Newsletter 20: Week of February 18

Week Overview

It was an exciting week to be a kindergartener! On Wednesday we celebrated our 100th day of school. It was a very special day of reflecting on God’s faithfulness over the past 100 days. THANK YOU to those of you who donated snacks and other supplies to help make our 100th day of school celebration possible! We also celebrated Valentine’s Day. We reflected on God’s love for us and our love for each other. Thank you, again, to those of you who helped by donating supplies, running centers, and helping your child bring valentines to pass out. 
On Friday we practiced the procedure for a lockdown drill. One of the students said, “This really happened in a school this week.” That comment sparked a beautiful conversation. I think it’s important that I share with you how I handled this conversation. I told the kids that, yes, a person who wasn’t loving Jesus decided he wanted to hurt some of the people at a school in Florida. I reminded them that, while there are bad people in the world, we have a God who is stronger than even the strongest bad person. We can trust Him and we don’t need to be afraid. He loves us and protects us always. When we were gathered in the bathroom, our hiding place for lockdown drills, we prayed for the people in Florida and all schools everywhere.

Important Dates

February 19: President’s Day break – No School (Preschool-8th)

February 28: All School Chapel 9:00


  • Parent Teacher Conferences: Spring conferences are quickly approaching. This year ZCS has decided that conferences are optional, which is different from the past. If you would like to sit down face to face to celebrate your child please sign up for a 15 minute time slot. (I sent an email a week or so ago with instructions to sign up for a conference beginning February 21.) If you choose to have a conference, during this time I will share celebrations about your child’s spiritual, emotional, and academic growth. If you receive a personal email from me, that simply means I’d like you to sign up for a conference. This doesn’t mean I am necessarily concerned, but that I feel face to face time would be good. If you do not receive an email, you may choose if you’d like to sign up. Please know that if you don’t sign up I won’t be sending home any updated assessment information. If you will be requesting a conference, please let me know by February 21 so that I can begin preparing for our time together. You have until February 28 to sign up for a time slot, but that date doesn’t give me much time to prep for our conference. Thanks for your help! 
  • Snow Clothes: think we’re approaching spring?! With that comes some funky weather. Please do make sure that your students have their snow pants. Our playground stays wet and muddy long after much of the snow has melted. Boots are a great idea too. Thank you!
  • Sickness has been creeping into our classroom! If your child will not be at school for a planned or unplanned absence, please email to let the office know in addition to letting me know. You can forward the same email to me… whatever is easier. 🙂 If you will be gone for several days, you only need to send 1 email with all of the days you plan to be gone. Thank you!
  • Spanish Immersion Camp: Signup is open. Please help us to spread the word for our Spanish Summer Camp. Family, relatives and neighbors are welcome to come to me immersed in awesome games, familiar stories, new songs, and exciting crafts that are all taught COMPLETELY in the Spanish language. If you have any questions please contact Mari at Here is the link for you to sign up zcs-expanded-summer-2018


Bible: We finished our unit on Jesus’ ministry with the story of the Samaritan Woman.

February 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: We spent some time reviewing nouns and verbs as well as many of the letters we have studied so far this year. We practiced these concepts in writing workshop, exploring God’s world, our Valentine’s Day and 100th day celebrations and daily 5.

In case you missed it last time, RazKids is an app we’ve been using often in our classroom. It’s also something you can use to practice reading, in Spanish or in English, with your child at home.

Kids A-Z Login Instructions:

  • Step 1: Go to
  • Step 2: Enter or choose my username, mizenbaard
  • Step 3: Your child finds his or her username on the class chart.
  • Step 4: Your child enters his or her password (Touch the airplane.)

Math: In math we talked about how to show numbers using groups of 5 and “extras.” We are focusing on numbers 6-10 right now.

Writing Workshop: Kindergarteners “fixed and fancied” their favorite pattern book. We look forward to celebrating this coming Tuesday!

Exploring God’s World: We finished our unit on motion by looking for real life examples of when we use push, pull, and gravity.

Up in Lights: Brayden was up in lights this week! He shared his passion for legos and his favorite taste, chocolate chip cookies. We love you, Brayden! You are one amazing kid!

From The Immersion Coordinator, Jodi Pierce

We made the news! Check out this clip of some of our Mandarin students singing on Thursday morning on Fox 17 News: It is great to see our students be able to use their language in the community both on TV and at the Lunar New Year Festival at DeVos Place.

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