
We pray that you will guide us in your ways,
so that we will seek your will
in everything that we do,
and love others as you love us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Week 39: And you shall be my witnesses

What does Christ's command to his disciples mean to a sixth grader?  (Mt. 28:19-20, Acts 1:8)  This is the topic we explored in our religion classes as we have looked at the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and early church. As the disciples were instructed to witness in first Jerusalem, then to the neighboring countryside, then to the ends of the earth, we Christians are encouraged to be witnesses where we are at: in our school, workplaces, and families then reach out, even to the ends of the earth.   Where do we get equipped for such a task?  In Word and Sacrament - with the fellowship of believers.  I encourage you to be involved in summer worship both at home and in your travels.   Invite a friend or neighbor to our Vacation Bible School the week of June 19.  We, too, have the power of the Holy Spirit and can look for those opportunities for God to use us to spread his word!
                Zion's Summer Worship Schedule:
                 Saturday Worship:  5 PM
                 Sunday Worship:  8, 10:30 AM
                 Bible Class:  9:30 - 10:15AM
                 Sunday School:  9:30 - 10:15 AM  
                 Monday Worship:  7:00 PM (starting in June)
In our final Religion class we looked at Paul's good advice to Timothy as a faithful young person.  Remember to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”  from I Peter 3:15.  To be equipped for the task, students have been challenged to get INTO THE WORD:  to add a regular devotion time to their routine this summer. Please pray for the continued spiritual growth of our class beyond these walls!
Dear families:
Thank you for all of your support this year.  I have appreciated your prayers, your notes of encouragement, your time working with your child on projects, and your child.  It has been a pleasure being a part of your lives this year.  May God bless your family this summer!     
                  In His Service,
                  Mrs. Riemenschneider 

A Year in Photos....

(The video is about 15 minutes)