Thursday, May 18, 2017

Last Days of School
The final days of the 2016-2017 school year are here!  There are a few items you need to be aware of concerning those days:
  • On Tuesday, May 30, the first graders will “pack up” their desk belongings.  Please be sure to send a cleaned out backpack to carry all their “stuff”.
  • On Tuesday, May 30, your child is to bring a sack lunch. (Please DO NOT bring a drink.  Milk will be provided.) Also, no refrigeration will be provided so plan accordingly.  The students will be eating at their regular lunch period.
  • On Tuesday, May 30, field day activities (coordinated by the 7th/8th grade Civics Club) will begin at approximately 1 p.m. and will be held at our school.  Your child should wear tennis shoes for these activities.
  • We will have mass on Wednesday, May 31 (at 9:15 a.m.).  This is a free Spirit Day (Your child may wear shorts!).
  • School dismisses at noon on Wednesday, May 31!! (No lunch will be served on this day.)

Take-home folder
On Thursday, May 25, I will send home the take-home folder for the final time.  You may keep it and not return it.   And today is the final blog post from me!  

:)Have a great summer:)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bicycle Safety
Friday, May 19, the Creston High School FFA and Creston police/sheriff departments are presenting a bicycle safety program to the 1st and 2nd graders.  After learning and discussing bicycle safety in the classroom, the students will be given the opportunity to ride a bike through a course (assistance will be given if needed). Then, each first grader will be given a bicycle helmet.  Wow!! Hopefully, all of this will help your child to be safer this summer when riding their bike.

Last day of school for St. Malachy School is Wednesday, May 31!
(more info. to come as this day gets closer)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The first grade is in need of glue sticks.  If you could send another glue stick with your child, we should make it through to the end of the school year.  Thank you!!

When I turned the calendar, it's Lapathon time!!!  Thursday, May 4th is the annual PTO Lapathon.  This is a big fundraiser for the PTO.  Also, it is a lot of fun for all and a very healthy way to spend an hour of our day.  There are a few things you need to be aware of:

  •  Yes, your child may wear sweatpants/windpants to school on this day.  Also, please make sure your child has appropriate shoes (lace-up/Velcro tennis shoes).
  •  Please send a water bottle (for water; no sport drinks, please) with your child.  Please make sure it is clearly marked with your child’s name.  They may “drink” while they lap.
  •  Our scheduled lap time is from 1:30-2:30 p.m..  
  • Please volunteer to help (need to be  here by 1:15 p.m.).  Come out and join the fun or help the PTO with lap counting.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

🌷Have a Happy and Blessed Easter with your family & friends!🐰

Last week, I sent home the Unit 6 high frequency word list in the take-home folder!!  This is the last word list for this school year!!  The words are a bit more difficult, so review them often with your child.  

No School
Remember:  St. Malachy School will NOT be in session:
  • Friday, April 14 
  • Monday, April 17 
  • Tuesday, April 18
  • Wednesday, April 19
See you all back here on Thursday, April 20!!!
(Reminder:  Return the take-home folder on this day!)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cross Walk - Next Thursday, April 13, will be our second annual Cross Walk.  The entire school will pilgrimage to Holy Spirit Church.  Along the way, the students will stop and pray part of the Stations of the Cross and receive religious items from some businesses.  When the students get to the church, they will finish the stations of the cross.  Then, Miss Steinkamp wants to take a picture of the student body in the shape of a cross.  She is asking that all students wear a white shirt on this day. Please try to have as little writing on the shirt.  Plain white is preferred.  If you have any questions, please contact me or the office.


  • No School on Good Friday (April 14th).
  • And, no school on Monday, April 17, Tuesday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 19.  The faculty will be attending the National Catholic Teachers Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.
Enjoy your mini-break!!!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Attention:  St. Malachy School will be having professional development for teachers on Monday, April 3rd, so no school for your child!!  (The public school is having school.)

Thank you for your 100% attendance at conferences.  I enjoyed visiting with all of you and greatly appreciate your support!

Please remember:  Every Thursday is Library.  Your child needs to return their library book on Thursdays so they can check out a new book.  

March is the final month for our monthly reading program with free Pizza Hut/Pizza Ranch certificates. 
Hopefully, 👉ALL first graders👈 will return their March calendar with 300 minutes or more.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Auction Update
Many thanks to all of the first grade parents for donating to the "back the blue" basket and silent auction canvas.  Mrs. Anderson (Charlie's mom) and Mrs. Ossian (Savannah's mom) did a great job organizing, purchasing, and getting the items ready for the auction and the basket for our local law enforcement. My thanks to these two women for all of their hard work.

Conference Week
There will be NO spelling next week.  Also, I will not be sending home the take-home folder with your child next Thursday.  I will just hand you their papers/information at conferences.  That way you do not need to worry about the folder during spring break.  

Lenten Activities
Your child is participating in special activities throughout the season of Lent. It is our hope that these activities deepen your child's understanding of this time of year.
  • Your child made a Lenten promise that is posted in our classroom.  Please ask your child what their promise is and encourage them to keep it.
  • Your child will work with their "Lenten partner" (Advent Angel) 3-4 times during Lent to complete some Lenten activities together.
  • We are raising money for the country of Nigeria by bringing money for a noisy change collection at mass on Wednesday, March 15 and April 12. Also, our Spirit Day money during Lent is going towards Nigeria.
  • We will be going on a "Cross Walk" to Holy Spirit Church and then, pray the Stations of the Cross once we arrive at the church.  This is happening on Thursday, April 13.  More information will be coming home about this event.
  • Your child will participate in a Sedar Meal on Thurs., April 13.

Have a safe, relaxing Spring Break!!
School resumes on Monday, March 27