Family Reading Night 2017

Lasso a Great Book

Round up your family and ride on over to Evangelical School’s Family Reading Night on Thursday, Nov. 2nd.  Join us as we celebrate reading western style.  The night begins with registration in the atrium. Next, head to the gym where our Drama Llamas with entertain us with a western Readers’ Theater.  Also on hand will be Mrs. Becky Long, our former kindergarten teacher.  She will be sharing western stories with us.  Crafts, storytelling, songs, cowboy yoga, photo opportunities, and refreshments will round out the night.  Please make plans to join us.  A reservation form is available on the school website.

All School and Church Service Project

  One of the many unfortunate results of the recent hurricane in Texas has been the loss of books in school classrooms and libraries.  As an all school and church service project, we have been partnered with Thomas Horace Rogers School in Houston, Texas. This school was terribly impacted by the hurricane.  We can use our Discipline with Purpose skills of sharing and sacrificing to help replace needed books at this school.  At the Book Fair, our All For Books monetary donations will be used to purchase books for the school.   Please consider helping us in this cause.


Scholastic Book Fair

Our Evangelical Book Fair continues through Thursday.  Saddle up and head on over.  There are lots of great books and educational products to round up.  If you can not make it to the Fair, you will find an expanded selection of books available online at  Items ordered online will be shipped to the school for free.  You may shop for all ages, from preschool to adult.  Our online Fair continues through November 13th.

October has been a fun month in 4th grade! We started out the month with our trip to Springfield. Even though it was a chilly and rainy day, we had a great time! The students saw the State Capitol building with all of its murals, statues, marble, gold leaf, and chandeliers. It is such a beautiful building! We were able to visit the Illinois State History museum for the first time in several years; it isn’t nearly as cool as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, but it is still really cool! They have an entire floor dedicated to the Native Americans where they have a lot of artifacts and life-sized displays of what Native American life looked like. We also visited Lincoln’s tomb, the old state capitol building and the Abraham Lincoln Museum. It was a long day, but we learned a lot and had a great time!

We had several visitors come to our room this month. One of the visitors was Mrs. Reeves from the Madison County CAREE Program. She visits our classroom 4 times a year and discusses agriculture in the Madison County area. Our first visit was all about the crops that Illinois is known for. Our next visit is right after Thanksgiving and it will be about the livestock raised here in Illinois.

My husband, Patrick McRae, also came to visit our classroom this month. One of his many hobbies is to collect and research Native American artifacts. He has several cases full of artifacts that he brings in and shares with the 4th grade classes. The students really enjoy this presentation because they get to touch and see the artifacts that we discuss in Social Studies class. How cool to touch something from so long ago!!

Our last visitor was from the US Army Corps of Engineers at the National Great Rivers Museum. A ranger came in and talked to us about the Bonkers for Birds contest. This is an art contest just for 4th graders in our area. The ranger presented information on bird adaptations and methods for bird identification then the students are asked to choose a bird species to research. Our bird is the Red-headed Woodpecker. The students have completed their research and are working on their bird drawings in hopes to be chosen for the Bonkers for Birds Field Guide book. The winner from each class will have their research and drawing published in the book, I will post the winner when they are chosen later this year.

So far we have been very busy in the 4th grade, we look forward to the rest of the school year and all the fun projects coming our way.




Just another great day in kindergarten painting pumpkins!

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The Drama Llamas are Evangelical Middle School’s drama club.

They meet every Thursday from 3:30-4:30 PM.  We request that members attend at least 80% of the meetings so that it doesn’t put undo stress on the performers who may be counting on them to be at any performances and to know their lines.

The goals of drama club are for the students to learn improv skills, gain public speaking experience and to learn stagecraft.

The Drama Llamas will also go on field trips to see other school’s and professional performances as well as have fundraisers to gain funds for costumes, scripts, and props.

Here are the events where the Drama Llamas typically perform:

  • Family/Teen Read Nights
  • Veterans Day Celebration
  • Christmas Sing-A-Long
  • Spring Play/Band and Chorus Concert
  • Any more as opportunity allows!

This week in our reading series, I read the story “What Does Mommy Do When I Am At School?”  I thought it might be interesting to find out what all our mommies do when we are at school.  Here are the responses I received:

Jake – She runs to Target to get stuff.

Henry – There are two options.  When she doesn’t work in the day she takes a nap, and watches some TV.  When she is at work she serves food to people.

Olivia – She collects papers for the mailman.

Blake – She has breaks and eats and drinks with her friends at work.

Brielle – She cleans the house and takes care of my brother and sister.

Cylen – She works on her phone at home.

Kaden – She is a nurse and she helps people.

Christian – She works on her computer.

Taylor – She cuts the grass.

Laelah – She cleans the house.

Aubrey – She watches TV.

Emily – She takes a nap.

Korby – She feeds my baby.

Stella – She works at a vet clinic and takes care of puppies and kitties.

Makenna – She works on the computer at my Papa’s house.


Teen Read Night

Evangelical Middle School students and teachers celebrated reading Wednesday night at our annual Teen Read Night.  The Evangelical School Drama Llamas started the night off by presenting a Readers’ Theater titled “Lightning Larry”.  Students were treated to snacks of hay bales, trail mix, and cactus juice at the watering hole.  The bulk of the evening was spent in playing word games in small groups.  It was a great night!

Last week, the Fifth Grade students made their annual trip to DuBois Center! The students always enjoy themselves and this year was no exception! They built Burma bridges (bridges made of rope) and then crossed them with help and encouragement from their classmates. The horse riding was a hit! The students learn to work together to each goals and become closer friends! The chaperones are always appreciated and they had fun too!!!!


My name is Sasha Hall. I am thrilled to teach third grade here at Evangelical School!

I graduated from SIUE with my Bachelors in Elementary Education in 2016. I live in Godfrey with my husband Simon and son Silas. We have a cat named Scout and absolutely love the outdoors. I also enjoy baking and sewing.

Walking into my classroom, you will see a bright atmosphere that reflects the bright light that God has put in each of us. I encourage students to let their light shine for ALL to see-Matthew 5:16.

Though third grade can be a year of change and transition, my goal is to make that change as easy and as smooth as possible for the students. Please don’t hesitate to contact me during school hours! I am here to serve and happy to help!


Mrs. Hall