On December 12, we Cuddled Up With a Critter and a Story. Many parents  and one grandparent came to class to share a favorite Christmas story with us while we cuddled on the floor with a blanket and a stuffie from home. IMG_1712IMG_1728IMG_1720IMG_1709

Even Mrs. Baalman read us a story.


We had a lot of fun with our reading buddies this month. They helped us paint a beautiful nativity picture.

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They took us on a scavenger hunt to find our Christmas presents and then read them to us.IMG_1752IMG_1754



Our students did an amazing job at the Christmas program and they looked so nice in their holiday clothes!

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In January, we explored magnets at the STEAM table and did an art project with magnets.

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Hooray!! We’ve been learning in kindergarten for 100 days and we’re 100 days smarter. This called for a BIG celebration!

We popped 100 balloons (with our bottoms), found 100 hidden kisses, received 100 “dollars” and wore our fabulous 100 day hats.

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What a fun day!!

Bluestem and Rebecca Caudill Voting

Voting for the Bluestem Award and the Rebecca Caudill Award will take place the last week of February in the library.  These two awards are voted on by students across the state of Illinois.  Students in grades four and five may vote for the Bluestem Award if they have read and/or heard four of the nominees.  Voting for the Rebecca Caudill Award is by students in middle school who have read and/or heard three of the nominees.  The results will be announced in March. 

Read to Succeed

All students in kindergarten through sixth grade have an opportunity to earn a free ticket to Six Flags Theme Park through their Read to Succeed program.  Information and log sheets were sent out in January.  The forms are due back to classroom teachers on Friday, February 16th.

Young Authors’ Week 2018

Evangelical School is celebrating our Young Authors this week.  Our theme this year is “Beauty and the Books”.  Special activities are taking place in the library.  The books are on display in the hallway outside of the library.  An assembly will be held on Thursday, February 1st, to recognize and celebrate our Young Authors.  The assembly will take place in the sanctuary at 9:00 a.m.  Everyone is invited to attend.



 Students at Evangelical may begin band in fifth grade.  They can continue through eighth grade.  Instruments will be demonstrated during the first weeks of school.  Halpin Music Company will come to the school one evening, after instruments have been demonstrated, to have instruments available for rental.

It is hard to believe that the school is half over!!!

We are currently studying about the Revolutionary War in Social Studies and will have guest speakers coming to talk to the classes about the Revolutionary War.

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In Science we are learning about the water cycle. The students created their own water cycles using a plastic bag, a plastic cup, ice, and a sunny window! The students observed over a couple of hours to a few days what the water did within the water cycle and my predictions about what would happen. They noticed that the ice melted, the water evaporated, then condensed on the inside of the bag, and finally some of the condensation was returned to the cup.

Next week we will begin reading “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer”. It is the book written based on the 12 day hunt for Lincoln’s killer and gives a lot of facts about the night it all happened. Please be sure to ask your students about who else was supposed to have died that night. They will also learn that John Wilkes Booth did not act alone! Many people were involved and helped him.

In Math, we are looking at how to interpret data and ways to organize that data into easily read tables and graphs!


In less than 5 months, you will have a middle school student! Enjoy the time with your student and please encourage them now to take on more responsibilities. Have a blessed day!



                                          The year 2018 is here! It’s good to be back. We have a lot of math to learn still.

Algebra 1- Starting Slope! The fun has begun.

Pre-Algebra- We are starting Chapter 5- Fraction.

Math 2- We begin Chapter 6 which is Percents.

We will be utilizing technology and projects to help us understand and use our math!