11/2- First Friday Mass @ 9:30- Hosted by Grade 4
11/2- Bingo- Doors Open at 6 PM
11/4- Open House- 11:30-1:00- Spread the word!
11/5- PTG Meeting @ 7 PM
11/6- No School- Election Day
11/12- No School- Veteran's Day
11/21-11/23- No School- Thanksgiving Break
11/30- Report Cards are sent home today
Come and play Bingo to support our 8th Grade!
Friday, Nov. 2nd, 6pm
127 State Street
October Student of the Month
From the Principal
As you can see by the updates from our classrooms below, OLMC students have been very hard at work learning new things! Sometimes, though, children don't always talk about what they've been doing when asked: "What did you do in school today?" This article has some great suggestions for talking with your children about their day.
Next week is "Discover Catholic Schools Week". We will have an Open House on Sunday, November 4th from 11:30 AM- 1 PM. Please share the date and time with those that you think would be interested in learning more about our school. If they can't make it that day, please pass them our school email and encourage them to contact me for more information.
We know that recess is important for your child's growth and development (and it's fun!), so we bring the children outside through the late fall and winter months (unless it's raining or snowing). Please make sure that your child has his/her coat and hats and gloves, especially now that the weather is becoming chillier.
We are so glad that you are part of the OLMC School family!
Pre-K 4 has been learning about the fall season and all the changes that happen this time of year. We have been busy working on learning our letters and sounds. The class did an experiment to see if there was anything that could keep sliced apples from turning brown. We tested salt water, vinegar, lemon juice and apple juice. The apple juice and lemon juice worked the best and everyone agreed the best choice would be to use apple juice. Pre-K 4 also used their senses to investigate a pumpkin and then used descriptive words to tell how it looked, smelled, and felt. The pumpkin smelled “good, gross and yummy” and felt “squishy, gooey, and mushy.” Our students of the week have been Mia, Owen, Natalia, and Zander. Happy Birthday to Andrew and Eloise.
In reading, they have met alphafriends Mimi Mouse, Reggie Rooster, and Sammy Seal. They have learned 15 popcorn words!!! They are learning to write sentences with their words and some pictures. They have learned about singular and plural nouns and what an adjective is.
In math, they finished up geometric solids and patterns and have moved on to position words. Next, they will begin working on numbers to 31.
In science, they learned about spiders and how they catch their prey. They have made observations about mallowcremes and what happens to them when placed in different substances.
In religion, they learned that Church celebrates seasons and that ordinary time is when we learn about different saints.
The students have been so busy and they can’t wait to see what November brings!
First Grade Souper Troopers
First Grade has been busy with learning, movement, poetry, and ghosts! We enjoyed our field trip to Four Town Farm and meeting Farmer Ted. We used the experience to initiate our first writing process activity. We start with a sloppy copy and then copy onto a fun pumpkin paper. We also had a classroom taste testing of carrots and celery from the farm. We agreed they were all good! Speaking of tasting, the applesauce we made was a big hit...and made the classroom smell so good too.
We have tackled addends and sums in math and stages of development in science. We are moving on to subtraction and trees, and we get to sit in our Tree-mendous Center for small group activities. In religion, we learned about Zacchaeus who also liked trees-especially to climb so he could see Jesus.
Our Creation Station had all the items we needed for inventions to capture that tricky ghost who visits our room. And our Ghostbusters came up with some awesome traps! Thank you to all the parents who sent in items and helped with our field trip. Together we make learning fun!
Grade 6 - ELA In literature, the class read several selections from the anthology exploring the essential question, “What Makes a Hero?” Students read nonfiction magazine articles about ordinary people doing extraordinary things during times of a crisis or natural disaster. While reading The Dog of Pompeii, students learned about the five plot points: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. In English, the class continued to work on REC essays, reviewed the types of sentences, and studied prepositions and prepositional phrases.
Grade 6 - RELIGION The class studied the Book of Genesis and learned about the two creation stories. Students also learned about the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs as our ancestors in faith. Abraham answered God’s call and continued to pass the faith along to each patriarch: Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.
Math 6—The students reviewed division. They divided using zeros as placeholders and placing decimals points. We are starting Order of Operations. Afterward, we are moving forward to solving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division equations.
Science & History- 6th grade have really stepped it up! In history, students have learned about the Neolithic and Paleolithic age. We are currently learning about the developments of Mesopotamia and how it has contributed to other civilizations. In Science, students have been working on erosion and deposition. Students are seeing how erosion changes the layout of the Earth's crust by removing soil, rock, or dissolved minerals and then transporting it to another location. On top of this students have been finalizing their science fair project ideas and finishing their research plans.
Math 7 -- Students will begin reviewing different concepts around fractions—adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. We will first start with reviewing the greatest common factor, prime factorization, and least common multiple.
Pre-Algebra 7—Students reviewed one-step equations. They are moving on to solving two-step equations and then multi-step equations using various methods. They will be using the distributive property and combining liked terms.
Religion, Civics, & Science- 7th grade in religion class have been outstanding. Their creativity and openness to share about life experiences has really helped push discussions. On top of this, we are talking about ways people consult for the truth and the source of all life. In science, we have been working with fungi and protists. Students have really taken a liking to this chapter as it is very interesting. Students were also able to see that not all bacteria is negative and that some are able to be beneficial to us as humans. On top of this students have been finalizing their science fair project ideas and finishing their research plans. Finally, in Civics students have been learning about their rights and what they can do to keep them. Students were very engaged and asked great questions. We have also spoken about how voting and getting your voice heard is important as it helps our democracy be the best it possibly can be.
Grade 8 - ELA In literature, the read several selections from the anthology exploring the essential question, “What is Worth Fighting For?” Students explored the idea of true treasure in the short story “The Treasure of Lemon Brown.” In English, the class worked hard crafting essays for the Knights of Columbus annual writing contest. This year’s title and theme was “How does your family keep its Catholic Faith in Action.”
Algebra—Students will start writing equations using slope-intercept form and point-slope form. We will move forward onto writing linear equations given two points and then writing equations in standard form.
History—We are currently in the Reconstruction period post-Civil War. They are learning how the changes in the South affected the last stages of Reconstruction. During the Reconstruction period, the students will learn about Lincoln's death and who was involved.
Religion—Students have started to learn the Ten Commandments more in-depth. We are looking at each commandment on how God reveals himself and how to live out the commandment. The students created a storybook that contains illustrations and the meaning of each.
Science- In 8th grade we have been learning about physical and chemical properties along with different states of matter. On top of this students have been working with calculating the density of objects. This was used first-hand during a lab where students needed to find out the different materials of blocks by calculating density after finding out its volume and mass. On top of this students have been finalizing their science fair project ideas and finishing their research plans.
Art with Mrs. Southworth
The Pre-school students have created alphabet art. We created “C” cat, “D” duck, “F” Fish and “G” Giraffe. Pre-school has also enjoyed making some spooky art, such as spiders, jack-o’-lanterns and Frankensteins.
Grades K through 2 have been having some Halloween fun. Some of the students created crazy faced Jack-O-Lanterns and unique Frankensteins. Some of the students drew an array of candy corns making each have a different disposition and personality. These came out awesome.
Grades 3 through 5 have been learning about positive and negative shapes. The students created half a Jack-O-Lantern or Frankenstein, traced to get a mirror images and colored each side opposite of each other. Some of the students discussed warm and cool colors. The students created a grid, drawing a tree over it. The leaves were made up of warm colors while the background consisted of cool colors. This created beautiful fall trees.
Our middle school students have taken their time creating acrylic paintings. Some students used the wet on wet technique to create gradients for their backgrounds. Others used a dry brush approach to create the look they desired. The students have put in a ton of effort into these paintings and it can be seen in their finished products. They all came out great!