Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mr. Heilman and Fourth Grade Chapel

Mr. Heilman and the 4th Grade led our chapel worship today.

Mr. Heilman talked about advent and our school theme the breastplate of righteousness.

Even Houdhni didn't know when the world would end.

Mr. Heilman always has a game as a part of his chapel. This year we played not Angry Birds but instead Angry Words.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Science Poster...

Some beautiful work by one of our science students.

New Style of Book Reports

Here is a picture of three visitors we had today in our sixth grade classroom. After reading a biography or autobiography, students were given several options on how to present to the class. These young ladies chose “You Be the Person Presentation”. The girls dressed as the person they studied and told about “their” life and answered questions from the class.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Fun

Eighth graders are putting the finishing touches on their Egyptian coffin. They will use Freddy to hand out candy to the little kids at Trunk or Treat.
We just have the best times at SLS...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Parent's VS SLS Volleyball Games

This is a night to remember. The girls playing their parents.

The girls look great, clean, crisp play...
The parents on the other hand... All in all a great time was had by all...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Luther Visits SLS

We are nearing the time of the reformation. Our classes study how Martin Luther reformed the church and moved people closer to God by his teachings.

We were so fortunate to have Martin come to SLS today and share about his life's work.

Martin Luther was played by Pastor Bill Marler.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wanner's 5th Grade Visits Wilder Museum

It is a tradition that our 5th graders read a "Little House Book" and then travel to Mansfield Missouri to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum for a tour.
It was a beautiful fall day last week when this trip took place. It is so interesting to connect the books with the author and her life here in Missouri.

Laura and Almanzo loved their farm in Missouri. Here is their house. It is full of items that Almanzo made from cabinets to furniture. Makes me want to reread these wonderful books.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

What is "Hands On" Science Instruction?

The sixth grade students have been busy learning the metric system. They have measured, poured and mixed many items. Their favorite lab was … well all the labs were favorites – Color Challenge, Mystery Canisters, Gummy Bear Measurements and Mix & Match Mass. All the labs helped the students practiced measuring length, mass, volume and density.

Young scientist learning by doing and watching life happen.

Working with lab partners teaches us to work together and be responsible teams members.

Fall Bulbs Going IN the 6th Grade Garden

Fall is a great time to work in the school garden area.

6th grade is preparing the soil and planting some bulbs for spring color.

So much to do so little time...

For many of our kids the OEA garden area provides some "hands on" gardening time.

I remember fondly my gardening time both with my family and especially with my

grandparents when I was growing up.

Never forget - Science is all about doing!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Beautiful Day for a Walk-A-Thon

Today we celebrate the 2011 SLS-PALS Walk-A-Thon. Two-hundred kids walking a 1/4 mile track around the church's property. We take 90 minutes and see how far we can go... Parents and friends pledge a per lap amount to spur their students on...

Kids carry a card that is punched upon completing a lap. Some kids make 8 laps, others 15 to 20. A few kids run most of the time and they can get up into the 20+ laps area. Water is provided for hydration and snacks will be given at the end of the walking time. Kids love this project and even if they do not get any pledges we all have fun walking and being together.

We start the Walk-A-Thon by lining up on our car line places. Mr. Baker gives directions and together we walk the first lap lead by our kindergarten students. The weather could not have been better.

Is that some hand holding I see? Way to help Mrs. Brand!

Children of God in the Wilderness - Mr Beckman

The 1st graders were learning about the Children of Israel and their wandering in the wilderness. Must have spent some time in tents. Mr. Beckman thought teaching in a tent might make it more real for the kids. Not much room left for desks. They are all in there - Yep, 25 and Mr Beckman...

What it must have been like to have traveled across the desert and rely on God for both food and water... Must have been quite an adventure. 1st grade can be so much fun...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mrs. Shaw and the Pre-Kindergarten Garden

Gardening and kids have been in the news a lot in the past few months. To this end we have developed the OEA or Outdoor Education Area for our school. SLS maintains a garden area on one of the church's vacant lots just east of the school.

We have 12 raised beds which are tended by our different classrooms. Mrs. Shaw had lots of plants in her bed but the sweet potatoes seemed to weather the summer heat the best. This week they dug up some wonderful tubers. Pre-K is planning to serve sweet potato fries for the school sometime soon.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Big Friend / Little Friend Activity

SLS started their Big Friend / Little Friend program today with a rock activity. Each BF /LF team share information about who they are and what they like.

One little boy told Jake his favorite food was white. Another little girl asked her big friend what color her kitchen was? Important stuff I think...

Next the Big Friend help the Little Friend (s) cover a rock with glue and tissue. These "rock beings" will be a little keep sake of this day's interaction.

Our Big Friends are in the 3rd to 8th grades and our Little Friends are preschool to 2nd grade.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

First Grade Chapel

Mr. Beckman and his class did our chapel this Wednesday.

They talked about the belt of truth.

Mr. Baker really needed a belt for his outfit...

We learned of Shachach, Meshach and Abednego and the truth they stood up for...
Great job Mr. Beckman and First Graders!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mrs. Brand's Birthday Celebration

Kindergarteners love to celebrate birthdays.

Especially birthdays of thier teacher.

Home made cards are the order of the day. So many ways to say, "We Love You."

How old might this kindergarten teacher be... I'm not saying!
But a related math problem - Her years add up to 9.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

SLS Outdoor Education Area

It was a hot dry summer. We worked do hard to keep the gardens going... IN the end not much grew and lots of plants withered away... It is a new season and our fall plantings are off and running. Mr. Beckman and the 1st graders assisted greatly with these plants.

Mr. Baker thought the fence on Main Street would be a great place to put some morning glories. They are just reaching their peak. Drive by this side of the OEA and enjoy the view.

Mr. Baker's gourds were eager to get out of the hot sun and some even climbed into the maple tree near the garden... Here is a gourd froming 8 feet off the ground on the side of the tree. Tree gourds I'm thinking... Stop by the gardens to see what up.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Best Fans in the World

At last nights volleyball game the photographer turned the camera on the crowd.

We have the best fans...

See anyone you recognize?

The girls were victorious and the fans full of energy and support.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Picture Day at SLS

It is School Picture Day! Everyone has their picture taken. Mrs. Rovey is showing the proper technique for a "sitting".

We practice getting our best smiles ready for our photo. Smiling comes easier for some.

Here are a couple of really great smiles... I bet their school pictures will turn out quite well.

Pre-K students are waiting for their turn. What terrific kids attend at SLS.

Mrs. Magnus' eighth grade wanted to practice having their picture taken.

This may be our most photogentic group of students... but it is hard to beat the preschool and pre-kindergarten students in the area of cuteness.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Kindergarteners Struggle with Bears

Mrs. Brand and her kindergarten class worked all weeks with a group of unruly bears. On Fridays the bears took things from the classroom and took off. The class track them down to the yard behind the youth house. All is well now in the k-class.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Great Start, Great Kids, Great Ministry Time

We have the best kids at Springfield Lutheran. Thanks for being part of SLS.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Chapel Worship and Pastor Canaday

Had our first regular chapel worship today. We love being together and sharing our love of the Lord in this whole school worship.

Pastor Canaday traveled from the east like the wise men and share his faith with all of us.

Pastor Canaday played dad with one of our eighth grade students. It was all about keys and in this case - keys to the car.