February 26, 2014 Newsletter

St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic SchoolNewsletter

Volume:  XXI

No.: 24

February 26, 2014


Midterm is this week.  Teachers will hand out midterms at the March 6 and March 11, 2014, conferences.  Please see the enclosed conference schedule.  If you cannot make your scheduled conference time, please reschedule directly with your child’s teacher.  Thank you!

29th Annual Silent Auction

Our 29th annual Silent Auction will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014.  If you would like to donate an item to our auction, please contact Amy VanValkenburg Dinkel.  We had our first parent meeting with the auction committee, and the parents attending compiled a list of items people could think about donating.  This list will be sent home with next week’s newsletter.  Please don’t be limited by the list.

“I was thirsty and you gave me a drink?”  Matthew 25:35

St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic School Students and Staff will be participating in a “Water for Life” Lenten activity sponsored by the Catholic Foundation’s “Pay it Forward” grant.  Thank you to Mrs. Sandberg for all her work writing this grant proposal and getting the items needed to begin this project.  A flyer explaining this project accompanies this newsletter.




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Friday, March 14, 2014

8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.





Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  Let us begin to think about what we will give up or what we will do to make us more like Christ.


Upcoming Events


Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – “Raising Pure Teens” Assembly – Featuring David Rinaldi at 7:00 P.M. in the Church Hall.  (This is a junior/senior high religious education event, but all parents are invited.)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – Prek(4) Open House at 7:00 P.M.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 – Ash Wednesday – Mass at 8:30 A.M.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – Children’s Mass at 8:30 A.M.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 – Prek(3) Open House at 7:00 P.M.

Friday, March 14, 2014 – Kindergarten Roundup from 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Friday, March 14, 2014 – NO EARLY OUT – FULL DAY OF SCHOOL.





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.

Thank you!


Thank you to St. Joseph’s Parish in Grey Eagle for supporting St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic School – financially and spiritually.

The second graders ministered at mass at St. Joseph’s yesterday, and all of our students attended the mass with Father Ron Dockendorf.

Grade 1

Welcome back to the ice box of Minnesota! We love it here! Thank you, Lord, for the Sacrament of Baptism. Our hearts turn pure white as we become a Child of God! Our Baptismal posters are awesome. Thanks for all your help. We will need your assistance again for next week’s Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:30 A.M.  with the very special readings. I appreciate you all very much! Lindsay is our special Super Star.  She is beautiful inside and out, a wonderful helper and a radiant reader. Testing for mid-term is the main focus this week. Nurse Melissa will be teaching us about dental hygiene, so our teeth don’t end up like President Washington’s. Yes, ask your kids!!! A big thanks goes out to H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey for creating Curious George. We just love that little bugger!  Happy Day!

Grade 2

This week in second grade, we have been very busy practicing for the masses in Grey Eagle and Long Prairie. The students did an amazing job! In reading, we are learning about ants, changing words to mean more than one, and when to use me and I in a sentence. In math, we are learning about parallel lines and 4-sided shapes. In writing, we are writing biographies on one another. The first and second graders are learning about planets. Have a great week!

Grade 3

Laila Johnson is our kind-hearted, wonderful  ‘Disciple of the Week’ this week.  Thanks, Laila, for including others in your play!  Fraction number lines and equivalent fractions are this week’s focus in math.  Missionaries and how to be one is this week’s lesson in religion class.  The lesson of ‘Supply and Demand’  gave us an opportunity to explore this through role playing.  Farmer Boy is our new story for classroom reading time.  Have a great week!

Grade 4

The class is very excited for their own “Minute to Win It” Olympic Games.  They have put in extra effort to earn gold and participate in more of the games! Our next unit in math will be dividing big numbers. The students are using quotations in some of their writing. They are enjoying the tall tale story this week, “Heat Wave.”  In religion, we will be discussing Lent.

Grade 5

Welcome to the middle of the third quarter already! Wow, time is flying by. This week some of the things we are doing in language arts are working on plurals and abbreviations in grammar, reading a few more chapters out of our novel unit books, and continuing our rough drafts for our expository essay. We are also looking to be at 50% towards our goal in AR. We are trying to stay on track so that our goal can be accomplished with ease!

Grade 6

This week in the sixth grade room, we are finishing up on our math and science units. Please review for those tests this week.  We are preparing our hearts for the Lenten Season.  Let us think about how we can become more like Christ during this time and forever.  Please turn in the health forms and the behavior forms for Lake Carlos.  If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding the camp, please contact me. The sixth graders will be preparing the mass on March 12 at 8:30 A.M. We hope you can join us.