St. John's Lutheran School & Church
510 Kewaunee Street
Racine, WI 53402
Church: (262) 637-7011
School: (262) 633-2758


April 17, 2015

Religion - We want your child to trust, just like Thomas in our story finally did, that Jesus truly has risen from the dead and gives us life.  But, just like Thomas, sometimes we don’t believe unless we see.  Children learn and remember by experiencing something – by touching, feeling, and seeing things.  The more concrete and real something is, the more it can be understood.  So how do we believe something so unbelievable?  It is through faith, given by the Holy Spirit, that we believe Jesus is the living God, powerful enough to defeat death.  It is through faith that we see Jesus in God’s Word and Sacraments.  It is through faith that one day we will see Jesus face-to-face in heaven. 

Fine Arts at St. John’s
The upper grade students will be presenting Wooing Wed Widing Hood next Friday April 24th at 7:00 PM. 
The art fair will be going on that evening.  Be sure to stop in and see the work of our talented students.  Every child in the entire school will be represented. 

What Have We Learned
Language –We heard an old African Folk Tale, The Lion on the Path.  The farmer and his wife were faced with a fierce and hungry lion.  The farmer used a musical instrument called an mbira (pronounced em-Beer-a) to tame the lion.  You are probably unfamiliar with this instrument, so you can do as we did, “Google it”!  You can find images as well as YouTube videos that will enlighten you on its lovely sound. 

Writing – Our writing assignment came from the story Mouse’s Birthday.  Mouse had a lot of friends come to his birthday party.  What if it was our birthday and mouse was one of the guests?  What might he bring as a gift?  Writing can serve a specific purpose which we explored by writing a “Thank You” card to mouse for the birthday gift. 

Math – We finished up on numbers greater than 20 with lots of repetitive counting.  We have a really good start to this.  Some of the children have a little trouble moving into the next set of tens.  This is common and with practice they will automatically be able to transition from 59 to 60 and similar patterns.  Middle numbers sometimes are forgotten, for example 64, 65, 66.  Slowing down can help the brain process and keep consistent with the rote counting.   

Construction – Mouse needed a new house after blowing it down.  We worked as a team for an extreme makeover.  We didn’t need the whole weekend but only 20 minutes to flip that house.  The agents were ready to show off their accomplishments during the open house.  I know that HGTV would like to showcase some of our Dream Houses. 

Art – April Showers drizzle lightly down as a dazzling display of raindrops reflect their shimmering surfaces. 

School Auction – The School Auction and Mostaccioli Dinner scheduled for Sunday, May 17th.  Our PTL sponsors many programs and activities throughout the school year.  The dinner along with a silent auction is to raise money for next year’s events.  There are so many wonderful looking baskets that will be auctioned off.  Prekindergarten and kindergarten will be putting together a coffee basket.  We are asking each family to please donate a coffee related item to fill our basket.  Thank you so much.

2014-2015 School Theme:  Hooked on Jesus
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”  Mark 1:17