Saint Bernard School

April 7, 2017

 St. Bernard School

320 W. Mansfield St.

     New Washington, OH  44854


April 7, 2017

Important Dates

April 13th – Pick-up Stoller Fundraiser 2:30 – 4:00

April 14th – No school – Good Friday

  April 17th – No school – Happy Easter

  April 19th – Confirmation Practice 6:00 pm

  April 23rd – Confirmation 3:00 @ St. Bernard

  April 29th – Wine and Cheese Event

  May 3rd – May Crowning

  May 6th – Recycle (Ackerman and Phillips)

  May 9th – Geranium Pick-up 2:30 – 4:30

  May 7th – 10th – 7th/8th grade Mission Trip (Franciscans for the Poor)

  May 14th – Hospitality Sunday

  May 17th – Spring Concert 7:00

  May 23rd – 8th grade Graduation

  May 24th – Last Day of School

Dear St. Bernard Families,

April showers not only bring May flowers, they bring cool windy days.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.  The students will be going outside for recess unless it is raining.  We appreciate your help with this issue. 

Spring testing is here and a schedule is attached at the end of this newsletter.  The spring testing will help us to decide on initial groupings in Math and Reading for next year.  They are also used to expose topics that were not mastered so that the teachers can review those areas with each child.  We have added Skills Navigator, which is connected to our MAP testing, to help us highlight the areas that need more attention.

Our Wine and Cheese event is at the end of this month, hope to see you there.

Wine and Cheese Baskets – Thank you so much for all of the great gift basket donations.  They are sure to bring high bids!

Registration – We will be taking registration all Summer, but would appreciate it greatly if you could send it in before the 1st of April so that we could better plan for next year.

Elementary - Miss Brown

The 3rd,4th, and 5th grade class have started the book Matilda this past week.  It is about a very smart young girl who can do amazing things.  We are talking about character traits and how our school and teachers are different than Matilda’s school.  They are also “free reading” books of their own choice and completing one of five different types of journal entries throughout the week. They can choose to draw a picture, write a summary, list difficult vocabulary words, think of 5 questions, or a book review.

In Social Studies we are learning about the 13 colonies.  We are going to be looking at the economy and then the students want to research important people in history before the year is out.  

In Math class we are working on Geometry.  We are classifying angles and shapes based on attributes, working on symmetry, and using the guess and check method for solving problems.  

For spelling practice they have been using paper cell phones to practice their spelling words.  They were to write the number that stood for each letter in the spelling word, then their partner would take the number code and decipher the spelling word.  They did a great job figuring out what each code spelled.  

We are going to be planning a Cinco de Mayo party soon to enjoy some delicious food and spend a little more time as a whole class before we end the year.  

Middle School Language Arts, Art and Culture Club – Mrs. Penry

Art-Students in the 7th and 8th Grades are attending an Art workshop at the MOESC center in Mansfield today. Art created by many of our St. Bernard students has been on display all week as part of Artapolooza. In class, all grades have experienced symmetry through the time honored "ink blot" project. The results are stunning.

Culture Club- The group learned about the tradition of Boy's Day, now called Children's Day. The students made Koi or carp kites. Father Eric will visit next time and share his mementos and experiences from his visit to Japan.

Lit- Our reading groups are learning about the streets of London and the moors of England as they follow the words of Charles Dickens and A.C.Doyle. I must say the students are enjoying their travels with these authors.

English- There are only a few more spelling tests and the students in all three grades need to continue to practice. They are also reviewing the differences between compound and complex sentences. The goal is to use more complex sentences in their creative writing, as well as on extended response answers across the curriculum.

Religion – Mrs. Weithman

In religion, the 8th graders are finishing up their study of the Sacrament of Confirmation and starting to prepare for the ceremony which is at St. Bernard on April 23 at 3pm.  The sixth and seventh graders just completed a project on the Sacraments of Healing (penance and anointing of the sick).  They worked together in groups and did a marvelous job. 

Grades four and five are working on a project of their own choosing about any subject in religion that interests them, while the kindergarten through third graders are making a special holy week painting which will come home at the end of next week.  Please be on the look out for that!  Have a blessed Holy Week and Easter!

Middle School Math – Mrs. Walsh

In 7th grade math, we just finished learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and mixed numbers.  We will now apply this knowledge to solving equations having one variable.  The students have now completed working with all types of rational numbers:  integers, decimals, and fractions.

In 8th grade Algebra, we just completed the unit on parabolas and quadratic functions.  Before this, we studied linear functions and exponential functions.  We are now identifying whether a function is linear, exponential, or quadratic when given its equation or a set of ordered pairs representing the function.  With these different functions, the students are now skilled at finding critical information unique to each type in order to determine the graphs.

Science – Mrs. Obringer

This quarter in the Elementary Science class we are discovering the properties of light.  We looked at different types of lenses and mirrors and have started to write procedures for an experiment.  We will finish the year with Rocks and Soil.

In the Middle School class, Miss Miglin, our student teacher, is introducing chemistry.  They have made a periodic chart, made a Bohr’s model of an element and are now focused on chemical changes.

STEM – Mrs. Obringer

Our last project for the Middle School students is to design a cardboard chair that they would use that is 1/10th of its actual size that could hold 10 pounds.  They are not able to use anything but cardboard and very little duct tape.

The Primary students began STEM and at this time they are concentrating on the LEGOs and LEGO WeDo2 robots.  Previously they have worked with OSMO and dreambox Math

Peace to you and yours,

Mary Obringer


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