Dates to Remember

August 14...New Family Orientation/Kindergarten 101/Back to School Picnic 5:30 pm
August 27...Staff Dedication Service at BLC 8:00 am
August 29...First Day of School/Early Release 11:15
September 4...Labor Day/No School
September 14...Open House and Ice Cream Social

Worth Taking a Day off Work Dates:
December 19...K-8 Christmas Program 2:00 and 7:00
June 12...All School Game and Picnic morning
June 13...Last Day of School/Closing Chapel/Kindergarten Graduation

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Have a Happy Summer!

It's summer time and already I am thinking about our class and missing them.  Thank you for a fine year, your kids are a testimony to your good parenting; kind, curious, bright and faithful.  It's a been a great joy and adventure to learn with them as they grew this year.

Stay safe this summer and take time to play, rest and pray.  God loves you and your family and has a good plan for each day.

Come back and see us next year!

Mrs. Luoma and Mrs. DeGraaf

Monday, June 12, 2017

Our last full day

Our last full day of school was a big day.
We began with a devotion about thinking more about how other people are doing than ourselves.
The class identified story elements in a book about a pouting fish.
It was our last day to write in our Writing Journals, they are coming home today.  The challenge is to keep your child writing all summer long.
We analyzed data in from our tooth chart at math time.  Boy, did we lose a lot of teeth this year!
After lunch we got to watch our 8th grade friends play knocker ball in the back field; it was quite a show!
We did our best to practice for graduation on the stage in the gym.
At the end of the day, the class helped clean tables, walls and sort markers as we watched our favorite videos on insects.
We did a lot and we did it first grade strong!

Mrs. Luoma

Friday, June 9, 2017


The class was excited to get their very on BLS yearbook today!  We had a yearbook signing party at the end of the school day.  Our kids had fun asking their classmates for their signatures.  We hope it will be full of memories for many years to come.
We began our day with a devotion an prayer, focusing on being thankful. 
In reading we had fun with a quiz on syllables and reading.  Yes,  Kindergarteners love tests!
After recess we had a great time surprising our 8th grade friends with a song and flowers.  Then we played together outside with bubbles, chalk and balls!
For math, we analyzed our class birthday data by graphing the information and reading our graphs.
We just had time for a quick art project, drawing portraits of a classmate.
Then it was an early recess and in for the awards assembly.

It was a fun day, honoring one another and enjoying some special activities.

Mrs. Luoma

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Finishing strong

We are working hard to finish strong in Kindergarten this week.  We get a little crazy at times, but we stop, slow down and start again the right way. 
This morning we heard a great chapel message from Pastor Andy encouraging us to live like lights in a dark world. 
We wrote about what it will be like in first grade and added it to our wall writings from the trimester.
Dimes were the money topic in math and counted mixed change.
After lunching with our Bethlehem Buddies we heard a story about why you shouldn't bring an elephant to school.  We identified what the main topic was and minor details.
We heard a story about community and answered comprehension questions in reading.
The class enjoyed an extended Lego building time with the challenge of creating a strange insect.
In learning centers we identified vowel sounds, drew, played with play doh, worked on iPads and bought items at the penny-nickel-dime store.

This is the way to finish strong!

Mrs. Luoma

Monday, June 5, 2017

The beginning of the end

This was the beginning of our last full week of school.  We are excited for summer and watching our students go on to first grade.  We are also sad to take down all their work and pack up the memories. 
At Bible time we heard how the disciples reacted when they realized Peter was free from prison.  God really surprised them!
At story time we heard a story about a pigeon who wanted a puppy for a pet and then changed her mind.  We counted syllables in words from the text.
We are learning about money in math this week.  It's an interesting subject to discuss with Kindergarten kids!
After lunch we learned about contractions and identified them as we sorted words with different endings.
Our table points were counted up and blue table won the points for respect.  Winning tables will get their pick of a special friend to sit near for the last days of school.  It should make for an interesting mix this week!
At learning centers we worked on some graduations projects, built and had the penny store open for business.

School is almost out, but we continue to learn and grow!

Mrs. Luoma

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Analyzing data

We took a good look at the temperature data from our play ground experiment this past month.  The students were able to use the data to come to several interesting conclusions about the weather, the sun and the seasons.  It's great to see how well the class can predict and reason. 
This morning we began our day in prayer and had a great discussion about being a light to the world. 
At story time we counted syllables in words from a text about an Owl who found a mouse under his bed.
Mr. Haynes continued to teach how to do picnic games in P.E.
We graphed data in math, the class is becoming comfortable with graphing of all kinds.
In reading we introduced a new reader and answered comprehensions about our anchor text. 
It was our last time in the library for this year, so enjoy that final book and start visiting the public library soon!  In technology lab we worked with partners on reading skills.

It was a full day, full of learning and smiles,

Mrs. Luoma

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Listening for syllables in words

Today our big challenge was listening for the syllables in words.  We worked on it this morning and had some trouble, but after a little re-teaching and review the class was doing great.  I'm so thankful for this bright group that keeps trying even when they have trouble at first.
At Bible time we heard the finish to Peter's sermon.  We had a great discussion on repentance and baptism.
Mr. Haynes let us have a make-up P.E. class during our regular math time so the class could practice picnic games.
After lunch we had a Spanish lesson and then learned more about how to write dialog.  Mrs. DeGraaf has been sharing pictures of a Robin family that live in a tree in her yard.  Today we got to see the babies with their mouths open.  After writing we watched a video of how Robin's develop from egg to first flight.
At story time we heard a story about an Emu living at a zoo; we practiced listening for the number of syllables in words from the text.  We finished the day playing a syllable sorting game.

Chalk up another good day of learning and fun.

Mrs. Luoma