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


October 21, 2016

ReligionMoses was a leader who made a lot of promises but his promises were sure to come true because his promises were made by God.  The story of the Exodus is quite an adventure with many countless opportunities for Moses to doubt his ability as a leader.  Despite his concerns, Moses followed God’s commands.  God calls each of us as His children to work for Him--sharing His message and His love.         Speak LORD, for your servant hears.  1 Samuel 3:9

Report Cards/Parent Conferences
Please check your child’s pack for the paper copy of his/her report card.  You will also receive an electronic copy by email. Please see the report card explanation that is included in this pack.  You will be receiving an email, early next week, regarding an opportunity to electronically schedule a parent/teacher conference on either Thursday Nov. 3rd or Friday Nov. 4th.  If you do not have internet access, please let me know and we can schedule the conference on this end.   If you are not able to attend either of these days, I would be happy to schedule a convenient time that works for you.    

Classroom Change
I shared with the children this week that our friend Vayda will be attending a different kindergarten program for the remainder of the school year.  As one of God’s children, we remember her in our daily prayers and ask that God be with all of us as we grow in the love and grace. 

What Have We Learned
Language Focus – How do our senses help us learn about the world.  This was a great springboard to incorporate literature, science, and the wonderful creation God has designed us to be.  What fun to examine popcorn using our five senses as an introduction to adjectives.  We discovered that adjectives help transform a simple sentence into a vivid illustration of detail. 

Unit/Benchmark Test – We took our first Unit test.  This is a new experience for kindergarten children which tends to produce some degree of anxiety, especially when they want help and we can’t give it to them.   I try to help the children understand that when we complete a test it is a way of helping me understand what they know and where to proceed with their learning experiences. 

Phonics – We have taken an in depth look at the letters M, S, and the vowel A along with their alphabet buddy and letter sound.  As a review, try looking for things around the house that begin with these three letter sounds.   

Math – We finished up chapter three with numbers 6-9.  The finger play “Five Little Pumpkins,” gave us an introduction to ordinal numbers.

Computer – With the help of some amazing 8th grade students, we jumped into the computer program, Dream Box.  Please look in this week’s pack for information on how you can log on at home.  At this point the children have a picture password of a turtle.  This just makes it easier for us to log on at school. 

Art – Our Arts Attack curriculum introduced us to the concept of texture.  We used fabric fur to create an animal that feels soft and fuzzy.  They’re hanging in our hallway, be sure to check them out. 

Group Tables – This week marks the end of the first quarter and it is time to prepare for a switch in group tables.    Switching to new groups each quarter gives us the opportunity to work with and get to know other friends in our class. 

Science – What do animals need to live?

Halloween - Be sure to attend the annual Trunk or Treat party next week Friday night.  Enjoy the handiwork of some of our creative parents along with an opportunity to dress up in costumes, and a movie in the gym.  Hot dogs, chips, popcorn, and beverages will be sold.  I hope to see you all there.

2016-2017 School Theme:  From Start to Finish...God With Us
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."  Rev. 22:13