Thursday, May 17, 2018

Spring Concert Information

Our annual spring concert will be Wednesday, May 23, in the Creston High School auditorium.  Please have your child come to their assigned seat in the auditorium no later than 6:15 p.m..  The concert begins at 6:30 p.m..  The first graders are to dress up just like they do every Wednesday for mass day.  Any questions, please ask Mrs. Stoner or me.

Library Books are Due!!

Please help your child remember their library books next Wednesday, May 23.  All library books are due back on this date. If you are unable to find the library books, please notify Mrs. Weight, myself, or the office.  

Next week, look for all of the last week of school information!!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Check the take-home folder today for information about our mass with the 8th grade.

Bicycle Safety
Friday, May 18, 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 Friday, June 1!
(more info. to come as this day/week gets closer)

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Be sure to check your child's take-home folder for information about another upcoming field trip.  We are going to the Blank Park Zoo on Thursday, May 10. Thank you to the Preschool and Kindergarten classes for inviting us to join them!!! 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

When I turned the calendar, it's Lapathon time!!!  Thursday, May 3rd 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.

Check out our star student.  It's Mason Johnson.  His favorite subjects are math, music, and science.  He wants to be a police officer when he grows up.  Mason's favorite sport is soccer and he is looking forward to going to Wisconsin this summer.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Please look for a special note in today's take-home folder about a field trip that the first graders will be attending on Thursday, April 26th.  And, I also included a book order form for some summer reading!! 

Look for the Unit 6 high frequency word list in the take-home folder!!  This is the last word list for this school year!!  

No School on Friday, April 27th!!  (Professional Development for teachers)

Enjoy a three-day weekend!!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Yes!!  The week of testing is about OVER!!
Thank you to all for your support during this week as your child took the Iowa Assessment tests. (First grade will finish the test on Friday afternoon.) This is the first time your child has experienced this type of testing and it is very tiring for most.  I believe I can say that all of the first graders put forth great effort and tried to do their best!  I will notify you when we receive the results.

No School bus on Friday, April 20th!!
The public school will be having professional development on Friday, April 20th, so there will be no school bus service on that day.  St. Malachy School will be in session!!  Plan accordingly to bring your child to school and pick up at dismissal.

Spring Clean-up
If the weather cooperates, the entire school will be "cleaning up" the school grounds on Friday, April 20.  The first graders will be in charge of picking up the trash and sticks on the west grounds and all around Father's house.  Your child may bring a pair of work gloves (not required!).  Check your child's take-home folder for a special note about our annual clean-up day!!!  

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Iowa Assessment Tests

Next week, April 9-13, students in grades 1-8 will be taking the Iowa Assessment Tests.  First grade will take tests that cover the areas of vocabulary, word analysis, reading comprehension, listening, language/spelling, and math.  The main purposes of the tests are to provide the school with information that can be used to improve instruction and to help teachers make sound educational decisions about each student’s learning.  The scores allow teachers to check each student’s year-to-year growth (through 8th grade) and to identify each student’s strongest and weakest areas of achievement.  We will send home the results when they are available.

Students should be encouraged to do their best on these assessments, as they should for all of their school work.  But it would be harmful to place too much emphasis on the importance of the tests, to make students feel anxious or stressful about the outcomes.  By maintaining a typical schedule and atmosphere at home during the week of testing, you can help your child have a positive testing experience.