Sunday, December 3, 2017

Nov 27 - Dec 1

Hello families,

We had a wonderful time at the movies Friday. After almost 10 years of teaching this was the first time I have attended a movie field trip. The kids were great. Overall, I think they really enjoyed the movie. There were some weepy moments and the message comes from this quote.....

"When you are asked to choose between being right and being kind, choose kind." Every single day I have to remind myself of this message. Wonder did an excellent job sharing that message with all of us.

7th grade Happenings:

Art: We are working on our Christmas wreaths in art. They are looking fantastic so far.

History: Missouri Constitution. Students are working on a quizlet to help them study. The test is set for Tuesday, December 12th. It is an important test and students are required to pass with an 80%. I have not doubt our 7th graders will do very well.

Science: Working on studying animal life. These sections are very fun! Clam lab is coming up.

The last three weeks before Christmas break are always very exciting. Keep your kiddos on track by encouraging them to get a LOT of sleep, eating well, and keeping those teenage bodies clean (yes - deodorant is a must because recess and PE class bring in some unwanted scents!).

I love this time of year with my students. If you ever feel the Christmas spirit dwindle in your life spend some time in the halls of Zion with a gaggle of students and you will feel it. It is a pretty great experience and it is a special privilege that teachers have.

Keep up the good work with your kiddos! We appreciate it here at school.

Blessings on your week,
Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Wondrasch

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Week 11 October 23 - 27

Hello parents,

Fall is always a busy time of year. I am grateful for seeing the leaves finally turn and the cool weather arrive. I hope you were able to make it to Zion or another service this weekend. The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is truly a wonderful milestone to celebrate. I loved how Zion had several pastors speak this weekend. It was moving.

Below are some pictures from reading with our ELP classroom buddies. I only have half the class as Mrs. Schenck took pictures of the other half. Look at her link and scroll down and you will see the rest of the 7M kids reading to the littlest ones on Zion's campus.

I also included some walkathon photos from the end of September. The entire junior high raised a smidge over $5000. Amazing! $3000 will go to Hurricane Harvey relief for Lutheran South Academy in Houston, Texas. Also, look for our November items drive information to come shortly to help Friends of Kids with Cancer . We will also tie blankets for this organization - funds to come from our walkathon account. Well done Zion family!

Pumpkin Pastel art photos below too.

Mrs. Wondrasch and I would like to thank you for attending your parent conferences. We enjoyed getting to you better and sharing the good news of how your child is doing with us at school. Keep up the good work at home. We appreciate families arriving to school on time, working on homework together, taking away the technology when needed, and encouraging positive friendships and kindness.

We are reading Wonder in the 7th grade. Please ask your child about the book. It is so meaningful and just plain great to read with your kids. I love it. The main theme of the book - CHOOSE KIND!

Bring on November. I love this time of year at school!

Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Wondrasch

Friday, October 13, 2017

Week 9 October 9 - 13

My group at Wash U. This is a great photo!
Hello parents,

There are so many photos! We had a wonderful time on the field trip today. It seemed liked Washington University Campus, the bell tower at the Seminary, and Fitz's food and rootbeer were the overall highlights.

Thank you to our chaperones today. It is wonderful to have families joining in on the fun.

We look forward to seeing most of you next Thursday, October 19th for conferences. Students will make a presentation to guide our conference together. We will send an email out next week with the  scheduled times we have for you - just as a double check.

I had several students request some pictures from today's trip. I told them they would be on the blog. Please consider sending some of the pictures to their phones if they have one because I can't do that for them!

Have a wonderful weekend. See you next week.

Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Wondrasch

Look at all these Christian kids on Delmar...a much more positive sight than what was happening three weeks ago!

This was my group walking around the Wash U campus. Just an FYI for all of you...these kids are SO excited for college. Music to my ears. They requested to see the library - because, and I quote, "We are all readers!"

Friday, September 22, 2017

Week 6 September 18 - 22

Hello parents,

We have been busy this week with our regular schedule. Students have been enjoying The Giver in literature and working on color mixing in art. This week in religion we have focused on building interpersonal skills with our Second Steps curriculum. We have discussed goals for 7th graders, empathy, teamwork, positive communication and problem solving. It has been fun to have several discussion based classes that connect our faith to those tough middle school social skills!

Next week, we continue with The Giver, feudalism skits in history, virus/bacteria studies in science, and we will be back in The Story for religion.

Thank you for the treats for our movie day today. The kids had a good day. We accomplished a lot of little things that needed to get done and enjoyed our movie with treats. It was a great way to spend a Friday. I'll have pictures of that for the next blog.

Items to remember:

Walkathon, Friday, Sept. 29

  Our first JH Walkathon was held after Hurricane Katrina in 2009.  Now our students are joining efforts for two great causes.  75% of our donations will go to Lutheran schools affected by Hurricane Harvey and 25% will go towards fleece blankets for the organization we are sponsoring with our gum drive and chapel offerings, Friends of Kids with Cancer.  

Kids learned about our walkathon at the kickoff assembly two weeks ago.  We "cancel" classes for that Friday afternoon and students can dress down that day. (Gym shorts, and spirit wear.) Then, we set the kids loose to run and walk for the cause.  Students may begin raising pledges and are encouraged to self-pledge as well.  No money is due until after the walk.  

 Please ask your child for the purple pledge sheet. Collections for the walkathon will be after the event, due on October 6th.

Mid-quarter Last Week, September 14

We have been busy with tests, quizzes and homework!  Last week marked the midpoint of the 1st quarter.  It is a good opportunity for you and your child to check grades on Sycamore and reflect on your child's progress.  When Friday papers come home, encourage your child to pick the work they are most proud of and share with you why.  

Also look for something which they might set a goal:  reading directions more carefully, studying vocabulary, asking questions in class, neater handwriting, taking an A.R. test.  Every child grows at a different pace and we can celebrate the learning that takes place each day!  Please don't hesitate to contact teachers with questions you may have. 


- 2 art projects: Sketch a Selfie, Namely Me (Try and identify kids names within the symbols!)

- We helped Mrs. Reed (Limback) and her kindergartners dress their people. You kids were awesome with the little ones.
 - One picture is from the teacher inservice we attended last week. It is about how parents and teachers can be well-rounded disciplinarians in order to encourage resilience. I liked the visual.

Have a wonderful weekend. I am praying for cooler weather - as always!


Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Wondrasch