Newsletter 22: Week of March 10

Weekly Highlights

I love spending my days with your children! Not quite a 5-day week this time, but it did feel like a full week with lots of great learning opportunities and fun life moments shared together. Maestra Haak has been able to spend a lot of time in our classroom getting to know your kids and what life in kindergarten is like. I have no doubt she will do an amazing job and I couldn’t have picked a better person to take my place when our baby girl arrives. God is good!

Important Dates

March 12: Lulu and the Long Walk book orders due (This book order went home last week, but let me know if you need another or have questions.)

March 13: March is Reading Day: Waldo goes to the Game *wear sports gear

March 14: All School Chapel with Joel Tanis 11am

A note about the chapel:
Zeeland Christian School is excited to welcome MIchigan Author/Illustrator Joel Schoon-Tanis on Thursday, March 14. Joel is not charging us for the visit, but asks if we could make a donation to the Blood:Water organization. Let’s help our students understand the work and passion of this organization and the need for people around the world.Please let parents know of this giving opportunity. If each child could bring in $1 it would be amazing! Please send in the money by Wed. March 13. We look forward to this visit and are excited to learn of this mission opportunity.

March 19: Spring Elementary Program @ 6:15

A note from the music teachers: 

Our Spring Elementary Music Program is quickly approaching! Mark your calendars for Tuesday evening, March 19, at Community Reformed Church in Zeeland. Two short performances will be held: K/1/2nd grades at 6:15pm, and 3/4/5th grades at 7:15pm. Families who do not have students at both levels do not need to stay for both events as there will be transition time. More details to come!

March 20: March is Reading Day: wear stripes like Waldo!

March 27: March is Reading: Beach day *dress in bright colors or beachy clothes (no swimsuits) 🙂

March 31: Baby Izenbaard’s Due Date 🙂

Ongoing: If you have any hearts sheets for our sponsor student from the Philippines, you may turn those in at any time.

Ongoing: March is reading month! We will be participating in a couple optional reading programs: Book It with Pizza Hut and the Whitecaps program. Information was sent home this past week, but please let me know if you have any questions!


Bible: We finished our unit on miracles by talking about Jesus walking on the water, feeding 5,000 People, and raising Lazarus from the dead. We are starting a unit on parables next!

Below is our new Bible verse:

Miracles Bible Verse: Pidan, y se les dará; busquen, y encontrarán; llamen, y se les abrirá. Mateo 7:7

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

Literacy: This week we continued our conversations about verbs. We practiced looking for the verb endings and identifying the person(s) doing the action based on those endings and the pronoun before the noun. It’s fun drawing your children’s awareness to things they use in conversations every day!

  • Reading strategy: Visualizing
  • Read aloud: Quiero Viajar
  • Vocabulary words
    • avión (airplane)
    • yate/bote (boat)
    • el velero (sailboat)
    • el autobus (bus)
    • el cohete (rocket)
    • el tren (train)
    • explorar (to explore)
    • viajar (to travel)
  • Word wall word: tengo (I have)
  • Phrase of the week: Hice ___. (I did ___. or I made ___.
  • Letter of the week/Handwriting Letter: Rr

Math: We are working on teen numbers. Our goal is to see them as 10 and a few more. For example, 16 is 10 and 6 more. We also practiced writing numbers 16, 17, and 18.

Writing Workshop: We celebrated our pattern books! Your kids did a fantastic job and are becoming amazing writers! Next up is Small Moments.

Exploring God’s World: We continue to explore motion. This week we learned that a heavier object takes a bigger push or force to move than a lighter object. We learned that bigger doesn’t always mean heavier and together we longed for the days of playing with light, but big beach balls in the sand. 🙂

Up in Lights: Madeline was up in lights this week! You might not know it when you first meet her, but Madeline loves adventure and is a bit of a risk-taker! She LOVES going fast in boats and dreams of becoming a doctor or a race car driver. We’re so glad God made you who you are, Madeline!

From Our Immersion Director, Jodi Pierce

Can you tell me more about immersion in middle school? As our students reach middle school, we continue to intensely focus on language development. Currently, our Mandarin students study in Chinese for four hours of the day. In Spanish, our students spend three class periods in Spanish. While students leaving 5th grade have a great level of fluency, they are still at a 5th-grade developmental level. Just as students have not reached adult sophistication in their native language by 5th grade, our immersion students still have significant room for growth. Throughout middle school, we continue to introduce and solidify more difficult language forms. While we know that intrinsic motivation might fall during these years, this is a time of immense vocabulary and language development. It is imperative that students continue to hear and produce their immersion language through these years so that their language development keeps pace with their cognitive development and so that their academic use of language grows sufficiently to meet the demands of grade level curriculum/content. If you have more questions about secondary immersion (6th-12th), please connect with Jodi Pierce

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