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Mrs. Michelle Michalik
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School

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St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School develops students to be disciples of Jesus Christ by learning, sharing and living the Love of God.
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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.

Relay for Life Info

**Penny War!! 

May 11-15

3 jars will be outside the school office- Primary, Intermediate, and Jr. High.  Students will bring in pennies for their own house jar-they will give away silver coins or dollars to the other houses, which will count as a negative amount. The house that raises the most $$ will win the “extra” of their choice: recess, worded shirt, special snack. The money raised for this event will be applied to the teacher switch day.

**Teacher Switch Day May 18th

15 min= $200 dollars raised in the penny war. For every $100 extra raised, another 5 minutes will be added.

**Lunch With A Teacher May 26-29

Raffle tickets will be sold the week of May 18th $1 each or 6 for $5. Teachers will pull a raffle ticket from the bucket to determine the student who will be joining them for lunch! Winning students will need a signed permission slip to participate. (thank you teachers for donating your lunch hour and $$ for this activity!!)

**Paint A Teacher’s Face (at relay). Tickets sold one day only!

On May 21st for $5-- students can purchase a chance to paint a teacher’s face like a clown (clown wigs will be available). Students will receive a slip of paper to write their name on- the teachers participating will have buckets outside the office for students to put their slips into. The teachers will draw the name of the student to paint their face at the relay event.

**Relay Week Spirit Days

May 18- Patriotic day

May 19- Character day

May 20- Hawaiian day

May 21- Dress Up day

May 22- Class color day

Class Colors

4-K, K-Pink         1-Periwinkle             2-Teal          3-Green        4-Yellow

5-Purple        6-Grey              7-Red              8-Pink

 The class came up with 3 “X” words and 22 “Y” words.  Yipee!  The stories this week were “X-ray X” and "Yodeling Yak”.  The students completed their journal writing this week!  They all did a wonderful job playing tic tac toe for homework, nice looking X’s!  In the computer lab the children did ABC dot to dot and more addition problems.  In the gym they played alligator tag with the scooters.  The class worked on subtraction problems this week and most of them read the directions all by themselves! They have been practicing the songs for tonight concert and getting ready to graduate next week.  Yes, only 2 more days of school and then they will be Kindergartners!!  Hard to believe!

 Please send a plastic bag to school on Tuesday we will be cleaning out their cubbies.  Wednesday is Graduation day!!  

 The children came up with 107 “D” words.  Delightful!!  The story this week was “Ditto Dog”,  The class made Dad gifts this week, we can not forget Dads on Fathers Day!  In the computer lab the children did some addition problems most of them completed all the levels!  WOW we have some smart kids in 4K!  In gym the children played ball tag with Mr. Pip.

 Next week is our last full week of school!  I can not believe how fast this year went!  The letters will be “X” and “Y”.  We will continue with addition problems and subtraction!  Please see the information above for the special days during the Relay for Life Week.  Mrs. Tricia from the Library will be coming to talk to our class on Tuesday about the summer program.

 The class came up with 122 “M” words.  Marvelous!!  The children earned another free show & tell on Thursday!  The story this week was “Merry Mouse”.  The children worked on their Mothers Day gifts, I hope you enjoy your surprise!  The class has been practicing the songs for the Spring Concert and made their props.  We played musical chairs and danced to Mexican music for Cinco De Mayo day!  In the computer lab the children played a game where they had to get water to flowers by moving pieces around.  One level was very hard!!  In gym the children practiced jumping and tumbling.  The students learned how to spell twenty, write the number 20 and graphed 20 diamonds.  This was our last graphing assignment, next week we will begin addition problems.  A special thanks to all of you for the wonderful gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I definitely felt appreciated!!

 A few reminders-tonight is the parent meeting in the school hall.  I would encourage one parent to attend the meeting tonight.  On Sunday there will be another chance for crowning Mary at 10:00 Mass.  You will have the opportunity to walk down with your child to present Mary with a flower.

 Next week is the letter “D” and addition problems.

The children came up with 242 “S” words.  Super!!  They received a free show and tell and a free play day Thursday!  The story was “Spotty Snake”.  The children made snakes out of clay and did spin art.  They all did a wonderful job cutting out the suns for homework!  In gym, Mr Pip taught the class how to play “Kick the Can”. The children were very excited to learn the new game and wanted to play it again on Thursday!  The students graphed 19 triangles, learned how to spell nineteen and write the number 19. They are really getting the hang of graphing now!  Some of them know how many squares there are so they know if they are right or wrong before we begin counting!!  Smarty pants!! The caterpillars have spun their cocoons and now the waited begins!

 Next week will be the letter “M” and the number 20.  Tuesday is Cinco De Mayo Fiesta, remember to wear your sombreros!

 The class came up with 151 “B” words.  Best yet!!  The story was “B. B. Bunny”.  We read some Bible stories, talked about different bugs, how important bees are to the environment, and welcomed our new friends the caterpillars.  The students are very excited to watch them, right now they are spinning their cocoons. They were surprised that it looks like spider webs.  Soon we will have beautiful butterflies!  The children made clothespin butterflies and cut out butterflies for homework.  We hung them up in our room to remind Mother Nature that it is Spring!  They also made thumbprint bee hives.  There was no computer this week or next week, the older children are taking their IOWA and MAPS test.  In gym Mr. Pip did the Bean Bag Boogie, balanced on boogie boards, played with bouncy balls and did the Bear Hunt.  In class we played ballon volleyball and tried to keep our balloons up in the air.

Thursday we had to say good bye to our friend Elena.  :(  Her and her family are moving to Indiana.  We will miss you Elena!!

 Next week is the letter S and number 19.

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.



Scholastic Orders can be made at scholastic.com/bookclubs  

The class activation code is: H3ZGG

Together, we can help your child grow and learn through the school year.  Please feel free to talk to me after class or e-mail me at:

May 4th - 8th - Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 5th - Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

Thursday, May 7th - Crowning of our Mother Mary, Mass, & Parent Meeting 6:30

Thursday, May 21 Mass & Spring Concert

Wednesday, May 27th - 4K Graduation

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