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Mrs. Michelle Michalik
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School

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MORNING DROP OFF: When dropping off your children please park in the angled parking lot and walk your child down to the classroom.  I would prefer that the children arrive in the classroom starting at 7:30 every morning.  Class starts at 8:00 with the children doing worksheets or other learning activities.  If a child does not complete the work during this time, the teachers need to find time during work time to complete the activity.  This does interfere with the planned projects and the child's planning time. As parents please have your child in the classroom by 8:00 so they have time to finish their work. 

Homework is due on Wednesdays and Show & Tell is Thursdays.

Mass: The 4-K class will attend Mass every 1st and 3rd. Thursday of the month.  Your child needs to be in the classroom at 7:30 on these days.

P.E.:  The class will participate in Physical Education every Wednesday.  Please make sure your child has tennis shoes for gym class.

Computer Lab:  The children will be going to the Computer Lab every Tuesday.  Please purchase headphones for your children for this class.

 The children came up with 16 "U" words and 18 "Q".  We could not find any Q words that did not have U with it.  Quality work!!  The stories this week were "Ugaboo"s Umbrella" and "Quacky Quackers".  The class made flowers, veils, and bow ties for the big wedding.  The students began learning how to graph items by graphing 11 pears.  Not too bad for the first time! In the computer lab the children matched up lower case letters to upper case letters.  In gym the children pretended to be airplanes, helicopters, and jets with Mr. Pip.  The Q & U wedding on Thursday went on without a hitch!  They were all so adorable!  I posted pictures in the photo album.

 Next week is the letter H and number 12.  All the students need new colored pencils.

The class came  up with 78 "A" words.  Awesome!!  The story was "Apple Auntie".  The children sang the alphabet and played a letter guessing game.  The children explored magnetic and non magnetic items.  The items were hidden inside rice and they used magnet wands to find the magnetic items.  In the computer lab they played a game to find the least, most, and equal objects.  In gym the class played floor hockey.  The children learned to spell the number ten and write the number 10. This was the last week that we colored papers for their 1-10 books, next they will begin graphing the number of items.

The letter next week is the letters U & Q.  The Q & U wedding is on Thursday at 10:15 in the school hall.  The number will be 11.

 The children came up with 52 "V" words.  Very Impressive!!!  The story was "Vera Vampire".  The children made "love bugs" for their parents Valentines card and watched a Veggy Tales movie about Vikings.  In the computer lab they had to put letters of the alphabet in order.  It was fun to hear them all sing the alphabet with earphones on!!  There was no gym this week because of the Battle of the Books but we did get outside twice this week!  The Valentines party was a big success!  The children finished making their love bugs, played games with the parent helpers,  made heart rings out of pipe cleaners, played a heart game where they had to jump from heart to heart and freeze when the music stopped, and they played Valentines bingo.

 Next week is the letter "A" and number 10.  The 4K class will be attending Mass on Ash Wednesday.

 The class came up with 115 "F" words.  Fantastic!  The story was "Friendly Frog".  The children learned about the four food groups and what makes things float or sink.  The children had tons of fun with this science project!  They learned how to say "F" in sign language, write the upper and lower case letter, and spelled words that begin with "F".  The class also learned the easy way to make a number 8 (two circles) and the hard way (making an S first and then connecting it to make an 8).  In Computer Lab the children did dot to dot pages and put numbers in order 1-10.  Some of the children made it all the way to 100!!  WOW there are some smart kids in this class!!  In Physical Education they played T-ball with Mr. Pip.  We have been working extremely hard on our song for the Talent Show tomorrow night.  Please have your child dress in a flannel shirt and blue jeans.  The show begins at 6:30, please have them in the gym by 6:20.  They will be sitting with me until they go on.

 Next week is the letter "V" and number 9.  The Valentine party will be held on Thursday.  There is sign up sheet for snacks outside the door.

 The children came up with 19 "Z" words.  Zany!!  The story this week was "Zippy Zebra".  The children made zoo animal masks, a photo is posted at the bottom of the classpage.  What a wonderful Catholic Schools Week we had!  Monday we danced with our 7th grade buddies for the Pep Rally and rooted them on at the Religion Bee.  Tuesday the Milwaukee County Zoo along with Kohls put on a great show about water conservation.  Wednesday was our work day in the classroom where the students wrote in their journals, learned how to spell the number seven, and write the number 7.  Thursday started out with a beautiful Mass.  The class did a super job with their 7th grade buddies.  Thank you to all of the VIP's for joining us for Mass, the Awards Ceremony, and the Brunch.  Friday is the school fish fry so take a break from cooking and enjoy a delicious fish dinner.  I will be in the kitchen serving up the french fries!

 Next week is the letter "F" and number 8.  Friday is the Talent Show at 6:30 in the gym.  Remember to wear your flannel shirts and blue jeans.

 The class came up with 146 "P" words.  Perfect!!!!  They earned another free show & tell on Thursday!!  We found more P words that sounded the same but had a different spelling and meaning (principal/principle, peace/piece).  The story this week was "Polka Pig".  The children made a penguin picture and made paper planes (we flew them in the gym).  The older students had MAPS testing again this week so we were unable to go to the computer lab.  On Wednesday the fifth graders joined us for Physical Education and played racing games.  The class learned how to spell six and write the number 6. The children started practicing for the Talent Show on February 6th.  They will be performing "Old McDonald Had a Band" each child will have an instrument to play.  
 Sunday kicks off Catholic Schools Week with a family Mass at 10:00 followed by the School Open House and a Pancake Breakfast.  Monday the whole school will be having a Prep Rally in the gym right away at 7:30, please have your children in the classroom by 7:20.  Tuesday the students can wear 50's attire, Kohl's along with the zoo will be coming to put on play about water conservation at 8:00. Wednesday they can dress up in Western clothes.  Thursday is VIP day!  The Mass is at 8:00 the children will be sitting with their VIP during Mass, please meet in gathering space before Mass instead of the classroom.  The children will not need to bring their backpacks to school on Thursday.  Following the Mass is the school award ceremony (VIP's may join us for the ceremony in the gym), and then the brunch, again the children will be eating with their VIP.
 Along with all of those activities the class will also be learning about the letter Z and number 7.  Report cards will be sent home on Monday.  Keep the papers inside the envelopes but sign the envelopes and return them to school.

SCHOOL CALENDAR: Keep up with our school’s events with our fun online calendar: www.saintthomaswaterford.org/all-calendars.cfm Ex: Parent Night, Autumn Gala, etc.

Anyone wishing to volunteer in the school or go on a field trip must attend a 'Safeguarding' class.

You only need to attend this class once.

Safeguarding all of God’s Children class registration information.


1.        Go to www.arhcmil.org

2.        Scroll down on the right side of the page to Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal and find the “Safeguarding All of God’s Family” (in blue) and click on it.

3.        On the right side under Safeguarding All of God’s Family, click on ”events”

4.        There is a list of all the events being offered by month. Be sure the month is in the month you are looking for an event.

5.        Find the Place and date that you want to attend – on the far right side of the event place is a blue register button – click on it and follow the on screen directions to register.



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Thursday, February 5th - Mass

Friday, February 6th - Talent Show

Thursday, February 12th - Valentines Party

Wednesday, February 18th - Ash Wednesday Mass

Thursday, February 26th - Q & U Wedding

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