7R Math

Dear 7th grade parents/guardians,

7R has started Unit 3 in their Go Math books. This unit is about expressions and equations. This week, we focused on algebraic expressions. We went over key vocabulary including: equation, operation, solution, variable, algebraic expression, factor, and distributive property. Monday, we introduced the idea of simplifying expressions. Students completed a worksheet practicing this new skill. Next week, we will learn how to solve one-step equations and two-step equations with rational coefficients.

This trimester, we will continue having two lessons in Simple Solutions due every Friday. They will always go in order so students know what to expect and can work ahead if they choose to do so!

As always, please email me with any questions or concerns!

Thank you,

Miss Smith

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7th Grade Religion

Hello everyone!

In 7th grade, we continue to work with the Gospel According to Matthew. We will be finishing Matthew before we leave for winter break. After winter break, students will be reading the novel “Heaven is for Real”! It’s a remarkable book about a boy who survived an emergency appendectomy and his story about his trip to heaven and back. Thursday and Friday this week, students are reading chapter 8 in their Sadlier books. This chapter is entitled “Jesus, the Promised Messiah”. In this chapter, we consider how the Gospels reveal Jesus as the promised Messiah through details they give regarding his birth and early life. We will learn how the coming of Jesus Christ, fulfilled Israel’s hopes for the promised Messiah. We learn to trust that Jesus Christ, true God and true man, continues to be with us and to share God’s life with us in a special way.

December 8th is our next service experience check. Please remind students to bring their red booklets so I can see their progress thus far. This isn’t a deadline, but I want to make sure students have started and have specific dates set for the future. The holidays will be a perfect time for them to get more experiences in! ūüôā

As always, email me if you have any questions or concerns.


Miss Smith

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6th Grade Religion

Hello everyone!

In 6th grade, we have been diving into Exodus. We started Exodus on November 13th and we are currently on chapter 17. Exodus is the second book of the Pentateuch and comes from the Greek word for “departure”. Its central event was understood to be the departure of the Israelites. We have been learning about the hard and bitter life of the Israelites in Egypt when a new pharaoh was present. We learned about Moses and the ten plagues. It took a lot of work to convince the pharaoh to let his slaves go. This week,¬†we discussed the journey of the Israelites out of Egypt and through the Red Sea. There are 40 chapters in Exodus and our goal is to finish before we leave for winter break!

Today and tomorrow, we are reading chapter 8 in our Sadlier books. Students will complete the assessment in their ebook Friday, December 1st. Chapter 8 in Sadlier is entitled “The Enslaved People” and it goes hand in hand with what we are learning about in the Bible.

As always, please email me if you have any questions or concerns!


Miss Smith

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Thanksgiving News 111

I hope you all have a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving filled with family!

Language Arts: Students have received November poems! November poems are due on November 30th. Students will be given spelling list #9 on Monday. Our spelling test will be Friday, December 1st!!

Reading:  Students are finishing up reading The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, or Henry Huggins in small groups. This week we are going to focus on main idea with those novels and how to write a summary. Our whole class books this week are a short story called Athabascans and the novel The Year of Ms. Agnes. November Book Reports will be due December 1st.

Math: This week will will be reviewing all the strategies for multiplying 2 & 4, 3 & 6, 5 & 10, 7, 8, and 9. We will also be reviewing using the commutative, distributive, and associative properties. Students will bring a study guide home on Tuesday evening, the test will be on Wednesday, 11/29. 

Writing: This week we are starting a new unit of writing over informative writing! Students can write about ANYTHING they want to teach someone else. This week we are mostly generating ideas for things we are an expert on!

Social Studies: This week we are working on water communities and crossroads communities. Next week we will begin reviewing for our unit 3 test. The test will be Friday, December 1st. 

Science: This week we will continue a new chapter about plants and animals!!

Sign up for lunch duty here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q8NiQ6QUcrD2wOpKJoP26E0q61g213nrNRJCnG-q-Kk/edit?usp=sharing


Important Dates:

11/27- Math chapter 4 test

11/30- Poems Due

12/1- Book Reports due, Spelling test, and Social studies test

12/6- 8 AM Mass

12/14- Christmas Program

12/22- 1 pm dismissal, beginning of Christmas break!




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First Grade Happenings for the Week of November 27th to December 1st

Religion:¬† This week the students will learn how the Apostles cared for and continued to spread God’s word to people.¬† We will also learn more about the Pope’s role in the Church.

Second Steps:  We will see how people can have different feelings towards the same situation.  The students will watch a video about two first graders and how they feel about their first day of school.  As the class watches this video we will compare and contrast their reactions to the same situation and then talk about why their feelings were different.

Reading:¬† We are going to be concentrating on the endings of the two stories that have been the main focus of our first unit in the reading series. ¬†The students will be discussing how the friendships were effected at the end of “Stelluna and Dragons and Monsters.” ¬†As these stories are discussed the students will think about the author’s message and what they learned from it.

Writing:  We will begin writing stories this week.  Our focus for the week will be on setting up routines that will be put into place as the students are writing their original stories.  Establishing a routine is very important in the writing process it helps the writer focus in on the topic and learn that during the writing time slot writing is all that they should be doing.

Spelling / Grammar:  This week our spelling words contain the double z and s blends.  Spelling words are hop, fit, grin, buzz, dress, less, miss, go, no, classroom.   The students will also be working with initial blends in words.

Math:¬† The students have been learning how to use addition problems to help them solve subtraction equations.¬† This week the class will learn to¬†make a ten¬†to solve subtraction problems as well.¬† If you are in need of assistance while working with your child to do this week’s homework YOUTUBE will be able to lend a hand.

Science:  Our Science book has us working with living and nonliving things.  This week we will learn the difference between the two and their usefulness in our environments.

Important Information for the Week:

Sunday, November 26th:  Please attend Mass with your child over the weekend.

Monday, November 27th:  B РDay:  107 has TLC.  108 has Gym.  Hot Lunch from Buona Beef .

Tuesday, November 28th:  C РDay:  107 has Spanish and Science Lab.  108 has TLC and Music.

Wednesday, November 29th:¬† D – Day¬† 107 has Music.¬† 108 has Spanish and TLC.¬† Hot Lunch from Little¬†Joe’s

Thursday, November 30th:  E РDay  107 has Spanish and Gym.  108 has Science Lab and Gym.

Friday, December 1st:  F РDay  107 has Gym and TLC.   108 has Spanish and Music.   D4D at Five Below.

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2nd Grade At Home Practice


  • http://www.spellingcity.com/users/mccartney109
    • Practice this week’s and previous weeks’ spelling lists


  • http://www.playkidsgames.com/games/mathfact/mathFact.htm
    • Fact fluency practice (choose up to 10 or 20, addition, # of minutes you want)
  • https://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_Index.html
    • Various addition and subtraction online games
  • https://www.factmonster.com/math/flashcards
    • Various levels of timed fact flashcards (choose addition or subtraction)
  • http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/menus/addition.htm
    • Variety of addition games

Social Studies:

  • https://quizlet.com/2514573/2nd-grade-landforms-flash-cards/
    • Landform definitions (flashcards, matching game, asteroid game – select answer with “term”)


  • http://www.roomrecess.com/mobile/MainIdea/play.html
    • Finding the main idea in a short paragraph
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3rd Grade Thanksgiving Prayer Service

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Second-2-None: Week of 11/20/17

Week of 11-20

In Reading, we continued to work on consonant digraphs to improve our reading and spelling skills. In Math, we added three two-digit numbers! The students are doing an excellent job with this! Keep practicing basic math facts at home as well, since automaticity with math facts makes adding multiple-digit numbers easier. In Science, we reviewed and took our Unit 3 Test. The students definitely proved that they know a lot about animals and fossils through this assessment! This week’s newsletter secret is….turkey day.

Just a reminder that Monday, November 27th is a B Day, and we will be attending 8 a.m. Mass. We hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love and happiness! We are thankful for each and every student, and appreciate your support and continued help. See you Monday!

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Kindergarten Newsletter, November 21

Happy Thanksgiving to our kindergarten families!

We are thankful for each of your children who bring us so much joy each and every day.

Don’t forget to count YOUR blessings, just as the children did all month long!


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First Grade Happenings for the November 20th to the 24Th

Dear First Grade Families,

This Sunday, November 19th is the opening of our annual Scholastic Book fair.¬† The¬†hours of the book fair will be 8:45 to 1:00.¬† Don’t worry if you can not stop on Sunday here is plenty of time to during the¬†week.

This Monday, November 20th we will be attending an all school Prayer Service hosted by the Third Grade.  They have asked the entire school to bring in a food item for the Prayer Service.  As the students are entering the Church they will be bringing their item to the alter and placing it there.  If your schedule allows please join us for this Prayer Service at 9:00.  Book fair will be open from 9:00am to 4pm,  Remember NO HOT LUNCH!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 21st will be a half day of school.  The students will be dismissed from school at 11:30.  Please remember that there will NOT be any aftercare.  Please also remember to be on time for your scheduled conference.  Book Fair will be open during conferences.

Ms. Tyk and I would like to take this time to wish all our families a very happy and relaxing Thanksgiving break.  We hope as you are spending time with family and friends this Thanksgiving that you will make many fun memories along the way.

If you are flying or driving somewhere remember to take along something for your child to read either out loud to you or quietly to themselves.  If you are staying home and hosting be sure to have your child spend time reading out loud to you as you are preparing for company.

Have a wonder holiday!

Gobble! Gobble! From

Miss Gearen and Ms. Tyk


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8th Religion


There are a few dates coming up:

November 20:  Saint Report Rough Draft

December 4: Saint Report Due

All students should continue working on their service experiences; 10 are due on January 10th.

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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6th Grade Math


Currently, the 6th graders are working on a unit of Decimal Operations, and they covered addition, subtraction and multiplication this week.¬† I’m very excited for this upcoming Tuesday, because the students will choose from a menu and calculate the cost of their meal and a buddy’s meal, the tax of the meal, the tip, and the amount of change they will get from a certain budget.

When the students come back from break, they will work on division with decimals and application problems involving fractions and decimals.

Tentatively, a test will be Tuesday, December 5th.


Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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8th Grade Math


In 8R Math, the students are working with Nonproportional Relationships, and they took a quiz today over finding the slope and the y-intercept from a table.  Over the next week and a half, the students will be studying more about slope and the y-intercept of a line.  They will be studying how to graph a line based solely on the equation and how to determine if a situation describes a proportional or nonproportional relationship.  Tentatively, they are looking at a test on, or around, December 5.

In 8A, the students are writing equations of lines based on information provided to them.  Some problems have a slope and y-intercept, and others have two points.  They are using different formulas to determine the equations of the lines.  Over the next week, the students will be putting equations in Standard Form and determining whether lines are parallel or perpendicular based on their equations.  Their test is also going to be around December 5th.

Don’t forget, the Catholic High School Tests are Saturday December 2.


Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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Second-2-None: Week of 11/13/17

Week of 11-13

In Reading, we read Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday. We identified the beginning, middle, and end of the story, and worked together to answer comprehension questions based on the text. The students did an excellent job going back through the story to find evidence to support their answers. We also started learning about consonant digraphs (i.e. ch, wh, tch, ph).

In Shurley English, we learned about singular/plural nouns, as well as common/proper nouns. We also introduced the complete and simple subject and predicate, and practiced identifying them in sentences. We will continue this in the following weeks.

We had our first review Spelling test today on words from Units 7-11. Next week, there will be no spelling test. However, feel free to keep reviewing words on SpellingCity! The website is www.spellingcity.com/mccartney109.

In Math, we continued to add two-digit numbers with regrouping. We looked at different types of word problems as well; when solving word problems, we discussed writing addition equations with a missing addend to solve, instead of writing a subtraction problem. On homework, please encourage your child to do this! Keep practicing basic math facts at home, since automaticity with math facts makes adding multiple-digit number easier.

In Religion, we talked about the Church seasons. We learned that we are in Ordinary Time right now, and that Advent will be the next Church season we participate in.

In Science, we reviewed animal needs and the life cycle of animals. We learned about fossils and how we could model one. We reviewed for our Unit 3 test, which will be on Tuesday. Today, students are coming home with Unit 3 torn out of their books and stapled in a packet. At the end of this packet is a review, which was done and checked in class today. Please review this Unit over the weekend! We want the kids to get a head start on studying for their test, since there is a lot of material that we covered.

On Monday, we will be having a Thanksgiving prayer service. Students are encouraged to bring in canned food items to donate to the pantry at the service in the church. Lastly, look in your e-mail for information on the Christmas Program, which will be on December 14th at 7:00 p.m. Each week in our newsletter, we will have a newsletter secret. Please share the secret with your child so they can earn a DoJo point on Monday. This week’s newsletter secret is….Thanksgiving is near.

We appreciate all that you do! Remember to sign up for conferences on November 21st! Here’s the link: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/St_Cletus

Have a GREAT weekend!

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Third Grade News Room 112 Mrs. Reckwerdt 11.17.17

Religion: Students  will be leading the Thanksgiving Prayer Service on Monday at 9:00 am.  All students need to bring a food donation to leave at the altar.   Please come and pray with us if you are available.  Third grade will also be leading the December 12th 9:00 am school Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.Students are decorating boxes for the food collection  which will take place during the prayer service.

Math:  Students are continuing to learn multiplication properties, strategies, and the multiplication facts.  Please encourage your child to spend a few minutes daily to practice the multiplication facts during Thanksgiving break. There will be a Simple Solutions quiz on Tuesday.

Reading: For our December book report¬† everyone needs to read a¬† mystery.¬† The book report format will be different than our previous reports.¬† The mystery book report will be a decorated “cereal” box¬† packed with¬† several clues from the novel inside.¬† I will pass out the book report direction sheet to the class after Thanksgiving.

Phonics: After Thanksgiving break, students will¬† be learning about different “r” controlled vowels.

Language: In Shurley English our next area of learning will be prepositions and prepositional phrases.

Science:¬† Our new unit is about the Engineering Process.¬† Engineering is the “E” part of our STEM activities so our students¬† already have¬† some experience with using the design process to solve problems.¬† ¬†This week for our STEM activity the class needed to design and build a chair that a stuffed¬† animal could sit in.





Social Studies:  Students are learning about the many reasons that people move from place to place. They will also find out about how people blend their old culture with the new culture.

Assembly: Last week the students were excited to see¬†Matt Wilhelm,¬† a BMX rider who has been on America‚Äôs Got Talent, won the X Games, and multiple other tournaments. In addition to performing a lot of awesome tricks on his bike, Matt Wilhelm¬†told us¬† how he was bullied when he was in school.¬† He talked to the students about bullying and how they, just by doing something small and kind, they can be someone‚Äôs “Batman.”

Author Visit:  Today Joe Brown told us about being an author. Currently he has 9 published books. Mr. Brown encouraged everyone to use their imaginations to create stories and helped students compose a story while he was present.  Mr. Brown generously gave each student a copy of his book, Come On, Get On.  Enjoy reading it with your child.

November 19-21st: Book Fair

November 20th: 9 am Thanksgiving Prayer Service led by 3rd grade / bring food donation                                                                                    No hot lunch today

November 21: Student dismissal 11:30.  No aftercare today.  Parent/Teacher Conferences in the afternoon &  evening

November 22-24:    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break

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