Friday, August 18, 2017

Week 1: A New Year!

I am so excited to have your children as my students this year. Our school theme gives a wonderful focus for our year:       

Ephesians 2:8-9  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing.  It is a gift of God.

This year through our theme, we will explore how we have been saved completely by Christ. We have the assurance of our heavenly home.   I pray this school year gives you a renewed opportunity to grow in your faith: as a parent, as a student, and as a family.

I am eager to partner with you in both educating and nurturing your child this year. I encourage families to talk about lessons we learn, especially memory verses and Religion lessons. I look forward to seeing you in worship at Zion or hearing about your worship experiences at your home church as our class grows together in our faith walk. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Erica's family at the loss of her father.  We were able to spend time with Mr. Debrick and both pastors and Thursday as we prayed together cried together and made a promise to be there for Erica this year.  The students then went on to look at our School Theme song in groups and present their thoughts to the class.  This verse especially struck home:

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand
We stand in Christ - that He is in control and that He will be with us through all the trials of this world until we get to rest in His loving arms. 

Erica's family is making plans for a celebration of life.  As plans are made, I will pass them along.

  Solar Eclipse Day (repeat from email)

   Zion is excited to celebrate the Solar Eclipse with your children!  Please read through this information carefully and email me with any additional questions.
Every child that is attending school on Monday will need to bring:
1) A labeled towel to sit on while viewing the eclipse
2) Cold lunch (no peanut butter) if your child is not eating hot lunch
3) A Labeled water bottle
4) WEAR SUNSCREEN - we will be outside for a good stretch of the day helping with Kindergarten-gr. 3 stations.
For parents that are planning on coming to school to celebrate with us, please read through the following information: 
1) Please arrive at 11:30 if you want to eat lunch with your child.  Bring a cold lunch/drink.  
2) Activities will start at 12:00 and finish by 1:00 p.m.
3) Students will return to classrooms around 1:30 after viewing the total eclipse and will have normal dismissal at 3 p.m.
4) Zion will not be able to provide glasses for parents attending.  Zion does have glasses for all students who attend school that day.
5) Parents will walk around with groups of students while students participate in various “Solar Eclipse” activities that have been prepared by Zion teachers.

What's New in Grade 6?

One of my big goals in 6th grade is for students to become more independent in their learning. This news blog will update you on current happenings, but in 6th grade I no longer publish spelling words, memory assignments, or tests in the parent news.  These are things your child will be tracking in their assignment book.  If an individual student needs more organizational help, I will work one-on-one with that student.  I plan to publish this blog weekly on Fridays. (In reality, it may be Saturday mornings some weeks!)


You should have received a login for Sycamore Education from Mrs. Schmidt.  This is your access to school news. This will also be how you access your child's grades.  Please click around, and ASK QUESTIONS if you are confused.
Back to School Night

Mark your calendar: The PTL Back to School Night is Tuesday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. This is an "adult only" information night.  Join the 2 sixth grade teachers in the 6Riemenschneider classroom to hear further information about the unique aspects of 6th grade.  There are three 20 minute session times with a 5 minute time to get to another child's classroom.   Please attend one of the 6th grade sessions.  I look forward to seeing you!

Researching Bible verses inspired by our Theme song reminded

Sketching Bible stories and pictures

Each group then presented as we sang together In Christ Alone

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Welcome to 6th Grade!

I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year!  I am busy getting our classroom ready and making preparations.  It will be a great year of learning, making friends, and of course, growing in our faith walk.  I am looking forward to meeting you at Open House on Monday, Aug. 14, from 2 p.m.-7 p.m.  Our classroom is in the lower level of the Junior High building.  Stop in to meet me and be sure to visit Ms. Preusser, the other 6th grade teacher, as well.  Don't forget that yearbook photos will be taken in the commons, so be sure to wear your polo.

Enjoy the last days of summer break!

God's blessings,

Mrs. Riemenschneider

We thank you for the opportunity
to begin this new school year,
and we ask that you bless
the students, faculty, and student families
that make our school a great place.
We pray that you will guide us in your ways,
so that we will seek your will
in everything that we do,
and love others as you love us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Week 39: And you shall be my witnesses

What does Christ's command to his disciples mean to a sixth grader?  (Mt. 28:19-20, Acts 1:8)  This is the topic we explored in our religion classes as we have looked at the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and early church. As the disciples were instructed to witness in first Jerusalem, then to the neighboring countryside, then to the ends of the earth, we Christians are encouraged to be witnesses where we are at: in our school, workplaces, and families then reach out, even to the ends of the earth.   Where do we get equipped for such a task?  In Word and Sacrament - with the fellowship of believers.  I encourage you to be involved in summer worship both at home and in your travels.   Invite a friend or neighbor to our Vacation Bible School the week of June 19.  We, too, have the power of the Holy Spirit and can look for those opportunities for God to use us to spread his word!
                Zion's Summer Worship Schedule:
                 Saturday Worship:  5 PM
                 Sunday Worship:  8, 10:30 AM
                 Bible Class:  9:30 - 10:15AM
                 Sunday School:  9:30 - 10:15 AM  
                 Monday Worship:  7:00 PM (starting in June)
In our final Religion class we looked at Paul's good advice to Timothy as a faithful young person.  Remember to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”  from I Peter 3:15.  To be equipped for the task, students have been challenged to get INTO THE WORD:  to add a regular devotion time to their routine this summer. Please pray for the continued spiritual growth of our class beyond these walls!
Dear families:
Thank you for all of your support this year.  I have appreciated your prayers, your notes of encouragement, your time working with your child on projects, and your child.  It has been a pleasure being a part of your lives this year.  May God bless your family this summer!     
                  In His Service,
                  Mrs. Riemenschneider 

A Year in Photos....

(The video is about 15 minutes)


Friday, May 19, 2017

Field Day!

God pushed the clouds aside and we had a wonderful afternoon playing with our faith families.  I was so impressed by the leadership of our Junior High students.  I heard many encouraging words and saw the older kids enjoy laughing and being silly with the little ones.  Mr. Debrick reminded us at closing chapel of the role of family in good times and bad to serve and support one another.  How awesome to know a few of our Christian brothers and sisters a little bit better and know we are praying for each other!

We met in the chapel then headed to picnic around campus

Water cup relay

Magic Carpet race

Ladder toss

Pizza box relay


Marble run


REMINDER - Cold Lunch all week!

Monday -  Morning classes, Afternoon - JH Fun Day
                  Students may wear spirit shirts and athletic style bottoms

Tuesday - Wrap up classes (PE day)

Wednesday - Wrap up classes, classroom cleaning, turn in books
                        May need an extra bag

Thursday - Closing Chapel
                    10:00 a.m. dismissal for Summer Vacation!!

Please have your child do a room/bookbag cleaning and return any classroom library books!

My how they've grown! 


August 2016
May 19, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Week 37: Faith Families and Field Trip

This week was our last Faith Family activity.  We focused on Colossians 4:2, Devote yourselves to PRAYER, being WATCHFUL and THANKFUL.

We then made thank you cards and letters for those around us who serve us.  We then said a prayer of thanks to God for their service to us.

May we be watching for others who serve us and may we thank them and pray for them.

REMEMBER - Friday, May 19 will the our Faith Family Field Day.  Lunch (pizza, goldfish crackers, fruit, drink) are provided.  We will have "field day" activities inside and out with our faith families for the afternoon.  SUNSCREEN DAY!

What's Happening in May:
Religion - witness of the Apostles in Acts and our own opportunities to witness

Lit - We LOVED the Tuck Everlasting projects and are gearing up for Oral Tradition and Greek Mythology to round out the year.

S.S. - Now that we have studied many parts of the world, we are looking at immigration and the impact of different cultures on making America the country it is today.

T-Math - Positive/negative numbers, graphing on a coordinate plane, and inequalities will wrap up with a test on Friday.   Then we have some Geometry Fun to wrap up the year.

Science - heredity and genetics Where did my blue eyes come from??

A Great Day!!
We learned some wonderful Lutheran history and saw a plethora of artifacts from the early settlers.  The photos are completely jumbled for some reason.  We were at the church and Heritage museum in the morning and Saxon Homestead in the afternoon.  Thanks to the parents who spent the day with us on the field trip.  Your help was invaluable!  I'd love a few close ups of the kids if you got some good shots.

The class in Trinity Lutheran Church

Playing a harpsicord

Gathering around period pianos and pump organs

Looking at ship records translated from German can be accessed at most libraries without a fee
On "Find a Grave" exploring information on ancestors

Free play before lunch

Carving an ax handle on the Schnitzelbank

Learning about churning butter

Headed out on the bus

We hit the hills in Perry County and the kids enjoyed the roller coaster ride

On the steps of Trinity

A chalice from the 1700's

The pastor preaches from there??

The kids were fascinated by the hymn board.  Few had ever seen one

All Trinity children throughout the centuries have been baptized in this baptismal tray

German Bible

The recipe for Blood Sausage - gulp!

CFW Walther - early Lutheran pastor and first Synod President

Slave cabins were only used for a little while before Emanicaption

Grinding corn

Shucking corn off the cobs

Churning butter

Trying out the washboard

Here is where they baked our pizzas

This brick oven came from Germany and was rebuilt here

Old time sack race

 Have a Wonderful Mother's Day!!