September 2019

September 6, 2019

Well, just like that, it’s September!  

This Fabulous Friday was a day to use all of our senses!  

As you might have heard, we are learning about Ancient Greece this semester.  One of the games the Grecians played was called Knuckle Bones. They made little clay knuckle bones for their game.  We just use pennies. Here’s how you play:

  1. Hold out one hand with the palm down.  
  2. Place a penny on top of your hand.
  3. Toss the penny up in the air while flipping your hand over to catch it?
  4. Did you catch it?  If so, add another penny.  Can you catch five?

This week, we made a delicious Sweetmeat.  The people of Ancient Greece mixed nuts, seeds, and fruit like dates to make little tasty balls.  Mostly they used honey as a glue to make the ingredients stick together. We used peanut butter. Also, we put chocolate chips in ours.


We used 8 dates, 1 cup of old fashioned oatmeal, ½ cup ground flax seed, ⅓ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes, ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and ½ cup of peanut butter.

Here’s how we made it.

  1. Make a paste with dates by putting them in a food processor.
  2. Combine oatmeal, flax seed, coconut flakes and chocolate chips in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Add date paste, vanilla extract and sunflower seed butter to the dry mixture.
  4. Stir to combine all of the ingredients.
  5. Form dough into Tablespoon-size balls.

We let them hang out in the fridge for a little while and then came the best part!  Popping them in our mouths!

While we took turns cooking, we also took turns working with plants.  We took cuttings off Mrs. Sumner’s Cuban Oregano plant. Some people call it the “Vicks Plant” because it smells like mint and lemon.  It’s a succulent and so very soft. We’ll watch it start roots before we plant it.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!

Each year, we introduce a new M T-shirt.  This year, we’re adding an exciting twist!  Students may wear their M shirts on Fabulous Fridays along with normal uniform shorts, pants, or skirts!  But the fun isn’t just limited to students! These shirts will be sold in adult sizes, too. Children shirts are $10 each and adult shirts are $15.  This fundraiser will help our school in so many great ways! Watch for news next week on how to purchase shirts for your whole family! 

PS: If you are coming to the picnic on Saturday, bring your own lawn chairs!

PPS:  Mark Your Calendar for September 16th’s No School: Teacher Work Day and then Open House on the 17th!

September 12, 2019

This week we’ve been learning about fruit.  Did you know that a fruit is anything we eat that has seeds in it?  It’s job is to protect and help transport seeds. So… watermelons, apples, grapes, and oranges are fruit of course.  But, cucumbers, peppers, and pumpkins are also fruit!  

We got a little fruity with our fruit.  We ate them, tasted them, looked inside them, painted with them, imagined with them, and created art based on them.  But, the best part was looking at the fruit that comes from our hearts. God grows fruit in our lives:

Galatians 5:22 and 23 says

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, 

goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 

Those things are really hard sometimes.  But, we don’t have to depend on being able to do them by ourselves.  It is GOD who grows them. We can pray that He will help us keep growing! We want to live out these fruit in our words, actions, and friendships.

This week we have seen how God was with Joseph even though he went through some scary, hard things.  God is always with us. He is faithful! He sticks to us like glue!

FROM THE 1st and 2nd GRADE CLASSROOM:

In 1st and 2nd grades, we have started a detective story.  In it, we are watching how Nate the Great is figuring out a mystery.  The most fun part is when we figure it out before him!

We are memorizing many verses from John 1.  Of course we have a song! This week we began with

In the beginning was the Word.  The Word was with God.

And He was God. Through Him were all things made.

Speaking of songs, this week we realized that most of Mrs. Sumners’s songs use other tunes!!!  Now, it is so fun to Name That Tune! That means we’re listening and making connections.

Speaking of connections, in math this week we talked a lot about patterns.  Mrs. Sumner told us about Fibonacci numbers. We don’t quite understand them, but we will hear about them more and more throughout the year.  What we do know is that they are a GROWING pattern.

Details, details, details…

We will have T Shirts available for sale on Friday mornings.  If you don’t see the size you’re looking for, fill out a form for an order!

No school on Monday for Teacher Work Day!

Want to get a sneak peak at your child’s daily routine? Open House is on Tuesday! If you are planning on coming, let us know which hour you will be popping in.  (You don’t have to arrive on the hour – but we want to avoid a traffic jam!) Sign up is outside the Kinder classroom.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the picnic last Saturday.  It was a really sweet time to grow as a school family!  

AND SOMETHING NEW….

We realize that the turn-around is quick on our Friday Folders.  If you need a reminder during the week, or want to share these with a loved one, find them on our website.  Scroll down a little until you see the month’s name.

September 20, 2019

We are learning a lot in school.  But, perseverance is one of the very best things we could know.  

We have been talking a lot about not-giving-up even when things are hard. This is called perseverance.  When you persevere, you see that the hard things are most often the good things. Nate-the-Great doesn’t give up on his hard cases, even when the clues don’t make sense.  The Little Engine didn’t give up going over the big mountain. Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family didn’t give up building a new cabin on the prairie, or while making butter, or while harvesting their garden. The Israelites didn’t give up crying out to God.  And best of all, God didn’t give up on them. . . just like He doesn’t give up on us!

In 1st and 2nd Grade, we had a sticker party this week!  We don’t do a lot of paperwork, so – when we do – it is so much fun!  

Sometimes, we get a paper back with something circled in orange.  That just means we need to take a second look and fix something. After it is fixed, it goes back into the “finished work” box.  

Mrs. Sumner believes that paperwork is a tool to practice what we’re we’re learning. That’s why we get to work on it until everything is correct.  Then Mrs. Sumner draws a big blue circle on the page. Sometimes, we even get to draw that circle!

After we have a huge stack of blue circle papers, we’re ready for one of the best things in the whole world: a Sticker Party!

Mrs. Sumner fills the table with stickers.  She slowly hands out the papers, one-by-one.  We wait in great anticipation (it’s almost painful!) to see each page returned to us.  It is wonderful to remember all our hard work – and celebrate what we have been learning.  

And that blue circle?  It’s waiting for a sticker!   We pick it out and put it on! There is something incredible in getting to see that big pile of diligence, thought, and care sitting right in front of us.

Some things we don’t get back.  Mrs. Sumner is saving them for our portfolio.  We’ll get that at the end of the year!

We are doing an amazing job on our presentations!  We stand in front of the whole school once each week.  We are careful with our feet, arms, head, and voice. Mrs. Sumner is proud of how confident and calm we are while we share what we know with our friends.

Speaking of showing what you know, next week begins Show What You Know!  That’s when we get to be with Mrs. Sumner (and sit in her roly-poly chair!) and tell her what we know.  We get to read to her, do some math, and play some games. We’ll do the exact same things a few times during the year.  As the year goes on, we’ll know more-more-more!

PS. This week in Ancient Greek history, we are learning about Athens.  They had a great navy. “Navy” comes from the Latin word “navis” which means boat!

September 27, 2019

We have been learning two hymns. I’d love to sing them with you. The first one is from Issac Watts.

I sing the mighty pow’r of God, that made the mountains rise,

That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.

I sing the wisdom that designed the sun to rule the day;

The moon shines full at His command, and all the stars obey.

This next one was written by Stuart Hine and is more familiar.

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder, 

Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made; 

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, 

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Chorus:

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 

How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 

How great Thou art, How great Thou art! 

…Autumn is officially here.  Any “outerwear” such as a fleece or sweater, must be meet our uniform standards.

…Need ideas for simple, protein rich snacks?  Nuts, peanut-butter crackers, and granola bars are easy for little hands and a classroom-friendly snack.

…The music director of Mineral Baptist Church is sending an invitation for the Children’s Choir.  It meets for 15 minutes after Wednesday night’s Awana.  

…Parents of Kinder students will be able to sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences next week.  The dates for the conferences are October 15th-18th. There will not be childcare available. If you do not have childcare, your time slot will be forfeited.

…Our World-Culture Day is on October 25th.  Please let Mrs. Sumner know if you are planning on traveling the world with us!