Why we library…

  • Not Everything is Available on the Internet: The amazing amount of useful information on the web has, for some, engendered the false assumption everything can be found online. It’s simply not true. Google Books recognizes this. That’s why they take on the monolith task of digitizing millions of books from the world’s largest libraries. But even if Google does successfully digitize the sum of human knowledge, it is unlikely that the sum of contemporary authors and publishers will not allow their works to be freely accessible over the internet. It is already prohibited by law to make copyrighted books fully accessible through Google Book search.
  • School Libraries and Librarians Improve Student Test Scores: A 2005 study of the Illinois School Libraries shows that students who frequently visit well-stocked and well-staffed school libraries end up with higher ACT scores and perform better on reading and writing exams. Interestingly, the study points out that access digital technology plays a strong role in test results, noting that “high schools with computers that connect to library catalogs and databases average 6.2 percent improvement on ACT scores”.
  • Libraries can Preserve the Book Experience: Consuming 900 pages on the intellectual history of Russia is an experience unique to the book. In general, the book provides a focused, yet comprehensive study that summarizes years of research by an author or team of authors who have devoted their academic to a particular subject area. But, even when the internet does provide actual content, the information is often snack-sized or the overall experience cursory a sort of quick-reference browsing. Knowledge can be found, but the experience of delving into a book for hundreds of pages just doesn’t happen online. The preservation of stacks, therefore, will help preserve access to this approach to learning and the more traditional form of scholarship can continue alongside the new.

–Read all 15 reasons why libraries are not obsolete by clicking here

September 17, 2014

St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic School


Volume: XXII

No.: 3

September 17, 2014


On Monday, we kicked off our annual workathon – and this year added a prayer-a-thon!! Please see the white folder that went home with all students in grades kindergarten through grade six. If we make our goal of $8,000.00, we will be taking all of the participating students to the Sauk Centre Theatre for a movie day – complete with treats! We have 97 kindergarten through sixth grade students, so if each student brings in $100.00, we could smash our goal! I realize if you have three or four children at St. Mary’s, it may be difficult to have each of the children raise $100.00. We just ask each family to help us out. Thank you to the students who have the opportunity to bring in more than $100.00. This year, the student who brings in the most money will receive a crisp $100.00 bill!!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 6:30 P.M.

* We currently have the following fundraisers on our schedule:




* We need to decide if we will have the Christmas Cookie Sale and/or the Wine and Cheese Tasting.

* Other new ideas include a Trap Shooting Scramble, a Golf Scramble and a Talent Show.

* We need to add one or two fundraisers to our set schedule to keep the cost of tuition affordable for our families. We hope to have fundraisers that DO NOT include having our children go out and sell items. We want to build community and include more participants than just our school and parish.

* Here is your chance to give us your opinion!

* We invite ALL PARENTS to attend this meeting and help us get started on a fun year of activities!!


I have just learned how to add items to our webpage. Please be patient with me as I try to upload the newsletters, calendars and etc. THANK YOU!!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 18, 2014 – MIA/POW Balloon Release at 10:00 A.M. in the school parking lot. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – Fundraising Meeting at 6:30 P.M.

Friday, October 10, 2014 – Workathon/Prayer-a-thon.

Friday, October 10, 2014 – Homecoming Parade.

Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17, 2014 – MEA – No School.

Monday, October 20, 2014 – Individual School Pictures by Enstroms.

Friday, November 7, 2014 – No School.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – Individual School Picture Retakes.


Congratulations to Jeremy and Sarah Shutter on the birth of their daughter Lydia Dorothy. Lydia was welcomed home by her big brother Gavin.


St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic School is a family oriented environment that provides a Christ centered education to students in PreK-6. Together as a staff, parents, parish, and community, we strive to prepare students morally, spiritually, intellectually and socially to meet the challenges of the future as disciples of Jesus, spreading the word of God and ultimately entering the kingdom of heaven.

Security Procedures

The school will remain locked at all times, except from 7:45 A.M. – 8:10 a.M. and 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Children should not arrive at school before 7:45 a.m. wE WILL HAVE THE DOORS MONITORED FOR PRESCHOOL DROP OFF AND PICK UP. we ask that prek parents who pick up at 10:45A.m. and drop off at 12:30 p.m. please enter through the north door.

Grade 1

Wisdom is our scripture word of the week. We are really becoming wiser in all areas of our first grade adventure. I am so proud of them! Lessons of the week: Reading – letter review and comprehension strategies. Math – Shape creations, number recognition and number lines. Social Studies – Bus Safety and Constitution of the USA/St. Mary’s. Art – Watercolor creations. Happy Last Week of Summer!

Grade 2

This week in grade two, we are continuing to learn school routines. In religion we are learning about Baptism. In math we are reviewing time, addition and subtraction. In reading we are focusing on short e, o, and u words. Ask your child about Julius the pig. The students are writing about their morning routines. It should be coming home this week. Look for your parent codes to get into ClassDojo. This is completely optional, but if you would like to peek in on your child’s day, check it out. I just found out that I can share messages and pictures through that program, also. Have a great week!!!

Grade 3

Congratulations to Tony and Mary Vetter on the birth of their grandson Tristen Theodore. Tristen was born on September 9. He weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz. and was 21 inches. Tristen was welcomed home by his big brother.

Grade 4

The class did a great job of leading us in prayer and song at mass today. They are very excited to learn how to locate different books and verses in their Bible. We are learning about organisms in science. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of living crayfish! We will compare the crayfish behavior and body parts with other organisms. Students are focused on their AR goal for September. They have just a little more than a week to make their goal!

Grade 5

Congratulations to Tyler and Megan Dreher on the birth of their daughter Raegan Rose. Raegan was born on September 16. She weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz. She is welcomed home by her big brother, Oakley.

Grade 6

Just a reminder that the Enviro Fest is tomorrow. Please dress weather appropriate and bring a bag lunch. The sixth graders are working very hard in math, reviewing many of the concepts from fifth grade mathematics. In social, we are learning all about our beautiful country, the USA. In religion, our focus is on God, tevelation, and faith. Thank you for your wonderful job of checking assignment books and performance reports. Good luck with the work-a-thon and prayer-a-thon pledges.

School Supplies

These are listed under ‘parent resources’ drop down and you can find them in your teacher’s blog (bottom right hand corner of the web site.

Supply List 2014-15, Grades Five and Six

1 large pink eraser and pencil top erasers
1 ruler with in./cm. Indications
5 glue sticks
1 large box Kleenex
4 spiral notebooks wide lined 1 red, 1 blue, 1 yellow, and 1 green
4 folders with pockets 1 red, 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 green
1 two-inch, three-ring binder WITH DIVIDERS
2 pkg. loose-leaf paper wide lined
3 pkgs. index card (3×5)
1 pkg. colored pencils
4 red pens
1 pair scissors
1 shoebox sized plastic container with lid for tool kit
math protractor
math compass
1 pkg. markers
2 black Expo markers – any size
1 box Ziploc bags
1 container of Clorox wipes
1 package of paper plates

Supply List 2014-15, Grade Four

8 # 2 pencils (no mechanical)
large eraser
2 boxes of Kleenex
1 set of multiplication flashcards
pencil pouch or box
1 Elmer’s school glue 8oz
3 glue sticks
3 folders with pockets
4 red marking pens or pencils
1 ruler with inches and centimeter measurements
1 spiral notebook wide lined
1 math protractor
colored pencils, markers and/or crayons 24 per box
school bag or backpack
1 set of water color paints
5 highlighter marker
1 set of Expo markers
1 container of Clorox wipes

Supply List, 2014-15, Grade Three

large eraser
pencil pouch or box – SMALL
6 glue sticks
1 Elmer’s school glue (4oz)
crayons 16-24 box (Not larger)
school bag or backpack
2 large boxes of Kleenex (2ply)
2 red marking pens
2 folders with pockets – 1 green and 1 yellow
1 box colored markers
1 Fiskar scissors
1 container of Clorox wipes
2 Expo markers
1 box Ziploc bags (quart size)

Supply List, 2014-15, Grade 2

12 #2 pencils-please replenish each quarter
1 Elmer’s school glue bottle
10 glue sticks
crayons (16-24 box) – Crayola
2 Expo Markers
1 regular folder with pockets
1 large box Kleenex (2 ply)
1 wide –lined notebook
washable markers – Crayola
1-inch 3-ring binder
1 pack of pencil top erarsers
1 Fiskar scissors
1 water bottle
2 black Sharpie (felt tip)
1 tube of chapstick
1 deck of cards
1 container of Clorox wipes
1 ruler with inches and centimeters