Classroom News

February 22-26, 2021

*Please remember to send in your donation to our We Love Lafayette basket.THis could include an item or gift card from any of your favorite establishments in Lafayette or West Lafayette. I would like all donations turned in by March 14. Thanks!

*Please remember to send in two snacks a day for your student.

*Our memory work is this week is "Jesus said, 'I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever." Psalm 52:8.As we discuss the story in the Bible of the Widow's Mite, we will see that Jesus was pleased with the trust of a poor woman who gave all that she had as an offering to the Lord. Our students will learn that we can also trust that God will take care of all our needs. 

*Temperatures are predicted to be warmer this week so please send in snow pants and snow boots. 

*In Reading we will continue to talk about what makes the USA special. We will practice initiating conversations. We will practice making predictions and discuss an author's purpose. We will continue to segment words into the onset and rime, blend phonemes into words, and will introduce the initial consonant blends cl, fl, and final consonant blends -st and -nd. Our sight words this week are red, as, that, and our. We will continue to practice ordering steps in a sequence in our writing. 

*In Art we will be doing a project based on the book "Turtle Splash" by Cathryn Farwell. 

*In Gym we will be playing some parachute games.

*In Social Studies we are continuing  the unit called My World. This week we will read a map.

*In Science we will be doing snow experiments, measuring the weight of 1 cup of snow, 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of ice (we unfortunately were not able to get to this project last week). 

*In Math we will finish up representing, counting and writing 20 and beyond and begin a new unit identifying and describing two-dimensional shapes. 

It's going to be a great week!

 

February 17-19, 2021

*Our memory work is "Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to Me.'" Mark 10:14 Our Bible story for the week is how Jesus blesses the little children. And this week also begins the church season of Lent. Children will have the opportunity to have ashes put on their foreheads on Wednesday to remind them of Jesus love and sacrifice on the cross for them.

*In Reading we will continue to talk about what makes the USA special. We will practice initiating conversations. We will practice making predictions and discuss an author's purpose. We will continue to segment words into the onset and rime, blend phonemes into words, and will introduce the consonant blends st, sp, sl, and sn. Our sight words this week are if, stop, come, and from. We will continue to practice ordering steps in a sequence in our writing. 

*In Art we will make a cardinal winter scene based on the book "No Two Alike." 

*In gym we will continue practicing dancing, juggling, and jumping rope. 

*In Social Studies we are starting a unit called My World. This week we will begin by using directional language.

*In Science we will be doing snow experiments, measuring the weight of 1 cup of snow, 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of ice. 

*In Math we will finish up representing, counting and writing 20 and beyond!

*This week we welcome a new student to our class. We are so excited to have Caleb join us!

It is going to be a great, short week!

February 9-12, 2021

*Memory work for this week is "Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you"  Psalm 50:15. This week we hear how at a wedding Cana, Jesus turned water into wine. We learn that Jesus is powerful and compassionate enough to care for our every need.

*In Reading we will talk about poetry and songs, focusing on "America the Beautiful." We will describe connections between illustrations and text; we will review the concept of a word. We will practice isolating final and initial sounds and focus particularly on the consonant z. Our sight words are get, hot, where, and or.

*In Writing we will be exploring the concept of a How-To text, paying attention to the importance of the sequence of events.

*In Art we will be making a heart based on the text "Never Let a Unicorn Scribble," We will also be doing a step-by-step drawing of an owl.

*In science we will be making ice lanterns and exploring the different states of matter. 

*In gym we will continue to work on jump rope skills. 

*Don't forget to dress your child for spirit week: Wednesday is Zoom day--comfy on the bottom and formal on top; Thursday we will dress like Thing 1 and Thing 2; Friday we will dress in school colors and crazy hair

*Please remember to send in your donation to our We Love Lafayette basket.

*Please remember to send in two snacks a day for your student.

It's going to be a great, short week!

 

 

February 9-12, 2021

*Memory work for this week is "Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you"  Psalm 50:15. This week we hear how at a wedding Cana, Jesus turned water into wine. We learn that Jesus is powerful and compassionate enough to care for our every need.

*In Reading we will talk about poetry and songs, focusing on "America the Beautiful." We will describe connections between illustrations and text; we will review the concept of a word. We will practice isolating final and initial sounds and focus particularly on the consonant z. Our sight words are get, hot, where, and or.

*In Writing we will be exploring the concept of a How-To text, paying attention to the importance of the sequence of events.

*In Art we will be making a heart based on the text "Never Let a Unicorn Scribble," We will also be doing a step-by-step drawing of an owl.

*In science we will be making ice lanterns and exploring the different states of matter. 

*In gym we will continue to work on jump rope skills. 

*Don't forget to dress your child for spirit week: Wednesday is Zoom day--comfy on the bottom and formal on top; Thursday we will dress like Thing 1 and Thing 2; Friday we will dress in school colors and crazy hair

*Please remember to send in your donation to our We Love Lafayette basket.

*Please remember to send in two snacks a day for your student.

It's going to be a great, short week!

 

February 1-5, 2021

*Memory work for this week is "The Lord is my helper, I will not fear," Hebrews `3:6. In our Bible story this week Jesus and His friends find themselves trapped on a boat in a dangerous story. The disciples panic and fear that they will be hurt, but Jesus reassures them that He is with them and will keep them safe. The same is true for us today!

*In Reading we will work on responding with complete sentences. We will also review words with multiple meanings and practice listening skills in conversations. The genre focus will be biography, and we will discuss the true story of a person with one leg who bikes across Ghana. Our sight words are six, have, some, and we. And we will focus on the consonants Q and X.

*In writing we will work on composing a narrative, paying special attention to the order of events. As we edit we will look for singular and plural nouns. 

*In Social Studies we will have a visit from the Lafayette Police Department. They will explain a little about their jobs and give us tips for being safe. And also tell us ways we can help our community. 

*In art we will be making penguins.

*In science we will be exploring the characteristics of snow.

*In gym we will continue to learn dances and practice juggling and jumping rope.

It's going to be a great week!

 

January 25-29, 2021

* Happy Lutheran Schools Week! One way we are celebrating is by having the following dress-up days: Monday-Sent to Serve t-shirt day (or another Christian t-shirt); Tuesday-Dress Like Your Future Career; Wednesday-Dress Like Your Favorite Sports Team; Thursday-Blue and Gold Day; Friday-Represent a Country Day.

*Another way we are celebrating our Sent to Serve theme this week is by purchasing and assembling supplies for a care package for 100 Lafayette patrol officers. We will be giving each officer a sanitizer, a pack of gum, a pack of nuts, and a chap stick along with a note of thanks from one of our students. Please send in $10 this week as I have already purchased the supplies. We will put the packages together later this week.

*Our memory work is "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men."  Matthew 4:19. Please practice this at home with your child and have him/her say it to me at school or send me a video on your phone of he or she saying it to you at home. This week Jesus calls His disciples in our Bible story, and we remember that He calls us to be His disciples too!

*In Reading we are reviewing Greeting and Introductions and also talking more about words with multiple meanings. We will practice making inferences and continue reviewing the story elements of characters, setting, and important events. We will also practice the return finger sweep while using our finger to move from one line of text to the next. Our sight words this week are help, they, too, and yes.

*In Writing we will focus on Narrative writing, on the order of events in our writing, and on singular and plural nouns. 

*In Math we begin counting, recognizing and representing numbers 20 and beyond.

*In gym we will practice some more juggling along with learning some new dances.

*Friday we will continue our STEM building projects, this time making a bow and arrow with craft sticks and heavy plastic silverware, after we read the story of Robin Hood. 

 *Don't forget we have snacks twice a day. Please send in enough for your child to enjoy throughout the week.

It's going to be a great week!

 

January 19-22, 2021

*Our Bible verse this week is "Shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life," Philippians 2:15-16. Jesus was a child once, just like us! And this week we learn about how He visited Jerusalem with his family and a big group of friends to celebrate Passover. Jesus was not only Mary and Joseph's son, but God's Son. While in Jerusalem, Jesus visited His Father's house, and spent time listening to God's Word as well as time teaching the priests. 

*In Reading we will continue to make and check predictions, review the story elements fo character, setting and events, as well as character traits. We will make inferences and review the genre characteristics of folktales. We will talk about words with multiple meanings, and we will read a play. We will focus on the letters V and Y this week and the sight words are him, us, for, and her. 

*In Writer's workshop we will work on a narrative, making sure our stories have a beginning, middle, and end. We will also be editing for proper pronouns. 

*In Math we will continue to represent, count, and write numbers 11-19. 

*Thursday will be our 100th Day of School! Please remember to dress as though you are 100 years old. Also bring in a 12-16 ounce plastic water bottle filled with your child's collection of 100 things. 

*In Art we will read the book "If I Knew a Polar Bear" and do the art project Mrs. Tietz put together to go along with the book.

*In Gym we will continue to practice juggling and jumping ropes and dancing. 

*Please remember to bring enough snacks for the week so your child can have both one in the morning and the afternoon.

*Finally, please send in cardboard paper towel tubes and empty toilet paper rolls for our Friday STEM project. We could also use small cardboard boxes, the size of cereal boxes or smaller. Thanks!

*It is going to be a fun week!

 

January 11-15, 2021

*Great job with online learning last week! It was wonderful to see the kids every day, and I really enjoyed receiving your texts and pictures capturing their progress.

*The memory verse for the week is "Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made...had failed. Joshua 21:45. We will review the story of Simeon and Anna and the fulfilled promise of their meeting baby Jesus. We will also talk about the Wise Men and how they followed the star to Bethlehem, where they gave gifts to worship Jesus. God keeps His promise to His people time and time again, allowing us to experience the great love and grace of His Son, Jesus. 

*In Reading we will continue to review the story elements of characters, setting, and events; paying close attention to the order of what happens at the beginning, middle, and end of each story. We will work on the pronouns I, me, we, and us this week. We will introduce the concept of the return sweep, the process by which you use your finger to point to the words you are reading in a text and then sweep your finger to the beginning of the next line to continue reading. Our sight words are: but, look, up, and want. And we will continue to pay special attention to the short and long u sounds in words. 

*In Writer's Workshop we will make a story map and then write a narrative story about a time when we were scared.

*In Math we will continue representing, counting, and writing numbers 11-19.

*In Science we will be making a bird feeder and talking about how different kinds of seeds attract different kinds of birds. We will also be reading "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" to introduce the project of constructing a bed able to hold Goldilocks without breaking. 

*In Social Studies we will continue learning about Timelines.

*In Gym we will be working on juggling with scarves, jumping rope, and dancing.

It is going to be another great week!

January 6-8, 2021

*Welcome to the New Year! In hopes of limiting spread of the Corona Virus, we will be doing our three days this week via online virtual learning. The hope is that this will give school families and staff the opportunity to check-in with Mr. Rogers so he can assess whether we are able to be in person at school next week, beginning the 11th. Until then, please go to the Kindergarten Google Classroom you have been invited to for all of the week's assignments. Praying for your good health!

December 21-22, 2020

*Memory work is still "For unto you is born this day. . . a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11. We will continue to hear about Jesus' family tree in our daily Advent devotions, adding ornaments each day to our classroom Jesse Trees. We will also celebrate Jesus being born this week!

*Since it is such a short week, we will be doing a lot of review. We have lots of opportunities to practice sight words, practice our uppercase and lowercase letter-writing, and will be composing a letter to Santa. We will not be adding any new sight words. We will listen to some Christmas stories and review the concepts of setting, characters, conflict, and resolution.

*On Tuesday we will have Christmas pajama day! Your student may also bring a comfy blanket and stuffed animal, as we will spend the afternoon watching a Christmas movie. 

*I am going to be sending home a Christmas activity packet for you to review over the break. Going over one or two sheets each week day of break will help your child keep the concepts we have been learning fresh in their mind. If your child brings in the completed packet after break, they will earn a pack of Skittles. This is an optional activity, so if you do not worry if you do not have time to complete it.

*In the event we are unable to return to in person learning after our Christmas Break, I will be sending home your children's books with them so they will be prepared for online learning. I would like to pass out the books at drop off in the morning on Tuesday. I will be out by the entrance on Cincinnati to pass the books to you so the children don't have to carry them out at the end of the day. 

It is going to be a great short week! Hope you all have a blessed Christmas!!! 

 

December 14-18, 2020

*Memory work for this week and next is "For unto you is born this day. . . a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11. We will continue to hear about Jesus' family tree in our daily Advent devotions, adding ornaments each day to our classroom Jesse Trees. 

*In Reading we will continue practicing responding in complete sentences. We will explore shades of meaning in words that are similar, i.e. run, spring, jog. We will practice identifying the topic, central idea, and key details as we read our primary text this week. Our consonant focus this week will be on the letters W and J. Our sight words are had, be, do, and ten. 

*In Writing we will be making a booklet about how to build a Snowman (maybe we will be lucky enough to get some real snow!). We will also focus on editing for complete sentences and periods. 

*In Math we are working on representing, counting, and writing numbers 11-19.

*In Art we will be making a Poinsettia picture as well as a Christmas gift for parents.

*In Gym we will continue to practice kicking skills.

*Next week on Tuesday (12/22) we will have a Christmas pajama day. Children will be able to wear pajamas, bring a favorite stuffed animal, and enjoy a Christmas movie in the afternoon. It will be here before we know it!

*It's going to be a great week!

 

December 7-11, 2020

*Our memory work this week is "Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." Matthew 3:3. We will continue to review the members of Jesus' Family tree as we work through our Jesse Tree devotions each day. This week we will remember Joseph, Ruth, King David, and King Solomon. 

*In Reading we will learn about fairy tales and its genre characteristics. We will identify characters, setting, and events as we read stories. We will also work on retelling stories, making sure to organize our retelling first with the beginning, then middle, then end. We will focus on the consonants L and H. Our sight words are lot, not, are, and was. 

*In Writer's workshop we will do more research writing, publishing our piece on basketball. Then we will research healthy food, focusing especially on our use of periods and capital letters in sentences. 

*In Gym we will continue to work on kicking.

*In Math we will continue to work on subtraction. 

*In Science we will learn about the density of objects and how that affects whether they are able to sink or float in water. 

*In Art with Mrs. Tietz we will make a Nativity.

****This week we will have our Christmas exchange on Friday. One of our classmates will be leaving and not returning until next school year. We would like to include him in our Advent/Christmas festivities. So please bring in a small party favor type toy that your child will be able to give to each student in class. We have 21 students. They will each take turns putting the toys into each others' stockings. It will be lots of fun! Let me know if you have any questions. 
 
*As always, please bring in enough snacks so that your child is able to have two a day. Also, please replenish your child's play doh supply, as the play doh is drying out. 
 
It is going to be a great week!
 
 

November 30-December 4, 2020

*Our memory work is "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good." Psalm 107:1. This week we will talk about how God kept His promise to send a Savior and sent John to prepare God's people for Jesus. We can point others to Jesus as their Savior too!

*In Reading this week we will talk about stretching, paying special attention to the short O sound we hear in the middle of words. Our sight words include: got, here, of and on. We will review identifying characters and setting in stories. We will also learn how to organize words of similar meanings, such as jog, run, and sprint. 

*In Math we will introduce subtraction!

*In Science we will experiment with dissolving candy canes in warm water, cold water, and vinegar. Which will dissolve fastest? On Friday we will try our hand at constructing elf traps. 

*Tune in to our chapel service on Wednesday! Our class will lead this first week in Advent. Hope you enjoy it! We will also be sending home some advent activities for you to enjoy with your families.

*Please send in new playdough. Our old playdough is ready for the trash.

*Don't forget to send in two snacks a day for your child to enjoy.  You are welcome to send enough for a week or so. We will store it in your child's cubby.

Enjoy this first week in December! I have a feeling it is going to fly by. 

 

 

 

November 23-25, 2020

*Our memory work will remain the same as last week, "Nothing will be impossible with God" Luke 1:37.  Please practice at home with your child. I will accept a recorded version of your child saying memory texted to me, as I realize some children are more comfortable saying it to you rather than me. 

*In Religion we will focus on how all blessings come from God, and how we are able to show are thanks to Him for all He has done and continues to do for us. We will also be making a neat Thanksgiving project as a gift to our families. Finally we will be working on our advent chapel service which will air December 2nd. Stay tuned!

*In Reading this week we will talk about stretching, paying special attention to the short O sound we hear in the middle of words. Our sight words include: got, here, of and on. We will review identifying characters and setting in stories. We will also learn how to organize words of similar meanings, such as jog, run, and sprint. 

*In Math we will continue to work on addition, paying special attention to number pairs that make 8, 9, and 10.

*In Science we will learn about the five food groups and how a healthy diet includes food from all of the groups. 

*In Art  we will make a dog collage inspired by the book "Wag a Tail" by Lois Ehlert.

*In Gym we will work on kicking a ball.

*Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. McKinsey for donating Papa John's pizzas for our Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday. Thank you! We will have pizza for all for lunch. If you wish to pack food for your child to accompany the pizza, please do so. 

*We also are thrilled to welcome a new student, Charlie Hubner, to our class this week! Welcome, Charlie!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

November 16-20, 2020

*Our memory work for this week is "Nothing will be impossible with God." Luke 1:37. God rescued His people from the Canaanites and gave His people a new land. Even though Joshua and the Israelites were unsure and scared, God delivered them into the new land. 

*Our sight words this week are big, good, his, and very. We will review consonants G and K. We will identify initial sounds and isolate final sounds. We will review alliteration. In grammar, we will review capitalization in sentences.

*In Math we will continue to work on addition.

*In gym we will finish up rolling, tossing, and throwing at targets.

*In science we will learn more about spiders.

*In Social Studies we will learn more about Thanksgiving, discussing what it was like on the Mayflower and how Thanksgiving then compares to Thanksgiving now, 

*Please remember to bring more snacks in for your child each week.

Hope all of you stay healthy!

 

 

November 9-13, 2020

*We will continue to work on the memory work from last week, "Love the Lord your God, and serve Him with all your heart," Deuteronomy 11:13. Please practice this verse at home. When your child says it to me during the week, I will stamp his or her hand with a smiley face, so you will know that they have completed the assignment. 

*Our Bible story this week is how God's people cross the Jordan River. God miraculously led His people into their Promised Land, Canaan. Students will realize this week that even though God gives us blessings here on earth, earth is not our home. We will give thanks that God gives us freedom from sin, death, and the devil and gives us new life. 

*In Reading we will continue to make and check predictions, identify story elements, introduce the sight words: sits, with and me. We will isolate final sounds in words, segment words into onset and rimes, and read our Start Right Reader texts.

*In Writer's Workshop we will write an informational text about how to welcome new people into your neighborhood. 

*In Art we will do Mrs.Tietz's project on Tuesday and some fall leaf lacing on Thursday.

*In Gym we will continue passing, throwing at targets and catching . We will be introducing a few basketball skills as well. 

*In Math we will continue to work on addition.

*Please send in more snacks, so your child is able to have a morning and afternoon snack each day. Thanks!

*It's going to be a great week!

November 2-4, 2020

*Our memory this week is "Love the Lord your God, and serve Him with all you heart." Deuteronomy 11:13. We continue to marvel at how God miraculously led the Israelites out of Egypt, and also marvel at his gracious forgiveness even as the Israelites forsook Him and made a golden cald as a new god. 

*In Reading we will continue to classify and categorize and practice responding in complete sentences. We will have a mini lesson on how to retell a story. We will continue to practice identifying final sounds, producing rhymes, and reading the sight words did, in and put. We will also work on understanding the function of adjectives. 

*In Writing we will be brainstorming and writing about something we like to do with our friends. 

*In Math we will continue working on addition concepts.

*In Gym we will work on throwing at targets. 

*Please remember to bring in enough snacks so your child may have 2 each day. Many kids ran out of their supply at the end of last week. 

*Remember there is no school on Thursday or Friday of this week.

*It is going to be a great, short week!

 

October 26-30, 2020

*Our memory work this week is "Remember the wonders God has done" 1 Chronicles 16:12. God miraculously led the Israelites out of Egypt, and gave His people the Ten Commandments, telling them to have no other gods besides Him, but they worshipped another god. God loves us and knows what is best for us. God wants His children to obey Him, but since we are not perfect, He sent Jesus to be perfect in our place. 

*In Reading this week we will work on classifying and categorizing. Our sight words will be did, in and put. We will focus on the letter sounds /s/ and /z/. 

*In out Writer's Workshop we will be talking about lists. Students will make a Top 10 List of Things they love about their Grandparents in celebration of Grandparents Week.

*In Math we will begin addition concepts. 

*In Mrs. Tietz's art class we will make a spider based on an Eric Carle book. Our other project will be Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater paint and collage pumpkins. 

*In gym we will continue rolling, tossing, throwing, and catching practice. 

*Please invite all grandparents to join us for chapel this week online. There will be a special grandparent message at the end of the service. 

*On Friday we will have a pumpkin patch party! A parent donated money for the Kindergarten and First graders to go pick out pumpkins in our St. James' sports field. We will enjoy many pumpkin-themed activities throughout the day. Be sure to dress your child in clothes that are okay to get dirty on Friday.

*On Friday all sight word cards were sent home in a baggie. Please keep put them on the ring sent home at the beginning of the year and keep them at home. We will continue to send words home at the end of each week. Please go over the words once a day with your kids to improve reading fluency.

*It was wonderful to connect with all of you last week to talk about your child's progress. I am very thankful for all of you Kindergarten families!

It is going to be a great week!

 

 

October 20-23, 2020

*Our memory work for this week will continue to be 1 Samuel 3:9, "Speak, LORD, for your servant hears." Last week we ran out of time on Friday for students to say their memory work because of our Gingerbread Man Day, so we will continue to learn the verse for one more week.

*We will continue to talk about how Moses was born and saved from Pharoah's wicked plans as well as Moses' encounter with the Burning Bush. We will make a tissue paper burning bush.

*In Reading we will review genre characteristics, identifying parts of a story, and practice noun and verb identification. 

*In Math we will represent and compare numbers to 10.

*In Art we will do Mrs/ Tietz's project along with making Blow Painted Peacocks.

*In gym we will continue to practice rolling, tossing, throwing, and catching. 

*Report cards come out this week. As you read your child's report card, here's a key to the letters you will see for assessing your child's skills: N-Not Yet; E-Emerging; M-Mastered; N/E -Slowly emerging; E/M-Close to Mastered . Looking forward to discussing your child's progress with you this week!

 

 

October 12-16, 2020

*Our memory work for this week is from 1 Samuel 3:9, "Speak, LORD, for your servant hears." God gave Moses a special job to do: to be the leader of His people. God calls each of His children to work for Him-sharing His message and His love. This week we will recognize those times we don't feel equipped to serve God, but we also know we have hope and salvation because there is no one like Him and His powerful Word. Like our Bible verse says, we willingly listen to God speak and serve Him.

*In Reading we will talk about community heroes and what makes a community. We will learn about informational texts and continue to work on identifying the topic, central idea, and key details of a text. We will also introduce the concept of giving a summary of a text. We will focus on medial vowel sounds and introduce the long and short i sounds.  The sight words for the week are "an, it, and has."

*In Writer's Workshop we will produce informational writing, focusing on writing information about our school. We will review the concept of nouns.

*In Math we will represent and compare numbers to 10.

*In Social Studies we will talk about community helpers and what they do for us and the people in their community. 

*In science we will talk about bees: their life cycle, what they eat, how they help plants grow.

*In Art we will do Mrs. Tietz's project in addition to making Alphabet Birds. 

*In Gym we will practice rolling, tossing, throwing, and catching. 

*I will send out your assigned parent teacher conference time on Tuesday. I am still waiting on a few parent responses before I make my final schedule. 

*Please remember to practice your memory work throughout the week. And please remember to continue to send snacks and jackets every day for your kids. They really appreciate it!

It's going to be a great week!

 

October 5-9, 2020

 
*The memory work for this week is "For those who love God all things work together for good." Romans 8:28. This week we will talk about how Joseph went through difficult times, but God used him to save many people from famine. Sometimes we do not understand why things happen to us, but we know that God never stops loving and caring for us. 
 
*In Reading we will continue to review synonyms and antonyms; characters, settings and events; topic and theme; and one-to-one correspondence.. We will continue to blend syllables, identify initial and final sounds, practice the C and P sounds, introduce sight words and, can, and you. We will also learn about fables.
 
*In Writer's Workshop we will brainstorm, organize, and write a story about something we learned to do. 
 
*In Math we will continue to represent, count, and write numbers 6-9.
 
*In Art we will make a triangle tiger in addition to the Art Project brought to us by Mrs. Tietz. 
 
*In gym class we will practice rolling, tossing, throwing and catching. 
 
* I had a problem with my sign-up for parent teacher conferences and was unable to get them out to you last week. I will make sure you get them by the end of today, 10/05. Check your emails. 
 
*This week we will have our fire prevention week. The Lafayette Fire Department has provided us with lots of material to help teach our kids about fire safety.
 
It's going to be a great, last week of the quarter! Don't forget to practice memory work and send in snack for your kids. 
 
 
 

September 28-October 2, 2020

*The memory work for this week is Psalm36:5--Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens. Even though Jacob sinned by stealing his brother's blessing, God had a plan for things to work ut for the best. Today God comes to us with forgiveness and grace, assuring us that everything will happen as God wants. 

*In Reading we continue with the theme "What Makes Each of Us Special" as we explore word relationships with synonyms and antonyms, the concept of a word and how words and spaces make up a sentence, continue to segment syllables and blend phonemes into words. Our sight words this week will be man, no, and is. And we will focus on the consonants N and D. We will review the author and illustrator roles, the elements of a story, and will discuss how a plot consists of a problem and a solution. 

*In Writer's Workshop we will focus on adjectives for color, size and feelings. 

*In Math we will represent, count, and write numbers 6-9. 

*In Art we will make Mrs. Tietz's project in addition to doing some Circle Printing. 

*In Science we will review the different kinds of clouds, check in on our changing trees outside, and continue to monitor the temperature and weather outside.

*In Social Studies we will explore maps.

*Please don't forget to send in snacks , enough for your child to have two a day. Thank you for your continued diligence with this! Also, I will be sending a sign up for Parent Teacher conferences via email by the end of the week. So be looking for that. Also, please remember to send your child with a jacket as temperatures look to be changing this week.

It's going to be a great week!

September 21-25, 2020

*The memory work for this week is "The Lord is faithful in all His words." Psalm 145:13. This verse was very true for Abraham and Sarah, who even though in their old age, were able to bear a son, Isaac. God had promised it would happen, and despite all earthly odds, it did. God gives all His children blessings now and eternally!

*Monday is picture day! Don't forget to place your orders online if you did not send in money and an order form. 

*Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming in October. You will have the options of coming to school in person, having me at your home in person, or speaking over Zoom or the telephone. I will be sending an email soon where you can respond with your preference. I look forward to sharing your child's progress with you!

*In Reading and Writer's Workshop today we will learn about synonyms and antonyms. We will also practice asking for help. We will continue to review the elements of a story, and will introduce the concept of a word. We will blend syllables, identify medial vowel sounds, practice short A and introduce the sight words am, at and go. 

*We will finish up comparing numbers to 5 this week and begin representing and counting and writing numbers 6-9. 

*In social studies we will explore the concept of then and now, learning about how transportation, technology, homes, etc have changed over time. 

*In science Mrs. Sattgast will be bringing in her leopard frogs. We will talk about their life cycle, what they eat, and observe them throughout the week. 

*Please remember to send in a snack with your child, enough that he or she is able to have 2 snacks per day. All the children appreciate your efforts greatly!

*In art we will make a fall newspring tree in addition to the art project designed by Mrs. Tietz. 

It is going to be a wonderful week!

 

 

September 14-18, 2020

This week God promises Abraham that all people will be blessed through his family because the Savior would come from his descendants. We learn that God gives all of His children, including us, the blessing of the Savior.

*Our Memory verse for the week is "I will bless you." Genesis 12:2. We practice this verse daily in class in addition to the students practicing at home. I will let you know if your child is ever late on saying the verse. So far everyone is doing a great job getting it memorized by Friday!

*Next Monday will be our school picture day. You can place your orders online. Please let me know if you have any questions or need another order form. 

*Please remember to keep sending in snacks for your children. We eat two snacks a day. We can store up to two weeks worth in the classroom. The kids really look forward to snack time each day and very much appreciate what you send with them.

*This week in reading we will continue to talk about the elements of a book: the beginning, middle, and end. We will talk about rising action and about how plots include a problem and resolution. Our story for the week is "I am Rene, the Boy," which is about a boy who discovers he has the same name as a girl in his class. At first he is dismayed at this discovery but then realizes there are lots of special things about him and his name.

*In Writer's workshop we will be talking about what a narrative is. We will also continue to discuss opinions and persuasive writing. We will be focusing on the letters Tt and Bb. And continuing to identify syllables in words. 

*In Math we are finishing up our first chapter and beginning the next on comparing numbers to 5.

*In Art we will be doing Mrs. Tietz's art project in addition to a line sculpture.

*In Science we will be learning about the weather, and discussing three different kinds of clouds we see in the sky.

*In Social Studies we will be talking about how we are different and similar. We will be making a booklet about ourselves, discovering what makes each of us special. 

It is going to be a great week!  

 

September 8-11, 2020

This week we will learn about how God saved Noah and Noah's family and an ark full of animals. Even though man was disobedient, God gave humankind a second chance. God is merciful and forgiving to His faithful children!

*Our memory verse for this week is, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart." Proverbs 3:5 (If your child has not said the verse to me by Friday, I will let you know. So far everyone is doing a great job memorizing and saying it on time!)

*In Reading we will be working on following directions, using clues to find word meanings, and continuing to use active listening and viewing. We will review story elements: characters, setting, and events. And we will be learning the parts of a book. We will also continue identifying syllables, blending syllables into words, reading predecodable texts that focus on the letters M and S. And our sight word for the week is "I."

*In Math we will continue to compare numbers to 5, paying special attention to 0 at the end of the week. 

*In Science we will learn more about our Monarch caterpillars.

*In Social Studies we will talk about the people and places in school.

*In Art we will do a line and color project in addition to Mrs. Tietz's project based on Mo Willem's book "The Duckling Gets a Cookie."

*Please remember to continue bringing enough snacks that your child can have two snacks a day. 

*Continue to review sight words. And as you read the books for your reading logs, encourage your children to read the words they know. Point to each word as you read through the book.

It's going to be a great week!

 

 

August 31-Sept. 4, 2020

This week we remember that because Adam and Eve disobeyed god, they had to leave the garden. We sin daily too, but God continues to love His people so much that He gave us a Savior to take away our sins.

*The memory verse for the week is "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." 1 Timothy 1:15

*In Art class we will be doing leaf rubbings along with our weekly assignment from Mrs. Tietz. We will also continue honing our scissor skills.

*In Reading we will be introduced to poetry; we will use picture clues to discover what words mean; we will learn about present-tense verbs; introduce the sight word "see," and identify syllables. 

*In Math we will continue to represent, count, identify, and write numbers 0-5.

*In Science we will continue to explore trees and in Social Studies we will continue to work on listening skills and working together. We will also discuss the difference between wants and needs. 

*In gym we will play Sharks and Minnows and What Time is It Mr. Fox?

*Please remember to provide 2 snacks every day for your child. We can store up to two weeks snack in their cubbies. Many children are running low on snack and need to have their supplies replenished. 

Have a great week!

 

 

 

August 24-28, 2020

*We continue to talk about creation this week, remembering especially how we can be close to God through prayer and worship in God's house. The memory verse for the week is "I will be glad and exult in You." Psalm 9:2

*In Art class we will be doing "School's First Day of School" with Mrs. Tietz, using construction paper, glue, and construction paper crayons. We will also be doing some scissor practice later in the week, making a collage of shapes inspired by Matisse.

*In Reading we will continue talking about story elements, matching pictures to text, and the genre characteristics of fiction. We will identify words in sentences, identify rhymes, practice our letters Gg-Pp, reading predecodable texts and practicing our sight words "the" and "a."

*In social studies we will be working on making conversation and introducing ourselves. We will also practice active listening by following the "Give Me Five" guidlines. 

*In science we will continue to study trees and leaves. 

*In gym we will practice staying within the boundary lines, practice following directions, develop body awareness, and play Noodle Tag. 

*Don't forget to bring two snacks for your child to eat each day. You are welcome to store several weeks worth in your child's classroom cubby.

It is going to be a great week!

 

August 17-21, 2020

*This week we will celebrate that God made people! We will make a creation book and hear the story of how God made the world. 

*Our Bible Memory verse reflects this truth: Know that the Lord, He is God! It is God who made us and we are His. Psalm 100:3 (Practice this verse together, and students will recite it to me by the end of this week)

*In Reading we will talk about what students will discover in Kindergarten. We will identify words in sentences, identify rhymes, review letters A-F, memorize the high frequency word "the", and read some pre-decodable texts. We will also be reading our Class Book "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?"

*In Math we will be representing, counting, and writing the numbers 0-5.

*In Gym we will learn the gym rules and practice ways to move our bodies: running, sliding, leaping, jumping, hopping, galloping, skipping, and walking.

*In Art, Mrs. Tietz will lead us in a crayon and watercolor resist project. 

*In Science and Social Studies we will talk about how we create our environment. 

It is going to be another great week together!

 

 

August 12-14, 2020

The first day is finally here! We are so grateful for the opportunity to have you back within St. James' hallowed halls as well as for the chance to connect with you online. This year our school theme reminds us we are Sent to Serve each other in Jesus' name, from within our school walls all the way into your homes and beyond!

*This week students will learn that they are God's special and wonderful creations, and we are here on earth to serve one another in Jesus' name. One way we can serve is by keeping each other safe. Students will learn how to interact with one another within our new safety guidelines.

*There will be lots of measuring of 6-feet distances with pool noodles, strings, and feet.

*We will become familiar with our math manipulatives, listen to some number stories, and play the "Fill the Cup" dice game.

*We will be learning our daily routines and connecting our on-line classmates with our brick and mortar classmates via Google Meets every morning. 

*We will practice using school tools. . .pencils, crayons, markers, dry-erase markers

*In Art we will make two self-portraits.

*There will not be any Gym this week.

*Please remember to bring one serving, packaged snacks for your child each day. We can store them in the baskets on the coat rack.

*Please remember to bring in a family picture to display in the classroom. 

We are so happy to have all of you back! It is going to be a wonderful, short week!!!

 

Kindergarten News

July 22, 2020

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Hello! I am Lindsey Eggold, and I am thrilled to be your child’s kindergarten teacher this fall. Even though the start of school is still several weeks away, I would like to officially welcome you to Kindergarten at St James! 

Before school starts, I would like to schedule a time to meet with both you and your child.  During the visit, I will share important information about our daily routines and answer any questions you or your child has about kindergarten.  I will also spend some time individually with your child to complete a short assessment.  The assessment takes about 15-20 minutes and helps as I begin to plan instruction for the school year. 
I will send an email next week to start setting up appointments.   

For your information, I’ve also included a school supply list and Dress Code information with this letter.  School supplies can be dropped off during our meeting.  It is really helpful to have the majority of supplies organized and put away before the first day of school.  If you have any Dress Code questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. 

I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!  I look forward to meeting with you soon.

Sincerely, 

Lindsey Eggold

leggold@stjameslaf.org

765-337-2458 (cell)

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Important Upcoming Dates:                                                                                                                                                                               

Opening Church Service:  August 9     10:30am

First Day of School:  August 12     7:55am

 

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Kindergarten School Supply List

2020-2021

 

*A Book Bag (large enough to contain a standard folder)

*2--Pocket Poly Folders with prongs

*4--Glue Sticks

*1--Bottle of School Glue

*1--Package of Napkins (150-180 count)

*1--Box of Crayons (24 count, not jumbo sized)

*1--Box of Thick Crayola Markers

*1--Box of Thin Crayola Markers

*1--Pair Safety Scissors

*1--Package of Prang or Crayola watercolor paints (8 count)

*2--Packages of Baby Wipes (70-80 count)

*1--Package of Clorox Wipes (for teacher use)

*2--Pink Erasers

*1--Large Pencil Box (able to fit all markers, glue bottle, crayons, water color paints)

*Gym Shoes (to be left in the Gym)

*Art Shirt (t-shirt a couple of sizes too big works best)

*1--Family Photo (we will laminate photo and put it on the wall)

*1--Mask (to be worn when we are not able to be 6 feet apart)

*1-Tupperware Container with playdough for your child only, labeled with child’s name in Sharpie

Please label your child's backpack, gym shoes, lunch box, mask, and pencil box.

 

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St James Dress Code/Appearance Standards

 

This information is taken from the St James Lutheran School Handbook,
which can be found on the St James website.     

Boys

1.  Shorts, Pants: Pants must be neat, properly fitted and no undergarments may be visible. Shorts must be no higher than mid-thigh above the center of the knee. Denim of any color is NOT permitted except on special denim days—Fridays are denim days.

Not acceptable: overalls, fatigues, form-fitting or excessively baggy pants, athletic wear, warm-ups, sweats or sweat-type pants or pants that are tattered or frayed.

2.   Shirts and tops: Shirts should be modest in appearance and cover the midriff. Long sleeved shirts must be at wrist length. Shirts without a straight-edged hem (tails) must be tucked. No undergarments may be visible.  Sweatshirts (hooded or non-hooded), sweaters, and sweater vests must be worn with the right side out.

Not acceptable: T-shirts (crew style or V-neck style), bare shoulders, tank tops, form-fitting, and low-cut tops of any kind. Jackets/coats that are worn from home to school may NOT be worn in the classroom. A light fleece-like/sweater is permissible.

3.   Logos - The preferred logo for all clothing is the St. James Lutheran School logo or Luther's Seal. Any and all logos or manufacture labels must not be derogatory or of an anti-Christian nature. The principal will address any questionable attire.

4.   Friday Attire: Students may wear untattered denims and St. James, D.A.R.E., or Christian T-shirts.

5. Hair and Piercing: Boy’s hair is to be neatly groomed at all times, of his natural color, not dyed, bleached, tipped, highlighted, or colored, and of reasonable length (collar length), avoiding any offensive styles. For boys only, no ponytails or “rat tails” of any length will be allowed. No hair decorations permitted. No body piercing will be allowed with the exception of the ears of female students.

6. Shoes for students up through grade 4, they must have an enclosed toe and heel, or in the case of sandals, straps must be attached to the foot at the ankle. Students in grades
5-8 may wear sandals that do not have heel straps. Flip-flops are NOT allowed for safety reasons. Students must wear socks except when wearing sandals. High platform shoes or shoes with a heel higher than 1 inch are not acceptable. Inappropriate shoes include, but are not limited to, flip-flops, soccer sandals, roller shoes (Heelies) and shoes that light up or make noise.

Restricted Items for both Boys and Girls:
The following specific items are regulated or restricted:

1. No hats, caps or visors of any type are to be worn in the building by any student during the school day.

2. Sunglasses may not be worn in the building during the school day.

3. No chains may be attached to clothing or backpacks.

4. No bandanas of any kind are allowed.

Girls

1. Shorts, Pants: Pants must be neat, properly fitted and no undergarments may be visible. Capri pants are acceptable school pants. Shorts must be no higher than mid-thigh above the center of the knee. Denim of any color is NOT permitted except on special denim days—Fridays are denim days.

Not acceptable: overalls, fatigues, form-fitting or excessively baggy pants, athletic wear, warm-ups, sweats or sweat-type pants or pants that are tattered or frayed.

     For 5th through 8th grades, Leggings (and the like) are not pants and are therefore not allowed to be worn. The only appropriate way and exception to wear leggings is if the posterior is totally covered and the covering meets the length requirements of a skirt.
A jacket/coat being used to cover is not an appropriate or permitted article for covering.

2. Shirts, tops, and blouses: Shirts should be modest in appearance and cover the midriff. Long sleeved shirts must be at wrist length. Shirts without a straight-edged hem (tails) must be tucked. No undergarments may be visible. Sweatshirts (hooded or non-hooded), sweaters, and sweater vests must be worn with the right side out.

Not acceptable: T-shirts (crew style or V-neck style), “spaghetti straps”, bare midriff, bare shoulders, tube tops, tank tops, halter tops, crop-tops, transparent or sheer tops, form-fitting, and low-cut tops of any kind.  Shrugs or similar shirts are not acceptable. Jackets/coats that are worn from home to school may NOT be worn in the classroom.
A light fleece-like/sweater is permissible.

3X5 index card--A 3X5 index card will be used to ensure proper attire measurements of garments being worn. For shirts, tops and blouses, place the top edge of a horizontal 3X5 index card at the base of the neck (neck bone). If top of shirt naturally hits below the bottom edge of card, the shirt, top, and blouse coverage is not acceptable and cannot be worn.

3. Logos - The preferred logo for all clothing is the St. James Lutheran School logo or Luther's Seal. Any and all logos or manufactures labels must not be derogatory or of an anti-Christian nature. The principal will address any questionable attire.

4. Skirts/dresses: Skirts and dresses with sleeves are acceptable school attire if they conform to the fit and length expectations of the school. Skirts and dresses should be in good taste, modest in fit, and moderate in length. Skorts and culottes are acceptable if they conform to the regulations of fit and length of regular skirts.

Not acceptable: Halter dresses, jean dresses or skirts, sundresses, strapless dresses, low-cut dresses, high slits on skirts, or immodest skirts or dresses of any kind.

3X5 index card--A 3X5 index card will be used to ensure proper attire measurements of garments being worn. For skirts and dress, place the bottom edge of a vertical 3X5 index card at the top of the knee cap. If top of bottom of the skirt or dress naturally hits above the top edge of card, skirt or dress length is not acceptable and cannot be worn.

5. Friday Attire: Students may wear untattered denims and St. James, D.A.R.E., or Christian T-shirts.

6. Hair, Make-Up, and Piercing: Hair is to be neatly groomed at all times. Extreme hairstyles, colors or hair decorations are unacceptable. Modest & natural makeup on eyes, cheeks, and lips is permissible. No body piercing will be allowed with the exception of the ears of female students.

7. Shoes for students up through grade 4, they must have an enclosed toe and heel, or in the case of sandals, straps must be attached to the foot at the ankle. Students in grades 5-8 may wear sandals that do not have heel straps. Flip-flops are NOT allowed for safety reasons. Students must wear socks except when wearing sandals. High platform shoes or shoes with a heel higher than 1 inch are not acceptable. Inappropriate shoes include, but are not limited to, flip-flops, soccer sandals, roller shoes (Heelies) and shoes that light up or make noise.