Mrs. Paquin

I am in my 37th 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!



17th- No school

19th- petting zoo- 9:15

22nd- Washington’s b-day


MATH – Timed drills are continuing using addition and subtraction facts. Keep working on flash cards to 12. Make sure at least 15 minutes of IXL is part of the weekend homework. Our chapter is now covering addition and subtraction to 18. Please pull out the flashcards with sums to 18 and start working on them. Try to “think” the big number and count up the smaller one since we don’t have enough fingers to use for both numbers! 🙂

PHONICS/READING/WRITING – we are working on “y” as a vowel. Short words with no other vowels have the “y” saying “i”. Longer words have the “y” saying “e” at the end.

READING COUNTS -Be sure to have your child -or you- read the library books at least 2 times for their tests on Thursday mornings. Some have been borrowing my books to have more than 2 for testing. Please ask questions about what they just read, and summarize the story when done.

BE SURE YOUR CHILD PUTS THEIR BOOKS IN BACKPACKS ON WEDNESDAY EVENING. There have been a lot of forgotten books lately.

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.   We are getting a little messy with our writing and should be doing the opposite. Have your child “pinch” the pencil, not write with their thumb wrapped around their first finger. 

RELIGION-  we have been working on our special feast days saints for January. This week we read about St. Francis de Sales and the Conversion of Paul. Our chapter is covering leaders of the church- bishops and the Pope.

SCIENCE- we are learning about animal habitats, hibernation, migration and cold weather animals.

SOCIAL STUDIES- we will be learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and our communities and maps.





   Test-  Our next test will be February 26th.

Test words– black, clock, flip, glad, plop, sling, Blake, clone, flake, globe, plume, slope, glare, slide

BONUS WORDS- America and Illinois


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.


IXL will be up all year. Have your children practice during the week and over the weekend. It is their assigned homework for every weekend.

READING COUNTS (R.C.)- Library book check out is on Thursday morning every week. They may also use my books all year long. The class is off to a great start with their test taking this quarter!! I am very impressed with their progress. Read the books several times. If you feel your child picked too difficult of a book just grab one you have at home. Check the library link to see if the book has a test. Do not wait until Wednesday evening to read the book for the first time. Thank you!

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 black 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!

We will be celebrating the 100th Day of School with Buddies on the 31st now. We had to make a change to accommodate our Buddies schedule. Please send in 100 pieces of food to make a giant trail mix. Some ideas are;   M & Ms, pretzels, marshmallows. chocolate chips, pieces of cereal, candy, etc. Just no nuts please!! 100th day shirts may still be worn on Wednesday, we will do 100th day activities on Thursday in class, but we will do our Buddy celebration on Friday.

Your child could make a project or picture using 100 pieces of something and bring it in for a show and tell item if they are feeling creative. – 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.