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


January 16, 2015

Religion - When Jesus was 12 years old he went to Jerusalem with his family to participate in the Passover Festival.  It was approximately 70 miles from Nazareth to Jerusalem.  When Passover ends, Jesus’ family begins the journey home.  Because Jesus’ parents are traveling with extended family, they do not notice Jesus’ absence.  Mary and Joseph were undoubtedly worried.  The text states that after three days they found Him in the temple courts.  Although Jesus stays behind in the temple, it was not in defiance or contrary to His parent’s instructions.  Jesus remained in the temple to fulfill His Father’s plan and, when finished, fully obeyed His parents by following them home. 
Blessed….are those who hear the word of God and keep it!  Luke 11:28

Report Card
Please look for a copy of your child’s report card in their pack today.

Weekly Schedule
This has been a crazy week with the cold days last week and school being cancelled.   For those parents that track our activities on the web-site, I didn’t change it this week because of playing “catch-up”.  We finished our learning centers and we’re back on track again.  

What Have We Learned
Language – We read a really crazy story about a family of Noodles.  Along with enjoying the text, we concentrated on story structure.  What happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story?  We discovered that the plot of the story can contain a problem that needs a solution. 
Phonics – Gertie Goose and the hard /g/ sound that is heard in her name, not the soft /g/ sound that is heard in the word giraffe. 
Word Building – We discovered a new capability of the Smart Board.  Mrs. Witek created a new lesson with her voice embedded in the letter cards.  For example, as we touched the letter “v”, the /v/ sound was heard.  The word ending card, “an” was also sounded out.  We blended the two cards for the word “van.”  Just because we’re such a great group, she also added a new word family the “ad” family and we were able to use buddy blends, such as “gl, gr, and Br.”  Glad Brad is a happy grad. 
Writing – We made our own penny counting book.  First we had to fill in the text by writing numerals and their corresponding number word, and then added some penny clipart.  Try some games with this book.  (What number comes next, before, between, count backwards)
Art – We finished up our Starry Night pictures which represent the work of Vincent Van Gogh. 
Math – We continued with joining sets by determining how many more were needed to get to a set of 6, 7, and 8 
Science – How do animals grow and change?  What types of animals resemble their parents and which ones go through a drastic transformation?   
End of the Semester – Today, Jan. 16th, marks the end of the first semester.  We will be changing group tables next week.    
Tornado Drill – It may seem rather odd, but we did practice a drill on Thursday.  Remember a few years back when there was a tornado sighting during the month of January.  It was a total surprise which cause a few of us to become a bit upset.  Reassurance of the need for practice calmed those nerves. 

Lutheran Schools Week
This is scheduled for the last week in January.  There will be a variety of fun events planned.  Grandparents are invited to visit with us on Wednesday afternoon.  All of the Lutheran elementary school will be going over to Lutheran High School on Tuesday January 27th for a special presentation.  We have been invitied to go with but the buses will be leaving here at noon.  I would like the children here between 11:50-12:00 so that we are able to attend.  On the same note, we have secured a reservation to the SC Johnson Kaleidoscope Educational Series program at the Golden Rondelle on Thursday Jan. 29th to see Goldilocks and the Three Singing Bears.  The program begins at 12:30 so the children will need to be here at school by 12:00 ready to board the bus.  More information and reminders will follow. 



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