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Newsletter 1-26-2022

Scholastic Book Orders

Flyers have been sent home for our next Scholastic Book Order. Ordering is completely optional and can be done online or using the paper order form from the flyer, make checks out to Scholastic Book Club.

Last day to order is January 31st.

Singing in Church

Singing at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Litchfield is scheduled for Sunday, January 30th. Church begins at 9:30 so please have your children there by 9:15.

Late Start / Parent Drive

Our next 10:00 and Parent Drive MORNING is Wednesday, February 2nd.

If Latchkey (before school care) is needed, please contact Brittany Clark:

320-582-3133 or

Call Received

Mr. Gephart has received a call to teach math and coach at Shoreland Lutheran High School in Kenosha, WI.

Please keep the Gephart’s in your prayers as they deliberate where best to serve. We trust that God will continue to bless both places and those who serve there.

Latchkey Help Needed

ILS Latchkey is looking for afternoon helpers!

2-5 days a week (either just a few days or everyday) from after school 3:00 until the last child is picked up typically around 5:00 but no later than 6:00. Generally, 8 - 10 children each day ranging from 3 to 12 years old. Must be 18 or older.

If you have lots of energy and love playing with kids, this might be the part time job you're looking for!

Contact Brittany Clark for more info: or 320-582-3133


¨ Jan. 27th

Basketball Practice

3:15 – 5:30

¨ Jan. 29th

Basketball Tournament at MVL

¨ Jan. 30th

Sing at St.Pauls in Litchfield

be there at 9:15

¨ Feb. 1st

Basketball Game HOME vs St Pauls (Arlington) – 4:00

¨ Feb. 2nd

10:00 Start / Parent Drive Morning

Mrs. Eckstrand’s Room

This week our Jesus story is “Jesus Shows His Power”. We learned that Jesus has almighty power over the wind and waves as he calmed a storm on the lake. We also learned that just like the disciples when we are afraid, we can turn to Jesus and he will calm us.

Our Science this week is discussing the light from the sun, moon, and stars. When do we see them and why at those times?

For Movement we played our hula hoop game as well as learned a new moving and counting song.

In folders this week you will see a list of students for Valentine’s Day (optional) as well as details for the 100th day of school! 😊

Preschool: Our number this week is 13, “long line down, around the tree, around the tree, number 13 look at me!”. Our letter is Bb as is Bear, Bubble, and Baby.

Kindergarten: We keep playing triple games with Tic, Tac, and Toc. We also continue to work on our sight words. Don’t forget to read through them with your children at home too. In Math we are comparing the numbers and group sizes of 1-10.

Funnies: In case you didn’t know, the teachers in our room receive incredibly expensive medical care whenever there is indoor recess. The going rate is $100,000 or more for each appointment. We have learned that sometimes our heart goes away but it’s ok cause it only went to visit the tummy since they are friends. We have also learned that the best solution to the pain 1000 shots might give us is 1000 shots of "overcane” first. Stay tuned to make sure the teachers remain healthy and in the good hands of all the PK-K nurses and doctors…

Mrs. Utsch’s Room

In 1st grade Math we showed numbers as tens ad ones with drawings, showed numbers in different ways, and showed, read, and wrote numbers from 100 to 120. In Reading we are reading and spelling contractions with n’t and read the story “The Spingle Spangle Talent Show”.

In Math we used drawings and equations to represent 2-digit subtraction and solved addition and subtraction word problems. In 2nd grade reading we read words with the ph, gh/f/, and ture/cher/ spelling pattern, we reviewed editing sentences, long and short vowel sounds, and word families.

In 3rd grade Math we found the perimeter and area of rectangles, told time to the minute, used a.m. and p.m. to describe time, and measured time intervals using elapsed time. In Reading we are reading “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate.

In Religion we learned about The Twelve Spies. We deserve to be punished in hell for failing to trust in God, but God has forgiven our sins for Jesus’ sake. We also learned about how Korah turned against God’s leaders. If we are turning against the leaders God has chosen for our church, we are turning against God.

Mr. Gephart’s Room

Hi Parents, Family, and Friends,

Here is a look into the classroom this week.

In Reading the 4th-5th graders are reading “How to Eat Fried Worms”. Can Billy eat 15 worms in 15 days? A few worms down. Does he have the guts to finish? The 6th-8th graders are reading “Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie”. We’ll see the ups and downs of a middle school boy whose little brother is going through cancer.

In Grammar the students are learning about adverbs.

In Math the 4th graders are learning how to long divide. 5th graders are finding Greatest Common Factors. The 6th graders are learning about ratios and proportions. 7th graders about fractions, decimals, and percent. And the 8th graders are learning how to add, subtract, and multiply polynomials.

In Geography we are learning more about Africa.

In History the upper graders are learning about WWII. The lower graders are learning about MN history. They are learning about WWI.

In Writing we are working on our research paper.

Starting on Tuesday, January 18th Mr. Gephart has a 6-week student teacher from MLC, Ms. Hannah Wendland. He will also get a clinical student, Mr. Washburn every Thursday.

Next Week’s Schedule – Spelling Lesson 19, Memory Work – John 1:12

Monday –

Tuesday –

Wednesday –

Thursday – Pre-Spelling Test (19)

Friday – Final Spelling Test (19), 4th Math Test (Ch.11)

Student Teachers

Hi! My name is Hannah Wendland. I am currently a senior at Martin Luther College. My major is Elementary Education and I have a Social Studies minor. My Dad was a missionary in Malawi Africa for 14 years, so I moved there when I was three and I call Malawi home. I now currently live in Mequon, Wisconsin. I am so thankful that I can work with Mr. Gephart and the 4th – 8th graders. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was five years old so I am so excited to help them learn more about the world as they show me how to be a better teacher!

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