Wednesday, May 25, 2011

School Year Ends

Zion Field Day

And you shall be my witnesses...

What does Christ's command to his disciples on his day of Ascension mean to a sixth grader?  (Mt. 38:19-20, Acts 1:8)  This is the topic we have been exploring in our religion classes as we have looked at Christ's ascension, the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, and the witness of the early  Christians.  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.  Zion has special summer vacation devotion materials available in the welcome center.  Invite a friend or neighbor to our Vacation Bible School the week of June 13.  We, too, have the power of the Holy Spirit and can look for those opportunities to make disciples.

In our final Religion classes we have been looking at the apostles example of how to share the message - to whom - and why.  Today, we learned a modern day parable and practiced telling it.  On Friday, we will make witness bracelets as a reminder 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.

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

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Year Winds to a Close


Mon,- wrap up classes, PE day
           COLD LUNCH

Tues. - wrap up classes, Used Book Sale, JH Field Day 
            wear PE style clothes, sunscreen, bring water bottle
            COLD LUNCH - bring $$ for soda

Wed. - wrap up classes,  PE day, Yearbook Signing
            COLD LUNCH 
            **All belongings and school supplies come home today

Thurs. - No School - Records Day,  K & 8th grade graduation

Fri. -  Closing Chapel and Awards
           10:00 a.m. Dismissal
           Zion Fun Fair  10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Thanks to our room moms for a great auction idea this year.  If you did not have the winning bid, you may still purchase this memento of our class at BLURB.  Follow this link to check it out.6R Cookbook

Monday, May 16, 2011

News and Notes

                  To wrap up LIterature, we are learning about stories that have been passed down through the generations in a variety of cultures.  Our last focus is Mythology.  These stories show wonderful imagination as well as give us a glimpse of these varied cultures and the values the people held.  My favorite part is to look at the book of Acts where the students discover the Greeks mistook Paul and Barnabas for the gods Hermes and Zeus which opened the door for Paul to preach the gospel to them.
                  Do you have any stories that have been passed down in your family?  Do you especially have stories that share your values or give examples of your faith walk?  Consider continuing the oral tradition and sharing them with your child.
Follow this link to see one of our class online discussions about Rudyard Kipling's "Mowgli's Brothers."  Use the Timeslider to see the conversation unfold in "real time."

Mowgli's Brothers

*Music signups for next year are due by Thursday.  (Sorry for the mix up on the deadline last week)
*Last day for AR tests is FRIDAY
*Library books due by FRIDAY


Friday, May 6, 2011

Devotion Planning
Students have been reading lyrics and listening to Contemporary Christian music this week in preparation for leading a class devotion.  Their goal was to paraphrase the words of the song and look for Bible verses that relate that message.  As the partners present in the coming weeks, they will share what the songs and Bible verses have to say to young people today.  What a great way to practice witnessing our faith!

Library Inventory Begins!!
Students should begin to return books checked out from Zion's library.  This Tuesday will be our last opportunity to check out books.  A.R. books may be kept until they are completed.  Last day for tests - Friday, May 20.