PJs & Pancakes

In the thick of January, when the days are short and the temperatures hang in the single digits, teachers at Frassati get creative and find new ways to make the most ordinary of days feel special!

Inspired by the book Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle, the preschool teachers hosted a special Pancakes & PJs party, all based around the theme of the book – the process of making and enjoying pancakes!

The teachers first read the book to the students, and the little ones followed along with the steps: cutting the wheat, turning the millstone, collecting the egg, milking the cow, and so forth.

After they were done reading the book, the students went to their seats at their tables and took turns with the recipe instructions, assisting the teachers in mixing the pancake batter. It was fun to watch the reactions as these little helpers cracked eggs for the first time!

Once the batter was prepped, the students broke out into free-time play while the teachers flipped the flapjacks and prepared their tables for the special treat.

It wasn’t long before the hungry students were back in their seats, saying their prayers as a class, and excitingly watching as the syrup was poured onto their plates.

The students had a great time bringing Mr. Carle’s book to life as they spent a cozy morning indoors, playing in their PJs and enjoying pancakes with friends.

2D to 3D Thinking

In Ms. Geppert’s technology class, fourth-grade students are stretching their thinking from 2D to 3D, in preparation for upcoming lessons on 3D printing.

The students were given cards that had flat, 2D diagrams displayed on them, that guided them on where to place Keva planks to create various angles. Over the course of the lesson, students needed to create three different perspectives, and check their designs with the photo examples they were given.

This exercise helps students think about all 3 dimensions, which prepares them for their intro to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), and how to think through alignment and design in 3D.

Ms. Geppert said that “it is pretty common for a student who is new to CAD software to make a creation and think it is aligned until they change the perspective on the screen and then find it’s leaning. Before we print, we want to have thought ahead about these kinds of design flaws.”

The fourth-grade students will continue their practice with Keva planks before moving into their computer work.

First Eucharist & First Reconciliation

The time for Frassati students to gather and prepare for their First Eucharist and First Reconciliation is quickly approaching!

Open to students in second, third, and fourth grade, our Director of Sacraments and Worship at St. Mary of the Lake, Mary Beth Jambor, will guide your family and student through this exciting, holy celebration.

The registration period will soon be closing, as the first meeting will take place on Monday, January 25. While the first session is for parents only, all other sessions will be hosted for the parents and children to attend together, and serve as a great opportunity to grow in faith as a family.

For the full schedule and to sign up, please email [email protected].

We look forward to celebrating this exciting event with your student and family!