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St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic SchoolNewsletter

Volume:  XXI

No.: 19

January 22, 2014


Catholic Schools’ Week begins tomorrow with our Student Appreciation Day at the water park!!  Reminder:  Students need to bring their own lunches.  They may bring money for snacks.


Holes to Heaven Fishing Derby & Raffle

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Noon to 3:00 P.M.

Gates Open at 10:00 A.M.


$20.00 per Adult

$10.00 per Student

$50 per Family (maximum)


We hope all of our families – their families and friends – come out to have fun at this event.  There is a $1000.00 first prize, other prizes, food, children’s games – and more!!!!



Raffle tickets were due today.  If you did not turn them in, please have them in by tomorrow!!  We will call you when you win!

Cada familia recivio 5 tickites de $10.00 para vender. Por favor regrese los tickites y el dinero para mananan, Miercoles, 22 de Enero, del 2014. Todos los tickites – vendidos y los que no vendieron todos TIENEN que regresarlos.




Student Mass:  Saturday, January 25, 2014 – 5:30 P.M.

Supper:  Following 5:30 P.M. Mass


Sunday:  Coffee and Rolls Following 8:30 A.M. Mass

Monday:  No School

Tuesday:  Teacher  Appreciation Day

Wednesday:  Volunteer/Parent Appreciation Day

Thursday:  Business Appreciation Day

We are still in need of volunteers to help us with the supper on Saturday.

Upcoming Events


Thursday, January 23, 2014 – Arrowwood Water Park Day for Students.

Friday, January 24, 2014 – Early Out at 1:00 P.M.

Monday, January 27, 2014 – No School – Teacher Inservice.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – Teacher Appreciation Day.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – Volunteer Appreciation Day.

Thursday, January 30, 2014 – Business Appreciation Day.



**Congratulations** Hannah Middendorf Owee Kirpekar

 Hannah, daughter of Donald and Carolyn Middendorf, took first place in the Jodi’s Hope Essay Contest with her essay about her goal to be a farmer.

Owee, daughter of Kunal and Sheetal, took third place in the Catholic Foundation/Mission Office Toy Contest with her handmade doll.



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.


Denim and Diamonds

Wine and Cheese Event

A Valentine’s Day Social for all!

February 14, 7:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

More information will be sent home on this next week.

Grade 1

Come, follow Jesus! This was our theme for our inspiring 1st grade Mass. These kids were great fishers of men and proved they were disciples of Jesus. Thanks for all your dedication in teaching and practicing the Word of God with them. We were pre-fishing for the Holes for Heaven ice-fishing tournament this Saturday. Don’t forget to get your tickets and join the FUN and competition. Our Jesus Superstar is the amazing Child of God, William. He fills our hearts with warm hugs, smiles and stories. This is the end of the second quarter, which means testing in all areas. Remember, tomorrow is the water park and Friday is mismatch day!  Blessings!

Grade 2

I would like to start out by saying how proud I am of the second graders who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday. Next step, First Communion!  This week in religion, we are discussing the Word of God. In reading, we are finishing our last story in the Around Town theme, “Jamaica Louise James.” We will be working on short e spellings, plural nouns, and -tion, -ture endings. In math, we are doing changing temperature and estimating costs problems. We started writing papers about animals in the winter. For science, the first and second graders will be creating, learning about and matching constellations. With all of that learning going on, it’s a good thing we’ll be taking some time to have fun at the water park on Thursday! Have a great week!

Grade 3

We are learning about the Trinity in our religion classes.  We are also learning about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton who started the first Catholic school in the United States.  Symmetry and 3-D shapes are the focus of this week’s math lessons.  We are excited about the Inventors Fair in science and presenting our tourist project in social studies.  Martin Luther King, Jr. is an important man we discussed this week, also.  We are excited about our Catholic school and are even more excited about celebrating it this week and beyond!

Grade 4

We are excited about Catholic Schools’ Week activities!  Thank you, students and parents, for making St. Mary’s School so special.

This Friday will be the end of the second quarter, so I will be assessing students’ skills in several subject areas.  The class helped Mrs. Sandberg complete her bonus card, and so this Friday, we will have a fun activity to do.  On his recent trip to Washington DC, Flat Stanley included a picture of the narrowest house in the USA!  It is seven feet wide, two stories high and a total of 325 square feet.  Check it out in the Flat Stanley travel book located just outside our classroom door.

Grade 5

For religion this week, the fifth graders are looking closely at Baptism and Confirmation. We are studying why these sacraments are so important and what they truly mean for our faith journey. For writing, we are revising and editing our biographical essays, really making sure we have an intriguing plot. We are looking forward to the fun week we have starting on Thursday as we celebrate Catholic Schools’ Week!

Grade 6

Water park tomorrow; please have everything packed and ready to go. This Friday is the end of the quarter; remember to have all your assignments handed in and your AR goal made.  Thank you to all the families that will be helping out at the 5:30 P.M. mass on Saturday night.  It would be great if you could be at the church by 5:00P.M.  We continue to work on fractions in math, explorers in social and parables in religion. The sixth graders will be preparing the mass on January 29; we hope you can join us. Happy Catholic School’s Week!