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December 2, 2019

 "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you." James 4:8


Conservation Poster Winner

Congratulations to Hans H. for winning the conservation district poster contest. 

All the children in 1st & 2nd grade entered. 

He will receive a prize at the District Conservation Banquet in February.  In turn our class will be awarded $75.00, for winning the 1st place poster for the K-2nd grade category, in Cowley County! 

All of my other students received a participation ribbon from the Conservation District!

All the children in 1st & 2nd grade entered. 

He will receive a prize at the District Conservation Banquet in February.  In turn our class will be awarded $75.00, for winning the 1st place poster for the K-2nd grade category, in Cowley County! 

All of my other students received a participation ribbon from the Conservation District!

Save the Date!
Winfield Christmas Parade

Trinity PTL will be participating in the annual Winfield Lighted Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Chapel Offerings for Murphy Henderson Education Fund

All of the first semester chapel offerings will got to the memorial established for Max Henderson, the Murphy Henderson Education Fund. Please Note: Semester Ends 12/19/2019



Trinity will be using Remind to help communicate school information this year. Remind is a communication platform that helps educators reach students and parents in a timely manner. Messages are sent in real time to an entire class, a small group or just a single person.

Nuts Have Arrived!!!

Nuts have arrived for distribution. Please pick them up in the basement.  Additional nuts are available for sale in the church overflow.

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Trinity News.....................
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

Overdue Library Books

Please return Library Books Wednesday so you may check out more!
When a student has a book more than a week overdue, they are not permitted to check out another book until it is returned or paid for. 

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Preschool & Kindergarten

Greetings Pre K and Kindergarten Parents!

I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving with their family and friends! We enjoyed having all the kids sing and school family join our church family at the Thanksgiving dinner. The kids did a great job singing and decorating. The Kindergarten students even made two of our Turkey's on Friday at school with the help of Dawn S. and Carrie H. who cleaned the turkeys and took care of the clean up.

Our Trinity students are excited and honored to sing at the Southwestern College Men's Basketball game this Thursday, December 5th, at 7p.m. Trinity congregation has been invited to come out and support our school children and the Southwestern basketball teams. Trinity families get in for free to the games! The Ladies will play at 5p.m. and the Men's game starts at 7p.m. All students need to be sure to arrive by 6:45p.m. as we will kick off the game.

Thank you once again to all our Book Buddies! Both students and book buddies are enjoying the time together while Kindergarten practice their reading skills. Check out Trinity Lutheran Facebook page to look at pictures.


  • Please remember children who take a bath each night are more comforted and well rested and alert for learning.
  • Haircuts make a HUGE impact on the way children feel towards themselves, act and respond to others.
  • Please be sure your children bring coats for recess and please help them practice zipping and putting on their coats, gloves, tying shoes, etc.
  • Please read 20 minutes a night with your student and fill out reading log ( due first of every month).
  • Please return library books each Wednesday so students can get new ones each week.
  • Please do flashcards 10 minutes daily.

Our Specials Schedule is as follows:

Choir- Monday & Wednesday 10a.m.
P.E.- Tuesday & Thursday 10a.m.
Library- Wednesday 8:30am.
Art- Friday 12:30-1:15

Parents have asked about homework: if you are able to work a few minutes a night on number and letter recognition that would be Great! Besides that I just ask you read 20 minutes a night with your child. Reading Logs are due the 1st of each month. 

For students that love technology a great learning website is  Click here to go to the site.

It is great for building Pre K & Kindergarten skills and beyond. 

This week:

This week in reading our story will be Little Panda.

We will continue unit 3: Watch Me Change  
Our question is: How do people, plants and animals grow and change?

Our level reader will be "The Baby Panda".  The decodable reader going home will be "Nat!".  We will continue to work on phonics Mm/m/ and Bb /b/ Nn/n/ sounds.  We will build on our reading skills with beginning, middle and ending sounds while working on blending CVC words, as well as, our high frequency words.

In Math, we will continue addition while starting subtraction. We will also Represent, Count and Write numbers 20+ (100 for those ready), count to 50 (or 100) by ones/fives/tens/twenty-five.

PreK will will focus on letter Mm /m/, recognizing shapes, colors and numbers 1-20+. Also singing our ABC's, letter and sound recognition. Extending our love for books.

Both classes will use calendar time to build skills: recognizing days of the week, months of the year, counting and daily message.

In Science we will learn about The Sky. "What is in a day and night sky?" 

In Social Studies we will learn about Our Earth's Weather and Seasons.


Memory work for this week is: For unto you a child is born this day....a Savior who is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11

Our bible story is: The First Christmas. 

Thank you again for all you do to make your children successful. Once again, your children's love for Jesus and love for learning blows me away. While having them read and count for me at the teacher table last week, many are reading over 10-200+ words!  And counting over 150+. WOW!! Such smarties!!  The very best thing I had to report to all the parents was that their children have a love for Jesus and a caring heart for all they come in contact with. YOU, the parents, are making a HUGE Impact on your children's lives!  Thank you for ALL you do for your children!


Katrina Tarver

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Grades 1 & 2

Hello Parents,

I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!  It was nice to have some family time and catch up on some relationships.

1st  and 2nd  Grade Religion

Memory Work:

First Graders

1st  Grade Reading- Our story this week is "An Egg is an Egg".  This is a realistic fiction.  The phonic sounds are; "y" and long vowels (CV).  

1st Grade English-They will be working on creating their own sentences by picking out their own words for the assigned part of speech.  Then they will work on improving that sentence by choosing replacement words.  We are continuing to learn what synonyms and antonyms are.  We are continuing to classify sentences by their part of speech as well.

1st Grade Math-They are becoming familiar with addends and sums while realizing they are using the same numbers to make a subtraction sentence!  We are reading story problems to hear whether we are to add or subtract to get the correct answer.  So we have to listen very carefully to understand.  

Second Graders

2nd Grade Reading-  Our story is "Anansi Goes Fishing".  This is a folktale.  Our phonics with this story are compound words.

2nd Grade English-We are learning what a preposition is along with an object of the preposition.  We will be classifying some more sentences for the assigned parts of speech.  Last week they did quite well on writing 2 point expository paragraphs!  They got to have fun with it and choose their own favorite topics to write about.

2nd Grade Math- Beginning on Chapter 5 we will be regrouping tens and ones, using number lines to subtract and add.  We are still working with story problems.  We will be subtracting double digits and learning to borrow.

Writing-  The children are being encouraged to always be neat in everything they write, not only in Writing class

ScienceWe watched a video on how a factory sorts plastics from other household trash in order to recycle the plastic and how they have to sort the different kinds of plastic from the others.  We read and discussed the difference between human-made materials, natural materials, and products that have both materials in them.  We will conclude with that lesson this week.  

Also I want to notify you all of, that our very own Hans Helmer is the winner of the Science Poster contest that all the children in 1st and 2nd grade entered.  He will receive a prize at the District Conservation Banquet in February.  In turn our class will be awarded $75.00, for winning the 1st place poster for the K-2nd grade category, in Cowley County!  All of my other students received a participation ribbon from the Conservation District!

Social Studies-  We will be reading together and discussing different kinds of transportation.

Spelling tests are Friday.

First Grade Spelling Words

my by try any body
fly cry lucky silly puppy
things always

Challenge Words:  

Second Grade Spelling Words

basketball someone weekend something birthday
riverbank bathtub backyard driveway bedtime
raindrop mailbox

Challenge Words: 

Thank you for your communication and support,

Sherry Pugmire

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Grades 3 & 4

Upcoming events:

December 5-Students Sing @ Southwestern College Basketball Game 6:30pm

December 12-PTL @ 5:30pm

December 14th-Lighted Christmas Parade 

December 18- Christmas Program-Arise & Shine @ 7pm

3rd Grade AR goal-10 points

4th Grade AR goal-15 points

Here's a look at our agenda for the week:


Third graders have moved onto division. We will be working with equal groups, relating subtraction with division and models with arrays. We will continue our times multiplication tests each week. This week students will be doing x6 . Please continue to practice multiplication facts at home.

Fourth graders are now working with factors, multiples, and number patterns. Students will take x6 for their timed multiplication test this week. 

Social Studies

This week in Social Studies we will be learning about the abolitionist movement and the women's right movement.


We will continue learning about energy and ecosystem.

Grades 3 and 4 Religion: We will be talking about God's gifts to us and how He continues to care for His children and meet their needs.  Stewardship will be a major theme for this week's lessons.  

Memory Work: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights. James 1:17  


This week third graders will be reading Night Letters.

The skills we will be working on are:drawing conclusions and compound words.. Please review vocabulary words and work with your child on retelling what they have read in their story. This will help prepare them for their vocabulary & comprehension test on Friday. I encourage students to read to, or read with an adult the nights they bring home their reading stories.Be sure to be reading for AR.

This week fourth graders will be reading How Night Came from the Sea.

The skills we will be working on are:generalization and context clues. Please review vocabulary words and work with your child on retelling what they have read in their storyThis will help prepare them for their vocabulary and comprehension test on Friday. I encourage students to read to or with an adult the nights they bring home their reading stories. Be sure to be reading for AR. 


This week we will continue to classify sentences with an emphasis on pronouns and possessive pronouns.

Third Grade Spelling-Test is every Friday

kitten ridge orange page crack
jacket edge clock change pocket
brake judge badge mark large

Challenge Words: freckles, advantage, pledge, Kentucky, kingdom

Fourth Grade Spelling

however mountain mound scout shout
couch towel ounce coward outdoors
flowerpot scowl browse announce hound
trout drowsy grouch eyebrow boundary

Challenge Words: cauliflower, foundation, surround, allowance, counselor

Have a GREAT week!

Miss Miller

Grades 5 & 6

I pray that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and were able to spend time with family and friends in giving thanks to God for His great gifts!

Religion:Fifth and sixth graders continue to consider the creation of our Lord in the Genesis account.  We will be focusing on His crowning achievement - - the creation of humans.  We will explore the reasons that we are special and look at His unique care for us. 

Memory work for the week: “By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.”  Ephesians 2:8-10.


Fifth graders will wrap up our study of decimal multiplication this week. We will take a test tomorrow. We will begin a chapter involving decimal division.

Sixth graders will begin a new study involving percents.  We will begin by modeling percents as an amount compared to 100. We will then learn to write percents as fractions and decimals, and fractions and decimals as percents.

Social Studies

Just in time for the Thanksgiving season we will study the immigration of the Pilgrims and Puritans to our eastern border.  We will see how they struggled to survive and depended on the help of the Native Americans who inhabited this land.  We will then look at the formation of the first of our original thirteen colonies.


Fifth graders will read The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins. 

The year is 1853.  The place is London.  Waterhouse Hawkins has created the first-ever dinosaur models in his workshop.  Afterward, he holds a great party to celebrate with guests like Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  No one has ever seen a model of a dinosaur, and they are all astonished.  Our skills for the week will include fact/opinion and main idea/details.

Sixth graders will read Learning to Swim.

Kyoko doubts her swimming ability.  Eventually, with her mothers help, she learns to swim two strokes.  Later Kyoko and he mother enjoy jumping in the waves of the Sea of Japan.  They realize that they have drifted far from shore.  Kyoko's mother tells her to swim strongly to some rocks, and they make it safely there.  Kyoko no longer doubts herself.  Our major skill focus this week will be sequence and generalizing.

Fifth Grade Spelling

excuse scene muscle explore pledge
journal science schedule gigantic scheme
Japan excellent exclaim fascinate ginger
scholar scent dodge smudge schooner

Challenge Words: extraordinary, reminisce, acknowledge, prejudice, allergic

Sixth Grade Spelling

nuclear helicopter anxious appreciate plastic
familiar athletic escape apologize Washington
pastime exquisite lantern fulfill souvenir
tragedy sherbet algebra icicles escort

Challenge Words: judgmental, argumentative, excursion, consumable, pavilion

Have a great week!
Mr. Schotte

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910 Mound St., Winfield, KS.

Rocky Mease, Interim Pastor
Jane Limback, Interim Principal
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