Friday, December 20, 2013

Week 18 December 16 - 20

Hello parents,

Merry Christmas! I wish you a wonderful Christmas with your families.

Second quarter is complete and we are ready to start third quarter with new, exciting material when the kids return. Expect report cards to come home Friday, January 10th.
 
We viewed a beautiful Advent service from the first and second graders, and enjoyed the 8th graders today. Mrs. Rutledge made flowers in Spanish class and we watched the 1984 George C. Scott "Christmas Carol".

We had a lovely Christmas party prepared by our volunteer room parents. (Thank you so much!) The students and I appreciate the time and effort it takes to get all of the food and activities ready.

Lots of pics to share below.

Merry Christmas,
Mrs. Murray

Steel was delivered to school on Wednesday.  Trusses were already up by Friday afternoon.

 First and Second Graders Advent service.

 Some wacky junior high teachers wore ugly Christmas sweaters on Thursday. I hope you don't have any of those in your closest! If so, they are beautiful!

  








Friday, December 13, 2013

Week 17 December 9 - 13

Hello parents,

The Case of the Mystery Pork Tenderloin. (This might give you a good laugh.)

A plastic Target bag sat on my shelf for two days or so. I decided to investigate. When I checked it out yesterday afternoon in front of the 7th graders, I pulled out a sealed pork tenderloin from the bag! I said "WHY do I have a pork tenderloin on my shelf!?" The kids thought this was quite funny and we all laughed. Luckily, it was sealed and did not smell.

Interestingly enough, no students admitted to accidentally bringing a piece of raw meat from home for lunch. I figure there is a mom out there who had dinner planned, but thought she lost her mind because she couldn't find her bag of pork. :) Needless to say, I still have no takers on this one and we all laughed about the weirdness of it all.

No need to for me to know any guilty parties for "The Case of the Mystery Pork Tenderloin". I just thought I would share the laugh. I'm sorry the pork didn't make it to my refrigerator and back home again!


 A Christmas Prayer Garden:  I sent out an email Monday of this week with a reminder about our Christmas items drive taking place this week and next.  We are continuing our support of The Sparrow's Nest by bringing in garden/gardening items for a prayer garden to be built at their new maternity home.  While you are out shopping and preparing to Christmas spot by the gardening/outdoor section or pick up a Lowe's/Home Depot/WalMart gift card from the school office (don't forget "Together We're Better" supports Zion!).  Students were given a complete ideas list -- ask them to see it!


Advent Services:
Wednesday, Dec 18 10 AM/7 PM – 1st and 2nd grades 
Friday, Dec 20 8:10AM – 8th Grade 

Zion’s Parent’s Day Out, Preschool and Kindergarten will perform in their Christmas program on Sunday, December 15 at 4 PM in the church sanctuary


 
Christmas Vacation Dates:
Please note that Zion students (PDO included) will dismiss for Christmas break on Friday, December 20, at 12:00 PM and will remain closed through Friday, January 3. Classes will resume at 8 AM on Monday, January 6. Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year to all! 

 Enjoy the season and remember to slow down - even if is because of the ice storm! It is well worth it.

Blessings,
Mrs. Murray

Monday, December 9, 2013

Week 16 December 2 - 6


My blog is a bit late for last week, but I wanted to still get it out to all of you.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you have enjoyed the beautiful Advent services at church the past two weekends.

Even though my blog is getting out a bit late, I tend to NOT procrastinate and I am nearly done with my Christmas shopping. It helps me to relax more as December progresses and really prepare my family and me for the coming of Jesus. Blessings to you as you prepare as well.

Here are some interesting items to note that we have done with the 7th grade the past week:

Duck Dynasty Devotion: This is a video link that has been traveling around the web and facebook for a few weeks now; Mrs. Cluck and I enjoyed our classroom discussions that came from a devotion we led based on this video.  It's so wonderful to see God in the spotlight every now and again, especially in a world that tries to shut Him out.  I would encourage families to use people and times like these to discuss worldly issues.  Take a few minutes to watch this viedo if you haven't seen it already...it's worth it!
http://www.faithit.com/dont-let-the-beard-fool-ya-theres-a-lot-of-wisdom-under-there/


A Christmas Prayer Garden:  I sent out an email Monday of this week with a reminder about our Christmas items drive taking place this week and next.  We are continuing our support of The Sparrow's Nest by bringing in garden/gardening items for a prayer garden to be built at their new maternity home.  While you are out shopping and preparing to Christmas spot by the gardening/outdoor section or pick up a Lowe's/Home Depot/WalMart gift card from the school office (don't forget "Together We're Better" supports Zion!).  Students were given a complete ideas list -- ask them to see it!
"A Christmas Carol": We greatly enjoyed seeing "A Christmas Carol" come alive on stage at Lindenwood University this past Tuesday.  Students are having fun acting out the play in Literature class; they are definitely learning some new vocabulary through the Old English terms and phrases.  Scheidegger Theater at Lindenwood was decorated for Christmas beautifully.








Church Life: Advent: I would love to see you at Zion Advent Services during this season of preparation:

Wednesday, Dec 11 10 AM/ 7 PM - 3rd and 4th grades 
Wednesday, Dec 18 10 AM/7 PM – 1st and 2nd grades 
Friday, Dec 20 8:10AM – 8th Grade 

Zion’s Parent’s Day Out, Preschool and Kindergarten will perform in their Christmas program on Sunday, December 15 at 4 PM in the church sanctuary.


TWB:
Don’t forget to order Together We’re Better cards for your last minute Christmas shopping! Place your order no later than Friday, December 13 to guarantee delivery by December 20.
 
Christmas Vacation Dates:

Please note that Zion students (PDO included) will dismiss for Christmas break on Friday, December 20, at 12:00 PM and will remain closed through Friday, January 3. Classes will resume at 8 AM on Monday, January 6. Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year to all! 




Christmas Wreath Projects: 7th grade Christmas projects were turned in this week -- look at the beautiful creations you children made!  Hopefully these will find their way to decorating a door in your home this season.












Please remember to pray for your child and their friends and family this Christmas season. We will keep you in our prayers and devotions in class also. Thank you for sharing your child with me and Zion Lutheran School. 

Happy Advent!
Mrs. Murray






Saturday, November 23, 2013

Week 15 November 18 - 22



Service: Student Council headed up our Thanksgiving food drive. 20 meals were put together for Seminary families.

 Thank you families for supporting our students with your willingness to give, and in turn allowing them to serve others as they work and prepare a Thanksgiving meal box for the Seminary families.

Dear Parents,

We have been busy the last two weeks. The kids have had several tests and projects and we continue to work very hard this quarter.

Be sure to look at your child's grades. Mid quarter was Monday, November 18. If you need to get your username and password for Edline, please contact the office. 

There are several upcoming projects and dates to be aware of. 

Academics:
  • Student were busy this week, and last, creating timelines of Muhammad's life as well as timelines of their own life.  It was fun to learn more about the these awesome students.
  • Students are exploring animal life from the smallest to largest. Ask them about the Giant Octopus video!
  • Students are currently working on designing and creating their Christmas wreaths.
  • We are starting "A Christmas Carol" in Literature class; students are excited to act out their roles (props & costumes are encouraged!).
Church Life: Advent

I would love to see you at Zion Advent Services during this season of preparation:
 
Wednesday, Dec 4 10 AM/ 7 PM - 5th and 6th grades 
Wednesday, Dec 11 10 AM/ 7 PM - 3rd and 4th grades 
Wednesday, Dec 18 10 AM/7 PM – 1st and 2nd grades 
Friday, Dec 20 8:10AM – 8th Grade 

Zion’s Parent’s Day Out, Preschool and Kindergarten will perform in their Christmas program on Sunday, December 15 at 4 PM in the church sanctuary. 

 Zion Calendar Events:

Zion's annual Trivia Night is set for Saturday Feb. 8th.  Please see the volunteer link 
(http://vols.pt/ECY3Gn) for ways you can help or reserve a table!
For questions, please contact Sharon Wilmes 314-761-6397.

Friday November 27 -- Noon dismissal THANKSGIVING BREAK!


Accomplishments and Fun!

A Team girls volleyball went to state in Concordia, MO last weekend and came away with a 3rd place finish. Way to go Lady Cats!
 










LSAM Idol contest. 2nd place.

We had national cup stacking day and we closed it with a round of the "Cup song" Great kids!

Week 14 November 11 - 15

No blog post this week.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Week 13 November 4 - 7

Hello parents,

The seventh graders have been very busy this week. I think they had a test in almost every major class. I am sure they are looking forward to relaxing a bit this weekend with their family and friends!

A few reminders:

Zion Auction: 

The Zion auction is planned for Spring 2014 and the organizers are looking for volunteers to assist them. Please contact the office if you are interested. It takes many dedicated volunteers for this amazing night.

Also, included in students' Friday papers is an envelope for the auction's technology drive. If you are able please consider a monetary donation that will go toward including awesome technology in the Zion auction.

Together We're Better:

Murray's 7th grade class is looking for a win! If you are planning to get some gift cards for Christmas presents or Black Friday shopping -look no further than TWB. Mrs. Cornejo (the TWB coordinator) is awarding the class with the most purchases of TWB next week a special prize. A small percentage of TWB gift card purchases benefit Zion. An easy way to make your life easier and see your money work for Zion.

There are so many choice - gas, groceries, restaurants, shopping - it is such a cool program!

Have a blessed weekend. See you at church.
Mrs. Murray






Friday, November 1, 2013

Week 12 October 28 - Nov 1

Hello parents,

What a fun and exciting week we had at Zion!

Red Ribbon week was a huge success. The kids enjoyed having fun with the dress up days and we had the opportunity to talk about what it means to be drug free.

We also did a flower lab is science this week. We dissected lilies to see all the reproductive parts of the flower. The kids had a great time working together on this lab. See pictures below. 

Halloween week is always an interesting one, and I am so glad to see all my 7th graders back safe and full of candy today.

An exciting new Bible study is starting at Zion. Jon Bernhardt, Lutheran High's principal, is conducting a Bible study for teaching and parenting kids of today. Please read his introduction below and consider joining him. The teachers at LEA listened to Tim Elmore as a keynote speaker and he was amazing!
You've heard of the Baby Boomers, the Gen Xr's and Gen Y'rs, but what about today's kids? Today's kids are a "different animal".   
Consider these facts about today's kids: they've never rode a bike without a helmet, never road in a car without a seatbelt, have always cooked popcorn in a microwave, and think that Bono and Madonnna are aging singers.   
Today's generation of kids are referred to as Generation iY.  Come to Bible study at Zion starting this Sunday and learn how we can best parent and educate this generation of kids.   
Based on Author Tim Elmore's book, Jon Bernhardt will lead you through a discussion rich study on Generation iY!

Some things to note for next week:

Muffins for Moms: Wednesday, November 6 starting at 7am. Please come in to the gym with your children and enjoy some treats and juice. You are invited to join us for chapel which starts at 8:05. Families are encouraged to sit together and we ask that parents and students sit with their youngest siblings' class. 

LHS spelling bee: Friday, November 8 at 7pm.



Cluck Seventh Grade

Savanna Burgdorf

Caroline Johnson

Alternate:  Christian Locke





Murray Seventh Grade

https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTIHvsGa01BsMh5rbbnOLDRGmjX3YWXfRgoEqAtw6SxtJ5-_QKtElizabeth Simon

Breanna Stogsdill 
                                                     Alternate:  Grace Wiesner





Red Ribbon Week activities: Mustasche you a question - "Are you drug free?"

Color day in chapel. Ready to worship.

Beautiful kids representing God's rainbow. :)
Flower lab group work.



















Week 11 October 21 - 25

No blog this week.

Enjoy your Fall Break.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Week 10 October 14 - 18

Hello all,

Thank you so much for attending parent conferences this week. I enjoyed talking with you about your child and trying to give you a glimpse into your kids school day.

I find it so interesting how the comments from me, the kids, and the parents pretty much all match up! I really feel like we can work as a team and I thank you for that. It is a blessing to know that we can work together.

We have school only Monday, Tuesday this week and we are off Wednesday through Friday. Enjoy your Fall Break.

Red ribbon week information below.

Blessings,
Mrs. Murray

Red Ribbon week is October 28 – November 1.
 
This is the week that people and communities unite and take a visible stand against substance abuse. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon and these fun dress days.

 
Monday: "Your future is 2 bright 4 drugs" - Wear sunglasses (Regular dress wear)
Tuesday: "I mustache you a question…Are you drug free?" - Wear a mustache 

(sold on Monday by student council for $.50, we will come to your classroom) (Regular dress wear)
Wednesday: "Roses are red, violets are blue, drugs aren’t 4 you!" - Regular dress bottoms with a yellow shirt
Thursday: "Tip your hat to a drug free life" - Wear a hat (Regular dress wear)
Friday: "The hero in me is drug free" - Dress like a superhero (Dress up or Regular dress wear





Week 9 October 7 - 11

No Blog this week.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Week 8 September 30 - October 4

Hello parents,

Some pictures from the walk a thon are finally posted here. Enjoy!

This weekend your child brought home an envelope with your conference time on it. Please view it and send back the bottom portion of the form. I look forward to seeing you next week Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18. Email me with any questions about your times.

This Friday, October 11th, is Trunk or Treat. Let's pray the weather is great and not too cold. You can look on Zion's website and click on Trunk or Treat for the form if you don't see the form that went home with your child on Friday. I will be there with my kids. It is one of their favorite Zion activities!

Blessings on your upcoming week. I just love fall and I finally feel like the weather is going to cool down.











Saturday, September 28, 2013

Week 7 September 23 - 27

Hello 7th grade parents,

The Walk-a-thon was a great success! The weather was amazing and the kids had a blast running, walking, socializing, eating, and drinking for a great cause: Sparrow's Nest.  Check out what the organization is doing by clicking (or copy and paste) the link below. (No pictures today, I left my camera at school. I will send post next week with some pics.)

http://www.thesparrowsneststl.org/

Coming home with them today is an envelope for them to collect their pledge money. We would like the money to be turned in by next Friday, October 4.

Important dates to keep in mind:

October 4: Last day to take AR tests
October 11: Last day of Quarter 1 (Always hard to believe how times flies.)
October 11: Trunk or Treat - see the link for forms and information

http://www.edline.net/files/_sYA7M_/4249a5cafa55ed333745a49013852ec4/Zion_Trunk_or_Treat_2013_Handout_-_No_Parking_Passes.pdf

October 17-18: Parent/Teacher meetings
October 19: Bobcat Shuffle fundraiser (Takes the place of the items fall fundraiser)

5 K Race/Fun Run Bobcat Shuffle—Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Lutheran High St. Charles.  Pre-registration is $30, $35 for race day registration, $75 for family of three or more, or “sleep in” for $25.  T-shirts for all registered runners prior to September 19.   $25 buys you the choice NOT to run. Cash prizes for first place in three categories.

October 23-25: Fall break, teachers travel to professional conference

Future Cougar Nights
All Future Cougars of all ages are invited to attend Future Cougar the following events at Lutheran High School St. Charles. Admission is free for all of our Future Cougars and their families. We hope to see you there!

Softball
Friday, October 4th @ 4:30 PM
Football
Friday, October 4th @ 7:00 PM Grade School Band plays at game.
Cross Country
Wednesday, October 16th @ 4:30 PM
Volleyball
Wednesday, October 16th @ 6:30 PM


Have a blessed weekend,
Mrs. Murray








Friday, September 20, 2013

Week 6 September 16 - 20

Hello parents,

Look below to see some pics from the field trip today. The kids had a great time even though it poured on us throughout our Seminary tour. I think it was harder on the adults than the kids!

Cross country meet is cancelled tomorrow. 9/21

Please note the following dates.

Important dates and info:
The Bobcat Shuffle will take place on Oct. 19th at LHS. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/pcga8po to volunteer.
Trunk-or-Treat is scheduled for Friday, October 11th. More information will follow at a later date.

Enjoy your weekend!
Blessings,
Mrs. Murray