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St. Mary's Samplings 051714

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

Kindergarten: This was Z week and we finalized our trip to the zoo.  We are not going until the last week of school—which is soon. We had Nora Boyle’s wonderful week and we got to tour Riverview Dairy and the museum, both were fantastic!  We also had a pre-school visitor trying out kinder class and two birthdays.

Grade 1:  We are busy working on perfecting our concert for next week.  In reading we read about several different and interesting jobs.  We worked with words that had the prefixes re- and un-.  We worked more with pronouns and the proper place to put commas.  In science we learned about what is in the sky–the sun, the moon and the stars.  We learned that the sun is the closest star to earth.  In math we worked on measuring weight with a balance scale and measuring liquids with liters.

Grade 2: We have been busy with assessments and squeezing in every last teaching moment before the end of the year which is approaching quickly.  In second grade we have our field trips at the end of the year versus in the Fall.  On May 27 we're off to the zoo and on the 29th we go to the Amaz'n Farmyard in Eden Valley.  Our student body has been practicing heavily for our Spring Concert on May 22 at 7 p.m. titled, "Go West."  You are all invited.  You will be in for a treat.  

Grade 3: The third graders have been working with reading temperatures in degrees of Fahrenheit and Celsius and have been reviewing units of measurement in length and capacity.  Our Scholastic News talked about summer reading and suggested some good books we might enjoy during the summer. On Friday we celebrated Eli’s birthday.  We have been working hard with Mrs. Hodgson to prepare for our spring concert.  We invite you to attend at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 22 at Assumption Church.

Grade 4: In fourth grade we have been working on adding and subtracting fractions. We learned how to borrow or ungroup with fractions, which is a little different than subtracting with whole numbers. We finished reading a novel called “Because of Mr. Terupt.” This novel had so many wonderful teachable moments and we loved it. In spelling our lesson is based on holiday names and abbreviations. It is a little tricky.

Grade 5 and 6: In sixth grade we have been working on congruent polygons, transformations and symmetry. The fifth graders have been learning about statistics and graphs and finding the mean, median and mode. We also have been practicing with Mrs. Hodgson for our spring concert coming up on May 22 at 7 p.m. On Wednesday Callista Kill brought birthday treats and her rabbits to let her classmates enjoy!

Principal’s Notes: St. Mary's School in conjunction with the Assumption Catholic Church in Morris, Minn. is excited to announce the hiring of Mr. Joseph Ferriero of Bloomfield, N. J. as the next principal, starting July 14.  Mr. Ferriero received his bachelor of arts in history from Montclair State University.  He has his teaching certification in elementary education, Teacher of Theatre, Middle School Science and Teacher of Students with Disabilities.  He received his master of education in Catholic school education from Seton Hall University.  Mr. Ferriero recently served as assistant to the principal and science teacher at Transfiguration Academy of Bergenfield, N.J.  Prior to that, he served as both a special education and elementary teacher for Clinton Elementary/South Orange/ Maplewood schools in N.J.  Mr. Ferriero, who has family in the area, will be replacing Ms. Leslie Honebrink who will retire at the end of the 2014 school year.