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Kindergarten: Brrr, we are a bit sad the ground hog saw his shadow!  We did put in a full week. Yip-ee.  This was “D” week and we had a dandy time! We also celebrated Jack Kehoe’s wonderful week. We even got a tour of Willie’s because Jay Nelson is Jack’s uncle (favorite uncle according to Jay)—I think Jack would agree.

Grade 1: The first graders worked hard this week on words with 3-letter consonant blends at the beginning. These words got a little challenging to spell. We read about different children around the world and what jobs they do to help at home, what they do in school, and what they do for fun. We then discussed the similarities and differences in what they do and what we do. In math we are working on the “Make-A-Ten” strategy when adding and subtracting with teen numbers. We attended the “Daughters of Africa” presentation at the elementary school on Monday. On Thursday, we had the Science Sensations group from UMM come and do some science experiments with us.  We would like some warmer weather so we can go outside and play in the snow.

Grade 2:  The second graders completed their math unit on graphs this week.  We made comparisons using bar graphs, double bar graphs and circle graphs.  We also learned to complete a table with two digit numbers and to make predictions from data.  In social studies, we discussed major transportation and communication changes from 1900 to present time.  The second graders were amazed at how far technology has advanced over that period of time.

Grade 3: The third graders continue to work with their multiplication and division facts and are using the iPad to practice them as well.  We have learned that if we do not practice and learn these facts our work time is much slower.  Our geography lesson worked with the northeast region of the United States where they have had even worse weather this winter than us.  We are excited to see our completed “Pie Safe” which is our classroom project for the St. Mary’s Dinner/Auction on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Old Number 1. The class did the tin punching and we are grateful to Brian Giese for building the safe for us. We wonder who will bid on it and get to take it home

Grade 4: The fourth graders are working hard on a new unit in math. We are learning all about angles and triangles. We have learned this week how to find the perimeter and area of a triangle. We have been learning the different parts of a letter and are practicing how to write them. We have received new postcards from our Flat Stanleys from New York, Florida, and North Dakota. It is so much fun to see where they are traveling and to learn fun things about the state from the postcards.

Principal’s Notes:  We had a wonderful Catholic Schools Week.  It’s still cold outside but we are still busy inside. Today we had blessing of the throats after Mass.  It is the Feast Day of St. Blaise.  Our fourth through sixth grade teachers and students will be on the radio this Thursday (Feb. 6) visiting about their trip to Wolf Ridge Environmental Center in Finland, Minn.   It’s getting close to the dinner auction which is next weekend, Feb. 15.  It will be held at the newly remodeled Old No. 1-Southside.  The dinner and playhouse tickets are $20 each. The silent auction and social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner and dessert at 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. is the live auction. Maybe you have noticed the playhouse which is sitting in the parking area of Pederson Funeral Home. The drawing will be in the evening of the 15th at the dinner auction so buy your ticket now. Everyone is welcome, so join us!