Thursday, May 24, 2018

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.  
In our last weeks, students had opportunities to research Christian music groups, write and share a devotion based on a song with life applications.  We also brought in devotion books or found sites on the internet to share where we can stay connected to God's Word over the summer. (Check out my website tab above - diigo - My Groups - Mrs. R's Religion and Devotion sites) 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 18.  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 and partnership 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 

Thanks PTL for our ice treats on Monday!!

Thanks, Mr. Debrick, for giving us social time at Great Skate!!

The limbo

Our perspective art

Memory verse relays

Portraying new immigrants - each with a story to tell

Have a wonderful summer!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Week 37: Field Day!

Field Day!

Clouds and rain drove our games inside, but we still had a wonderful afternoon playing with our faith families.  I was so impressed by the leadership of our Junior High students.  I heard many encouraging words and saw the older kids enjoy laughing and being silly with the little ones.  Mr. Debrick reminded us at closing chapel of the role of family in good times and bad to serve and support one another.  How awesome to know a few of our Christian brothers and sisters a little bit better and know we are praying for each other!

What's happening??

Religion- A look at Heroes of the FAITH and ourselves as witnesses

Math - G: statistics  T: Geometry: Area and Perimeter

S.S.- Our World Geography studies come home again with a look at immigration - watch for photos next week of our immigrant interviews as we take on roles and tell immigrant stories

Lit - Oral Tradition and Mythology (ask about acting out The Gorgon's Head)

Art - Photography

English - a year in review and writing skills

Science - genetics (Have you looked lately at Ms. Preusser's blog?? Check out some older posts for pictures)


REMINDER - Cold Lunch all week!

Monday -  Morning classes, Afternoon - JH Great Skate Field Trip
                  Students may wear spirit shirts and jeans or school shorts (no skirts or leggings)

Tuesday - Wrap up classes (PE day), classroom cleaning
                  **May need an extra bag

Wednesday - Wrap up classes, classroom cleaning, turn in books
                      AFTERNOON MOVIE: Tuck Everlasting!
                      May bring a blanket/pillow
Thursday - Closing Chapel
                    10:00 a.m. dismissal for Summer Vacation!!

Please have your child do a room/bookbag cleaning and return any classroom library books, rulers, or glue bottles they may have borrowed from my classroom.

photos:  Gr 2-4 Spelling Bee (I can proudly say my son took 2nd).  Our DCE's introducing the Summer JH youth activities, Taking photos for Art, Faith Family Field Day

Here are our Photo Collages:

by Jace