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Kindergarten: This week was Ww week, we read about whales and learned how to whistle. We had a wonderful time! In math we are still sorting, counting and learning all about money. Wednesday was April fools day and there were some pretty good pranks! We also celebrated Tristan Hoyer--it was his wonderful week! Can you believe how fast our year is going? We can't!

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Grade 1: Our reading story this week told us about the life cycle and duties of a bee. On Friday Tom Papiernik came and told the class about beekeeping. The new sound for the week was the long "o" sound made with the help of the quiet "e". In math we are measuring things with the inch ruler and using the cup, pint and quart measurements. In social we began a new unit about how things have changed from grandmother's time to today.

Grade 2: The second graders have completed their unit on American history. They learned about our first Americans, the settlers coming to America, the Revolutionary War, and American heroes from early America. In math class, we completed a unit on geometry. This week we learned about congruent shapes, lines of symmetry, and problem solving by creating a building or playground structure with pattern blocks. We were invited into 3rd grade to hear a presentation by Jenny Eklund on Peru and what she did there.

Grade 3: Even with another storm day we have been working hard this week. We are discussing the different types of triangles, quadrilaterals, and congruent figures in math. In science we are discussing how things like floods change and affect our environment. We are praying for all the victims and volunteers that are working so hard to fight the floods along the Red River. Thursday we enjoyed a presentation by Jenny Eklund on some of her travels and volunteering in Peru with Padre Lucho. It helped us understand why we should be generous with our donations to the " Pennies for Peru" project!

Grade 4: The fourth graders have now visited 34 different states for our Flat Stanley project. We are anxiously awaiting the coming weeks to see if any of our flattened selves come back to us. In math we continue to work on long division. We are learning about the solar system in science.

Grade 5: Wow- it is so hard to believe that it is already the fourth quarter! The fifth graders are finishing up a chapter in science on weather this week. They have been learning about atmosphere, clouds and precipitation, severe storms, and climate. In reading we are learning about how to look at a character's point of view in a story. In spelling we have moved from learning about prefixes to suffixes.

Grade 6: During math we are adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing positive and negative integers. During English we are studying superlative and comparative adjectives. For art we created pictures depicting our favorite thing about our hometown.

Upcoming Events

April 3--Stations of the Cross, 11:20 a.m.

April 7--Early dismissal, 12:20 p.m.

April 8--Seder meal

April 9, 10, 13--No school

April 19--Pancake breakfast, kindergarten to 4th grade

April 25--Speech contest

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