Friday, April 25, 2014

Walk Through the New Building Sunday

Seeing changes outside, but wonder what is happening inside the walls?  Lots! Mark Lekar, Marc Debrick, and others will be conducting tours to members and school parents interested in seeing the progress inside the school’s construction zone. 

The tours will take place this Sunday, April 27 from 10:30 – 12:30 pm  The building will be open during those times and we will ask entry into the new buildings to be through the school hallway doors adjacent to the kitchen and Miss Limback’s room (inside the main school building).  Please, no access by crossing any fence lines (too many obstacles and possibly mud if you cross a fence). You will be free to roam once inside and several folks will be present to answer questions. Please be cognizant that this is a construction site and all smaller children must be kept in check to avoid any possible injuries – we want all to visit and enjoy the excitement but caution that all must be careful while the site is open.

Thrive Next Week

Next week we welcome Thrive Best Choice to lead our Religion classes.  Through this program, students will be involved in active discussions about setting goals, healthy relationships, puberty, and making God-pleasing decisions.  Several of you attended the parent meeting in February.  To help you prepare for discussions with your child at home, here are the topics for the week.  I pray that you use these as opportunities to open the dialogue with your child and share your values with them.  Research shows parents are still the number one influence on their teens!

Monday:  Goals, Risky Behaviors, and Decision Making
Tuesday: Respect, Friendships, and Healthy vx. Unhealthy Relationships
Wednesday: Male/Female Puberty
Thursday: STDs
Friday: Media Influence, Boundaries, and Refusal Skills

Earth Day Clean Up

Our Social Studies class has been investigating transboundary pollution focusing on 3 major disasters in Europe: Chernobyl, the Black Triangle (air pollution) and the Tisa-Danube Cyanide spill.  In response, on Earth Day we held a campus trash clean up.  It was surprising to see what blows onto campus (and what was dumped in the woods!)

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy National Poetry Month

The students were excited to write concrete poems during our poetry unit.  These are posted in the halls of the JH building.  Come in and enjoy some of their creativity when you drop your child off in the mornings!

God’s Blessings on your Easter! Zion offers WONDERFUL services at Easter time.  The service times are as follows:

Living Last Supper
TODAY, April 17
3:30 pm and 7:00 pm

Good Friday
Friday, April 18th at
3:30 pm and 7:00 pm

Easter Vigil
Saturday, April 19th  at 5:00 pm

The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Sunday, April 20th
8:00 am, 9:30 am and 11:00 am

  Tuesday, April 22 marks the midpoint of the 4th quarter.  As there is no school Monday, grades will be updated by the end of the school day on Tuesday.  This is a great time to sit down with your child and encourage them to set goals for the final stretch in 6th grade.  AR Deadline for the quarter has been in their assignment books since the first quarter!


S.S.  Earth Day Campus Clean up (in conjunction with our study of transboundary pollution)
Lit.  Novel Unit
Math - Percents, Coordinate Plane, and Geometry
Religion - Wrapping up our study of Christ's Passion and THRIVE
Eng. - Revisions, revisions, revisions!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Writing, writing, writing

Students are now into the drafting phase of the research process.  We spent time learning a thesis statement, introductions, outlines and how to organize writing.  Technical skills we are learning include saving documents, attatching to an email, formatting the structure of a paper, alignment, margins, tabs  cut/paste, bullets, and the auto correct features.  The entire first draft will be due Wednesday and no work expected over the long Easter weekend unless your student is playing catch-up. 

Field trip update:
We have enough parents for chaperones for our May 21 field trip to Saxon Memorial.  Thanks!

As we approach Holy week, please remember there are many worship opportunities for your family.  A special Living Last Supper will take place Maundy Thursday (April 17) at 3:30 and 7:00.  Good Friday services are at 3:30 and 7:00.  Easter services are at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 with a special Easter vigil on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.