First grade is buzzing with activity! Our students have been busy investigating and learning about this great world God has given to us. In reading, we are continuing to improve our accuracy, fluency, expression, and comprehension by practicing every day as we read Charlotte’s Web. We are thoroughly enjoying the adventures of Wilbur, Charlotte, and the other farm animals! We have done a mini-study on the anatomy and skills of spiders, and we will be creating barnyard dioramas in the coming weeks.
In Bible time, we have been seeing how God’s plan started in the Garden of Eden, continued through His care for the nation of Israel, and culminated with His Son – Jesus Christ – coming to Earth as our Savior. We have enjoyed learning about various Bible heroes such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Ruth, Hannah, Deborah, King David, King Solomon, Jonah, Daniel, Esther, and John the Baptist. We love learning about God’s plans and promises!
In math, we are telling time to the minute, counting coin combinations, and working on memorizing our math facts. We love to “beat the clock” on our fact practice sheets. The first graders love to do double and triple digit addition and subtraction problems, and we’ve even begun learning some beginning multiplication concepts.
In social studies, we just completed our study of famous Americans and American symbols. We enjoyed learning exciting facts about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, the Statue of Liberty, and much more! We feel blessed to live in such a wonderful country!
In science, we are learning about the needs of animals and plants, the life cycle of animals, the anatomy of insects, and how plants and animals interact to help one another. We created insects out of marshmallows, made a butterfly’s life cycle craft, and separated salt from water through evaporation.
We have taken our learning out of the classroom as well when we visited Publix, The Lyric Theatre, Marasco Ranch, Busch Wildlife, the FloridaOceanographicCenter and the Veteran’s Day Parade. We also enjoy having “Mystery Readers” (classroom parents) come to our class each Friday to read to us! They are usually dressed up like their book character, and they bring us a yummy treat.
We also love helping others! So far this year, we have made several crafts for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day to deliver to the patients at the dialysis clinic nearby. God has blessed us so much, and we want to share His love with others!
Ice Cream sales continue on Fridays!! The Safety Patrol has taken over the ice cream sale since the 4th grade has taken their class trip. We will use the money to help offset the cost of our end of the year trip as well.
By adopting a class or special area of our school and making a tax-deductible donation you have a chance to make a difference! 100% of the money goes directly to that class to purchase items including computer software, books, visuals, math materials, supplies, thematic learning items, computer programs, physical education equipment and more!
Parents, families, grandparents, friends and businesses are welcome to adopt a class. Those who adopt will see their name listed in the Ram News. Will you please adopt us? Adopt as many as you like at whatever level you like! Please click here to view our Adopt-a-Class Application. Click here for the latest Adopt A Class Updates!
PARENTS IN PRAYER: Calling all parents! Please join us on Tuesday mornings beginning August 20th from 8:30-9:00 in Albracht Hall for a time of prayer for all of our students of Redeemer Church and School and families in the community. You do not have to pray out loud. A leader will do the praying. The power of prayer is awesome, so please stop by on Monday mornings! If you have any questions please contact Joy Beach at 286-0911 ext 102 or stop by the church office.
Chapel Offerings: Last quarter we collected and donated $1,236.21 to the Treasure Coast Wounded Warriors Project. Additionally, we are supporting a young Guatemalan girl through Common Hope during our second quarter. Third quarter we will be supporting Mission: Haiti again which is the third year in our Hearts for Jesus campaign. We have designated fourth quarter offerings to go to the American Heart Association through the Jump Rope for Heart program. Our students and staff are cheerful givers and we are humbled to make these offerings for the benefit of those in need.
Scrip: Scrip may be purchased through the church office. E-mail Karen McCarthy or call 286-0911
THANK YOU! Redeemer Lutheran Church and School has been greatly blessed by the gifts that it has received over the past few years from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans through the Thrivent Choice Program and is thankful that this program will continue in 2013. These gifts have helped pay for unfunded repairs and needs, supported missions, and helped students afford to attend our school and hear God’s Word.
Many Thrivent members have graciously chosen Redeemer church or school as their ministry organization to support and in the past have set up a recurring direction of dollars to Redeemer each time they are available. Going forward, the recurring direction of Choice Dollars is no longer available, which means that members need to manually direct their Choice Dollars to Redeemer or an organization of their choice. This can be done very simply with a phone call to (800) 847-4836 or via the Internet at www.thrivent.com. Members have until March 31, 2013, to direct any remaining 2012 Choice Dollars by phone or the Internet.
Thank you again for remembering Redeemer Lutheran Church and School with Thrivent Choice! It is a huge blessing, not just at Redeemer but beyond as we reach out into our community to share God’s Word and grow His kingdom!
Crossing the Bridge to the Future…Together. Our members, school families and visitors cross many bridges to come to Redeemer whether year round or for a season. Bridges take us places. Bridges allow us to move past or over challenging terrain. Over time our bridges also need care and maintenance.
Redeemer Lutheran Church and School is facing some challenging terrain to cross. Christ and his cross are able to bridge any terrain no matter how rough the waves or how much the tide surges.
God chooses each of us to be stewards of his resources at Redeemer. We have some mission related capital improvements to address, a debt repayment bridge to cross that will free up future offerings, and a wealth of mission opportunities to span. All these will help us increase support for our mission of “reaching out into the community to be the best for the community.”
Before we cross this stewardship bridge, God is challenging us and supporting us in greater commitment to his word and sacraments. With this increased faith, let’s cross this bridge to the future…together.