Mrs. Paquin

I am in my 35th 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 my first grandchild Liam.

I enjoy reading, cooking, and spoiling my grandson!



12th- out-of-uniform- Variety Show shirts

13th- Spring picture day- out-of-uniform

16th- St. Patrick’s Day presentation

22nd- report cards


17th- 1st-2nd grade field trip to Ulysses S. Grant museum and home

MATH –  Keep up the addition and subtraction flash cards practice to 18, and IXL at least 20 minutes (more is better) every weekend, or during the week..  We are now working on counting coins. We use pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, and combinations of them. Please practice at home identifying each coin and its value. Review counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Give your child coins and have them practice adding them up. Next week we will start our unit on telling time to the hour and half hour.

PHONICS/READING/WRITING – This week we practiced words using the digraphs of sh, ch, th, wh, and added wr, kn, ph, gn, and -ck. Next we will work on words using vowel digraph combinations of -oo-, -aw, -ew, -ou-, -ea-, -oi-, -oy. Please continue to 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.

RELIGION- We have been learning about the leaders of our church and St. Frances of Rome, St. Casimir, St. Perpetua and Felicity. We have been working on a coloring booklet covering the Stations of the Cross. The primary grades attend Stations of the Cross on Thursdays at 12:30 if you would like to join us.

SOCIAL STUDIES-  we will learn about famous women in our country’s history and St. Patrick and Ireland.

SCIENCE-  we will learn about the seasons and the weather for each.


Test-  Our next test will be March 21st

Test words- dirt, girl, first, third, bird, shirt, chirp, swirl, thirst, flirt, circle, Kirk, stir, skirt, firm, twirl

BONUS WORDS- shamrock and Ireland

Please practice words nightly. Be sure your child practices writing letters the correct size. 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 weekly. I would like weekend homework to be some time on IXL. Also use the site for some math practice.

READING COUNTS- Library book check out is on Tuesday afternoon every week. The class will bring home books to read with or to you. Please be sure to read the books your children bring home several times with them so they are ready for their tests on Mondays. Upper grade students will help them take reading comprehension tests over the stories. They will earn points to use as “money” to buy items in the library store. They will also make it to “team levels” as they pass certain amounts of tests. Help your child remember to bring their books back.

PLEASE sign off in the planners only if homework is COMPLETED.  We will start them next week. 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. Please help your children remember to bring back ALL of their work

Extra books have been sent home to reinforce the phonics/reading skills we have been working on in class. Please have your child practice them several times to become confident in recognizing the vowels we are practicing.

PLEASE help your children 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!!

St. Patrick’s Day- we will be doing a presentation for the Kindergarten class. Every child will have a part to read, and will bring in a green food (snack for 10) to share. I am looking at the 16th, but I still need to check with Mrs. Hulliung to make sure that works for her.

Living Stations- we will be helping the 8th grade buddies with the stations on the 28th. I will send home more information on that later. I wanted you to have a heads up about things we will be doing this month. – 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.