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December 18, 2017

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

From the Principal.....

Welcome to our last week of school before the Christmas break!  The students (and teachers) are certainly ready for some time away to celebrate the birth of our Lord with family and friends!

Today, our students decorated Christmas cookies to deliver to our neighbors in the area, and to some of our public servants.  We will make these deliveries on Thursday.

Wednesday evening is our Children's Christmas Program here at Trinity.  The service will begin at 6:30.  Grades PK – 2 will meet in Mr. Mann's room and grades 3-6 will meet in Mrs. Popplewell's room at 6:15.  Students arriving earlier than 6:15 are asked to stay with their parents until 6:15, as teachers will be busy with other preparations, and will not be available to supervise until 6:15.

Thanks to parents and other adults who helped with the shopping and purchasing of the gifts for our Christmas families last Thursday.  We are busy wrapping them and will deliver them this week.

Enjoy this special time with those you love!

In Christ,

Mr. Schotte



Results of the Boxtop contest will be in the next Chatterbox


We will be able to have hot lunch from USD 465 on Wednesday, December 20 and Wednesday January 3. The only brown bag day will be Thursday December 21.

New Read-A-Thon Coming

The sponsor sheet is attached to the chatterbox

Thank You

Our students spent last Thursday afternoon doing shopping for our adopted Christmas families. Through a generous grant from Thrivent, we had money to help several families and individuals. The students also sang some carols for Wal-Mart shoppers. 
Thanks to Thrivent and Wal-Mart Thanks also to our parents, grandparents and friends who helped our students shop and drove them to Wal-Mart.


Nuts For Sale

We still have a few bags left! Come by and take a look.


Our chapel/mission project this year is the Orphan Grain Train.  For Christmas, we are having an underwear collection!  Students are asked to bring a package of new, in the package, underwear for children less fortunate . This can be socks, underwear, or t-shirts. Students may bring these on one of the next 2 Wednesdays for chapel or anytime to the classroom. Thanks for helping out kids in need.  To many, new underwear is a great Christmas gift!



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Library News

Listed below are books that are overdue. 



Andon—When Spring Comes; Predator Showdown

Clover—The War That Saved My Life;

Jonathan—The Ersatz Elevator

Tipton—The Misadventures of Max Crumbly


Chaz—The Cat in the Hat

Kate—Get Into Gear, Stilton!

Lilah– The Very First christmas

Malena—Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas; The Circulatory System; If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

Warren—Judy Moody Saves the World

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

We have some fun events coming up this week:

Wednesday, December  20th Christmas Party 4's 9:30-11

Wednesday, December 20th Christmas Program 6:30-- Please plan to be here at 6:15.

Thursday, December 21st Christmas Party 3's 9:30-11 


Thanks to those parents who have helped plan, and put together the Christmas parties.  Also thanks to those families who donated items for our stocking stuffers for our Christmas families.

Have a blessed Holiday Season,


Miss Kelly Rowe

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Kindergarten Kids

Our schedule will be somewhat different this week as we prepare for our Christmas program and the upcoming holiday. Please make note of some of those changes listed below. Thank you to all those who helped us “stuff” stockings for our adopted families. They will most certainly have a very Merry Christmas due to all your generous donations!


Wednesday - The kindergarteners will not be checking out new books this week, but they SHOULD return books which are presently checked out before the holiday break.

Tuesday will be a normal PE day, however Thursday the students will be walking around the neighborhood delivering cookies. Good walking shoes should be worn this day.

Upcoming events:

Cookie decorating will take place during our Technology/Art time on Monday.

Christmas Program, Wednesday, December 20th - 6:30 p.m. Be at the school by 6:15, please.

The staff is organizing a special movie and treats time for the students Wednesday afternoon.

Cookie Delivery - Thursday afternoon, 12:45 pm

Classroom Christmas party - Thursday, December 21st - 2:15pm


Our math lessons this week will begin introducing numbers greater than 20. The students will practice counting by 10s as we model larger numbers using 10 frames and writing the numbers to match.


In Science, we will conclude our unit on Matter as we learn how to change its form.

Social Studies

Our Social Studies topic on landforms will continue as we talk about mountains.


We will be reading the book Hide, Clyde this week. Our focus letter will be “Oo”, and new sight words are “they”, “you”, and “of.” Our grammar skills will be recognizing and writing complete sentences; sentences that make sense. Students will begin learning how to draw conclusions as part of their literature study. The children will be bringing home both a phonics reader and a decodable reader that can be used for the Read-a-Thon fundraiser which begins December 20th. More information about the Read-A-Thon will be coming home in backpacks this week.

Kindergarten Religion

This week we will be looking at the birth of Jesus.

Kindergarten Memory Work: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 


A Very Merry Christmas to All!
See you "Next Year!"

Jody Popplewell    

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Grades 1 & 2

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year. I want to thank all of the parents for the support and involvement the first half of the year and am looking forward to the rest of the year.

Christmas Program is Wednesday night at 6:30.

Christmas Party is on Thursday at 2:15. 

1st and 2nd Grade Memory Work: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

1st and 2nd Grade Religion

We will be looking at the birth of Christ.


We will be looking at plants and what they need to survive.


First grade will be working with place value (tens and ones).

Second grade will be working with 3 digit addition and subtraction

First Grade Spelling Words

Challenge Words:  

Second Grade Spelling Words

Challenge Words: 

Have a blessed Christmas!

Mr. Mann

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Grades 3 & 4

We continue with all our Christmas week activities.

December 20—Christmas Program—6:30

December 20—Last day to take an AR test

December 21—Deliver cookies to the neighborhood

December 21—Christmas party 2:15 and last day of school

Third Grade Spelling-Test is every Friday

Challenge Words: 

Fourth Grade Spelling

Challenge Words:  


Have a wonderful Christmas break! ,

Miss Miller

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Grades 5 & 6

Due to all of our special activities this week, our schedule will be somewhat different than we are used to. 

Religion:  We will continue our study of the work of Christ as true God and true man, and look at the familiar Christmas story.  Students are to concentrate on memorizing their lines for the Christmas program, so there will be no new memory work other than that.

MathFifth graders are working on addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators.  We will continue with this and also work with addition and subtraction of mixed numbers.

Sixth graders have been working with exponents, numerical expressions, and algebraic expressions.  This week we will evaluate algebraic expressions and formulas, as well as use algebraic expressions to solve everyday problems.

ReadingWe will not have a regular reading selection or spelling words this week.  We will use Scholastic News and other supplemental materials during our reading time.

Social Studies:  We have recently finished our study of the United States in the early 1800s. We have learned about the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the War of 1812.  We will take a test this week, and then we will begin our look at the industrial revolution.

Fifth Grade Spelling

Challenge Words: 

Sixth Grade Spelling

Challenge Words:  

Have a blessed Christmas!

Mr. Schotte

Mrs. Waldorf's Corner

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Students spent last Friday catching up on work they were behind in or improving scores on work already submitted to improve grades.  Today we spent our tech time decorating cookies to share.  The rest of the week is hit and miss for technology, such a busy time of year! 


Only 2 more art classes before Christmas!  All classes are doing some sort of art depicting Christmas trees.

Accelerated Reading

Wednesday is the last day to take an AR test for this quarter.  As of this writing, there are 13 students that have not met their goals.  Many of which are not very close.  I will be collecting money for the party this week.

Remember there is LOTS of time to read over the Christmas Break and get a good start on next quarter! 

Wishing all the students and parents a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year!

Mrs. Waldorf

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PTL News

PTL Meeting Minutes-October 16, 2017

We had a total of seven students participate with our rock painting activity.  They will take them home when they are dried and ready to hide.

PTL opened with prayer by Mr. Mann.  Minutes were approved from the September 11 meeting.  Treasurer report was also approved.

We had a discussion about the Thanksgiving Dinner to be held on November 19 after Sunday School.  A committee of Shana F., Brian M., and Cynthia T. were assigned to spearhead this event.  It was mentioned that there were lots of leftovers from last year so we will be tweaking the list some.  We are also adding some things including delivery to home-bound church members.  We will be working on a Thrivent grant to help cover costs.

We discussed more about a Read-A-Thon fundraiser.  Students would go to sponsors and ask them for a donation of money per book read during a certain length of time.  We are looking at tying this to the AR contest that starts with National Lutheran Schools Week and goes through the middle of March.  This is something that even preschool students could participate in by being read to.  They would not take the AR tests.  This activity would also have to be discussed with Pastor Hathaway.

September 22 Family Movie Night had a great turnout.  Plans are in the works for another Family Night with date and activity to be announced.

Stacie V. asked PTL for the funds to purchase some of the prizes for the Annual Nut Sale.  It was approved to spend $150 for prizes.

Mrs. Popplewell and Mrs. Waldorf reported that the students who participated in the William Allen White trip had a wonderful time.  They participated in various activities throughout the day including meeting the authors who autographed the books purchased by PTL for the students.

There was discussion about the sixth grade students who participate in the William Allen White and meet the requirements if they could attend with Trinity next year if the Winfield Middle School does not go.

Our next meeting will be November 13, 2017 with a representative of Usborne Books.

Mr. Schotte closed the meeting with prayer.

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