Friday, April 30, 2010

Upper Grades Help Pre-Kindergarteners

At SLS activities are planned to allow upper grade students the opportunity to assist little ones at our school. Kite day is just such an event. What fun they all had making the kites do their thing. SLS a place where kids can be kids and grow into wonderful Christian young people.

2nd Graders Make Stone Soup

Stone Soup – starring 2nd grade. The 2nd grade worked hard making costumes and props for the annual production of Stone Soup. The play was performed for a group of parents, first grade and pre-k.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Up Up in the Air - Kites and Pre-K

SLS Pre-K students were almost swept away on Tuesday as they buddied up with the 7th and 8th graders to fly kites. Many techniques were tried as the big kids attempted to get the kites up in the air. A handful of them were very successful and all of them had fun. The best part of the morning was having a buddy to play with!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

WDTHI Common #2

What do they have in common. I got one responce to the last WDTHI Common question. The last group all had a "w's" in their names. These four wonderful kids also have something in common. Can you figure it out... Let me know if you have a guess at

3rd Grade Visits the Hale Farm

Traveling east toward Fordland, MO our 3rd grade students took a field trip to the Hale Farm. What a joy to visit an active goat farm. Mrs. Lynn and the third graders learned all about the care and feedingof these wonderful animals. They now know why it is bad to be "an old goat". We love the Hales.

SLS Host KC Lutheran High School

What a joy to have the students and staff from Kansas City Lutheran present a concert for our students. Mr. and Mrs. Beckman arranged to have Redeemer host these students as a part of the school spring tour to Texas. We heard a terrific choir, an awesome handbell choir and a wonderful band. Ms. Erinn Beckman teaches at this high school on the south side of Kansas City. Erinn is daughter number three of the Beckman clan.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hands On Science Takes 6th Grade to the Stream

The 6th grade did a field study at the James River Joe Crighton Access. Students collected organisms and identified them using the Invertebrate Identification Card. They had fun using the dip nets and kick seines. After the identification was completed they were able to determine the water quality of the James River. The results – good quality water at the Joe Crighton Access. Critters found included: hellgrammites, mayfly nymphs, stonefly nymphs, dragonfly nymphs, snails, darter fish, gliders and crawfish. Way To Go! - Mrs. Schaller, Mr. Clark and Mr. Wanner. What a great day for some learning time in and at the stream.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mr. B and First Graders Working On Their Raised Bed

Spring has sprung and gardening time is here. Mr. Beckman brought compost from home and a bucket brigade filled our garden with dirt. We dumped and leveled. We love playing in the dirt. We planted our garden with green beans, acorn squash, and a few iris. We can’t wait for our bean feast!

Kindergarteners Working in the OEA

Spring brings warmer weather, mud, rain, flowers, and gardening. Here Mr. Gerdes and his kindergarten students prepare their raised bed in the new SLS Outdoor Education Area. Each student carried buckets of dirt to completely fill the bed. Mr. Gerdes carefully raked through the soil and leveled everything off. Finally, Mr. Gerdes brought in iris starts from his own home and allowed the students to begin transplanting them. Flower and vegetable seed planting is next on the class agenda.

WDTHI Common?

I love a good mystery. How about you? The four people shown above all have some thing they hold in common. Can you guess what it is? Be the first to email me at and win yourself a prize. Some might say I have too much time on my hands... but I prefer to think of it as hightly organized and efficient use of my limited commidity - time. Good luck!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

6th Grade Study Invertebrate and Keys

Over the past few weeks the 6th grade has been studying the Aquatic Ecosystems for Missouri in conjunction with the Conservation Department of Missouri. Today the 6th graders had fun walking through a maze to learn how to use a dichotomous key for invertebrate. This activity helped the students to identify invertebrates in preparation for their field study day next week.

Students Glad To Be Outside

The Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten kids at SLS have been taking advantage of the terrific spring weather this week. As they learn through play, the children have found new leaves growing on the trees, dandelion flowers in the grass and insects coming out of the winter homes. See the look of wonder in their faces as they enjoy God's green earth.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Singing Saints Compete

The Singing Saints choir traveled to the Strafford Choir Festival on Thursday to be judged. They sang two wonderful songs and were given a 1- rating. Way To Go Choir! Mrs. Stephanie Richter directs our choir and Mrs. Trudy Tunnell accompanies. They next travel to Silver Dollar City to compete on Saturday, April 24 in their music competation.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mr. Baker Leads Pastors Gathering in Lockwood

20+ pastors gathered on Monday at Immanuel Lockwood for their monthly meeting. Mr. Baker attended to talk about learing styles and reaching students in confirmation classes. You may see some familiar faces in the crowd. Pastor Maas, Gary Moore and former SLS Principal, Ron Merritt, were in attendance. A great time was had by all. The Lockwood women prepared a terrific lunch for all attending.

Life Group - Second Mondays - Volunteer at the OEA

The SLS Outdoor Education Area (OEA) is moving right along. A Redeemer Life Group, Second Mondays, spent a couple days working to build and fill our gardening raised beds. The perimeter fencing is almost completed and now the raised beds are nearly complete. School committee member and former SLS student, Stephanie Grandestaff, coordinated this volunteer project. Thrivent Chapter - Central Greene County gave the OEA $850 to purchase supplies needed for the project. Soon students and teachers will be planting and learning in the OEA.