Mrs. Paquin

I am in my 39th year at Holy Childhood School. This has really been my home away from home, since I am a Holy Childhood graduate, as well as my father and daughter. I graduated from Blackburn College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and concentrations in Spanish and Psychology.

My husband, Brett, and I have a daughter, Elizabeth, and son-in-law, Trevor. I am the proud grandmother of Liam and Samuel.

I enjoy reading, cooking, and spoiling my grandsons!


10th- 5th-8th band concert

13th- HCS Spotlight- at the High School

15th- retirement mass and reception for Mrs. Renth and Mrs. Raben

17th- Special Person’s Day mass and visit

19th- Good-bye Buddy mass- each 1st grader will have a part

20th- school picnic

MATH- we have been working on addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers with no borrowing or carrying. Continue to practice time to the hour and half hour, and count coins occasionally. Quiz your child and make sure they are able to identify each coin and their value. Please have your child work on these areas when they do IXL.

We will work on fractions and geometry after Easter.

PHONICS/READING/WRITING – the class has been learning about words using vowel pairs such as -oo-, -aw, -au, ew, -oy and -oi. Next week will be words using -ea-, -ou, and -ow. We are have been reviewing words with the r-controlled vowels -ar, -or, -er, -ir, and -ur. We also continue to write words with the digraphs ch, sh, th, wh, kn, gn, ph, and wr.

Please continue to use this site:

Use for extra reading practice.

READING COUNTS – We are now taking tests on Friday morning with our Buddies. You may still take as many tests as you wish at home with your child. But they will still need to have 2 stories read for Friday. You may read the stories, your child may read or you can do a shared reading for these books. These tests are very good practice for reading comprehension right now. As the year goes on more will be able to take tests on their own. You may use any books you have at home or use the books your child checks out from the library, or from my classroom library. You will have to check to be sure it has a test in the system. We don’t have tests for all Scholastic books. Please help your child take the Scholastic Reading Inventory test soon. When you go to take that test it is the one on the left instead of right. You may read the test to your child and it will go until they miss a certain numbers of answers.

KEEP watching  for proper formation and neatness of all letters/numbers as your child writes. Make sure letters are not started at the bottom. Watch for reversals and correct them as they occur. Have your child “pinch” the pencil, not write with their thumb wrapped around their first finger. I have noticed a lot of children needing to work on holding pencils correctly.

RELIGION- we are reading about our saints for April and all special days that occur during the month. The class will be focusing on Holy Week.

SOCIAL STUDIES- we will be learning about maps next.

SCIENCE- we are reading about weather and will cover plants next.

   Test- May 11th

Test words-  lunchbox, backpack, sunset, popcorn, fishpond, eggshell, campfire, springtime, baseball, cupcake, bedtime, bathrobe

Bonus Words – monuments and graduation

Please practice words nightly. Be sure your child practices writing letters the correct size and no reversals. Every quarter 2 more words will be added to the list.

Go to for some fun ways to practice spelling words.

Please be sure that your child brings 2 snacks each day and an extra mask or two. 

Check red folders and make sure your child completes their work in them and can hand it in the next morning.

READING COUNTS tests are taken on Friday morning with our buddies. You may still take tests during the week but please read 2 books with your child so they are ready for tests with their buddy in the morning.

IXL will be up all year. I have it set up and sent home usernames and passwords. Have your children practice during the week and over the weekend. It is their assigned homework for every weekend.

PLEASE sign off in the planners only AFTER homework is COMPLETED. If there is a reason work could not be done please, please send me a note. If you need help with work let me know and it will be taken care of here at school. Help your children remember to bring back ALL of their work. Do not remove papers from their red folders unless you ask them if they should be brought back.

Set up a routine for your children to pack up their work, folders, planners, and snacks every evening. Make it part of their nightly chores. Do not wait to do it in the morning. Thank you! – try this out to practice spelling words in creative ways – this has a nice section to practice counting money – students can practice making and reading short and long vowel sentences for you in the word magnets section. – another neat site to explore.