Dear Parents,

Wow, what a year! To better state that- what a GREAT year! We have covered a lot of material and participated in many fun and exciting projects. We have developed skills needed for Kindergarten and made many new friends along the way too. Each of your children has brought such joy and happiness to our classroom. We are so fortunate to have had such a wonderful group of children this past year. Thank you!


Ms. Manganaro and Mrs. Smolky

Here are a few friendly reminders for the next couple of weeks:

Assessments for the end of the year began this week for our final trimester of the year. Report cards will be sent home on the last day of school.

Friday June 8th - PK Field Trip to Brookfield Zoo (Bus will be leaving school at 9:15am, returning at 1:00pm) Please see updates from teachers & room moms for additional information.

Monday June 11th - PK Picnic at Jonquil Park (*SHHHHH* IT'S A SURPRISE!!)

Tuesday, June 12TH – Last Day of School & All School Mass @9AM. 11:45am Dismissal

Read more about Parent Update June 6

We will be having an All School Field Day on Monday, June 11th. We will board buses to the Windy City Sports Center and enjoy a day filled with fun games and events. The students will receive a pizza lunch as well. In addition, students will be asked to wear blue or black colors to represent the teams they will be on for Field Day. I have attached the list of what colors the students will be wearing to this email below. 


We will be returning at the end of the day and dismissal will still be at 3pm. Permission slips will be sent home with your child today. They are due back on Friday, June 8th. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

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6th grade is finishing up their unit on Statistics and Probability. We will do a short review of operations with integers before leaving for the summer. Integer operations and solving multi-step equations should be a focus before entering 7th grade. 

Upcoming dates: none 

IXL: Standards BB, CC, DD (Stats and Probability) and B and C (integer operations) 

7th grade has started Chapter 1 of the algebra textbook that they will be using in 8th grade. This chapter focuses on expressions and operations as an introduction to algebra. Students will be assessed with a take home test this week. Over the summer, students should focus on solving equations and inequalities in order to prepare for 8th grade. 

Upcoming dates: Chapter 1 Take home test due Thursday, 6/7 

IXL: *Under Algebra 1 H, I and J  

Read more about Last Week of School!

Important upcoming dates: 

Monday, June 4th- Seadog Architecture Tour at Navy Pier; Giordano's pizza lunch provided at Navy Pier. Please have your child wear sunscreen. We will be spending the majority of the day outside so please have your child dress appropriately for the weather. 

Monday, June 11th-All School Field Day

Tuesday, June 12th-Last day of school 11:45am dismissal 

                                  All School Mass at 9am in church 

                                  Report Cards Distributed 

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6th grade will be creating and analyzing graphs and using probability to predict outcomes. 

Upcoming dates: none 

IXL: Standards BB, CC, and DD 

7th grade will review basics of algebra in preparation for starting 8th grade Algebra 1. Students will cover algebraic expressions, order of operations, classifying numbers, and simplifying expressions and the distributive property. 

Upcoming dates: Intro to Algebra Test Thursday 6/7 

IXL: *UNDER ALGEBRA 1* A.6, B.1-B.7, H.1-H.4, I.1-I.8, and J.1-J.11 

8th grade will wrap up their year by completing missing assignments/corrections to finalize grades in the grade book. 

Upcoming dates: Missing work due Friday, June 1st. 


Read more about May 29th- June 1st
Art Project of the Week: Frank Lloyd Wright Windows

Students in 5th grade learned about the Frank Lloyd Wright's colorful, geometric window panes.  This unit complemented a study in their classrooms about the famous architect.  For this art project, students were shown how to utilize tools and supplies such as rulers, cellophane paper, markers, cardstock, and wire to create a uniquely designed window with Wright's characteristics in mind.  Emily B.'s artwork is featured here; see more examples on our online gallery!

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6th grade is finishing Chapter 5 on Percent. Our next unit is on statistics in which students will practice making and analyzing graphs. 

Upcoming dates: Corrections due 5/29 

IXL: Standards BB, CC and DD 

7th grade is finishing Chapter 9 and 10 on statistics and probability. We will use the rest of the year to start previewing 8th grade Algebra topics, starting with basics of algebra such as expressions and equations. 

Upcoming dates: Corrections due 5/29

IXL: *under Algebra 1- Standards A-I 

8th grade is in DC! Have fun! 



Read more about May 21st-25th

Everyone has done a great job with their spring concerts!

PK is getting ready for their Nursery Rhyme show on Friday, June 1.

K is singing jungle songs.

1st grade is making music passports with music from different countries.

2nd grade is studying The Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland.

3rd grade is studying The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky.

Grades 4 and 5 are singing and dancing to spring and Broadway songs.

Middle school is learning about composers.

We are excited for the spring!

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6th grade is finishing Chapter 5 on percents. They have learned how to convert percent into fractions and decimals, solve for part, whole or percent with an equation or proportion, and apply percent to real world applications such as tax, tip, markup/discount and interest. 

Upcoming dates: Chapter 5 Test Friday 5/18 

IXL: L.1-L.10 and M.1-M.11

7th grade is finishing their unit on statistics and probability, which covers topics in Chapter 9 and 10. We will review towards the end of the week before their assessment. 

Upcoming dates: Stats and Probability Test Monday 5/21 

IXL: CC.1-17, DD.1-10, EE.1-11

8th grade is finished with Chapter 9 Solving Quadratic Functions. They've learned how to solve quadratics using graphs, square roots, factoring, completing the square and the quadratic formula. We will preview some of Chapter 10 towards the end of this week. HAVE FUN IN DC! 

Upcoming dates: Chapter 9 Test Tuesday 5/15 

IXL: BB.1-BB. 13

Read more about May 14th-18th