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

Kindergarten:  Brrrr!  We are not enjoying the cold weather. This week we worked with the letter “C” as in cold and learned the new word “have.”  We got an elf in our room and his name is Edward—he is keeping a close eye on us as we are on him and causing much excitement.  We celebrated Grace Kim being wonderful.

Grade 1:  We have been busy this week with concert practice and Advent activities.  We are a little tired of this cold weather – we want to go out and play in the snow.  In reading, we worked with words that have –sh and –th sounds and on proper nouns.  In science we learned about herbivores and carnivores and animal life cycles.  In social studies we learned about how people use and depend on resources and we learned about George Washington Carver and how he helped farmers.  Stay Warm!

Grade 2: We had a great time skating this week for PE.  It was especially nice to be active since we were inside most of the week due to the cold.  We are working with skip counting forward and backward in math class.  We are also estimating two digit sums as we prepare to end our unit on two digit addition.  In social studies, we began a unit on our environment.  We are learning about natural resources and how to conserve them for future generations.

Grade 3: We are busy in the classroom keeping up on our work and doing some Advent activities as well.  In math we are working with motion geometry patterns and are practicing slides, flips, turns, repeated patterns, and growing and shrinking patterns.  We enjoyed skating at Lee Center for PE and thank Mrs. Winkelman, Mrs. Stahman, and Mr. Jipson for scheduling it.  We are practicing for our Christmas Program with Mrs. Hodgson and invite you all to attend on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at Assumption Church.

Grade 4: This week we have been working on compund predicates and subjects in English. In social studies we are practicing for our geography bee that is coming up. In math class we are learning about place values in the thousands and even greater. In reading we are reading a novel called Chasing the Falconers. It is a very exciting adventure novel.

Grade 5 and 6: We have been very busy in the fifth and sixth grade room this week. On Wednesday the fifth graders attended their DARE graduation at the Elementary School Concert Hall and enjoyed a little reception afterwards. We also started practicing for our Christmas music program this week with Mrs. Hodgson and look forward to the concert on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Also, this week for P.E. we have been enjoying getting to skate at the Lee Community Center. We have also managed to get class work done too. The sixth graders took a math test on Friday and the fifth graders have continued to work a lot with word problems. In reading we have been reading The Sign of the Beaver and are really enjoying the book.

Principal’s Notes:  We’ve had a busy week with skating and getting ready for our Christmas program.

Each week we light our Advent candle for our Advent prayer service. Next week the parents are preparing a delicious spread for the teachers.  The parents will supervise the lunchroom and classrooms while they enjoy their meal.  We’ll be singing a lot next week. We have our Christmas Program on Tuesday. Piano solos begin at 6:30 p.m.  and the program begins at 7 p.m.  A reception and raffle follow.  The students will be caroling at West Wind Village on Wednesday. Christmas is upon us and I wish all of you a Blessed Christmas and New Year!