News and Sermons

10/2/12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above the H.O.P.E Club members are gearing up for Joe’s Run supporting the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Mt. Calvary is partnering with CUW students to participate in an action research project examining the best practice of reading strategies for 1st and 2nd grade students.  CUW teacher education students are paired with either a 1st or 2nd grade Mt. Calvary student and are working one on one to implement a variety of reading strategies.  This project has a double benefit:  1. Students receive one on one, intensive instruction in language arts, & 2.  CUW students gather useful information about urban education.

REACHING OUT….MAKING CONNECTIONS

Students and staff want to spread the word about events taking place at Mt. Calvary!  Each classroom has chosen a Mt. Calvary church family unit with whom to make regular contacts throughout the year!  Classes will pray for their church buddy, write letters, and personally invite them to school functions.  Students and staff want to connect church members with the daily ministry that takes place within YOUR Mt. Calvary Lutheran School.  Remember that students love visitors at school, so if you find yourself at Mt. Calvary during the school day, you’re invited to poke your head into one or more classrooms to say “hi!”

WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Mt. Calvary is partnering with CUW students to participate in an action research project examining best practice of reading strategies for 1st and 2nd grade students.  CUW teacher education students are paired with either a 1st or 2nd grade Mt. Calvary student and are working one on one to implement a variety of reading strategies.  This project has a double benefit:  1. Students receive one on one, intensive instruction in language arts, & 2.  CUW students gather useful information about urban education.

 

 

08/30/12

FEARFULLY & WONDERFULLY MADE      What would the world be like if everything was the same?  If all people, animals, buildings, etc. looked and sounded exactly the same, the world would be a rather dull place.  Thankfully, we have a creative God who loves variety!  The Bible tells us in Psalm 139 that God lovingly designed each of us and that we are wonderfully made by His Hand.  Being His masterpieces, we recognize some important things.  First, we are UNIQUE.  There is nobody else in the world exactly like you.  God created you exactly the way you are.  He wants us to know how special we are, and how much we matter to Him.  Next, we have a PURPOSE.  We’re not in this world by accident.  God created us to be His masterpieces because He has a specific purpose for our lives.  He has prepared ways for us to make a difference in the lives of family, friends, and the community.  Most importantly, we are LOVED.  In fact, God loved us so much that He couldn’t leave us broken in sin.  Instead, He sent Jesus who freely brings us forgiveness and restores us to be His masterpiece.

BBQ SUCCESS      There was a fantastic turn out of school families, church families, and neighbors at the Mt. Calvary Community BBQ last Saturday!  Perfect weather, excellent food, and great music are additional pieces of what made the day a success.  Of course children enjoyed the bounce house, crafts, and face-painting as well.  A special THANK YOU to many parents and HOPE Club students who helped out with different jobs throughout the afternoon.  

NEWS FROM 7th GRADE     WELCOME BACK!  We are excited to be back for a new school year.  It is hard to believe one week is already complete.  Seventh grade is off to a great start.  We are studying Old Testament History in Religion class. We started by discussing how we are God’s Masterpieces and each of us is unique.  We decorated painter’s palettes to tell about ourselves.  These are on display in our classroom.  During Reading class we are reading and discussing a book titled, So B. It.  The mother in the book only knows 23 words.  The 7th grade was challenged with deciding which 23 words they would want to know.  Many thought of family names, hungry, safety, bathroom and most important of all God.  We feel seventh grade is the best class there is, we work hard and are challenged daily.  We have also already starting talking about where we want to go to high school and making good choices.  We hope you are having a great start to the year also!  Have a good weekend.

Hope Club’s Servant Event 08/30/12
The HOPE Club’s servant event at Bethesda’s Camp Matz this summer was fantastic!  Each Mt. Calvary volunteer was paired up with an individual with cognitive or developmental disabilities for the week of camp.  Activities with campers included daily devotions, painting bird houses, tie dying, parachute games, and a campfire with camp songs.  Smiles beamed on campers’ faces as they had the opportunity to participate in these experiences in the midst of nature.  Throughout the week, Mt. Calvary volunteers gained a deeper understanding and sensitivity to those with disabilities and found great joy in spending time with their special campers.  You are encouraged to check out pictures from the week that are posted on the bulletin board outside the gym. 
Opening Service 08/24/12

OPENING SERVICE
Pastor Oberdeck led the worship service marking the beginning of Mt. Calvary’s new school year!  Following the service, students lined up by grade level with school supplies in tow and headed off to their classrooms for a brand new year of learning and growing.  The classrooms are filled with an exciting buzz as students get to know their teachers, meet new friends, and discover what they’ll be learning about throughout the year. 
 
(Seats are still available in most grades.  If someone you know may be interested in enrolling their child at Mt. Calvary, encourage them to contact the school office at 414-873-3466.)
 
NEW COMPUTER TEACHER
We welcome Mrs. Trinette Green to the Mt. Calvary team as our new technology instructor.  Mt. Calvary students have computer class twice a week.  Mrs. Green looks forward to helping students increase their learning in computer skills such as word processing, power point and much more. 
A New School Year 08/21/12
A NEW YEAR BEGINS
The 1st day of school is just around the corner!  Students arrive for the first day of class next Thursday, August 23rd.  Mt. Calvary’s theme for the year is “You are God’s Masterpiece” based on Ephesians 2:10 which says, “You are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”  (NLT).   
 
Each one of us – students and teachers alike – is an inspired creation of the Master Artist.  Our Lord is daily at work in our lives – teaching, training, and shaping us into His marvelous masterpieces.  This is the Gospel message that will permeate teaching and learning at Mt. Calvary this year. 
 
COMMUNITY BBQ
Teachers and school families alike are looking forward to an afternoon of Christian fellowship and tasty food at the upcoming BBQ on August 25th.  What a wonderful opportunity this is for church and school families to come together!
 
ALWAYS WELCOME
Throughout the school year, congregation members are always welcome to stop in during the school day and check out the exciting things that take place on a day to day basis.  If you find yourself at Mt. Calvary during the school day (for Bible study, holiday services, etc.), don’t hesitate to poke your head into a classroom.  Students love meeting visitors are would be excited to share their learning with you!
School News 06/8/12
Classrooms and hallways have lost their buzz as students and teachers have parted ways for the summer.  The last week has included multiple “goodbyes.”  24 eighth graders graduated from Mt. Calvary on June 1st and are preparing for high school.  Our school also said goodbye to Mrs. Heiden, Mrs. E., and Pastor Eggebrecht as they move on to different ministries. We wish everyone God’s blessings as they follow God’s leading to new ventures. 
 
5 Mt. Calvary HOPE Club students (and 3 staff) are heading to Bethesda in Watertown, WI this Sunday, June 10th, to volunteer at Camp Matz. Students will be working with individuals with a variety of developmental and cognitive disabilities to assist them in various camp activities including arts and crafts, games, devotions, and more.  Check next week’s email for highlights from this experience. 

Did you know that students generally lose 2 1/2 months of learning in reading and math over the summer?  Many students of Mt. Calvary will defy this statistic as they participate in Summer School.  Summer School at Mt. Calvary will take place June 18 – July 12.  We’re looking forward to approximately 40 students participating between 5K and 6th Grade.

First Grade News 05/24/12

Just over one more week of school before summer vacation! You sure can tell in first grade! We are busy finishing up all kinds of things in first grade! We wrote a paragraph about being in first grade this week, began our first grade memory book, and took our last spelling test. We also began reading our final chapter book Caps For Sale. This is a great story that allows students to identify many story elements including characters, setting, problem, solution, and main idea. The first grade class wishes everyone a fun and safe summer! ~A special note from Mrs. Beckman- Keep Reading ALL Summer!

Literacy Night Success 05/18/12

Free books, fun activities, and fantastic families and staff were all part of last night’s successful Literacy Night.  Over 80 people attended and had a great evening focused on the topic of reading!