Time to Pray
This past Thursday was the National Day of Prayer. Since our classroom is adjacent to the church, we were privileged to see a number of people taking time during their day to come before the Lord in prayer. What a great witness they gave! What a great opportunity we also had to be able to spend some focused time in prayer.
Our class spent about a half hour praying for our country, state, city, church, and school. Students first split into small groups and prayed together using a pamphlet as a guide for topics about which they could pray. Then, we knelt as a class by the communion rail, praying one-at-a-time about whatever the children felt led to bring before God. We prayed about big topics and small topics, local ones and national ones. Hearing the heartfelt prayers of children is a powerful thing. No wonder Jesus lifts up the faith of children as an example for his disciples to follow.
A few additional notes...
Heifer International: Fourth quarter chapel offerings will purchase an animal (or animals) for people in a needy part of the world. All gathered money will go to purchase either a water buffalo, a goat, or rabbits. A competition of sorts will decide which animal is purchased. All coins contributed to a particular animal will count as 1 point per cent. All paper money contributed to an animal will instead subtract points from that animal. Students in our class have banded together in groups who are rooting for one animal or another. Check out the Heifer International Website for details on how each of these animals helps the families and communities to whom they are given.
Chapel: Because grades K-3 will be on a field trip this Wednesday, chapel this week will be on Thursday.
Zoo Field Trip: This week Wednesday, our class, along with kindergarten and first grade, will be going to the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison. Parents are encouraged to come along as chaperones. Please contact me if you are interested and able to help in this way. We will be leaving at 8:15 and returned shortly before school ends. Students should bring a bag lunch, water, and a small backpack. They should wear a sun hat, a jacket, walking shoes, and a GSLS shirt if owned. Cost of the trip is $2 per person for the bus and $1.50 for the carousel.
Laser Assembly: As we approach the end of the school year, the LCMS schools in our district will gather for a laser show assembly at Lebanon Lutheran at the end of the day Monday, May 12th. Please contact me if you are interested in attending. Students will be riding the bus to get there and back.
Last Library Day: Our last library day is Thursday, May 15th. Please help you children to be aware of this so that they may turn in their book on time.
Rummage Sale: The rummage sale benefiting our school will take place at Good Shepherd Saturday, May 17th. Please consider volunteering your time or donating items to be sold.
Field Day: Friday, May 23rd is Field Day At Good Shepherd. The event will run from 10 am until the end of school. Water events will be included, so please ensure that your children dress appropriately. A volunteer form went home with children so that parents could sign up to help. Please return these by May 9th.
Iowa Test Snacks: Over the course of last week, several people voluntarily brought class snacks to help our kids maintain their energy during standardized testing. A big thanks to the those parents for the delicious snacks. The students and I certainly appreciated them!
Bible Verse of the Week
Students choose their own memory verse this week.