March 26, 2014 Newsletter

St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic SchoolNewsletter

Volume:  XXI

No.: 27

March 26, 2014


We have been working hard on our accreditation, and next week we will be hosting a team of five administrators and teachers who will be here to assess our school – to make sure we are in compliance with state and MNSAA requirements and to help us continue to excel!  If you come to school to volunteer and/or bring in your children, you may be asked if you have some time to talk with a team member.  I hope that if you have time, you would do so.  The team is very considerate, so if you only have ten minutes, they won’t keep you longer.  If you wish to go on and on about this great school, that would be fine, too!


Week 4, March 26 – April 1, 2014

Students are encouraged to bring in quarters during this week of Lent.  In some developing countries, communities use rivers as a drinking fountain, swimming pool and laundry mat.  The coins students bring will go to improve water quality in these communities.

The Family Challenge for this week is:

LIMIT THE LAUNDRY YOU DO!  Can you cut back on how many small loads you do each week by waiting to make it a large load?  If you weighed all your dirty laundry for a year, it would tip the scales at 500 pounds!

Student Challenge:

 Did you know that it takes 528 gallons of water to create a cotton t-shirt.   How many t-shirts do you have?  Could you put a quarter in your bottle for each time you wear a t-shirt this week.


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


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.


Congratulations to Tim and Tasha Twardowski on the birth of their daughter, Kenzington Kayann, who was born on March 10, 2014.  She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long.  Kenzington is welcomed home by big brothers Kabian, Koyer and Kyson.




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.

REGISTRATION FOR 2014-2015Please return your completed registration packets as soon as possible.  We especially need to know our prek and kindergarten numbers for next year so we can budget for appropriate staff.  Thank you!


Grade 1

Happy Spring?! Oh well, we do live in Minnesota! Our Lenten Journey is focusing on calming our hearts for meditation on our Lord. The experiences of the Stations of the Cross, our thoughts to Jesus in our prayer journals and daily acts of kindness are presenting some changes in our hearts. God is good and holy!  Reading: Short u words, triple clusters, sequence of events, question words and sentences. Math: Standard and non-standard measurement. 1st and 2nd gr. Social: Who is Dr. Seuss! Thanks for all the dimes for the Water for Life service project. We are filling that jar! Happy Day!

Grade 2

This week in second grade, we took a test in religion about how important it is to pray for others. In our next unit, we will be learning how Jesus saves us from sin. In reading, we started Theme 5 – Family Time. This week we are studying words that end with -er, verbs and how to divide words into syllables. We are continuing to write short stories about what would happen if we were given a lucky charm from a leprechaun. In math, we are adding three numbers, comparing numbers and graphing data.  In science, the first and second graders will be reviewing for a test on space.Have a great week!

Grade 3

Charis Miron is our wonderful ‘Disciple of the Week’.  She has a quiet strength about her that shows her beautiful smiles and helpful ways!  The third and fourth graders did a terrific job on their state booklets.  Check them out – displayed outside our classroom. Parents and grandparents, you are invited for Stations of the Cross next week on Monday at 8:30 A.M. and mass on Wednesday also at 8:30 A.M. The third graders are ministering at both of these church devotion/celebrations. Please join us in the church basement due to work in the main body. 

Grade 4

This week at mass, the class acted out the miracle of Jesus healing the blind man.  They did a wonderful job of reading and singing at the mass.  We had a speaker this week share how the coins the students have been bringing in help families in distant lands.  We learned about “solidarity” and a global connection to everyone in God’s world.  The students continue to amaze me as they bring in coins for clean water.  The jar will soon be overflowing!   Thank you for all your support in this Lenten project.

Grade 5

This week in language arts is a big test week. We will have our end of the unit test for our novel unit books and for our writing unit. Also, we finished our expository essays which was a big project we were working on. We our continuing our journey learning about the Eucharist in religion, and this week focuses on prayer. Happy end of the third quarter as well, which is this Friday, March 28.

Grade 6

This Friday is the end of the quarter. Will we make our AR goal? Do we have all our assignments handed in? Please review this with your child. We will also be finishing our math unit with a test on Friday. The sixth graders continue to study about our first 13 colonies in social. In our religion class, we are focusing on the many different Lenten activities that will bring us closer to Jesus. April is soon approaching; hopefully so will warmer weather!