March 12, 2014 Newsletter

St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic SchoolNewsletter

Volume:  XXI

No.: 26

March 12, 2014


Week 2, March 12-18, 2014

Students are collecting nickels this week.  Remember to conserve water and be thankful for all the water that is available to us.  Each day, 783 million people do not have access to clean water.  By collecting coins in our water bottle banks, we are helping those most in need around the world.

The Family Challenge for this week is:

EAT A MEAL THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE WATER AS AN INGREDIENT!   If this is impossible for you, then minimize how much water is used to prepare a meal.

The Student Challenge for this week is:

Count all the faucets in and outside of your house.  Don’t forget to count faucets in a shed or barn.

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


Thank you to everyone who attended conferences last Thursday and this Tuesday.  We appreciate our parents’ involvement in their children’s education.


Registration forms for grades 1-6 will go home next Wednesday, March 19, 2014.


We welcome four new students to our school.  Colton Allen has been a wonderful addition to our second grade classroom.  Colton joined us on February 18!  We welcome, also, the Kuillo family, Chanin (grade 5), Kusi (grade 2) and Sara (kindergarten).  Chanin, Kusi and Sara joined us just this week.




7:00 P.M.



Friday, March 14, 2014

8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Upcoming Events


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

Friday, March 14, 2014 – Kindergarten Roundup from 8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


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



April 2, 3 and 4, 2014

As noted last week, during the accreditation time, you may be called – or someone may visit with you when you are at school – to discuss your thoughts about our school.  We thank you ahead of time for taking the time to talk with the team members.  Please note:  This is not a quiz; rather, it is your opportunity to tell others about this great school.  It is also your time to give additional thoughts about how we can improve what we do and become even better.


Sample Questions: *What is something about St. Mary’s School that makes you happy you are sending your child?  *Are you aware of the school’s mission statement?  *What do you think about the school facility? Is it clean? Well-maintained? Safe?  Allow needed space?  *What is an important topic you think the school should be discussing?




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.

Almighty and Everlasting God, You have given the human race Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility. He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man And giving His life on the Cross. Help us to bear witness to You By following His example of suffering And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.

Grade 1

Our Lenten words to focus on are Pray*Fast*Almsgiving. Prayer started with The Stations of the Cross on Monday. Thank you, sixth graders! Every day we are spending time writing prayers to Jesus in our Lenten Prayer Journals. This special time helps us to talk and listen to Jesus. They love it! Noah is teaching us how to Fast and go without things. Our Water for Life is helping us to experience Almsgiving.  Bring those coins! Vivian is our giggly, warm-hearted and beautiful Jesus’ Super Star! Art: God’s Promise, painted rainbows and color wheel. Reading: short e spelling words, cluster with s, silent letters in kn*wr*gn, realistic fiction story, compare and contrast, evaluate and sensory words.  Writing: Friendly letter and telling sentences. Math: Money to dime, thermometer and units of measure. Social Studies*1st and 2nd grade: Abraham Lincoln. Spring is coming! Happy Day!

Grade 2

We have a lot going on this week in second grade. First, we have a new boy who has been visiting us, Kusi Kuillo.  I am so proud of how the students do an amazing job helping these new students feel welcome. On Wednesday, we will up to the nursing home to share love with the residents. What better way to do that than with a bubble blowing contest!!! In both reading and math, we are reviewing for tests. In religion, we are continuing to learn about Lent and the sacrifices Jesus made for us. In science, the first and second graders are finishing a unit on planets.  In writing, we are beginning new stories about our lucky charms. Thank you for meeting with me during conferences! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Grade 3

Dylon Lowe and Alaina Martens are our two latest “Disciple of the Week” students.  Dylon is a joyful and caring student.  Alaina has an obedient spirit and a helpful attitude.  Both are beautiful examples of being like Christ!  This week in social studies, we are working on our state tree/flower and our famous person.  We enjoy using the i-pads to look up information on these state assignments.  Enjoy these warm, beautiful days!


Grade 4

The class is taking the unit test in reading this week.  We continue to explore division using bigger numbers.  A note on how to divide numbers using this method is being sent home today. Students are taking turns reading a daily prayer for Lent and selecting an action to work on for the day.  Monday we prayed for our parents! We are also learning more about the need for clean water.  Thank you for your support of our Lenten project.  We have lots of pennies in the jar, and now we are collecting nickels.

Grade 5

For music this week, we will be doing a great variety of activities in each of the classes. For Pre-K and kindergarten, we are looking at how we can be and music can be the same or it can be different. In first and second grade, we are continuing our study of instrument groups. We started by looking over the entire group such as brass, percussion, woodwind and string. Now we are digging into each group and looking at all of the instruments that belong to it. In third and fourth grade, we are finishing up our study of how to count music. We thought this was really difficult at first but we are becoming pros at it! And in fifth and sixth grade, we are continuing to talk about singing A cappella.

Grade 6

On Wednesday we will be saying, “Hello” from Lake Carlos. We will be enjoying God’s beautiful creation, spending time with our friends, and the wonderful weather! Thank you for all of these fun and well-behaved children! We are continuing to work on our Lenten sacrifices to bring us closer to our Heavenly Father. See you on Friday.