Sunday, December 19, 2010

12/20/10 Newsletter

Merry Christmas!

As this quarter comes to a close, I pray that you a have a very blessed Christmas with family and loved ones.  I have enjoyed working with your children and am very thankful for the support that you have given me.  We have made great strides in our goals and have much to look forward to in the new year.  I'm sure we are all looking forward to a break.  If you are are celebrating the holidays in town, please make plans to worship with us at Zion to celebrate the birth of the newborn king.

        Friday, Dec. 24  Christmas Eve Services  - 3:00 p.m.    5:00 p.m.  and 11:00 p.m
        Saturday, Dec. 25  Christmas Day - 9:00 a.m.

Pizza Lunch Tuesday

Just a reminder - our room mothers are planning a pizza lunch as part of our Christmas Party on Tuesday.  We will dismiss at noon after our celebration.


End of the Quarter/ Report Cards

Report cards will be available to view online after Christmas break. Report date is January 7.  No paper copy will be sent home.  If you need your activation code or if you forgot your password, please contact Kevin Creutz, at   You may also request a paper copy of the report card from Mr. Creutz. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

12/10/10 Newsletter

Novel Unit

We are in the midst of reading Among the Hidden,  a novel that explores the issue of what would life be like if the government enforced a population control law limiting families to 2 children.  This is a good introduction to population issues we are learning about in Social Studies as well as being a fascinating book to read.  Our novel will conclude this week with students creating powerpoint presentations teaching the novel and their own creative twists to the plot.

News, News and More News

BOOK ORDERS may still be placed online Saturday 12/11.  See our class website for the activation code.

QUARTER ENDS Tuesday, December 21.  - Students, be sure if you have been absent that you are checking with EACH teacher to be sure that work is caught up.

LAST DAY for AR TESTS is Friday, Dec. 17


Jan. 14 - drama: "The Giver" at Washington University.  This is a morning field trip. I am looking for 1 more parent to attend with us.

Feb. 4 - Hidden Valley Ski Trip - Eureka, MO.  This is an exciting PE opportunity we have in 6th grade.  Further information will come home in January. Click here: Ski Trip 2010 for  an information sheet and details about how to dress for cold weather.  You may wish to take advantage of after Christmas sales for new gloves, etc.    

SPECIAL EVENTS DEC. 20  - Geography Bee 9:00 a.m.
        Guest Speakers : St. Peters city planners will be here to wrap up our S.S. study of Urban Growth

CHRISTMAS PARTY DEC. 21  Our room moms have planned a special Christmas party to include a pizza lunch on Tuesday, Dec. 21.  Remember there is also NOON dismissal that day.

SPANISH - 3rd QUARTER - When we get back from Christmas break, 3rd quarter will begin.  6th graders will have a Spanish class 2 periods a week.  We welcome Senora Carla Rutledge as our instructor. 

COLLECTIONS END - Thank you for all of your support of our Phil's Friends Drive and collection for staff gifts.  If you still had something to contribute, please send it in on Monday.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Service Project: Phil's Friends

At Zion, we do not do a class gift exchange at holiday time, but rather look for a charity that we can sponsor to share of our blessings.  This year the Walk-a-thon project - Phil's Friends is what we are also adopting for a Christmas Service Project.  (see link to right)  Below is a reminder of items we are gathering for cancer patients.  On Dec. 17, the Junior High will be assembling gift bags for cancer patients.  Funds from the Walk-a-thon will purchase larger items to fill in the baskets.  Students have an opportunity to contribute a personal donation of the items below to place in our baskets.  THE LIST IS NOT LIMITED TO THESE ITEMS.  Any other "comfort" items will be accepted as well, if you have a good idea to add to the list.   Students will also be making cards of encouragement and witness to put in our bags.  Please pray for our project and that students may be touched by the opportunity to share our faith in this way.

Approved Comfort Items (not limited to the following):  ITEMS DUE BY Dec. 10

*            Thick, fuzzy women's socks
*            NIV New Testaments (pocket sized preferred due to shipping costs)
*            Tea small box (16 pack)
*            Single serving coffee packets
*            Non-flavored chapstick
*            6 pack of purse-size Kleenex
*            Extra soft toothbrushes, individually packaged
*            Travel size toothpaste
*            Packages of blank cards with envelopes
*            Boxes of pre-printed Christian cards of "encouragement"
*            Prepackaged craft kits for children and teens
*            Trial size Eucerin or Keri lotion
*            Christian artist CDs
*            Word Puzzle books & Sudoku Game books
*            Stuffed animals
*            Christian writing journals
*            Playing Cards
*            $5 gift cards from St. Louis Bread Co., Dairy Queen, Starbucks, etc.
*            Fleece blankets (hand made or bought)