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St. Mary's Samplings 11-2-13

A review of happenings and upcoming events at St. Mary’s School in Morris

Kindergarten: This was the letter P week and we did a lot with pumpkins.  We were excited about Halloween and All Saints Day—because we are all saints in training.  Swimming lessons finished and we enjoyed it and learned to be better swimmers.

Grade 1:  We finished up with swimming lessons.  We also finished up on our math unit that was an introduction to addition and subtraction.  We read about animal families in reading.  We also worked with words with the short /o/ sound and we were introduced to nouns this week.  In social studies we worked with a globe and talked about different land and water in the United States.

Grade 2:  In math, we have been solving problems with too little information or too much information. We also completed a numbers page asking such questions as:  How many days in a week?  How many seconds in a minute? and How many hours in a day?  In science class, we have been learning about food chains and food webs.  We drew an example of a food chain and watched a video about food chains.

Grade 3:  This week we completed our swimming lessons at the RFC.  We will be back to regular PE next week. We started a new unit in math and are working on rounding off numbers to the nearest ten and hundred.  Ms. Thurk completed her lessons in science.  We took some treats to our friends at the Morris Police Department and Stevens County Sheriff’s Department to thank them for their dedication and for keeping us safe.  Remember to turn your clock back this weekend.

Grade 4: We are immersed in the Civil Rights Movement again this week. We are learning about a young girl named Ruby Bridges who was very courageous and helped this country end segregation. We also started reading the novel Where the Red Fern Grows. The students are impressed that Mrs. Kehoe can remember her teacher reading this novel to her when she was a kid–that was a long time ago! In math class we are learning about prime and composite numbers and how to make factor trees to break numbers down to prime form.

Grade 5 and 6: We have been busy this week finishing up swimming lesson at the RFC and practicing for the All Saints Day Mass that was held on Friday, Nov. 1. In math the fifth graders took a test on Tuesday and started learning about decimals. In sixth grade we have been dividing, multiplying, adding and subtracting decimals. In reading we read a folk tale titled “The Magic Gourd” and talked about cause and effect.

Upcoming Events

Kindergarten through sixth grade at St. Mary’s School have completed their Red Cross swimming lessons at the Regional Fitness Center.

Grades five and six are preparing the All Saint’s Day liturgy for the parishioners at Assumption Church.  They have been practicing reading from the Ambo and are already doing well with their presentations.

Grade one brought in the most money from the Marathon pledges and got to prepare a lunch menu for a day.

Conferences are Thursday, Nov. 7 from 2-6 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 4-8 p.m.