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Friday, May 15, 2015

Where did this year go? I cannot believe I am writing my last newsletter for the school year. It seems like just yesterday you and your children were coming in to “check out” our Kindergarten room. I cannot THANK ALL OF YOU enough for all you have done to help this to be a SUCCESSFUL year! I know I don’t have to tell you this, but you should be VERY PROUD of your children.   What a GREAT group of children I have been BLESSED with again this year. They have worked so hard and have grown so much. They deserve a BIG PAT ON THE BACK! I am going to miss them, but I know they’ll do GREAT in 1st grade. They promised me they’d come back to visit (even if they are moving to a new school). I am looking forward to watching them continue to grow and learn over the next eight years here at St. Rose School.   CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB WELL DONE!


The children will have a chance to go to Mrs. Adams classroom next Wednesday morning to meet her. They will get a brief overview of what 1st grade will be like here at St. Rose.   They are really excited and can’t wait to see what their “old pre-school” room will look like once it’s turned into a 1st grade room. Be sure to ask them about it next week!


The Kindergarten Program will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20th in the PLC. The children need to meet me in our classroom at 6:10 p.m. (NOT before this time please). The children may dress up or may dress casual. However, I would like to request that they do not wear jeans or “play clothes.”   The children will be performing a program that will last about 30-40 minutes. We will be using a few props; some of these props will be hats. If the girls plan on wearing ponytails or pigtails, I would like to ask you to please make sure they aren’t up real high because this makes it difficult for them to put the hats on easily. Thin clips may be easier as far as that goes. Following the program the children will receive their certificates and then there will be a small reception. The children have been working hard and are ready to show you what they’ve been working on. I think you are in for a real treat! We have enjoyed watching them entertain us during their practices this week!   Please continue practicing your child’s poem with him/her. We will have our final practice for the school next Wednesday morning. Most of the children have already memorized their poems and are doing GREAT! The children can take their props home after our program Wednesday evening.   There will also be a table set up in the PLC with their journals and a special book they have worked on this year.   Please be sure to take these items with you before you leave on Wednesday night.


*5/15 Field Day (normal school schedule), children can wear shorts (not uniform) with their field day shirts; tennis shoes are recommended for outdoor activities. They will change into their field day shirts when they arrive to school.

*5/17 Please join us for 11:30 mass to honor our 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Hildenbrand, as she gets ready to retire after 18 years of teaching and dedication to St. Rose School.   There will be a reception in the PLC following mass.

*5/18 Pre-School Program

*5/20 Kindergarten Program & Move up day

*5/21 8th grade graduation at 7:00 p.m. in the church. All are welcome to see “Our 8th grade buddies” graduate from St. Rose.   It’s always a very SPECIAL evening!

*5/22 Report Cards will come home.   Honor’s Day begins at 12:30 in the PLC & early dismissal at 1:30. Extended Care will NOT be open. All students need to be picked up by 1:30 on the last day of school.

*All library books need to be returned by Monday.

*How would your child like to be out of uniform from May 18 to May 22?

Here is the deal, bring in a 12-pack of drinks for the Parish Festival (one

per family) and your child can come out of uniform all next week.

Preschool – Diet Coke/Diet Pepsi

Kindergarten – Coke/Pepsi

1st grade – Sprite/7Up (not diet)

2nd grade – Root Beer (not diet)

3rd grade – Coke/Pepsi

4th grade – Fanta Orange or Grape

Soda (not diet)

5th grade – Bottled Water

6th – Mountain Dew

7th & 8th grades – Bottled water


*A SPECIAL THANKS to Mrs. Salazar for all of her hard work this year! We are so happy that she joined our class in October! She’s been so good to us all!

*A GREAT BIG THANKS to Mr. Rounds and our 8th grade buddies for a GREAT year!

*Thanks for the donations that were sent in for the “Fast Track” project! I’m sure we will make a lot of children happy as they begin a new school year in the fall.

*Thanks for the donations that were sent in for the relief efforts in Nepal by the American Red Cross. We are PROUD of our 5th grade class for this service project they did!

*Thanks for all of the donations you’ve been sending for the festival!

*Thanks to all who helped at the book fair, art show & field day! We couldn’t do it without your help!

*Thanks to all who are sending in donations for next week’s Kindergarten reception!

*Thanks to PRIDE for buying the props for our program!




*PLAY, PLAY, PLAY (don’t forget your safety rules).

*Wear sunscreen, helmets and lifejackets.

*Visit the library for books & fun activities!

*Review letters/sounds, numbers and popcorn words (sidewalk chalk is fun for practicing in the summer).

*PLAY, PLAY, PLAY some more (board games, card games as well as dice games are GREAT for following directions, listening skills, problem solving, counting, taking turns etc.)

*Review address, phone # & DOB. This is something we often forget to review with our children. Be able to tie those shoes too!

*And most importantly, don’t forget my FAVORITE RECIPE.  I can’t STRESS enough how reading (being read to counts) EVERY DAY makes such a DIFFERENCE!

**If you are looking for specific ways to help your child in particular areas, please let me know and I can give you some suggestions for your child on an individual basis**.



1 relaxed child, bathed, fed and at peace with the world
1 book of colorful pictures and/or a good story
1 accommodating parental lap, complete with owner who enjoys the book and shows it in his face, voice, and whole self.

These are to be combined and taken every evening with no interruptions allowed.

 (author unknown)