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Bible Buddies to Celebrate Thanksgiving Feast Together PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:05

The kindergartners and their 8th grade bible buddies will celebrate Thanksgiving together by eating a Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday, November 25th at 11:30.  Your child will not need to buy a hot lunch or bring a cold lunch that day.

Just like the pilgrims and Native Americans would like every child to bring a paper or food item to share for our feast. Non-perishable items can be brought to school any day but please send perishable items on Tuesday, November 25th.

Listed below is what your child can contribute.  Please note there are 24 kinders, 12 8th graders, and 3 teachers.

Napkins with a Thanksgiving theme: Payton

Paper plates with a Thanksgiving theme: Alex R.

1 container of raisins- Trinity

1 pumpkin pie (we will cut)- Lilly

1 pumpkin pie (we will cut)- Esa

1 jar dry roasted shelled peanuts- Aiden

1 large bunch of green grapes- Olivia

1 large bunch of purple or red grapes-Ava

1 large bunch of green grapes-Alexander

6 sliced apples and caramel dip- Claire

dinner rolls- Caden

Carrot sticks and ranch dip-Evan

bag of pepperoni slices-Jane

bag of pepperoni slices-Elijah

turkey lunch meat-Jordan

turkey lunch meat-Katalina

bag of cubed cheese- Isabella

bag of cubed cheese-Emily

mini marshmallows-Abigail

1 large tub of cool whip-Thomas

6 sliced oranges-Carter

6 sliced oranges-Liam

celery sticks and ranch-Carsyn

bag of chocolate chips- Nigel

Each child will be making a pilgrim and Native American hat.  Everyone will decide if they want to come to the feast as a pilgrim or as a Native American.  The 8th graders will, too!

Thank you for helping us celebrate Thanksgiving with our bible buddies!!



Kindergarten Reflections PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 07:26

We are beginning a new month...November.  This is a time to reflect and give thanks.  This week we will also celebrate our 50th day of school....another time of reflection for the kids and I.

I truly can not believe how fast the first 50 days of school have flown by! This week we will have lots of fun with the number 50 but each child will also think about what his/her favorite thing about the first 50 days has been.  For some it might be going to the pumpkin patch, bible buddies, prayer partners, going to mass, reading centers, art projects, computer, music, PE, the Halloween parade/party, Angel day, dancing in our room.....or the soc hop!  And of course we've learned so much from these activities!  We've learned to write our name, identify the capital and lower case letters, numbers 0-10, counting by 1's, 5's, and 10's, sight words, the creation story, angels, and that we are unique children of God! It's amazing what we can do in 50 days!  Just think what the next 150 days will bring!

I'm so thankful for the opportunity to spend my days with this group of kiddos!  They are each unique and bring something special to our class.  Our class would not be the same without any one of them. I'm thankful for supportive parents who help out in the classroom, support the crazy fun activities we do in kindergarten,  and help their children continue to learn at home.  And most importantly, I'm thankful that I am able to teach in a Catholic school and share my faith every day.

Thank you for choosing Catholic school and thank you for choosing St. Matthew Catholic School!

Happy November!  And remember to give thanks always!

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever." Psalm 107:1 (NIV)


Prayer for Catholic Schools PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Dear Lord,

Bless those who work and learn in our Catholic schools.

Give our teachers the grace every day to be models of you to all they meet.

Give our students the desire to learn their lessons, and also to grow closer to you through our Mother and our older siblings, the Saints.

Give our administrators the guidance they need, to balance the needs of the school with a life modeled on you and your compassion.

Give our school parents the understanding, to make the most of school based on you for the academic and spiritual lives of their children.


Why Can't I Skip My 20 Minutes of Reading Tonight? Let's Figure it out mathematically! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Student A reads 20 minutes/five nights/every week.

Student B reads only 4 minutes a night (or not al all).

Step 1:  Multiply minutes per night 5 times each week.

Student A reads 20 X 5 = 100 minutes.

Student B reads 4 X 5=20 minutes.

Step 2:  Multiply minutes per week times 4 weeks per month.

Student A reads 400 minutes/month.

Student B reads 80 minutes/month.

Step 3:  Multiply minutes per month times 9 school months/year.

Student A reads 3600 minutes/school year.

Student B reads 720 minutes/school year.


Student A practices reading the equivalent of 10 whole school days each year.

Student B gets the equivalent of only 2 school days of reading practice.


By the end of  sixth grade, if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits:

Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days.

Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.


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