The 2019-2020 school year is off to a wonderful start in the fourth grade! Nine bright-eyed students fill their desks every day in our classroom. We are super excited to have a new student this year. J.W. and his brother have become a part of our St. John student family.

     The fourth grade was privileged to attend an education day at the University’s Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton. There, students learned farm safety, electrical safety, and how to properly make a 911 call. They also started the germination process for some soybeans that they got to take home. They even brought back some composting “red wigglers” for our classroom. One of the students’ favorite sessions was the presentation by the Minnesota Science Museum in which our students learned about the states of matter. All in all, it was a super day! Special thanks to the Vannelli family for lending us their Suburban.

     Our studies in the classroom are starting to “ramp up” as we have learned our classroom and school procedures. As they become routine, everything else should be a little easier and more efficient.

     One of my biggest joys as the fourth-grade teacher has been sharing God’s word with my students. It’s a blessing to see the knowledge that’s already there, but even a bigger blessing watching it grow. Ask the students and see for yourself.


     Paul Kelm

October Update:

Three groups of children, each with 3 students, make their way over to the classroom window. “I think the roots are growing on this one!” exclaims one student.

“This one has used more water than our other one,” says another.

The fourth graders are in the middle of an experiment testing the function of root hairs on onions. It’s great seeing them work together.

Our fourth grade class is off and running – learning, growing, sharing, and edifying one another. This year’s theme passage, “The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1, reminds us to go forward, boldly.

As we approach the end of the first quarter I’d like to thank parents for working with their students on their memory work and checking over their corrected work. I’d encourage parents to ask the students to explain what they’re learning. Give the children real-world opportunities to use their math while shopping, cooking, and playing. Point out to the students how much they have learned and grown over the past months.

I also want to encourage you to read, read, read with your children and to them. This is such an important time for children to develop a love for reading.

As the weather cools, please help your children to make wise clothing choices. We do play outside at recess whenever possible.

Blessings as winter approaches!

Mr. Kelm