January 22, 2020
The month of December was packed with activities, studies, and fun. Our students worked on their Christmas recitations. Christmas songs could be heard throughout the school as students practiced for the upcoming celebration of Jesus’ birth.
Our last school day of 2019 ended with a fun party in which students exchanged gifts and treats that they had brought from home.
It’s good for us all to be together again in January, but returning to our pre-vacation academic levels (in math for example) has required some effort.
Parents, please review and practice the multiplication facts with your children. It will help boost their confidence as well as make math easier for them as they get older.
Thank you for all the gifts and prayers at Christmas time. It is a blessing to be able to teach your children and to witness them growing academically, physically, and spiritually.
Mr. Paul Kelm
1st grade is movin' and groovin'! This past month, we celebrated the 100th day of school! We discussed how we've been on a big journey so far this year, so we celebrated this momentous day as finishing the 100 mile journey we've been on! Our celebrations included everyone bringing 100 of a food to make our "100 mile trail mix" and going on a "100 mile hike" around the school property! We had a blast trudging across the 'snow prairies and snow mountains', singing songs all along the way. We also have enjoyed learning about maps and giving directions in Social Studies. The students have enjoyed searching for certain states, countries, and landmarks on maps and the globe. We're looking forward to our Kids in Action event in March!
In February, the hard work of the sixth graders paid off as they presented at the Social Studies Fair! At the "Wax Museum," the students “became” Milton Hershey, Sacagawea, Amelia Earhart, and Blackbeard, the famous pirate. They presented information about their person and also answered multiple questions from the museum guests. It was a very fun and entertaining evening. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us!
The students are becoming very proficient in using fractions, as well as changing fractions to percents and to decimals and converting them between all three forms. They are learning formulas for finding area for a variety of polygons in math, while also using formulas in science. They are calculating speed, velocity, acceleration, forces, and momentum while studying Isaac Newton’s laws of motion and gravity.
The sixth grade has been enjoying the snow that has fallen, as well as the fairly mild temperatures. We pray that you are also able to enjoy all of the blessings that God gives us during the winter months!
In December, the students finished their family tree projects. 7th and 8th grade projects were displayed at Kids in Action in the gymnasium. The students are ending the year by learning about sports in Spanish. They have realized that many sports are cognates. Which means they are spelled the same and/or sound the same in both English and Spanish. We have been using what they’ve learned so far to create sentences about sports they like and dislike.
Adiós! -Señora Brassow
2nd Grade February Epistle
Interview of a Second Grader.
What do you love best about St. John?
I love St. John because I love to learn about God and I learn to read the Bible here. I learn lots of new stuff and because I make lots of new friends. Because every single day we always learn about new things like vertical and oblique and math and social studies and Christlight. At my other school we never had parties but here I like the parties. I liked the Christmas party the best. We do lots of fun activities here.
Submitted by Colton
*This month has been a busy month full of new content and fun activity. We had our Valentine’s party and a lot of yummy treats. The children also enjoyed our pep rally to cheer on our basketball players. Mrs. Schulz, our student teacher, has been doing a lot of teaching this month. She has been doing a great job in providing the class with a lot of new learning opportunities.
Please keep our second graders and their families in your prayers.
The fifth grade prays that this new year is off to a great start for all of you and that you are staying warm during these cold winter months!
It may be cold outside, but that has not stopped with fifth grade from continuing to grow in their academics! Students have been hard at work studying famous people from history by reading a biography in reading class. While reading the biography, students learned about nonfiction text features, distinguished between fact and opinion, and learned to paraphrase information. The fifth graders are taking their knowledge and writing a research paper. They are also using this as the basis for their Soc. Studies Fair projects. They can’t wait to share their knowledge with you!
Students have also been hard at work being detectives in the case of the Boston Massacre. They have evaluated and analyzed primary and secondary accounts to understand the American Revolution.
The fifth graders are also involved in a variety of sports and activities at St. John and in the community. We thank God for the many gifts that He has blessed each of them with and pray that they continue to use them to His glory!