Saturday, February 10, 2018

Week 24 February 5 - 9, 2018

Hello parents,

Let's see...what exciting things have happened at Zion this week.

7th grade welcomed a guest speaker in religion. Mr. Cohrs (a Zion elder) came in to talk about Jerusalem. He visited there twice and showed pictures of the city, walls, churches, mosques and sites where Jesus walked, taught and suffered. It was so cool. Well, at least I thought so!

Religion we move into the New Testament just in time for Lent. The rest of the year in The Story we will focus on Jesus, his disciples, parables, Grandparent's Day chapel preparations, and Lutheran Doctrine.

We have studied the background of WWII in literature. "What?" you say, "Why literature?". So glad you asked....we are going to read excerpts from Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl next week and it is important to give them context before we meet Anne, her family, friends, and helpers. We will not read the entire diary, but maybe it will inspire a few to read the entire book this year or some day. They seem very interested. Anne ties into what I call our "Social Justice" unit, which  connects to February's Black  history month. We have already talked about Ruby Bridges, school integration, Henry Box Brown, US slavery, and now antisemitism. Keep the conversation going at home when you see current issues arise in our culture today.

Science has switched books to the human body. Such a fun, fun unit for the kids. They will study muscles, bones, body systems OH MY!

Grandparents Day is coming up March 9th. 
See the information below. 

7th grade has the opportunity to spread God's message during the chapel service this day. (It is like everyone else's Advent Service.) It is important for Mrs. W and me to know who will NOT be attending with a special person that day, because we have to plan for our service. Everyone will participate in the sign language song, but a acting/speaking part will have to be saved for someone who plans to be there. Think about it this week we will send out an attendance email.

This year is different because we ask if a student plans to attend the day they have a special person with them, as they will not be in the direct supervision of their teachers. It is more of an "open house" style of day. We are very much looking forward to the new format and working out any kinks we find!

From the office and GP Day committee:

Grandparents’ or Special Friends’ Day is scheduled for Friday, March 9th from 8:00-11:00.  Please plan on having a grandparent or special guest attend.  Your child must have an adult present.

8:00 - 8:30                   Arrive anytime between 8:00 - 8:30     
8:00 - 9:45 AM             Guests and students stay together and spend time at various activities.  A map will go home with students and extra maps will be available that day. Family units decide where they want to start.


9:45 - 10:00 AM          Guests and students travel to church sanctuary
10:00 - 11:00               Closing program and chapel
11:00 AM                     Dismissal (from the church sanctuary)

Blessings from Springfield, Illinois. Basketball tournament with the Zion girls. GO Bobcats!
Mrs. M and Mrs. W