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


February 5, 2016

ReligionParents were bringing their children to see Jesus but the disciples rebuked them.  Jesus had a different plan when he said, “Let the little children come to me.”  Mark 10:14   Sometimes children don’t feel very important, we see in this Bible story that children are very important to Jesus.  Sometimes, perhaps you too, feel insignificant.  David explained the feeling this way: “ When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him?”  Psalm 8:3-4  But David goes on to say that God has crowned humans with glory and honor.  We know how much God cares for each one of us - He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for us to forgive our sins and grant us eternal life!  God cares about and knows about the concerns of each human.

Future Events
• Wednesday Feb. 10 Ash Wednesday – Church services at 4:00 and 6:30. 
There is a dinner served at 5:00 between services. 
• Friday  Feb. 12 Valentine’s Day Party
• Monday Feb. 15 Winter Break  No School

What Have We Learned
Language – We started a new theme, “Sunshine and Raindrops.”  This theme will center on weather and the seasons of the year, which is timed perfectly with our science lessons.  We enjoyed Chicken Soup with Rice, and What Will the Weather Be Like Today? 

Writing – I am so pleased with a new project that I’m trying out this year.  It all began two weeks ago when I decided to give a little more attention and reinforce the concept of story structure and sequence of events.  Each child chose a main character to write about.   Using descriptive words, the stage was set and the story was introduced.  The second page had to show an adventure that the character was going to embark upon or a problem the character encountered.  Illustrations were drawn and I wrote as they dictated their story.  This week we resolved problems or brought adventures to an end as the final page was completed.  I’m scanning their pictures as a JPEG image and typing their text so that all three pages can be printed off in a book format.  I hope to finish these up this weekend.    

Math – The concept of subtraction has been explored with the use of manipulatives, Smart Board interactive games, books, and movies.  Giving the children a plethora of teaching strategies helps connect with a diverse selection of learning styles.   

Art – We’re creating bags to hold all of our valentines next week.  Folding paper in half, tracing a template that looked like an ear, and using a pair of scissors produced some interesting hearts.  A lesson in symmetry tied in a math concept.  As a bonus, a lesson in problem solving when we forgot to place the template on the fold and after cutting we discovered instead of a heart, we had two ears. 

Science – We added color, sand, water, and plants to our landforms.  How does land change? 

P.E. – Indoor snowball tossing.  Shhhhh, don’t tell Mr. Charpentier, we don’t want to serve a detention for throwing snowballs.   

Student Treasure – Information was sent home last week titled “A Classroom Treasure.”  We need All the envelopes back whether you are ordering or not.  We have done this for the past six years and it has been a huge success and a wonderful keepsake. 


2015-2016 School Theme: Have No Fear Little Flock
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”  Luke 12:32