April 2, 2014 Newsletter

St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic SchoolNewsletter

Volume:  XXI

No.: 28

April 2, 2014


The day has finally come…  We have been working for the past two years to prepare for our team visit, and today we met our team over Mary Johnson’s wonderful caramel and cinnamon rolls.  Yes, we make a good first impression!  If you stop in at school this week, you may be asked a few questions regarding our school.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to speak with our accreditation team members.


Week 5, April 2-8, 2014

Students this week are involved in a “PENNY WAR” to raise money for WATER for LIFE.  This money helps when a natural disaster strikes.  When the earthquake devastated Haiti, in 2010, one of the city’s most pressing needs was clean water and sanitation facilities.   Catholic Relief Services distributed water, built 5,000-gallon water tanks, installed hand-washing stations and hired a local graffiti artist to paint messages about proper sanitation and hygiene.

The Family and Student Challenge for this week is:

Skip buying that can of pop or cup of coffee.  We encourage you to put the money you save in the coin banks to help other communities improve the quality of their water.  In your lifetime, it is estimated that you will drink an amazing 43,371 cans of pop!  If you lined up all of these cans, they’d stretch for 3.42 miles.

Auction Dinner (Silent Auction) 2014


Dinner/Auction 2014!!! Get on your favorite destination outfit and travel with us…be sure to browse our silent auction donations and related information on our school site – click the big, orange button on the homepage, “Visit the Silent Auction 2014 page.”  If you have items to donate to our “Wine Cellar” or the “Graduate Basket,” please drop them off at the school or rectory office. If you have questions or would like to buy tickets, please call 320-357-0813 or stop by our school office – we are happy to assist you. Amy can be reached at avan@stmaryslp.org or 320-309-5574.

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 2, 3 and 4, 2014 – Accreditation.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – Mission Rally mass at 8:30 A.M.  This will be the children’s mass for the week.

Friday, April 18, 2014 – No School – Good Friday.

Monday, April 21, 2014 – No School – Easter Monday (Please note:  If we miss more school due to the weather, we may schedule school for this day.)

Wednesday and Thursday, April 23 and 24, 2014 – MCA testing.

Tuesday and Thursday, April 29 and May 1, 2014 – MCA testing.




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.


Please return your completed registration packets as soon as possible.  We especially need to know our prek and kindergarten numbers for next year so we can budget for appropriate staff.  Thank you!

Grade 1

We are welcoming our special friends on the Accreditation Team, just like Jesus welcomed everyone he met. Our focus, on this journey of Lent, is Jesus as the resurrection and the life. As a symbol and remembrance of this, we created rock crosses. Come and admire! Keira is our unbelievably aware and helpful Jesus’ Super Star. I’m not sure what I will do without her next year! She helps this getting old teacher a lot! The new Authors of the Month are inspirational Douglas Wood, crazy/wacky Robert Munch and unusual poetry by Shel Silverstein.  Reading: assessing skills, spelling question words, topic sentences and exclamation sentences. Oh, yes! Math: Measurement in inches with ruler and measuring tape, comparing heights of classmates, time to the quarter to and quarter after and equivalent sums. First and second grade social: Compass Rose directions.  Happy Day!

Grade 2

This week in second grade, we are busy preparing for next Monday’s Stations of the Cross and the mass which will be on TUESDAY at 8:30 A.M. instead of Wednesday. In reading, we are studying contractions and present tense verbs. We are continuing to write stories about our lucky charm. In math, we are beginning 2-digit subtraction problems. We are taking a test in science on Thursday. Please practice the order of the planets – My Very Excited Mother Just Served Us Noodles!!! Have a great week!

Grade 3

Ruby Muellner is our ‘Disciple of the Week’ this week.  She is kind and helpful to those around her.  Thanks for being your special self!  Our theme for this week’s mass is, “I am the resurrection and the Life.”  The third graders acted out the story of Jesus bringing Lazarus back to life.  During math, we are working on division problems using money.  We continue to work on our Lenten heart activities.  Have a great day!

Grade 4

The class enjoyed a visit from Doug Liebsch.  They asked excellent questions about his life in the seminary.  We are happy that most of the pepper plants have sprouted!  We are preparing for the MCA Reading & Math Tests.  The class will be deciding how to redeem Mrs. Sandberg’s full bonus card!  Everyone is excited to make his/her new April AR goal so they do not have to work as hard in May.

Grade 5

Happy April! (Even though it doesn’t quite seem like it yet!) This week in language arts, we are starting to work on creative writing in the form of poems. The first type of poem we are looking at is a couplet. We will be doing an art activity along with writing this type of poem. In religion, we are learning about five types of prayer.  Blessing, thanksgiving, praise, petition and intercession are the five types we are studying.

Grade 6

We continue to grow closer to God this Lenten season with our acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Thank you for all your donations for our Water for Life. We are working on the 14 Stations of the Cross booklet in religion. In social, we continue to learn about the first 13 colonies.  We will be evaluated in math on Thursday; please review for the test.  The sixth graders are excited to meet the team for our accreditation.  Enjoy the beautiful whiteness of spring.