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First Grade

Here's our Class Picture in front of the Classroom Rain Forest!

Here’s our Class Picture in front of the Classroom Rain Forest!

The Maximum Student-to-Teacher Ratio in this class is 25 to 1.

Our School Day is Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 3:00pm, and Friday from 8:30am to 2:00pm.

Purpose Statement

The goal of Zion Lutheran School is to help students develop a relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. At the elementary and middle grades, we realize positive socialization, Christian empathy for one another and classroom relationships support much of a student’s school success. In order to prepare students for a rewarding Christian relationship, teachers implement self-help strategies that provide structure, teach organizational skills, and encourage successful performance.

Spiritual Life

Religion: The children grow spiritually through daily devotions, prayer, singing praises, Bible stories, memory verses, Easter and Christmas events, and the ongoing teaching of Christianity throughout the school day.

Chapel: All students gather together each week for a worship service that includes prayer, music, Christian mission opportunities, and age appropriate talks. Parents are welcome to join us each week for this special time.

Academic Life

Language Arts & Reading: Because of the variety of reading abilities, each child is taught at his/her level. Through the Scott Foresman curriculum, reading is taught with phonics, sight word recognition, decoding skills, and comprehension skills. Printing upper/lower case letters, sentence structure, creative writing, shared reading/writing experiences, spelling and study skills are all emphasized during class.

Mathematics: Through the Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley curriculum, children recognize and write numbers though 100, complete the addition and subtraction process that includes two digits, and count by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. They are taught to think through word problems, graphing, money, place value, measurement, fractions, time and problem solving.

Science: The students learn to appreciate the world that God has created as they study plants, air, water, light, weather, land, rocks, soil, volcanoes, outer space and animals.

Social Studies: In order to value other people, places and viewpoints, the students learn more about the world around them. This includes our country, state, cities, school, friends, families, self, the world, other cultures, geography and history through the use of Scholastic News and map skills.

Computers: The children have access to a computer and educational software in the classroom. Students enhance their knowledge of the computer by visiting the lab once a week.

Physical Education: Physical Education is a class designed to develop coordination and large motor skills. Various exercises, games and group activities provide learning and practice.

Music: The students participate in singing, plays, and creative expression in order to give a basic understanding of rhythm, melody, instruments, composers and music appreciation.

Art: A variety of mediums are used to develop the creative side of each child. This may include painting, weaving and cutting in addition to other art mediums.

Library: The students visit the school library once a week where they check out books for their personal enjoyment.

Grade Activities

Field Trips: During the school year, the students experience a variety of adventures throughout our community that may include: the Pioneer Farm, Zoo, Aquarium, Imagine Children’s Museum and even a pond or a forest.

Christmas or Easter Program: The students alternate their musical program each year between these two offerings.

Special Activities: We build a “life size” rainforest, cook interesting recipes, and are involved in a historical Pilgrim celebration along with other fun and educational activities.

Piano Lessons: Lessons are available throughout the school day for an additional charge.

Transportation: Van transportation is available within the service area.

Mrs. Becky Ihrie

Mrs. Debbie Laskey

First Grade

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I attended Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) in Monmouth,Oregon, which was then the number one teacher training college in the nation. I feel that the education I received there and the many extra opportunities I had to be in the classroom have helped to make me the teacher I am today.

When my youngest was 4, I was hired to be the Kindergarten aide at Zion. The following year I was asked to be the afternoon Kindergarten teacher, working alongside Lori Hayes. I was hired the next year full time in a split 1-2 class. I moved to first grade the following year and have been there ever since. All of our children are graduates of Zion Lutheran School.  My grandchildren also now attend our school.

I am blessed and privileged to be a part of the staff at Zion. My faith is very important to me and I enjoy learning and growing in the Lord. I have spent many years teaching God’s Word to my children, the children here at school as well as in my local church and watching them grow in God’s grace. I am so blessed to see their growth and pray for them daily.


Mrs. Laskey’s Full Biography 

Mrs. Laskey’s 1st Grade Supplies List 2015

Mrs. Debbie Laskey

Mrs. Becky Ihrie

First Grade