Sunday, November 30, 2014



Students have enjoyed some lighter work loads as we have been practicing music, narration, and drama to lead worship this Wednesday.   Pray for the message of salvation to ring clearly in our drama and songs!
 Times:  Wed. 12/3 -  10:00 A.M. (chapel with Zion students) and 7:00 P.M.    
Arrival for the evening services: Students are to meet in my classroom no later than 6:45 P.M.
Dress:  Students should dress nicely for both the morning service and the evening service.
                  Morning – standardized school dress (or costume)
                  Evening – standardized school dress or “Sunday best” -  avoid jeans and  
                                    clothing with writing
After the evening service:  Parents may pick up students from the Welcome Center in church.
** Reminder: As students are leading worship, please refrain from photography during the service.  We would be happy to stage pictures after the worship service ends. 


 God's blessings to you and your families this Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for each one of your children in my class this year. What a blessing they are to me!  Thank you, parents, as well, for the support you give to your children and to me. I hope you were able to enjoy this holiday weekend with family and friends!

Friday, November 21, 2014

What's happening in 6th grade?

Religion - Exploring the OT tabernacle and the design of Zion's sanctuary and church furnishings.  The importance of the word "tabernacle" meaning to dwell with us as God lives with and guides his people.   Ask your child about our scavenger hunt today.  I forgot the camera.

English - Verb tenses - there are 6?  And I thought it was just past, present, and future.  We had some fun with creating writing and turkeys and verb tenses.

Literature - Introducing theme.  We have read two stories looking at kids from other cultures and the challenges they face, one as a Chinese immigrant and the other a migrant farm worker.

TMath -  Solving one step algebraic equations.  Students had a chance to log in to the textbook website and view a review tutorial video.  A great resource to use at home too!

Science -  Introduction to microscopes to begin our cells unit.  Watch for an at home project to come in December modeling a cell.  May be time to save odds and ends that could make a good Gogli body.

Social Studies - We have explored Human Environment interaction in the Great Lakes Ecosystem and held a class debate over whether things have improved since the 1969 fire on the Cayahoga River.  Students are learning how to create Prezis to share data by combining text, photos, and video.

REMINDER:  Our Advent service is right around the corner.  DEC. 3 at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  We are looking forward to sharing the message of salvation with you!

Helping Our Young Friends

On Monday we joined Miss Limback's Kindergarten and Mrs. Stanglein's Preschool classes on a hunt for "Pete the Cat's" school shoes.  It was a joy to see the sixth graders holding hands, kneeling down to talk, and encouraging the little ones.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Short Week

Happy Veteran's Day

 On Tuesday we held a special remembrance service in honor of America's Veterans.  Thanks, Mrs. Murray for putting together this special service.  Check out the blog tab for students thoughts on Veteran's Day.

Guest speaker from the Veteran's Association

A few of Zion's Vets


Chapel with Pastor Sam

We continue to support Pastor Sam Thomson and the CRC, Christian Resources Center in India.  So far this year we have collected $1,263 in offerings to support the ministry in India.  Pastor Sam shared with us the mission of the CRC is to GO- to the villages where the children are,
PREACH- Jesus is the true God who wants to love and save them, and TEACH- the Bible through Bible studies, Village groups, and 150 special events throughout the year.  Pastor Sam shared a story about a boy who didn't know about an umbrella or how to use it.  Pastor Sam told us we need to use the Bible, we need to open it, read it, and study the Bible so that we can know about Jesus.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers for Pastor Sam and the children of India and the CRC.


Operation Christmas Child Packing Day


Thanksgiving Food Drive
Wednesday, November 19
For your chapel offering please bring food for Seminarian’s Thanksgiving Baskets or other food bank items needed.
Seminarians are from all over the United States and some do not get to go home for Thanksgiving.  We can help them have a great holiday dinner by donating from the many blessings God has given us!

Thank you for serving with us,
Your Student Council Members

Thanksgiving Food Items
Food Bank Needed Items
     Canned Vegetables (careful on the green beans!)
     Canned Sweet Potatoes (yams)
     Canned Fruit
     Boxed Potatoes
     Cream of Mushroom Soup
     French’s Onion
     Cranberry Sauce
     Cans of Pie Filling
     Jello/Pudding mixes

     Baking Items (flour, sugar, etc.)
     Drinks (tea, coffee, etc.)
     Canned and Dried Fruits
     Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, etc.)
     Canned or Dried Beans
     Breakfast Items (cereal & oatmeal)
     Sauces (syrup, hot sauce, bbq sauce, etc.)
     Condiments (pickles, jelly, ketchup, mustard, etc.)
     Snacks (granola bars, pretzels, etc.)
     Canned Soups/Broth
     Toiletry Items
     Household Items (cleaning supplies, dish soap, fabric softener, etc.)
     Paper Products (paper towels, facial tissue, toilet paper, etc.)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Student Bloggers

This week we finished up our Martin Luther unit. We learned about purgatory, the Reformation, and Martin Luther's life. We had a pep rally on Thursday, and our very own Charissa Lind was in the relay race. They may have gotten second place, but Charissa's team did great! We are doing cup stacking in P.E. In art, we are doing a dimensional room. It is due on Wednesday. Have a great week!
                                                                                                       By Charissa and Ella :)

Friendships and Feelings

In Literature this week, we read "The Southpaw" about a fight between friends where the kids never really talked through the feelings that were bothering them. Rather they got angry and tried to get back at each other.   (Ask your child about the clever way the story was written and how they made inferences to figure out the plot. The text is here: "The Southpaw"

We discussed how God created our feelings and practiced listening by "echoing" feelings back to show you are really listening to each other.  We also performed a skit called "Will You Be My Friend?"showing the superficial ways we sometimes judge people, and we discussed how to accept people for who they are.  In the discussion, the students came up with the idea that its good to just be yourself.  Practice in peer relationship "role playing" is something we often do in Religion class to help students to prepare for when those conflicts will arise.  We know with our sinful nature they will, yet God gives us the power to avoid temptations and through his forgiveness, we can forgive others.  One of our memory verses from this week is a favorite of mine to use with students: 

1 Corinthians 10:13 - No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.  God
is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the
temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 

Veteran's Day Remembrance

   Tuesday, Nov. 11  Junior High classes will gather in the church for a special Veteran's Day chapel.  Families, church members, and Veterans are invited to join us from 8:10 - 8:45 a.m.

Short Week

Please remember that there is no school Thursday or Friday next week.  Teachers head to the Missouri District Conference.  Please pray for our safe travel and for an uplifting and educational experience!

What are these teachers up to on a Friday after school?
Stop in the JH to see the new addition, designed by our former principal and master craftsman, Mr. Brackman.