Greetings from the fourth grade class!
We have settled into our routines. The workload has gradually increased. The students are doing marvelously! The year’s first field trip to Minnesota’s Southwest Outreach and Research Center in Lamberton for Farm Days was an enjoyable and educational day away from school. Singing in church with St. John’s younger students gave us a chance to thank and praise God with our voices. Little Lions soccer, which includes many boys and girls from our class, has come to a close for the season. Two fourth graders, Gabe Sulzle and Zach Malecek, placed first and second in the MVL cross country meet this past month.
As we finish our first quarter parents may be wondering what they can do to continue to help there children. Here a few ideas: 1. Continue to check that they are bringing home their daily assignments and getting them done. Math, writing, and spelling, are examples of classes that may require work or practice every day. 2. Ask to see corrected work and make fixes when it can help to eliminate an error or misconception. 3. Help remind the students that as they near the end of the science or social studies chapter they should be reviewing all of the chapter’s lessons for main ideas, skills, and vocabulary. A study guide or exercise is often given to help prepare for upcoming test. 4. Have your child say their memory work at home and sign their sheet. There are three pieces of memory work each week. 5. Communicate with your child and with the teacher. I welcome calls and texts from parents (and children when they have parent’s permission). I’m glad to help! Blessings as we move into the second quarter.
This past month, 1st grade has been working diligently to get ready for their Kids in Action night. Combined with the 2nd grade, we are performing “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” , a selection of Bible stories acted out and sung. Everyone has been working very hard to master their lines, learn new songs, and have their first experience with acting on a stage! We look forward to a night with good weather in which we can perform it! It has been my joy as their teacher to see them comprehend these Bible stories even deeper. I’m very proud of the work they are doing!
October sure did come up quickly! We got to experience our first field trips of the year, visiting Bayer/Monsanto in town, Daktronics, and a special trip to church to talk about artwork and symbolism. We're getting ready for the Forensics competition at MLC in November, and finished up our first novel of the year: Hatchet. We've gotten past the review stages of our curricula, so things should be getting more challenging in the classroom from here on out. I look forward to seeing the students continue to work hard and strive to do their best!
-1 Juan 3:1
(2018-2019 St. John theme passage)
We have had a busy few months with the addition of two student teachers from Martin Luther College. Miss Boyd completed her experience at St. John just before we celebrated Christ's birth and Miss Tellock completed her 6 weeks (minus the snow days :)) the week before we were dismissed for spring break The first week of March we were blessed to have a clinical student, also from Martin Luther College, in our midst. These young professionals kept the students engaged by teaching our youngest students about the fruits we eat. The kindergartners, 1st and 2nd graders learned all about the body parts God has given them to serve him! The 3rd-8th grades have been busy manipulating new verbs in context as we continue to discuss the short film "Las Cuerdas." Due to one of the themes of the short film, the students have been discussing how God has given each person unique abilities and how everyone deserves to be shown respect. In addition, we have learned how we can show love for Jesus by the qualities we display when we interact with our friends. We were reminded that Jesus is the best friend of all as He went to the cross and suffered for all of our sins (and rose again on Easter)!
God's blessings to you as we prepare our hearts this Lenten season,
We once again are utilizing the application "Seesaw". Seesaw serves as a digital portfolio which will follow each student year after year, if a subscription is purchased. Some of the benefits gained from its implementation are that students are able to see the progression of their language acquisition, families are connected to what is happening in the Spanish classroom, and it makes it possible for me to save instruction time for individual assessment by grading the uploads outside of class. Furthermore, the students appreciate having an audience of loved ones for their academic accomplishments! God has blessed them with the opportunity to learn another language and He has given them the skill set to achieve! (Please download your child(ren)'s projects before the new school year commences in order for them to be saved for your own enjoyment for years to come.)
Check out these fun websites to keep your child(ren)'s brains engaged throughout the school year:
Duolingo; (I created individual accounts for all third-eighth graders before summer vacation. If your child has misplaced his/her username and/or password, please contact me and I will send them to you.)
This list is just a start. Youtube also has many great thematic videos on various topics in Spanish.
Thank God for another successful year of grace. As we look back on this year, we cannot help but rejoice in thankfulness for all that the Lord has given to us. I pray that you have a wonderful summer full of laughter, excitement, and sunshine. God be with you until we meet again. "See what great love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God and that is what we are" - 1 John 3:1.
We have had some visitors in our classroom lately. Petunia the Hamster and Tucker the Russian Desert Tortoise have endured the exuberant talking, joyful laughter and watchful eyes of 21 2nd graders.
Our countdown to summer has begun. Balloons are hung in our classroom and when we pop one, we have a special surprise for the day. Ask a 2nd grader about a “snowball” fight! Cleaning desks has never been so much fun!
We have grown in many ways this year – in height, in knowledge, but most importantly spiritually. It has been challenging in some ways as a class journeyed through the death of a teacher. However, we have been blessed beyond measure, through the study of God’s Word and clinging to God’s promises. We thank you for your prayers and encouragement. Have a very blessed summer!
The 2nd graders and Mrs. Sulzle
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we may be called children of God. And that is what we are!
1 John 3:1
These first months of the New Year have flown by so quickly! With all of the snow and cold, we are certain that winter in Minnesota is here. The students in fifth grade are thankful that the Lord has kept us safe and warm during these winter months!
The fifth graders have been hard at work. They have begun analyzing primary and secondary sources to determine if the Great Wall of China was worth the cost. They will write an argumentative essay based on their findings. Students have been learning more complicated mathematics including understanding decimals, fractions, and percents. They have also been studying the parables that Jesus told in order to understand what they mean for us today.
Students in fifth grade are also excited for the upcoming Science Showcase in April where they will have the opportunity to share their science projects. They are also looking forward to our upcoming track season where they will have the chance to showcase their running talents! May God bless and keep all of you!