Mrs. Paquin

I am in my 36th 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.

I am married to my husband, Brett, and 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!



21st- First day of FALL!!

24th-28th- Testing for grades 2-8

26th- Johnny Appleseed Day activities- 2:00

29th- St. Michael the Archangel- students may bring in angel items to share with the class

MATH – This past week we practiced addition facts to 12. We will continue to work on those facts at school. I try to show the class how to jump to the bigger number and count up the smaller one. I don’t mind if they use fingers or a ruler to do this as you don’t always have something with you to help you solve a problem. I will send home their flash cards this week. Please pull out facts with sums to 6 and practice those. Little by little add in sums of 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. We will start timed drills and I shoot for 10 facts in a minute. Find addition practice on the IXL site for your child to do.

PHONICS/READING/WRITING – We are now working on short “i” words, and will be building words and writing sentences using them. Our story will feature short “i” words, too. Please watch for proper formation and neatness of all letters/numbers as your child writes. 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. This is a habit some have, and it is very difficult to write when you can’t see the lines because of your thumb being in the way.

RELIGION-  September saints are now being introduced. This week we read about St. Peter Claver, The Holy Name of Mary, and finished our chapter on the Blessed Trinity.

SCIENCE-  we will be learning about different animal families, and the life cycle of an apple tree.

SOCIAL STUDIES- we are reading and discussing rules and responsibilities of citizens.


   Test-  Our test is September 26th.

Test words- big, did, fit, gift,pig, hit, Jim, lid, nip, quit

BONUS WORDS-  LucyJean and Tuesday

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 send water bottles while it is so hot.

IXL will be up all year. Have your children practice during the week and over the weekend.

READING COUNTS- Library book check out is on Tuesday afternoon every week. They may also use my books all year long. The class is off to a great start with their test taking!! 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 Sunday 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 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!

Be sure to remind your children to continue to do their best work and be on their best behavior at all times. I know it is exciting to be back but we must have good listening skills in order to complete work and accomplish everything we need to get through this year. Thank you for your help with this!!

APPLE PICKING – we will leave at 8:15. Parents may ride the bus or drive. Our scheduled picking time is 9:00. Afterwards we will have a tour of the animals at the orchard, have some cider, play in their fun area, and parents have time to buy items in the store. We will come back to Mascoutah and have lunch and some playtime at Scheve Park. We will return about 1:00 or before and have some time to work.

THANK YOU to our volunteers for helping make the apple print t-shirts!! They turned out very cute and the kids always look nice in them. It’s a great way to keep track of our class, too!! 🙂 – 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.