Hansen’s Highlights for April 2018
To wrap up Mission’s Month, a Ministry Fair was held at ACA in the gymnasium /parking lot on Wed. March 28, 2018. Mrs. Schroeder and the high school student council members invited different organizations to present to the third-sixth graders during our elementary chapel time and to 7th -12th graders during their chapel time. The following ministries were present and children learned about their purpose and were able to ask important questions: Informed Choices, Valley Disaster Relief, Hope Ministries,On With Life, Polk County Jail and Prison Ministry, Friendship Center, and Can Do Cancer. The students learned much and were able to see how people can be hands and feet like Christ serving others while providing much for those who in need!
Have you ever wondered why we have a large bulletin board near our school’s entrance? At ACA writing is important! God’s word is Spirit breathed, but written by man’s hands. Through writing we can create many things. Works that entertain, inform, persuade, and cause us to question are still important reasons why we write in today’s English and Language Arts classes.
Our Writer’s Wall was created in 2010 after a donation was made in memory of Ruth Bond by her three nieces and one nephew. Ruth was an educator who volunteered at ACA in the 1990s. She was a BIG fan of ACA and appreciated the art of writing. Children and adults alike can be found still today reading student work displayed on The Writer’s Wall that hangs in the school’s lobby spotlighting various traits of writing found in elementary children’s original work.
Since 2011 elementary students have been learning in language arts class the 6+1 Traits of Writing. Authors work on creating written works that clearly and effectively express their thoughts in an organized and meaningful way.Teachers deliver lessons to children presenting the six traits of effective writers: ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency, voice and conventions or mechanics. The “plus one” stands for instructing students on the presentation component of being an author.
Throughout the year students share their writing with others in the classroom. In some classes, students sit in an author’s chair to present their written work orally to hear constructive criticism as well as compliments about their writing from peers. Monthly teachers take turns to display student writing. This display is a publication of sort where children can view and learn from other authors the art of conveying a message through words that is so important.
Stay tuned for my next blog post where I highlight our Grandparent's & Special's Friend Open House, Book Fair and Spring Concert.