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Weekly Newsletter  |  Sept. 25, 2020
October 1 | 4 p.m.
Soccer Game Fairfax @Gault Park
 
October 5-9
MAP Testing Days (K-8)

October 15-16 | NO SCHOOL
Teachers' Conference
October 19 (Tentative)
Freshman for a Day at MVL (8th)
 
October 20
Picture Day
 
October 23
Little Lambs Picture Day
With our annual fall fundraiser only one mont away, we encourage families to continue to share the news about our October 24th S’crafters virtual crafting event.  Please share the email sent out or the Event on our Facebook page with any crafters that you know who may be interested in participating.   The Facebook event can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/880670569061992?active_tab=about.  Students have also been encouraged to consider selling homemade greeting cards.  Order forms for these cards were sent home last week.  The class that sells the most cards will receive a pizza party!   All proceeds from this event will go towards school technology. 

*Event Agenda and Registration Form
*Greeting Card Challenge Competition  
*Paper Share Purchase

Starting the first full week of October, we will be kicking off our organizational wide family devotion plan!  Each family will be receiving a free,  appropriately leveled Children’s Bible to use at home  for family devotions.  A devotion schedule will be handed out that encourages our families to read 2 Bible stories together each week from the Children’s Bibles.  God promises that whenever we hear his word, the Holy Spirit strengthens our faith and brings us closer to our Savior, Jesus.   As parents and families, there is no greater thing we can do for our children than to share with them the knowledge of their Savior, Jesus.   The investment we make in the spiritual welfare of our children is the only thing that will have an eternal impact on their lives!   We hope and pray that all of our families are able to read God’s Word regularly together with us!   We are excited to partner with our families in raising our children to know their Savior, Jesus better and better each day!  

This week of October 5-9 our students in grades K-8 will be taking their first round of standardized tests or “MAP Tests”.  Each student in these grades will be taking  Language, Math, and Reading tests this coming week as well as at two other points later on during this school year.  These tests are all done online and results are available almost immediately.  These tests allow us to monitor the academic growth of each student during the year and help our teachers adjust their instruction to meet the specific needs of all of our students.  Parents are encouraged to make sure that their children are well rested and have a good breakfast each day this next week to help children focus and perform to the best of their ability on these tests.  Please encourage your child to not feel any anxiety about the tests as the results don’t have any bearing on their report cards or on any decisions about passing or failing or grade level.  The main purpose of the tests is to help our teachers and school best serve each student with an effective education! 

We wrapped up our unit on apples. We made apple prints and watched  the Johnny Appleseed movie. We had fun with our Pizza Math cutting different
 sizes, shapes and making the pizza dough thick and thin . We talked about germs and how to chase them away with our Runaway Pepper experiment.

Week of September 28-October 2
Theme: Fall
Letter: Dd
Color: Black
Shape: Triangle
Bible Story: Cain and Abel
Memory Treasure: Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. (Matthew 26:41)

For science we will be discussing Fall Changes and making leaf rubbings. We will be Matching Quantities in math.

Reminders:

  • If you would like to order cards the order and payment are due October 1st.
  • Tuition is due October 2nd 
  • Book order has  been placed.

God Bless your weekend!

In the K-1 classroom this week, we were excited to share our stories and teaching books that we have written.  We are learning that as writers, we need to practice how our stories will sound before we write them.  We need to plan what we will say and how the story will go.  It helps to have a writer partner help us think of ideas.  The kindergartners also learned about comparing numbers 0-5 and using words like greater than and less than from Miss Wohling.  The first graders learned more about addition and ways to make the numbers 4 and 5.  We have loved having Miss Wohling teach us math and our Bible lesson and are excited for her to start teaching writing next week.  During our phy ed time, we have been learning different recess games we can play.  Some of our favorites are freeze tag, turtle tag, toilet tag, and duck, duck, grey duck.  We have loved being able to have phy ed time outside, but are also excited to get to go to the community center gym when it gets colder.

Kickball!  The second and third grade students have been enjoying our Phy. Ed. unit of kickball.  We improved our techniques of catching and throwing before starting an actual game.  We practiced our kicking techniques so we would become stronger at kicking when it is our turn up.  Being outside in the beautiful weather and being “mask free” is also something to be enjoyed.

We have started games with changing teams on the days we have Phy. Ed.  We also try to get in extra games at recess time. Mrs. Siewert is a great umpire and Mrs. Gieschen the “all-time” pitcher.  We have had some excellent fielding plays.  Liam was able to get a double play and Reese made an awesome sliding catch.  Steven was able to catch a pop up fly and get an out for his team.  We are enjoying the camaraderie of playing kickball and learning the game together. This week Tuesday we even had a crowd in the bleachers cheering us on!  Thank you fourth and fifth graders!  We just needed the peanuts and hot dogs and it would have been better than a Twins game!

This week in Grade 4-5 we enjoyed some outdoor time doing fitness testing and learning some new games to play during recess. We also had the opportunity to cheer on Grade 2-3 while they played kickball during P.E. It was great to see the encouragement that our class was able to give to the younger students. (I think the younger students enjoyed it as well!) In class we have been learning about how to write a Small Moment story. Did you know that the idea for the book Charlotte’s Web came from the author’s small moment observations of living on the farm? I am looking forward to seeing what the kids come up with for their stories.

We had some good discussion again during Christ-Light. This week we learned about the boy Jesus in the temple and John the Baptist. The students learned how we could look back in the Old Testament to see how the prophesies were fulfilled in the New Testament. Rest up this weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather!
The 6-8th graders really enjoyed our first novel of the school year, Holes.  When asked to rate the book from 1-10, the majority of the students rated it a 10.  We started out new book titled Stepping on the Cracks this week.  This is a historical fiction book about two girls growing up in the United States during World War II.  We will see some of the challenges faced by that generation of children who grew up in a very difficult time in world history.  We currently find ourselves in a difficult time in our nation’s history with Covid as well.   Just as many Christians turned to God to find true and lasting peace and confidence during World War II, these types of events remind us that we, as Christians,  can also face all of life’s challenges with peace knowing that God is still in control and has a plan for our lives.  

We have also been enjoying our continued look at our nation’s constitution and the governmental system it sets up.  This week we looked at interesting things including how someone becomes a citizen, what changes (amendments) have been made to our constitution, and what the civic responsibilities for all Americans are if we want our country to continue to thrive.   All of our students will come away from this chapter with a much stronger understanding of how our government works and functions and what their role is as an American citizen.  
GENERAL OFFICE CONTACT | office@saintpeterlutheran.org | 507-931-1866
Melissa Voigt (Preschool)
 | mvoigt@saintpeterlutheran.org | 507-779-4935
Michelle Yotter (Gr. K-1) | myotter@saintpeterlutheran.org | 651-448-0023
Lori Gieschen (Gr. 2-3) | lgieschen@saintpeterlutheran.org
Jennifer Boeder (Gr. 2-3) | jboeder@saintpeterlutheran.org
Katherine Voss (Gr. 4-5) | kvoss@saintpeterlutheran.org 
Principal Brad Gurgel (6-8) | bgurgel@saintpeterlutheran.org | 407-274-7899
Candy Siewert (Classroom Aid) | candysiewert9@gmail.com 
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