One of the most precious traditions here at St. John’s is our annual Kindergarten and First Grade Advent program. Over the years, thousands of people have had to pleasure of witnessing the story of Christmas as told by our wonderful students.
The angels, Mary and Joseph, and the Star of Bethlehem are played by our kindergartners. The first graders play the part of the shepherds, the wise men, and Herod. Each class recites pieces of the story of Christmas and sings traditional hymns in their sweet voices. Every child is costumed and enthusiastically plays his or her part.
The children begin practicing well before Thanksgiving. Mrs. Audrey Mink, our chorale director, teaches and guides the children in how to use their musical gifts to share the story of God’s great gift, Jesus.
The students present the story of Christmas twice, once for our school and again in the evening for the congregation. The event is always well attended and is truly one of the most heart-warming Advent treasures to experience here at St. John’s.
By: Mrs. Demarest, 1st grade
6th grade has been working a lot with algebraic equations as it is their first big step into the world of algebra. They have mastered how to identify equivalent equations with variables by using the associative property, commutative property and for the first time the distributive property.
This calendar project then allowed the students to enrich their understanding even more by having them create their own algebraic equations with the solution in mind. Each student generated a calendar for their birthday month in the year 2020. But not just any ordinary calendar… an Algebraic Equation Calendar! Instead of writing the date in the calendar boxes, the students created an algebraic equation whose solution matches that specific date.
Mrs. Barillier – MS Math
This week third grade learned about Isaac Newton, force, and magnets. The students enjoyed experimenting with magnets seeing them first hand attract and repel. The classes also enjoyed predicting what the magnets would stick to around the classroom and learned how very useful they are in everyday life!
Miss Lincoln, 3rd grade
Last week, our fifth graders were able to experience a virtual field trip to Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Jamestown is the first English Settlement established in 1607. This VR adventure took the students to the historical James Fort which was built along the James River with log walls for protection. Here our students were able to experience a 360-degree adventure inside and out of some of the buildings of the Jamestown Colony including a church, an armory, the governor’s house, and a storehouse. In addition, our students were able to experience what it was like to be in close quarters aboard the Susan Constant, which was one of the largest of the 3 ships that brought colonists to Jamestown. The students were excited to participate in this unique learning experience and were fully emerged in this unique early American experience.
Mrs. Schirrmacher, 5th grade
Over the past few weeks third graders have been learning about taking care of our earth. We have learned about how precious natural resources are and how we can conserve them by reducing, reusing, and recycling. Last week students in my classroom had a fun opportunity to look around their homes for objects that were either no longer needed or would typically be trash. Their assignment was to create something useful out of these unwanted objects. This allowed students to experience firsthand what it means to reuse. It was a fun seeing what our students came up with!
Miss. Lincoln, 3rd grade
Members of the St. John’s Lutheran Middle School community – students, parents, and teachers – gathered in the Sanctuary on Saturday, 7 December 2019. Their purpose: coming together to praise Jesus by participating in the annual student-led Advent worship service. Under the direction of Mrs. V.B. and Mr. Mejia, students celebrated the birth of Jesus through the words, songs, and musical instruments.
As you can imagine, the logistics of putting together, rehearsing, and performing a worship service with almost 300 students do not come together quickly. As is always the case, St. John’s Lutheran Middle School students have been working toward creating this annual tradition since before the Thanksgiving holiday, utilizing their elective course and daily advisory periods in rehearsals. The results of the students’ work have been spectacular, as St. John’s Lutheran Middle School students took the reins of the worship experience and the Middle School mass choir filled the Sanctuary with songs of praise in honor of the Christ Child.
Why do we invest so much time and effort in this endeavor? Following the injunction of Jesus Christ Himself, our mission as Christians is to “go and tell” of our life-changing, soul-saving faith in Our Lord (Matthew 27). Can you imagine a better way to undertake such a mission than through St. John’s Lutheran Middle School students sharing the uplifting message of Christ’s birth, as delivered through inspiring words and music?
We praise our Triune God for the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ – who came to Earth in physical form to live among us, to teach us God’s Word, and to suffer and die in our place, for our sins. His resurrection confirms that we, too, will rise from death and join Him in Heaven.
Kevin G. Smith, 7th grade