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Middle School - October 2022

Fifth grade homeroom students have begun learning about the Holy Spirit in Religion. The second unit of One in Christ helps students understand the Church is blessed with the Holy Spirit and how we are called to faith in Jesus through God’s Word and Sacraments.

In Memory they are working on the Second Petition of the Lord’s Prayer and The Sacrament of the Altar along with several individual verses.

The 5th graders will also complete a VFW Auxiliary Essay contest replying to the prompt, “I’m proud to be an American because...”. They have also begun a collaboration on opinion writings with Mrs. Hanson’s class at Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran in Spencer.

In Grammar, the students are finishing up a unit on nouns and are going to start reviewing verbs. Students continue writing fictional stories and are working on their first Pen Pal letters with the R.S.V.P. Program.

5-8th graders recently took our learning on the road! With the help of many wonderful parents who were our drivers and chaperones we had the opportunity to take an up close and personal look at the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend. Aside from the chilly temperatures and cool breezes we had a wonderful time exploring and learning about the creation of the grotto. We are amazed at the ingenuity and craftiness of those who worked tirelessly to create this beautiful stone work. We were impressed by the ability to gather rocks from all over the world in the early 1900’s. The mosaics that portray Jesus going to the cross and ultimate resurrection are amazing! If you haven’t ever traveled to West Bend and explored the grotto, we highly recommend it. We were also able to visit the WWII POW camp museum in Altoona. We loved looking at the model of the camp as well as the ⅓ scale watchtower. Being able to step back in time through this historical visit was an experience we won’t forget. Thank you so much to our drivers and chaperones for making this trip possible.

Our Crusader soccer team recently ended their season with a 2nd place finish at the Iowa District West tournament. Losing the championship match to Mt. Olive in a double shoot-out was heart wrenching but exciting! We had a wonderful season and are looking forward to basketball season.

Here’s a quick look at some of our in class learning: 6th grade science has been experimenting with removing chlorophyll from leaves, and have completed some impressive leaf collection books. 7-8th graders are investigating viruses, bacteria and how these are spread throughout communities. We’ve used a lot more hand sanitizer during this unit! In Social Studies we continue to learn about the founding of America and have made our very own ziggurats using mud-clay bricks. Math this month has been an assortment of decimals, inequalities, and fractions. Practicing and mastering the various math strategies uses a lot of our brain power. We are looking forward to starting our community pen-pal project through RSVP. It’s a great way to connect with those in the community and practice our grammar and writing skills at the same time. We are enjoying getting further and further in the book Hatchet and Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Extra skills we continue to become more successful at include communicating in sign language and Spanish. In FCS we are making neck pillows, zippered pencil cases and even a satchel has been created!

As we learn more and more about the stories of the Bible we see a carefully laid plan for our salvation in Jesus. Right now we are learning about Joseph and the way he was able to show forgiveness to his brothers. We are seeing God’s plan in action as we study Judah and his willingness to take the place of his brother Benjamin as Joseph’s servant. Jesus willingly took our place on the cross as the punishment for our sins. We are blessed with Trinity Lutheran School where we are able to share love, forgiveness, and grace in the name of our savior Jesus.

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