April 9, 2014 Newsletter

St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic SchoolNewsletter

Volume:  XXI

No.: 29

April 9, 2014

Report Cards

Report cards are being send home with this newsletter.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Lent – Week 6, April 9-16, 2014

This week students are busy filling the jar with all kinds of coins.  This is our final week of Lent.  The students have learned a great deal about the need and importance of clean water.  More importantly, they have discovered a way to be a disciple of Jesus by helping their brothers and sisters around the world get clean water.

The Student Challenge:  Wear a band-aid on one finger to remember how much Jesus hurt for us.  Put some coins in your bottle for the clean water we have to clean our wounds.

The Final Family Challenge is:

Create your own family challenge for this week and let us know what you did!   We would like to post them on our website.   Thank you for all your help and support of the Water for Life project.


Thank you to everyone who helped us with our accreditation team visit last week.  I was told that many of you were called, and your responses helped the team create a report that showcased our incredible school and gave them information so we could continue to grow and excel!  We will review the MNSAA Onsite Accreditation Team Report and use this information to continue providing a stellar academic and spiritual education to the students at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic School!!  The MNSAA Board of Directors meets in May, and after that meeting, MNSAA will send us the official accreditation renewal status report.



Due to the many snow days and late starts this year, LPGE Schools have canceled the remaining early outs for the 2013-2014 school year.

Water for Life

Auction Dinner (Silent Auction) 2014
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


Thursday, April 17, 2014 – Seder Meal for students and staff at 11:30 A.M.

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

Monday, April 21, 2014 – No School – Easter Monday

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – First Communion Retreat/Practice.

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

Friday, April 25, 2014 – Auction/Dinner.

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

Sunday, May 3, 2014 – First Communion.


Congratulations to Amanda Berscheit who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion this past weekend at St. Joseph’s Parish in Grey Eagle.





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.

What is Lent?

Lent is the season of preparation for Easter. It starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter, lasting for 40 days (not counting Sundays). We prepare for Easter by fasting and practicing spiritual discipline during this time – to reflect on His sacrifices. Basically, Lent is a time for “spring cleaning” our lives while giving thanks to God and strengthening our relationship with Him.

Grade 1

Happy Spring! We have been so busy in first grade that I forgot to do my homework – this news! So, this is going to be short and sweet. We will be ministering at mass next week on Wednesday at 8:30 A.M. and praying the Stations of the Cross on Thursday at 10:30 A.M. Please work on the readings and join us for both celebrations. I appreciate you all! Jesus’ Joy!  Enjoy!

Grade 2

SPRING IS FINALLY HERE! I’m loving it! This week in second grade we were busy with leading the Stations of the Cross on Monday and preparing the mass on Tuesday! In reading, we are beginning a new story, Carousel.  Spelling words this week focus on the “Cry Baby” rule. Words with two syllables that end with a long e sound are spelled with the letter y. In math, we are exploring the beginning of multiplication and division. We are taking STAR tests this week, so your child may have a new AR level. In science, the first and second graders are finishing their test on space. In writing, I am hoping to move on to the prewriting the middle of our lucky charm story. Have a great week!!!

Grade 3

Tate Twardowski is our ‘Disciple of the Week’.  His kind and helpful ways are a tremendous example for all of us.  Thanks, Tate!  We are learning the lattice method of multiplication.  This method takes up more paper space, but the students seem to enjoy the ease of figuring out the problems.   Conclusions are our focus during our writing lesson.  Later this week we will be making our Lenten crosses during our art period.  Enjoy the warm weather!

Grade 4

We will complete the thinning of plants this week and be putting them under the lights.  The students have begun an art project where they paint fish in the ocean.  They learn ways to make it appear three dimensional!  Students will spend part of the next several days reviewing and preparing for the Math MCA tests.  Report cards went home today.  Please contact me should you have any questions.  Remember to mark your calendar for May 9, the day of the field trip.

Grade 5

Happy Spring! Finally! This week in language arts, we started our fourth quarter novel unit books. The fifth graders are reading Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli and the 6th graders are reading Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Both of these books are exciting books to read and to learn some great lessons from. In writing, we are continuing to work on creative writing in the form of couplet and haiku poems.

Grade 6

Wonderful job on the social study projects.  We learned a great deal regarding our first 13 colonies. In math, we are focusing on math reviews – preparing for our MCA’s.  I heard many terrific things about our students’ behavior during our school’s accreditation.  Thank you for all you do in making our jobs so very special. The students are making beautiful Station of the Cross booklets. The sixth graders will be ministering at the mass on April 23; we hope you can join us.