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St. Mary's Samplings 021514

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

Kindergarten:  We had a good week!  We worked with the letter R this week and learned the word “you.”  We were excited about Valentine’s Day and are extremely excited about the St. Mary’s Auction and to find out who wins our Lego Table project.  Michael Eble made it and it is fabulous.  We all want to bid on it!

Grade 1:  This week the first graders focused on words with the long /a/ sound made by –ay and –ai.  We also worked on making predictions in reading.  In math we have started working with picture graphs to help us compare data. We learned about important landmarks and symbols that we have in the United States in social studies.  In science we learned more about the food chain and what happens to plants and animals when their habitats change.

Grade 2: The second graders made Valentine table favors for the residents of West Wind Village. Thank you to Shelly Schneider for assisting us.  We hope they will brighten the day for the residents.  We also began writing a class book. We decided to write about our class adventures as we travel around the world.

In math class we began a mini geometry unit on diagonals and midpoints.  We are excited to see who will go home with our class projects for the auction and dinner this weekend.

Grade 3: Despite a late start and another snow day we tried to keep at the work we need to cover.  In math we did lots of work with written problems using both multiplication and division.  Our Scholastic News told us many things about the life of Nelson Mandela and how important he was to the people of South Africa.  Wednesday morning each class spent some time in the church in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We completed our rough draft for our Treasure Book and started on the final copy.  Friday we had a little Valentine party and enjoyed a strawberry float to celebrate the day.  Please join our school family for the St. Mary’s Dinner and Auction on Saturday evening at the Old No. 1 Southside.  Our beautiful Pie Safe will be up for auction.

Grade 4: This week the students have been working on transformations in math class. We have learned about reflections, translations, and rotations. In reading class we are writing autobiographies for our Student Treasure books which will be published in a class novel. In religion class we spent some time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. In English class we are learning the rules of how to spell singular and plural nouns.

Grade 5 & 6: This week in math the sixth graders took their test on fraction operations and the fifth graders have been learning and working with fraction also. In reading we read a short story and talked about making inferences. We have also been working hard on out Student Treasure books. The sixth graders are writing about their sixth grade ELC experience and the fifth graders got to choose their own topic to write about. On Wednesday the fifth and sixth graders were partnered up with the second graders for adoration. At this time they read to each other quietly in the church.

Principal’s Notes:  Today the students experienced Eucharistic Adoration. The Blessed Host is mounted on a stand called the Monstrance on the altar and the students prayed, read religious books, or were silent in the presence of Christ.  Catholic schools have so many ways they express their love and appreciation of God in their lives. Also this week they have been waiting to go outside for recess.  Because of the low temperatures they have had to remain inside.  The staff is excited about this coming weekend–the Dinner Auction! The Auction committee is thrilled at the quality and quantity of items they have received for the auction.  I’m putting some more money on the playhouse. The drawing is at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at Old No. 1 Southside.