Wednesday, November 24, 2010

11/24/20 Newsletter

Happy Thanksgiving!

This week our class has been giving thanks in our prayer time for the many blessings in our lives.  Today, students from Lutheran High, St. Charles led us in worship - reminding us the greatest gift we have from God is the salvation we receive through Jesus death on the cross.   May God bless your celebration with family and friends. 

Advent is Here!

I hope you packed the Advent wreath away with your fall decorations.  If not, it's time to dig out the first Christmas box.  The Advent season begins this Sunday as the church prepares for the Christmas season.  You may pick up a devotional for your family at worship this weekend.  Another option is to use the audio or printable devotion books available at the Lutheran Hour.  Follow this link:

The Lutheran Hour: Advent Devotions

I encourage you and your family to grow together in your faith through these special devotion times.

Advent is Here???

Yes - that means NEXT WEDNESDAY, December 1 will be the 5th and 6th grade Advent services.  Here are some important notes:

Times:  10:00 A.M. (chapel with Zion students) and 7:00 P.M.    

Arrival for the evening services: Students are to meet in their classrooms no later than 6:40 
                  P.M.  (Musicians should check in with their teacher at 6:40 and then proceed to 
                  the church)

Dress:  Students should dress nicely for both the morning service and the evening service. 
            School dress is appropriate for the morning service.  School dress or “Sunday best”  
            for the evening service-avoiding jeans and clothing with writing.  STUDENTS     
            WITH COSTUMES will need them for both services.

After the evening service:  Parents may pick up students from the WELCOME CENTER in the back of church.

Friday, November 19, 2010

11/19/10 Newsletter

Midquarter Today

Today marks the midterm of the 2nd quarter.  Grades will be uploaded by 3:00 today to Edline.  We are not sending a paper copy home unless requested (those copies would come home on Monday).  Parents - please check your child's progress and help them reevaluate their goals for the quarter.  Note - all absent work may not have been graded as of Friday and you will see an empty blank for the assignment. 

Advent Prep - Seeking props and Music Auditions

Props needed:   We are looking for the following for our Advent drama.  If you have any of the followingthat we could borrow, please send it in on Monday. Thanks!

Walking stick, Animal skin robe or shawl, Wig-unkept hair, 2 grey/white beards, knife (large fake), king's crown, scroll,  big brown bowl

Music Auditions: for preservice and post service music will be Tues. Nov. 23.  Sorry for the mix up of dates!

Check back for cup stacking photos!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

11/12/10 Newsletter

Technology Hiccups

To bring together all we've learned about the Great Lakes Ecosystem, students have started an online  S.S. project.  Thanks to our students for their patience.  My intent was to have 2 class periods this week  creating online posters with  In reality - our internet connection was up and down and not a lot got started at school.  Students have worked through the research for the project and are now designing a layout and plugging in their facts.  The actual creation of the poster is very simple.  How much time a student spends in design and "playing" with the features can vary.  Our goal is to have projects done by Tuesday, with one more period spent in the computer lab on Monday.  (For 6G that is Lab on Tues. due date: Wed.)  We may push back that date if needed.  I will be excited to share the designs the students are creating!

Advent Reminder: Music Auditions

We are well on our way to learning songs and parts for our Advent services on Dec. 1.  Just a reminder for students who are interested in playing preservice or offering music:  Have your selections practiced for auditions on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Happy Reformation!
What an incredible worship this past weekend as Zion celebrated  Reformation.  It is an awesome experience when God's Word touches your heart and His Sacrament cleanses your soul.  Worship was enhanced by piano, organ, trumpets, tympani, and choirs - including your children in Joyful Noise.  Pastor Schwab's sermon reminded us this was not a day to celebrate Martin Luther, but Jesus Christ and the freedom He grants in salvation.

Following the church calendar, our new religion unit is focusing on the Reformation.  Students have been amazed at the false teachings that had infiltrated the church in the 1400's.  We see through  Luther's discoveries, how scripture gives us the truth about our Savior.  We are using appropriate clips from the movie Luther to help students see the historic context of the time as well as how powerful the Reformation was to change people's hearts and bring them back to the truth of God's grace.

Have you been in worship lately?  Please know you are always invited to join us at Zion.  It's a great way to start your week!

Good Luck and God's Blessings..
to Emily H. and Andrew F. who will represent our class in the LHS Spelling Bee tonight.  Go Bobcats!

Chapel Offering Update
 Praise to God for His glorious gifts that we have so much to share!  We have been able to send a $400 gift to support the Eisold's in their mission to Peru from just one chapel service.  Our offerings last week will purchase 12 of the 30 turkeys needed for our Seminary Food Drive.  Thank you and keep Wednesday chapels on your calendar as an opportunity to give.  
What is an EtherPad?  

Check out the following links.  Each will lead you to one of 5 group discussions on our current Literature story.  If you click the time slider and press play, you will see the conversations emerge in "real time."