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.