Plum Creek Literacy Festival
Earlier this fall we were lucky to participate in the Concordia University's Plum Creek Literacy Festival. This is an annual event we hope to be able to continue to participate in. Our Kindergarten through 6th grade students meet with several authors who've written books at each grade level. Below are a few photographs from the day, including pictures with the author of the "Otis the Tractor" books, Loren Long.
Lutheran Schools Week
We Celebrated Lutheran Schools Week during the week of March of 8th through 12th. The week began with the Spring Musical held at the West Point "Community Theatre. This year's performance was about the Old Testament Prophets in the Bible and creatively used a group of young kids playing baseball to teach the Bible lesson. Here's a few pictures of the play, "The Big Inning."
Monday, March 9th - During Lutheran Schools Week, we celebrated by dressing up in Hawaiian Style. There were lots of grass skirts, flower leis, and sunglasses. Lunch was graciously donated by the West Point Pizza Ranch (pizza) and McDonald's (apples and juice). Later that afternoon we were super lucky and had snow cones donated by Bargman's Concessions. After school we saw the Zuzu African Acrobats perform in our own school gym.
Tuesday, March 10th - We dressed up as our favorite story book characters and authors. We were fortunate to have a local author, Jeanne Miller come and visit in our classrooms. She read her stories, "Grandpa Has Shark Teeth," and "My Eyelids Are Dropping." She also spoke about her experiences as an author and writer. In keeping with our Literature Appreciation Day, we had the West Point Mayor Marlene Johnson come and read Dr. Seuss Books to our younger students.
Tuesday evening, we had an open house welcoming any families interested in learning more about our school. If you missed the open house, we welcome you to call or stop by any time. Please call the school office at 402.372.2355 to speak with our principal, Mrs. Penrose to set up a time to visit. Below are a few photos of the decorations from the open house.
Wednesday, March 11th - Pajama Day! Whole School Dodge Ball Tournament, grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade participated in mixed teams. Our PTL (Parent Teacher League) donated goldfish snacks for everyone. They were super cute! Wish I took a picture! Also in the afternoon, we had 2 mothers and their daughters cut their hair for Locks of Love.
Thursday, March 12th - Grandparent's Day. Grandparents and grand friends came to visit all morning. Each classroom had special activities. Visitors were treated to brunch and a special chapel service. In addition, they got a first had view of our student ran bank. The Soaring Eagles Savers Club, is a real bank, where students have savings accounts held at F&M Bank. Our 5th and 6th grade class are responsible for learning and doing each job in the bank. Every student at St. Paul's has the opportunity to participate in the program. The student bank is held once a month. The accounts are also accessible at F&M Bank. For more information, please inquire at the school office. Below are pictures from Grandparent's Day.
When a Heisman Trophy winner comes to school, you take pictures.
Earlier this fall, the 3rd through 8th Graders took a field trip to Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa.
It was a beautiful fall day. We were blessed to visit, learn and listen to Missionary Gary tell us many things. He took us around the world with his collection of artifacts from various distant lands, including Africa, Asia, South America, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Eurasia. He taught us many things - 2 of which were, "The world will try and take you away from Jesus." Be ready and prepared for it.
The second was from the Bible, Hebrews 12:2, "...fix [ing] our eyes on Jesus..."
You can read more about our field trip here. Both Pastor Bringewatt and Principal Kari Penrose have written articles about the trip for our church newsletter. I encourage you to take the time to read and learn more!