March 5, 2014 Newsletter

St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic SchoolNewsletter

Volume:  XXI

No.: 25

March 5, 2014


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

Following the example of the Ninevites, who did penance in sackcloth and ashes, our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth.  We remember this when we are told, “Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.



Week 1, March 5-11, 2014

Students are collecting coins for an important cause.   The coins we gather throughout these 40 days of Lent will be sent to the Water for Life program.   Water for Life is a partnership project of Catholic Relief Services and the National Council of Catholic Women that brings potable water and sanitation systems to our sisters and brothers in the developing world.  Each student has an empty water bottle to use as a coin bank.  During this first week of Lent, we encourage them to bring in pennies for the times they use water.


The Family Challenge for this week is:

USE THE DISHWASHER LESS!  Wash dishes by hand and conserve water by having to wash dishes and use another tub to rinse the dishes.  For other ways to conserve water, check out this website:



Conferences are this Thursday, March 6, 2014, and next Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  A schedule was sent home with last week’s newsletter.



7:00 P.M.


Friday, March 14, 2014

8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Upcoming Events


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 8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


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



Our school accreditation will be on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 2-5, 2014.  During these days, you may be called by one of the team members to discuss our school.  I will send home more information regarding accreditation in next week’s newsletter.






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.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, the all-holy one, who gives us life and all things. As we go about our lives, the press of our duties and activities often leads us to forget your presence and your love. We fall into sin and fail to live out the responsibilities that you have entrusted to those who were baptized into your Son.

In this holy season, help us to turn our minds and hearts back to you. Lead us into sincere repentance and renew our lives with your grace. Help us to remember that we are sinners, but even more, help us to remember your loving mercy.

As we live through this Ash Wednesday, may the crosses of ashes that mark our foreheads be a reminder to us and to those we meet that we belong to your Son. May our worship and prayer and penitence this day be sustained throughout these 40 days of Lent. Bring us refreshed and renewed to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection at Easter.

We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

Grade 1

We are learning that the 40 days of Lent are a time for praying, fasting and almsgiving. Prayer means we go to Mass more often.   Fasting means we go without food or eat less. Almsgiving means doing good for others. Remember your pennies for Water for Life! Thanks very much for working on the readings for today. The words were hard, but they did it beautifully! Our Jesus’ Super Star is the smiley, sweet and smart, Halle. Spelling: 0-12 number words. Math: domino adding, temperature, basic facts and estimation jar.  Writing: Super Star Friendly Letter and Prayers to Jesus in our Lenten Prayer Journals. Grammar: Telling sentences, period poem,  asking sentences and question poem. Author of the month: Dr. Seuss*Theodore Geisel celebrating Read Across America month!  Happy Rhyming!!!

Grade 2

This week in the world of second grade, we learned about Lent by preparing for Ash Wednesday. In reading, we are learning about letters that make the long o sound and plural possessive nouns. We are finishing our biographies in writing. In math, the focus is on 3-dimensional shapes, pyramids and lines of symmetry. The first and second graders are continuing to learn about the planets.  I’m looking forward to visiting you at conferences this week or next. Have a great week!

Grade 3

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.  Please check your child’s assignment book for activities that your child is encouraged to do during this time, plus be aware of our school-wide water service project. We are learning about mixed numbers in our fraction unit in math.  As a culminating activity, we will be ‘cooking with fractions’ later on this week.  We are beginning our The South booklets during our social studies class.  Please be looking for weekly assignments that go with this project.  Thank you for your help!

Grade 4

This week we begin collecting pennies for the “Water for Life” program.  Thank you for your support. In class we will be involved in several activities to prepare us for this season of Lent.  Last week the students presented their Prezi of a President to the third grade.  Thank you, Mrs. Dreher, for your help with this technology.  In our math, we will be learning ways to divide large numbers and measure angles with a protractor.  We are very close to finishing the story, BFG.  One of the talents the Big Friendly Giant has is collecting dreams.  The students have written a description and illustrated a dream that BFG could add to his collection.

Grade 5

This week in language arts, we are working on some grammar skills. We are focusing on simple subjects, simple predicates, compound subjects and compound predicates. We are also getting to the climax portion of our novel unit books, which is becoming very exciting. Another big event this week is Lent. We are starting our Water for Life activity, and we will be collecting coins in our water bottles. We decorated our water bottles this week and are excited for Lent to start.

Grade 6

This week the fifth and sixth graders are working on their practice MCA’s with Mrs. Berscheit.  They are also starting a new unit is social studies:  The Colonies.  In addition, the fifth and sixth graders are getting excited for our Lake Carlos Environment Center Field Trip next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Please join us for mass next Wednesday.