I don't know about you but Fall is my FAVORITE season! The crisp air, the changing & falling leaves, the blustery winds, the fall decor, and all the pumpkin-y foods and soups. That being said... HOW ABOUT THAT SNOW ON TUESDAY/HALLOWEEN?!?!?!? Hahaha what a day!
PLEASE remember to send your child to school with a hat, gloves, scarf, and a winter jacket as these days get chillier and chillier. We want to keep them safe and warm at recess and on our daily walk to and from lunch. Thank You!!!
So...back to FALL! We took advantage of the warmer fall weather last week to head outside for the beginning of art class to sketch a bare fall tree.
Then we headed inside to stamp on some fall colored leaves using folded paper rolls! How cool!?!
Here is some examples of our finished pieces.
About a month ago, we read the book "The Crayon Box That Talked" and then for Art we colored a crayon with a color unique to us and drew a self-portrait.
A few weeks back, we discussed primary and secondary colors and how on the color wheel you will find complimentary colors across from each other. Then, we chose complimentary colors to use on this art project, while we used our line making skills we learned at the beginning of the year.
After discussing the color wheel, the next week we created locker tags by only using warm and cool colors.
These pictures and stories were created over several weeks in Computer class using Microsoft Word and the Paint program.
Finally, yesterday we wrapped up creating these bright Christian Pumpkin Windsocks!
All of these artworks fill our classroom and hallway with color and creativity!
Fire Prevention Week was October 9th-13th and we were treated with a visit from the West Point Volunteer Fire Department to teach us about fire safety and see their BIGGEST truck!
They even let us climb through the inside of the truck!
On Wednesday, October 11th we presented Chapel for the entire school along with family and friends! Our message was all about how Jesus is the Life!
This past Friday we had the pleasure of attending the awesome Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival at Concordia University in Seward, NE! We enjoyed listening to Tad Hills share about his writing and illustrating of the Duck & Goose and Rocket books! We found plenty of entertaining activities at Literacy on the Lawn! And Emily Arrow blew us away with her talent for writing songs about books and singing them while playing the ukulele!!! Mrs. Reppert will definitely be purchasing more books by Tad Hills and looking up Emily Arrow on YouTube for us to enjoy. Ask your child what their favorite part of Plum Creek was!
Tad Hills reading us his newest book, Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo!
Tad Hills using pencil color and acrylic paint to create Duck! He told us normally he paints with oil paint but that would take a week or more to dry.
One Literacy on the Lawn activity was playing with a parachute along side other students from other schools attending the festival also.
Emily Arrow and her ukulele, Bow, were possibly the BEST part of the whole day!
Opal was just one of the hundreds of rocks and gems we got to check out in The Bartels Museum inside Concordia's Link Library!
We created a few crafts, based on books, at Literacy on the Lawn.
Finally, the class had a great day and they had the crafts, face paint, and memories to prove it!
Come one, come all to St. Paul's Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 1st starting at 9am at the Nielsen Center! There will be a church service, German food, games to play, and children singing. And many, many things to buy, including our awesome 2nd Grade project!
Here we are in week 5 of the school year and everyone is learning the routines and procedures and they are officially back in "school mode" and Mrs. Reppert loves it! Monday we took our pictures for our Oktoberfest and we can't wait to finish the steps in creating our masterpiece! (Thanks to Keegan and his family for donating some great wooden palette pieces for the project!) Today we had our first English test on capitalization and punctuation rules. Tomorrow we make another awesome trip to the STREAM Lab with Mrs. Ramirez! Thursday we get to enjoy rotating through stations of STREAM tasks in our classroom. And Friday is Fall Picture Day! Dress in your best!
FYI: Our first book order forms of the year went home today and are due back to me or order online by Thursday, September 21st. Every order helps our classroom earn free books!
God bless you wherever this reaches you and thank you for sharing your children with me. -Mrs. Reppert
Go big or go home they always say! And Mrs. Reppert has a plan to go big with the 2nd Grade Oktoberfest project this year! BUT we NEED your HELP!
Galleries or collages of decor pieces and large photos on walls are all the rage right now and so I am basing our project on an idea of something to fit that trend! I am planning on doing a home decor piece with 4 large canvases or pieces of wood that can be hung on a wall in someones home. The students will be helping me by being my models for the photos that I want transferred onto the canvases or wood pieces. They will be spelling out "PRAY" with their bodies forming the letters! I want to transfer one letter per canvas or piece.
Here is where I need parents and grandparents and families help!
Could you donate 4 larger canvas OR 4 larger pieces of wood OR 4 larger pieces of repurposed wood?
Could you donate Mod-Podge? Could you donate Gel Medium?
Could you donate wax paper? Could you donate white tissue paper?
Could you print the photos for us? (They will be larger that 8x10.)
Have you ever done a project with photo transfer to canvas or wood? Could you help our class perform the task? Could we pass along the pictures to you and you could help by doing the photo transfer for us?
At St. Paul Lutheran School, "we are in a partnership with parents" and I look forward to hearing from you on how you can help us make our project come to life for the Oktoberfest auction! Contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Remind App. THANKS!
(Below you will find some links to help you see what my project plan is and brainstorm how we will create this masterpiece of a project!)
HERE is a link I found on how to transfer photos to canvas that might work.
HERE are some links I found on how to transfer photos to wood that might work.
We are at the end of day 10 of the school year and everyone is settling into the school routines and procedures. If you took a vote right now, I think all the second graders and maybe the entire student body of St. Paul Lutheran School would say the STREAM Lab and STREAM in their classrooms is their favorite class! Engineering ramps and racing cars is the first of many STREAM projects that second grade will do in the STREAM Lab this year. Be sure to ask them about their STREAM Lab experiences each Wednesday night. Second graders have also been able to experiences the teamwork and creativity of STREAM tasks in the second grade classroom. They are partnered up and then must use simple classroom and household items to create structures and objects assigned to them through a deck of task cards. The best thing I can do to describe it for you is to show you, so go ahead and scroll down and take a peek!
Zoe S. and Josh created a school with a bench and walkway using only mini cups!
Kaden and Jaxon engineered a bridge with support beams using only paper rolls!
Dakota and Zoey L. designed a colorful plane from linking cubes!
Emerson B. and Mayda were assigned to create an apple and they really took on the challenge! I love how they even added the details of the water drops on the apple!
We have started the new school year and its going swell! Yesterday we took our first field trip of the year with the whole school to Concordia University in Seward. While there we had a chapel service , ate lunch, and then witnessed a total solar eclipse! It was once in a lifetime experience and sight to see! We got to wear and keep special glasses that made it safe to look at the sun before, during, and after the eclipse as the moon slid in front of the sun.
Below you will see some photos from the field trip. At Concordia they sold out of special t-shirts they were selling for the total solar eclipse BUT you can go to this website http://mytournamenttees.com/fresh/concordia/ and still order a shirt for you or your child before August 27th!
Today, while back in class we filled out a graphic organizer to keep as a record of our experience while watching the total solar eclipse. Mrs. Reppert loved to hear all the students sharing the many things they learned about the sun, moon, and more. Be sure to ask your child about their favorite part and at least one thing they learned on the field trip.
The second graders were not only amazed by the eclipse in the sky but also by the informational video presented on the jumbo screen across the football field!
This is a picture of the eclipse at totality. (Taken with just an iPhone camera)
Top photo: The sky just before totality. Bottom photo: The sky during totality.
Hello and welcome to my second grade blog page and welcome to a new school year! I am soooooo excited for all of the new young minds coming into my classroom this school year! Along with my new batch of students, this year I am implementing a new spelling curriculum that reach learners at their level of spelling and then helps them grow tremendously as a speller. As a whole school, we are going to be learning, creating, thinking, and much, much more in our new STREAM Lab! STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Homeroom teachers will also be teaching/facilitating some STREAM experiences in their individual classrooms too! I am super excited to see my students creativity and knowledge come out during their STREAM classes.
I could go on and on about all the exciting things happening this school year but I think I will leave it at that for now. You will just have to check back in later for updates or just ask your student!
P.S. Don't forget about the 14th Annual St. Paul Lutheran School 4 Person Golf Scramble on Sunday, August 20th! There will be food, fellowship, and fun! Sign up your team today! Proceeds benefit the school's scholarship fund and technology.