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Classroom Highlights - March 2019
3K-4K News – by Mrs. Carole Melso
Our unit of study on Polar Animals was a good fit with our weather these last few weeks. The students enjoyed learning fun facts about polar bears, beluga whales, arctic foxes, reindeer, etc. We were able to include lots of practice on some of our basic skills including sorting by attribute, comparing more/less, counting, letter sounds, and social skills. We are practicing our song to sing in church on Feb. 24th. Hope you can join us!
Please note that Registration for our 3K and 4K program is open now. We are filling up fast and open enrollment to the public will begin on Feb. 25th. If you are interested in applying please go to our website www.stpaulswr.org/school. That will bring you to an online application form. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Kindergarten News – by Miss Rachel Haugley
Christ Light: This month we have learned about the birth of Jesus. I know we just finished the celebration of God's Son, but the stories were planned out for now. The Kindergarteners were excited to hear about Jesus’ birth again. Also, we started hearing about the miracles that Jesus performed.
Guided Discovery: It's been hard to get to our Guided Discovery with all these snow days, but we’ve had some fun reading Dr. Seuss books last week. The Kindergarteners are getting the hang of rhyming.
Reading: We are up to knowing 16 letters now. As a result, the Kindergarteners are on full throttle to reading all by themselves. Only 10 more letters to go before they know all 26 letters. How Exciting!!!!
1st-2nd Grade News – by Mrs. Karen Obsuszt
Book Fair: We had a very successful Book Fair despite our wintery weather. Our final sales came in at $2,594.38. We will be able to use 50% of that to purchase new books for our library. Thank you to everyone who was so willing to help out this year.
Science: In Science we have been busy classifying, predicting, measuring, and observing. We pretended to be scientists and ended the unit with an experiment. We used vinegar and baking soda to make a balloon inflate over a plastic bottle. Then we wrote about what happened. Our hypothesis was accurate. There was chemical reaction that took place.
Handwriting: We have been practicing for the Zaner Bloser Handwriting Competition for the past couple weeks. Colton Bain is our 2nd grade winner and Elysia Chapman is our 1st grade winner.
Christ Light: We are reminded just like when Jesus turned water into wine and when He healed the official’s son, nothing is too big or small for him. We are his children and he loves us. 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Reading: We have been working on writing 2 point paragraphs in 2nd grade. In 1st grade we have been writing paragraphs with a web outline. We also are continuing to build our reading chains in our classroom. For every 10 pages in a chapter book or every picture book the student gets to add a link to their chain. Our room is full of paper chains from the ceiling. Then we do a class reading party when we reach a certain level.
5th-6th Grade News – by Mr. John Quint
Our focus in 5th and 6th grade during the last month can be summed up in one word – Theatre. The highlight of February was a grade 5-8 field trip to Wausau East High School to see a performance of Big River. Big River is a musical adaptation of the Mark Twain classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The music and lyrics were written by Roger Miller. Professional actor/singer Jay Pierce played the lead and Middle and High Schoolers from the Wausau area rounded out the rest of the cast. St. Paul's alumnus Wyatt Jensen (NLHS class of '19) had two speaking parts as well as a singing/dancing part in the chorus. They practiced for three months to bring this play to the stage. We had an awesome time!
Next month (March 5, weather-permitting), we will have our biennial visit from the Opera for the Young company. Students in grades 5-8 will be participating in the original children's opera, Super Storm. Come and join the fun! Special thanks to Mrs. Fiecko for preparing our students for the show.
7th-8th Grade News – by Mr. Randy Pahl
A “heart-filled” greeting is being sent your way from all of us in grades 7-8 in this month of February. We certainly hope you had a “love-ly” month thus far; one in which you had the opportunity to share the love of your Savior with all those whom the Lord has placed in your lives!
At the time of the writing of this article, the basketball season has not yet officially drawn to a close. On February 8th we wrapped up Christian Education Week with away basketball games against St. Peter’s of Schofield. On Saturday, February 23rd St. Paul’s would be heading up to the Northland Lutheran Grade School Tournament. We would like to send out a great big THANK YOU to Mrs. Chelsie Thuecks, Ms. Jess Kruger, and Mr. Jon Blum who faithfully served as our coaches this season. And, finally, congratulations to our girls, boys, coaches, parents, and fans for a wonderful year of representing St. Paul’s Lutheran School!
Also, in February, we have been busy academically. In our Christ Light lessons we have been engaged in discussions surrounding how we faithfully serve our God and others with our time, talents, and treasures. Algebra class has been filled graphing linear equations, similar as to how they will be done in high school. 7th grade math has begun taking more and more and more and … steps in preparation for next year’s algebra course. Science has revolved around the study of the sun; while in government class, a closer look at Amendments one, four, and fourteen have kept us busy figuring out the difference between rights and responsibility.
With Ash Wednesday (March 6th) just around the corner, may the yearly journey to our Savior’s cross keep your hearts and minds focused on our awesome God during the days and weeks before us.