St. Mary's Catholic Grade School. We have educated children living in Woodford County; Metamora, Germantown Hills, Washburn, Eureka, and Roanoke areas for over 135 years.
St. Marys School
St. Mary's Grade School
400 West Chatham
Metamora, IL 61548
tel: 309-367-2528 ● fax: 309-367-2169
St. Marys School

Welcome to Mrs. Cwiak's 1st & 2nd Grade Page!

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2020-2021 School Year 




First Reconciliation is Saturday, March 27th, at 10:00

Spring Break is Saturday, March 27th through Monday, April 5th. 

During March we have been learning about the sacrament of Baptism, and St. Patrick and St. Joseph.  We will also learn about Holy Week and Easter.

We will continue to improve our Reading skills, learn to use directions when reading a map, work on new Math concepts, and enjoy the nice weather during recess!




We will have our Valentine's Party on Friday, February 12th at 10:00.

Monday, February 15th, there will be no school in honor of Presidents' Day.

Even though February is a short month, we will still be busy!  We began monitoring a live eagles' nest in Decorah, Iowa. We are now anxiously awaiting the laying of the first egg!

We will learn about Our Blessed Mother in Religion, and since Lent begins this month, we will start each day with a Bible related activity helping us understand the meaning of Lent.  We will also conclude our weather unit with a study of clouds. We will continue to improve our Reading skills, work on new Math concepts, continue learning about parts of speech in English, and take time to play in the snow!!  








I want to give a big THANK YOU!! to all my parents for working so very hard to insure their child kept up with their school work during our weeks of remote learning.

We are back to in-person learning, and I couldn't be happier!

Monday, January 18th, there is no school in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

During this month we will continue to wear masks, practice social distancing, wash hands, and use hand sanitizer.  We will begin learning about clouds, the water cycle, and weather.  We will also continue practicing our map skills. We will work on improving our Reading skills, learn new concepts in Math, and finish our unit on verbs in English.  We have begun our Reconciliation unit in preparation for receiving the sacrament when the date is announced.  Of course, I can't forget to mention that we will be having fun in the snow! 



Parent Teacher virtual conferences will be held on Thursday, November 5th from 1:00 to 6:00, and Friday, November 6th, from 9:00 to 1:00.

Dismissal at 11:30 on November 5th.

No School on Friday, November 6th.

No school Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, November 27th for Thanksgiving.

A big THANK YOU to our party moms for a great Halloween party!  

As the weather turns colder, please make sure your child has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, and hat or other head covering.  We will continue to go outside for our snack break as long as it is dry and not too cold.

This month we will be working on our map skills, practicing our printing or learning our cursive letters, and learning more about place value and addition and subtraction.  We will also be learning about All Saints Day, learning about Thanksgiving, and preparing for Advent.  It will be busy in our classroom!




No School Monday, October 12, for Columbus Day.

Tuesday, October 13th is our pilot distance learning day.  The children will be working on various websites and activities from home.

Friday, October 30th will be our Halloween party.

October is the month of the Holy Rosary.  We will be learning about the mysteries of the rosary as we pray the rosary each day.  We will also be learning about the parts of the eye and ear and how we see and hear. We will  work on our maps skills, practice addition and subtraction, learn about nouns, and improve our oral reading.  We will be busy, busy, busy!


No School Monday, September 7th, for Labor Day.

Class picture day is Thursday, September 17th.

A big THANK YOU to the PTO who provided us with clipboards and lap desks so we could take advantage of the nice weather and have class outdoors.

This month we will be learning about God's love for us, practicing our printing, learning about the different types of sentences, and improving our comprehension in Reading.  In Math, second grade will begin large number addition, and First grade will begin working on addition facts up to ten.  We will continue our study of energy with several activities on light and the eye.

It looks like it will be a busy month! 



The students and I are happy to be back in the classroom!



2019-2020 School Year




A big thank you to our party moms for a great Valentine's party!

There will be no school Monday, March 9th.

Our furry friends, the Woof Therapy dogs, will be visiting us on Monday, March 15th.  It is always fun to spend time with them!

Our First Communion retreat will be Saturday, March 14th, at 9:00 a m at St. Mary of Lourdes parish center.

We will dismiss at 11:30 on Friday, March 20th.

Spring Break is March 23-27th.

This will be another busy month.  We will begin each day with a Bible activity to help us learn more about the Lenten season.  We will also begin learning about the sacrament of Holy Eucharist as we prepare for our First Communion in April.  We will work on our creative story writing, learn about matter in Science, practice our cursive writing and our printing, work on measurement or learn how to add and subtract double digit numbers in Math, and monitor the eagle's nest in Decorah, Iowa.  There are now two eggs in the nest which will make watching the eagles even more 'egg'citing!



Congratulations to the Second Graders who made their First Reconciliation on Saturday, February 1st!

Our next visit with the Woof Therapy Dogs will be Monday, February 10th.

On February 14th we will have our Valentine's Party at 10:00 with dismissal at 11:30.

There will be no school on Monday, February 17th in honor of Presidents' Day.

During this month we will be learning about adverbs, working on our map skills, reading to the Woof Dogs, monitoring a live eagle's nest from Decorah, Iowa,  learning more about the sacraments, preparing for the season of Lent, and of course, playing in the snow at recess!



Happy New Year! 

A big Thank you! to our Party Moms for a great Christmas party.

When we return on the 6th, we will begin learning about the sacrament of Reconciliation.  We will receive the sacrament on Saturday, February 1st.

  On Monday, January 13th we will have another chance to read to the Woof Therapy dogs.

The week of January 13th we will be doing our MAP testing.

There will be no school on Monday, January 20th for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

We will be preparing the Mass on Thursday, January 23rd.

Catholic School's Week is January 26th to February 1st.  Always a fun week!

During the month of January along with preparing for Reconciliation, we will be working on our creative writing skills, learning more about adjectives, concluding our study of animal groups and their traits, and leaning about the Bald Eagle.  We will be monitoring an eagle's nest from Decorah, Iowa on the website  Another busy month is ahead of us!



 Our furry friends, the Woof Therapy Dogs, will be visiting us again on Monday, December 9th.  Who knew reading could be this much fun!

Our Christmas program will be Monday, December 16th at 7:00 PM at MTHS.

Our Christmas party will be Friday, December 20th.  We will dismiss at 11:30 that day to begin our Christmas break.  It will also be a non-uniform day.

During the season of Advent we have begun each day learning about and placing an ornament on our Jesse Tree and also adding straw to the manger to prepare a bed for Jesus.

Along with learning about Advent we are also working on our reading and math skills, learning about the traits of animals in Science, practicing our songs for the Christmas program, and improving our creative writing skills. We also look forward to our Kris Kringle activities the week of December 16th.  Busy, busy, busy! 




 Thank you to our Party Moms for a great Halloween party!

We began the month of November with All Saints Day.  After celebrating Mass, we returned to the classroom and discussed ways we, too, can become saints.

We look forward to our next meeting with the Woof Therapy Dogs on November 18th. The dogs love to hear us read!

We will not have school November 27th-29th so we can enjoy Thanksgiving with our families. 

During this month we will be preparing the readings for Mass on November 14th, writing about the things we are thankful for, working on a Veteran's Day poem and art project, learning about the First Thanksgiving, and preparing for the season of Advent. November will be another busy month for First and Second Grade!



   The first and second graders did an awesome job reading and bringing up the gifts at Mass on October 3rd!

 We will have another visit with the Woof Therapy Dogs on Monday, October 7th.  The children have been eager for this day to come.

 There is no school on Columbus Day, Monday, October 14th. We also have no school on Tuesday, October 15th because of a teacher institute day.

  Parent-Teacher conferences will be on Thursday, October 24th.  We will dismiss at 11:30.

Conferences will also be held on Friday, October 25th.  There will be no school that day.

Our Halloween party will be on Thursday, October 31st at 2:00.

During the month of October we will be learning more about Jesus and the Ten Commandments, practicing our map reading skills, working on our addition and subtraction facts in math, becoming better readers, learning about adjectives, and enjoying fall!



Our first full month of school will be busy.  The week of September 9th we will be taking MAP (measure of academic progress) tests.

On Monday, September 9th, we will have our first session with the Woof Therapy Dogs.  This is always a lot of fun and a great way to practice our oral reading!

Thursday, September 12th, we will have our first Ag in the Classroom lesson with Mrs. Hodel from the Woodford County Farm Bureau.

Tuesday, September 17th, is our Curriculum Night from 6-7 PM.  This is an adults only event where you can find out more about our 1st and 2nd grade classroom.

Thursday, September 19th, is Picture Day.  It is a non-uniform day so the children can dress nicely for their picture.

Friday, September 27th, is a half day with dismissal at 11:30 so the children may enjoy the MTHS homecoming parade and festivities with their families.

In between all of these events we will be learning more about God, practicing our reading, working on math, learning about nouns and verbs, studying the parts of a plant, and of course, having fun!




Welcome Back!  

Another school year is about to begin!  Lots of exciting things will be happening!  We will be learning new things, having fun, and most importantly becoming the best person we possibly can.  I look forward to helping your child grow spiritually and academically this year.


Unpack the Backpack is Wednesday, August 14th, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm.  This is a chance for the students to bring their supplies and see their new classroom.


Our first day of school, August 15th, is a holy day of obligation, so our day will begin with Mass, such an awesome way to begin the year!  Dismissal will be at 11:30 that day. 


Friday, August 16th, will be a full day with dismissal at 3:00.







2018-2019 School Year


 We are practicing our cursive and learning more of the uppercase letters.  We are getting pretty good!  

 We are also waiting for the hatching of the eaglets.  We look forward to watching them grow.

  We have caterpillars arriving on the 11th.  We will watch them grow and change into Painted Lady Butterflies which we will release in May.

We will have another visit from the Woof Therapy Dogs at the end of the month.

 Most important of all is our First Communion on the 28th.




We have begun preparing for our First Communion which will be on April 28th.  We are looking forward to this important day.

We also have been monitoring a live eagle's nest from Decorah, Iowa, via webcam.  Eaglets should be hatching soon!

We recently had our monthly visit from the Woof Therapy Dogs.  It's a lot of fun to read to them and pet them!