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Our Mission:  At Shrine Catholic Grade School we try to exemplify Christ by praying, learning, and growing together.

Please sign up for our annual Shrine Catholic Grade School Blood Drive scheduled for Sunday, December 14th from 8A-2P.  Go to redcrossblood.org and schedule an appointment for yourself or email gmeiner@shrineschools.com and I'll set it up for you!!! Every pint can save 3 lives!!!!  As thanks, Honeybaked ham is offering $10 off of a Christmas ham to donors and our wonderful dad's club is offering 10% off of a top-quality Christmas tree too! What a wonderful way to celebrate Christ's birth!

St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Baskets

We are putting together 2 St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Baskets to help needy Detroit area families.  This year the 4th grade classes are “adopting” 2 families who can use a little help during the holidays. The last day for collection is Friday, Dec. 12th.  No meat. No money. No gifts . NO GLASS PLEASE! Please see the list of suggestions provided by St. Vincent de Paul. You don’t have to limit your donations to the list, but these are the items most needed. We tried to divide up the needed items by class so that we don’t get 500 puddings and zero soups, but feel free to send in what is in your pantry.  We cannot accept EXPIRED food of course. St.V will be providing the families with a supermarket voucher to purchase meat/fresh foods.  Send in your food donation and your homeroom teacher will take it from there!  Thanks!!!! 


214 MORRISON                213 GMEINER                         208 FRECHETTE
condiments          small bags of flour                    cans of meat/tuna
stuffing small bags of sugar oil              canned fruit
honey vinegar salad dressing              canned vagetables
rice/pasta olives                                      soup
peanut butter crackers                                  instant potatoes/gravy
coffee, tea, cocoa nuts                                        packaged cookies
powdered milk cake mixes                              instant jello/pudding



Week of November 24, 2014

Religion-Join us if you can for All School Mass on Tuesday.  Mass is at 8:30 and the theme is Thanksgiving.  We've talked in class about how this is the perfect time of the year to discuss the Fruit of Generosity.  Students are now writing their skits that encourages and illustrates generous actions.  The skits will be performed when students return in December. 

Science-We continue with our systems of the body.  Students will continue with our systems of the body. We've learned how our blood has so many jobs.  Our red blood cells carry nutrients and wastes.  The platelets clot and plug cuts and scrapes.  Then there are the soldiers--the white blood cells.  Please consider donating a pint of blood when the American Red Cross visits in December.  One pint can save up to three people! If I can do it, you can too!

Reading- It's a short week and we have just enough time to get into the next Time for Kids.  The cover story is "The Power of Sharing".  A great topic to read about right before Thanksgiving.  

English- It's not always easy to state your opinion.  However, when it comes to a great holiday like Thanksgiving, I'm feeling confident the students will not be at a loss for words!  Look for your child's "Opinions of Thanksgiving" paper on Tuesday.  A great read-a-loud at the dinner table Thursday night!  

Math-On Monday we'll review and Tuesday we'll take a short test on graphs.  After Thanksgiving we'll dive into multiplication, so please change your operation on Xtramath to multiplication! Thanks!

Social Studies-We examined both primary and secondary sources last week, as well as studied maps, video, and other accounts related to LaSalle's Griffon.  The children were challenged to explore existing theories or develop one of their own to explain the mysterious disappearance of the first ship on the Great Lakes. This fascinating topic kept us intrigued much of last week, so I postponed the French and Indian War unit until after Thanksgiving. This week we'll of course investigate the separatists' voyage across the Atlantic on the Mayflower and the relationship that they built with the Wampanoag in 1620.  On Tuesday we'll watch Squanto: A Warrior's Tale as part of our lesson. (Did you know that 1620 was the same year that Etienne Brule became the first European to see Michigan?) 

·        Mrs. Gmeiner, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Frechette






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