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February 19, 2018

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

From the Principal.....

Thanks to all of the parents and volunteers who helped with the various Valentine's Day parties in our school last week.  The students (and teachers) really appreciate your help!

We have the first couple of songs for the school musical pretty much memorized.  The students seem to enjoy the music and are catching on quickly.  We will hold auditions for the speaking roles closer to spring break.

After attending the principals' conference last Monday, I want to share what I found out in one of my sessions.  It was entitled, The Role of Social Media in the Exploitation of Children.  I was shocked by some of the statistics concerning exploitation and human trafficking that takes place right here in the central U.S. (yes- Kansas too).  I will try to share more information in future articles, but for now, I just want to encourage you to make sure that you are aware of what your children are doing on social media, making sure that you know their contacts, and making sure that they know that it is NEVER OK to give out personal information such as age, address or names to people they don't know. Enjoy your week!

In Christ,

Mr. Schotte

Box Tops!!

Boys vs. Girls is this semesters contest. Collection containers are in the school hallway.

Help Wanted

Church secretary and school secretary of Trinity Lutheran Church  and School.  Hours average 32-35 per week; more during the school year and less in the summer. Computer skills and ability to meet the public are needed skill sets. 
Hourly wage plus full benefits. Job descriptions are available in the office.
Please submit your job history resume to the church office or to any Executive Board member. Applications will be accepted until March 9, 2018. Training for the positions will begin April 16.

Attention Readers!!!

Students can vote on their favorite William Allen White list books soon. Be a part of the students of Kansas to pick the book that will be named the William Allen White Award book AND attend the award ceremony in Emporia. 
Mrs. Popplewell and Mrs. Waldorf will be sharing more information soon.


Grandparents' Day

Boys vs. Girls is this semester's contest. Collection containers are in the school hallway.

Accelerated Reader Challenge with Other Lutheran Schools

We are in the third week of the AR contest. Last week's standings in the National AR Contest are:

1st Grade-fell to 10th place with 21 points
2nd Grade-fell to 24th place with 38 points
3rd Grade-fell to 41st place with 19 points
4th Grade-fell to 27th place with 60 points
5th Grade dropped one place to 24th place with 50 points
6th Grade-moved up to 11th place with 42 points

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Library News

Listed below are books that are overdue. 


Chaz—The Cat in the Hat




Caden—Frindle; Neighborhood Sharks

Jonathan—The Vile Village

Kayden—Voice of Freedom

Matilda—From Kitten to Cat


Addison—Wimpy Kid Cabin Fever

Adrianna—The Last Battle

Kaylee—Berenstains Learn About Strangers; Judy Moody

Elizabeth—Misadventures of Max Crumbly

Lilah—The Statue of Liberty; Volcanoes

Lydia—I Spy Fly Guy; Trouble at School

Malena—Lego Fire in the Forest; There is a bird on your head!  ;     The Duckling Gets a Cookie

Matilda—Max Spaniel Dinosaur Hunt; Disney Princesses

Nadia—Funny Bones

Parker—Bad Kitty Gets a Bath; Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray;   Bees and Wasps

Preston—Year of the Black Pony

Timothy—The Diary of Pringle Rose

Tori—Caleb’s Story

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: We had a great time celebrating Valentine's day at our class parties. Thanks to the room moms who planned and put on the parties. The children from both classes enjoyed them. Also thanks for all the wonderful Valentine goodies.  At the end of this week, we shifted our theme from Valentine's day to the Olympics.  We began to do some centers based on the winter Olympic theme, which will continue next week as well.  For both classes, we have continued to practice skills that they will be assessed over on their progress reports, and practice other skills to assess at a later time.

This week: 

This week we will continue to have an Olympic theme. We will keep doing our centers that will give the children practice for our upcoming assessments. This week the idea for our centers will continue to be the Olympics.  We will learn about some of the events in the winter Olympics and do an Olympic rings craft.  Also, we will learn about President's Day through our Let's Find Out magazine.

This week we will learn our last letter of the quarter which is the letter Zz.  We will read Zack the Lazy  Zebra.

Our Jesus time this week will focus on Jesus visiting Zacchaeus and having dinner with him.
The memory verse for this week is Jesus came.. to save sinners.  1 Timothy 1:15.

Upcoming Events:

Presidents Day February 19th No School

March 12-16-Parent/Teacher Conferences

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.  As we begin to prepare for the school musical, there will be weeks we may need to swap PE and Choir. So, students may need to either wear PE shoes every day, or bring shoes to change into should then need them.

Upcoming events:

March 9th - End of the 3rd Quarter

March 12-15 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - notes will be coming home

March 16th - No School

March 19-23 - Spring Break


This week we will read the final selection in Unit 4 entitled Abuela. The students will be learning about the hispanic culture through the eyes of a child with her grandmother.
We will continue our learning, spelling and phonics of letter “Ee” and the sight words - here, from, go.  Our grammar skills continues with learning to write and form complete sentences using a capital letter and end mark, as well as discussing the pronoun “I.” Our literary skill will be identifying setting, reviewing characters and plot, and journal writing will continue. Students should still be reading Accelerated Reader books and working toward their goal of 5 points by March 9th. We will also continue with sound quizzes for words which they can sound out as well as some word wall words.


This week we will begin talking about measurement. We will be learning the terms “length” and “width” as we practice measuring, comparing items to see which are longer, shorter, lighter, heavier.


Our science lessons will continue with physical science topics. This week we will talk about changing how things move.

Social Studies

We will wrap up our unit on United States history in the next two weeks. This week we will talk about Thanksgiving and other celebrations.

Kindergarten Religion

Jesus healed ten men with leprosy and only one returned to thank Him. Jesus blesses us in many ways, such as healing our diseases and taking away our sins. God’s children respond in thankfulness to His mercy.

Kindergarten Memory Work:

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. Psalm 107:1

Jody Popplewell    

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Grades 1 & 2

Science Fair Entry forms are due February 26th.

1st and 2nd Grade Memory Work: We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

1st and 2nd Grade Religion

Jesus cares for us, even though some people question or don’t understand the extent of His concern.


First grade has been working with two-digit addition and subtraction. Please keep practicing math facts at home, as we will have a test on Wednesday. On Thursday, we will begin a new unit on measurement.

Second grade has been working with length in customary units. Area of focus are going to be inches and feet.


First grade will be reading The Lady in the Moon by Lily Wong Fillmore. There will be two phonics skills focusing on the long i (ie, igh) and silent letter blends (kn, wr). Throughout this week we will find the differences between realism and fantasy. Please look over the decodable readers that go home and review them with your child on Monday and Tuesday. . We will have a test on Friday over the  high-frequency words and comprehension questions from the story. Students should read

Second grade will be reading  One Dark Night by Hazel Hutchins. During this week, we will focus on the sequences of events and taking a closer look at prefixes. 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 and looking at the differences between singular and plural.


Science Fair information has been sent home today. Each child will look at an animal to study and return the entry form by February 26th..

Social Studies

We are going to finish a unit in President's Day.

First Grade Spelling Words

lie tie high might right
night bright light pie tight

Challenge Words:  above, laugh

Second Grade Spelling Words

unshafe preheat rerun disappear unlock
retie rewind unpack unplug regroup
preschool disagree

Challenge Words: prehistoric, unfortunate, reunion  

Have a blessed week!

Mr. Mann

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Grades 3 & 4

Upcoming Events:

Science fair entry form is due Monday, February 26th.

Parent teacher conferences-March 12th-16th

Spring Break- March 19th-23rd


This week third graders will be reading Good-Bye 382 Shin Dang Dong. The skills we will be focusing on are sequence and compound 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 adverbs.

This week fourth graders will be reading Amelia and Eleanor Go for  a Ride. The skills we will be working on are context clues and sequence. 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 adverbs.


Third Graders:  Students tested over chapter 9 today. They will begin chapter 10 learning about time, length, liquid and mass. We will be taking a timed test Monday-Friday over x8 tables. Please practice these at home. By Friday, these should be able to answer all 60 questions correctly in 3 minutes

Fourth Graders: This week students will students will be learning about line symmetry. We will be taking timed tests of 60 multiplication facts. This week we will be doing x7. Please practice facts at home.

Social Studies

This week we will be reading about the Spanish Community.


Science fair project packets have been sent home. Please look through the packet with your child and return entry form by February 26th.

Grades 3 & 4 Religion/Memory Work: We have been learning about the Lord's Prayer and each petition. We will learn how the Lord helps us resist temptation and how He delivers us from evil.
Memory Work:  "Jesus said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Remove this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will." Mark 14:36

Third Grade Spelling-Test is every Friday

small almost always because straw
drawn also author false already
flaw sausage walnut lawn

Challenge Words:awesome, altogether, awning, faucet, laundry

Fourth Grade Spelling

telephone biography telescope photograph microwave
diameter barometer microscope headphones microphone
autograph microchip telegraph perimeter paragraph
phonics symphony saxophone periscope


Challenge Words: stethoscope, xylophone, cacophony, microorganism, microbe

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

Miss Miller

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Grades 5 & 6


We are continuing our study of Lutheran worship services and why we do things as we do.  Right now we are looking at the hymns and music we use in our services, and why and how they are chosen. 

Memory work for the week:  “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  Colossians 3:17.


We have begun a study in fifth grade about data and data display.  Last week we worked with line plots and coordinate grids.  This week we will learn about line graphs, bar graphs, and numerical patterns and how to graph them.

Sixth Graders have begun a new unit of study on area and geometry.  We will begin by finding the area of common geometric shapes such as squares, rectangles, and triangles.  Later this week, we will learn to find the area of trapezoids and other irregular polygons.


Fifth graders will read Talk with an Astronaut.  Answering questions submitted by students across the country, NASA astronaut Ellen Ochoa talks about her experiences, how she decided to become an astronaut, and what it's like to be weightless in space.  Ochoa also gives her thoughts about being a mom and an astronaut, as well as the chances of making contact with other beings in space.  Skill for the week will include author's purpose and graphic sources.

Sixth graders will read, River to the Sky.  An old African myth explains how the Sahara came to be.  It all starts when the River makes a wish.  Then the Sun takes the River up to live in the sky, and many animals decide to live elsewhere.  Our skill for the week will be cause/effect and sequence.

Social Studies  

We are looking at post-Civil War United States.  We will see how the country began to rebuild and how life changed for the South and the North.  We will find that though the Emancipation Proclamation declared the slaves to be free, there were still many challenges that they faced. 

Shurley English:  We will be learning to write 3-paragraph expository essays this week.

Fifth Grade Spelling

geology thermometer astronaut atmosphere biology
thermal disaster meteorology technology hemisphere
zoology sociology biosphere thermos asterisk
thermostat astronomy spherical ecology mythology

Challenge Words: psychology, anthropology, thermoelectricity, astronomical, microbiology

Sixth Grade Spelling

old-fashioned daydream summertime follow-up knee-deep
foothills nevertheless self-control themselves baby-sit
make-believe sunburn bloodhound fine-tune great-grandmother
roller-skating folklore empty-handed self-esteeem runner-up

Challenge Words: breathtaking, straight-faced, president-elect, heavyweight, cross-examination

Have a great week!

Mr. Schotte


Mrs. Waldorf's Corner

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IMPORTANT!!! Due to damages to, and lack of headphones, I am requesting students to bring their own headphones for computer lab.  They are needed for state assessments as well as other activities in computer lab. Siblings may share headphones if they are not in the same computer class.  These do not need to be new, and I prefer the type that fit over the head since those tend to stay on ears better.  These can be brought anytime, but are needed before spring break.


Last week we did some proofreading exercises in all grades except Kindergarten. We are still doing some preparation for state testing in the 3-6 grade classes.  We continue to work on Math Facts.  Fourth-Sixth graders should be practicing division facts by now.  Second graders should be working on subtraction.  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.  Third grade and up continue practicing keyboarding skills as well.  Kindergarten will continue working on mouse skills. 


In 5th and 6th we will be doing a cracked wax effect picture.  3rd and 4th will be doing a perspective picture.  1st and 2nd will finish Abe Lincoln and work on George Washington. 

Accelerated Reading


We are in the third week of the AR contest. Last week's standings in the National AR Contest are:

1st Grade-fell to 10th place with 21 points
2nd Grade-fell to 24th place with 38 points
3rd Grade-fell to 41st place with 19 points
4th Grade-fell to 27th place with 60 points
5th Grade dropped one place to 24th place with 50 points
6th Grade-moved up to 11th place with 42 points

Point totals per grade are divided by the number of students in that grade. 

2018 AR Contest Participating Lutheran Schools List

Mrs. Waldorf

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