Friday, January 29, 2016

Week 22: Happy NLSW!


What a wonderful, exciting week!  I am so privileged to have students who love the Lord and love learning!  Amid all the fun, we had a lot of time to reflect on our blessings and the greater mission that Jesus called us for - to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth!

Reminder - our Ski Day is Friday!  Plan to be early that day and pickup at 4:30 p.m.

Apologies - on the Book Order.  I must have missed clicking "submit."  I had to re-order and books should be here next week.  

Valentines Day - will be celebrated Feb. 11 with treats provided by our room mom.  In 6th grade, valentines are OPTIONAL, but if you choose to bring them, please include every student in the class. Also do not bring in candy to pass out, due to our peanut policy.  No individual gifts are allowed - refer to our family handbook on Sycamore.

 Enjoy the week in pictures!  Thanks to class bloggers Ryan and Matthew for several of the captions and photographers Berkley and Jordan for many of the shots below.

        This week was Lutherans schools week!     Monday was pajama day....

We had a "dodge ball" fight in RELIGION

The balls had words like "cockiness", "jealousy",  "angry words"   on them which opened up discussion on sinful actions that bounce back to hurt us

Greeting one another in Spanish

Watching the online mission from Guatemala 

Our Tuesday assembly with Juggling Jeff

Never heard the account of Peter and Jesus walking on water told like this!

Our drama The Phantom Tollbooth

 Tuesday was waki taki day

Wednesday was career day - We also had a visit from Pastor Mark Eishold who told us all about the people of Peru, where he serve 5 years as a missionary.  I was quite proud of the thoughtful questions the kids had - plus we had to find out about fast food restaurants and cars!

Thursday was Spirit Day and a fun volleyball competition between teachers and 8th grade  (no pics)

Friday was Color day
We helped Kindergarten friends write to former Zion students now in college

We enjoyed a get to know you game

And our big group art mural - a dot collage 

We love ZION Lutheran School!!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Week 21: Ski Permission Came home


IT’S NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK, time for a celebration! This week, we celebrate the fact that more than 157,000 students attend 2,111 Lutheran schools located across our great country. In this celebration, we will recognize, experience and give thanks for the lavish gifts that God bestows upon us — His love, grace and mercy. We also give thanks to God for this opportunity for our schools to serve within the context of our life together within sponsoring Lutheran congregations. 

Here are our special dress days and celebration events:


  • Art Fair in Welcome Center
    Teachers sponsor Sunday coffee hour
    Open House 1-3 p.m.

    Monday: P.J. Day

  • Wear pajamas/sweats
  • May bring one stuffed animal/pillow
  • May wear slippers (bring change of shoes for outside)
    Ice cream treats at lunch
Tuesday: Wacky-Tacky Day
  • Mix it up with mismatched clothes
  • Jeans optional
    Juggling Jeff Assembly 1:45

Wednesday: Career Day
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • Jeans optional
    Hot Chocolate Sale at recess to sponsor St. Matthew's Lutheran, St. Louis 
    Chapel led by Pastor/Missionary Mark Eisold
Thursday: Spirit Day
  • Show your Zion spirit – Red, White, and Black
  • Jeans optional
    8th Grade vs. Teacher VB game 1:30 p.m.
Friday: Color Day
  • 6th grade wears ORANGE
  • Jeans optional
    Buddy project with Kindergarten

Ski Reminder
Our field trip to Hidden Valley will be on Friday, Feb. 5.  Thanks to all the parents who will be attending with us to help drive and chaperone.  Reminder to arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 that day and it is an extended school day.  Return will be by 4:30 p.m.

Permission slips will come home Friday with detailed information (except for the one student who stuffed it into an empty desk before they headed to lunch.)   We will know more about dress when we know what the temperature will be that day.  Hidden Valley provides ski boots and skis, but if your child has snowpants/ski bibs or the opportunity to borrow some, that is helpful.  When we fall, it keeps us drier!  The students go through a series of stations and progress at their own pace to learn the basics with wonderful instructors.  Don't hesistate to email me with questions!  This will be Mrs. Murray's first time on the trip, so 6M can send questions my way as well.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Week 20: Donuts, drama, microscopes


I hope you enjoyed the weekend and staying warm.  It was good to see so many dads enjoying a breakfast treat with their children on Wednesday at Donuts for Dads.  I'm glad many of you could spend this special time together.  Telling kids those stories of "When I was your age" are both good bonding moments and ways to share your values and faith that kids do remember!

This past week's big activities were the drama The Phantom Tollbooth Act I in Literature and learning microscopes in Science class.  Ask your child what they learned!  Unfortunately, I did not get pictures this week.

Micah H. and Alex K. will represent our class in Zion's School Spelling Bee this Friday at 2:00.    Livia H. is our alternate.  God's blessings and good luck!

A couple quick notes:
  • Tomorrow (Tuesday) is group picture day for the yearbook.  Bring choir and band shirts please.
  • Next week is National Lutheran Schools week.  Check the Sycamore article for special dress days
  • Registration for next year opens to the public soon.  Go back through those emails from Zion and find your information if you did not register yet for next year.
  • Know someone who might like to make Zion their school?  Our Open House is Sunday, Jan. 24 from 1-3 p.m.  We'd love to meet them and introduce them to what Zion is all about!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Week 19: What's happening in 6th grade?

We're back in the saddle and students have been eagerly working on many activities.  As we begin 3rd quarter, here's what's new in several of our subjects:

Religion - Heroes of the Old Testament.  This week we learned of Joshua, Deborah, and have begun Samson.  Students are getting in depth into the Samson they never knew: a fallen sinner whom God chose to use as his instrument.  Groups are creating presentations to teach his story to the class.  See the Religion tab above for more details

Social Studies - Monsoon Asia - this week we completed a mapping lab introducing this new part of the world.  We will begin a climate study next as we start chapter 27.

Literature - Drama!  We are exploring the literary form of a script as well as learning a lot about wordplay and humor in language with the play adaptation of a literary classic, The Phantom Tollbooth.

Art - Mrs. Murray is helping our class explore the concept of negative space and composition with an unusual symmetry picture.  We will also explore space and texture with an animal camouflage project in the weeks to come.

G Math  Our fraction study continues with ratios and proportions.  Thank you in advance for taking your child shopping to discover unit rates and the "better buy."  Frugal shoppers of the future!  Some students need a little help with rounding to the nearest cent.

T Math  - We are beginning our study of fractions.  You will see students using a Saxon 7/6 text for the next weeks (no book cover needed) as we review fraction concepts and a thorough look at all the operations of fractions.  We will return to the other text with the study of ratios later in the quarter.

News from the School Office: 
Re-enrollment information was emailed.  Please respond in the next week as enrollment opens to the public earlier this year - Jan. 20

Summer Camp info came home to families with children in grades 4 and under.  Here is the blurb from the camp directors:

It's that time again to register for Summer Camp.  Enrollment packets are being sent home with a brochure highlighting the many new and exciting events Zion's Summer Camp will host.  To register return the enrollment form, calendar and registration fee to the school office.  Spaces are limited so don't miss out, register early!  If you have any questions you can contact the directors at

See Sycamore for Honor Roll, NLSW dress days, Donuts for Dads WEDNESDAY and more!  

Acting out Deborah and Barak

Discovering fractions