Friday, March 29, 2013

Weekly blog

Research Paper

 We have completed the majority of notetaking and will turn to learning about a thesis statement, outlining and drafting our research papers.  As students begin to compose their papers, they may need to go back into their resources.  Be sure to renew your library books!


We will wrap up our poetry unit with a poet study after break.  
Below are some of our concrete creations

Friday, March 22, 2013

Holy Week

Auction tonight!
Enjoy the fun and fellowship at tonight's auction if you are able to attend.  Please keep this event in your prayers that it may be a blessing to Zion and many people in the community can see what a wonderful school we have!

 Holy Week
Sometimes it seems spring may never get here! It is exciting to begin to see signs of new life:  green shoots poking through the brown earth, budding trees, flowers blooming, robins singing.  Even amidst the cold winds. Spring is the perfect time to reflect on how we, too, have been made a new creation.

Next week is the time set aside by the Christian church to remember the last days of Jesus' life, as well as the pain and death he suffered taking our place to receive the punishment of our sins. In our study of the Passion of Jesus, we are focusing on the events of Holy Week.  Throughout our study, we have been watching the word-for-word enactment of The Gospel of Matthew presented by The Visual Bible.  For some students, seeing the man who has been teaching and preaching, with loving compassion and tenderness, to now be sacrificed on the cross for our sins can be quite emotional. 

I encourage you take time with your family  to reflect on Jesus' life and death, both in worship and in reading the Passion account from one of the gospels.  Why would anyone take such pain upon himself?  It is amazing to think that we could be loved so much!  It's truly beyond our understanding.  And what does this mean for us?  Romans 6:4 talks about how we have been buried with Christ - our sins have been taken to the grave - so that "just as Christ was raised from the death through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."  Celebrate this new life!!

I encourage you to worship with your children on these special days ahead.  We will celebrate the fulfillment of the prophecies as Jesus triumphantly enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  Then we’ll join the disciples in the upper room on Maundy Thursday to see the remarkable transformation of the Passover into Holy Communion - Jesus himself became our saving Lamb of sacrifice.  Honor the Good Friday on which Christ died for our sins and the temple veil was torn in two - the separation that sin had caused between us and our Lord is no more.  And finally the glorious day of resurrection, EASTER, when we celebrate our victory in Christ over sin, death, and the devil. There is nothing we could ever do to deserve this love. What a wonderful opportunity we have before us to learn and to grow in our faith -  to praise and thank God for this glorious gift!!

To see a clip from The Gospel of Matthew click this link.  

Friday, March 15, 2013

Weekly Blog

LHS Fine Arts Fair

Blessings to the choir and band as well as individual performers at tomorrow's Fine Arts Festival at Lutheran High.  Don't miss the student art display in the gym between performances!

English Research

Research report packets came home on Monday, 3/11. Have you seen your child's purple research folder yet?  Resources need to be brought to class on Monday.  Students should have also completed "testing" a Word Doc to see if we can open it both at home and at school. Flashdrives and research materials should be brought to class daily.


Today, 6R made classroom visits and put up posters reminding our schoolmates of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative that Zion has adopted for our chapel offerings.  I was very proud of the leadership of our class as we encourage others to share of the many blessings God has given us.  Students researched facts, created the powerpoint presentation, planned the talk, and created a coloring sheet for younger students.

Achievement Tests are next week - remember a good night's sleep, a hearty breakfast and your #2 pencils!

Travel and Trade in the EU

Friday, March 8, 2013

3rd Quarter Ends - Research Report Begins

Today marked the last day of the 3rd quarter.  Edline will not be updated on Monday next week as teachers are processing grades.  A paper copy of report cards will go home on Friday along with the update online. 

As the new quarter begins, we have a lot of exciting units ahead.  Look for information on the RESEARCH PAPER to come home early in the week.  Plan ahead for a library trip, as resources will need to be here at school on Monday, March 18. 

Grandparents Day

We had a wonderful visit with Grandparents today!  Check out this link to see our Radio Drama.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Weekly News

I hope you enjoyed the unexpected gift of the long weekend with our snow days last week.  It's a fun chance to be a kid again and get out there and play for a while with your children.


1)  The end of the quarter in next Friday, March 8.  If your child has been absent, please remind him or her to check in with each teacher to be sure everything is caught up by THURSDAY.  Our AR deadline was yesterday to allow for record keeping.

2)  Students may shop at the Scholastic Book Fair on MONDAY at our library time.  The book fair will be open this weekend during Sunday services as well as on Grandparents' Day.  Our Friday times for Junior High to shop are before school to allow younger grades to shop during the school day.

3)  GRANDPARENTS DAY:  We are excited that so many grandparents will be able to join us on Friday.  Students will show their grandparents to the church basement and come to early room or the classroom by the normal 8:00 time.  Grandparents will enjoy refreshments, devotions, and a school program, including an Old Time Radio Drama performed by our class.  Classroom visits will follow the program and families will meet up for chapel.  Dismissal will occur from the church by noon.  If your child is not leaving with a grandparent, plan to pick him or her up in front of the church.  You may wish to wait until 12:05 to allow the parking lot to clear a little. 

4)  CAMPUS EXPANSION:  A flyer came home Friday with a second opportunity to pledge to sponsor Zion's campus expansion and an update on the pledge drive and building plans.  As you also read in the this week's Banner about the growth of PDO and preschool, we can only praise God for his many blessings!  How exciting to know that the love of Jesus is spreading to more and more children and families through the teaching at this place.  Renovations to the Junior High building will be part of the plan.  To what extent we can build depends on funding.  Mr. Debrick is eager to talk with anyone who has more questions and the architect drawings are available to view around campus.  Please keep Zion's growth in your daily prayers and consider how you might be able to help.

5)  MAY FIELD TRIP.  See the flyer attached to the email about our field trip on Wednesday, May 22 to Saxon Lutheran Memorial, an historic homestead and working farm.  This is an extended school day for 6th grade.  We will meet on campus by 6:45 a.m. and returning by 6:00 p.m.  Please mark your calendars now to plan ahead.

Blessed to be a Blessing

6th graders have been following the Israelites into the Promised Land and have seen how Solomon encouraged the people to use their blessings to glorify the Lord in the building of the temple.  We also have been talking about Zion's chapel offering project this year.  Students researched the Lutheran Malaria Initiative and have created posters, coloring sheets, PA announcements, and a presentation to help inform our schoolmates about the project.  Some of the boys even led the 3rd graders in playing "Malaria Tag" at P.E.   We were slowed down a little by the snow days, but we hope to make classroom visits in the next few weeks to remind students where our offerings are going this year and praise God for the blessings we have already been able to share with children Africa. 

Creating our Eric Carle collage animals in Art

Simulating population density in Japan

Rescuing the princesses from the Castle in the Air

Who are those princesses??