Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

Good Monday Morning!!!

I have a few reminders for parents this week:

  1. If you haven't signed up for Parent/Teacher Conferences this week, please do so.  I am visiting with parents after school all week, so pick a time slot!!
  2. Due to the impending construction, the after-school car line is changing today!!  There have been multiple reminders sent home, and this goes into effect after school today!  If you are picking your child up, you need to line up on Oak Street, entering from Fremont Street.  Thank you for your patience as we work through the nuances of this!
  3. Spring Break starts on Friday!!!  There will be no lunch on Thursday, with a 3 hour early dismissal.  Enjoy spring break, travel safely if you are on the road, and get recharged for the remainder of the school year!!!
  4. When we return from spring break, we will celebrate our third annual Cross Walk.  Our plan is to do this on Holy Thursday, but we will be watching the weather.  If we have to move the date to earlier in the week, we will let you know!  Students need to wear white shirts on that day, as we plan to  make our all-school photo an annual event as well.
Happy Spring!!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Parent Teacher Conferences and More

Good Afternoon!

It's that time of year to sign up for Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences!  Please follow the link here (or the one emailed to you)  to sign up for conferences.  Please note the dates as I will have times available before Thursday, March 15 also.

Mrs. Cline's Conference Sign-Up

Tomorrow is March 1, and that means that shorts are again allowed according to the dress code.  Please make sure that all shorts are mid-thigh length (end of the fingertips is a good way to check).  

Today for our class meeting, we discussed in minor detail the situation in Parkland, Florida.  We talked about how important it is to always include others, make others feel welcome and wanted, and to give good attention so that others will not act in ways to receive bad attention.  We are writing cards to the general population of students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas school to let them know that we are praying for them and that we care.  I am very proud of our students and the empathy and concern that they show for others!  Love these kiddos!

THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our middle school basket!  It is going to be loaded with city goodies!!  Your help is greatly appreciated!  And special thanks to Sarah Lane for spearheading our silent auction is going to be so cool!  I hope to see all of you at the auction Saturday night!

It sounds like this is going to be another nice weekend!  I hope you get a chance to get outside and enjoy it!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

February Updates

Good Afternoon!

There has been so much going on at St. Malachy....we are busy, busy, busy!!!  Here are some recaps and some updates:

*Catholic Schools Week was a big success!!!  The students had a great time celebrating our school and the privilege to honor God throughout our school day!  

Come As You Are Day!

Tourist Day!


Super Hero/America Day!

Roller Skating was Awesome!!!

*Doughnuts with Dad this morning brought in a full house!  It was great to see all of the dads with their kids!!!

*Lent is just around the corner!  Ash Wednesday is February 14, so we will be celebrating Valentine's Day on Tuesday, February 13.  We take time in the afternoon to trade Valentines but we don't necessarily have a "party".  Students are welcome to bring Valentines if they want, but are not required to.

*Tomorrow is a Spirit Day!!!

*The Annual St. Malachy Foundation Auction is coming very soon!!  Sarah Lane and Amy Starlin have volunteered to help with our class Silent Auction item.  We have been asked to do a Middle School basket instead of classroom baskets this year.  Our theme is Adventures in the City.  We would like to fill our basket with items/events that relate to Des Moines or Omaha.  This could be clothing items, tickets to museums, tickets to games, movie theater tickets, restaurants, Escape Chambers, shopping, zoo tickets...anything "city" you can think of!  Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!!  

*6th Grade Students will be taking a Math CRS Standardized Test the week of February 19.  This is actually part of the Iowa Assessments (Constructed Response Test) and is required by the Des Moines Diocese as one of our measurements of student achievement. For now, this is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Winter Welcome???

There is nothing like a snow day to get the kids riled up!!!  It's been a crazy ending to a busy week!  But now that January is in full swing, there are a lot of things coming up to remind everyone about:

  1. No School on Monday....teachers are headed to Des Moines for PD with the rest of the diocese.
  2. Valentine's Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 13 due to Ash Wednesday on the 14th.
  3. Please note that the public school does not have school on Wednesday, February 14 for their professional development, BUT ST. MALACHY DOES HAVE SCHOOL.  THERE WILL BE NO BUS SERVICE THAT DAY!
  4. Please make sure your student is coming to school appropriately dressed for the outside temperature....if the wind chill is above 0 degrees, we are headed outside for recess!
  5. I know it seems early, but the St. Malachy Foundation Gala and Auction is just around the corner!!
    1. This year, classroom baskets will be done with grade bands.  Therefore, there will not be a 6th grade class basket, but a middle school basket.  More details will come soon regarding the theme for this.
    2. I am looking (begging) for someone who wants to take charge of the silent auction item for the 6th grade class.  I will do anything to help out, but would love to have someone else take the helm for running the show!!  Let me know if you are the one!!
Have a great three-day weekend!!!  See you on Tuesday, kiddos!!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!!

It is so good to see all the kids and get back into a routine!!  Our Christmas and New Year's was a wonderful time spent with family and friends, and I pray that yours was as well!  

Oh boy.....what have I gotten myself into?? .......6th Graders were so excited to start our string art projects today.....this was my classroom at the end of the day:

Thank you to those parents/special guests who were able to join us after Mass today....our kids did awesome, as always!!

Spirit Day is Friday!!!  It will be a great day to wear sweats and keep warm!!!

Catholic Schools Week plans are under way!  Stay tuned for further information!!   

Remember, NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 15.  Teachers will be participating in Professional Development.   

Be sure to get your team signed up for Trivia Night!!!!!!!  Call Sarah in the office to reserve a table for your team!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas Wishes!!

Merry Christmas to everyone!!

It is so hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner!!  The school year has been going by so quickly!  Students are working hard to focus on school work and not be distracted by thoughts of Christmas and Christmas vacation!!!  Here are some updates from my classroom:

8th grade Religion students are amazing!!!  They were given an assignment to design a church, and they went above and beyond expectations!! Their churches are on display outside the office in the Early Childhood wing....check them out!

Tomorrow is a busy day!!  Sixth graders need:
1.  ....a sack lunch to eat with Advent Angels
2.  ...ugly sweaters if they want!
3.  ...Secret Santa gift names on the packages at all!

Congratulations to the students who were in the St. Malachy Geography Bee today!  Our school was well-represented!  Super proud of my 6th graders:  Denton, Hazin, Owen, and Daniel!

The Middle School students will be hosting mass on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.  Our coffee and doughnut reception for parents and special guests will follow Mass!  Please join us!!!

On Wednesday, January 3, 6th graders will begin a string art project that involves hammering nails into squares of plywood.  So, yes, I am asking 6th graders to bring hammers to school!  However, please do not bring a hammer if it has to be on the bus.  We will share hammers if needed, and will make it work.  If anyone wants to volunteer their time to help with hammering, you are welcome to join us on Wednesday, January 3 from 2:20-3:00!!  

Have a wonderful Christmas Season with your family and friends!!!  See you on January 3rd!!

Friday, December 1, 2017

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!!

....even though the weather doesn't act like it!

Students are almost done decorating doors for our Annual Door Decorating Contest!  They look awesome!  The students will parade around the school Monday afternoon to see all of the doors, and voting will take place before school on Tuesday!  Each vote costs $1, and funds raised will go to a local family in need....Good luck!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Good Monday Morning!!! I have a few reminders for parents this week: If you haven't signed up for Parent/Teacher Conferences this w...