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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.

 Happy Birthday Father Gene!!  The class gave Father Gene a birthday card after Mass on Thursday. Be sure to wish him a blessed birthday when you see him on Sunday.  The 4K class reviewed all the colors they learned and Mrs. Michalik put together their "Color Book".  The children made a rainbow fish for the ocean bulletin board now it is complete!  A picture is posted in the photos take a look.  Thank you Rafael for telling us the Spanish words for all of the animals!!  The children also did "spin art" using their markers and a record player, they are hanging up above their cubbies.  In the computer lab the children categorized colors and played a color game.  In Phy Ed the class the children threw balls up in the air and tried to catch them.  The children did a wonderful job at Mass on Thursday, they are getting very good at their responses.
 St. Thomas is still collecting shoes, please donate gently worn shoes before next weekend.  I will be walking on Saturday along with my family.  If anyone would like to sponsor me please send money or a check by the end of the week.  100% of the funds raised will go back to St. Thomas for the scholarship fund.  Please donate so we can sponsor a family to send their child to this great school!  Next week the children will be learning about shapes and dimensional shapes.  Have a wonderful weekend!!

 What a busy week the 4K had!!  The children learned about the colors black/negro and gray/gris.  They learned how to spell the colors, say the colors in Spanish and Sign Language.  The class mixed the colors black/negro with the color white/blanco to make gray/gris.  The children colored an Orca whale and painted a gray dolphin for the ocean bulletin board.  Tuesday the whole school went to the parking lot to participate in the living rosary and a balloon launch.  You can view the launch on youtube at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kas6u8Z-_E.  In the computer lab the children colored fall pictures and placed costumes on figures.  Wednesday the class went to Swans Pumpkin Farm!  We went through a corn maze, sang songs, learned about different gourds and pumpkins, went on a hay ride, walked through corn city, fed goats, and picked out a pumpkin and a gourd to take home!  Wow what a day!! Thank you to all of the parents/grandparents that joined us for the day!  I hope you had as much fun as the kids did!!  The photos are posted at the bottom of the classpage.

 Next week the class will be reviewing the colors they have learned.  Thursday the 4K will be attending mass.

 This week the children learned about the colors green & brown, how to say the colors in Spanish and Sign Language, and spell the colors.  They learned that by mixing the colors blue and yellow it will make green.  The children were mixologists and used their own water colors to find that  orange + blue = brown, some of the children mixed all kinds of colors together to get brown too!  What a great science experiment!  The leaves they brought in were wonderful for rubbing!  They were able to explore the items they found on their nature walks in the sensory table using magnifying glasses to look closer at the veins in the leaves.  The class printed green squares to make a turtle for the Ocean bulletin board.  The board is looking very colorful!! The children have been learning songs that are sung during Mass, are they singing more in Church?  Sunday's 10:00 Mass is the Family Mass and following Mass is the blessing of animals.  Attend the 10:00 Mass and meet the Michalik puppies after!!  In the Computer Lab this week the children matched items to their correct color.  In Physical Education the children played a number game with balls. The class showed their teddy bears how to pray, do the Pledge of Allegiance, and sit quietly for Circle Time.  Thank you Father Gene for talking about how we need to look after everyone during Mass, it really helped the children "look after" their teddy bears during the day!!
Next week the 4K class will be learning about the colors black and grey.  Wednesday is walk to school day!  If you would like to participate please meet at the corner of Main St. and 3rd St. (by the vegetable stand).  The school along with the band will then walk to school.  Wednesday we will be going on our first Field Trip to the Swan's Pumpkin Farm.  We will not be returning to school until 12:45.
St. Thomas is collecting shoes for the Soles for Catholic Education.  Please donate your gently used shoes, the box is at the bottom of the stairs.  I will be sending the "Caught You Being Good" tickets home with your children.  If they bring one home it means they did something wonderful.  Please ask your child what they did to deserve one if they bring one home.

 The 4K class learned all about the colors yellow and orange, how to spell the colors and say the colors in Spanish and Sign Language.  The children learned by mixing the colors yellow and red together they will get orange!  The class has been very excited about mixing colors to see what new color they will make.  The class made yellow polka doted fish for the bulletin board and painted orange fish for the board also.  Mrs. Michalik read the story the "The Tiny Seed", the children made handprint sunflowers.  They are hanging up in the hallway.  Did you see the beautiful leaves on the front windows the children made!!  Welcome Autumn!  The older classes had their MAPS testing so we were unable to use the computer lab this week.  Instead the children used the classroom ipad to play "Grandma's Garden" where they had to help grandma pick her colorful vegetables and find the biggest and smallest ones.  In Physical Education this week they played "Spud" a tag game with a soft ball and a form of Limbo.  In religion the children are learning some of the songs we will be singing during the up coming Masses.
 Next week the children will learn about the colors green and brown.  We will also be attending Mass on Thursday.

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:

Wednesday, October 1st. - Parent Faith Formation Meeting 6:30

Thursday, October 2nd. - Mass

Sunday, October 5th - Family Mass 10:00

Tuesday, October 7th - Living Rosary/Balloon Launch

Wednesday, October 8th - Walk to School Day/Field Trip

Thursday, October 9th - Parent Curriculum Meeting 6:30

Thursday, October 16th - Mass

Friday, October 17th - Parish Fish Fry Come and eat with Mrs. Michalik between 5:00-6:00!

Saturday, October 25th - Soles for Catholic Education Walk

Thursday, October 30th - Halloween Party

Friday, October 31st. - Happy Halloween

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