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

Kindergarten: Our weeks are winding down.  We worked with the letter Y this week in reading and we learned subtraction in math. As you can tell we are almost first graders.  This week was Sydney Holm’s Wonderful Week and we had a great time celebrating Sydney!  We want to wish all moms a Happy Mother’s Day!

Grade 1:  This week in math we worked on measuring the sides of shapes with inches and with centimeters.  We also worked on estimating when measuring.  In reading we read the story “Whistle for Willie” by Ezra Jack Keats and worked on making inferences.  We were also introduced to pronouns.   We worked on a project for our wonderful mothers, too.  Happy Mother’s Day!

Grade 2:  We traveled to Montevideo for Heritage Days this week.  We toured Historic Chippewa Village and learned many facts from costumed guides about life long ago.  There was a bank, a barber shop, a post office, a church, a fire department, a couple of log cabins and an early farm home, just to name a few.

Each student also attended a class about one of these topics:  Wheat Weaving, Folk Music, One Room Schoolhouse, Blacksmithing, Fur Trading and Spinning wheel.  We also made a gift for our mothers to thank them for all they do for us and to wish them a Happy Mother’s Day.

Grade 3: This week the third graders did their last Aims /Web reading fluency test and also took the math portion of the NWEA test.  It is nice to get that done for the school year.  In math we worked on customary and metric units of capacity and used fractions in measurement.  We took our Red Cross BAT test with Mrs. Folkman on Thursday.  We wish all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Grade 4: This week we finished taking our NWEA math tests. We also are working on fractions. We are learning how to change improper fractions into mixed number and vice versa. The kids are really enjoying fractions. We were also invited to a Bully Buster’s program at the Chokio-Alberta School. It was a great message and the kids learned a lot. We want to wish all Mother’s a fantastic Mother’s Day!

Grade 5 and 6: This week we took our Math NWEA test. In math the sixth graders have been learning about geometric patterns, congruent polygons and transformations. The fifth graders continue to work with division and also how to distinguish between when to use multiplication and division in word problems. In reading we read an informational nonfiction story titled “The Emperor’s Silent Army Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China” and we found it very fascinating. This week MacKenna Kehoe and Kylie Swanson shared their speech selections at story time at the library and the kids really enjoyed them. We want to wish all mothers a very happy Mother’s Day.

Principal’s Notes: The kindergartners planned and participated in the Mass on Wednesday for the first time.  They have attended Mass every week this school year but this week they read the reading, alleluia, responsorial, and petitions.  They bowed in unison and were so prayerful; like they had done this for years.

I was astounded at how well they read.  The first reading was lengthy and Allie read on her tippy toes without skipping a beat.  All the readers read very well.  Mrs. Sayles, you have done great work with the students, as always.  We are ending our NWEA testing, preparing for our Spring Concert, planning field trips, and still learning new information.  The last month of school is always busy and joyful.