March 19, 2014 Newsletter

St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic SchoolNewsletter

Volume:  XXI

No.: 27

March 14, 2014


Week 3, March 19-25, 2014

Students are collecting dimes for this week of Lent.  March 22 is World Water Day.  It is a day to remember the precious gift of clean water that God has given us

The Family Challenge for this week is:

SHORTEN YOUR TIME IN THE SHOWER!  Can you shorten your shower by a minute?      This week try taking a two-minute shower.   Make a donation, in dimes, when you conserve water at home.

The Student Challenge:  Thank God for the waters of baptism.  Look at your baptismal photographs.  Put a coin in your bottle for every baptism in your family.  St. Mary’s averages 30 baptisms each year.


Registration forms for grades 1-6 accompany this newsletter.  If you have a child who will be in kindergarten or prek next year, you should have received your family’s registration packet during the open house and/or roundup.  If you did not receive a registration packet, please contact the office, and we will send one home for you.  We would like all registration packets returned by this Friday, March 21, 2014, so we can work with correct student enrollment numbers when finalizing the budget for next year.  Please note:  Our Faith and Education Council voted to freeze tuition for the 2014-2015 school year!  We are very excited about this and thank all of our supporters.  (If you will not be returning to St. Mary’s next year, please note that on your registration form and return it to school by this Friday.)

Auction Dinner (Silent Auction) 2014

Our 29th annual auction/dinner will be on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Tickets will be available at the school office beginning Monday, March 24, 2014.  Tickets are $20.00 per person if purchased before Monday, April 21, 2014 and $25.00 per person if purchased after the 21st.

If you would like to donate to our auction, please contact the school so we can put your item on our auction bill which will be published in the Long Prairie Leader during the first or second week of April.


Upcoming Events


Sunday, March 23, 2014 – Confirmation at 3:00 P.M.

Monday, March 24, 2014 – Water for Life speakers at 9:15 A.M. and 10:00 A.M.

Friday, March 28, 2014 – End of fourth quarter.

Monday, March 31, 2014 – AR store.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 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.

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.

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

Happy St. Patrick’s Week! The Holy Trinity or Blessed Trinity was of great interest to the first graders. They thought St. Patrick was very creative in using this symbol to teach the Irish people about God. We shared our celebration with the third graders and made a shamrock snack with pretzels, green frosting and sprinkles. It was O’mazing! Our Lenten Journal prayers are a favorite part of our day. Today, we celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph the Carpenter.  Lexi, our Jesus’ Super Star, is a quiet, sweet and loving friend to all. We are so lucky to have her as a part of our class! Reading and Math: Activities did the St. Patrick and Leprechaun – clever, sneaky and fun way! Thanks for all the nickels for our Lenten: Water for Life service project. Remember to start bringing dimes! Have a Lucky week!

Grade 2

This week in second grade, we are praying and praying and praying for spring!!!  As we continue through this season of Lent, we are discussing how God gives us what we need, even though it may not always be what we think we need. In reading, we are taking the Theme 4 test. In math, we are starting a new unit and will be learning how to subtract 2-digit numbers. Our new writing unit for this month is about having luck. One of the biggest accomplishments this week so far is that our class project is finished for the auction in April!!! Have a wonderful week!

Grade 3

Greta Middendorf is our, “Disciple of the Week” this week.  She shows kindness toward others and is willing to help out those around her. Thank you, Greta! Suffixes and prefixes are our focus in spelling this week.  We continue to work hard on regrouping in subtraction with three and four-digit numbers. In social studies, we are finishing up our South booklets with some fun facts.  We are excited to see the finished product!  Thank you to the first graders for a fun-filled time in your classroom on Saint Patrick’s Day.  What an awesome way to learn about the Trinity with the neat pretzel snack that we created together!

Grade 4

The students enjoyed an extra recess and tomorrow will enjoy hat day because of the fantastic job they are doing in filling the jar full of coins!  We are working on the auction item from our class.  Mary Schultz from Browerville is teaching us about stained glass as we put our project together.  Spring is just around the corner, so it is time to start our plants.  This week we will plant seeds of a variety of pepper plants.  Next week we will do tomato plants.  The students are also preparing for Stations of the Cross on Monday and mass on Wednesday.

Grade 5

In language arts this week, we are presenting our expository essays. The students wrote an essay on “how to” do something such as bake a cake or shoot a basketball. This week they get to demonstrate their skill or present it to the class in some way. Some students are bringing things to show in class, some students made a video and some are simply reading their essays to us. We are all excited for these presentations!

Grade 6

The sixth graders are working very hard on their Lenten sacrifices to help us grow closer to Jesus.  Our new unit in math is called “Rates and Ratios.”  We continue to learn about our wonderful country of the United States. The sixth graders will also be quizzed on the Stations of the Cross this week; please help them prepare by going over them at home.  Our adventures at Lake Carlos were wonderful. Your children’s behaviors were beautiful, and their knowledge of the great outdoors was tremendous! Thank you for all you do! God bless and happy spring!!