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January 22, 2018

 "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

From the Principal.....

Welcome to National Lutheran Schools Week!  This is a special week in which we give thanks for the many blessings that we receive in and through our Lutheran Schools.  There are special activities and devotions everyday this week.  We encourage all students to participate.

As part of the National Lutheran Schools week, the choir is scheduled to sing this coming Sunday in worship.  We will be singing two songs that we have been working on since Christmas break.  One of them is a special song with lyrics written specifically for National Lutheran Schools Week.  Please have students (K-6) in the basement to warm up by 8:40 this Sunday morning, January 28.  We will sing near the beginning of the service.

As I mentioned in last week's Chatterbox, Grandparents' Day is coming up on February 9.  You may want to start contacting grandparents or other special people in your child's life and ask them to plan on joining us for that day.  More details will be included in next week's Chatterbox.

In Christ,

Mr. Schotte

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be February 4-11 am. It will be a great time to add to your library or buy gifts for future birthdays and events. This will be a "Books Only" Fair. There will be no other merchandise.

Bad Weather

In the event of bad weather, Trinity will follow USD 465 closure.  Watch for USD 465 announcements on Wichita TV and local radio.


Read-a-thon is underway! Fill out your sponsor sheet today!!

Welcome New Students

We welcome two new girls to our school both in 5th grade.  Joining are Addison P. and Adrianna L. WELCOME GIRLS!!


National Lutheran Schools Week January 22-28

This is always a fun week when we celebrate having a Lutheran school. each day we will do something different. 
Monday-Wear a cross day
Tuesday-Mismatch/Crazy clothes day
Wednesday-Wear your Trinity shirt or musical shirt. Skating party 5:30-7:30
Thursday-Dress as your favorite book character
Friday-Hat day
Sunday-January 28-Choir sings at church

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Library News

Listed below are books that are overdue. 


Chaz—The Cat in the Hat

Malena—Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas; The Circulatory


Warren—Judy Moody Saves the World


Andon—What Is It?

Caden—Ramona Quimby, Age 8


Lilah—Happy Easter, Dear Dragon; Disney Princess;

             The After Christmas Tree


Adlee—Who Goes to School

Andon—The Lorax

Caden—Dear Mr. Henshaw

Caysen—My Twin Sister

Chaz—I survived the Joplin Tornado

Matilda—A very Merry Christmas;

          I Wish to be a Christmas Tree

Natilee—Slinky, Scaly Snakes!; Sarah Plain and Tall; Animal Babies in the Rain Forest

Zoe—Polar Bears Past Bedtime

Trinity T-Shirts

T-shirts are available in the office for purchase.

Dillons Gift Cards

Trinity now has Dillons Gift Cards available. These cost only $5.00. You take the purchased card to the store, upload it with cash and reload it in any amount you wish. Trinity then receives 5% of the uploaded amounts when products are purchased in the store!

Ink Cartridges

We have a collection box for your empty computer ink cartridges. These are recycled and we do receive a little money back. Be green and bring in your empty cartridges. We have collection boxes in the school office and church narthex

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Preschool Chatter

Last Week:  The children in both classes did great with Mrs. Hensley and Mrs. Thurber.  They did an activity where they had to draw what their dream is.   We also did a glittery craft to celebrate the year 2018.  Finally, they got to practice with building with different objects such as Lincoln logs, tinker toys, and regular blocks. We also learned about the author Mo Willems in our Let’s Find Out magazine. 

This Week: During this week we will look at several different themes.  At the first part of the week, we will learn about gravity and how some objects drop to ground faster than others and why that it is.  Also, we will create invitations in both classes for the students to invite their grandparent or other relative to Grandparent's day.  

Finally toward the end of this week will celebrate the 100th day of school.  Wow, I can't  believe we have been in school for almost 100 days. 

Our letter for this week is the letter F. The classes will read Fifi Ferret's Flute.  

Our Bible story for this week will be about Jesus healing the ten lepers.  Memory work for the four-year-olds: I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. Psalm 9:1


One more note: The Valentines parties are coming up soon.  The room-parents for the parties are:

3's:  Amanda M.,  Darcy P., and Lacie W.

4's: Valerie E. and Steve M.

Important Dates:

Wednesday January 24th Skating Party at the Rink.

Friday January 26th Book Orders Due

Thursday February 8th  Grandparent's Day 3's 9:30-11

Friday February 9th Grandparents Day for 4's

Tuesday February 13th Valentines Party for 3's

Wednesday February 14th Valentines Party for 4's

Monday February  19th No School Presidents Day

Have a great week!


Miss Kelly Rowe

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Kindergarten Kids


Wednesdays are library days. Please help your child remember to return their library books so they are able to check out more. This is especially important now that they are required to take Accelerated Reader quizzes.

Tuesdays and Thursdays - Students will need to wear shoes appropriate for PE.

Upcoming events:

January 22-28 - National Lutheran Schools Week - Fun activities all week!
(More information coming on these activities.)

Sunday, January 28 - Rejoice choir sings at 9:00 am church service.

January 27th - 100th Day of School

January 29th - Kansas Day

February 9th - Grandparent’s Day - students dismissed after chapel service following chapel service, approximately 11:00am.

February 4-11th - Scholastic Book Fair in the basement (open after school and during Grandparent’s Day)

February 19th - President’s Day - No School for students


This week our story is entitled, My Lucky Day. We will discuss the topic of adventures, learn about the letter “Ll”, and review the action parts (verbs) and naming parts (subjects) in sentences. Students will continue to read books for Accelerated Reader points, discuss how books are alike/different, and use cause/effect to make predictions. We will continue to review the elements of plot, character, and setting.


We will continue geometry this week as we learn about 2-D shapes such as circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and hexagon.  By the end of the week, we will be using all the shapes to create pictures, count, sort, and draw other shapes.

Science & Social Studies

Since Kansas Day is quickly approaching (January 29th), we will be combining Science and Social Studies this week to learn about our state. The students will be discussing our state symbols and looking at maps and other facts about the state of Kansas and its history.

Kansas Reptile-Barred Salamander

Kindergarten Religion

While on a boat in the Sea of Galilee, Jesus told the wind and the waves to be calm. Jesus protects His people and helps us trust in Him.

Kindergarten Memory Work: The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. Hebrews 13:6

Jody Popplewell    

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Grades 1 & 2

Upcoming Events:

This is National Lutheran Schools Week. Each day we will be doing something different. Please look at the front page of the Chatterbox for more information about each day.

-On Friday, we will also be celebrating the 100th Day of School

-Rejoice Choir Sings on January 28th

-Monday, January 29th we will celebrate Kansas Day.

-Grandparents Day February 9th, 1/2 day

1st and 2nd Grade Memory Work: Jesus said, “Let the children come to ME; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:14

1st and 2nd Grade Religion

Jesus came to love all people of all ages and wants them to be saved through faith in Him.


First grade will be completing  a unit on comparing numbers. We will be learning the terms greater than, less than, an equal to. A test will be given on Wednesday. On Thursday, we will begin to look at two-digit addition and subtraction. Please also work on math facts as this is also part of the technology curriculum.

Second grade has been working with a unit on money and telling time. We will be counting currency and making change. We also will be continuing to work with addition and subtraction. Please keep practicing those math facts.


First grade will be reading Where Are My Animal Friends? by William Chin. There will be two phonics skills focusing on the comparative endings (-er, -est) and the -dge (j) sound. Please look over the decodable readers that go home and review them with your child on Monday and Tuesday.  Time will also be spent on the sequence of events. We will have a test on Friday over the  high-frequency words and comprehension questions from the story. Students should read their story at home on Wednesday and Thursday night .

Second grade will be reading Gail Gibbons’ Life Cycle of a Pumpkin. During this week, we will focus on comparing and contrasting. Please review these concepts this week.  A test will be given on Friday over the vocabulary words and comprehension questions. Students should read their story at home on Wednesday and Thursday night.

In English, we have been and will continue to work with the classification of sentences, but adding the prepositional phrase.


We are learning about plants and how what they need to survive.

Social Studies

Kansas Day is coming up next week, so we are going to be learning about our great state.

First Grade Spelling Words

bigger biggest faster fastest slower
slowest shorter shortest sadder saddest

Challenge Words:  good-bye, before

Second Grade Spelling Words

around about gown sound flower
howl ground pound crown south
mouse downtown

Challenge Words: mountain, drowsy, boundary 

Have a blessed week!

Mr. Mann

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Grades 3 & 4

Upcoming Events:

January 22nd -28th- National Lutheran Schools Week

January 28th- Rejoice choir sings

February 9th- Grandparents' Day (dismiss at 11:00)

February 4-11 Scholastic Book Fair

February 19- No school for Presidents' Day

Don't forget this week is National Lutherans Schools Week. Look on the front page of the Chatterbox to see what to wear Monday-Friday.


Third Graders: This week third graders will be reading America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle. The skills we will be focusing on are fact/opinion and multiple meaning words. I encourage you to have your child read the story to you and work with your child on retelling what they have read. This will help prepare them for their vocabulary and comprehension test on Friday.

This week in English students will be learning about contractions.

Fourth Graders: This week fourth graders will be reading Seeker of Knowledge. The skills we will be working on are graphic sources and root words. I encourage you to have your child read the story to you and work with them on retelling what they have read. This will help prepare them for their vocabulary and comprehension test on Friday.

In English this week, students will be working with possessive pronouns.


Third Graders: will continue working with fractions this week. We will be taking a timed test Monday-Friday over x4 tables. Please practice these at home. By Friday, these should be able to answer all 60 questions correctly in 3 minutes.

Fourth Graders: will continue multiplying fractions by whole numbers. They will review chapter 8 on Tuesday and take the chapter test on Wednesday. We have begun timed tests of 60 multiplication facts. This week we will be doing x4. Please practice facts at home.

Grades 3 and 4 Religion/Memory Work: We have been exploring Jesus' work as Prophet, Priest, and King.  We will also look at what it means to be called “Children of God”.  Due to our weather-shortened week last week, the memory work will remain the same for this week.  “But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  1 John 2:1-2.

Social Studies/Science

For science and social studies this week, we will be getting caught up in this area from our short week and snow day.

Third Grade Spelling-Test is every Friday

dentist editor artist hostess actress
swimmer seller tutor organist lioness
shipper chemist investor conductor tourist

Challenge Words: announcer, pharmacist, journalist, commuter, pianist

Fourth Grade Spelling

village except explain quick charge
bridge knowledge question equal queen
excited except Texas fudge excellent
exercise quart liquid quilt


Challenge Words: expedition, aquarium, inquire, frequent, advantage 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me. Have a GREAT week!

Western Meadowlark-State Bird

Miss Miller

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Grades 5 & 6

Religion:  We have begun a study of prayer.  When should we pray?  How should we pray? For what should we pray?  For whom should we pray?  These are all questions for which we will seek answers. 
Memory work will be the same as it was last week due to our weather-shortened week.  “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.  You are serving the Lord Christ.”  Colossians 3:23-24.

Math:  Fifth graders have been multiplying with fractions.  They are becoming quite proficient at it!  This week we will use fractions and mixed numbers to work with area of squares and rectangles. They will also learn to multiply with mixed numbers.

Sixth graders will continue working with solving algebraic equations.  We have worked with addition and subtraction.  This week we will work with multiplication and division equations.  We will also use what we've learned to solve some everyday type problems.

Reading:  Fifth graders will read a selection entitled, The Stormi Giovanni Club.  After Stormi Giovanni Green moves for the thousandth time, she decides she is not going to make new friends at her new school, because she would just have to say good-by to them anyway.  At first, Stormi really dislikes her new surroundings.  But by the second day, she decides that making new friends isn't such a bad idea after all.  Our skills for the week will involve making generalizations and drawing conclusions.

Grade 6 will read a humorous selection entitled Space Cadets.  In order to explore a new planet and establish peace, the Captain sends his serious First Officer and two space cadets, Harold and Tom, to investigate.  The three characters encounter a space cow and two aliens.  The humans act more afraid of the cow than the actual aliens, who they assume to be harmless space dogs.  After the humans get scared and leave the planet, the aliens discuss how there truly is no intelligent life out there.  Our skills for the week will involve drawing conclusions and sequence.

Social Studies:  After finishing our study of southern and westward advancement by pioneers looking for free land and the opportunity to get rich, we will begin our study of one of the darkest times this country has seen—Th Civil War.  We will  look at all of the issues leading up to it, and begin to understand why both sides were so passionate about their cause.

Fifth Grade Spelling

sensible washable avaliable agreeable fashionable
valuable flexible reasonable favorable breakable
convertible forgettable laughable sociable allowable
divisible hospitable reversible responsible tolerable

Challenge Words: noticeable, conceivable, disposable, biodegradable, collapsible 

Sixth Grade Spelling

poem poetic direct direction origin
original combine combination repeat repetition
critic criticize history historic academy
academic inspire inspirational depart departure

Challenge Words: erode, erosion, maintain, maintenance, confiscate, confiscation     

Have a great week!

Mr. Schotte


Mrs. Waldorf's Corner

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Last week was a short week, so nothing much has changed.

We continue to work on Math Facts.Second graders should be working on subtraction.   Fourth-Sixth graders should be practicing division facts by now.  Those students who are not, need to be stepping up the practice. 

Students can log on to and practice any time.  Their scores will be recorded if they sign in.  This is part of their technology grade. 

Kindergarten will continue working on mouse skills.
First and second graders are learning about word problems and are writing their own, and learning to type it into the computer.
Third grade and up continue practicing keyboarding skills as well.    Fourth-sixth graders are working on coding. 


We will finish our VanGogh art this week.  Kindergarten will learn about Matisse and do art in his style.

Accelerated Reading


The bowling party was a success.  I heard lots of stories about how much fun it was.  AR goals for the next quarter have been set.  We will be participating in an AR Contest with other Lutheran Schools across the country.  The contest begins on January 29th and runs through March 9th.  Any student that reaches 300% of his/her goal gets a Mrs. Waldorf cookie!!

2018 AR Contest Participating Lutheran Schools List

Mrs. Waldorf

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PTL News

Our next meeting is February

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Trinity Lutheran Winfield
910 Mound ST., Winfield, KS.
Rick Hathaway, Pastor
Mark Schotte, Principal
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