Friday, April 27, 2012

Weekly News 4-27-12

A Time to Serve

Due to other classes on field trips, 6th graders had opportunities to take over many student servant jobs Thursday and Friday this week.  We were mail runners, moved barriers, collected playground balls, ran recycling, delivered lunch to PS, set up/took down tables in the lunchroom and many other little jobs.  Your children stepped up to the task and practiced Growing in Grace - Giving in Gratitude.

We also had time to play with the littlest Bobcats in Parent's Day Out, both at gym time and with a indoor picnic lunch/ recess.  Enjoy some photos from today!

Field Trip

Our final field trip will be to the St. Louis Art Museum on Friday, May 18.  This will be a bus trip, leaving campus at 9:15 and returning at 2:15.  I am seeking parents to attend with us who will join us for a docent led tour in the morning, picnic lunch, and help supervise a small group in the afternoon.  Let me know if you are interested in volunteering for the day.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Weekly News 4-20-12

Research Papers Returned

Research papers were returned to students on Tuesday.  I was very impressed with the quality of the information students found and application to the Social Studies themes of culture or geography. Students demonstrated success in the process of narrowing a very broad topic down to a specific thesis and finding support on that topic.  This is the first year at Zion where students basically work independently on each phase of the research process.  I am proud of their accomplishments.  Students may still conference with me individually regarding their papers if they did not sign up for a time this past week.

Acolyte Training

Students in 7th and 8th grades at Zion have an opportunity to serve as acolytes.  Training for this opportunity will be Wed 4/25 5:30-7:00 p.m. or 4/27 3:00-4:30 p.m.   Contact Kimber Smith to sign up or with questions.

Poetry in Literature

As part of our poetry study, students will be selecting a poet to research.  Students will need access to poetry books, the internet, and a piece of poster board (any color - needed by Thursday) for the project.  Posters will be worked on at home.  A reading of one poem will be part of a presentation to the class.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Weekly News 4-5-12

Hard at work on our Perspective Art
Math/Science Fest at Lutheran High

On Saturday, April 21, Lutheran High School in St. Charles hosts a Math and Science festival for the local elementary schools.  Students were given an opportunity to sign up for different Science competitions.  Presenters from the Science Center will be on hand as well.

I am recruiting students for the 6th grade Math Team, who will compete in a team relay competition and the 5/6 Academic Team who will compete in a Quiz Bowl.  Students need to be attendance the morning of April 21 at Lutheran High.  I will have exact times after Easter Break.  If your child is interested, please email me.  If I have too many students, we will draw names on the Monday we return to school.

Looking ahead:

Religion - a continuation of our study of Holy Week
Math - Next test: fraction and decimal operations, coordinate plane, area of parallelogram
          - New concepts after test: capacity, triangular area, scale factor (ratios and proportions)
S.S. - The Middle East and natural resources
Eng. - Capitalization and punctuation
Lit. - Poetry
Art:  -Texture and the author/artist Eric Carle

 Happy Easter!

Have a blessed celebration with your families.

Mrs. Riemenschneider