This week in third grade we have been discussing how our God is a mighty fortress. Students enjoyed creating a 3-D fortress and background. This activity allowed students to be creative and artistic in designing and setting up their fortresses!
This is a special week for Lutheran churches and schools all around the world as we celebrate Martin Luther and the reformation of the Christian church over 500 years ago. We want our students to know our rich Lutheran heritage founded on the ideals of “Grace Alone”, “Faith Alone”, “Christ Alone”, “Scripture Alone”, “To the Glory of God Alone”.
Throughout the month of October, we sing Luther’s most well-known hymn in Chapel, “A Mighty Fortress”, based on Psalm 46. Our 6th graders have their annual Martin Luther competition, culminating in the winner “nailing” Luther’s 95 Theses to a church door, as Luther did on Oct. 31, 1517. Dr. Heide shares his travel photos from his many trips to Germany and the important sites from Luther’s life.
It’s a month-long celebration for the blessings of having God’s Word to learn more about His amazing Grace and the man who started a revolution of teaching everyone how much they are loved by God the Father and freely forgiven through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.
It’s October! In kindergarten we are diving into all things Fall. This week in Mrs. Nelson’s class we are focusing on pumpkins. Some of our favorite pumpkin books so far are Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington, From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer, and It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall.
It’s Pumpkin Time begins with two children preparing for one of their favorite holidays. Of course, they have to plant pumpkin seeds to get ready for Halloween! As the story, unfolds we learn all about the life cycle of a pumpkin…
As a class we explored some cool videos of a pumpkins life cycle and created a flow chart together. Each student then demonstrated their knowledge by creating their own pumpkin sequencing activity.
We even planted our own pumpkin seeds a couple of weeks ago when we were studying plants. We were able to watch them sprout and begin to grow bigger by the day! The plant was getting too big to keep in the small pot in our classroom, so it was transported to, our wonderful aid, Mrs. Pietras’s garden. She is taking pictures of it for us and we are hoping to see a pumpkin flower soon.
Up next this week, pumpkin anatomy! We will be exploring the insides of a real pumpkin and learning all of its specific parts and their functions.
Seventh and eighth grade students began the school year exploring and learning St. John’s Lutheran School’s behavior mindset traits of “accountability”, “safety”, “patience”, “integrity”, “respect”, and “empathy” in 7th grade Christian faith and life and 8th grade science. They did this by examining God’s Word and participating in Nearpod lessons. The culmination activity was to create an infographic of the six traits by including each trait, a Bible verse about each trait, ways they can show each trait in class and in life and an additional fact they learned. The purpose of the activity was for students to start the year grounded in the foundation of God’s Word and know that it is through the Holy Spirit’s work in each of us that we can A.S.P.I.R.E. to show these Christ-like character traits all year long.