Founded in 1915, St. Casimir’s School provides a Christ-centered
Catholic, elementary education for students in preschool through
sixth grade.

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Greetings from Kindergarten!

The students are very excited about all the new things they have learned including reading approximately 30 sight words and decoding so many more!  With this skill, they are able to read short story booklets.  In Math the students are aquiring a new skill—estimation—through the Estimation Station in the classroom.  Each week the kids discover new items in the station’s large jar, and they make an "educated" guess to determine how many of the item are in the jar.  The jar’s contents are then counted to discover the exact answer and see whose estimation was the closest.  The students will soon begin a big thematic unit using Math, Geography, Social Studies, Science, Art, Reading and Writing when they read “Flat Stanley” which is a story about a boy who gets flattened by a bulletin board and goes on lots of adventures.  After reading the book, the students will make their own flat person (Art) and send him or her to friends or family members.  In purchasing the stamps for the envelopes, Math skills will be used to count money.  The recipients will be asked to take their flat person on lots of adventures and to report them back to the students (Social Studies).  Through this process, the children will learn about the map of the United States and where different states are located (Geography) as well as how weather varies in different parts of the country (Science).  I can't wait to get this unit started in just a few days as the kids will really enjoy this fun project!  As always, we appreciate the gifts that St. Casimir's School provides us, and we love talking about the generous gifts that God gives us when we gather for Religion class.  In one of our recent lessons we discussed the gifts of the five senses and how we could not learn new things without the ability to taste, feel, hear, see and smell.  Our journey through kindergarten is blessed a thousandfold due to being a part of this awesome school!  May God Bless you!

Submitted by Mrs. Emerson

SCS Hosts Christmas Program

The students and faculty of St. Casimir’s School invite you to attend their Christmas Program titled Sing with Us the Christmas Story.  The preschool through sixth grade students have been working Advent wonders as they prepare their musical selections to help our community celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  This holiday event will be held on Monday, December 21st, beginning at 7:00 PM in the school’s gymnasium.  We hope to see you there! 

The Pumkin-Cano!

Thank you to all who attended the recent Knights of Columbus sponsored Fall Breakfast that was held to raise funds for the expanded SCS Early Childhood program.  Our thanks also go to the Knights for organizing this delicious event!  The all day, every week day Little Saints PreKindergarten program has been a successful addition to our school offerings and a very welcome option for our community’s families.

Although I serve as a full-time teacher at SCS, I also serve as the coordinator for our Kid Zone program which offers before and after school child care for all area children from four years of age through sixth grade.  This month in Kid Zone we had a lot of fun as we learned about Native Americans, the Mayflower, Pilgrims and traditional Thanksgiving foods.  Each week the students in Kid Zone receive homework help (with a certified teacher/reading specialist) and participate in story time, cooking, arts and crafts, science,  and games.  One of the favorite activities this month was our Pumpkin-Cano which was a volcano created in a pumpkin.  We made predictions about what would happen when each ingredient was added to the pumpkin and watched the results.  Kid Zone is a wonderful learning environment for children, and there are still some spots available if you would like to enroll your child.  For more information,  please contact me at 507-553-5822.

Submitted by Mrs. Cherlelynn Bednar
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In the fifth and sixth grade Religion class at SCS, the students created a PowerPoint about themselves through the Theology of the Body curriculum. They are also learning how freedom means responsibility and how their choices reflect their love of God. These lessons tie in well with the sessions about the physical body systems that the students are studying in Health Science. The Year of Mercy has us thinking of things we can do within the school and community, and so the students have decided to serve breakfast to the teachers this week!  In Phy-Ed, we are finishing up with volleyball in all grades, and it has been rewarding to see how much each student has improved in their coordination and strength. The fourth through sixth grade students continue to work hard on their Math skills with everything from improving basic Math facts to problem solving in Algebra.

Hello from the Third and Fourth Grade Classes!

We have been very busy, and the quarter has flown by quickly. For Veterans Day last week, the students presented a very successful program for our community service men and women. During this event, the third and fourth graders played songs on the recorders, the fifth and sixth graders played The Marine’s Hymn on the choir chimes and the kindergarten, first and second grade students sang America, the Beautiful. The students did a wonderful job honoring our veterans! We are now moving on to practice for the school Christmas program which will be held on December 21st. Please mark this date on your calendar and join us!

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In Art class, the third and fourth grades created very nice seasonal pictures of horns of plenty overflowing with all the fruits and vegetables. They also painted fall leaves, and the projects were hung in the gym for others to enjoy at the recent SCS Fall Breakfast. In Religion class, the fourth graders have learned how to be Fr. Vogel’s newest Mass servers, and they are very excited about these new duties!

Learning how animals stay safe from predators by blending into their environments is the current topic in Science. The students learned the concept of camouflage when they tried to find colored noodles that had been that were thrown in the grass. We also studied invertebrates and vertebrates through the use of various food items. Pretzels were used for the backbones, along with marshmallows for the bodies of the vertebrates. Twizzlers represented worms as part of the invertebrates group. Throughout all of their subjects, the students are showing great growth in their reading, writing and grammar skills.

After all of this work, we are looking forward to Thanksgiving next week. It will be great to spend time with family—there is so much for which to be thankful. We wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving!

Submitted by Mrs. Cindy Bixby