Weekly – Wednesday to Wednesday

St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic School Newsletter

Volume:  XXI

No.: 21

February 5, 2014

Denim and Diamonds

Wine and Cheese Event

A Valentine’s Day Social for all!

February 14, 7:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

In the St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church Hall

Join us for a fun opportunity to enjoy foods and

beverages in a relaxing and beautifully decorated setting.

All are invited to this event. Advance tickets on or

before February 3: $25/person or $50/couple.

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

Businesses and families are also invited to

sponsor a table of 10 for $225.



Thank you, all, for a wonderful Catholic Schools’ Week – short as it was!  I think everyone had a lot of fun, and it is always nice to thank those who make this school what it is – especially our students.


Prekindergarten Open House and Kindergarten Round Up

We are in the process of scheduling prekindergarten open houses for our three-year olds and four-year olds for next year and our kindergarten round up.  We will send information home next week regarding these dates.  Invitations will be sent to all current families, parishioners and parishioners of St. Joseph’s in Grey Eagle with children who could attend these classes next year.  If you know of anyone else who would like information or an invitation, please let me know so we can invite them to our school.  We will have an open invitation in the Long Prairie Leader next week – or the following week – depending on when decisions are made regarding the times.


Congratulations to Julia Berscheit and Derek Anderson on their winning essays!  Each student won an Ipad for our school by writing an essay about how they would use an Ipad to teach others about Jesus.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – Faith and Education Council Meeting at 5:15 P.M. in the School Library.

Friday, February 14, 2014 – Early Out at 1:00 P.M.

Friday, February 14, 2014 – Denim and Diamonds Wine and Cheese Event from 7:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

Monday, February 17, 2014 – Presidents’ Day – No School.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – “Raising Pure Teens” Assembly – Featuring David Rinaldi at 7:00 P.M. in the Church Hall.  (This is a junior/senior high religious education event, but all parents are invited.)



Please keep in your prayers Hannah and Landon Middendorf and their family whose Grandma Reinbold passed away last week.  May God comfort them in their time of sorrow.

Please keep in your prayers Charis, Lindsay and Thomas Miron and their family whose Grandpa (Mom’s dad) passed away this weekend.  May God also comfort them in their time of sorrow.



 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.


Lord, help my children to fight the good fight

of faith, taking hold of the eternal life to which

they were called.

1 Timothy 6:12

Grade 1

Our Creator is an awesome God! His creation is amazing! We are creating a day-by-day poster of creation. The creators in our room are also utterly amazing! This weekend, you will enjoy their artistry by helping them study/memorize the information on the poster. Thanks! Our Jesus’ Superstar and Child of God is nature-loving Nathan. His eagerness for learning and enjoyable sense of humor makes him an awesome student. Reading: Cluster r words and contractions with ‘s. Writing: Friendly Letter to Superstar and creating a love bucket list! Math: Word/story problems, negative numbers to forty, fact family triangles and frames and arrows procedure. Social: Black History – Ruby Bridges. Art: 3-D Hearts.

God is Love!

Grade 2

This week in second grade, we are learning about the different parts of mass. Second grade students and their families are also asked to do coffee and rolls after the 8:30 A.M. mass this Sunday. Please let me know if you will be able to help. I am also looking for students to read petitions at mass. In reading, we are taking our Theme 3 test. In math, we are exploring measurement and learning how to add 2-digit numbers. This week we will hopefully finish out animals in winter papers. The first and second graders are continuing to learn about constellations in science. Have a wonderful week!

Grade 3

“Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst.” John 4:14 We are learning about the Samaritan woman at the well and how she encountered Christ. What a beautiful example we are given about how we should be open to all and that the word, “catholic” means just that. During math, we are learning what factors and products are. Organization is our skill in writing this week. The Oregon Trail is our venture in social studies. Happy birthday to Mrs. Gugglberger, who is our great principal!

Grade 4

This week the students are having “multiplication wrestling” tournaments.  Learning to multiply bigger numbers is fun.  The February AR goals have been set, and the students are off to a great start for the “I Love to Read” month.  We begin a unit on water and weather in science.  The students will be completing a unit in religion and will be assigned the review pages before taking a test.  The class is preparing for next Wednesday’s Mass. For the third quarter, students are memorizing the Ten Commandments. Thank you for a great Catholic Schools’ Week!

Grade 5

This week in music, we are starting to learn brand new skills. For pre-K and kindergarten, we are starting to talk about how music has pitch. We will continue to learn about high and low pitches and explore instruments that make these pitches. In first and second grade, we are discovering how to play quarter notes and eighth notes. We started out just clapping different rhythms and will move into playing different instruments. In third and fourth grade, we are exploring the piano. We are learning about half steps, whole steps and special notes (sharps and flats). In fifth and sixth grade, we are learning and singing “do, re, me” and discovering how that relates to the C major scale.

Grade 6

This week the sixth graders will be finishing up their units on Early Explorers in social and beginning algebra concepts in math. They will be evaluated on those units; please watch for the reviews to come home.  We are reading all about the miracles of Jesus in our religion lessons.  The sixth graders will be having their Valentine celebration next Friday. Remember that February is “I love to read month.”  Let’s try extra hard to reach our goals.  We hope everyone’s February is full of LOVE!