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St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic SchoolNewsletter

Volume:  XXI

No.: 18

January 14, 2014


Catholic Schools’ Week begins next Thursday, January 23, 2014, with our Student Appreciation Day.  In your folders are student permission slips, chaperone forms, and for the preschool, a special preschool permission slip.  Please have all forms returned to the school by this Friday, January 17, 2014.

We have also included a volunteer sheet for the Catholic Schools’ Week supper.  If you haven’t been able to volunteer at school this year, this would be a wonderful opportunity for you to share your time with our school family.


Holes to Heaven Fishing Derby & Raffle

Last week each family received five $10.00 raffle tickets to sell.  Please turn in the tickets and money as soon as possible – no later than Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  All tickets – sold and unsold MUST be returned.  We’ve had numerous requests asking the office to send home another allotment of tickets. First, we want to THANK YOU for your enthusiasm and willingness to help!  In an effort to speedily track ticket sales, we will not be sending out more in the school-student communication folder; however, we are more than happy to process individual requests! Just contact our office staff via phone or email.

PLEASE NOTE:  The raffle tickets are not fishing derby entry tickets.  If you wish to purchase tickets to participate in the fishing derby, please stop at the school for these.  Adults are $20.00 each, and children are $10.00 each.  If you are a St. Mary of Mt. Carmel School Family or Employee, there is a $50.00 cap on the fishing derby entry cost.  No family will have to pay more than $50.00.  (A family is a mom, dad and children.)

We have a great group of men working on “Holes to Heaven,” and we hope all of our families can come out to enjoy the day and support St. Mary of Mt. Carmel School.  Bring your family and friends!  Who knows, you could win $$$$.


Denim and Diamonds

Second Annual Wine and Cheese Event

A Valentine’s Day Social for all!

February 14, 7:00 P.M. -9:30 P.M.
Watch for more about this event as we get closer, however, you can reserve your tickets today! (An error was made in the church bulletin regarding the ticket prices. I apologize – Please note this correction for future reference, and reserve your tickets today!)

Advance tickets: $25/person or $50/couple

After February 3rd: $35/person or $55 couple

Businesses and families are invited to sponsor a table of 10: $225

Upcoming Events


Tuesday, January 21, 2014 – Stearns Electric Safety Program – Grade 4 at 9:30 A.M.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 – Inventor’s Museum (Grades 3 and 4) – 12:45 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 – Arrowwood Water Park Day for Students.

Friday, January 24, 2014 – Early Out at 1:00 P.M.

Monday, January 27, 2014 – No School – Teacher Inservice.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – Teacher Appreciation Day.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – Volunteer Appreciation Day.

Thursday, January 30, 2014 – Business Appreciation Day.


Our second graders will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Saturday, January 18, 2014, beginning at 9:00 A.M.  Let us pray that God will guide them in their lives.


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.


Flat Stanley’s Travels…

Flat Stanley’s recent adventures have taken him to Montana and Washington D.C.  He has also traveled to Akita City, Japan, and to Austria!  We are trying to send him to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia that start in February!

Grade 1

Thank you, Lord, for the nicer weather to get outside and enjoy God’s winter wonderland! We are praising God for everything He has created and the special uniqueness He has given to each and every one of us. Our Jesus’ Superstar is the loving, dramatic and funny Isaac! Thank you, Isaac, for helping us giggle everyday! Reading: Verb endings -s, -ed, -ing, possessives, making predictions, words that describe size, short i words, writing a persuasive letter, writing a friendly letter to the Superstar, naming part of a sentence and fact or opinion. Math: Adding three numbers, creating word problems, adding, subtracting, symmetry, money to dime and time to half-hour. Social: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr./timeline, stories and I Have a Dream speech. Science/Art: the miracle and magic of a snowflake.

Grade 2

This is a HUGE week for second grade. We are busy getting ready for mass that will now be this Friday at 8:15 A.M.  Then on Saturday, we will be able to celebrate THE SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION!  How exciting!!!   In other news, we are reading a hilarious story in reading, ask your kids about The Big Bushy Mustache. We will also be learning about the suffixes -ly, -ful and vowel pairs ow and ou. In math, we are working on temperature changes and estimating costs. Our New Year’s Resolution paragraphs will be finished this week. The first and second graders will be learning about stars in science. Have a great week!  See you Saturday!

Grade 3

During religion class, we are learning about the Greatest Commandment. Ask your child what it is. “Dogzilla” is a hilarious story found in our reading books.  As an extension activity, the students will be creating movie posters of their own ‘zilla’ story.  Triangles, quadrangles and other polygons are this week’s focus in math.  The third and fourth graders are researching a tourist site in one of the western states.  Please help out with this as three resources are needed.  Have a great day!

Grade 4

This week we will complete our story, “Twenty And Ten.”  The students want to find out if the 10 Jewish children will be safe from the German soldiers.  We are becoming experts on writing possessive nouns.  The class is adding and subtracting decimals.  We will also be measuring objects in millimeters!  The Inventors’ Museum will be next Wednesday.  We hope you will join us.

Grade 5

This week in music for third grade through sixth grade, we are putting all of our work with the recorders and resonator bells to the test. I began quizzing the students on a song played on one of these instruments (3rd/4th on recorders and 5th/6th on resonator bells). So far, I have seen tremendous progress since our start with these instruments in our knowledge and skill in the areas of notes, tempo, note duration, and how well they can play music as a group or pair.

Grade 6

Congratulations to Hannah Middendorf on her 1st place win for the Jodi’s Hope Award. She will be reading her essay on the KEYL Radio Station. All of the sixth graders did a wonderful job on their papers.  We are getting very excited for Catholic Schools’ Week to arrive. Please check your calendars and let me know if you can help with mass on the 25th at 5:30 P.M.  Our lessons this week focus on division of fractions in math, explorers in social, and parables in religion.  Just a reminder that our end of quarter is soon approaching!